Written answers

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Liverpool Port: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) Jigsaw Homes, (b) Bellway North West, (c) Nuffield College, (d) P&O Ferries / Ferrymasters, (e) Stagecoach Merseyside, (f) Santander...

    • Network Rail: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the spend was in real terms on protecting Network Rail infrastructure assets from weather-related impacts for each year of the control period...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure passengers return to using (a) rail and (b) other forms of public transport once covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

      Network Rail: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the two taskforces established after the Stonehaven train derailment to examine Networks Rail’s response to climate change will report...

      Network Rail: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of inspections and works in relation to protecting Network Rail infrastructure assets is undertaken by staff (a) directly employed by...

      Network Rail: Stonehaven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many infrastructure assets Network Rail has yet to inspect and assess as a proportion of total assets for weather-related infrastructure impacts...

      Network Rail: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which infrastructure assets identified by Network Rail in 2020 as requiring action to be taken to protect or repair the asset as a result of...

      Aviation: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the need to mitigate the effect of covid-19 quarantine measures on the (a)...

      Regional Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish a recovery plan on how his Department will support regional airports to help ensure their continuing viability as covid-19...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support regional airports; and if he will make a statement.

      Buses and Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk of covid-19 among bus, coach and taxi drivers.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Integrated Rail Plan will be published.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, plans he has to increase rail investment in North of England (a) cities, (b) towns and (c) rural areas.

      Roads: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding he has allocated to Birmingham City Council for the repair of potholes in the last 12 months.

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the Transport for the North's core budget was reduced.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with their European counterparts on the scope of existing constraints on eligible small boat...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the inclusion of the location of speed cameras on Google Maps and other web mapping services.

      Bridges: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to financially support local authorities in repairing substandard bridges to their full carrying capacity within...

      Motorcycles: Keyworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his department has made of the potential merits of extending the validity period of Compulsory Basic Training certification for...

      Train Operating Companies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the long term effect of open access operators closing on rail connectivity in the affected regions.

      Network Rail: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the effect of a reduction in enhancements for the 2019-24 control period on the protection of Network Rail...

      Network Rail: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many infrastructure assets were determined by Network Rail to require assessment for weather-related infrastructure impacts in respect of (a)...

      Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to electrify the Midland Mainline beyond Corby.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2021 to Question 137282, when are delayed engineering works rescheduled for.

      Rolling Stock: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to set consistent standards on rail carriages to ensure that they are accessible for people with disabilities.

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library correspondence and records of discussions with the European Commission on an exemption for specialist hauliers to new...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which industries were consulted in the development of the Green Homes Grant.

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to review the scope of the Green Homes Grant in response to low take-up rates to date.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the assessment criteria was for defining the primary and secondary measures within the Green Homes Grant; and when...

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his department holds on the planned shutdown date is for Hunterston (B) nuclear power station; what...

      Postgraduate Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with UK Research and Innovation on funded extensions to research studentships for...

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that employers are aware that (a) international...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the UK being ranked by UNICEF 34 out of 41...

      Parental Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend paternal leave to support people who have lost access to health services, baby groups and childcare...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the ability of businesses to make the first repayments of the Coronavirus Business...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses that will be unable to make their first repayment of the...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many loans have been made under Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to businesses in (a) Foyle...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that the successor scheme to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme takes into account the...

      Coronavirus: Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether door-to-door selling is permitted during the period of covid-19 lockdown restrictions announced in January 2021.

      Overseas Workers: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a work visa that professionals can use to travel to...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support businesses not required to close by law during the covid-19 lockdown but...

      Small Businesses: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission's 2015 Joint Consultation Paper, Unfair Terms in...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of strengthening protections for consumers from unfair...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made in ensuring that wedding venues provide refunds where events have not gone ahead...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of compensating people who have lost money as a result...

      Conditions of Employment: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the results of the Parental Rights Study 2019.

      Carers: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation on carers' leave.

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish his Department's estimate of the take up of shared parental leave by fathers (a) on the latest...

