Written answers

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic viability of electric Heavy Goods Vehicles.

    • Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that could be created as a result of investment in maritime decarbonisation.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the economic effect of investing in maritime decarbonisation.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on maritime decarbonisation.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic effect of providing Government funding to support the decarbonisation of the...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial support his Department is making available to the maritime industry to support the decarbonisation of that industry.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has conducted an economic impact assessment for families affected by proposed suspension of free under-18 tube and bus travel...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation he undertook before postponing the delivery of the Western Rail Access to Heathrow.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor the Exchequer on the provision of Government funding for the maritime industry to support the...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential cost increase as a result of the two year delay to the Western Rail Access to Heathrow project.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when construction work will start on the Western Rail Access to Heathrow.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to restore free tube and bus travel in London for people aged under 18.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what exploration his Department has undertaken to commence the HS3 rail project between Manchester and Leeds.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to the maritime sector to help support growth in the production...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumers: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the loyalty penalty in the (a) mobile, (b) broadband and (c) mortgage market.

    • Licensed Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of allowing licensed venues to undertake their own risk...

      Wind Power: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on UK shipbuilding of the Government’s plans to...

      Wind Power and Solar Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore wind and (c) solar sites in Scotland which...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to support innovative projects in the energy market to use smart meter readings to send signals...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the average return on investment for lifetime of usage of solar thermal...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Offices were temporarily closed in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each region of...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Offices were temporarily closed in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each region of...

      Travel: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the travel industry on protecting consumers' rights.

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the outcome was of the meeting between officials of his Department and representatives of the Pump It Up campaign...

      Manufacturing Industries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support job creation in green manufacturing industries in the North West.

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October to Question 99055 on Construction: Coronavrius, what steps he is taking to tackle...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of increasing the installation and servicing of...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of potential job losses in the automotive industry in the event that the UK and...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of projected job losses in the automotive industry in the North West of England in financial...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Breast Cancer: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the incidence of breast cancer in (a) Slough and (b) South East with the national average.

    • Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a fast track covid-19 testing system for school (a) teachers and (b) staff.

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to dental practices on the provision of band 1-3 treatments under (a) the NHS and (b) private...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidential basis for the inclusion of (a) curry sauces, (c) pastes and (c) condiments in the restrictions in the...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the exemption of curry sauces and pastes from the Scottish...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the the nutrient profiling model which is applied on a per 100g basis includes (a) cooking sauces, (b) pastes and (c)...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's report, Consultation on restricting promotions of products high in fat, sugar and salt by location and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to provide a substantive response to Question 92724, tabled on 21 September 2020 by the hon. Member for Clwyd West.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide access to the NHS COVID-19 app for people with phones that are unable to use the current...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September to Question 85080 on Sitel: Coronavirus, when his Department plans to provide a response to that...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the covid-19 contact-tracing app due to be launched on 24 September 2020 will have full functionality to (a) trace and (b)...

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people with no recourse to public funds will be eligible for the Government's recently announced covid-19 self-isolation payment.

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure applicants to the Government’s covid-19 self-isolating payment scheme who are unable to provide...

      Coronavirus: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of drive-in covid-19 tests at test centre sites in Suffolk to ensure that people do not...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased covid-19 testing on case numbers; and if he will make a statement.

      Randox Testing Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Randox tests for covid-19 were processed (a) in total and (b) at Randox laboratories.

      Randox Laboratories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Randox covid-19 tests have been distributed to (a) care home settings and (b) individuals, and what proportion of the UK’s...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many downloads there have been of the NHS covid-19 app to date.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) commission and (b) resource local authorities to conduct covid -19 test, track and trace programmes.

      Coronavirus: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of people unable to access covid-19 tests in Portsmouth on the ability to...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who quarantined after returning to England since July 2020 from each country previously classed as an exempted...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the organisational integration of NHS England and NHS Improvement.

      NHS Trusts: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the NHS Trusts Estates Returns Information Collection 2019-20 will be published.

      Minor Injuries Units: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that Minor Injuries Units are signposted where appropriate to callers to the 111 service in Worcestershire.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the biggest pay rise given to someone in his Department was in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms in the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost to the public purse was of providing inpatient hospital food in 2019-20.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of the hospital building programme on 2 October 2020, if he will set out further details of how...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with local authority leaders on legislative proposals that would put Integrated Care Systems on a statutory basis.

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of the 46 products in 53 presentations for which his Department held a tender and procurement exercise for the...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will pause the mergers of clinical commissioning groups until the covid-19 outbreak has abated.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will allocate funding for research using stem cells to prevent glaucoma.

