Written answers

Friday, 16 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two Railway Line: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the implications are for the construction timetable of the HS2 eastern leg following his announcement to defer decisions on that leg until the...

    • Euston Station: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to restore the original Euston Arch at the reconstruction of Euston Station in London.

      Lichfield Trent Valley Station: High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what fast services that stop at Lichfield Trent Valley will remain on the west coast mainline after the completion of High Speed Two (a) Phase 1 and...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase the restriction on aircraft crew carrying liquids through security at airports to less than two litres.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) guidance on social distancing due to the covid-19 outbreak is being enforced on public transport and (b)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for East Londonderry sent on 28 July 2020 regarding help for the travel industry.

      Cycling and Walking: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has received a bid from Oxfordshire City Council for a walking and cycling path on the B4044 as part of the tranche 2 emergency...

      Bicycles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of his Department’s bike repair vouchers that have been used by low-income households.

      Bicycles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department’s plans for further provision of bike repair schemes will target people on the lowest incomes.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fireworks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning firework sales to discourage private gatherings during...

    • Aluminium: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the value of the aluminium sector to the UK economy.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage people to achieve a better work-life balance.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more new parents to take up shared parental leave.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the advance purchases of covid-19 vaccines have been bought from manufacturers based in the UK.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were tested for covid-19 from 2 September to 9 September 2020; and how many of those who tested positive were aged...

    • Coronavirus: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people resident in the Christchurch constituency have received covid-19 tests in each of the last seven days; and how many...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) void rate and (b) number of void tests was for Lighthouse Laboratories under Pillar 2 for the last month.

      Coronavirus: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of covid-19 tests that have taken place each week in Wansbeck constituency since the start...

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure covid-19 test facilities are accessible locally in Lambeth and Southwark.

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests have been taken at each covid-19 testing centre in London on each day since 31 August 2020.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on implementing the proposals of the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper;...

      Bereavement Counselling: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the value of providing clear referral pathways to high quality, effective and evidence-based...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of children’s mental health services and adult services for children once they...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to assess the effect of covid-19 on NHS mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish his Department’s action plan to respond to local covid-19 lock-downs.

      Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is permitted for up to 30 people attending a funeral to attend a memorial on (a) the same day and (b) a future day during the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what circumstances children's parties are able to take place consistent with Government covid-19 regulations.

      Childbirth: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 July 2020 to Question 75237, what definition of birth applies in the guidance produced by the Royal College...

      Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the 30 person limit on funerals during the covid-19 outbreak includes funeral directors and staff members.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2020 to Question 94459 on Mental Health Services: Children and Young People, what the estimated cost...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will amend government guidance to allow groups of up to 30 people to attend (a) Narcotics Anonymous meetings and (b) other mutual...

      Endometriosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average time taken is for women with endometriosis to receive that diagnosis in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department has not issued guidance on the reopening of social care day centres for people with disabilities.

      Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to mitigate the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people with dementia and their carers.

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2020 to Question 88902 on Hospices: Finance, how much of the £200 million for hospices has...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the General Medical Council on the difference in English language requirements necessary for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon Member for Lewisham East of 1 July 2020 on the recognition of NHS and key workers.

      NHS: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to encourage the NHS to introduce a £6 per month payment for employees working from home to cover the increased...

      Abortion: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortions have been carried out where the foetus was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, since January 2020.

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing independent counselling for women considering an abortion.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to renew the thalidomide health grant in April 2023.

      Community Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to begin regular repeat covid-19 tests for district nurses who visit care homes.

      Contact Tracing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to seek advice on test and trace from those European partners that have had functioning systems in place since May 2020...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of permitting NHS staff to nominate a child instead of a partner to...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will prioritise the (a) further development and (b) deployment of a coronavirus risk calculator through the NHS App.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the consistency of recommendations on visiting care homes in the Social Care Sector COVID-19...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time was for Public Health England to respond to schools reporting positive covid-19 cases in each week since...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the BAME community in (a) Wolverhampton and (b) England to access dementia-related care...

      Leasehold: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that residents in communal living leasehold arrangements are able to access testing for covid-19.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy not to activate again the easements provided for in the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014.

