Written answers

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the report on road safety targets that was commissioned by his Department in conjunction with WSP and Loughborough University.

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 158167 on Railways: North of England, whether he plans to electrify the Transpennine Route during...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Consultation on managing pavement parking, which closed on 22 November 2020.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has provided in plug-in vehicle grants in the financial year (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020 to date.

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State of 17 March 2021, Official Report, column 447, that Transport for North’s budget was...

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State of 17 March 2021, Official Report, column 447, that Transport for the North’s budget...

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether Transport for the North’s reserves were earmarked for anything.

      Transport for the North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State of 17 March 2021, Official Report, column 447, that Transport for the North underspent its...

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the DVLA plans to allow driving instructors to resume their lessons as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote transparency and accountability within garment industry supply chains.

    • Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of actively involving trade unions in workplace...

      ACAS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many early conciliation requests the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service has received on (a) the...

      Railways: Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on maintaining domestic coal supplies for the heritage rail sector.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a Fit-to-Trade licensing scheme so that no garment...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a list of businesses and organisations that have been contacted by his Department with the...

      Chemicals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2021 to Question 164585 on Chemicals: Exports, if he will convene a similar meeting...

      Iron and Steel: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) level of abatement of emissions from UK steelmaking by 2050, and (b) proportion...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of UK steel production, per annum until 2050.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of (a) UK steel requirements per annum to 2050 and (b) the expected country of origin of that...

      UK Research and Innovation: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department informed the UKRI of their Official Development Assistance budget for the financial year 2021-22.

      UK Research and Innovation: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his officials in his Department instructed representatives of UKRI to discuss planned budget reductions with...

      UK Research and Innovation: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reductions in ODA to the UKRI on the UK's relationships with...

      Post Office: Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to compensate sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon post office scandal.

      Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress has been made on the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry; and what his planned timeframe is for the...

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on improving democratic participation in the Committee on Climate Change.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a Garment Trading Adjudicator, similar to the...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a statutory mandatory human rights and...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a compulsory requirement for garment industry...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the finding by the British Retail Consortium that workers in Leicester's apparel manufacturing...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing maximum pay ratios between maximum...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase Government-backed research into the domestic manufacture of decarbonised steel.

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the members and board members of the Committee on Climate Change that are (a) involved in academia, (b)...

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) staff and (b) board members at the Climate Change Committee do not have a...

      Courier Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of OFCOM on ensuring that (a) Royal Mail Group plc and (b)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the increase in (a) temporary closures and (b) part-time...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department takes to ensure decisions taken on biomass are evidence-based.

      Free Zones

      What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on the UK manufacturing industry of proposed freeports.

      Research

      What steps his department is taking to support UK research and development.

      Conditions of Employment

      What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Supreme Court's ruling of February 2021 on the employment status of Uber drivers; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      What steps his Department is taking to increase renewable energy production.

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      What steps his Department is taking to help facilitate the smooth opening of high street businesses under Step Two of the Government's roadmap for the easing of covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      STEP Programme

      What progress the UK Atomic Energy Authority is making in the delivery of the STEP programme.

      Research

      What progress he is making on developing the proposals in the Research and Development Roadmap.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on businesses of the policies proposed in the paper Tackling obesity: empowering...

    • Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2021 to Question 153180 on Food: Marketing, whether he has plans to introduce new incentives for...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the plan for mental health services is beyond the end date of the current NHS Long Term Plan for Mental Health Services of March 2024.

      Smoking: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps local stop-smoking services are taking to reduce smoking rates amongst the poorest in society where smoking prevalence is highest.

      Coronavirus: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people experiencing long covid symptoms in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b)...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing grants to pharmacies to help cover additional costs accrued...

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of funding provided to community pharmacy owners during the covid-19 outbreak.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local health commissioners are allocating funding to public health (a) information on...

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that pharmacies are being supported to remain financially viable throughout the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to address the potential shortages of dentists.

      Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the timeline for NICE guidance on the use of MTX110 for untreated diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) will be published.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is take to consult trans and non-binary communities in the development of the Government's Sexual and...

