Written answers

Thursday, 11 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants working in his Department are based outside of Greater London, and at which locations; and what plans he has for the further...

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the new form required to be completed by people travelling abroad from England, whether that form must be completed by non residents...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to support green investment in public transport.

      Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of consumer protections for transactions for ferry travel during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Railway Stations: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety of blind and partially sighted people at train stations and (b) assessment his Department...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Longport Railway Station will be eligible for Network Rail's Access for All scheme.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with commercial airline companies on issuing refunds to customers over the covid-19 period.

      Global Travel Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the representation of aerospace manufacturers in the work of the Global Travel Taskforce.

      Department for Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of creating a Department for Transport North.

      Railway Network: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce emissions on the rail network.

      Railways: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of HS2 for people in Ynys Môn; and what plans he has for rail investment in North Wales.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 158241 on Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Remote Working, if he will place a copy of a...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people who were not notified that their vehicle excise duty was due for payment in the latest period for...

      Driving Licences: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the UK-France reciprocal agreement on driving licences will be agreed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many compulsory purchases of properties affected by HS2 there have been in South Northamptonshire.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in South Northamptonshire constituency are awaiting reimbursement of legal costs by HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what noise modelling process HS2 has used to assess the level of noise resulting from the building and operation of HS2 for Radstone in South...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to circumstances where a property was shown as amber for noise levels during the Hybrid Bill Committee stage, and HS2 undertook to...

      Aviation: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce domestic air travel in line with the Government's climate change policies.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made on the economic effect on commuters of the March 2021 increase in rail fares.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) rail operators and (b) Network Rail on preparations for the implementation of the roadmap out of covid-19 lockdown.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the HS2 Environmental Statement was last updated; and what guidance has been given to contractors to encourage the use of 100 per cent renewable...

      Cycling and Walking: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing long-term goals for increasing active travel in urban areas of the UK.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Chemicals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) minutes and (b) list of attendees of the Chemicals EU Exit Trade Group on 15 February 2021;...

    • Additional Restrictions Grant and Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the consistency with which different local authorities award Additional...

      Coronavirus: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing access to specialist shoe shops during the covid-19...

      Investment Security Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, by what means Parliamentary scrutiny will be carried out of the classified aspects of the work of his...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Covid-19 Response: Spring 2021 document, published in February 2021, CP 398, whether...

      Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans there are to process applications and payments of Small Business Grants delayed where decisions from the...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the outcome was of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service’s investigation into fire and rehire.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what work Admiral Associates has undertaken with the Vaccine Taskforce on helping to ensure that covid-19 vaccines are...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the bidding process used by Crown Estate to lease seabed...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Regional Planning and Development: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on the inclusion of Northern Ireland...

    • Free Zones: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on a freeport designation for Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress the Government has been made on bringing forward legislative proposals on legacy issues in Northern Ireland; and if he...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any dental contract which misses NHS England’s activity targets of 45 per cent as a result of shielding, self isolation or...

    • NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) total spending was in 2020-21 and (b) forecast spending is for 2021-2 for (i) NHS England, (ii) NHS mental health services...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the national NHS vaccination hubs will provide both the (a) Pfizer and (b) AstraZeneca vaccine.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure that all care home residents receive their first covid-19 vaccination by 24 January 2021.

      Coronavirus: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a mass vaccination site will open in Yorkshire.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the UK covid-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan published on 11 January 2021, which states that 50 mass vaccination centres will...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people live in elderly care homes in England; and how many of those people have had the covid-19 vaccine to date.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) people over the age of 80 and (b) frontline health and social care staff in Manchester Gorton constituency have received the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that blind and visually impaired people have access to the information they need on covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that information about covid-19 vaccination takes account of the needs of people with sight loss;...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are systems in place in local vaccine centres to inoculate non-priority groups in the event that doses of a vaccine are...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific basis for including people with severe asthma in the group 6 priority group of the covid-19 vaccine...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring that local vaccine centres are able to offer covid-19 vaccines at risk of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of including dental practitioners as frontline health workers for the purposes...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of prioritising (a) paramedics, (b) healthcare professionals and (c) other staff...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to publish standard operating procedures for local authorities to (a) identify and (b) log unpaid carers to...

      Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2021 to Question 151777, whether each individual Transforming Care Partnership has achieved (a) the...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department monitors how effectively the NHS track and trace system service reaches schoolchildren identified as having covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its recent policy on mass testing asymptomatic populations and using...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the ONS surveys of 30 October and 4 December 2020, whether he has made an assessment of (a) the reasons for the ONS...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that private nurseries and early year providers have access to covid-19 testing kits and lateral flow...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what arrangements he has put in place for the disposal or recycling of single use plastic swabs being used for covid-19 tests by the NHS.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people identifying as (a) BAME and (b) non-BAME have (i) been tested for coronavirus and (ii) tested positive for coronavirus in...

      Randox Laboratories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of contracts awarded to Randox in 2020 was to help the Government’s response to covid-19.

      NHS Test and Trace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled The government’s approach to test and trace in England, interim report, published by the NAO...

      IQVIA: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of redundancies at Iqvia on the UK's ability to take swab samples for covid-19 testing.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many lateral flow tests have been bought for schools in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021 to date.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of positive covid-19 tests were false positive in the last four weeks.

      Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will enable NHS Test and Trace contact tracers to refer people who are self-isolating to a helpline if they are experiencing mental...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2020 to Question 97002, on Coronavirus: Screening, what assessment has he made as to the effect of...

      Lymphoedema: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of revising the treatment approach for lymphedema to help ensure people...

      Laboratories: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned duration of the contracts with providers will be for each of the megalabs announced by his Department.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to permanently increase bed capacity in the NHS.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the criteria for a positive test for covid-19 has changed.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government is planning to introduce a second confirmatory PCR test before defining a positive covid-19 test result as a case...

      Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to ensure that the Leeds Teaching Hospital scheme for the new Children's Hospital and Adult building will be...

      Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a parental isolation grant for parents who are having to look after a child who is...

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with moderate learning disabilities have died of covid-19 since 30 December 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2021 to Question 86684 on Coronavirus: Screening, if she will publish data on the number of...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when people will be able to visit family members in hospital as covid-19 restrictions are eased; and if he will publish guidance on those...

      Learning Disability: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of adults with learning disabilities who are not identified as having that disability on the GP...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 24 November 2020, reference RL15578.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals to reform the funding of adult social care.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to prioritise people in (a) care homes and (b) BAME communities in the roll of a covid vaccine.

      Mental Health: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on tackling mental health stigma and discrimination following its announcement in October 2020 that...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Pfizer BioNTech covid-19 vaccine when there is a 12-week gap between...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are any exemptions from hotel quarantine requirements for people with mental health conditions.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the hotel covid-19 quarantine policy only applies to people travelling from 33 countries.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure people arriving in the UK from red list countries are not mixing with people arriving from other...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take to determine the appropriateness of hotels for use as Managed Quarantine Facilities.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is providing to people who need to return to the UK from a country on the travel ban list and who cannot afford the...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are any exemptions from hotel quarantine requirements for frail elderly people who need social care support.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which companies are involved in each element of the mandatory border quarantine scheme.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2021 to Question 148827 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 134504, on Coronavirus: Vaccination, tabled on 8 January 2021 by the hon. Member for Linlithgow and...

      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 118537 tabled by the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston on 20 November 2020.

      Hospitals: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2021 to Question 110152, on Hospitals: Fire Prevention, what assessment he has made of the (a) fire...

      Youth Services: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase early mental health support for young people in community settings; if he will make it his...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the cost of covid-19 testing for people who are required to travel regularly to visit...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the medical trials testing the efficacy and safety of the covid-19 vaccine in children and teenagers are planned to report their results.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy that people living with ME/CFS can be included in Priority Group 6 for COVID-19 vaccinations in the context of...

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to (a) collect and (b) disseminate data on individual women who have been prescribed anti-epileptic drugs...

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional steps have been taken to ensure that medical professionals are equipped to provide awareness of the risk of physical and...

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder, what steps his Department...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health needs of people who have lost a loved one due to covid-19.

      Epilepsy: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for extending the MHRA and NHS Digital Medicines in Pregnancy Valproate Registry to include all anti-epileptic drugs.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to provide further details regarding allocation of the £500 million of additional funding for mental health services...

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to announce what progress has been made with the compensation framework review in relation to the contaminated...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance has been issued to clinicians to enable them to prescribe covid-19 vaccine to clinically extremely vulnerable children...

      Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria were used to determine the membership of the Patient Reference Group that will consider the recommendations in the report...

      Coronavirus: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that clinicians are not subject to (a) legal and (b) regulatory action for work...

