Written answers

Monday, 14 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Pay

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

    • Speed Limits: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring that all roads around schools have a maximum speed limit of 20 mph.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the 2020 Stockholm Declaration, what steps his Department has taken to introduce a maximum road travel speed of 20mph where...

      Speed Limits: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing the UN Streets for Life campaigns' recommendation of introducing a 20mph vehicle...

      Great British Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the creation of Great British Railways on rail services in south east London.

      Driving Tests: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of HGV driving tests undertaken.

      Airports: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure social distancing in airports is adhered to.

      Pakistan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he next plans to review Pakistan's status on the travel red list.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the health of the rolling stock market following the ORR’s determination in April 2020 that the original...

      Trains: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) social distancing and (b) other covid-19 measures are enforced on trains.

      Railways: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) prevent overbooking and (b) ensure safe social distancing on national rail services following the easing of...

      Trains: Antisocial Behaviour and Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce antisocial behaviour and assaults on trains.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers there are; and how many he estimates there will be in (a) 2022, (b) 2023, (c) 2024, (d) 2025 and (e) 2026.

      British Transport Police: Finance

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

      Railways: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a tendering process will be undertaken by Great British Railways for the new Passenger Service Contracts.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what potential conflicts of interest Departmental officials have declared in each of the last five years.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether officials in his Department in the last five years have received payment from rail or bus companies for consultancy services and advice during...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of decreasing the time between the (a) announcement of countries being removed...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the cost of a covid-19 PCR test when travelling abroad has been formulated; and if he will reduce the cost of that test.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will publish the dates when travel lists will be reviewed and updates announced.

      DVLA: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase workforce capacity at the DVLA to reduce the time taken in licence application and renewal processes.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency enforces effectively the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average processing time is for the renewal of driving licences where there is a medical consideration.

      M1: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide a list of incidents in which gantry notification systems were out of operation on the M1 between junctions 32 and 35a in the last...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the backlog of driving theory tests.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to regularly review those countries on the covid-19 travel red list.

      Rolling Stock: Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost has been to the public purse of payments made to rolling stock leasing companies since March 2020.

      South Western Rail Franchise and Transpennine Express: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what performance indicators and other criteria will trigger a bonus payment under the terms of new National Rail Contracts his Department has signed...

      London North Eastern Railway: DFT OLR Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the £40 million dividend paid by LNER to his Department's OLR Holdings Limited in 2019-20 for financial year...

      Department for Transport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times he or officials in his Department have met with (a) First group, (b) Go Ahead, (c) Arriva, (d) Trenitalia, (e) Serco, (f) Keolis, (g)...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Great British Railways is planned to be responsible for (a) a long-term rolling stock strategy and (b) the efficient use of public funds in...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's traffic light system for international travel, what the scientific criteria is for determining whether a country is...

      Railway Stations: Tatton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to support National Rail to complete improvements to station platforms in Tatton constituency that are hazardous...

      Bicycles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Royal National Institute of Blind People and The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association on ensuring that...

      Railway Stations: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all railway stations have a self-service ticket machine.

      Railways: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out a timetable for agreeing the new (a) National Rail Contracts and (b) Passenger Service Contracts.

      Railways: Conditions of Employment

      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, whether...

      Great British Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the proposed level of (a) Departmental and (b) parliamentary oversight will be of the Great British Railways body.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of commercial airlines on ensuring that customers receive refunds or credit vouchers in the...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the red, amber and green traffic light travel lists will be in place.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 21 January and 6 May 2021 on behalf of constituent, Paul...

      Railways: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the public sector is prohibited from operating rail passenger services except as an operator of last resort; and whether the Williams-Shapps...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, (a) when he plans to set a growth target for rail freight; (b) how that target will be...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme.

      Cycling and Walking: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of (a) the potential merits of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council's proposed Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme, and (b) the...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on its trial on the use of red flashing lights by recovery operators; what date the outcome of that trial will...

      Electric Scooters: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made made of the potential effect of e-scooters on the safety of visually impaired people.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she is taking to ensure that the process of applying for a Blue Badge for people in receipt of Attendance Allowance is as easy as the...

      Railways: Franchises

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

      Railways: Scotland and Wales

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

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to provide grants to haulage businesses to pay for their drivers to train for Category C licences instead of introducing...

