Written answers

Thursday, 14 January 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Business Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government last reviewed the merits of its decision to exempt high value business travellers from existing covid-19 quarantine restrictions...

    • Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average cost of reinstating one mile of rail track on a disused line where the track bed remains available.

      Road Signs and Markings: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2020 to Question 131200 on Road Signs and Markings: Cultural Heritage, what steps his Department is taking to...

      Bridges: East Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Highways England is responsible for determining the future development of the bridges between Neilston and Uplawmoor on a former rail...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend Driving Theory Test certificates, in view of the fact that many learner drivers find their certificates will expire before...

      Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on ratifying ILO Convention 185 on Seafarers’ Identity Documents.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority will receive from the £594 million discretionary fund to support businesses...

    • Additional Restrictions Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of funding received by each local authority through the additional restrictions grant has...

      Business: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in each local authority are eligible for the one off grant payments announced by the Chancellor of...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of permitting pubs to sell takeaway alcohol on (a) pubs'...

      Conditions of Employment: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 83925, on Conditions of Employment: Re-employment, what...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to update its guidance entitled Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) to include...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK-owned offshore wind farm sites under construction are within the UK territorial water limit.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of skilled workers for employment on vessels engaged in...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses are eligible to apply for additional Government-backed loans from £2,000 up to the value of...

      Podiatry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether and in what circumstances (a) foot health practitioners and (b) chiropodists and podiatrists are permitted to...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January to Question 130668, if he will name the projects that received funding in 2019-20...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Cosmetics: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether retailers in Northern Ireland importing cosmetic goods from suppliers in Great Britain can be classified as responsible persons under...

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether any elements of the (a) Stormont House and (b) Fresh Start Agreement that still require legislation to implement.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the full findings of Exercise Cygnus.

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to maintain the temporary expansion of the eligibility for flu vaccinations to the over 50 year olds.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is providing to dental practices to ensure they meet the NHS target for contracts announced on 1 January 2021 during the...

      Coronavirus: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason pubs cannot serve takeaway alcohol outside of their premises during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

      Coronavirus: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on the potential merits of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will prioritise police officers for the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the priority for children's and adults' social workers is for receipt of the covid-19 vaccine; whether those social workers will be...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on (a) whether frontline police officers will be prioritised for the covid-19 vaccine and (b) when that...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to categorise early years (a) education and (b) support staff as a priority group for the covid-19 vaccine.

      Physiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help retain physiotherapists who have entered NHS employment temporarily from the private health sector during...

      Coronavirus: Non-ionizing Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of using UV light as a cleaning agent to tackle covid-19 infection.

      European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish details on the UK's regime to replace the role of the European Food Safety Authority.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of dentistry school places that will be required in each of the next five years.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff at covid-19 vaccination centres are equipped with full personal protective equipment.

      Medical Certificates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether GPs or NHS 111 are responsible for issuing covid-19 sick notes to patients; what guidance his Department has issued to the (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vitamins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal College of Nursing and (b) other bodies on the potential effect of vitamins in protecting...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the disproportionate effect of diabetes in areas with greater health inequalities.

      Horses: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many soliped and equidae were slaughtered for meat in UK abattoirs in each month of 2020.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, published on 2...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic, published...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Public Health England report, Covid-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities, published on 16 June 2020,...

      Gender Recognition: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral response of the Minister for Women and Equalities to the Urgent Question from the hon. Member for Reigate of 24...

      Coronavirus: Mink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on human health of mink fur farming since the outbreak of a coronavirus variant linked to...

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the creation of a cross-government strategy on reducing health inequalities as...

      Gender Recognition: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many gender reassignment and gender affirmation operations were carried out by the NhS in each year since 2000 for which data are...

      Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Health and Safety Executive’s updated guidance for...

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will develop a strategy to deal with potential implications on childhood development from (a) previous, (b) existing and (c)...

      Gender Recognition: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) his Department and (b) NHS England undertook an equalities impact assessment of the amendments to NHS England’s service...

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 October 2020, HCWS526 on Report on Exercise on Pandemic preparedness, if he will publish...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England plans to release a Highly Specialised Services report for (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

      Radiotherapy: Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allow cancer patients to choose where they access radiotherapy treatment.

      Cholesterol: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2020 to Question 64346 on Cholesterol: Screening, when cholesterol checks will resume.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 lockdown measures on child oral health in the North East; and what steps he is...

