Written answers

Friday, 12 February 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria the Government used to determine why (a) Ethiopia, (b) Kenya, and (c) Nigeria are not included in the red list for travel for hotel...

  • Department for Education

    • Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of retrofitting schools, colleges and universities to net-zero emission standards by 2030.

    • Remote Education: Computer Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received on incidences of computers allocated to support online learning during the covid-19 outbreak being infected with...

      Foreign Students: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support UK students wishing to study in the EU with visa fees.

      Remote Education: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department conducted that resulted in the inclusion of (a) Microsoft and (b) Google and not other commonly used platforms in the...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure infant school children have the devices and internet connectivity they need for home schooling.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of teacher's pay.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) extending the PE and sport premium and (b) making available equivalent...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to implement the recommendations from the January 2021 briefing by the Child Poverty Action Group on Digital exclusion during the...

      Funerals: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase the number of apprenticeships offered in the funeral and death care sector.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of (a) Coronavirus Interruption Business Loan applications and (b) Bounce Back Loan applications have...

    • Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support and invest in medical research charities, as part of the Government's ambition...

      Global Challenges Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to maintain the current level of funding for the Global Challenges Research Fund.

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to each Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund in each of the...

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many projects have been delivered in each Local Enterprise Partnership through Local Growth Deals in each round of...

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has calculated an estimate of the return on investment from projects delivered by Local Growth...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to (a) identify the main challenges that new parents face during parental leave and (b) make an...

      Hospitality Industry: Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been paid out to hospitality businesses by local authorities under the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment...

      Hospitality Industry: Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to updated coronavirus restrictions from 1 October 2020, what proportion of grants have been paid out...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure local authorities are able to effectively pay coronavirus support grants...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what data his Department is (a) collecting and (b) making available on the issuing of coronavirus support grants to the...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his department's guidance, Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national...

      Vaccines: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the UK’s long-term vaccine manufacturing capacity.

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the requests made by the NINE DTP postgraduate...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support long term studies into (a) covid-19 immunity and (b) new SARS-CoV-2 variants.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Homes: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether patients with covid-19 were discharged from hospitals into care homes in Wansbeck constituency.

    • Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children who currently have their UK prescriptions for medical cannabis dispensed in the...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on access to medical cannabis following disruption of supplies after the end of the transition period.

      Vitamin D: Bread

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on fortifying bread in England with Vitamin D to help tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Tigray: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ethiopian counterpart on restoring peace and stability in the Tigray region.

    • Sultana Khaya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Moroccan counterpart on the continued house arrest of Saharawi human rights...

      Lebanon: Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) size and (b) capability of Hezbollah’s weapons arsenal in southern...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will take steps to use its Presidency of the G7 to propose support for (a) the WHO COVID-19...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the net change in the number of prison officers in England was in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average amount of time per day prisoners in England were confined to their cells was in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the number of visitors allowed into court buildings in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with trade unions representing Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service staff on risk assessments and safety measures...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) social distancing, (b) cleaning, (c) workplace incident control, (d) ventilation...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to on increase the IT equipment and connectivity available to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service to support...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to secure a free trade deal with the US.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Commissioners plan to take to enforce the Statutory Fees Table fixed church fees by law, in...

    • Church Commissioners: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church Commissioners are taking to make sure their investments support a net zero carbon economy.

      Churches: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress the church is making in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions across all its activities.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the church is taking to support families during covid-19 lockdown.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what types of support the church has provided to people in need during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Church Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what support the church is providing to schools to help children's education during the covid-19 lockdown.

      English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church has had with the Government on the Taylor review on the sustainable upkeep of...

      Ministers of Religion: Hospitals

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what role hospital chaplains are playing in supporting (a) patients and (b) the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Churches: Coronavirus

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what additional support has been provided to (a) clergy and (b) churches to help people attend church (i) in...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the church is taking prevent the persecution of believers of all faiths.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ex-military personnel are registered as living in Hemsworth Constituency.

    • Awacs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK currently has adequate depth maintenance facilities to undertake maintenance on the UK’s E-7 Wedgetail fleet.

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2021 to Question 142813 on Military Aircraft: Procurement, what percentage of that figure relates to (a)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations he has received on reducing the waiting period to receive support for mortgage interest payments.

    • Motability Scheme: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of extending eligibility to the Motability scheme for people in receipt of...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her planned timescale is for the consultation on the National Strategy for Disabled People; and when her Department plans to begin...

      Access to Work Programme: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets her Department has in place for processing an Access to Work application for each stage of that process; whether her Department...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of extending the one calendar month deadline to request a mandatory...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have had their employment and support allowance payments stopped because of the temporary suspension of face-to-face...

      Coronavirus: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of people's (a) mental health and (b) wellbeing with respect to remote working during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessment cases were overturned as a result of incorrect decisions made by outsourced assessment centres in the last...

