Written answers

Friday, 29 January 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Supermarkets: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that supermarket retailers minimise the roadside air pollution caused by their vehicles.

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of differing blood alcohol limits in the UK on levels of road safety.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to address the backlog of driving tests when covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted; and whether he has made an assessment of the...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to support learner drivers whose theory test certificate has expired over the course of the last year before they have been able to...

      Motor Vehicles: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is planning to take to reduce ownership of sports utility vehicles in urban areas.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason MOTs have not been extended in the context of the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote car sharing.

      Travel: Cross Border Cooperation

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce disruption to cross-border travel as a result of the end of the transition period.

      Travel: Cross Border Cooperation

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce disruption to cross-border travel as a result of the end of the transition period.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Physiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance the Government has issued to local authorities on whether physiotherapy clinics that share premises with...

    • Energy: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the need for people that work as gas and electricity meter readers to be working in...

      Energy: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department’s guidance on working safely during coronavirus...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Government's response to his Department's July 2019 consultation, Good Work Plan:...

      Parental Leave and Parental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay scheme.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the backlog of Employment Tribunal single claims...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether dog training businesses operating from a business rates registered premises are entitled to receive the Local...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses that have not been mandated to close but are only able to operate online under the national lockdown...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discretion local authorities have to determine whether a business has been mandated to close when deciding...

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors in Rother Valley...

      Bereavement Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce rights to statutory bereavement leave for workers.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) trade unions, (b) employers' organisations and (c) businesses his Department has consulted on the forthcoming...

      Hydrogen: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of the level of funding for hydrogen strategy in the (a) UK and (b) EU; and...

      Hydrogen: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage private investment in the UK's hydrogen market.

      Hydrogen: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage private investment into the UK hydrogen market.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many departmental staff will be attending COP26 in an official capacity with their expenses covered.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2021 to Question 130796 on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, when the review of UK...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure abortion services in Northern Ireland are compliant with the Northern...

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on equality for women across the UK of the lack of (a) funding or (b) commissioning for...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women have travelled to England to receive abortion care since the establishment of a legal framework for abortion in Northern Ireland...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to provide funding to public health teams in London boroughs to raise awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis...

    • Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to strengthen outpatient care online to ensure that appropriate patients and clinicians have access to remote...

      General Practitioners: Coronavirus

      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) GP phone reception capacity and (b) the ability of patients to...

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many positive cases of covid-19 have been identified in early years childcare settings in each week since 1 January 2021.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making the wearing of face masks compulsory in public spaces.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that students registered at a term-time GP practice and residing in that location during the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to provide covid-19 vaccinations for unpaid carers of disabled people.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure covid-19 vaccine targets will be met.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the prioritisation of people for vaccination...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many individual doses of the (a) Pfizer Biontech vaccine and (b) Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine (i) had been distributed to each of the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of prioritising (a) teachers, (b) refuse collectors and (c) all key...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on prioritising unpaid carers for a covid-19 vaccine.

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department has provided to (a) patients and (b) health professionals on the most appropriate alternative forms of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of classifying staff of school students with special needs as frontline...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what emergency plans are in place in the event that there are shortfalls in hospital oxygen supplies during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the lengthened time between vaccine doses on clinically extremely vulnerable people who are...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing two children under the age of 12 to meet outdoors with an adult present...

      Oxygen: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of oxygen blood level tests such as pulse oximeters in patients with darker skins.

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2021 to Question 126931 on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People, what monitoring...

      Secure Psychiatric Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January to Question 136451 on Secure Psychiatric Units, how many assaults there were on (a) staff and (b)...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward proposals to enable families with disabled children over the age of five to form support bubbles during the...

      Mental Health Services: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £19 million spent in capital in 2020 on central programmes to support mental health services was spent on...

      Mental Health Services: Napier Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mental health support is in place for detainees at Napier Barracks in Folkstone; and what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities in England who applied to the National Silver and Gold Committees to move up a tier of the local covid alert...

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2021 to Question 126929 on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People, if he will make...

      Mental Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve mental health support to reduce levels of suicide in (a) Sutton Coldfield and (b) the West Midlands.

      Hospitals: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support digital infrastructure investment in hospitals.

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2021 to Question 126928, what routine monitoring his Department undertakes of obsessive compulsive...

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that clinicians are discussing with women and girls the risks of taking sodium valproate and other...

      Disease Control and Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to continue funding infection prevention and control support to public health teams.

      Epilepsy: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the costs to the NHS of epilepsy misdiagnosis in each of the last five years.