      NHS: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of changes to the guidance from NHS Improvement on the formation of subsidiary companies.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the health service is adequately resourced after the end of the transition period.

      Health Education: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Government has spent on advertising campaigns promoting public health messages in each month since February 2020.

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 23 September 2020 to Questions 90184 and 89844, what steps his Department is taking where NHS trusts continue...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) the tier system in children and adolescent mental health services and...

      Females: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when Public Health England plans to publish its Women’s Reproductive Health Action plan; and whether his Department plans to use...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional (a) funding and (b) other resources he has provided to NHS Trusts to implement his Department’s guidance, Framework...

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department’s guidance Framework to assist NHS trusts to reintroduce access for partners, visitors and other...

      Endometriosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have been diagnosed with endometriosis in the UK in the last 12 months.

  • Wales Office

    • Question

      What steps his Department is taking to support the recovery of the Welsh (a) rural economy and (b) hospitality sector from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Question

      What recent discussions he has had with local authorities in Wales on the operation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will (a) amend the delivery of the Study Programme for 16-18 year olds attending further education colleges to allow for catch-up...

    • Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have experienced a parental death due to covid-19.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on college students in cases where the uplift in universal credit has resulted in them being ineligible for...

      Higher Education: Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the accessibility of higher education for part-time mature students.

      Schools: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage schools to financially support their directly employed supply staff through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support clinically extremely vulnerable children who cannot attend school; and what support is available to the children of...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to (a) plan and (b) prepare for arrangements for year-11 exams at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) young adult, (b) other female and (c) other male prison leavers were released without an address to go to in (i) each region of England and...

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to prevent victims of crime from becoming offenders.

      Reoffenders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on reoffending rates of slower progression through indeterminate sentences by prisoners as a...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when prisoner education data on (a) participation and (b) outcomes for the April 2019 to March 2020 period of the Prison Education Framework contracts...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when prisoner education data on (a) participation and (b) outcomes for the April 2018 to March 2019 period of the Offender Learning and Skills Service...

      Prisons: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 76674, Prisons: Disclosure of Information, what progress his Department has made with the review...

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultation he had with self-employed people before the first grant extension through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme was set at 20% of...

    • Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the business rates holiday to 2021-22; and if he will make a statement.

      Remote Working: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government’s call for employees to work from home where possible, if his Department will grant a 12 months’ business...

      Tourist Attractions: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a 3-year extension to the reduced VAT rate on admission charges for attractions.

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employers who have a contractual obligation to pay 100 per cent of employees’ salaries can fulfil this obligation whilst accessing the Job...

      Tax Avoidance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements HM Revenue and Customs been put in place for people subject to the Loan Charge who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the...

      Tax Avoidance: Mental Health and Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's decision not to extend the Loan Charge settlement deadline on the (a) mental health of and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of loan charge cases remained unsettled after the 30 September deadline.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on private debt collection agencies in (a) fees and (b) the proportion of funds collected for the purposes of recovering...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any recipient of Loan Charge settlement letters has received letters containing confidential information belonging to other people.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Welsh Government will receive in Barnett Consequentials from the £3 billion of new funding introduced for green buildings in England as...

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of extending the VAT Retail Export Scheme to countries in the EU from 1 January 2021.

      Red Diesel: Mining

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost to the mining and quarrying industries of the withdrawal of the red diesel fuel duty rebate from April 2022; and...

      Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will adjust the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to ensure wider access (a) for small community organisations and (b) throughout the voluntary sector.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which NGOs (a) were consulted in advance of and (b) supported the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

    • Iran: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when the Government has next invited FM Zarif or President Rouhani to visit the UK.

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Scottish Government prior to the publication of the...

      British Nationals Abroad: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his legal safeguarding obligations are in cases of the (a) torture and (b) suspected torture of British...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion of the September 2020 report of...

      EU External Trade: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to protect the Falkland Islands' tariff-free access to the EU single market.

      USA: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his US counterpart on the use of excessive force by US law enforcement...

      Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 97015, whether his Department plans to appoint a new Special...

      Overseas Aid: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he is taking to steps to prevent Government departments from spending UK aid that do not achieve a (a)...

      Jayder Quintana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the reported killing of 18-year-old activist...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many locally employed civilian interpreters (a) began employment and (b) ended employment following (i) dismissal for disciplinary reasons, (ii)...

    • Radioactive Waste: Dalgety Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department submitted an application to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency for the requisite licence to commence remediation works...

      Armed Forces: Pastoral Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to offer non-religious pastoral care to members of the Armed Forces.

