Written answers

Thursday, 17 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the average per capita savings that will accrue to passengers as a result of the new timetable that will be in...

    • Transport for the North: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Transport for the North will have the power to appoint a public sector operator to run TransPennine Express and Northern passenger services.

      Department for Transport: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment they have made of the potential (a) threats and (b) opportunities of artificial intelligence in respect of their Department’s...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that a backlog of driving licence renewal applications does not occur as the extension to expiry dates comes to an end.

      Transport for London: KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeline is for the publication of the KPMG report into Transport for London’s financial sustainability.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent car repair workshops from parking vehicles on streets or in residential parking areas.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department and it's agencies have spent on planning and developing new car parking facilities in each the last five years.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether passengers who are travelling to green list countries who have not left the UK in the previous 14 days require negative covid-19 tests to...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new multi-storey car park proposals have received outline or detailed planning consent on London North East Railway-owned land since June 2018.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of blue badge holders who would be able to use a non-customised electric mobility scooter.

      Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria he uses to determine how he reviews the traffic light system, indicating which countries are safe to travel to without the need for...

      Network Rail: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of debt sustained by Network Rail.

      Leamside Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of the potential economic benefits to the (a) North East and (b) UK of opening the proposed...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's support for the Rail Supply Group Work Pipeline Visibility Charter, if he will publish an updated Rail Network...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of promoting the use of (a) copper indium gallium selenide technology and (b) other solar...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to prevent the use of fire and rehire practices in the food production...

    • Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the efficacy of the evidential basis for guidance on frequently replacing newspapers...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review his Department's guidance for close contact services in England entitled Working safely...

      Pyramid Selling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the growth in recruitment for multi-level marketing brands since March 2020.

      Certification Officer: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the annual budget for the Certification Officer for the financial year...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the main supply chain constraints are on the expansion of covid-19 vaccine production in the UK.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Sixth Report of Session 2019-21 of the Business, Energy and...

      Hydrogen: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to develop a Contract for Difference focused solely on green hydrogen.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Northern Ireland businesses have been adversely impacted by and (b) complaints the Government has received on the operation of the...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their...

    • Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that integrated care systems are democratically accountable.

      NHS Trusts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish for each hospital trust the amount of ring-fenced funding provided for 2021-22 for urgent Reinforced Autoclaved...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2020 to Question 99682 on NHS: 111, what proportion of the NHS 111 service across England is run by...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the two-day waiting time for a PCR test on arrival in the UK from green list countries.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will investigate reports of delayed PCR covid-19 tests from Latus Health.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2021 on Question 181394, how many covid-19 rapid test kits have been taken up by early years...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure adequate provision of covid-19 testing by private providers.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the documents setting out the basis for the authorisation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment they have made of the potential (a) threats and (b) opportunities of artificial intelligence in respect of their...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2021 to Question 3861 on Medical Records: Data Protection, in what format that information is held; and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing people who received a now-approved covid-19 vaccine as part of the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the resources that (a) GPs and (b) other bodies will require to deliver a booster vaccination programme...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2021 to Question 1312 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what information has NHS England provided to the...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 3088 on Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds, how many mental health beds there were in...

      Mental Health Services: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of mental health vehicles used in an emergency.

      DNACPR Decisions: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the extent of the use of do not resuscitate orders for people with learning disabilities during the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of move-on capacity for patients with mental health issues who need support to continue to make...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with mental health trust leaders on the effect of moving from an annual settlement to a system of awarding...

      NHS: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans are in place to focus on the contribution of positive patient outcomes to the healthcare carbon savings within the delivery...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of additional funding that has been allocated by the Government to support brain tumour (a) research and (b)...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure adequate provision of appropriate food during mandatory covid-19 hotel quarantine for people with...

      Coronavirus: Budesonide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of inhaled budesonide in reducing (a) admissions to hospital with covid-19 and...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what processes are in place to tackle complaints of people in covid-19 hotel quarantine in respect of (a) dietary requirements, (b)...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who are required to quarantine after travel are permitted to attend a covid-19 vaccination centre during their quarantine...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date he first became aware that the Delta variant of covid-19 was present in the UK.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 hotel quarantine exemption requests have been approved to date.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with (a) local authority leaders and (b) public health directors on the guidance...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) assessment he has made of the additional risk of the covid-19 virus to South Asian communities and (b) additional support will...

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to undertake (a) workforce planning for dental services and (b) commissioning of dental surgery...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment and provision has been made to ensure that travellers from red list countries who are staying in quarantine hotels are...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has undertaken to assess which aspects of local restrictions imposed in 2020 to prevent the spread of covid-19...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people in covid-19 hotel quarantine (a) have adequately clean rooms throughout their 10 day stay...