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2021 to Question 126930 on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Children and Young People, what recent...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2021 to Question 134007, what engagement he has had with unions and staff associations representing...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS RightCare has taken to tackle variations in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that healthcare professionals are aware of the findings of the safety review of epilepsy medicines in...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the premature loss of life that will result from missed diagnosis and treatment of non-Covid-related...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of issuing guidance to allow people admitted to hospital who are (a)...

      Epilepsy

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

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of unplanned hospitalisations for those with epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Whittington Health NHS Trust: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is being provided to Whittington Health NHS Trust to support staff and patients during the period of increased covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Prime Minister's oral contribution of 22 July 2020, Official Report, column 2152, whether he has read the recommendations...

  • Wales Office

    • Local Growth Deals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish information on his Department's progress in signing new Growth Deals in Wales.

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December to Question 124804 on Students: Coronavirus, what the terms of reference are for the group monitoring and...

    • GCE A-level and GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce the details on GCSE and A-level assessments for summer 2021.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support private candidates not affiliated with a school, during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason private, voluntary and independent early years providers are not eligible for the roll-out of covid-19 home testing kits.

      IGCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will (a) require private schools to review their decision to proceed with International GCSEs this summer and (b) ensure that all...

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care and...

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department is providing to (a) Place2Be and (b) other children’s mental health charities that provide support within...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools will be closed to all children in the February 2021 half term.

      Remote Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many dongles have been requested by City of York Council to support remote learning during the covid-19 outbreak; and how many of those dongles...

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason maintained nursery schools are receiving covid-19 home testing kits a week later than primary schools and school-based early years...

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the (a) overall cost to schools of delivering online learning and (b) specific cost of live online learning via Microsoft...

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is available for casual supply teachers who are not contracted to a school during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) employment and (b) income of supply teachers.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to reopen applications for tutoring organisations to become approved tuition partners as part of the national tutoring...

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will ensure that all early years' settings in England have access to regular asymptomatic covid-19 testing.

      Remote Education: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is available for parents who, as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, are homeschooling a child with a hearing impairment.

      Extended Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support he is providing to the wraparound care sector in response to the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

      Social Mobility Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what consultations were undertaken prior to the decision to move the Social Mobility Commission to the Cabinet Office.

      Department for Education: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Departmental staff will be attending COP26 in an official capacity with their expenses covered.

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide alternative arrangements to students without teacher-assessed grades to substitute their A-level grade.

      Remote Education: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops have been distributed to support remote learning to date, by parliamentary constituency; and how many of those laptops have been...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) consistency of the curriculum and (b) the quality of pupils' education during January 2021 covid-19...

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the future role of remote learning in the education system.

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) laptops and (b) home learning devices have been distributed to children in (i) England, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) the Meriden...

      IGCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the viability due to the covid-19 outbreak of the decision to allow IGCSEs to take place in the 2020-21 academic year.

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to help school pupils catch up with the curriculum who did not have access to a computer device during school closures in spring...

      Secondary Education: Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to work with (a) Cloud Learn and (b) other online education providers to create a secure online learning platform...

      Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 guidance and regulations for mainstream schools, what sources of funding and support are available for (a) shielding...

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support is available to supply teachers who are not teaching as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Maternity Leave: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral evidence of the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets to the Women and Equalities Committee on Unequal...

    • Youth Custody: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in custody have been reported by his Department as being placed in (a) handcuffs or (b) restraints in each of the last twelve months;...

      Administrative Law Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish his Department's submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law's call for evidence.

  • Treasury

    • Building Safety Fund: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of VAT charges on the efficacy Building Safety Fund to repair buildings with (a) unsafe cladding and (b) fire...

    • Leisure: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend business rates relief to the leisure industry supply chain.

      Parental Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of taking steps to encourage companies to place parents on furlough while schools are closed as...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK's ability to cease charging VAT on personal protective equipment.

      Social Enterprises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to expand the scope of the Social Investment Tax Relief scheme.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the effect of (a) cladding and (b) fire safety...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue raised from the charging of VAT on personal protective equipment since November 2020.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Pensions and Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to review the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow employers to include in their claim to HMRC (a) employer contributions...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until at least 12 months after the final covid-19 lockdown is eased.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to ensure effective communication and co-ordination between the Trader Support Service and the Irish Revenue Commissioners.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the current staffing level is of the Trader Support Service.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HMRC will take steps to ensure all patient transport services as zero-rated for VAT purposes.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iain Lindsay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department was consulted on the appointment of former UK ambassador to Bahrain, Iain Lindsay, as an...

    • Myanmar: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to impose further sanctions on Myanmar.

