Written answers

Thursday, 3 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure that travel by air, road and rail networks run as smoothly as possible over the 2020 seasonal period; what steps he is...

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of rail routes being closed as a result of covid-19 restrictions between 23 - 27 December 2020 on people's...

      Buses: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the timeframe for the (a) order and (b) delivery of the 800 new zero-emission buses announced in the 2020...

      High Speed Two: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many High Court writs there are against High Speed Two (a) across the UK and (b) in South Northamptonshire.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what authority the 300 year old oak tree was felled at HS2 Plan 11; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether results from SAMBA II Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 test systems in private ownership will be considered valid under the forthcoming test to release...

      Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his tweet of 27 November 2020 stating that stabilisation works on Hammersmith Bridge will begin in the week commencing 30 November...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) outline the criteria his Department used to determine which stations were chosen for funding under the Access for All scheme and (b)...

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      What progress his Department has made in trialling e-scooters.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      What assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring long-distance road transport companies using heavy vehicles to contribute towards the maintenance of rural roads.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      What steps his Department is taking to improve the condition of England’s roads.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      What steps his Department is taking to improve the condition of England’s roads.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Emissions: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide digital resources for young people to better understand and reduce their own carbon...

    • Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing different guest restriction numbers at...

      Sanitary Protection: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring menstrual products to include labels detailing the...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the annual budget was for the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate for 2018-19; what the annual budget is for...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much aluminised steel was produced in the UK in each of the last five years for which data is available; and if he...

      Renewable Energy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been in loans via the (a) British Business Bank and (b) other lenders to (i)...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of state aid rules under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of covid-19 restrictions on trends in the level of small businesses...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether supermarkets have put in place covid-19 related restrictions on the purchase of baby products by parents who...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to reschedule Green GB Week.

      Furniture: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on the effect of shortages of foam and particleboard on the UK furniture industry;...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the risks to the UK’s energy security in the event that a deal is not reached on...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the determination of the UK's Nationally Determined Contributions under...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with counterparts in the devolved Administrations on the calculation of the UK's Nationally...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that frontline health and social care workers in specialist neurological care services are able to access...

    • Health Professions: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent vacancies there were for (a) doctors and (b) nurses in each quarter from Q1 2020-21 to the latest available...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spending Review 2020, what specific steps his Department is taking to improve maternity safety.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people classified as covid-19 hospital admissions (a) had a positive test within 28 days of admission and (b) were...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce a covid-19 vaccination certificate and negotiate it's recognition overseas to help the travel industry...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letter from the AGP Alliance, dated 25 September 2020, on definitions of aerosol-generating procedures and...

      Baby Care Units: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2020 to Question 64381 on Baby Care Units: Coronavirus, if he will make it his policy for rapid testing...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 1 October 2020, Official Report, Column 503, if he will publish the evidence in support of his...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that measures to limit the transmission of covid-19 in hospitals does not lead to the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) advice and (b) guidance issued by (i) the Chief Medical Officer and (ii) Public Health England which informed...

      Bingo: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the risk of covid-19 spreading in bingo halls when hygiene and social distancing measures are...

      British Medical Journal: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Minister for Patient Safety, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention's oral contribution of 22 October 2020, Official...

      Coronavirus: Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is being provided to people who have suffered lung damage as a result of contracting covid-19.

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department collects data on access to specialist children and young people’s mental health provision disaggregated by...

      Coronavirus: Birmingham Edgbaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, where people in Birmingham, Edgbaston constituency will be able to access a long covid clinic.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans NHS England has to maintain the suspension on the use of surgical mesh.

      Coronavirus: Car Washes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to exempt car washes from future covid-19 restrictions.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) scientific and (b) medical advice he has received in respect of families meeting over the Christmas period.

      Coronavirus: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 source transmissions have been associated with attendance at funerals in each Greater Manchester authority area since 1...

      Photography: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether one-to-one professional photography is allowed (a) indoors and (b) outdoors during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown in England.

      Drugs: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the pharmaceutical industry of a mutual recognition agreement on (a) good manufacturing...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to maintain the regulatory system for pharmaceutical medicines at the end of the transition period.

      Dementia: Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) Royal College of Nursing and (b) other bodies on the potential merits of cold-water swimming in...

      Respite Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that families with additional needs can access the respite support they require during the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 113131, tabled on 6 November 2020 by the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the mental health effects of restrictions on care home visits during the covid-19 outbreak on care...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has issued guidance to care homes on prohibiting window visits by relatives.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of potential merits of introducing a safe visiting scheme in care homes.

