Written answers

Friday, 18 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Denton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ask Network Rail to remove the graffiti from the parapet of the Windmill Lane railway bridge in Denton, first reported to them by the hon....

    • Transport: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has he made of the effect on transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 of the introduction of biofuels in the (a) automotive...

      Off-payroll Working: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to IR35 tax status on the shortage of HGV drivers.

      Buses: Renewable Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of buses in regular operation are powered solely by renewable fuels.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the On-Street Residential Scheme continues to be available; and whether (a) Stoke-on-Trent City Council and (b) Staffordshire County Council...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to introduce (a) programmes for people to retrain as qualified HGV drivers and (b) other schemes to tackle the shortage of...

      Railway Network

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

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the UK maritime industry on his Department's support for clean maritime.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the outcome of its consultation on Electric Vehicle Charging in Residential and Non-residential Buildings that...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to amend the Air Navigation Directions 2017 to require the Civil Aviation Authority when considering airspace change proposals to...

      Aviation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he is having with stakeholders on EU Aviation Safety Agency regulations and licensing; and how he plans to communicate those...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Disinfectants: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that disinfectant products sold on the market (a) meet the highest clinical standards...

    • Infrastructure: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of green infrastructure projects in Merseyside.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking with Ofgem to help consumers save money on their energy bills.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what UK mechanism will replace the EU Enforcement Database on 1 January 2021.

      Clothing and Textiles: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on bringing forward legislative proposals on textile and garment adjudication...

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what mechanism will replace the Rapid Alert System for dangerous goods on 1 January 2021.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much financial support has been provided to the hospitality sector in (a) tier 1, (b) tier 2 and (c) tier 3 local...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Minister for Business and Industry’s appointment as Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure gender equality in the COP26 leadership team and (b) facilitate women’s...

      Future Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how long on average Future Fund applications have taken to process.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to (a) tackle the payment of illegal wages to workers in parts of Leicester’s...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what legal steps his Department has taken to (a) compensate workers and (b) ensure minimum wage compliance following...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the evidential basis was for setting capacity at 15 for wedding receptions in covid-19 tier 1 and 2 areas.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the appropriateness of the eight week notice period mothers on maternity leave must...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether mothers returning from maternity leave before the 31 Oct 2020 and were made redundant due to the original end...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the accrual of annual leave by mothers on maternity...

      Public Houses and Restaurants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish details of his Department’s support for pubs and restaurants in areas under tier 3 covid-19...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help protect workers' rights after the end of the transition period.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of financial support available to pubs that do not...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the level of financial support available...

      Casinos: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the effect of section...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the letter on Climate Assembly UK he received from six select committee Chairs dated 10 September...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the UK's role is in the production consortium on green hydrogen.

      Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of facilitating biodiversity net gain for energy projects...

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to change its 2.4 per cent of GDP R&D spending target in response to falling GDP.

      Association of Medical Research Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2020 to Question 121276, whether he has reached an agreed approach with the...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce legislative proposals to require all households to have smart meters by June 2021.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the three-month expiry date on the Green House Grant...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will permit hospitality businesses in areas with tier 3 covid-19 restrictions to operate with the same restrictions as those in...

    • Hymen Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Lord Bethell's answer in the other place of 23 January 2020, Official report volume 801, column 1154, further to what...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department made of the effect of cultural sensitivities on the implementation of covid-19 restrictions on days of (a)...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the use of (a) seclusion and (b) restraint when applied inappropriately in locked mental...

      Coronavirus: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 20 October to Question 102756, what proportion of businesses within the hospitality sector meet SAGE standards for...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of permitting tier 3 residents to travel to non-social commercial and business...

      Mental Health: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commission and publish data on annual surveys on public attitudes towards mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 tier restrictions on the number of people who can attend community lunches during...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support his Department is providing to people living with cystic fibrosis during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of how much additional funding the NHS will need in 2021 to respond to the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what fiscal steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for the NHS over winter 2020-21.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have had treatment for non-covid-related conditions delayed in the last 12 months.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support adults with long-term (a) physical and (b) mental health problems as a result of (a) covid-19...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in each of the last five years.

