Written answers

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on travel companies; and what steps the Government is taking to help...

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the criteria are for the establishment of a covid-19 travel corridor.

      Electric Scooters: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure young people using e-scooters are educated on using them safely and with appropriate regard to pedestrians.

      Cycling: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve cycling infrastructure and investment in Easington constituency.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to introduce more flexible rail fares for commuters in (a) London and (b) England in response to an increase in...

      Driving Instruction: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the two year period, from date of completion...

      Public Transport: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour on public transport.

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support taxi drivers in (a) Tier 2 and (b) Tier 3 local covid-19 alert level areas.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what effect the General Data Protection Regulation has had on the ability of the DVLA to sell data to third parties.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a licensing system for responsible venues in the...

    • Remote Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of employers contravening Government guidance by prohibiting staff from...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) size of venues and (b) type of facility required to host greater numbers and...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2020 to Question 100352 on Small Businesses: Coronavirus, if he will take account...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether pubs in areas of Tier 3 local covid alert level restrictions, that do not normally serve food, can serve...

      Remote Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers support staff to work from home where possible during the covid-19...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is prioritising households using legacy prepayment meters for smart meter upgrades; and what steps he is...

      Meters: Isle of Arran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Data Communications Company has contracts in place for the provision of communications coverage to enable...

      Housing: Heating and Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the time required to train an installer of (a) insulation for solid walls and...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2020 to question 106396 on what date his Department last had discussions with the...

      Innovation and Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the upcoming one year Spending Review will provide funding for (a) a UK replacement for Horizon Europe, (b) the...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for land currently held by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: TAEG Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what due diligence was undertaken by his Department before the award of contracts to TAEG Energy Ltd.

    • Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the 31 October 2020 expiry date for the zero VAT rate for the supply of personal protective equipment...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the 31 October 2020 expiry date for the zero VAT rate for the supply of personal...

      Doctors: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the General Medical Council in the setting up of a compulsory declaration of interest...

      Doctors: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the General Medical Council on the setting up of a compulsory declaration of interest...

      Doctors: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to implement Baroness Cumberlege's recommendations on a compulsory declaration of interest register...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is planning to take to mitigate the effect of the Border Operating Model on the supply of (a) urgent medical...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to improve the characterisation of statistical uncertainty in his public communications on covid-19; and if he will...

      Abortion: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings the Government has had with the Care Quality Commission to monitor the evidence on the safety of abortion pills taken...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support practitioners fitting long-acting reversible contraception to maintain their competencies;...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic,...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic,...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic,...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic, published...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on ensuring that the correct supply chain requirements have been made for distributing a covid-19...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the availability of the flu vaccine in (a) London and (b) England; and what steps he is...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to introduce an innovative medicines fund.

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on collecting data on secondary breast cancer patients’ (a) diagnosis, (b) treatment and (c)...

      Respiratory System: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people that develop (a) asthma and (b) other respiratory conditions as a...

      Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to consult with rare disease patient groups throughout the UK to ensure that the proposed Innovative...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the difference between the Public Health England and the World Health Organisation's classification of deaths from...

      Lithium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of access to Priadel in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021 and beyond.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the capacity and ability of (a) refrigerated lorries, (b) aircraft and (c) other elements of the supply...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to require NHS Test and Trace to contact individuals who test positive for covid-19 on a periodic basis to...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the time taken to discharge elderly and vulnerable people from hospital to care homes and the...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of training for doctors on (a) recognising and (b) treating eating disorders.

      Arthritis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to improve training for GPs on the early identification of rheumatoid arthritis.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of care home beds available in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 test results from PCR tests in Pillar 2 settings are false positive.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to (a) create and (b) publish a testing pathway that enables local health leaders to track where individual tests...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for St Albans of 15 September 2020, Official Report, column 199, if he will publish...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to roll out covid-19 antibody testing throughout the UK.