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 156529, on Surgical Mesh Implants, whether he has plans to make an assessment of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of paying for student accommodation that is unoccupied during the covid-19 outbreak on the...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to monitor the extent to which the exemptions allowing the removal of face coverings when speaking to someone who relies on...

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of pupils who will be taught under the National Tutoring Programme; and if he will publish that data by (a)...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision is being made for unaccompanied children who need to return to the UK and quarantine in order to return to school.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of mainstream school places for children with autism in (a) Batley and Spen...

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has he made of the adequacy of the availability of options at GCSE level for children with autism in (a) Batley and Spen constituency,...

      Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) children’s centres and (b) children’s centre linked sites have closed in each local authority area in each year since 2009-10.

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of schools to deliver SEND provision when schools reopen during the covid-19 outbreak from 8...

      North West Association of Primary Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to reply to the letters from the North West Association of Primary Headteachers of (a) 19 November 2020 and (b) 2 March 2021.

      Schools: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the data from the January 2021 school census.

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) laptop devices and (b) internet dongles were distributed to schools prior to 8 March 2021 as part of the Government's policies to support...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to enable retired teachers to take part in volunteer programmes to assist children and young people with catch-up learning.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what arrangements he is making for (a) SATS, (b) GCSE, (c) A-level and (d) BTEC examinations in the 2021-22 academic year.

      Private Tutors: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to make it a requirement for private tutors to undergo safeguarding checks and be subject to the DBS requirements applicable to...

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce guidance for schools wanting to restore educational residential trips from the summer 2021 term.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of the Under Secretary of State to the Rt Hon Member for New Forest East on 20 January 2021, Official Report, col 980, on...

    • Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 158908, Prison Officers: Pay, what matters were identified in the equality impact assessment that...

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 158908, Prison Officers: Pay, what assessment he has made of the length of time required to close the...

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 158908, Prison Officers: Pay, if he will place a redacted copy of that Equality Impact Assessment in...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the update posted on www.gov.uk on 23 February 2021, what steps he is taking to allow prison visits to resume.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the video of the fire test commissioned by the Victorian Building Authority...

    • Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria local authorities are assessed against before his Department decides to intervene in the Local Plan process.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of qualified chartered fire engineers that can undertake an EWS1 survey.

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the progress of projects supported by the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support local authorities to complete their Local Plans.

      Help to Buy Scheme: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of Help to Buy loans were given to women in each year since that scheme's introduction.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 18 January 2021 on the closure of...

      Towns Fund and UK Community Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for his Department's publication of the selection methodology it used to allocate funding...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to reply to the joint letter from the hon. Members for (a) Camberwell and Peckham, (b) Bermondsey and...

      UK Community Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the formula for determining which areas will have access to capacity funding under the Community...

      Funerals: Judaism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the rules which will allow 30 people to attend a funeral will also apply to the formal consecration of a...

      Levelling Up Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish the selection methodology for the allocation of funding under the Levelling Up Fund.

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the metrics for the determination of bids for funding under the Levelling Up Fund; and whether the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to make changes to the composition or strength of the Northern Ireland Garrison.

    • BAe 146 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to publish costings for the replacement of the four BAE 146 aircraft which are to be retired.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to reduce the order of F35s from the original number of 138.

      Military Bases: Catterick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding has been allocated to Catterick Garrison in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that funding...

      Voyager Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times has the VIP A330 Voyager been used in each financial year since its conversion; and by whom.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2021 to Question 154826, on Armed Forces: Pay, for what reason the Office of Manpower Economics disagrees with his...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) sixth form scholarships, (b) university bursaries and (c) other bursaries were awarded in each of the last five years to pupils or...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 26 November 2020, Official report, col 1018, whether he has received...

    • China: Diplomatic Service and Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what requests for access have been made by British Embassy and Consular officials in China to (a) Tibet and (b)...

      Anoosheh Ashoori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national,...

      Jamal Khashoggi

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

      Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) report, Assessing the Saudi...

      Jamal Khashoggi

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

      Jerusalem: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the conformity of the forcible transfer of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which Department will incur the cost of the donation of the UK’s surplus covid-19 vaccine doses to COVAX.

  • Home Office

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2021 to Question 156232 on hate crime, subjectivity and equality before the law, whether the people...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer the letter of 3 December 2020 from the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire relating to Mrs Gurpreet Singh Johal of...

