Written answers

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities are adequately supported with decarbonising public transport networks.

    • Cycling and Walking: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether local authorities are required to participate in the emergency active travel fund.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the use of cycle lanes under the emergency active travel fund.

      Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how regularly railway station roofs are subject to a safety inspection.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions as he had with Train Operating Companies on staff recommencing ticket inspections; and what steps he is taking to ensure that staff...

      East West Rail: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the East-West Rail line from Cambridge to Oxford will be an electrified line, using fully electrified trains, from the date services on that...

      Bus Services: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of journeys undertaken by bus in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of using NHS covid-19 testing centres to support international travel.

      Railways: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of journeys undertaken by train in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on inspecting railway station roofs in the UK in the last five years.

      South Western Main Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse (a) was of the Class 442 Wessex Electric renovation programme and (b) is planned to be of the refurbishment of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will reverse his decision to reduce the weight of construction vehicles from 38.4 and 44 tonnes to 32 tonnes; and what environmental assessments...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the construction materials shortage on (a) HS2 and (b) all other major rail infrastructure projects.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the proportion of freight trains powered by renewable energy sources.

      Trains: Hitachi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the net effect on employment in the UK was as a result of his Department's decision to award Hitachi a contract for the Intercity Class 800...

      South Western Main Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on the delivery and rollout of the Class 701 train on the South Western Railway network.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of road freight journeys made in vehicles powered by renewable energy.

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Suicide: Orwell Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that suicide prevention measures are in place at Orwell Bridge in Suffolk.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Energy Minister plans to respond to the letter to her from the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun of 30...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 27 January 2021, referenced RL17479.

      Carbon Capture and Storage and Hydrogen: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that industry in Scotland has access to (a) carbon capture and...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) agency workers and (b) other workers are treated fairly, respectfully and...

      Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry: Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether people who held senior management posts at the Post Office from 2006 to date will be called to give evidence to...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent the long-term loss of labour-market participation among people...

      District Heating: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of tenants on heat networks experience (a) per kWh tariffs and (b) standing charges for...

      District Heating: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of customers of heat networks that pay for heat at more than double the price...

      District Heating: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of homes allocated to social housing under section 106 of the Town and Country...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the (a) terms of reference, (b) qualifying criteria and (c) submission deadlines will be provided for the £20...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, for what reason projects...

      Hydrogen: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, where the proposed 8000...

      Hydrogen: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, if he will list the (a)...

      Technology: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £166 million funding for green technology is newly allocated money from HM Treasury; and how much...

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the seasonal electricity storage capacity that will be required to deliver the...

      Fossil Fuels: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on (a) new exploration licenses for UK oil and gas (b)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 12 January 2021, referenced RL16885.

      Space Debris: Scandinavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Scandinavian governments on the potential for upper-stage rocket...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people volunteered to participate in Novavax trials.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of correspondence sent by hon. Members to his Department received a substantive response within the...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has a shortlist or identified target projects for the allocation of the maximum £4.5...

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence

      To ask the Attorney General, what meetings (a) he and (b) the Solicitor General have had with women's groups to discuss measures to prevent (a) gender-based violence and (b) domestic violence...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the pilot projects aimed at supporting people to self-isolate in areas with higher covid-19 infection rates, what...

    • Dental Services: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the availability of NHS dental provision in Norfolk.

      Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of sudden adult death syndrome.

      Mechanical Thrombectomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to expand access to mechanical thrombectomy services for stroke patients.

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the NHS plans to tackle (a) the current backlog in cancer diagnosis and (b) ensure that any additional referrals for diagnosis are...

      NHS Trusts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS Trusts have buildings which use Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 25 March 2021, referenced RL20466.

      Hospitals: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) James Paget and (b) West Suffolk hospitals were constructed using Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide funding for research into covid-19 vaccine efficacy among all types of blood cancer.

      Pregnancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that pregnant women are supported to access to the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of legal protection for patients who have suffered from complications after...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to measure the value of covid-19 vaccine boosters for (a) people with blood cancer and (b) other...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the role of genomic sequencing in tackling the covid-19 outbreak.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effects on health of (a) precarious work and (b) the climate crisis.

      Coronavirus: Immunotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the extent of the UK’s access to monoclonal antibody therapies as an alternative to covid-19 vaccines.

