Written answers

Monday, 2 November 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to exclude (a) the proposed building over of station car parks and (b) other capital projects from the scope of the...

    • Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Transport for London on whether (a) the proposed building over of station car parks and (b) other capital projects...

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include in his Department's upcoming agreement with Transport for London for additional funding a condition that it cannot be used to...

      Railways: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Network Rail plans to publish its Traction Decarbonisation Network strategy.

      Rail Delivery Group: Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of Network Rail effectiveness in working with members of the Rail Delivery Group to deliver value for money across the...

      Railways: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of rail industry data in rail (a) operations and (b) infrastructure; and if he will make a...

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the economic effect of the recent reduction in commuters on taxi drivers who previously operated mostly from...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of covid-19 transmission on public transport; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on his plans to build over London Underground station car parks.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce the same public health requirement to sign-in on (a) intercity trains and (b) local public transport networks as already exists...

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government is responsible for any refunds or price reductions of taxi permits issued for use at railway stations under the Government's...

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to recommend to railway station taxi permit providers that (a) refunds and (b) reductions be issued to those who purchased 2020 taxi...

      Emergency Recovery Measure Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what incentives are included in the (a) Emergency Measure Agreements and (b) Emergency Recovery Measure Agreements for train operators to (i) reduce...

      Rail Delivery Group: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether membership of the Rail Delivery Group is a contractual requirement for train operating companies under the (a) Emergency Measure Agreements...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what restrictions apply to conducting practical driving tests under the very high local covid-19 alert levels implemented in England.

      Highways Agency: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who authorised the work to rebrand the Highways Agency; what procurement process was used; and what steps he took to ensure that process complied with...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to legalise the use of e-scooters.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all modes of public transport are fully accessible for wheelchair users.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to enable members of the public to report incidents involving e-scooters to researchers conducting e-scooter trials.

      High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has reassessed the business case for High Speed Two to take account of recent changes to working and commuting patterns.

      Bicycles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when further vouchers will be released under the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme; and how many vouchers have been allocated under that scheme to people...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) restaurants and (b) other businesses which choose to close in response to a lack of trade in tier 3 local...

    • Spaceflight: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2020 to Question 61542 on Spaceflight: USA, by what process he plans that Parliament...

      USA: Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Article III point 1(e) of the UK/USA Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Notes between the United...

      Energy Supply: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussion he has had with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets on establishing a Right to Local Supply to...

      Fuel Poverty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will expand the Energy Company Obligation to support fuel poor households who are under greater...

      Renewable Energy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the consumption of electricity from local, renewable community...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's guidance is for employers in the event that an employee is unable to go into work as a result of...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme has been provided to each local authority in a tier...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1357, what the current status is of The Office for Product Safety...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the IP Crime Group’s finding in its IP Crime...

      USA: Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Article III point 1 b) of the UK/USA Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Notes between the United...

      USA: Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Article II point 5 of the UK/USA Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Notes between the United...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households have applied for grants under the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Border Operating Model on the movement of (a)...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure there is a co-ordinated response to the covid-19 outbreak across the UK.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, CP226, whether point of entry...

      Government Departments: Email

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has issued cross-government on how long emails should be retained by Departments...

      Elections: Travellers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2020 to Question 100441 on Elections, which stakeholders from the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many universities have been refused accreditation from his Department for pillar two covid-19 testing.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many universities have applied for accreditation from his Department under pillar 2 covid-19 testing.

      Bowel Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to help reduce the number of young people developing bowel cancer.

      Breast Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for (a) breast cancer patients and (b) NHS England of making permanent the reductions...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local residents, (b) local shop owners, (c) the Watney Market stall traders and (d) the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) discussions the Government is holding and (b) steps the Government is taking with large chain pharmacies on the distribution of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations the Government is making with community pharmacies for the distribution of a covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations the Government is making with GPs for the distribution of a covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which local authorities in England have applied to the National Silver and Gold Committees to move up a tier of the local covid alert...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities in England who applied to the National Silver and Gold Committees to move up a tier of the local covid alert...

      Coronavirus: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many higher education institutions that requested covid-19 test kits prior to the return of students in academic year 2020-21 have...

      Coronavirus: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many higher education institutions requested covid-19 test kits prior to the return of students for the 2020-21 academic year.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in (a) Blaydon constituency and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data has been published from version 8 of the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset (COSD); and whether that includes data on the...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and (b) NHS England on the potential...

