Written answers

Thursday, 29 October 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy that the additional funding for Transport for London which his Department is negotiating will include capital projects.

    • Railways: Passengers and Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on (a) passenger volumes and (b) ticket revenues on the rail network in (b) March to October (a) 2020 and (b) 2019.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of potential future patterns of rail demand; and what recent discussions he has had with representatives of...

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of rail journeys made in (a) peak and (b) off peak fare times in the last quarter of (a) 2020 and...

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure both safe vehicle access and cycle safety when introducing new cycle lanes.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2020 to Question 98870, how many proposed redundancies were indicated on HR1 forms...

    • Carbon Dioxide: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2020 to Question 101040, if he will list the carbon dioxide storage licences...

      Carbon Dioxide: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2020 to Question 101040, how many carbon dioxide storage licence applications have...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps with Ofgem to amend the emerging RIIO-ED2 framework so that Distribution Network Operators are...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support off grid homes in rural areas decarbonise their home heating.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of the average cost for an (a) off grid rural home and (b) urban home to meet...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to issue guidance to commercial property owners who wish to (a) improve or (b) modify their air...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of applications to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme have been declined.

      Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to introduce additional regulation to (a) require and (b) support businesses to report...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to deals the Government have signed related to finding a vaccine for covid-19, whether (a)...

      USA: Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to ensure that launch vehicles manufactured abroad by UK-based companies outsourcing their...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason areas with similar infection rates are subject to different infection control measures.

    • Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure access to an NHS eating disorder specialist for all people who need that treatment.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that paediatric mental health services are financially supported to cope with a potential increase in...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of raising the age limit for childcare support bubbles to include young teenagers.

      Coronavirus: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific advice for the decision to introduce covid-19 lockdown restrictions in Warrington.

      Coronavirus: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional infection control measures he will take in York in response to its infection rate reaching 114.4 per 100,000.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many flu vaccine doses (a) have been administered and (b) will be made available in High Peak constituency for the 2020-21 winter period.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 75298, on how many occasions his Department has been supplied with faulty personal...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on rates of childhood obesity.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has undertaken a ten year review of the outcomes of the Change4Life programme.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will answer the letter of 23rd June 2020 from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular and Venous Disease on the effect of...

      Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons leisure centres, gyms and soft play areas are (a) required to close in the Liverpool City Region and (b) permitted to...

      Night Shelters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to section 3.4 of his Department's publication of 13 October 2020 on COVID-19: provision of night shelters - Operating...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

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

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) short and (b) long term effects of a potential further national covid-19 lockdown on...

      Coronavirus: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2020 to Question 98661 on Funerals: Coronavirus, what is defined as a funeral for the purposes of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the local covid-19 alert levels, whether residents of a Tier 2 area are permitted to stay overnight with friends...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out the criteria for moving a local area from tier two covid-19 restrictions to tier one.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average time from referral to appointment was for a CAMHS appointment to be provided in each clinical commissioning group area...

      Coronavirus: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the covid-19 restrictions in Wolverhampton announced on 22 September 2020; and if he...

      Coronavirus: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Director of Public Health in York since its covid-19 infection rate reached 114.4 per...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to allocate additional funding to support children with complex disabilities to return to school during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding from the catch-up premium introduced by the Government in response to the covid-19 outbreak is being spent on pastoral support by...

      Pupils: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to monitor the safe return to school for children with complex needs during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to provide funding for social policies to (a) reduce crime and (b) improve rehabilitation of offenders.

    • Prisoners Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in prisons and young offender institutions have been granted temporary release under each of the three categories eligible for...

      Prisons: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2020 to Question 99603, Prisons: Disclosure of Information; which trade unions have received drafts of the updated...

      Prison Officers: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make a comparative assessment of the level of band 3-5 (a) male and (b) female prison officers who have been unable to continue in their...

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the lodging of applications to the (a) Upper Tribunal, (b) Court of Appeal and (c) Administrative Court online will continue after the covid-19...

      Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussion he has had with Cabinet colleagues about creating additional legal protections for the right to protest.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to review the effectiveness of the right to (a) freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of...

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to (a) resolve conflicts which arise between contract and probate law when the nominated...

      Victim Support Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to provide support to young victims affected by backlogs in the youth courts.

      Victim Support Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 96135, what plans he has to extend the emergency funding for victim support charities and helplines...

      Victim Support Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to support the welfare of victim support staff during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has been made of the potential merits of including Security Industry Authority licenced security staff in the provisions of the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether UK development funding for the Nigeria Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme has (a)...

