Written answers

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to work with Railcard to extend the expiration date of railcards which have expired during the period of national...

    • South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to instruct South Western Railway to reinstate pre-covid-19 outbreak levels of service between Epsom to London Waterloo.

      Railways: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on rail services in York of the withdraw of the Hitachi 800s trains.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Questions 181389, 181390 and 181391 on Railways: Disability, what steps he is taking to increase...

      Railways: England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 19 April 2021 to Questions 178622, 178623 and 178626, how many of the 1,110 miles of track were the (a) Government and...

      Train Operating Companies: Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total level of expenditure on Emergency Recovering Measures Agreements for train operating companies is since October 2020.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under the terms of the contracts between Hitachi, the Government and Train Operators, who is liable for the financial costs of the disruption...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates his Department wrote to the Public Accounts Committee regarding the progress of franchise termination negotiations since 4 November...

      Tourism: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to support the tourism industry in the next three months.

      Railway Stations: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Answer of 5 March 2021 to Question 158995, when Network Rail plans to deliver a costed plan for a wider roll out of platform...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps is he taking to ensure that new planning proposals incorporate the Government's recommendations from its Gear Change initiative and the...

      Coronavirus: Passenger Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he plans to give to people who are unable to book domestic cruise trips as a result of the cruise company's policy that passengers of all...

      Motor Vehicles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the trial of acoustic cameras, to reduce excessive noise pollution from illegally modified cars.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Magnets: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to develop an industrial magnet industry in the UK.

    • Hydrogen: Ynys Môn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential for the new hydrogen hub on Ynys Môn to contribute to the...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Minister will be responsible for reviewing the application for development consent on the Aquind Interconnector...

      Solar Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on which date the Government last undertook a cross-departmental exercise on responding to a simulated severe space...

      Solar Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to conduct a cross-government exercise to respond to a simulated severe space weather event.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to establish a commission similar to the Scottish Government's Just Transition Commission to make...

      Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to address the national shortage of building materials affecting construction companies in the UK.

      Solar Power: Xinjiang

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that UK solar farms have been built using...

      Solar Power: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure solar panels imported into the UK are not produced in unacceptable...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the energy the UK uses is provided by undersea cables from mainland Europe.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to progress the UK to energy independence.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the policy paper entitled The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, what progress he has...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he makes of the merits of providing a direct grant of up to £30,000 to each small brewer in...

      Restart Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that (a) local authorities correctly categorise businesses for the...

      New Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is planning to provide to new businesses setting up after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional financial support he has made available to hospitality businesses that are unable to reopen until 17...

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of regulating electrical goods sold online to ensure their safety...

      Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what software is approved for the 50 per cent discount voucher for companies using the Help to Grow Scheme; and what...

      Construction: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to address the national shortage of steel preventing construction companies from fully operating.

      Electric Vehicles and Wind Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure the delivery of key components for the manufacturing of electric vehicles and wind turbines...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) on delays in the PEACE PLUS programme and the effect of those delays on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of contracts with Aurelia Ltd for the supply of personal protective equipment to the NHS, including (a) when...

    • NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of contracts with Supermax Healthcare Ltd for the supply of personal protective equipment to the NHS,...

      Pregnancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that pregnant women are offered the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of second covid-19 vaccinations have happened within 12 weeks of the first to date.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of prioritising pregnant women for covid-19 vaccinations.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that GPs offer patients face-to-face appointments.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the affordability of the cost of PCR tests for air passengers; and what assessment he has made of...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle failures by companies that are required to deliver covid-19 tests under the Government’s...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the annual cost to the NHS of mandating the disposal of all unused returned drugs; and what...

      Complementary Medicine: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of complementary therapists in (a) responding to health needs and (b) supporting the NHS...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans mandate care home covid-19 guidance to ensure that care homes do not prohibit visitors without good cause as...

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS dentists in York.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to ONS statistics published on 6 May 2021, for what reason risk of death involving covid-19 increased for Sikhs and...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been suspended from the NHS Blood and Transplant active transplant list for (a) less than one month, (b) one to...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement on General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service from NHS Digital, what the...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people with urinary incontinence by (a) age and (b) gender.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many organ transplant operations have been conducted in each month since May 2020.

      Antibiotics: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of fluoroquinolone toxicity among healthcare professionals.

      Fertility: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake a review of access to fertility in the context of treatment varying from area to area under different policies of...

      Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the difficulties that women experience as a result of menopause.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is undertaking research on abortion pill reversal procedures.

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timetable is for publishing proposals for social care reform.

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) groups and (b) sub groups have been set up on the matter of (i) sodium valproate, (ii) medications in pregnancy. (iii)...

