Written answers

Friday, 15 January 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will reinstate emergency driving tests for critical workers.

    • Motorcycles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential legislative changes necessary in order to extend the 2 year Compulsory Basic Training period before a...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of further extending the MOT eligibility period in response to the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans for electric scooters to be required to emit a sound to warn pedestrians of their approach; and if he will make a statement.

      Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to fund the (a) restoration of Hammersmith suspension bridge and (b) construction of a temporary bridge at that location.

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) advice he has issued to train companies on reducing station taxi rank fees for taxi and private hire...

      Railway Stations: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of train companies maintaining taxi rank fees at stations during the covid-19 outbreak on on the...

      UK Trade with EU: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average delay to hauliers exporting to the EU under the terms of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation...

      Railways: Midlands and North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and the Midlands.

      Aviation and Passenger Ships: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to implement covid-19 test and isolate measures for incoming passengers at airports and ports.

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to learn from steps taken effectively by New Zealand and Australia and introduce stronger border controls alongside increased...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Integrated Rail Plan.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for this policy on HS2 of the findings of the National Infrastructure Commission’s...

      Railways: Midlands and North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment for The Midlands and The North: Final Report, published on 15...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned timescale is for a hybrid bill for the Eastern Leg of Phase 2b of High Speed Two.

      Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the quality of work on the recently completed Dawlish Sea Wall in response to the separation of...

      Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the damage to the Dawlish Sea Wall from the closed-cell neoprene coming dislodged from the structure in December 2020.

      City Deals: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the remaining £50 million awarded to the Sheffield City Region as part of its City Deal has been approved.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the average length of delay at each UK port in January 2021.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with rail operators on providing refunds for tickets that can no longer be used due to national lockdown measures.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the steps that were taken by (a) the Government, (b) the British Transport Police, (c) rail operators...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential operational effect on the UK rail network of an end to the transition period without an agreement on...

      Railways: Refunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to ensure that people who bought train tickets for travel from 23 to 27 December 2020 before the announcement in November 2020 of...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he had with the Prime Minister, prior to the announcement of London and the South East being placed in Tier 4, on the potential...

      British Transport Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is allocating additional resources to the British Transport Police to support their work on the rail network in (a) England and (b) areas...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Multinational Companies: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with multinational companies based in the UK on relocation regulations for employees being...

    • Car Washes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will enable open air car wash businesses which operate safely to remain open during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Fires: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on London Fire...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the existing weekly capacity for vaccine production is in the UK.

      Buildings: Cleaning Services and Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) assist building owners to improve air flow and cleaning in their...

      Office for Product Safety and Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Office for Product Safety and Standards will conclude and publish its review of the Product Safety framework.

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to tackle third-party sellers on online marketplaces that are listing recalled...

      Hospitality Industry: Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the regulation of tips given to hospitality workers.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of allowing pubs to sell takeaway alcohol in sealed...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether pubs are allowed to sell alcohol in sealed containers for people to take home during the January 2021 covid-19...

      Post Offices: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria will be used in allocating the Post Office Subsidy and if it will be published.

      Post Offices: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Post Office Subsidy will be allocated.

      Rolls Royce: Offshoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent jobs at Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick being offshored.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide additional support to the hospitality sector affected by covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      UK Trade with EU: Service Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions on short-term travel for UK service exporters in the UK-EU...

      UK Trade with EU: Service Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the exceptions from market access included within the annexes of the UK-EU...

      UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the absence of a full mutual recognition agreement in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation...

      Service Industries: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision for immediate mutual recognition of professional...

      Conditions of Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on UK labour standards...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend employment law in response to the UK-EU Trade and...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish guidance for local authorities on the criteria for dispensing the £1,000 grant to wet-led...

      Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support hospitality businesses in Tier 3 covid-19 lockdown areas.

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff the Employment Agencies Standards Inspectorate (a) employed in 2019-20 and (b) employs in 2020-21; and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of (a) the end of the transition period and (b) covid-19-related border restrictions on the...

      Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on updating the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Public Authorities to take...

      Retail Trade: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December to Question 130074 on Retail Trade: Digital Technology, if he will hold...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement for existing...

      Shareholders: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from investors on the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on UK...

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2020 to Question 126183 on Consumer Goods: Safety, whether the UK plans to...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much was lent to borrowers in Northern Ireland under the Bounce Back Loan scheme in 2020.

