Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Arms Length Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on ensuring the effective control of levels of pay in arm's-length bodies connected to his Department.

    • Shipping: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase use of the River Thames as a means of increasing (a) sustainable commerce and (b) transport throughout London.

      Shipping: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Transport for London on improving air quality and lowering congestion in London through improved use of the River Thames.

      Jetties: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) existing jetties on the River Thames are (i) protected and (ii) retained and (b) new jetties are developed...

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Transport for London on the (a) recent decision to reduce expenditure on asset management in the next financial year...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) oversight of and (b) involvement in the rail industry’s Ticketing and Settlement Agreement the Government has.

      Stockport Viaduct: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on the condition of the Stockport rail viaduct.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) accidents and (b) breakdowns on each stretch of smart motorway in each of the last 5 years.

      Stockport Viaduct: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ask Network Rail to set out a timetable for (a) the removal of graffiti, (b) the restoration of the brickwork and (c) the removal of...

      Buses: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial and other support his Department is providing for the roll-out of hydrogen powered buses; and how many of those buses have been (a)...

      Railway Stations: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve access at railway stations for disabled people in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Kidsgrove.

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase rates of pay for UK seafarers working on vessels flying flags of convenience in British waters to at...

      Freight: Felixstowe Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to clear the backlog of containers at the port of Felixstowe.

      Roads: Staffordshire

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

      Blue Badge Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is taking longer to process Blue Badge applications due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pedestrians: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve road safety for pedestrians and (b) tackle pavement parking.

      Highways England: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that Highways England is putting in place plans to reduce air pollution, including with its (a) contractors and (b)...

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential role of maritime decarbonisation in reaching net zero emissions.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 208287 on Railways: Standards, what progress has been made on learning and sharing the lessons...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sharing Economy: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2020 to Question 123620 on Sharing Economy: Industrial Health and Safety, whether...

    • Work Experience: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to update the guidance on unpaid work trials in the Government's Calculating the National Minimum Wage...

      Amazon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect of Amazon's commercial practices on (a) workers’ rights, (b) the...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to update its recommendations on cleaning in workplace settings to reflect updated...

      Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for the publication of Innovate UK delivery plans for (a) 2021, (b) 2022, and 2023.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to reduce delays to postal services.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 7.26 of the Spending Review 2020, how much of the over £1 billion to make further...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK's energy supply will be interrupted in the event of no deal of UK-EU trade relations at the end of the...

      Climate Change Convention: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with (a) schools, (b) university and college students and (c) youth groups on how...

      Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of agricultural land in each Agricultural Land Classification (ACL) category 1 to 5 which has...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on negotiations for an equivalent scheme to replace EHIC cards when they expire on 31 December 2020.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department is having with officials and campaign groups on the prioritisation of people with learning disabilities...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when clinically extremely vulnerable people who are under 70 will be included in England's covid-19 vaccination programme.

      Learning Disability and Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) mental health and (b) learning disability nurses were employed in the NHS in each year from 2010 to 2020.

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) people with learning disabilities and/or autism and (b) other people were held in locked mental...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per month was of his Department's contracts for private sector capacity in each month since 1 June 2020.

      Hospital Beds: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the article in Health Service Journal entitled, Leaks reveal two-thirds of private hospital capacity went unused by...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prioritise the safe resumption of full care home visitation during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to start the pilot scheme to allow family members to visit relatives resident in care homes during the covid-19...

      Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government taking to ensure that (a) NICE and (b) NHS England processes are (i) evaluated and (ii) adapted to assess the...

      Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure timely access to gene therapies for eligible patients.

      Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for gene therapies to reduce the treatment burden on hospital capacity.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital admissions were made due to a concussion as a result of a sporting (a) event or (b) practice in England in each year...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support from the public purse is available for UK medical research charities.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 4 December 2020 to Question 113532 on Hospital Beds, what the hospital bed occupancy rate was as of the most recent...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortion pills were issued by post in the first six months since the introduction of temporary provisions permitting the...

      Brain Tumours: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the National Institute for Health Research has approved only £6 million for brain tumour research this year; and if...

      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 mandatory training material...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to make the NHS Learning Support Fund available in September 2021 for (a) new students and (b) continuing...

      Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of funding from the Infection Control Fund has been allocated to date to support the wages of social care workers who...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 walk-in testing centres were made appointment-only on each day from 15 August to 14 September 2020.

      Workforce Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the annual budget is for the Workforce Development Fund for (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that data protection is maintained in the NHS covid-19 app.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many completed home testing kits for covid-19 were (a) collected at the individual's home by courier and (b) delivered to the nearest...

