Written answers

Monday, 28 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles have been registered with the green electric-vehicle licence plate.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage more road users to switch to electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many on-street electric charging points have been installed throughout (a) North Herefordshire and (b) the UK.

      Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the move to Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements over the 18 month period that those...

      Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the decision to replace the rail franchise model with Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMAs) (a) has resulted in a change in the...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the merits of (a) directly procuring rolling stock and (b) leasing trains from rolling stock companies.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to reduce the costs of maintenance contracts with rolling stock companies as part of negotiating the Emergency Recovery...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rules on refunding rail season tickets as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Train Operating Companies: Investment Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what restrictions he plans to place on the payment of dividends by train operating companies as a condition of the Emergency Recovery Management...

      Cars: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of unprocessed hard-copy documents on purchased cars by the DVLA.

      Bus Services: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of environmentally sustainable buses in West Yorkshire.

      Aviation: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on targeted support for the aviation sector and its supply chain.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Redundancy Payments Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many HR1 forms have been received by the Redundancy Payments Service in each of the last 12 months.

    • Batteries: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to make the UK a leading producer of battery technology.

      Mining: Lithium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of mining lithium in the UK to produce responsibly sourced...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to help (a) women business owners grow their business online and (b) women...

      Galileo System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for the UK to access to the EU's Gallileo system.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Chemicals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) guidance and (b) public information the Government has issued to businesses seeking to import more than one tonne of chemicals to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by which month all NHS trusts in England will have a supply of 90-minute covid-19 tests.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale is for rolling out the 90-minute covid-19 tests across all NHS hospital trusts.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of the 90-minute covid-19 tests used in NHS hospital trusts in England have provided a result within 90...

      Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue further guidance to health and social care providers on (a) ensuring the availability of and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many food factories in England have been required by the Food Standards Agency or Health and Safety Executive to close or suspend...

      Coronavirus: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 outbreaks in food factories in England are being monitored by the Food Standards Agency; and how many workers have (a)...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS organisations completed and published risk assessments for high-risk staff within the four-week deadline of the NHS England...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when an effective test, track and trace app will be available to the public.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) covid-19 tests that were sent to the US for analysis require re-processing and (b) individuals that took those tests require...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 83753, on Coronavirus: Chesterfield, tabled on 1 September 2020 by the hon. Member for Chesterfield.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the article in the British Medical Journal entitled, Covid-19: Timing is critical for antibody tests, published on 25th...

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to encourage higher donor registration among (a) all people and (b) mixed ethnicity donors to the UK stem cell...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) financial, (b) emotional and (c) medical implications for couples experiencing...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to conduct a learning exercise from Government decisions taken during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Organs: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of recent research that found micro- and nano-plastics in human organs;...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish the (a) proportion of people tested who test positive for covid-19 and (b) red, amber, green risk rating...

      Care Homes: Kingston upon Hull North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 test kits were (a) requested by and (b) delivered to care homes in Kingston Upon Hull North constituency in July 2020.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the education sector on securing a safe and localised covid-19 test and trace...

      TransUnion: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Transunion is being used to confirm identity for NHS Test and Trace home virus tests instead of the Government's Verify...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there is a spike in covid-19 infection rates of people (a) under 30 years old and (b) under 25 years old in (i) York and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy and reliability of antibody testing to test whether a patient has previously...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many companies tendered for the Covid-19 contact-tracing system contract for England.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to co-operate with the devolved Administrations to ensure the swine flu G4 vaccine programme is UK wide.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of calls (a) made to, (b) answered by and (c) that were answered within 60 seconds by...

      Bisphenol A: Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether an assessment has been made of links between bisphenol A and fertility problems in the UK.

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support local ambulance services in (a) Havering and (b) other outer London boroughs.

      Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, what proportion of patients identified to have suffered...

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is providing to children in the high-risk vulnerable category who were advised to shield during the beginning of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Training: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to protect learners against fraudulent remote-learning training providers during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Children: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2020 to Question 81506, if he will make it his policy to extend the eligibility for technology support for 16 to...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools have dropped teaching of one or more foreign languages at GCSE in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Secondary Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools have dropped the teaching of one or more GCSE subjects in response to the situation caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for English language teaching centres during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Tribunals: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's guidance notes and forms for requesting transcription of Tribunal proceedings requiring appellants to submit an EX105...

    • Tribunals: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's guidance notes and forms for requesting transcription of Tribunal proceedings, requiring that appellants will usually...

