Written answers

Thursday, 10 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with local authorities on providing the coach industry the same financial support as taxi companies.

    • Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support the coach industry in areas with tier 3 covid-19 restrictions.

      Sainsbury's: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Sainsbury’s on improving the sustainability of their vehicle fleet.

      Bicycles: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consult (a) Uber and (b) other electric bicycle operators on the effect on visually impaired people of indiscriminate parking of bicycles...

      Bicycles: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Royal National Institute of Blind People and (b) other sight loss charities on the risks of...

      Portsmouth International Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to avoid severe congestion at the port of Portsmouth in the event that the UK and EU do not reach an agreement on their future...

      Portsmouth International Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to avoid severe disruption at the port of Portsmouth following the end of the transition period.

      Level Crossings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential safety benefits of requiring yellow box junctions at the intersection of road and rail at small...

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been provided to local government for cycling and walking schemes, by scheme (a) in total and (b) by (i) combined authority, (ii)...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his announcement of 3 December 2020 of a Christmas travel plan, how many train operating companies are suspending their peak travel...

      A14: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have occurred between Junction 55 and Junction 57 of the A14 trunk road which have resulted in its closure in each year from (a)...

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on support for (a) taxi drivers and (b) private hire companies during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Artificial Intelligence: Weaver Vale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of locating the National Artificial Intelligence Centre At...

    • Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the closure of businesses in the hospitality industry as a result of the...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers are not neglecting their duty of care and their responsibility to...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers are maintaining a duty of care when deciding which of their employees...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support deployment of infrastructure at ports to facilitate an increase in...

      Imports: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has in place to report carbon emissions embedded in imports when reporting UK carbon emissions statistics.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding he has allocated to support charity-funded medical research.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Health Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive on the potential merits of including (a) endometriosis and (b) menstrual...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Electric Vehicles

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

  • Attorney General

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to immunise every person aged from 18 to 49 who comes forward for a vaccine in phase 3 of the covid-19...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to immunise every adult who wants a covid-19 vaccination by the end of 2021.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to promote organ donor registration throughout the nations in which his Department is active.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, published on 2...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to use Aintree community centre as a vaccination centre for covid 19.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2020 to Question 106293 on Coronavirus: Contact Tracing, in what format his Department holds the...

      Nurses: Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary breast cancer patients with access to a Clinical...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the response of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to advice in HM Treasury...

      Rare Diseases: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Rare Disease Framework will include measures to help people with rare diseases to access psychological support.

      Rare Diseases: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce diagnosis times for people living with rare diseases; and whether the Rare Disease Framework will...

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2020 to Question 98182, what stocks of (a) meropenem, (b) doxycycline, (c) fentanyl, (d) morphine,...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made international comparisons to provide the evidence base for each proposal set out in the consultation for...

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2020 to Question 102752 on Breast Cancer: Health Services, what estimate his Department has made of...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to (a) increase the number of places and (b) reduce the waiting time for NHS funded drug and alcohol rehabilitation...

      Hearing Impairment: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to (a) provide transparent face coverings to front line service workers and (b) encourage workers required to wear a...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the maintenance of the public health grant in the Spending Review 2020, whether that maintenance is valued in (a) real...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to provide support for people who are suffering potentially life-changing health conditions as a result of a...

      Influenza: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason GP practices in the South Northamptonshire constituency were not given notice of the roll out of flu vaccinations for the...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to commit to achieving 90 per cent HPV vaccination coverage by 2030 as set out in the World Health Organisation’s...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has has made of the potential effect of the proposed online advertising ban on foods high in fat, salt or...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to provide funding to breast centres to help (a) deliver improved timely care and (b) meet service demands...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether plans to introduce (a) advertising restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar and (b)...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to support the World Health Organisation’s strategy to eliminate cervical cancer.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of attaching sunset clauses to each proposal contained in the consultation for an online advertising ban for...

