Written answers

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes he plans to make to the British Transport Police budget as a result of his recent announcement of the end to rail franchising.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the hon. Member for Tottenham to discuss (a) the funding of the Tottenham Hale link bridge and (b) correspondence from that hon,...

      Electrification: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with train operators on introducing bi-mode hybrid trains on the railway line between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

      Electrification: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the electrification of the railway line between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

      Electrification: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to electrify the train line between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton.

      Railways: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring into public ownership (a) the UK railway network and (b) rolling stock companies.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to increase awareness of Passenger Assist among passengers who would benefit from that service.

      Railway Stations: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of Changing Places toilet facilities in train stations.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for each Train Operating Company with which his Department has agreed an Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA), what the Performance Payment amounts are...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for each Train Operating Company with which his Department has agreed an Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA), what figure will be used to calculate the...

      Trains: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is his Department's policy is on the use of hydrogen trains as a replacement for diesel trains; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on completing the fast-charging network for electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help reduce the cost of charging electric vehicles.

      Shipping: Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has in place to stop skippers turning off their automatic identification system to prevent location identification.

      Driving Licences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure the DVLA prioritises driving licence applications for key workers during the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government is taking steps to (a) help ensure energy independence and (b) limit the role of overseas state...

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to expand the nuclear energy sector.

      Urenco: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether investigations into security breaches of URENCO employees are required to involve notification of...

      Mining: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether the Radioactive Waste Management Strategy has ensured that radioactive...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fuel poverty in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK households that use (a) oil and (b) LPG for their heating and hot...

      Heating: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK non-domestic properties that use (a) oil and (b) LPG for their...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average cost for homes off the gas grid to move from EPC band (a) E, (b) F and (c) G...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential per property cost for installation of (a) loft insulation, (b) cavity wall...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the the average cost per KwH of energy used by his Department generated from (a) natural...

      Hydrogen: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of investing funds from the public purse in electrolyser deployment.

      Mining: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure UK mining industries undertake low carbon extraction techniques.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners are able to access the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of tidal energy projects in Britain's estuaries.

      Energy: Buildings and Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress is being made on the retrofitting of homes and buildings to become more energy efficient.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff his Department employs.

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the wedding industry sector on responding to the...

      United Kingdom Internal Market Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Scottish Government on the economic effect...

      Post Offices: Subsidies

      What assessment he has made of the potential effect on the post office network of the end of the post office subsidy in 2021.

      Natural Gas: Fees and Charges

      What discussions he has had with Ofgem on the introduction of a short-haul tariff scheme for gas transportation.

      Small Businesses: Billing

      What steps he is taking to help reduce the number of late payments to small businesses.

      Climate Change

      What steps his Department is taking to tackle climate change.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Free Zones: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on granting Northern Ireland ports freeport status.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to publish further proposals on dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress has been made on full implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the safety of clinically vulnerable people with (a) diabetes and (b) other long term illnesses in...

    • Health Services and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether household members of health and social care workers will be prioritised for covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 21 September 2020, Official Report, column 633, if he will publish details of the trial he referred...

      Joint Biosecurity Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultants have been deployed by Boston Consulting Group at the new Joint Biosecurity Centre; and what the average day rate is...

      Joint Biosecurity Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultants have been deployed by Deloitte at the new Joint Biosecurity Centre; and what the average day rate is for each consultant.

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons NHS Mental Health Trusts are not included in the guidance, Hospital discharge service: policy and operating model; and...

      Mental Health: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to support the mental health and wellbeing of children in and leaving care.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that treatment options for mental health conditions has parity with treatment options available for...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to reduce the diagnosis time for endometriosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of covid-19 testing for (a) care home staff and (b) care home residents in the West...

      Carers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support working carers with assets above the £23,450 upper threshold who wish to provide care for a...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will relax the rules on the number of family visitors for relatives in residential care on compassionate grounds in circumstances...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 August 2020 to Question 78605, whether the weekly covid-19 testing of care home staff and testing of...

      Supported Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the access to covid-19 testing for (a) residents and (b) staff in supported living settings.

