Written answers

Thursday, 4 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on meeting the target of 4,000 new zero emission buses during the current Parliament; and when the first order for those...

    • Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on changes in the level of funding for Transport for the North.

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has provided to Transport for the North in each of the last three years.

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of funding for Transport for the North.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2021 to Question 153281, on High Speed 2 Railway Line, what the most costly (a) land and (b) property...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many court actions there have been in respect of Compulsory Purchase Orders against High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd in relation to Phase 1 of HS2; and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total costs incurred by High Speed Two of procuring professional advice for the estimates of costs to acquire...

      Euston Station: High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of the purchase of land and property in respect of the development of London Euston station has been to date in connection with High...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many land and property transactions have been conducted as part of phase 1 of High Speed 2; and how many of those transactions are subject to...

      Water Sports: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals on the safe use and conduct of personal water crafts.

      Ports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the charges imposed on port operators in the UK.

      Ports: Fees and Charges

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

      Ports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to increase the competitiveness of ports to support operators that are facing high charges.

      Railway Stations: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch's report into a fatality at Eden Park station in 2020, what funding he plans to provide to...

  • Department for Education

    • Northern College Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the future sustainability of residential provision at Northern College in Barnsley.

    • Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for sixth form students.

      Extended Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Department of Education’s recent survey of wraparound care providers that are registered...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to make additional support available for mental health provision for school pupils in response to anxiety caused by covid-19-related...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumer Goods: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of requiring the country of origin to be...

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies that only 54 per cent of the mandatory...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of sanctions available to the Registrar of Companies in the event of...

      Rolls Royce: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) funding from the public purse and (b) tax incentives have been provided to Rolls Royce to support the...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what fiscal support he is providing to hairdressing businesses in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings the Government has had with UK businesses on how they adapt to the new UK-EU trading relationships...

      Paula Vennells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish all correspondence between Paula Vennels and his Department dated between July 2013 and December 2013.

      Unite: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 25 February 2020 to Question 156255 on Certification Officer, whether the Labour Market...

      Additional Restrictions Grant and Local Restrictions Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of local authorities in respect of the...

      Additional Restrictions Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies that only 13 per cent of the Additional...

      Clothing: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support fashion businesses that are having difficulties complying with new customs...

      Vaccination: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to encourage more clinical trials of vaccines in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will recommend to Cabinet colleagues the formal inclusion of international aviation and shipping emissions in the...

      Coal: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the viability of coal from the proposed new coal mine in Cumbria for use in UK...

      Coal: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on coal imports of using coal mined from the proposed mine in Cumbria.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Antenatal Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to allocate for the provision of perinatal pelvic floor services in the next five years; and where the...

    • Health Services: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the equipment available to eradicate (a) pseudomonas and (b) legionella type...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many validated cool boxes for the covid-19 vaccine the Government has.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether applications to the Government's personal protective equipment procurement portal established in March 2020 were managed by (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether data on ethnicity will be recorded as part of the national rollout of the covid-19 vaccination programme.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2021 to Questions 155053 and 155054, what assessment he has made of whether long covid is likely in...

      Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on implementing each of recommendations 1-9 inclusive of the Independent Medicines and Medical...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what modelling he has undertaken on the potential effect of the (a) easing of covid-19 restrictions to allow the partial mixing of people...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when (a) UK visa holders and (b) other temporary UK residents who are clinically vulnerable and unable to travel out of the UK due to the...

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to immediately extend the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and NHS Digital's Medicines in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department's modelling of the covid-19 vaccination program is based on uptake of 75 per cent outside of (a) care homes, (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to issue targeted information on the covid-19 vaccine and support to people with learning disabilities to help...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 137116 tabled on 13 January by the Member for Harrow West.

      Care Homes: Key Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of assigning family members of clinically vulnerable or disabled relatives who...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 20 November 2020 from the hon. Member for Rochdale.

      NHS Test and Trace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £22 billion in funding allocated to NHS Test and Trace is being spent on management consultants.

      Patient Recruitment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria the National Institute for Health Research used to select the sites for the National Patient Recruitment Centres; and what...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2021 to Question 100316 on Coronavirus: Contact Tracing, in what format his Department holds that...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to procure rapid covid-19 tests to facilitate an increase in visitor access to care homes.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a compensation scheme for NHS staff who have acquired long covid.

      DNACPR Decisions: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on the use of do not resuscitate orders relating to (a) people with learning disabilities and (b)...

      Learning Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to promote the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities during the covid-19 outbreak through (a)...

      Autism and Learning Disability: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the cross-departmental strategy to move people with a learning disability and/or autism out of assessment...