      Electric Scooters: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to protect (a) pedestrians and (b) disabled people from (i) micro scooters and (ii) other types of electric vehicles used on...

      Railways: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report by the Railway Industry Association entitled Why rail electrification?,...

      Leamside Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of opening a proposed Leamside South line on congestion on the East Coast Mainline.

      Great British Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) performance measures and (b) regulatory framework the Great British Railways body will operate within covering (i) infrastructure, (ii)...

      Great British Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether under the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail Great British Railways will have the ability to run services directly in the public sector.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Biofuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of biomass electricity subsidies on deforestation; what provisions are in...

    • Hospitality Industry: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support recruitment in the hospitality sector.

      Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many have businesses registered for (a) Help to Grow: Management and (b) Help to Grow: Digital programmes to date.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish legislative proposals on fire and rehire.

      Job Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on ending precarious work.

      Coronavirus: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of covid-19 business support grants that were paid directly to property owners...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of small businesses fined by Companies House and HMRC during the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 23 April 2021 to Question 181214, in circumstances where the Valuation Office Agency...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to protect workers in (a) the social care sector and (b) other sectors from exploitative...

      Beer and Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of national covid-19 lockdown’s on the pub and brewery sector; what...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether advanced orders placed for new covid-19 vaccines such as the Janseen vaccine will be designed around the latest...

      Water Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 7070, what assessment he has made of the effect of the absence of a...

      Cement: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of relevant industry bodies on the shortage...

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met with representatives of OFGEM to discuss transmission charging costs for renewables projects in Scotland.

      Electricity Generation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report published in May 2021 by the Renewables Infrastructure Development Group entitled Charging...

      Energy: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to create opportunities for young people in (a) the nuclear sector and (b) the...

      Construction: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help businesses in the construction sector tackle (a) supply chain issues and (b) the...

      Minerals: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of (a) technology in the critical minerals supply chain and (b) the Government...

      Heating: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to publish an assessment of the potential average costs to (a) pubs, restaurants and cafes...

      Technology: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6348 on Technology: Environment Protection, how much money was...

      Technology: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6348 on Technology: Environment Protection, how much money was...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6353 on Technology: Environment Protection, how many applications...

      Hydrogen: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has with the President of COP26 to use the COP26 to promote the UK's green hydrogen sector.

      Industry: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the South Wales Industrial Cluster will publish its first progress report.

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support hydrogen pilots in steel production.

      Clean Steel Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) the steel industry and (b) meeting the UK’s net zero targets of...

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the income foregone to the UK economy as a result to STEM skills shortages;...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effect on employment levels and (b) costs associated with retaining...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's plans are to (a) ensure the long-term future of the steel industry in Wales and (b) decarbonise...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of the Welsh hydrogen sector to support hydrogen-based...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using (a) hydrogen and (b) carbon...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women have travelled to the British mainland to receive abortion care since the establishment of a legal framework for abortion in...

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department holds estimates of the number of women who have procured clandestine abortions since the establishment of a legal...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made, using recent contact tracing data, of the number of cases of covid-19 that have been transmitted in (a) care...

    • Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made, using recent contact tracing data, of the number of cases of covid-19 that have been transmitted (a) on buses,...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made, using recent contact tracing data, of the number of cases of covid-19 that have been transmitted indoors (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people without immigration status will be able to access covid-19 vaccination.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 12 May 2021, Official Report, column 158, what steps he is taking to...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase the capacity of NHS staff to conduct medical research; and whether his Department has plans to...

      UK Rapid Antigen Test Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the purpose is of the UK Rapid Antigen Test Consortium; and on what date that consortium was founded.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 180434 on Coronavirus, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of...

      UK Rapid Antigen Test Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has entered into any contracts for the provision of rapid covid-19 tests with organisations that are not members...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to waive the cost of covid-19 tests on compassionate grounds for people travelling internationally for (a)...

      Abingdon Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which companies and organisations competed for the contract that was awarded in October 2020 to Abingdon Health to provide 1 million...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has put in place to prevent the input of faked Lateral Flow Test results taken at home into the NHS Covid app.