      Joint Biosecurity Centre: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent meetings he has had with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to discuss the threat level from covid-19.

      Care Homes: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 16 July 2020, Official Report, column 1795, what progress his Department has made on developing a...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the news story, Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities, published on 8 April 2020, how...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the lack of visits for people in care homes due to covid-19 restrictions on the speed of...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the covid-19 testing protocol differs between care homes and Housing with Care facilities.

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) caucasian and (b) non-caucasian women died (i) during pregnancy and (ii) in childbirth in each of the last three years.

      Health Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the effectiveness of public health education on (a) how to wear a mask and (b) observing social...

      Sepsis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government is allocating from the public purse to develop new sepsis diagnostics to determine whether a patient with...

      Sodium Valproate: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he has allocated to (a) GPs and (b) technicians to support the prescribing and monitoring of Sodium Valproate to women of...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS hospital trusts (a) collect and (b) publish accurate data on multiple births.

      Paterson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Issues raised by Paterson, HC 31, published in...

      Coronavirus Act 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which parts of the Coronavirus Act 2020 have been implemented in practice.

      Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of existing legislation to regulate...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many referrals there have been to children’s social care in each month since March 2020.

    • Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has been made of the number of university students unable to provide a suitable guarantor for their securing accommodation.

      Class Sizes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to reduce the size of classes in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support children who are missing education as a result of having to self-isolate.

      Health Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on the teaching of menstrual wellbeing in schools.

      Children and Young People: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to review the adequacy of the care system for children and young adults.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) the covid-19 restrictions announced on 22 September 2020 and (b) further local lockdowns...

      Schools: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide an update on (a) the uptake of free period products in schools and (b) that uptake for each region of England; and if he will make...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funds he is making available for (a) schools, (b) childcare facilities and (c) universities for deep cleaning after cases of covid-19.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops his Department has provided to children since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support the return of domestic overnight educational residential trips for schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that an equitable system is in place for schools and students in the event that a predicted grade exam results system...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of additional ring-fenced funding for children with SEND in the Comprehensive Spending...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) guidance, (b) support and (c) resources his Department is providing to schools with students returning to school who have (i) tracheostomies...

      Unemployment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department is taking steps with the Department for Work and Pensions to (a) support and (b) retrain young people who have lost their jobs...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the rate of prisoners re-offending after their release.

    • Prisoners On Remand: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of virtual remand hearings on police custody suites.

      Overseas Companies: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how will disputes between UK companies and companies in the EU be resolved once the Court of Justice of the European Union ceases to have direct...

      Shoplifting: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to consult on the effectiveness of the (a) law and (b) sentencing guidelines in relation to shoplifting following recent attacks on...

  • Treasury

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the comprehensive spending review.

    • Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 84292 on Hospitality Industry: VAT, whether a company that has paid VAT at 20 per cent in advance...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to review the (a) effectiveness, (b) equity and (c) value for money of non-structural tax reliefs.

      Freight: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tests he has carried out on the application of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service for goods moving through Welsh ports; and what the outcome of those...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) women have received support from the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) women are in receipt of support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme nationally.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the accuracy of its data on the number of (a) small business, (b) self-employed and (c) sole traders that...

      Unpaid Taxes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Loan Charge, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that people unable to (a) file their tax return, (b) pay tax due and...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 91125 on Economic Growth, whether his Department used the scenario that GDP will fall by 14.3 per...

      SVS Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the difficulties faced by clients and former clients of SVS Securities.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent guidance he has issued to HMRC on the tax treatment of the victims of pension scams.

      Cash Dispensing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the (a) viability and (b) accessibility of cash ATMs in rural areas following the reduction in their usage as a result of...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy of the methodology and definitions used by the United Nations...

    • Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether one planned outcome of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy is to...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Official Development Assistance budget will be increased to 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income in...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is providing to vulnerable Uyghur Muslim refugees from China in Turkey.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his Department's timescale is for responding to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s forthcoming...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to impose sanctions on the people responsible for human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

      Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Pakistani Government on the series of attacks made against Ahmadi Muslims...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people his Department and its agencies employ in teams working on issues relating to diversity, equality...