      Dental Services: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to provide greater access to NHS dental care on the Isle of Wight.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s national Track and Trace system routinely uses shared surname and household data to identify the close...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s national Track and Trace system routinely instructs people who need to self-isolate to inform other...

      Diabetes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of people with diabetes meeting the NICE recommended HbA1c treatment target...

      Diabetes and Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to protect the health of (a) people with diabetes and (b) BAME communities during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific evidence base for the decision to close soft play centres in (a) tier 3 covid-19 local alert areas and...

      Hospital Beds: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of using private sector beds during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Community Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons he has not yet answered Question 96963 on Community Care: Coronavirus, tabled on 29 September 2020; when he plans to...

      Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring public health communications on covid-19 are accessible to deaf and hard...

      Coronavirus: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many confirmed covid-19 cases have been recorded under (a) pillar 1 and (b) pillar 2 testing for the city of Birmingham metropolitan...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to ensure that covid-19 tests provided for children returning to school have a 24-hour turnaround time.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS laboratory capacity for covid-19 testing is being used at maximum capacity; whether all NHS laboratories seeking reagent to...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care home (a) workers and (b) residents have been tested for covid-19 over the last two weeks.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase covid-19 testing capacity in hospitals.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the next steps set out on page 14 of his Department's policy paper of 4 April 2020, Coronavirus (COVID-19): scaling up...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether tests for covid-19 that have exceeded the recommended time-frame for results are recorded as clinical incidents.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the scientific human resource requirements necessary to support a significant increase in...

      Coronavirus: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that a walk-in covid-19 testing centre is located in York, before the university term commences, in order...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to require care homes to publish data on the number and proportion of their residents that (a) have been...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure all covid-19 testing centres have access to adequate supplies of test swab sticks.

      Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the increased use of digital health appointments on people who are homeless.

      Screening: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for the 25 per cent of covid-19 nationally which originates from the North West region of...

      Coronavirus: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) availability of covid-19 tests for (b) average distance travelled to receive a covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National COVID-19 surveillance report: 2 October 2020 (week 40) published by Public Health England on 2 October...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many manufacturers, distributors and importers of e-cigarette products provided data on any adverse effects linked to their products,...

      NHS: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent suspected ransomware attack on a hospital in Dusseldorf, what assessment he has made of the NHS’s...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to expand laboratory capacity for covid-19 testing in (a) Leicestershire and (b) the rest of England.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter of 24 March 2020 from NHS England and NHS Improvement entitled COVID-19: Partnership working with the...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average distance travelled by people to access a covid-19 test has been in each week since 3 August 2020.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for (a) patients and (b) staff in care homes to receive their test results for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) total number and (b) the rolling average number of positive (i) pillar 1 and (ii) pillar 2 covid-19 tests has been in the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government has taken to implement the (a) recommendation to increase the availability of talking therapies as an...

      Surgical Mesh Implants: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 55665 on Surgical Mesh Implants, what assessment he has made of the potential merits...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will implement the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review report entitled First...

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prisoners have been taken to hospital as a result of covid-19; and how many are being ventilated.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with local authorities in England on the adequacy of the availability of flu vaccinations.

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the extension of bowel cancer screening to people aged over 50 is planned to begin.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what effect the covid-19 outbreak will have on his plans to implement the NHS Long Term Plan with respect to (a) Rapid Diagnostic Centres...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle delays to (a) diagnostic referrals and (b) courses of treatment for ovarian cancer as a result of the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the level of health and safety risk posed by Members travelling to Parliament to take part in parliamentary proceedings that...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to award grants from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) fund to (a) St Luke's Halsall primary school in Crosby and (b) schools in Sefton.

    • Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the evidence underpinning his Department’s guidance to local authorities to postpone Grammar School entry tests until...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether materials from religious organisations are permitted in schools under the Plan your relationships, sex and health curriculum guidance...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional (a) resources and (b) funding to universities in (i) tier 3 and (ii) tier...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assurances his Department has received from universities in (a) tier 3 and (b) tier 2 areas of measures put in place to mitigate (i) covid-19...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to help improve the affordability of childcare.

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding he will provide to schools to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the 2020-21...

      Pupils: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's guidance to schools on supporting students affected by self-harm; and what...

      Children in Care and Special Educational Needs: Personal Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendation in the Children’s Services Development...

      Care Leavers and Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the (a) recommendation on establishing a transitions support bank to...

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on his SEND review; on what date he plans to conclude that review; and what progress he has made on the implementation of...

      Qualifications: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the achievement gap in qualifications between male and female pupils in schools.