      Prostate Cancer: Abiraterone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the decision to reject the use of the drug Abiraterone to tackle prostate cancer.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provisions will be made in the NHS Reform Bill to ensure that the effect on businesses is considered in the restriction on...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Department on implementing the recommendations made by the Cumberlege report, First Do No Harm: the...

      Medical Equipment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there have been customs declaration problems with the flow of medical devices imported into Northern Ireland via Great Britain...

      Health Services: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure hospitals and other healthcare facilities are adequately ventilated to ensure the safety of staff.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government next plans to publish details of a NHS multi-year funding plan for workforce and cancer diagnostic equipment.

      Eyesight: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department makes available to fund research into (a) Stargardt disease and (b) other inherited retinal diseases; and if...

      Tourette's Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for support and research into Tourette's Syndrome.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will publish a breakdown of the covid-19 vaccination data by gender.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason an estimated one third of social care staff had not received their first covid-19 vaccination as of 15 February 2021; and...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the report entitled, Accelerating research for a treatment for motor...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of joint covid-19 vaccination appointments for people with learning disabilities and...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing AI-driven mammography to (a) support radiologists and (b)...

      Breast Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mental health support resources he will make available to (a) patients suffering from secondary breast cancer and (b) patient groups...

      Dental Services: Hampshire and Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of patients accessing NHS dental services in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 157103 on Coronavirus: Disease Control, whether the Centre for Data Ethics and...

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to NHS dentistry (a) nationally and (b) in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support pharmacies while covid-19 restrictions are in place.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adult smokers have access to (a) e-cigarettes and (b) other tools to help them quit smoking.

      Educational Institutions: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of (a) covid-19, (b) influenza and (b) other respiratory pathogens were reported by each education setting among (i)...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the financial position of community pharmacies; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to issue guidance on differentiating between smoking and vaping in (a) the workplace and (b) other public places to...

      Phenylketonuria: Sapropterin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make urgent representations to NICE to ensure that Sapropterin (Kuvan) can be made available for Phenylketonuria (a) on the...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of using breast density measurement software to identify women with...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of writing off the repayment of advance funding extended to community...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on health of missed dental appointments as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure prompt access to dental care for people who need it as a precursor for (a) biphosphonate injections for...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing tomosynthesis to digital mammography to improve the...

      Community Care and Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2021 to Question 157048, what investment he is making in primary care and community services to...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2021 Question 135951 on Public Health: Finance, if he will publish an update on the timescale for...

      Pandemic Delivery Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions have been delivered by the Pandemic Delivery Service to shielded patients in the last 12 months.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the cashflows of community pharmacies; what estimate he...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government is on track to reach the smokefree 2030 target.

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's Tackling Obesity strategy, published in July 2020, whether it is his Department's policy to restrict...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will direct NHS England to prioritise women with dense breast tissue when tackling the cancer screening backlog accrued as a result...

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that there will be appropriate opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny of the proposed restrictions...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to regulate the provision of allergen information by home-based food businesses.

      NHS: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of nurses working in the NHS in (a) August 2019 and (b) March 2021 (i) as full time equivalents...

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS learning disability nurses were employed (a) in total and (b) in each NHS trust in England for the most recent period in...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that housebound patients can access a free community pharmacy medicines delivery service once the...

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of contributing to a covid-19 recovery plan for disabled children.

      Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his Department's policy to take an evidence-based approach to the upcoming Tobacco and Related Product Regulations review.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support will be provided to venues currently operating as covid-19 vaccination sites to compensate such venues for loss of...

      Coronavirus: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if will hold discussions with the Mayor for London on the potential merits of exempting NHS employees from the suspension of the use of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study of covid-19 vaccine responses in cancer patients conducted by King’s College and the Francis Crick...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase BAME uptake of the covid-19 vaccine in West Yorkshire.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings published by the Disabled Children’s Partnership in February 2021 that 70 per cent of disabled...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to monitor the effectiveness of existing covid-19 vaccines against new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the endorsement by Public Health England of the factsheet, Abortion and Abortion...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to monitor the effectiveness of different covid-19 vaccines in different age groups.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what immediate plans he has to monitor the effectiveness of different covid-19 vaccines in different age groups.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made on the adequacy of the international provision of the covid-19 vaccine access to British Nationals abroad,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of each of the available vaccines in limiting the transmission and spread of...

