Written answers

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to make available additional covid-19 testing capacity for rail workers from 23 to 27 December 2020.

    • Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date in 2021 the annual rise in rail fares is planned to come into effect.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether equalities targets are included in railway franchise agreements between train operating companies and his Department.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with rail operators on the use of mobile train tickets.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he taking to ensure that electric vehicles bought prior to the implementation of regulations on Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems will be...

      Railways: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2020 to Question 120953 on Network Rail: Finance, what his policy is on funding the Parson’s Tunnel to...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of European Conference of Ministers of Transport international road haulage permits that will be required for...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of trailer registration permits that will be required for the movement of goods into the EU from 1...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the DVLA on using driving assessment mobility centres for standard driving tests during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to increase the (a) line speed and (b) services on the Birmingham-Black County-Shrewsbury route.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Skiing: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications of the end of the transition period for the recognition of British ski...

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the onshore wind generation capacity to 22-29GW by 2030 in line with...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of working from home during the covid-19 outbreak on the average...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to introduce more stringent supply chain employment requirements for the offshore wind industry...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the next Contract for Difference auction process assists the offshore wind...

      Nuclear Reactors: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government has allocated to the research and development of fourth generation nuclear reactors to date.

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of support available to small businesses in Slough...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November to Question 109692, whether wet-led pubs are able to engage outside catering...

      Offshore Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the value is of covid-19 related loans (a) from the public purse and (b) via the British Business Bank to duty...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure businesses are making their workplaces covid-secure for employees.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses that are eligible for Bounce Back loans but unable to access them...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of loans provided through the Business Interruption...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Animal Products: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the use of export health certificates...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether officials in his Department have attended discussions on legacy convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Police Service Northern Ireland on threats from loyalist paramilitaries to journalists in Northern...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce regular asymptomatic testing for covid-19 for hospice staff.

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide additional support to care homes to ensure that they are well prepared and supported in the event that they are...

      Health Professions: Mental Health and Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department regularly (a) monitors and (b) measures levels and trends in (i) mental health and (b) occupational health and...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of women's experiences when receiving remote abortion care; and what weight he plans to give to women's...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of NHS volunteer covid-19 supported the mental health and wellbeing people who were shielding during the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to communicate (a) covid-19 risks, (b) guidance and (c) mitigation measures to non-English language speakers.

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to proceed with proposals on the mandatory fortification of flour and gluten-free products with folic acid.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the access heart failure patients have had to health care during the covid-19 outbreak.

      General Practitioners: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of the population in England that is not registered with a GP surgery.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the projections on the cancer workforce submitted by NHS England and Health Education England as part of their...

      Cancer: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with Health Education England on how the extra £260 million announced in the Spending Review...

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timeline is for releasing the new rare disease framework.

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there is a timetable for devolved nations to agree an implementation plan to support the new rare disease framework.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2020 to Question 101055 on Breast Cancer: Screening, what the average waiting list has been for...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, what steps he plans to take to increase the breast imaging and diagnostic workforce.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote the importance of disinfecting (a) surfaces and (b) skin in (i) offices, (ii) schools and...

      Oral Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to increase public awareness of the (a) risks of mouth cancer and (b) effect of smoking on mouth cancer.

      Coronavirus: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the infection fatality rate is (a) overall, (b) for women, (c) for men, for covid-19 cases; and what the infection fatality rate...

      Health Foods: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the pricing policy of the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances in relation to nutritional borderline substances.

      Breast Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for (a) breast cancer patients and (b) NHS England of making permanent the reductions...

      Borderline Substances Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the transparency of decision making by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances to ensure fairness and equity in...

      Borderline Substances Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average time taken is for the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances to respond to applications for review.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to highlight the common symptoms of covid-19 in children that differ from those commonly seen in adults.

      Drugs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 August 2020 to Question 72910 on Drugs: Expenditure, if he will provide a breakdown of the savings in each...

      Dietetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with registered dieticians to inform (a) the obesity strategy and (b) wider nutrition policy.

      Physiotherapy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he plans to allocate to improve access to affordable physiotherapy.

      Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spending Review 2020, what specific steps the Government is taking to scale-up green social prescribing services to...

      General Practitioners: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the 30 day time period for patients to find a new GP surgery...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to increase access to community services to support people suffering from substance misuse disorders.

      Pregnancy: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take to support pregnant women to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy as part of the obesity...

      Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of his Department's guidelines which state that people over the age of 70 are vulnerable...

      Heart Diseases: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of heart failure as a long-term condition amongst system leaders and generalist healthcare...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      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.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on meeting the target of administering 30 million flu vaccinations during the 2020-21 flu season.

      Down's Syndrome: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the increased health risk from covid-19 for young people over 18 with Down’s syndrome...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government will publish its response to the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020’s Green Paper consultation.

      Obesity: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of cross-departmental collaboration on the obesity strategy.

      Physiotherapy: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to non-NHS physiotherapy services to ensure that those services can access suitable personal...

      Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of lower limb amputations; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and living under tier 3 covid-19 restrictions should attend work if they cannot...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of the mass vaccination of vulnerable people in England against influenza in winter...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the hierarchy of medicines is enforced in relation to cannabis-based medicinal products.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what lessons the Government has learnt from the approach taken to tackling the covid-19 pandemic by Governments in (a) South America, (b)...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department made of the potential effect of (a) mandatory calorie counts on menus and (b) other measures in the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of substance misuse.

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for transgender people to be seen at NHS gender clinics.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether public health funding grants to local authorities will be increased to meet the specific demands and needs of each local area.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2020 to Question: 91042 on Dental Services, what recent progress he has made on improving access to...

      Diabetes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support his Department is providing to people living with diabetes who are more likely to experience serious...

      Cancer: Erith and Thamesmead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people waiting for cancer screening tests in Erith and Thamesmead constituency since...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of air pollution on the NHS.

      Contraceptives: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of reintegrating Public Health England's contraceptive care...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who have received a faecal immunochemical positive test result through bowel cancer screening are awaiting a diagnostic...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government’s Smokefree 2030 target, when the new Tobacco Control Plan setting out the further measures...

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of student nurses working on covid-19 wards; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Coronavirus: Congleton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of covid-19 tests for people in Congleton constituency.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2020 to Question 106954 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, what proportion of modelled demand his...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2020 to Question 105458 on Arthritis, whether NHS England plans to collect data on the proportion...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) monitor demand on covid-19 testing stations and (b) increase the testing capacity.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential cost of backdating NHS Survivor Pension changes to include people who are unable...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to enable people with older mobile operating systems to access the NHS track and trace app.

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for the payment for people self-isolating his Department (a) received and (b) accepted from 28 September 2020 to 28...

      Contact Tracing: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what type of contract he has used to engage consultants to work on the Government's Test and Trace programme; and what tendering process...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people eligible for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment for self-isolating have (a) claimed and (b) received that...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when people who have been notified to self-isolate by the NHS covid-19 contact tracing app will be able to qualify for the Test and Trace...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace app since its launch.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether private contracts between the NHS and providers of covid-19 tests permit the moving of supply of covid-19 tests to areas of the...

      Contact Tracing: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional consultants he plans to engage to work on the Government's Test and Trace programme; and from which firms he plans to...

      Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for the payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas were (a) received and (b) accepted between 28...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who have had access to an NHS Survivor Pension removed as a result of pre-2008...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of the vehicles used by his Department on Government business are electric vehicles.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to £300 million of funding for new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities included in the...

    • Department for Education: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Spending review 2020, what criteria his Department will use to a) distribute funds under the Data Improvement Project and b)...

