Written answers

Friday, 27 November 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the condition of roads in West Sussex.

    • Jet Zero Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Jet Zero Council has for airspace modernisation.

      Airspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to implement the Airspace Modernisation strategy.

      Engines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to ban the use of internal combustion engine vehicles by a target date.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recourse people have who are extremely vulnerable to covid-19 in the event that they feel pressured into work by...

    • Bereavement Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to include changes to bereavement leave in the employment Bill.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the effect of climate change on gender equality and women and girls...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Greater Manchester who have successfully registered as a...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much (a) green and (b) blue hydrogen will be included in his Department's target of 5GW low carbon hydrogen...

      Climate Change: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government is supporting the implementation of the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan which calls for women’s...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department’s latest Transparency Data release on ministerial meetings, April to June 2020,...

      Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the risks that may arise from the concurrence of covid-19 and cold homes.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to allocate funding to the development of future employment roles for workers in the (a) oil...

      Carbon Emissions: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has in place to implement (a) standardised climate reporting metrics and (b) carbon taxation while...

      Carbon Emissions: Public Expenditure and Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce a net zero test for all infrastructure policy and spending decisions made by his Department.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Influenza: Bath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle flu vaccine shortages in Bath.

    • Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling a family carer to support a relative with dementia in hospital during the...

      Breast Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NICE guidance on early breast cancer will be amended to recommend shorter courses of breast radiotherapy be offered after the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have (a) requested and (b) received an NHS flu vaccination in each month since the start of winter 2020-21; and how many...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) schoolchildren up to Year 7, (b) pregnant women, (c) people over the age of 65, (d) people in the...

      Protective Clothing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that women working in the NHS are provided with a full range of scrubs and personal protective...

      Cancer: Diagnosis and Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the estimate in Macmillan Cancer Support's report entitled The...

      Neurofibromatosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) improve rates of early diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type 1 and (b) raise public awareness of that condition.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for rolling out the Triumph and Ambush candidate vaccines; and if he will make a statement.

      Rare Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support patient support groups for rare diseases that are experiencing reductions in funding as a...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the care and treatment provided to people with metastatic colorectal cancer in...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to expand the availability of the flu vaccine in England to non-priority groups.

      Sunscreens: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of making sunscreen exempt from VAT to improve...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many flu vaccines were held in stock on 29 September 2020.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the Government has not advised clinically vulnerable people to shield at this stage in the covid-19 outbreak.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2020 to Question 84148 on Influenza: Vaccination, what the stock of additional seasonal flu...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of eligible patients have had the flu vaccine to date.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason some pharmacists and GPs are experiencing delays in acquiring the seasonal flu vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the UK Government adopting policies on covid-19 herd immunity similar to those...

      Oesophageal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in the last five years.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the language in NICE criteria to ensure it is (a) accessible and (b) understood by (i) patients and (ii) people caring...

      Coronavirus: Drugs and Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that supply chains of (a) medicines and (b) vaccines related to the treatment of covid-19 can continue...

      UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contingency plans he has with respect to the UK's future relationship with the EU in the event of an interruption in the supply of...

      Throat Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the saliva hpv test for throat cancer will be available on the NHS.

      Eyes: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with eye cancer in the last three years.

      Coronavirus: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the reasons for health inequalities; and what steps his Department...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) children and (b) children on child in need or child protection plans have received (i) remote and...

      Health Visitors: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full time equivalent health visitors there have been in each of the last 10 years.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of GP administration of covid-19 vaccines on the time GP's are able to spend...

      Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making Caplacizumab available on the NHS as a treatment for acquired...

      Mortality Rates: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the findings and recommendations of the publication,...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the backlog in people waiting for (a) colonoscopy, (b) flexi sigmoidoscopy and (c) other...

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the reduction in teachers training bursaries on recruitment to that profession.

    • Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what risk assessment on potential exposure to online harms his Department conducted in relation to the provision of Government-funded laptops for...

      Department for Education: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that non-departmental Government bodies that report to his Department do not change their redundancy policy prior to...

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support schools and colleges with covid-19 related financial costs.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will (a) postpone Ofsted visits to schools to 2022 and (b) ensure that Ofsted focus on promoting covid-19 best practice in schools during visits...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on teacher workload of the need for teachers to educate pupils both in class and remotely in (a primary, (b)...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Health and Safety Executive guidance, Face coverings and face masks at work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, whether...

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish contingency plans for 2021 GCSE and A Level examinations to ensure that schools can be adequately prepared and take account of lost...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of testing, tracing and isolating during the covid-19 outbreak within schools.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the average number of school staff hours used on covid-19 contact tracing.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the outbreak of covid-19, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that school pupils can sit exams safely in summer 2021.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason his Department has postponed the publication of the Revised information on A level and other results for 16 to 18 year-olds, including...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether teachers will remain responsible for covid-19 track and trace for their students over the Christmas 2020 holiday period.

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many covid tests have been allocated to each higher education institution in England.

      Police Stations: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 31 January 2019 to Question 213168, what plans his Department has to bring the former East Ham police station...