      Dentistry: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to support the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of dentists (i) nationally, (ii) in Hampshire and (iii) in Portsmouth...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 December 2020, Official report, column 330, that the Government is increasing the public health...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have accessed a dental hub in each month since March 2020.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2020 to Question 99527, what information his Department holds on the number of dental appointments...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of tests from drive through centres are (a) self-administered and (b) administered by a member of staff.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 tests at drive through centres are (a) self administered and (b) swab-administered by a member of staff.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of increasing the value of Healthy Start vouchers in line with inflation each...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is taking to help ensure that the NHS tariff price for ear wax removal is affordable.

      Varicose Veins: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when plans he has to make the cyanoacrylate glue treatment for varicose veins available on the NHS.

      NHS 111: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2020 to Question 96968, if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal online tool for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 7 October 2020 on covid-19 testing for care workers,...

      Hospitals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that doors in hospitals can be opened without contact.

      Surgery: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the £1 billion to tackle the elective surgery backlog announced in the Spending Review 2020, how that funding will...

      Hospitals: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost was of the construction of the Nightingale Hospital Birmingham; how many patients it has admitted; and what plans he has...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2020 to Question 110065 on Hospital Beds; whether information in the Covid-19 Situation Operational...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 21 July 2020, on care home restrictions, ref 53161.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Education

    • Foster Care: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has allocated to local authorities for the delivery of the Staying Put programme in financial year 2021-22.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to provide economic support in response to the covid-19 outbreak to childcare settings (a) nationally, (b) in Hampshire and (c)...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support university students through covid-19 quarantine periods on their return to campuses following the Christmas holidays.

      Free School Meals: Dudley North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Free School Meal vouchers have been issued to parents in Dudley North constituency during the covid-19 outbreak; and how many of those...

      Social Mobility: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Sutton Trust’s report, Covid-19 and Social Mobility...

      Languages: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help improve the development of language skills in early education.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer to Question 118555 on 25 November 2020 on Pre-school Education: Government Assistance, what estimate his Department has made of...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference the National Audit Office report, Investigation into free school meal voucher scheme, published 2 December, if he will utilise the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many child protection referrals were made to Children's Services in each month of 2020.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the remit of the proposed review of foster care legislation to include...

      Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to (a) publicise the Period Products Scheme and (b) increase school participation in that scheme.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to stagger the return of university students to campuses following the Christmas period in order to limit exposure to covid-19.

      Reading: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will cancel phonics tests in 2021 in England in response to the pressures resulting from the covid-19 outbreak.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the new National Plan for Music Education.

      Classroom Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 8320, on classroom assistants: average earnings, if he will provide the same salary data...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's announcement of 3 December 2020, what the terms of reference are for the expert group set up to look at...

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2020 to Question 123657, how his Department calculated the financial effect of the minimum wage rise announced in...

      Extended Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of closures in the wraparound care sector due to financial unviability on the (a) learning and (b)...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide (a) financial and (b) teaching support for schools whose staff have to deliver free school meals to individual...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Youth Custody: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on the youth custodial estate (a) in total and (b) on consultants or third party contractors in each of the last five...

    • Young Offenders: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has produced a forecast of the number of children who are considered potentially likely to self-harm in youth custodial settings over the...

      Public Service: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Law Commission's recommendations of 4 December 2020 to replace the misconduct in...

      Public Sector: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to undertake to implement the Law Commission's recommendations on reforming the misconduct in public office offence.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the longest number of days her Department has taken to make an export licence decision from the date of the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Bahrain: Durham Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the statement by Durham Constabulary on 11 July 2018, whether the agreement his Department has...

    • Egypt: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Egyptian counterpart on the arrest of Karim Ennarah, Abdel Razek and...

      Durham Constabulary: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether Durham Constabulary has received Government funding to implement training abroad since that constabulary...

      Bahrain: Durham Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether Durham Constabulary has received Government funding to implement training in Bahrain since that...

      Bahrain: Durham Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the statement by Durham Constabulary on 11 July 2018, which Ministers approved the Overseas...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UK-Egypt Association Agreement announced on 5 December 2020, what steps he plans to take to...

