Written answers

Monday, 21 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to introduce rapid covid-19 testing at all UK airports.

    • Pedestrians: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of journeys undertaken by foot in Wakefield constituency.

      Ports: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has held with representatives of UK ports about upgrading their green infrastructure.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has held with representatives of the maritime industry about that industry's role in contributing towards the UK's Net Zero...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2020 to Question 98870, how many proposed redundancies were indicated on HR1 forms...

    • Buildings: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make a comparative assessment of the ventilation standards in buildings in the UK and (a) the...

      Britishvolt: Blyth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to provide financial support to the planned new Britishvolt factory in Blyth.

      Ports: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to UK ports to deploy the green infrastructure necessary for increasing the...

      Life Sciences: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to promote the UK as a destination for life sciences innovation, in the context of the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve rural communities' access to healthcare in West Sussex.

    • Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on detection and diagnosis rates for atrial fibrillation in England (a) from January to May 2019 and (b)...

      Dental Services: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase the number of NHS dental appointments available in West Yorkshire.

      Smoking: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the smoking cessation rate in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people presented in hospital with ischemic stroke in (a) January, (b) February, (c) March and (d) April 2020.

      Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether latex-free flu vaccines are available; how many have been distributed to (a) GP surgeries and (b) pharmacies in winter 2020; and...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the population who will need to undertake vaccination to ensure a positive effect on...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of issuing Government guidance that clinically vulnerable people should work from...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether consultations of stakeholders conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) may address policy and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations the Government is making with GPs for the distribution of a covid-19 vaccine.

      Mental Health Services: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that mental health providers are able to offer online consultations to patients who need them.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that anti-stigma work on mental health will continue after the closure of Time to Change programme; and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with mortgage providers on automatic movement onto variable rate terms for people...

    • Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to (a) write off tenants' rent arrears and (b) provide financial assistance to help tenants pay rent...

      Planning Permission: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has been made of the potential merits of extending all planning permissions for projects which have...

      Housing: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to promote housebuilding on brownfield land in Stoke-on-Trent.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of high-rise buildings in (a) Kirklees and (b) England have non-ACM cladding.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to include the replacement of wooden balconies in the eligibility criteria for the Building Safety Fund.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what liability exists for surveyors who failed to identify and report building defects that created fire risks in...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of insurance claims made since July 2017 against developers’ insurance for...

      Shared Ownership: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with housing providers who offer shared ownership in buildings where there are outstanding...

      Buildings: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to update the ventilation standards for buildings in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      New Homes Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what date the New Homes Ombudsman will be established and taking on cases.

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have become homeless since March 2020 in (a) Slough and (b) England.

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what date he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on leasehold reform.

      Leasehold

      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 (a) cap increases to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on the implementation of the Female Offender Strategy of the analysis of imprisonment...

    • Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what is the (a) longest, (b) median, and c) seventy-fifth percentile length of time spent in custody on remand for (i) adult females, (ii) adult males,...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Discrimination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints there have been of sexist behaviour in the workplace in HMRC in each of the last five years, by directorate.

    • Google: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Google's reported treatment of Digital Services Tax as a regulatory cost in an email to...

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many debt collection companies HMRC has employed since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government fiscal support for (a) job retention and (b) self-employed people during the...

      Low Incomes: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support people on low incomes in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of suspending the time limit for the repayment of the stamp duty surcharge on second properties...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of how much and what proportion of covid-related rates relief returned by UK supermarkets will be allocated to the...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Stamp Duty holiday, to (a) mitigate the effect of logistical delays occurring during...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls to the telephone lines operated for taxation advice by HMRC were abandoned by the caller before reaching an advisor, in each quarter of the...

      Financial Services: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Royal Society's report entitled, Digital Technology and the Planet, published on 3 December 2020, what plans he has to ask the...

      Scotland Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the planned budget is of the (a) Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, (b) Union Unit and (c) Union Taskforce for 2021-22.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he and his Department plans to take to (a) secure details and an explanation for the arrest of Meihong...

    • UNRWA: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made alongside international counterparts to the UN Relief and Works Agency...

      China: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he is taking steps to extend the sanctions list to include senior Chinese Communist Party officials...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to engage with the Chinese Government to end the use of re-education camps in Xinjiang,...

      CDC: Fossil Fuels

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

      Private Infrastructure Development Group: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding the Private Infrastructure Development Group has allocated to fossil fuel projects in each of the...

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help support the healthcare system in Gaza during the covid-19 pandemic.

      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 help tackle the gap in oxygen supply for covid-19 patients in Gaza.

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help support Gaza’s healthcare system during the increase in covid-19...

      Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the economic situation in Gaza.

      Belarus: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) independent media, (b) human rights organisations and (c) community...