      Urology, Neurology and Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when hospitals will resume face-to-face consultations within urology, neurology and dermatology departments during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance has been issued to hospitals on discharging covid-19 positive patients back home who live with another vulnerable person.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on and (b) assessment he has made of the potential merits of devolving Public...

      Joint Biosecurity Centre: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department included key performance indicators in its contracts with (a) Deloitte and (b) Boston Consulting Group for those...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average time taken for care homes to receive covid-19 test results in (a) Sefton, (b) North West...

      DNACPR Decisions: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of how many Do Not Attempt CPR forms unlawfully applied to the files of older care home residents between...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to the pupil premium to cover a potential increase in the number of pupils becoming...

    • Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of experienced supply teachers in the last eight months.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on students of delaying the release of the examination topics list to the end of January 2021.

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that students continue to benefit from the Holocaust Educational Trust’s, Lessons from Auschwitz...

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Expert Group established to look at how to make 2021 exams fair includes representatives of (a) school leaders, (b) parents, (c) teachers...

      Schools: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops the Government planned to provide to schools in Tower Hamlets (a) prior to 23 October 2020 and (b) after 26 October 2020.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times on average pupils in (a) Bolton, (b) Wigan, (c) the county of Cornwall and (d) Greater London were sent home from school due to...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he will provide to BTEC students (a) sitting examinations over winter 2020-21 and (b) more generally during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Confucius Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on the potential (a) merits and (b)...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish guidance for universities on covid-19 testing at the end of the spring 2021 term.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle bullying of (a) LGBT and (b) other students in schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wakefield Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost per prisoner was of operating HMP Wakefield in (a) the 2019-20 financial year and (b) the 2020 financial year to date.

    • Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what data his Department collects on the practice of (a) handcuffing and (b) restraining children in the criminal justice system.

      Criminal Proceedings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings in the report entitled, The impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to any published criteria or guidance including, but not limited to, the Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2020 and Practice...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to tackle delays in court proceedings in the criminal justice system.

  • Treasury

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to provide the English Language Teaching sector with (a) tourism sector status or (b) business rates relief during the covid-19 pandemic.

    • Business: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide further financial support to business in Greater London required to close under covid-19 tier 3 restrictions.

      Free Zones: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to prevent (a) organised criminal activity, (b) money laundering, (c) smuggling, (d) illegal immigration and (e) other illicit activity...

      Free Zones: Crime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to publish (a) seizures and (b) other law enforcement statistics relating to free ports on an annual basis.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what long term support he plans to make available to women who leave the workforce to (a) have children and (b) carry out other caring duties.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adopting a four-day working week.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that customs controls are proportionate to the volume and risk of activities in Freeports.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate funding to the Department for Work and Pensions to (a) make the £20 uplift to universal credit permanent and (b) extend that...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to allocate funding to maintain the £20 per week uplift to universal credit beyond spring 2021.

      Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing free access to (a) tampons and (b) sanitary pads in England.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a universal basic income.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2020 to Question 114262 on Coronavirus Job Retention Incentive, what discussions he has had with (a) trade unions (b)...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what UK system will replace the EU’s Anti-Counterfeit and Anti-Piracy System on 1 January 2021.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on confidence among high street businesses and shoppers of extending business rates relief for the...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will remove VAT on energy efficient measures retro-fitted to older homes; and what assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the EU on the UK's...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that employees on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are paid the national minimum wage.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) illegal levels of pay, (b) furlough fraud, (c) double record keeping and (d) VAT fraud in Leicester’s garment...

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of IR35 on tax revenue from legitimately self-employed contractors who are unable to secure work.

      Off-payroll Working: Mental Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that all HMRC officials dealing with people affected by IR35 have received mental health first aid training.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing support to newly self-employed individuals who have been ineligible for covid-19 support...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans in place to support sellers who miss the deadline for stamp duty relief as a result of buyers unexpectedly withdrawing from a property...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable employers to reclaim 100 per cent of the cost of a maternity suspension on full pay of a...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Armed Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed armed forces reservists that have been able to access the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

      Loans and Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the banking sector on payment holidays for loans and mortgages.

