Written answers

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is taking to clear the backlog for learner drivers wanting to take their driving test following the...

    • Driving Tests: Highlands of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of the DVSA on using alternative testing sites in the Highlands for driver...

      Public Transport: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage people to use public transport instead of private cars; and what assessment he has made of the benefits of...

      Irish Ferries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Irish Ferries' planned operation of cross-Channel ferry services on the number of UK (a)...

      Ferries: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met representatives of the Maritime Register of Cyprus to discuss maritime safety standards on Cypriot registered ferries operating on...

      MS Isle of Inishmore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the Port State Control inspection of the Irish Ferries'...

      Irish Ferries: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Irish Ferries' planned operation of cross-Channel ferry services on the terms and conditions of...

      Irish Ferries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of seafarer (a) officer and (b) ratings jobs that will be created in the UK from Irish Ferries' planned...

      Railway Stations: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to speed up the installation of tactile paving at Network Rail-run train stations.

      Railways: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the policy paper entitled Great British Railways: Williams-Shapps plan for rail, published by his Department on 20 May 2021, proposes...

      Railway Stations: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the policy paper entitled Great British Railways: Williams-Shapps plan for rail, published by his Department on 20 May 2021, what...

      Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure that all drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs whilst driving are prosecuted.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 3056 on Coronavirus: Screening, what discussions officials in his Department have had with relevant...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report entitled Transport User Community – role of staff...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the demand for overnight parking spaces available to Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers in (a) the UK and (b) Kent.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the total number of overnight parking spaces available to Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers in (a) the UK and (b) Kent.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of covid-19 testing for people wishing to travel to green list countries.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Environment Protection: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to create well paid and quality green jobs to level up opportunities in the UK; and what...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the International Energy Agency’s report entitled Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global...

      Fossil Fuels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the International Energy Agency’s report entitled Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global...

      Green Deal Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal appeal cases are due to be processed.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a timetable for the delivery of the national space strategy, announced in the Queen's speech on 19...

      UK Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) priorities and (b) policy objectives of the strategy delivery team in the UK Space Agency have been since...

      Carers: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation on carer's leave, which closed on 3 August 2020.

      Companies: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Corporate Governance Code’s comply or explain regime.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has consulted mental health service users with complex needs on the use of the Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM)...

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the (a) effectiveness and (b) safety of the Serenity Integrated Mentoring model in mental healthcare.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the Serenity Integrated Mentoring model used in mental healthcare;...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help mental health services in (a) Lambeth and (b) Southwark meet the increase in demand as a...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if any outbreaks of newcovid-19 variants have originated from people in quarantine in hotels having just arrived from abroad; and if he...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) SAGE on the potential risk of outbreaks of new variants of covid-19 originating...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 6161 on the vaccination status of people hospitalised with the Indian variant of...

      Respite Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the proposal by charities supporting Carers Week 2021 for £1.2 billion...

      Respite Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing an additional £50 per week to personal budgets for unpaid...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the collection of general practice data by NHS Digital and the opt-out date of 23 June 2021, what patients' data is...

      Doctors' List of Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether GP practices check their patient lists against other visa lists, council tax lists or other registers to ensure that they are current.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what effect having non-resident patients on GP practice lists has on the funding of those practices; and whether funding is clawed back...

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with local authorities on the impact of proposed reforms to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel as set out...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the frequency with which he expects to use the reformed intervention powers set out in Point 5.84 of the...

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 17 May 2021 to Question 165, what steps he has taken to record the number of urgent operations cancelled since the...

      Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of representation of pharmaceutical corporations on the General...

      Health: Disadvantaged and Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking as part of the NHS covid-19 recovery plans to (a) reduce health inequalities and (b) support patients...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the NHS app's storing of vaccination data on civil liberties.

      Dental Services and Prescriptions: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to review its decision not to extend NHS maternity exemption certificates as a result of the covid-19...

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease among (i) NHS leaders and (ii) general healthcare...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure a consistent supply of vaccines to those areas in London on the watch-list for the Delta variant of...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to preserve the future sustainability of pharmacies.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the internal lessons learned review on the covid-19 pandemic.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of vaccinating workers in hotels being used to quarantine people who have recently...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the rate of (a) covid-19 vaccination and (b) supply of vaccines in London compared to the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the timescale between first and second covid-19 vaccinations.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase the NHS's capacity to conduct medical research; and if he will take steps to increase NHS...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of people detained under the Mental Health Act between 1983 and 2000 who were...

      Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 16 March 2021 to Question 166465, on Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, if he will...

      Mental Health Services: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve waiting times for mental health treatment assessments in Newcastle upon Tyne.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to build on the promotion of connecting with nature as part of Mental Health Week 2021 in its future...

      NHS: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases relating to racial discrimination by the NHS under the Equality Act 2010 have found in favour of the complainant since 2010.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of covid-19 tests (a) which have been lost in transit and (b) where the results have not been...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the experience of people with disabilities or learning difficulties when accessing covid-19 tests...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the evaluation of the 111 First service.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the 12-hour data from time of arrival for all accident and emergency departments.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the capacity of the health system to provide the (a) therapies and (b) support that disabled children may...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the turnaround time is for variant sequencing following a positive covid-19 test; and what the average timeframe is for positive...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many qualified non-medical practitioners are working as part of the NHS Prostate Cancer Workforce in England as at 26 May 2021; and...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical trials across all disease areas are resilient to disruption from future outbreaks of...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were recruited to clinical trials in each NHS Trust in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

      Antibiotics: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of patients who are prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics suffer adverse reactions in the form of (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people have reported side effects from the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccination.

      Pregnancy Tests and Thalidomide: Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2021 to Question 638, on Independent Review, what assessment the Government has made of the causal...

      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 for data sharing of medical...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to tackle the stigma associated with being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to inform the public on the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service from NHS Digital that...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for mental health services by (a) children under the age of 16 and (b) 16 to 18...

      Clinical Trials: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all people across the UK have equal opportunities to take part in clinical research.

      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 on sharing data on...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report by the charity Bliss, entitled Locked Out: the impact of COVID-19 on neonatal care, if he will publish a...

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve community engagement with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to help tackle...

      Dementia: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the importance of personalised care for people affected by dementia.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire, dated 12 April 2021 on quarantine hotels, reference ZA56235.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings were granted planning permission in the London Borough of Hillingdon between 2018 and 2019.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 19 April 2021 to Question WPQ 180453, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 5...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what impact assessment his Department has made of the effect of reintroduction of bailiff enforcement from 1 June 2021...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what impact assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the reintroduction of bailiff enforcement...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of households that will be in 2 months’ or more...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, wat estimate he has made of the number of households with 4 months’ or more accumulated rent arrears as of 1...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households were at risk of bailiff enforcement in (a) Liverpool West Derby constituency and (b) England as of...

      Private Rented Housing: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the powers available to local authorities to regulate the length...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle out-of-area temporary accommodation.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Law Commission plans to publish its report on Taking, Making and Sharing intimate images without consent; and what the Government's timescale...

    • Magistrates: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce a mileage allowance which reflects the additional costs incurred by magistrates living in rural areas in undertaking...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the regional equity of legal hourly rates recovery.

  • Treasury

    • Customs Grant Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications to the Customs Grant Scheme have been successful.

    • Business: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of HMRC’s Large Business Directorate since its establishment in the context of his Department's 2014...

      Customs Grant Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding his Department has allocated to businesses under the Customs Grant Scheme.

      Customs Grant Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications his Department has received for the Customs Grant Scheme.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2021 to Question 78 on Landfill Tax, how the £1.563bn yield was calculated; and how his Department defines the risks...

      Customs Grant Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to extend the Customs Grant Scheme.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the use of umbrella companies to employ contractors does not lead to a repeat of the IR35 disguised...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 188144 on Government Assistance: Coronavirus, what work (a) has been completed, (b) is in...

      Premium Bonds: Prize Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on savers with a National Savings and Investments (NS&I) account after the reduction of the premium...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU’s sustainable finance action plan; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that the...

      Government Departments: Theleme Partners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work (a) Theleme Partners LLP (OC347655) and (b) partners in that company have undertaken for (i) his Department, (ii) other Departments and (iii)...

      Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of report by the Asset Management Taskforce’s entitled Investing with Purpose:...

