Written answers

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Global Travel Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Global Travel Taskforce is next scheduled to convene to discuss the outstanding recommendations from that Taskforce’s report of 24...

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which commercial aviation routes are being prioritised as part of the Government's plans to support the restart of the aviation sector in response to...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which commercial aviation routes are being prioritised as part of the Government's plans to support the restart of the aviation sector in response to...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is planning to take to support the aerospace sector under his Department's Aviation Recovery Plan.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what engagement his Department of Transport has had with the aerospace industry to identify measures that could (a) safely open up aviation and (b)...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is planning to take to support the aerospace sector under his Department's Aviation Recovery Plan.

      Nitrogen Oxides: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Channel Nitrogen Oxide Emissions Control Order Area on particulate matter emissions in (a) the...

      Aviation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government will take to ensure a green aviation recovery.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that (a) the UK has access to sufficient shipping capacity and (b) capacity is not being withheld to...

      Global Travel Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timescales the Government has for implementing the recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Government's financial support package for coach businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the Government made the decision to close specialist shops classified as non-essential retail and allow...

    • Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with officials from banks on extending the eligibility criteria...

      Billing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's news story, Advice for people struggling to pay essential bills because of...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what alternative methods of financial support are available to businesses who are unable to access support from the...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps (a) he and (b) his Department is taking to increase the number of accredited financial institutions taking...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses in England who have applied unsuccessfully to the...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to encourage banks to allow non-existing customers to access support from the...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of businesses that can access support from the Bounce Back...

      Business: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage people to support local businesses in the run up to Christmas.

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the National Hair and Beauty...

      Oxford University: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the finding of interim analysis of data from Phase III trials that the Oxford covid-19 vaccine is 70...

      Digital Technology: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) his policies, (b) research funding frameworks and (c)...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to recognise the European Commission Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he had has with the Minister for the Cabinet office on proposals for a new UK research funding...

      OneWeb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2020 to Question 83800 on OneWeb and with reference to the Spending Review 2020,...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2020 to Question 124750 on Research: Public Expenditure, whether the Government...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 5.18 of the Spending Review 2020, published in November 2020, CP330, what his Department's...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making with industry on developing the production of hydrogen by electrolysis.

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps she is taking to support the criminal justice system's ability to prosecute perpetrators of coercive and controlling behaviour.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department and NHS England are taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of patients whose treatment has been...

    • Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of referrals for the Gender Identity Development Service; and if he will make a...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have de-transitioned in each year since 2017.

      Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the terms of reference for the independent review into gender identity services for children and young people will include (a)...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to hold a public consultation on a national early years supervised toothbrushing scheme for England.

      General Practitioners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the health impact of missed GP appointments as a result of covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of dentists and dental staff being ineligible for a free flu vaccination on the ability of...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the availability of the flu vaccine by early December.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on oral health inequalities in children; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people living with cancer in Stockport during the second wave of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the projected reduction in cancer diagnoses in 2020 via GP referral...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many out-of-area mental health placements started in each NHS region in each month since March 2020.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the effectiveness of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

      Endometriosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that endometriosis can be detected earlier.

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to expand mental health services in the event of a second national lockdown.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to categorise teaching staff as a priority group for the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's official advice is on covid-19 vaccination for people who are (a) pregnant and (b) lactating.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his definition is of frontline health and social care workers as set out in phase 1 on the Joint Committee on Vaccines...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people providing home care for vulnerable people have been prioritised for covid-19 vaccination in the same tranche as care home...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to ensure that people who are housebound receive a covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including unpaid carers in the same priority group as frontline health...

      Care Homes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to prioritise people in care home settings with learning disabilities for covid-19 vaccination; and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to publish a list of the hospitals that will be prioritised for the first round of covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) parents and (b) carers of clinically vulnerable children will be prioritised for the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy that (a) the elderly and (b) pregnant women will receive the covid-19 vaccine first.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2020 to Question 116658 on coronavirus: vaccination, where in the UK each of the 58 fridges is located.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include people with spinal injuries affecting their ability to breathe within the priority group of people eligible to receive...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to introduce a form of proof for people who have received a covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to prioritise tier 3 areas in the first covid-19 vaccination rollout.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prepare for the roll out of a potential covid-19 vaccine among (a) social care workers, (b) residents of care...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of access to covid-19 vaccines for (a) people with learning disabilities and (b) autistic people, with...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the general population is required to take up a covid-19 vaccination to ensure the effectiveness of that vaccination...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of community pharmacies assisting with the roll-out of covid-19 vaccinations to...