      NHS: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost to the NHS was of using (a) agency staff and (b) bank staff for 2020-21 in (i) Quarter 4 and (ii) total.

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals on reform of the social care system.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

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

      NHS: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) pension taxation and (b) the freezing of the lifetime allowance on early...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to provide an update on allowing care home residents to make visits outside as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who visit their GP in respect of (a) mental ill health and (b) suicidal...

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue guidance to NHS trusts on ensuring that care is not withheld from EU citizens and non-EU family...

  • Attorney General

  • Wales Office

    • Environment Protection: Wales

      What steps the Government is taking to promote the growth of green industries in North Wales.

    • Social Security Benefits: Wales

      What assessment he has made of the potential merits of proposals to devolve aspects of the benefits system to Wales in line with those powers devolved to Scotland.

      United Kingdom

      What steps his Department is taking to strengthen the Union.

      Free Zones: Ynys Môn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a freeport on Anglesey on (a) jobs and (b) employment opportunities (i) on Anglesey and (ii) in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make housing more...

    • Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what financial support is available to people with disabilities who live in buildings with fire safety faults to...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will provide an update on the application status of the 53 buildings in Liverpool that have submitted...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of new homes that were (a) granted planning permission and (b) built in each...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2021 to Question 186174, on Planning, if his Department will publish details...

      Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many buildings have been allocated funding to pay for the costs of installing an alarm system in buildings with...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of resolution 2368 on preserving national minorities...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether a local authority assessing the eligibility of an EU citizen for homelessness assistance after 30 June 2021...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether discrimination against people claiming housing benefit in the private rented sector is illegal; what recourse...

      Religious Buildings: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he publish a timescale for allowing choral singing and performance to resume in English cathedrals and churches as...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what safeguards are in place to guarantee the quality of work by contractors undertaking remediation works on...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the proposed cladding loan scheme, for leaseholders...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending eligibility for Disabled Facilities Grants to...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) inconsistencies in External Wall System forms and (b) conflicting...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will extend the deadline for applications to the Building Safety Fund beyond 30 June 2021 to ensure all...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of implications for his policies of the proposals published by the Leasehold Knowledge...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has received on residential developments that have had A1 or A2 EWS ratings...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to take steps to increase the funding allocations made to eligible applicants under the Building...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has had discussions with representatives of mortgage lenders on how leaseholders in flats with dangerous...

      Housing: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed new permitted development right to enable the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2021 to Question 185381 on Local Government Finance, if he will confirm the...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what role his Department will have in the preparation of the Levelling Up White Paper.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for selling illegal and counterfeit goods in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many promoters and operators of disguised remuneration schemes now subject to the Loan Charge have been prosecuted for promoting and operating those...

    • Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of resolution 2370, entitled fighting fiscal injustice: the work of the OECD on taxation...

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ensure that the new National Infrastructure Bank has a just transition mandate.

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor o the Exchequer, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on consumers of increases to custom charges on products sent between the EU and the UK.

      Veterinary Services: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment has been conducted of IR35 reform on the locum veterinary sector.

      Tax Avoidance: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) promoters and (b) operators of schemes now subject to the Loan Charge have been prosecuted.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations into land tax fraud his Department has conducted in each of the last five years.

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 178895, if he will make it his policy to publish a detailed impact assessment of the potential...

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a VAT exemption for building materials used in remediation works on buildings...

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to include wholesalers in the guidance for local authorities on the administration of the new Business Rates Relief Fund.

      Revenue and Customs: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with HMRC on the use by HMRC of contractors that utilised disguised remuneration schemes.

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic effect on the wholesale sector of the length of time taken to allocate funding under the...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions officials in his Department has had with (a) officials in the Department for Work and Pensions and (b) the Welsh Government on the...

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in Northern Ireland have been affected by the loss of the child element of child tax credit and universal credit for a third or later...

      Child Tax Credit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in Northern Ireland have been affected by the ending of the family element of child tax credit as a result of having no children on...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide immediate financial relief to all 250,000 families in closed mortgage books.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme for its members.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Myanmar: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to support partnership schemes in Myanmar between UK and local clinicians.

    • China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what programmes will be funded by the UK's Official Development Assistance Budget in China in 2021-22; and what...

      Eritrea: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which UK (a) Ministers and (b) officials have met with the Ambassador of Eritrea...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Government to taking to monitor and support the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the Tigray...