      Pharmacy: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pharmacies are signed up to the Pharmacy Collect scheme in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's press release of 29 March 2021, how the Office for Health Promotion will work across government to...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of B.1.617 covid-19 cases have had close contacts traced within 24 hours in (a) Brighton and Hove, (b) the South East...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make a statement on the role that the new Office for Health Promotion will play in the provision of mental and emotional...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with stakeholders on the transition of responsibilities for obesity policy from Public Health...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Office for Health Promotion on obesity services; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what educational materials on the covid-19 vaccination are being communicated to people who are reluctant to receive a vaccine.

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the terms of reference are of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Review working group.

      Miscarriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of second trimester miscarriages on expectant parents who are unable to take...

      DNACPR Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2021 to Question 185441 on the Ministerial Oversight Group for DNACPR: whether a date for the...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to enable the NHS App to access information relating to patients' (a) physical and mental health, (b) families, (c)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on outcomes for patients of the delivery of remote mental...

      Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve women’s health outcomes.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS is able to diagnose mental health conditions at an early stage.

      Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that women who are diagnosed with early menopause are (a) referred to specialists and...

      Mental Illness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) financial and (b) other support his Department is providing to local authorities in (i) Coventry, (ii) the West Midlands and...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a Mental Health Bill will be introduced in the 2021-22 parliamentary session.

      Mental Health Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reform mental health treatment.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Commissioner for Patient Safety will make an assessment of the impact on patients of the reliance on data from animal tests...

      Carers: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many carers accessed the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-2020 and (c) 2020-21.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the harm caused to people with mental health conditions when support is delayed until those...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of correspondence sent by hon. Members to his Department received a substantive response within the service standard in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when recipients of the Janssen covid-19 vaccination will be able to see the record of their vaccination on the NHS app.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the Government’s Vaccine Strategy.

      Continuing Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children and young people had NHS continuing care packages in each NHS clinical commissioning group area in England in each year...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2020 to Question 175901, on Health Services and Social Services: Standards, whether private...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the forthcoming NHS Bill will support patients' ability to receive the most effective therapeutic innovations as early as possible in...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in West Yorkshire were eligible for the free school meals voucher scheme during its operation.

    • Universities: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether directors of public health will be able to determine whether staggering the start of the term is required based on the covid-19 social...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of funding additional respite care for the families of disabled children to alleviate exhaustion...

      Overseas Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing international students to quarantine at their university on arrival in the UK.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Abuse: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that family lawyers sufficiently support victims of domestic abuse through the family courts process.

    • Domestic Abuse: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative data his Department holds on the number of criminal cases involving domestic abuse in which there has been victim attrition in the year...

      Domestic Abuse: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to help victims of domestic abuse access support services in the criminal justice system.

      Judiciary: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training members of the judiciary have received on working on cases involving domestic abuse in the last 12 months.

      Ministry of Justice: Correspondence

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

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what requests he has received from the Government of Nepal for oxygen-related equipment and medical supplies in...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction in Official Development Assistance spending on...

      Taiwan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent conversations he has had with his counterpart from Taiwan on the cause of a recent increase in cases...

      India: Amphotericin B

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether India has requested supplies of amphotericin B from the UK.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his Written Statement of 21 April 2021 on FCDO update, whether reductions to Official...

      Yang Hua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church by Chinese authorities.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of correspondence sent by hon. Members to his Department received a substantive response with the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 18 March 2021, referenced RL20521.

      Spain: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussion his Department has had with its counterpart in Spain on illegal crossings of its border at Ceuta.

      Global Partnership for Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to use the Global Partnership for Education replenishment fund to help ensure...

      Colombia: Police Brutality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart in respect of human rights abuses reported to have...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Correspondence

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

    • Disinformation and Hacking: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to upgrade British cyber security capabilities in response to misinformation and wide-scale hacking by malign state...

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage employers to advertise the benefits of joining the armed forces reserves to their staff.

      Animal Experiments: Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many experiments were conducted on animals by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory on behalf of his Department in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reviews the Government has undertaken after people claiming benefits have died or come to serious harm; and of those reviews how many...

    • Job Entry Targeted Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have enrolled on the Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland, broken down by...

      State Retirement Pensions: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women (i) built up a qualifying year towards the state pension by paying National Insurance Contributions, (ii) built...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support research on methods to mitigate or reduce emissions in farming.

    • Animal and Plant Health Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) income, (b) expenditure and (c) grant income of the Animal and Plant Health Agency for...

      Animal and Plant Health Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) the income, (b) expenditure and (c) grant income was for the Animal and Plant Health Agency in each of the last...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 26 March 2021, referenced RL20503.

      Rural Areas: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what new funding is available to farmers in England to help them to introduce crime prevention measures to help reduce rural...

