Written answers

Monday, 7 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish any impact assessment on the Government's decision to provide financial support to the aviation industry but not to the...

    • Garden Bridge: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the decision to publish the report on the London Garden Bridge.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays to High Speed Two on Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the preferred route for the Manchester to Leeds corridor of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish the Integrated Rail Plan by the end of 2020.

      Railways: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Bradford is included on the preferred route for the Manchester to Leeds corridor of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the eastern leg of Phase 2b of High Speed Two on the economies of (a) the north of England, (b)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the economic effect of delays to the eastern leg of Phase 2b of High Speed Two.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the average time taken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to respond to complaints.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the level of staffing in the DVLA.

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether driving (a) lessons and (b) tests can resume in Tier 3 areas from 2 December 2020.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage lorry drivers on long journeys to take frequent rest breaks to improve safety on public roads.

      Motorways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has spent on retrofitting smart motorways with additional safety measures since the publication of his Department's...

      Railways: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that Network Rail takes biodiversity into account when undertaking lineside work.

      Railways: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that Network Rail implements the recommendation of the Varley Report 2018.

      Jet Zero Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Jet Zero Council has met since its establishment.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter of 15 June 2020, reference DL6304, from the hon Member for Glasgow East.

      Railway Stations: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to approve his Department's component of the funding package for three new railway stations on the Camp Hill line; what financial...

      Trams: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will approve the business case for the East Birmingham tram.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses, by sector, that have gone into administration in (a) Coventry...

    • Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £14.6 billion for Research and Development, announced in the Spending Review 2020 will be...

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 4.6 of the Spending Review 2020, when he plans to announce further details of the financial...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people with (a) cancer, (b) fibromyalgia, (c) multiple sclerosis and (d) other serious conditions each of the...

      Recruitment and Training: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available for small coaching and recruitment businesses to bid for Government contracts to provide help...

      Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure equity of support for (a) medium sized and (b) large hospitality businesses.

      Hydrogen: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published November 2020, how much...

      Wyfla Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will pursue options for a new nuclear station at Wylfa following Hitachi's withdrawal from the project; and if he...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the £385m Advanced Nuclear Fund announced in his Department's Ten Point Plan for a Green...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the ability of small businesses to prepare for...

      Auctions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of shill bidding taking place at auctions; what his Department's policy...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of the outbreak...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) wages recovered for workers, (b) money recovered for workers from unlawful fees...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of investigations carried out by (a) the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, (b) the Gangmaster...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the covid-19 pandemic on travel agencies.

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to provide targeted financial support for the travel agency industry during the...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling based on the case of Federacion de Servicios de...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will issue guidance to (a) supermarkets and (b) other large retailers on maintaining appropriate (i) social...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the forthcoming Green Paper on transforming the UK’s public procurement regulations will include...

    • Charities: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of redundancies in the charity sector.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the need for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be stored below minus 70 degrees celsius, what steps his Department is...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ask the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to revise their recommendations and include unpaid carers on the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using (a) bingo halls and (b) other currently unoccupied venues for...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether self-employed physiotherapists providing patient-facing services in care homes will have access to the covid-19 vaccination in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) physiotherapists and (b) other healthcare staff providing patient facing services in charitable hospices will have access to...

      Dental Services: Canterbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS dentistry appointments were carried out in Canterbury district in each of the last 10 years.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including unpaid carers on the priority list for the covid-19 vaccination in England.

      Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November to Question 87567, whether his Department holds (a) information on the location of each laboratory...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to add unpaid carers to the priority list for a covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether foster carers should be prioritised to receive the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 outbreaks have been recorded at (a) walk-in and (b) drive through covid-19 testing centres in each month since they...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that home covid-19 testing is accessible for (a) people who are blind or partially sighted and (b)...

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether student nurses should be paid a band 4 wage while on nurse placement during the...

      Coronavirus: Bowling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what scientific evidence informed his decision not to allow bowling alleys to reopen under tier three local covid alert level restrictions.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the imposition of local covid-19 restrictions on 29 June 2020, what (a) discussions he had and (b) representations he...

