Written answers

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Harbours Act 1964

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Harbours Act 1964 in light of the changing demands on UK ports.

    • Ports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce port charges in the UK.

      Bicycles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report published by his Department in July 2020 entitled Gear Change, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to fund cycle...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's report Gear Change, a bold vision for cycling and walking, when he plans open applications for local authorities to...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his July 2020 report entitled Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, what assessment he has made of the (a) minimum...

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that smart motorways maintain the same safety standards as conventional motorways.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2021 to Question 151802, what recent meetings his Department has had with the (a) taxi and private hire vehicle...

      Roundabouts: Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Transport for London on (a) safety and (b) congestion around the A406 junction with Redbridge Roundabout.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to permit owners of (a) motor homes and (b) other leisure vehicles to be allowed to take them to workshops to carry out MOT tests.

      Regional Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) regional airports and (b) the Government's levelling up agenda.

      Port Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he made of the effect of reducing allocations to successful applicants to the Port Infrastructure Fund by 34 per cent.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2021 to Question 154650, how many (a) Traffic Officers and (b) control room staff across Highways...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the ability of car manufacturers to (a) produce and (b) import the required number of vehicles to satisfy consumer...

      Motorcycles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many compulsory basic training tests have expired since 23 March 2020.

      Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on developing a sustainable long-term solution to incentivise consumer purchase of...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government’s roadmap on easing lockdown restrictions announced on 22 February 2021, whether the Government plans to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many COVAX covid-19 vaccination doses the Government has (a) purchased to date and (b) plans to purchase in the...

    • Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will extend the bounce back interest free period on loans by an additional six months during the...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Covid-19 Response: Spring 2021 published on 22 February 2021, what steps he is taking to issue...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government has provided to residents of rural areas who are unable to access the Smart Export...

      Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that businesses receiving Government covid-19-related support do not make staff redundant.

      Director of Labour Market Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to appoint a new director of labour market enforcement.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the level of research spend by medical research...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with the Intellectual Property Office on the potential role of a national copyright...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the 900 businesses contacted as part of the IPO’s recent Exhaustion of Intellectual Property rights...

      Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing mandatory ethnicity pay reporting.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to simplify trading arrangements between the UK and the EU.

    • Census: Punjabi Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the ONS contact centre will have staff on the telephone who can speak Punjabi when they open on 1...

      Customs: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on implementing a fully digital trade documentation system to help facilitate the...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish (a) the terms of reference for the social distancing review announced by the Prime Minister...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the cross-Government group of Ministers established to consider and respond to the longer-term mental health effects of the pandemic...

    • Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all eating disorder services are commissioned to provide NICE-approved treatments for...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include covid-19 testing staff at drive-through, walk-in testing centres and elsewhere in vaccination priority groups 1-9.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the World Health Organisation’s SAGE Roadmap for prioritizing the use of COVID-19 vaccines in the context of...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy that all staff working at covid-19 test centres should be vaccinated; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the need to prioritise front-line NHS test and trace workers for covid-19 vaccinations.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his guidance is on the covid-19 vaccine for people with a terminal diagnosis.

      Asthma: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of placing asthma sufferers who purchase asthma medicine abroad in the same priority...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) update the guidance on covid-19 vaccination priority lists for people with asthma and (b) publish the criteria that will...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing for (a) research on and (b) trials of oral vaccines offering immunity to covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to ensure that asthma sufferers who are prescribed daily medication are prioritised for the covid-19 vaccination.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Questions 146837, 146838 and 146836, tabled on 1 February 2021 by the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the risk of covid-19 to people with bleeding disorder; and what steps his Department is taking...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Questions 149246 and 155054 tabled by the hon. Member for Middlesbrough.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether student nurses on placement will receive covid-19 vaccinations alongside other NHS employees.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the next phase of the covid-19 vaccination programme will include people living with sufferers of blood cancers to protect that...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the provision of non-covid-19 healthcare treatment.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy, in response to data that some covid-19 vaccines significantly reduce transmission rates, that people...