      Anaesthetics: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of anaesthetists working in London hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to update guidance for workplaces to ensure that health risks for nurses who shielded during the covid-19...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what enforcement powers he has to require hospital trusts to make disabled parking bays free.

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure arthritis services resume as soon as possible following the disruption resulting from the covid-19 outbreak.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the equity of access to cough-assist treatments for people suffering with (a) motor neurone disease...

      Cerebral Palsy: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) assessment he has made and (b) monitoring he undertakes of the mental health of adults living with cerebral palsy.

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy in the UK by (a) age and (b) gender in the last five years.

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to minimise the risk of domiciliary care workers spreading the covid-19 virus.

      Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect of local covid-19 restrictions on healthcare workers...

      Hearing Impairment: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if ear wax stringing can be made available on the NHS to patients whose build-up of ear wax is directly linked with hearing loss.

      NHS Property Services: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications by NHS trusts for permission for the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company to manage property and estates...

      Tinnitus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent on research on the causes of, and treatment for, tinnitus in each of the last five years.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to implement the Government’s commitment to double dementia research funding to over...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has allocated funding to the research on neonatal herpes.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 cases in Liverpool, West Derby constituency were affected by the reporting error in NHS Test and Trace; and what steps...

      Coronavirus: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the local covid-19 lockdown restrictions imposed on Oldham in August 2020...

      Coronavirus: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 source transmissions have been associated with public transport use for each Greater Manchester authority area since 1...

      Coronavirus: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 source transmissions have been associated with attendance at funerals in each Greater Manchester authority area since 1...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the minutes of the fifty-fifth meeting of SAGE on covid-19 on 3 September 2020, if he has developed a national strategy...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the Government provides to those that cannot download the NHS Test and Trace app because it is not compatible with their...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which part of (a) PHE or (b) Serco was using the old Excel format which led to NHS TEst and Trace reporting error; and whether his...

      Coronavirus: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution during the Covid-19 update on 12 October 2020 in response to the hon. Member for...

      Buses: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has with the Secretary of State for Transport on the role of buses in helping to provide access to healthcare.

      Dental Services: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the number of patients dentists are able to see of the use of ventilation systems in...

  • Wales Office

    • Iron and Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent steps the Government has taken to support the steel industry in Wales.

    • Coronavirus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on support for businesses in (a) Newport West...

      Coronavirus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support for people in (a) Newport West constituency and (b) Wales...

  • Department for Education

    • Vetting: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an immigration checking service for Student Finance to check student...

    • After School Clubs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what after-school services are available to children of parents that have returned to work during the covid-19 outbreak in (a) the UK and (b) Dudley...

      Crime: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to strengthen legal obligations on local authorities to share information relating to children at risk of criminal exploitation.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an (a) assessment of the potential merits of and (b) estimate of the capital investment requirements for installing or...

      Higher Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that jobs involving recruiting, retaining and supporting students in their studies are protected in higher education.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to re-open the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what parents' organisations are providing his Department with advice and opinions on the effect of Covid-19 restrictions on the health and welfare of...

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) stakeholders on cancelling examinations for (a) SATS, (b) GCSEs and (c) A Levels in...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the legal position is on the wearing of face masks and social distancing on school transport.

      Schools: Bosworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support schools in Bosworth constituency to build new (a) classrooms and (b) other education facilities.

      Childcare: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of Sate for Education, what assessment she has made of (a) the level of childcare provision available during the covid-19 outbreak; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of apprentices made redundant as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that learners who wish to study a full A-Level in a single year have the opportunity to do so.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support universities that are implementing their own covid-19 testing measures.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department had with early years providers on the potential merits of a phased return in September 2020 for young children and...

      GCE A-level: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with awarding bodies on easing coursework requirements for A Level students during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to review the covid-19 regulations on overnight stays on school residential trips.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of schools that requested supply teacher cover since 1 September 2020.

      Secondary Education: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of careers advice in secondary education; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that advice on...

      Redundancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that people who are made redundant are able to access suitable education and training...

      Children and Young People: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Solihull approach in improving children and adolescents’ wellbeing and...

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the mental wellbeing of school staff; and whether his Department has plans to support the mental health and well...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) availability and (b) cost of childcare.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much additional funding schools in Wansbeck constituency have received for additional personal protective equipment and extra cleaning costs since...

