Written answers

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the British Transport Police Authority on ensuring effective enforcement of covid-19 restrictions.

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that people whose driving theory tests are expiring, and who have been unable to book a practical driving test...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the backlog of people waiting for a practical driving test.

      Passenger Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with relevant stakeholders on architect Stephen Payne's proposal for a Harland and Wolff-constructed vessel aimed at...

      Department for Transport: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on the use of Project Bank Accounts by (a) his Department, (b) Government agencies his Department has responsibility for and...

      Road Traffic: Death and Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government plans to take to meet the target of the UN General Assembly resolution 74/299 on reducing road traffic deaths and injuries...

      Aviation: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to undertake a consultation on the (a) steps needed to encourage the use of sustainable aviation fuels and (b) creation of a British...

      Trains: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) change in the demand for commuter train services that has arisen during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) how that...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of the HS2 programme.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the (a) dates and (b) attendees of all meetings held between Ministers and Post Office Limited from...

    • Photographs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the travel photography industry.

      Animal Experiments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish an update to the Public Attitudes to Animal Research survey last published in 2019.

      Belt and Road Initiative: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what role his Department has in the Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Oversight Board; who the primary lead is for...

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to redirect biomass subsidies to solar and wind.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support low income families that are unable to afford green energy improvements...

      Life Sciences: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to the charity-led Life Sciences...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to support the recent decision of the United States Administration to support a temporary...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his Department's policy to ensure equal treatment of Northern Ireland veterans and those who served overseas.

    • Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals on Northern Ireland veterans in the next six months.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS Test and Trace: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse is of the contract with Serco for NHS Test and Trace for the (a) initial 14-week period and (b)...

    • NHS Test and Trace: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to further extend the contract with Serco for NHS Test and Trace; and whether a further extension would breach the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to research on the utility and safety of UV-C as a means of tackling the aerosol...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provisions are in place for people in covid-19 hotel quarantine to obtain prescription medicines; and if he will make a statement.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support the post-covid-19 recovery of sexual health and HIV services; and what plans he has to increase...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the all-party Parliamentary group on vaping's...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made by (a) the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and (b) his Department of the potential merits of...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England and Improvement plans to publish the Getting It Right First Time report on cardiology services.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he is making on increasing the proportion of lateral flow covid-19 tests being used that are UK-made.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, will the Minister confirm, with reference to the Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 188073, for what reasons his Department's guidance,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support the rollout of covid-19 vaccines to people who are not registered with a GP surgery.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using (a) bingo halls and (b) other currently unoccupied venues for...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the cancellation of second covid-19 vaccinations by the national booking system has led to second vaccinations being delayed...

      Fisheries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on extending the pre-arrival negative...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to rollout the covid-19 vaccine to all young people aged 12 and over.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to sanction private companies that breach their contract by failing to provide covid-19 testing...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in the UK have been detected with antibodies that protect against the infection of covid-19.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when data collected at 12 hours from the point of arrival at emergency departments will be available from hospital trusts.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 26 February 2021 on shielding, reference ZA55735.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of patients who have been discharged using Discharge to Assess model since the passing of the...

      Coronavirus: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional public health support he plans to make available in the context of the Indian variant of covid-19 being present in York.

      Coronavirus: Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provision of free vitamin D supplements to people at high risk from covid-19 infection...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of prioritising the appraisal by the National Institute for Health...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of training provided to staff at hotels providing covid-19 quarantine stays to ensure that those...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have received NHS dental treatment in each year from 2010 to 2020; and how many dental practices have provided NHS...

      Integrated Care Systems: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2021 to Question 174874, what recent estimate he has made of what the (a) maximum percentage is...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department has provided to General Practitioners on the provision of in person appointments; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 21 April 2021 to Question 179648 on Social Services: Conditions of Employment, when the Government plans...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to bring forward proposals to reform social care.

      Health Services: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to protect and preserve (a) BSL Health Access and (b) other services that aide deaf people in accessing NHS...

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure local health, care and education services are able to share records to identify autistic children at...

      Autism: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for autistic people with mental health problems.

      Older People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to protect elderly people with limited or questionable capacity who are victims of (a) control, (b) abuse and (c)...

      Radiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Clinical radiology UK workforce census 2020 report, what assessment he has made of the (a) trends in the number of...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the introduction of the home abortion policy and Freedom of Information requests to NHS Trusts that have disclosed that...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the response from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust to freedom of information request RFI-003971 stating that there had...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 163234 on Social Services, whether he plans to publish the proposed legislation...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to help improve care for people affected by dementia.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many FTE nurses at each grade were employed in NHS England in (a) December 2019 and (b) the most recent month for which figures are...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its response to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group’s recommendations on progress...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that when secondary school children receive information on abortion it is (a) accurate, (b)...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve mental health support and reduce levels of suicide in (a) South West London and (b) England.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of moving more NHS mental health services to (a) telephones and...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to level up mental health and wellbeing services in the City of Wolverhampton.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish monthly data on contact mediums for adult mental health services in the Mental Health Services Data Set.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) offer to and (b) uptake of remote mental health support services based on people's (i)...

      Whistleblowing at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the independent rapid review into West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust undertaken by Christine Outram has concluded; and when he...

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allocate additional funding to tackle the cancer backlog in the NHS.

      Mental Illness: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Outcome Evaluation of the National Model for Liaison and Diversion, published by RAND Europe in April 2021, what...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) serving personnel and (b) veterans have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury in the last 10 years.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether specialist surgical mesh centres opening from April 2021 will provide surgery for people affected by rectopexy meshes.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with academy schools charging parents for school meals (a) over period where schools were closed as a result...

    • Nurseries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has he made of the effect of the closure of nurseries as a result of financial difficulties following the covid-19 outbreak on the...

      Education: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that deaf children in education have access to fully qualified language and communication support professionals.

      Government Departments: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the use of Project Bank Accounts by (a) his Department, (b) Government agencies his Department has responsibility for and...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average early years funding rate given to local authorities in England was for (a) two year olds and (b) three and four year olds in (i)...

      Universities: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Prevent strategy on free speech on university campuses.

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that social care and support for disabled children and their families is included in the (a) the SEND...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to publish guidance for universities on the return of in-person graduation ceremonies as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support apprentices who have been furloughed who will potentially be unemployed and not in training when the...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support services are available for (a) children with autism and (b) the parents of those children.

      Curriculum: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to introduce information on the effects of littering into the curriculum.

      Overseas Students: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department has provided to international students studying in the UK during the covid-19 outbreak to help mitigate for the diminished...

      Breakfast Clubs: Contracts for Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many organisations have expressed an interest in the Breakfast Clubs Programme Tender 2021-23.

      Special Educational Needs: Barnsley Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the number of special educational needs and disabilities places in schools in the Barnsley Central constituency.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Females

      What assessment he has made of trends in the level of self-harm in women's prisons in 2020.

    • High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Report on a scrutiny visit to HMP High Down by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (23 March and 7 – 8 April 2021), what were the...

      Crime: Victims

      What progress he has made with the Home Secretary on bringing forward legislative proposals to support victims.

      Domestic Abuse: Victims

      What steps his Department is taking to support victims of domestic abuse.

      Domestic Violence: Victims

      What steps his Department is taking to support victims of domestic abuse.

      Domestic Abuse: Victims

      What steps his Department is taking to support victims of domestic abuse.

      Domestic Violence: Victims

      What steps his Department is taking to support victims of domestic violence through the civil and family courts process.

      Cammell Laird

      If he will make an assessment of the potential merits of holding a public inquiry into the 1984 imprisonment of 37 striking Cammell Laird workers.

      Courts: Opening Hours

      What steps his Department is taking to increase the number of court sitting days.

      Human Rights

      What steps he has taken to help ensure that the UK upholds its obligations under international treaties on human rights.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      What plans he has to amend the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Administration of Justice: Government

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on plans to review the relationship between Government and the courts.

      Remote Hearings: Pre-trial Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what proportion of video remand hearings is a decision about remand or bail made.

      Remote Hearings: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of defendants who are detained post-charge by the police are not required to appear on video for remand hearings as a...

      Magistrates' Courts: Remote Hearings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of detained individuals appearing in magistrates' courts for remand hearings (a) by video and (b) in person have pleaded not guilty in...

      Remote Hearings: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of detained individuals who appear in video remand hearings are screened by a health practitioner for mental health needs, neuro-diverse...

  • Treasury

    • Investment: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to tackle financial crime and protect individuals and businesses from fraudulent investment schemes.

    • Renewable Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing duty for (a) hydrotreated vegetable oil and (b) other renewable liquid fuels for home...

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Government plans to end the entitlement for flood risk management authorities to use red diesel in their operations by 2022.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the aim of the alcohol duty review remains to simplify the existing system.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the levels of illicit alcohol trade of implementing a differential alcohol duty rate for (a) on-trade and (b)...

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the potential environmental benefits of expanding the...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been generated by the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in the last three years; and how much of that revenue has been provided to Northern...

