Written answers

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) veracity and (b) implications for his policies of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum...

    • Aviation: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to help prevent job losses in the aviation sector.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local authorities have (a) offered structural payment plans and (b) provided three month delays to payments for annual taxi licence renewals...

      Alternative Fuels: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of investment in the production of non fossil fuels for transport in the UK of removing derogation...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department is providing for alternative fuel sources for large vehicles that travel long distances.

      Acceleration Unit: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the non-Government specialists working for the Transport Acceleration Unit.

      Acceleration Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) mission statement and (b) objectives are of his Department's Acceleration Unit; and for what reasons that Unit was established.

      Acceleration Unit: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the post of Director of his Department's Acceleration Unit was advertised; and what the remuneration is for that post.

      Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has responded to the letter of 1 October 2020 from the Chairs of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum; and if...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting a minimum threshold for the involvement of UK companies in the High Speed Two project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Treasury's Green Book provides scope for his Department to prioritise the UK supply chain in the High Speed Two project.

      Acceleration Unit: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the role of member of his Department's Acceleration Unit was advertised; what the required skills are for that post; and what the remuneration...

      Acceleration Unit: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to help ensure the accountability of his Department's Acceleration Unit.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are waiting for a (a) theory and (b) practical driving test; how many of those tests are available; and what steps he has discussed...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will put plans in place to provide financial support to the coach industry.

      Driving Licences: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to tackle websites which charge excessive fees for helping drivers to renew their licence; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to make rail fares more flexible for commuters in (a) St Austell and Newquay constituency and (b) throughout the UK to reflect...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reform the regulations governing rail fares to reflect changes in working patterns throughout the UK.

      Medway Valley Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the decision by Southeastern to curtail the majority of services on the Medway Valley Line at Paddock...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many green homes grants have been awarded by his Department in the first month of that scheme being open to...

    • Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK skill base for recycling and disposal of lithium ion...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the introduction of a UK emissions trading system.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many providers have been approved for accredited services under the new green homes grant in (a) the UK and (b)...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his review of National Policy Statements for energy, which Statements will be reviewed; whether the...

      Renewable Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will review the eligibility criteria for Government green subsidies to enable more community buildings to access...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend the Green Homes Grant for 12 months to March 2022 to (a) allow the full uptake of the scheme and (b)...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 97618 on Housing: Heating, what date his Department plans to...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the findings of his Department's consultation on Future support for low carbon heat.

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a heat decarbonisation strategy in lieu of the...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of interruptions to (a) scrutiny of and (b) consultation on the Aquind...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to extend the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive at its current funding level.

      Business: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which organisations the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets has met with to discuss mandatory pay...

      Business: Morley and Outwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses have closed in Morley and Outwood constituency since March 2020.

      Coronavirus: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 restrictions on local economies in the Wakefield area.

      Coronavirus: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 restrictions on local economies in the Leeds area.

      Ethnic Groups: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government will publish its response to the consultation on Ethnicity pay reporting, which closed on 11th...

      Race in the Workplace Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to recommendation 26 of the report Race in the workplace: the McGregor-Smith review, published on 28...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish a Green Paper on social care.

    • Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2020 to Question 74439 on Social Services: Reform, what the Government's timetable is for...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the White Paper on social care.

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure domiciliary care workers are regularly tested for covid-19.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortions have taken place at 10 weeks' gestation and above from 1 January 2020 where either (a) both sets of abortion pills...

      Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to lay regulations under Section 6(3)(b) of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019.

      Social Workers: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend bursaries for student mental health social workers.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding he plans to allocate to local authorities to support the reopening of social care day centres that closed due to the...

      Arthritis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase funding for research into innovative advanced therapies and medicines for (a) rheumatoid arthritis...

      Diabetes and Heart Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional funding for research into a possible connection between...

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with disabled people on the effect of the suspension of the Care Act 2014 in the Coronavirus Act 2020...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what restrictions are in place on visits to children and young people aged under 25 who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: North West Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding schools in North West Durham constituency have received as part of the (a) National Tutoring Programme and (b) universal catch-up...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he is making an assessment of the potential effect on (a) the backlog of civil cases and (b) access to justice of a mechanism for the...

    • Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil cases are awaiting a hearing in (a) each and (b) all civil courts in England and Wales; and what the quarterly increase was in cases...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of rates of assaults on prison staff by custody categories (a) male A, (b) male B, (c) male C, (d) male D, (e) female...

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect of market supplements for new staff on the levels of incentive to (a) move locations and (b) progress within...

      Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect on retention of experienced prison staff of instances where the payment of a market supplement to new staff...

      Prison Service: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 76676 on Prisons: Disclosure of Information, how many cases are being managed within the existing...

      Prison Service: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, further to the Answer of 14 October to Question 99603, when the consultation with the Prison Officers’ Association is planned to commence.

      Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on retention of experienced prison staff of the fitness test.

      Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential effect of different policy options on levels of recruitment and retention among staff at...

      Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he (a) holds information and (b) has received representations on increased recruitment and retention problems for prisons that are located close...

      Prison Officers: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of potential disparities in the proportion of band 3-5 prison officers over 60 years of age who have been unable to...

      Prison Officers: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of band 3-5 prison officers with (a) five to nine, (b) 10 to 14, (c) 15 to 19 and (d) more than 20 years' experience in the...

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the small claims portal will be launched to the general public in 2021; what resources he has made available for communications to the public on...

      Barristers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many criminal barristers there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Criminal Legal Aid Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Criminal Legal Aid Review Part 2 terms of reference are planned to be published.

      Criminal Legal Aid Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the appointment of the Chair of the Criminal Legal Aid Review Part 2 is planned to be announced.

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of subsidising the employers' wage contribution element of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for...

    • Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of expediting the implementation of the enhanced Job Support Scheme in areas where covid-19...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing temporary VAT registration for non-profit sports organisations.

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what communications are required from employers with their employees who will be placed on the Job Support Scheme for the purposes of (a) record-keeping,...

      Taxis: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with independent taxi operators on reducing VAT to five per cent.

      Beekeeping: Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to adjust the rate of VAT applied to bee keeping equipment after the end of the transition period.

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend business rates relief to wholesalers servicing public sector food and drink contracts.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support self-employed people not eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Job Support Scheme will be based on the percentage of monthly hours worked and not weekly hours worked as per the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Agriculture: Diversification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the fiscal framework on farmers who have diversified from farming activity.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance issued to staff when assessing whether people need...

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the codification of the provision of consular services.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the written statement of 7 July 2020, Official Report, cols 32-34WS, what assessment he made of the...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether as part of the integrated review of foreign policy, defence, security and development he has made an...

      Travel Information: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the advice given to travellers and holidaymakers is clear and up to date...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has plans to ensure joint working between his Department and the Ministry of Justice on complex...

      Diplomatic Service: Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of treating dual nationals as it does people...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Food Poverty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on trends in the level of food insecurity among children since the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the former Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural...

    • Green Recovery Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications have been made to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund; and what amount of that funding has been applied...

      Game: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to encourage the use of alternatives to cages on farms that breed partridges and pheasants.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to support the mentoring of new officers by experienced officers in the police force.

    • Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in England and Wales were (a) cautioned, (b) reprimanded and (c) dismissed for viewing political or religious...

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the decision to allow biometric information submitted as part of a person’s previous immigration application to be reused in...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Government's migration policy on the status of EU nationals currently working...

      Asylum: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of using third-party suppliers for asylum interviews on the level of outstanding...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will suspend evictions for people who have been refused asylum in response to the three-tier covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      Home Office: Twitter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process of clearance each post for her Department's Twitter account goes through; and what the grade is of the officials who provide...

      Asylum: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the tweet on foreign national offenders published by her Department on 9 October 2020, what representations she has...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of her use of the phrase activist lawyers on the personal safety of immigration solicitors.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is being provided to local police forces to help the enforcement of changing and complex covid-19 restrictions.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Urban Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for further Town Deals in addition to the (a) Towns Fund and (b) Future High Street programmes.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Royal British Legion: Social Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what financial support is available to Royal British Legion social clubs during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Veterans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department last met with representatives of each of the devolved...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Generalised System of Preferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2020 to Question 27946 on Generalised System of Preferences, what assessment she has made of the effect...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether companies in the (a) events and exhibitions sectors and (b) sports stadia are eligible to access the Job Support...

    • Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the role of (a) Government and (b) professional sporting governing bodies in providing financial support...

      Public Sector: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure AI used in public services operates on the same principles of responsibility,...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of potential new testing measures for COVID-19 for air travellers entering the United Kingdom; and whom they have consulted about...

    • Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific evidence supports their advice to “avoid using public transport” in certain situations as part of their COVID-19 mitigation measures.

      Rail Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the outcome of the Williams Rail Review.

      Railways: Countryside

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential social benefits of reopening railways in the countryside.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to proceed with the electrification of a Transpennine rail route from Manchester to Leeds; which towns and cities they plan...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of households in London that are unable to insulate their lofts under the Green Homes Grant scheme due to a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that members of the public who have been instructed to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic on polling day will still be able...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of raising the recordable and reportable donation thresholds for registered political parties in the UK.

      Customs Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many officials have been (1) recruited, and (2) redeployed to deliver the Government’s planned customs and border...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 laboratory tests, excluding antibody tests, in England were completed in each calendar month of 2020, up to and including August.

    • Self-harm: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current levels of emergency hospital admissions related to self-harm in Somerset; and whether such levels are higher or lower...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the national rollout of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing on the prevalence of sex-selective abortion; and...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is interventional procedure guidance available on CE marked vertebral body tethering systems from (1) the National Institute for Health and Care...

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide schools in England with access to COVID-19 tests.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how tests for COVID-19 taken at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to an individual's NHS number.