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support primary and secondary schools in their provision of mental health support to children and young people.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 June 2020 from Action against Medical Accidents and other signatories on the strategic response to covid-19.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure the provision of covid-secure accommodation for rough sleepers over winter 2020-21.

    • Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant of the Answer of 21 October to Question 104199, when his Department plans to widen access to the database of...

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to support small landlords in disputes with tenants who had refused to pay rent...

      Social Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate has he made of the value of social housing rent arrears in (a) Hull and (b) England that have accrued as...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring landlords to register eviction notices at the point...

      Permitted Development Rights: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2020 to Question 104771, on The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the help to buy scheme in its current format will be extended until April 2022.

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to record the number of people in rent arrears.

      Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure (i) private and (ii) social landlords respond to urgent repair...

      Landlord and Tenant: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) private and (b) social landlords respond to tenants...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to consult on his Department's proposals to tackle the issues relating to (a) rent arrears accrued as a...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the value of private housing rent arrears as a result of the covid-19 outbreak in (a)...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to tackle Islamophobia; and what plans he has to support Islamophobia Awareness Month in...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Prime Minister of 12 October 2020, official report, column 24, on covid-19...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Question

      What assessment he has made of the effect on the delivery of integrated operations in support of the UK’s continuous at-sea deterrent of the move from a single source supplier at HM Naval...

    • Question

      What preparations his Department has made ahead of the planned deployment of the Carrier Strike Group in 2021.

      Question

      What assessment he has made of the potential threat of international disinformation to the security of the UK.

      International Military Services: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2020 to Question 99688 on International Military Services: Legal Fees, whether his Department holds adequate...

      International Military Services: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2020 to Question 99688 on International Military Services: Legal Costs, what steps he and IMS take to ensure that...

      International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2020 to Question 99688 on International Military Services: Legal Costs, when IMS last put the provision of legal...

      Armed Forces: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many covert human intelligence sources have been run by the armed forces (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units of the armed forces are trained to run covert human intelligence sources (a) in the UK and (b) overseas.

      Ministry of Defence: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies or entities his Department (a) controls or (b) has significant influence over whose accounts are not audited by the National Audit Office.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to bring forward proposals to implement the Government’s policy on the further incorporation of the Armed Forces Covenant into law.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the affordability of his Department's commitment to buy 48 F-35b Lightning jet fighters by the end of 2025.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with local authorities on the Government’s policy to further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law.

      Armed Forces: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) present and (b) former armed forces personnel have been investigated more than once for allegations of human rights abuses where such...

      Armed Forces: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the ways in which the provision for a presumption against prosecution in the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and...

      Veterans: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's (a) plan and (b) assessment that the time-limiting provisions of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Disposable Wipes and Sanitary Protection: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that all (a) sanitary and (b) toilet products are accurately labelled as flushable.

    • Seas and Oceans: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Environment Agency undertaking year-round water testing at...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to public purse of sending waste to landfill in each of the last three years.

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of additional veterinary professionals required to process animal health export...

      Flour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK milled flour fortified in line with the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 will be...

      Zoo Animals Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many zoos have (a) successfully made a claim from the Zoo Animals Fund and (b) had an application rejected from that scheme.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on animal sentience before the end of the transition period.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times police have used Stop and Scan technology to gather data on individuals for immigration purposes in the last 12 months; and...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the levels of anti-social behaviour incidents in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c)...

      Asylum: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals rights exhausted asylum seekers are being housed in South Northamptonshire; and at what cost to the taxpayer.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times have police officers have accompanied immigration enforcement teams on visits in the last 12 months.

      Immigration: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits by Immigration Compliance and Enforcement teams have taken place in Yorkshire and the Humber in the last 12 months, by (a)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive written response in respect of (a) correspondence to her Department of (a) 11 June 2020, (b) 20...

      Asylum: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers entering at the UK border do not have their mobile (a) photos...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the electronic submission of accompanying evidence for asylum applications electronically will continue at the conclusion of the...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she make permanent the change introduced in response to the covid-19 outbreak which permits the registration of in-country initial asylum...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make permanent the change introduced as a result of the covid-19 outbreak which permits new asylum claims to be submitted...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2020 to Question 100340 on Asylum: Employment, when she plans to (a) complete and (b) publish the...

      Asylum: Penally

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources her Department will provide to Dyfed Powys police in response to increased activity at the Penally training camp.

      Asylum: Penally

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long her Department plans to use Penally training camp for the provision of accommodation to asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Penally

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that accommodation for asylum seekers at the Penally training camp is covid-19 secure.