      SureScreen Diagnostics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Surescreen Diagnostics has been awarded a contract for 24 months until January 2023 for the manufacture of lateral flow...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to make covid-19 testing kits for the purpose of international travel affordable.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has been made of potential risks of using covid-19 lateral flow tests regularly.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much bilateral aid his Department has allocated to (a) Afghanistan, (b) India, (c) Pakistan, (d) Bangladesh, (e) Nepal, (f)...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to appoint a National Clinical Director for inflammatory bowel disease.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish a strategy for the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of rules on food labelling for safeguarding people with allergies.

      Contraceptives: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle disparities in access to contraception experienced by Black, Asian and ethnic minority...

      Lung Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department is providing to research into chronic lung conditions caused by covid-19 infection.

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2021 to Question 787 on Gender Recognition: Health Services, how funding has been allocated to gender...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department can provide a timeline for when regular face-to-face GP appointments may return as commonplace following the...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department plans to provide to the proposed new Integrated Care Systems to increase access to tier 3 weight management...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether reformulated food and drink which is high in fat, salt or sugar will not be allowed to be promoted or advertised under the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 11 February and 6 May 2021 on behalf of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston of 24 February 2021 on access to dental...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 1 April and 5 May 2021 on covid tests for migrants...

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure there is a public consultation on the proposed reforms to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel as set out in the...

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to expand capacity and restore the number of acute hospital beds.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether EU nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020, who go on to be granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme, will be (a)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to publish a strategy for unscheduled care to meet increases in demand.

      Ambulance Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many private ambulances were used to respond to (a) 999 and (b) 111 calls (i) for each month since March 2019 and (ii) in each of the...

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to review guidance on postnatal visits during the covid-19 outbreak to remove restrictions on visiting times.

      Mental Illness: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the (a) Home Office and (b) Ministry of Justice on the way in which the...

      DNACPR Decisions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a ministerial oversight group to investigate the use of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation during the covid-19 outbreak has been...

      Cancer: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of expanding the NHS Mental Health Dashboard to include data on cancer...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of successful applications from volunteer vaccinators who have not been deployed during the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that no-one has to wait more than 12 weeks for their second covid-19 vaccine.

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Remote Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with (a) university leaders and (b) other relevant stakeholders following the announcement by some universities that they...

    • Primary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve literacy rates among primary school-aged children.

      Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has received representations on the adequacy of funding for Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education; and if he will...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) potential challenges faced by regional schools commissioners.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessments he has made of the potential merits of spending £50 per pupil per year to help school children catch up with the curriculum...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring students to wear face coverings in schools following the increase...

      Children and Young People: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans are in place to ensure that disabled children and young people are prioritised in (a) the SEND review and (b) the Independent Review into...

      Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are Government is taking to ensure that disabled children are included in, and able to access, covid-19 education recovery plans.

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the UKCISA analysis, Who pays home fees for higher education in England, published on 28 May 2021, if he will clarify the meaning of...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has been made of the effect of the increase in students undertaking unpaid work placement years.

      Nurseries: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many nurseries have closed (a) nationally, (b) in Yorkshire and (c) in York since March 2020.

      Free School Meals: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will publish data on the take-up of free school meals from children from families with No Recourse to Public Funds during the...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many covid-19 lateral flow tests have been (a) distributed to schools for pupil use and (b) formally completed by pupils since March 2021.

      Newton Rigg College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the Cumbria Area Review published in 2017, omitted Newton Rigg from the lists and tables of Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges...

      Newton Rigg College: Askham Bryan College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Skills Funding Agency took to ensure that the proposed transfer of Newton Rigg assets to Askham Bryan College in 2011 complied with...

      Training: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that models for apprenticeships, traineeships and other skills programmes (a) take into account...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment support allowance and (c) work related activity component face to face tribunals are waiting...

    • Judiciary: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason it is proposed to average over a 10-year period the raising of the judicial mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75; and how that...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to increase sentences for people who cause death by careless driving while not under the influence of drink or drugs.

      Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Government will support amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to strengthen protections for shopworkers.

      Crimes against the Person: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders convicted of (a) each offence in the violence against the person category; (b) burglary; (c) robbery and (d)...

      Crimes against the Person: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in each of the last five years what the average immediate custodial sentence was for (a) each offence in the violence against the person category; (b)...

      Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people convicted of assaulting an emergency worker have been given an immediate custodial sentence of longer than six...