      Mental Health Services: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2020 to Question 115555, on Mental Health Services: Mothers, whether those specialist care services...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will publish the guidance given to Clinical Commissioning Groups on vaccinating in-patients in hospitals.

      Body Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing body bags with a transparent face window which allow families to pay...

      Coronavirus: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of data from Canada on the effect on the transmission of covid-19 of thanksgiving celebrations in October;...

      Mental Health Services: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving mental health support for online gambling related issues in the latest period...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that people with asthma are included in priority group 6 for covid-19 vaccination.

      Spirits: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on public health of freezes on spirits duty over the last seven years.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on financial support available to disabled people and carers in non-registered...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed reforms to Public Health England will enhance the role of nature-based interventions...

      Alzheimer's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse has been allocated to research into (a) Parkinson's disease, (b) Alzheimers Disease and (c) Multiple...

  • Wales Office

    • Drugs: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to his correspondence of 19 February 2021 to the chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, what (a) discussions and (b) support his Department...

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral contribution on 24 February 2021, Official Report, col 911, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Kingston upon...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Failure to Appear warrants were issued by courts for (a) murder and (b) rape in each of the last five years up to March 2020.

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what methodology his Department uses to decide the (a) location of Nightingale courts and (b) type of cases each of those courts will hear.

      Prisoners on Remand: Remote Hearings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February to Question 147843 on Prisoners on Remand: Remote Hearings, what the total costs incurred are by (a) video remand...

      Prisoners on Remand: Remote Hearings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February to Question 147845 on Remote Hearings, whether any funding has been provided to police forces to assist in the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Business: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy of her Department's updated guidance to UK firms operating in Nigeria that...

    • Fossil Fuels: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to use public money to fund new overseas fossil fuel projects ahead of COP26.

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress she has made for the UK to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

      Agriculture and Fisheries: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her policy position is on current discussions at the World Trade Organisation on reducing fishing and agriculture subsidies; and if she...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) UN and (b) African Union on the conflict in...

    • Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the reported delay by Israel to the transfer of the first shipment of covid-19 vaccines to Gaza,...

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the the recently declassified report from the US Director of National Intelligence, Assessing...

      West Bank: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to help prevent demolitions of schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Xinjiang: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide...

      Sri Lanka: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the Sri Lankan authorities in permitting the rights of...

      Sri Lanka: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to help ensure that the international community (a) upholds the rights of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the merger of his Department with the Department for...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the cost of the surplus covid-19 vaccine doses for low income countries will be met by the UK.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of recent claims made by the COVAX facility in relation to Bosnia and...

      Tigray: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the statement by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in...

      Mozambique: Solar Power and Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total value is of CDC Group's current investments in (a) solar and (b) wind energy in Mozambique.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reductions in the size of the Army on employment in the North East.

    • A400M Aircraft and Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 157035, what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrading the A400M to undertake the roles and...

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence People and Veterans of 15 December 2020, Official Report, column 75WH, how many and what...

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of food served in military barracks to armed forces personnel in self-isolation.

      Aircraft Carriers: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 154817, when Crowsnest will be fully operational.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide an update on the timetable for the publication of the Green Paper on disability benefits.

    • Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been received for Discretionary Housing Payments in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Stockport in the latest...

      Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations of the Social Security Advisory Committee's...

      Disability: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timescale is for the consultation on the National Strategy for Disabled People; and when that process will include consultation with...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2021 to Questions 155053 and 155054, whether there is a threshold that defines the working population as...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Health and Safety Executive's response is to representations made to it by the Road Haulage Association on tightening guidance on the...

      Personal Care Services: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council has made on its review of lung cancer and COPD in former employees in the health and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in 2020 on (a) universal credit and (b) employment and support allowance were denied a virtual telephone Work Capability...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2021 to Question 150714 on Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment, if she will...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to (a) improve the compliance rate of child maintenance payments and (b) ensure receiving parents do not...

      Bereavement Support Payment: Cohabitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to expand the eligibility criteria for the Bereavement Support Payment to include unmarried couples; and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of employees from the DWP Debt Management team are on sick leave as at 24 February 2021.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the proportion of employers that publish the percentage of (a) disabled staff they employ and (b)...

      Disability: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with relevant stakeholders on implementing mandatory reporting and action plans on the disability pay gap.

      Conditions of Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the proportion of employers that (a) have a disability leave policy and (b) allow homeworking as a...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 26 February 2021 to Questions 155053 and Question 155054, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of...

      Bank Services: Pensions and Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps the Government has taken to publicise the Payment Exception Service to people who are eligible to use it.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Question

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on tackling food poverty and insecurity during lockdown.

