Written answers

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to prevent road death among people over 60.

    • Buses: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make available the funding announced under the Better Bus Deal for Bus Users to provide for alternatively fuelled vehicles.

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to support coach (a) operators and (b) manufacturers experiencing reduced demand as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Cycling: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to encourage cycling as a means of transport in Wakefield constituency since the covid-19 outbreak began.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the provision of cycling routes and facilities alongside HS2.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to provide covid-19 funding support for (a) light rail, (b) buses and (c) active travel.

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals on tackling unlawful levels of noise from motorbikes.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to train operators operating limited timetables as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, whether the Government will make an assessment of...

      Railway Stations: Hedge End

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of passengers using Hedge End train station in each of the last ten years for which figures are...

      Railways: Arundel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the proposed Arundel chord rail connection.

      Railways: Arundel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to announce a decision on the Arundel chord rail connection.

      Bus Services: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the additional £30 million in bus funding announced on 3 April 2020 will be spent in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Highways England road improvement projects have had their pedestrian element cancelled as a result of an estimated economy saving in each of...

      Motor Vehicles: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) electric vehicles, (b) petrol fuelled vehicles and (c) diesel fuelled vehicles are registered to addresses in Wakefield constituency.

      Emergency Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average increase in journey times of emergency service vehicles that have been caused as a result of road...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the British Retail Consortium on introducing a fit to trade licensing...

    • Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many letters have been issued under section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 in...

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a California-style zero emission vehicle mandate to phase...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department provides to service stations in (a) the UK and (b) Wolverhampton South West constituency...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has spent on developing a sovereign Global Navigation Satellite System since 2018; and what the...

      LaunchUK Industry Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies participate in the LaunchUK Industry Group; and which of those companies were consulted on the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the £18.5 million funding for Imperial College London for phase three covid-19 vaccine trials announced on 17...

      Clinical Trials and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage research and clinical trials in non-covid related research.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • UK Government-Northern Ireland Executive Joint Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 97062 on UK Government-Northern Ireland Executive Joint Board, what assessment he has made...

    • Non-departmental Public Bodies: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the number of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations operating in...

      Mental Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the commitments set out in the New Decade, New Approach document published in January 2020, how much funding from the public...

      Infrastructure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to page 52 of the New Decade, New Approach document published in January 2020, what assessment he has made of the Government's...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) support research on dementia and (b) ensure that research on that matter continues during the...

    • Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide funding for research into (a) new treatments and (b) preventative strategies for pressure...

      Coronavirus: Noradrenaline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which individuals and professional organisations issue guidance on the stockpiling of noradrenaline for the treatment of covid-19 to (a)...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of people who will be aged 65 by 31 March 2021 who have received a 2020 NHS flu vaccine to date.

      Coronavirus: Health Services

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

      Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015, what criteria constitutes an emergency.

      Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      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 clinical trials in (a) dementia and (b) other medical conditions.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the continuation of progress on dementia research during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Prostate Cancer: Ultrasonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to support the development of the evidence base for high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy for prostate cancer.

      Childbirth and Perinatal Mortality: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for research into (a) miscarriage, (b) premature birth and (c) stillbirth.

      Hospital Beds: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of the contracts on the use of private sector beds in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Education

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, (b) the Home Secretary and (c) expert organisations on...

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to incorporate assessment of the quality of careers advice in schools into the OFSTED inspection process.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to retain male teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure the availability of music education in schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hindi: GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 October 2020 to Question 94998, how many people took (a) a GCSE and (b) an A-level qualification in the Hindi language in...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) male and (b) female teachers there were in state primary schools in each of the last five years in (i) England, (ii) Greater London and...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the adequacy of the teaching received by children in (a) the North West and (b)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure pupils are adequately supported ahead of GCSE exams in summer 2021.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the recruitment of more male teachers.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to implement increased access to respite care for parents and families of disabled children during the covid-19...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that children with SEND have an up-to-date Education, Health and Care Plan before returning to school...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the refreshed National Plan for Music Education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 54072 on Prisons: Coronavirus, what recent assessment he has made of levels of (a) self-harm,...

