Written answers

Friday, 2 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Train Operating Companies: Emergency Recovery Management Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of payments to train operating companies under the Emergency Recovery Management...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of changing the methodology his Department uses to calculate transport emissions from tailpipe...

      Renewable Fuels: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing an effective minimum price for Renewable Transport Fuel to help ensure the value of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of households within £100 of being classed as fuel poor.

    • Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay scheme.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that insulation products used in the public sector decarbonisation scheme are aligned with the...

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote the UK's anaerobic digestion sector at COP26.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to implement the Law Commission's April 2020 recommendation that the time limit for...

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce a sector deal for the anaerobic digestion and biomethane sector; and if he will make a...

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve cross-departmental working on the Government's anaerobic digestion and biomethane...

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase investment in research and development to improve the efficiency of the anaerobic...

      Sustainable Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications to Innovate UK's iSustainable Innovation Fund (temporary framework), round 2, were rejected...

      Sustainable Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications to Innovate UK's iSustainable Innovation Fund (temporary framework), round 2, came from each...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of off-gas grid households affected by fuel poverty.

      Boilers: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to limit repairs being carried out to existing oil boilers.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) oil and (b) LPG Aga appliances that are fitted in UK homes.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on dementia research charities of the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will increase...

    • Health: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle health inequalities in (a) Leicester and (b) Leicestershire.

  • Department for Education

    • Hindi: GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people took a (a) GCSE and (b) A-Level qualification in the Hindi language in each of the last five years.

    • National Tutoring Programme: Roma and Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that children from Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller communities are reached as part of the National Tutoring Programme for...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of school closures on the educational attainment of (a) Gypsies, Travellers and Roma pupils and (b) other...

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make support available for children who are unable to study effectively at home outside of ordinary school hours during the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners On Remand: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to reimburse Avon and Somerset Police for the cost of providing virtual remand hearings.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many export licences for the sale or transfer of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia have been (a) granted and (b) refused by...

    • 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 3 April 2015 air-strike on a residential area in Bani Matar was...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what meetings Ministers of his Department had with representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq in...

    • Israel: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support steps to strengthen ties between Israel and its neighbours.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help secure peace between Israel and Palestine following the Israel-UAE and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, he will make representations to the Government of Israel to release the 151 Palestinian children being held in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Palestinian counterpart on reports of night time family home arrests of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Mohammad Damer Hamdan Matar near the occupied West Bank...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment: Sutton Coldfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional skills support and training her Department offers to unemployed people in Royal Sutton Coldfield who are aged (a) over 50...

    • Employment: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support people into jobs or training opportunities aligned to the development of the Green Economy.

      Jobcentres: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of jobcentre sites; and what plans she has for the future use of those sites.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide a breakdown of the types of pension scams that have occurred since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with (a) regulators, (b) pension providers and (c) HMRC on taking steps to encourage pension scam...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of initiatives to progress the awareness and take up of pension credit.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to review the level of state pension received by British nationals living overseas.

      Universal Credit: Birmingham Selly Oak

      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 payments, announced by the...

      Kickstart Scheme: Sutton Coldfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking with employers to help ensure as many young people as possible in Royal Sutton Coldfield benefit from the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sanitary Products: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with manufacturers of sanitary products on reducing the plastic content of those products.

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that the Environment Bill 2019-21 includes a requirement for slurries and digestates to be spread using...

      Biofuels: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the integration of bioenergy crops into agricultural and soil management...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of suspending the Minimum Income Requirement.

    • Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of updating the Government's passport renewal website to make applicants aware...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to (a) banks and (b) other lenders on ways for EU citizens to prove they hold (i) settled and (ii) pre-settled...

      Immigrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support she plans to make available to people with No Recourse to Public Funds who have become unemployed during the covid-19 outbreak...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to offer UK resettlement to vulnerable unaccompanied minors from Syria who have been displaced again by the fire at the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department first discussed with the Ministry of Defence the housing of asylum seekers in military barracks or other accommodation.

      Visas: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of the applicants granted extensions of leave to remain in 2019, how many in the (a) work, (b) study, (c) family and (d) other groups had...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how she plans to allocate the additional £60 million announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020 for covid-19 enforcement...

  • Scotland Office

    • Shipping: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to support the decarbonisation of the maritime industry in Scotland.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has received legal advice on the potential consequences of not having in place adequate checking...

    • Elections: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the Electoral Reform Society’s...

      Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants received severance packages in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020 to date.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for East Londonderry of 20 August 2020 on the...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has contingency plans to minimise disruption at UK borders in the event that the Smart...

      Government Departments: Remote Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government departments and agencies have issued written instructions to their employees to work from...