      Mount Vernon Hospital Northwood: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress has been made in upgrading the cancer facilities at Mount Vernon Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many eye tests are available for NHS patients in (a) England and (b) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency in comparison to the same...

      Coronavirus: Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk to patients that receive in-centre haemodialysis of contracting covid-19 while undergoing their...

      Antimicrobials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans are in place to ensure that the devolved nations can benefit from the initiatives in England to incentivise the development of...

      Antimicrobials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to (a) Clinical Commissioning Groups and (b) local NHS providers on the introduction of new...

      Psilocybin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter of 16 October 2020 from the Minister with responsibility for drugs to the hon. Member for Reigate, what...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when clinical trials for pancreatic cancer will resume in England following their suspension as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Vaccination: 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 progress on meeting childhood immunisation targets.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether informal carers are eligible to receive a flu vaccine in winter 2020-21.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the supply of flu vaccinations for all people eligible for NHS flu vaccinations in...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients in England are overdue for their cervical cancer screening appointments.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to update the Immunisation against infectious disease guidance to GPs on influenza vaccination for people...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many flu vaccines have been administered as at 1 November 2020; and what comparative assessment he has made of the level of uptake of...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the take-up of winter flu vaccinations was in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020 to date.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the national stock level of syringes required to deliver the flu and covid-19 vaccinations during winter 2020-21.

      Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is making available to medically vulnerable parents whose children have returned to school during the...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is the Government's policy to provide an equivalent level of support for people shielding during the November 2020 covid-19...

      Community Health Services and General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) expand the general practice workforce and (b) increase funding for community-based locally led...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 9 October 2020 to Questions 91703 and 91704 on Influenza: Vaccination, how many additional trained workforce...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to announce the public health grant allocations for local authorities for 2021-22.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that dental practices are allowed to remain open during the remainder of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of using (a) air extraction and (b) air cleaning systems in buildings where...

      European Food Safety Authority: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body will conduct risk assessments for Northern Ireland after the UK no longer has access to the European Food Safety Authority...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) processes, (b) public consultation exercises and (c) other procedures his Department plans to undertake in the production of its...

      Health: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for increasing investment in place-based public health in local authorities in order to tackle (a) health...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on progress on meeting childhood immunisation targets.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients who tested positive for covid-19 on admission to hospital but subsequently died...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS Trusts to ensure that cervical cancer screening appointments remain available during the covid-19...

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the supplier of Pethidine medication on increasing availability of that medication in the UK.

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to increase capacity for urgent cancer surgery following the end of the contract with the independent health sector.

      Gender Recognition: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide young people and their families with access to targeted mental health support while their care is...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the Government’s Vaccine Strategy.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take into account the EU's Tobacco Products Directive when developing the next UK Government's Tobacco Control Plan.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the health benefits of ensuring that smokers have (a) information about and (b) access to a wide range of...

      General Practitioners: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of private GPs working in England.

      Rare Cancers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases: 2020 update to the Implementation Plan for England, published on 26 February 2020,...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when will the Department publish the Government’s Vaccine Strategy.

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Drugs: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, when the Working Group on...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that trans men are able to access cervical cancer screening tests.

      Drugs: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, what the selection process will be...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 103453 tabled on 14 October 2020, Question 123542 tabled on 30 November 2020 and Question 130657 tabled...

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Nightingale hospital in London will be open and working at full capacity.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish (a) civil contingency plans and (b) fire safety strategies for NHS field hospitals.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 13 October, 12 November and 25...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made against each of the commitments set out in the Prime Minister's Challenge on dementia 2020: Implementation plan.

      Health Professions: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on increasing (a) recruitment and (b) retention of (i) doctors and (ii) nurses.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing key worker status to unpaid carers.

      Future Social Care Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the launch of the Future Social Care Coalition, if he will take steps to (a) improve the (i) career structure and (ii)...

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of antipsychotics in care homes.

      Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund granted to local authorities is spent in care homes.

      Dementia: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of hospital beds are currently occupied by people with dementia; and what the average length of stay for patients with...

      NHS: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS staff in London have had their leave cancelled during (a) December 2020 and (b) January 2021 to date.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there is a shortage of scrubs in hospitals and vaccination clinics; and who holds the contracts for scrubs provision.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding the Department has allocated to NHS mental health services in England to manage any additional demands as a...