    • Youth Offending Teams: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 9 of the 2020 UK annual report on modern slavery, if he will publish the (a) dates and (b) content of the guidance and training...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) serious case reviews following...

      Criminal Justice Royal Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his timescale is for announcing the (a) Chair, (b) timetable and (c) terms of reference of the proposed Royal Commission on Criminal Justice...

      Manufacturing Industries: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for all forms of labour exploitation in garment factories since 1 January 2016.

      Prisoners: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased PIN credit provided to prisoners during the covid-19 outbreak on (a) strength of family ties, (b)...

      Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of regulating privately owned natural burial grounds.

  • Treasury

    • Inland Waterways: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (b) Secretary of State for Transport on the...

    • Medicine: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on sectoral support for charity-funded medical...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing additional lending schemes for (a) hospitality and (b) other businesses...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) conduct and (b) publish an equality impact assessment of the (i) financial and (ii) social measures the Government has taken to support...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of automatically allocating additional financial and economic support to areas where covid-19 risks and...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the potential merits of reopening business support...

      Carbon Emissions: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to phase out the Carbon Price Support Cap; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the International Monetary Fund’s October 2020 Fiscal Monitor, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a programme...

      Renewable Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing VAT on (a) domestic renewables and (b) installations to help (i) grow the green economy and...

      Beekeeping: Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the contribution to the public purse of VAT duties paid by bee keepers for bee keeping equipment in the last 12 months.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Morley and Outwood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are in receipt of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in Morley and Outwood constituency.

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of jobs in the tourism sector of ending the VAT Retail Export Scheme; and what steps he is taking to...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2020 to Question 99086 on Business: Coronavirus, what assessment he has made of the effect of the VAT reduction policy...

      Manufacturing Industries: Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for non-payment of the national minimum wage to garment factory workers since 1 January 2016.

      Unemployment: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the adequacy of (a) funding for education and (b) skills provision to...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's news story entitled Government outlines new plans for Freeports to turbo-charge post-Brexit trade published on 7 October...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding he has allocated to Girls Education Challenge in (a) Ethiopia, (b) Ghana, (c) Kenya, (d)...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of (a) whether the (i) closure of Sana’a international airport from August...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2020 to Question 102832 on Overseas Aid, which Departments applied for...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2020 to Question 102832 on Overseas Aid, which of the 44 projects delivered...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support families who are being evicted from military homes owned by Annington Homes.

    • Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) recent progress has been made on the Twenty Shilling Windfarm agreement and (b) assessment he has made of when that agreement will be concluded.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reclassifying (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis and (b) chronic fatigue syndrome as a...

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is being made available for people who are required to self-isolate and not able to access (a) statutory sick pay or (b) the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • East Suffolk Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to provide financial support to East Suffolk District Council to employ additional port health officers at...

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the average daily volume of (a) goods and (b) goods requiring documentary paperwork for SPS...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) hold discussions with industry (i) bodies and (ii) leaders on the proportion of seasonal agricultural workers...

      Buses: Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on bringing forward the £3 billion investment for...

      Forests: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect ancient woodlands in Wakefield constituency.

      Symphony Environmental: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Symphony Environmental Technologies' d2p...

      Environment Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many organisations (a) his Department has asked to sign and (b) have signed non-disclosure agreements in relation to the...

      River Calder: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce pollution in the river Calder.

      Flood Control: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow local councils to...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Ireland (Island)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will put in place plans to ensure that differential immigration systems on the island of Ireland are not exploited by criminal gangs...

    • Assaults On Police: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will conduct a review into the reasons for the increased number of assaults on police officers.

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve police force retention rates.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing a standardised method of recording dog attacks across all police forces in England.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what strategies have been put in place to encourage under-represented groups to join the police.