      Photographs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support is available to people working in the travel photography industry who have been affected by the covid-19 restrictions.

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed freeze to the lifetime allowance does not encourage senior healthcare workers to retire earlier than...

      Mutuals' Deferred Shares Act 2015

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to bring forward regulations for Mutual Deferred Shares under the Mutuals’ Deferred Shares Act 2015.

      Loans: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress has been made on the pilot no-interest loan scheme; and whether that scheme will operate in Northern Ireland.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether new funds are planned to be open to start up mutual banks from banking competition remedies.

      Money Lenders: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Financial Conduct Authority on ensuring that adjudicator rulings are included in consideration for...

      Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Manx pound has not been approved for use as legal currency in the UK.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on extending the Financial Services Compensation Scheme to payday lending companies.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Human Rights Watch report...

    • UN Climate Conference 2021: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what role his Department has in the Beijing COP26 Core Group; what the aim is of that Core Group; who attends the...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Somalian counterpart on the recent violence in that country.

      Taiwan: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with its counterpart in Taiwan on recent incursions into their airspace by...

      Ethiopia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU's decision to withdraw observers from Ethiopia’s planned...

      Ethiopia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the democratic legitimacy of Ethiopia’s planned federal elections; and what...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the level of democracy in countries in Africa categorised as...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) human rights situation in Kashmir.

      Pakistan: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 23 April 2021 to Question 186166 on Pakistan: Counter-terrorism, whether his...

      Pakistan: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 23 April 2021 to Question 186166 on Pakistan: Counter-terrorism, how much funding...

      Tigray: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the current violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia on...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has been made of the political and humanitarian situation in Uganda, including the ongoing...

      Tropical Diseases: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing funding for neglected tropical disease programmes on the...

      Developing Countries: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to progress the allocation of the £5 million commitment to developing...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6055 on Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine,...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will review the Government's position on recognising the massacre of Armenian people in 1915 as genocide in...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6055, on Developing Countries: Genito-urinary...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the reduction in the Official Development Assistance budget is limited to one year; for what reason the UK...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of resolution 2371 on the urgent need for...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the spread of covid-19 internationally; and for what reason owners...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on that country's decision to boycott events marking the 20th...

      China: Uyghurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, entitled Uyghur...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the armed forces have made towards the delivery of humanitarian relief and other forms of overseas aid in the last three years.

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what long term military presence the UK will have in Afghanistan after the drawdown of troops from that country announced on 14 April 2021.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the Royal Navy to visit the Taiwan strait.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are based in India.

      Espionage: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of reports that British officials are being targeted for recruitment by...

      Electronic Warfare: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to strengthen links with private businesses to improve their cyber defences and capabilities from attacks by hostile...

      China: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of China's three new naval vessels; and what steps he is taking to support the UK's...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the (a) building, (b) handover and (c) seaworthiness of the Astute class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

      Radioactive Waste: Dalgety Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 241447 on Radioactive Waste: Dalgety Bay, whether the first stage of the remediations has been...

      Type 26 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of gearbox delays on the timescale for the Type 26 construction programme.

      Defence Equipment: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish guidance on social value in defence equipment contracts.

      Chinook Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK jobs will be created through the purchase of 14 new extended-range Chinook helicopters; and what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Electronic Warfare: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 41 of the Integrated Review 2021, what steps have been taken to invest in an integrated education and training system for the...

      National Cyber Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel will be employed by the new National Cyber Force.

      Marines: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Integrated Review, what the workforce requirement is for the Royal Marines in (a) 2021, (b) 2024 and (c) 2030.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of lone parent families claiming housing benefit are women.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of financial support provided to people who have moved from (a) severe disability premium and (b)...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the announcement by his Department that people who have lived in a homeless hostel will be exempt from the shared...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2021 to Question 169910, what recent progress her Department has made towards (a) implementing the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2021 to Question 155226, what further progress her Department has made in its discussions with...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on ensuring that monthly salaries are automatically reallocated within assessment periods for universal...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 16 March 2021 to Question 166493 on Occupational Health, what further progress her Department has made towards...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is in place to assist (a) people and (b) people with mental health difficulties with financial management and guidance on...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase data sharing with local authorities on universal credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of 25 January 2021, Official...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 181077 and the Advertising Standards Authority’s Ruling on her Department in...

      Universal Credit: Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to improve the guidance on the Universal Credit (Earned Income) Amendment Regulations 2020 (2020/1138) on...

      Veterans: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that British veterans living in Commonwealth countries receive the full value of their pension.