      Social Services: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve (a) guidance and (b) support for care providers to ensure that full occupational sick pay is paid to...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on ensuring that each person who is in segregation on a ward for people with a learning disability...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of resuming the practice of providing hotel accommodation for NHS and care workers in areas of...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 tests are undertaken using the PCR process; and what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) variation...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government’s announcement of family being able to begin visiting care home residents and guidance to homes on...

      Baby Care Units: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the national standards are for neonatal care in England.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applicants applying for a covid-19 home testing kit via the Coronavirus Testing Call Centre have failed to obtain a test.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of publishing an updated National Carers Strategy.

      Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to expand the use of digital technologies to improve the remote detection of atrial fibrillation as result of...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all contracts (a) advertised and (b) awarded to private companies to supply tests for Operation Moonshot.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the NHS retains control of access to health data for the purpose of (a) research, (b) planning...

      Coronavirus: Gyms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) the Liverpool City Region mayor and (b) Liverpool local authority leaders agreed during their recent discussions with him...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role the (a) Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, (b) Merseyside Resilience Forum and (c) individual local authorities play in...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests have taken place per 100,000 of the population in (a) the Bradford district, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the structure is for making locally-agreed decisions on covid-19 tiering arrangements between the Government and (a) regional...

      Medical Equipment: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to expand the scope of the MedTech Funding Mandate to cover new products not previously included in the (a)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests were carried out via (a) home-testing kits and (b) walk-in or drive-through testing centres in each week from 3...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people who have been diagnosed with covid-19 who have developed long covid...

      NHS Digital: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contractors worked for NHS Digital in the financial year 2019/20.

      Coronavirus: Greater Manchester

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

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths related to drug and alcohol misuse have been recorded since March 2020.

      Public Health: Nitrogen Oxides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the public health impact of increased oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from industrial and...

      Pharmacy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2020 to Question 64351 on Pharmacy: Screening, what the terms of reference are for the evidence-based...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to make out-of-home calorie labelling mandatory, as proposed in his Department's...

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2020 to Question 113045 on Exercise Cygnus, for what reason his Department determined that the...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2020 to Question 81551 on Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups, if his Department will make an assessment of...

      Statins: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that statins are introduced and prescribed to people aged over 75 years old to prevent heart-attacks...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for the long-term use of NHS covid-19 testing capacity when the outbreak is over.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Coronavirus

      To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he plans to take to allow hon. Members to adhere to the Tier 3: Very High Alert Guidance to (a) work from home if possible, (b) avoid travelling outside...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on pilots of mass testing in schools for covid-19.

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the closure of schools in spring 2020 on children’s attainment.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional financial support his Department has allocated to schools in Enfield to support (a) cleanliness and hygiene and (b) the recruitment of...

      Teachers: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for how many days teachers should conduct track and trace after the last physical student day in schools.

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) completed on the correlation between rising covid-19 infection rates and schools; and on...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what resources he has made available to schools which have had to replace teachers who are absent, directly or indirectly due to covid-19.

      GCE A-level and GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish his Department's contingency plans relating to Summer 2021 GCSE and A Level exams.

      National Curriculum Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to modify Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 tests in 2021 to account for the adverse impact of covid-19 on pupils’ learning.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134699 on Religion: Education, whether his Department has a copy of the locally agreed...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in care have been recorded by his Department as being placed in (a) handcuffs and (b) other restraints whilst being transported in...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that universities provide Kosher food options to Jewish students who have been forced to self-isolate due to the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 guidance for early years and childcare providers, whether church-based childcare groups are permitted to resume under...

      Skills Toolkit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money from the public purse has been spent on The Skills Toolkit online learning platform in each year since the beginning of that platform.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff employed by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service have been employed in courts and tribunals in each of the last five years.

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether additional administrative and support staff have been employed in the courts service during the covid-19 outbreak to ensure the safe operation...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether additional remote hearings have been used during the covid-19 outbreak compared with previous periods.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been heard in Nightingale courts; and what proportion of court cases in 2020 in England and Wales those account for.

      Probate: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of HM Courts & Tribunals Service Centres answering Grant of Probate calls from March 2020 on the...

      Courts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June to Question 61493 on Courts: Disability, what data his Department records on the outcomes secured by disabled court...