      Courts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for special measures at court were (a) made and (b) granted in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's White Paper, A Smarter Approach to Sentencing, published on 16 September 2020, whether he plans to make an assessment...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Government's Victim Strategy, what steps he has taken to require that Police and Crime Commissioners ensure that restorative...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Victims Strategy, what steps he has taken to introduce uniform standards and a new framework of indicators for (a) centrally...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department allocates to the Victim Support Homicide Service/Lucie Blackman Trust to support families bereaved abroad.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to comply with the Victims Directive after the UK leaves EU.

      Offences Against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the changes proposed in the White Paper, A Smarter Approach to Sentencing, published September 2020, will effect those convicted of sexual offenses...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Poultry: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with her South African counterparts on the liberalisation of poultry exports to South Africa; and if she will...

    • Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of the recommendations on the scrutiny of international trade...

      Poultry: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with her Chinese counterpart on the liberalisation of poultry exports to China; and if she will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to her oral contribution of 14 September 2020, Official Report, column 28, if she will publish an example of a standard chapter on...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the required level is of (a) UK inputs and (b) cumulative UK and EU inputs to meet rules of origin thresholds for goods for export to...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanisms were included in the recently agreed trade deal with Japan; and if will she make a...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether businesses that are members of the Trade Advisory Group have seen the final text of the recently agreed UK-Japan free trade agreement.

      Department for International Trade: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many events her predecessor attended between 1 September 2017 and 24 July 2019 at the invitation of (a) the Institute or Initiative for...

      Department for International Trade: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2020 to Question 87521, whether she (a) used her Ministerial car to attend the meeting at the Worzals...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Independent Commission for Aid Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to his oral answer on 2 September 2020, Official Report, column 198, what plans he has to conduct a...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the merger of his Department with the Department for International Development cost; and how many roles...

      Turkey: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on Turkey’s militarily supported exploration for...

      Mexico: Freedom of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of freedom of religion or belief in Mexico.

      Greece: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has offered support to the Moria refugee camp in Greece.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the track miles or equivalent figure for (a) Mastiff, (b) Ridgeback, (c Husky, (d) Wolfhound and (e) Jackal in (i) 2017-18, (ii)...

    • AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what capability gap would be created for the Royal Air Force in the event that the order for five E-7 Wedgetail aircraft is reduced to three.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 21 September to Question 90952 on Military Aircraft, by what authority his Department is withholding this information.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the castings (a) in the initial production and (b) for replacement parts of the new Boxer will be made in the UK.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce a decision on the mid-life extension and upgrade of the Watchmaker Unmanned Air System.

      Nuclear Submarines: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the viability of maintaining the continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent with a (a) three and (b) four...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Main Battle Tanks his Department has; and how many of those tanks are fully operational.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to work coaches to support universal credit claimants with (a) Asperger’s syndrome and (b) autism; and what...

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the requirement that placements on the Kickstarter scheme be...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to publish the steps it will take in response to the Court of Appeal ruling in Secretary of State for Work and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase uptake of pension credit; and if she will put in place a strategy to achieve full uptake of...

      Universal Credit: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families with children have received the £20 per week uplift in universal credit standard allowance payments in Huddersfield in...

      Universal Credit: Stockton North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families with children have received the £20 per week uplift in universal credit standard allowance payments in Stockton North...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 24 March 2020 to Question 30051 on Pension Credit stating that her Department will carry out a full evaluation of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will set a target for increasing the red squirrel population by the end of this Parliament.

    • Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference his Department's 25 year environment plan progress report of 11 June 2020, what recent assessment he has made...

      Flood Control: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September to Question 91696, which hon. Members from the South Yorkshire Area the Minister has...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what statutory authority Ministers may dispense with the Fish Quota Allocation to the commercial fishing sector on...

      Fisheries: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to undertake a formal public consultation on economic link reform in relation to fisheries management and...

      Agriculture: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prioritise (a) sustainable farming and (b) environmentally responsible policies.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support Hong Kong citizens who are born after 1997 and do not qualify for BN(O) status.

    • Orgreave

      If she will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing an independent inquiry into the policing of the miners' strike in 1984-85.

      Police: Coronavirus

      What additional funding her Department plans to provide to ensure that police forces have the capacity to enforce localised covid-19 lockdowns in addition to carrying out their other duties.

      Asylum: Homelessness

      What steps her Department is taking to protect people seeking asylum from homelessness.

      Passports: Applications

      What recent progress her Department has made on reducing the time it takes to process passport applications.

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      What recent assessment she has made of trends in the time taken by UK Visas and Immigration to process one-year visa extensions for healthcare workers.

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      What recent assessment she has made of trends in the time taken by UK Visas and Immigration to process one-year visa extensions for healthcare workers.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      If she will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring public understanding of covid-19 lockdown regulations and legislation.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      What steps her Department plans to take to build on the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on grooming gangs.

