Written answers

Friday, 26 March 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 158165, for what reason he has not provided the same level of financial support to Open Access...

    • Transport: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve transport infrastructure between Wakefield and Leeds.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is steps he is taking to protect cyclists from risk of injury as a result of potholes.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage businesses in (a) Wakefield constituency and (b) West Yorkshire to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

    • Veterans: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to equalise the compensation received by service personnel who develop lung cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of officer cadets entering Sandhurst in the last 10 years attended (a) state and (b) private school.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of improving collaboration between Government, universities and the...

    • Solar Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has any plans for regulation by Ofgem of energy providers' purchase price from private solar export systems...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Smart Energy Guarantee in encouraging community energy...

      Climate Change: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the UK hosting COP26, what steps he is taking to ensure there are no conflicts of interest on the (a)...

      Plastics: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has any plans to mandate a reduction in (a) plastic and (b) other non-degradable content in...

      Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the environment costs and benefits of the transition from petrol, diesel, and hybrid...

      Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from the automotive industry on the (a) transition from petrol, diesel, and hybrid...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effect of LEPs on their constituent areas and (b) the short and medium...

      Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department plans to publish for small electronic companies to help them comply with right-to-repair...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of insecure employment models such as zero-hours contracts, rolling...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the EU’s decision to continue export controls on the...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the £200 million from the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel is used in support...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits of maintaining and extending the UK Steel Safeguards.

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of restricting wedding ceremonies to places of worship and some...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1...

      Help to Grow Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing micro businesses with fewer than five employees access...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what Government (a) initiatives and (b) schemes are available to micro businesses with fewer than five employees to...

      Iron and Steel: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate a level playing field in electricity price cost for UK steelmakers...

      Financial Institutions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether financial institutions are permitted to refuse offers of employment to people who have a poor credit history...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many employers have been fined under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to administer covid-19 vaccinations to inmates in prisons.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether staff working with people who have been sleeping rough are in the top four priority groups to receive the covid-19 vaccine and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people aged over 65 in (a) prisons and (b) immigration detention centres have been prioritised for covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 vaccines are being administered each day to people living in Birkenhead constituency.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of reducing the 15-minute waiting period following the administration of the second dose of a...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have received a covid-19 vaccine should not consume alcohol for a specified period of time post-vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that parents and carers of clinically extremely vulnerable children receive clear information about how...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether covid-19 vaccine candidates within a particular age decade will be offered that vaccine in order of their year group, date of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the guidance provided to healthcare professionals administering the covid-19 vaccine states that they should inform patients of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the covid-19 vaccination process is accessible to people with sight loss.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether anyone working in the UK will be required to pay for a covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to include nannies in the same covid-19 vaccination phase as (a) teachers and (b) other key workers.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's (JCVI) advice on priority groups for covid-19 vaccination and the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the spread of anti-vaccination material in BAME communities.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on expediting covid-19 vaccinations for the members of households of patients suffering from blood...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish an updated timetable for the estimated (a) regulatory approval and (b) delivery to the NHS of the (i) Novavax and (ii)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in the first four priority groups have been refused a covid-19 vaccine due to their medical history being incompatible...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vaccination centres are located in each UK region.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who are not registered with a GP have the same level of access to the covid-19 vaccine as...

      Vaccination: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vaccinators have been recruited, by English region.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure (a) teaching staff and (b) those working in special educational needs settings and (c) all others who...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including (a) teachers and (b) police officers as frontline workers for the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of prioritising people in Tier 4 local covid alert level areas for the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will add funeral directors to the covid-19 vaccine priority list.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of ensuring priority access to the covid-19 vaccination for people with...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the maximum distance an individual will have to travel to their nearest covid-19 vaccination centre.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of covid-19 vaccinations for (a) people with blood cancer and (b) other...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what safeguards he has put in place to ensure that people do not receive doses of the covid-19 vaccine from different manufacturers.

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what urgent steps he is taking to support families to continue to access Bedrolite oil for the treatment of severe epilepsy following the...

      Ophthalmic services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people (a) did not attend their outpatient appointment for wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), (b) cancelled that...

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish data on NHS orthodontic waiting lists.

      Ophthalmic services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people (a) did not attend their outpatient ophthalmology appointment, (b) cancelled that appointment and (c) had that...

