Written answers

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to bring forward plans for a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network.

    • Trainline: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Government pays a commission to Trainline for tickets booked through that service during the covid-19 outbreak; and what the cost...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with railway operators on making the price of a single rail journey equivalent of a return ticket for that journey.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to improve the on-board train experience for disabled passengers.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the passenger experience of the Turn Up and Go assistance service.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the needs of disabled train passengers are met, whilst ensuring (a) their safety and (b) that current...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to enforce the wearing of face coverings on public transport.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to update guidance for public transport providers to ensure that health risks for workers who shielded during the...

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Williams Rail Review consultation which closed on 31 May 2019.

      Package Holidays: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that travellers who booked holidays through (a) LoveHolidays and (b) On The Beach prior to the departure...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road safety for cyclists.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing the Dartford toll charges for owners of wholly electric vehicles.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) widespread public understanding of the laws on e-scooters and (b) e-scooter retailers are advising customers on...

      Electric Scooters: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of e-scooters being sold by UK retailers and used illegally on roads.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of breweries that have closed in England in each of the last 10 years.

    • Summertime: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the UK remaining on British Summer Time to help (a) people's...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to reduce the use of dismiss and re-engage tactics by employers.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with employers or employer bodies on the use of dismiss and re-engage tactics in...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of employers in receipt of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments who have...

      Cosmetics: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the decisions in Symrise AG, 18 August 2020, by the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency...

      Commuters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether employers are required to provide alternative transport for workers who cannot work from home and need to use...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to raise the minimum level of energy efficiency standard for private rented accommodation...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Railways: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with the Northern Ireland Victims Commissioner on the introduction of a veterans' railcard.

    • Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the (a) work plan and (b) programme for delivery of the Business Engagement Forum that the Government set up with Northern...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the circumstances are in which the easements provided for in the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 would be...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been instructed to isolate through track and trace to date.

      Dental Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) dentists and (b) dental health staff has the same access to covid-19 tests as other NHS staff.

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England and NHS Improvement on replacing the NHS safety thermometer.

      Coronavirus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis was for the decision to include Halton with the rest of the Liverpool City Region and Warrington as subject to...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to invest in child and adult mental health services for children and young people up to the age of 25.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people died by suicide within two months of attending A&E for a mental health problem in 2019-20.

      Health: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to ensure that the mental health and wellbeing of people (a) in and (b) leaving social care is supported over...

      Endometriosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of NHS treatment of endometriosis in each of the last three years.

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislation to give local authorities the power to enforce a...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people suffering from the long term symptoms of covid-19.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State of Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to recognise long covid as a medical condition.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) funding from the public purse he plans to allocate to and (b) support he plans to provide to GPs to manage potential increases...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in which local authorities the Your COVID Recovery programme is currently available; and if he will provide a timetable for the launch of...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote the development of specialist pre-term birth clinics.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to support maternity services to implement fully an expanded Saving...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit, what steps he is taking to ensure that maternity units implement the...

      NHS Resolution: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to announce the appointment of the new Chair of NHS Resolution; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Social Services

      What recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that the NHS and social care sectors are adequately resourced during winter 2020-21.

      NHS: Weather

      What additional support he is providing to the NHS ahead of winter 2020-21.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he is providing to NHS trusts on ensuring that partners are able to be with expectant mothers for the entirety of the birth...

      Coronavirus: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution on covid-19 of 22 September 2020, Official Report, column 797, what advice SAGE...

      Coronavirus: Funerals and Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk of spread of covid-19 at (a) organised weddings and (b) organised funerals; and what the reason...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the changes to covid-19 restrictions, announced on 22 September 2020, whether the (a) national and (b) local lockdown...

      Health Services: Social Services

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of negotiations on the future relationship with the EU on the health and social care sector.

      Mental Health Services

      What steps his Department is taking to increase the number of mental health hubs in the community.

      Mental Health Services

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for urgent mental health service provision.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequate provision of mental health services for young people.

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 10.00pm curfew on hospitality premises serving alcohol on limiting the second wave of covid-19.

      Coronavirus Act 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on where to publish the list of authorities using the powers in section 10 of Schedule 8 of the Coronavirus Act 2020...

      Victims: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) specialist support is available for and (b) steps he is taking to improve the treatment available to stalking victims with...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to provide an additional 24,000 women with access to specialist perinatal...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prioritise policy on the mental health and wellbeing of children.

    • Sixth Form Education: Portmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on the educational outcomes of sixth form students in Portsmouth of recent trends in the number of those...