      Revenue and Customs: Stratford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 29 November 2017 to Question 115096 on Revenue and Customs: Disability, what recent assessment has he made of whether...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the Colombian peace agreement is upheld.

    • China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the news release entitled China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims published on...

      Overseas Aid: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many projects his Department applied for under the Integrated Activity Fund (IAF) in each financial year since 2016-17;...

      Taiwan: World Health Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government supports the Republic of China (Taiwan) becoming a full member of World Health Organisation.

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to end environmental and ecological destruction arising from the production of...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to completely end UK aid to China.

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the operations of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

      Afghanistan: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Afghani counterpart on supporting freedom of the press in that country...

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support freedom of the press in countries listed in the lowest category of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel have been recruited from the British Overseas Territories in each of the last five years.

    • Mali: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Armed Forces of 9 December 2020, Official Report, column 872, what assessment he has...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nitrogen Dioxide: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from industry and power generation are...

    • Nitrogen Dioxide: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from industry and power...

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the (a) use and (b) consumption of alternatives to palm oil by UK (i) businesses and (ii)...

      Environmental Impact Assessment: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is providing support to Lambeth Council to conduct an environmental impact analysis of the River...

      Checmials: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a consultation on decisions made by the UK's independent chemicals regulator that deviate from...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) growth and (b) production of food in the UK for the domestic market.

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to maintain current (a) controls and (b) restrictions on chemicals in the first year of the UK’s...

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2020 to Question 118087 on glass recycling, whether his Department plans to undertake...

      Peat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to ban the import of peat.

      Potatoes: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) other stakeholders on the enabling of...

      Pet Travel Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to implement a grace period before implementation of new rules for pet travel (a) to and (b)...

      Pet Travel Scheme: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals the Government has made to the EU on future pet travel arrangements to address the needs of assistance dog owners.

      Pet Travel Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has plans to streamline the pet travel arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of...

      Pet Travel Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the UK’s applications for listed status under the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

      Veterinary Services: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of transparency in relation to treatment costs in the veterinary industry.

      Pet Travel Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has received information from the EU on the reasoning for its decision to list the UK under part 2 rather than...

      Pet Travel Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there will be changes to rules on pet travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain from 1 January 2021.

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date she plans to publish the child sexual abuse strategy.

    • Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding she has allocated for a temporary asylum accommodation centre in Barton Stacey.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has established an external reference group of experts to review the Government's research on group-based child sexual exploitation.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on the regulatory framework on the registration of small vessels and the...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish her Department's paper on group-based child sexual exploitation.

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is for the Home Office Employers Checking Service to respond to requests by employers for confirmation of an...

      Internet: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle the online sale of illegal weapons in the forthcoming legislation on online harms; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to make funding available for (a) waking watch or (b) other interim measures for...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many additional professionals able to undertake external wall surveys have been trained from 13 October and 1...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the proportion of private landlords using a deposit protection scheme who...

      Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the moratorium on evictions due to the covid-19...

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of facilitating biodiversity net gain on a non-mandatory basis for...

      Housing: Building Alterations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will make an assessment of the efficacy of the rules on permitted development in respect of loft...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of remediation work for buildings deemed not to be fire-safe.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to extend the deadline for the submission of claims forms to the Building Safety Fund for the...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to allocate additional funding to the Building Safety Fund to support leaseholders with the costs of...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Second Report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee: Cladding: progress of...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the delivery of funding to support the remediation of...

      Housing Associations: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has in place to support housing associations in retrofitting their older housing stock with energy...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to set zero carbon standards for new housing.

      Building Safety Fund: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make a decision on the application to the Building Safety Fund in respect of the three buildings at...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to criminalise the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to mark remembrance of those who have lost their lives due to the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of (a) enabling expired photo ID to be valid as...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office what reason the use of (a) religious and (b) sporting premises in England certified by Public Health England as...