      Asylum: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the extent of destitution among asylum seekers; and if she will make a statement.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to resume refugee resettlement schemes.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report on Asylum accommodation and support published by the National Audit Office in July 2020, what estimate her...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of direct funding to asylum dispersal local authorities in...

      Refugees: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 91653, what comparative assessment she has made of the barriers the UK is facing to...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to ensure that safe and legal pathways remain open from 2021 for unaccompanied children within Europe (a) with...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to include a statement of apology from her Department on all Windrush Compensation Scheme compensation award...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing application forms for the Windrush Compensation Scheme that have been...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to invite external organisations to contribute to the upcoming review of the compliant environment recommended to be...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims have been made to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of allocating additional funding and other resources to the police to respond to...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that fire and rescue services conduct covid-secure home safety assessments during the...

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to include provisions on community-based services in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

      Hate Crime: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle misogyny and racism experienced by Muslim women.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will include non-ACM cladding remediation work in the monthly data release on the building safety programme.

    • Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Law Commission’s report, Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your...

      Derelict Land: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of converting brownfield sites into green...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to increase the rate of housebuilding in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the £4.3 billion provided to local authorities to help deal with costs due to the covid-19...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2020 to Question 88289 on Veterans: Suicide, if he will make...

    • Committee On the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Advisory Military Sub Committee is next scheduled to meet.

      Disease Control: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's timescale is for providing guidance to businesses in Northern Ireland on the (a) process...

      Border Delivery Group: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the next meeting is scheduled for the Border Delivery Group with representatives of (a) ports and (b)...

      Government Departments: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) Government departments and (b) other public bodies his Department has considered for reloaction to...

      Civil Service: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the next meeting of the Sustainability Forum of Civil Service unions and the Civil Service will be held.

      Outdoor Recreation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Ministers he consulted on those outdoor activities that are exempt from the rule of six covid-19 regulations.

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK nationals can stay in the Schengen Area for periods of longer than 90 days without a visa.

  • Treasury

    • Night-time Economy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2020 to Question 88386 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Night-time Economy, what options for more effective ways...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Leisure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing a sector-specific extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the sport and...

      Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make further financial support available through the Discretionary Grant Fund.

      Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the discretionary grant fund afforded to local authorities in order to...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of 15 September 2020 of the Exchequer Secretary, Official Report, column 180, if he will publish the evidential basis...

      Elizabeth Truss

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2020 to Question 89625, whether all events attended between 1 September 2017 and 24 July 2019 by the then Chief...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Immigrants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of individuals subject to No Recourse to Public Funds conditions who are currently supported by the...

      Working Tax Credit: Stockton North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with children have received the £20 per week uplift in Working Tax Credit basic element payments in Stockton North in each month...

      Tax Avoidance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to delay the date for reporting the Loan Charge and concluding settlement agreements as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial assistance is available to PAYE freelancers whose employers will not register them for support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of job losses resulting from the ending of the VAT retail export scheme in the (a) retail and...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a furlough scheme for for companies that remain unable to operate due to covid-19...

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the value of tax-free shopping sales in the UK; and what proportion of that spending is forecast to be retained...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of re-opening business grants for companies which remain unable to operate as a result of covid-19...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of self-employed beauty industry workers being unable to carry out treatments as a result of...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement entitled Finance Bill 2020-21 draft legislation and tax documents of 21 July 2020, what assessment he...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the effect on the level of employment of the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding allocated from the public purse to the National Citizens Service.

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of including community music group rehearsals in the list of activities...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the statement by the Prime Minister on 22 September setting out further covid-19 lockdown restrictions,...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make financial support available to (a) St Albans City FC and (b) other non-league football clubs during the...

      Football: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with HMRC on providing guidance to professional football clubs on the effect that reduced revenues...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the advice he has received from Public Health England on live sports and covid-19 in relation to (a)...

      Theatres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a scheme to support theatres similar to the Film and TV...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of above Step 5 (a) football clubs and (b) governing...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Calling of Members

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many times each Member of Parliament has been successful in the Question Ballot and been...

  • Attorney General

    • Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to CPS data summary Quarter 4 2019-2020, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the decline in rape prosecutions.

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Licences: Defence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's vehicle requirements for H licence driving tests have had on...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency permits the use of armoured or automatically commanded vehicles for H licence driving tests; and if so, what...

      Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many changes to the H licence driving test requirements regarding (1) vehicles, and (2) locations, have been communicated to the relevant training providers in...

      Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have conducted with industry regarding suitable vehicles for H licence driving tests.