      Ambulance Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulances there were in Yorkshire and the Humber region in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      Pain: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the equitable geographic distribution of provision of pain management services in England.

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median waiting time is for routine NHS treatment at each NHS trust in England.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were waiting longer that four hours at A&E in Yorkshire and the Humber region in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      NHS: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide NHS staff with free parking for the duration of the covid-19 pandemic.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to name one of the 40 new hospitals to be constructed by 2030 in memory of the late Sir Tom Moore.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the longest patient waiting time was in A&E at each NHS trust in England during 2020.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that effective treatment continues for patients with (a) Crohn’s disease and (b) ulcerative...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been admitted to hospital with covid-19 on each day in 2021 having had (a) one dose and (b) two doses of the (i)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department receives reimbursement from companies that do not uphold (a) the commitments and (b) delivery of services outlined...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NIHR processes in progressing research into brain tumours; and if he will make a...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department used to implement mandatory face coverings to control the transmission of covid-19.

      Honey: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2021 to Question 149773 on Honey: Sales, how many checks were made on imports of honey to ensure...

      Pharmacy: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether pharmacy staff are required to wear a face covering while serving customers.

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the finding of Ethnic inequalities in health-related quality of life among older adults in England: secondary analysis...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) lockdowns and (b) social distancing on the immunity of (i) children and (ii) adults to...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to prioritise front-line workers in the justice sector for covid-19 vaccination.

      Medacs Healthcare: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the attendees at negotiations for the contracts awarded to Medacs to help deliver the Government’s covid-19 response.

      Randox Laboratories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the attendees at negotiations for the contracts awarded to Randox to help deliver the Government’s covid-19 response.

      Coronavirus: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the letter of 13 November from the Leader of Kingston upon Hull City Council, Stephen Brady OBE, on the levels of covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the UK National Screening Committee on the mass covid-19 testing pilot in Liverpool.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason ECOLOG has reportedly lost its Government contract for covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the MHRA authorised the use of lateral flow testing on a daily basis in workplaces such as Jaguar Land Rover which are piloting...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of not extending the Test and Trace Support Payment to low-income parents or guardians...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of service credits applied to the contracts awarded for Covid-19 testing since 1 March 2020.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the provision of IVF services in (a) Coventry, (b) the West...

      Laboratories: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the lines of accountability are within the NHS Test and Trace structure for the megalabs announced by his Department.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost per test has been at the covid-19 testing site in Cwm, Marine Colliery, Ebbw Vale, in each month since its opening in July 2020.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the South African variant of covid-19 can be identified through processing available at the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Laboratory.

      Laboratories: Leamington Spa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contracts his Department has signed with private companies relating to the running of a new high throughput laboratory in Leamington Spa.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of covid-19 tests carried out since the 31 March 2020 were taken with a home testing kit.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what level of infectious material is required for a positive PCR test for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many higher education institutions that requested covid-19 test kits prior to the return of students in academic year 2020-21 have...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have had IVF treatment in each of the last three years; and in how many of those cases was the treatment successful.

      Migrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of no regular social security income for people who have no recourse to public funds on the...

      Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to ensure that the healthcare science infrastructure being built through the lighthouse laboratories and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2020 to Question 108272 on Department of Health and Social Care: Serco, whether any (a) fines and...

      Laboratories: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the operating budget is in the financial year (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 for each of the megalabs announced by his Department.

      Laboratories: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisations have been identified to run the new megalabs announced by his Department in November 2020 based in (a) Leamington...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how funding is determined for local authorities issuing discretionary payments to people isolating due to covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Gyms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on public health of the closure of gyms as a result of covid-19 restrictions.

      Plastic Surgery: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to regulate providers in the aesthetic industry.

      Coronavirus: Pulse Oximetry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of Oximeters on the treatment of covid-19; and what plans he has to make them more widely available.