      Bahrain: Durham Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the statement by Durham Constabulary on 11 July 2018, how much funding his Department has...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to exclude Western Sahara from international treaties with Morocco.

      Palestinians: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on Palestinian refugees of the Government's decision to reduce Official...

      Sri Lanka: Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) Sri Lankan Muslims and (b) other faith communities of the Sri...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the death of Harry Dunn.

      Somaliland: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to develop and strengthen diplomatic relations with Somaliland.

      Niger: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Niger on reports that Niger’s army has been responsible...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statement by Amnesty on 30 November 2020...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to call for the release of Amin Musayev, Bayram Karimov and other political prisoners following...

      Diplomatic Service: Telephones

      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...

      Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to paragraph 30 of the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Flying Home: The FCO’s...

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish the (a) membership and (b) remit of his Department’s Repatriation Taskforce.

      Diplomatic Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many complaints from the public his Department has received on consular support provided during the covid-19...

      British Nationals Abroad: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK citizens stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 pandemic have been returned to the UK on charter...

      International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his policy is on Article 11(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what funding he has provided to Saharawi human rights defenders in Western Sahara.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 31 Frigates: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings Ministers in his Department have held with stakeholders on potential Type 31e exports in the last 12 months; and on what dates those...

    • War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on proposals for the reinstatement of war widows pensions for those who remarried; and when those proposals will be published.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 78846 on Armed Forces: Coronavirus, what progress he has made on making an assessment of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many welfare claimants that have a 9-month benefit cap grace period due to end in December 2020 are (a) families with children and (b)...

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many welfare claimants in each region and nation of the UK have a 9-month benefit cap grace period due to end in December 2020.

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter of 21 November 2020 from the Permanent Secretary to the Work and Pensions Committee, how many cases of universal...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her letter of 20 July 2020 to the Work and Pensions Committee, how many cases of universal credit identity hijack her...

      Universal Credit: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department provides to college staff on supporting universal credit applications for 18 to 25 year olds with learning...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the equality impact assessments conducted by or on behalf of her Department before the reimposition of universal credit...

      Parliament: National Workplace Day of Remembrance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to mark National Workplace Day of Remembrance 2020 in Parliament.

      Pension Wise: Bury South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the Bury South constituency have had a Pension Wise guidance appointment by telephone or in person between 1 April...

      Pensions: Australia

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the value for money of the system for paying housing benefit to providers of exempt accommodation.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she will take to protect consumers from proceeding with fraudulent online pension transfers.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sheep Worrying: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been of dog owners for sheep worrying in each of the last five years.

    • Veterinary Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of covid-19 restrictions on access to veterinary services.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of financial support available for the companion animal welfare sector...

      Wines: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2020 to Question 109198, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative...

      Cats: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of microchips in cats (a) failed, (b) migrated and (c) resulted in an adverse reaction in 2019.

      Pet Travel Scheme: Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to ensure that cats entering the UK will be treated for ticks and tapeworm as a requirement of...

      Pet Travel Scheme: Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cats entered the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme in 2019.

      Pet Travel Scheme: Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to strengthen welfare requirements for cats entering the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme following the end...

      Pest Control: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of restricting the use of glue traps as a means of pest control to...

      Waste Management: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage businesses to (a) improve the recyclability of their products including...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a breakdown of how the £28.1 million committed to France as part of the bilateral agreement of 28 November 2020 to...

    • Immigration: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the evidential basis for her Department’s claim that the minimum income requirement encourages integration.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with social media and streaming platforms on the availability of violent gang and drug-related content to under 18s.

      Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will (a) cancel the deportation flight to Jamaica scheduled for 2 December 2020 to ensure that people on board are protected from the...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2020 to Question 106891 on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, what plans she has to update Parliament...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of level of risk of online harms for children including (a) child sexual abuse and (b) exposure to...

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to provide additional support to victims of domestic abuse.

      Paul Cleeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will allow the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe's constituent, Mr Paul Cleeland, to have access to her Department's files that...