      Care Homes: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) covid-19 related and (b) non-covid-19 related deaths there were in each providers care homes in each month from February to...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of positive covid-19 test results are (a) false positive and (b) false negative.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the Government's guidance on Admission and care of residents in care homes during Covid-19 does not include guidance for...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on second trimester abortion of the finding of the British...

      Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to investigate the reasons for the annual increase in the number of abortions performed in private clinics.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number and proportion of covid-19 outbreaks that have been traced to (a) Cashino venues and...

      Pregnancy: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased congestion since the easing of covid-19 lockdown restrictions on the health of...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that clinically assisted hydration is available for dying patients in hospitals and care homes.

      Contact Tracing: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 August 2020 to Question 70524 on Israel: Contact Tracing, what comparative assessment the Government has...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of covid-19 have been tracked and traced as a result of the NHS covid-19 app.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to include specialist dementia wards for hospitals in plans for supporting people with dementia in...

      Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to people with an urology condition.

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) men aged 16 to 30 years and (b) people from black, Asian or minority ethnic...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out what constitutes a successful contact within the covid-19 test and trace system.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the reliability of the polymerise chain reaction test for covid-19.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons he has not yet answered Question 94354, tabled on 23 September 2020; and when he plans to respond to that Question.

      Hypertension: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to GPs requiring patients to take blood pressure readings at home and send them to the surgery, what support is available...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice he has given to primary care services on (a) handling and (b) treating people suffering from the long term effects of covid-19.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional funding to expedite approval for BAY1895344 to be available...

      Lung Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to assess the accuracy of spirometry breathing tests.

      Patients: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, what proportion of patients identified to have suffered...

      Orphan Drugs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department will publish the criteria for determining orphan designation for medicines after the transition period; and whether...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who have recovered from covid-19.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women unable to attend breast cancer screenings as a result of the effect of the covid-19...

      Obesity: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department has on the effect of obesity on covid-19 outcomes; and what assessment he has made of recent trends in the...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the NHS’s ability to clear the backlog of bowel cancer screenings; and how long his Department...

      Buses: Health Services

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

      Heart Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on detection rates of (a) cardiovascular disease and (b)...

      Heart Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the early detection of heart valve disease within primary care and the wider community...

      Breast Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the time it will take to clear the breast screening backlog created by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote routine access to personalised cancer treatments that target specific gene mutations.

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) one-year and (b) five-year survival rates for people with sarcoma.

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of a national secondary breast cancer audit.

      Bowel Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient survival rates of delayed diagnosis and screening for colorectal cancer as a result...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the health impact of exhaust particulates from Heavy Goods Vehicles.

      Rare Diseases: European Reference Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress the Government has made with the European Commission on the UK's relationship with the European Reference Network...

      Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new First Contact Practitioners have been employed by GP practices since 2019.

      Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provision he is making for potentially administering flu and covid-19 vaccinations simultaneously.

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that university students receive high quality teaching during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase covid-19 testing capacity in and around universities at the end of the 2020 autumn term.

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of schools whose allocation of laptops for remote learning has been reduced since those...

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many devices were available to schools to support remote education requirements as of (a) 20 October 2020 and (b) 24 October 2020.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set out what further support will be made available to early education and childcare providers during the next six months in response to...

      Outdoor Recreation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to outdoor residential centres offering overnight educational visits that are unable to reopen as a result of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 19 August, 17 September and 15 October 2020...

      Postgraduate Education: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate students in universities.

      GCSE: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he made of the preparedness of pupils to sit their GCSE examinations in 2021 due to the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on...

      Pupil Premium: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure schools that do not use pupil premium funding to offset income lost as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure that autistic children and young people receive the educational support they need in the event of future school...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will provide a regional breakdown of (a) existing and (b) planned Nightingale Courts.

    • Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many urgent possession court cases have been delayed by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to address the backlog of urgent possession court cases caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) cases of covid-19 and (b) covid-19 related deaths there have been in each prison in England and Wales as of 23 October 2020; and if he will...