      Batteries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on the...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of uncompetitive electricity prices on the UK steel sector’s...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and Small Business Grants Fund: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated through the (a) Small Business Grant Fund and (b) Retail Hospitality and Leisure...

      Horizon Europe

      What recent steps his Department has taken to prepare for the UK potentially not associating to Horizon Europe.

      Flexible Working: Coronavirus

      What assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on employers' attitudes towards flexible working.

      Business: Coronavirus

      What assessment his Department has made of the effect of state aid limits on the distribution of covid-19 support for businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors.

      Small Businesses: Billing

      What steps his Department is taking to tackle late payments to small businesses.

      Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      What plans he has to promote a green recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of each of the available vaccines in limiting the transmission and spread of...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether retired General Practitioners have been asked to assist and develop the efficient delivery of the covid-19 vaccination programme.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to recruit student nurses, who are already trained to administer vaccines, as part of the covid-19 vaccination...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure contact tracing services are expanded ahead of a potential relaxation of covid-19 restrictions.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the rate of funding provided to local authorities to carry out covid-19 contact tracing; and what plans...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 contact tracing is provided by (a) outsourced companies through NHS Test and Trace and (b) local authorities;...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of staff working in elderly care homes in England; and how many of those staff have had a...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people live in elderly care homes in England; and how many of those people have had the covid-19 vaccine to date.

      Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many unexpected deaths have occurred while an individual has been in the care of (a) the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure travellers stay in their hotel rooms for the isolation period imposed by the hotel quarantine rules.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) prevent vulnerable people from falling victim to vaccination scams, (b) publicise that the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on expediting covid-19 vaccinations for the members of households of patients suffering from blood...

      Food Standards Agency: Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase competition in the market for Food Standards Agency-related veterinary services.

      Health Professions: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases the General Medical Council has determined to be in the public interest to investigate as an exception to the Five Year...

      Breast Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women that have missed out on immediate breast reconstruction since April 2020.

      Food Standards Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Food Standards Agency on the awarding of contracts to companies under investigation by HMRC.

      Drugs and Medical Equipment: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the July 2020 Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review report entitled First Do No Harm, what plans he...

      Health Professions: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman has the authority to investigate matters of sexual misconduct where the (a)...

      Breast Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of women that are awaiting breast reconstruction surgery.

      Breast Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women that have had their breast reconstruction surgery delayed since April 2020.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether elderly people will potentially have an increased risk of contracting the South African variant of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all vulnerable people are coded correctly by their GP surgery to ensure they receive...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to monitor the effect of the covid-19 vaccination programme on trends in care home deaths from the virus.

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2020 to Question 102813, whether he plans to make an assessment of the implications for his policies...

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to introduce regular repeat covid-19 tests for domiciliary care workers.

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will prioritise domiciliary care workers for weekly covid-19 tests.

      Dentistry and Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 125929 on Abortion: Drugs, whether people can respond by email to respondents to...

      Abortion: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has received on the effect of the Government's decision to allow self-administered medical abortions...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 9 September 2020 from the hon. Member for Glasgow North West on patient recovery from...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to suspend parking charges in designated parking areas for facilities which are administering the covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that people attending appointments to receive the covid-19 vaccination have priority access to car parking.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisations will be responsible for (a) the distribution of covid-19 vaccines and (b) delivering the inoculation.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to redistribute surplus lateral flow tests that have been allocated to schools.

    • Climate Change: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making learning about the climate emergency and ecological crisis a compulsory part of...

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of ensuring that supply teachers are placed on furlough by their agencies when they...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of all children repeating a full academic year as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school governors there are in (a) Manchester Gorton constituency, (b) the North West and (c) England.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to assess external students for 2021 public examinations, including students sitting resits, in the event that they are...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role of the wraparound childcare sector in supporting children’s mental health during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Apprentices: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships and the organisations that support them during National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that early years providers are covid-19 secure.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2021 to Question 137261, whether the Government plans to publish further guidance on this matter; and whether the...

      Adoption Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the need for reform of The Adoption Support Fund to ensure that regional adoption agencies have ring-fenced...

      Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to implement (a) the recommendation on interest rates on student loans and (b) other recommendations of Post-18 review...

      Extended Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to financially support the wraparound care sector during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on levels of inequality of the closure of businesses in the wraparound childcare sector due to their...

      Extended Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of vulnerable children unable to attend wraparound care due to the closure of businesses in the sector...

      Extended Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide targeted funding to wraparound care providers to ensure they can continue to provide support to (a) key workers, (b) vulnerable...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will (a) produce and (b) publish children’s rights impact assessments for all proposed legislation.

    • Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prison officers and (b) other staff members at (i) HMP Berwyn and (ii) other prisons in Wales are Welsh speaking.

      Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government holds data on the number of specialist Domestic Violence courts in operation in England and Wales.

      Sentencing: Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will (a) undertake and (b) publish a children’s rights impact assessment for the provisions contained in the A Smarter Approach...

      Courts: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many courts the Domestic Abuse Best Practice Framework was rolled out to in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; and when he plans to publish the...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2021 to Question 140903 on Employment Tribunals Service: Coronavirus, how many single claims have been (a) received...

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for fraud have taken place in UK courts in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department has made available to organisations that provide support to victims of (a) domestic violence and (b) sexual abuse based...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds he is allocating for legal aid to people who have lost their income as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the £50,000 income limit for the Child Benefit High Income Charge by inflation...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will negotiate with the EU to ensure that businesses in the UK importing goods from the EU which originate from non-EU countries do not have to pay...

      Fraud: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to tackle scam calls claiming to be from HMRC alleging an unpaid tax bill and threatening arrest.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department conducted an equalities impact assessment of the decision to exclude the 1.3 million self-employed people who have less than 50 per...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims that have been approved by HMRC but where a payment was not subsequently...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to maintain the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant at the same level as the third grant, 80 per cent of...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 25 January to Questions 137329 and 140287, what steps his Department is taking to overcome the practical issues that have...

      Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses in the retail supply chain are eligible for business rates relief.

      Secondhand Goods: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support the Government is providing to UK charities facing difficulties in exporting second-hand clothing to the EU under rules of origin requirements.

      Companies: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies based (a) outside the UK and (b) in Northern Ireland were registered with HMRC in respect of paying VAT on goods sold into Great Britain...

      Imports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which international comparisons HMRC drew upon in designing the schemes it uses to recover VAT on goods imported into the UK.

      Financial Institutions: Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of corporation tax paid by (a) credit unions and (b) building societies in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to defer the first payments of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, due in April 2021, in response to the financial...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to provide an emergency support package to protect (a) disabled people’s health and finances and (b) disabled children and their...

      Holiday Accommodation: Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the self-catering accommodation industry on enabling professional self-caterers to access the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims have been incorrectly refused since the scheme began.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide financial support to (a) practitioners operating in personal care services and (b) other self-employed people that are unable...

      Imports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the requirements for the levying of VAT on imported goods on (a) volumes of international trade...

      Hospitality Industry and Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the budgeted cost to the Exchequer is of the reduction to 5 per cent VAT for hospitality and tourism sales between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021; how...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the inclusion of interest income that falls within the tax free threshold as income earned outside...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Supply Teachers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the veracity of the advice from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation that agencies cannot provide retrospective...

      Council Tax and Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has he made of the potential merits of replacing council tax and stamp duty with a proportional property tax.

      Wholesale Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet with the Federation of Wholesale Distributors to discuss the extension of Business Rates Relief to food service wholesalers.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate funding in the 2021 Budget to the Union Learning Fund.

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that businesses' insurance claims relating to the effects of the covid-19 outbreak are settled in a timely manner.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Diplomatic Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the basic pay is for UK Ambassadors and High Commissioners ranging from the (a) lowest to (b) highest basic...

    • British Overseas Territories: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2020 to Question 128714 on Self-determination of States, whether the right...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will take steps to assist British citizens living overseas to access vaccination for covid-19.