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 90289 on Remote Education: Coronavirus, if he will make it compulsory for schools to remotely...

      Outdoor Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support (a) Outward Bound, (b) the Field Studies Council and (c) other school residential providers during the covid-19...

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of catch-up teaching support provided to former Year 13 students who have opted to sit...

      Children: Dyscalculia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish guidance on teaching children with dyscalculia on his Department's website.

      Primary Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he is providing to primary schools on enabling prospective parents to visit those schools in advance of school admissions deadlines...

      Educational Institutions and Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chief Inspector for Ofsted on ensuring that assessments of the financial performance of state (a) schools, (b)...

      Educational Institutions and Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2020 to Question 70379 on Schools and Nurseries: Coronavirus, if he will make it his policy to provide further...

      Children's Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to ensure that no children’s centres are closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Vocational Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce grant funding for vocational education up to Level 3 for learners aged 19 and over.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the process for establishing an Education, Health and Care Plan for SEND children is dependent on a diagnosis.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has put in place following the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support employers in (a) retaining and (b) upskilling...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

    • Courts: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many court proceedings initiated by police forces in England and Wales have been unsuccessful on the grounds that notice of intended prosecution...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the announcement of 21 September 2020 entitled Eight more Nightingale Courts to deliver justice, when those courts will be operating...

      Prisoners: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent High Court judgment R (Harrison and others) v. Secretary of State for...

      Crown Court: Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the backlog of cases has been at Hove Trial Centre for (a) adult and (b) youth cases in each quarter since the first quarter of 2018.

      Rape: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to tackle the backlog of rape cases that have not been tried as a result of the covid-19 outbreak and lockdown restrictions.

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase domestic violence victims’ access to legal aid in response to increasing levels of domestic violence during...

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a legal pardon for people who have a criminal conviction as a result of not paying for a...

  • Treasury

    • Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to support businesses who were unable to access bounce back loans because (a) they did not have a business bank account open before...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who are subject to the loan charge are waiting to receive their settlement paperwork.

      Bowling: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for the exclusion of ten pin bowling businesses from the reduction in VAT for tourism and hospitality businesses.

      Financial Services: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress he has made on achieving equivalence for British financial services in the EU from 1 January 2021.

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further financial steps he is taking to support people in the tourism sector who have become unemployed during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of money lost to the public purse as a result of fuel fraud in Northern Ireland.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2020 to Question 90116, how many small breweries will be affected by the proposals to covert small brewers relief to...

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to provide financial support in addition to the provisions of his Winter Economy Plan announced on 24 September 2020 for businesses that...

      Remote Working: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking in addition to putting new guidance on gov.uk to raise awareness for the tax rebate for home-working.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have belonged to a credit union in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) functioning of the contingency insurance market and (b) ability...

      Bowling: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 81614 on Bowling: Coronavirus, what guidance his Department has issued to bowling alley businesses...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he has put in place for small businesses to access bounce back loans where their banking arrangements are solely with financial institutions...

      UK Government Investments: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UKGI's compliance officer's official Protocol is in the event of a NED or UKGI employee's deliberate failure to declare a significant interest.

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the insurance industry on the availability of contingency insurance for live events during covid-19...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to support the cancellation of debt owed by the world's poorest nations.

      United Nations: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing an intergovernmental tax body at the United Nations.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's definition is of a viable job.

      Working Tax Credit: Birmingham Selly Oak

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with children received the £20 per week uplift in working tax credit basic element payments, announced on 20 March 2020, in...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support self-employed people in September and October 2020.

      Debts Written Off: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) debt cancellation for lower-income countries from Governments, the IMF and World Bank, the...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small breweries (a) have and (b) have not been permitted to recalculate their production volumes for the purposes of small brewers relief in 2020-21.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding the UK has provided to the UN Relief and Works Agency in each of the last five years.

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Second Report of Session...

      Overseas Aid: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 91694 on overseas aid: poverty, whether any of the bottom...

      Syria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will support the Government of the Netherland's attempt to hold the Syrian Government responsible under the...

      Hamas: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent charges brought by Hamas against...

      Visas: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress the Government has made in securing a reciprocal tourist travel mobility agreement with the EU.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support humanitarian action in (a) refugee camps and (b) elsewhere in...

      Commonwealth: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the UK’s Official Development Assistance spending went to Commonwealth nations in each...

      Detainees: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many British citizens the Government classifies as arbitrarily detained or unfairly detained overseas.

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what Official Development Assistance he has allocated to support (a) education and (b) healthcare in Pakistan.