      Coronavirus: Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific evidence supporting the restrictions on overnight educational stays at outdoor educational residential...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle workforce shortages in (a) rheumatology and (b) other specialty workforce shortages in the NHS...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase the number of Tier 4 beds available for inpatients within Child and Adolescent Mental Health...

      Learning Disability and Autism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that autistic people and people with learning disabilities living in residential care, supported living...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure NHS mental health services remain open during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown in England.

      Care Homes: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to meet targets to discharge people with (a) learning disabilities and (b) autism from health and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Westminster Hall: Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the House authorities on enabling full virtual participation in Westminster Hall debates.

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of apprentices employed by companies in which the director has been ineligible for covid-19-related financial...

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of funding for maintained nursery schools to ensure that these organisations can continue to provide...

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that students have the laptops and digital access required to learn remotely during periods of isolation or school...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to provide (a) resources and (b) advice to (i) schools and (ii) further education providers that are due to hold...

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made from previous periods of remote learning of the level of use by (a) schools, (b) pupils and (c) families of (i) Oak...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government has plans to publish additional advice on the return after the 2020 Christmas holidays for middle schools operating within the...

      Adult Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the role of adult education in supporting individuals back into work after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with representatives of BT on the provision of internet connections for disadvantaged school pupils during school closures...

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils who do not have a laptop or mobile device and cannot access...

      Private Education: Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether independent schools are eligible to receive support under the scheme to provide laptops to children to support remote learning.

      Digital Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason his Department’s digital education platform programme provides funding support for schools to set up (a) G Suite for Education...

      Schools: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many 4G wireless routers he (a) has delivered since the start of the covid-19 outbreak and (b) plans to deliver, to schools in England.

      Class Sizes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the recommended maximum class-room size is for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to issue additional guidance for schools on what constitutes a key or critical worker entitling a child to a school place.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of covid-19 infection rates among staff in schools.

      Children in Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains his Department’s policy as set out in Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services that no one has to...

      Universities: Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that university students receive the same quality of education whilst learning from home.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking in response to the consultation on a Sharia compliant alternative student finance product.

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate the Government has made of the rate of covid-19 transmission in nurseries in England; what steps his department is taking to...

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on covid-19 testing and vaccinations for nursery staff.

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support being provided to nurseries during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

      Private Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that children educated in the private sector have access to mass covid-19 testing when it is introduced for secondary...

      Children in Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of changes in the level of pressure on placement availability for children in care during the covid-19...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate the Government has made of the rate of transmission of covid-19 in SEND schools in England; what steps his department is taking to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his oral answer of 8 December 2020, Official Report, column 710, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on giving priority to...

    • Crowdfunding: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have taken place for fraudulent peer to peer lending in 2019.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the time required to clear the backlog of Court cases.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of measures introduced during the covid-19 outbreak in supporting Court administration.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has provided support to HM Courts and Tribunals Service to facilitate upgrades to the digital systems of the court network to...

      Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish an update on the progress of the review of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the (a) Lord Chief Justice and (b) Crown Prosecution Service on the sentencing of UK offenders involved in the...

      Slavery: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of offences in each year since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 October 2020 to Questions 96824, 96825, and 96829 on Convictions and Police Cautions: Young People, when he plans to write...

      Legal profession: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the loss of mutual recognition of qualifications within the EU on the UK legal services industry.

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to expand the definition of position of trust to include any adult...

      Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders and Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders and (b) Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders have been issued each year up to December 2020.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made in ensuring that people who are charged with an offence under the age of 18 years are tried in the youth justice system.

      Remand in Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of local authority accommodation for children on remand.

      Youth Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December to Question 125977 on Youth Custody, when the programme of research to evaluate and learn lessons from the impact...

      Youth Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December to Question 125977 on Youth Custody, what sanctions are available to his Department for private providers...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to increase sitting days for Judges in Crown Courts in regions with high numbers of outstanding trials.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding trials are currently awaiting a court date to be assigned in (a) Magistrates and (b) Crown courts in (i) the UK and (ii) each...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made on the effect on (a) public safety, (b) victim welfare and (c) witness safety of the unavailability of court dates.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department’s policy is on the eligibility of bids to provide HMCTS security guarding services from companies that that pay wages below...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the number of adjournments related to child sexual abuse cases in 2020.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of covid-19 have been confirmed among the (a) staff, (b) judiciary and (c) users of each court between 24 November and the present day.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports

      What recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of UK exports.

