Written answers

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Global Travel Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescales are for implementing the recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce, published on 24 November 2020.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Aircraft: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to encourage the decommissioning of older aircraft.

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to implement recommendation 13b in Annex G of the Digital Market’s Taskforce’s report...

      Intellectual Property: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of raising the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Small Claims...

      Intellectual Property: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing an online system to submit claims to the...

      Intellectual Property: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Justice on the publication of judgments from the...

      Retail Trade: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications of Amazon's decision to pass the Digital Services Tax onto its...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the recommendations on regional innovation made in the Core Cities UK Universities...

      Employment: Fathers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that expectant fathers may attend all antenatal appointments.

      Manufacturing Industries: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Made Smarter scheme has been rolled-out across the country.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the real terms increase in household energy bills since 2010.

      Iron and Steel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what fiscal steps he is taking to support the recovery of steel supply chains affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the supply of the Pfizer vaccine in the event that the transition period...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make an assessment of the merits of the UK Miners Pension Scheme provision that 50 per cent of any...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using anti-viral face masks in the NHS and social care settings.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to add the opening of windows as a fourth element to the hands, face, space public messaging formula for...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department the effect of far-field aerosol transmission of covid-19 in venues that have ventilation levels of 10...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the supporting evidence base is for each measure set out in the consultation on an online advertising ban for foods high in fat,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to assess the effectiveness of covid-19 vaccines in immunocompromised people post-vaccination.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to increase public awareness of the risks of chewing (a) tobacco and (b) paan among the Indian community.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to tackle funding deficit between the hourly costs of delivering a funded childcare place for a two-year-old and the rate paid to...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average monthly cost was of a childcare place in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each year since 2010.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help support an increase in the number of early-years childcare providers in England.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department issues on nutrition in packed lunches.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Divorce: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to promote access to early legal advice for divorcing couples.

    • Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations from its report of June 2020, Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bangladeshi counterpart on the relocation of Rohingya refugees to the...

    • Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government of Bangladesh works with (a) the UN and (b) international...

      Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that his Department promotes the right to peaceful protest to the...

      Academic Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support UK academics’ freedom and security overseas.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2020 to Question 114936 on Kickstart Scheme: Ethnic Groups, what steps her department i taking to help...

    • Food Banks: Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that all parents have access to infant formula at food banks.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of flood defences in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England.

    • Food: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the grace periods for food safety checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK for supermarkets...

      Rivers: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the proportion of untreated sewage that flows into rivers and streams.

      Food: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the unresolved UK-EU trade negotiations on the quantity and variety of food to...

      Inland Waterways: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support local community organisations that aim to clean inland waters.

      Marine Environment: Explosions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of explosions on the sea floor on the (a) health and (b) quality of...

      Pet Travel Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether cats, dogs or ferrets being moved for non-commercial purposes from Northern Ireland to Great Britain will require a...

      Inland Waterways: Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of inland waters in (a) Huddersfield, (b) Kirklees and (c) England are safe for (a) wild swimming and (b)...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2020 to Question 110165, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet...

      Inshore Fishing: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on his approval of the Sussex IFCA by-laws; what his timeframe is for that approval; and if he...

      Livestock: Balloons and Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a follow-up independent study of the research undertaken in...

      Agricultural Products: Import Duties

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

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that food standards are maintained after the transition period.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the average age of covid-19 deaths compared to average UK life expectancy.

    • Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will introduce a quarterly report on gross domestic wellbeing as proposed by the CarnegieUK Trust in its...

      Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 33 of The Northern Ireland Protocol, CP346, published on 10 December 2020, which...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help protect the UK from emerging cyber security threats.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2020 to Question 91998 on Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees, what status the listed projects have...

    • Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many fossil fuel projects UK Export Finance (a) is currently considering for support or (b) has been asked to consider for support in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Showmen's Guild of Great Britain: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allocating financial support to members of the Scottish Section...

    • Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on delivering support for the culture and heritage sector through the Culture Recovery Fund.

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many broadband cabinets in Wales are not enabled for fibre or their locations.

      Broadband: Dwyfor Meirionnydd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many broadband cabinets in the constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd are not enabled for fibre or their locations.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the National Lottery age limit increase to 18 will not take effect until April 2021 for online play and...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support businesses in the events and conference sector which have been affected by the covid-19...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Gambling Commission has made of the number of Commission-licensed operators that operate in the UK and are...

  • Department for Transport

    • Holyhead Port: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that there will be additional lorries arriving at the Port of Holyhead from 1 January 2021; and where they plan for any additional lorries...

    • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 November (HL10065), what stage the project to reinstate the railway between Colne and Skipton had...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Gender Recognition: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) pressure from activist groups, and (2) decisions not to allow academics to speak at universities, on the amount...

    • Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing criminal provisions for intentional unregistered design infringement.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to the UK in the event of the UK's departure from the EU without a deal.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of plans to test whether the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines can be combined successfully.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many doses of the Sputnik V vaccine they (1) have purchased, or (2) are planning to purchase, in the event that tests show that the Oxford/AstraZeneca and...

      Business and Employment: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) maintain jobs, and (2) support businesses, after the end of the transition period following the UK's departure from the EU.

      Climate Change Convention: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 6 August (HL7322), what progress they have made on the travel plan for COP26; and what plans...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of heat pumps being installed in homes.

      Housing: Heating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Heat and Buildings Strategy.

      Tidal Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the stimulation of the development of tidal power.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a suspect, accompanied by police officers, was required to wait three hours for treatment at Gloucester Royal...

    • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients awaiting transfer to wards have died in (1) corridors, (2) nurses’ stations, and (3) cubicles, at Gloucester Royal Hospital in the last six...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bethell on 1 December (HL Deb, cols 717–21), how many hospitals have no spare bed capacity; and how many beds are...

      General Practitioners: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what percentage of the adult population, and (2) how many adults, in England are registered with a general practitioner.

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the clearance board put in place by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office to approve contracts for personal...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits of including blood donors in the priority groups of those to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 1 December (HL10548), what representations they have received about the inexperience of personal protective...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of (1) syringes, (2) vials, and (3) other medical equipment required for a national COVID-19 vaccination programme they have (a) purchased, and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the priority that should be given to making a COVID-19 vaccine available to people with diabetes.

      Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: Road Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to prevent ambulances from being unable to access Gloucester Royal Hospital Accident and Emergency Department due to...

  • Department for Education

    • Educational Institutions: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that education inspection bodies focus on skills provision when inspecting education providers.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the Department for Education report Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers and COVID-19, published on 26...

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce digital skills programmes targeted at unemployed elderly people.

      Department for Education: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking further to the findings in the report by the Information Commissioner's Office Department for Education: Data protection audit report,...

      Disability and Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they plan to provide to children with disabilities and special educational needs who are isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Teachers: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase recruitment of (1) Black, (2) Asian, and (3) other ethnic minority, teachers.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the use of restorative practice, and (2) prioritising conflict resolution over punishment in schools, to reduce the...

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Ofsted COVID-19 series: briefing on early years, October 2020, published on 10 November, what plans they have to support...

      GCE A-level and GCSE: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will comprise the membership of the expert group that will advise the Secretary of State for Education on arrangements for GCSE and A level examinations in 2021.

      Secondary Education: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the wearing of face masks in secondary schools.

      Teachers: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the mental health and wellbeing of teachers.

      Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of road congestion resulting from disruption linked to the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases were outstanding (1) in the Crown Court of England and Wales, and (2) in the magistrates’ courts, in each month of 2020.

    • Juries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the average wait time between charge and sentence for crimes tried by jury was (1) in each year from 2008 to 2019, and (2) in each month of 2020.

      Crown Court: Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trials have been completed in the Crown Court of England and Wales in each month of 2020.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours each of the 'Nightingale Courts' have been (1) open, and (2) sitting for court business, in each month since July.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been heard to date in each of the 'Nightingale Courts'.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 28 January (HL435), how they calculated the 13.6 per cent of UK Official Development Assistance spent on...

    • Special Envoy for Girls' Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the role of Special Envoy on Girls Education; and, if so, when will that be announced.

      Lebanon: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to the government of Lebanon following the explosion in Beirut on 4 August.

      Xinjiang: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Uighur forced labour is being used in Xinjiang for the production of cotton for garments sold...

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by UN Human Rights special rapporteurs to the government of Iran on 3 September about the alleged...

      Kameel Ahmady

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Kameel Ahmady being sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on 13 December; and what assessment they have made of the impact...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the statement by UN Special Rapporteurs on the execution of Ruhollah Zam, published on 14 December; what assessment...

      Nagorno Karabakh: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that two men were beheaded in the Nagorno-Karabakh region by men in the uniform of Azerbaijani armed forces;...

      Hong Kong: HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that HSBC has frozen the bank accounts of (1) the Good Neighbourhood North District Church in Hong Kong, and (2) its...

      Syria: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of arrests by Faylaq Al-Sham of people in Yazidi villages near Afrin in northwest Syria on 4 December; what assessment...

      Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the government of the United States' special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat...

      Jerusalem: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of a historic stairway which leads to Al-Aqsa Mosque by the...

      Taiwan: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to coordinate international partners to support Taiwan's sovereignty.

