Written answers

Friday, 4 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rapid charge points have been installed through the Rapid Charge Fund to date; and how many rapid charge points are programmed for...

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to improve infrastructure for the charging of vehicles away from drivers’ homes in (a) Bosworth constituency...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the funding allocated to the rapid charge fund announced in the March 2020 budget has been spent to date; and if he...

      Railway Stations: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of Transport for London's capacity to manage its projects to build flats over station...

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of hydrogen in transport.

      Transport: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the local transport connectivity improvements that will be required for Dudley to benefit from High Speed Two.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the High Speed Two rail project.

      Railways: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to connect more Sussex towns to the railway network.

      Railways: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail connections in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire.

      Railways: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the rates of pay for rail workers.

      Railway Stations: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve access at railway stations for disabled people in (a) Sussex and (b) Arundel and South Downs constituency.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime industry on that industry's role in supporting the Government's targets for...

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime industry on the allocation of funding for feasibility projects relating to...

      Kidsgrove Railway Station: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve disabled access at Kidsgrove Railway Station.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the role of the UK maritime industry in supporting the Government's targets for increasing offshore wind...

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime industry on funding for feasibility projects relating to maritime decarbonisation.

      Ports: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK ports on the role of ports in contributing to the Government's Net Zero targets.

      Ports: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK ports on their role in contributing to the Government's net zero emissions target.

      Roads: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the condition of roads in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire.

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that driving schools are able to re-open safely, as taxi companies have been permitted to, in the context of the...

      Travel: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the evidential basis for the exclusion of African nations for the purposes of an air bridge to allow covid-19 quarantine free...

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 55079, what assessment he has made of the results of the acoustic camera trials announced in June...

      Public Transport: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that plans are in place to enforce social distancing measures on public transport between 23 and 27 December 2020.

      Department for Transport: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Wind Power: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy, what recent environmental impact assessments have been undertaken on the effect of wind power on the (a) land and b)...

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people in Scotland are in receipt of the Warm Home Discount.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of energy comes from wind power in the UK.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve the efficiency of wind power.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to increase the use of wind as a major power source in the UK.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of private rented households that will benefit from the Green Homes Grant.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to record the tenure of the properties that use the Green Homes Grant.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of exemptions on levels of fuel poverty.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Principal councils are running local electricity schemes.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime industry on that industry's role in supporting...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the ability of the electricity network to support the mass charging of...

      Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to include companies with under 500 properties in the 2016 Pubs Code...

      Spaceflight: Cornwall and Sutherland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making in delivering the proposed spaceport in (a) Cornwall and (b) Sutherland.

      Urban Areas: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support small town centres in recovering from the economic effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Conditions of Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department plans to issue guidance to employers on the rights of disabled workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Conditions of Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to publish guidance on the rights of disabled workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Research: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of UK Research and Innovation's decision to withdraw extra grants for PhD...

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding was allocated to local growth deals in 2019-20.

      Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the artificial intelligence industry.

      Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the quantum computing industry.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Foreign Relations: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last had discussions with An Taoiseach.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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...

      Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the economic support available for Northern Irish businesses during...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of covid-19 were recorded in (a) Wokingham Borough and (b) West Berkshire Council area in the latest period for which...

    • Tourette's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people in the UK suffer from Tourette's, by (a) age and (b) gender.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulance stations there are in England.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many A&E wards have been closed in NHS hospitals in England since 2010.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests have been carried out in each month since January 2020, by English county.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

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

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the covid-19 testing system is accessible to people who do not have access to (a) the internet,...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of running a public awareness campaign on the (a) symptoms and (b) wider...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) combined value and (b) duration is of the contracts the Government has with private contractors to run covid-19 drive...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Government Department holds the contracts for the management of covid-19 drive through testing centres.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what percentage of positive covid-19 cases have been missed in each of the Operation Moonshot pilots of rapid covid-19 tests.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people tested for Covid-19 who did not receive their result within 2 days in (a)...

      Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of health care workers who have experienced breaches of their occupational health and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to evaluate the (a) operational effectiveness and (b) accuracy of covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the additional covid-19 tests announced last week were offered through OctiGene.