      Coronavirus: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what collaborative scientific research partnerships are ongoing between the UK and Israel to combat covid-19.

      Brain Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of funding for research into brain cancer.

      Blood Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of funding for research into blood cancer.

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research his Department has undertaken to enable the early detection of superspreaders of covid-19.

      Hysteroscopy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2020-21 National Tariff Payment System Annex D: Guidance on best practice tariffs, section 15.2, paragraph 196,...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to (a) reinstate the Quality Outcomes Framework for Epilepsy indicator relating to contraception, conception...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether negotiations have taken place on allowing residents in Northern Ireland to retain access to the European Health Insurance Card...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of allocating funding for a National Diabetes...

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to coordinate with Cabinet colleagues a cross-Government approach to reducing health inequalities as...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for smear test results.

      Respiratory System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance is in place for primary care on the provision of routine care to respiratory patients.

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the availability of the pneumococcal vaccine in (a) Scunthorpe and (b) England.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with bradycardia in the UK in each of the last last three years, by (a) age and (b) gender.

      Protective Clothing: Felixstowe Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to clear the backlog of containers being used to store PPE at the Port of Felixstowe and remove that...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of recommending that schools in (a) Havering and (b) other London boroughs with high number of...

    • Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help safeguard (a) staff and (b) pupils from rising cases of covid-19 infection in schools and colleges.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the evidential basis is for keeping schools open a week before they break up for the Christmas period; and what the basis is for potential...

      Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has assessed the effect of remote schooling during the covid-19 outbreak on levels of student learning.

      Private Education: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure more children from disadvantaged and care backgrounds have access to private school scholarships to...

      LocatED: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department’s property company LocatED’s plans to develop 259 Plaistow Road in Newham, London, how many and what...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the wave 15 announcement from the free schools programme.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment he has made of trends in the number of people (a) expressing an interest in foster parenting and (b) completing the foster...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prison staff and (b) prisoners who have contracted covid-19 during the outbreak have since been identified as having long covid.

    • Prisons: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2020 to Question 106980 on Prisons: Disclosure of Information, what response his Department has received from HMPPS...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he is taking steps taking to include Desecration of War Memorials Bill provisions in the Sentencing Green Paper.

      Special Educational Needs: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many parents have taken local education authorities (LEAs) to appeal at a tribunal against an Education, Care and Health Plan decision in (a)...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation’s 2019/2020 Annual Report: inspections of probation services, published in December...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation’s 2019/2020 Annual Report: inspections of probation services, published in December...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation’s 2019/2020 Annual Report: inspections of probation services, published in December...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2020 to Question 81888 on Courts: Video Conferencing, whether his Department holds data on the number of Cloud...

      Probation: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation’s 2019/2020 Annual Report: inspections of probation services, published in December...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff by (a) court and (b) pay band are employed by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service earn below £24,000 per annum.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the attrition rate of staff at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has been in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of magistrates in (a) Wakefield constituency, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation’s 2019/2020 Annual Report: inspections of probation services, published in December...

      Magistrates: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) age and (b) ethnic diversity of the magistracy of raising the compulsory age of retirement for...

      Magistrates: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of members of the working groups which have shaped the new policy on magistrate recruitment are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic...

      Judiciary: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was in 2019-20 of the (a) recruitment of and (b) induction and initial training for (i) full-time district judges,...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the directorates within HMRC.

    • Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of the data protection impact assessment on the webchat facilities available on HMRC's website.

      Revenue and Customs: Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many days have (a) posts, (b) director-level posts and (c) director-general-level posts been vacant in HMRC in each month of each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Racial Discrimination

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

      Minimum Wage: Non-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have been investigated by HMRC for potential infractions of the National Minimum Wage, in each of the last 10 years.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the (a) total headcount and (b) full-time equivalent staffing of each directorate of HMRC.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates the HMRC Audit and Risk Committee has met since April 2020 24 July 2019; and whether at those meetings the Committee (a) considered the...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates the HMRC Resources and Performance Committee has met since April 2020; and whether at those meetings the Committee (a) considered the...

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff, (b) director-level staff and (c) director-general-level staff have taken up a post in HMRC in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff, (b) director-level staff and (c) director-general-level staff have left a post in HMRC in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to alleviate the humanitarian situation of the Syrian people as a result of...

    • Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia on the alleged inhumane treatment of African and...

