Written answers

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Leamside Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the timescale for opening the proposed Leamside South line.

    • Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Covid-19 Response, Spring 2021 roadmap, published in February 2021, CP 398, when (a) bookings for driving theory tests and (b)...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for Mauritius being placed on the UK's red list of countries for which hotel quarantine is required; and when a review of the...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the comments made by Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment of 26 January 2021 advising people not to book overseas summer holidays,...

      Clean Air Zones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the effect of the £2 charge for access to the central services unit for clean air zones on local authority budgets.

      Road Tolls: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the wording of road toll information on meeting the needs of people with severe dyslexia.

      Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2021 to Question 140207 on the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme, what conditions are in place to...

      Passenger Ships: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the scope of the Global Travel Taskforce’s report due to be published on 12 April 2021 on the reopening of international travel will...

      Shipping: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department has provided to the maritime sector in Wales since March 2020.

      Fishing Vessels: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish guidance on the covid-19 secure operation of charter boats for recreational fishing

      Motor Vehicles: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the (a) safety and (b) operation of classic cars of the introduction of E10 petrol at UK...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing automatic...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Unite: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2021 to Question 160530, on what date the 2019 return for Unite was received by the...

    • Small Businesses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many small businesses closed in each financial year from 2010-11 to date.

      Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the construction industry as a result of reported shortages of tiles and timber...

      Hydroelectric Power: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has held with Ofgem on the potential merits of (a) pumped hydro storage and (b) other...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the transmission levels of covid-19 at (a) indoor and (b) outdoor...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what economic impact assessment his Department has made of the cap on guests at weddings until 21 June 2021.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the proposals for a Global Registry of Fossil...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that all invoices for the Green Homes Grant scheme are paid within two weeks.

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether wedding (a) caterers and (b) venues will be legally permitted to cater for a wedding reception held indoors...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines for the immunocompromised or immunosuppressed,...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which priority group of the covid-19 vaccination programme includes family members and carers of people living with the clinically...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2021 to Question 160537, if he will publish the results of the modelling conducted by Operational...

      Loneliness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport on steps that Department is taking to...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of NHS treatment for binge eating disorder.

      Coronavirus: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether covid-19 restrictions on funeral services will be eased before workers operating within that sector have been offered a covid-19...

      Mental Health Services: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the importance of the wraparound childcare sector to supporting the mental health of parents.

      Sage Nursing Home: Cleaning Services and Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a response to Early Day Motion 1314 on Sage care workers and cleaners.

      Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's guidance, updated on 6 January 2021, A testing service for homecare workers in England, for what...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of weekly testing for (a) domiciliary care workers and (b) nominated external...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to designate Anna Chaplains for Older People as key workers for the purposes of visiting residential care homes; and if...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in (a) the UK and (b) Yorkshire and Humber have been removed from the Shielded Patient List since March 2020.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to offer people who have received the full course of covid-19 vaccines abroad the option of not having to quarantine on...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the provision of Vitamin D supplements which ended on 21 February 2021 will be extended to people who have recently been added to...

      Dentistry: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of recognising dental qualifications of dental schools outside the EU.

      Dentistry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the number of places available on dentistry courses in UK dental schools.

      Midwives: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many midwives, expressed as a headcount, were employed by each NHS trust in England (a) in total and (b) who were nationals of an EU...

      NHS Test and Trace: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of NHS Test and Trace to monitor self-isolating pupils.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the locations of the 15,841 positive covid-19 cases that were not referred to NHS Test and Trace in October 2020 by...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) average and (b) maximum distance people are expected to travel for walk-in covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2020 to Question 106293 on Coronavirus: Contact Tracing, in what format his Department holds the...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer to Question 106294 of 20th October 2020, on Coronavirus: screening, in what format data relating to lost and...

      Coronavirus: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport and (b) his German counterpart on promoting ventilation as a...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of purchasing Innova lateral flow tests in 2021.