      Berwyn Prison: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the number of violent incidences by type of incident that have occurred at HMP Berwyn in each month since March 2020.

      Berwyn Prison: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of adequacy of levels of physical safety among (a) prisoners and (b) staff at HMP Berwyn.

      North Sea Camp Prison: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report on a scrutiny visit to HMP North Sea Camp by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published on 2 June 2021, what steps he is...

      High Security Hospitals and Prisons: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report entitled Working in UK Prisons and Secure Hospitals...

      Prisoners: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on reoffending of tax debts accrued as a result of lack of effective communication with HMRC...

  • Treasury

    • Exports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance is available to exporters in the UK who are struggling to ship goods to individual customers in Northern Ireland due to (a) an increase in...

    • SME Brexit Support Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have received funding through the SME Brexit Support Fund.

      Shipping: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders on HMRC’s enforcement of classification of long-term and short-term...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2021 to Question 182103 on Health Services: Private Sector, if he will publish the rationale for his decision to make...

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide further support to sectors that recover slowly from the covid-19 pandemic.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that, ahead of the introduction of a Plastics Tax in April 2022, consumers are actively engaged in the...

      Duty Free Allowances: Shops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment HMRC has made of the potential merits of introducing arrivals duty free shops in airports, international rail and ferry terminals in Great...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to make specific financial support available to the motor trade industry to compensate loss of revenue as a result of the six...

      Treasury: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure correspondence sent to his Department is responded to within 20 working days.

      UK Infrastructure Bank: Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the new UK Infrastructure Bank will have a mandate to offer loan guarantees for at-scale retrofit projects.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of a differential duty rate on administration costs for beer (a) producers and (b) retailers.

      Public Houses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support the brewery and pub sector in its recovery from covid-19 lockdowns as part of his Department’s review of alcohol duty;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 16 April 2021 on NHS pay rise, reference ZA56278.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on funding specific covid-19 recovery policies for disabled children and young...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homes England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the fire and rehire proposals tabled by senior managers in Homes England; and if he...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Supporting housing delivery and public service...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the £3.5 billion of funding for the Building Safety Fund announced by the Government on 10...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the £3.5 billion of funding for the Building Safety Fund announced by the Government on 10...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish data on the average cost of remediation of unsafe cladding per building for buildings (a) covered...

      Housing Associations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a right to buy scheme for housing association...

      Housing Associations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the affordability of housing association homes in London.

      Planning: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish in full the membership of all working groups convened by the Government to develop its proposals...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the value of wool as a thermal insulator in the construction of new...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes damaged by flooding issues in the last twelve months.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that appropriate upgrades to (a) roads and (b) pedestrian access are...

      Green Belt: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to protect Green Belt areas in outer London.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the 30 per cent discount of the First Homes policy is intended to replace the requirement for a deposit from...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his policy is in the event that a developer cannot find sufficient purchasers to satisfy the First Homes policy.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 19 April 2021 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on his...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps is he taking to support individuals in rent arrears as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      What recent steps he has taken with Cabinet colleagues to ensure the availability of appropriate accommodation for people at risk of youth violence.

      Sleeping Rough

      What steps he is taking to provide accommodation for rough sleepers.

      Evictions: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people potentially facing eviction notices in (a) Slough and (b) Berkshire...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support people in rent arrears as a result of consequences emerging from the covid-19...

      Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to prevent leasehold management companies from imposing five year ground rent...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to provide additional support to tenants facing eviction following the end of the ban on...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate is Department has made of the number of people in Wansbeck in rent arrears after the end of the ban on...

      Regional Planning and Development

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on his Department's role in delivering the Government's levelling up agenda.

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role of local authorities in helping to prevent outbreaks of covid-19.

      Buildings: Safety

      What steps his Department is taking to improve building safety.

      Planning: Nature Conservation

      Whether it is his policy that Local Nature Recovery Strategies should be given consideration by local authorities in all planning decisions.

      European Social Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that organisations do not experience a lag in funding between the...

      Business Premises: Change of Use

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on high street businesses of proposals for a new permitted development right to allow more premises to change to residential use.

      Levelling Up Fund

      What recent assessment he has made of the opportunities to bid for levelling up funding.