      International Assistance: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Human Rights and Democracy Report published on 16 July 2020, on how many occasions (a) a...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese Government to end the use of re-education camps in Xinjiang in the...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on its blasphemy laws as a result of recent death...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the employment position is of non-UK national staff who were transferred from the Department for...

      Operation Blue Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the freedom of information request, reference FCO 1059-17, which stated that former diplomats...

      Operation Blue Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason his Department did not provide the Heywood Review with a copy of its file FCO 37/3663 on the...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he plans to make at the forthcoming 45th session of the Human Rights Council on the situation...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of proposals to establish a monitoring mechanism for human...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the FCO Murder Manslaughter Team will become party to the Victims' Code.

      Nguyen Bac Truyen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Vietnamese counterpart for the release of Nguyen Bac Truyen from detention...

      Operation Blue Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will place in the Library copies of the files on the Indian National Security Guard from 1984...

      International Assistance: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2020 to Question 81911 on International Assistance: Security, for what...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many fixed-term contract workers there are in his Department by (a) gender, (b) age group and (c) ethnicity.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he made an assessment of the implications for his policy of reducing the UK aid budget by almost 20 per...

      Mexico: Protestantism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Mexican counterpart on the case of six Protestant Christian families in El...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2020 to Question 85076, if she will make it her policy to publish monthly statistics on the number of...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the welfare payments which people receive reflect the needs of the individual.

      Kickstart Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that young disabled people are able to access the Kickstart scheme.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employers the Health and Safety Executive has (a) investigated and (b) taken enforcement action against since 16 March 2020 in...

      Pension Wise: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have booked a Pension Wise guidance session since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that employers are aware of the need to make pension equalisation payments to those people...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of implementing a training programme for pension and finance professionals to...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all employers fulfil their legal duties to make contributions to workplace pension schemes.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is planning to take to increase public awareness of the risks of pension scams.

      Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have (a) accessed and (b) transferred their pension early since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak which is then...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people affected by administrative errors made by her Department which led to the overpayment of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many eligible parents have not received payment through the Child Maintenance Service in any month since March 2020.

      Universal Credit: North East

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

      Bereavement Support Payment and Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to apply the proposed remedial order to extend the legislation governing widowed parent's allowance and bereavement support...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse has been of the Access to Work scheme in each year since 2010.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women who have applied for universal credit since 1 March 2020 have had their universal credit award reduced as a result of being in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the annual cost of ending the differential treatment of maternity allowance and statutory maternity...

      Employment: Wolverhampton South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to help ensure equity of employment opportunity in Wolverhampton South West constituency.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve communication and partnership working between the universal credit system and landlords and letting agents...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what length of training programme new work coaches are expected to undertake before they are able to support claimants independently.

      Jobcentres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to review her Department's policy on face-to-face appointments at job centres for (a) 18-24 year olds and (b) other people...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to resume face-to-face medical assessments for Industrial Injuries' Disablement Benefit.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employers have applied for funding as part of the Kickstart scheme since that scheme was established.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to issue guidance on food and drink labelling to businesses trading in (a) the EU and (b) Northern Ireland...

    • Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the impact assessment that will be published alongside the second consultation on a deposit return scheme will...

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to (a) further incentivise and (b) ensure that large retailers distribute the Plastic Bag Levy...

      Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what laboratory capacity his Department and it's Agencies have provided to NHS Test and Trace.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support farmers in (a) Worcestershire and (b) the UK.

      Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending support grants for the (a) dairy industry and (b)...

      Floods: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what type of applications to the Farming Recovery Fund he has received from farmers whose crops were affected...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to further support value add to food manufacturing for dairy products.

      Fish: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend regulations to require labelling of food where salt has been added...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to grant asylum seekers the right to work.

    • Pupils: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Department for Education approved data shares with external, third-party organisations published on 14 December 2017, (a)...