      Carers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to recruit additional carer staff to care homes and care services.

      Abortion: Drugs

      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...

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he has made available to unpaid carers to alleviate the added financial pressure of the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on ensuring that pay increases for NHS staff under the Agenda for...

      NHS: Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his department has made of the number of full time equivalent NHS midwives there were in England per head of population in...

  • Attorney General

    • Emergency Services: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps she has taken to ensure (a) offences against emergency workers are prosecuted and (b) the CPS is effective in prosecuting offenders against emergency workers.

    • Attorney General: Credit Unions

      To ask the Attorney General, whether she plans to require her Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more easily with a credit union; and if she...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the reduction in official development assistance in 2020-21 to date compared with the...

    • China: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the findings of the China Tribunal's report...

      Commonwealth: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate the Government has made of the number of commonwealth veterans and their families who worked for UK...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff...

      Commonwealth: Veterans and War Widows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) veterans and (b) widows of veterans have been supported through the Commonwealth Veterans Programme...

      Frontiir: CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his recent correspondence with Burma Campaign UK, whether the Commonwealth Development...

      China: Organs

      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 the China Tribunal's report entitled...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Ethiopian Government to cease hostilities, especially in...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his Department’s spend on international development has been in each month since August 2019, by...

      Development Aid: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) representations he has received on the potential merits of an...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) healthcare, (b) education, (c) climate and (d) other international...

      Coronavirus: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of the £1.3 billion of new UK aid committed in response to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in the overseas aid budget on aid spending in Syria.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of (a) the Israeli NGO Save a Child’s Heart and (b) other...

      Charities: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in each year since the formation of the Small Charities Challenge Fund (a) how many applications have been (i)...

      Palestinians: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what access the UK will have to the EU PEGASE mechanism for providing assurance in relation to overseas...

      Development Aid: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to his oral contribution of 26 November 2020, Official Report column 1020, that he will strengthen...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the US presidential elections in November 2020...

      Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 91634 on Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, what...

      Gibraltar: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development, whether any agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU will include Gibraltar.

      Ukraine: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will support the Government of Ukraine to raise international awareness of the deaths that occurred during...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding classified as Official Development Assistance will remain to be transferred after 31 December...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the UK’s financial obligations to the EU are, after 31 December 2020, in relation to transfers of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners on Remand: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have died by suicide while on remand in each of the last five years.

    • Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were on remand in each of the last 24 months.

  • Treasury

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of the 2020-21 education budget that resulted from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be passed on to departmental budgets for...

    • Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of local authorities distributing discretionary grants based on a business’ number of employees...

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of offering the same grants that are available to taxi companies to driving schools.

      Treasury: Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more easily with a credit union;...

      Renewable Energy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been in (a) grants and (b) payments to (i) developers and (ii) contractors in the renewable energy industry in...

      Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people entering into new index-linked deals are made aware of the proposed changes to the formula for...

      Occupational Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed changes to the formula for calculating the Retail Price Index, set out in his...

      Wholesale Trade: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect of the restrictions on hospitality businesses in the covid-19 tier system on the wholesale...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of backdating the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to include March and April 2020.

      Capital Gains Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to review the recent reduction of Private Residence Relief to take into account (a) regional variations in the length of time it can take...

      Capital Gains Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the recent reduction of Private Residence Relief to take into account the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) home viewings...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2020 to Question 120991, what fiscal criteria he plans to use to determine when the Government will reinstate the...

      Wholesale Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating additional funding to the devolved Administrations to support wholesalers who are...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Night Shelters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November to question 118518 on night shelters: coronavirus, what evidential basis Public...

    • Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which organisations have received funding from the Reopening High Streets Fund; how much funding they received; and...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether small businesses that fail to pay business rents due in December 2020 can be evicted by their landlord during...

      Future High Streets Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which organisations have received funding from the Future High Streets Fund; how much funding they received; and what...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the Law Commission’s recommendations on leasehold reform; and if he will make a...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Levelling Up Fund announced in the Spending Review 2020, what weight he plans to attribute to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish the provisional local government finance settlement for 2021-22.

      Warehouses: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring new commercial warehousing to be...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which organisations have received funding from the Town Deals Fund; how much funding they received; and what the...

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which organisations have received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund; how much funding they each received; and...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many holding directions he has issued under section 31 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether an inspector can approve a council policy allowing for traveller site development when the council has...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what statutory guidance has been provided to Local Planning Authorities on seeking water companies’ advice on...

      Nitrates: Solent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made in tackling nitrate neutrality in the Solent.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of family homes that have not been built as a result of problems with nitrate...