      Home Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the net cash requirement allocated to her Department for 2020-21 has exceeded the amount provided by the Main Estimate by...

      Biometrics: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to extend the provision of free biometric enrolment services to include a Core Service Point in the City of...

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding she has allocated to refugee resettlement for 2021-22.

  • Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Right hon. Member for East Hampshire, representing the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body, whether the Sponsor Body has made an assessment of the potential effect of the completion of...

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Right hon. Member for East Hampshire, representing the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body, what advice the Sponsor Body has sought from (a) the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, (b)...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Land

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the church is taking to provide affordable, sustainable and beautiful housing on land it owns.

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what representations the church is making in countries where people are being persecuted for their faith or...

      Church of England: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the church is taking to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of COP26.

      Remote Education

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the church has taken to provide support for the teaching of children at home during the covid-19...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Passengers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to introduce mandatory quarantine at hotels to reduce the spread of covid-19 by people...

    • Uk Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Border Delivery Group made an assessment of matters arising from the implementation of the...

      UK-EU Partnership Council and UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister will answer in the House on matters relating to the operation of the UK-EU Trade and...

      UK Trade with EU: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government department has responsibility for (a) oversight of and (b) answering questions on matters...

      UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support his Department has provided companies in Wales with regard to the disruption to the flow of...

      Holyhead Port: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to facilitate freight traffic through Holyhead Port since 1 January 2021.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent engaging with UK businesses on how they adapt to the new UK-EU trading relationship...

      UK Trade with EU: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on adverts on news websites promoting the success of UK businesses in adapting to the...

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the announcement made in Budget 2021 on civil service relocation, what additional plans the...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government's Voter ID plans, how voters will be asked to prove their identity to local...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the importance of ensuring that expert advice is publicly accountable; and what...

  • Treasury

    • Thalidomide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett Consquentials are for (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland of his Budget 2021 announcement on funding for the Thalidomide...

    • Freeport Governance Body: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to each of the eight approved freeport bids announced as part of Budget 2021, whether each bid proposed that (a) one or more or (b) two or...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the assessment of bids submitted for freeport status on or before 5 February 2021, whether the process set out on pages 38-39 of the...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to publish details of the submissions made by the eight successful locations in the freeports bidding process.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the announcement of eight freeports as part of Budget 2021, whether the Government plans to designate any further freeports in England,...

      Broadband: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether investment in the laying of fibre cables as part of the UK's broadband rollout will qualify for the Super Deduction on capital expenditure...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2021 to Question 160786, on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Ethnic Groups, whether his Department has plans to collect...

      SME Brexit Support Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when applications will open for the SME Brexit Support Fund.

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the VAT exemption on personal protective equipment available for (a) funeral homes and (b)...

      Hire Services: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2021 to Question 912435 on hire companies and trade with the EU, once the hire company has checked the national...

      Football: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in total is owed by football clubs playing in the English Football League to HMRC in overdue unpaid taxes.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 27 November 2020 on business rates, reference ZA54614.

      Mortgages: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with banks in Northern Ireland on the rollout of 95 per cent loan to value mortgages announced in Budget 2021.

      Pensions: Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Government plans to raise the private pension age.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to prioritise covid-19 financial support for hard to reach communities.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Budget 2021 statement on 3 March 2021, whether the support packages for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses extend to the...

      Transport: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of freezing fuel duty while raising rail fares above the level of inflation.

      National Infrastructure Bank and Treasury: Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the announcement in Budget 2021 of the creation of the economic campus in Darlington and National Infrastructure Bank in Leeds, how many...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to respond to the consultation on the review of Small Brewers' Relief that ran from 30 January 2019 to 17 March 2019; and what steps he is...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Post Codes: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the role of the Postcode Address File in supporting the implementation of the principles of...

    • Football Association Premier League: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to work with the Premier League to (a) identify breaches of covid-19 lockdown rules by football...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what evidence the Government took into account when making its decision to permit elite sports to continue during the covid-19...

      British Board of Film Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will consult with the British Board of Film Classification on the development of the Online Safety Bill in relation to...

      Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that video-on-demand and streaming platforms adhere to best practice age labelling...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses in the racing industry have died in training, as opposed to on course as a result of racing, in the UK in...

    • Dogs: Imports and Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the (a) import and (b) advertising and sale of dogs with cropped ears in the UK; and if...