      British National (Overseas): Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enact the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa announced on 22 October 2020.

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to suspend the minimum income requirement during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made on the development of the Hong Kong BNO scheme announced in July 2020.

      Children: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the admission of children of Hong Kong BNO holders to UK schools...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the use of digital signatures on domestic violence concession applications will continue after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to The Response to the Windrush Lessons Learned Review: A comprehensive improvement plan, published in September 2020, CP293,...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the police notify individuals when the police are made aware that another individual is...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's statistical release, Hate Crime: 2019-20, published on 13 October 2020, what steps her Department is...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how long emails are retained by his Department for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisors and (c) Ministers.

    • Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2020 to Question 99694 on Hostage Taking, when he last made an assessment of...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of its failure to gain access to British citizens...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to paragraph 11 of the Foreign Affairs Committee report, Flying Home: The FCO's consular response...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff of his Department are working on gender-based projects.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what method his Department uses to assess the vulnerability of citizens requesting consular assistance; and what...

      Department for International Trade: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2020 to Question 105323 on Department for International Trade: Private...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK is taking to address Iran’s regional aggression since the expiry of the UN conventional...

      Iran: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to prevent potential torture as required by the (a) UN Convention against...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what advice his Department has provided to businesses based in London on ensuring that their businesses do not...

      Torture: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to cases of torture of British citizens imprisoned overseas, what legal obligations the UK has to...

      Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government benchmarks its hostage recovery performance against the performance of the US and other...

      Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 99694, on what date the Government's hostage policy was last...

      Diplomatic Service: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the cost of a passport contributes to his Department's budget for consular services.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on what basis the decision was made to publish advice on his Department's website that British citizens stranded...

      Diplomatic Service: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2020 to Question 105294 on China: Embassies, what sanctions are available if...

      Sri Lanka: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason his Department has not released a full copy of the file FCO 37/3978 Involvement of UK companies...

      Sri Lanka: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has provided access to the Metropolitan Police war crimes team access to the file FCO...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people were employed by his Department on 1 September 2020; and what assessment he has made of the number...

      Diplomatic Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2020 to Question 99691, whether his assessments of satisfaction with consular...

      Myanmar: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which of the 16 people from Burma who appear on the UK Government’s sanctions list have had their assets...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to pursue a comprehensive agreement with international partners addressing...

      Diplomatic Service: Pandemics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is developing contingency plans to improve its (a) consular and (b) repatriation support...

      John Bunyan Fund for Freedom of Religion and Belief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 20 October 2020 to Questions 104086 and 104087, if his Department will publish the...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of (a) the UK not participating in the G20 summit...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy will continue to be aligned...

      Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take diplomatic steps to make Saudi Arabia's participation in the upcoming virtual G20 summit...

      China: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the evidence base for that country's imposition of...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 5 and 8 October 2020 to Questions 97665 and 97664 respectively, when the Government...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) level and (b) target level of staff turnover was in (i) his Department and (ii) the consular...

      Lucie Blackman Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the funding allocated to the Lucie Blackman Trust is to help it support families bereaved abroad in...

      British Nationals Abroad: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Third Session Report 2019-21, Flying Home: the FCO’s...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the political and humanitarian situation in Yemen will be discussed as part of the agenda for the G20 summit.

      Government Departments: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2020 to Question 82256 on Government Departments: Overseas Aid, whether he...

      Iran: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 97664, what steps he plans to take to (a) end the seclusion...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) strengthen his Department’s expertise on global health and (b) help ensure...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure greater coordination of the UK’s overseas development budget (a) on global...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on (a) violence committed by (a) the special...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the postponement of the three year Comprehensive Spending Review on...

      Palestinians: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Israel’s refusal to grant visas for officials of the...

      Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in response to reports of the detention and ill-treatment by Saudi authorities...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the Government's timescale is for publication of outcomes of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence,...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence,...

      South America: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what additional steps the Government is taking to work with partners in south America to help protect the Amazon...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of (a) recent unrest in Nigeria and (b)...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing sanctions against Nigeria in the event of the...

      Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to ensure an independent international fact-finding mission takes place in...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2020 to Question 103495 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office:...

      G7: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to use the UK’s forthcoming presidency of the G7 to increase (a) investment and (b)...

      Turkey: Armenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Turkish forces have been involved in recent attacks on the civilian...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in (a) Armenia and (b) Azerbaijan on the use of cluster...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish a response to EDM 717 on Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan tabled by the hon. Member for...

      Females: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that gender equality in respect of girls’ education remains a strategic...