      Temporary Accommodation: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of granting an exemption from nitrate mitigation measures...

      Temporary Accommodation: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether temporary overnight accommodation proposed in the Solent region requires the installation of nitrate...

      Temporary Accommodation: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on reducing the requirements for nitrate mitigation measures for...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to support leaseholders who will be required to pay costs towards new building cladding...

      Local Plans: Dudley North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on the adequacy of public consultation on future local planning decisions in...

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the updated guidance, Understanding the possession action process: A guide for private landlords in...

      Building Safety Fund: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make a decision on the application to the Building Safety Fund in respect of the Saxton Drive...

      Planning Permission: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to call in the planning application 4266/APP/2019/3088 in Hillingdon.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2020 to Question 116502 on Saudi Arabia: Royal Artillery, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

    • Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) RAF rapid-response capabilities and (b) national security of the pause in RAF pilot training.

      Minesweepers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what systems the UK has committed to buying under the Anglo-French MCMV programme; and what the cost to the public purse is of the programme to date.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the retirement date is of each Type 45 destroyer.

      Ministry of Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he made of his Department's future funding requirements before the allocation of additional funding in the 2020 Spending Review.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to update the National Shipbuilding Strategy to incorporate commercial shipbuilding and supply chain considerations.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to update the National Shipbuilding Strategy to incorporate commercial shipbuilding and supply chain considerations.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the competitiveness of the UK shipbuilding industry; and what steps he is taking to support that sector.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN in preventing sexual violence in conflict areas.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure the armed forces are prepared to support the roll out of covid-19 vaccines as soon as they become available; and what...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to update the National Security Strategy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many registered gateway organisations are waiting for approval from her Department before being able to commence the Kickstart scheme.

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been received for the Kickstart scheme to date.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the longer term potential merits of suspending the Benefit Cap.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on the Kickstart scheme to date; and what her projection is of expenditure on that scheme up until Spring 2021.

      Universal Credit: Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to ensure that universal credit claimants know (a) during which months they should note Self-Employment Income...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that the Child Maintenance Group replies to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire, of 2...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on rolling out the Kickstart Scheme; and what discussions he has with the devolved Administrations on that scheme.

      Job Entry Targeted Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers have been referred to the Job Entry Targeted Support Programme since referrals began.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of mandating a specific workplace risk assessment for clinically extremely vulnerable...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance she has given to jobcentre staff on relaxing normal work search requirements for benefit claimants who are self-employed and...

      Restart Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when details of the Government's Restart programme announced in the Spending Review 2020 will be published.

      Social Security Benefits: Airdrie and Shotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total reduction was for all benefit awards resulting from sanctions in Airdrie and Shotts constituency in the most recent period for...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with representatives (a) among the self-employed and (b) workers in the creative arts sector on the operation of...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many food banks there were in (a) March 2020 and (b) November 2020.

      Covid Winter Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanism was used to determine how much each local authority will receive from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

      Pension Wise: Clacton

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

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to tackle parents whose child maintenance liability is inconsistent with their lifestyle and financial...

      Access to Work Programme: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that disabled entrepreneurs who have used the Access to Work scheme in (a) 2020 and (b) 2019 are not...

      Access to Work Programme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Access to Work scheme is available to all disabled workers who need reasonable adjustments to be...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a freeze on local housing allowance levels will result in the value of housing benefit falling below the 30th percentile of local...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work restrictions apply to a person who does not have a national insurance number.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to inform employers that national insurance numbers are not used as (a) proof of identity and (b) right to...

      State Retirement Pensions: Australia and Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the policy not to uprate the UK state pensions of UK...

      Access to Work Programme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure the Access to Work fast track scheme is available to all disabled workers who need reasonable adjustments...

      Pensions: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government of Canada has made representations to the Government on negotiating a reciprocal social security agreement that covers...

      Pension Wise: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City region, (c) Wirral and (d) Wallasey have had a Pension Wise guidance...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2020 to Question 114313 on State Retirement Pensions: Females, if her Department will make that assessment.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions his Department has had with foreign Governments on the merits of uprating the state retirement pensions of UK...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all UK state pensioners have financial security in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.

      Employment: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of EU citizens in the UK who have been unable to begin work due to employers refusing to employ...

      National Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on introducing a digital solution to the process of issuing national insurance numbers which will provide (a)...

      National Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the timescale of rolling out digital provision for issuing national insurance numbers to (a) Wales and (b) the...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of British citizens who are waiting for a national insurance number to be allocated.

      National Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the planned length is of the trial of the digital system for issuing national insurance numbers; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many grazing livestock farms in lowland areas had only (a) sheep and (b) beef cattle, in England in 2019.