      Police: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Queen's Speech of 19 December 2019, what her timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to establish a...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 43 of the 2020 UK annual report on modern slavery, if she will publish the minutes of meetings held by the covid-19...

      Agriculture and Food: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority licensing requirement in the food and...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the extent of labour exploitation in garment factories in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle antisemitism in (a) Wakefield constituency, (b) West Yorkshire...

    • Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has undertaken to tackle islamophobia in (a) Wakefield constituency, (b) West...

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support landlords unable to evict problem tenants responsible for repeated...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 97616 on Housing: Standards and with reference to the Future...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the merits of designating brownfield sites around cities for residential development...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of planning policy on encouraging development of brownfield land.

      Domestic Abuse: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) vulnerable people and (b) victims of domestic violence from not...

      Coal: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his recent decision to refuse planning permission for the coal mine at Druridge Bay, what assessment...

      Housing: Construction Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the fire safety of Modern Methods of Construction.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with leaseholders who are unable to (a) sell or (b) re-mortgage their properties as...

      Night Shelters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's publication of 13 October 2020 on COVID-19: provision of night shelters - Operating...

      Housing Associations: Provident Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of housing associations who are registered as Industrial and Provident...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Service: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the UK Government holds data on the number of former senior crown servants who (a) have and (b) have...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to issue covid-19 related guidance on trick or treating.

      Common Travel Area: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to make provision for the (a) Common Travel Area and...

      Housing: National Parks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2020 to Question 100935 on Housing: East Hampshire, if he will undertake...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her policy is on continued market access or equivalent support for (a) Kenya, (b) Ghana and (c) Cameroon in the event that continuity...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish the online media literacy strategy connected with the Online Harms Bill.

    • Museums and Galleries: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the long-term sustainability of museums in Wakefield constituency.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from experts in the education sector on the Online Harms Bill.

  • Department for Transport

    • Ports: Ynys Môn

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to prepare for potential delays in Anglesey, and at or near other ports in the UK, after 31 December.

    • Public Lavatories: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for more toilets in Kent for lorry drivers due to potential congestion post-Brexit, and whether they have assessed how...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of (1) the dangers of the use of electric scooters on public highways, and (2) any safety measures which may be required as a...

      Department of Transport: Senior Civil Servants

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

  • Treasury

    • Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 7 October that they intend to legislate to change the language and presentation of information in debt...

    • Deloitte: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment in Travel Document Service & Anor v Revenue & Customs (Corporation tax – tax avoidance scheme) UKUT 45 (TCC) by the...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls for debt relief from emerging economies to help manage (1) the healthcare, and (2) the economic, consequences of the...

      Customs: ICT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new customs IT systems have been identified by the Border and Protocol Delivery Group as being required from the end of the Brexit transition period; and if...

      Owner Occupation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they plan to provide to homeowners after the mortgage payment holiday scheme ends.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to COVID-19 financial support for BAME run businesses.

    • Multinational Companies: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they, if any, have to compel major transnational companies to improve working conditions in the UK.

      Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) local authorities in London, and (2) the Greater London Authority, about the ethnicity pay gap in London.

      Investment Income: Monitoring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which body is responsible for monitoring payments of possible illegal dividends; and how many cases that body has examined in the last five years.

      Business: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of business liquidations which remain incomplete after (1) 5 years, (2) 10 years, and (3) 15 years or more, after their commencement.

      OneWeb

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they proceeded with their announced investment of £400 million in the company OneWeb; and what additional capability they planned to acquire through...

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in developing a UK position navigation and timing satellite and earth observation system; how much they have spent on developing this...

      Autonomy: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the ultimate beneficial recipients of (1) the £15 million fine and £5,635,014 costs levied by the Financial Reporting Council on Deloitte on 17...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in bringing forward legislative proposals to address legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the health needs of people with no fixed abode (1) are considered, and (2) are facilitated, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • South East Asia: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the governments of (1) Indonesia, (2) Malaysia, and (3) Thailand, and appropriate UN agencies, to provide (a) financial...

