Written answers

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • M11: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to the construction of the new Junction 7a on the M11.

    • Assignation Statement (Prescribed Information) (Scotland) Regulations 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the effect has been of the Assignation Statement (Prescribed Information) (Scotland) Regulations S.I 2152/1991 (S.177).

      Taxis: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps has he taken to support taxi drivers in Slough affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Taxis: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made on the effect of the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021 on the private hire taxi sector in Slough.

      Taxis: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial support the Government is providing for the taxi and private hire sector in Slough during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that haulage workers making long journeys are able to access (a) drive-throughs, (b) take-away restaurants and (c) toilet facilities.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to expand the State Aid Temporary Framework and financial cap, in line with the EU...

    • Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timetable is for the development of the new subsidy control regime to replace EU state aid rules; and whether...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there is a deadline for businesses to claim support via the Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will work with regulators to expand the definition of microbusiness in the (a) energy and (b)...

      Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which businesses are on track to meet the Government’s 2050...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to bring forward an employment Bill.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to support (a) employers and (b) employees to develop flexible working...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Department plans to launch its consultation on making flexible working the default.

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what economic impact assessment his Department has undertaken of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the extended...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, published on 18 November 2020,...

      UK Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to extend the UK Emissions Trading Scheme to the two thirds of uncovered emissions, as set out in the...

      Coal: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the proportion of coal from the proposed coal mine in Cumbria which will be (a) burned...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications for Green Homes Vouchers have been (a) received and (b) successful; and what the financial value...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he made of the effect on women of job losses in the wedding industry due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Delivery Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to ensure that couriers and delivery drivers are protected from the risk of covid-19 transmission.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that members of the public protect themselves from the risk of covid-19 transmission...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to support the global goal of developing a cure or major disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reviewing the covid-19 care home visiting guidance once care home staff and...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the increased prescription of anti-psychotic drugs to people with dementia during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the capacity for effective covid-19 infection control in supported living settings while access to testing...

      Screening: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on capacity in the imaging and diagnostics workforce.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the increased prescription of anti-psychotics to people with dementia during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure care packages are re-implemented after the covid-19 outbreak without any requirement for further assessment.

      Joint Biosecurity Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultants Deloitte has deployed to work at the new Joint Biosecurity Centre since 16 March 2020; what the day rate was for...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Care Quality Commission will resume routine inspections; and how many care homes have not had an inspection for two years or more.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the (a) scientific evidence and (b) his rationale for his Department's policy to extend the gap between covid-19...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all care homes follow the public health guidance on safe visiting during the covid-19...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the proposal by One Dementia Voice of designating relatives of care home...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) clarity and (b) adequacy of implementation of the Government’s guidance on visitation rights...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, following the publication of the NHS People Plan 2020-21, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on developing a...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the mental health support services available to NHS staff in...

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) care homes and (b) nursing homes closed in 2020.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) the potential merits of issuing new guidance, (b) demand for personal protective equipment, and (c)...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether, once care home residents have received both covid-19 vaccinations, normal visits will be permitted by family members.

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to protect people with learning disabilities from covid-19.

      Mental Health: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he is having with (a) NHS England, (b) NHS Trusts and (c) NHS Foundation Trusts on the mental health effects of the...

      Social Services: Finance and Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government will bring forward proposals for the (a) reform and (b) funding of adult social care.

      Mental Health: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he is having with social care providers regarding the mental health effects of the covid-19 pandemic on staff; and what...

      Midwives and Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the emergency standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council to reintroduce emergency education standards to enable...

      Sewage and Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the (a) sewage and (b) non-recyclable waste systems of home abortions since March 2020.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease through identification of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle vaccine misinformation.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of YouGov's survey for Queen Mary University of London that 39 per cent of ethnic minority and 70 per cent...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to prioritise funeral directors and staff for the covid-19 vaccine alongside health and care home staff.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent example set by Singapore, what discussions his Department has had on when maritime key workers will be...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of prioritising for covid-19 vaccination people who live with those who are...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the vaccination of maritime workers by Singapore, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on prioritising...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on public health of giving priority vaccinations to the carers and households of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to categorise police staff as a priority group for the covid-19 vaccine.

  • Department for Education

    • Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support is available for families on low incomes in (a) Slough and (b) England that are required to purchase educational resources as a...

    • Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made with the QAA, professional bodies and the Office for Students on ensuring that (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate...

      Harlow College: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much additional funding has been allocated to Harlow College under the (a) Getting Building Fund and (b) recent funding made available for T-Level...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support school pupils and families with access to (a) technology and (b) broadband and WiFi in (i) Slough and (ii) England (A)...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress has been made on the provision of dongles for the purpose of home education online.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of year 7 to 11 secondary school pupils have had their parents' consent to be tested for covid-19 in school.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to follow the Northern Ireland Executive in giving students a £500 payment due to the disruption caused to their education by...

      Adoption Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the budget is for the Adoption Support Fund for the financial year 2021-22.

      Department for Education: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish his (a) response, (b) agreed actions and (c) timetable for change to the Information Commissioner's compulsory audit of his...