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      What steps her Department is taking to agree a free trade agreement with the US.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure that (a) general standards and (b) rules on geographic indicators will not be lowered in exchange for any reduction of...

      Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of border delays resulting from additional customs formalities on (a) the profitability...

      Business: North East

      What assessment she has made of the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on businesses in North East England that trade internationally.

      Nuclear Reactors: Exports

      What steps her Department has taken to promote the export of British manufactured small modular nuclear reactors.

      Trade Agreements

      What recent steps she has taken to ensure continuity of trading relationships for UK businesses after the end of the transition period.

      Trade Agreements

      What recent steps she has taken to ensure continuity of trading relationships for UK businesses after the end of the transition period.

      Trade Agreements

      What recent steps she has taken to ensure continuity of trading relationships for UK businesses after the end of the transition period.

      Arms Trade: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason her Department approved an export license to Sri Lanka for military helicopters on 4 March 2020 with a value of...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Pakistan on the killing of (a) Dr Tahir Mahmood...

    • Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on human rights of recent violence in Kaduna State in Nigeria; and what...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of visits made by UK citizens to the following countries, per...

      China: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations has he made to the Chinese Government on the finding of The Committee to Protect Journalists...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff have been on (a) secondment and (b) internship to his Department from (i) the Scottish Government...

      Developing Countries: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the EdTech Hub and eLearning Africa survey funded by his Department, entitled The Effect of COVID-19...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart on recent terrorist violence in the north east of Nigeria.

      British Nationals Abroad: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his Department's advice is to clinically vulnerable British nationals who are shielding in the Schengen Area,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many combat medics are serving in each branch of the armed forces.

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) maintenance and (b) repair work has been carried out on HMS Queen Elizabeth in the last year; and what the cost to the public purse has been of...

      HMS Montrose: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of HMS Montrose's recent repair work in Duqm, Oman.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the £16.5 billion increase in defence spending is to be allocated to fill existing gaps in the defence budget.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the £16.5bn increase in defence spending is planned to come from efficiency savings within his Department.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of people who are in receipt of carers’ allowance and also living in poverty...

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will reintroduce the suspension of work-related conditionality and sanctions for the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown period.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what share Scotland will receive of the £100m funding for the UK fishing industry announced by the Prime Minister on 30...

    • UK Internal Trade: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) the competitiveness on the UK internal market of goods originating in Wales...

      Wines: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of suspending import certification requirements for wine.

      UK Trade with EU: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the additional costs to businesses from the requirement for heat treated wooden...

      Organic Food: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, when the Working...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) EU and (b) Norway about continued access for UK distant water fishing boats to...

  • Home Office

    • Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding her Department has spent on (a) identifying and (b) supporting missing children since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Visas: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on visa-free 90-day tours by musicians between the EU and UK; and whether she plans to take steps to secure an improved...

      Migrant Workers: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s December 2020 update to the Offshore wind workers Immigration Rules concession 2017, how many...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of (a) the spread of communicable diseases, (b) mental health problems, (c)...

      Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that there is no cross-over between the residents of Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre and the asylum seekers to be...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to stop housing asylum seekers in (a) barracks and (b) other forms of institutional housing and use community-based...

      Migrant Workers: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she received from (a) employers and (b) employers’ organisations prior to her Department's extension to the...

      Brook House Immigration Removal Centre: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recent covid-19 outbreak at Brook House, how many and what proportion of detainees were subsequently transferred to...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria her Department uses to assess the suitability of (a) existing and (b) potential accommodation for asylum seekers in relation...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to introduce an embargo on housing evictions of (a) tenants, (b) tenants in caravans and (c) tenants...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to outline how much of the £220 million to help local areas transition to the Shared Prosperity...

      Coronavirus: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on setting up a mass vaccination...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help homeless people and rough sleepers into suitable accommodation during the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council's unsuccessful application for funding from the £830...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many rough sleepers were housed in hotels during the covid-19 national lockdowns announced on (a) 23 March 2020...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have continued the Everyone In scheme.

      Future High Streets Fund: Leigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department received applications from Wigan council for funding from the Future High Streets Fund for...