      Extended Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on wraparound care providers.

      Special Educational Needs: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure the ongoing needs of SEND pupils are being met in Wansbeck constituency.

      Class Sizes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on class sizes of school staff absence as a result of covid-19.

      Apprentices: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of incentive payments for hiring new apprentices on the employment rate among 16-24 year old's since...

      Care Leavers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of funding available to young people leaving care announced in 2019 has been allocated to initiatives which provide dedicated support...

      Department for Education: Pay

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

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his section 1.21 of his guidance for landlords and tenants entitled Will bailiffs enforce evictions across the Christmas period, for...

    • Youth Offending Teams: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to improve digital communication between (a) youth offending teams and (b) young people and their families during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 21 of the report entitled Childhood in the time of Covid, published by the Children's Commissioner in September 2020, what steps...

      Prisons: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons in England and Wales have a prison video link.

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he enable local registry offices to permit wedding ceremonies to be held outdoors in the grounds of approved premises if covid-19 social distancing...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

      Ministry of Justice: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to parliamentary questions; and if...

      Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of recognising Humanist Marriages in law following the 2014 Ministry of Justice review into...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what effect the free trade agreement between the UK and Japan will have on businesses in Northern Ireland.

    • Generalised System of Preferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what evidence the Government plans to use to assess the effective implementation of core human and labour rights UN/ILO conventions of...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help bring about a cessation to violence in Nigeria.

    • Malaria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that the Government meets its commitment to invest £500 million...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to help end the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan by urging Armenia to withdraw its...

      EU External Relations: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to develop the Falkland Islands' future relationship with the EU.

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Save the Children report entitled Save Our Education: Protect every child’s right to...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what delivery partners were chosen by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv for funding of covid-19 related activities.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he will take to ensure (a) parliamentary and (b) independent scrutiny of the Official Development...

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 3 July 2018 to Question 157711 on Gulf States: Overseas Aid, if he will set out...

      Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress he has made on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

      Overseas Aid: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason the Government has not disclosed its evaluations and Overseas Justice and Security assessments of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many activities delivered through the Integrated Activity Fund (a) were and (b) were not subject to an...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      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 refusal by the Arab League to condemn the...

      Navid Afkhari

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Iranian authorities condemning the execution of the wrestling champion...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the formation of a new government in Lebanon.

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure a co-ordinated and adequately funded global action plan for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Stirling of 1 July 2020 on Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that its education programmes focus on supporting the poorest and...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities on the release of people held in (a)...

      Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his Department’s speech transcript, UN Human Rights Council 45: UK statement on China for...

      Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) US, (b) Canadian and (c) Australian counterparts on managing the risks in...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of schools and related school feeding programmes in...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2020 to Question 95714, how many of the non-Government Organisations are...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the biggest pay rise given to someone in his Department was in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms in the last...

      Africa: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on women and girls’ access to sexual and...

      Nigeria: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Nigerian Government on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

      Africa: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help advance gender equality for adolescent girls and tackle harmful social...

      Africa: Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help end preventable maternal deaths in Africa.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pastoral Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking through the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy to modernise pastoral support services for...

    • Armed Forces: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on visa charges for Commonwealth UK armed forces personnel applying for indefinite leave to...

      Aircraft Carriers: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the National Audit Office's report entitled Carrier Strike - Preparing for...

      Defence Equipment: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to retain the skills held by the UK workforce in manufacturing military equipment.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the UK's continued sovereign ability to manufacture complete naval vessels.

      Military Aircraft: Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the UK's continued sovereign ability to manufacture complete military jets.

      Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder have been awarded by his Department to armed forces personnel through civil claims to date.

      Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder have been awarded by his Department to armed forces personnel under the Armed Forces...

      Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder have been awarded by his Department to armed forces personnel under the War Pensions...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full time equivalent staff members of the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit team have been redeployed to other benefits teams...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish a Green Paper on disability benefits.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full time equivalent staff members of the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) team have been dealing with asbestos related...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria is for the issuing of an employment support assessment as a paper form.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of full time equivalent staff were working in the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit team in January 2020.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has commissioned research on the potential effect on the mental wellbeing of universal credit claimants of removing the...