      Coronavirus: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 case rate in Herefordshire being listed as 160.3 per 100,000 in his oral contribution of 26 November 2020,...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to assist private hospitals and health care providers to acquire covid-19 testing kits for patients...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of people becoming infected with covid-19 at (a) walk-in and (b) drive through covid-19 testing centres have been recorded...

      Test and Trace Support Payment: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from what date parents who have to stay at home as a result of their children being required to self-isolate are able to receive the Test...

      Coronavirus: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to roll out mass lateral flow testing to Rotherham.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 outbreaks have been recorded at (a) walk-in and (b) drive through covid-19 testing centres in each month since they...

      Coronavirus: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to open additional covid-19 testing sites in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the maximum daily covid-19 testing capacity was in (a) November 2020 and (b) February 2021; and what estimate he has made of what...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what restrictions he will put on support to the care sector to ensure it does not benefit (a) companies located in tax havens and (b)...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on the increase in prescribing of anti-psychotics to people with dementia during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled children who are at home are able to receive (a) physiotherapy, (b) respite care and (c)...

      Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to improve access to medical care for disabled people during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Midwives: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS midwives there were aged 70 or older in each of the last 10 years.

      Midwives: Age and Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the age profile is of NHS midwives; and how many NHS midwives in each age category are (a) UK nationals, (b) nationals of an EU...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish a social care Green Paper in 2021.

      Coronavirus: Key Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of launching a compensation scheme for frontline staff and key workers suffering from...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2021 to Question 109278, for what reasons parents or guardians who are unable to work from home and...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out a timetable for re-introducing close contact care home visits in England.

      Clinics: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the difficulties that (a) medical and (b) dental clinics are facing due to (i) staff shortages and (ii)...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the role that heated tobacco products have to play in helping to achieve England's 2030 smoke-free target;...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests were declared void in (a) December 2020, (b) November 2020, (c) October 2020 and (d) September 2020.

      Baby Care Units: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether parents of babies in neonatal units will be given priority access to a covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the priority for vaccination of people with learning difficulties.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of placing people with learning disabilities in a higher covid-19 vaccination...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to enable the re-introduction of close contact care home visits in England.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of covid-19 vaccines on the mutated second covid strain.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the UK-wide daily target is for the administration of covid-19 vaccines.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities meet their duties under the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of publishing daily figures for covid-19 vaccinations.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data his Department holds on the number of covid-19 vaccines administered by region.

      Respiratory System: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of missed diagnoses of (a) asthma, (b) COPD, (c) interstitial lung disease and (d) other...

      Phenelzine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supplies of the anti-depressant Nardil (phenelzine); and if he will make a statement.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that inbound passengers on indirect flights out of red-list countries are not able to evade having to...

      Overseas Workers: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has issued guidance to UK nationals working overseas who have lost their job during the covid-19 pandemic and who...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions Public Health England has had with the Health and Safety Executive on development of its guidance on personal protective...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will collate and maintain records of the number of people who (a) apply and (b) are rejected at the initial checklist...

      Influenza: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Independent High Risk AGP Panel Summary of recommendations arising from evidence reviews to date, published on 11...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken to ensure that specialists regularly update the Shielded Patient List in respect of clinically extremely...

      Care Homes: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what long-term assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the recruitment of care workers.

      Protective Clothing: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk to public health of face coverings being discarded as litter.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of a person's weight on the level of risk for Alzheimer's disease.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on the compulsory wearing of face masks of the November 2020 Danish study...

      General Practitioners: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP surgeries in Newham are owned by UK subsidiaries of (a) for-profit and (b) other private healthcare companies based in the US.

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government’s commitment to investing £70 million into weight management services, what assessment he has...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's roadmap is out of covid-19 lockdown for clinically vulnerable children who have been advised to shield but have yet...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he intends to answer Question 144935 tabled by the hon. Member for Halton on 28 January 2021.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 14 per cent fall in patients treated within 62 days of an urgent GP referral for suspect cancer at Devon CCG...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued for people who are living with and caring for someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Kashmir: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) speed of the covid-19 vaccination roll out in India to...