      Bereavement Counselling: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to families affected by suicide.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to implement the guidance that every care home resident can nominate a single named...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what publicly funded counselling services are available to people experiencing mental health problems.

      Detention Centres: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the procurement process for the provision of healthcare services for the new Hassockfield Immigration Removal Centre has been...

      General Practitioners: Long Lartin Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to HM Chief Inspector of Prisons report on a scrutiny visit to HMP Long Lartin, published on 16 March 2021, what steps he...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2021 to Question 147891 on Coronavirus: Screening, what evidence the Scientific Advisory Group for...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether additional mental health support is being made available to people affected by the contaminated blood scandal.

      Postnatal Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that parents receive timely mental health and wellbeing support in the event that their...

      England Infected Blood Support Scheme: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the contaminated blood support scheme is compatible with the Equalities Act 2010.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assure Haemophiliacs that the Coronavirus vaccination is safe following evidence given by Professor Ludlam to...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the one per cent pay rise for NHS staff announced in Budget 2021 on the (a)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to (a) monitor the effect of the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown on NHS capacity and (b) include findings from...

      Fractures: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people treated by the NHS for a hip fracture who live alone in each of the last...

  • Attorney General

    • Slavery

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Sefton Central of 18 March 2021, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on concerns in...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many entries there were for exams in foreign languages at (a) GCSE and (b) A-level by each language in each of the last five years; and if he will...

    • Remote Education: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of slow broadband speeds on the education of children living in rural areas.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of extending the summer school term into the summer holiday period in...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department plans to provide to schools for additional costs incurred when teaching staff are absent to receive covid-19 vaccines...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans for summer-born children to be given automatic admission to secondary school for children who currently have a...

      Assessments: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate provision is made for private students to sit exams or be graded at a minimum cost to families.

      GCE A-level and GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what advice he is giving to schools and colleges on taking account of caring responsibilities of their students when determining GCSE and A Level...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what ongoing support will be provided to schools and colleges by his Department to tackle the digital exclusion of their pupils after the completion...

      Pupil Premium: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many disabled children will not receive pupil premium funding as a result of moving eligibility that premium back from January 2021 to October 2020.

      Summer Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing schools with the flexibility to decide on how to manage their summer...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the length of time students spend in general education to ensure that...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department is providing for music education hubs in England in the 2021-22 financial year; and what discussions his Department has...

      Environment Protection: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a new network of national centres of excellence in low carbon skills at further...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the recommendations made by the Disabled Children Partnership in their report, The Longest Lockdown, published February 2021, what...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to allow the adoption of adults.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children in residential care are offered the same rights to stay put as children in foster care.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support survivors of domestic abuse who commit offences as a result of trauma from their past abuse.

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) prosecutions for animal cruelty and (b) the number of people found guilty of those offences...

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the level of support for women leaving...

      Powers of Attorney: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints he has received on powers of attorney being improperly agreed by solicitors; and if he will make a statement.

      Powers of Attorney: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for misuse of powers of attorney in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Powers of Attorney: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints his Department has received on the use, including fraudulent use, of powers of attorney in each of the last five years; and if he...

  • Treasury

    • Social Care Sector Covid-19 Support Task Force: Membership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the membership of the Prime Minister's Health and Social Care Taskforce.

    • Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further discussions and consultation took place with stakeholders as part of the 2014 Review of Survivor Benefits in Public Sector Pension Schemes,...

      Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of waiving the limitation on the number of payment holidays to credit providers that people can apply...

      Investment: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he received reports of the Ready to Invest scam; and whether his Department was aware that the Financial Conduct Authority had been notified of...

      Young People: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of pay amongst 16-24 year olds in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b)...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will work with banks to allow businesses to defer repayment of bounce back loans until they can reopen once covid-19 restrictions are eased.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with (a) European and (b) G7 counterparts of 2021 and 2022 inflation on government borrowing costs.

      Customs: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide guidance on how ATA carnet rules will be applied when travelling between EU Member States for multi-country tours.