      Primary Education: Harrow West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 23 October 2020 to Question 104028 on Primary Education: Harrow West, how much additional funding for unavoidable costs incurred...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to ensure that students returning from overseas placements for Christmas 2020 have access to no-symptom covid-19 testing.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on college finances of the disproportionally low payment made by ESFA for 16-18 provision in March 2020,...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, will he review the decision to end the Union Learning Fund.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, what criteria the Government will use to determine the (a) funding allocated to and (b) success of the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, what (a) specific steps he will take and (b) funding he will allocate to help establish a Flexible...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2020 to Question 118052, for what reasons the Spending review 2020 did include information on supplementary...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of giving maintained nursery schools the same status as schools by adequately covering their (a)...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2020 to Question 118555, what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) 15 hour free early years entitlement...

      Secure Accommodation: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, if he will provide more information on how his Department will use the £24 million provided to...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to commence the review into the early years funding formula.

      Pre-school Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Early Years Alliance survey's finding that one in six early years providers...

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the rate of graduate employment for people who finished university in summer 2020.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Shared Ownership: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many shared ownership properties have been repossessed in the last (a) five and (b) ten years in England.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Child Maintenance Service cases have been (a) received and (b) overturned by HM Courts & Tribunals Service in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Proceedings: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish updated figures from the Relative Rate Index (RRI) model for the measures specified in the 2016 Ministry of Justice paper entitled...

  • Treasury

    • Agriculture: Wales

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

    • Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of households that have fallen into arrears with their mortgage provider...

      Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in VAT for the hospitality industry to 5 per cent on the viability of that sector.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate she has made of the number of people who are not eligible for the (a) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, (b) Self-Employed Income Support...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what VAT rate he plans to apply to reusable menstrual products in January 2021.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's policy paper, National Infrastructure Strategy, published on 25 November 2020, when he plans to consult on the...

      Offshore Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value of covid-19 related grants and payments is from the public purse to duty holders in the UK sector of the offshore oil and gas...

      Public Expenditure: East Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the benefits for the East Midlands of the Spending Review 2020.

      Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the development of a circular economy through the national infrastructure strategy.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish a summary of the evidence provided by brewers to the 2019 consultation as part of the review of Small Brewers’ Relief.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to undertake his review of alcohol duty.

      Beer: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small breweries there are at each of the following levels of production in hectolitres (a) 0-1000, (b) 1001-2000, (c) 2001-3000, (d) 3001-4000,...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to publish a global health strategy.

    • Saudi Arabia: Newcastle United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) representatives of his Department (i) held meetings and (ii) exchanged correspondence with...

      Saudi Arabia: Newcastle United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) representatives of his Department (i) held meetings and (ii) exchanged correspondence with...

      Saudi Arabia: Newcastle United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) representatives of his Department issued advice to the English Premier League on the...

      Zhang Zhan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he has made representations to his Chinese counterpart on behalf of the detained Christian lawyer and...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) allocated budget was to and (b) amount spent by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in each...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when the next UK-China Human Rights dialogue will take place; and whether that dialogue will include concerns on...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Flying Home: The FCO’s consular...

      Fossil Fuels: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the Government’s is on future development assistance for fossil fuel projects to (a) Mozambique, and...

      Violence: Females

      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...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have been made involuntarily redundant in each year since 2010.

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on each Armed Forces redundancy scheme in each year since 2010.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of China's thousand talents programme on UK national security.

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether servicemen and servicewomen operating in Scotland whose residence is in England will be permitted to return to their families at Christmas.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the findings of the Royal British Legion in its report entitled Making...

    • Universal Credit: Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will overturn benefit reductions taken from some universal credit recipients whose payments have been adversely affected by receiving a...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many paper-based work capability assessments were carried out from April 2019 to March 2020.

      Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has of the number of claimants whose disability premium on their employment support allowance has ceased to as a result of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the response timeframe for Child Maintenance Service complaints.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing legally binding targets on widespread access to nature...

    • Sainsbury's: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Sainsbury’s on making their organisation more sustainable.

      Rivers: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to reduce sewage releases by water companies into chalk streams; and if he will make a statement.