      Coronavirus: Poplar and Limehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many residents of Poplar and Limehouse constituency have been tested for covid-19.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what methodology his Department plans to use to evaluate the success of trials to allow specific family and friends to visit care homes...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to (a) require companies to which he is outsourcing the delivery of the NHS Test and Trace system to (i)...

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of risk to disabled people of infection with covid-19 from domiciliary care workers who visit...

      Older People: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what lessons he has learnt from the first wave of the covid-19 outbreak with respect to protecting older people from covid-19.

      Fertility: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that Clinical Commissioning Groups across the country follow the NICE guidance on fertility and the...

      Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to bring forward its strategy on transforming care.

      Care Homes: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that care homes that offer safe visitation for residents and their families during the covid-19 outbreak...

      Dementia: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Royal College of Nursing and (b) other bodies on the higher risk of dementia in people...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the programme of testing for covid-19 in care homes.

      Health Professions: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what long term mental health support he will make available to healthcare workers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder linked to...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, (a) what assessment he has made of the proportion of care homes that have suitable beds to enable the safe discharge and required...

      Health: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of government expenditure on health care has been paid to private sector organisations in 2020-21 to date.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2020 to Question 1116638 on Government departments: procurement, what steps he is taking to (a)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts his Department has awarded to companies without a tendering process in the last 12 months; which companies those...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/ CFS by (a) age and (b) gender in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Credit Unions

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

      Manchester Royal Infirmary and Withington Hospital: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional financial support his Department will be providing to (a) Manchester Royal Infirmary and (b) Withington hospital as a...

      Coronavirus: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish each week the (a) number of (i) covid-19 hospital patients, (ii) covid-19 hospital patients who are in critical...

      Intensive Care: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many intensive care beds there were in NHS hospitals in England on (a) 31 March 2020 and (b) 31 October 2020.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of NHS bed occupancy rates in each month of (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if will he make an assessment of the potential merits of reclassifying (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis and (b) chronic fatigue syndrome as...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS Nightingale Hospitals are in operation as at 9 November 2020; and what services each such hospital is providing.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the hospital bed occupancy rate was as of 10 November (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

      Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of contracts tendered to private companies to provide services in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 1 August 2020 regarding his constituent’s...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people receiving treatment for (a) Crohn’s or (b) ulcerative colitis in each...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who had an operation cancelled in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 90063 on Earwax: Medical Treatments, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people in the UK suffer from cystic fibrosis, by (a) age and (b) gender.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding is available for English students studying nursing at a university in Scotland.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Infection Prevention Control interventions in reducing covid-19 infection levels in...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many positive cases of covid-19 there have been in the UK where the person was not in the UK 72 hours before the test was conducted.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of apprentices have not had the required amount of training in the workplace necessary to complete their apprenticeship;...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many current apprentices are not able to complete their apprenticeship because there is no digital functional skills offering available; and what...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of distribution of funding to different local authorities to meet social care need in...

      Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Ofsted (a) provided oversight to local authorities in applying the legislative flexibilities...

      Schools: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that West Sussex schools receive equitable levels of funding under the National Funding Formula.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote social and economic mobility throughout the UK.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the catch-up funding for schools announced in the Spending Review 2020 is (a) new and (b) the subject of previous...

      Teachers: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of teachers in (i) Dudley and (ii) England.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students re-sitting their GCSE exams this Autumn can have their coursework and practical work taken into account to the same proportion...

      Department of Education: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, 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...

      Education: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure children and young people in (a) Dudley, (b) Sedgley and (c) Gornal and Woodsetton can catch up on the...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school pupils have tested positive for covid-19 since 1 September 2020.

      Environment Protection: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to work with (a) the oil and gas sector and (b) other parts of the private sector to support the technical and...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the Union Learning Fund is due to end in April 2021.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison and Probation Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Annual Staff Equalities Report 2019-20, published on 26 November 2020, what...

    • Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Prison Population Projections 2020 to 2026, England and Wales, published on 26 November 2020, if he will publish estimates of the...

      Prison and Probation Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Annual Staff Equalities Report 2019-20, published on 26 November 2020, what...

      Prison and Probation Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Annual Staff Equalities Report 2019/20, published on 26 November 2020, if he...

      Prison and Probation Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Annual Staff Equalities Report 2019/20, published on 26 November 2020, if he...

      Prison and Probation Service: Pay and Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service Annual Staff Equalities Report 2019-20, published on 26 November 2020, if he will...