      Developing Countries: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to update DFID’s Economic Development Strategy to promote greater consultation with civil...

      Diplomatic Service: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the Consular premium on passports contributes to his Department's budget.

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 97662 and Answer of 12 October 2020 to Question 99691,...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will wait for the publication of the Integrated Review before conducting any staffing restructures following...

  • Treasury

    • UK Trade with EU: Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the potential annual value to the public purse from imposing tariffs on trade from the EU in the event that a free...

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the potential revenue to the Exchequer from the portfolio of civil and criminal investigations resulting from the Panama...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the VAT reduction for personal protective equipment beyond 31 October 2020.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the 31 January 2021 deadline for submitting tax returns during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Sunscreens: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to reclassify sunscreen as an essential healthcare item which would be...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) changing the requirements of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Support Scheme to...

      Photography: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support self-employed wedding photographers who work from home and have not been eligible for covid-19 financial support since March 2020.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to include period pants as women's sanitary products for VAT purposes.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential exposure of banks in respect of buildings owned by banks that have flammable cladding.

      Employee Ownership and Save as You Earn

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to widen participation in the (a) Save As you Earn and (b) Share Incentive Plan all-employee share schemes.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the business rates holiday to the 2021-22 financial year for sectors affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Trusts: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the new Trust Registration Service will be operational.

      Trusts: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish guidance on the process by which commissioners of the new Trust Registration Service will allow (a) investigative journalists and (b)...

      Trusts: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff will be deployed to examining irregularities in listings on the new Trust Registration Service.

      Trusts: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of UK properties are held in trusts that will be registered through the new Trust Registration Service.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of shares issued through Share Incentive Plans by (a) partnership, (b) matching (c) free and (d) dividend shares in each of the last...

      Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Irish Government has made on the repayment of loans provided by the UK in 2010.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will publish the minutes of meetings his Ministers and officials have held with tobacco industry groups on track and trace policy (a)...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the IP Crime Group’s finding in its IP Crime and Enforcement Report that cigarettes and tobacco products were the most reported...

      Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the additional costs to the public purse incurred as a result of measures introduced in Northern Ireland due to the covid -19...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the relaxation of the minimum income criteria beyond the 31 October 2020 to allow more people to access tax-free childcare.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Casinos: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the casino industry on its offer to withdraw the sale of alcohol to avoid closure in the...

    • Casinos: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the casino industry on its proposal to withdraw the sale of alcohol from casino venues to...

      Sports: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of implementing the recommendation in the Duty of Care in...

      Performing Arts: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of financial support available to self-employed and freelance people in creative...

      Football Association of Wales: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Welsh Government and (b) the Welsh Football Association on providing...

      Football: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria his Department used to determine the amount of money given to the Football Association to be distributed to...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure value for money and protect public investment in broadband network expansion.

      Horse Racing: Coronavirus

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

      Football Association Premier League: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Premier League on fair access to viewing football matches...

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential effect of the European Commission‘s proposed...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on supporting people who live with...

      Performing Arts: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recent Concert Promoters Association report which...

      Performing Arts: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the Government support made available for people who were in temporary and...

      UK Safer Internet Centre: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to provide funding to the UK Safer Internet Centre when its funding from the EU ends.

      UK Safer Internet Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what role the UK Safer Internet Centre partnership has in bringing to justice people guilty of abusive online practices.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Exercise and Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that prisoners have access to recreation areas and exercise during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Custodial Treatment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff have (i) been tested for covid-19, (ii) tested positive for covid-19 and (iii) died from covid-19 in each...

      Youth Justice Board: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to p55 of the Youth Justice Board Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20, what proportion of Youth Justice Board staff are from a BAME...

      Youth Justice Board: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve BAME representation amongst the staff of the Youth Justice Board (a) overall and (b) at Grade 7-5 level.

      Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners held in HMP Wormwood Scrubs have (a) been tested and (b) tested positive for covid-19 in each of the last six months.

      Crown Court: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date (a) protective screens installed and (b) other covid-19 protective measures were introduced at Nottingham Crown Court.

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of private rented households for whom local covid-19 restrictions prevent bailiffs from enforcing an eviction.

      Residential Property Tribunal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many residential property tribunal decisions were made under the sub category of Rents - Market rent (assured shorthold tenancy) in 2019.

      Administration of Justice: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to prioritise cases dealt with by the courts during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the time taken for a personal independence payment appeal to be heard at Tribunal after an...

      Courts: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to implement a Nightingale Court in Nottingham.