      Overseas Workers: Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it the policy of the Government to extend exemption from income tax for the year 2020-21 to people who work full time overseas but have...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, covering February, March and April, is immediately available for applications.

      UK Trade with EU: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the clarity of VAT payments on exports to and imports from EU member states.

      Directors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what urgent financial support he is planning to put in place for directors of small businesses who have so far been ineligible for covid-19-related support.

      Personal Care Services: Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) client businesses and (b) contractors working through personal service companies who will be affected by...

      Clothing: VAT Zero Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of raising the maximum measurements for VAT zero rated clothing so that nine out of ten thirteen...

      Caribbean: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much debt is owed to the UK Government by (a) each of the five UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean (b) other small island states; and how much of...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the energy being using to mine cryptocurrency will be discussed at COP26; and whether further regulation on that matter will be on the COP26 agenda.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the establishment of freeports will include all (a) regions and (b) nations of the UK.

      National Skills Academies: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Defence Secretary on the approval of the Shared Outcome Fund bid for the creation of a National Skills Academy for...

      Manufacturing Industries: Leicester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the finding by the British Retail Consortium that workers in Leicester's apparel manufacturing industry are underpaid by over £2.1...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the plastic used in food packaging that will be liable for the plastic packaging tax.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126163, how many covid-19 vaccines have been distributed to...

    • Palestinians: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is providing to Palestinian farmers in Area C of the West Bank to help them to remain...

      Mozambique: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Government in Mozambique on the reported murder of...

      Mauritius: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to recent reports of the inhumane treatment of dogs in a government-run facility in Mauritius, if...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with international partners to assess the risk and reduce the effect of climate change (a)...

      Myanmar: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK is taking to co-ordinate with other international powers for a global arms embargo on the Tatmadaw.

      Myanmar: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans his Department has to extend the existing UK sanctions on 25 individuals to others within the command...

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the legitimacy of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Myanmar.

      Myanmar: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with countries that have not imposed sanctions on Myanmar on imposing sanctions...

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK government plans to take in relation to the needs of the 322 Myanmar university students who...

      Chen Quanguo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the US Administration's imposition of global Magnitsky sanctions and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding allocated to the BBC World Service has been used to promote covid-19 vaccine uptake overseas.

      India: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to engage with grassroots farmers organisations and related civil society groups in...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish an updated strategy of UK support for human rights defenders.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation affecting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the UK spent on its financial contribution to the OSCE Unified Budget in the financial years (a) 2017-18,...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish the planned country-specific Official Development Assistance spend for 2021-22.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, by what proportion his Department’s work on governance, democracy and anti-corruption will change as a...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will provide a breakdown of the reduction in the amount of Overseas Development Assistance to (a)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the reduction in spending on governance, democracy, and anti-corruption...

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Council of Europe's call for access to lawyers in Turkey and recent reports that lawyers...

      Bolivia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bolivian counterpart on the need for reconciliation following the...

      Poland: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Polish counterpart on the importance of a free media.

      Ecuador: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Ecuador on ongoing elections in that country.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • NATO Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress NATO is making on expanding its membership since the joining of North Macedonia.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the names and contact details of senior responsible owners of major defence programmes.

      Ministry of Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was his Department's planned R&D spend for the next four years (a) before the November 2020 uplift, and (a) now, by year.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature is of Boeing's operations at RAF Lossiemouth in support of the Poseidon P8 aircraft; what the mix of civilian and military personnel...

      Submarines: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that staff in the Royal Navy Submarine Service will be able to receive a covid-19 vaccination as soon as...

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the retirement of the Bowman communications system.

      LE TacCIS Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the LE TacCIS tactical communications project.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Airbus H135 helicopters operate within the Armed Forces.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the UK's fleet of 60 Chinooks Helicopters, how many are there of each mark; and what is the average airframe hours of each mark.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gazelle helicopters his Department has; what their role is; and when their out of service date is scheduled for.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs the Kickstart scheme has created since its creation in (a) Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency (b) Plymouth Moor View...

    • Prescribed Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether reviews of classifications of workplace diseases according to the Enforcement Management Model are constant, automatic and regular or...