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to improve food labelling regulations to ensure that the public are adequately informed when salt has been...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer 25 November 2020 to Question 118511 on Dogs: Imports, what discussions he has had with Eurotunnel on...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to prevent trail hunting being used as a cover for fox hunting on public land.

      Fertilisers: Ammonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to notify and encourage farmers and agronomists to respond to the consultation on reducing ammonia...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the change in the number of (a) British children and (b) Albanian adults being referred to the...

    • Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to reduce the evidential requirements for eligibility for compensation from the Windrush Compensation Scheme...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to implement the comprehensive improvement plan, published in September 2020 in response to the Windrush...

      Police: Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that police forces are reimbursed for any additional costs arising as a result of the time...

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for a new business plan for the Emergency Services Network to be signed off by the Treasury.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the police forces' handling of cases where a person has been reported for sexual offences by...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more easily with a credit...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Serco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value is of Government contracts awarded to Serco since 2010.

    • Boats: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the tax implications for UK boat owners whose vessels are currently harboured...

      Government Departments: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on developing regular, clear and transparent reporting of metrics to track the...

      Procurement Transformation Advisory Panel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) establishing and (b) appointing...

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the economic effect of the negotiations on the UK's future...

      Death: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the proportion of deaths recorded as covid-19 deaths which had a different,...

      Cabinet Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow...

  • Department for Education

    • Ministry of Education: International Men's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department took to mark International Men's Day on 19 November 2020.

    • Training: Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that recently unemployed individuals are able to acquire new skills.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the value was of the block grant to England’s higher education institutions in 2019-20.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in earn at least £21,000 per year as at 30 November 2020.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reversing the reduction in teacher training bursaries announced in October 2020.

      Uni Connect Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding Phase 3 of the Uni Connect programme.

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring employment agencies representing supply teachers to use the Coronavirus Job...

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the school attendance figures released under the title Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus...

      Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the major telecoms companies have zero-rated educational websites other than Hungry Little Minds; and what steps he has taken to persuade...

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of mandating online school teaching for one week before Christmas holidays to minimise...

      Speech and Language Therapy: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure children in Dudley who require Speech and Language Therapy receive the support they need in schools.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason his Department decided not to make funding available for the Union Learning Fund after March 2020.

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to deliver of covid- secure teaching without the use of (a) facemasks and (b) social distancing at special educational needs...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to ensure that neighbours can share any additional cost of delivering broadband under the Universal...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the £5 billion announced in the 2020 Spring Budget to ensure all homes and businesses can access gigabit...

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will reopen ice rinks in areas with Tier 3 covid-19 restrictions so that professional athletes can resume...

      Ice Skating and Ice Hockey: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the English Ice Hockey Association and British Ice...

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to allow (a) professional and (b) amateur ice skaters to continue training on ice rinks as covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Ice Skating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the closure of ice skating rinks during the November 2020...

      Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on delivering support for local authority owned culture and heritage assets through the...

      Young People: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support youth charities and associated services for young people during the covid-19...

      Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to commence applications for grants under the Youth Investment Fund.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more...

      National Railway Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department allocated to the National Railway Museum in the financial year (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason pubs cannot also be allowed to host rehearsals and streaming of events, with no audience, alongside theatres...

      Recreation Spaces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the accessibility of (a) community and (i) green-space amenities for children in (i)...

      Commonwealth Games 2022: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to help Dudley benefit from increased trade and tourism from the Birmingham 2022...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Tier Three covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from the 2 December 2020, whether an indoor sports...

      Tourism: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help support the rural tourism sector in Sussex.

      Baroness Thatcher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has received representations on commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's term as Prime Minister.

      Fairgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he has issued for travelling fairground operators on when and how peripatetic fairs will be able to resume...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of tourism in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England;...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Iron and Steel: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will exempt aluminised steel from the UK steel import quotas that are due to come into effect on 1 January 2021.

    • Music: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what funding she has allocated to the Music Export Growth Scheme for (a) the remainder of the financial year 2020-21 and (b) future...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2020 to Question 117952 on Parliamentary Estate: Carbon...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procedures for investigating and responding to breaches of the Ministerial Code; and if he will make a...

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Global Travel Taskforce on the development of a COVID-19 testing regime for international arrivals and departures to and from...

    • Global Travel Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Global Travel Taskforce on its objectives; when that Taskforce expects to report; and when they expect to make public its findings.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they voted to support amendments to International Maritime Organisation rules in relation to limiting the carbon intensity of ships; and what assessment they...

