Written answers

Friday, 19 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in (a) his private office and (b) the wider Department have been allocated to the production and promotion of online content for...

    • Jet Skis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of (a) anti-social behaviour and (b) dangerous incidents committed by jet-skiers; and if he will...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses that have closed in (a) Greater London, (b) Bexley Borough...

    • Conditions of Employment: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and...

      Parental Leave: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of equalising paternity and maternity leave rights.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the hospitality sector of support provided by the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a) what assessment he has made of the extent to which financial support intended for disabled people, such as the Warm...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the take-up of covid-19 vaccines using information on the proportion and severity of...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people on temporary visas, including overseas visitors, are eligible for the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the capacity required of the primary care and learning disability workforce to identify all people with a...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) latex-free syringes and (b) anaphylaxis packs are available in covid-19 vaccine rollout locations.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adding Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) to the Patient...

      NHS Test and Trace: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a breakdown of (a) funding and (b) funding that has been allocated but not yet spent for NHS Test and Trace.

      NHS Injury Benefits Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what avenues of appeal applicants who have been denied permanent injury benefit under the NHS Injury Benefits Scheme are able to take if...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a parent or carer of a child told to isolate as part of the Self-Isolation Service Hub at education settings are eligible for the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many housebound residents have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccination in (a) Leicester East constituency and (b) the UK.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people in priority group 1 for the covid-19 vaccination in South Yorkshire will not have to travel...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will provide weekly figures on the number of covid-19 vaccination doses which were wasted as a result of (a) supply...

      Coronavirus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from the Welsh Government in relation to basing the supply of covid-19 vaccines to Wales on relative...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidence base was for the Government's decision to allow health services to delay the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine; and for...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many inpatients have been treated for (a) covid-19 and (b) non-covid-19 related issues at each Nightingale hospital in each month...

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that the care of patients with major (a) continence and (b) prolapse issues is expedited as covid-19 restrictions are...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many A&E (a) type one, (b) type two and (c) type three units there were in Yorkshire and the Humber region in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      NHS Walk-in Centres: Yorkshire and the Humber

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

      Health Services: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to make changes to the boundary of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System area.

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median waiting time is for patients waiting over 12 months for routine NHS treatment at each NHS trust in England.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will respond to my letter of 21 September 2020 on ME and Covid-19.

      Endometriosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to introduce a target for the average time taken to provide a diagnosis of endometriosis of (a) four years...

      Test and Trace Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities (a) have spent and (b) will have spent by the end of December 2020 the self isolation payment funds they have...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education and Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of young people remaining in (a) further and (b) higher education.

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of Adult Education Budget funds by grant-funded adult education providers to deliver...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Department or organisation will be responsible for (a) assessing the number of children and young people who remain without access to an...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost incurred by schools due to the decision to move the pupil premium eligibility date back from January 2021 to...

      Department for Education: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many officials in (a) his private office and (b) the wider Department have been allocated to the production and promotion of online content for...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will introduce a minimum statutory requirement for Relationships and Sex Education provision to young people aged 16-19 including in college and...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of pupil premium funding for (a) mainstream and (b) SEN schools as a result of the new...

      Pupils: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to develop a long-term post-covid-19 digital inclusion strategy for children and young people; and what discussions he has had with...

      Pupils: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of digital exclusion on the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to appoint a cross-Departmental Minister for Disabled Children; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional educational resources to schools to encourage children and young people to...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that pupils who do not take covid-19 lateral flow tests continue to receive (a) good quality education and (b)...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there is an exemptions from the requirement for children to attend school if they live with a parent who is clinically extremely vulnerable...

      Educational Visits and Outdoor Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Government's timescale is for allowing the (a) reopening of residential outdoor learning centres and (b) recommencement of residential school...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases are waiting to be heard in criminal courts following the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what date the backlog of cases before the courts as a result of the covid-19 outbreak is planned to be cleared.

      Prisoners: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a national scheme to provide written legal resources to prisoners.

      Segregation of Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were segregated under Rule 45 of the Prison Rules for a period longer than three days in the last five years in (a) West Yorkshire...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal claims have been lodged in relation to the calculation of wages via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since March 2020.

      Magistrates: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has plans to increase the retirement age for magistrates.

      Prisons and Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of assaults on prison staff in (a) young offenders institutions and (b) prisons were investigated by police forces external...

      Public and Commercial Services Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Public and Commercial Services Union on safety concerns raised on covid-19.

      Ethnic Groups: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the increasing number of Black, Asian and ethnic minority people in the criminal justice...

      Prisons and Young Offender Institutions: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff in (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions in West Yorkshire are employed by private contractors.

  • Treasury

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 154939 on Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

    • Tigray: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much and what proportion of the £11.4 million of UK aid to the Tigray region has been distributed; and...

      Tigray: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support vulnerable women, children and the elderly in the Tigray region of...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support peace talks and the end of conflict in Tigray.

      Tigray: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the supply of humanitarian, food, and medical assistance to people...

      Tigray: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports of (a) Human Rights Watch and (b) the...

      Yousuf Ali Khan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in Pakistan on the arrest of UK citizen, Mr Yousuf Ali Khan...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that Armenia is covertly transporting armed men to the Nagorno Karabakh...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many officials in (a) his private office and (b) the wider Department have been allocated to the production...