      Scottish Government: Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 7284 on Scottish Government: Borrowing, if he will publish the (a) date and (b) detail of any request he...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support is available to privately-contracted (non-LES) security workers in Afghanistan who face intimidation...

    • Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress has been made towards the establishment of a parliamentary committee to examine allegations of genocide.

      Gulf Strategy Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question HL15129, if he will provide the allocated budget for the...

      Belarus: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has planned any ODA spending in Belarus in 2021-22.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the role of the political leadership of Hamas in its military activities.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the unimpeded delivery of fuel and emergency humanitarian relief to...

      Israel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Israeli government on covid19 vaccinations in that region.

      Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his sanctioning of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps XPCC, what penalties apply to...

      Occupied Territories: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 2286 (2016), what steps his Department is taking to pursue...

      Taiwan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that Taiwan can viably access an alternative source of covid-19...

      Jonathan Taylor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Croatia on halting the extradition to Monaco of UK...

      Jonathan Taylor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Croatian justice minister, Ivan Malenica, on halting the extradition of the...

      Bahrain: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the opinions of the 90th session of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to reports that imprisoned Bahraini opposition leader, Hasan Mushaima, has developed serious...

      Iran: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of reports of Iran-linked attacks against Israeli-owned naval vessels.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his E3 counterparts on the triggering of the Dispute Resolution Mechanism...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 4015, what assessment he has made of whether any of those...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2021 to Question 185465 on Bahrain: Political Prisoners, whether they...

      Belarus: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many financial investigations on Belarussian assets in the UK (a) the Government has undertaken and (b) have...

      Belarus: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans his Department has to impose additional sanctions on the government of Belarus.

      Armenia: Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Azeri counterpart on the safe and immediate return of all Armenian...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to donate surplus covid-19 vaccines originally ordered for use in the UK to countries in...

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the UK will continue to be the largest bilateral donor to the Global Partnership for Education of the G7...

      Belarus: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to run subsequent Belarus-UK seasons following the 2020 event in Minsk.

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties on (a) the rights...

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking ahead of the G7 to help ensure other key donors increase their contributions...

      Commonwealth: Coronvirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support Commonwealth countries with their covid-19 vaccine rollout.

      Ethiopia: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much CDC has invested in the acquisition of the Ethiopia telecoms license with Vodafone and other consortium...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Infrastructure Projects Authority has previously reported on standalone defence programmes.

    • Chinook Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the social value requirement for his Department's procurement contracts is being fulfilled for the purchase of 14 Extended Range Chinooks.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the decision was made to make advanced payments to General Dynamics with regards to the Ajax contract.

      Navy: Taiwan Strait

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister is responsible for deciding what Royal Navy ships may pass through the Taiwan Strait in 2021.

      Belarus: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) military and (b) policing support his Department provided to Belarus in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021.

      Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to offer former locally employed staff, who fall outside the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme as they fled to...

      Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications his Department has received for the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme; and how many applicants to that scheme...

      Afghanistan: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will extend the support available to UK locally employed staff in Afghanistan to those employed by private firms involved in security operations...

      Viral Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role his Department (a) has or (b) plans to have in (i) monitoring and (ii) identifying international virus outbreaks in the future via an early...

      Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan interpreters have moved to the UK under the intimidation scheme since its inception.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Saudi Air Force pilots (a) are currently training at RAF Valley and (b) have trained at RAF Valley annually in the last three years.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when assessing capital adequacy for US-based contracts, whether the decision to advance payment is based upon an examination of the finances of the...

      C17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to reduce the size of the fleet of RAF C-17 transport planes.

      Chinook Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 1009 on Chinook Helicopters: Procurement, for what reason there is a discrepancy in the reported sales...

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the online verification tool for the purpose of verifying Veterans ID cards will be live.

      Boxer Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide details of the (a) variants and (b) respective numbers of Boxer that have been ordered and financed for the Army.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has his Department spent on the (a) development and (b) procurement of Ajax, by financial year.

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of his Department’s ability to meet the initial operating capability for Ajax’s scheduled deployment in...

      Boxer Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Boxer variant for the infantry ordered to replace Warrior is classified as an (a) Armoured Fighting Vehicle or (b) Armoured Personnel Carrier.