    • Diplomatic Service: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of his Department's Official Development Assistance budget was spent on frontline diplomatic...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to include an updated UK aid strategy in the Integrated Review.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what reports he has received on allegations of police violence towards protestors in the Lekki suburb of Lagos on...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to increase (a) the number of Departments administering Official Development...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 86598, whether the 12 July 2020 air-strike in Washah was among the incidents entered on the MOD...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 86598, whether the 16 December 2018 air-strike on a water transport truck in Al Sawadyah was...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Deer: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to manage the risk posed by sika deer to red deer.

    • Cats: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the compulsory microchipping of cats; and when he plans for those...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure domestic food standards are applied imported...

      Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) she, (b) officials in her Department and (c) political advisors in her Department have briefed members of the press with the...

    • Skilled workers: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to develop skilled workers to administer UK borders (a) prior to and (b) after the end of the transition period.

      Osime Brown

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to (a) ensure that Osime Brown is not deported from the UK and (b) is not detained pending a final decision on...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the electronic submission of accompanying evidence for asylum applications electronically will continue following the covid-19 outbreak.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to encourage people of a broad age range to apply to join the police.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) pattern of excess deaths.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Rugby: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) level of fiscal support available to Premiership Rugby clubs in response to the...

    • Horse Racing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the tier system of covid-19 restrictions on the horse racing industry.

      Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) German and (b) South Korean Governments on allowing...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional support for (a) fairgrounds and other...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason a maximum of 300 spectators are allowed to attend football matches at Step 7 of the pyramid but not in steps 5...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Written Statement of 22 September 2020 entitled Government Equalities Office Update, HCWS462 what steps she is taking to help...

    • Commission On Race and Ethnic Disparities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities is taking to ensure people in (a) the UK and (b) Dudley North constituency can engage with...

  • Department for Transport

    • Train Operating Companies: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of procedures being followed by train operating companies (1) to train new drivers; and (2) to refresh the training of existing...

    • Railways: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have made decisions on the frequency of train services since taking over financial responsibility for each rail franchise; and how they intend to make...

      Railways: Repayments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are now responsible for making decisions on the conditions applying to refunds requested for cancelled or delayed train journeys.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by Shields et al, SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and asymptomatic viral carriage in healthcare workers: a cross-sectional...

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 12 October (HL8659) and Lord True on 24 June (HL5754), which UK citizens will be entitled to a...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many state schools in England were closed to physical attendance by pupils because of COVID-19 at any point during the week of 12 October.

    • Schools: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recommence Ofsted inspections of schools.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many loans were made to students who were studying for (1) Higher National Certificate, and (2) Higher National Diploma, qualifications in (1) 2017, (2) 2018,...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs COVID-19 Emergency Situation Report 17 (29...

    • Palestinians: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that 12 Palestinian police officers were detained as they returned to...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of the homes of six Palestinian families in Masafer Yatta on 30 September.

      West Bank: Breast Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to ensure that women living in Gaza have access to medical treatment for breast cancer in the West Bank.

      Sherwan Amin Sherwani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Kurdistan Regional Government about the arrest of Sherwan Amin Sherwani on 7 October.

      Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Consulate in Hong Kong is monitoring and assessing (1) resignations from, (2) appointments to, and (3) moves of members within, the judiciary...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Nigeria about human rights abuses in that country, in particular those in relation to police...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union letter to the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor published in July calling...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the UK distant waters fishing fleet has access to fishing opportunities from the year 2021 in (1) the Norwegian...

    • Fisheries: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking (1) to improve, or (2) to restore, the UK’s former access after 31 December to fishing opportunities in Icelandic waters.

      Peat Bogs: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Burning as a tool for the restoration of upland blanket bog: Position Statement by Natural England, published in February...

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reach their tree planting target as set out in the Tree Planting Strategy; and if they have not reached that target, what...

      Nature Conservation: Business

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Institute of Zoology Living Planet Report, published in September, what steps they are taking to...

      Lighting: Pollution Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address light pollution in the countryside.

  • Home Office

    • Police and Crime Commissioners: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive the report of part one of the internal review of the Police and Crime Commissioner model.

    • Emergency Services Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 March (HL2020), what is their latest estimate of (1) the completion dates for each...

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers there are per head of population in each policing area in England.

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of police officers in England (1) in 2010, (2) in 2015, and (3) in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Greenhalgh on 14 October (HLWS505), how the additional support for rough sleepers will be accessed by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Employment: Males

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many men have (1) worked for their current employer for less than 26 weeks, (2) become unemployed, or (3) become self-employed, for each month (a) this year...

    • Government Departments: Accountancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which accountancy firms who currently hold contracts awarded by Government departments have been (1) formally criticised, or (2) fined, by any accounting...

      Procurement: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that any decision to place a contract to procure (1) services, and (2) equipment, during the COVID-19 pandemic is not...

      Royal National Institute for the Blind: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Turned Out 2019, published on 13 October; and what steps...

      Prime Minister: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister met with the First Minister of Wales, either physically and virtually, between 1 June and 1 October.

  • Treasury

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