      China: HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between HSBC Bank and the Chinese Communist Party.

      Hong Kong: HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to HSBC Bank following that bank's suspension of the bank accounts of pro-democracy campaigners from Hong Kong.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about (1) their decision to designate the Yemeni Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist...

      Yemen: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification’s assessment of the Food Insecurity Situation in Yemen that (1) 16,500...

      Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the re-designation of Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern by the government of the United States; and whether they intend...

      Ethiopia: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about reports that it has refused the offer of international co-operation in investigating the...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of (1) the economic and (2) the political, situation in Zimbabwe.

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of (1) the economic and (2) the political, situation in Venezuela.

      Venezuela: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the statement by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 6 December (1) that they do not recognise the result of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to address any shortfall in funding for the World Health Organization-led Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, and (2) to ensure...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning and Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 8 December (HL11055), what DAC codes are used to calculate all the listed annually estimated FCDO spending.

      Hong Kong: HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with HSBC Bank about the freezing of the bank accounts of pro-democracy campaigners from Hong Kong; what assessment they have made...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the incoming US presidential administration about the future of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about (1) the reported killing of a Palestinian child near Ramallah on 4 December, and (2) reports...

      Burundi: Economic Situation

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

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the indirect impact on the climate of RAF flights from the formation of aircraft contrails.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in social benefits in England and Wales in the last five years for which records are available.

    • Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate any link between the ‘two-child limit’ restricting the amount that families can receive in social security benefits...

      Covid Winter Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department for Work and Pensions will use the information it collects from councils on the implementation of the Winter Grant Scheme to inform future...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each company pension scheme which has been put into the Pension Protection Fund since 2015, what was (1) the amount of liability on transfer, and (2) the...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which company pension schemes have been put into the Pension Protection Fund since 2015; and when were each of these schemes transferred to the Pension Protection Fund.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Batteries: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation comparable with the proposal by the European Commission to establish a circular economy for all batteries...

    • Environment Protection: River Lugg

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of ecological damage to the banks of the River Lugg; and what plans they have to prevent similar events occurring...

      Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Ofwat is allowing SME customers in the English water retail market to be charged in advance.

      Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures Ofwat has taken to enable new entrants to the English water retail market to meet their credit support requirements.

      Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits the English water retail market has delivered for SMEs; and how many SMEs switched retailers in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.

      Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the The State of the Planet address by the United Nations Secretary-General at Columbia University on 2 December.

      Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures Ofwat has taken to increase competition in the non-household retail marketplace.

      Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Parent Company Guarantees by water wholesalers to their associated retailers in the English water retail market; and...

      Avian Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the avian influenza outbreak; and what assessment they have made of the risk of transfer to the human population.

      Avian Influenza: Poultry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of avian influenza occurring at intensive poultry rearing units compared to the farming of poultry on open field sites;...

      Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to establish, and (2) to publish, a register of participants of the Environmental Land Management Scheme; if so, where any such register...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to replace the EU's mechanisms for family reunification in relation to unaccompanied children.

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the agreement reached by the UK and the government of France on 28 November to address migrant activity in the English Channel, what plans they have...

      Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to date; and what they estimate the total cost of that Inquiry will be.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the disproportionate rate of fines issued to BAME communities under regulations introduced to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Organised Crime and Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that organised crime and terrorism can be addressed effectively after the end of the transition period for the UK's...

      Public Order: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain public order during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of only permitting deportation following a recommendation to do so by the courts.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, conditions they have in place to require local councils to have completed audits of their accounts in order to receive central government funding;...

    • Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion by the Local Government Association in its report Spending Review 2020: On-the-Day Briefing, published on 25...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the deferred local elections which are expected to take place in May 2021 will be for (1) three, or (2) four, year terms of office.

      Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide long-term sustainable funding to local government for councils (1) to undertake preventative work to address the causes of hardship...

      Liverpool City Council: Property Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Liverpool City Council about their process of awarding contracts to developers.

      Local Government: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of appointments of councillors who lack specialist knowledge being appointed to the boards of council-owned companies.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial reserves of each of (1) Belfast, (2) Birmingham, (3) Bristol, (4) Cardiff, (5) Glasgow, (6) Leeds, (7) Liverpool,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the annual canvass of electors, and (2) the accuracy of the electoral register.

    • Schools: Polling Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of using schools as polling stations for the local elections in May, in particular if those schools are required...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the local elections due to be held in May 2021 are COVID-19-secure.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of introducing mandatory voter ID on the Traveller and Roma communities’ ability to vote.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Youth Investment Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards establishing the £500 million Youth Investment Fund.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they undertook any review in 2018 into the reasons for the increase in the number of girls seeking gender reassignment; and if so, what was the outcome of...

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