      NHS: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what circumstances NHS patient information is transferred outside of the NHS; what the protocols are for the transfer of such (a)...

      Coronavirus: Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the scientific basis is for the Government's decision to close casinos under the very high local covid-19 alert level restrictions.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time to speak to an adviser on his Department's helpline in the most recent period for which figures...

    • Department for Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure schools and colleges are adequately ventilated.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 10 December 2020, 12 January 2021 and 9 February...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to help replace the provision of educational and skills training offered under the Union Learning Fund after...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2021 to Question 145105, what steps he is taking to ensure that families, schools and staff are informed of the...

      Alternative Education and Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to respond to its Call for evidence on the financial arrangements for children and young people with special educational...

      Outdoor Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government's Covid-19 Response: Spring 2021 roadmap, on what date Outdoor Education services are expected to open for (a) day...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton of 14 January 2021 on the situation facing special schools and...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to remove the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to religious schools.

      National Tutoring Programme: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, (b) Kidsgrove and (c) Talke are involved in the National Tutoring Programme.

      Sex and Relationship Education: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to monitor schools' ability to include education on gender stereotyping as required by the statutory guidance on...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of school and college staff during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Incontinence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether girls between the ages of 13-16 receive formal pelvic floor health education to help avoid future incontinence.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the scientific basis is for his Department's guidance on the policy that it will not be mandatory for pupils to wear face masks when they return...

      Remote Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the digital divide in access to remote learning for school and college students.

      Remote Education: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his department has taken to ensure the suggested digital education platforms in the Contingency framework: education and childcare settings...

      Academic Year and School Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) extending the school day and (b) shortening the summer holiday as part of wider reforms to...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions has he had with universities on (a) levels of financial support for students (b) communication of available support to students, (c)...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of school and college students during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Vocational Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he is making on plans for the safe return of students on heavily vocational BTEC courses to colleges.

      Family Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on developing a national centre for Family Hubs.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the (a) benefits and (b) harms of children wearing face masks in school; and if he will publish the scientific evidence...

      Turing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the scope of the Turing scheme and (b) its ability to replace the European Solidarity Corp.

      Overseas Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Migrants’ Rights Network report of the 10 August 2020, entitled The Effects of Covid-19 on Tier 4 International Students,...

      Pupils: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will update guidance for schools and colleges on the use of face coverings when teaching deaf students.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support help ensure an equitable approach to assessing (a) BTEC and (b) apprenticeship qualifications and (c)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many routine covid-19 tests of front-line staff and prisoners across the justice estate including the private prison estate have been conducted...

    • Deed Poll

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how a non-enrolled deed poll change is verified and by whom.

      Deed Poll

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what legal status is granted to non-enrolled deed poll; and which Government agencies recognise non-enrolled deed poll changes.

      Undertakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's final report in its funerals market investigation, published in December...

      Prisons: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to modernise prisons.

      Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce crime in prisons.

      Mental Health Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the Criminal...

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to protect the safety of (a) frontline workers in the justice sector and (b) prisoners during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have tested positive for covid-19 in (a) HMP Askham Grange, (b) HMP Bronzefield, ( c) HMP Downview, (d) HMP Drake Hall, (e) HMP East...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department’s announcement of 29 January, £70 million to keep prison leavers off the streets and cut crime, which...

      Prisoners' Release: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department’s announcement of 29 January, £70 million to keep prison leavers off the streets and cut crime, which...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total value is of (a) the UK government's proposed investment in the Qua Iboe gas-fired power station in...

    • Overseas Aid: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many legacy investments in fossil fuels within the CDC Group’s portfolio have been phased out since 2018.

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Uganda.

      Myanmar: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether CDC's planned increase in investment in Myanmar is still scheduled to go ahead in light of the military...

      Caribbean Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he last met representatives of CARICOM.

