Written answers

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorway Service Areas: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with operators of state-owned motorway service areas on renewing their leases.

    • Union Connectivity Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for the completion of the Union Connectivity Review; whether that review will make an assessment of the potential merits of air...

      Trains: Hydrogen

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

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the requirement to self-isolate when returning to the UK from a country not on the travel...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the categories of people exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days when returning to the UK from a country not on the...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of how many miles of rail could be reinstated if half the Government's £27 billion road building programme is used...

      Jet Skis: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2020 to Question 82606, what progress he has made on those enforcement measures; when he plans to publish those...

      Road Traffic Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when part six of the Road Traffic Act 2004 will be implemented.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of (a) the UN's declaration of the second Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-30)...

      St Richards Catholic Primary School Skelmersdale: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he can take to assist residents in the area surrounding St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, Skelmersdale, who are often...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will allocate additional financial support to businesses in the West Lancashire hospitality sector affected by...

    • Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which local authorities have received or are in the process of receiving funding under the Local Restrictions Support...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the five per cent top-up for discretionary business support that can be received by local authorities...

      Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the coronavirus local authority discretionary grants scheme, whether his Department has made an...

      Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the coronavirus local authority discretionary grants scheme, how many local authorities added...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of loans provided through the Bounce Back Loan scheme to applicants in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total number of employees made redundant in each of the last 12 months is based on the HR1 forms that have...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increased domestic supply of coal on levels of coal imports.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what deadline the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set for submissions of Nationally...

      Consumer Goods: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with (a) online retailers and (b) online retailing platforms on preventing the sale...

      Sustainable Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 October 2020 to Question 95073, how many of those applications that were rejected as a...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to launch revised local content methodology for the offshore wind industry; and whether that methodology...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when local authorities will be provided with guidance on how to set up the discretionary fund accompanying the new £500...

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women unable to attend breast cancer screenings as a result of the effect of the covid-19...

      Protective Clothing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that face coverings sold privately for use by the general public are of a high standard and effective.

      Hospitals: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the payments to each of the private hospital companies under the arrangements announced on 21 March 2020 were made after the...

      Hospitals: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the number of NHS patients treated by each private hospital under the arrangements announced on 21 March 2020 for the...

      Hospitals: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the amounts paid to each of the private hospital companies under the arrangements announced on 21 March 2020 for the...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the contracts between NHS England and the private hospital companies which he announced on 21 March 2020 for the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library all analysis commissioned by the Government of data relating to the effectiveness of local lockdowns.

      Joint Biosecurity Centre: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many psychologists and behavioural scientists are working to support the Joint Biosecurity Committee; when they were recruited; and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will plans to respond to Question 66018, tabled on 29 June 2020 by the hon. Member for Easington.

      Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the cancer workforce.

      Breast Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the time it will take to clear the breast screening backlog created by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Cancer and Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to allocate the £500 million Innovative Drugs Fund to (a) rare disease treatments and (b) cancer treatments.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his latest estimate is of the number of people in England immune from covid-19 by reason of antibodies; and what the planned...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason people who have been tested positive and recovered from covid-19 are not exempt from quarantine requirements and other...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 1 October 2020, Official Report, Column 503, if he will publish the evidence in support of his...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle low stocks of the flu vaccine (a) for healthcare and other key workers and (b) in general.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is offering to healthcare settings to ensure adequate stocks of the flu vaccine for winter 2020-21.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the increase in number of prescriptions for (a) benzodiazepines, (b) z drugs, and...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) hospital admissions and (b) deaths related to (i) benzodiazepines, (ii) z drugs and (iii) antidepressants were recorded in...

      Disadvantaged: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to protect people living in deprived areas from covid-19.

      Coronavirus: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 September 2020 to Question 81878, if he will make an assessment of the potential link between (a) covid-19...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Government’s obesity strategy will provide long-term support to people living with obesity beyond 12 weeks.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure Government communications do not stigmatise weight to avoid adverse mental health effects...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic,...

      Contraceptives: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic,...

      Contraceptives: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic,...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) quality, (b) currency and (c) UK-relevance of labelling information on alcoholic...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 85006 on Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse and with reference to his Department’s...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of covid-19 infections acquired or transmitted in (a) educational settings, (b) hospital and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date his Department plans to publish a high-level options paper on future system and arrangements for prevention, health...

      Population Health Improvement Stakeholder Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the membership of the Population Health Improvement Stakeholder Advisory Group is; and what that group is next planned to meet.

  • Wales Office

    • Asylum: Penally

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he was first made aware of the Government's decision to provide accommodation for asylum seekers at the Penally training camp.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring secondary school pupils to wear face coverings at all times on school...

    • Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the imbalance in education funding between the most deprived and least deprived areas of the country.

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support smaller higher education institutes who may have difficulty repaying loans during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Foster Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that foster carers that normally offer (a) respite care and (b) short breaks placements but are unable to offer...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase uptake of free school meals.

      Educational Institutions: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to introduce a mandatory provision of counselling services in secondary schools and colleges across England.

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans in place to send free school meals to the homes of eligible children who are self-isolating as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Remand in Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has undertaken a children’s rights impact assessment for recent changes to custody time limits in the crown court set out...

    • Sentencing: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people resident in Birmingham at the point of their original sentencing are serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection; and as a...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons have been affected by (a) redundancies of education staff employed through the Prison Education Framework (PEF) contract and (b)...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether all planned Nightingale Courts are (a) open and (b) being used to full capacity.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were employed by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service in each of the last 10 years.

      Administration of Justice: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) is planning to take to ensure courts and tribunals can continue to work in the event that there is a...

      Administration of Justice: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) is planning to take to ensure courts and tribunals remain open in the event that an individual on the...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Nightingale Courts are planned by region; and for how long his Department plans to operate each such court.

      Courts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Magistrates' Court and (b) Crown Court case are outstanding.

      Courts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the estimated average waiting time is for a case to be heard in (a) Magistrates' Courts and (b) Crown Courts.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Thomas Tucker

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2020 to Question 87503, which of the companies listed under the name Tommy Tucker by Companies House...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she will take to support businesses with cross-border supply chains after the end of the transition period.

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of a Bounce Back’ plan for the maritime sector.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 91717, how much funding his Department (a) has allocated in...

    • Question

      What information the US Administration is required to provide to his Department on its activities at RAF Croughton.

      Falkland Islands: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress he has made on protecting tariff and quota free access to the EU for the Falkland Islands after the...

      Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when his Department most recently reviewed the effectiveness of its hostage policy; and what updates it made to...

      British Nationals Abroad: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what guidance he has issued to departmental staff on the investigation, documentation and reporting of cases of...

      Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken in the last six months to coordinate with international allies a joint...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development, whether the integrated defence and security review is formally considering (a) how the Government responds to risks of...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many air miles (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department took in (i) the...

      Question

      What steps he is taking to ensure (a) parliamentary and (b) independent scrutiny of Official Development Assistance spending.

      Turkey: Political Prisoners

      What recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on (a) democracy and (b) the arrest of opposition politicians in that country.

      Greece: Refugees

      What recent assessment he has made of the situation of refugees in Lesbos.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      What steps he is taking to ensure equitable access internationally to vaccines and medical equipment to tackle the covid-19 pandemic.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the August 2020 monthly data from the Civilian Impact Monitoring...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Yemeni civilians are protected from the covid-19 pandemic in...

      China and Tibet: Human Rights

      What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help UK businesses to ensure their supply chains do not include workers subject to human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet.

      Belarus: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international partners on the imposition of new sanctions on Belarussian...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts on the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what peace keeping role the UK has in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan; and what assessment he has made...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to support UN Security Council resolutions (a) 822, (b) 853, (c) 874 and (d) 884.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which Official Development Assistance (ODA) programmes have been (a) ended, (b) scaled back and (c) cancelled...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 89778 on Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, how much of the £6 million allocated to the...

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces recruits there were from September 2015 to September 2020 by Parliamentary constituency.

      Military Bases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to impose lockdowns on UK military bases in the event of a surge in covid-19 cases in those areas.

      Armed Forces: Atlantic Ocean Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from each branch of the armed forces are serving as part of the British Forces South Atlantic Islands.

      Military Bases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has plans in place to impose lockdowns on UK military bases overseas in the event of a surge in covid-19 cases in those areas.

      Remembrance Day: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on safety guidelines...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Opportunity Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister on 30 June 2020 remains Government policy.

    • Ammonium Nitrate: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what inspections have been undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive of sites in the UK storing ammonium nitrate (a) prior to and (b)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what live PFI contracts her Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live,...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 September 2020 to Question 90093 on Personal Independence Payment, what the medical conditions were of the 5,520...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 90092 on Personal Independence Payment, with reference to the 30 claimants who...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 September 2020 to Question 90093 on Personal Independence Payment, after how many days on average after making a...

      Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 90092 on Personal Independence Payment, how many of the 2,140 claimants who had their...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 90092 on Personal Independence Payment, what were the recorded reasons for those 1,860...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are currently in receipt of an advance payment of universal credit.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and who are unable to safely visit job centres...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of water in rivers.

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to end the export of live animals for consumption.

      Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Health and Safety Executive has made in their review of regulations on the use of pesticides by voluntary...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that UK food standards are maintained at their current level after the end of...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 94482 on Asylum: Housing, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential...

    • Home Office: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what live PFI contracts her Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live,...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2020 to Question 92763 on Asylum: Employment, if she will publish the evidence that granting asylum...

      Immigrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 October 2020 to Question 93654 on Immigrants: Coronavirus, what support is available for migrants with no...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were granted an extension to their Leave to Remain in the last 12 months with No Recourse to Public Funds conditions.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 6 August 2020 on Mr Ismail Mehdi Taib Chalabi.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa decisions were outstanding in the latest period for which figures are available; and what recent estimate she has made of the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of calls made to the police to report breaches of the covid-19 Rule of six.

  • Scotland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the effect of the cancellation of the Autumn Budget on the devolved...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason (a) religious marriages and (b) humanist marriages are subject to different restrictions on the number...

    • Affordable 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...

      Floods: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 96981, to which local authorities his Department has provided...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the housing need for each local authority is when calculated through the standard method.

      Coronavirus: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 69446 on Coronavirus: Government Assistance, what levels of...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help prevent owners and developers of high rise buildings from passing on the cost of...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of qualified fire engineers on buildings that fall out of...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to develop guidance for mortgage lenders and insurers to ensure that requests for...

      Planning Permission: Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has an evidential basis for removing the statutory requirement to publicise planning applications in local...

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his plans are for the future of the Community Housing Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy to require local authorities to release green belt land for housing in the event that is the...

      Coronavirus: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 69446, on Coronavirus: Government Assistance, how many and what...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that building developers engage with settlement claims for building...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that leaseholders and tenants living in high-rise properties fitted with flammable...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Smart Freight system will be available for testing by road haulage drivers.

    • Coronavirus: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2020 to Question 74443 on Coronavirus: West Yorkshire, what information the...

      Cabinet Office: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the the Barnett Consequential is arising to the Northern Ireland Executive from the Kickstart scheme in Great Britain.

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2020 to Question 88904 on Charities: Coronavirus, how much of the guaranteed £12.7bn in additional resource...

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that information on the eligibility of self-isolation payment claimants is being shared with the (a)...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason (a) self-employed individuals receive wage support up to 20 per cent of pre-covid-19 income under the Self Employment Income Support Scheme...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on self-employed people of the setting of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he is providing to self-employed people who did not meet the eligibility requirements for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme in March 2020.

      Low Incomes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support people on low-incomes in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Airports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing business rate relief for airports in response to the reduction in passenger traffic.

      Hospitality Industry and Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the temporary changes in VAT on businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors in (a)...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to Question 97003 on Business: Coronavirus, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the extended VAT reduction on...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 69443 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, if he will publish the names of those companies which...

      Events Industry: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend business rates relief to the events and exhibitions sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Job Support Scheme: Parish Councils

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 October 2020 to Questions 98695 on Job Support Scheme: Parish Councils, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 October 2020 to Question 98695, on what date HMRC started work on the Job Support Scheme guidance.

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a Government-backed covid-19 insurance scheme for the events industry.

      Retail Trade: Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of cashless shops on (a) people on low incomes, (b) vulnerable people and (c) disadvantaged communities.

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to work with international partners to extend the Debt Service Suspension Initiative beyond the end of 2020; and what plans...

      National Savings Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that investors with National Savings and Investments receive their income bonds as speedily as possible when requested.

      National Savings: Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that National Savings and Investments process repayments for investors as speedily as possible.

      Unemployment: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Winter Recovery Plan on unemployment in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands by (i) gender, (ii) age,...

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department takes to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority is in receipt of adequate funding from the public purse to effectively...

      Treasury: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live, (c) what the...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is taking steps to reduce the duty paid by pubs and breweries; and if he will make a statement.

      Offshore Fixed Structures: Decommissioning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rate of tax relief a company would receive against the cost of decommissioning redundant oil platforms in UK Territorial Waters.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on small, independent brewers of the proposal to reduce the production threshold at which Small Brewers...

      Arm: Nvidia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of holding discussions with (a) Softbank and Arm on the Softbank/Arm deal of 2016 and (b)...

      Beer: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many breweries produce less than (a) 2,100 hectolitres and (b) 5,000 hectolitres of beer in each local authority area each year.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the small breweries relief to breweries producing (a) 3,000 hectolitres, (b) 4,000 hectolitres and (c) 5,000 hectolitres of beer each year.

      Air Passenger Duty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of Air Passenger Duty charged by airlines which has not been refunded to passengers who did not undertake their...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the further consultation on the proposed reforms of Small Brewers Relief.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the economic impact assessment of the decision to end tax free sales for air passengers and the VAT refund scheme from 1 January 2020;...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to introduce restrictions on financial support for football club owners that have been deemed to...

