Written answers

Monday, 18 January 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure commuters are adhering to the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown restrictions and avoiding non-essential travel.

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support he is giving to councils to encourage them to apply for electric vehicle charging infrastructure funding.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of funding for electric vehicle infrastructure granted to English councils from (a) the ORCS, (b) the GULCS,...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce transport emissions in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Shipping: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the increased shipping costs for businesses in the UK importing products from Taiwan using shipping containers, and...

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will be responsible for ensuring passengers arriving in the UK have had a negative test for covid-19 prior to departure; and what training and...

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it a requirement for carriers to (a) notify passengers of the need to complete passenger locator forms prior to arrival in the UK, (b)...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote UK manufactured steel use across their Tier 1 contractors.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend driving theory test certificates expiring in 2020-21 by 12 months due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 132861, what documentation his Department has considered relating to requests for...

      Cultural Heritage: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 11 January 2021 to Questions 131200 and 131201, if he will ask Highways England to mark England’s historic county...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of supporting the introduction of an Innovation Power...

    • Fuel Poverty: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people in (a) Hemsworth Parliamentary constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber region were living in fuel...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the installation of heat pumps.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to assess the potential effect of the fall in oil prices on the take-up of the domestic Renewable Heat...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what fiscal steps he is taking to prevent fuel poverty during winter 2020-21.

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what obligation energy providers have to offer a service to business customers.

      Carbon Emissions: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of carbon dioxide was emitted in the Sheffield City Region in (a)...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to use the results of the Local Authority Delivery scheme to assess the effectiveness of...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the deadline for the Local Authority Delivery Scheme...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the deadline for delivery of the Local Authority...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of aligning the deadlines for Local Authority Delivery scheme...

      UK Emissions Trading Scheme: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to align the UK emissions trading scheme with the Government's net zero target.

      UK Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the benefits of a linked UK ETS.

      UK Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to establish a link between the UK Emissions Trading Scheme and other emissions trading schemes.

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for this Department's policies of the recommendation of the SAP...

      Social Rented Housing: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council was unsuccessful in its bid to receive funding from the Social...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the deadline for delivery of the Local Authority...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the deadline for the Local Authority Delivery Scheme on the...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to use the results of the Local Authority Delivery scheme to evaluate the effectiveness...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits aligning the deadlines for all Green Homes Grant Local Authority...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Green Homes Grant is spent effectively.

      Energy: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from energy providers based overseas on the effect of the UK-EU Trade and...

      Infrastructure: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has developed a plan for the future of the UK infrastructure market over the next 30 years to...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of updating the economic regulatory duties that...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the extension to PAS 2030:17 certifications will be further extended to March 2022 in line with the Green Home...

      Carbon Emissions: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government has made on producing a sustainable long-term plan for carbon pricing.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a carbon fee and dividend as part...

      UK Trade with EU: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to seek a future agreement with the EU on energy markets.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what remedial action is being taken where local authorities are not paying grants to eligible businesses for periods of...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department is monitoring the extent to which local authorities are paying available grants to eligible...

      Business: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish regular updates on how many and what proportion of eligible businesses have received the (a) Local...

      Business: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of eligible businesses have received (a) Local Restrictions Support Grants and (b) the...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many proposed redundancies were indicated on HR1 forms received by the Redundancy Payments Service in each month...

      Post Offices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on support for sub post offices during the covid-19 lockdown announced...

      Fireworks: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to give local authorities the power to implement noise limits on fireworks.

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support retail workers encourage public compliance of covid-19 restrictions in retail premises.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the hospitality sector in (a) Sutton Coldfield and (b) England during the January...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent panic buying in response to the announcement of the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown...

      Voluntary Work: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the statutory provision for time off to fulfill...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits click and collect options for non-essential retail in reducing the...

      Furniture: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to advise furniture delivery companies to discourage delivery drivers from entering...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to identify and deliver the covid-19 vaccine to people who have been sleeping rough.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether staff working with people who have been sleeping rough are in the top four priority groups to receive the covid-19 vaccine and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the UK covid-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan published on 11 January 2021, which states that 50 mass vaccination centres will...