      Prisoners: Females and Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Prison Population Projections 2020 to 2026, England and Wales, published on 26 November 2020, whether the projected increases in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Prison Population Projections 2020 to 2026, England and Wales, published on 26 November 2020, whether the estimated recall rate for...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Prison Population Projections 2020 to 2026, England and Wales, published on 26 November 2020, Table 1.1, if he will make an assessment...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Prison Population Projections 2020 to 2026, England and Wales, published on 26 November 2020, if he will publish the estimated changes...

      Ministry of Justice: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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...

      Begging and Vagrancy: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in the Wakefield local authority area have been prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act 1824 in 2020.

      Cemeteries: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to (a) halt mounding at Manor Park Cemetery and (b) establish an independent inspection of the effect of earlier mounding...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the equity of service delivered by family courts to both parties.

  • Treasury

    • Packaging: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the policy paper entitled Policy paper Plastic packaging tax updated by his department on 22 November 2020, what plans he has to exempt...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 71800 on Government Assistance: Coronavirus, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who have been in settlement discussions with HMRC on the Loan Charge have settled their case.

      Cars: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to include car dealers in Northern Ireland in margin schemes for used-cars as part of the Government's levelling-up...

      Revenue and Customs: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC tax offices there are in England.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many penalties have been issued under the legislative powers to tackle Promoters of Tax Avoidance Schemes; and what steps he is taking to investigate...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been affected by mis-selling schemes which are now subject to the Loan Charge in (a) Oxford West and Abingdon constituency and (b) the UK.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timescale is for publishing the Government’s fundamental review of business rates.

      Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the (a) administrative and (b) financial burden of business rates on retail and hospitality businesses once...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in 2020-21 to date; and which programmes and organisations have received funding as a...

      Bankruptcy: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be declared bankrupt as a result of the implementation of the Loan Charge.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2020 to Question 110758, if he will enable people who are long-term self-employed to submit previous self-assessment...

      Day Centres: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of excluding privately run social care day centres from the requirement to pay VAT.

      Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help ensure the development of a circular economy through the National Infrastructure Strategy.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will launch an investigation into the estimated £3.5 billion fraudulent claims to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Revenue and Customs: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HMRC’s officers will provide their tax analysis and answer questions from the taxpayer arising from the analysis, before parties enter into...

      Investment Income: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of changes in the level of dividend taxes.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support retail hospitality and leisure businesses with a further business rates holiday in 2021-22 before the March Budget 2021.

      Boats: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on British yacht and boat owners of the requirement to pay a second VAT payment upon their return to...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure clinically extremely vulnerable disabled workers who cannot work from home are furloughed by their employers during the...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) taxi drivers who have recently purchased a zero-emissions-capable taxi and offset the cost against their...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue that will accrue to the public purse from reducing overseas aid expenditure from 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent of...

      Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority: Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to require the (a) Prudential Regulation Authority and (b) Financial conduct Authority to provide a payroll deduction service to allow...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Development Aid: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much UK Official Development Assistance was spent by the EU and EU-managed or administered funds or...

    • Sanitation: Development 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 Official Development Assistance budget (a) from...

      European Development Fund Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans are in place for UK participation in the European Development Fund Committee after 31 December 2020.

      Disability: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to include measurable policies on disability equality in his Department's next Single...

      Saudi Arabia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on the bomb attack at the Remembrance Day...

      Iraq: Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of unexploded ordnance that remains in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken towards supporting a stable end to violence in Syria; and if he will...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether it remains the UK’s position that any settlement resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to ensure the fate of Syrians kidnapped by ISIS is...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the £821 million funding figure announced for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund for 2021-22...

      United Arab Emirates: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the signing of the Abraham Accords on stability in the...

      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.

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Zimbabwe.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the devolved Administrations on support for the UK shipbuilding industry.

    • Technology: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to prevent the transfer of classified technology to agents of foreign states.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Training: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support single parents to (a) stay in work, (b) return to work and (c) retrain.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of childcare costs that can be claimed under universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims have been subject to deductions; what the average amount was of those deductions; what the total sum...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Economic Situation: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the long-term sustainability of the rural economy.

    • Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with car tyre producers on extended producer responsibility for car tyres.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial requirements his Department places on housing developers in relation to meeting the costs of providing...