      Shukri Abdi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will undertake an assessment of the effectiveness of the actions of (a) the police, (b) other public bodies and (c) staff under her...

      Immigrants: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who will be affected by the new Immigration Rules which make rough sleeping...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the amount of additional office accommodation in square metres that will be required to provide a covid-19...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 01 December 2020 to Question 120888 on Biometric Residence Permits, how many paid appointments were offered from...

      Asylum: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are waiting to be interviewed.

      Immigrants: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2020 to Question 92027 on Immigration Rules: Sleeping Rough, when the Government plans to publish the...

      A14: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines for exceeding the speed limit have been issued between Junction 55 and Junction 57 of the A14 trunk road for each year from...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason fire fighters have been offered a pay award below that offered of teachers, doctors, dentists, police and prison officers.

      Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the growing (a) influence and (b) networks of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Shukri Abdi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will undertake an investigation into the actions of the public bodies under his Department's remit in relation...

    • Parish Councils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what specific financial support is available to help Town and Parish Councils with (a) lost income and (b) greater...

      Building Safety Fund: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many registrants with the Building Safety Fund in Birmingham have been informed of whether they are invited to...

      First Time Buyers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what Government support is available to help first-time buyers obtain a deposit for a home.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take through the Planning White Paper to (a) restrict land banking and (b) prevent developers...

      Air Traffic Control: Permitted Development Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many airport radar towers have been built using permitted development rights.

      Planning Permission: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will grant an extension for unimplemented planning permissions that lapse after 31 December 2020 and before 31...

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the £387 million extension to the Local Growth Fund for 2021-22 announced in the Budget on 11 March 2020 will...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will place in the Library a digitised map of all Church Commissioner landholdings.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will issue guidance to the general public on the implementation of covid-19 restrictions for...

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that legal action will not be taken against the pensioners affected by...

      Redundancy: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to publish regular redundancy statistics that combine age and sex data.

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding his Department has allocated for advertising on digital channels as part of the information...

  • Treasury

    • Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he last met with representatives from organisations representing PAYE freelancers who are ineligible for the (a) Self-Employment Income...

    • Job Retention Bonus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to (a) publish and (b) introduce the retention incentive replacement for the Job Retention Bonus announced on 5 November 2020; and if he will...

      Tax Avoidance: Oxford West and Abingdon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2020 to Question 120993, how many people have been affected by the Loan Charge in Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.

      Levelling Up Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role mayoral combined authorities will have in the (a) bidding process, (b) allocation of funding, and (c) delivery of projects, for the (i) Levelling...

      Treasury: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the vehicles used by his Department on Government business are electric vehicles.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral contribution of 25 November 2020, Official Report column 828, on public sector workers who earn below the median wage of £24,000...

      Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the outcome of the consultation on the Reform to Retail Prices Index (RPI), published on 25 November 2020. what steps the Government...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to give businesses that borrowed under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme the option to repay their loan over a period of up to 10 years under...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the coach industry can access the Local Restrictions Support Grant during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the sum of £1,000 was decided on as a measure of one-off financial support for wet pubs that are unable to open due to covid-19...

      Hospitality Industry and Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the second lockdown and tier restrictions on suppliers to pubs, restaurants and other hospitality and tourism...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse is of introducing one-off payments of £1,000 to all wet pubs that are unable to open due to covid-19 restrictions.

      Bowling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial support required by bowling centres due to covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has undertaken an economic impact assessment of the effect of the most recent covid-19 restrictions on pubs that do not serve food;...

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has he made of the merits of introducing a new airside tax-free shopping regime for international visitors at the end of the Brexit...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the remaining £3.8bn ringfenced for the UKs fibre rollout become available in the event that the sector...

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on online harms.

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect of the English covid-19 tiers system on the performing arts sector.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) industry, (b) jobs and (c) the economy in the...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what metrics he uses to measure digital inclusion; and whether those metrics include targets.