      Joint Biosecurity Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November to Question 95024, how many consultants from the Boston Consulting Group were deployed at the new...

      Self-harm: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to support self-harm prevention services in (a) St Helens and (b) England in...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to double dementia research funding.

      Bereavement Counselling: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce specialist bereavement services for suicide.

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to people with mental health difficulties as a result of long covid.

      Period Poverty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of covid-19 on levels of period poverty.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure mental health data collection continues during winter 2020-21.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have accessed the isolation note service via the NHS 111 online service.

      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 86764, tabled by the hon. Member for Luton North on 8 September 2020.

      Mental Health Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing an online and anonymous resource to enable people experiencing mental...

      Coronavirus: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department is making for the City of York to be placed in tier 1 local covid alert level when the November 2020 lockdown...

      Maternal Mortality: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to introduce a target for the NHS to end the disparity in maternal morality between Black women and white women.

      Coronavirus: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department will publish the criteria which the City of York will have to fulfil to be downgraded from tier 2 to tier 1 local...

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £260 million for Health Education England provided in the Spending Review 2020 will be spent on mental health...

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department took to put in place precautionary measures to help protect (a) antenatal care, (b) maternity units and (c)...

      Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to respond to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review recommendations (a) holistically or (b)...

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many more children aged 0-2 are accessing specialist children and young people’s mental health provision as at 25 November 2020...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) protect mental health hospital capacity and (b) issue guidance on discharges from mental health services.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to recover the capacity of (a) antenatal care, (b) maternity units and (c) post-natal care in the NHS...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to review the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT programme) as part of the White Paper on mental health.

      Coronavirus: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of covid-19 transmission events in (a) wet only pubs and (b) as a proportion of total covid-19 cases.

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £500 million for mental health provided in the Spending Review 2020 will be spent on (a) services and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling couples who live in separate households to see each other without the...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spending Review 2020, if he will provide more detail on the pilots aimed at reducing incidence of birth-related brain...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has set a target date to end the use of shared sleeping arrangements in mental health wards.

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of defining soft tissue therapy as a health service for the purposes of covid-19...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that frontline health and social care workers in non-NHS settings are able to access free NHS flu...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spending Review 2020, what steps the Government plans to take to tackle the rising costs of clinical negligence.

      Coronavirus: Gyms and Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific evidence base for the decision to close gyms and leisure centres in (a) tier 3 covid risk areas and (b)...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the formation of the National Institute for Health Protection on the allocation of public...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the current shortage of flu vaccines for frontline health and social care workers in non-NHS settings.

      Coronavirus: Children's Play

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

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, what fiscal steps he is taking to ensure sufficient staff in the NHS to (a) diagnose and (b)...

      Influenza: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that frontline health and social care workers in non-NHS settings are able to access free NHS flu...

      Influenza: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the current shortage of flu vaccines for frontline health and social care workers in non-NHS settings.

      General Practitioners: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support GP services in Coventry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Respiratory System: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase testing for covid-19 for patients recovering from (a) pneumonia and (b) other respiratory...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2020 to Question 97688, how many times enforcement action for non-compliance with the requirements...

      Influenza: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of health and social care workers who have received a winter 2020-21 NHS flu vaccine to date.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the childhood obesity rate is in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of transmission of covid-19 in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools for pupils (i)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

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

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals he plans to replace the Royal Preston and Lancaster Royal Infirmary hospitals with.

      Coronavirus: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that teachers are prioritised for covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) T1 and (b) T2 covid-19 tests have been carried out, by local authority area per 100,000 population.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the roll out of mass rapid testing for covid-19 over the next month on the number...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of investing in the development of covid-19 breathalyser tests.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of NHS staff who have contracted covid-19.

      Medicine: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of different starting dates for regulatory data protection and Supplementary...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to provide a substantive Answer to Named Day Question 115688, tabled by the hon. Member for Belfast East on 16 November...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to parliamentary...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the availability of medical supplies for diabetic insulin pumps sourced from overseas after the...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many notification forms were received where the second abortion pill only was taken at home after 10 weeks, in 2019.