      Prescribed Industrial Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the 11 individual issues were that were raised with the Health and Safety Executive by its inspectors concerning the classification of...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of pre-covid-19 funding for local welfare provision in England;...

      Means-tested Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the number of recipients of (a) means tested benefits, (b) Pension Credit and (c) other means tested payments...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March to Questions 167206 and 167207, how many kickstart placements (a) have started and (b) are currently...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2021 to Question 166493 on Employment: Surveys, if she will provide further clarification as to what her...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Health and Work programme announced in the Improving Lives: the future of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2021 to Question 161811 on Personal Independent Payment, whether her Department carried out an equality...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to consult (a) people with disabilities and (b) representative groups on her Department's strategic objectives...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the delay to the publication of her Department’s review of the Special Rules for Terminal Illness.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2021 to Question 161811 on Personal Independent Payment, whether her Department has written to all...

      State Earnings Related Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason contributors to SERPS have not been given full transitional protection in the changeover to the new state pension; and if she...

      State Earnings Related Pension Scheme: Widowed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what direct notification was given to people who retired after April 2016, having paid into SERPS, that their survivor benefits were to be (a)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2021 to Question 161811 on Personal Independent Payment, whether the guidance used to (a) produce the...

      Employment: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the access of carers to employment opportunities; what potential barriers to working have been identified;...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has in place to support claimants who currently receive payments to Post Office card accounts and who will be unable...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with Post Office Limited on the payment of benefits to Post Office card accounts.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department will provide to vulnerable claimants to manage the transition away from benefits being paid into Post Office card...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on claimants of no longer being able to receive benefits through their Post...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March to Questions 167206 and 167207, how many kickstart placements (a) have started and (b) are currently...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Public Footpaths: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2021 to Question 153108, when he the Planning Inspector appointed in 2017 will be...

    • Public Footpaths: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is able to take steps to prevent off-road vehicles causing damage and disruption to footpaths in...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to assess the negative effects of gene editing on (a) agricultural and food systems and (b)...

      Agricultural Products: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) France, (b) the Netherlands and (c) the EU to develop mutual...

      Export Health Certificates: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to end the requirement for people with guide dogs to produce an animal health certificate when...

      Coastal Areas and Rivers: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on reducing the harm caused by sewage spilling into rivers and offshore water bodies; and on how...

      Agriculture: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of poor broadband speeds and connectivity on the agriculture and...

      Agriculture: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) incentivise and (b) encourage farmers and growers to use digital technology to...

      Agriculture: 4G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the findings of the National Farmers Union's Digital Technology Survey, published in January 2021, if he...

      Agriculture: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to work with broadband providers to ensure that farmers have access to adequate...

      Agriculture: Broadband

      To the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government's target that at least 85 per cent of UK premises will have access to gigabit-capable broadband...

      Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister’s decision to halt the construction of border control...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of air quality monitoring stations in use in London.

      Supermarkets: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the increase in supermarket deliveries since the start of the...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many air pollution monitors in London have been upgraded since 2016.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote environmental sustainability among fast fashion garment producers.

      Waste Disposal: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2021 to Question 160671, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending...

      Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for reducing single-use plastics by allowing larger e-liquid bottles for...

  • Home Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Home Department, with reference to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published in March 2021, how her Department plans...

    • British Nationality: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of effect of the removal of all non-administrative costs from the child citizenship fee on her...

      Home Office: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the guidance on what her Department's officials are required to declare in terms of (a) additional earnings, (b) gifts...

      Borders: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the administrative agreement concluded between herself and Mr Gérald Darmanin on 28 November 2020, which further...

      British Nationality: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many eligible (a) adults, (b) children in Wales have applied unsuccessfully for UK citizenship as a result of being unable to pay the...

      Detention Centres: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2021 to Question 162658, what the current operational capacity is of the units for women at (a) Colnbrook,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims have been deemed inadmissible since the most recent Immigration Rule changes came into effect.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the provision of Government support to victims of modern slavery after a decision has been made on their status.

      Asylum: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 163327, what the proportion of asylum seekers housed in the Wakefield constituency was...

      Youth Mobility Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2021 to Question 162580 on Youth Mobility Scheme, when she plans to commence formal discussions with the...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the fiscal merits of minimum income requirements for spouse visas with regard to demand for...