      Clothing and Textiles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support the UK's fashion and textile industry to rebuild following the covid-19 outbreak.

      Brexit: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) civil service and (b) senior civil service positions his Department has created in functions associated...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's space strategy is.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13544, on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, for what reason the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in work who will be eligible for the self-isolation support payment.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of positive tests for covid-19 infection as recorded by (a) different health and social care organisations and (b) the...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that covid-19 testing site workers are adequately supported to self-isolate in the event that they are...

      Coronavirus: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's press release of 9 November entitled, More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England, when...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have received the Test and Trace Support Payment since its introduction.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 September 2020 to Question 89689 on Coronavirus: Screening, what the performance standards are that Randox...

      Randox Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2020 to Question 52660 on Coronavirus: Screening, if he will contact participants in negotiations...

      Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether costs incurred by local authorities for private laboratory fees for (a) covid-19 tests (b) courier fees and (c) swabbing fees...

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests were carried out in (a) Lambeth and (b) Southwark in each of the last five weeks.

      Coronavirus: Leeds Arts University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons Leeds Arts University has not been included on the list for rapid covid-19 testing ahead of the Christmas 2020 holiday...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of high dependency hospital beds to reduce waiting lists for minor operations...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will implement scheme for fast-track access to covid-19 vaccination for personnel who are critical to UK exports overseas.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason black, Asian and minority groups who are at greater risk of covid-19 have not been included in the composition and order...

      Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to make targeted public health guidance and information about covid-19 vaccines available for Black, Asian and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to work with scientists to communicate the safety and effectiveness of the covid-19 vaccines.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle misinformation on the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to place under 65 year olds with comorbidities and vulnerable diseases high on the priority list when a...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether outsourced hospital workers will receive the same level of priority for covid-19 vaccinations as NHS workers.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) physiotherapists and (b) other healthcare staff providing patient-facing NHS services, but employed by independent providers,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that unpaid carers can access the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to the Isolation Assurance Service from 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020.

      Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to support people with ADHD during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Mental Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to minimise the potential risk of (a) suicide and (b) mental health issues among young people as a...

      Hyperactivity

      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 (a) service provision, (b) support services and (c) waiting times...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of hospital acquired covid-19 there in each month of 2020.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on student tuition fees during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Children: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what mental health support the Government is providing to vulnerable young people attending school (a) in person and (b) virtually during the 2021...

      Care Leavers and Children in Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) looked-after children and (b) care leavers can access (i) IT equipment and (ii) internet during...

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what scientific evidence has been provided to the Government on the transmission of covid-19 in early years settings.

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the effect on the viability of (a)...

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of UNICEF ranking the UK 27 out of 38 OECD and EU countries for mental wellbeing,...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish his equality impact assessments on the impact of covid-19 on end of year assessments.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure the UK remains an attractive destination for education for international students.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide funding to enable private early years nurseries to close to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers during the...

      Education: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made in meeting the Government's International Education Strategy export targets.

      Turing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on higher education of the Turing Scheme not providing funding for incoming foreign students.

      Asylum: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to improve access to education for asylum seekers while awaiting the outcome of their applications.

      Turing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Erasmus scheme and proposed Turing Scheme.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school children have access to laptops at home in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will review the equity of the level of university tuition fees as a result of students no longer being able to access important in-person...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department will publish a plan to support students taking BTECs and other technical and vocational exams in January 2021.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the sustainability of nursery and childminder provision of funding places...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) proceeding with the January 2021 timetable for public vocational exams and assessments following the...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to issue guidance to colleges and schools which have cancelled BTEC exams on how they are to assess candidate's grades.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the imposition of covid-19 lockdown restrictions on disadvantaged pupils.

      Adult Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support adult education institutions and providers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set out guidance on what schools should do in the event that they have more vulnerable and critical worker children than their...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the data his Department holds on the effect of school bubble isolation following positive covid-19 cases on local transmission of...

      Youth Clubs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help enable youth clubs to re-open to support vulnerable young people during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of schools that have joined the Risk Protection Arrangement by (a) multi-academy trust and (b) local...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking with headteachers to gather information on covid-19 in their local area and take steps to create a safer environment for...

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with internet providers on provision of free internet data to children without internet access for online learning during...