      Immigrants: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November to Question 106891 on Free School Meals: Immigrants, what plans he has to publish the outcome of the review...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the evidence base if for the decision to allow face-to-face private music lessons in students' homes, if there is no other viable option, or in...

      Home Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress his Department has made on ensuring that all pupils learning at home as a result of self-isolation or class closures have access...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils who have been sent home from school due a pupil in their cohort...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools are partially closed as a result of a lack of available teachers or support staff in England.

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which companies supplied dongles and mifi devices to his Department as part of the scheme to help children and families access remote education during...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect of occupancy levels in early years settings in the January census on early entitlements...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on families with 18-year-old students with Down’s syndrome not being in education for four...

      National SEND Reference Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the process was for (a) establishing the terms of reference and (b) recruiting members for the National SEND Reference Group; and who...

      Children in Care: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason black children are disproportionately represented in the care system.

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to (a) provide additional social care support for care leavers and (b) integrate the support his Department provides to...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to include racial disparity within the terms of reference for the forthcoming review of children’s social care in England.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will introduce a fully-funded national programme on emotional wellbeing and recovery in the context of covid-19 for all school-aged children.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on student loan repayments for people living in overseas countries experiencing hyperinflation.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prioritise the health and wellbeing of university students during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support bank branches at risk of closure during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Business: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to encourage insurers to pay out to customers with business interruption policies.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement on the Integrated Review on the 19 November 2020, Official Report,...

    • Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with his Iraqi counterpart to support political stability in that country.

      Belgium: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Belgian counterpart on the potential role of (a) an Iranian diplomat...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the veracity of reports by Reuters on 9 October 2020, that an Iranian...

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2020 to Question 113155, how many of the 15 projects and programmes referred...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the US Middle East Partnership for Peace Act.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the potential merits of increasing...

      Polisario Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has he with the Polisario Front or through third party interlocutors on the recent escalation...

      Armed Conflict: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the United Nations on the recent escalation in conflict in the Western Saharan...

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the state of bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the...

      Ahlam al-Tamimi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on the extradition of Ahlam Tamimi.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to Question 97598 on War Pensions, what new processes Veterans UK are piloting to ensure war pension claims can be considered...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Wise: Bury South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Bury South constituency have had a Pension Wise guidance appointment by telephone or in person in the last 12 months.

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of representations from civil society organisations on the efficacy of extending the £20...

      Covid Winter Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish further details on the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that universal credit assessment periods that include two wage payments dates do not include...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the benefits of excluding (a) savings in lifetime and (b) help-to-buy ISAs from the eligibility...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether the introduction of the Environmental Land Management Scheme has the...

    • Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the import of animal feeds of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

      Agriculture: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to reassure farmers concerned about the potential effect on their sector of the end of the...

      Wines: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of removing the requirement for VI-1 certification for wine on wine retailers and...

      Protective Clothing: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of biohazardous personal protective equipment discarded by the...

      Alcohols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether licences from the Rural Payments Agency will be required for ethyl alcohol imported from the EU after the transition...

      Pets: Ticks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the merits of reintroducing compulsory tick treatment for pets at UK borders.

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on materials to be included in his Department's proposed deposit...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 21 August, 21 September and 15 October...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that EU citizens who, through no fault of their own, miss the 30 June 2021 deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme...

      Immigration: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing refunds for payments of the immigration health surcharge made by people...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many items of MPs’ correspondence have not received a reply within the 20-day target in the last six months.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure all people who were homeless before the covid-19 outbreak and...

    • Regeneration: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to (a) encourage the allocation of (i) the £25 million Towns Fund funding and (ii)...

      Regeneration: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support regeneration (a) Burslem and (b) Tunstall.

      Evictions: Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support and regulations he has put in place nationwide to protect and rehouse relatives who have been sharing...

      Local Government Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to support local authorities to meet their statutory duties in (a) road maintenance, (b)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Rules of Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has promoted any external communications for traders on updated rules of origin arising from continuity trade...

    • Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government has fulfilled any export orders for the Type 31e Frigate to date.

      Overseas Trade: Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value is to the UK economy of trade with (a) Somalia and (b) Somaliland.

      Rules of Origin: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has promoted any external communications for traders on the updated rules of origin between the UK and Japan taking...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential for trade disputes on data flows to arise from Article 14.11 of the Comprehensive and...

      Data Protection: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of (a) what additional data may flow and (b) what existing data restrictions may be lifted as a result of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Coronavirus: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to tackle (a) misinformation and (b) disinformation on covid-19.

    • Arts and Publishing: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the economic recovery of (a) UK publishing industry exports and (b) other creative exports.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) interest rate and (b) terms will be for loans awarded under the Sport Winter Survival Package.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Peru

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 November (HL Deb, col 1272), when were visa requirements for visitors to the UK from Peru last...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Human Rights: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the report by the World Benchmarking Alliance 2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, published on 16 November; and what...

    • Overseas Aid: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disease-specific programmes they have (1) reduced, and (2) cancelled, as a result of the reduction of the foreign aid budget by £2.9 billion...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will permit onward data transfers of UK personal data under Asia-Pacific Economic...

    • Australia: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they plan to take to assist Australian exports to the UK, in the light of the government of China's introduction of tariffs on...

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