      Refugees: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to help ensure people in Lebanon due for resettlement through the paused refugee resettlement scheme retain the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average it takes her Department (a) to make an initial decision on asylum applications and (b) to carry out substantive...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum applications are granted upon first application.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on the full review of hostile environment policies following recommendation 7 of the Windrush: Lessons Learned review.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to recommendation 7 of the Windrush: Lessons Learned review, whether she plans to make an assessment of the effect of No...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made a comparative assessment of the merits of funding the (a) long-term and (b) starting salaries of recently recruited...

      Psilocybin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of rescheduling psilocybin.

      Road Traffic Offences: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the laws relating to traffic offences are effectively enforced.

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the (a) short-term and (b) long-term effects of Operation Venetic on the (i) availability, (ii)) price and...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2020 to Question 74645 on Coronavirus: Quarantine, when she plans to publish the selected data on...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last six months how many health and care workers have (a) paid the immigration health surcharge, (b) applied for a refund for...

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the time taken to process one-year visa extensions for healthcare workers.

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle serious youth violence.

      South Wales Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for South Wales police.

      Police: Uber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with police forces on information and intelligence obtained from Uber.

      Magnet Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislation proposals to regulate magnet fishing to make it mandatory to declare all finds of (a) barrelled...

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2020 to Question 53408 on Drugs: Organised Crime, what work is currently being undertaken by her...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many grants of Discretionary Leave to Remain have been made to victims of human trafficking or modern slavery with a positive Conclusive...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the names of the individuals who attended his meeting with Residential Land, M&G, Redrow and...

    • Residential Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what correspondence he has had with Bruce Ritchie, owner of Residential Land since 1 July 2019.

      Local Plans: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Planning Inspectorate on the timescale for (a) review and (b) response to...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Accelerator Cities project in increasing low carbon home...

      Private Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of devolving more powers to local authorities to (a)...

      Archaeological Sites and Cultural Heritage: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's Planning for the Future consultation and forthcoming proposals for reform to...

      Flats: Commonhold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of implementing the recommendations in the Law...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for his Department to assess registrations to the Building Safety Fund; and whether that...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many buildings are registered to the Building Safety Fund.

      Building Safety Fund: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the outcome of an application to the Building Safety Fund in relation to Imperial Point, Salford, M50 3RB, will...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when funding from his Department's proposed Shared Prosperity Fund will become available for businesses.

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the definition of a brownfield site to include areas with...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how applications for the Building Safety Fund are being assessed; what the criteria is for prioritising those...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason his timetable is to introduce the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

      Tenants: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward a tenant loan scheme similar to the Tenancy Saver Loans and Tenant Hardship Loan Fund...

      Land Use: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of creating a national land use database for (a) rural use, (b)...

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on delaying evictions of tenants facing hardship during the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local communities can continue to have the opportunity to democratically object...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will revise the covid-19 lockdown restrictions for weddings to increase the number of people permitted to attend...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timescale is for publishing the Local Government Finance Settlement 2021-22.

      Business Premises: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking against landlords proposing rent increases that do not adhere to the principles...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to reimburse local authorities for costs incurred in housing the homeless during the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how frequently Sustainability Forum meetings between civil service unions and the civil service take place.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 86598, whether the 10 October 2016 air-strike on houses in Majz was among the (a)...

    • Exhibitions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the international exhibitor funding scheme to domestic events as a...

      Exports: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps businesses in Bromsgrove District can take to utilise support from her Department to help increase (a) international exports (b)...

      UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the (a) names and (b) positions of the people who represented the UK at the US-UK Trade and Investment Working Group...

      Trade Agreements: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made in agreeing a continuity trade agreement with the Government of Kenya.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff her Department employs.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the roll-out of superfast broadband to communities in (a) South Yorkshire and...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of gambling services on the high street in the last 10 years.

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) allocating capital grants to assist with the cost of...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to enable the return of in-person events without social distancing.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for bringing forward an online harms Bill.

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to protect the performing arts sector to ensure that people working in the industry have (a) financial...

      Performing Arts: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to allow cultural organisations to continue producing approved socially-distanced music and theatre...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ask the Information Commissioner's Office to investigate instances of pornographic websites using children's...