      Air Pollution: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place for Highways England to share real time data from its National Air Quality Monitoring Network; and when they estimate those data...

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to waive the rules applying to the use of slots by airlines; whether they plan to make a statement to this effect; and if so, when.

      Electric Scooters: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage members of the public to perform citizens’ arrests if they witness dangerous use of e-scooters on pavements.

      Voi: Electric Scooters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have requested from Voi about the illegal use of e-scooters; and what plans they have to publish any such information.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by David G Victor et al, Accelerating the Low Carbon Transition, published in November 2019, in particular...

      Bus Services: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of bus and coach transport.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to support the recovery of the Northern Ireland economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • New IRA: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the New IRA has imported weapons from Hezbollah.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Care Quality Commision's policy on the number of inspection visits that should take place in a 12 month period to mental health facilities rated as (1)...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they involve members of both Houses of Parliament in their decisions to instigate to instigate local lockdowns in their constituency in response to the...

      Suicide: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any disparity in the rate of suicide between different (1) ethnic groups, and (2) genders within those groups, in England; and what plans they...

      Suicide: Euthanasia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the study Does Euthanasia Have a Dampening Effect on Suicide Rates? Recent Experiences from the Netherlands, published in the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why (1) the Scottish Government, and (2) the Welsh Government, have excluded children under the age of twelve...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people; and what action has been taken by...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the number of people who can meet indoors ahead of the Christmas period.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific advice was used to inform the rules which prevent groups of more than six people gathering socially; and what if anything that advice said...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the rules which prevent groups of more than six gathering socially, including whether those rules are fit for purpose.

      Suicide: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many suicides by Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people have there been in each of the last three years for which figures are available, by (1) gender, and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department of Health and Social Care staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Acute Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to reports of overcrowding in accident and emergency departments, and (2) to the COVID-19 pandemic, what action they are taking with NHS England...

      Hospital Beds: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total bed capacity available to the NHS from private sector providers; and whether they will publish the most updated occupancy data for those beds.

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what extra funding has been made available in 2020 to (1) GPs, (2) NHS community health services, and (3) Public Health England, to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Centre for Social Research Wellcome Monitor 2020: COVID-19 study, published in August, which concluded...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 14 September (HL Deb, col 1007) that they "are looking at making up to half of our personal protective...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people living with urinary incontinence have access to high quality medical devices after Brexit.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report Education at a Glance 2020, published on...

    • History: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of examination boards in  promoting a better understanding of British history; and which such boards examine...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what extra financial provision they plan to make available to schools who do not have the budget to meet the requirements of operating safely during the...

  • Treasury

    • H2O Asset Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the potential risks for UK investors by H2O Asset Management's approach to valuing unlisted investments held in...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • India: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive a response from the government of India to their standing request for UK diplomats to visit Jammu and Kashmir; and whether they sought...

    • Asif Pervaiz

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the case of Asif Pervaiz.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for conducting a reconciliation process for Commonwealth countries about their historic treatment by the UK;...

      India: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the research by Fengqing Chao et al Probabilistic projection of the sex ratio at birth and missing female births by State and Union Territory in India,...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the unlawful detention, torture and execution of prisoners, including Navid Afkari.

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accounts of the wrongful arrest and torture of demonstrators and activists in Amnesty International's report Iran: Trampling...

      Georgia: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) changes to the law in Georgia which discriminate against foreign investors in that country's digital telecommunications...

      Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from the World Health Organisation and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme that (1) 785 million people do not have...

      Eritrea: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they provided to (1) the government of Eritrea indirectly through multilateral organisations, and (2) for use in Eritrea through multilateral...

      Eritrea: Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what development assistance they provided to Eritrea in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020; and what development assistance they plan to provide to that country...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Police Foundation and The People’s Pension Protecting People’s Pensions: Understanding and Preventing Scams, published on 7...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to prevent species extinction, and (2) to work with other nations and international organisations to implement worldwide measures to...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what plans they have to make new arrangements for the welfare of asylum seekers following the UK’s departure from the EU.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a British national (overseas) citizen who is ordinarily resident in Hong Kong but is in the UK for a permitted six-month, visa-free stay would be...

      Marriage: Ceremonies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many religious denominations which had no registered places of worship for the purpose of solemnising opposite-sex marriages prior to 2013 have registered such...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Freight: Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of preparedness of the Smart Freight Service; and when they expect to be in a position to start testing the system.

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU beyond 31 December, in the light of the progress of negotiations.

      Home Office: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to conclude their investigation into allegations of bullying of officials by the Home Secretary; and when the report of that investigation...

      Government Assistance: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any advice or briefings prepared by the civil service on the impact of the provisions of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern...

  • Department for International Trade

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