      Chinook Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 1008 on Chinook Helicopters: Procurement, for what reason the UK workshare for every Chinook...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what customer feedback procedures are used in assessing departmental performance in the administration of (a) universal credit, (b) jobseekers...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of the rapid estates expansion programme; and how long those temporary offices are due to remain open.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether easements in respect of universal credit introduced in response to the covid-19 outbreak will remain in place for the duration of that...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been processed for (a) universal credit, (b) jobseekers allowance and (c) employment support allowance in each of...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to take steps to formally recognise British Sign Language in law.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Artificial Lawns: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the effect of artificial lawns on species loss and biodiversity.

    • Financial Services and Food Supply: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a statutory deforestation target for UK supply food and...

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to strengthen the law against hare coursing.

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ban the imports of trophy hunting memorabilia; and what his planned timescale is for such a ban.

      Farms: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2021 to Question 634 on farms: local government finance, if he will publish the membership...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his comments at the Wild Live event on 18 May 2021, how much funding previously allocated to the Basic...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on how UK citizens who have been working in the EU and have a spouse or partner from the EU can acquire...

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants' report entitled We Are Here: routes to regularisation for the UK's...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to criminalise public sexual harassment.

      Migrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department collects figures on the number of people detained in short-term detention facilities run by (a) UK border force and...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government is providing to Afghanistan-based spouses of Afghan interpreters who are based in the UK in cases where the...

      Au Pairs: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances an EU citizen coming to the UK as an au pair requires a work permit.

      Visas: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to skills shortages in the food processing sector, for what reason (a) fishmongers, (b) butchers and (c) poultry processors...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle crash-for-cash car insurance fraud.

      National Retail Crime Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she has had with members of the National Retail Crime Steering Group since July 2020.

      G7: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the G7 summit being held in Cornwall between 11 and 13 June 2021, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) potential...

      G7: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to protect police officers who are not yet vaccinated against covid-19 who are part of the reported deployment of 5000...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 7944 on Drugs: Misuse, if she will publish any correspondence received from (a) the Lord...

  • Scotland Office

    • Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions has he had with representatives of (a) Scottish Renewable Energy Companies and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which team in his Department is responsible for arrangements for Scottish people to demonstrate their (a)...

    • Ajax Vehicles: Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the his Department mandated the Infrastructure Projects Authority to report on Ajax.

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to identify rural areas with strong transport connections to urban centres as suitable...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the status is of the submission on behalf of the Campaign for the Harmonisation of Criteria for Both...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 1107 on Elections: Proof of Identity, whether a voter's...

      MyCSP: Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government sold its shares in MyCSP for; and what the current value is of MyCSP.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing voter cards to people with no other...

      Joint Consultative Working Group: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to include representation from trade unions on the Joint Consultative Working...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Information Commissioner's Office has approved the Government's proposals for the collection and management of pupil data gathered through...

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made towards establishing a Takaful-based funding structure for financial support for students in higher and further...

      Agriculture: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding the Government allocated to agricultural colleges in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps is he taking to help disabled children recover lost progress in managing their conditions as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to remove asbestos from schools.

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking tackle the language gap between the most and least advantaged pupils.

      Agriculture: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the level of funding that will be allocated to agricultural colleges in (a) 2021, (b) 2022, (c) 2023 and (d) 2024.

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish details of the PE and Sport Premium for the 2021-22 academic year.

      Communication Skills: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that all schools are meeting their statutory requirements as part of the spoken language programme of study...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will issue an official apology to people affected by historic forced adoptions.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the (a)workload of teachers, (b) retention rate of teachers in that profession and (c) reasons for which...

      Remote Education: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the provision of digital devices by schools to students, whether those devices are to be returned to the school in the summer term...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to the provision of additional therapies for disabled children.

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to invest in improving the (a) emotional well-being and (b) mental health of school children as part of the schools...

      Respite Care: Finance

      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 help alleviate...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support girls and women pursue careers in football.

    • Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders on the allocation of additional funding to...

      Honresfield Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to help ensure that the Honresfield Library remains in the UK.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will publish data on the airborne transmission of covid-19 as a result of groups of more than six people singing.