      Data Transmission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK-EU data transfer can be undertaken legally from 1 January 2021.

      Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce gambling-related harm during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Football: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of gambling advertising in football on the wellbeing of young people.

      Events Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional (a) business and (b) financial support for the (i) exhibition and (ii) events industry he has discussed with...

      Tourism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the tourism sector in the West Midlands.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on support for the exhibitions sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Events Industry and Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 2 September 2020, Official Report, column 160, what steps events and...

      Darts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to issue guidance on the conduct of (a) professional and (b) recreational darts during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the latest covid-19 guidance, published on 22 September 2020 affects the ability for indoor grassroots performing arts...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support travel management companies affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefit analysis they have undertaken in regards to the quarantine policy for international arrivals.

    • Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their current advice is on the use of public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of levels of compliance with the quarantine rules when determining international travel requirements.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Hydrogen Advisory Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often the Hydrogen Advisory Council intends to meet.

    • Hydrogen: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of investment provided for hydrogen strategies announced by other countries.

      Hydrogen: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the level of investment that would be required for a UK hydrogen strategy.

      Climate Change: Citizens' Juries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a citizen’s assembly on climate policy.

      Job Creation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create new jobs on low carbon (1) projects, and (2) infrastructure schemes.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved institutions about enhancing the aerospace sector in the UK.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of the aerospace sector in the UK.

      Aerospace Industry: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of support required to retain jobs in the aerospace industry across the UK.

      Service Industries: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide financial support to young people in the services sector.

      Trade Associations: Economic Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role (1) chambers of commerce, and (2) trade associations, can play in supporting the UK economic growth.

  • Attorney General

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much compensation has been paid by the Crown Prosecution Service to victims of group-based child sexual exploitation due to a failure to prosecute their...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they will make to any disparities between the length of time schools have been closed closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak when...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Treasury

    • Imports: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 14 September (HL7716), whether they will now answer the question put, namely (1) what was the cost to the...

    • Airports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision not to extend relief from business rates to airports in England.

      Infrastructure: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have (1) to halt, or (2) to reconsider, national infrastructure projects that have not...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the release of ONS figures which found a decline of 695,000 employees on payrolls since March, what plans they have to extend the Coronavirus Job...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL Deb, cols 1589–1592), what assessment they have made of the key factors...

    • Eritrea: UN Resolutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 2023, adopted on 5 December 2011; and when that Resolution was last discussed at the UN...

      Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what self-care intervention sexual and reproductive health and rights services they support in developing countries.

      Yemen: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current health situation in Yemen; and how much (1) aid, and (2) medical supplies, they intend to provide to that country in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ammunition: Beaufort Dyke

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current condition of the munitions that were dumped into Beaufort’s Dyke in the Irish Sea by the Ministry of Defence...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Processed Food: Seasonal Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they plan to make (1) in 2021, and (2) in later years, for the recruitment of seasonal workers in (a) agriculture, (b) horticulture, and (c)...

    • Sewage: Rivers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of sewage discharges into watercourses in England.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of demand for water abstraction.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Enforcement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review (1) their policy towards, (2) the operation of, and (3) the methods used to assess the performance of, immigration enforcement; and...

    • Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide information and advice regarding COVID-19 in languages other than English and Welsh on their asylum support webpages

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable compliance with the rules on a maximum of six people meeting socially by asylum seekers living in reception centres or hostels...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work on family reunion for refugees by the Families Together coalition; and what has been their response.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Refugee Action Lift the ban: why giving people seeking asylum the right to work is common sense, published in July, what...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any reason not to reach an agreement with the EU on state aid which uses the wording and intent evidenced in the free trade agreement reached...

    • United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding their approach to implementing the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the...

      Black History Month

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to commemorate Black History Month in October; which Departments, if any, are supporting specific initiatives to promote a better...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many orders have been placed by foreign governments for the Type 31e frigate.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to involve (1) chambers of commerce, and (2) trade associations, in the implementation of their international trade policies.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Government Departments: ICT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to regulate the relationship between technology companies and the Government.

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