      Coronavirus: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on whether businesses are planned to be required to ensure compliance on...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Institute for Health Research provides feedback to applicants when it rejects a brain tumour research grant application.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring restaurants to make reasonable adjustments to their food...

      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 whether those plans will include efforts to...

      Coronavirus: Diagnosis and Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish a strategy on the diagnosis and treatment of long covid.

      Mucormycosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk of covid-19 patients in the UK developing mucormycosis.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Healthwatch's Dentistry during covid-19 insight briefing; and if he...

      DNACPR Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Do Not Attempt Resuscitation decisions made since 17 March 2020 which had not been agreed in discussion with the person, their...

      Coronavirus: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he revised his estimation of the significance of ventilation in reducing the rate of covid-19 transmission over the course of the...

      Carers: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) assess and (b) meet the health needs of carers.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance the Government has provided to businesses to ensure effective data protection in the collection of customer information and...

      Carers: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the well-being of carers.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the public health advice on which the latest review of the Government’s foreign travel covid-19 traffic light...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the public health advice on which the decision not to place Malta on the green list in the Government’s latest...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will he publish the public health advice on which the decision to move Portugal from the green to the orange list in the...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a social care standard to ensure that service users are given (a) a named carer and (b) an approximate time for each...

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that (a) advice to expectant mothers on alcohol consumption in pregnancy is clear and...

      Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made on the effect of covid-19 restrictions on those living with dementia.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve healthcare services for those living with dementia.

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on unpaid carers in (a) Coventry North East constituency,...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the time taken to diagnose and treat (a) Crohn's disease, (b) ulcerative colitis and (c) irritable...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Crohn’s and Colitis Care in the UK published by IBD UK on 27 April 2021, what steps the...

      Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) community and (b) inpatient care for people with learning disabilities and autism in...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the report entitled The case for a Disabled...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who have unmet care needs in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry,...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 179430 on Hospices: Finance, what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the value to the public purse of palliative care services provided by independent hospices.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) improve the quality of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) healthcare and (b) reduce diagnosis times for...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for independent hospices.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to (a) commission and (b) fund a long-term workforce strategy for the NHS that aligns with each of the priorities...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) projected future demand for clinical palliative care services and (b) funding...

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the numbers of (a) anaesthetists, (b) surgeons and (c) surgical care practitioners.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting lists for dementia diagnosis.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) recognise inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care as a priority for the NHS and (b) develop a...

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the long term recruitment of (a) nurses and (b) doctors.

      Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of his Department’s ability to meet the Government’s 2024 target of a 50 per cent...

      Cancer: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect and (b) improve the wellbeing of staff working in oncology departments during the...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to expire the Care Act easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020 as recommended in its One Year Report on the...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all care homes allow five visitors per relative in accordance with the easing of restrictions on...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to make medical records available to commercial third parties; and what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      Suicide: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who died by suicide during the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps his Department is...

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the allocation of specific funding to (a) maternal health services in...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that women pregnant again after the death of a child are able to access midwife-led...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the average waiting time for children to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in (a)...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the transfer of patient records from GPs to a centralised NHS Digital system, what steps his Department has taken to...

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the average waiting time for people with eating disorders to access support services in (a) Coventry...

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether, from 21 June 2021, partners will be able to attend, in person, all maternity appointments, including the birth of a child.

      Mental Health Services: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Pride Month, what steps he is taking to improve mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 3127, what outcomes will be required to be recorded on the Pelvic Floor Registry...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's policy paper, COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan, updated on 1 April 2021, if...

      Apple: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for increasing the number of NHS patients who can access their medical data on the Apple Health app.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has assessed the economic and social benefits of a rollout of early support hubs across England.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their presentational sensitivity.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what fiscal steps he is taking to help disabled children and their families recover from the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department plans to provide to people on an apprenticeship whose placements have been delayed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Disability

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

      Primary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for primary schools.

      Schools: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support teachers to deal with instances of sexual abuse in the classroom.

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school playing fields have been converted under section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Disability

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

      Teachers: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has published for teachers on the use of social media.

      Extracurricular Activities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to ensure that covid-19 restrictions on youth residential and summer camps are lifted as soon as possible and in line with...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much covid-19 recovery funding has been allocated to school sports.

      Universities: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how students arriving on the British National (Overseas) visa scheme are expected to enrol at universities in the UK in the next three years.

      Pupils: Exercise and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of school-age children who receive at least 30 minutes of sport and physical activity each...

      Pupils: Bexleyheath and Crayford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding is allocated per pupil in (a) high and (b) primary schools in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of higher education student premium funding was spent on improving (a) access and (b) graduate support in each of the last 10 years.

      Digital Technology: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the UK Committee for UNICEF and Carnegie UK Trust’s recent report, Closing...

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their...