      Commonwealth: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on encouraging all Commonwealth countries to sign...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with its counterparts in the US on preventing sexual violence in...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 94544 on Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences, what progress has...

      Mozambique: Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the value is of the Government's proposed investment in the Temane gas-fired power station in Mozambique...

      Overseas Aid: Gender Based Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much and what proportion of the UK’s Official Development Assistance was spent on projects tackling...

      Nigeria: Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which Independent Power Plants (IPP) and Captive Power Plants (CPP) in Nigeria are now owned by the UK Government...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress his Department has made in delivering a three-year strategy to support the Preventing Sexual...

      Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the November 2020 OECD report which found that 74 per cent of climate finance has taken the form...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas of 28 January...

      Aid Financed Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding the UK has provided to the World Trade Organisation’s Aid for Trade programme in each of...

      China: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Trade Policy on 9 February 2021, Official Report, col...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations his Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the Israeli Government on recent trends...

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the recent report from Israeli human rights organisations, Breaking the Silence, Physicians for...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on reports of the Israeli Army allegedly seizing EU...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterparts on the issue of illegal settlements in Palestine.

      Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assurances he has received that Israel will allow future covid-19 vaccines into the Gaza strip.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government announcement to donate surplus covid-19 vaccine doses to other countries, whether...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK involvement in the Joint Strike Fighter programme in meeting the Governments defence objectives.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes her Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in...

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2021 to Question 137230, how many applications to the Kickstart scheme have been approved by (a) region...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Horizon-related prosecutions were brought by her Department prior to relinquishing that function to the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral evidence of the Minister for Employment to Work and Pensions Committee on 11 February 2021, what recent discussions...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people on legacy benefits; and if she will make a...

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been asked to repay overpayments of carer's allowance in each of the last five years.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data the Government holds on the proportion of disabled workers who are turned down for reasonable adjustments by their employer; and...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to redeploy staff to child maintenance and enforcement to improve the service's compliance rate.

      Pension Credit: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government has spent on promoting the uptake of pension credit in each year of the last three years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that older people are aware of the passported benefits Pension Credit claimants are entitled to.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the the number of benefit claimants that face a shortfall between their actual rent and the amount for rent...

      Access to Work Programme: Job Entry Targeted Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to integrate the Access to Work fast track assessment process into the Job Entry Targeted Support scheme.

      Access to Work Programme: Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to integrate the Access to Work fast track scheme into the Kickstart scheme.

      Access to Work Programme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Access to Work fast track assessment process is available to all disabled workers to enable them...

      Industrial Injuries Advisory Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will publish the criteria it uses to select which recommendations from the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to implement.

      Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department's policy that workplaces that remain open during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021 must provide...

      Social Security Benefits: Mentoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral evidence of the Minister for Employment at the Work and Pensions Committee on 11 February 2021, how claimants are...

      Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the performance of employment programmes procured via the Dynamic Purchasing System.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of extended personal independence payments awards due for review which are set to end before a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to deliver on commitments made as part of the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature at the...

    • Garden Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the creation of a UK Garden City scheme to (a) promote horticulture...

      Biodiverse Landscapes Fund and Blue Planet Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how he plans to allocate money from the (a) Biodiverse Landscapes Fund and (b) Blue Planet Fund; and what criteria he plans...

      Recreation Spaces: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase access to green spaces in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire.

      Imports and Exports: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to increase capacity to deliver SPS checks on both exports and imports as the new import...

      Air Quality: Stoke On Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve air quality in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Animal Products and Livestock: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and his counterparts in the EU on securing a bilateral UK-EU SPS...

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that baby/food banks are able to provide first infant formula for formula-fed babies in need.

      Environmental Land Management Scheme: Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that organic farming is included in the Environmental Land Management National Pilot phase 1.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons a response has not been provided to Question 123677, tabled by the hon. Member for Croydon Central on 1 December 2020.

