Written answers

Thursday, 8 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding (a) has been allocated since July 2019 and (b) he plans to allocate from 5 October 2020 to 31 December 2020 to contingency ferries in...

    • Transport: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role of hydrogen in the strategy to decarbonise transport.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Maidstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for the introduction of improvements to the Thameslink service to Maidstone East.

      Shipping: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the shipping sector and (b) Cabinet colleagues on a green shipping fund, in advance of COP26.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on a green shipping fund ahead of COP 26.

      Transport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage people to switch to more sustainable transport; and if he will introduce a scrappage scheme to remove the most...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of cycling on (a) physical health, (b) mental health and (c) the environment.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's £27 billion road building programme on (a) overall road traffic volumes and (b)...

      Transport: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the findings of his Future of Transport Regulatory Review consultation.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason railcard holders who were instructed to shield are unable to claim refunds or extensions to their railcard.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on young people of the decision not to refund or extend railcards for (a) 16-25 railcard holders...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill will help the UK achieve commitments...

    • Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that following his consultation on contracts for difference for low carbon electricity (a) biomass...

      Meters: Ross, Skye and Lochaber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on the roll-out of national smart metering infrastructure in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes expected to be fitted with low carbon heating systems by 2030.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has received from its share of the surplus from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme since the...

      Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of 30 September 2020 of £3 billion of grants for...

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has suspended (a) archival and (b) destruction of (i) files and (ii) other records on Post...

      Small Businesses: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will publish the (a) number and (b) value of grant payments made to hereditaments by local authority...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether consumers will be able to enforce consumer rights against EU-based companies after the end of the transition period.

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2020 to Question 68388 on Construction Materials, what progress the Government has...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is providing to projects working on a covid-19 vaccine.

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (a) when and (b) how regularly his Department's Audit and Risk Assurance Committee engaged directly with Post Office...

      Post Office: Accounting Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 6 July 2020 to Question HL5975 on Post Office: Accounting Officers, if he will publish...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Abuse: Homosexuality

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions made by the Crown Prosecution Service involved domestic abuse between individuals in a same-sex female relationship, in each year since 2010.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many clear face masks (a) have been sent since the covid-19 outbreak began and (b) he plans to send to NHS regions.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he is putting in place for the distribution of a covid-19 vaccine to the public.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the outdated Chief Medical Officers' low-risk drinking guidelines are removed alcohol labels.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether the September 2019 deadline to remove the outdated Chief Medical Officers' low-risk drinking...

      Coronavirus: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the covid-19 restrictions in Wolverhampton announced on 22 September 2020; and if he...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on (a) the relative risks of covid-19 infection in care homes from (i) staff and (ii) visitors and (b) the...

      Coronavirus: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Montem testing facility in Slough will return to operating as a drive-through and walk-in facility.

      Coronavirus: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the covid-19 testing facility located at Borough Hall in Bedford is reducing its service provision from seven to four...

      Coronavirus: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the covid-19 testing facility located at Borough Hall in Bedford will reduce from seven to four days a week during a...

      Gambling: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what increase there has been in the number of patients seeking assistance from the NHS when gambling is a relevant factor, since 2007.

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for the payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas were (a) received and (b) accepted between 28...

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the further covid-19 lockdown restrictions announced on 22 September 2020, what plans the Government has to review the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to assess the frequency of different modes of transmission of covid-19 using (a) NHS Test and Trace...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National COVID-19 surveillance report: 2 October 2020 (week 40) published by Public Health England on 2 October...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average time taken for care homes to receive covid-19 test results in (a) Sefton, (b) North West...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the programme of testing for covid-19 in care homes.

      Veterans: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the renewal of Government funding for the Veterans Hearing Fund.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle flu vaccine shortages in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport.

      General Practitioners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to enable an increase in the number of face-to-face GP appointments during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of alcohol consumption in domestic settings since March 2020.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps hospitals are taking before they discharge covid-19-positive patients into the nursing sector.

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people with No Recourse to Public Funds are eligible to apply for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

      NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the deaths of care home staff, how many applications have been made by relatives of care home staff to the NHS and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

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

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he is putting in place to ensure that residential care homes do not experience a shortage of (a) covid-19 tests and (b)...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which care home providers have refused to participate in the programme of weekly testing for care home workers.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review social care easements alongside the upcoming review of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

      Supported Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to enable care workers providing services in supported living facilities for disabled people to get...

      Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure people with dementia can have safe social contact with their family and friends during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage care homes to allow family members to safely visit their relatives during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Coronavirus Act 2020 analysis which states that local authorities have used Part 1 of Schedule 12 of the...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of guidelines that suggest limiting care home residents to a single constant visitor on the...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of giving NHS staff paid leave when they are required to self-isolate.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on allocating key worker or equivalent status for family carers, enabling them access to (a) regular...

      Abortion: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on levels of maternal death during early medical abortion of the temporary...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been discharged from hospital into care homes having either (a) not been tested for covid-19 immediately prior to...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the weekly care home covid-19 testing programme.

      NHS 111: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the minimum training standards were for new call handlers recruited to the NHS 111 service in response to the covid-19 outbreak in...

      Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it is his policy to ensure the development of the Futurefit scheme at Shropshire and Telford Hospital NHS Trust sites.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government has taken to develop post-covid-19 plans for tackling waiting lists for the next five years for (a) hospital...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293621 on hospitals: construction, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Minor Injuries Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reopen town-based minor injuries units that were closed in the initial response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits where geographically expedient of using Nightingale hospitals as covid-19...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the terms of reference for the periodic review of NHS Property Services Limited referred to by Sir Chris Wormald in...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what process is in place to authorise the transfer to local ownership of NHS properties currently owned and managed by NHS Property Services.

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with local hospitals on transferring covid-19 patients to Nightingale hospitals.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293621 on hospitals: construction, whether the criteria used referred to in...

      General Practitioners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to (a) allocate additional funding and (b) mitigate the effect on levels of demand of GP referrals to...

      Coronavirus: Manchester University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of students attending Manchester University who have been admitted to hospital with...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many maternal deaths have occurred among women who have taken home abortion pills since 1 April 2020.

      Health Professions: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of NHS hospitals have had vacancies for medical staff unfilled for more than (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and...

      Coronavirus: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on the effectiveness of the application of the overseas quarantine regulations to healthcare...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made in investigating the matters raised in the letter dated 11 August 2020 from the Rt hon Member for Chipping...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include consultation on reducing the general time limit for surgical abortions in his Department's upcoming...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with mental health problems who accessed publicly funded social care in...

      Social Services: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of people who have attained social care qualifications in each year since 2010.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medical abortions have taken place at home since the introduction of temporary provisions permitting the application of both...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of easing covid-19 visiting restrictions for care homes.

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking the help ensure that universities can deliver safe (a) teaching and (b) student services during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Students: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his oral contribution of 29 September 2020, official report, on students’ return to universities, whether funding is available for...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that women do not face unfair financial hardship as a result of the requirement to continue paying student loan...

      Students: Manchester Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the legal basis is for the detention of students within halls of residence at Manchester Metropolitan University who are not displaying symptoms...

      Remote Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his letter to the hon Member for Hull West and Hessle of 21 September 2020, how much of the £100 million allocated to support...

      Children: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support children who have regressed with their reading levels during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 96196 on Students: Housing, if he will publish the minutes of his discussions with representatives of...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide additional mental health support for students in response to covid-19 restrictions.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on safe home visits for students at Christmas 2020.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 51681, what progress he has made with Public Health England on updating School Food Standards based...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve student wellbeing during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to extend the duration of the scheme for providing computers at home for disadvantaged children; and if he will make a statement.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 2.7 of Budget 2020 on the provision of £2.5 million for research and developing best practice around the integration...

      GCSE: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that young people due to sit GCSE exams in summer 2021 will continue to have access to high quality education...

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the counsellor to student ratio in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in each local authority area in England.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to assess the longer-term effect of the covid-19 lockdown on the mental health and wellbeing of (a) school and (b) university students.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) a student flat in halls, (b) a student house of multiple occupation and (c) each room within that flat or house is categorised as one...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2020 to Question 82193, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the £9.5 billion funding that will...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2020 to Question 76046, what recent discussions he has had with school leaders on providing financial support for...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2020 to Question 88339 on Schools: Coronavirus, what the total value was of claims made by schools under the...

      Outdoor Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of outdoor education facilities affected by covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether children who have been required to self-isolate at home are allowed to return to school as soon as they have received a negative covid-19 test...

      Children: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure accommodation for homeless and looked after 16 and 17 year olds is regulated and safe.

      Adoption: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more people from BAME backgrounds to consider adopting children; and what steps he is taking to...

