Written answers

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve access at railway stations for disabled people.

    • Railways: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on introducing flexible rail season tickets.

      Railway Signals: Surbiton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there are plans for an investigation to be undertaken into the multiple signal failure in the Surbiton area on Friday 11 June 2021.

      Railway Stations: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to install warning tactile services on train platforms to improve the safety of blind and partially sighted people.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the amounts paid out under the Bus Service Operators Grant by (a) region and (b) nation of the UK to date.

      Restoring Your Railway Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the amounts paid out under the Restoring Your Railway Fund by (a) region and (b) nation of the UK to date.

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if will assess the potential merits of updating the Highway Code to allow vehicles to turn left on red traffic signals.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the funding required to sustain bus networks at pre-covid-19 outbreak levels from September 2021 to April 2022 with...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is the timeframe is for the introduction of the policies set out in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, published by his Department on 20 May 2021.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve response times from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency to correspondence from hon. Members.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 13 May 2021 to Question 1177 on Railways: Disability, what steps the Government is taking to advertise and raise...

      Bus Services and Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve integration between bus and train timetables at transport interchanges and connections.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the current time taken by the DVLA to process applications; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce that time.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of levels of service on bus networks between September 2021 and April 2022 compared to pre-covid-19 outbreak levels.

      Roads: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the condition of roads in Hendon constituency.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is the timeframe for the running the e-scooter trials.

      Aviation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the European Union Aviation Safety Agency System on young trainees in the...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has undertaken on the impact of surface water on road safety during wet conditions.

      Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) aspiring pilots and (b) newly-qualified people entering the aviation industry with the cost of...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to support the aviation industry and its personnel during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 22 April 2021 to Question 181446 on Screening: Coronavirus, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the cost of...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with officials of the Department for Health and Social Care on decreasing the costs of covid-19 PCR tests for people...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's guidance entitled Red, amber and green list rules for entering England, updated on 8 June 2021, (a) what...

      Railways: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been of the electrification project between Church Fenton and York.

      Railways: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of rail are planned to be electrified between York and Church Fenton; and how many miles of those rails will be newly electrified lines.

      Cycling and Walking: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the local environment for cycling and walking in the London Borough of Barnet.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the results of the Managing Pavement Parking consultation, which closed on 22 November 2020.

      Motor Vehicles: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of E10 fuel in vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the use of E10 fuel in vehicles.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve bus services and (b) help ensure that off-peak services are not empty in England.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to install additional charging points to help increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his Department’s Innovation Strategy.

    • Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to encourage shared parental leave amongst fathers.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, published in July 2017 and the Government's Good Work...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of granting travel agencies additional support in response to...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to provide adequate support to travel agencies that are obliged to issue...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available to travel agencies who used coronavirus grants to refund their customers for cancelled...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure travel agencies receive adequate coronavirus support to keep...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support travel agencies after (a) covid-19 restrictions are eased and (b) coronavirus...

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's announcement of 14 June 2021 not to move ahead with Step 4 of the Government's...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many surplus covid-19 vaccines the UK will have accumulated by the end of 2021.

      Global Challenges Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding was allocated to the 12 International Research Hubs from the Global Challenges Research Fund for (a)...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will regulate umbrella companies.

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 12262, what steps is the Office for Product Safety and Standards...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when shisha businesses will be allowed to open under the roadmap for easing covid-19 restrictions.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's announcement of 14 June 2021 not to move ahead with Step 4 of the Government's...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government response entitled Good work: a response to the Taylor Review of modern working...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Neuromuscular Disorders: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answers of 13 April 2021 to Questions 175739, 175740 and 175741 on Neuromuscular Disorders: Medical Treatments,...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 12 February 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire, regarding the CQC report of a...

      Bridlington and District Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for developing and improving the services available at Bridlington Hospital.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration in respect of the performance of Innova covid-19 tests, what...

      Fertility: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that LBTQ women have equitable access to fertility care.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 testing providers his Department has removed from the Government list of providers for tests required for travel in...

      Dental Services: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children and young people under 18 waiting for an orthodontist appointment in Plymouth.

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent rise in covid-19 infection among secondary school...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been awarded to the University of St Andrews for research into whether ultraviolet-C light is effective against...

      Coronavirus Act 2020 (Early Expiry) Regulations 2021 (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the draft Coronavirus Act 2020 (Early Expiry) Regulations 2021 will come into effect.

      Ivermectin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timetable is for the conclusion of the trials of ivermectin as a potential treatment for covid-19.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to promote the Nursery Milk Scheme to eligible recipients to increase uptake of that scheme.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that brain tumour patients have equality of access to 5-ALA across all health boards.

      Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to regulate non-nicotine products intended for vaping which are not currently covered by the provisions of the Tobacco...

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many months on average did it take between (a) GPs referring people to gender dysphoria services and (b) treatment being started in...

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated to gender dysphoria services in (a) England, (b) each NHS England area, (c) Yorkshire and (d) York in each...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will remove covid-19 restrictions on visiting arrangements to care homes.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the level of charges for social care on levels of deprivation among (a) working age adults...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what resources he has made available to local authorities to enable the provision of respite breaks for carers.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will enable residents of care homes to have overnight stays away from the care home.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allow family member to take their relatives, resident in care homes, out for day trips.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for unpaid carers' breaks.

      Abortion: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 23 April 2021 to Question 181350 on abortion: health services, whether follow-up calls regarding...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that every disabled child with an Education, Health and Care plan can access therapies, health appointments...

      Health Services and Social Services: Career Development and Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to create parity of esteem between health and social care with regard to (a) pay and (b) career development...

      Care Homes: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential correlation between statutory sick pay for long-term care facility staff and...

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to consult with stakeholders on the contents of the White Paper on social care reform.

      Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its cross-government action plan to transform care and provide community support for people with a...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to make permission for early medical abortion treatment to be received by post following a telemedical...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all advice issued in 2020 to residential care homes on the transfer of covid-19 positive residents into acute settings.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take part in events to mark Carers' Week from 7 to 13 June.

  • Wales Office

    • WAG First Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last had discussions with the First Minister of Wales.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to provide covid-19 related support to Nepal.

    • Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of the policies agreed at the G7 Summit in June 2021 in...

      India: Christianity and Hinduism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with its Indian counterpart on protecting the religious freedoms of...

      Bhutan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with the Government in Bhutan on assisting them with the second round...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and...

      Overseas Aid: Armed Conflict

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

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment they have made of the potential (a) threats and (b) opportunities of artificial intelligence in...

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government's commitment to education made at the G7 in June 2021, what steps the Government...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department has provided for the global distribution of covid-19 vaccines.

      Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether tablets donated by British and international pharmaceutical companies will expire and need to be...

      Gaza and West Bank: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support covid-19 vaccination of civilians in the West Bank and Gaza.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timeframe is for the Law Commission review into a modern framework for disposing of the dead to begin.

    • Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's policy paper, End-to-End Rape Review Report on Findings and Actions, published on 18 June 2021, what assessment his...

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sentencing for pet theft at deterring that crime.

      Dogs: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to bring forward proposals to strengthen sentencing for people who steal dogs from residential property.

      Terrorism: Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is the Government's policy to seek life prison sentences for extremists who are convicted of planning terrorist attacks.

      Prisons: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2020 to Question 101946 on Prisoners: Babies, how many pregnant women have entered the prison estate since the...

  • Treasury

    • Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his G7 counterparts on prioritising environmental issues in the global economic recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) institution, (b) Government department and (c) funding body will allocate the £22 billion for research and development announced in the...

      Credit: Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Competition and Markets Authority on the regulation of buy now pay later companies.

      Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether further financial support will be provided to businesses in response to the postponement of step four of the easing of lockdown restrictions to 19...

      UK Infrastructure Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his announcement on 18 June on the UK Infrastructure Bank, what plans he has to ensure that projects across all of the UK, including...

      Tax Avoidance: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the number of people subject to Loan Charge repayments who have been made bankrupt.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the amount of landfill tax paid in each of the last ten years by the (a) London Borough of Barnet and (b) North London Waste...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of PAYE Real Time Information records received by HMRC cannot be matched to a taxpayer.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Environmental Impact Assessment: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to begin the consultation on the use of Environmental Impact Assessments within the planning...

    • Camping Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to extend the 56-day-rule for temporary campsites into 2022.

      Planning Permission: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2021 to Question 163164, what steps his Department plans to take to prevent...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the email from the Building Safety Fund’ of 14 June 2021, if he will provide details of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne East of 20 April 2021 on unsafe...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to decarbonise housing.

      Planning: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has published to help ensure that planning authorities take into account the...

      Business Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will bring forward plans to extend the forfeiture moratorium for commercial rents debt.

      Lands Tribunal: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to give home owners the ability to apply to the...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the amounts allocated under the Towns Fund by (a) region and (b) nation of the UK to date.

      Future High Streets Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the amounts allocated under the Future High Streets Fund by (a) region and (b) nation of the UK to date.

      Getting Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the amounts allocated to date under the Getting Building Fund by (a) region and (b) nation of the...