    • Police: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 27 June 2017 to Question 581 on Police: Per Capita Costs, what recent estimate she has made of the average...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to reintroduce premium priority visa services.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of aligning the time limit for professional investigations of police officers with the...

      Roads: Antisocial Behaviour and Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) speeding and (b) anti-social behaviour on roads.

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pet thefts were reported in each year since 2008.

      Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the illegal online sale of nitrous oxide for recreational consumption.

      Dogs: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of (a) the increase in dog theft and (b) the introduction of harsher punishment for that crime.

      Violence Reduction Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the earliest date is that police forces can expect to receive 2021-22 Violence Reduction Unit allocations.

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's response to recommendation 17 of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review as set out in the Comprehensive...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 96770 on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, if she will publish a progress report on that...

      Exploitation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of creating a statutory definition of child criminal exploitation, in terms of...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen legislation to improve protections for victims of stalking and their families.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to FORWARD UK’s February 2021 report entitled Do No Harm: Lived Experiences and Impacts of FGM Safeguarding Policies...

      Personal Names

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that people who are required by law to notify local authorities or police of a change of name make...

      Maira Shahbaz

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on a potential offer of asylum to Maira Shahbaz.

      Mother and Baby Units: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions Mears had with the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership before opening the mother and baby unit at 100 Pollokshaws...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many locations are housing asylum seekers under section 98 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in (a) Poplar and Limehouse...

      Mother and Baby Units: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the consultation process was for opening the mother and baby unit at 100 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Service Charges: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research's findings on leasehold and freehold charges commenced...

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will allocate funding in Budget 2021 to local authorities to cover costs and funding shortfalls incurred as a...

      Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications to the waking watch fund have been (a) received and (b) approved as at 26 February 2021.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to ensure that people living in homes with unsafe cladding are not excluded from access...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on improving consumer protection in the residential building industry.

      Woodhouse Colliery: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reopening the Woodhouse coal mine in Cumbria on the UK's...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government funding for remediation combustible cladding includes the remediation of (a) combustible...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to registrations to the Building Safety Fund, if he will provide a breakdown of pre-tender support...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will extend unimplemented planning permissions which will or have expired after January 2021.

      Housing and Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to respond to the consultation, Supporting housing delivery and public service...

      Evictions and Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will (a) make it his policy to abolish no-fault evictions and (b) take further steps to prevent homelessness as...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what methodology his Department used to calculate the £1.5 billion per year that will be required for the UK...

      Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure local authorities (a) adhere to the Government’s public health funeral...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what transitional funding and support he is providing to cover the period between the Shared Prosperity Fund being...

  • Treasury

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2021 to Question 153293, on Buildings: Insulation, what additional funding the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish...

    • Revenue and Customs: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what responsibilities the most senior contractors who used the loan charge scheme had while they were engaged at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and...

      Tax Avoidance: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of how many clients of loan scheme promoters may become bankrupt.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the finding of the Independent Loan Charge Review that loans made pre-December 2010 were made before the law was clear, for what reason...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how his Department determines who the employer is between the promoter and end user client engaged in the loan charge scheme in circumstances where HMRC...

      Construction: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in the construction industry through the changes required as a result of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the criteria for business rates relief for empty properties beyond three months when there...

      Exports: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department plans to issue for businesses exporting to the EU with reference to the rate of import tax their customers would need to pay.

      Foreign Companies: France

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department can provide to UK-based, French-owned companies who no longer benefit from French research and development tax credits for...

      Sports: Vat Zero Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a zero VAT rating for the construction of facilities for community amateur sports...

      National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints he has received in respect of non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 since its...

      Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing (a) a bonus-malus or grant scheme, (b) 0 per cent or reduced VAT rate on new electric...

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing (a) a bonus-malus or grant scheme and (b) zero per cent or reduced VAT rate on new...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the financial effect on the Exchequer of reduced income from the travel sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the rate of Alcohol Duty on spirits on the growth of small distilleries.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he has had with representatives (a) of the alcohol industry and (b) from public health organisations to discuss alcohol duty in the last...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his Department on the public health benefits of (a) setting alcohol duty at a level that covers the estimated costs of...

