Written answers

Friday, 18 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what actions are being promoted by the British Transport Police to tackle anti-semitism on public transport.

    • Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) financial and (b) other steps his Department is taking to encourage the uptake of cycling and walking in (i) Coventry North East...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new multi-storey car parks have received outline or detailed planning consent on Network Rail-owned land in the last five years.

      Rolling Stock: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2021 to Question 49664 on Rolling Stock: Coronavirus, how many times and on what dates he or his officials have met...

      Rolling Stock: Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the rolling stock companies on limiting the increasing costs of their operating leases; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of potential effect of loyalty penalties in the energy retail market on consumers.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of exclusive tariffs on price comparison websites on competition...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for the roll out of smart meters that work with any energy supplier.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that heating engineers are adequately trained in the installation of heat pumps.

      Nitrogen Trifluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to amend the definition of greenhouse gases in the Climate Change Act 2009 to include Nitrogen Trifluoride.

      Fuel Cells: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing capacity in the UK; and what steps he is taking...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting a green hydrogen generation target of 1GW by 2030; and...

      Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting an electricity generation target of 1GW by 2030 for...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of doubling the floating offshore 2030 target from 1GW to...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting a 2030 renewable electricity generation target for...

      Seabed: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timeframe is for the completion of the fourth phase of his Department's investigation of deflagration as a...

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure young people are consulted on plans to promote climate action and a green...

      Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the uptake has been of funding from the Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund to date.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has of the effect of the reduction in Official Development Assistance spending on the Tomorrow's...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and how...

      Restart Grant Scheme: Weddings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the restart grant scheme for businesses in the...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 restrictions on the wedding industry; and what...

      Events Industry and Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing sector specific support for those in the wedding and...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the scientific evidential basis is for the Government's policy on covid-19 restrictions on weddings.

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with wedding industry representatives on the outcome of the test events in...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on the wedding industry in the event that covid-19...

      Bereavement Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the provision of bereavement leave to (a)...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of making daylight saving time permanent.

      Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has a strategy to help ensure that the UK becomes a world leader in (a) research and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle health inequalities highlighted by the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what tests are available to members of the public to assess whether immunity has been accrued as a result of receipt of the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the origin of the covid-19 pandemic; and what steps he is taking to identify the origin of that pandemic.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish data on the number of people who have absconded from managed covid-19 quarantine facilities at the border.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure take up of personalised stratified follow-up pathways for prostate cancer in England.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people travelling to amber list countries for family reasons can isolate at home on return under strict covid-19 quarantine measures.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of who should be eligible to receive the Janssen covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that covid-19 vaccinations carried out by NHS Wales are recognised by NHS England.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of booked vaccine appointments are subsequently cancelled by vaccine centres.

      Migrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the barriers to covid-19 vaccination as a result of immigration status.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people no immigration status are able to access covid-19 vaccinations.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that workplaces release staff for their covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for NHS workers.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's guidance is on how soon after recovering from a covid-19 infection a person can receive a covid-19 vaccination.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that staff working at covid-19 quarantine hotels have been offered a vaccination; and if he will...

      Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will meet with the members of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of current techniques for the removal of failed vaginal mesh implants;...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for (a) screening and (b) treatment for endometriosis in (i) Lambeth,...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of people on the amber travel list isolating at home after returning to the UK, under...

      Asthma: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) hospital admissions with covid-19 and (b) intensive care admissions of patients with covid-19 had...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people travelling to the UK as a result of a bereavement can quarantine at home under strict public health supervision.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding allocated to providers of dialysis (a) in a clinical setting and (b)...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients who will require dialysis in each of the next five years.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to ensure that pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy is made a UK-wide priority in pancreatic cancer care.

      Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations of All.Can UK's report of December 2020 entitled, Placing the psychological wellbeing of people...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is providing to (a) research, (b) clinical trials and (c) psychological support services to help improve outcomes for...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support his Department has put in place for young children and families that are quarantining in Government provided hotels.

      Health Services: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that trans and non-binary individuals have equitable access to healthcare.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of using universal credit data automatically to identify and register eligible...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Bangladesh was added to the travel red list before India; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to asses the availability of NHS Dentist appointments in England.