      Test and Trace Support Payment: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish data on the number of people in (a) Luton and in (b) Luton North who have received the Test and Trace isolation payment.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of putting (a) teachers and (b) school staff in a higher priority group for the...

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether data by London borough will be recorded as part of the national rollout of the covid-19 vaccination programme.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether data on ethnicity will be recorded as part of the national rollout of the covid-19 vaccination programme.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and b) the Mayor of London on access to local data for the national covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on ensuring that asylum seekers are able to access the covid-19 vaccination...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on trends in the level of covid-19 transmission rates of reducing the length of the period of...

      Coronavirus: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a mass vaccination site will open in Yorkshire.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer to Question 106294 of 20th October 2020, on Coronavirus: screening, in what format data relating to lost and...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the threshold set for eligibility to receive payments under the Test and Trace Support...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of covid-19 vaccination centres required for every (a) local authority and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which person or organisation is responsible for covid-19 vaccination in Newcastle and can respond to queries.

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the holding Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 133784, for what reason the information requested relating to Nightingale...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish data on the number of vaccinations administered in each local authority area.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the criteria is for a venue to be considered as a covid-19 vaccination centre.

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what catering and refreshment facilities have been made available for staff at each of the NHS Nightingale Hospitals.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing delivery targets for NHS services during the 2021 covid-19 national lockdown.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the differences in coverage of (a) countries and (b) services are between the European Health Insurance Card scheme and the UK...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond the e-mail of 30 September 2020 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on behalf of Allan Gordon, reference...

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department collects on the length of time covid-19 patients spend in (a) regular and (b) intensive care hospital beds.

      Surgery: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people awaiting major surgery do not experience severe delays as a result of hospitals treating an...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 23 September and 20 November 2020 on behalf of his...

      NHS: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of oxygen to hospital trusts in (a) London and (b) England; and what contingency plans...

      Ambulance Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulance stations there were in Yorkshire and the Humber region in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      Hospitals: Harrogate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to open the NHS Nightingale hospital in Harrogate to patients.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff or consultants involved in the NHS Test and Trace programme are being paid (a) up to £25,000, (b) between...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people are eligible for the discretionary Test and Trace Support Payment in the event that part of their period of self-isolation...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the Test and Trace Support Payment to workers on all income levels.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 September 2020 to Question 89690 on Coronavirus: Screening, what the performance standards are that...

      Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) value and (b) cost is of the contracts to run the Lighthouse Laboratories; and what the planned duration is of those contracts.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) support and (b) guidance is available for family members wishing to visit care home residents where the care homes has been...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the UK population who had some level of resistance to covid-19 before the...

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide non-CQC regulated homecare workers with weekly covid-19 home test kits; and when his Department plans to vaccinate...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to allow people in receipt of qualifying benefits who have been advised to claim the Test and Trace Support...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2020 to Question 71905 on Coronavirus: Screening, how many of the covid-19 tests mailed to care...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the closure of a covid-19 testing centre is communicated to people travelling to attend a...

      Joint Biosecurity Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultants have been deployed by Boston Consulting Group at the new Joint Biosecurity Centre since 16 March 2020; what the day...

      Supported Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of covid-19 testing in supported living settings.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the UK population who remain susceptible to covid-19 infection.

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the Government is providing to people who are told to isolate by their children's school and who are not eligible to access...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his contribution of 19 October 2020, Official report, column 790, what steps he is taking to ensure that visits to care...

      Boston Consulting Group: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was chosen as a contractor to conduct consultancy work on test and trace; on what date the...

      Learning Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made on the accessibility to (a) healthcare information and (b) support and advice for (i) people with learning...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to update the guidance on visiting care home residents following the administering of the (a) first and (b) second dose...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the increase in the prescription of anti-psychotic medication in the care of people with dementia.

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he has made available to unpaid carers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing statutory regulation of (a) training and (b) professional standards...

      NHS: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of taking steps with the Home Secretary to waive the fees for overseas NHS workers...

      Royal College of Nursing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help ensure that fees paid to the Royal College of Nursing may be waived or reimbursed to nurses for this year...

      Coronavirus: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will extend PCR covid-19 testing supported living homes for adults with learning difficulties on the same basis as is provided to...

      Health Professions: Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adding nuclear medicine technologists to the Health and Care...