      Rural Areas: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with West Mercia Police and Crime and Commissioner on steps to reduce (a) vehicle theft, (b)...

      Animal Welfare: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish details of the Government's targeted investment for animal welfare charities.

      Catering: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 179265 on Catering: Regulation, whether his Department plans to...

      Export Health Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Export Health Certificates to be used in total for 2021; and if he will make a...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the French and German Governments' decision to end the killing...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of plastic packaging used in the UK has been recycled in the UK in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2020 to Question 96849, on Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes, when he plans to (a)...

      Agriculture: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce methane emissions from agriculture.

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to support Higher Level Stewardship agreement holders transition to new environmental land...

      Plants: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the importance of (a) the Alcea collection and (b) other national plant collections to...

      Animal Welfare: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, further to plans announced in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare, what animal cruelty offences could be penalised with a...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities undertaking food waste collections.

  • Home Office

    • Cars: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of making it mandatory for all new cars sold to be fitted with an electronic tracking...

    • Crime: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the costs associated with levels of crime.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations her Department has received from the (a) Lord Advocate and (b) Crown Office in Scotland on drug consumption rooms.

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of sharing redacted versions of applications for licences to conduct scientific...

      Domestic Abuse: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage male victims of domestic abuse to seek support and report that abuse to the police.

      Counter-terrorism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under the age of 18 were referred to Prevent in each year between April 2015 and April 2020 by (a) gender, (b) ethnicity...

      Fraud: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of deterrents to prevent phone call and text message financial scams.

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of online scams.

      Visas: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the difference in fees in visa applications applying to some EEA and EU member state nationals;...

      Royal Mail: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with representatives from Royal Mail on the Royal Mail delivery fee text message scam.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to allocate additional resources to local authorities in London to build...

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timescale is for publishing the (a) eligibility for and (b) timetable for implementation of the scheme of...

      Local Plans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the level of emphasis that should be given to nature recovery networks in local plans developed...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans for its proposed financial assistance for people affected by unsafe cladding in...

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to provide housing options to households on local authority housing waiting lists in London.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding to local welfare assistance schemes.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many times he has visited families living in social housing; and what steps he will take to fast track the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans for its proposed loan scheme for people affected by unsafe cladding to be offered to all...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings he has had with representatives of (a) civil rights organisations, (b) Black, Asian and ethnic...

    • Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many excess deaths there have been in each month since January 2018.

      Electoral Register: Enfield North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people in the Enfield North constituency are (a) currently eligible to vote...

  • Treasury

    • Scottish Government: Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the Scottish Government on requesting additional borrowing powers.

    • Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate additional resources to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to help clear the backlog of cases awaiting investigation.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to place additional obligations on online marketplaces as part of the Product Security and...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to work with the gambling and gaming sector on extending self-exclusion provisions for problem gamblers as...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission in reducing gambling-related harms.

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce School Games Organiser funding from October 2021.

      Internet: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to ensure that consumers that own products which fail the basic requirements set out in the...

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the evidential basis was used by his Department when determining the timing for when spectators will be permitted to...

      Mobile Phones: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on developing a strategy to tackle phone call and text message financial scams.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of correspondence sent by hon. Members to his Department received a substantive response within the service...

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the long-term economic impact of the restrictions on international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic on...

    • Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue instructions to UK airports regarding separate immigration controls for flights arriving from ‘red list’ countries.

      Freight: Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of drivers available for the logistics industry; what steps they are taking to address any shortage of such drivers;...

      Aircraft: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Mitigating the Climate Forcing of Aircraft Contrails by...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions they have imposed on flights arriving from ‘red list’ countries.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Office: Public Inquiries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission a public inquiry into the Post Office.

    • Hospitality Industry and Leisure: Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of companies’ compliance with minimum wage requirements in the (1) hospitality, and (2) leisure, industries; and what steps...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase awareness of government support for small businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the current nuclear plants they expect to be operating in 2030.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether nuclear plants are currently able to provide one fifth of UK electricity supplies.

      Sizewell B Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Sizewell B to return to service.

      Dungeness B Power Station: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect Dungeness B to close this year.

      Hinkley Point B Power Station and Hunterston B Power Station: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect EDF to close (1) Hinkley Point B, and (2) Hunterston B, permanently by next year; and if so, on what grounds they would be closed.

      Genetics: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that palaeographic genetic data is kept in the public domain.

      Deep Sea Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to supporting the call by the European Commission and others for a moratorium on deep sea mining.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the response of patients with (1) asthma, and (2) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to the COVID-19 vaccination programme;...

