Written answers

Monday, 15 February 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will remodel the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme to allow ground handlers to use the grant for other fixed costs as well as...

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason pre-arrival covid-19 tests for people arriving in the UK are only accepted in English, French or Spanish.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions the Government has had with representatives of the (a) airline and (b) travel sectors on exiting the Government's covid-19 quarantine...

      Driving Licences: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to update the guidance for UK driving licence holders resident in France.

      Driving Tests: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that driving test centres are based in town centres.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on potential economic costs for the UK in the event that the...

    • Post Office: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the end of the transition period on (a) the Post Office Ltd subsidy...

      Post Office: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money he has allocated for the services of general economic interest referred to in Annex A of the Entrustment...

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date he plans to publish the aggregate amount of payments made by the Government to Post Office Ltd.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to simplify the applications process for the Green Homes Grant scheme.

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress has been made on (a) removing and (b) replacing fossil fuel boilers in (i) public sector and (ii)...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on banning the installation of fossil fuel boilers by 2025 in new build homes.

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) competitiveness of electricity prices in the UK and (b) effect of those...

      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 merits of the recommendations made by UK Steel in its February 2021...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to prioritise frontline workers along with the elderly and health care workers in the roll-out of safe and...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the report of the British Society for Immunology for studies on the efficacy of the Pfizer/BioNTech...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will clarify his Department's advice on people with a penicillin allergy receiving the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the implications for safety of NHS trusts waiting (a) 12 and (b) three weeks to give the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will designate counsellors and psychotherapists as front line workers for the purposes of covid-19 vaccination priority.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of categorising crematorium and cemetery staff as frontline healthcare staff for...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to asses the effect of delaying the second Pfizer/Biontech vaccine dose on immunity levels in elderly people...

      TRIPS Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on public health implications for the UK in the event that the proposed World...

      Ozanimod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Scottish Medicine Consortium’s approval of ozanimod for...

      Coronavirus: Ilford North and Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care homes have been (a) offered and (b) received the covid-19 vaccine in (i) Ilford North constituency and (ii) the London...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that vaccination teams attending care homes vaccinate both care home staff and residents by 15 February...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vitamin D supplements have been issued as part of the Government's online offering; and whether he plans to extend that scheme...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will publish information on the effectiveness of each type of covid-19 vaccine on (a) immuno-suppressed and (b) other...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department is providing to people who are extremely clinically vulnerable and have high intolerances to milk or dairy...

      Vaccination: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to communicate changes to the Green Book on vaccination to clinicians to ensure that patients are offered the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Green Book COVID vaccine schedule in Chapter 14a, whether it is Government policy that frontline funeral operatives...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to February 2021 research into the risks of aerosolisation of SARS-CoV-2 from oxygen delivery systems and coughing, if he...

      Vaccination: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 129353, how much was spent in total on vaccination programmes in each of the last...

      Vaccination: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Green Book routine immunisation schedule, how many of each vaccine has been administered in each of the last five...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people being treated in hospital for covid-19 identify as BAME in (a) Southwark, (b) London and (c) the UK.

      General Practitioners: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which GP surgeries were in operation in Yorkshire as of 2020.

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS dental contract holders delivered 45 per cent or more of their historic activity levels in each of the last three...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2020 Spending Review, what additional resources he plans to allocate to the NHS to clear the backlog of cancer...

      Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of standard treatments for problem gambling among women.

      Breast Cancer: Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendation 46 of the Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer 2015-2020, what progress his...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the efficacy has been of the seasonal flu vaccine, in percentage terms, for people in receipt of it aged 65 and over, in terms of...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the (a) potential merits and (b) feasibility of providing FFP3 face masks to all front line NHS staff.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients in (a) Camberwell and Peckham constituency, (b) the London Borough of Southwark, (c) London and (d) England have had...

      Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the availability of specialist treatment services for...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure that people using vapes don't start using cigarettes.

      Protective Clothing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) availability and (b) suitability of personal protective equipment tested to FFP1, 2 and 3 standards.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the personal protective equipment currently provided to NHS staff provides effective protection against new variants of covid-19.

      Gambling: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of online treatment on removing barriers to treatment for women suffering from...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cancer treatment referrals were made (a) from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019 and (b) from 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020.

      Drugs: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking as a result of new customs arrangements to ensure that (a) the sight-preserving eye drops atropine and (b) other...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in each of the last three years.

      Care Homes: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of giving priority vaccines to adults who are cared for at home and their...

      Medical Records: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the personal data of those seeking access to NHS services is shared with immigration enforcement authorities.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend access to covid-19 vaccinations to adults without indefinite right to remain status.

      NHS: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what NHS facilities in the Durham county council area are under PFI contracts; and what the (a)(i) start and (ii) end date is and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all evidence, minutes and documents relating to the decision not to implement Pfizer's recommendation that the two...