      Devolution: England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 12269 on Devolution: England, when he plans to publish the...

      Local Government Finance: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to increase council budgets for (a) Stoke-on-Trent City Council, (b) Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough...

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Security Council: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, in pursuant to the Answer of 17 December to Written Question 128992, what number of meetings occurred; and...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent since March 2020 on advertising regarding the need for public vigilance...

      Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment has he made of the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the Government's...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the Fairness in Government debt management consultation which closed on 21...

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish updates to Procurement Policy Notices (PPN) 02/20 and 04/20: Supplier relief due to...

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many military veterans have died from suicide in each of the last five years.

      Coronavirus: Lung Diseases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people suffering from (a) chronic bronchitis, (b) emphysema or (c) pneumoconiosis have died from covid-19.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the May 2021 elections, what criteria the Government would use to decide to postpone the...

      Civil Servants: Business Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to review the Government's business appointment rules for civil servants.

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to reinstate the mortgage payment holiday scheme for homeowners that are in financial difficulties as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Debts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the average level of household debt in households in (a) Hemsworth Parliamentary constituency and (b) Yorkshire...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reassess the calculation of the compensation payments made to people affected by the Equitable Life scheme.

      Occupational Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of low-income workers with reduced take-home pay following application of pensions tax relief by pension...

      Occupational Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on responding to its consultation on pensions tax relief administration; and what the timeframe is for publishing a...

      Pensions: Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the minimum age for withdrawing a private pension; and what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to exempt people affected by dangerous cladding from Insurance Premium Tax.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has put forward the names of (a) economists or (b) scientists to Cabinet colleagues as persons from whom a presentation on the (i) covid-19...

      Overseas Investment: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on allegations of fraud connected to overseas investments; and what steps he is taking to safeguard the interests of...

      Crowdfunding: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make an assessment of the potential level of fraud in (a) peer to peer lending and (b) crowdfunding.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of how much of the UK’s contribution to the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative has been used by donor countries to...

      Price Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring the UK’s system of economic regulation to consider the long-term effects...

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the findings of Dame Elizabeth Gloster's report, The LCF Review and Raj Parker's report, The Connaught Review, if he will commission an...

      BaFin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the Government of Germany on the oversight of BaFin.

      German Property Group: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps UK regulatory agencies are taking in response to (a) the bankruptcy of German Property Group (formerly Dolphin Capital and Dolphin Trust) and...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent meetings Ministers of his Department has had with the (a) Financial Conduct Authority and (b) Bank of England on recent trends in the level of...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing additional provisions on (a) the due diligence required of financial...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how much UK Government funding given through the International Monetary Fund’s (a) Catastrophe Containment and Relief...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the evidential basis was for the level of direct support through the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to be set at (a) 20 per cent of prior taxable...

      Retail Trade: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the average tax paid by (a) high street and (b) internet-based retailers; and what steps his Department is taking...

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a director's income support scheme, in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Jayne-Anne Gadhia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the quarterly publication of data by the Electoral Commission on political donations, whether he was aware at the time of appointment of...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date prior to his announcement in the House of Commons on 22 October 2020 he first became aware of the problems faced by self-employed people that...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing bridging finance for employers to cover ongoing payment of national insurance...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date prior to his announcement in the House of Commons on 9 October 2020 he first became aware of the problems faced by businesses forced to close...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support people who are ineligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as a result of entering employment after...

      Location: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much has the relocation allowance been updated in line with inflation since its introduction in 1994.

      Customs: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses that are prepared for the completion of customs paperwork for export to the EU.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reallocate returned business rates relief to (a) people and (b) businesses that have been excluded from Government financial support...

      Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of giving the retail sector an early indication of the future business rates for which they will be liable.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when purchasing a property that is under construction whether the stamp duty holiday applies at the point of purchase of the property or at the point of...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make provision for employees who began their employment between 30 October 2020 and 4 January 2021 to receive assistance from the...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to announce (a) the value of and (b) the eligibility criteria for Grant 4 of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed workers not currently eligible for support under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support the Government plans to make available to help businesses facing (a) new administrative processes and (b) tariff barriers at the end...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to waive income tax and national insurance for care workers who have received bonuses for their service during the covid-19...