      Mass Media: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support to (a) smaller and (b) independent media organisations during...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what further funding will be made available to support small charities affected by the covid-19 outbreak, in addition to the...

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

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

      Youth Investment Fund

      When he plans to allocate the £500 million Youth Investment Fund.

      Football: Coronavirus

      What recent assessment he has made of the effect of tier 3 covid-19 restrictions on Championship football.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letter of 21 October 2020 from the Inequalities in Health Alliance on the need for a cross-Government strategy to reduce health...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to ensure the effectiveness of the Equalities Hub in tackling discrimination and disadvantage resulting from socio-economic...

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department collects data on the effect of the Equality Act 2010 on heterosexual white males.

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many practical driving tests (1) took place, and (2) were postponed or cancelled, (a) in each month in 2020 for which figures are available, and (b)...

    • Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average period of time in days between the booking of each practical driving test and the date of the test in each (1) month in 2020 for which figures...

      Roads: Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposals by Highways England to create wildflower verges on all new large-scale highways projects will take account of differing (1) climatic, (2)...

      Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a bus strategy.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate that Travel Concession Authorities will be able to resume reimbursement of bus operators on the 'no better and no worse off' principle.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide sufficient funding for bus services for the next three years to enable (1) the recovery of service patronage, and (2) the...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for (1) ensuring certainty in the programme for transport infrastructure investment; (2) changing the regional...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Transport and Environment Plug-in hybrids: Is Europe heading for a new dieselgate?, published...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on high street businesses of COVID-19 restrictions in the pre-Christmas period.

    • Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the hospitality sector of COVID-19 restrictions in the pre-Christmas period.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they accredited Greensill to make loans under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; how much has been lent by Greensill through that Scheme so far; and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK students can travel abroad to undertake essential voluntary work under current COVID-19 restrictions provided that they self-isolate upon...

    • Skin Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they collect on the proportion of non-melanoma skin cancer patients who are diagnosed at early stages compared to the number of such patients who...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Health and Social Care has taken to address the level of obesity in socio-economically deprived communities; and...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lift the ban on the pharmaceutical use of pooled plasma from UK donors; and what assessment they have made of the impact of allowing the...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to classify crowding in NHS hospital Emergency Departments as Serious Incidents.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were in inpatient psychiatric wards in England in 2019; and for the breakdown of the total by (1) gender, (2) age, and (3) ethnicity.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the scientific evidence used to inform the guidance requiring dentists to leave a gap of one hour between patients.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the research by Australia’s National Science Agency, published on 7 October, that the COVID-19 virus can...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to prevent COVID-19 infection in immunocompromised people who will not be able to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the length of time the COVID-19 virus can remain on (1) plastic packaging, (2) cardboard packaging, (3) stainless steel surfaces,...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward proposals (1) to improve children’s oral health, and (2) to reduce the number of children admitted to hospital for...

      Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Uighur forced labour was used in the production of personal protective equipment purchased by the UK from Medwell Medical...

      Skin Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) known or (2) suspected non-melanoma skin cancer patients in England who are waiting to be seen by a...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that family members and friends of care home residents will be provided with twice weekly testing to enable them to visit; and whether they...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to care homes to enable such homes to offer twice weekly tests to two visitors for each care home resident.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings of the report by the Alcohol Health Alliance UK Small change: alcohol at pocket money prices, published in November, what steps they are...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 24 November (HL10126), whether the use of the “extreme urgency” provision in Regulation 32(2)(c)...

      HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, whether they plan to make funding available for online HIV self-sampling services in all...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned into the UK's success rate at treating breast cancer compared with other countries, namely in Europe.

      Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh RCSEd responds to cancellation of elective surgery, lack of...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the per capita uptake of NICE approved medicines for treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease in their first year of launch,...

      Blood Transfusions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply and use of blood in transfusions in England; whether the current reduction in...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 2 November (HL9267), which supplier contracted by the Department of Health and Social Care supplied the central...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests in each of the last four weeks; and how this rate was determined.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of running an awareness campaign on the symptoms and wider impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests is regularly determined by inserting samples into the system that cannot...