  • Treasury

    • Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett consequential is for Scotland from the Local Restrictions Support Grants announced as part of the expanded winter economic support package.

    • Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's document, Public sector exit payments: Response to the consultation, published in July 2020, what his timescale is for...

      Females: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what monitoring the Government is undertaking of the effect on women of the (a) Kickstart Scheme, (b) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (c)...

      Childminding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department will provide for childminders who did not qualify for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will cover financial support for the transitionary periods (September and October 2020) between its first and...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of compensating firms ineligible for support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme who...

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend Business Rates Relief to food and drink wholesalers in Tier 3 local covid-19 alert level areas.

      Job Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employers who submitted an annual Full Payment Submission between 6 April 2019 up to 11:59 pm 23 September 2020 are eligible for the Job Support...

      Valuation Office Agency: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of adequacy of resources available to the Valuation Office Agency during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the wholesale food and drink sector of including that sector in the Business Rates Relief scheme.

      Customs Intermediaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs intermediaries are employed in the UK as of November 2020; how many customs intermediaries he estimates will be employed by January 2021.

      Customs Intermediaries: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) large companies, (b) SMEs and (c) micro businesses in recruiting customs brokers ahead of the end...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the business rates holiday to the 2021-22 financial year.

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the VAT zero rating for personal protective equipment will be extended past 31 October 2020.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional support he is making available to (a) nightclub DJs and (b) other freelance workers in industries closed as a result of covid-19 lockdown...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to help representatives of care homes to work with representatives of the insurance industry to resolve difficulties...

      Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will waive the limit on Small Donations Scheme claims against regular documented gift aid claims.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his decision for a one-year spending review on investment in maritime decarbonisation.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 19 of the Reforms to the tax treatment of red diesel and other rebated fuels: consultation, what steps his Department plans to take...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support breweries supplying pubs in Tier 2 and Tier 3 local covid-19 alert level areas.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the effect on the zero-emission technology industry...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in the regional spread of household debt in each of the last five years.

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that insurers settle claims as swiftly as possible for businesses now assessed as qualifying for business...

      Government Securities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to use debt securities to finance the Government's response to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Anoosheh Ashoori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national...

    • Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the (a) welfare and (b) situation of (i)...

      Anoosheh Ashoori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart to secure the release of Anoosheh Ashoori; and...

      Myanmar: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk of (a) violations of freedom of religion or belief and (b) a rise in...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he is planning to undertake equality impact assessments of any proposed staffing restructure in his Department.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to make redundancies in his Department.

      Papua: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Pacific Islands Forum and Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States request for...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government will take steps to support the implementation of monitoring mechanisms along the line of...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on (a) providing support to end the blockade of...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to provide humanitarian aid to the Republic of Artsakh.

      Belarus: Human Rights and Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which (a) media and (b) human rights organisations in Belarus have received funding from the £1.5 million of...

      Poland: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Polish counterpart on that country's abortion laws.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of formally recognising the Republic of Artsakh.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the data recorded in the Joint Personnel Administration system, how many complaints have been made by Junior Soldiers or their parents...

    • Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the maritime industry in his capacity as Shipbuilding Tsar.

      Papua: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on Indonesian military operations in the West Papuan regencies of Nduga, Intan Jaya and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Scottish Social Security Committee's?report on Benefit take-up, published 11 March 2020, whether her Department plans to...

    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for industrial injuries disablement benefit remain unprocessed as a result of the suspension of medical assessments during the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of permanently removing the need for face-to-face assessments for disabled claimants...

      Employment: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people (a) with hearing loss, and (b) who list their primary medical condition as...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the total cost to the public purse of the appeals process for personal independence payment...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to lift the suspension on medical assessments for industrial injuries disablement benefit claimants that was imposed...