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will (a) review current covid-19 restrictions on the activities of amateur choirs in respect of (i) necessity and (ii)...

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to allow amateur choirs to return to indoor rehearsals in groups of more than six.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Beef: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of which nation the UK exports the most beef to.

    • Overseas Trade: Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on trade finance support programmes to Belarus in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021.

      Trade Agreements: Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress she has made on rolling over the trade agreement in place before 1 January 2021 with Bosnia and Herzegovina; and...

      Trade Agreements: Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress she has made on rolling over the trade agreement in place before 1 January 2021 with Algeria; and whether she plans to...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 1279 on Trade Agreements: Japan, on what date officials in her Department ordered...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 1279 on Trade Agreements: Japan, on what date officials in her Department began...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 1279 on Trade Agreements: Japan, what discussions with Japanese authorities were required...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to include review mechanisms in a potential free trade agreement which could be agreed with Australia to ensure matters...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 3839, whether work on a potential trade agreement with Australia has been prioritised as...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that the interests of the UK farming sector are taken into account in negotiations for a free trade...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Libraries

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans there are to provide a replacement to the Derby Gate library facilities for the staff of hon. Members.

  • Cop26

    • Renewable Energy: Wales

      To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with (a) the Welsh Government, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (c) industry bodies to use...

    • Forests: International Cooperation

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to work with his international counterparts to reduce the impact of global deforestation; and what support the Government has provided to...

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Third Sector

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to work with the Welsh Government to ensure there are opportunities for civil society to engage with COP26.

      Financial Services and Procurement: Environment Protection

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking with global partners to ensure (a) food and commodity supply chains are environmentally responsible (b) that the finance industry is bound...

      Recreation Spaces

      What steps he is taking to promote investment in green spaces in preparation for COP26.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      What steps he is taking to raise international ambition to address the climate vulnerability of small island developing states ahead of COP26.

      UN Climate Conference 2021

      What steps he is taking to consult with (a) civil society and (b) youth groups in preparation for COP26.

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the President of COP26, what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint of COP26 with all delegates attending in person.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will introduce an enforcement mechanism for the Equality Act 2010 for circumstances where a disabled person does not have the financial means...

  • Department for Education

    • Askham Bryan College: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the closure of Askham Bryan College’s Newton Rigg campus in Cumbria; and what discussions they have had with (1)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, while national COVID-19 restrictions remain in force, what powers local councils have to ensure that all those who attend council meetings have tested negative...

    • Local Government: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they will give to local councils to enable them to safely comply with the Government's guidance on returning to holding council meetings in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance Service: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the Child Maintenance Service.

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who have started jobs through the Kickstart scheme were (1) black, (2) Asian; (3) other ethnic minority, and (4) white.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Belarus: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to invite Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as a guest to the G7 summit in June, so that she may put the case of the Belarusian opposition to...

    • North Korea: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will raise the public execution of a North Korean citizen in Wonsan on 25 April who was found to have smuggled CDs and USBs (1) at the next meeting of...

      Albert Douglas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding the imprisonment of Albert Douglas.

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the call of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, for a diplomatic boycott on the 2022 Beijing Winter...

      Myanmar: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to table a UN Security Council Resolution to secure a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar.

      Myanmar: Association of Southeast Asian Nations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to governments of ASEAN-member states to implement the conclusions agreed at the ASEAN emergency summit on Myanmar on 24 April.

  • Home Office

    • Forensic Capability Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the independent review of the Forensic Capability Network commissioned by the National Police Chiefs’ Council to be published.

    • Football: Touting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of existing legislation in preventing the re-sale of football match tickets.

      Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of EU citizens (1) being handcuffed at British airports, (2) made to sleep in parked vans, and (3) prevented from...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Trapping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received that organised and violent criminals are involved with bird trapping in Cyprus, especially in the Sovereign Base Areas.

    • Birds: Gun Sports and Trapping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken since 2004 to reduce, and if possible eliminate, the (1) trapping, and (2) shooting, of migrating birds in the Sovereign Base Areas...

      Neonicotinoids and Pesticides: USA and Australia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of (1) the use of paraquat in agriculture in the United States of America and Australia, and (2) the use of neonicotinoids in...

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