      Police: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of police officers recruited in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations there have been into the fraudulent sale of (a) houses and (b) powers where a power of attorney has been used in...

      Mick Cain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the report into Home Office official Mick Cain's conduct undertaken by her Department's anti-fraud and criminal...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support she is making available to police forces in England to increase the recruitment of (a) women (b) BAME officers.

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage police officers to take-up their covid-19 vaccinations when eligible.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has provided to tackle (a) racism, (b) anti-semitism, (c) Islamophobia and (d) other...

    • Free Zones: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the English Freeports selection decision, whether any additional information was (a) sought, or (b)...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on the First Homes scheme and if he will make a statement.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on zero-rating VAT on fire safety works for...

      Care Homes: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of defining and recognising the housing-with-care...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of residential buildings in England with unsafe cladding which are unable to...

      Planning: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to amend planning guidance so that construction should address the natural surveillance concept...

      Future High Streets Fund and Towns Fund: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which towns in County Durham did Durham County Council submit bids for to the (a) High Streets Fund and (b) Towns Fund.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the (a) cash and (b) percentage change was in the Band D precept for the Greater London Authority in (i) real and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish all local authority budgets set for the 2021-22 financial year.

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the individual allocations of funding to Town Deals were calculated.

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department will publish further clear guidance to local councils about holding meetings virtually after the...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government's Integration Area Programme from the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper ended; what...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reduced central Government grants to local authorities since...

      Free Zones: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's policy paper, entitled English Freeports selection decision-making note, updated 17...

      Business Premises: Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish further guidance to the voluntary Code of Practice for the commercial property sector to...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department is providing to local authorities to help them ensure that their social housing stock...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that Census 2021 is accessible to people who do not have internet access.

    • Import Controls: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the readiness of (a) inland and (b) port border infrastructure by July 2021 for...

      UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the EU27 states are aware that there is no requirement for...

      Cabinet Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason it was not possible to respond to Question 167836 tabled by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total (a) financial and (b) administrative costs were of his Department's support for running the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding his Department allocated to improving voter registration in the UK in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and...

      England Infected Blood Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure individuals and families affected by the contaminated blood...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish full details of his review of the potential role and scope of a UK covid-19 vaccine...

      Immigration: Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data his Department holds on potential climate-related migration to the UK as a result of global climate...

      Census: Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support his Department is providing to people without access to a computer to ensure that they can access...

      Census: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the average waiting times for calls to the Census support phone...

      Coronavirus: Weddings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will take steps to clarify that weddings with six guests can take place from 8 March 2021 in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Social Media

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

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support she has provided to countries in the Global South that have seen their supply chains adversely affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

      Security and Policing 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will list the countries and territories (a) invited by UK Defence and Security Exports to attend Security and Policing 2021 and (b)...

      Arms Trade: Avant Garde Maritime Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many arms export licences were issued to Avant Garde Maritime Services since January 2013; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme will be extended or replaced at end of March 2021.

    • Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to enhance local networks through which people are signposted to positive social action and...

      Video Recordings: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of age ratings linked to parental filters as a means of...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Media

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

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Ofcom's announcement, Ramping up the rollout of full-fibre broadband, published on 18 March 2021, how he...

      Broadband: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the merits of increasing the voucher support in successor schemes to the Broadband Upgrade Fund...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to encourage people to participate in indoor group sports after covid-19 restrictions...

      Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of facilitating the mutual recognition of qualifications for temporary...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many test events will take place as part of the Government's Events Research Programme.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether Ofcom's Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-26 Statement will enable (a) BT and (b) Openreach to charge...

      BT Group: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) his department or (b) Ofcom will monitor BT for excess profits on its fibre rollout in the absence of price controls.

      Broadband: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether Openreach will be able to cross subsidise its fibre rollout by raising prices on its copper network.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that gigabit broadband access is affordable for all.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2021 to Question 166424 on Broadband: Finance, whether he hlans to directly subsidise the...

      4G: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish details of the proposed site locations for the 124 mobile masts that will be erected under the Shared Rural...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the practicability of rolling out fibre broadband in rural and hard-to-reach areas.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce which further areas of the UK will be prioritised to benefit from Project Gigabit.