    • Question

      What steps he is taking to secure long-term funding for nature-based flooding solutions.

      Question

      What steps he is taking to ensure that (a) funding and (b) regulations are in place to help protect (i) the River Tawd and (ii) similar natural environments from pollution.

      Question

      What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Environment Agency on flood defences in Prestolee, Bolton.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 26 November 2020, (b)...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to make financial support available for schools to fund preventative measures to tackle (a)...

      Walley's Quarry Landfill: Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of odour complaints about Walley's Quarry landfill in the last six months; and what...

      Odour Pollution: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints have been received about each site regulated by the Environment Agency in each month since...

      Walley's Quarry Landfill: Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints have been received by the Environment Agency about Walley's Quarry Landfill in...

      Dogs: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and...

      Farmers: Government Assistance

      What steps he is taking to support farmers producing food for the domestic market.

      Asia-Pacific Region: Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking (a) separately and (b) with countries in the Asia-Pacific region to help...

      Agricultural Products: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of agricultural goods moving from Great Britain to the EU after 21 April 2021 on...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fresh asylum applications were submitted in 2020 by individuals who had previously been refused asylum in the UK.

    • Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what notification her Department provides to a local authority of the placement of Section 95 asylum seekers in dispersal accommodation in...

      Community Security Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will renew her Department's funding of the Jewish Community Protective Security Grant for the Community Security Trust.

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many withdrawal of international protection Article 14 and 19 Directive 2011/95/EU decisions were made by the Government in 2020 (a) in...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cessation of international protection (Articles 11 and 17 Directive 2011/95/EU) decisions were made by the UK in 2020 (a) in total,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is to receive a letter of reply from her Department to an hon. Member on immigration issues.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of recording the (a) sex and (b) gender of perpetrators of sex offences; and if she...

      Police: Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police staff serve in the London Borough of Redbridge in February 2021 compared to May 2010.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that bans on the use of e-scooters are strictly enforced by local police forces.

      Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of revising the £1.129 million threshold at which police forces can recoup costs...

      Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the devolved Administrations on (a) violence reduction strategies and (b) where she plans to...

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applied for asylum from detention in the UK in 2020.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter dated 21 February 2021 from the hon Member for Harrow West with case reference number GT44980.

      Migrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to create small units for the detention of women within existing immigration removal centres; how many women...

      Asylum: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2021 to Question 151819 on Asylum: Homelessness, how (a) homeless and (b) other asylum-seeking persons...

      Hassockfield Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's plans are for a new immigration removal centre for women on the former site of Hassockfield Secure Training Centre,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of the asylum procedure at first instance is in the UK.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of the Dublin procedure at first instance was, from the making of the application up until the outgoing transfer...

      Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to introduce new police powers to manage protest; and if she will make a...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring and evaluation is conducted on the contracts held by companies providing accommodation to asylum seekers.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the five most common nationalities of new asylum applicants making claims to the UK in 2020 were; and how many asylum applications were...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Society of Antiquaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to help the Society of Antiquaries remain at New Burlington House.

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to fully compensate local authorities for costs incurred and revenue lost as a result of the...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to specialist retirement housing to tackle...

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future White Paper, updated on 4 February 2021, whether neighbourhood plans...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department made of the potential merits of using ONS 2014-based Household Projections data to...

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support is available to local authorities to manage the increase in demand for local authority searches.

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the research being undertaken by the Building Research Establishment into trigger...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February to Question 156575, on Building Safety Fund, whether he plans to re-open...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether an application to the Building Safety Fund that has been rejected can be re-submitted in the event of new...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using the proposed Building Safety Bill to Amend Section 1 of...

      Park Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislative proposals in the next session of Parliament to change...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2021 to Question 153161 on Housing: Insulation, what estimate his Department has...

      Housing: Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what funding he has allocated to support the construction of new homes in the London Borough of Redbridge in each year...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has undertaken of non-cladding related building safety risks, including combustible...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Question

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support family life during the covid-19 lockdown.

    • Families: Coronavirus

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

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Question

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Northern Ireland Assembly voting system on implementation of (a) the principle cross-community consent and (b) the Belfast...

    • Question

      What steps his Department is taking to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place in the UK.

      Question

      What plans his Department has to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.

  • Treasury

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Leeds Central on complaint appeal 4720546844/244/CAD relating to the Valuation Office...

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a tapering-off period for the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday beyond 31 March 2021, for...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the expected (a) turnaround time and (b) service level is for recipients of child benefit who are pursuing outstanding claims and queries; and whether...