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reported spreading instability in Ethiopia.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle Ahmadi persecution in Bangladesh.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much his Department has spent on promoting freedom of religion in (a) Africa and (b) Asia in each of the last...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Pakistani Government to appoint a new leader of Pakistan's...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the displacement of Palestinian families in...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths of (a) children, (b) non-combatant adults and (c) combatant...

      Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 in Nepal; and what (a) practical assistance and (b)...

      India: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what aid and support the Government is providing to India during their latest outbreak of covid-19 cases.

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the reported civilian casualties resulting from the...

      Question

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

      Sri Lanka: Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the remarks of Sri Lanka's Minister of Community Police Services, Dilum Amunugama, on Sri...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the legality under international law of Israeli efforts to evict Palestinians...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his Israeli counterparts, (b) Gazan authorities and (c) the Palestinian...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of reports that Christian nurses...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the 219 employees who have left his Department since October 2020 were former staff of the (a)...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of support in the UK for parliamentary democracy in Tunisia.

      Iraq: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the reported (a) Turkish military...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will take steps to ensure that British citizens living in Thailand will have access to a...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar in response to the military coup in that country,...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the announcement by the Government on 12 May 2021 of £55 million of funding for The What...

      Spain: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has to negotiate a bilateral agreement with Spain to allow UK nationals to have the same...

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent reports that Azerbaijani forces have entered Armenian territory; and whether...

      Equal Rights Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when his Department's five year strategy for the Equal Rights Coalition will be (a) agreed with other members and...

      Equal Rights Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which countries have been selected to succeed the UK and Argentina as co-chairs of the Equal Rights Coalition; and...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK's withdrawal of funding to the United...

      Mikhail Gutseriev

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will place sanctions on Russian businessman Mikhail Gutseriev in response to his funding of the Belarussian...

      Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his Department's policy paper, Policy paper, Every girl goes to school, stay safe, and learns:...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 155452 on Western Sahara: Politics and Government, what...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will (a) hold discussions with the Moroccan Ambassador and (b) instruct HM Ambassador to Morocco to raise...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of recent developments in Turkish-Egyptian relations on the...

      Israel: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with NATO on the recent attack on an Israeli vessel by Iran.

      UN Commission on the Status of Women: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how the UK voted in the United Nations Economic and Social Council ballot on Iran's election to the UN Commission...

      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 ICC enquiry into war crimes in the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Yacht: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Minister for the Cabinet Office on the commissioning of a new royal yacht in each of the last three months.

    • National Cyber Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what body will oversee the activities of the National Cyber Force to ensure that it is acting in line with the powers enacted to it under the...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Ballymurphy Inquest.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the two-child limit on benefits on child poverty levels in Northern Ireland.

    • Universal Credit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on women in Northern Ireland.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether plans to increase the benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Slough are subject to the benefit cap.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to bring forward legislative proposals on the legal recognition of British Sign Language; and what steps she has...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce the backlog of assessments for universal credit.

      Kickstart Scheme: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme jobs have been approved nationally to date.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to work with rural communities to tackle fly-tipping.

    • Lighting: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) levels of light pollution across the UK and (b) effect that pollution has on...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to increase the public's awareness of how to dispose of single-use nappies.

      Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of crops that went unpicked in fields in 2020.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of waste from single-use nappies.

      Insects: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring the gardens of publicly-owned buildings to be more...

      Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are available in the event that a local authority does not give a ruling on a Definitive Map Modification Order...

      Fisheries: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of seasonal workers employed annually within the fishing industry in (a)...

  • Home Office

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in the absence of bilateral agreements with third countries, how many case-by-case agreements for the return of asylum-seekers have been...

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff work in the Third Country Unit.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a policy equality statement in respect of the inadmissibility rules published in December 2020.

      Domestic Abuse: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2021 to Question 174856 on Domestic Abuse: Homicide; when the Government plans to publish its...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. member for West Lancashire of 25 March 2021 on policing of breaches of covid-19 rules,...

      Detainees: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether EU citizens detained and held in immigration removal centres are able to secure consular assistance from their home country whilst...

      Detainees: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens have been detained in advance of deportation from the UK in each month since the signing of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s decision to return to physical right to work checks from 17 May 2021, what assessment her...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that no EU citizen who has lived in the UK for more than the five years required for Settled Status and...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many live EU settled status applications from Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency are waiting to be resolved.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a landlord conducting right-to-rent checks after 30 June 2021 will be obliged to refuse to rent a property to an EU citizen in the...

      Visas: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of visa applications from holders of British National Overseas (Hong Kong) status have been decided within 12...

      Immigration: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appointments Sopra Steria UKVCAS provides each day for holders of British National Overseas (Hong Kong) status to complete their...