      Coronavirus: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support community pharmacies in Leicestershire with the roll-out of covid-19 vaccinations.

      Health Professions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide funding from the public purse for (a) a one-off bonus and (b) an annual pay increase to health care workers in...

      Doctors and Nurses: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) formally recognise the roles that armed forces nurses and doctors have played in hospitals during the...

      Health Professions: Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including Nuclear Medicine Technologists on the Health and Care Professions...

      Health Professions: Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to include nuclear medicine technologists on the Health and Care Professions Council register.

      Care Homes: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from charitable residential care homes on difficulties they have experienced whilst insuring their...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many previously retired NHS staff have worked in the NHS in each month since March 2020.

      NHS: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many assignments NHS volunteers have undertaken during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to help maintain contact between social care residents and their families while care homes are unable...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to adapt the roll-out of the covid-19 vaccine programme to allow more local communities to receive the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role community pharmacies will have in the delivery of the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been vaccinated against covid-19 (a) by 14 December 2020 and (b) to date.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the locations are of the GP surgeries that are administering the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for the participation of local authorities in the roll-out of covid-19 vaccines.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the public receive the covid-19 inoculation once it is available to each demographic.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how clinically extremely vulnerable people will be identified for the purposes of covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure that healthcare workers have the covid-19 inoculation.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including teachers on the priority covid-19 vaccine list.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of approving pharmacists to administer the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on prioritising teachers, school staff and early year practitioners...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine if the second dose is administered...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the covid-19 inoculation will be compulsory for (a) healthcare workers and (b) the public.

      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 128106 tabled on 15 December 2020 by the Hon Member for Islington South and Finsbury.

      Perinatal Mortality: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of (a) BAME and (b) other stillbirths in the West Midlands region.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average case rate is per 100,000 that is required for a region to be moved from Tier 3 covid level restrictions to Tier 2.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many referrals there were to NHS psychological therapies services in (a) January 2020, (b) February 2020, (c) March 2020, (d) April...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to support care homes to enable them to offer safe visits to family carers.

      Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support people with dementia (a) at home and (b) in residential care who are experiencing limited contact with...

      Life Expectancy: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle falling life expectancy in a number of local authorities in the north of England.

      Coronavirus: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on whether funeral directors have a heightened risk of contracting covid-19 from the bodies of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's guidance is on provision of informal childcare by people who are clinically extremely vulnerable providing during...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letters of 16 March 2020, 30 April  2020 and 12 June 2020 and telephone calls of 13 August 2020...

  • Leader of the House

    • Remote Divisions

      To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2021 to Question 133774 on Divisions: Electronic Voting, how many hon. Members were (a) unable to use the electronic method of...

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will publish the average time taken for the Department of Health and Social Care to answer written questions from hon. Members in (a) September 2020, (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • GCE A-level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to address regional inequalities in the UK for A-Level attainment.

    • 16 to 19 Tuition Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will allow providers in receipt of 16 to 19 tuition fund allocations in academic year 2020-21 to use that funding to support tuition...

      Children: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that education settings have supply of clear face coverings to support communication with deaf students during the...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department plans to provide to children leaving local authority care for the financial year 2020-21.

      National Skills Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase funding in retrofit skills as part of the Government’s National Skills Fund.

      Question

      What steps he is taking to support university students during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

      Students: Rented Housing

      What steps he is taking to support students who have paid rent for accommodation at university but are unable to use it as a result of covid-19 restrictions.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to roll out lateral flow tests to childminders and early years settings.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) pupils are eligible for digital devices and (b) digital devices have (i) been and (ii) yet to be delivered in each region.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what date he estimates that every child in need of a device for remote learning will have adequate access such a device during the January 2021...

      Question

      What support his Department is providing to help safeguard (a) staff and (b) children in early years settings during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops have been (a) ordered and (b) delivered from the Government scheme to support online remote learning for (i) primary schools and (ii)...

      Remote Education: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help deaf students access remote learning during the covid-19 lockdown that began in January 2021.

      Coronavirus: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) advice and (b) guidance provided by (i) the Chief Medical Officer and (ii) Public Health England which informed the...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the Government plans to base early years entitlement funding on January 2021’s attendance figures during a national lockdown and...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support his Department is providing to children with Special Educational Needs to ensure that their education is not affected by the...