      Doctors and Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacant positions there are for (a) nurses and (b) doctors in (i) Coventry, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England.

      Restraint Techniques: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) level and (b) appropriateness of use of (i) prone restraint and (ii) other forms of restraint on...

  • Leader of the House

    • House of Commons: Credit Unions

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to require his Department to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more easily with a credit union; and if he will make a...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government has made on assessment of the potential merits of starting (a) primary and (b) secondary school Christmas holidays a week...

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of adjusting the curriculum to be covered by students for exams in 2021 to better reflect...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount of apprenticeship levy funding expired each month since January 2020.

      Armed Forces: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure Military Preparation Diplomas continue to receive adequate funding.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sefton Central of 27 October 2020 on emergency coronavirus funding for primary schools...

      Headteachers: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the letter sent to him by the Sefton Association of Primary Heads and...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent to which schools who have had students physically attending have been covid-secure during...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whats steps he will take to ensure that teachers will be priortised for covid-19 vaccination now that one is available.

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of formally advising secondary schools in the UK to return to remote learning for the final week...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether routine Ofsted inspections will resume in January 2021; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he made of the potential merits of either permitting or encouraging schools to move to remote working during the last week of term in...

      Schools: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary age children in (i) the West Midlands and (ii) Coventry who attend a...

      Schools: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish the data from the October 2020 school census.

      GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils did not achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE English in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department’s new Covid Workforce Fund for schools and colleges, whether he plans to make equivalent financial support to...

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the early years workforce which is aged 23 to 24 years old.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the review of children’s social care will be a zero-based review.

      Manufacturing Industries: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new apprenticeships were made available in the manufacturing industry in each year since 2010.

      Apprentices: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he had made of new apprenticeships that were taken up by people under the age of 25 from low income backgrounds in each year since 2010.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the decision not to include Early Years providers in the short term Covid...

      National School Breakfast Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policy of the Spending Review on funding school breakfast provision beyond March 2021.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Court of Appeal's ruling of 24 November 2020, Case No: C1/2020/1279, if he will take steps to reintroduce safeguards for...

      Educational Psychology: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received from headteachers on students being unable to access educational psychology assessments as a result of the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the availability of supervised non-resident parent visits in schools during the covid-19 lockdowns.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance is issued to early years providers on the collection of fees for children who are self-isolating due to a positive Covid-19 test in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of the national minimum wage changes due in April 2021 on the cost per hour of delivering childcare.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time that children have spent in a temporary foster placements in each month of the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much and what proportion of the £80 million of additional covid-19-related funding for HM Courts & Tribunals Service announced on 6...

    • Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent from the public purse on replacing lost prison keys in each year since 2010.

      Youth Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that children in youth custodial settings do not have to spend Christmas alone as a result of ongoing covid-19...

      Parole: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number prisoners who met the criteria for parole but who could not be released as approved premises were not accepting...

      Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

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

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have been made under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act each year since 2015.

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions were made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 relating to the use of inhumane animal traps across (a) England and (b) Wales in each...

      Family Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog of child access cases in family courts following the covid-19 outbreak.

      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, if he will make an estimate of expected...

      Remand in Custody

      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 increase in the...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many weapons in each category were confiscated on the HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate in each of the last three years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Chemicals: Expert Trade Advisory Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the membership of her Department's Expert Trade Advisory Group on chemicals that was disbanded in July 2020.

    • Sparkling Wines: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the economic and environmental benefits of allowing Australian wine to be carbonated in the UK...

      Infant Foods: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of tariffs on infant formula and baby foods on consumers.

      Eggs: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if her Department will (a) protect the British egg industry’s current standards in trade negotiations with the US and (b) prevent...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • China: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of reported changes to the Bible by the Chinese Communist Party on the...

    • China: Buddhism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Chinese Government on (a) the reported demolishment of Buddhist...

      Pakistan: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage the Pakistani Government to investigate and prevent cases of enforced...

      Pakistan: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Pakistani Government on behalf of (a) Maira Shahbaz, (b) Arzoo Raja...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      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...