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Morocco to secure peace in Western Sahara.

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the mechanisms in the UK-Morocco association agreement to support a...

      Palestinians: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2020 to Question 92026 on Palestinians: Schools, whether the final EU report...

      Palestinians: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Norwegian counterpart on that Government's decision to withhold funding from...

      Palestinians: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his EU counterpart on the EU review into the Palestinian Authority...

      Western Sahara: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) US, (b) Moroccan, (c) Mauritanian and (d) Algerian counterpart on the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Supply: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) discussions his Department has had and (b) preparations have been made with supermarkets on food shortages in the...

    • Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the equity of the distribution of additional costs in the UK food supply chain in the event...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the price of (a) meat, (b) dairy products, (c) eggs, (d) cereals and...

      Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the National Farmers Union on the use of Cruiser SB neonicotinoid dressed seed...

      Agriculture: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the British farming sector of the implementation of tariffs on (a)...

      Plants: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish details of the charge for inspections in respect of EU imported plants after the...

      Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential environmental effect of Cruiser SB neonicotinoid dressed seed on sugar beet in...

      Sheep: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK sheep farming industry of the implementation of tariffs on...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has been made of the potential effect on the UK's food and drink industry of the UK and the...

      Safari Club International: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has received information on the decision by Facebook and Twitter to ban social media platforms financed by Safari...

      Ports: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to employ veterinary surgeons at each of the Border Control Points under the Hull and Goole...

      Plants: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of inspectors required to inspect EU imported plants after the end of...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that uprooted mature trees are replanted.

      River Severn: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to allocate long-term funding to flood defences along the River Severn in response to increased...

      River Severn: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to plan for potential flooding along the River Severn over the Christmas 2020 period.

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 5 November 2020 on Mr Ellis.

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce knife crime in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Kidsgrove.

      Fraud: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of covid-19 related fraud; and what steps she is taking to prevent those offences.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Veterans: Commonwealth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assistance the Government provides to veterans from the Commonwealth at risk of deportation from the UK.

    • Equality: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he will publish her Department's equalities impact assessments on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on...

      Civil Servants: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of civil service jobs based outside London in (a)...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average pay is of civil servants in Wakefield constituency.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the terms of reference of the review of trade impacts modelling with an external panel chaired by Professor Tony...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the role that bingo halls play in combating social isolation and loneliness.

    • 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...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the Government's new Digital Strategy.

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on future funding to support the arts in (a) Coventry and (b)...

      Video Games: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the (a) use of automated bots to bulk purchase new releases of...

      Internet: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2020 to Question 126026 on Digital Technology, how many people over the age of 50 with...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the advertisement of high-polluting vehicles.

    • Tunnels: West Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on their assessment of proposals for (1) the preservation of the Queensbury Tunnel, and (2) the use of that tunnel as...

      Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible (1) technological, and (2) regulatory, solutions available to help prevent the formation of aircraft contrails.

      Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the regulatory framework for climate impact offsetting to account for both the direct and indirect climate impact of aviation.

      Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the climate from indirect warming caused by condensation trails from cruising aircraft.

      Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which regulatory arrangements to limit the impact on the climate of aviation once the transition period for the...

      Northern Transport Acceleration Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to the meeting of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council on 9 December, (1) what was the agenda, (2) who attended the meeting and which bodies...

      Northern Transport Acceleration Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the purpose, (2) the terms of reference, and (3) the annual operating budget, of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council; what staff support this...

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent seafarers' employment contracts from being extended because of COVID-19.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Learning Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with learning disabilities do not face discrimination as a result of restrictions put in place to address the...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect apprentices whose employment has ceased as a consequence of COVID-19.

    • Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the rights of local communities to make decisions on the design and delivery of skills development programmes.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who sets the date for SATS examinations; why the date for such examinations has been set for the week beginning 10 May 2021; what assessment they have made of the...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Confederation of British Industry, and (2) Trades Union Congress, about apprenticeships.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prosecutions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they have put in place to ensure equitable outcomes for prosecutions using the single justice procedure introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Julian Assange

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) HMP Belmarsh, and (2) healthcare providers, about the provision of care for Julian Assange; and what assessment...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • India: Protest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of India's response to the protests against the proposed reforms on the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce;...

    • International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult with (1) civil society, (2) faith groups, and (3) other humanitarian actors, before drafting any legislation to amend the...

      International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including a sunset clause in any legislation amending the International Development (Official Development Assistance...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for the reform of the international aid spending rules set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s...