      Assessments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of enabling exam-year students to appeal their teachers' recommendations for their...

      Remote Education: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many G4 routers have been supplied to schools in Garson and Halewood constituency to help families who do not have affordable broadband or data to...

      GCE A-level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the change in the percentage gap from 2018 to 2019 between local authority areas...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding Edenred has received to deliver the national free school meal voucher scheme in 2020.

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to protect staff at SEN schools during the January 2021 lockdown.

      Learning Disability and Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the needs of children with special needs and learning disabilities are being met during the January 2021...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish (a) updated transparency data on looked-after children in independent or semi-independent placements for the year...

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish earlier than 17 February the information entitled Devices and internet connectivity data: progress update.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the primary focus of Government school policy is the interests of parents and pupils during the national lockdown.

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the long-term support available to clinically extremely vulnerable teachers working during the covid-19...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the proposed taskforce on the mental health challenges facing pupils, students and staff throughout the education sector, announced...

      Primary Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that primary schools, identified as a lower transmission risk, can reopen to all children as soon as...

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has with local education authorities on children with no access to remote learning equipment during the covid-19...

      Remote Education: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of school closures on children with limited or no broadband connectivity in Buckinghamshire.

      Children's Centres: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many sure start centres there were in Yorkshire and the Humber region in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has published for teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that they are aware that children who cannot access remote...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reforming the schools appeals process in line with the temporary changes during the covid-19...

      Vocational Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support students taking vocational qualifications who are unable to complete coursework assessments as a result of colleges...

      School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will extend the provisions of The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 beyond the...

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to speed up the rollout of digital devices and wi-fi to children who are unable to access remote learning from home.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate the Government has made of the average annual cost of school uniform.

      Remote Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in (i) Tameside and (ii) Oldham who do not have...

      Apprentices: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices are awaiting their End-Point Assessment and unable to complete their apprenticeship.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with universities on providing extra support for (a) mature students and (b) students with children who may be facing...

      Supply Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will write to schools to clarify his Department's guidance on how they should pay supply teachers who are currently employed by them on either...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that students in Rother Valley who have been unable to sit their BTEC and vocational exams in January 2021 due to...

      Vocational Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that students in Rother Valley who have taken BTEC and vocational exams in January 2021 are provided with the...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that home-schooled pupils will be able to achieve the qualifications they are working towards at the end...

      International Baccalaureate: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that students due to sit International Baccalaureate exams in the UK in the 2020-21 academic year are...

      Universities: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to require universities with charitable status to (a) register with the Charity Commission and (b) file a serious...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department had with the Welsh Government on the allocation and distribution of Wi-Fi vouchers from telecommunication companies...

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of closing nurseries and early years settings as a result of the exponential rise in...

      International Baccalaureate: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the International Baccalaureate organisation on exams due to take place in academic year 2020-21.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Juries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of elderly and vulnerable members of the public who are summoned for jury service during the...

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding cases in (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates' courts (i) there are as of 12 January 2021 and (ii) there were on 12 January 2020.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has targets in place on the maximum waiting period expected for someone in receipt of universal credit to receive a decision on...

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for grant of probate his Department has outstanding at the most recent date for which that information is available.

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Prison Service Pay Review Body’s Nineteenth Report on England and Wales 2020, Recommendation 3, what estimate he has made of...

      Prison Service: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Prison Service Pay Review Body’s Nineteenth Report on England and Wales 2020, section 3.35, what estimate he has made of the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hardship payments have been claimed by legal aid providers to date; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of those payments in...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on expanding the scope of legal aid to cover special guardianship orders in private family proceedings as set out...

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to enable businesses to stagger payments of VAT that were deferred due to the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what performance metrics his Department uses to assess the UK Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the July 2020 stamp duty holiday on the housing market; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to extend the period that people can defer their self-assessment tax return payments to HMRC in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendation of the Treasury Committee in its report Economic impact of coronavirus: Gaps in...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 30 October 2020 cut-off date for furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on people who started...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees have been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme who are employed (a) full time, (b) part-time, (c) by an agency, (d) on...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether people who have submitted tax returns for 2019-20 will be eligible to apply for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme from 31 January 2021.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the contract the Government has with Zouk Capital for the management of the UK Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund.