      Stan Swamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he is making to his Indian counterpart on the arrest and imprisonment of Fr Stan Swamy.

      Equal Rights Coalition: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many countries have become new members of the Equal Rights Coalition since the UK was announced as co-chair of...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK citizens have had their details passed onto Indesser debt management service as a result of failure to...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of emergency loans provided to UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2020 to Question 117262 on Overseas Aid, which Minister or Ministers were...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria is not (a) disrupted...

      Papua: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indonesian counterpart on self-determination in the territory of West Papua.

      Papua: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) Indonesian and (b) Dutch Government on the independence movement in West...

      Travel Information: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether it is his policy to amend international travel advice in line with the new quarantine restrictions being...

      Travel Information: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department's travel advice will be updated to reflect changes in the Department for Transport's...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether existing international development staff who are non-UK nationals will be (a) able to apply for new jobs...

      Repatriation: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to retain the remaining funds from the £75 million allocated to his Department to support...

      Travel Information: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2019–21, Flying Home: The...

      Travel Information: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what improvements he has made to the gov.uk travel advice pages to tackle the problems reported in the Foreign...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether loan extensions have been granted to UK citizens who have been unable to repay in full within six months...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK citizens have had their passports cancelled as a result of failing to repay emergency loans provided...

      Repatriation: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of the £75 million allocated to his Department to support the repatriation of UK citizens stranded...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many emergency loans for (a) return travel to the UK and (b) essential living costs have been provided to UK...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for each UN agency, how much Official Development Assistance his Department has dispersed to date in 2020.

      Israel: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Israeli counterpart on the increase in the proportion of children strip...

      Israel: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Israel on the findings of Save the Children's report...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the trends in the number of children (a) killed and (b) maimed by the use of...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on securing a lasting peaceful political...

      Syria: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the wellbeing of political detainees in Syrian prisons.

      Syria: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with (a) international organisations and (b) other countries to ensure that...

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2020 to Question 106362 on Gulf States: Overseas Aid, which of the 47...

      Syria: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure families from the UK who are detained in North East Syria receive medical care,...

      Syria: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to facilitate welfare and proof of life checks for families from Britain who are detained...

      Syria: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help prevent the spread of covid-19 in Syria during the conflict in that...

      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 Government's decision to cut international aid spending on the...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the reduction in the UK’s Official Development...

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much his Department has spent on tackling malnutrition and starvation in the developing world in each of the...

      Forced Marriage: Children

      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...

      Overseas Aid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on children’s (a) health and (b) education globally of the...

      Nutrition: 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...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to end preventable child deaths.

      Overseas Aid: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on safeguarding of women and girls globally of the proposed cut in UK...

      Belarus: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the Government's list of sanctions...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government’s response to the Fifth Report of the International Development Committee,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Question

      What steps his Department is taking to support defence exports to NATO partner countries.

    • Question

      What recent assessment he has made of the effect of the climate emergency on UK defence preparedness.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the tendering process for Forensic Science Service has cost the public purse.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel will be deployed to support covid-19 testing in areas under tier three local covid alert level restrictions.

      Question

      What recent discussions he has had with military charities on improving support for veterans throughout the UK.

      Question

      What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on improving mental health support for veterans who have recently been discharged.

      Question

      What representations he has received from former armed forces personnel on the effect of the Overseas Operations Bill on the limitation period for claims against his Department.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 86598, whether the 2 January 2018 air-strike on a car in Munbah was among the 528 incidents...

      Shipbuilding: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has commissioned research on the future of shipbuilding in Hartlepool.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the training exercise Agile Stance; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to develop UK offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.

      Navy: Deployment

      What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of recent Royal Navy deployments to the Black Sea.

      Armed Forces: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to expand the Armed Forces Employability Pathway in the South West.

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the employment status will be of UK-based staff working for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France and Belgium from 1 January 2021.

      Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has made a formal commitment to the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Missile programme.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Armed Forces Covenant in supporting veterans in (a) Dudley, (b) the Black Country and (c)...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces will receive a pay rise in 2021-22.

      Minesweepers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy to purchase mother ships for autonomous mine hunting systems.