      Ukraine: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Ukraine on Russia's attempts to reverse all unilateral...

      Belarus: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on allegations of detained protestors being...

      Developing Countries: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of integrating proposals on sexual and reproductive health in the...

      Syria: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in response to reports by Syrian education NGOs that 44 FCDO-supported schools...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to enable service users of supported accommodation to access employment services.

    • Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's 27 November 2020 policy document Transmission Risk in the Hospitality Sector, what proportion of...

      Jobcentres: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made in hiring additional work coaches in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Kidsgrove.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support homeless people who require a fixed address to access public services.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has issued for businesses in the hospitality sector that wish to improve ventilation within their properties in...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the number of (a) serving and (b) retired police officers who have died by suicide in the last 10 years.

    • Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department is providing to police forces to prevent suicides amongst (a) serving and (b) retired police officers.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to reduce the number of immigration enforcement visits made in error to British citizens.

      Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2020 to Question 120898 on Heathrow Airport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the...

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on resettling refugee families under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme; and how many people she plans to...

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will suspend the in-person reporting of migrants to immigration reporting centres (a) in the event of a national lockdowns and (b)...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to remove foreign national offenders from (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Kidsgrove.

      Asylum: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylums seekers have been waiting for a decision on their case for more than (a) six months and (b) twelve months within (i)...

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential barriers to restarting the UK's refugee resettlement scheme.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a breakdown of immigration enforcement visit statistics for the last 12 months by (a) location, (b) nationality, (c)...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have newly attained Academy status since 16 March 2020.

    • GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that the GCSE exams are (a) fair and (b) accessible to students in 2021 in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of Kickstart Money’s live virtual financial education sessions delivered...

      Further Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Government's (a) planned and (b) actual expenditure on 16 to 19 education provision was in each of the last five years in (i) Coventry, (ii)...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, since the Spending Review 2020, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor on a potential pay-rise for teachers in college, primary and secondary...

      Universities: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support and encourage diversity of thought amongst academics in UK universities.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the staggered return of students to universities after the Christmas 2020 break on learning for...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department in ensuring equity in the opening up of sport (a) venues...

    • Kidsgrove Sports Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help Kidsgrove Sports Centre to reopen.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is available for vulnerable gamblers to protect them from excessive online gambling during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Gambling: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many times he or his officials have had discussions with (a) the Department of Health and Social Care and (b) HM Treasury...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department is providing to spectator sports during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Ericsson: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Ericsson on production capacity in the UK for the roll-out of 5G.

      Nokia: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Nokia on production capacity in the UK for the roll-out of 5G.

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycleways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Transport and Infrastructure has had direct communication with since March about the...

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their strategy for the recovery of the aviation sector.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place with ministers from Her Majesty's Treasury since 1 July about the introduction (1) of flexible season tickets, and (2) single leg...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • National Security and Investment Bill 2019-21

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which transactions will be called in for scrutiny from the 17 sectors listed in the proposed National Security and Investment Bill.

    • Climate Change Convention: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) UK Leadership Team includes at least 50 per cent women.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Figure 2.3. on page 16 of the Updated energy and emissions projection 2019, published on 30 October, what steps (1) they have taken, and (2) they plan...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to mark International Stammering Awareness Day on 22 October, and (2) to develop technology across the NHS which ensures equal access to...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with independent apprenticeship providers about improving the quality of apprenticeship training.

    • Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 18 to 24 year olds started a course at (1) Level 4 and (2) Level 5, qualification level in each year from 2010 until 2019.

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the mental health of pupils of their update to the guidance on remote education expectations advising that teachers...

      STEM Subjects: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that secondary school teacher recruitment meets targets in all STEM subjects.

      Disinformation: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incorporate content into the national curriculum to support educators to counter conspiracy theories.

      Education: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate access to education for the children of people entering the UK under the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether all guidance provided by the PHSE Association to schools, including the resources produced by other organisations...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial sustainability of the further education and skills sector.

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of report by the Incorporated Society of Musicians The heart of the school is missing, published on 6 December; and what plans...

      Secondary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce (1) minimum, and (2) average, class size targets for post-16 education providers.

      Immigration: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the review on how immigration (1) status, and (2) restrictions, in particular no recourse to public funds, interact with free school meals and other...

      Hospitality Industry: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include hospitality on the level 3 Lifetime Skills Guarantee qualification list.

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the...

      Mental Health: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of mindfulness teaching in (1) schools, (2) colleges, and (3) universities.

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for the introduction of a new national plan for music education.

      Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total number, and (2) the percentage of schoolchildren in (a) England and (b) Leeds who are currently without home internet...

  • Treasury

    • German Property Group: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about allegations of fraud connected to the Dolphin Trust; what steps they plan to take to safeguard UK investors'...

    • Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 require the amount of employer’s national insurance contributions in relation to an...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting government policies on (1) incomes, (2) unemployment levels, (3) furlough...

      HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence of HSBC Bank from the undue influence of foreign governments.

      Cars: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Our work on motor finance—final findings, published on 1 March 2019, and the decision by the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many retail businesses that have traded throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have offered to repay any business rates relief they have received.

      Credit Unions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the credit union sector in the UK.

      Bank Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those who are unbanked.

      Holyhead Port: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the requirement for trucks from the Republic of Ireland to travel between Holyhead and registration parks in...

      Employees' Contributions: Overseas Residence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens who are resident overseas paid either (1) Class 2, or (2) Class 3, voluntary National Insurance contributions between 2010 and 2020.

      Renewable Energy: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of (1) removing, and (2) reducing the rate to 0 per cent for, VAT on domestic (a) renewable energy...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make further payments to individuals who lost their savings following the collapse of Equitable Life.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 3 December (HL10488) and the exchange of letters between the Bank of England and HM Treasury on the...

      Money: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the (1) use, and (2) circulation, of cash in the UK.

      Fraud: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) scale, and (2) type, of financial scams targeted at people in the UK.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • China and Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that UK businesses undertake supply chain due diligence regarding the reported human rights violations of workers in...

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to the disqualification of four pro-independence opposition lawmakers from the legislative council of Hong Kong.

      China: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify and apply sanctions against any senior officials of the government of China who are found to be responsible for committing...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have yet to ratify Protocol 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; and what reasons any...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, and (2) Hong Kong, about (1) the detention of Joshua Wong in December 2020, and (2) the treatment...

      Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Defense for Children Palestine Isolated & Alone: Palestinian children held in solitary confinement by Israeli...

      Israel: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the Israel Defence Force is using explosives to gain entry into Palestinian...

      Muhammad Munir Moqbel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Muhammad Munir Moqbel was injured during his arrest.

      Palestinians: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to prevent the construction of any illegal settlement infrastructure by the government of Israel on Palestinian territory.

      Embassies: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British embassies have a consular section; what is the remit of a consular section; and whether such sections keep a register of British...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of British citizens who are resident outside of the UK, broken down by country of residence.

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of British citizens who are resident overseas.

      Meihong Wang

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the reported abduction of Meihong Wang by police in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province on 23 November.

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conflict in the Tigray region, including the impact of that conflict on (1) surrounding regions, and (2) access for...

      Tanzania: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the outcome of the general election in Tanzania, and (2) reports that opposition communications were censored during that...

      Ethiopia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support peace and conciliation in the Tigray region.

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the EU is considering withholding aid from the government of Ethiopia until the impact of the conflict in Tigray on...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Human Rights Watch that Azerbaijani forces have inhumanely treated ethnic Armenian troops captured in the...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports from UN refugee camps in Tigray of the forcible return of Eritrean refugees to Eritrea, and (2) whether any such...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of threats to the safety of opposition candidates in elections in Uganda, what assessment they have made of the prospects for conduct of a free...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to assess the effectiveness of the UK's nuclear deterrent; and what assessment, if any, they have made of its efficacy in preventing the...

    • Russia: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood that tensions between Russia and NATO will lead to military confrontation; what plans they have put in place to...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the British Armed Forces were in Syria on the latest date for which figures are available; and what is the mission of such deployment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity: Conferences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role farmers can play in improving biodiversity in their preparations for participation in the Conference on the...

    • Biodiversity: Conferences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to include farming representatives in the UK delegation to the Conference on the Convention on Biodiversity in 2021.

      Water Supply: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans Ofwat has to review its market codes to encourage more companies to switch retailers in the coming year.

      Water Supply: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofwat has calculated the levels of water efficiency savings that were made in the non-household water retail marketplace in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.

      Water Supply: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofwat has fulfilled its role as regulator in promoting the entry of new entrant water retailers into the Non-Household Water Retail market.

      Ofwat: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofwat has met its statutory requirements set out under the resilience clauses in the Water Act 2014.

      Water Supply: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps Ofwat has taken to promote water efficiency in the non-household water retail marketplace.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Digital Technology: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult with trade partners in Africa when developing their position on digital trade at the World Trade Organisation.

    • Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend “everything but arms” access (1) to Ghana, (2) to Cameroon, and (3) to other non-least developed countries in...

      Overseas Trade: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made since the UK–Africa Investment Summit in January in relation to their (1) trade policy for, (2) investment in, (3) exports to,...

      Exports: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any differences between the existing EU agreements and those that the UK has negotiated within the Trade Agreement Continuity programme that...

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