      NHS: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spending Review 2020, what progress has he made on disbursing the additional £1 billion of funding to tackle the...

  • Department for Education

    • Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) laptops and tablets and (b) 4G wireless routers have been delivered to (i) schools, (ii) local authorities and (iii) academy trusts as of...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has reduce the schools' six week summer break to four weeks, to allow school children to receive additional classroom-based education.

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what methodology his Department uses to calculate the allocation of devices to schools to facilitate remote working.

      Remote Education: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria the Department used to include (a) Microsoft and (b) Google but not other commonly used platforms in its list of suggested providers in...

      Remote Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) laptops, (b) devices and (c) tablets his Department has provided to schools under the Get help with technology during coronavirus scheme...

      Remote Education: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many devices for remote learning were provided in 2020 to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) Camberwell and Peckham and (ii)...

      Higher Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he made of salary levels in London in deciding that London weighting should be removed from the higher education teaching grant; and...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2021 to Question 131337 on Students: Coronavirus, what the terms of reference are for the group monitoring and...

      Universities: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed removal of London Weighting from the Teaching Grant on the number of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending 15 hours of free childcare to one-year olds.

      Schools: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much additional funding for costs arising from the covid-19 outbreak has been made available to schools in Cambridgeshire during the 2020-21...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the benefit of the data chapter in the UK-Japan free trade agreement to UK GDP; and if she will make a statement.

    • TRIPS Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish statements made by the Government related to the proposed TRIPS Waiver at the World Trade Organisation TRIPS Council...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2021 to Question 144797 on Overseas Aid, whether that internal planning will...

    • Myanmar: CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to review or suspend CDC investments in Myanmar as a result of the military coup in that country.

      Palestinians: Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the UK Government is conducting an investigation into reports that the UN Relief and Works Agency...

      British Nationals Abroad: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) EU and (b) other international counterparts on the relaxation of visa term...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on global equality of access to the covid-19 vaccines in the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2021 to Question 140162, how many Kickstart jobs have been confirmed through grant agreements with the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pest Control: Advisory Services and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing an independent advice and research facility for farmers...

    • Pesticides: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of long-term exposure to pesticides on the health of nearby residents...

      Animal and Plant Health Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's average response time is for enquiries from an hon. Member on behalf of constituents relating to the...

      Animal and Plant Health Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of inquiries to the Animal Plant Health Agency of the post-transition...

      Forests: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to publish a timetable for implementing legislative proposals on the use of forest risk commodities in...

      Animal and Plant Health Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a dedicated MP helpline to submit inquiries on exports and...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of payments made by the Rural Payments Agency are received on time.

      Bees: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of restrictions facing British importers of bees (a) prior to and (b)...

      Honey: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of measures to ensure that honey sold in the UK is not...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the findings of the report by Women for Refugee Women After Exploitation entitled Survivors Behind Bars,...

    • Home Office: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of discount has been realised by her Department as part of the G-Cloud 12 Call-Off contract with Amazon Web Services in December 2020.

      Home Office: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of liability was agreed with Amazon Web Services for the loss, destruction, corruption or degradation of data under the G-Cloud...

      Home Office: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the support services agreed upon as part of the G-Cloud 12 Call-Off contract awarded to Amazon Web Services in December 2020 will be...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Evictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the ban on evictions for the duration of the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the (a) social value, (b) ethnic diversity and (c) gender diversity in the...

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the 26 November 2020 National Audit Office report on its investigation into Government...

      UK Relations with EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the recommendations of the Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union's...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether plans for international travel will be covered in the covid roadmap scheduled for 22 February 2021.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he provide ongoing financial support to the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in the period between the end of the third...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans amend his policies on the triple lock on state pensions.

      Child Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on increasing child benefit by £10 a week to ensure that families have enough money to meet the...

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the cost of living for people experiencing economic hardship.

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish an eighth edition of the Statement of funding policy: funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern...

      Weddings: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the availability of insurance cover for the weddings industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) staffed and (b) unstaffed tourist information centres in England.

    • Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many cultural organisations met all of the criteria for funding from the Culture Recovery Fund but were not awarded that...

      Television Licences: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the BBC on the reason for the increase in the TV licence fee; and whether he plans to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Clean Air Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to the Clean Air Zones Central Services (Fees) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1444), what restrictions there are on the amount that local...

    • Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the permissible reasons for UK citizens to travel internationally while the restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish up-to-date forecasts of future demand for travel by rail; whether any such forecasts (1) will provide separate data for (a)...

      Musical Instruments: Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to enable UK orchestras to continue to use (a) specialist UK-based hauliers, or (b) their own trucks, to transport musical instruments...