      Lung Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on prognoses for chronic lung conditions that arise following a covid-19 infection.

      Prostate Cancer and Urology: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of clinical nurse specialists who specialise in (a) urology and (b) prostate cancer who plan to...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of developing a diagnostic pathway for patients with respiratory symptoms.

      General Practitioners: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a dual-GP registration system for university students.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people awaiting a routine invitation for (a) bowel screening, (b) breast screening...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage companies to (a) collect high-quality evidence through randomised control trials and (b) pursue...

      Steroid Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make recurrent oral corticosteroid use a trigger for treatment reviews in asthma and other conditions.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timescale is for the publication of the joint asthma guideline from NICE/BTS/SIGN.

      Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the April 2018 study by the Mental Health Foundation that one in three people with cancer will...

      Coronavirus: Ivermectin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Therapeutic Taskforce on investigations into the use of Ivermaticin for the purposes of...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish daily totals of positive covid-19 tests for passengers arriving from Portugal in the last 30 days.

      Coronavirus: Disadvantaged and Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether levels of covid-19 infections are higher in (a) minority ethnic groups and (b) areas of greater deprivation.

      Gambling: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support services the Government is providing to people experiencing problem gambling in York; and how much funding those services...

      Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects NICE to publish its guidance on Long Covid.

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Health Visiting training places were available in the year 2019-2020.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the advice given to the Government by the SAGE Environmental and Modelling Group of 4 November 2020 to take urgent...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish data on the number of exemptions from covid-19 hotel quarantine that have been granted.

      European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what risk assessment he has made of the implications of ending UK participation with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug...

      HIV Infection: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans for his Department’s upcoming Women’s Health Strategy to contain specific action to (a) support women...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral evidence to the Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Select Committees on 10 June 2021, Q1293,...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2021 to Questions 11719, 11720, 11721 and 11722 on Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments, if he will...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2021 to Questions 11719, 11720, 11721 and 11722 on Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments, when does he...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how hotels were selected for providing covid-19 hotel quarantine accommodation; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking in response to complaints about the quarantine conditions in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow; and whether he is...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence he holds to indicate that singing increases the transmission of covid-19 compared with other activities where large groups...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of how many and what proportion of NHS dentists that closed in the last 18 months have been replaced.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Artificial Intelligence

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

  • Department for Education

    • Training: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many post-16 skills training places have been supported by his Department in (a) Huddersfield and (b) West Yorkshire since 2019.

    • Extracurricular Activities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to issue covid-19 social distancing guidance for youth groups organising summer activities; what criteria the Government is...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in schools in England.

      Department for Education: Artificial Intelligence

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

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to extend the PE and sport premium for the 2021-22 academic year; what his timeframe is for extending the School...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that higher education students who have moved between home and university since receiving their first dose of the covid-19...

      Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of his Department’s budget has been spent on providing post-16 skills training in each of the last three years.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to partially refund the tuition fees of university students in response to covid-19 disruption to the academic year 2020-21.

      School Leaving: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that school leavers have adequate opportunities to undertake post-16 skills training.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including the climate emergency and ecological crisis in teaching training courses.

      Department for Education: Artificial Intelligence

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

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Artificial Intelligence

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

    • Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to publish the next data release on homelessness for prison leavers; and what periods that data release will include.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of Stat for Justice, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the number of female prison leavers who are homeless.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number of female prison leavers who are homeless.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when physical contact will be allowed between visitors and prisoners during visits as part of the easing of covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of Self Employed Income Support Scheme grants which were initially refused and subsequently awarded following a...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to seek parliamentary approval prior to agreeing at the OECD any proposal for a global minimum rate of corporation tax.

      Uk Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the rules and timing of the tariff reimbursement scheme for goods not captured under the UK Trader Scheme; and whether that scheme...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason he agreed to a global corporation tax rate of 15 per cent rather than 21 per cent as first proposed.

      UK Trade with EU: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on small and medium sized enterprises of the additional costs of (a) VAT and (b) customs charges when...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 26 March 2021 to Question 170688 on Child Benefit, if he will make it his policy to align the threshold for payment of the...