      NHS: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will publish NHS England's 2017 'NHS Surge and Triage' guidance document.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the fallow times required between dentistry appointments on a dentist's total...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the November 2020 study by the National Union of Students that found that three in...

    • Summer Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received on the (a) adequacy of the Government’s summer catch-up provision, and (b) suitability of providers who...

      Remote Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in the event of future covid-19 lockdown restrictions to schools, what proposals he has to ensure that all children have access to appropriate devices...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have arrangements for mass covid-19 testing in place in (a) England and (b) each (i) constituency and (ii) local authority area.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of abolishing tuition fees (a) for the duration of the covid-19 outbreak and (b) in perpetuity.

      Students: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for student mental health services to meet the increased demand resulting from the covid-19...

      Cultural Heritage and Tourist Attractions: T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason his Department has decided not to proceed with developing a T Level in Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many widowers of female teachers who belonged to the Teachers' Pension Scheme are receiving smaller survivor pensions than they would have...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking with the Attorney General to speed up justice for vulnerable people who are victims of (a) domestic violence, (b) rape and (c)...

    • Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with representatives of charities that specialise in support for victims of domestic violence since March 2020.

      Coronavirus: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Lieutenant Governor on the Isle of Man on the number of covid-19 cases on that island.

      Courts and Tribunals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to help tackle the backlog of (a) criminal cases and (b) First Tier Tribunal Social Security and Child Support appeals before HM...

      Cybercrime: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria his Department uses to determine good faith security research, as outlined in his Department’s Vulnerability Disclosure Policy.

      Cybercrime: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Fraud Act 2006 has been used successfully to prosecute phishing offences in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the money given to women leaving prison in line with inflation.

      Criminal Proceedings: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2021 to Question UIN 157167, whether the Independent Call for Evidence on neurodiversity in the criminal justice...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England.

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the literacy levels of prisoners in England in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that women are not released from prison into homelessness.

      Prisoners: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Women in Prison, published by the Traveller Movement on 17 March 2021, if he will make an...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report, A Process Evaluation of the Enhanced Through the Gate Specification, published on 1 October 2020, what steps he is taking...

      Cybercrime: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Computer Misuse Act 1990 has been successfully used to prosecute cyber crime in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the Government spends income generated through fixed penalty notices issued for speeding offences.

      Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020,...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report, A Process Evaluation of the Enhanced Through the Gate Specification, published on 1 October 2020, what steps he is taking...

      Prisoners: Bank Services and Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report, A Process Evaluation of the Enhanced Through the Gate Specification, published on 1 October 2020, what steps he is taking...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report, A Process Evaluation of the Enhanced Through the Gate Specification, published on 1 October 2020, what steps he plans to...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department made of the credentials of speakers invited to speak at the Sri Lanka: The Gateway to Asia event on 4...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) type of violations of UN Security Council...

    • Hassan, Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations his Department is making to the Bahraini Government on securing the release of Hasan Mushaima.

      Department for International Development: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings the Secretary of State for International Development had with her Department’s Chief...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May...

      Sri Lanka: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to apply sanctions against (a) General Shavendra Silva, (b) Major General Kamal Gunaratne and (c)...

  • Scotland Office

    • DNACPR Decisions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, following on from the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) review by the Care Quality Commission in England, which found 508 cases...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the outcome of the High Court case (R [Blundell & Ors] v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) whether her...

    • Universal Credit: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available to universal credit applicants whose first language is not English.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March to Question 158103 on the Kickstart Scheme, to publish a breakdown by (a) location and (a) sector of the...

      Disability: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to implement the recommendations of the independent Social Security Advisory Committee in its Occasional Paper 25:...

      Universal Credit: Severe Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claims for universal claims were made between 2016 and 2019 by claimants already receiving the severe disability premium before...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current average waiting time is for an application for limited capacity to work benefit to be considered.

      Disability: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the UK Disability Survey includes a question on whether the respondent would be willing to have a physical relationship with a...

      Cold Weather Payments: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has disbursed in cold weather payments to the residents of (a) Wakefield constituency and (b) West Yorkshire in the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2021 to Question 162619, what plans she has to improve (a) awareness of and (b) access to the funeral...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much expenditure was allocated from the Flexible Support Fund in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK on (i) childcare and (ii) other categories of...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations she has received on the potential merits of reforming self-employment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals entered the UK from the Republic of Ireland in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

    • Dogs: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs entered the UK from the EU in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Animals: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals entered the UK from the EU in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Animals: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals left the UK for the EU in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Horses: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses entered the UK from the EU in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Horses: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses entered the UK from France in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Dogs: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs entered the UK from the Republic of Ireland in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Horses: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses left the UK for the EU in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Dogs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19-related economic pressures on dog owners on the welfare of their dogs.