      Commonwealth: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support covid-19 vaccination programmes in Commonwealth countries.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether childcare support is included among the permitted reasons to travel internationally during the period of...

      Platinum Jubilee 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with Commonwealth counterparts on preparations for Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee and...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what consular assistance is being provided to Jagtar Singh Johal; how regularly consular staff speak with Jagtar...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of UK Official Development Assistance was spent on technology and technological partnerships with...

      Myanmar: Military Coups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to seize the assets of senior Myanmar military individuals held in the UK following the military...

      British Nationals Abroad: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his Department's role is in relation to UK nationals and their families when those nationals are arrested...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason the Government has not called for Jagtar Singh Johal's release and repatriation to the UK.

      India: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian Government on restrictions on the use of the internet and 4G access...

      Zimbabwe: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the trade union movement in Zimbabwe.

      Israel : Political Prisoners

      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 complaint submission to the UN Working...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Israel against the use of live ammunition on Palestinian...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the capacity of the Palestinian Ministry of Health to sustain a...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UN Special Rapporteurs' statement of 14 January 2021, what recent assessment he has made of...

      Occupied Territories: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help facilitate access to covid-19 (a) vaccines and (b) other...

      Frontier Workers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has to ensure that British citizen frontier workers who work in Northern Ireland and...

      EU Countries: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what bilateral discussions he has with individual EU member states to negotiate an extension to the 180 day limit...

      British Nationals Abroad: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK nationals being subjected to state sanctioned torture; and what...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reported changes to the Bible made by the Chinese...

      Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how his Department assesses the (a) service levels and (b) approach to consular assistance; and whether it has...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) current and (b) forecasted arrangements are for the (i) forward and (ii) depth maintenance facilities for the F-35 aircraft.

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the single largest component of the F-35 aircraft is, by value, which is manufactured solely in the UK.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the recent purchase of Cobham by Advent International, what information his Department holds on whether work previously undertaken...

      BAE Systems: Samlesbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether BAE Systems Samlesbury contains US-personnel only areas.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) value to the economy of the production contracts for the (i) Warrior Capability Sustainment, (ii) AJAX, (iii)...

      Intellectual Property: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is planning on taking to protect UK intellectual property in UK universities.

      Navy and Merchant Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements exist for (a) liaison and (b) training between the Royal Navy and the Merchant Fleet for protecting the latter in the event of (i)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the universal credit standard allowance for people aged under-25...

    • Job Entry Targeted Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number or people who will take part in the Job Entry Targeted Support programme in (a) the UK and (b)...

      Extended Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on childcare sector employment levels of the closure of businesses in the wraparound care sector...

      Universal Credit: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 22 January to Question 134402 on Universal Credit, what the value of claims with a deduction for court fines is in each...

      Housing Benefit: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many housing benefit claimants have been evicted as a result of rent arrears in each of the last 12 months.

      Universal Credit: Bullying and Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of excluding payments from workplace (a) bullying redress schemes and (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will extend the period for which housing benefit claimants can be absent from home beyond 52 weeks to ensure that people who...

      Universal Credit: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Johnson & Others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Court of Appeal decision 22 June 2020, what steps her...

      Private Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the way housing benefit is issued on the number of private landlords renting to claimants.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Disability Unit has made of the potential merits of introducing emergency funding for disabled children’s social care.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Disability Unit has made of the potential merits of prioritising disabled people who are shielding for covid-19 vaccinations.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish data on Kickstart scheme (a) placements and (b) starts in each (i) sector, (ii) region and (iii) nation of the UK.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she will allocate funding to implement the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposals on access to benefits for people with a...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the government is taking to support disabled people affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Disability Unit has made of the potential merits of extending the £20 uplift to legacy benefit claimants.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their payment of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) limited capability for work-related activity component...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspections of game bird farms for compliancy with avian flu measures were undertaken by (a) the Animal and Plant...

    • Avian Influenza: Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspections of poultry farms for compliancy with avian flu measures were undertaken by (a) the Animal and Plant...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the maximum number of years is that badger culling could continue in England under the consultation proposals on...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many instances of avian flu were identified in sites in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in the last six months;...