    • Myanmar: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to increase aid to (a) internally displaced people in Myanmar and (b) refugees from Myanmar...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in developing the Strategic Framework for ODA, whether the Government plans to develop a needs-based approach to...

      Myanmar: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to reduce UK aid to Myanmar in the context of the review he has announced into aid to that country.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is working with the (a) Government of Bangladesh and (b) other donors to make long term...

      Myanmar: Homicide and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with (a) United Nations and (b) other international partners to help ensure...

      Myanmar: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has repurposed UK aid already disbursed to civil society organisations in Myanmar to...

      Kashmir: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) speed of the covid-19 vaccination roll out in Pakistan to...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to renew his Department's commitment to reach 50 million people with nutrition interventions over...

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he plans to make to the Government of Bahrain regarding reports that at least 15 children...

      Sayed Hasan Ameen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the request for urgent action by Amnesty International dated 3 March 2021, which reports that...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to implement the OECD policy marker for nutrition in his Department's internal reporting systems.

      Famagusta: Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department had with representatives of the Government of Turkey to secure its compliance with...

      Belarus: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will impose Magnitsky-style sanctions on people based in the UK who are alleged sponsors of the Belarusian...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to pursue the ambition of free and fair elections in Belarus since November 2020; and what...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts and Tribunals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2021 to Question 148977, Courts: Coronavirus, what limits have been placed on the number of people allowed in (a)...

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of courts are currently working to full capacity.

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether guidance has been issued to courts on hearing bankruptcy proceedings in the absence of the individual concerned; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of young adults who become involved in the criminal justice system as defendants have their maturity assessed by Liaison...

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the January 2021 covid-19 restrictions on the mental and emotional wellbeing of (a) new fathers...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Nightingale (a) courts and (b) courtrooms are operating by region.

      Ivory: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for ivory smuggling in each of the last five years; and how many of those prosecutions have resulted in (a)...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure the accessibility of affordable civil legal aid.

  • Treasury

    • Stamp Duties: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of people who have benefitted from stamp duty relief for first time buyers have been women in each year since the introduction of that relief.

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC can use its discretion in individual cases when approving applications to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

      Furs: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how much (a) fur imports and (b) fur exports contributed to the UK economy in 2019-20.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to place on a statutory basis the transfer of information between HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions relating to eligibility...

      Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equalities impact assessment he has made of Budget 2021 to fulfil the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty; and if he will publish that...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which of the covid-19 support measures he announced in the 2021 Budget will apply to English Language Schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Wind Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in light of the conclusion of Round 4 of Offshore Wind Leasing, if he will review the formula for the Crown Estate’s annual payments to the taxpayer...

      Towns Fund and UK Community Renewal Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the (a) Towns Fund and (b) UK...

      Free Zones: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the eight proposed freeports (a) for each freeport and (b) in total.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Shared Ownership: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of shared owners are women in each region, for each year since 2010.

    • Sleeping Rough: Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he will take to support the London Borough of Redbridge in tackling rough sleeping beyond April 2021.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department’s plans to accelerate planning permission have taken into account any of the unintended...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of women who used the right to buy scheme to purchase their council home...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2021 to Question 160570, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number...

      Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group published in July 2019.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the consultation Fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings which concluded on...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if the £3.5bn in additional funding for the removal of dangerous cladding announced on 10 February 2021 will be...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) private (b) social renters in rent arrears during the...

      Leeds-Bradford Airport: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will call in planning application number 20/02559/FU by Leeds Bradford Airport for the construction of a new...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many funds his Department is responsible for; how many funds shared with other departments his Department is...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to increase support to high street redevelopment organisations.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the number of households receiving Council Tax Support on the income of...