      China: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of Chinese interference in the internal affairs of Commonwealth nations.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what effect reports of human rights violations by Sri Lanka's security forces have on the extent of UK programmes...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make it his policy to remove all streams of Official Development Assistance from his Department to the...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what Official Development Assistance is provided to the People's Republic of China; for which projects that...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people work in the diversity and inclusion team in his Department's human resources department.

      Ethiopia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representation he has made to his Ethiopian counterpart on human rights violations against the Oromo people...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Second Report of Session...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Second Report of Session...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Second Report of Session...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Second Report of Session...

      Department for International Development: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people were employed by the Department for International Development prior to the announcement of the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people were employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to the announcement of the merger of...

      Victim Support: Lucie Blackman Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much his Department allocates to the Victim Support Homicide Service/Lucie Blackman Trust to support families...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to extend diplomatic protection to more British citizens detained by Iran.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assurances his Department has received that Mrs Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will not have her imprisonment extended.

      Developing Countries: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Vulnerable Supply Chains Initiative in meeting that...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Catering and Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with ESS on proposed pay cuts and redundancies for caterers and cleaners at his Department's bases.

    • Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the saving to the public purse of awarding the Maritime Defence Framework Contract at HMNB Clyde to Babcock.

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies are contracted to deliver in-service support of (a) complex warships, (b) submarines and (c) naval base services as part of the...

      Armed Forces: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance he has published on who should pay fees for medical records in respect of applicants to the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the families of service personnel who have died from conditions related to radiation exposure will have the right, under the terms of the...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effect the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill will have on the ability of service personnel and their families to claim...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the compliance of her Department’s rules on annual leave carry-over with the Working Time (Coronavirus)...

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason Kickstart intermediary agencies are required to run payroll functions.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether local authorities will be (a) required or (b) encouraged to participate in the Kickstart scheme.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the evidence given by Andrew Latto, Deputy Director; Devolution, Pensioner Benefits and Carer’s Allowance Policy, to...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how her Department plans to ensure that intermediaries are available for the Kickstart scheme in every local authority region.

      Flybe: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2020 to Question 29272, what progress she has made in her discussions with the Isle of Man Government on...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment on the merits of implementing automatic approval for Universal Credit for self-employed people who are...

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons her Department opened the new Job Finding Support scheme to private tender.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 29 September to Questions 95101 and 95102 what estimate she has made of the number of people affected by...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 13 July 2020 and...

    • Environment Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2020 to Question 95729, how much funding the Environment Agency has received from all...

      Environment Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2020 to Question 95729, whether the Environmental Agency received enough funding from...

      Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to hold the Yorkshire flood conference.

      Moorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data his Department holds on the condition of moorlands.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the UK's waste that has gone to landfill in each of the last five...

      Disability: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how disabled people who need plastic straws can access them following the ban on the sale and distribution of single-use...

      Food: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to allocate additional funding to food producers to ensure a regular food supply during winter 2020-21.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his timetable is for bringing forward legislative proposals on animal sentience.

  • Home Office

    • UK Visas and Immigration: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional financial and other support she is putting in place to ensure that UK Visas and Immigration office staff are able to process...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines have been issued to people breaking restrictions due to the covid-19 outbreak to date.

      Patrol Craft: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received representations on vigilante civilian patrol boats reportedly operating in the English Channel.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ministry of Defence sites (a) have been agreed for use and (b) are being considered for use to house asylum seekers; and what the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department and its contractors are taking to ensure that people in asylum accommodation can comply with the new public health...

      Contact Tracing: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contacts Public Health England has made to addresses given by people on Passenger Locator Forms, returning from countries that are...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of potential evictions in the private rented sector after the end of the...

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future White Paper, what steps he is taking to secure broad public engagement...

      Planning: Birmingham Edgbaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Planning for the Future consultation,...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will help more people to qualify to be able to undertake External Wall Fire Review assessments.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated to local authorities in England to support the work of fire and rescue services in...

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2020 to Question 95648, how many local authorities have agreed a Reopening High...

      Baptism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what comparative assessment he has made of the effect of the the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil service jobs are based in London.

    • Cabinet Office: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the compliance of Cabinet Office guidance to government departments...

      Veterans: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to support veterans charities which cannot cover their costs and are unable to...

      Public First

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Ministerial sign off was required for the award of the focus group contract to Public First.

      Home Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether educational activities for home schooled children are exempt from the requirements of the covid-19...

      G7

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government’s priorities are for the UK presidency of the G7 in 2021.

      Supply Chain Coordination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the review into Supply...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to strengthen the UK’s trade relationship with Israel.

