Written answers

Friday, 28 May 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the prices of the new flexible carnet tickets announced on 20 May have not been announced; on what date those prices will be...

    • Passenger Ships: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending his Department's covid-19 advice on travel for cruising so that it aligns with advice...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what evidential threshold will be used when reviewing the travel status of foreign countries under the covid-19 traffic light system.

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK's departure from the EU on the (a) number and (b) turnover of Civil Aviation...

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK commercial pilots have had to re-qualify for a CAA licence since the airline transport pilot licence ceased to be recognised.

      Trains: Hitachi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the cracking of Hitachi’s Intercity Class 800 series affects the Government's guarantee for usage of those trains for 27.5 years.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will issue guidance to (a) parents and (b) children on the use of safe transport to school including the safe use of (i) electric bikes, (ii)...

      Network Rail: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail workers were killed on Network Rail's infrastructure between June 2019 and November 2020.

      Railways: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much is LNER is planning to spend on the construction of new car parking facilities in the next five years; and how many new car parking spaces...

      Railways: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Network Rail is planning to spend on new car parking facilities in the next five years; and how many new car parking spaces will be created.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the (a) safety and (b) confidence of staff and passengers in train travel and encourage that travel...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people returning to the UK from red list countries via Turkey to avoid covid-19 hotel quarantine; and what...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of updating the watch lists between official reviews of the red, amber and green...

      Electric Scooters: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the DVLA has plans to review the licence requirements for e-bikes and scooters.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of HS2 construction on other transport infrastructure projects.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston of 8 March 2021 on pilotage legislation.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of holidaymakers taking an initial covid-19 lateral flow test before flying and only...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Railways: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to implement further measures to prevent the use of postcode location centroids that are determined on...

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of the value of business the travel sector has from 17 May 2021,...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the value of business the travel sector has lost since the first...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support the recovery of the retail sector from the impact of the covid-19 outbreak in...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure everyone has free access to a secure postal address.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support the recovery of the hospitality sector in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands...

      Flexible Working: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to incentivise employers in a range of sectors to develop flexible working pilot programmes.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government is making on bringing forward (a) legislative proposals for an Employment Bill and (b)...

      Restart Grant Scheme: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons mental health services were excluded from personal care businesses for the eligibility criteria of the...

      Insolvency: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the fairness of the level of charges by insolvency firms on (a) business and (b)...

      Remote Working: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental benefits of remote working.

      Foreign Investment in UK: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has (a) undertaken a recent review and (b) plans to review any national security implications...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a list of UK companies who participate in the UK-China Green Finance Centre.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK companies currently have joint-partnerships with Chinese companies as part of their operations in China.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK companies are currently involved in providing financing to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

      Water Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will work with the Treasury to develop an Innovation in Power Purchase agreement as a complementary...

      Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will use the COP26 climate change conference to promote Scotland’s marine renewables sector.

      Water Power: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase export opportunities for the wave and tidal renewables sector while maintaining the...

      Forced Labour: Xinjiang

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which materials being bought and sold in the UK are via labour from people...

      Solar Power: Xinjiang

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support the UK solar industry's trade associations to verify the complex supply...

      Water Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will allocate 100MW to wave and tidal projects within the Contracts For Difference Auction Round 4 to support...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people who have paid for day two and day eight covid-19 tests upon returning to the UK but...

    • Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make home testing kits that detect prostate cancer available through the NHS; and if he will publish his timetable...

      Health: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure of the NHS was spent on (i) physical health and (ii) mental health in each...

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that joint replacement surgeries are prioritised in the NHS.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the proportion of care homes without covid-19 outbreaks that are adhering to the Government's guidance...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to release to the media, on a daily basis, the numbers of people hospitalised with covid-19 who are (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of proposals to offer immunocompromised patients their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine sooner than 12 weeks.

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the WHO guideline on health workforce development, attraction,...

      Spina Bifida: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve NHS treatment of spina bifida.

      Spina Bifida: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated in 2021 for the treatment of spina bifida to the (a) Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Sheffield...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether disabled children will be able to access additional speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, educational...

      Speech and Language Disorders: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who have lost their voice or have difficulty speaking have access to communication equipment.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence rate of autism amongst the compulsory school age population in England in the latest period...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) investigate and (b) suspend the contracts of private companies that are failing to fulfil their obligations to provide PCR...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Royal College of Physicians’ position statement, NHS Workforce Planning: the case for transparency and...

      Care Homes and Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of (a) restrictive interventions and (b) seclusion on people with learning disabilities in...

      Care Homes: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the 14-day isolation period remains mandatory for people discharged to care homes from (a) hospital and (b) other care settings;...

      Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to remove financial incentives which can lead(a) to long lengths of stay and (b) delays to discharge...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure NHS recruitment keeps pace with an increasingly elderly population; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the caps on the Adoption Support Fund does not limit the therapeutic support available to children and young people.

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure that teacher training focuses on (a) trauma and attachment challenges and (b) support for children in the care...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the National Plan for Music Education.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on reducing the attainment gap between children receiving pupil premium funding and those not receiving it.

      Supplementary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what level of funding is provided by his Department for Black supplementary schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Pet Theft Taskforce plans to bring forward legislative proposals to tackle pet theft, such as (a) reforming the existing sentencing...

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reform the sentencing system.

      Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to amend the equality impact assessment for assaults on emergency workers in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to...

      Reoffenders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department are taking to reduce reoffending rates among people convicted under the age of 16.

      Prison Sentences: Erith and Thamesmead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are serving (a) prison sentences and (b) Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in prisons in Erith and Thamesmead...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether UK official development assistance has been allocated to supporting the provision of health care to the...

    • Space: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he has taken to further the development of international (a) norms, (b) rules and (c) principles on...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

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

      Internally Displaced People: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure access to healthcare for internally displaced people abroad.

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether Morocco claims sovereignty over all of Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the joint communication issued by the UN...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2021 to Question 615 on Israel: Palestinians, what assessment his Department has...

      Egypt: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on ensuring the safety of Coptic Christians in...

      Somaliland: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what practical assistance his Department is providing to the Government of Somaliland and in tackling the covid-19...

      Africa and Asia: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure access to healthcare for people with disabilities in (a) Africa and (b) Asia.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with AstraZeneca and Oxford University on their commitment to the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Spaceflight: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of seasonal conditions on the UK's (a) ability to launch space missions and (b) space capabilities.

    • Space Technology: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department has provided to private space companies in each year since 2010; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the...

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Fleet Solid Support ship capacity is sailing with the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the new Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches will be located in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of the £20 uplift in universal credit on levels of child poverty in (a) England and (b)...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support people subject to the limit on welfare benefits for households with more than two children.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 1170 on Social Security Benefits, what her Department's rationale is for not undertaking an...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the average number of kickstart places made available by each employer participating in the scheme.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recently published End Child Poverty data (a) nationally and (b) for...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the the median (a) gap between rent and the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and (b) deduction for...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the level of child poverty in (a) England and (b) Manchester Gorton constituency.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how her Department will collect data on disability as part of its evaluation of the effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason data about disability is not collected by applications to the Kickstart scheme.

      Local Housing Allowance: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of Local Housing Allowance relative to rental costs.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bread and Flour: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government's written commitments to the Real Bread Campaign to review the Bread and Flour Regulations...

    • Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the steps the Government is taking to implement the ban on ear cropping dogs in the UK.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward new legislative proposals to tackle illegal puppy farms in the UK.

      Pollinators: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the number of bees and other pollinators in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are in place to ensure self-isolation at home is being carried out fully and correctly.

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve community safety.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an estimate of the proportion of people illegally crossing the Channel in the last 12 months who were male.

      Home Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of correspondence sent by hon. Members to her Department received a substantive response within the service standard in each...

      Domestic Abuse: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support perpetrator behaviour change programmes to support services to work together to tackle...

      Offences against Children: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department does not record the ethnicity of victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

      Sexual Offences: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to prevent investigation bias in rape and serious sexual offence cases.

      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 Basildon and Billericay of 1 February 2021, transferred to UKVI by the 23...

      Handguns: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with Scotland Yard on strengthening legislation on the sale of starter guns.

      Police Scotland: UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to offer support to Police Scotland during the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

      Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with representatives of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities on Part 5 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs plans to (a) conclude its inquiry and (b) produce its recommendations on Image and...

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will undertake a review of investigatory practices by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services in...

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Pet Theft Taskforce is taking to tackle the challenges of gathering data on pet theft from police forces, including the (a)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homes England: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Sir Edward Lister, as Chair of Homes England, held any meetings or corresponded with property development...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on determining the number of attendees allowed at a wedding ceremony by how many people the...

  • Treasury

    • Taxpayer Protection Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what powers the Taxpayer Protection Task Force will have.

    • Employees' Contributions: Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) implications for revenue and (b) potential merits of extending employee national insurance contributions...

      Buildings: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of reducing VAT on hospitality and housing renovation in Northern Ireland to increase the...

      Financial Services: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the global emissions footprint of the UK financial sector.

      Central Bank Digital Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has taken steps toward introducing a central bank digital currency.

      Cryptocurrencies: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the anti-money laundering / counter-terrorist financing registration regime is for crypto asset businesses; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with representatives of any of the English football clubs who signed up to the European Super...

    • Broadband: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been invested in the delivery of super-fast broadband by constituency for each year since 2015.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether safety duties relating to content that is harmful to adults announced as part of the Online Safety Bill in the Queen's...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to bring forward legislative proposals to end conversion therapy.

    • Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Public Sector Equality Duty in ensuring that Equality Impact Assessments are (a)...

      Domestic Abuse: Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on collecting data on domestic abuse survivors’ access to...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Remittances: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 February (HL12985), what developments have been made following the call to action 'Remittances...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 May (HL236), why they consider the list of companies that were placed on the “VIP” fast-track for...

    • Asthma: Dupilumab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence not to recommend dupilumab for the treatment of severe...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish a list of all the actions that have been made lawful under changes to COVID-19 regulations, but which have been described...

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of those tested during the surge testing for COVID-19 in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April returned a positive result.

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of false positive results for COVID-19 among those tested during the surge testing in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April.

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of the South African variant of COVID-19 were identified as a result of surge testing in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership on the intellectual property...

    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) their outline approach, (2) a scoping analysis, (3) their response to public consultation, and (4) a timetable for...

      Service Industries: Switzerland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to amend the definition of a 'service supplier of the United Kingdom', as set out in Annex 1, Article 1(a) of the Temporary Agreement between...

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