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to lift the ban on residential trips so that the (a) School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group and (b) other organisations can plan for...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to allow children with Education, Health and Care plans repeat a school year where the parents and school believe that this is in...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will update the guidance entitled Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings, to...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will investigate for what reason pupils eligible for free school meals attending independent special schools cannot access the Free School Meals...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Juries: Key Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether people categorised as key workers during the covid-19 outbreak remain exempt from being called for jury service.

  • Treasury

    • Personal Care Services: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a 5 per cent reduction in VAT for the hair and beauty industry in the forthcoming spending review.

    • Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending business rates exemptions and the temporary VAT reduction for businesses in...

      Museums and Galleries: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations made by the UK alliance of visual art networks in their letter and...

      Video Games: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential economic merits of the Independent Game Developers' Association's proposal for an increase in the rate of...

      Job Retention Bonus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reintroduce the Job Retention Bonus at an increased rate of £6,000 per employee retained in the business who have either been fully or...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether furlough payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from March 2021 will be calculated using employees pre-covid-19 outbreak earnings.

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to Answer of 29 January to Question 142820, whether the Government is applying VAT to face coverings that do not meet the standards set out by...

      Aviation: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until end of July 2021 for aviation sector employees.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the 100 per cent Business Rates Relief discount for a further year to mitigate the ongoing effect of the covid-19 pandemic on...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the insurance industry promptly settles claims for business interruption caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme: Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on extending the Financial Services Compensation Scheme to payday lending companies.

      Credit Unions: Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of amount raised in corporation tax from credit unions in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel on the demolition of structures provided as...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts in the G7 and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the...

      Belarus: Press Freedom and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Belarussian Government on (a) the case of the arrest...

      Selehattin Demirtas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his international counterparts on the release of Selehattin Demirtas former...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes she has made to the universal credit system to comply with the Court of Appeal judgement of 22 June 2020 on assessing two wage...

    • Kickstart Scheme: Scottish Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new job placements have been created in the Scottish Borders as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aquariums and Zoos: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he is having with zoos and aquariums in relation to providing information which would give those...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on improving the natural environment of the findings of the...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to mandate the universal rollout of smart water meters.

      Electrical Control Equipment: Sulphur Hexafluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of banning the use of SF6 as an insulating material in electrical...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's timeframe is for the review to remove the use of fluorinated gases.

  • Home Office

    • Official Secrets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Queen's Speech background briefing, published 19 December 2019, when the Government plans to publish its response to...

    • Palace of Westminster: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers are in the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team; and who the head of that team is.

      Home Office: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what competitive procurement process was followed in the awarding of the G-Cloud 12 Call-Off contract to Amazon Web Services in December 2020.

      Asylum: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she taking to prevent homelessness among asylum-seeking and refugee women during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Offences against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals convicted as a result of investigations into grooming gangs have (a) been deported from and (b) remain in the UK.

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to allow people in receipt of Aspen cards under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to be able to obtain...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend the Ask for ANI Scheme to people who are housebound due to the covid-19 pandemic so that (a) people at risk can speak to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the EU Settlement Scheme are being processed each week on average; and what the average waiting time is for...

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what fee changes she plans to propose for British Citizenship applications in the 2021-22 financial year.

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Service Level Agreement for the delivery of Biometric Residence Permits with TNT/FedEx, in what proportion of cases...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Community Infrastructure Levy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to amend the Planning Act 2008 to allow Town and Parish Councils to support emergency covid-19...

    • Evictions and Repossession Orders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent representations he has received on (a) extending the ban on (a) evictions and (b) repossessions while the...

      Local Government: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the (a) start date and (b) expiry date is of PFI contract for each local authority.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Housing of 1 February 2021, Official report column 691,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many GP practices have adopted electronic repeat dispensing; and what steps he is taking to increase uptake of electronic repeat dispensing.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Government's policy on aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition, as announced by the Prime...

    • Fossil Fuels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether UK Export Finance will continue to consider requests for support for fossil fuel projects during the consultation process on...

      Fossil Fuels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of (a) UK Export Finance and (b) official development assistance investments in fossil fuel projects in the last five years...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2021 to Question 146961 on Question for Department for International Trade, what sectors have been...

      International Trade: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2021 to Question 142762 on Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion, which companies are...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the number of vulnerable people who will be affected by the switch off of the...

    • Social Media: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that individuals in the UK who publish criminal acts or statements on social...

      Daniel Kinahan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on the regulation of the sport of boxing of the allegations...

      Youth Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of local youth clubs that have permanently closed since April 2020.

      National League: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what level of restrictions will be lifted for clubs in steps 4-6 in the National League to allow fan attendance after the...

      Festival UK* 2022: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the revenue accruing to the public purse from ticket sales for Festival UK 2022.

      Festival UK* 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £120 million budget for Festival UK 2022 he plans to allocate to (a) Scotland, (b) the Queen's Platinum...

      Cultural Heritage: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on that government's proposals to support (a) historic houses and...

      Gaming: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether adult gaming centres are non-essential retail as classified in the Government’s Shops Guidance; and if he will...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of contracts awarded to ICF to run the Green Homes Grant scheme.

    • Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by Simply Business, published on 27 January, which found that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings Ministers had with ICF before the Green Homes Grant scheme contract was awarded.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of days people wait to receive a voucher from the Green Homes Grant scheme after the application has been approved.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the target number of days for vouchers to be sent out once an application to the Green Home Grant scheme has been approved.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who have received a voucher from the Green Homes Grant scheme are (1) recipients of benefits, (2) not recipients of benefits, and...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for the Green Homes Grant scheme have been declined.

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a campaign to encourage consumers to support local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK's departure from the EU, what system has been put in place to scrutinise illegal state aid complaints in the UK.

      Competition: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK complaints to the European Commission under the Competition Directive made prior to the UK's departure from...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Spondyloarthritis: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the guideline by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Spondyloarthritis in over 16s: diagnosis and...

    • Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional (1) clinical, and (2) palliative, care support, other than access to tele-medicine, has been available to carers providing end of life care (a) in...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next iteration of the NHS People Plan will be published; and what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Royal College of Emergency...

  • Attorney General

    • Corruption: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) commercial organisations, and (2) individuals, have been prosecuted each year under the Bribery Act 2010 for failure to prevent bribery; and what...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the adequate representation of higher education institutions providing initial teacher training in the Department for Education's...

    • World War II: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by University College London What do Students Know and Understand about the Holocaust, published on 19 April 2018, what plans they have for...

      Renewable Energy: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase apprenticeship opportunities in the clean energy industry.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Day Nurseries Association Early Years Funding 2019/20: Underspends and contingency budgets...

      Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide local authorities with increased control over Local Skills Improvement Plans.

      Out-of-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of unregistered out-of-school settings providing religious tuition to children to adhere to restrictions in place to...

      Out-of-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered schools continuing to operate whilst restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing;...

      Out-of-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from Ofsted about changing legislation to ensure that out-of-school settings providing a religious or narrow curriculum can...

      Department for Education: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a Department for Education Mental Health Action Group.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their White Paper Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth, published on 21 January, whether they have...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Canada and Australasia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards negotiating trade agreements with the governments of (1) Canada, (2) Australia, and (3) New Zealand.

    • TRIPS Agreement: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put forward amendments to the World Trade Organization’s proposed ‘Waiver from certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement for...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to determine which (1) countries. (2) regions, and (3) markets, have a Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy appointed to them.

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-pacific Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of the UK joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Hong Kong: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they provide to people in Hong Kong who only hold a British National (Overseas) passport who wish to travel to the UK.

    • Sri Lanka: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have supplied to the UN Human Rights Council any (1) redacted, and (2) unredacted, copies of despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are currently providing to advance the peace process in the Middle East; and what discussions they have had with the Secretary-General  of...

      Lebanon: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, if any, to increase support to Lebanese citizens following the recent protests in Lebanon.

      Libya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the present security situation in Libya, and (2) the safety of UK citizens resident in that country.

      Libya: Bilateral Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current level of bilateral UK aid to Libya; and whether they co-operate with the government of Italy in its aid programmes in that country.

      Issa Amro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Amnesty International on 5 January that Issa Amro is "facing politically motivated charges for his peaceful...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about (1) the allegations of torture and mistreatment, and (2) the right to a fair trial, of Jagtar...

      USA: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about parity of treatment between British National (Overseas) passport holders...

      Libya: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support efforts to close detention centres in Libya for refugees and migrants.

      European Anti-fraud Office: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Anti-Fraud Office about its investigation into allegations of harassment, misconduct and migrant pushback.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the number of indictments of Israeli citizens by the government of Israel for charges relating (1) to the assault of...

      Myanmar: Military Coups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of China about the political situation in Myanmar since the UN Security Council statement condemning the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what, declaration forms under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland the Ministry of Defence has to complete to move personnel and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Motor Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the requirement of 'wash certificates' for all second-hand agricultural vehicles moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland;...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the circumstances, of Hong Kong residents of South Asian descent who are UK citizens, including UK...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposal by Lord Young of Cookham on 14 January (HL Deb col 889), what assessment they have made of the suggestion that local authorities...

    • Agriculture: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were employed in the agricultural sector in Wales in (1) 1991, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2019.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make arrangements for the local government election counts due to take place on 6 May in England to be conducted on a day soon after...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to introduce early voting for local elections in England, or (2) to allow polling to take place over the weekend.

      G7: Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK members of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Committee will be selected.

  • Treasury

    • Goldman Sachs: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the fine issued by the US Department of Justice to Goldman Sachs for its role in a conspiracy to bribe high-ranking foreign officials to obtain...

    • Child Trust Fund: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in receipt of (1) Disability Living Allowance, and (2) personal independence payment, received an additional Child Trust Fund (CTF) payment...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total cost to HM Treasury of providing COVID-19 financial support to those who are ineligible for such support.

      Tax Evasion: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) bodies, and (2) individuals, have been prosecuted each year under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 for failure to prevent tax evasion; and what outcome...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many transfer pricing specialists are employed by HMRC for dealing with the tax practices of multinational corporations.

      Retail Trade: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on shop closures of ending the business rates holiday.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of adult gaming centres that have ceased trading during the past twelve months.

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