      London Capital and Finance: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of potential similarities between the investment schemes marketed by Ready2Invest Limited and the collapse of London Capital...

      Gambling: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in the gaming, gambling and leisure industries that applied to reclaim VAT, following the Upper Tribunals decision in favour of Rank...

      Treasury: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Middlesbrough has been shortlisted as a location for the Treasury North campus.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mass Media: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the media representation of obesity on the stigma associated...

    • Ofcom: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to appoint a new permanent chair of Ofcom.

      Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many registrations his Department has received to the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme to date; how many claims...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Transport for the North about (1) when the latter's report on the high-speed line between Leeds/Bradford and Manchester will be...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Hotels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hotels are accommodating patients who have been discharged from hospital whilst recovering from COVID-19; and where any such hotels are located.

    • Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-depressants have been dispensed by the NHS in each of the past ten years; and what was the total cost to the NHS.

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-depressants have been dispensed to (1) people under 18 years old, and (2) primary school children in each of the past ten years; and what was the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of vaccinations have been used compared to doses provided for each day since vaccinations started.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all NHS staff who are not UK citizens will be offered COVID-19 vaccinations.

      Coronavirus: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 lateral flow tests have been carried out in (1) Lancashire, (2) Pendle and, (3) Burnley, each week since the mass testing programme using these...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of care homes in England have not carried out continuous (1) weekly, and (2) monthly, COVID-19 tests of staff and residents at any...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Africa: African Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the African Union in Africa.

    • Ghana: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the validity of the presidential and parliamentary elections held in Ghana in December 2020.

      Uganda: Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when their High Commissioner to Uganda last met (1) Bobi Wine, and (2) President Museveni; what assessment they have made of continuing to provide any Overseas...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Africa on 16 January about the presidential elections in Uganda, what practical assistance they are offering to...

      Malawi: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Malawi.

      Libya: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the evacuation of foreign military forces from Libya began on 23 January, as scheduled in the ceasefire agreement of 23...

      USA: Ansar Allah

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise seeking the reversal of the designation of the Houthi movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the government of the...

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

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

      China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the US Secretary of State's description on 19 January of the government of China's treatment of Uighurs as a genocide.

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Tunisia.

      North Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the (1) financial, and (2) advisory, aid assistance they give to (a) Morocco, (b) Algeria, and (c) Tunisia, is targeted at youth unemployment.

      British Virgin Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of an independent inquiry into the governance of the British Virgin Islands, what plans they have (1) to support the expansion of its...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement from the UNHCR on 19 January concerning the impact of the conflict in Tigray on Eritrean refugee camps in the region.

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage to cultural monuments and artefacts caused by the conflict in Tigray; and whether they intend to ask UNESCO for its...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Napier Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the former Napier barracks were vacant between service personnel leaving and its use to accommodate refugees in 2020.

    • Penally Camp

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the suitability of Penally army barracks for use by the British Armed Forces.

      Penally Camp

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the former army barracks at Penally were vacant after service personnel left; and what assessment was made of the living conditions of the billets upon...

      Armed Forces: Monuments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a national memorial to the 395 National Servicemen who were killed in action between 1945 and 1963; and, if not, whether there are plans to...

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Overseas Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about (1) changes to employment contracts, and (2) the redundancy terms of...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Type 45 Power Improvement Project will be completed in all ships of the class.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: South Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in each parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire to date.

    • Public Sector: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the outcome of their invitation for stakeholders to respond to their policy paper VAT and the Public Sector: Reform to VAT refund rules,...

      Musical Instruments: Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 15 February (HL12770), whether (1) ATA Carnets, and (2) portable musical instruments, are included...

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the changes to the off-payroll working rules will start to apply for those large or medium-sized companies that do not meet the simplified test...

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