      Food Poverty: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of disabled people living in food poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to improve access to benefits for terminally ill people.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's policy is on bringing forward from 2046 the planned increase in the retirement age to 68 for state pension purposes.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Question

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on preparations for meat exports to the EU after the transition period.

    • Question

      What plans he has to publish the UK–Norway Fisheries Framework Agreement.

      Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animal welfare organisations have made representations to his Department supporting a ban on electric shock collars...

      Dogs: Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of dogs that have been trained with an electric shock collar in the last...

      Dogs: Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money his Department has spent on researching the effect of electric shock collars on dog welfare in each year for...

      Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in (a) acreage of oilseed rape, (b) imports of oilseed rape and (c) imports of...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

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

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps is he taking to ensure the resilience of the supply of food to (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) care homes.

      Fireworks: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of fireworks on air pollution levels; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what schemes the £3.8 billion allocated to mitigating air pollution is being spent; when each element of that...

      Flood Control: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent inland flooding in the North West.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to prevent future inland flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to enable farm owners and landowners to take more effective action in preventing inland flooding.

      Bees and Honey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the levels of (a) honey production, (b) the total bee population and (c) the...

      Rivers: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of rivers (a) are fit for and (b) require (i) upgrading work for and (ii) extensive maintenance for flood...

      Flood Control: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of inland flood defence spending in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Flood Control: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to allocate additional funding to the River Severn Partnership to support the implementation of...

      Flood Control: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help facilitate research on the cause of the flooding on the River Severn in March...

      Animal Experiments: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will make it its policy to end the duplication of chemical testing on animals.

  • Home Office

    • Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which senior police officer is responsible for the police’s national strategy for digital Intelligence and investigations including...

    • Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to provide additional support to police forces for enforcement of (a) social distancing and (b) other covid-19...

      UK Border Force: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on what mail is opened by Border Force.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when UKVI plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 10 August 2020 regarding Mrs Isik.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the changes to the immigration rules of 24 August 2020, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of missing (a) adults and (b) children, were recorded as high risk in each month from 1 April 2020 to 1 September 2020.

  • Scotland Office

    • Local Growth Deals: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 84291, whether it is still his Department's plan for the final sign off of the Ayrshire Growth...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people were presented as homeless to all councils in England between July 2020 and October 2020.

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the biggest pay rise given to someone in his Department was in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms in the last 12...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the new bed spaces provided by the £10 million domestic abuse safe accommodation covid-19 emergency...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many new beds are being provided by each organisation that was successful in bidding for funding from £10...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what quality standards were used in the commissioning of new domestic abuse bed spaces under the £10 million...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the new bed spaces provided under the £10 million domestic abuse safe accommodation covid-19...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the new bed spaces provided under the £10 million domestic abuse safe accommodation covid-19...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when Michael Wade's recommendations to Government on (a) funding solutions to protect leaseholders from unaffordable...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of residential blocks of over 18 metres in height which have...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the attendance restrictions on weddings will be reviewed.

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral contribution of 23 September 2020, Official Report, column 978, whether the updated...

      Health Education: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether photographs used in Government public health adverts in newspapers are required to reflect the...

      Housing: East Hampshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the (a) residence-based and (b) workplace-based house price to income...

      Fireworks: Injuries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many fatalities have been recorded in hospitals in England for injuries related to firework displays in...

  • Treasury

    • Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it remains his policy to make a decision on the future of Social Investment Tax Relief in Autumn 2020.

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has received reports of people receiving incorrect advice from advisers on settlement of the loan charge; and if he will reopen the settlement...

      Child Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of extending the three month grace period for parents in receipt of child benefit who could not...

      Gaming Machines: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the outcome of HMRC v The Rank Group PLC; Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Ltd and Others, what steps HMRC has taken to make appropriate...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HMRC plans to respond to the letters of (a) 29 June 2020, (b) 29 July 2020, (c) 7 September 2020 and (d) 30 September 2020 from the hon. Member for...

      Hotels: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether staff working in accommodation businesses in very high alert level areas will be eligible for support from the extended Job Support Scheme.