      Fishing Vessels: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on the review of the concurrent fisheries functions which allow a Minister of the Crown to...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animal welfare inspections of game bird farms in England and Wales were undertaken by (a) the Animal and Plant...

      Fisheries: UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that UK fishing businesses are able to gain access to EU markets with...

      Zoo Animals Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will change the criteria of eligibility for the Zoo Animal Fund to support those facing permanent closure within the...

      Pigs: Livestock Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the challenges facing the British pig industry; and what steps the Government is...

      Rivers: Fly-tipping and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to remove litter and flytipping from the river network.

      Peat Bogs: Heather Burning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release dated 29 January 2021 announcing plans to bring forward legislation to...

      Seas and Oceans: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a blue carbon strategy for the UK.

      Hares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of mountain hares in the UK.

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce the amount of flat glass going to landfill and (b) increase the quantity being...

      Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with refence to the promotional publication entitled The Environmental Land Management scheme: public money for public...

      Wines: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support small wine traders.

      Assistance Animals: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions are taking place with the Irish Government and the European Commission to enable pet and guide/assistance...

      Maldives: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the Maldives fishing industry ahead of COP26.

  • Home Office

    • USA: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the reasons why more UK nationals have been extradited to the US than US nationals extradited to the...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Manchester Withington dated 24 September...

      Sentencing: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders received a prison sentence of 12 months or more in each year since 2010.

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK's immigration returns agreements with (a) Afghanistan, (b) Algeria, (c) Angola, (d) Azerbaijan, (e) China, (f) Djibouti, (g)...

      UK Border Force: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to resolve the industrial dispute between her Department and Border Force staff at Heathrow Airport.

      Action Fraud: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what Action Fraud's annual budget is.

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of fraud have been passed to Action Fraud in each of the last two years; and how many of those reports have resulted in a...

      Fraud: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the annual cost of fraud to UK consumers.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen penalties against scammers.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what metrics have been developed to illustrate the effectiveness of forensic science on the number of successful (a) convictions and (b)...

      Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of proposed reforms to the policing of unauthorised encampments on (a) Gypsies and...

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase resources for (a) Thames Valley Police and (b) police officers in Slough.

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days were police officers absent from work as a result of mental health-related sickness in each of the last five years; and how...

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of police enforcement of covid-19 restrictions on the (a) nature of policing and (b)...

      Police: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have had their service cut short as a result of a decline in their mental health due to trauma experienced while on...

      Police: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward proposals on (a) mandatory standards or (b) accountability for the mental wellbeing of police officers.

      Asylum: Penally Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with Dyfed-Powys Police on the costs incurred at Penally Camp; and whether her Department plans to...

      Police: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and what steps she is taking to...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are (a) accredited and practising and (b) practising and not accredited in forensic science as at 4 February 2021.

      Crime: Females and Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were recorded in 2020 where (a) the perpetrator was a woman and (b) gambling was identified as a relevant factor.

  • Scotland Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing a White Paper on the potential consequences of Scottish independence, setting out...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Tenants: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 97550, if he will take steps to introduce a Tenant Loan Scheme...

    • Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of tenants in rent debt since the beginning of the covid-19...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to make available additional financial support to people in rent arrears as a result of...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making loans available to people in rent arrears as...

      Building Safety Fund: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the position of the application to the Building Safety Fund in...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities issued enforcement notices relating to the (a) installation of fire alarms and (b)...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many residential buildings in the UK require the removal of combustible cladding; and what estimate he has made of...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to increase the UK-wide capacity of qualified surveyors capable of undertaking assessments for...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of funding for the Affordable Housing Programme will be allocated to the construction of low-cost,...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress the Government has made on abolishing section 21 evictions.

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the ban on evictions beyond 21 February 2021.

      Private Rented Housing: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on processing the application made by Enfield Council in February 2020 seeking approval to...