      Minesweepers: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast out of service dates are for the Hunt and Sandown mine countermeasures vessels.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the interim Royal Navy surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW) programme.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the Type 45 destroyer midlife update.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of foodbank use in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b)...

    • Sharing Economy: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to increase health and safety protections for workers in the gig...

      Kickstart Scheme: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of applications to the Kickstart scheme have come from the private sector, to date.

      Sharing Economy: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with devolved Administrations on an adequate response to the November 2020 High Court finding that the Government...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that recipients of the Scottish Government's health and social care workers £500 bonus payment who are...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will raise Local Housing Allowance to ensure it covers housing costs.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the legislation introduced in response to the Court of Appeal judgment of 22 June 2020 in the case of Johnson and Others,...

      Work Capability Assessment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many decisions have been reached based on work capability assessments made by telephone since March 2020.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many decisions have been reached based on paper-based work capability assessments since March 2020.

      Restart Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to section 2.9 of of the Spending Review 2020, if she publish the value of the average job subsidy in the Restart programme.

      Kickstart Scheme: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on local authorities making...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have not received a decision on their universal credit claim because they require a face-to-face work capability assessment.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost is of undertaking a paper-based work capability assessment.

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has of the number of cases who have not been notified of automatic extensions of their PIP awards due to covid-19, where...

      Work Capability Assessment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have been assessed as needing face-to-face work capability assessments since March 2020.

      Health: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential health effects on the general population of the Office for Budget Responsibility's...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment her Department has made of the average time taken for a claimant to receive a personal independence payment in...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases there have been in which people have been declared fit for work and then went on to win an appeal against her Department in (a)...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Parliamentary and Health...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on promoting the Access to Work scheme in the 2020-21 financial year.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value was of UK live animal exports by (a) country and (b) region to (i) the EU and (ii) all other countries...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 15 June 2020, which was transferred to his Department from the Home Department in...

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice he plans to issue to farmers and animal owners on maintaining an adequate stock of animal feed and food for...

      Cats: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of making microchipping of domestic cats compulsory; and if he...

      Veterinary Medicine: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to mitigate the risks associated with veterinary medicine (a) shortages and (b) unavailability after 1...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to enforce the restrictions on the market of C9-C14 PFCAs, their salts and related substances,...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) Swedish Chemicals Agency's substance evaluation for flame retardant bis(2-ethylhexyl)...

      Pest Control: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the legality of glue traps in capturing animals; and if he will make...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce a statutory duty to extend the range of residential waste collected by local authorities to include...

      Meat: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value was of UK meat exports by (a) country and (b) region to (i) the EU and (ii) all other countries in each...

  • Home Office

    • Demonstrations: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of an amnesty for people arrested as part of anti-lockdown protests during the November...

    • Demonstrations: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will write to police forces to explain that political protests are allowed under the proposed tier system provided required risk...

      Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Commonwealth countries who have served in the British armed forces (a) applied for and (b) were granted (i) indefinite...

      Young People: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government will take to expand the UK's youth mobility partnerships with EU countries after the transition period.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for UK Visas and Immigration to process a Change of Conditions application to allow someone access to...

      Immigrants: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the successful integration of people arriving from Hong Kong into UK communities after the...

  • Wales Office

    • Agriculture: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Welsh farm payments prior to the 2020 Spending Review.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding to enable local authorities to...

    • Holiday Accommodation: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the Business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation consultation published in...

      Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local councils have adequate funding to sustain (a) leisure centres...

      Towns Fund: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what projects he (a) has approved and (b) is considering for financing through the Towns Fund in the West Midlands...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to provide an update on the number of decisions made on applications to the Building Safety Fund.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason tiling systems are classified as cladding according to his Department's Building Safety Programme...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many hotel rooms have been provided to accommodate homeless people in each of the last 10 months in England.

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent progress he has made on the (a) High Street Fund and (b) the distribution of that funding to local...

      Future High Streets Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to notify applicants to the Future High Streets Fund of the outcome of their applications.