      Visas: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has had discussions with stakeholders on introducing an electronic visa for citizens of Commonwealth nations to...

      Visas: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of simplifying visa arrangements for travel from small commonwealth...

      Home Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of enquiries from hon. Members to her Department received a response within her Department’s 20 working day time...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an employer conducting right-to-work checks after 30 June 2021 will be obliged to terminate the employment of an EU citizen where...

      Fraud: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on online fraud from those countries aimed at British citizens.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-crime hate incidences have been recorded by police since 2014.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the social and economic cost of drugs supply in England and Wales.

      Migrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the High Court ruling of 29 April 2021 on the No Recourse to Public Funds policy, what steps she is taking to safeguard...

      Security Guards: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to recent changes to the Security Industry Authority license to incorporate first aid training, whether her department has...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure people with disabilities, who live in buildings with fire safety faults, are guaranteed a...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve police presence and trust in local communities.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will publish feedback from its recent consultation with stakeholders on digital right to work checks.

      Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will (a) set out details of and (b) publish protocols between her Department and Police Scotland on policing of the enforcement of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Veterans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve awareness of support for veterans.

    • Veterans: Mental Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the evidence submitted to the Defence Committee, for what reasons the Minister for Defence...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 25 March 2021, HCWS895 on Infected Blood Update, when the...

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps are being taken to support the mental health needs of veterans.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2021 to Question 179332, whether any of the £700 million catch-up funding will be allocated specifically to...

    • Home Education: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of creating a statutory register for children receiving an elective home education.

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessments his Department made to inform decisions on reopening (a) secondary schools and (b) university campuses as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to introduce misogyny and the treatment of women onto the national curriculum in Personal, Social, Health and Economic...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that businesses are included in his Department's plans for a literacy recovery strategy.

      Higher Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Office for Students' plans to exclude the London allowance factor in the calculation for...

      Sure Start Programme: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many designated Sure Start children's centres there were in Kirklees District Council area in (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Higher education coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance published on 10 May 2021, if he will publish the evidential basis...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timeframe is for the completion of the Fan-led review of football governance.

    • Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to provide financial support to (a) MônFM on Anglesey and (b) other community radio stations...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of when it will be safe for community music rehearsals to resume as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

      Exercise and Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether there are limits on the number of people over 18 years old who can participate in an indoors (a) performing arts class...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to (a) review the estimated value of assets that are dormant in each of the new asset classes...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans the Government has to include provisions in the Professional Qualifications Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech 2021, to...

    • UK Export Finance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much funding her Department allocated to UK Export Finance in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how far in advance of the G7 summit in June 2021 she plans to consult the members of her Trade Advisory Group on Agri-Food on the final...

      Trade Agreements: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to consult the members of her Trade Union Advisory Group on the text of relevant chapters of her draft trade agreements with...

      Trade Union Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who the current members of her Trade Union Advisory Group are; and on what dates Ministers from her Department have had meetings with...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Elections: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what plans the Commission has to review the Independent Green Voice party entry and...

    • Elections: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what plans the Commission has to review the extent of electronic political content...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Licences: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a reciprocal agreement on driving licences between the UK and France has not yet been signed.

    • Driving Licences: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when an agreement on driving licences will be signed with the government of Spain given UK citizens in that country will lose their right to drive on 30 June.

      Driving Licences: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which EU Member States they have (1) reached, and (2) signed, reciprocal agreements on driving licences.

      Driving Licences: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a UK citizen who is resident in France can nominate an individual in the UK to buy an International Driving Permit on their behalf.

      Railways: East Anglia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any proposals for a scheme to double the single railway line between Soham and Ely on the line between Felixstowe and the north of England.

      Rail Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the findings of the Williams Rail Review.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • World Heritage Sites: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefits of Liverpool’s World Heritage status.

    • BBC: Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the previously declared political affiliations of the current non-executive directors of the BBC; and what are the (1) present and (2) past,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies were placed on the “VIP” fast-track for potential contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent (1) research they have commissioned, and (2) investment they have made, relating to a cure for Lyme disease.

      NHS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next stage of the NHS People Plan will be published.

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on securing cross-party consensus on reforming the adult social care system.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 23 April (HL14927), whether such guidance also applies to all clinically extremely vulnerable...

  • Treasury

    • Cryptocurrencies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies on companies trying to achieve carbon neutral status.

    • Kuflink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prudential Regulation authority carried out capital adequacy tests on Kuflink Ltd and related entities; and what was the outcome of those tests.

      Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Monveo The Banks and the Fintechs: Creating Better Banking Together, published on 11 May; and what steps they are...

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