      Weeton Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made on plans to redevelop Weeton Barracks into HQ North West by 2022 as part of the 2016 Strategic Defence Estate Review; and if...

      International Military Services: Business and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of IMS Ltd’s (a) implementation of the UN’s Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and (b)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the effect of the end of the transition period on the difference between the level of state pension received by...

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit claims there were in each of the last 12 months for which data is available; and what the outcome was of those pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit claims there have been since the announcement on introducing means-testing for free TV licences for people aged over 75.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps Department is taking to maximise uptake of pension credit.

      Universal Credit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to offer tailored support for jobseeking single parents on universal credit with pre-school-aged children.

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Illnesses and Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to end repeat welfare benefits assessments for people with (a) disabilities and (b) long-term health conditions.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with experience of living with a disability are included in (a) her Department's planned...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether industrial injuries disablement benefit claims will be assessed via (a) telephone, (b) video call and (c) other means during the...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to process suspended Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit cases.

      Lifetime Skills Guarantee: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister's recent announcement of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, whether she is taking steps to increase the...

      Universal Credit: East Renfrewshire

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

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Scottish Government on the devolution of non-reserved benefits under the Scotland Act 2016.

      Attendance Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on updating the timetable for the migration of people in receipt attendance allowance to disability...

      Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of the rate of statutory sick pay on the number of people who choose to remain at home when...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with Public Health England on the voluntary target of a 20 per cent reduction in the sugar...

    • Rivers: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's budget is for tackling river pollution; and on what his Department plans to spend that budget.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 218781 on Animal welfare sentencing and recognition of...

      Zoo Animals Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the £100m allocated for zoos and aquariums in response to covid-19 outbreak, whether he plans to (a)...

      Zoos Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to extend the support scheme for zoos to all zoos facing financial difficulties.

  • Home Office

    • Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the Government’s progress on meeting the objectives of the Missing Children and Adults Strategy 2011.

    • Human Trafficking and Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department collects data on the country of origin of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2019, what types of products are included...

      Knives: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2020 to Question 85969 on Knives, what steps the Government is taking to work with retailers to...

      Immigration: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration enforcement staff were based at the Beckett House reporting centre prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of commercial property investments made by local...

    • Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 outbreak on local authorities' finances.

      European Social Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to (a) replace and (b) administer a replacement to the European Social Fund; and what his policy is...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of applications to the Building Safety Fund were successful; and how much of that £1...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to help ensure that leaseholders are supported with the costs of (a) remediating non-compliant...

      Local Government: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on engagement with disability organisations on matters...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advertising: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money the Government has spent on advertising that was subsequently withdrawn as part of its covid-19...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason meetings of the Joint Consultative Working Group in relation to the Ireland/Northern Ireland...

      Dover Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Port of Dover will receive the Government funding announced for preparations ahead of the end of the...

      UK Trade with EU: Animal Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) steps he is taking and (b) infrastructure is in place to protect the continuity of trade of products...

      Elections: Travellers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 94462, if he will make an assessment of the potential...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government’s commitment to spend £1 in every £3 with SMEs by 2022, what...

      Coronavirus: Cost Benefit Analysis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the cost-benefit analysis the Government has undertaken to inform its response to the...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to have discussions with victims and families of the contaminated blood scandal on...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he has issued on the ownership of shares by the Chief Scientific and Chief Medical Officers and...

      Public Sector: Outdoor Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many outdoor advertising assets are held by the public sector in the UK; and what the value is of those assets.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress she has made in agreeing trade deals with the UK's Commonwealth partners.

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the differences are between the UK-Japan and EU-Japan trade deals with regards to the effect on goods imported to and exported from...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had on a future trade deal with her (a) Australian, (b) Canadian and (c) New Zealand counterparts.

      Department for International Trade: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether officials in her Department attended the world premiere of the motion picture Downton Abbey in Leicester Square on 9 September 2019.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to provide financial support to National League clubs.

    • Data Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using the taxation system to disincentivise the collection of personal...

      Musicians: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU countries on protecting and supporting UK musicians touring the EU...

      Musicians: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department plans to provide to UK musicians touring in the EU after the end of the transition period.

      Operation Sleeping Beauty Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Operation Sleeping Beauty funding he plans to allocate to productions in (a) London, (b) regions outside...

      Political Parties: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 54 of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) report of 6 November 2018 entitled Investigation into...

      Television Licences: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people over 75 who are registered blind and qualify for the 50 per cent discount of...

      Charities and Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what fiscal steps he is taking to support small community-level voluntary organisations and charities.

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to make an assessment of the effect of access restrictions at the National Archives on (a) historians...

      Sports: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of sporting events that must be available on free-to-air television under the Broadcasting Act...