    • Protective Clothing: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any research on the effects of continuous mask-wearing over long periods; and if so what are the findings of that research.

      Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were tested for COVID-19 during the surge testing in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April.

      Coronavirus: Immunotherapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to order monoclonal antibody therapies as an alternative to COVID-19 vaccines; and if so, whether they plan to do so before AstraZeneca reports...

      Diamorphine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 29 April (HL15336), what assessment they have made of the supply of diamorphine; what steps they are taking to...

  • Department for Education

    • Swimming: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what help they are providing to primary schools to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn to swim before moving on to secondary school.

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to limit the entry requirements for level two apprenticeships.

      Adult Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase participation in adult education below level three.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all adult education funding that is clawed back from grant fund providers is re-invested in adult learning opportunities.

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, published on 14 March 2018, when they plan to publish an English language strategy.

      Adoption: Social Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the adoption process to safely manage potential early contact between adopted children and their birth families, in view of the...

      Education: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to how the education system might be used to broaden public awareness about actions that individual members of the general...

      Economic Situation: Biodiversity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report commissioned by the Treasury The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, published on 2 February, what steps they are taking to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide (1) the total number of prisoners serving more than 10 years past the expiry of their original tariff, and (2) a breakdown by each...

    • Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest data on the number of prisoners reported to have self-harmed while serving imprisonment for public protection sentences on recall.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal.

    • Human Rights and International Law: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria for economic sanctions to be imposed on a nation that is found to have broken (1) international law, and (2) human rights law.

      Bahrain: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on 30 April, which described the “unnecessary and...

      Abdullah al-Huwaiti

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will call for clemency for Abdullah al Howaiti in Saudi Arabia.

      Israel: International Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether action needs to be taken to ensure that there is a cost to the government of Israel if it is found to have broken...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of independent (1) reporting, and (2) monitoring, of human rights during the current conflict in Israel and Palestine.

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria necessary for them to recognise Palestine as a State.

      Palestinians: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make a statement that the Palestinians under occupation are entitled to security and self-defence.

      Latifa bint Mohammed Al-Maktoum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what approaches they have made to the government of the United Arab Emirates about the situation of Princess Latifa Al Maktoum.

      Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what overseas development assistance compliant bilateral financial support they intend to give Nepal over the next five years, broken down by project.

      Gurkhas: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are giving to serving and retired Ghurkas and their families in Nepal to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

      War Crimes: Accountability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of accountability for war crimes.

      Abune Antonios

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the government of Eritrea the case for releasing Abune Antonios from house arrest.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comments made by the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia on 12 May about encroachments by the Azerbaijani army into...

      Armenia: Prisoners of War

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Armenian prisoners of war that have yet to be returned by the government of Azerbaijan.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to HMS Queen Elizabeth's first operational deployment, what is the number of personnel on (1) HMS Queen Elizabeth, (2) the six accompanying Royal Navy...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the latest Households Below Average Income release, published on 25 March, what steps they are taking to address the rising number of children in...

    • Jobcentre Plus: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Work and Pensions Armed Forces Champions there are (1) in total, (2) on Jobcentre sites, and (3) in Jobcentre plus districts.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horticulture: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland has affected the sale of horticultural autumn bulbs from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

    • Children: Countryside

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all children, not only those at a crisis point, have access to nature.

      Dogs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the minimum age at which a dog bred in Northern Ireland can enter Great Britain.

      Climate Change: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK cities have adaptation plans to respond to the impacts of climate change.

      Waste: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stop exporting waste to other countries for disposal or recycling.

  • Home Office

    • Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

    • Passports: Dual Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why dual country nationals are required to send their original foreign passport to the Home Office when applying to renew their UK passport; and what consideration...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of writing to individuals born in the EU but naturalised as British citizens, stating that they require UK Immigration...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the article in the Guardian Home Office letter wrongly tells British citizens to apply for settled status, published on 17 May, what assessment they...

      Passports: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 April (HL15262), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many...

      Coronavirus: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are putting in place to ensure that individuals arriving from non-‘red list’ countries have not been in ‘red list’...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that British citizens who are also EU/EEA citizens do not receive communications asking them to apply for settled status;...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status will be covered by the Right to Rent scheme checks after 30 June; and what the position will be...

      Migrants: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the UK’s departure from the European Union, what instructions they have given schools to ask for documentary proof of pupils’ indefinite...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Vodafone Lost Connections, published in May; and what steps they are taking to ensure that women do not face...

    • Question

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Akua Reindorf for the University of Essex, published on 17 May; and what plans they have to prohibit departments...

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