      T-levels: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in (a) the Bromsgrove constituency and (b) Worcestershire enrolled on to a T-Level course in the academic year 2020-2021.

      Adoption and Foster Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what date he became aware that not all of the responses to his Department’s consultation on Changes to the adoption and children regulations:...

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department has put in place to support performing arts colleges during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Youth Custody: Crimes of Violence and Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults and (b) self-harm incidents have occurred in youth custodial settings since 23 March 2020.

    • Prison Officers: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of violent incidents against prison officers in each prison in England in each of last five years.

      Lowdham Grange Prison: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the source of the outbreak of covid-19 at HMP Lowdham Grange.

      Repossession Orders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to section 1.20 of his Department's Guidance for landlords and tenants, updated on 21 September 2020, when he plans to issue guidance to...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals settled disguised remuneration tax liability by the 30 September 2020 deadline; and how many individuals were in the settlement...

    • Bowling: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 81908 on Bowling: Coronavirus, whether bowling alleys qualify for the temporary reduced rate of VAT...

      Taxation: Treaties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 96180 on Taxation, whether the publication of aggregate statistics received by HMRC from countries...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in receipt of support from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme live in (a) areas of intervention and (b) areas of enhanced support or...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are receiving funding from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of free ports to support the UK's global trade after the end of the transition period.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of free ports on the level of international trade.

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish an eighth edition of the Statement of funding policy: funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern...

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding has been allocated to Scotland as a result of the programmes listed as 100 per cent comparable for the purposes of Barnett consequentials...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will create a national Clean Air Fund to fund cities implementing Clean Air Zones.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the Expanded Retail Discount scheme into the 2021-22 financial year.

      Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the duty on cider with an alcohol content below 7 per cent.

      Duty Free Allowances: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) conduct and (b) publish an economic impact assessment of the Government's plans for duty-free and tax-free goods to airports announced in...

      National Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of enabling National Savings and Investments to reverse the recent reductions to its...

      Financial Ombudsman Service: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps democratically elected representatives are able to take to hold the financial ombudsmen to account.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the banking sector operating the coronavirus Bounce Back Loan on potential difficulties...

      Bank Services: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that older people are not disproportionately disadvantaged by (a) banks and (b) other financial organisations offering...

      Economic Crime Strategic Board: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to appoint a person independent of the private sector and Government to sit on the Economic Crime Strategic Board (ECSB); and if he...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many buildings his Department estimates there are between 11 and 18 metres high.

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the equity of requiring residents in buildings with flammable cladding to pay for a...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking in the data collection exercise on high-rise residential buildings to ensure the...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of residential sales currently unable to proceed as a result of the lack of an...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to assist owners of commonhold properties in accessing flammability assessments and EWS1...

      Recreation Spaces: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the statement in the Planning for the Future white paper that the planning system needs to be better...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with mortgage lenders to ensure industry-wide consistency in only requiring an EWS1...

      Multiple Occupation: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the long-term effects of large concentrations of HMOs in urban centres.

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on setting up a Housing with Care task force; and if he will make a statement.

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason renters who were issued eviction notices from 26 March to 28 August 2020 are not entitled to a six...

      High Rise Flats: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department’s strategy is for communicating updated building safety guidance from the National Fire...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that building owners meet a standard of service in communication with...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 84342 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, what data the Government...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) mortgage lenders and (b) insurers do not refuse (i) mortgage...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to provide additional fire safety advice, further to the guidance issued by the National...

      High Rise Flats: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the updated guidance from the National Fire Chiefs Council on...

      High Rise Flats: Shared Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of flats in high-rise residential multi-occupied buildings of 18 metres or...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's Affordable Homes programme and his Department's Guidance: Apply for affordable...

      Caravan Sites: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the regulations on the occupation of caravan sites during the winter months in response to...

      Covid-19 Rough Sleeping Taskforce: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to appoint a successor to Dame Louise Casey as leader of the Rough Sleeping Taskforce.

      Leasehold: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to protect existing leaseholders from increasing service charges.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Oman: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's news story of 12 September 2020, Defence Secretary announces investment in strategic Omani port, what the budget...

    • NATO: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Government to (a) fulfil its commitments to the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, the...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many scientific and technical civil servants were employed by his Department in (a) 2020 and (b) 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants were employed in financial posts in his Department in (a) 2020 and (b) 2010.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the level of (a) absolute and (b) relative poverty.