      Outdoor Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his timescale is for announcing plans for the re-opening of the outdoor educational residential centre sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many more laptops and data packages are needed to allow all pupils in Wandsworth to access learning online.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the transmission rate is of covid-19 for (a) students in (i) higher and (ii) further education, (b) secondary school pupils, (c) primary school...

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children who required a laptop in Wansbeck to carry out online learning have received one.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether teachers and school staff will receive priority for covid-19 vaccination to protect staff, reduce disruption and increase the chances of exams...

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many A-Level Centre Assessed Grade appeals have been successful; and what the reasons given were for the decisions on those appeals.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the ability of schools to provide the covid-19 testing required to keep staff and students safe; and what additional...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) primary and (b) secondary schools provide his Department with regular updates on covid-19 cases within their education facility.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training and support has been put in place for (a) school staff and (b) volunteers to provide Lateral Flow Device testing.

      Secondary Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools were zoning children in year group bubbles; how effective that approach has been; how many entire year group bubbles have...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide (a) medical grade PPE, (b) frequent testing and (c) priority vaccination to teaching assistants and SEND support staff who...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the covid-19 infection rate is for (a) students in (i) higher and (ii) further education, (b) secondary school pupils, (c) primary school pupils...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the school catering industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the changes in the (a) numbers and (b) hours of children attending early years settings since February 2019.

      Bus Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the Government funding allocated for additional home to school transport since September 2020 has been provided to coach operators.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that parents and carers of children in receipt of Government funded laptops for remote learning during the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many early years childcare providers have closed in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the number of such providers...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of provision of financial education at a primary education level; if he will make an...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many volunteers have signed up to support the delivery of Lateral Flow Device tests in schools; and how those volunteers will be vetted to ensure...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will cancel the publication of school performance tables in the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the transfer of multi-hander trials on the length delays to outstanding cases in regions where those...

    • Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many multi-hander trials were moved to another court in 2020; and which courts those trials were moved to and from.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of defendants offending while awaiting delayed court dates.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the potential merits of giving prison staff occupational priority...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what policies are in place to ensure that individual risk assessments for prison staff members are conducted on the basis of input from the individuals...

      Juries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to limit eligibility for jury service during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions since 1 April 2020 he has asked for an assessment of adequacy of the design of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

    • Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff have been employed at sites in Northern Ireland in each quarter of each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HMRC spent on staff training in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019 and (e) 2020 to date.

      Job Retention Bonus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason he decided to withdraw the Job Retention Bonus.

      Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to improve the payment rates of corporate tax.

      Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114934, what his Department's review process is for reducing the rate of VAT applied to hospitality,...

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff-hours have been devoted to receiving training in each of (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018, (e) 2019, and (f) 2020 to date.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing people who have instructed solicitors to buy or sell a house to benefit from the stamp...

      Migrant Workers: Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax revenue was generated from people holding a work visa in the category of skilled work visa in the 2018-19 financial year; and if he...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the National Infrastructure Commission has not developed a methodology for estimating the carbon impact of building additional road capacity.

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the epidemiological advice he received on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme before announcing that scheme on 8 July 2020.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce business rates for (a) local shops and (b) businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of reforming the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow directors of small limited...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional financial support he has made available to employers and employees subject to Tier 4 covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff-hours have been given to receiving training which pertains to elements of HMRC's responsibilities (a) in preparation for or (b) as a...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis the upper absolute limit of trading profits of £50,000 in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme was initially set; whether that...

      Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support the Government is providing for parents of self-isolating children with special needs who (a) may not be entitled to 14-days paid...

      Valuation Office Agency: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the workforce management information published by the Valuation Office Agency.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Northern Ireland accessed support through the Self Employment Income Support Scheme in 2020; and what the total amount of that support was.

      Revenue and Customs: Internet and Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HMRC's full-time equivalent staffing levels were for (a) telephone and (b) webchat services providing businesses and individuals with advice on...

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of companies in which the director has been ineligible for covid-19-related financial support in (a) England, (b)...

      UK Trade with EU: Rules of Origin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cumulation provisions in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the profitability of UK exporters...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adopting a simplified tax structure after the transition period.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in ensuring access to cash in (a) Burslem and (b) England.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library the (a) current round of bid submissions for possible sites for Freeports, (b)...