    • ARM: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the facilitation of an alternative deal that will see ARM become a publicly traded...

      Greyhound Racing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the greyhound racing sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how the £1.57 billion support package for the arts and culture sectors has been allocated.

      Football: South of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance he is providing to clubs in the (a) Spartan South Midlands Football League and (b) Southern Football...

      Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions hew has had with (a) public health officials and (b) the Rugby Union authorities on the (a) timescale...

      Events Industry and Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support he is providing to the (a) events, (b) hospitality and (c) nightlife industries which are unable to open as a...

      Commonwealth Games 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the Commonwealth Games 2022 legacy plan.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 77608 on Telecommunications, whether a clear and ambitious...

  • Department for Transport

    • Holidays: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support those who are at higher risk from COVID-19 and may not be entitled to a refund for a booked holiday that they wish to cancel...

    • Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support UK (1) shipping, and (2) ports, with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Fishguard and Holyhead Port

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vessels from the Republic of Ireland have access to the port of (1) Fishguard, and (2) Holyhead, following the end of the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Non-domestic Rates: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about business rates relief in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Insulin: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government from which (1) sources, and (2) countries, they purchase insulin.

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people diagnosed with COVID-19 on admission to hospital have died while still an in-patient after 28 days.

      NHS: Facsimile Transmission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fax machines are regularly used in the NHS.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to research findings that COVID-19 is transmitted in aerosols, leading the governments of Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Spain and France to insist on mask wearing...

    • Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase pupil premium funding for economically disadvantaged children.

      Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a register for all home educated children.

      Schools: Racial Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey conducted by The Diana Award, published in September, which found that 32 per cent of the children surveyed...

      Care Leavers: Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the uptake of their scheme to provide digital devices and internet access for care leavers.

      History: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the potential merits of including black British history in the national curriculum.

      Universities: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support universities to provide more mental health and wellbeing support to students whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent overcrowding in prisons.

    • Coronavirus: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been prosecuted for not wearing a face covering on the South Eastern main line since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Yemen: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of possible war crimes committed by coalition forces in Yemen after an airstrike on a home in Washah near the...

    • China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 29 September (HL Deb, cols GC49), what plans they have to initiate a national review of strategic...

      Children in Care: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children in each EU and EEA country who are UK citizens; which Government department or body has...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Syrian fighters reportedly deployed to Libya by the government of Turkey.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the then Minister for Asia and the Pacific on 26 February 2019 (HC Deb, col 145), what progress they have made in developing the...

      West Bank: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 September (HL8094), what advice they have given to the Palestinian Authority about what steps...

      Indonesia: Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about police action in response to peaceful protests by students at Cendewasih University...

      Joana Mamombe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about the detention of Joana Mamombe in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hops: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support hop growers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Agriculture: Metaldehyde

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to British farmers about the decision to ban the use of metaldehyde.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what stage of development is the Electronic Travel Authorisation system; and when they intend the system to come into use.

    • Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about tackling hate crime.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what algorithmic modelling they have used to identify and plan for (1) the location, and (2) the number, of new homes to be built in England; and whether...

    • Shopping Centres and Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect high streets and shopping parades in England.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the accuracy, and (2) the efficacy, of the use of algorithms in (a) the planning, and (b) the implementation, of their...

    • Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to prevent increased costs being incurred by Northern Ireland businesses as a result of provisions within the Northern...

  • Treasury

    • Heavy Goods Vehicles: Holyhead Port

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much land they estimate will be required for the parking of lorries travelling through the port of Holyhead following the end of the transition period.

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of maintaining (1) the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and (2) the Job Retention Scheme, at the current level for...

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Job Support Scheme on future levels of redundancy.

      Travel: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure insurance companies compensate those whose holidays were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide joint coverage with insurers to ensure adequate insurance provision for individuals and businesses planning...

      Debts: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by the Institute for Public Policy Research Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups at greater risk of...

      Job Support Scheme: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Job Support Scheme on youth employment.

      Night-time Economy: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of jobs that could be lost in the nighttime economy where employees may not qualify for the Job Support Scheme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Enterprises: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to social enterprises to help with the changed circumstances and increased costs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation will be incorporated into UK law at the end of the transition period; and what new mechanisms will be...

      Charities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban charities from using street fundraisers.

      Arm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to assess if the proposed acquisition by NVIDIA of Arm would be contrary to the national interest; and if so, how.

      Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations (1) have benefitted, or (2) are due to benefit, from the Culture Recovery Fund; and in which regions those organisations are located.

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