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2021 to Question 152648 and 152649, what plans his Department has to bring...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the methodology to determine which (a) places and (b) lead authorities were prioritised for...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the methodology used to calculate the local authority priority categories for the Levelling Up Fund.

      Towns Fund and UK Community Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish details of the method used by his Department to select the successful areas for the (a) Towns Fund...

      Churches: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Covid-19 Response, Spring 2021 roadmap, published on 22 February 2021, when Welsh language...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to support local authorities who did not receive funding through the Community Champions...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to provide additional financial support for work on the covid-19 vaccination roll-out to local...

      UK Community Renewal Fund: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the equity of not including Hull in the 100 priority places for the Community Renewal Fund.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits at the Army Foundation College have been unable to complete their training during the covid-19 outbreak; and whether any recruits have...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of changes in the level of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) disabled people, (ii) children, (iii)...

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the change in the level of employment in the UK.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of an increase to carer’s allowance.

      Employment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of people with epilepsy entering employment.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pregnant women have been entitled to maternity allowance in the last 12 months.

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2020 to Question 76930, what progress has been made in laying the remedial order governing (a) widowed...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure her Department contacts each person due a backdated personal independent payment.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) universal credit and (b) employment support allowance claimants who were not (i)...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will uprate the earnings limit for claiming carers allowance in line with the minimum wage.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recycling: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to what extent the proposed deposit return scheme for England and Wales will mirror the Scottish Government’s scheme.

    • Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the farming industry on the use of farrowing crates for pigs.

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what modelling his Department is using to assess the effect of including glass in a deposit return scheme on existing...

      Local Government: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of local authorities with responsibility for waste recycling centres have introduced...

      Hospitality Industry: Veganism and Vegetarianism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to encourage the growth of local hospitality-based businesses that specialise in healthy vegan...

      Furs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of how much domestic sales of fur contributed to the UK economy in 2019-20.

      Bridleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many publicly accessible bridleways there are in England.

      Heather Burning: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences for heather burning have been granted by Natural England in each of the last five years, by region.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 158199, how many of the 97.9 full time equivalent staff recruited on...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to the UK Border Agency on applications for (a) BN(O) visas and (b) asylum from Hongkongers who have...

    • Extradition Act 2003: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2021 to Question 156290, on Extradition Act 2003: Arrests, for what reason her Department does not...

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visas under the adult dependent relative rule were (a) received, (b) granted and (c) rejected in (i) 2017, (ii)...

      Asylum: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were placed into initial accommodation within Wakefield in 2020.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made in meeting commitments under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in the last 12 months.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what basis her Department determines the number of asylum seekers housed within each parliamentary constituency.

      Coronavirus: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to monitor the use of police powers introduced in the Coronavirus Act 2020 in respect of imposing fines on members...

      Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether covid-19 regulations pertaining to funeral services will be eased before 21 June 2021.

      Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what notice period will be given to the funeral and death care sector for guidance on the relaxation of rules limiting the number of...

      Detention Centres: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to establish smaller capacity immigration detention units for women located in existing male detention facilities.

  • Scotland Office

    • Broadcasting: Scotland

      If he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on ensuring that public sector broadcasters uphold obligations on impartiality during election...

    • Hospitality Industry: Scotland

      What recent steps his Department has taken to support the Scottish hospitality sector.

      Arts: Scotland

      What assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the effect on creative workers in Scotland of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

      Telecommunications: Scotland

      What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to ensure the adequacy of telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of Scotland.

      Overseas Trade: Scotland

      What recent discussions he has had with Scottish exporters on the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on their ability to trade.

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Scotland

      What discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Scottish Government on preparations for COP26 in Glasgow.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the amount Government departments owe in late payments to small businesses since...

    • Queen's Consent

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to review the operation of Queen's consent.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to the families of home schooled children during the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps he is taking to help...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 restrictions on the ability of students to return home for the Easter break.

      Eleven Plus: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) school closures during the covid-19 outbreak, (b) access to good quality teaching and (c) internet...