    • Devolution: England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to increase devolution in England.

      Regeneration: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to support the regeneration of high streets in (a) Burslem, (b) Tunstall and (c) Kidsgrove.

      Local Government Finance: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the financial situation of Nottingham City Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to issue Nottingham City Council with a Section 114 notice; and if he will make a...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in central London will help...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using an alternative, larger site than Victoria Tower Gardens...

      Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reforming funding for local government to help physical retail...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to support employment projects for disabled people through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Thakeham Group: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in relation to the property developer Thakeham's proposal for a new town in South West Cambridgeshire, whether (a)...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that insurers continue to offer reasonable premiums to residential...

      Help to Buy Scheme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the maximum loan under the Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme is lower in the North East than other areas...

      Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the finding of the Covid-19 Marmot Review that...

      Private Rented Housing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the selective licensing scheme was introduced; and under what legislation that scheme was introduced.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of including the reuse of existing buildings in the Planning...

      Housing: Lead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to raise awareness the matter of lead poisoning in the home as a result of historic lead paint.

      Local Government Finance: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support the Government is providing to (a) Stoke-on-Trent City Council, (b) Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council...

      Housing: Stoke on Trent

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

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend beyond 2022 the grant funding available to parish councils to formulate neighbourhood plans.

      Planning: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future White Paper published in August 2020, what procedure he proposes will be...

      Planning: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future White Paper published in August 2020, whether his Department has costed...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applicants have applied to the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems...

      Housing: Lead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to reform house survey requirements to include information on lead presence in the property prior to...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring new build accessible property developers to ensure...

      Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Waking Watch Relief Fund will meet the cost of fire alarm systems that have already been installed on some...

      Coronavirus: High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any additional funding will be made available to help local authorities make high-rise buildings covid-safe...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his most recent estimate is of the number of housing units with planning permission; and for how many of those...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the prioritisation of (a)...

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to calculate accurately the number of ex-service personnel nationally who are (a) homeless and...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to house rough sleepers in parts of the UK placed into Tier 3 covid-19 restrictions.

      Domestic Abuse: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that domestic abuse victims can access safe refuges.

      Sleeping Rough: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to ensure that local authorities can adequately support the increasing number of young...

      Sleeping Rough: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle rough sleeping in (a) Worcestershire and (b) the West Midlands.

      Sleeping Rough: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of plans for rough sleeping to become grounds for refusal or cancellation of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 8 October 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Disinfectants: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much it cost to develop the Virusend disinfectant spray; and what the per bottle cost is of that spray.

    • Army: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much an army sergeant has been paid on average in each year from 2005 to 2020 in real terms; and if paid on a scale, what the range of that scale was.

      Armed Forces: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason there is no respirator provided compatible with a beard, for service personnel who are required to keep their beard as a result of their...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many information gateways there are in operation in her Department; and how those gateways are managed and monitored.

    • Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the finding of research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that 1 in...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of new applicants for universal credit who are self-assessment taxpayers, since the beginning of the...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has any plans to reassess the potential merits of the state pension being offset against entitlement to carer's allowance.

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff the Health and Safety Executive (a) employed in 2019-20 and (b) employs in 20202-21; and how many of those staff were dedicated...

      Universal Credit: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the financial effect on students in receipt of a student loan who normally top-up their income through work...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of new applicants for universal credit since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak who are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Economic Situation: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to join up the work on the Biomass Strategy, the England Tree Strategy and development of the...

    • Fishing Vessels: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ban supertrawlers from UK waters.

      Food: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of food that risks being wasted by delays at ports at the end of the transition period.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to raise the minimum age for dogs to be imported into the UK from 15 weeks to six months after the...

      Nature Conservation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to provide financial support to wildlife trusts and nature reserves whose income has reduced...

      Zoo Animals Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to extend the Zoo Animals Fund beyond 29 January 2021; and whether that fund is planned to be made more...

      Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the economic recovery from the covid-19 outbreak aligns with the...

      Ella Kissi-Debrah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he last spoke to the family of the late Ella Kissi-Debrah.

      River Severn: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote public engagement when implementing flood defences along the River Severn.

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce an import ban on lion trophy items to the UK in advance of the...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources his Department provides to help check and validate the welfare and legitimacy of puppies being transported...

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the...