      Money Service Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether inbound tourist currency exchange shops serving inbound tourists are distinct from bureau de change shops serving local immigrants transferring...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to lift the public sector pay freeze.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the adequacy of funding to local...

      Blackmore Bond: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of protection for investors since the collapse of Blackmore Bond plc.

      Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on protecting access to cash; if he will publish the...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with bank chief executives on the maintenance of the UK cash network; and if he will make a statement.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that people can continue to access cash; and if he will publish the Government's timeframe for...

      West Midlands Combined Authority: Railway Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has recently received from the West Midlands Combined Authority on the funding of three new train stations to serve the Camp Hill...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide additional support to organisations working to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people in...

    • Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of designating ice rinks as leisure facilities on access to that facility for...

      Musicians: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on financial support for freelance DJs dependent on working...

      Social Media: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many pieces of content the Counter Disinformation Cell flagged to social media platforms in 2020; and if he will make a...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional support his Department plans to offer to UK tourism businesses as covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease.

  • Cop26

    • UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the President of COP26, what progress he has made on including the Mayoral Advisory Panel in the preparations for COP26.

    • Flood Control: Coastal Areas

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking as COP President to focus UK climate adaptation on flooding and coastal defences as part of the COP26 adaptation and resilience agenda.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to promote the UK’s Net Zero transition model to international partners in the run-up to the COP26 summit.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the President of COP26, what recent steps he has taken to promote tackling biodiversity loss alongside climate action as part of COP26 preparations.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Departments: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to (a) co-ordinate equalities strategies across government and (b) monitor departmental performance against those...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding tailored financial support for the wraparound holiday childcare sector to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked Transport for the North to delay the publication of their business case for (1) a high-speed railway route between Hull and Liverpool, or...

    • Passenger Ships: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified a clear timeline for allowing the cruise industry to restart.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what independent assessment has been made of the impact of the HS2 Phase One cut-and-cover tunnel design at Wendover on (1) the sustainability of the Weston...

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements, if any, are being made to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to seafarers; and what steps, if any, are being taken to deliver such a vaccination...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many public charging points for electric vehicles are operational in each region in England; and of these, how many (1) are able to charge all models of...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the Integrated Rail Plan for the North of England.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Hotels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost to date of discharging patients recovering from COVID-19 from hospitals to hotels.

    • Coronavirus: Hotels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients recovering from COVID-19 have been discharged from hospitals to hotels.

      Tobacco: Marketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent tobacco companies using (1) social media influencers, and (2) other media, to promote non-combustible nicotine products.

      Meat: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) officials, and (2) ministers, in the Northern Ireland Executive Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the study in the Nature Human Behaviour journal The association between gambling and financial, social and health...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allocate frontline funeral workers key worker or equivalent status to enable them access to regular COVID-19 testing.

      Dentistry: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what priority have (1) NHS dentists, (2) NHS dental staff, (3) non-NHS dentists, and (4) non-NHS dental staff, been given for access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

      Asthma: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Asthma UK Living in limbo, the scale of unmet need in difficult and severe asthma, published in...

      Asthma: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of severe asthma patients who were unaware of their diagnosis receiving a letter stating that they should shield, what steps they are taking to...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce a timetable for the re-introduction of close contact care home visits in England.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported increase in the prescription of anti-psychotic medication in the care of people with dementia.

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 November (HL9485), why parents of children who have to self-isolate because of contact with someone outside...

      Coronavirus: Ventilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned to determine the potential risks to patients and healthcare workers of (1) short-range, and (2) long-range, aerosol...

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 February (HL13177), whether an intervention under the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 has...

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by Healthwatch What people are telling us, published on 9 December 2020, which found that people are struggling to...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include family members of care home residents in Category 6 of their COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Peers: Allowances

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much was paid to Members of the House of Lords in financial support (excluding travel costs) in each month during 2020.

  • Treasury

  • Ministry of Defence

    • China: Military Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what, items of second-hand Chinese equipment have been purchased by the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2015.

    • Army: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the British Army last deployed a largely fully formed and supported division for manoeuvre and deployment training; and when it next plans to conduct an...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the cadet forces provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Fossil Fuels: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue (1) to provide export finance support to, and (2) to make investments in, overseas fossil fuel projects in states which do not...

    • Trade Bill 2019-21

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Her Majesty The Queen, (2) His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, or (3) their representatives, relating to their Consent...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stop granting export licences for the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suspension in arms sales to Saudi Arabia for offensive use in Yemen by the government of the United States; and what...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • EU Countries: Musicians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations on reports of concerns UK...

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