      Universities: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many English universities have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's working definition of antisemitism; and if he will list...

      Coronavirus Catch-up Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish covid-19 catch up premium funding allocations for each school by (a) constituency and (b) local authority area.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is planning to take to ensure that the children of Hongkongers coming to the UK under the BN(O) visa and other routes are...

      Children: Education and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reorganisation of local government on the provision of (a) children's care and (b)...

      Boarding Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking ensure the return of international boarders to boarding school during the covid-19 outbreak before 8 March 2021.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the provision of tutors reaches all pupils that require additional tuition due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Turing Scheme: Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provisions in the Turing scheme are accessible for youth groups.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to help current Year 10 pupils catch up on learning time lost as a result of recent school closures.

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate the Government has made of the rate of transmission of covid-19 in SEND schools in England; what steps his Department is taking to...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2021 to Question 147045, what period does the data relating to the Inspiring Governance governor recruitment...

      Business: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of resources available to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England to support...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish his assessment of the predictive (a) value and (b) accuracy of lateral flow tests in English (i) school and (ii) college pupil and...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take with the new Education Recovery Commissioner to address the non-academic factors to support children’s...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the importance of the wraparound childcare sector to supporting children’s mental health during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to ensure that data collected from the Reception Baseline Assessment will be adjusted to allow for children’s differing...

      Extended Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of a potential reduction of providers in the wraparound childcare and holiday club sector on the UK’s...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government’s roadmap on easing lockdown restrictions announced on 22 February 2021, what steps his Department plans to...

      Childminding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2021 to Question 147056, on Childminding: Coronavirus, how he plans to prioritise the steps outlined; and if he...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of an educational recovery plan to support all pupils that have had their education disrupted as...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking in response to the World Health Organisation's guidance on the requirement for children to wear face masks in schools.

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of requiring teacher supply agencies to sign up to the flexible furlough scheme in order for...

      Remote Education: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2021 to Question 142923, what the cost to the public purse has been of funding technical support to help schools...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he made of the benefits and risks of face masks for children before recommending face masks be worn by students in secondary schools.

      Pupils: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to update guidance for schools and colleges on the use of clear face coverings to meet the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

      National Tutoring Programme: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Harlow are involved in the National Tutoring Programme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Lottery: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Football Association and (b) Camelot regarding the method of...

    • Gymnastics: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of disabled access and opportunities in British Gymnastics at (a) youth and (b) adult...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to allocate specific funding from the public purse to female grassroots football teams.

      Television Licences: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with stakeholders on (a) providing a free TV licence for people aged over 75 and (b)...

  • Cop26

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will include improved data collection from LGBT+ employees as part of the LGBT+ Action Plan.

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to strengthen the protection against intersectional discrimination and enact section 14 of the Equality Act 2010.

      Community Development

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on community champions.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to reply to the letter from the Rt. hon. Member for Leeds Central of 15 January 2021 on his appearance before the Liaison Committee.

  • Department for Transport

    • Royal National Lifeboat Institution: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they provide to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    • Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 22 February (HC Deb, col 626–8), what discussions they have had with train operating companies about...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a hard copy passenger locator form on all (1) flights, (2) ferry journeys, and (3) Eurostar train journeys, arriving into...

      Aviation: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on job losses within the UK airline sector.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove Mauritius from the 'red list' of countries from which entry to the UK is banned; and if they have no such plans, when they...

      Aviation: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce business rates for those businesses in the aviation sector affected by the COVID-19 travel ban.

      Driving Licences: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reciprocal arrangements are in place between the UK and each EU member state with regard to driving licences.

      Driving Licences: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for th DVLA to be able to grant an extension to UK drivers' licences that are due to expire, where there are no reciprocal arrangements...

      Trains: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to phase out diesel traction passenger trains in the North of England.

      Merchant Shipping: Radio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 February (HL13331), whether there are any high frequency coast stations in the UK.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction and Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of jobs in the (1) manufacturing, and (2) construction, sectors which are linked to the (1) production, and (2) use, of...