      Vote Leave: Russia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that there is an investigation of alleged links between financial backers of the Vote Leave campaign...

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on armed forces veterans...

  • Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on changes to the benefit cap.

    • Save as You Earn: Resignations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of changing the rules governing Save As You Earn (SAYE) schemes to make resignation from an...

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the (a) names of the companies, other than small enterprises, that received support under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and (b) amount...

      Horse Riding: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of treating riding schools and livery yards as agricultural settings for business rates purposes.

      Working Tax Credit: Bath

      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 Bath in each month since that...

      Working Tax Credit: Blaydon

      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 Blaydon in each month since it...

      Working Tax Credit: Newport West

      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 Newport West in each month since...

      Working Tax Credit: Huddersfield

      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 Huddersfield in each month since...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the withdrawal of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on older people.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charitable Donations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the report Levelling Up Our Communities: Proposals for a New Social Covenant commissioned by the Prime...

    • English Football League: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to provide financial support to English Football League football clubs through the 2020-21 season.

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department have made of the economic effect on (a) National League football clubs and (b) local...

      Entertainments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to assist companies in the live entertainment industry that are unable to take on more...

      Arm: Nvidia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he is seeking a legally binding guarantee to keep Arm as a separate entity with a separate business model that is not...

      Snooker: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether snooker clubs are subject to the covid-19 10pm curfew restrictions.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on grassroots sports clubs of the covid-19 outbreak; and what estimate he...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support is available for (a) wedding fayre and (b) other event organisers to diversify their businesses as a...

      Showmen's Guild of Great Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department last met representatives of the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain.

      Events Industry and Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with events and hospitality companies that have not received Government support in (a)...

      Gambling: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 on (a) levels of gambling-related harm...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial preparedness of train operators to meet any ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Manston Airport: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to inform the local population that an objective decision will be made about the proposed development of a freight cargo project at Manston...

      Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the biofuels market in the UK, and (2) that market's potential for growth.

      Electric Scooters: Coventry and Middlesbrough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of issues with the use of e-scooters in (1) Coventry, and (2) Middlesbrough; and what plans they have to pause the...

      Aviation: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their review into regional connectivity following the collapse of airline Flybe has started; and when they plan to publish that review's findings.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas: Energy Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the work being undertaken to upgrade the gas supply network.

    • Nuclear Power

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

      Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the rollout of smart meters.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Voucher Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the summer food payment scheme, and (2) the ability of recipients to use e-gift cards for non-school items.

    • Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make academic qualifications more accessible for adults.

      Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to provide for companies to continue to offer apprenticeship training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Colonialism: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ofqual about examination boards developing modules on the study of migration and the UK's colonial history; how many...

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 marshals will be used to ensure that schools and colleges are (1) facilitating social distancing, and (2) providing COVID-19 secure environments.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Japan: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of Japan since his appointment; and if so, whether they discussed the implications of the current...

    • China: India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation on the border of China and India; and what, if any, representations they have made (1) to support...

      Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about (1) the enactment and imposition by China of national security legislation for Hong Kong, and...

      Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about its national security legislation for Hong Kong, in particular with regard to (1) human rights...

      Obadiah Mailafia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Obadiah Mailafia has received death threats and been interrogated by Nigerian security forces after...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL8043 and HL8044), what action they have taken at (1) the UN General Assembly, and (2)...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that Uighur Muslim women have been subjected to forced abortions and womb removals, (2) that Uighur children are...

      Saneha Kinza Iqbal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about the case of Saneha Kinza Iqbal; whether, in such discussions, they have raised the access...

      Greece: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of relations between the governments of Greece and Turkey.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Proof of Identity: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have stopped issuing (1) National Insurance numbers, and (2) other documents required to prove identity, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and if...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the amount of unmanaged woodland and forest.

    • Lakes and Rivers: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of pollution in rivers and lakes in England; and how many have achieved a good ecological status.

      Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of preparations to mitigate flooding of the Somerset Levels in the winter.

      Nature Conservation: Sports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the exemptions included in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4)...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid (1) to the government of France, and (2) organisations based in France, in the last five years to limit asylum seekers crossing the English...

    • Asylum: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking over reports that French Navy patrol boats have been aiding asylum seekers to enter UK waters illegally.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Trade: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the level of trade is between the UK and Taiwan.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the mechanisms used to ensure that the First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are informed of actions being taken by the Government to...

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met representatives of the British International Freight Association; and what assessment they have made of the ability of the customs and logistics...

  • Treasury

    • Exports: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on jobs of ending tax-free shopping for international tourists; and what steps they are taking, if any, to...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, Northern Ireland will be subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation rules on data...

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