      Pedestrian Crossings: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) criteria and (b) minimum requirements his Department has provided to local authorities on the appointment of...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Business Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps with the Welsh Government to ensure that the Shared Prosperity Fund allocates adequate funding...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Oman: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2021 to Question 11674 on Oman: Demonstrations, what experience on responding to protests UK military personnel have...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British air defence units in Saudi Arabia helped to identify or track the Houthi drone that was reported to have been intercepted near Khamis...

      Courts Martial: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many offences against service law involving victims under the age of 18 have been tried in the Court Martial in the last five years.

      Deepcut Barracks: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to investigate the circumstances into the death of Pte. Anthony Bartlett at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut in 2001; and if he...

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 10177, tabled on 4 June 2021 by the hon. Member for North Durham.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2021 to Question 10306 and with reference to the response to part A of that Question, if she will publish...

    • Pension Credit: Enfield North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Enfield North were eligible for pension credit for each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 11597 on Disability: Public Consultation, whether the full details of the independent...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information he holds on the proportion of waste from household (ex NI-192) recorded by local authorities as collected...

    • Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with Ministers of the Department for International Trade on the finding that plastic packaging...

      Nappies: Environment Protection and Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Schedule 6 on Resource efficiency information of the Environment Bill...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made towards meeting his tree planting programme target.

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report of the Environmental Audit Committee, Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life, published in July 2019,...

      Public Footpaths and Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions (a) he has had with Cabinet colleagues and (b) officials in his Department have had with their...

      Rabbits: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons did the recently published Action Plan for Animals not include domestic rabbit welfare.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue has been received by the Exchequer through the EU Settlement Scheme since 1 January 2017.

    • Hassockfield Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department has undertaken with the local community on plans to open a new immigration detention centre for women in...

      Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure EU nationals are not unnecessarily delayed or detained by the UK Border Force when travelling...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to work with local authorities to help ensure the adequacy of the supply of suitable asylum accommodation.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of ending the visa concession allowing international students to undertake distance or...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people who (a) had a freedom of movement right to reside on 31 December 2020 or (b) were defined as a relevant family member of a...

      Retail Trade: Abuse and Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help protect retail workers from abuse, threats and violence during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Migrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of removing the No Recourse to Public Funds condition from all people...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the availability of digital and physical certificates of covid-19 vaccination status, if she will review the decision not...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that asylum applications are considered in a timely manner.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there will be an opportunity for people to apply for EU Settled Status after the end of June 2021.

      Immigration Controls: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward the UK 2025 Border Strategy to ensure a frictionless...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle fraud and economic crime.

      Visas: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of a Seasonal Visa Scheme for qualified HGV drivers, similar to the scheme...

      Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of fraud to Action Fraud have involved companies operating buy now pay later schemes, in each month since 2018.

      Safer Streets Fund: Newcastle upon Tyne East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Minister for Crime and Policing’s letter of 3 June 2021 on the Safer Streets Fund, where the 10 re-deployable...

      Firearms: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are in possession of a firearms licence registered in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) arrested for possession of a machete and (b) injured or killed by a machete in England in each of the last...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she is having with Cabinet colleagues on establishing youth services to help de-escalate levels of anti-social behaviour in...

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason it is legal to sell machetes; and if she will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential correlation between levels of knife crime in London and the easing of...

      Retail Trade: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle (a) verbal and (b) physical abuse faced by retail workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Scotland Office

    • Question

      What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of economic support for Scottish businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Question

      What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on Scottish (a) importers and (b) exporters.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 11 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Department is responsible for approving the funding for the Prime Minister's Downing Street residence.

    • Civil Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2021 to Question 5182 on Civil Service: Conditions of Employment, if he will...

      Great

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2021 to Question 12994, in which of the 67 non-EU countries with which the...

      Electoral Register: Enfield North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6509 on Electoral Register: Enfield North, how many...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6510 on Electoral Register, if he will list the meetings he has...

  • Department for Education

    • Educational visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will issue guidance to schools and colleges on whether educational coach trips planned after 21 June can still take place.

    • National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2021 to Question 11547, what the anticipated regional breakdown is of the 750,000 pupils expected to receive...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether school children can be included in the pilot to test the viability of daily covid-19 tests rather than self-isolation following an alert of a...

      Students: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of interest-bearing student loans on the number of Muslim students entering Higher Education over the last...

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the maximum tuition fee limit in response to the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on...

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on providing urgent assurances to international students applying to...

      Students: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of lectures based on critical race theory on the mental health of students in universities.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide a breakdown of the amount spent by local authorities on (a) foster care companies, (b) psychiatrists, (c) private social workers...