      Overseas Aid: Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to produce and publish an impact assessment for the proposed reduction in the UK’s spending on official development assistance.

      Lesotho: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Legatum Institute The Legatum Prosperity Index 2020, published on 16 November, that Lesotho is...

      Rwanda: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Legatum Institute The Legatum Prosperity Index 2020, published on 16 November, that Rwanda is...

      Palestinians: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rights of children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child of reports that the Israel Defence Force is conducting...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of demolitions by the government of Israel of Palestinian buildings on the economic prospects for Palestinians; and...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to protect the rights of people living in Hong Kong.

      Sub-saharan Africa: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that countries in sub-Saharan Africa will have equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Sri Lanka about human rights in that country.

      India: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the other permanent members of the UN Security Council about (1) the four letters written by the UN rapporteurs on torture,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the size of the UK Fishery Protection Squadron fleet that will be needed in the event that a trade agreement is not reached with...

    • Biodiversity and Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they prioritise measures to address issues relating to (1) climate change, and (2) biodiversity; whether more priority is given to one over the other; and if...

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to extend the visas of health and care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Asylum: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the UK’s asylum system.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove foreign national offenders from the UK.

      Deportation: Homelessness and Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent on 6 November by homelessness organisations about making homelessness and rough-sleeping a discretionary...

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities about the commencement of their new, consolidated, global resettlement scheme and the resettlement of 5,000...

      Immigration: Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the new Immigration Rules applying from 1 January 2021, including those which make rough sleeping grounds for refusing...

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 22 July (HL Deb, col 2294) and the “pledge to resettle a further 5,000 vulnerable people...

      Asylum: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration An inspection of the Home Office’s use of language...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 3 November (HL9361), what plans they have to provide an update on when the review into the...

      Immigration: Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between the Home Office and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about ensuring that the new...

      Borders: Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increased costs of the digital border system to monitor the movement of people and goods into and out of the UK arising from...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of undocumented people in the UK; and what steps they are taking to ensure that any such people people are tested or...

      Radicalism: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism COVID-19: How hateful extremists...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism’s legal review, announced in June, examining the effectiveness of...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the report by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism Challenging Hateful Extremism, published in October 2019, in the...

      Georgy Bedzhamov

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fraud and corruption charges against Georgy Bedzhamov in the context of his application for British citizenship.

      Syria: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women and children who have been detained in the al-Hol or al-Roj camps at any point since 25 November they (1) have withdrawn, and (2) plan to...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average timescale between information being requested by UK law enforcement agencies from communication service providers in...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual budget required to cover the cost of obtaining information, including IP addresses, from communication service providers in relation to...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for information from the UK police and law enforcement agencies for information from communications service providers are currently outstanding...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which communications service providers charge for information requests, such as IP addresses, from the UK police and law enforcement agencies for use in criminal...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of which communications service providers do not (1) recognise, and (2) accept, the extraterritorial application of the Regulation...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the robustness of (1) checks and balances on, and (2) scrutiny of, directly-elected mayors in England.

    • Society of Antiquaries: Rents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reaching a resolution with the Society of Antiquaries with regard to the rent paid for its premises in Burlington House.

      Travellers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the last six months to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support required by the built environment sector to adapt to the Future Homes Standard.

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the EU to open an office in Northern Ireland; and what kind of presence in Northern Ireland the EU has requested.

    • Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British citizens who are resident overseas and registered to vote with the local authority in which they last lived in the UK are included on the Electoral...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments hold information on British citizens who are resident overseas; and what categories of  information each of those departments hold.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they have awarded this year under the 'extreme urgency' provision of Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 that do...

      Elections: Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legislative framework governing the conduct of election petitions; and what plans they have, if any, to change any such framework.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that future trade agreements with countries in Africa align with (1) the Sustainable Development Goals, and (2) the Paris...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8...

    • Gambling: Credit Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8...

      Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 25 November that their target for the rollout of gigabit broadband to householders in the UK by 2025 has been revised to 85 per...

      Journalism: Public Interest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) promote, (2) encourage, and (3) support, charitable status for public interest journalism.

      Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the technical capabilities of Ofcom to implement the Telecommunications (Security) Bill under the revised powers proposed for...

      5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of when the UK will have a fully functional 5G infrastructure in place.

      Netflix

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Netflix about the inclusion of a disclaimer to explain to viewers of The Crown that the series is fictional.

      Music: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce reciprocal arrangements for musicians from the UK to tour the EU following the end of the transition period for the UK's...

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