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which projects are presently included in the Governance for Railway Investment Projects scheme; and at which stage is each such project at.

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) is the timetable, and (2) are their plans, for ending the Governance for Railway Investment Projects scheme; what, if anything, will...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of local renewable energy supply in (1) enabling all homes to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C, and (2)...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of local renewable energy supply in (1) achieving net zero carbon emission targets, and (2) reducing emissions of CO2.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Royal College of Psychologists about the number of people experiencing severe mental illness during the...

    • Coronavirus: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a COVID-19 placenta-based cell therapy, developed in Israel, has had a 100 per cent survival rate during clinical trials.

      Coronavirus: South Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with authorities in Sheffield or South Yorkshire about mass testing of their populations for COVID-19; and if discussions have taken...

      Coronavirus: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals by the Welsh Government to impose a ban on those travelling from areas in the UK with a high prevalence of...

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether care assistants who are employed directly by older and disabled people but are not registered by the Care Quality Commission will be eligible for the same...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 1 October (HL Deb col 287), how they calculated the figure that 89 per cent of the population have telephones whose...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from (1) private companies, and (2) manufacturers, about the use of rapid COVID-19 testing kits based on the analysis of saliva.

      Coronavirus: Mortality Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds they plan to provide for the hospice sector to handle the rising death rate (1) during, and (2) beyond, the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they have established to assess independently the capacity of care homes to accept safely COVID-19 positive patients from hospital; and who is...

      George Pascoe-Watson

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether George Pascoe-Watson participated in any (1) telephone call, (2) verbal discussion, (3) written communication, or (4) other meeting, during his time as an...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial viability of the hospice sector.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce rapid COVID-19 testing for all workplaces.

      Transplant Surgery: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they hold details of organ transplant patients who travelled to China for their transplant since 2015.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who requested a COVID-19 test could not be tested on the same day from 1 until 15 September inclusive.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to address the issue of vulnerable children in public care being placed in unregistered accommodation, (2) to ensure that such...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Telephones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made, if any, to enable people in prison to maintain contact with family members where neither in-cell telephony or secure mobile...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Balkans: Identity Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the agreement to allow travel between Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania using only identity cards, and (2) the deal to...

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vulnerability of religious and cultural sites in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what representations, if any, they have...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Armenian diaspora about (1) the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and (2) the ceasefire agreement...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Azerbaijan-Armenia ceasefire brokered by the government of Russia on 9 November, and (2) the prospects for a more...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist with (1) demining, and (2) reconstruction, efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the opportunities to secure a peace treaty over the disputed territories between Armenia and Azerbaijan following the recent...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian aid they intend to provide in the Nagorno-Karabakh region following the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.

      Cameroon: Boko Haram

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that aid supplied to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa in Cameroon’s Far...

      China: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that factories in China have used forced labour from North Korean workers to produce personal protective equipment...

      China: Freedom of Speech

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Cui Haoxin was arrested in China for speaking out against the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang; what...

      Cameroon: Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports (1) that military equipment has been diverted from Cameroon's Far North to the Anglophone regions, and (2) that the Cameroonian...

      Indonesia: Rainforests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, as part of their coordinated international efforts to address climate change, when they last discussed with the government of Indonesia (1) the issue of increased...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the level of overseas aid in 2021.

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they employ any staff based in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region who are responsible for monitoring (1) religious persecution, and (2) human rights...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided any funding to Christian non-governmental organisations in Nigeria since 2018; and if so, which organisations.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tobacco: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to negotiations on a trade agreement between the UK and the EU, what assessment they have made of the impact of Rules of Origin requirements on (1) the UK...

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have (1) to encourage, or (2) to ensure that the environmental and other enhancements that will be included in Environmental Land Management...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees were settled in the UK in (1) 2010, (2) 2014, and (3) 2019.

    • Migrant Workers: Interpreters and Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Home Secretary to the Migration Advisory Committee, published on 23 October, on what evidence they based their decision "not...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount in total has been paid to claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme to date; and how much remains to be paid.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Obligations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of their proposal to abolish section 106 agreements on the provision of necessary new community infrastructure in...

    • Energy: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Clean Growth Strategy, published on 12 October 2017, what plans they have to ensure that social housing is brought up to the same energy...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the New Homes Bonus scheme.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment to implement the Future Homes Standard by 2023 was removed from The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, published on 18...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of plans by the Welsh Government to allow councils to adopt the Single Transferable Vote system for local government...

  • Treasury

    • Monetary Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of quantitative easing on the increase in house prices compared to increases in wages.

    • Economic Situation: UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economy of uncertainty of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

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