      Social Media: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) making online abuse a specific criminal offence and (b) making...

      Coronavirus: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department (a) has spent to date and (b) plans to spend in total on tackling covid-19 disinformation online.

      Video on Demand: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is able to take to ensure that streaming services aimed at children broadcast content that is...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of differentiating the regulatory response of illegal and legal but harmful...

      Big Society Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Big Society Capital at mobilising private capital for investments in the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

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

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they took to improve (1) the efficacy, and (2) the capacity, of hospital ventilation systems following the publication of the report by the Healthcare...

    • Visual Impairment: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support and advice is available to visually impaired people in relation to social distancing guidelines and requirements.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure patients in rural areas receive the COVID-19 vaccination in a timely manner; whether any such steps take into account the (1)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of vaccines against COVID-19 for (1) elderly, or (2) vulnerable, patients hospitalised for other conditions.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to answer the Written Question asked by Baroness Deech on 8 February (HL13065); for what reasons their answer has been delayed; and when...

      Coronavirus: Screening and Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that information about disability accessibility at COVID-19 (1) vaccination centres, and (2) testing sites, is made available in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to suspend without pay any NHS front line staff, and (2) to dismiss any administrative NHS staff, who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the roll-out of COVID-19 home testing kits, whether their preferred testing method is (1) a lateral flow test, or (2) a saliva-based test; and what are...

      Coronavirus: Medical Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under which SNOMED code patients with 'long COVID-19' symptoms are categorised.

  • Department for Education

    • Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with education trade unions since the reopening of schools on 8 March; and, further to any such communications, what assessment...

    • Cumbria University: Newton Rigg College

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the abolition of the Northwest Regional Development Agency on 31 March 2012, what plans they have to publish documents previously held by that Agency...

      Further Education: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include funding for companies to train employees at further education colleges in the Apprenticeship Levy scheme.

      Further Education: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that mental health literacy is part of all post 16 education programmes.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Berridge on 14 January (HL Deb, col 882), what do they consider a reasonable maximum profit for a contractor to make on the new...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners on Remand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the average length of time that prisoners spend on remand awaiting trial.

    • Pentonville Prison: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise the work of the Governor of HMP Pentonville during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are (1) shared, (2) adopted, and (3) maintained, among prisons.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches...

    • China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for establishing an UN independent investigative mechanism to investigate the situation of Uighurs in China.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about their imprisonment of Palestinian politicians ahead of the Palestinian elections due to be...

      Palestinians: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Defence for Children International Isolated and Alone, published in December 2020; and, in particular,...

      Occupied Territories: International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision on 5 February that its jurisdiction extends to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use public funding in the new Environmental Land Management scheme for England to fund measures required by the cross-compliance rules for...

    • Agriculture: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the requirements of (1) Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions 1: Establishment of buffer strips along watercourses, (2)...

      Agriculture: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the requirements of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions 7a: Boundaries, as set out in The guide to cross compliance in...

      Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 15 September 2020 (HL Deb, col 1187), when they plan to open the “intensive...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 January (HL11680), as part of their report Group-based Child Sexual Exploitation...

    • Asylum: Napier Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Immigration Compliance and Justice on 8 February (148930), when the recommendations of the independent rapid...

      Hassockfield Secure Training Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for an immigration centre for women on the former site of Hassockfield Secure Training Centre.

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 December 2018 (HL Deb, col 1019), whether the definition of a hate crime used by the police and...

      Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, published on 21 August 2014; and in particular...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Relations with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided about the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and its implications for people in (1) Great Britain, and (2) Northern Ireland.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 12 March (HL Deb, col 1980), what assessment they have made of the impact of the eligibility criteria for...

    • Off-payroll Working

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes to the off-payroll working rules due to come into effect from 6 April on freelancers; and what steps they...

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the UK Government's decision to increase the level of corporation tax.

      Free Zones: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol for the selection of any Northern Ireland ports as freeports.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hybrid Bills

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he plans to initiate a review of hybrid Bill procedures; and if so, when he expects to start that review and when it will invite evidence.

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