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the claw back provisions announced in the Education & Skills Funding Agency...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to ensure smaller further education institutions are treated equitably in their applications for transformation funding.

      Educational Institutions: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) homophobic, (b) biphobic and (c) transphobic bullying in schools, colleges, and universities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on...

    • Berwyn Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the availability of illegal substances at HMP Berwyn.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inmates have completed accredited rehabilitation programmes at (a) HMP Berwyn and (b) all other Welsh prisons, in each year since 2017.

      Berwyn Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in positions as frontline operational staff at HMP Berwyn deployed in (a) each prison block and (b) the care and separation...

      Parole Board: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the (a) hearings and (b) deliberations of the Parole Board for England and Wales are not held in public; and if he will take steps to...

      Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their presentational...

  • Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 November 2020, Official Report, column 623, whether it remains the Government’s policy to ensure that...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed minimum global corporation tax rate on (a) the UK economy and (b) other European...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which foreign Governments have (a) informed him of their support for a 21 per cent minimum global corporation tax rate and (b) asked the UK to support that...

      SME Brexit Support Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of the SME Brexit Support Fund has been spent to date.

      Revenue and Customs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the reclaim period for additional stamp duty for properties unable to sell as a result of issues relating to cladding and external wall...

      Travel: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support his Department has allocated for the travel, aviation and tourism industries.

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on Freedom...

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their presentational...

      Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce in the Autumn Statement a specific requirement in the Green Book for policies to align with the net zero objective.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk of extremism within the armed forces.

    • Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6340, on Porton Down: Animal Experiments, on which species of animal were scientific procedures...

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ensure that technical data packages are included in any fleet solid support ship contract.

      Mali: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 12969 on Mali: Peacekeeping Operations, how many personnel were returned home as a result of covid-19.

      Ministry of Defence: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and how much was spent from their...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of fitting a catapult system to Aircraft Carriers.

      Apache AH-64 Helicopters: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the delivery date is for the new JAGM missile systems for the AH-64E Apache helicopter.

      Military Bases: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his revised programme of estate disposals, when (a) Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, (b) Imphal Barracks, York and (c) Army...

      Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their presentational...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information the Government holds on which opposition Libyan opposition groups (a) Salman Abedi, (b) Khairi Saadallah and (c) Rachid Redouane fought...

      Oman: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 17 May and 14 June 2021 to Questions 490 and 12311, who the Chief of the Defence Staff met during his visit to Oman from 2 to...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British air defence units in Saudi Arabia have been involved in the targeting of drones flown from Yemen by the Houthi rebel group.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Annex 1 of the letter of 24 May 2021 from the Minister for Welfare Delivery to the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee...

    • Universal Credit: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have had their claim undercalculated in error after receiving two wage payments within one assessment...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 28 May 2021 to Question 6445 on Children: Poverty, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of the impact...

      Children: Poverty

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

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the levels of child poverty in (a) Scotland and (b) East Renfrewshire constituency.

      Employment: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to train more people to fill shortages in (a) HGV driving, (b) farming, (c) construction and (d) other areas with...

      Clinical Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance she has published for local authorities on the disposal of (a) sharps and (b) other clinical waste; and how often such waste...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by her Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2021 to Question 12293, how insights shared by disabled people on their lived experiences with the benefits...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) what assessment she has made of the potential merits for increasing the earnings limit for Carer’s Allowance, and (b) for what...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to limit the practice of sending successful PIP appeal cases back to the First-Tier Tribunal for a rerun.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Shellfish: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his oral response to the Urgent Question from the hon. Member for Barnsley East of 8 February 2021, Official...

    • Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of shortages of (a) fishmongers, (b) butchers and (c) poultry processors in the UK.

      Farmers: Fly-tipping

      What steps he is taking to help protect farmers from fly-tipping.

      Rivers: Pollution Control

      What steps he is taking to improve river water quality.

      Flood Control: Finance

      What funding his Department is providing for the maintenance of flood defences.

      Flood Control: Finance

      What funding his Department is providing for the maintenance of flood defences.

  • Home Office

    • National Security: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the reduction to the Official Development Assistance budget on the UK’s security; and if...

    • Retail Trade: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to help protect retail workers from physical or verbal abuse in the workplace.

      Home Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment they have made of the potential (a) threats and (b) opportunities of artificial intelligence in respect of their...

      Crossbows

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of reviewing the statutory framework on the (a) possession and (b) use of...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding his Department has allocated to reducing knife crime in (a) the UK and (a) Leicestershire.

      Migrant Workers: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the end of free movement on the social care workforce.

      Tourists: EEA Nationals and Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that tourists from countries in the EEA and Switzerland can travel to the UK without additional ID security...