      Revenue and Customs: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2020 to Question 130037 on Revenue and Customs: Racial Discrimination, what steps he is taking to ensure the...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the UK-EU Joint Committee has made on the VAT Margin scheme for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will implement the Directors Income Support Scheme proposal from FSB, Forgotten Ltd and ACCA UK, which would provide a taxable grant calculated...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will open the Self Employed Income Support scheme to people in self-employment who were not eligible in the initial March 2020 launch of that scheme...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he has made available for businesses that have not been registered for self assessment before 2018.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2020 to Question 130035 on Revenue and Customs: Termination of Employment, if he will supply the same data for each...

      Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2020 to Question 130042 on Revenue and Customs: Internet, that HMRC do not usually publish data protection impact...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what flexibility is provided in his plans to allow an additional 12 months for self-assessment taxpayers to pay their liabilities.

      Revenue and Customs: Labour Turnover and Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2020 to Question 130034 on Revenue and Customs: Vacancies, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the tax return deadline to support (a) SMEs and (b) small accountancy practices during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown period.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide financial support for businesses which are not required to close under covid-19 restrictions but are experiencing a loss of trade as a...

      Offences against Children: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent correspondence his Department has received from the Northern Ireland Office on implementing a disregard for compensation payments made under...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to provide guidance to local authorities on the eligibility criteria for discretionary funding, announced on 6 January 2021.

      Advanced Research Projects Agency: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the 2020 Spending Review and the £800 million allocated to the high-risk, high-reward programme, when the remaining £750...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 130736, whether he plans for the planned obsolesce of Huawei equipment...

    • Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle loneliness in winter 2020-21.

      Educational Broadcasting: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) take up and (b) engagement of televised learning programmes provided to enable...

      Golf: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of lifting the restrictions on solo golf exercise...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of (a) the likelihood of the EU granting a positive data adequacy decision, (b) the likelihood of...

      Broadband: Elmet and Rothwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department is making on delivering superfast broadband to homes and businesses located in remote, rural...

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure a competitive broadband market in outer London.

      Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to seek EU agreement to add musicians to the list of Independent Professionals allowed to supply...

      Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on its proposals to widen the definition of hate speech to include political opinions.

      British Telecom: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the estimated £900 million clawback from his Department's Openreach contracts, what assessment he has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to reply to the letters of 16 July 2020 and 17 August 2020 and telephone call of 10 November 2020 from the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 October 2020 from the hon. Member for Warley, co-signed with Lord Mann, on behalf of...

      Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £100m pledged in June 2020 by the Betting and Gaming Council to fund gambling treatment services has been...

      Monuments: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of publicly-funded reviews of cultural monuments and...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of online gambling losses was in each month from April to October 2020.

      Photography: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether private photographers who operate with social distancing measures can continue working during the 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

      Football: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle gambling advertising to children through football (a) cards, (b) stickers, (c) magazines and...

      Events Industry and Performing Arts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the recovery of (a) theatres (b) the exhibitions sector and (c) live industries...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the relationship is between the Gambling Commission's consultation on Remote customer interaction and the Government's...

      Chatterley Whitfield Colliery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, prior to 30 January 2020, when a Minister of his Department most recently visited Chatterley Whitfield Colliery.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 130731 on Data Protection, whether it is his Department's policy that a...

      Football: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding he has provided to investigate the link between football and the risk of dementia.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Procurement

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason the Commons authorities are buying German rather than British wash basin taps.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate (1) the adoption of electric and other low- or non-carbon emitting cars in the UK, and (2) any necessary...

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) toilet, (2) refreshment, and (3) other arrangements they have made for lorry drivers delayed by the closure of English Channel ports.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Takeovers: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of existing transparency requirements of public company directors regarding takeover approaches; and what plans they have, if any,...

    • Night-time Economy: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the income of businesses working in, and (2)...

      Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the FlyZero initiative, announced on 20 July, has made of the research by D S Lee et al The contribution of global aviation to anthropogenic...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business representative organisations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Re-employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with (1) employers, and (2) trade unions, on the use of so-called ‘dismissal and re-engagement' strategies in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their social distancing guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have, if any, to...

    • Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) crowding, and (2) corridor care, on nosocomial outbreaks of COVID-19 in hospitals.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 25 November (HL Deb, col 254), when they will answer the Written Question tabled by Baroness Whitaker on...

      Health Services: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the current commissioning structure for women’s health services in England.