      Political Parties: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what legislation regulates the establishment of organisations in the UK by overseas political parties.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to strengthen cross-government engagement with local authorities on implementing the...

      Killingholme Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the volume of goods processed at Killingholme port in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Cheese: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the full details of the licensing procedures for UK-Canada cheese exports as agreed under the UK-Canada Trade Continuity...

    • Food: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what methodology her Department used to calculate the Tariff Rate Quotas that the UK will apply after 31 December 2020 to imports of (a)...

      Eggs: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to research published by Wageningen University in its report The Competitiveness of the UK Egg Sector, an international...

      Eggs: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to reduce or remove any tariffs in the egg industry for non-EU countries in 2021.

      Sustainable Development: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government will honour its commitment in the joint interpretive instrument in the UK-Canada trade agreement to review the...

      Drugs: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had, as part of trade negotiations, with her New Zealand counterpart on pharmaceutical patent extensions; and if...

      Postal Services: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the UK-Japan Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, what assessment she has made of the implications of that agreement for...

      Palm Oil: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of banning the import of palm oil into the UK.

      Data Protection: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the exemptions for public procurement in (a) Article 8.84 3(a), (b) Article 8.85 3(a), (c) Article 8.73 3(a), (d) Article 8.73 3(b)...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department has had with the transition team for President-Elect Joseph Biden on a future trade deal between the UK and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Markets Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish the full powers that will be awarded to the new Digital Markets Unit.

    • Digital Technology: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of support sessions that have been provided by the Digital Boost Platform since April 2020.

      Pornography: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of children’s exposure to commercial pornographic material and...

      Motor Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is available to speedway venues under the Sports Winter Survival Package.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways and Roads: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the funding allocation in the 2020 Spending Review for (1) enhancements and (2) new works, in the next five years for (a) Network Rail, (b) HS2, and c)...

    • Motorways: Publicity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a campaign to improve levels of public understanding of smart motorway rules.

      M6: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the speed limit on the M6 motorway northbound from junction 21A to 26 is 60mph while the same stretch southbound is 50mph.

      Department for Transport: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have reduced Network Rail’s enhancement budget for the current five year Control Period whilst increasing spending on trunk road schemes; and...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which rail upgrade projects will be (1) cancelled, and (2) reduced in scope, as a result of the reduction in the five year rail enhancements budget.

      Bicycles: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult on raising the penalties for cyclists and delivery drivers using heavyweight electric bicycles who (1) ride on the pavement, and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton 9 October (HL8505), what procedure was used to change the location of the Chiltern Tunnel North...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Transport and Works Act 1992 Order can be used to grant a tunnel at Wendover for HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Bromford

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current estimated cost of the tunnel proposal at Bromford on the HS2 Phase One route; and whether they expect that the Transport and Works Act 1992...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the HS2 Phase One main works contractor for the section of the line past Wendover has produced an assessment of the Wendover Short Mined Tunnel Proposal...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • 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...

    • Respiratory System: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that funding is provided so that the respiratory commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan can be delivered in full.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bethell on 1 December (HL Deb, cols 717–21), what assessment they have made of the life expectancy of people dying from...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of nosocomial infection rates for SARS-COV2 throughout 2020 in (1) England, and (2) the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Confucius Institutes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many branches of the Confucius Institute are active in universities in England; and what plans they have to determine how many universities in England...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many loans were taken out by students aged between 18 and 24 studying for (1) Higher National Certificates, and (2) Higher National Diplomas, for the years (a)...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Education: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the provision of aid for the education of boys and young men overseas is conditional upon the inclusion of teaching on the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to begin negotiations on a fully-revised free trade agreement in the case of each continuity agreement they have reached in preparation for the...

    • Service Industries: Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the objectives of their trade in services strategy are, beyond those regarding exports; and how they plan for those objectives to be delivered through (1)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Disability Aids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Prime Minister on 9 December (HC Deb, col 840), what plans they have to set up a working party to take forward the Turn on the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings from Race on the Agenda's survey, featured in Channel 5's Everyday Racism programme on 25...

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