    • Zhang Zhan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the case, and (2) the health and well-being, of Zhang Zhan who is reportedly on hunger strike whilst detained in...

      Myanmar: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide (1) funding for, and (2) technical assistance, to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Trust Fund for Humanitarian...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of existing international capabilities to meet any global increase in identity-based violence; and what plans they have to appoint a...

      South East Asia: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Indonesia, (2) Malaysia, and (3) Thailand, (a) to permit entry to additional refugees from, and (b)...

      Diplomatic Service: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide atrocity prevention training to UK embassy and diplomatic personnel based in fragile states.

      UN Human Rights Council: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the election of China, Cuba and Pakistan to the United Nations General Assembly’s Human Rights Council in view of...

      Naeemuddin Khattak

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the representations made to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the...

      Indonesia: Protest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 October (HL8595), what was the reply given by the government of Indonesia to Heather Wheeler’s...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the State Department of the United States about reports that that Department is drawing up a revised draft sanctions list...

      Gaza Strip: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of military violence in Gaza on the mental health of children living there.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of compliance with the Equality Act 2010 of decisions to move male prisoners who are gender transitioning to female prison units.

    • Trials: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of trials that are waiting to be heard at (1) Maidstone Crown Court, and (2) Canterbury Crown Court; and when they...

      Ministry of Justice: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Divorce: Counselling and Mediation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the passing of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 on 25 June, what information and guidance they plan to provide online about...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are working on initiatives aimed at increasing intra-Commonwealth trade.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps Homes England is taking (1) to encourage, and (2) to create, opportunities for small and new-entry builders in the housing construction sector; and what...

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum level of fine they can impose on freeholders of flat blocks where dangerous cladding has not been removed; and how many such fines have been...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of some mortgage providers requiring an External Wall Survey 1 certificate before lending to homeowners wishing to...

      Non-domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that money saved by local authorities is spent on improving (1) the standard, and (2) the availability, of public lavatories...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mental health services they make available to refugees housed at repurposed barracks in (1) Penally, and (2) Folkestone.

    • Asylum: Legal Opinion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that asylum seekers in temporary accommodation have access to free legal advice.

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of part one of their review into the role of Police and Crime Commissioners which was due to have reported to the Home Secretary by October.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on consultancy services by the Cabinet Office and its related agencies in the 2019/20 financial year; and what was the (1) cost of,...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the number, and (2) the value, of COVID-19-related contracts awarded to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young,...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' statement on 9 July that "the greatest threat we face now is not the [COVID-19]...

      Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received a CBE or higher honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, published on 9 October, in each of (1) the regions in England, and (2) the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the letter relating to skeleton bills and skeleton provision sent to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for...

      Public Sector: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of public sector bodies’ compliance with the Public Sector (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths from COVID-19 there were among patients in hospital aged under 60 with no pre-existing medical conditions; and what assessment they have...

      Cabinet Office: Ethnic Groups

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

      United Kingdom Internal Market Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 30 September (HL8064), what penalty they expect to incur if the UK Internal Market Bill...

  • Department for Education

    • Business: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Employer Skills Survey 2019, published on 14 October, what steps, if any, they plan to take to encourage businesses to increase the amount of...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reciprocal benefits that independent schools and schools maintained by their local authority have derived from working...

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by the Food Foundation, published on 12 October, which found that 900,000 more children have been registered...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools have delayed the introduction of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Theatres: Cheltenham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Cheltenham Playhouse was not included in their recent award of support for arts venues.

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of legal challenges from privacy advocates against transfers of personal data between businesses in the EU and the...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, following the example of the government of New Zealand and to reflect the economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic being felt by the general public, whether...

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