      Tourist Attractions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from (a) zoos, (b) aquariums and (c) safari parks on the support needed to (i) remain...

      Animals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals entered Great Britain from Northern Ireland in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

      Land Drainage: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Storm Overflows Taskforce's plans to eliminate harm from (a)...

      Horticulture: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the costs of establishing and operating Border Control Posts for the inspection of plants...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1...

      Horticulture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the flow of plants, seeds and other horticulture products from Great Britain to...

      Budds Farm: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the investment made by Southern Water following funding in Government...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the length of time it will take to protect all 76 offshore Marine Protected Areas...

      Flood Control: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will make additional funding available for flood defences in Prestolee and Stoneclough.

      Floods: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what engagement he has had with UK communities with an increased risk of flooding due to climate change in the runup to COP26.

      Horticulture: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) potential merits of introducing a trusted trader scheme for importers...

      Horses: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses left the UK for France in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

  • Home Office

    • Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2021 to Question 157994 on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, whether her Department is conducting external...

    • Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum awards to date are for people that have made claims under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer on 9 February 2021 to Question 146998, what the evidential basis is for her Department's assessment that the US does...

      Demonstrations: Clapham Common

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers reported being assaulted on 13 March 2021 in the course of the events linked to the event at Clapham Common that...

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require that knives sold in shops are kept...

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 157144 on Emergency Services Network: Strathconon, for what reason her Department is...

      Sanctions: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific resources have been allocated for the criminal enforcement of financial sanctions under the UK sanctions regimes introduced by...

      Housing: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of powers available to local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour that occurs between...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to tackle the matter of self-sufficient individuals of EU nationality who were not informed of...

      Migrant Workers: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the UK's immigration policy enables people with (a) professional and (b) technical skills to access...

      Heathrow Airport: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce queues at Heathrow airport.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the British Nationalities Act 1948 to allow citizenship to be passed down from the...

      Home Office: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the details of (a) additional earnings, (b) gifts and (c) hospitality received by civil servants in her Department from...

      Unexplained Wealth Orders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to extend the powers to use Unexplained Wealth Orders to Northern Ireland.

      Visas: Myanmar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that students from Myanmar whose visas will soon expire will be able to temporarily stay into the UK...

      Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps an EU citizen, who is eligible for but has not yet been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme, needs to take to apply for...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she made has made of the change in the level of sexually explicit spam during the covid-19 outbreak; and what assessment she...

      Migrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to suspend the No Recourse to Public Funds conditions on public health grounds for the duration of the...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal importations of shisha tobacco were capture by the UK Border Force in each of the last three calendar years.

      Asylum: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government is in negotiations with (a) France and (b) other European countries on a bilateral readmission agreement for the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Public Health: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what comparative assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the responses to the covid-19 pandemic of...

    • Levelling Up Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2021 to Question 167292 on Levelling Up Fund: Wales, how the Government plans to...

      Economic Growth: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2021 to Question 167292 on Levelling Up Fund: Wales, when his Department last had...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he will consider amending covid-19 restrictions wedding guidelines to accommodate cultural ceremonies during...

      Park Homes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the procurement process for research into the potential effect of any changes to the 10 per cent maximum...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the findings of the Law Commission on the leasehold...

      Park Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the draft guidance on fit and proper person licensing for park home operators will be (a) finalised and (b) published.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020,...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on purchase prices of specialist retirement properties...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what economic impact assessment his Department has undertaken on the potential effect of legislative proposals to...

      Leasehold: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a moratorium on forfeiture of all residential leasehold properties under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will require contractors on UK procurement projects to provide reasoning where UK steel has not been used.

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the process is for updating guidance on the taxation of (a) individuals and (b) businesses on the Government website; and if he will outline the...

    • Holiday Accommodation: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Valuation Office Agency takes to confirm that furnished holiday lets that are registered for business rates meet the requirement for the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 155212, on Child Benefit, how his Department will reconcile basic rate taxpayers being affected by the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on levels of employment.

      Boats: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect on leisure boats moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain arising from different rules...