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which of the 16 chapter areas discussed during the fourth free trade agreement negotiating round with the US are now at an advanced stage in...

      Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether members appointed to the Trade and Agriculture Commission on 10 July 2020 declared any potential conflicts of interest relating to...

      Agricultural Products: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand on (i) quotas and (ii) tariff free quotas for...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what date her Department plans to publish the full details and text of the trade agreement recently agreed between the UK and Japan; and...

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with Israeli companies on exporting to the UK UV-light technology developed in Israel to kill germs.

      Diplomatic Relations: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who was present at the dinner that she attended with the Australian High Commissioner on 28 August 2019.

      Battle of Trafalgar: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much money from the public purse was spent on her Department's Permanent Secretary attending the Ministry of Defence Trafalgar Night...

      Agriculture: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking with the Northern Ireland Executive to promote the Northern Ireland agri-food sector in the US following the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to create a nationwide 5G network.

    • Television Licences: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had recent discussions with TV Licensing on payment methods for elderly people who (a) do not bank online, (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the MOT process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the provision of roadside charging points for electric vehicles in England.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Temperature: Verkhoyansk

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Prolonged Siberian heat of 2020, published on 15 July, whether the Met Office's analysis assumes that all the months of June during...

    • Temperature: Verkhoyansk

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Prolonged Siberian heat of 2020, published on 15 July, whether they will place a copy of a quantile-quantile plot of a GEV distribution...

      Temperature: Verkhoyansk

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Prolonged Siberian heat of 2020, published on 15 July, what assessment they have made of whether the report's sample size is large enough to...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Green Homes Grant Scheme has now been launched; and if so, how many (1) people have applied, and (2) vouchers have been provided, to date.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held, if any, with the government of Ireland about claims made in the Irish Parliament on 22 September that the former chief of staff of...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that university maintenance loans reflect student living costs.

    • STEM Subjects: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the diversity of students taking STEM subjects at university.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, not to follow the provisions of the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, agreed on 11 September.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to announce proposals this year for the reorganisation of local government in England; and whether county council elections will take...

    • Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is permitted for up to 15 people to attend a humanist wedding; and if so, whether they have plans to clarify rules for marriages and civil ceremonies.

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why humanist weddings are limited to gatherings of six people under COVID-19 regulations; and what plans they have to change those rules to reflect...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to hold a formal consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and whether any such consultation will include a framework for the Fund to...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards establishing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the same number of people to attend a humanist wedding as religious and civil weddings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel have died as a result of COVID-19.

    • Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional (1) personal protection equipment, and (2) training, for Armed Forces personnel to carry out door-to-door...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incinerators: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing waste incineration capacity on rates of recycling.

  • Home Office

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether migrants who have crossed the English Channel and were subsequently detained by Border Force have been tested for COVID-19; and if so, what...

    • British Nationality: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; what assessment they have made of the impact such...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to support (1) Fatou Bensouda, and (2) the International Criminal Court, in the investigation of the government of Israel for alleged...

    • Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their policies towards the Middle East on (1) the state of Palestine, and (2) the human rights of Palestinians.

      Palestinians: International Cooperation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) representations they have made, and (2) advice they have given, to the Palestinian Authority, about the Palestinian Authority’s attendance at...

      Balfour Declaration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to ensure that the Balfour Declaration is upheld, and in particular, the statement that “nothing shall be done which may...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 September (HL7829), what advice they have given to the Palestinian Authority about how people...

      Israel: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on people living in the Palestinian Occupied Territories of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the...

      Pakistan: Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the capacity of legal mechanisms in Pakistan to handle cases of victims of child, early and forced marriage; and if not, what plans they...

      Pakistan: Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the issue of child, early and forced marriage, and in particular where the victims...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Pakistan about the recognition of baptism certificates and school records as evidence to be used...

      Corruption: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to include those involved in corruption in their global human rights sanctions regime.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the UN Human Rights Council's Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic 21st report of the Commission...

      Republic of Ireland: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Sugg on 15 June (HL4960), 29 June (HL5655), 22 July (HL6669) and 6 August (HL7207), whether they will now answer the...

      Turkey: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Turkey about the detention warrants issued, including to members of the HDP party, concerning a protest...

      Cameroon: Humanitarian Situation and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security and humanitarian situation in Cameroon.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths of individuals under the age of 65 have been attributed to COVID-19 since 1 February; and of those, how many of those individuals did not have...

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 22 September (HL7928), whether value added tax rates in Northern Ireland have the potential to rise above...

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