  • Department for Education

    • Institute of Commonwealth Studies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to refer the University of London’s proposed closure of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to the Office of Students to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Peers: Writs of Summons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many writs of summons were sent to Peers in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020; and how many of those writs were sent to Peers in (a) each...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Rodents: Gough Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue to fund the eradication of invasive mice on Gough Island.

    • Loujain al-Hathloul

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 November (HL10225), what was the response of the government of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi...

      Mohammed Al Fara

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about reports that Mohammed Al Fara is at risk of execution.

      Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the use of capital punishment.

      International Law: Enforcement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they take to enforce international law when they determine that other countries have broken such law.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise (1) digitisation and (2) climate resilience capability building programmes, in their spending on international development.

      Commonwealth: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the overseas aid budget is allocated to Commonwealth countries; and how much each of those countries receives.

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel; and if so, why.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £821 million provided to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November, will be allocated...

      Syria: White Phosphorus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 November (HL10150) whether they will answer the entirety of the question put, namely what...

      Institute of Commonwealth Studies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed closure of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies by the University of London on (1) the UK's...

      China: Bilateral Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral aid China has received from the UK in the form of development assistance since 2015; when this was last reviewed; and when it will next be reviewed.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) political, and (2) security, situation in Libya.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have of the mistreatment of (1) civilian, and (2) military, prisoners, (a) during, and (b) following the conflict between Azerbaijani and...

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the domestic situation in Kenya.

      Eritrea: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the domestic situation in Eritrea.

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the domestic situation in Somalia.

      Costa Rica: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current conditions for tourists in Costa Rica, in particular for eco tourists; and what plans they have to review their...

      Overseas Aid: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the cross-governmental review of official development assistance will take place; how long it will last; which departments will be involved; when it will...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 25 November that they will be “spending the equivalent of 0.5 per cent of our national income...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are prioritising global access to vaccines for poorer countries; what estimate they have made of the number of agreements for early vaccine access which...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Fleet Solid Support Ships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on the Integrated Review of Foreign, Defence, Security and Development policy by the Prime Minister on 19 November (HC Deb, col 495),...

    • Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s ability to communicate with deep sea (1) military, and (2) civilian, vessels in the event of a total satellite...

      Ministery of Defence: Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sites of special scientific interest are on the defence estate; how much land those sites cover; and how many such sites are in a favourable condition.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Post Office Card Account

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what options are available to individuals in receipt of a state pension or benefits who do not wish to open a bank account after the Post Office Card Account...

    • Post Office Card Account

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought to renew their current contract with the Post Office to provide accounts for the payment of state pensions and benefits at a lower price.

      Post Office Card Account: Pensioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they conducted with pensioner organisations regarding the decision not to renew their contract with the Post Office to provide accounts for the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) advice they intend to provide to, and (2) advisory service they intend to set up for, those (a) people, (b) enterprises, and (c) organisations,...

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to trial a protocol-type Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) advisory service as a part of the piloting of ELMS.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place (1) to prevent, and (2) to minimise the impact of, any environmental governance gap after 31 December.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why volunteers at refugee camps in (1) Penally, and (3) Folkestone, are required to sign confidentiality agreements stating that they will not disclose the living...

    • Asylum: Albania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied Albanian children have been granted discretionary leave to remain in each of the last three years.

      Asylum: Albania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied Albanian children have claimed asylum in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Slavery: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the head of the Single Competent Authority established under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 took up their post.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what checks will be required at Northern Ireland ports to comply with the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021.

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the passage of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland which are not then transported to Ireland will not be...

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what fiscal conditions need to be met to allow the UK's official development assistance to return to 0.7 per cent of gross national income.

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the 24 month timescale for support provided to companies sending goods to Northern Ireland, in the event it proves insufficient.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to consult on the operation of the Electronic Communications Code.

    • Computer Software: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address regulatory concerns in relation to the fees levied on application developers by major technology platforms.

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