      Scoliosis: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health Research is funding any research into the use of vertebral body tethering for adolescents with advancing scoliosis.

      Rare diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 1 May 2019 (HL Deb, col 1020) that they intend to "ensure that the review takes into account the...

      Health Services: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Medact False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare, published on 2 July, particularly...

      General Practitioners: Folkestone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many GP surgeries in the Folkestone area are not delivering a full range of services; whether this is occurring in other parts of the country; and whether such...

      Coronavirus: Intensive Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their planning assumptions for the maximum number of critical care beds that will be required for COVID-19 patients in Nightingale Hospitals in (1)...

      NHS and Public Health England: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS, what instructions were provided to (1) NHS, and (2) Public Health England (PHE), staff about the importance...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not published data on the results of community testing for COVID-19; and whether they plan to publish this data.

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new HIV infections have been recorded in each of the last ten years, broken down by age group; and what proportion of those infections were a clinical...

      Doctors Laboratory: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received, if any, about poor employment practices at The Doctors Laboratory.

      Doctors Laboratory: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to conduct a review of employment practices at The Doctors Laboratory.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported complaint made by the chairman of the trustees of the Fairfield Residential Home in Oxford, that COVID-19 testing...

      Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they awarded any contracts for the provision of personal protective equipment to Hubei Haixin Protective Products Group Co., Ltd; if so, what...

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in (a) each London Borough, and (b) the City of London, on each day...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Greenhalgh on 1 October (HL8296) and on 19 October (HL8828), what assessment they have made of the impact of tackling...

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to enable councils to hold remote meetings; and whether they plan to change the Local...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) magistrates' courts, (2) crown courts, (3) civil courts and (4) family courts were using the Cloud Video Platform as of 1 October 2020.

    • Administration of Justice: Recordings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of hearings in courts and tribunals used audio or video technology either for the whole of the hearing, or in part, during September 2020.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • International Development Select Committee: Dominic Raab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs has been invited to attend a session of the House of Commons International...

    • Africa: BBC Radio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of BBC radio on (1) attitudes, and (2) lives, in Africa.

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Afghanistan.

      Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their view has changed as to whether the national security legislation in Hong Kong constitutes a breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration; and...

      Yulia Tsvetkova

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia about Yulia Tsvetkova.

      Russia and USA: Arms Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with (1) the government of Russia, and (2) the government of the United States, about a New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

      Burkina Faso: Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burkina Faso on the issue of forced marriage.

      Georgia: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting Georgia’s preparations for full membership of NATO.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s preparations for full membership of NATO.

      Ukraine: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting Ukraine’s preparations for full membership of NATO.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they, and the OSCE Minsk Group, are taking to implement and verify the latest ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia; and whether the UK will...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unowned cats in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of young workers overseas who would qualify as "new entrants" to the UK labour market under the planned criteria for...

    • Police: Ethnic Groups and Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers in England and Wales at the rank of Assistant Chief Constable or above are (1) female, and (2) from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support and funding, if any, they are providing to (1) the Internet Watch Foundation, and (2) other organisations, working to prevent online sexual abuse; and...

      Cryptography

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of technical capability notices in the light of the international statement End-to-end encryption and public safety, signed by...

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 October (HL Deb, col 407), whether they have revised their aim of resettling 5,000 refugees in...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 October (HL8617), what prosecutions for breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in...

      Police Custody: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police custody suites have been brought online since the introduction of the Cloud Video Platform.

      Migrant Workers: Interpreters and Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Migration Advisory Committee Review of the Shortage Occupation List: 2020,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have with the Northern Ireland Executive about the preparedness of ports of entry in Northern Ireland for the end of transition period.

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the implementation of The New Decade, New Approach, published in January.

      Northern Ireland Office: Senior Civil Servants

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

  • Treasury

    • Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of countries defaulting on repayments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Freezing of Assets: Myanmar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Burma Campaign’s response to the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation Annual review April 2019 to March...

      Exports: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) jobs, and (2) public finances, of the ending of participation in the VAT Retail Export Scheme; and...

      New Businesses: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the COVID-19 pandemic, what actions and changes the Rose Review Board intends to recommend (1) to support, and (2) to increase the number of,...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports Competitors: Eating Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the BBC Panorama programme Sport's Hidden Crisis, broadcast on 19 October, what discussions they have had with UK Sport regarding (1) minimising the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality: Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Public Sector Equality Duty in respect of (1) undertaking, and (2) publishing, Equality Impact...

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by Baroness Berridge on 22 September (HLWS457), what steps they are taking to ensure that the policies of all (1)...

      Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by Baroness Berridge on 22 September (HLWS457), what plans they have to commission research on how to support...

      Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BAME communities.

      Gender Recognition Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 on trans people.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address any racial inequalities which have occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Ethnic Groups: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research published by Ageing Better as part of their Who is at risk of missing out? project in relation to the...

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