      Hostels and Night Shelters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of shelter beds that will be available in (a) hostels and (b) emergency night...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how the £7.3 million increase in spending for the Northern Ireland Office under the Comprehensive Spending Review will be spent.

    • Endometriosis: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has had made of the implications for his policies of the findings on pages 24 and 26 of the APPG on Endometriosis Inquiry...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women have not been able to access in-country care as a result of the cessation of abortion services by the Northern Trust.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland, whether he is taking steps to ensure UK compliance with the...

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that a reduction to the 0.7 per cent UK Aid commitment is time-bound to 2021; and if he will make a statement.

    • Levelling Up Fund: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 4.2 of the Spending Review 2020, what proportion of the £4 billion Levelling Up Fund will be spent in the West Midlands...

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Spending Review 2020 on local authorities' access to and receipt of funding from the High Street...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 4.2 of the Spending Review 2020, if he will publish he 167 projects approved by his Department for financing through the Towns Fund.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the average number of jobs created by every £100 of public capital spending.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that recipients of the Scottish Government's health and social care £500 bonus payment who receive tax credits will be...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Box 3.1 in the Spending Review 2020, if he will set out the proportion of the UK shared prosperity fund which will be allocated to the...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 2.7 of the Spending Review 2020, how many public sector employees will be affected by the pause in pay awards in 2021-22.

      Capital Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 4.1 of the 2020 spending review, what the value is of the accelerated capital spending projects awarded within the West Midlands...

      West Midlands Combined Authority: Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the borrowing capacity of the West Midlands Combined Authority is and what portion of this capacity has been used.

      Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) Working Tax Credit and (b) Child Tax Credit claims in (i) total and (ii) as a percentage of total claims in each of have incurred an...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he plans to provide to public houses that (a) do not provide a food service and (b) are in the very high tier of covid-19 restrictions.

      Service Industries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on local (a) retail, (b) hospitality and (c) live performance industries of being placed in a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to prevent tax credit claimants incurring overpayments in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs Digital Technology Services: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Loan Charge, who the deemed employer or promoter was of loan schemes used by Revenue and Customs Digital Technology Services...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department for Work and Pensions, (b) the Health and Safety Executive and (c) other Departments on...

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of potential merits of introducing the Directors Income Support Scheme.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Landlords

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will reassess the eligibility criteria of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to include landlords previously excluded from that scheme.

      Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims of (a) Working Tax Credit and (b) Child Tax Credit have received a sanction or other financial penalty after incurring an overpayment in...

      Directors: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support to company directors who do not qualify for assistance under the CJRS and the SEISS; and...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that seasonal workers are not disadvantaged under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to provide support to directors of small limited companies who are unable to trade on a financially viable basis during...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been allocated through the (a) Small Business Grant Fund, (b) Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and (c) Local Authority...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average loss of earnings for people who work through a mixture of both PAYE and self-employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support people who have been excluded from the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme because they became...

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of employees of small limited companies whose jobs are at risk as a result of the ineligibility for...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it a mandatory requirement that employers make available the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme...

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has allocated to Research and Development in each of the last five years.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £14.6 billion announced in the Spending Review 2020 for research and development is new funding which had not previously been announced.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding has been awarded to each (a) nation and (b) region as part of the Government’s levelling up agenda during the 2019 Parliament.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available for businesses whose profits have been adversely affected by lower footfall as a result of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions who...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the planned timescale is for bringing forward proposals to reform gambling legislation.

    • Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria he has set for increasing the limit on the number of spectators allowed in outdoor sports stadia during the...

      Bowling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of safety measures taken by bowling centres during the covid-19 outbreak; and if...

      Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding he has allocated to the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband; and what his timeframe is for the UK reaching...

      Openreach: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that BT Openreach can gain access to buildings and install infrastructure for...

      Housing: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department in taking to prevent developers entering into exclusivity arrangements with internet providers and...

      Arts: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to ensure the retention of highly skilled workers in the creative industries.

      Social Media: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to bring forward (a) fines for and (b) criminal prosecutions against social media companies in the event that...

      Theatre: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support theatres in tier three local covid alert level areas.