      National Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Government has made on implementing a digital solution to the process of issuing National Insurance numbers.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she will take to support disabled people who might be required to shield again as a result of covid-19 related local, regional or...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) number of people whose universal credit payments will be affected by the re-introduction of...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent work coaches her Department employs; how many new work coaches were recruited in October 2020; and what the...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many youth hubs her Department plans to establish in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK; how many of those youth hubs have opened to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase the uptake of pension credit over the next five years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the rate was of successful applications?for pension credit in each year from 2015 to 2019 inclusive.

      Pensions: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to promote diversity in pension schemes governance; and if she will make a statement.

      Pension Funds: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on a joined-up approach by Government and regulators to implementing the recommendations...

      Pension Wise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy for the Money and Pensions Service to reintroduce the Pension Wise usage data reports, showing monthly Pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to encourage eligible people to apply for pension credit.

      Pension Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of current response times to complaints raised with the Pension Service.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs are available for young people to apply for under the Kickstart Scheme; and what management data her Department holds on that scheme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to rectify the financial situation facing claimants whose wages are not paid in alignment with universal...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to apply the temporary £20 weekly uplift to universal credit to (a) existing legacy benefits and (b) job...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average length of time is taken by her Department to process the mandatory reconsideration of a personal independence payment claim.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risks of (a) microchip migration to another location, (b) tumour development at the...

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to make funding available for a free garden waste disposal service for households.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the outcome of the second consultation on Consistency in household and business recycling collections in England will...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities (a) charge for and (b) offer a free garden waste disposal service; and of those that charge for...

      Transport: Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to transport refrigeration units emissions, (a) how the Government is measuring levels of those emissions,...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with garden centres and other retailers selling horticultural items on phasing out the...

      Fisheries: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timeframe is for his Department to consider the Sussex Near Shore Trawling Byelaw proposal submitted by the Marine...

      Pesticide Residues in Food Expert Committee: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food will publish its 2019 annual report.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been recruited in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England since the 2019 General Election.

    • Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of unsolved crime in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of adding the details of which English language testing centres are...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prevent an increase in anti-social behaviour.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of further (a) visa extensions and (b) reduced visa costs for NHS...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2020 to Question 105467, how many times the COVID-19 Vulnerable Children's Hub has met since the...

      Immigration: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2020 to Question 102174, what decision-making algorithms her Department uses in applications for...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what legislation EU nationals in the UK have the right to maintain the same level of access to benefit payments as comparable UK...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to increase the use of rent repayment orders to compensate tenants in the event that they are found...

    • Night Shelters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's guidance entitled Covid-19: provision of night shelters, whether communal shelters...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the application process for the Cold Weather Fund will open; and when organisations will be informed about the...

      Night Shelters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what type of accommodation for homeless people will meet the threshold for safety set out in his Department's guidance...

      Service Charges: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the the effect of landlord practices in (a) calculation, (b)...

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to increase sanctions for rogue landlords.

      Emergency Services: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals for including emergency service provision as...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future White Paper published in August 2020, what procedure he proposes will be...

      Coronavirus: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the criteria used for the latest allocation of covid-19 funding to councils in the Liverpool City...

      Coronavirus: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that councils in the Liverpool City Region receive additional funding allocations to...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities subject to Tier 3 local covid-19 alert level...

      Respite Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities are able to fund and deliver short respite breaks...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to improve the quality of data on covid-19 deaths both inside and outside of...

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many death certificates has covid-19 been recorded as (a) the primary cause and (b) a contributory...

      Procurement Transformation Advisory Panel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of the meetings of the Procurement Transformation Advisory...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the economic modelling of the comparison between the EU-Japan trade agreement and the UK-Japan trade agreement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gender Recognition: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Sport England on the participation of transgender and non-binary players...

    • Conference Centres and Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits of increasing the number of people permitted to attend (a)...

      Travel: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of small and medium-sized travel companies.

      Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will allow sports stadia in Tier 1 and Tier 2 local covid-19 alert level areas to reopen to spectators.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 22 September 2020 that conferences and exhibitions will not be...

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans a further programme of financial support for organisations affected by Tier 2 and Tier 3 local covid-19 alert...