      Coronavirus: Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the evidential basis on which the Government's decision to permit house viewings to continue...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress the Government has made in allocating additional support to (a) local authorities in Ashfield...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which representatives were present at the 26 engagement events relating to the development of the UK Shared Prosperity...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the publication of details on the Levelling Up Fund.

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total amount of financial support provided to each local authority in England during...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the number of people who can safely attend the counts of the local...

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Government (a) is asking for grace periods from the EU and (b) did not ask in June 2020...

      UK Relations with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, under what circumstances the Government would trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

      Civil Servants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that employees can transfer from the UK civil service to the Northern...

      Census: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will outline the (a) safety measures and (b) guidance that will be issued to the enumerators recruited...

      Civil Servants: Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what provision there is for civil servants to take paid leave to care for their children of primary school-age...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Myanmar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to impose restrictions on the direct and indirect sale of weapons to Myanmar following the military coup in that...

    • Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to negotiate the reduction or elimination of tariffs on the export of Northern Irish single malt whiskey to the US.

      Generalised System of Preferences: Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of15 October 2020 to Question 101253, on what basis the decision was taken to derogate from the previously stated...

      Developing Countries: Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reasons the decision to extend least developed countries framework preferences to Cambodia was not presented to Parliament.

      Human Rights: Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what occasions she has raised human rights concerns with representatives from the Cambodian Government since the implementation of the...

      Trade Agreements: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) trade deals which include trade on food and drink and (b) other trade deals support...

      Iron and Steel: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether UK steel producers face any tariffs or quotas to export steel into the EU market.

      Trade Agreements: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to include anti-corruption provisions in future trade deals.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Facebook: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on public health of Facebook Marketplace sales continuing as normal during the...

    • Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much each sport has received from the £50 million fund as part of Sport England's 10 year plan announced on 26...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) sports and (b) institutions have received funding from Sport England's £50 million covid-19 grassroots sport...

      Social Media: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue guidance to Ofcom, on (a) adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the financial contribution of the gambling industry to (a) the economy and (b) sport in the UK.

      Entertainers: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish correspondence between the (a) Government and the EU and (b) his Department and other Government...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to allow people to attend live sports events once covid-19 vaccination priority groups 1-4 have been...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties in the UK are connected to broadband via Exchange Only lines.

      Gaming: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether adult gaming centres are classified as non-essential retail under covid-19 guidance; and whether those centres will...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Gambling Commission to ensure their consultation on remote customer interaction is...

      Internet: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of online misinformation that is circulated via online advertising.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 130724, what assessment he has made of the ease by which skills required...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Speaker: Ceremonies

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will (a) restore as its home and (b) exhibit the Speaker's State Coach at...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to order that operational noise surveys are conducted by an independent body or the Nominated Undertaker in accordance with the requirements...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the HS2 Phase One main works contractor for the section of the line past Wendover has produced any assessment of the Wendover Mined Tunnel Proposal; and if...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Colne Valley

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the risk assessment evaluating the impact of the HS2 Colne Valley viaduct, and in particular, its proximity to the main runway at...

      Railways: Catering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to train operators on serving food and drink on trains.

      Ashington-Blyth Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the allocation of £34 million to the scheme to restore passenger services to the Ashington–Blyth rail line, where the scheme lies within (1)...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of Highways England in maintaining disused railway structures; what assessment they have made of the efficacy of existing procedures relating to...

  • Department for Education

    • Performing Arts: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue the BTEC for Performing Arts.

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were taken into care because their mother was given a custodial sentence in each of the last five years; and how many such children were in care...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report Interim Conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, published on 21 January, what equality assessment they have...

      Apprentices and Work Experience: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a single online portal for advertising (1) apprenticeships, and (2) work experience.

      Apprentices: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow teacher assessed grades for apprenticeships.

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are giving to supply teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their target “of reaching as many existing homes as possible at EPC band C or above by 2035” in the Energy White Paper, published on 14...

    • Social Rented Housing: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer given by Lord Callanan on 25 January (HL11978), what estimate they have made of (1) the number of social houses that will be...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccination doses they have ordered in total; whether they intend to order more doses than the number required to vaccinate the...