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report by Human Rights Watch entitled An...

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Myanmar Government on the (a) safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees...

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Myanmar on allowing Rohingya people to stand in elections.

      Sustainable Development: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions the Minister for the Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development has had with local...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what role the Minister for the Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development has in respect of the...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many departmental staff will be attending COP26 in an official capacity with their expenses covered.

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Special Rapporteurs have visited the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara since the UN Security...

      Western Sahara: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2021 to Question 137300, whether Morocco has sovereignty over the territory...

      Iran: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the permanent members of the UN Security Council on reports that Iran is...

      Western Sahara: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to make representations to the Moroccan Government on freedom of expression for people calling...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing sanctions against Bahrain in response to alleged...

      Tigray: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure that all civilians in Tigray have access to humanitarian...

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the UK Government seeking participation within the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women in his Department have participated in the Crossing Thresholds programme since 2018.

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gender balance is of temporary contract staff in his Department.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Veterans ID cards will be rolled out.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of claims for (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment support allowance and (c)...

    • Universal Credit: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, since the start of the covid-19 outbreak, what Government support has been provided to people claiming universal credit who have a mortgage...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the Petfished campaign to the general public.

    • Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Petfished campaign.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to increase support for equine rescue centres during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hunting: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs, whether hunting is considered as exercise under the covid-19 lockdown restrictions announced in January 2021.

      Animal Grooming: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a veterinary referral is necessary for pet groomers to carry out grooming appointments for welfare reasons during...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees were planted under The Big Tree Plant scheme.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards he is putting in place to prevent the overuse of neonicotinoids.

      Rivers: South Downs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of protection of chalk streams in the South Downs.

      Rivers: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2020 to Question 123502, when the new joint taskforce on storm overflows will publish...

      Flood Control: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Environment Agency has made on maintenance at high flood risk areas along the River Arun and River Adur in...

      Agriculture: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of creating strategic partnerships between schools and local...

      Pesticides: Pollinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the development and wider use of non-chemical pesticides in order to protect pollinators.

      Farmers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a land-matching scheme, similar to schemes in place in...

      Seafood: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase domestic consumption of UK-caught seafood

      Farms: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise local authorities to retain and invest in their farm estates.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department’s consultation on food labelling is planned to include questions on the need (a) for labelling...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers were culled in 2020.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many departmental staff will be attending COP26 in an official capacity with their expenses covered.

      Agriculture: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards the Government has put in place to protect high British food and farming standards after new trade deals are...

      Agriculture: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of Lord Gardiner of Kimble of 23 November 2020, Official Report, column 808, what...

      Agriculture: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) local authorities, (b) landowners and (c) stakeholders on improving land...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to enable remote asylum interviews for unaccompanied children where a responsible adult must be present.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been waiting nine months or longer for a decision on their asylum application in the most recent period for which...

      Asylum: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has consulted public health directors on the potential effect on public health of the cessation of people's refugee status in...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have had decisions made on their asylum application without requiring an interview in the last nine months.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Detention Services Order (DSO) 06/2016 Women in the detention estate, whether the constant supervision of women...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have agreed to facilitate remote interviews following her proof-of-concept exercise with Kent county council to...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of statutory responsibilities to support adults who are selling sex and/or...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to transpose into domestic law EU Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and...

      Racial Discrimination and Sexual Offences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support her Department provides to specialist services for women who experience racism and who have survived sexual exploitation.

      Housing: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure there is adequate access to safe accommodation for adults fleeing sexual exploitation.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people's biometric residence permits UK Visas and Immigration has received with respect to the free one-year visa extensions for...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people there are whose employers have told UK Visas and Immigration that they are eligible for the free one-year visa extensions...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted visa extensions under the scheme of free one-year visa extensions for health workers during the covid-19...

      Musicians: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing (a) a two year multi-entry touring visa, (b) a temporary cultural...

      Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to stop the illegal (a) supply and (b) distribution of nitrous oxide for recreational consumption.

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of available appointments slots with the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services in each of...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to publish the results of her Department's consultation, Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments...

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has provided an extension to people applying for British citizenship by naturalisation to provide their fingerprints, photo and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police officers in (a) January 2021 and (b) January 2019.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that victims of modern slavery with EU/EEA nationality living in the UK before December 31 2020 are able...

      Police National Computer: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the loss of 400,000 police records, what discussions her Department has had with Portsmouth City Council.