      Young People: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect young people from the effects of addiction to loot boxes in computer games...

      Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to Answer of 22 October to Question 105503, what discussions his Department has had with Sport England on the...

      Religious Buildings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing grants to churches and other places of worship which face...

      Broadband: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve internet infrastructure in (a) Batley and Spen constituency and (b) Kirklees local...

  • Prime Minister

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether (a) he, (b) officials in his office and (c) political advisors in his office have briefed members of the press with the name of the (i) law firm and (ii) lawyer...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Equality: Training

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total cost is of the unconscious bias training commissioned by the House of Commons.

  • Attorney General

    • Slavery: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions for offences against children there have been for the offence of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour under the Modern Slavery Act...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Jones Hill Wood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the actions of HS2 Ltd in the Jones’ Hill Wood area on protected species in that area; what discussions they...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the provision of additional financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students at (1) secondary schools, (2) sixth forms, and (3) University Technical Colleges, did not attend in the week ending 9 October because they were...

    • Covid-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 20 October (HL8957), whether they will list the members of the Department for Education's COVID-19...

      School Meals: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost (1) in total, and (2) per pupil, of providing lunches to pupils in (a) primary, and (b) secondary, schools.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential health risk posed by students sitting exams in 2021; and what plans they have to prepare alternative arrangements.

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund free breakfast provision during school holidays.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote take-up of national tutoring programme funding.

      Vocational Education: Remote Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that training providers have struggled to offer remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic; and...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • International Finance Corporation: Animal Feed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Finance Corporation about the impact on (1) deforestation, (2) biodiversity, (3) water, and (4) soils, of...

    • International Finance Corporation: Livestock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Finance Corporation concerning the farm animal welfare standards of livestock projects that it funds.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representation they have made to the government of Azerbaijan to desist from targeting civilian infrastructure and cultural and religious sites in its...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) missile attacks on the Azeri town of Barda, and (2) who was responsible for those attacks; and what representations they...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat of mass atrocities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to facilitate the...

      Cyprus: Beaches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of securing a lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what financial assistance they have provided in response.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of breaches of ceasefires, what assessment they have made of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pesticides: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of adverse impacts from exposure to pesticides have been considered by the Health and Safety Executive, in each of the last three years.

    • Ventilation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 20 October (HL8966), what guidance they will provide on the operation and adaptation of ventilation...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the migration to Universal Credit on child poverty.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publicise and promote the Alternative Payment Arrangements for Universal Credit.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which types of, algorithms they use to decide access or eligibility for welfare payment or services.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Universal Credit housing allocation adequately supports recipients to pay their rent.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (a) single parent families, (b) low-income workers, and (c) young people, and (2) the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they insist on animals being raised in a way that conforms to animal welfare standards in the UK when they fund international projects involving farming.

    • Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a further update to the report by the Environment Agency, An updated lifecycle assessment for disposable and reusable nappies.

      Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides has conducted a review into the effectiveness of regulatory enforcement of pesticide spraying in fields adjoining...

      Pesticides: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 October (HL Deb, col 1471), what is the timetable for the consultation on the update to the UK...

  • Home Office

    • Counter Terrorism Advisory Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Counter Terrorism Advisory Network last met to discuss concerns about the terminology used to describe faith-claimed terrorism; and how many organisations...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Viral Diseases: Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the UK is prepared for pandemics and other threats in the future.

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths in England had COVID-19 listed as the primary cause of death on the death certificate in 2020 in the months of (1) March, (2) April, (3) May,...

  • Treasury

    • Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing auto-enrolment for employee share schemes.

    • Job Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent job losses once the Job Support Scheme replaces the furlough scheme in November.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop new bilateral agreements to facilitate transfers of personal data between businesses in the UK and the United States after 31 December.

    • Sports: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Anti-Doping has refused requests to share information or samples with any national anti-doping agency or international federation seeking to...

      Loneliness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address loneliness this winter.

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