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of claims made by registered businesses with more than 25 outlets under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme up to 27 August 2020.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether GB issued EORI numbers will be valid in Europe after 31 December 2020.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees were on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as at 1st September 2020.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Government support is available for people classed as self-employed solely for the 2019-20 tax year who have experienced a loss of income and are...

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support is available for self-employed taxi drivers who have been told by NHS England to self-isolate due to underlying health reasons and...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow companies to defer payments of the Apprenticeship Levy during times of extreme financial stress.

      Investment Income: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on pension companies of the decision by some UK listed companies to cancel dividend payments to their...

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the expanded Job Support Scheme announced on 9 October 2020, whether businesses that have not been forced to close but supply businesses...

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the expanded Job Support Scheme announced on 9 October 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending eligibility...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many loan charge settlements were (a) offered and (b) agreed during July, August and September 2020.

      Infrastructure: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the status is of the Infrastructure Finance Review.

      Football: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 September 2020 to Question 94333 on Football: taxation, if he will require HMRC to not take action against professional...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 97543 on Housing: Insulation, if he will make it his policy to extend the temporary reduced rate of...

      Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional support will be provided to haulage and logistics companies who are unable to find a customs and brokerage service by 1 January 2021.

      Redundancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing additional financial support for people who are made redundant during the...

      Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to increase the £5 billion of Government funding for the delivery nationwide one-gibibit-capable broadband.

      Small Businesses: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing financial support to independent businesses who have limited internet access.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will temporarily increase the rate of Gift Aid from 20 per cent to 25 per cent for two years, similar to the Gift Aid Transitional Relief Scheme of 2008.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to increase the level of the tobacco duty escalator on hand-rolling tobacco.

      Gift Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the findings of the Institute of Fundraising of a £10 billion charity funding gap created by coronavirus, published on 19 August...

      Smoking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the tobacco duty escalator on reducing the prevalence of smoking.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what economic impact assessment he has undertaken of (a) not extending tax-free shopping to EU-bound passengers from 1 January 2021, and (b) withdrawing...

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the biggest pay rise given to someone in his Department was in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms in the last 12 months.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the merits of the proposals for support for pubs and brewers in CAMRA’s Save Our Pubs campaign.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made in upgrading broadband infrastructure in the UK.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of trends in changes to broadband download speeds (a) regionally and (b) between urban and rural...

      Housing: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on ensuring developers provide new homes with gigabit broadband.

      Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date applicants to the Arts Council England administered Cultural Recovery Fund who applied for less than...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide a timeframe for the lifting of covid-19 restrictions on the events industry.

      Fairgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of enabling the safe reopening of fun fairs during the...

      Commonwealth Games 2022: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on business opportunities...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support to professional (a) football, (b) rugby and (c) cricket clubs...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish guidance on the conditions required to facilitate the safe return of fans to football league grounds.

      Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will delegate the decision on when to allow spectators into sports stadia during the covid-19 outbreak to...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had and with whom on the financial viability of English Football League Clubs while they are unable to...

      Exercise: Dudley North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has (a) made available and (b) allocated in 2020 within the Dudley North constituency to promote...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of Government support to the live events industry on that industry.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Huawei: 5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward their deadline for removing Huawei from UK 5G networks by 2027.

    • Football: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of football clubs in the National League and the leagues below to remain in business during the COVID-19...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring the COVID-19 restrictive measures at football clubs in line with those currently in place at concert venues.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Georgia: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 28 September (HL8057), what plans they have to accelerate their assessment of the government of Georgia's...

    • Sudan: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the floods in Sudan, what aid they have provided to support those affected.

      Andy Li

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on the wellbeing of imprisoned Hong Kong activist Andy Li; and whether they have asked the government of China (1) to allow access to...

      Korea: Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Foreign Secretary's to South Korea and the demilitarised zone, what assessment they have made of the prospects for (1) the denuclearisation of the...

      Mongolia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of news reports of protests in Inner Mongolia about (1) the suppression of the Mongolian language, and (2) the destruction of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Work and Pensions at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Work and Pensions grosses up the net amount of relief at source pension contributions, taken from HMRC Real Time Information data,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a machine learning algorithm is used to calculate entitlement (1) to Universal Credit, and (2) to any other benefit; and if so, how that...

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