      Youth Investment Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the Youth Investment Fund is planned to be awarded to (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Sheffield City...

      Independent Press Standards Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to review the role of the Independent Press Standards Organisation in the regulation of the...

      Commonwealth Games 2022: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ensure that long-term unemployed people in Dudley benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members' Interests

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will commission an independent review of the parliamentary Register of...

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Bath

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accommodate heavy lorries travelling between the A36 and A46 during repair works to Cleveland Bridge in Bath.

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to check and verify documentation for 'Kent access permits' for the purpose of (1) assisting ports in allocating slots, and (2) understanding which...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are preparing their guidance Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers,...

      Eurostar and High Speed One: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement of financial support for airports and other air infrastructure on 25 November, what plans they have to provide similar support...

      Aviation and Railways: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK carbon emissions if a substantial number of travellers switched from using trains to aviation services.

      Airports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the business rates relief granted to airports on competition between airlines and Eurostar; and what, if any,...

      Motorcycles: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to phase out the sale of motorbikes with internal combustion engines.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 November (HL9507), which destinations the "six trains per hour that can be reliably...

      Cycleways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to produce criteria for the evaluation of bicycle lanes created by local highways authorities in response to the statutory guidance Traffic...

      Environment Protection: Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there is no mention of (1) the rail passenger, or (2) the rail freight, sector in their The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, published on 18...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure a comprehensive, UK-wide interoperable vehicle charging network to improve consumer take-up of electric vehicles.

      Roads: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what conditions councils in London have been given statutory authority to close roads during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how long any such temporary closures...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Tyres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of goods vehicles which are taxed as private and not used commercially that could be affected by the ban on tyres aged...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Parliament: Security

      To ask the Leader of the House whether any current Lords Ministers sponsor Parliamentary passes for individuals other than (1) family members, (2) civil servants, (3) carers, and (4) special...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Design and Technology: Nature

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of the use of (1) biomimicry, and (2) design processes and technology based on natural behaviour models, in...

    • Geothermal Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to develop opportunities for geothermal energy generation to help address climate change.

      Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the speech by the Prime Minister on the economy on 30 June in which he pledged they would “build, build, build”, and (2)...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have (1) allocated, and (2) propose to allocate to upgrade (a) fuel poor homes, and (b) all homes to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to discuss the growth in the world population at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26); and, if so, what changes they will...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 24 November (HL10313), when they estimate that the revised project timeline for the National Institute of...

    • Telemedicine: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the uptake of telemedicine as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any...

      Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact since March of the under-utilisation of capacity in hospitals operated by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support studies which (1) include non-hospitalised individuals, and (2) are of sufficient scale to be valid, to determine the ages at...

      Drugs and Vaccination: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with pharmaceutical company representatives about the risk of shortages of drugs and vaccines arising from the delay in establishing...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) doctors, and (2) nurses, employed by the NHS have died as a result of COVID-19; and how many of those had comorbidities.

      Coronavirus: Public Inquiries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an independent public inquiry into their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a national system to enable care home residents to have meaningful visits from relatives by treating named family members in...

      Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide guidance to affected trade bodies regarding legal changes relevant to the Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020;...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support studies (1) in a community setting, and (2) that extend into the convalescent period, to establish factors that affect...

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many secondary schools which were judged by Ofsted as "Requires Improvement" have been closed by (1) a local authority, or (2) a multi-academy...

    • Further Education: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to boost employment through partnerships between colleges and SMEs.

      Apprentices: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of apprentices going into construction to keep up with existing demand.

      Academic Year: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 26 October (HL9059), what plans they have to close schools and move to online learning before the...

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide self-isolating students from disadvantaged backgrounds with digital devices.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the last year for which figures are available, what proportion of the prison population were foreign national prisoners, broken down by (1) country, and (2)...

    • Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the offence type breakdown for the (1) male, and (2) female, prison population of (a) 15 to 17 year olds, (b) 18 to 20 year olds, (c) 21 to 24 year olds,...