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the announcement by his Department on 4 March 2021 of funding for accessible toilets under the...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the go live date is of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to create a digital data repository, bringing together key data-sets relating to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to proceed with the Fair Funding Review.

      Local Government: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken in response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s review into Local...

      Towns Fund: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to evaluate and support Shrewsbury to receive funding from the Towns Fund.

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) selection criteria, (b) assessment criteria and (c) scoring system for the assessment of...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the recent increase in antisemitic attacks.

      Urban Areas: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to provide more accessible toilets in town centres.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Ajax Scout Gateway Reviews 1, 2 and 3 were.

    • Nuclear Weapons: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the proposed expansion of the cap on the UK's stockpile of nuclear warheads.

      Armed Forces: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces have been referred to the UK’s terrorism prevention programme.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are in their last year of service in the TG 317.01.

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK service personnel have left without medical discharge despite major injuries in each of the last 10 years.

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which specific head protection equipment is being used by the Household Cavalry whilst undertaking tests on the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the social value requirement for his Department's procurement contracts is optional for contracts relating to the armed services.

      Oman: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on hospitality received by the Chief of the Defence Staff in connection with his attendance at the Sultan's Privy...

      Oman: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his department holds on who the Chief of the Defence Staff held meetings with at the Sultan’s Privy Council in Oman from 2 to 5...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the activities of British air defence units in Saudi Arabia on the conflict in Yemen.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Exercise Falcon Strike 2021, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on joint training with the Israeli air...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many capability drops there are in the delivery of the Ajax Scout; how many vehicles are in each of those drops; what the breakdown is of different...

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the demonstration phase for firing on the move will conclude for the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of the prospective foreign military sales option for the Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department or any of its agencies commissioned any noise and/or vibration studies on Ajax Scout in the last five years.

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether AJAX is able to reach initial operating capability if its operators must wear headsets for protection against...

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will publish the report commissioned to Millbrook Proving Ground on AJAX.

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department was first informed of vibration issues identified during Ajax Armoured Vehicle programme trials.

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the impact of the Integrated Review on employment in Lancashire.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armoured fighting vehicles the UK has, by country in which those vehicles are currently located.

      Aircraft Carriers: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of operating each aircraft carrier each year.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date he expects the MENSA project to be fully operational.

      Aircraft Carriers: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the drone requirements for each of the aircraft carriers.

      Alford: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many units of Alford Technologies’ Vulcan UXO clearance system his Department has purchased in each of the last ten years.

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescale is for the in-service date for the replacement to the Trident Holbrook warhead; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Vanguard: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the refuelling of HMS Vanguard will be completed.

      Bomb Disposal: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many underwater munitions disposals his Department has performed in the waters surrounding the UK in each of the last ten years; and what proportion...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Kickstart scheme on levels of youth unemployment in (a) Coventry North...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants had wages assigned to different assessment periods in each week from 1 April 2021 to 21 May 2021 under the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for mandatory reconsideration of an application for a personal independence payment were lodged by people with epilepsy...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing the policy of joint universal credit claims for couples to help...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what acceptable level of (a) fraud and (b) error her Department has set for its expenditure.

      Employment: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of in-work poverty in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the level of food poverty in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and (c) York.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 7143 on Work Capability Assessment, how many people have received a face to face assessment...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will extend the Kickstart employment scheme to include legacy benefit claimants.

      Employment: North West Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) rate of (i) unemployment, (ii) employment, (iii) the economically active in North West...

      Public and Commercial Services Union: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will list the dates that she has met with the Public and Commercial Services Union since taking up her current post.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of households that will be claiming universal credit by the completion of the rollout.

      Workplace Pensions: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of increasing auto-enrolment of pensions to 18 to 21 year olds.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of the childcare element of universal credit has been in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the annual cost incurred by universal credit claimants for childcare in each of the last five years.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households were subject to the under-occupancy penalty; what the total size was of the reduction in benefit payments resulting from...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plants: EU countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to reduce the regulatory burden of plant inspections on the import of ornamental horticulture...

    • Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether chicks are killed by maceration in the UK.

      Microplastics: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on bringing forward legislative proposals to ban microplastics; and if he will launch...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will is take steps to encourage the expansion of refill stations in supermarkets to reduce the generation of...