      Counter-terrorism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications of the covid-19 outbreak for the implementation of the Prevent strategy.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has undertaken due diligence checks on projects that receive Prevent strategy funding.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she takes to assess the (a) potential effectiveness and (b) effectiveness of projects that receive Prevent strategy funding.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many Departmental staff will be attending COP26 in an official capacity with their expenses covered.

    • Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the capacity of local councils to provide payments to successful claimants of the...

      Housing: Poplar and Limehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of (a) White British households and (b) Bangladeshi households are living in overcrowded accommodation...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department have any plans to increase the powers available to Local Authorities to prevent house builders...

      Service Charges: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to regulate the growing property maintenance sector to protect leaseholders from...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to make (a) heat pumps, (b) solar and (c) other domestic renewables compulsory for...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to introduce a licencing scheme for landlords in the private housing sector.

      Homelessness: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made for his policies of people in the LGBTQ+ community who are made homeless due to fleeing...

      Sleeping Rough: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle rough sleeping in the Birmingham City Council area.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Bradford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will relocate some civil services jobs to Bradford district.

    • G7: Cornwall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the education of school children in St Ives of the...

      Cabinet Office: Mitie

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his Department's Facilities Management...

      UK Government Union Capability Independent Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2020 to Question 90271, when the Government plans to publish the...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to announce what progress has been made with the compensation framework review in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Shipping: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support her Department is providing to the maritime industry to help increase exports of maritime (a) products and (b) services.

    • Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Department's monthly transparency publications on expenditure over £25,000, where the following payments made to...

      Pipelines: East Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2020 to Question 122815 on Pipelines: East Africa, for what reason the Answer of 23 December 2020 to...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the advice provided by trade experts in her Department to UK businesses.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video Games: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the video games sector.

    • Golf: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of removing the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown restrictions on...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the gambling industry on the potential merits of a cessation of gambling advertising during...

      Winter Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of categorising (a) figure skating, (b) ice hockey and (c) other ice-based...

      Culture Recovery Fund: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas has been allocated to cinemas in (a) Sussex and (b)...

      Broadband: Leeds North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many broadband cabinets are not enabled for fibre in Leeds North West constituency.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Equalities of 13 January 2021, Official Report, column 276, what assessment she has made of the...

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her oral contribution of 13 January 2021, Official Report, column 281, on the launch of an Equality Data Project which will...

      Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to her answer on conversion therapy to the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton on 23 September 2020, Official Report, Column 931, whether the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with EU member states about their enforcement of the Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Amendment) Regulations 2020, and in...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultancy contracts relating to HS2 of over £5 million have been agreed since 2010; and to deposit the details of each such contract, including (1)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the planning assumptions for bringing into service high-speed train connections to the HS2 route from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

      Egnos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service will have on the ability of...

      Eurostar: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial support to Eurostar; and if they have any such plans, whether they will require Eurostar to make any surplus rolling...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Canterbury

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Canterbury urban extension on air pollution levels; and what affect the categorisation of Canterbury as an air...

    • Planning Permission: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to air pollution levels when making ministerial decisions on whether to call-in a planning application.

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow local authorities to hold public meetings remotely after the 6 May local elections.

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households have been made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what additional support they have offered to those households, in particular to...

      Planning Permission: Legal Opinion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a local planning authority can be required to disclose the details of any legal opinions it has received regarding a planning application to those who may...

      Planning Permission: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 19 January (HL11725), why have they not required local authorities to include the Nationally...

      Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what planning permissions have been sought and given for the White Cliffs inland border facility near Dover; what other permissions are (1) needed, (2) have been...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of removing and replacing flammable cladding on all blocks of flats.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households live in blocks of flats with flammable cladding.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many blocks of flats have flammable cladding other than aluminium composite material; and how many of those blocks are (1) 18 metres or more in height, and (2)...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many blocks of flats have aluminium composite material cladding; and how many of those blocks are (1) 18 metres or more in height, and (2) below 18 metres in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Economics Statistics Centre of Excellence Estimating the UK population during the pandemic, published on 14 January, what plans...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the World Food programme about the humanitarian requirements of people displaced by conflict in Tigray; and what estimate...

    • Occupied Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) international partners in the World Health Organization (WHO), about making COVID-19...

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish in full the details of the reported offer made by the EU that would have allowed the UK's creative artists freedom of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) countries, (2) businesses, and (3) organisations, were represented at the Africa Investment Conference held on 20 January; and whether a recording of...

    • UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what method they intend to use measure the planned increase in UK investment in Africa; and what are the principal means by which they are supporting UK firms to...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in aligning the use of export credits with the UK’s commitments on climate change, including those related to (1) sustainable...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend (1) the granting of arms export licences, and (2) military support, to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on racial economic equality.

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