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on levels of (a) absolute and (b) relative poverty of removing the temporary uplift to...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children have parents who have been subject to the five-week wait for universal credit after transitioning from legacy benefits since...

      Unemployment: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to 18 to 25 years olds who are unemployed in Worcestershire.

      Unemployment: Sutton Coldfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to offer tailored support to help unemployed people back into work in Sutton Coldfield constituency.

      Bereavement Support Payment: Cohabitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to implement the ruling of the Supreme Court of 30 August 2018, [2018] UKSC 48, on extending bereavement...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Asbestosis and Diffuse Pleural Thickening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to resume assessments for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits for (a) asbestosis and (b) diffuse pleural thickening as...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed personal independence payments on the basis of a degenerative neurological condition in (a) Wales and (b) Pontypridd...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish the conclusions of her Department's review of the special rules for terminally ill welfare claimants.

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) paper-based and (b) telephone personal independence payment assessments have taken place in each month since April 2020.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of eligible pensioners in each parliamentary constituency are (a) in receipt of and (b) have made claims for...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of automatically registering all eligible pensioners for pension credit.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the universal credit service has been unavailable since 23 March 2020; and for what reasons that service was unavailable on...

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average clearance time frame was for her Department to process a new personal independence payment claim in the period from March...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • USA: Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many US personnel hold diplomatic immunity at (a) RAF Menwith Hill, (b) The Joint Intelligence and Analysis...

    • Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his timescale is for appointing a new Special Envoy for Gender Equality.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the implementation of the recommendations of the September 2020...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what attempts his Department has made to visit Mrs Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in the last sixty days.

      Non-governmental Organisations: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government has taken since (a) 2018 and (b) 31 December 2019 to tackle sexual abuse by aid workers.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government repose to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Second Report of Session 2019–21,...

      Catalonia: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on the disqualification of Quim Torra as President of...

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of the legal action taken through the International Criminal...

      China: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to (a) his counterpart in China, (b) international bodies and (c)...

  • Home Office

    • Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers pilot scheme; and when she plans to make an...

    • Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department has undertaken with representatives of (a) local authorities and (b) voluntary organisations on their...

      Asylum: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training requirements her Department plans to include in outsourcing contracts for people undertaking asylum interviews to identify...

      Slavery: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of whether Xinjiang cotton made in forced labour camps by Uighur detainees is a product of modern...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of victims of crime have subsequently committed criminal offences in each of the last five years.

      Raves: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to help prevent illegal raves during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Crime: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of phone calls received by the police relating to people breaking covid-19 restrictions...

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to convene the next meeting of the vehicle theft taskforce.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugee resettlement places the Government plans to make available for each year up to and including 2026.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Under-Secretary of State of 11 June 2020, Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what methodology the Government’s review of the restrictions on asylum seekers' rights to work, initiated in December 2018, will use...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment the Government has made of whether Hamas is a unified organisation under a single leadership.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) he and (b) his officials have met with representatives of groups working to tackle online harms in respect of (i)...

      Migrant Workers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will waive the NHS health surcharge for all migrant frontline workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Migrant Workers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to provide dependant family members of all migrant NHS workers Indefinite Leave to Remain during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence which requested an urgent response from the hon. Member for Aberdeen North of 29 July 2020...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets its targets on air quality.

    • Air Pollution: Erith and Thamesmead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of nitrogen dioxide in the air in Erith and Thamesmead...

      Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of moving hedgehogs to schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on reducing the use of plastics.

      Water: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a long-term target to improve quality of freshwater...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2020 to Question 21397 on Waste Management, when he plans to announce the two waste...

      Rivers: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of ending the one-out-all-out rule for rivers for (a) ecosystems and...

      Water: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to introduce new metrics to measure improvements in individual aspects of water quality in (a)...

      Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his comments in York on 16 February 2020, when he plans to hold a flood summit for the whole of Yorkshire.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Portsmouth International Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the costs of operation Transition to mitigate the reasonable worst case scenario...

    • Public Sector: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of public sector websites (a) comply and (b) do not comply with accessibility requirements...

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish an updated list of Parliamentary Private Secretaries.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      What discussions she has had with UK trade partners on maintaining environmental protection standards in trade agreements.

    • Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      What discussions she has had with UK trade partners on maintaining environmental protection standards in trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements

      What recent discussions she has had with UK trade partners on maintaining International Labour Organisation standards in future trade agreements.

      Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she has taken to help end tariffs applied to Scotch Whisky exports to the US.

      Women's Rights: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure future trade deals with (a) New Zealand and (b) Australia include protections on women's rights.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of job retention in the events industry of not extending the support to...

    • Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on jobs in the events industry in England of exempting children aged 12 and under...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to financially support (a) the events and exhibitions industry and (b) other sectors that...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many times (a) he and (b) his officials working on the Online Harms Bill have met with representatives of (i) Facebook,...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which Departments will participate in the review of gambling legislation.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many covid-19 cases have been as a result of transmission at sporting pilot events approved by his Department.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Twitter

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions the Commission has had on (a) the decision that the House Twitter account is...

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to build more cargo airport developments.

    • Heathrow Airport: Tunnels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Civil Aviation Authority has the power to remove the costs of refurbishment of road tunnels at Heathrow Airport from the Regulated Asset Base of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requests for assessment of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics have been made under section 12(1) of the Statistics and Registration Service...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of holding elections in 2021 entirely through postal voting.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Contraception: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether contraception is part of the minimum package of health services being provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research published in the British Journal of General Practice Prevalence of suspected COVID-19 infection in...

      Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to keep public health functions within local government responsibilities; and how they plan to ensure that such functions are sustainably funded.

      Health Education: Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the establishment of the National Institute for Health Protection, which public body will be responsible for the delivery of prevention and early...

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 20 August (HL7568), what the format of the planned stakeholder engagement will be; which stakeholders will...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to respond to the Report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review First Do No Harm, published on 8 July.

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the cost of the self-isolation payment scheme they estimate will be administration costs.

      Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local suicide prevention plans have been set up in England since 2017.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate have missed cancer treatment since March in (1) England and Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland; and what estimate they...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Cameroon: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 21 September (HL7925) whether UK aid is being delivered to vulnerable civilians in Cameroon, either through...

    • Middle East: Hydroelectric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) control, and (2) use, of water and hydro-electric resources in (a) Turkey, (b) Syria, and (c) Iraq, by (i) the...

      United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential implications of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill for upholding international agreements, including the 1984...

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to the President of Russia; whether he raised with the government of Russia (1) the attempted assassination of Alexei Navalny...

      Richard Solomon Tarfa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the arrest and ongoing detention without trial of Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa.

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had at ministerial level with the (1) government of Zimbabwe, (2) the government of South Africa, and (3) the African...

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their policy in respect of Zimbabwe.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the letter dated 14 August from Lord Young of Cookham and other peers to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many eviction notices have been served to tenants in Ministry of Defence owned properties (1) in each month since January, and (2) in each year from 2010 to 2020.

    • Baltic States: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they next intend to participate in the Baltic air-policing mission.

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding they have made available to support (1) the Armed Forces, and (2) veterans, since June.

      Military Exercises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what NATO and EU exercises the Ministry of Defence intends to participate in during 2021.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cost savings they have achieved to date through the TyTAN Typhoon aircraft programme; and where any such savings have been reallocated.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel are on standby to carry out door-to-door COVID 19 testing.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s findings, published on 24 September, that people from BAME backgrounds are (1)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fur: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate for a ban on the sale of fur after the end of the transition period with the EU on 1 January 2021.

    • Horticulture: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, other than the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, what support they are providing to plant and flower growers in England.

      Fisheries: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iceland regarding access to Icelandic fishing waters for UK fishers following the end of the transition...

  • Home Office

    • Armed Forces and Police: Holiday Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's statement on 22 September that the enforcement of the COVID-19 restrictions will include “a greater police presence on our...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • New IRA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat level emanating from the New IRA terrorist group.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their decision that the communal lavatories in the visitors’ section of Sanctuary Buildings are not for women only.

    • National Skills Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make the National Skills Fund available to learners (1) at all levels, and (2) of all ages.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about tackling online abuse targeted at women.

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of live music performances taking place in England in September 2020 in comparison to the same period last year.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of live music venues in England that have re-opened under stage 4 of the phased return to professional performing arts.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of (1) job losses, and (2) business closures, in (a) live music venues, (b) the live music supply chain, and (c) the music sector as...

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how successful the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been in retaining workers in...

      Social media: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with social media platforms regarding misinformation about COVID-19.

      Loneliness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help address loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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