      British Overseas Territories: Un Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the British Overseas Territories on preparations for COP26.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether International Military Services Ltd ceased trading in July 1991 or 2010.

    • International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of the outstanding supply commitments that International Military Services Ltd had at the time it was reported to have ceased...

      International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 155266 on International Military Services, whether any of the recently appointed Directors of...

      Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for the financial year (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

      Armed Forces: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cadet force adult instructors for each branch of the armed forces live in Wakefield.

      Veterans: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 115709 on Veterans: Proof of Identity, what progress has been made for the phase two roll out of...

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that children educated at MoD operated schools overseas have had continuity of education in the event that...

      Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have accessed treatment at the Defence National Rehab Centre since its opening.

      European Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the different components excluding weapons and weapon systems on the Typhoon Aircraft are manufactured in Scotland; and what the gross value...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are claiming universal credit in each ward of each parliamentary constituency in North Wales.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the evidence of the Senior Responsible Owner of Universal Credit at the Department for Work and Pensions at the joint...

      Mobility Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the eligibility age of the Mobility Allowance.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government's Disability Unit has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the mental health of disabled people; and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2021 to Question 160753, what steps her Department is taking to support people who are unable to undertake a...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many officials in (a) her private office and (b) the wider Department have been allocated to the production and promotion of online...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tonnes of fish were caught in England’s EEZ waters by EU vessels in (a) January and (b) February 2021.

    • Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at what stage of development is the Catch App catch monitoring system.

      Fishing Catches: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of bycatch on populations of (a) porpoises, (b) dolphins, (c) whales and (d) other...

      Fisheries: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK vessels are permitted to fish using fly-shooting fishing gear.

      Fishing Catches: Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support he will make available to Plymouth fishing fleets to implement new measures to reduce porpoise and dolphin bycatch.

      Fisheries: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of fishing with fly-shooting fishing gear in UK waters.

      Fishing Catches: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to section 1(4) of the Fisheries Act 2020, what funding he has allocated from the public purse to deliver the...

      Fisheries: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many EU vessels are permitted to fish in UK waters with fly-shooting fishing gear.

      Seafood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trucks carrying fresh seafood products to the EU left Great Britain in each month from January 2020 to February 2021.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials in (a) his private office and (b) the wider Department have been allocated to the production and...

      Fishing Catches: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the ecosystem objective under section 1(4) of the Fisheries Act 2020, what target is in place to minimise and...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hours of at sea surveillance for fisheries protection was deployed in English waters in January and February 2021;...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date he will publish the England Peat Strategy.

      Joint Unit for Waste Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Joint Unit for Waste Crime.

  • Home Office

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that police officers retain the trust of the public to keep them safe while both on duty and off duty.

    • Urban Areas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support local authorities to improve the safety of streets in their area at night.

      Home Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials in (a) her private office and (b) the wider Department have been allocated to the production and promotion of online...

      Asylum: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many properties are classified as (a) initial accommodation, (b) hostels and (c) hostel-like accommodation for asylum seekers in the...

      Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of online banking fraud against individuals there were in each year since 2015.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Farms

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church takes to engage with the farm tenants on its agricultural estate as part of its...

    • Church of England: Farms

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what forums are available for the church to engage with its farm tenants on ideas for farm business...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Welsh Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates the UK and Welsh Governments held discussions on procurement of supplies and services relating...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions to contain covid-19 infections after Step 4...

      Gyms: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies' document entitled Analysis of SARS-CoV-2...

      Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken since 2015 to reduce levels of (a) waste and (b) inefficiency across (i)...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what processes the Government has in place to (a) monitor the level of protections afforded to UK citizens’ data by...

    • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) disadvantages of recognising the APEC-CBPR as equivalent to...

      Events Industry: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing re-opening grants for the live events sector.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce regulations which standardise the connectors at charging points for electric vehicles.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the outcome of their review of the support available to young people with special educational needs and disabilities, announced in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Dr Susan Willis Chan and Dr Nigel Raine Population decline in a ground-nesting solitary squash bee...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to collect evidence of the effectiveness of the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination being administered more than 21 days...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include people paralysed with spinal cord injuries and who have not received a vaccine in the second phase priority vaccination...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to NHS commissioners on the principles of value-based procurement (VBP); whether such commissioners have to abide by those...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to vaccinate patients who are in hospital for reasons other than for treatment for COVID-19.

      Tobacco: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to request that the Committee on Toxicity undertakes a toxicological evaluation of (1) snus, (2) non-tobacco oral nicotine pouches, and (3)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise prison staff for receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made to ensure that vaccination venues are accessible for disabled people; and how that information is made available when booking tests.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make it easier to use volunteers to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the changing costs of medical litigation; and what steps they are taking to address such costs.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 6 August 2020 (HL7091), in how many of the 2,712 litigated clinical claims in 2019/20 for which damages were...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to be able to assess whether the delay between doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will have an effect on immunosuppressed people.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor the effectiveness of vaccines at preventing transmission of COVID-19, and when they expect to be able to assess whether vaccines...

  • Treasury

    • Business: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the business readiness survey by Ready for Brexit, published on 9 March; and what plans they have to provide detailed guidance to...

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Resolution Foundation, Long Covid in the labour market, published on 17 February; and the estimate in that...

      Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the funding available through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility; what plans they have to extend the term for...

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