      Courts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June to Question 61493 on Courts: Disability, how many disabled court users have participated in remote hearings since...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the data used to model the (a) court recovery plan and (b) plan for reducing the court backlog due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2020 to Question 81881 on Courts: Video Conferencing, what data has been collected on the duration of video rather...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of video hearings to (a) HM Courts and Tribunals Service, (b) the Mental Health Tribunal of the NHS and (c) other...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of domestic abuse convictions related to controlling and coercive behaviour in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Government announcement on an end to support for the fossil fuel sector overseas and to the Answer of 18 November 2020 to...

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many times the Government has suspended or revoked an existing Arms Export licence in the last five years; what the grounds were for...

      Digital Technology: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to publish a strategy on trade in digital services.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on levels of food insecurity...

    • Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the gap in oxygen supply for covid-19 patients in Gaza.

      Iraq: Kurds

      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 report by the APPG on the Kurdistan Region...

      Gaza: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of intensive care units in Gaza to treat covid-19 patients.

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support Gaza’s healthcare system during a period of increased cases...

      Occupied Palestinian Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel to help encourage the provision of equitable access...

      Private Infrastructure Development Group: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance the Government has disbursed to the Private Infrastructure Development...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Azerbaijani counterpart on reported human rights abuses against Armenian...

      Private Infrastructure Development Group: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to prevent the Private Infrastructure Development Group from funding fossil fuel projects overseas.

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the Human Rights Watch report into the use of the...

      Indonesia: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle Ahmadi persecution in Indonesia.

      Hong Kong: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that British Nationals Overseas in Hong Kong can contact the British Consulate...

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the geopolitical situation in the South China Sea.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance will be allocated to basic nutrition services during 2021.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress has been made on bring forward proposals to introduce Magnitsky-style laws to punish supporters of...

      China: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of alleged reports from former detainees in Xinjiang...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigations have been conducted by his Department with regard to information leaks over the Overseas Operations Bill.

    • Ministry of Defence: Declassified UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the parent unit was of the military officer referred to in the Government's review of the Defence Communications Directorate’s response to...

      Cobra: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many COBRA meetings regarding the Covid-19 pandemic he attended.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2020 to Question 118587 on Navy, what the current limits of capability to which he refers in his answer are, and...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2020 to Question 118587: Navy, whether the ships announced as part of the spending settlement are included in the...

      HMS Prince of Wales: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126964 on HMS Prince of Wales: Repairs and Maintenance, what estimate he has made of the cost of...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gurkhas are serving in the armed forces.

      HMS Prince of Wales: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126964, when HMS Prince of Wales will be operational again.

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment her Department has made of the risk to family members of people settled in the UK under the Afghan Ex Gratia scheme who remain in...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the suspension of Navy Reservists until April 2021 on (a) the Royal Navy’s...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have become economically inactive since the start of March 2020.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will suspend all benefit debt deductions during the winter months with immediate effect.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many welfare claimants have a 9-month benefit cap grace period due to end in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March 2021.

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of social security benefit claimants required a habitual residence test in each month for which data is available...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of social security benefit claims were closed as a result of the claimant having failed a habitual residence test...

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of telephone-based personal independence payment assessments compared with face-to-face appointments.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of social security benefit claimants were EU nationals in each month for which data is available since February 2018.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to resume face-to-face medical assessments for (a) universal credit and (b) employment support allowance claimants.

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department blocks payments for social security benefit claimants requiring a habitual residence test; and if she will make a statement.

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of Spending Review 2020 on increasing the level of statutory sick pay.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wines: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 54850 on Wine: Imports, what assessment he has made of the (a) financial...

    • Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the (a) UK’s application for listed status under the EU’s pet travel scheme and...

      Landfill: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints have been received by the Environment Agency about landfill sites in the West Midlands in each...

      Walley's Quarry: Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints have been received by the Environment Agency about Walley's Quarry Landfill in...

      Odour Pollution: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Environment Agency changing its methodology for estimating the...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to take steps to provide emergency support for highly skilled migrants with pending indefinite leave to remain...

    • Immigration: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether personal information gathered during a Stop and Search can then be used for immigration enforcement purposes.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral Answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of 18 November 2020, Official Report, column 198WH, on the...

      Refugees: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the process is by which the public can contribute to the statutory review and consultation on safe and legal routes for refugees to...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work-in-progress asylum applications there are as of 10 December 2020.

      Immigration: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police data on individuals with no fixed abode will be used by immigration enforcement officials.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2020 to Question 126060 on Undocumented Migrants: English Channel, how many additional Police...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) that UK borders prevent the transmission into the country of covid-19 and (b) border...