      UK Trade with EU: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial assistance he has made available to small and medium sized enterprises to compensate for (a) lost revenue and (b) higher costs associated...

      Cryptocurrencies: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 6233 on Cryptocurrencies: Regulation, what the mean length of time is in days that a company has had...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that victims of Libyan sponsored IRA terrorism receive justice.

    • Humanitarian Aid

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

      Overseas Aid: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the whole aid portfolio delivered in conflict affected countries is...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 30 January 2020 to Question 8197 on Israel: Palestinians, whether he plans to...

      Overseas Aid: Peace Negotiations

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

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on support for peacebuilding efforts between...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 42248, when he plans to publish the findings from the...

      Occupied Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance the UK has spent in the Palestinian Territories in each of the last three...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

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

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

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

      Overseas Aid: Biodiversity and Climate Change

      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...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help the Nigerian Government resolve violence in the northern and eastern...

      Overseas Aid: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when partners still waiting for confirmation as to the status of projects due to the changes in funding under the...

      Overseas Aid: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to inform all current government partners of the status of their projects as a result of the changes...

      Overseas Aid: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the total number of partners waiting for confirmation on the status of projects due...

      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...

      Independent Commission for Aid Impact: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions in funding to the Independent Commission for...

      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...

      Antigua and Barbuda: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK has taken to support Antigua and Barbuda with the roll-out of covid-19 vaccines.

      Africa: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa;...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6304 on overseas aid, what plans the Government has to...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the cut to the Official Development Assistance funding, (a) how many government partners are...

      Antigua and Barbuda: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many doses of the Oxford-AstraZenca vaccine have been exported to Antigua and Barbuda.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much public money has been spent in support of soldiers going through inquest or criminal proceedings in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plants: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to develop a trusted trader inspection regime for the ornamental horticulture sector for...

    • Plants: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU member states on their respective phytosanitary processes with the...

      Drinks and Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of applying minimum pricing to (a) alcohol, (b) sugar and (c) other...

      Game: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that game farms are compliant with the keeping gamebirds Codes of Practice.

      Animals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of developing a vaccine to prevent covid-19 in...

      Water Supply: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risk of water shortages in Yorkshire within the next 25 years as a...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of plastics.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential market effect of small quotas on demersal fisheries that rely on catching...

      Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

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

      Restaurants: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of encouraging or requiring restaurant chains to introduce...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the fishing industry.

      Imports: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what products imported from the EU requiring sanitary and phytosanitary inspections have had the fees for those inspections...

      Plants: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial impact assessment he has made of the effect on the ornamental horticulture sector of the introduction of fees...

      Seas and Oceans: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect the oceans.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with counterparts in other countries on the development of a joint strategy to tackle wildlife...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet...

      Animal Welfare: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase animal welfare standards.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect native species and wildlife in England.

      Meat: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether (a) meat is slaughtered in Australian slaughterhouses to standards equivalent to...

      Transport: Air Pollution and Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he had discussions with the Prime Minister on the impact of private modes of transport including private jets on (a)...

      Nappies: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the environmental impact of single-use nappies.

      Packaging: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department’s Resources and Waste Strategy, how his Department’s proposals to introduce...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase recycling rates.

      Peat Bogs: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect peatlands.

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of banning bottom trawlers and supertrawlers from Marine...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Emergencies and Disaster Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual (a) budget and (b) expenditure of his Department's CBRN Emergencies team, formerly the Government...

      Air Conditioning and Heating: Trifluoroacetic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the risk to groundwater and drinking water from trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and...

      Cetaceans: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of collisions between cetaceans and vessels, referred to as ship...

      Environment Protection: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage greater international environmental conservation.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to create new woodlands.

      Cetaceans: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent preventing and tackling UK cetacean strandings in each year since 2015.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support farmers.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department operates a red, amber and green rating system for categorising Freedom of Information requests...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle county lines drug trafficking and safeguard children from exploitation; and whether she plans to increase...