      Dogs: Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons his officials commissioned research on dog electronic collars from an academic who had previously urged his...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the UN’s Leaders Pledge for Nature of September 2020.

      Animal Welfare: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the animal welfare sector's capacity to...

      Soya Beans: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimates she has made of how much and what proportion of soy imported into the UK has been produced on...

      Nature Conservation: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Affairs on taking...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Department is taking with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to tackle the...

      Nature Conservation: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has of the effect of global nature conservation on the outbreak of pandemics.

      Potatoes: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the supply of unwashed potatoes from mainland Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

      UK Trade with EU: Animals and Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, what assessment he has made of the effect of the frequency...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle climate change.

      Waste Disposal: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the UK's ability to...

      Wines: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the requirements for wine import certificates on the UK's position as an...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to reply to the letters of 4 May 2020, 19 May 2020 and 10 of June 2020 and telephone calls of 1 August...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the England Peat Strategy.

      Office for Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to publish a summary of the business case for the Office for Environmental Protection.

      Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2020 to Question 106951 on Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers)...

      Office for Environmental Protection: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the day one operating capability for the Office for Environmental Protection will be least 50 full-time equivalent staff.

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of air quality on...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of progress on meeting the target of 11 million trees planted in England by 2022.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether flood defence funding is a priority for his Department in 2021.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with stakeholders on the development of the England Peat Strategy.

      Environment Protection: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the draft policy statement on environmental principles for public consultation.

      Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of domestic wood burners on levels of particle pollution.

      Pollution Control: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and (b)...

      Moorland: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of reducing the number of controlled winter burns on moorlands on...

      Hen Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hen harrier nests there were on (a) RSPB and (b) non-RSPB reserves in each of the last eight years; how many of...

      Tree Planting: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase rates of tree-planting and urban greening in metropolitan areas.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what most recent estimate she has made of the timescale for moving asylum seekers in Bristol from the hotel accommodation to which they were...

    • UK Border Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the additional UK border force staff that will be required to implement the UK EU Trade and Cooperation...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve living conditions at asylum seeker processing and detainment sites.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers in (a) hotels and (b) other forms of accommodation for...

      Asylum: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contracts have been negotiated with CCGs in Hampshire on the provision of health care services to asylum seekers in supported accommodation.

      Heathrow Airport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the maximum queue time for non-EEA passengers at Heathrow was during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown period while international...

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the Violence Reduction Unit programme has been allocated to organisations supporting victims.

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (a) employed in 2019-20 and (b) employs in 2020-21; and how many of those staff...

      Slavery: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the financial value of assets seized in each of the last five years under the Modern Slavery Act.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many operations have been led by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority into agricultural locations under the Seasonal...

      Extradition: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU Member States have refused a request from the UK to extradite a suspect under the surrender arrangements of the UK-EU Trade and...

      Immigration: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an Independent Complaints Examiner for the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship complaints procedure has been appointed.

      Criminal Records: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of transitioning to replacement systems for (a) Eurojust, (b) Schengen Information System...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what incentives her Department has put in place to help increase the diversity of local police officers in (a) Dudley North constituency and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 12 November 2020 on the operation of Sarah's Law.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the compliance rate of eligible businesses in publishing annual statements of Transparency in Supply Chain Provisions under the...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of victims of modern slavery who were not identified as such by first responders since the...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 7 of her Department's 2020 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery, what progress has been made on establishing a robust...

      Slavery: Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total value is of confiscation orders and forfeitures issued for modern slavery offences from March to December 2020.

      Hate Crime: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to tackle (a) misogyny and (b) violence against women and girls.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to temporarily waive the fee for Security Industry Authority applications to support people working in the security sector.

      Fireworks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of anti-social behaviour in 2020 in relation to the misuse of fireworks in (a) Rother...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of days taken was to make conclusive grounds decisions in National Referral Mechanism cases relating to children, in...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interim or preliminary payments have been made to Windrush Compensation Scheme applicants since changes to the scheme were...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people resident in the British Overseas Territories have received a covid-19 vaccine to date.

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to increase representation within the Diplomatic Service of people from (a) minority...

      Indonesia: Clergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indonesian Government on the killings of (a) Zhage Sil and (b) other...

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure poverty eradication remains the primary focus of UK Official...

      Western Sahara: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when departmental staff last visited Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he last reviewed the legal status of the conflict in Western Sahara.