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of financial pressure experienced during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021; and what assessment he...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to (a) close the gaps in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme identified by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in the fourth round of...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that the fourth grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme covering February-April 2021 remains at 80 per cent of an individual's...

      Cleaning Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether indoor cleaning companies will be given financial compensation for bookings that have been cancelled due to covid-19 restrictions.

      Service Industries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take to support (a) employers and (b) furloughed employees in the events and hospitality industry who are in financial difficulty.

      Beer: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to support small breweries during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: Luton North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish an evaluation of the (a) financial and (b) public health effects in the Luton North constituency of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

      Off-payroll Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the IR35 reforms for twelve months in light of the effect on businesses of the covid-19...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the tax implications of the UK leaving the EU for UK citizens whose sole residence is in the EU and who need to sell...

      Fire Prevention: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of exempting (a) fire alarms and (b) other fire safety products from VAT.

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC tax offices there were in Yorkshire and the Humber region in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of levying a separate, lower level of duty on cask ale to protect it as an important national...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the VAT rate to zero for existing dwellings when making energy efficient improvements as...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support the hospitality industry during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown period.

      Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage consumer spending in (a) non-essential retail and (b) the hospitality sector once covid-19 restrictions on those sectors are...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a list of the organisations that have received funding from the Sugar Tax Levy; and what steps he is taking to promote applications for...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to provide additional financial support to (a) beauty and (b) hair salons during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an immediate review of all covid-19 related support available to the hospitality sector in order to implement changes to the structure...

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral contribution of 11 January 2021, Official Report column 26, if he will publish the evidence from the Office for Budget Responsibility...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow credit unions to offer (a) insurance services and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s tax-free childcare scheme.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing child tax credit.

      Business: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the banking sector does not cease to offer business bank accounts to support people who have lost their jobs...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will delay the start of repayments under the Bounce Bank Loan scheme.

      UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to publish an impact assessment of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement each quarter for 2021, with reference to (a) sectors of the...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing direct access to funding for the Bounce Back Loan to (a) non-bank organisations and (b)...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Western Sahara: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he made of the effect of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara on the prospects for...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for Government policy on arms sales to Saudi Arabia of...

      Qatar: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the Middle East of the restoration of...

      Overseas Workers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) Iraq and (b) other countries allow UK contract workers who test...

      Embassies: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126854 on Embassies: Staff, how many UK-based staff there...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to make representations to international bodies on the effect of Chinese...

      USA: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department have had with President-elect Biden's administration on the events...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent engagement the Government has had with the incoming Biden administration on UK-US joint priorities.

      China: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to Turkish officials on the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China...

      Commonwealth: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what consular assistance arrangements his Department has with embassies and consulates of Commonwealth countries...

      Bosnia: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Bosnian counterpart and (b) the EU on the conditions facing...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on poverty rates in the global south;...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect British NGO’s importing life-saving goods into Yemen from potential legal...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

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

      Mohammed bin Salman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the Public Investment Fund of...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of working with the Biden Administration to encourage...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the continued detention and wellbeing of...

      USA: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the storming of the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.

      Xinjiang: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether an Early Warning Mechanism using Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability has been triggered for Xinjang.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Forces Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel and their families have been rejected by the Forces Help to Buy scheme’s application process since the...

    • Forces Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Forces Help to Buy payments have been completed in each region since the scheme began.

      Armed Forces: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the carbon emissions of the British Forces South Atlantic have been over the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel from BAME backgrounds have been promoted into the officer ranks since 2012.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of currency depreciation in defence procurement on the defence budget.

      Military Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 12 January 2021, Official Report, column 194 on reservist training, if he will publish details of other steps...

      Navy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60642 on Navy: Coronavirus, what recent assessment his Department has made of the risk of covid-19...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the effectiveness of steps taken by his Department to ensure that UK training programmes provided for foreign armed forces do not...

      Navy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure Royal Navy staff undertaking in-person training are protected from covid-19 (a) nationally and (b)...