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to change the regulations for the licensing of premises that sell fireworks.

      Supermarkets: Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance of large supermarket companies with minimum wage requirements.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prisons: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) doctors, and (2) other staff, being recruited into the prison medical service in meeting the...

    • Hospices: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the level of financial support available for hospices to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 22 January (HL12047), what steps they are taking to improve the collection of data in relation to the level of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the most common situations in which COVID-19 was transmitted in December 2020, and (2) why some areas of England experienced...

      Hospitals: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work done by hospital chaplains in helping (1) the welfare, and (2) the recovery, of patients.

      Gambling: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research, if any, they have conducted into the pathways to gambling disorder by women.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 6 August 2020 (HL7091), what assessment they have made regarding the payment of clinical negligence damages...

      Pectus Excavatum: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 23 November (HL10163 and HL10164), what recommendations they (1) have published, and (2) intend to publish,...

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to advise schools to provide space for pupils experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19 to take rest breaks during the school day.

  • Wales Office

    • Ferries: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cancelled ferry crossings to ports in Wales on employment in local communities; and what steps they are taking, if...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • China: India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) India, and (2) China, about the dispute in north Sikkim.

    • USA: Yemen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of 'targeted killings' by the government of the United States during its operations in Yemen between 2013 and 2016.

      Gibraltar: Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 January (HL11995), whether the political framework proposed will allow any veto by Spain...

      Mali: Politics and Government

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

      Cameroon: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the passing of resolution S.Res.684 on 1 January by the United States Senate relating to violence in Cameroon, what discussions they have had with...

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

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

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the World Health Organization about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to less economically developed countries.

      Columbia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) political, and (2) economic, situation in Columbia.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Child Trust Fund: Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are, or will be, the members of the working group, announced on 1 December 2020, to examine ways to improve the process of accessing Child Trust...

    • Child Trust Fund: Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to grant access to parents to a Child Trust Fund without requiring a Court of Protection Order.

      Crown Court: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the percentage of the total number, and (2) the actual number, of court rooms in the Crown Court estate of England and Wales not being used for...

      Prisons: Church Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether chapels in prisons are being used for religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if not, why not.

      Prisons: Recreation Spaces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that prisoners are given access to gardens, recreation and green spaces in prisons as frequently as possible.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there are in England; and what plans they have to deliver the same level of support as the ‘Everyone In’ campaign, launched on...

    • Leasehold

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 25 January (HL12025), whether 90 year lease extensions will still be an option after the proposed...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 26 January (HL Deb, col 1500), what assessment they have made of the level of household income that would be needed to...

      Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities and community groups about renaming roads after recipients of (1) the Victoria Cross, (2) the George Cross,...

      Local Government: Oxfordshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the local government arrangements in Oxfordshire.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required to notify any authorities of their intention to move armed forces personnel and military equipment to Gibraltar; if so, to whom they...

    • Armed Forces: Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required to notify any authorities of their intention to move troops and equipment to the Falkland Islands; and if so, (1) who must be informed...

      Armed Forces: Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what arrangements they can send armed forces personnel and military equipment to sovereign bases in Cyprus; and whether they are required to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation under which anyone on Universal Credit or other social security benefits would be entitled to a free broadband...

  • Home Office

    • Emigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their central estimate for the total out of country inflows to the UK of (1) EEA long-term workers, (2) EEA dependants, (3) non-EEA workers, and (4)...

    • Police: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of police suicides between 2011 and 2019, published by the Office for National Statistics on 30 October 2019.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having, or have had, with (1) suppliers, and (2) hauliers, in Great Britain to address any shortfall in goods being delivered...

  • Treasury

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to increase investment in low-carbon infrastructure, and (2) to reform business rates, to promote energy efficiency.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Disposable Income and Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average amount of weekly disposable income; and what assessment they have made of the average amount of...

    • Musicians: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 19 January (HL Deb, col 1084) that they "pushed for ambitious arrangements for performers and artists to be able...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring into force all of the provisions of Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 to ensure that children are not exposed to online pornography.

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