      Prisoners: Ethnic Groups and Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the prison population in England and Wales in each of the last five years (1) broken down by ethnic group, and (2) further subdivided by religion.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of the tariff-expired unreleased life prisoner population by (1) original tariff length, and (2) time over tariff.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, prisoners are currently serving an extended determinate sentence with a custodial term of (a) 12 months to two years, (b) two to...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the announcement by South Somerset District Council that it intends to develop a battery farm in Fareham, Hampshire with its joint venture partner Opium...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the exercise by local authorities of the compliance and enforcement activities related to COVID-19; and whether all such...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the reliance on interim measures such as waking watch and evacuation management plans by residents of high-rise buildings awaiting...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Vegetables: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what delays they expect to the import of fresh salad products from the EU from 1 January 2021; and what contingency arrangements they have put in place to...

    • Pets: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the introduction of additional controls on the use of flea treatments for domestic pets to help prevent the contamination of...

      Rivers: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the dataset produced by the Environment Agency Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD) Classification Status Cycle 2, published on 29...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: Kelp and Soil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of (1) soil restoration, and (2) kelp, forests for carbon sequestration.

      Animal Welfare: Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about the treatment of animals, in particular the treatment of endangered species,...

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a tree planting target for England to achieve an increase in England’s woodland cover; and how they plan to...

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the section on the Northern Ireland Assembly in the Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents states the correct number of...

    • Migrant Workers: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include key construction trades on the Shortage Occupation List to make it easier for migrants to apply for work visas to fill...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the release of (1) Karim Ennarah, (2) Mohammed Basheer, and (3) Gasser Abdel Razeq;...

    • Giulio Regeni

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about (1) its decision not to hold an inquiry into the alleged torture and subsequent...

      Libya: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the position of (1) UNHCR, and (2) the International Organization for Migration, on the designation of Libya as a safe third...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect Armenian cultural and religious sites following the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

      Maira Shahbaz

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the case of Maira Shahbaz; and what assessment they have made of calls for her to...

      Syria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to repatriate British nationals held by Kurdish forces in north-east Syria.

      Gaza Strip: Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the submission by the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, the Al-Haq – Law in the Service of Man, the Cairo...

      UNRWA: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide emergency funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in light of the call by its...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority about the provision of healthcare to people with disabilities.

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to African members of the Commonwealth to encourage them to ensure a peaceful solution to the conflict in Tigray.

      Ethiopia: Famine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of (1) harvest failure, and (2) famine, in northern Ethiopia; and what steps they are taking to prepare...

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the Department for International Development's total expenditure on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the (1) 2018/19, and (2)...

      Fossil Fuels: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to end the provision of Official Development Assistance to fossil fuel projects overseas.

      West Bank: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Norwegian Refugee Council Raided and Razed: Attacks on West Bank Education, published on 12 November; and what...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 November (HL10059), what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the government of Israel's...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that that government has closed roads and thus prevented Palestinians accessing their...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Culture: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to implement the Culture and Community Fund set out in New Decade, New Approach, published on 8 January.

    • Coronavirus: Christmas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about a UK-wide approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic during the Christmas period.

      Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the provision of support to the aviation industry in Northern Ireland during...

  • Treasury

    • Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many customs border points will be in place between Northern Ireland and Britain at the end of the transition period of the UK's departure from the EU; where...

    • Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their proposal to eliminate age discrimination in public sector pension schemes does not create any sex discrimination in...

      Dental Services and Football: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) private dental practices, and (2) the English Football League Championship, were excluded from COVID-19 financial support schemes; and if so, why.

      Netflix: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much tax relief Netflix received under the creative industry tax reliefs for Corporation Tax scheme.

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist countries in the Global South with debt reduction.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to publish an indicative date for the re-opening of (1) music venues, and (2) festivals.

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the commercial music industry about the challenges of procuring insurance for live music events.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last three months to progress their proposed online harms legislation; and whether such legislation will be subject to...

      Music: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in the next financial year to support music tourism in the UK.

      Events Industry: Economic Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the strategic importance of (1) live music venues, and (2) festivals, to the UK's future economic growth.

      Arts: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the retention of highly skilled workers in the creative industries.

  • Women and Equalities

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