      Refugees: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by which process the public can contribute to the statutory review and consultation on safe and legal routes for refugees.

      Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 8 December 2020 to Question 101987 on Islam, for what reason the reference to undertaking an assessment...

      British Nationals Abroad: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens have returned home since March 2019.

      European Criminal Records Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what UK mechanism will replace the EU European Criminal Records Information System on 1 January 2021.

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what UK mechanism will replace the EU Europol Information System on 1 January 2021.

      Police: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) PCSOs and (c) police staff earning above £24,000 will have their pay frozen in (i) Barnsley...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made on the length of time it will take for family members of people settled in the UK under the Afghan Ex...

      Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish (a) what plans she has to assess the success of Seasonal Agricultural Workers Pilot Scheme due to end in Feb 2021 (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of buildings of three storeys or less which need to undergo an...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Housing of 30 September 2020, Official Report columns 439-40,...

      Housing First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the interim evaluation of the Housing First pilots in (a) Greater...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Question

      What assessment he has made of the potential effect of introducing mandatory voter ID on the Traveller and Roma communities’ ability to vote.

    • Question

      What guidance he has provided to Cabinet colleagues on the timescale for responding to written questions.

      Question

      If he will bring forward proposals to amend Schedule 2, Part 1 of The Census (England) Regulations 2020 to include Welsh as an option to census questions on (a) main language and (b) language...

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to prepare for trade with the EU after the end of the transition period.

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data his Department holds on the total value of Government projects paid through Project Bank Accounts...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to ensure that all new procurements take account of social value.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will undertake a retrospective assessment of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 EU referendum.

      National Security Council: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the National Security Council has met to discuss the covid-19 pandemic; and which Cabinet...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward a new UK Government Debt Management Bill to help ensure debt collection is fair in...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses supplying public bodies that have been deemed to be at...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to enable key workers who will be working over Christmas to take the five day...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure peer review of the methods and independent verification of the results of...

  • Treasury

    • Off-payroll Working: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equality impact assessments his Department has carried out on the effect of the IR35 off-payroll working rules on the BAME community.

    • Off-payroll Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of delaying the implementation of the IR35 off-payroll working rules during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Off-payroll Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the IR35 off-payroll working rules on self-employed contractors during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support the future of self-employment in the UK following the ineligibility of many self-employed individuals for...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on funding for sector specific support for the coach industry.

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure lenders extend the repayment period for Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans from six to 10 years in the event that...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • British Telecom: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking in response to BT Group's reported plans to make 10,000 British workers redundant in the...

    • Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to grow the UK tech sector.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality of responses to his Department's consultation on total restriction of online...

      Digital Technology: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Royal Society's report entitled, Digital Technology and the Planet, published on 3 December 2020, what...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Minister for Digital and Culture's response to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet's Oral Question of 10...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will have discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Transport on support for the coach...

      Bowling: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the World Indoor Bowls Championships can take place on 9 January 2021 in...

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme beyond March 2021;...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a recovery plan for the aviation industry.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sizewell C Power Station: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the data collected, and (2) calculations made, by the Nuclear New Build Generation Company of the lifecycle CO2...

    • Research: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to channel funding for university research that was previously provided by EU funding; whether they intend to devolve all or part of this funding...

      Digital Technology: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on competition of the market dominance of (1) Amazon, (2) Apple, (3) Facebook, (4) Google, and (5) Microsoft; and what...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan (HL9789) on 12 November, who is responsible for collating and acting on information concerning recipients of loans...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 2 December (HL9789), what assessment they have made of the case for publishing the names of those firms...

      Nuclear Reactors: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Nuclear New Build Generation Company and EDF Energy about the possibility of using the site at Wylfa Newydd to construct EPR...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the Lifecycle Assessment of the Carbon Footprint of the proposed Hinkley Point C (HPC) project report, referenced in the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Private Sector: NHS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many operations were conducted by private healthcare providers on behalf of the NHS in (1) March, (2) April, and (3) May; whether any contracts with such...

    • Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the High Court judgment in R (on the application of) Quincy Bell and A -v- Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others [2020] EWHC 3274, issued on 1...

      Brain Cancer: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 25 November (HL9924), what assessment they have made of the rejection of all brain tumour research...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of people who have had a (1) positive, (2) negative, and (3) inconclusive, COVID-19 NHS test result after...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the proportion of people who have had COVID-19 who have presented with (1) a cough, (2) a temperature, (3) a loss of...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they adjust their estimates of the number of COVID-19 infections to reflect the number of false positive test results.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have held discussions with private sector providers about the delivery of plans for same day mass testing for COVID-19 in England; and, if so,...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff from (1) Deloitte, (2) the Boston Consulting Group, and (3) McKinsey, are currently employed within their COVID-19 testing system; and what...