      Courts: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of court security staffing.

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will suspend evictions in regions with additional covid-19 public health restrictions.

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is able to take to speed up procedures in the Office of the Public Guardian.

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for Court of Protection decisions.

  • Department for Education

    • Union Learning Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 30 September (HL8220), why they have ceased funding of the Union Learning Fund with effect from March 2021...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities who are absent from school, and (2) the extent to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Simple Energy Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations, groups or contractors were involved in the (1) development, (2) construction, and (3) contents, of the Simple Energy Advice website.

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending the Green Homes Grant scheme to March 2022; and what plans they have to provide funding for that purpose.

      Edinburgh Woollen Mill: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the notice filed by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group to appoint administrators.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they awarded to Medwell Medical Products for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the value of each such contract; and what was...

    • National Institute for Health Protection: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the recruitment process for the position of permanent Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection; and when they expect that process to begin.

      Vitamin D

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the review by the Royal Society Vitamin D and COVID-19, published on 18 June, which noted both the high levels of Vitamin D deficiency in the...

      Radioisotopes: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the supply of radioactive isotopes and radioactive sources for cancer services after 31 December.

      Coronavirus: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the location of residential university students who test positive for COVID-19 is recorded in national statistics according to (1) their GP's address or...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incorporate the results of rapid saliva-based COVID-19 test kits into the NHS COVID-19 app

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on consultancy services by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and its related agencies in the 2019/20 financial year; and what was...

    • Developing Countries: Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the potential of digital trade to aid economic recovery from COVID-19, and (2) the digital divide between the UK and...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they have made in the last financial year (1) to UN programming on combating sexual and gender based violence, (2) to the UN Team of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the Israel Defence Forces have raided Palestinian villages at night...

      India: Amnesty International

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about its decision to freeze the bank accounts of Amnesty International in that country;...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a Palestinian in a village near Nablus was blinded by a rubber bullet fired by an Israel Defence Force soldier.

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Nigerian House of Representatives on  4 July 2018 declaring killings in predominantly...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to encourage the investigation of the number of Christians killed in that country since 2001.

      Nigeria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Plateau State, Nigeria; and what (1) financial, and (2) technical, assistance they intend to provide (a) to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Video Recordings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent to date on (1) the design, (2) the build, and (3) the roll-out, of the Cloud Video Platform for criminal hearings; and of this sum, how...

    • South Eastern Trains: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 13 October (HL8644), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many...

  • Treasury

    • Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Office for Professional Body Anti Money Laundering Supervision Anti-Money Laundering Supervision by the Legal and Accountancy...

    • Bank of Credit and Commerce International Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) publish an unredacted version of the report by Lord Justice Bingham Inquiry into the Supervision of The Bank of Credit and Commerce...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the well-being benefits of small scale community housing, including almshouses.

    • Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many completion notices have been confirmed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in the last ten years for which figures are...

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the CPRE State of Brownfield Report 2020, published in October 2020.

      Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their statement that “there is a shortage of affordable housing, particularly for local workers” in rural areas in their response on 2 July...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what guidance or training is given to Ministers on the requirements to answer written questions from Members of the House comprehensively.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to employment for 16 to 24-year-olds.

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 16 year olds, (2) 17 year olds, and (3) 18 year olds, have registered as unemployed in the last three months.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people in the UK are expected to benefit from the Kickstart Scheme in 2021.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replace Universal Credit Advance Payment loans with grants or 'starter payments' to reduce applicants' accrual of debt during the...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the £20 per week increase in the standard rate of Universal Credit to people remaining on legacy benefits such as Jobseeker's...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of export health certificates for animal products that will need to be issued from 1 January 2021; and what is their...

    • Veterinary Services: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UK is facing a critical shortage of veterinarians; and what steps they are taking to increase veterinary capacity.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the ex-Ministry of Defence sites currently being used to accommodate migrants in Pembrokeshire and Folkestone are in...

    • National Crime Agency: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which, languages are spoken by officers of the National Crime Agency.

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 October (HL Deb, col 1275), whether the "task and finish" exercise promised at the Report stage of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that arms sold by the UK to other countries are not used on civilian populations.

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish the party or group affiliations of UK trade envoys.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal protections for business that need to be applied globally in order to function are best addressed in (1) multilateral fora, and (2) bilateral free trade...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure future trade deals do not impose new costs for (1) regulatory inspections and approvals, (2) trade licences, and (3)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Our Beautiful Game Saving the Beautiful Game: Manifesto for Change, published on 15 October; whether they will...

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