      Flood Control: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve flood defences in Britain.

      Ivory: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of ivory items (a) owned and (b) collated in (i) Government...

      Compost: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has (a) made an assessment of the potential merits of and (b) had discussions with the Chancellor of the...

      Food Supply: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on providing...

      Rights of Way: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Portsmouth City Council bring forward an Order for a restricted Byway at the Camber.

      Waste Disposal: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Serious and organised waste crime: 2018 review published by his Department on 14 November 2018, what...

      Waste Disposal: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Government agencies in addition to the Joint Unit for Waste Crime conduct separate investigations into waste crime.

      Waste Disposal: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the amount of CO2 produced by transporting waste produced in the UK outside of the UK.

      Babies: Consumer Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the data being collated with reference to the age at which children potty...

      Fisheries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement on EU negotiations: 24 December 2020, to whom the £100 million funding...

      Food Supply: Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect of the reported...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to make it his policy that fishing quota swaps will continue to be available between producer organisations.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK farms received Basic Payment Scheme in each of the last five years.

      Wines: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of additional costs to UK wine importers resulting from changes in...

      Animal Products: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Departments consultation on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies, which closed on 25...

      Wines: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of additional costs to UK wine importers following the end of the...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the future funding arrangements will be for the National Wildlife Crime Unit; and whether that funding will be for 12...

      Inland Waterways: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Environmental Agency in enabling the Government to meet its...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's consultation on Implementing the Ivory Act, which closed on 4 May 2021, if he will take...

      Dangerous Dogs: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to tackle dog attacks on livestock.

      Local Government: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data his Department holds on the number of local authorities that have provided weekly bin collections in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Waste Disposal: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Environment Agency's surveillance powers in respect of tackling...

      Hops: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to incentivise and support investment in the UK’s hop sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Ivory Act 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department is having with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the implementation of...

      Hops: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on hop merchants in the UK.

      Sharks: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government's legislative proposals to ban the import and export of shark fins will include a ban on the import...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of farms under five hectares not receiving basic payments that are...

      Fisheries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to support fishers who are experiencing losses over the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) longer term.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of lost revenue from reductions in Basic Payments Scheme payments...

      Agriculture: Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that farmers on common land can benefit from the (a) Sustainable Farming...

      Farmers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support family farmers in the UK.

      Farmers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in addition to the Basic Payment Scheme lump sum exit scheme to encourage new entrants...

      Farmers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential financial effect for farmers of the replacement of the Basic...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure that any asylum seekers who have been adversely affected in the ongoing Aspen payment card...

    • Human Rights: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has allocated funding to the University of Huddersfield for the provision of that university's PhD in human rights;...

      Electronic Surveillance: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take in response to the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others v...

      Asylum: Napier Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were accommodated at Napier Barracks (a) in total and (b) in each dormitory at the site on 8 June 2021.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of the operation of ASPEN cards; and if she will...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of asylum seekers who have (a) not received new Aspen cards and (b) experienced problems...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters were sent to dual UK nationals in error telling them to apply to the EU settlement scheme.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of extending the grace period for EU Settlement Scheme applications for EU...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to amend Appendix EU to allow children to apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Passports: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to support BN(O) holders’ children who cannot renew their passports through the Chinese embassy due to...

      Passports: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to (a) expand and (b) clarify the BN(O) scheme to ensure that people relying on their BN(O) passports as their...

      Immigration: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong can apply for residency in the UK once their British National (Overseas)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) postponing the EU Settlement Scheme deadline of 30 June 2021 or (b)...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting the proposals on visa renewal processes recommended by the report...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting the proposals on entitlement to UK citizenship for children born in the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting the proposals on routes to regularisation of immigration status...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting the proposals on costs of visa processes recommended by the report...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting the proposals on responsiveness to human circumstances in the immigration...

      Migrants and Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies on (a) no recourse to public funds, (b) right to work checks and (c) the...

      Retail Trade: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of violence experienced by retail workers during the covid-19 outbreak in (a) York, (b) North...

      Equipment: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of licencing of pill presses.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the New Plan for Immigration, if she will publish new safe and legal routes and resettlement targets for refugees seeking...

      Migrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to investigate and review working practices where individuals are detained and processed for deportation despite...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter dated 23 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Warley regarding Ms Clovia Donegal.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will assist the hon. Member for West Lancashire in obtaining a response to her letter dated 9 April 2021 to the Director General of...

      Asylum: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum inadmissibility decisions under Immigration Rules 345A have been issued to people in Northern Ireland since 1 January 2021.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will assist the hon. Member for West Lancashire in obtaining a response to her letter dated 9 April 2021 to the Director General of...

      Asylum: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims lodged in Northern Ireland have been allocated for substantive consideration since 1 January 2021.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her target number is for refugees to be resettled in the UK under the global UK Resettlement Scheme.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Argentina: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) Argentinian Government and (b) other members of the Equal Rights...

    • Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Nepalese Government's ability to adequately respond to the covid-19 pandemic.

      Human Rights: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) body or (b) person is responsible for determining who is designated under the UK Global Human Rights...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Permanent Secretary sought a ministerial direction prior to the announcement in November 2020 that the...

      Bangladesh: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2021 to Question 3815, what discussions he has had with the Bangladeshi...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 4661 on Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness, if he will publish a...

      Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what aid-based support he has provided to Nepal in their response to the covid-19 pandemic.

      Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Afghanistan on protections for religious minorities in...

      Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 4662 on Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness, if he will publish the...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of India on protections for people practicing minority religions...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2021 to Question 3815, what discussions he has had with the Bangladeshi...

      Myanmar: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on Myanmar.

      Uighurs: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that (a) the Chinese government is...

      Travel Information: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's foreign travel advice for individual countries matches the...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights and International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many designations under the Global Human Rights sanctions regime her Department has issued on Sri Lankan...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Government's ability to return UK citizens who are abroad in the event...

      South Asia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is planning to provide additional support to the (a) India, (b) Nepal, (c) Sri Lanka and...

      Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 4662 on Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness, whether he had any...

      Afghanistan: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with their Australian counterparts on their decision...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the joint communication issued by nine UN Special Rapporteurs on the recent hostilities in Gaza...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of reports that Israel has prevented cancer patients from exiting Gaza for...

      Saudi Arabia: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help prevent the persecution of atheists in Saudi Arabia.

      Oman: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has plans to support the safeguarding of historical British military artefacts, including...

      Hungary: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Prime Minister raised the issues of (a) women's rights, (b) LGBT+ rights, (c) the rule of law and...

      Northern Cyprus: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what role officials in his Department are undertaking in negotiations for a settlement on the island of Cyprus...

      Denmark: Espionage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made as to whether Danish security services have assisted foreign security agencies to spy...

      Iraq: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department made of the effect on security in Iraq of escalating conflict between Governmental...

      Israel: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential correlation between the Turkish Government’s support for...

      Northern Cyprus: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has plans to authorise direct flights to North Cyprus.

      Iraq: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the influence of militia groups on community tensions in Iraq.

      Tigray: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure unfettered access to humanitarian aid for people in Tigray.

      Channel Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Article (a) 18 and (b) 19 of the UN Convention on the Law of...

      Africa: Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much bilateral overseas development assistance has been allocated to (a) Gambia, (b) Cameroon, (c) Mali, (d)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 27 May 2021 to Question 6407 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what recent assessment his...

      Belize: Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much bilateral Official Development Assistance has been allocated to Belize in 2021-22.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Arts: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when UK-EU reciprocal touring arrangements will be discussed at the Trade and Cooperation Agreement...

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government is making on meeting its target of spending 33 per cent of its procurement budget...

      Great

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which countries will not be among the 145 that will be targeted by his Department's refreshed GREAT campaign...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether (a) legal costs and (b) compensatory payments resulting from investor-state dispute settlement claims relating to acts by the...

    • Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the new Trade and Agriculture Commission will be established; and when the Government plans to respond to the recommendations made by...

      Overseas Trade: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to expand the UK’s trade and investment relationship with Taiwan.

      Overseas Investment: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the additional UK investment in India which will result from a UK-India free trade agreement; and will she...

      White Fish: Norway

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what terms have been agreed in the free trade agreement between the UK and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein on UK sales of cod to Norway.

      Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Defence and Security Equipment International event organisers Clarion have negotiated with the government to secure covid-19...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a free trade agreement with Australia on (a) Ceredigion and (b) Wales.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses have received support through the General Export Facility.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 7th June 2021 to Question 8649 on Trade Agreements, what impact, if any, sanctions placed upon Members of the UK...

      Trade Agreements: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the new trade deal agreed with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein includes Mode 4 provisions that allow musicians and other...

      Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what measures are in place to ensure that her Department adheres to sanctions placed on the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps...

      India: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations she has made to her Indian counterpart on the Indian Government's non-compliance with international arbitration rulings...

      India: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to review the efficacy of provisions in the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty relating to independent international...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive and devolved regions on the implications of the proposed...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent representations has she received from relevant stakeholders on the harmonisation of intellectual property through the...

      Agricultural Products: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential cumulative effect on UK emissions of providing (a) duty-free and (b) tariff-free access to...

      Trade Agreements: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans her Department has to open trade negotiations with Taiwan.

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a free trade agreement with Australia on farmers and food producers in Wales.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to support the recovery of the events and exhibition sector in (a) Coventry, (b) the West...

    • Young Audiences Content Fund: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Young Audience Content Fund pilot in contributing to the...

      Museums and Galleries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of issuing mandatory diversity quotas for artists whose art is...

      Deloitte: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has commissioned Deloitte to produce guidance for the creative sector on visas and work permits for EU...

      Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the proportion of savings made in rent reductions as a result of the 2017 changes to the...

      Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many site owners who lease their land to telecommunications companies for infrastructure have seen their rents reduced by...

      Sports: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of mixed gender sports for (a) diversity and inclusion and (b) public health.

      Tourism and Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing additional sector specific support to the tourism...

      UK City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) timeline and (b) criteria are for the 2025 City of Culture bidding process.

      Listed Events: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 7173, on Listed Events: Gender, what his timeframe is for publishing the...

      National Lottery: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which companies have been shortlisted to operate the third licence for the National Lottery.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department undertook an assessment of the public health benefits of non-professional singing prior to publishing...

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the revised guidance on amateur choir-singing does not take into consideration the...

  • Cop26

    • UN Climate Conference 2021: Coronavirus

      To ask the President of COP26, whether delegates to the COP26 conference arriving from a red or amber list country will be (a) required to self-isolate on arrival or (b) exempt from covid-19...

    • Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the President of COP26, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 3953 on Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans, if he will publish a list of the companies he has met.

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Applications

      To ask the President of COP26, how many applications were accepted from organisations applying for a presence at COP26.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Local Government: Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effect of participation in training sessions based on Critical Race Theory on local authority...

    • LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the National LGBT Action Plan 2018, which of the recommendations she has instructed her Department to implement.

      Racial Discrimination: Technology

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 3857 on Racial Discrimination: Technology, whether she has made a further assessment of the...

      Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to ensure her Department’s consultation on banning so-called conversion therapy prioritises the voices of survivors of...

      Civil Service: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme on (a) recruitment and retention of LGBT+ employees,...

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an online media literacy strategy.

    • Night-time Economy: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare further financial support packages for the night-time entertainment industry affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

      Young Audiences Content Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the cuts of the Young Audiences Content Fund pilot, what steps they are taking to ensure the pilot leads to a secure, well-supported and long-term...

      Football: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their fan-led review of football governance will include an assessment of the financial sustainability of banning gambling sponsorship.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to arrange for media access to the counts for by-elections of hereditary peers.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current humanitarian situation in Venezuela; and what steps they are taking to contribute to the improvement of the lives of...

    • Zimbabwe: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had this year with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what inspections they are undertaking on the (1) quality, and (2) standards, of accommodation and services provided in hotels contracted to provide quarantine...

    • Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the discount rates applied to health technology assessments are being included in the review by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence of...

      Medical Treatments: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what date they plan to launch the Innovative Medicines Fund.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether staff working in facilities being used for travel quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic are subject to mandatory, regular tests for COVID-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment (1) ministers, (2) the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, (3) the Chief Medical Officer, and (4) the Chief Scientific Officer,...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of the transmission of COVID-19 have been traced to facilities which have been designated for use for quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the (1) remit, (2) priorities, and (3) details of the (a) leadership, (b) budget, and (c) lines of accountability, of the new...

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