      Syria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations on the supervision of Syrian presidential elections in 2021.

      Jerusalem: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the recent announcement of potential new settlement building in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the training of healthcare professionals in the Democratic Republic...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department plans to keep the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the executions of people in that country for...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to stop breaches of international humanitarian law in Western Sahara.

      Diplomatic Service: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to increase representation within the Diplomatic Service of people with a disability.

      Sri Lanka: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government about the effect of that Government's compulsory...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with trade union representatives of (a) former staff of the Department for...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate scrutiny of his Department by (a) external bodies and (b) Parliament.

      China: Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese Government on the persecution of followers and practitioners of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Social Security: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, when...

    • Senior Civil Servants: Private Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of current Permanent Secretaries attended private schools.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people from (a) working class and (b) disadvantaged...

      Equality: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to increase funding for unconscious bias training.

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on relocating civil servants from London to other parts of the UK.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died of covid-19 as a proportion of the overall death toll to the start of January 2021...

      Coronavirus: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average age of covid-19 mortality is; and what life expectancy in the UK is.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people under the age of 60 without pre-existing health conditions have died from covid-19 in the UK.

      Civil Servants: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure civil servants support Government policies irrespective of their own...

  • 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 to Question 91998 on Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees, whether UK Export Finance is considering...

    • Economic Situation: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to promote investment into the UK economy.

      Newcastle United Football Club: Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish all relevant correspondence between her Department and the Premier League relating to the proposed takeover of Newcastle...

      Staffordshire: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that SMEs in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire can benefit from future free trade...

      UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of the lack of exceptions for originating imports from developing countries in the UK-EU Trade...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is being made available to (a) photographers and (b) other freelancers who work primarily in the wedding,...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of classifying broadband as an essential utility.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support he plans to provide to local football pyramid clubs below tier 6 that have experienced reduced income...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department has provided to (a) fairgrounds, (b) other outdoor events and (c) the wider events sector during...

      Video On Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage the adoption of BBFC age ratings on online video streaming platforms.

      Home Shopping: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle false advertising on online shopping websites.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of ensuring that travel exemptions apply to fashion creatives on the...

      Social Media: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms promote free...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will publish revised guidance to allow amateur singing groups to resume rehearsing and performing in a...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect gym closures and restrictions on sports during the covid-19 outbreak on...

      Sportcheer England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to make a decision on the timescale for SportCheer England to be granted approval on its Return to Play guidance...

      Gyms: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the scientific evidence that informed the decision to close gyms during the January 2021 covid-19 national...

      Remote Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to encourage network providers to zero rate (a) educational websites and (b) video conferencing systems...

      Monuments: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Department is taking to protect monuments of historical, artistic and local heritage importance from political...

  • Department for Transport

    • Passengers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement, once possible, for air, sea and rail passengers arriving in England to have had a vaccination against COVID-19 as...

    • Motor Vehicles: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of air pollution from motor vehicles since the restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic were eased in...

      Shipping: Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 10 December 2020 (HL10934), what tests they have conducted with British merchant ships contacting UK...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Dynamic CO-CIN report to SAGE and NERVTAG (recent cases) and the Dynamic CO-CIN report to SAGE and NERVTAG (all cases), published on 29...

    • Asthma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve asthma outcomes.

      Palliative Care: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they plan to allocate to (1)hospice, and (2) palliative, care services in the next five years.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether tests undertaken as part of plans to introduce same day mass testing for COVID-19 in England will be free at the point of delivery.

      NHS: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the NHS Redress Act 2006 in resolving clinical negligence claims.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all those who were displaced due to the fire at Grenfell Tower are in permanent residential accommodation.

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Building Safety Fund imposes restrictions on recipients communicating with journalists about repairs without prior written approval; and, if so, why.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who are (1) homeless, and (2) rough sleeping.

      Building Safety Bill (Draft)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards preparing the Building Safety Bill for introduction into Parliament.

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 January (HL Deb, col 11), whether they plan to introduce legislation relating to leasehold reform by 2022.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the consultation paper by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Raising Accessibility standards for New Homes, published on 8...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ethiopia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in Tigray; and what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 3 November 2020 (HL9440), what resources are available for training new officers in the British Armed...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of the United States about any future trading relationship.

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