      Potatoes: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on domestic potato producers of banning the anti-sprouting...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of direct payments made to farmers were (a) less than £30,000, (b) £30,000 to £50,000, (c)...

      Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of hedgehog numbers in the UK; and if he will take steps to move hedgehogs to schedule 5 of...

      Plastics: Biodegradability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) assess and (b) rollout the use of additives to make ordinary plastic biodegradable.

      Horses: Equine Herpes Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the spread of the equine herpes virus into the UK.

      Water: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to set the personal water consumption target consulted on in 2019.

  • Cop26

    • UN Climate Conference 2021 : Expenditure

      To ask the President of COP26, how much the Government has spent on preparations for COP26 since (a) 1 January 2020 and (b) 1 January 2021.

    • Woodhouse Colliery

      To ask the President of COP26, what representations he has made to Cabinet colleagues on the effect of the Woodhouse Colliery project on the UK's Paris Climate Agreement obligations.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Equality Advisory Council

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent progress the Government has made in contributing to the 2018 G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council’s recommendations (a) 18.1, (b) 28...

    • Gender Equality Advisory Council

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what remuneration members of the Gender Equality Advisory Council will receive for the work they do on behalf of the UK’s G7 presidency.

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of plans to expand Leeds Bradford airport in view of the recommendation in the report by the Committee on Climate Change The...

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles subject to roadside checks between 2018 and 2020 had major defects; and how many of those were registered (1) in the UK, and (2) abroad.

      Driving Licences: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 2 March (HL13474), whether they (1) know, or (2) have estimated the number of UK nationals...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been employed to assist in the roll out of mass COVID-19 testing in Nottinghamshire since lateral flow tests became available in the UK.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they will give to (1) COVID-19 testing, (2) ensuring that people with COVID-19 isolate, (3) contact tracing, and (4) tracking the movements of...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to make the COVID-19 test and trace system local by default; and what are the timescales for the changes they plan to make to existing systems.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judiciary: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training on domestic abuse members of the judiciary and magistrates in England are required to undertake.

    • Family Courts: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Judicial College training on (1) practice, and (2) outcomes, in the family courts.

      Libor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of priority the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has assigned to its review of the conviction of former trader Tom Hayes, on charges of...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Palestinians: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Palestinian Authority contributed to the salaries of prisoners convicted of terrorists offences in 2020.

    • Palestinians: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that material inciting violence against (1) Israel, and (2) Jews, has been included in the Palestinian Authority's school...

      Bahrain: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that at least 15 children have been arrested in Bahrain since 7 February, and (2) the health of those reportedly...

      North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korea has been operating a fraudulent scheme to force people held in prison camps to produce coal and other...

      North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that prisoners from North Korea’s Camp 18 in Bukchang produce at least 8 million tonnes of coal annually; and what...

      Foreign Aid: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are (1) collaborating with international partners, and (2) leveraging foreign aid, to prevent (a) human trafficking in general, and (b)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Naval ships were in commission on (1) 1 March 2009, (2) 1 March 2015, and (3) 1 March 2021.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of women who did not receive the automatic uplifts to their State Pension under the rules applying from 17 March...

    • Pension Credit: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that pensioners with (1) vision, and (2) hearing, impairments are able to apply for Pension Credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of take up of Pension Credit; and what discussions they have had with the BBC about publicising eligibility for Pension...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the level of youth unemployment.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses are involved in the Kickstart Scheme; and how many 16-year olds have been offered placements through that scheme.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that occupational health services are in place to support people with long-term effects from COVID-19 with adjustments and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Office for Environmental Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to provisionally establishing the Office for Environmental Protection ahead of the passage of the Environment Bill.

    • Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the planned schedules for the completion of the England Coast Path.

      Environment Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a revised impact assessment on the Environment Bill which takes into account any further powers proposed for (1) the Office for...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Diesel Fuel: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why tariffs are not charged on completed diesel generator sets imported into the UK from ‘most favoured nations’ when some of the components that are...

    • Trade: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by The City of London Corporation and EY The City of London: an ecosystem enabling international trade, published on...

      Trade Promotion: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 23 February (HL13226), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, why they have...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a longitudinal study to consider the impact of exposure to gambling advertising from an early age.

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to theit revised target to reach a "minimum of 85 per cent gigabit broadband coverage by 2025", as set out in the National Infrastructure...

  • Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (1) what plans they have to publish all submissions to the review of the Restoration and Renewal Programme received from Members of both Houses of...

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