    • Termination of Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation (1) to allow organisations (a) to dismiss, or (b) to refuse to employ, any person who has refused to be...

      Courier Services: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the working conditions of courier drivers; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such drivers are not paid less than the...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase COVID-19 financial support to businesses in the wedding industry.

  • Department for Education

    • Computacenter: Remote Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, as part of their provision of computers to schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic, what was the value of the Direct Award to Computacenter made under...

    • Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK universities about the provision of university courses in countries where they have concerns about (1) governance, or (2)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the mental health of prisoners of being confined to their cells for 23 hours a day or more.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for setting alcohol duty rates at a level where revenue from alcohol duty will match the costs of alcohol to society.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Office for National Statistics release Quarterly alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales: 2001 to 2019 registrations and...

      Electronic Funds Transfer: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for mandating the voluntary protections for victims of authorised push payment scams; whether the Payment Systems...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consider the energy use of cryptocurrencies as part of their preparations for COP26 and other international meetings on climate change during...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Investment: Fossil Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total value of (1) investments, (2) export credit guarantees, (3) loans, and (4) loan guarantees, granted (a) under Official...

    • North Korea: UN Resolutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that workers in North Korea have been sent to Russia to provide overseas labour contrary to the sanctions imposed under...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the implementation of the recommendations in the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry Report of the...

      Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions against (1) individuals, (2) companies, and (3) countries, the UK implemented while a member of the EU; and which sanctions have...

      British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 February (HL13107), how many COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to (1) UK Overseas...

      Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the issue of the conflict in Cameroon in the UN Security Council in the near future; and what plans they have to ensure that there...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist developing countries to develop a working cold-chain storage system for storing COVID-19 vaccines at the required temperatures.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Canada

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the request from the government of Canada for a reciprocal agreement on state pensions.

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why reciprocal agreements on state pensions are in place for some but not all of the British Overseas Territories; and when they plan to have agreements in place...

      Pensions: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pension contributions of self-employed individuals.

      Pensions: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests from Commonwealth countries to discuss reciprocal pension agreements in the last two years; and if so, which countries have...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Erosion and Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to incorporate predictions by the International Panel on Climate Change of rapid sea level rises into their assessments of (1) coastal erosion, and...

    • Public Footpaths: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have they have made of the number of permissive access footpaths that have been closed to the public since permissive access payments provided...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the findings which informed the Environment Agency’s “reasonable worst case scenario for climate", referred to by the...

      Countryside

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue a new version of the Countryside Code; if so, when; and what plans they have to launch a publicity campaign directed at people who are...

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide written guidance (1) to informal organisations, and (2) to individuals, about the suitability of trees for planting...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum applications they disputed on the grounds of having little or no evidence of an asylum seeker's claimed age in (1) 1991, (2) 2010, and (3) 2018.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they introduced the provision of £39.63 in cash support to those seeking asylum in the UK; and what are the eligibility criteria for that payment.

      Overseas Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that some universities and independent schools are allowing overseas students to pay their fees in cash.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of potential human trafficking victims facing exploitation of a sexual nature.

      Single Competent Authority: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 December 2020 (HL10798), how many new staff have taken up their posts to work in the Home...

      Migrants: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been removed from the UK in each of the last 10 years as a result of the expiry of their leave to remain.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK-EU Partnership Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13057), when they expect to announce the first meetings of the committees established...

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13268), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, further to the letter dated 22 January...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), and the Written Answers from Lord True on 17 February (HL12832 and...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of grouping Questions for Written Answer on the quality of the information provided in response to these questions;...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to ban all arms exports to countries that are not part of NATO or in a formal alliance with the UK.

    • Trade Agreements: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the African Union in delivering the African Continental Free Trade Area.

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what allocations have been made from the 2020/21 Tradeshow Access Programme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to include protections for children from accessing commercial pornographic websites which do not allow user generated content or...

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