      Military Aid: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 38930, how many Military Aid to Civil Authority (MACA) requests were (a) made of and (b) approved by...

      Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the optimal rate for the delivery of frigates.

      Type 32 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of UK design capacity for the Type 32 frigate.

      Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that his Department's procurement spend on steel remains within the UK steel supply chain.

      USA: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure compatibility between the purchase of US equipment for UK armed service and job creation within the defence industry...

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the written statement on 17 November 2020 on Estate optimisation HCWS582, what progress his Department has made on the intended...

      Veterans: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to award service medals to nuclear test veterans.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has received representations and information on businesses needing clarification of whether they require an EHC...

    • Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will publish the advice it received from (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) the UK Expert Committee...

      Guide Dogs: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the rules are on guide dog owners travelling to the (a) EU and (b) Northern Ireland following the end of the transition...

      Peat Bogs: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the scope of legislative proposals needed to end the burning of important...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Government has opted not to adopt EU regulations banning the export of plastic waste to non-OECD...

      Pets: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the validity of animal health certificates for those...

      River Severn: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what physical steps have been taken to tackle flooding along the River Severn since January 2020.

      Hemp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing hemp farming in the UK.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the emergency authorisation of products containing neonicotinoid...

      Cephalopods and Shellfish: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's timeframe is for the publication of the Review of the Evidence for Sentience in Decapod Crustaceans...

      Slaughterhouses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of offering Government funding to support the (a) establishment of and...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK chemicals industry of the new UK REACH system.

      Boats: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether boat owners are permitted to visit their boats for essential (a) maintenance and (b) safety checks during the...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparative assessment he has made of his Department's preparedness to respond to flooding in winter (a) 2019-20 and...

      Pets: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the financial cost to pet owners making multiple trips between Northern Ireland and Scotland,...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign criminals have been deported in each of the last ten years; and whether it is her policy to increase the number of deportations.

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2020 to Question 131351 on Asylum: Greater London, what assessment she has made of trends in the number...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2018 published in July 2019, what type of tests...

      Migrant Workers: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the minimum salary requirement for settlement in the UK for...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle organised crime.

      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, if she will...

      British Nationals Abroad: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether new British National Overseas citizens on the new British National Overseas visa require a Superintendent Registrar Certificate to...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments at the earliest opportunity...

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to protect police officers and police staff from covid-19; and whether they will be prioritised for the covid-19...

      Airguns: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 134186 on Airguns: Regulation, when she plans to publish the responses to the initial...

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport, (b) representatives from the motor industry and (c)...

      Bedfordshire Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources her Department has allocated to Bedfordshire Police for the enforcement of covid-19 regulations.

      Immigration: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ban foreign criminals who have served more than one year in jail from entering the UK.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2020 to Question 126060, what oversight the Government will have of the actions and conduct of French...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of potential accommodation alternatives to housing asylum seekers in former army barracks.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people residing in asylum accommodation were (a) children and (b) vulnerable on medical grounds in each of the last three years.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2020 to Question 127570 on Asylum: Employment, when she plans to publish a final report on the review...

      Visas: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Adult Dependent Relative visa eligibility criteria, introduced in 2012, on pressure...

      Asylum: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 130841, what progress she has made on timescales for the relocation of asylum seekers...

      Deportation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential public health risks of continuing with enforced removals while the UK is subject to...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the shared prosperity fund will equal existing financial support for (a) research infrastructure, (b) skills...

    • Neighbourhood Development Plans: Horden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 133788 and with reference to the UK-wide investment framework in...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the funding being made available for freeports announced in the Spending Review 2020 CP 330: section...

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of permitting Business Improvement Districts to operate as a...

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund has been allocated to local authorities to date.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Government guidance to local authorities will specify that essential businesses materially impacted by...

      Airports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish (a) the total amount of business rates paid and (b) how much relief has been granted for each...

      Coronavirus: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if the Government will take steps to increase the capacity of local authorities to help tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to applications to the Building Safety Fund, what information is shared with unsuccessful applicants to...

      Building Safety Fund: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the application to the Building Safety Fund in respect of the Saxton Drive building, Leeds LS9 was refused.