      State Retirement Pensions: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reforming the qualification criteria for the State Pension to include part year...

      State Retirement Pensions: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is (a) between receipt of an application for state pension and date of the first payment and (b) between reaching state...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to (a) raise awareness and (b) promote uptake of pension credit through targeted...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to assist customers of Post Office card accounts who will no longer be able to use those accounts for the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Health and Safety Executive advised that the Government's application for an emergency authorisation for...

  • Home Office

    • Armed Forces: Myanmar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether the Tatmadaw should be declared a terrorist organisation.

    • Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the (a) behaviour and (b) alleged use of force by police in response to...

      Detention Centres: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what powers immigration removal centre staff are able to remove mobile telephones from persons detained for being in the UK without a...

      Hassockfield Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of immigration detention on asylum-seeking women with regard to the proposal to open Hassockfield...

      Hassockfield Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations have been carried out with the local community on her Department's proposal to re-open the former Medomsley Detention...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 3 March 2021 to Question 158072 on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, if she will publish a progress report on...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether EU citizens are able to enter the UK for a job interview without already possessing a UK work permit.

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the efficiency of her Department's delivery partners in delivering Biometric Residency Permits.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will cease issuing Notices of Intent to asylum-seekers and revoke those already issued in response to authorities in (a)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on the use of Project Bank Accounts by (a) his Department, (b) Government agencies his...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will provide details of how the devolved administrations will be represented in the governance structures...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 29 of the report published by the National Audit Office on 21 July 2020, entitled Review of the...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason Thurnscoe, Barnsley, Mexborough, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Rawmarsh and Wath-upon-Dearne were not invited to...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent progress has been made on the Shared Prosperity Fund in Northern Ireland.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to discontinue funding for the provision of covid marshals.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with businesses which have applied for Additional Restrictions Grant funding; and if he...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to (a) simplify and (b) homogenise across local authorities the process of applying for...

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to implement a Single Code of Practice for private companies that levy parking charges.

      Public Places: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people feel confident to return to public spaces as covid-19...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to provide (a) local authorities and (b) businesses with further details on the £1.5...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to reimburse local authorities that have agreed to extend the Expanded Retail Discount to...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local councils with adequate staffing resources to formulate bids to...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to conduct further consultations with (a) regional mayors and (b) local authority leaders...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the level of (a) section 106 payments and (b) community infrastructure levy...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of an exclusion for conservation areas from the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the roll out of Voter ID for a local election.

    • Government Departments: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to develop a Government conference centre on York Central development site.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on how many (a) Government departments and (b) agencies and...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Free Zones: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she discussed the effect of prohibition clauses on duty drawback and exemption on the operation of freeports with the delegation of...

    • Trade Agreements: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to negotiate an enhanced trade agreement with Mexico, subsequent to the UK-Mexico Trade Continuity Agreement signed in 2020.

      Trade Agreements: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the new enhanced EU-Mexico Trade Agreement on levels of British imports from and...

      Iron and Steel: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answers of 29 April 2021 to Questions 188093 and 188094, when she expects the review to (a) conclude and (b) report.

      Iron and Steel: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to extend safeguards on steel imports beyond their expiry in June 2021.

      Trade Agreements: Singapore and Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff, and at what grades, accompanied her on her visit to Singapore and Vietnam in December 2020; what the total cost...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the answer of 26 October 2020 to Question 106261 and the publication of transparency data on 7 May 2021, how many members...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government's policy on the management of heritage assets located beyond UK Territorial Waters but within the UK...

    • Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) businesses and (b) employment of the proposed...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to expand the Dormant Assets Scheme.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department took the decision to define dormancy as it has under the Dormant Assets Scheme in light of the use by the...

      Bank Services: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to transfer assets residing in dormant accounts to the Community Trust Fund.

      LGB Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to assess whether the Charity Commission appropriately complied with the Public Sector...

      Telecoms Diversification Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce has made on delivering its remit to date; and which UK regions have...

      5G: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 132906 on 5G, what progress he has made on identifying...

      Football Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to launch an investigation into (a) the collapse of Football Index and (b) the Gambling...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold on the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers; and what public information programmes, if any, they are planning to remind drivers of...

    • Swinderby Station

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 April (HL15243), what plans they have to improve rail journey times to improve the competitiveness...

      Driving: Disqualification

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 April (HL15320), how many times the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency revoked the driving licence of a...

      Channel Tunnel: Freight

      Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any scheme to encourage freight traffic to use the Channel Tunnel and HS1 rail link in order to reduce pressure on (1) the short sea...

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