      Coronavirus: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the COVID-19 home test kit system is not available to postcodes in (1) Sutherland, (2) Caithness, (3) Ross and Skye, (4) Lochaber, (5) Badenoch, (6) Argyll and...

      Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in gambling treatment and support services.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the NHS in (1) legal fees, and (2) negligence costs, in each of the last two years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce conditional fee arrangements for defence lawyers in clinical negligence cases; and what assessment they have made of the impact...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce (1) fixed, and (2) capped, costs for defendant lawyers in clinical negligence cases up to £25,000 to deter any so-called...

      Pregnancy: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the impact of the COVID-19 (1) virus, and (2) vaccines, on the development of embryos in the (a) first, (b) second, and (c)...

      Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take action against companies who are advertising puberty blocking drugs online.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funeral workers with access to Test and Trace risk assessments by Tier One contract tracers.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the COVID-19 planned for use vaccines prevent those vaccinated from transmitting the disease.

      Lithium Carbonate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Priadel lithium tablets continue to be supplied to patients in the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Counselling and Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional emergency funding for student counselling and wellbeing services.

    • Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of (1) essay mills, and (2) contract cheating, by students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      German Academic Exchange Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support for the teaching and learning of German in British universities of the German Academic Exchange Service programmes...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Turkey and Mexico

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to communicate with interested UK parties in the event of trade deals not being reached with (1) Turkey, and (2) Mexico, by 31 December 2020.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 22 October of a £100 million package of support for public leisure services, whether this fund can be used to support...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 3 December (HL10515), what assessment they have made of the extent of the transfer of funding through the New...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the use of section 106 agreements to deliver affordable housing.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local authority resources of the proposals included in their White Paper Planning for the future, published on...

      Construction: Warranties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of warranties on construction projects.

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 3 December (HL10511), whether they will now answer the question put, namely which local planning authorities...

      Vagrancy Act 1824

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the campaign by Crisis to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.

      Parish Councils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided specifically to parish and town councils during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage people to stand for election to parish and town councils in May 2021; and what financial support they are providing (1) to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 3 December (HL10512), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what proposals they have...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Home Secretary at the Conservative Party Conference on 4 October, what assessment they have made of the actions of "do-gooders"...

    • Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were deported to Jamaica from the UK on 2 December; how many people who were due to be deported on that same flight were not; and why any such...

      British Nationality: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been received for hereditary British citizenship from Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Status holders.

      Immigrants: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that sharing the immigration status of a migrant victim of domestic abuse with the Home Office may have on (1) a...

      Immigrants: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend (1) to extend the duration, and (2) to increase the budget, of the Support for Migrant Victims Scheme pilot, in the event that demand outstrips...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Public Sector Equality Duty assessment of hostile environment policies,...

      Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations in Jamaica co-operated with UK authorities to provide support to those deported to Jamaica from the UK on 2 December.

      Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Global City Policing Stop and Search in London: July to September 2020, published in November,...

      Stop and Search: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Global City Policing Stop and Search in London: July to September 2020, published in November;...

      Employment: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is being given to employers to avoid racial discrimination when verifying employees' eligibility to work; and what redress is available to people who...

      Undercover Policing Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Undercover Policing Inquiry to make its final report; what has been the cost of that inquiry to date; and what the final cost of that inquiry...

  • Scotland Office

    • Self-determination of States: Shetland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have received from the Shetland Islands Council about exploring options for achieving financial and political self-determination; and what...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether anyone representing (1) the Northern Ireland Office, or (2) the Ministry of Defence, attended the meeting at Lambeth Palace on 2 November to discuss the...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recruit civil servants to work in the Northern Ireland Office based on Irish nationality.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to protect consumers’ access to cash; and if so, when.

    • Duty Free Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the economic impact of the loss of duty-free sales on (1) Belfast International Airport, (2) Stansted Airport, (3) Manchester...

      Duty Free Allowances: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that airports in Northern Ireland are treated equivalently to airports in Great Britain in relation to duty-free tax rules for...

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on job losses of changes to the duty-free regime for travellers from outside the EU.

      Construction: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Government Construction Strategy 2016–20, published in March 2016, whether they are on...

      Financial Services: UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about equivalence recognition for UK-based financial services companies after 31 December.

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