      Estate Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what scientific evidence his Department is using to guide the decision to allow estate agent offices to remain open to...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 11 January 2021 to Questions 131203, 132794 and 132795, what assessment he has made of the...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral Answer of 12 January 2021, Official Report, what criteria the Government uses to assess whether a...

      Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether applicants for the installation of sounders to silent alarm systems that were installed in buildings prior to...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many residential properties in London under 18 metres his Department has identified as being constructed with ACM...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what evidential basis the limit of 500 words was set for freeport bids regarding the economic rationale for tax...

      Night Shelters: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department is providing to homeless shelters to protect (a) staff and (b) residents from covid-19.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution's statement on 13 January, what is...

    • Veterans: Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the rate of unemployment among veterans.

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent suicide among veterans.

      UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish a comprehensive and independently-verified economic impact assessment for the UK-EU...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the additional costs to (a) businesses in (i) Midlothian and (ii)...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to (a) issue any official commemorative items and (b) organise any celebratory...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reversing the requirements for UK small businesses...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister is responsible for the (a) administration of and public communication around the UK's new...

      Serious Violence Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the cross-Whitehall Crime and Justice Taskforce was created; and who the members of that Taskforce are.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many education staff have died from covid-19.

      Death: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many excess deaths were recorded in Yorkshire and the Humber region in each year since 2010 and up to and...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will extend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to private companies contracted to deliver public...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Procter and Gamble: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has held discussions with Procter and Gamble on increasing trade with China.

    • Trade Agreements: Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what provisions exist in the free trade agreement with Vietnam to suspend that agreement in whole or in part in response to serious...

      Trade Agreements: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what provisions exist in the UK’s free trade agreement with Turkey to suspend that agreement in whole or in part in response to...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of visa free travel on British musicians within the EU.

    • Musicians: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on improving the movement rights of musicians and performers to...

      Gambling Act 2005 Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ensure that the Gambling Act Review (a) focuses on empowering customers, (b) does not propose blanket measures that...

      Culture: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the arts and culture industry in Coventry as they begin to commemorate Coventry as the city...

      Mobile Phones: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last made an assessment of the (a) weaknesses in the UK's SS7 phone signalling system and (b) implications for...

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the outcome and data of the consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion, which closed on 1...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2020 to Question 127557 on Data Protection, who will have oversight for the new...

      Civil Disorder: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the storming of the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 and its...

  • Prime Minister

    • Angela Merkel

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he last spoke to Chancellor Merkel of Germany; and if he will make a statement.

    • Donald Trump

      To ask the Prime Minister, what personal representations he has made to the President of the United States on the events on Capitol Hill on Wednesday 6 January 2021.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members' Staff: Voluntary Work

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, on which dates in January 2021 the directors of IPSA (a) met and...

    • Members' Staff: Voluntary Work

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 133126,...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality: Databases

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her oral contribution of 13 January 2021, Official Report, on the launch of an equality data project which will look at the life...

    • Equality: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her oral contribution of 25 November 2020, Official Report, column 814, whether there have been Equality Impact Assessments which...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, in 2010, whether the Government plans to enact the Equality Act’s socio-economic duty.

  • Home Office

    • Cybercrime: Home Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current risk to the Home Office of a cyber attack; and (2) whether adequate resources are in place to respond to that risk.

    • Right of Abode: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 May 2020 (HL3768) and the letter sent by the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration on...

  • Department for Transport

    • British Transport Police: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include British Transport Police officers in the first round of those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Transport Focus Fairer fares: the future of rail commuting published on 18 August 2020, in particular the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Festival UK* 2022

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in planning Festival UK 2022; and whether events related to that Festival will be held in all countries of the UK.

    • Football: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the Football Association in the recruitment of BAME referees in grassroots football.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Asthma: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to develop a national comprehensive severe asthma guideline to ensure that people with severe asthma are identified and treated correctly.

  • Treasury

    • EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total UK net public sector contributions to the EU/EC budget between 1991 and 2019 at real 2019 prices.

    • Coronavirus: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total daily cost of their COVID-19 financial support packages.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial support to those registered as self-employed who were excluded from previous COVID-19 financial support schemes.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the furlough scheme beyond 30 April.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on consumers of EU-based companies suspending deliveries to the UK because of documentation and taxation requirements...

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