      Railways: Bridges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 February (HL12929), what assessment the Highways Agency has made of imposing weight...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: Coronavirus and UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with small businesses on the effect of the (1) COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the UK’s trading relationship with the EU, on...

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business representative organisations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.

      Business: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business organisations about the impact of the UK’s trading relationship with the EU on businesses.

      Fairgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the list of businesses eligible for local authority financial support as a result of COVID-19 includes travelling and permanently-sited fairground...

      Small Businesses: Remote Working

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support small businesses in equipping remote workers with digital technology.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses’ ability to trade.

      Biotechnology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a strategic review of the role biologics manufacturing could play in pandemic responsiveness and resilience.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with manufacturers about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment levels.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for greater UK manufacturing capacity of monoclonal antibodies; and what steps they intend to take to secure such...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 28 January (HL12149), whether they will reconsider the recommendation made by the Policy Exchange in their...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Green Homes Grant vouchers have been (1) submitted to ICF for payment, and (2) paid out by ICF to contractors presenting vouchers, in each month since...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the contractual maximum period for honouring vouchers tendered to ICF by contractors under the Green Homes Grant scheme; what proportion of payments have...

      Company Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Company Voluntary Arrangements were made in the last 12 months for which data is held.

      Company Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for altering the voting procedure for Company Voluntary Arrangements.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Trikafta

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Kaftrio is available to cystic fibrosis patients in England; if not, why not; if it is available to such patients, whether there are any restrictions on...

    • Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make new COVID-19 regulations specifically to protect BAME communities from the virus.

      Coronavirus: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies on the ability of testing international arrivals for COVID-19 to provide a...

      Coronavirus: North West

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to respond to the open letter from the leaders and chief executives of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds city councils to the Secretary of State...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by the Leader of Newcastle City Council, the Leader of Leeds City Council, the Leader of Manchester City...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the process is for determining a change in the local COVID-19 alert level; and why the Liverpool City Region is subject to a higher alert level than other...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assesment has been made of funding and creating extra capacity in (1) NHS, (2) private, and (3) other laboratories, before 31 March 2021.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average rate of pay of a qualified nurse with ten years experience in (1) 2010, and (2) 2020; and if adjusted for the...

      Hospices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in demand for hospice care due to delays in the diagnosis of terminal illnesses as a result of the COVID-19...

      NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 24 November 2020 (HL9950), how many claims the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance...

      NHS Test and Trace: Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people employed by NHS Test and Trace have left their roles; and how many such people were subject to the Business Appointment Rules for Civil Servants.

  • Department for Education

    • Askham Bryan College

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments have relationships with Askham Bryan College; and which Department has overall responsibility for policies towards that college.

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in relation to the underspending by local education authorities of funding earmarked for children’s early education and care...

      Climate Change and Nature Conservation: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the causes of climate change, and (2) actions that can benefit and decrease any negative impact on the natural environment, are taught in...

      Remote Education: Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote opportunities for UK companies to offer online tuition in (1) the UK, and (2) overseas.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to close any legal loopholes which allow (1) home education, and (2) unregistered schools, to operate.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce "portable" apprenticeships.

      Getters Talmud Torah

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Getters Talmud Torah school is continuing to operate as an unregistered school.

      Schools: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives are in place for schools in England (1) to measure, and (2) to reduce, carbon emissions.

      Out-of-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered schools that have continued to operate during the COVID-19 national lockdown which began...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recent announcement to provide temporary basic accommodation to support prison leavers at risk of homelessness in five National Probation Service...

    • Berwyn Prison: Welsh Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Independent Monitoring Board, Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Berwyn, published on 17 September 2020, what...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in Prison Custody to December 2020 Assaults and Self-harm to September 2020,...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Corporal Punishment: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the caning of women for breaking dress codes with the governments of (1) Sudan, (2) Saudi Arabia, and (3) Iran; and,...

    • Atallah Mohammad Rayan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the Israel Defence Force (1) denied medical aid to Atallah Mohammad Rayan...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Palestinian Authority's Minister of Health on 26 January requesting the intervention of international...

      G7: Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what gender policies they plan to take forward as part of the foreign and development track at the G7.

      Mauritius: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on 28 January concerning the delimitation of maritime boundary...

      Cambodia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support democracy and human rights in Cambodia in view of the treason charges brought against 121 members of the Cambodia...

      Gaza: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the health situation in Gaza; and how much financial assistance they intend to provide to that region to meet any...

      United Nations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the UN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the decision by the UN to designate 2021 as the International year...

      Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to promote human rights and democracy in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries, and (2) to provide support for...

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Iraq in (1) establishing its authority in that country, and (2) reducing the influence of other governments.

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it remains their policy that the determination of genocide is a matter for international judicial systems.

      China and Hong Kong: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) practical, and (2) political, implications of the announcement that the governments of China and Hong Kong will not...