      UK Trade with EU: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of relaxing (a) General Data Protection Regulations and (b) UK data...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the viability of jobs in the events industry.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support (a) professional and (b) amateur sport during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Twitter

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 98904, if the Commission will discuss (a)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition Act 2004

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to her oral contribution of 24 September 2020, Official Report, column 1137, on the Gender Recognition Act Consultation, where she stated...

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the increase in levels of (a) transphobia and (b) misogyny.

      Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent progress the Government has made on reducing the increased risk to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities from covid-19.

      Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her statement of 22 September 2020, Official Report, HCWS462, that she will improve the process and experience of transgender...

      Bullying: Schools

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government has taken to tackle (a) homophobic, (b) biphobic and (c) transphobic bullying in schools.

      Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban LGBT conversion therapy.

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many road fatalities and accidents were caused by driving under the influence of drugs over the past five years.

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of charging points for electric vehicles in England.

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to protect jobs in the UK maritime sector.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Cancer: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional funding to the Northern Ireland Executive for reducing the backlog in treatment of cancer patients.

    • Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about COVID-19.

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions have taken place under the Coronavirus Act 2020 as a result of court proceedings.

  • Department for Education

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring the continuation of the Erasmus programme after 31 December.

    • Lifetime Skills Guarantee: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support temporary apprentice workers as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

      Lifetime Skills Guarantee: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Lifetime Skills Guarantee is accessible to those with disabilities.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that universities remain operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Arms Trade: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs during his proposed visit to Europe to discuss developments in Eastern...

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals to give the Nagorno-Karabakh region independence; and what plans they have (1) to support these proposals, and (2) to...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that foreign mercenaries and jihadist fighters have been deployed by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the combat mission in Afghanistan, and the UK's continued presence as part of NATO’s non-combat mission, what role they have in the Afghan peace...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Lebanon following the resignation of Prime Minister Mustapha Adib.

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities at the G20 leaders’ summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia in November; and what plans they have to use the occasion to reiterate to...

      British Overseas Territories: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities on Ascension and St Helena over the islands’ suitability as asylum processing centres.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Conflict: Explosives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to advocate for an implementation mechanism to give greater meaning and effect to the Draft Political Declaration on Strengthening the...

    • Army: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are gambling machines in any British Army installations in the UK; and if so, (1) which categories these machines fall into in accordance with the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the ruling by the Court of Appeal in SSWP v Johnson & Others [2020] EWCA Civ 778, handed down on 22 June, what plans they have (1)...

    • Females: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of women who have left the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an individual’s pension contributions to a relief at source pension scheme reported to HMRC via Real Time Information are automatically deducted from...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many criminal gangs engaged in large-scale benefit fraud have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions using artificial intelligence.

      Universal Credit: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the portal through which joint claims for Universal Credit are made allows each partner to see all of the messages between the Department for Work and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of legislating to establish an animal offenders’ register, which could be accessed by the police, animal welfare...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) Steepholme, (2) Flatholme, (3) Canvey Island, (4) the Isle of Dogs, and, (5) Sark, as potential locations for asylum...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 7 September (HL Deb, cols 620–2), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 29 September (HL Deb, cols GC49), whether they are examining supply chains that may be connected to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport that "due to the incubation period of this disease, and even using highly accurate tests, the...

    • Suicide: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 8 September (HL Deb, cols 662–5), what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by Friends, Families...

      Mental Health: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to provide ongoing support for the mental health and resilience of young people; and what plans they have to...

      Coronavirus: Vitamin D

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of Vitamin D in promoting good health and resistance to COVID-19 and other infections.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long it will take to achieve mass vaccination of the population against COVID-19.

      Medical Equipment: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many advance payments have been made to pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic by (1) total value, and (2) number...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction tests that have resulted in a false positive.

      Bipolar Disorder: Lithium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the NHS has secure access to Priadel for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address (1) homelessness, and (2) rough sleeping, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Homelessness: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address homelessness amongst BAME groups who are at greater risk from COVID-19.

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they have provided to women affected by domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Blue Badge Scheme and Driving Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 16 September (HL7614), whether any agreements in principle have been reached with EU Member States regarding mutual...

    • House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the representation of the (1) Conservative, (2) Labour, and (3) Liberal Democrat, parties in the House of Lords; and what plans...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor (1) the level of political funding from companies and individuals associated with (a) the arms trade, (b) tobacco companies (c)...

      Elections: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the findings of the Electoral Reform Society's report, Democracy in the Dark: Digital Campaigning in the 2019 General Election...

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