    • Asylum: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former barracks sites are being used to house asylum seekers in the UK.

      Rape: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 4059, what steps her Department has taken to improve investigation of allegations of rape...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 16 April 2021 on sexual exploitation, reference ZA56249.

      Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to engage women's groups in discussions with her Department on measures preventing (a) gender-based violence and...

      Abuse and Discrimination: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to tackle abuse and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people in the last three years.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that people seeking asylum in the UK are housed in covid-19 compliant conditions.

      Asylum: LGBT People

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

      Visas: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a seasonal visa scheme for heavy goods vehicle drivers in the UK.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the regulations for pending applications after the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), for what reason someone...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the guidance on late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), whether (a) not knowing about the scheme or deadline...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is from submission to decision for her Department to process an EU Settlement Scheme application.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to support employers whose employees are awaiting EU Settlement Scheme application decisions.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) staff in her Department, (b) consultants and (c) temporary support staff have been working on assessing EU Settlement Scheme...

      Home Office: Artificial Intelligence

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

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications to the Building Safety Fund in relation to residential blocks in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b)...

    • Leasehold: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average increase in insurance premiums for leaseholders since the identification of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of clauses 105 and 106 of the Environment Bill on outstanding...

      Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of updating the Solar Energy Planning Guidance to give the same...

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with representatives of freeholders on...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to increase the Building Safety Fund and change eligibility for that fund to include...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish details of the new long-term, low-interest loan scheme for leaseholders in buildings below 18...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish a response to his Department's consultation on raising accessibility standards for new homes,...

      Planning: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to include provisions on contested heritage in his proposals for planning reform.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of whether there are sufficient funds in the Building Safety Fund to pay out to all those...

      Housing: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to (a) assess whether there is a disproportionate level of homeless or insecure...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take in response to the latest figures published by the Community Security Trust on anti-semitism.

      Temporary Accommodation: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues to ensure women prison leavers in Ministry of Justice temporary...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of suspending the 56 day restriction to allow the temporary use...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and how...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much public bodies and Government agencies have spent on planning and developing new car parking facilities in the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish her Department’s policy process which ensures that the UK's animal welfare standards are not undermined when...

    • Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of representations from civil society groups and the general public on concerns about the inclusion...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that environmental, social and governance factors and sustainability are an integral part of the UK's...

      Poultry: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the use of unenriched cages in Australia; what assessment she has made...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps to ensure that produce from animals that have had (a) high use of antimicrobials or (b) use of growth promoters will...

      Beef: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department will take to ensure that (a) Australian beef (i) from feedlots, (ii) injected with hormones and (iii) transported...

      Agricultural Products: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of using tariff rate quotas in the Australia trade agreement in order...

      Sheep Meat: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department will take to ensure that (a) lamb from mulesed sheep flocks do not enter the UK as part of an Australia-UK Free...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether, from 21 June 2021, outdoor singing can take place, including for choirs.

    • Snooker: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the legal position is that informed the decision to exclude fans who were (a) under 18 years old, (b) vulnerable adults...

      National Lottery: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of funds generated by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (a) draw-based and (b) scratchcard sales is allocated to...

      Mutuals Information Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason his Department has abolished the Mutuals Unit.

      Camelot Group: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd undertook to generate for good causes when it was awarded its third licence in 2007; and how...

      Camelot Group: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many times Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has requested an investment from the National Lottery Distribution Fund since the...

      Camelot Group: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many times Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has requested an increase in the marketing budget from the Gambling Commission...

      Museums and Galleries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage museums and galleries to provide virtual tours to better provide for people...

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to bring forward regulatory proposals on Loot Boxes in response to the Loot Box consultation in 2020.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC: Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Ofcom’s regulation of the BBC is enhanced in the next five years.

    • Television Licences: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in each of the past five years was raised by the BBC licensing fee; how such fees were collected; and what was the (1) total collection cost, and...

      BBC: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of government funding to the BBC in each of the last five years for (1) the BBC World Service, (2) BBC Media Action, and (3) other funding...

      Football: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement that the Belgium Gambling Commission will be running a gambling awareness campaign during this summer’s UEFA European...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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