      Rivers: Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to reduce over-abstraction by water companies from chalk streams.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to develop a Chemicals Strategy.

      Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ban polyfluoroalkyl substances after the transition period.

      Environmental Health: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 26 November 2020, Official Report, Column 962, what the source was for his...

      Water Charges: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of households in (a) Coventry North East...

      Organic Food: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on sales of organic goods of EU requirements for proof of compliance...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the spread of bird flu in the UK.

      Organic Food: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of securing an equivalency agreement with the EU for sales of organic...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what routes for settlement will be available to unmarried durable partners of EU citizens with pre-settled status after 31 December 2020.

    • Immigrants: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of rough sleeping migrants from the European Economic Area that will be deported as a result of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter of 15 October 2020 from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding Mrs Zankanah.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 8 October 2020 on Mr Musa.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 8 September 2020 on Mrs Abukshim.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department will take to (a) monitor the effectiveness of the digitalisation of EU citizens’ immigration status and (b)...

      Visas: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications are being processed each week on average using the new Identity Verification (IDV) app; and what the average...

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which senior police officer is responsible for the police national strategy on digital intelligence and investigations including...

      AK Party UK: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of co-operation between the AK Parti’s Centre for British Turkish Understanding and Islamist...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 14 October 2020 on a constituent's asylum eviction case,...

      Immigration: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason recently announced changes to immigration rules make rough sleeping a grounds for refusal or cancellation of permission to...

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional police officers have been allocated to the Barnet, Brent and Harrow Basic Command Unit.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals for police officer recruitment to maximise the number of black recruits.

      Driving Offences: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to require police services to collect and publish data on the ethnicity of vehicle drivers stopped under the Road...

  • Scotland Office

    • Coronavirus: Scottish Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what covid-19 testing sites have been made available in the Scottish Borders since the beginning of the outbreak; and how long those sites have been...

    • Question

      What steps he is taking to support the steel industry in Scotland.

      United Kingdom

      What steps his Department is taking to strengthen the Union.

      Scotland Office: Apprentices

      What steps he is taking to increase the number of apprentices in the Scotland Office.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have declined an appointment to each Order of the British Empire award in each of the last...

    • Electoral Register: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights report entitled, Black people, racism and...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Sonar: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Government's policy is on granting export licences for non-military sonar equipment to (a) China and (b) a third country where the...

    • Riot Control Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether riot gear sold to the US has been used against peaceful protestors.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of applications for export licences have been declined where the item is being exported to (a) China and (b) a third country...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the countries with whom agreements have not yet been secured to continue with current preferential trading arrangements beyond...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average broadband speed is in England.

    • Broadband: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department is making on delivering gigabit-speed broadband to rural homes and business throughout (a) Sussex...

      Coronavirus: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what evidential basis of the rate of covid-19 transmission in adult gaming centres informed the decision not to allow those...

      Football: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the role of (a) Government and (b) professional football governing bodies in examining the potential...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of covid-19 restrictions on sports which prevent adults from travelling...

      Boxing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to support amateur boxing during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish additional details on the £100 million leisure centre fund which he announced on 22 October 2020.

      Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a freelance performers support scheme to support (a) the...

      Cinemas: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to make additional financial support available to cinemas in tier 3 covid-19 restricted areas.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the commercial music industry on the difficulties of procuring insurance for live...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to support the live music industry to enable it to have a viable future when festivals and venues reopen.

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will urgently review the tier regulations on the opening and use of ice rinks for individual and non-elite athletes.

      Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether adult gaming centres can adopt similar measures to bookmakers in order to re-open in areas with tier 3 covid-19...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of households in (a) Coventry North...

    • Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made a local authority level assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on retail shops on the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2020 to Quesetion 122692 on Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus, whether small...

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities in meeting the target of cutting UK carbon emissions...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to increase public engagement on planning applications in growth and renewal areas.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of public engagement proposed for planning applications in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a snagging retention scheme for the sale of new...