      Babies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to improve support for babies in their first 1001 days.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls to HMRC's telephone advice lines for people completing a self assessment form were abandoned by the caller before reaching an HMRC call...

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions guidance on the taxation of (a) individuals and (b) businesses on the Government website has been updated in each of the last 30 months.

      Premium Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people held at least one Premium Bond, in each of the last 30 months.

      Public Houses and Small Businesses: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department taking to ensure that (a) pubs and (b) other SME’s can claim business interruption insurance policies for extended periods...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Leisure Recovery Fund: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the National Leisure Recovery Fund has been allocated to (a) Wakefield Council and (b) councils in West...

    • Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) the Gambling Commission and (ii) the video game...

      Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support he is providing to the cultural and arts sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Crafts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to support heritage crafts.

      Culture: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what impact assessments his Department has conducted on modern slavery in supply chains in the arts and culture sector.

      Entertainments: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to protect the entertainment sector from human rights abuses committed in the Xinjiang...

      Antiques and Art Works: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure couriers can resume regular shipments of (a) retail art and (b) antiques...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June...

      Digital Technology: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to tackle the digital divide in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry.

      Coronavirus Community Support Fund: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund which must be repaid...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to increase the volume of marketing spend in key (a) development and (b) other source markets in the upcoming...

      Hotels: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether it remains Government policy for 130,000 more hotel rooms to be built by 2025; and what progress has been made...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage participation in grass roots sports.

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to encourage British tourism following the easing of covid-19 restrictions.

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings he had with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Polypropylene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the reduced supply of polypropylene, (2) the increased price level of polypropylene, and (3) the impact this will have on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch COVID-19 transmission in hospitals: management of the risk – a prospective safety...

    • Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients presenting with 'long-COVID' symptoms following (1) diagnosed, or (2) undiagnosed COVID-19, are recommended to participate in the Improving Access...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the principles of (1) transparency, and (2) accountability, of their proposed changes to NHS Procurement...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 February (HL12760), what is the weekly number of tests able to be carried out by...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide targeted mental health support to unemployed young people.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 February (HL12760), why NHS Test and Trace tests do “not meet the minimum standards required...

      Care Homes: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which national body or agency is responsible for conducting overarching, independent investigations into patient safety concerns in residential care homes in England.

      Coronavirus: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 February (HL12760), what plans they have to change the format of NHS Test and Trace to allow...

      Care Homes: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the remit of the Healthcare Safety Investigative Branch to conduct overarching, independent investigations into patient safety...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 February (HL12760), what plans, if any, they have to make tests carried out by NHS Test and...

      Coronavirus: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether employers can insist that employees have a COVID-19 vaccine; what actions an employer can take in respect of (1) employees who refuse to have a COVID-19...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the false positive rate from rapid lateral flow test carried out on asymptomatic school children.

      Montelukast: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recommendations have been made by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regarding the prominence of warnings concerning mental health risks...

  • Department for Education

    • Overseas Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 March (HL13719), whether (1) universities, and (2) independent schools, are permitted to...

    • Turing Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of students likely to make use of the Turing scheme each year from its launch until 2030.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria need to be satisfied to allow family visits of prisoners to resume; what date they plan to resume family visits of prisoners; and what plans they...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Tigray: Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the International Council on Monuments and Sites on 5 March that Tigray's heritage is falling victim to fighting...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to adopt the target set by the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, to spend 50 per cent of their aid budget in countries affected by...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide relief for civil society in those countries affected by conflict where the UK has sought to bring an end to violence.

      Occupied Territories: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to call for a vote on resolutions on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories under item 7 of...

      Occupied Territories: International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 March (HL13569), what assessment they have made of the reported concerns of the governments of...

      Mediterranean Sea: Migrants and Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organisation for Migration on 20 August 2020 to strengthen the search and...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Courage Foundation on the investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Save the Children Defenceless: The Impact of Israeli Military Detention on Palestinian Children, published on 29...

      Tigray: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Ethiopia is removing evidence of human rights atrocities in Tigray; and what steps they are taking...

      Tigray: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Ethiopian army is preventing Tigrayan refugees from crossing the border into Sudan.

  • Home Office

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 March (HL13499), how many cases were brought forward for (1) forcing someone to marry,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • USA: Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a common understanding of the provisions of the Belfast Agreement with the government of the United States.

    • Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that citizens of Northern Ireland have the same rights as citizens of other nations in the United Kingdom.

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