      Low Incomes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England Poverty in the pandemic: An update on the impact of coronavirus on...

      Care Homes: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the income requirement of £25,600 for immigrants on staffing levels in care homes; and what plans they have...

      Pectus Excavatum: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by NHS England Clinical Commissioning Policy: Surgery for pectus deformity (all ages) Reference: 170113P,...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care spoke with representatives of (1) Tulchan Group, and (2) Meller...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise COVID-19 vaccinations for clinically extremely vulnerable groups irrespective of age.

  • Attorney General

    • Honours: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many investigations have been undertaken in each of the last 25 years for which figures are available into alleged offences under (1) section 1(1), and (2)...

  • Department for Education

    • Digital Technology: Care Leavers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 20 November (HL10315), what steps they have taken to put in place measures that specifically benefit...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • UK Trade with EU: Legal Profession

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement to clarify the definition of a 'lawyer' to include patent attorneys and trade...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with trade partners about the insertion of clauses on safeguarding human rights in future trade agreements.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion on 12 November about equitable COVID-19 vaccine access, what measures they have put in place...

    • Selahattin Demirtaş

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on 22 December that Selahattin Demirtas must be released from prison, what representations they intend...

      Ethiopia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reports that the government of Ethiopia has denied unfettered access to aid agencies and development...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) conflict in Tigray, (2) the actions of combatants in that region against historic places of Christian and...

      Ethiopia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about any difficulties humanitarian agencies have had in accessing Tigray.

      Ethiopia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that humanitarian agencies are being denied access to people in need of support in Tigray by the government of Ethiopia.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which states were fellow signatories to the General Framework for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995; whether those states have a duty to assess whether that...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion on 12 November about equitable COVID-19 vaccine access, what plans they have to use...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of carpet bombing by Eritrean and Ethiopian forces on villages in Tigray; and what steps they intend to take...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the numbers of displaced people escaping conflict in Tigray (a) internally, and (b) externally into Sudan, and (2)...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 December (HL11518), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what steps they have...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 December (HL11518), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what steps they have...

      Ethiopia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether humanitarian corridors are being established in Tigray as part of the UN operation in that region; whether any such corridors will conform to the...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the use of 'quiet' diplomacy to resolve the conflict in Tigray; and what plans they have to withhold aid to Ethiopia until the...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Ethiopia to accept the role of the African Union’s former presidents in mediating an...

      Ethiopia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from UN refugee camps in Tigray region that Eritrean refugees are being forcibly returned to Eritrea; whether they...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Low Incomes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England Poverty in the pandemic: An update on the impact of coronavirus...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Urban Areas: Pollution Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate plans (1) to improve air quality, and (2) to reduce pollution, in city centres.

    • Peat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the England Peat Strategy.

      Agricultural Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated projected output of (1) cereals, (2) fruit and vegetables, (3) potatoes, (4) meat, (5) poultry meat, (6) dairy and eggs, and (7) fish, in the...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in compiling their report Group based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending, published on 15 December, they or the External Reference...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of fires since 2012 in buildings over (1) 18 metres or six storeys high, and (2) 11 metres or four storeys high, have had (a) non-combustible...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 October (HL9181), what plans they have to ensure that councils in England can meet remotely after the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • SolarWinds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many direct contracts they have with SolarWinds; and of any such contracts, (1) which (a) departments, or (b) agencies, they are with, and (2) which contracts...

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to extend the deadline for submitting personal tax returns beyond 31 January 2021.

    • Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what interest has been paid by the Republic of Ireland for loans made under the Loans to Ireland Act 2010; and when any such loans are expected to be repaid.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Commonwealth Games 2022

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed (1) a budget, and (2) a programme, to support the legacy of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

    • Sports: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they have proposed to sports administrators for the assessment of applications for the acquisition by foreign investors of (1) total, or (2)...

      Sports: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to international sporting organisations about the adoption of human rights principles for nations chosen to host international...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Football Association, and (2) the Premier League, about the compliance of players with COVID-19 protocols.

      Football: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Football Association's Football Leadership Diversity Code since its introduction in October 2020; and what...

      Football: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Football Association about the classification of the Women’s FA Cup as a ‘non elite’ competition.

      Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 20 November (HL10315), what provisions that reduce digital exclusion have been implemented as a...

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