      Property Development: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of simplifying the environmental impact assessment for new...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Licences: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU on 31 December, what progress they have made on issuing 90,000 new driver permits.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they have made available for the establishment of border control posts in Northern Ireland; where any such posts will be established; and what is...

    • Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive and the government of the Republic of Ireland about addressing cross-border crime during...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are undertaking a review of initial teacher training; and if so, (1) how that review is being conducted, (2) what progress they have made in that...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the data concerning the vulnerability of teachers in the publication by the Office for National...

      Schools: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on school food supplies.

      Headteachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the poll on school leadership retention by the National Association of Head Teachers, published on 18 November; and what steps...

      Apprentices: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that off-the-job training on apprenticeship schemes are of the required quality.

      Higher Education: Racial Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Universities UK Tackling racial harassment in higher education, published on 24 November; and what steps they are...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Insider Trading: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for insider trading there have been under (1) the Criminal Justice Act 1993, and (2) the Financial Services Act 2012; and what was the...

  • Treasury

    • Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategy has been adopted by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to help companies prepare for any new customs procedures after the end of the...

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 November (HL Deb, col 1123) whether they intend to provide details of the source and methodology for the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the entities that have received financial support through the Job Retention Scheme for the period March to October; and what was the amount...

      Banks: Company Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the capital maintenance concepts they expect to be followed by UK banks when preparing their financial statements.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding by the Foreign Secretary and the Egyptian Foreign Minister on 6 November 2015, what representations...

    • Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 January (HL454), what further representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the...

      Giulio Regeni

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Egypt about that government co-operating fully with the Italian investigations into the Egyptian security...

      Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken (1) to call for the release of three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights organisation who were arrested by the...

      Gibraltar: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are undertaking trade negotiations with the EU on the basis that any future relationship agreement will apply to Gibraltar.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister raised (1) human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, including (a) the continued potential use of the death penalty for those who allegedly...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Arcadia Group: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ask the Pensions Regulator to investigate (1) the competence, (2) the conduct, and (3) the decisions, of the trustees of the...

    • Universal Credit: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) average, (2) longest, and (3) shortest, clearance time for (a) a mandatory reconsideration, and (b) a successful appeal outcome to be implemented,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides: Rivers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the University of Sussex, Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, and the Environment Agency, Potential...

    • Coastal Erosion: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 25 November (HL10259), whether they intend to provide a geographical breakdown of (1) the...

      International Council for Exploration of the Sea: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES); if so, when; and what annual budget...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 November (HL Deb, col 12) that “it is essential that migrant victims of domestic abuse,...

    • Immigrants: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 November (HL9318), what recent monitoring they have conducted of asylum seeker accommodation...

      Immigrants: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 November (HL Deb, col 12) what plans they have to meet representatives of the Step Up Migrant...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 25 November, (HL10219), to (1) list the subset of rules concerning goods and electricity markets applying as a...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to inform companies on which provisions governing trade with the EU will be no longer be in place after the end of the transition period for the UK's...

      Elections: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case to consider changes to electoral arrangements for elections to be held in May 2021; what consultations they intend...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Rules of Origin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that rules of origin may be declared on signed commercial invoices without the need to seek certification from external sources.

    • Manufacturing Industries: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that manufacturers are aware of the regulatory frameworks established in new trade deals with third countries during the period when...

      Intellectual Property: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that their international trade agreements are consistent with their existing international treaty obligations on (1)...

      Intellectual Property: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that intellectual property standards within future trade agreements are maintained at a level at least the same as those of the UK.

      Trade Agreements: Rules of Origin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the absence of rules of origin in free trade agreements on the ability of SMEs to price goods accurately.

      Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prepare companies for any new import commodities codes that will be introduced after the end of the transition period for the UK's...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) any governance and regulatory gaps in online harms protections that will emerge at the end of the transition period for the...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Palace of Westminster: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to install fire extinguishing systems which use water mist or water spray in (1) the roof, and (2) other inaccessible parts, of the Palace of...

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