      China: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL11916), and reports of (1) hostile espionage, (2) threats to Taiwan, and (3)...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinians have been attacked in response to the killing of an Israeli...

      Afghanistan: Homicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publicly condemn the killing of the two women Afghan Supreme Court judges in Kabul.

      Yemen: Oxfam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that those responsible for attacks on Oxfam infrastructure in Yemen are held to account; and what plans they have to...

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about (1) whether that country possesses nuclear weapons, and (2) any plans by that government to...

      Palestinians: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to the government of Israel about reports that a Civil Administration official threatened Palestinians with expulsion from...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) food, and (2) medical, importers can continue to bring supplies into Yemen following the government of the...

      China and Hong Kong: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the governments of Hong Kong and China not to continue to recognise British National (Overseas) passports as...

      Hala Mash'hour Qutt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about (1) reports that Hala Mash'hour Qutt was injured during (a) attacks on her family home,...

      Diplomatic Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) UK national, and (2) locally engaged, staff were employed in the British embassies in (a) Slovenia, (b) Croatia, (c) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (d) Serbia,...

      Remittances: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in increasing the number of countries giving their support to the Call to Action 'Remittances in Crisis: How to Keep them Flowing',...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they estimate was provided by the European Economic Community to support agriculture in Wales in 1991; and how much such money was provided by the...

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish further details of the National Pilot for Environmental Land Management Schemes for farm support.

      Agriculture : Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds are being allocated for agricultural research and development; and how applications for such funds will be administered.

      Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a facility in Northern Ireland which will be able to carry out the batch testing and certification by a qualified person of packs of medicines...

      National Parks: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce the 2021 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs budget allocations for national parks.

      Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January (HL 12331), whether the Department for Transport has provided a demonstration of need for an Inland...

      Peat Bogs: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the statutory instrument to protect peatlands will be laid before Parliament; and whether it will be subject to the affirmative procedure.

      Musical Instruments: Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to charge musicians applying for a CITES Musical Instrument Certificate for musical instruments containing Ivory, Rosewood, Abalone, and other...

      Ports: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Government funding has been spent in the current financial year on physical infrastructure at sea ports in Northern Ireland.

      Designated Landscapes Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report Landscapes Review, published in September 2019, what plans they have to introduce a National Landscape Service.

  • Home Office

    • Criminal Records: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all historic data of criminal convictions in the UK affected by the technical issues with the Police National Computer, reported in January, have...

    • Hassockfield Secure Training Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish their plans relating to the former Hassockfield Young Offenders Centre in Medomsley.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 February (HL12281), whether they publicise the availability of Family Reunion Visas in...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals and EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) EU, and (2) EEA, citizens with settled status have been denied citizenship because they did not have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance during their...

      Entertainers: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the Permitted Paid Engagement route from 30 days to 90 days (1) to allow for longer opera seasons and tours and (2) to form...

      Construction: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, (1) to review the immigration criteria for construction industry specialists, and (2) to amend the shortage occupation list to...

      Asylum: Napier Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the outbreak of COVID-19 at Napier Barracks, what plans they have to end the use of such barracks as asylum accommodation; and if they have no such...

      Refugees: Penally Camp

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the living conditions for refugees being housed at the former army barracks at Penally.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January (HL 12331), whether they have (1) consulted with local residents and others affected...

    • Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January (HL12331), whether they have set out the environmental effects of developing an Inland Border...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups Moving for Change: local authority approaches to roadside...

  • Treasury

    • Housing: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on carbon emissions of charging VAT on the repair and maintenance of residential properties; and what plans they have...

    • Stock Market: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review regulations relatig to short selling  to ensure that any such regulations are fit for purpose.

      VAT: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they plan to give to small businesses about any new VAT arrangements which have been put in place since the UK's departure from the EU.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential financial benefit of increasing alcohol duty to reduce the cost of alcohol-related illness and harms to...

      Regional Planning and Development: Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with public authorities about their levelling up agenda.

      Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or any regulators, have reviewed the adequacy of the capitalisation of securities and derivative clearing houses since the introduction of...

      Musical Instruments: Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an ATA Carnet is required for the shipment of musical instruments and equipment by truck or cargo between the UK and the EU.

      Care Homes: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the underwriting of insurance costs of care homes to businesses in the (1) hospitality, (2) adult, and (3) retail, sector to support...

      Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the actions of some retail stock brokerages preventing retail traders from purchasing specific stocks on 28 January; and what...

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 25 January that "I and my officials do not believe that [the directors income...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • RT: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which RT complies with the requirements of holding a broadcasting licence in the UK.

    • Telecommunications Systems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ofcom about the Public Switch Telephone Network switch off; and what plans they have, aside from the Broadband...

      Social Media: Racial Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that social media companies address the racist abuse of footballers.

  • Women and Equalities

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