      Water: Environmental Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent environmental assessments his Department has carried out on water quality in lakes and rivers throughout the UK.

      Water: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce pollution in rivers and lakes throughout the UK.

      Water Supply: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to implement water consumption standards for new houses; what plans he has in place to ensure compliance with...

      Rivers: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency has taken to consult (a) locally and (b) nationally on the development of River Basin...

      Rivers: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Environment Agency has to take steps to improve the quality of chalk streams under River Basin Management...

      Water Companies: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many catchment management schemes were included in each of the water companies’ environmental programmes agreed by...

      Tyres: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of car tyres discarded in British coastal waters in each of the last three years.

      Forests: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what penalties will be introduced to enforce the new law preventing illegal deforestation in the supply chains of UK businesses.

      Clinical Waste: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing an inquiry to determine how shipping containers...

      Waste: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many containers (a) including body parts from mortuaries and (b) of other hazardous waste have been returned to the UK...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to work with the farming community to tackle difficulties arising from the bad harvest...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his timeline is for the second part of the National Food Strategy; and how members of the public can engage with that...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save...

      Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to (a) fund marketing campaigns to increase the visibility of UK produce with geographical indications...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Credit Unions

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

    • Intelligence Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has taken steps to establish a registry of foreign agents.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted asylum in the UK as a result of persecution for being LGBTQ+ in their home state within the last two years.

      Deportation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of suspending deportations until the World Health Organization declares that the...

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent last-minute legal appeals by foreign born-criminals who are subject to deportation...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether women held at (a) Dungavel and (b) Colnbrook immigration removal centres have access to doctors and other medical staff with (i)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the criteria for the Towns Fund selection process.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote local economic growth in (a) West Sussex and (b) England.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, what his policy is on (a) funding for local councils, (b) grants and (c)...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which areas will be part of the £220m trial of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Homelessness: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing Combined Homelessness and...

      Homelessness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many children are classified as being homeless as at 25 November 2020.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to...

      Religion: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a legal requirement for religious institutions to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless people who (a) are veterans and (b) have been provided...

    • Veterans: Mental Illness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of fireworks on veterans suffering from (a) PTSD and (b)...

      Business: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to help ensure (a) businesses and (b) people are prepared for the end of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she (a) has and (b) is putting in place overseas to assess the equivalence of production and welfare standards of products of...

    • Medical Equipment: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what level of tariff will be introduced by the UK Global Tariff regime on medical products such as adhesive removal sprays and the medical...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Fairgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the covid-secure operation of fairgrounds in tiers 2 and 3 under the...

    • Internet Service Providers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure Internet Service Providers promptly complete repair work to ensure a reliable...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that medical professionals received guidance on how (1) to differentiate between, and (2) to treat, patients with varying...

    • Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 November (HL8072), what progress they have made on the National Bladder and Bowel Health Project,...

      Medical Equipment: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of tariff that would be introduced by the UK Global Tariff regime in the event of a no-deal Brexit on adhesive...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of potential additional deaths during any reasonable worst case scenario of a peak in COVID-19 infections during the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to increase NHS funding (1) to maintain, and (2) to improve on, existing standards in the light of the increased...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to use the word "gender" in place of the word "sex" in its communications; and...

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to encourage, (2) to support, and (3) to enforce, the use of antibiotic consumption data as a public health measure in decisions about (a)...

      Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, why there is a shortage of (1) widely used contraceptive preparations, and (2) hormone replacement therapy products; why (a) Brevinor, (b)...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Cluster Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use, if any, of cluster munitions during the recent conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have sought for the safety and rights of Armenian populations in territories ceded to Azeri control under the ceasefire agreement brokered by...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the humanitarian needs of people in Armenia who have been displaced by the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide for the protection for minority communities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Conflict: White Phosphorus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 November (HL10150), what steps they are taking to review the designation of white...

  • Scotland Office

    • Self-determination of States: Shetland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held, if any, with the Scottish Government about the decision of Shetland Council on 9 September to approve a motion for "exploring...

  • Treasury

    • Motor Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional VAT will be paid by consumers in Northern Ireland who buy second-hand vehicles transported from Great Britain after the end of the transition...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports Competitors: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the stigma associated with menstruation for women and girls in sport.

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