      Social Security Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of welfare support available to people receiving a cancer diagnosis after reaching...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the Local Housing Allowance to cover median market rents.

      Universal Credit: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are taken to inform a universal credit claimant who is vulnerable and unable to access their journal of the outcome of their Work...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 57261, when she plans to place a copy in the Library of her Department's internal review of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Zoo Animals Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons some zoos and aquaria have not been able to access funding from the Zoo Animals Fund.

    • Flood Control: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve flood defences in West Yorkshire.

      Floods: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to allocate grant funding to those who have been affected the most by flooding.

      Gun Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the basis is for his categorisation of rough shooting as a form of exercise in the context of covid-19 lockdown...

      Zoos: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings his Department has held with HM Treasury regarding funding for zoo licence holders in 2021.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening, since the UK's withdrawal...

      Pesticides: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the final Revised National Action Plan on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides will be expanded to include a commitment...

      Dogs: Smuggling

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

      Tourist Attractions: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has for supporting (a) zoos, (b) aquariums and (c) safari parks in the 2021-22 financial year.

      Pesticides: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what restrictions are in place on the use of pesticides close to schools; and whether he plans to update those restrictions.

  • Home Office

    • Batteries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of current fire safety regulations when addressing community safety aspects of lithium batteries.

    • Batteries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of fire safety personnel that are (a) trained in managing safety threats from lithium batteries and...

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking with stakeholders to approve a tuberculosis testing clinic in Northern Ireland; and what provisions are...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of her Department's efficiency in responding to Members of Parliament correspondence in relation to immigration...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold: Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on ground rent for leasehold properties for people who will be ineligible for proposed zero ground...

    • Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how his Department plans to allocate funding from the £4 million Levelling Up Fund to (a) local authorities in...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the buildings where an application for funding from the Building Safety Fund has proceeded have already...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of knife crime in the last 10 years.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his decision not to release details of the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant covering...

    • Stamp Duties: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on levels of first-time home ownership of extending the stamp duty holiday.

      Undertakers: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reinstating the VAT exemption on personal protective equipment for funeral sector workers for the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employers including employment agencies are permitted to backdate payments to 4 January 2021 as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the evidence from HMRC that a rise in the number of Social Investment Tax Relief...

      Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend Social Investment Tax Relief beyond April 2021.

      Wines: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system on wine importers; and if he will make an assessment...

      Tax Avoidance: Netherlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to prevent companies funnelling profits into low tax subsidiaries in the Netherlands.

      Hospitality Industry: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the re-introduction of business rates from 1 April 2021 on hospitality businesses.

      National Infrastructure Bank: Development Bank of Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure co-operation between the UK Infrastructure Bank and the Development Bank of Wales.

      Hospitality Industry and Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to maintain VAT at 5 per cent for supplies of hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admissions to certain...

      Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the economic effect on the hospitality sector of the reduced rate of VAT for customers and businesses in that sector.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of excluding from the self employment income support scheme people who have less than 50 per cent of their income...

      National Infrastructure Bank: Union Connectivity Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that the UK Infrastructure Bank makes an assessment of the implications for its policies of the recommendations of the...

      National Infrastructure Bank: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his criteria are for determining the location of the UK Infrastructure Bank; whether local authorities have been invited to submit bids to host the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on reducing the (a) number and (b) complexity of...

      Small Businesses: Harlow

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal support he has made available to help small businesses in Harlow in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Carbon Emissions: Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 26 January 2021, Official...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including in his legislative proposals on online harms a requirement...

    • Social Media: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to online hate speech posted on social media using country-specific language or tropes which might not be...

      Social Media: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle racism on social media platforms.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives from online gaming platform providers on their codes of conduct for...

      Music: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent trends in the number of hauliers based in the UK on the UK...

      Music: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support recorded and live music exports to the EU for DJs and other artists in the future; and if...

      Mass Media: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking with (a) the press and (b) media industries to tackle discriminatory speech towards the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how exempted professionals, including those in IT and engineering, who are UK citizens and resident in the EU should evidence their status on entry to an EU...

    • Central African Republic: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in the Central African Republic; and what action they are taking to support the UN Secretary-General in his...

      Poland: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with representatives of the government of Poland about the restitution of property seized from Polish Jewish citizens...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Eritrea to encourage its military withdrawal from Ethiopia.

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the UN Secretary General to expand negotiations relating to the future of Cyprus to include the government of (1)...

      Tigray: Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to UNESCO about the establishment of a task force to assess, document and protect cultural sites in Tigray.

      Indonesia: Corporal Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that two gay men have been subjected to public beatings by the religious police in Indonesia; when they last raised the...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Delaware-based shell companies for (1) international money laundering, and (2) financing international terrorism; and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Funds: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that pension funds and other institutional investors comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

  • Cabinet Office

    • Porstmouth International Port: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reasons were given to Portsmouth Port for the decision to grant £17.1 million for the development of the border infrastructure required as a result of...

  • Department for International Trade

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