      General Register Office: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the General Register Office’s registration website (RON) is fit for purpose.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure LGBTQ+ individuals seeking asylum in the UK from homophobic, biphobic or transphobic persecution are (a)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on (a) outdoor advertising, (b) social media, (c) radio media, (d) television media and (e) print media to...

      Migrant Workers: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2021 to Question 7767 on Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies, what assessment she has made of whether...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people from EU countries who have applied for EU Settled Status who will not be able to...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 187180, what the relationship was between the victim and the perpetrator in each murder...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment they have made of the potential (a) threats and (b) opportunities of artificial intelligence in respect of their Department’s...

    • Scotland Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and how much was spent from their...

      Scotland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their presentational...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of covid-19 vaccine coverage of (a) low income and (b) lower middle income...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the G7 communique of 13 June 2021, what estimate he has made of when global vaccine coverage...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has referred Freedom of Information requests to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will provide a breakdown of the amount of Official Development Assistance spent on the 2021-22 thematic area...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart on the reported ongoing killings of former FARC...

      Overseas Aid: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what impact assessment he made of the potential effects of the deferral of start dates of the provisional grants...

      Overseas Aid: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement made on 26 January 2021 on development update HCWS735, what the next steps are...

      Colombia: Police Brutality

      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 of ocular injuries as a result of the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the 100 million surplus vaccines committed to by the Prime Minister at the G7 summit in June 2021 will...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the G7 pledge of 13 June 2021 on covid-19 vaccines for low income countries, where the vaccines...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what immediate steps he is taking to tackle the global vaccine supply shortage.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Question

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent steps the Church has taken to support people who have lost loved ones during the covid-19 pandemic.

    • Question

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the church is taking to support regenerative agriculture, plant more trees and be good stewards of...

      St Margaret's Church Westminster: Westminster Abbey

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, when the appointment of an Assessor to enquire into complaints made against the Royal Peculiar of Westminster...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people have died within 28 days of receiving a covid-19 vaccination.

      Cabinet Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies;...

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information...

      Homes England: Re-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Ministry of Housing,...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of the (a) price and (b) volume of timber imported into the UK since the end of the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Camelot Group: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited on marketing in each year from 2010 to 2020.

    • Camelot Group: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd on external consultants in each year from 2010 to 2020.

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on users of video games that contain gambling-like practices and are not...

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on regulating the...

      Internet: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle online homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department operates a red amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according...

      Public Libraries: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report entitled Libraries on the front...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 23 April 2021 on animal charities and...

      Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what requests he has received from the Scottish Government on the devolution of powers in whole or in part over broadcasting.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what preparatory steps he is taking in advance of the mid-term review of the Royal Charter for the continuance of the BBC;...

      Camelot Group: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 4020 on National Lottery: Computer Software, for what reasons the Government...

      Camelot Group: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 4020, how many times Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has submitted (a) a risk...

      Camelot Group: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 4020 on National Lottery: Computer Software, (a) how many times Camelot UK...

      Camelot Group: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 4017 on Camelot Group: Profits, what proportion of the increase of digital...

      Camelot Group: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2021 to Question 4018 on Camelot Group: Sales, if he will publish sales figures by Camelot UK...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests according to their presentational...

    • Wales Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and how much was spent from their...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

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

    • Males

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of appointing a Minister responsible for male-specific issues.

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, since March 2020, how much money they have given for transport-related purposes to (1) Transport for London, and (2) all other councils and transport authorities...

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difference in the cost of COVID-19 tests for travellers (1) entering, and (2) leaving, the UK.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Disability Aids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of shortages of tubular steel, what arrangements they plan to put in place to ensure that the NHS has enough supplies of rehabilitation...

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value to taxpayers of over £4 million per annum being paid from NHS Trust budgets to cover the cost of NHS Providers.

      Medical Equipment: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the medical device innovations sent from the HealthTec Connect portal in its first 12 months to (1) NHS, and (2) Government, agencies, have since been...

      Medical Equipment: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to put in place a framework agreement specifically for the adoption of medical devices innovation, and (2) to ensure that each...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Opening Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of all secondary schools in England extending the teaching day by 30 minutes in 2021–22.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of design flaws in the Ajax armoured fighting vehicles, what is the timetable for delivery of the Ajax Armoured Vehicle programme; and what...

    • Oman: Military Bases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a post-construction environmental impact assessment of their new port at Duqm in Oman; whether they have made any assessment of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified why automatic pension uplifts were not applied since 2008 to women's State Pension when their husbands reached State Pension Age; and...

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what interest rate is applied to the arrears payments for women whose automatic pension uplifts were not applied as they should have been since 2008, and who are...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Relations with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the territorial integrity of the UK; and whether they consider that any...

    • Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to finance the cost of extending overseas voting rights (1) directly, or (2) from fees attached to registration, or (3) by any other...

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