      Pupils and Students: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to invest in improving the mental health of (a) primary school pupils, (b) secondary school pupils and (c) 18-25 year...

      Students: Disability and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the forthcoming review into support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, what plans he has to include...

      Students: Disability and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that college students with special educational needs or disabilities but without high needs funding receive the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the (a) amount of funding and (b) source of funding his Department spent on tackling loneliness since March...

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £750 million allocated to charities on 8 April 2020 has been returned to HM Treasury by way of underspend...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's announcement of 14 June 2021 not to move ahead with Step 4 of the Government's roadmap for...

      Broadband: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 12253 on Broadband: Voucher Schemes, when his Department next plans to...

      Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has (a) met or (b) had discussions with with representatives of the Protect and Connect campaign since 1 January...

      Telecommunications: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the potential...

      Platinum Jubilee 2022: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the qualifying criteria are for the Platinum Jubilee medal; and what plans the Government has to award the medal to...

      Running: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to allow outdoor group running activities to return safely during the covid-19 outbreak; and what...

      Exercise: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the promotion of physical activity among young people.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's announcement of 14 June 2021 not to move ahead with Step 4 of the Government's roadmap for...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many deals the UK is a signatory to that contain Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent actions have been taken by HS2 Ltd and contractors EKFB to ensure that they satisfy legal obligations to consider all reasonable and practical...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment has been made of the effect of HS2 Phase One construction and operation at Wendover on (1) local transport infrastructure, (2)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative noise and environmental mitigation proposals have been agreed by HS2 Ltd and EKFB to the consented scheme on HS2 Phase One at Wendover following...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether new alternative noise and environmental mitigation solutions at Wendover on HS2 Phase One will be considered by HS2 Ltd and EKFB.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) progress, and (2) construction costs, of the current consented HS2 Phase One scheme at Wendover.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many job vacancies there are in England; what assessment they have made as to whether there are sufficient workers available to fill those vacancies,...

    • Bacanora Lithium: Takeovers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential consequences of a takeover of Bacanora Lithium by Ganfeng Lithium; and in particular, whether such a takeover could...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the case for a ‘Right to Disconnect’; and if they have made such an assessment, what the impact of such...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that mental health first aid training is rolled out in primary school settings.

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Berridge on 7 June (HL Deb, col 1185) that "the Office for Students has just consulted on the request to reprioritise the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure women prison leavers in accommodation provided through the temporary accommodation scheme of the Ministry of Justice are assisted...

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that female prisoners who have left prison and are being supported by the temporary accommodation service are assisted into...

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that no female prisoner is released from prison to homelessness.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison serving a life sentence (1) enrolled on, and (2) completed, an offending behaviour course after the expiry of their tariff period in each...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the attack on an Ahmadi Muslim burial by an armed group in Sheikhupura District in Pakistan with the government of Pakistan; if not,...

    • Universal Rights Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what partnerships their diplomatic missions (1) have at present, or (2) have had in the past, with the Universal Rights Group non-governmental organisation based...

      Universal Rights Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projects their diplomatic missions have funded for the Universal Rights Group non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland; and how much funding...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the (1) economic, and (2) political, situation in Sri Lanka.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from other governments in relation to their decision to cut Official Development Assistance to 0.5 per cent of Gross...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the international reputation of the UK of their decision to reduce Official Development Assistance to 0.5 per cent...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore the level of Official Development Assistance to 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income.

      Environment: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the addition of the crime of ecocide to the treaty governing the International Criminal Court.

      Land Mines: Bomb Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries they have provided (1) advice, and (2) support, on landmine clearance programmes.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (CP403), published on 16 March,...

      Israel: Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israel undertook a mass arrest of Palestinian citizens of Israel on 24 May.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure issues affecting the wider middle east region, including the involvement of Iran in regional conflicts, are included in...

      Ebrahim Raisi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights record of the Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the UK contribution to the Palestinian Authority in the last 12 months; and what assessment they have made of the sources of funds for the...

      Uyghur Tribunal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a representative of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office attended proceedings of the Uyghur Tribunal in London on (1) 4 June, and (2) 7 June;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all individuals on Universal Credit are able to participate in learning and training courses.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Napier Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when any (1) minister, or (2) senior civil servant, last visited the refugee accommodation at Napier Barracks; and what assessment they made of the living...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what records they will maintain relating to the timing of applications for settled status, particularly of individuals applying before 1 July but whose...

      Overseas Visitors: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children visited the United Kingdom on school visits using identity cards in the last year for which figures are available.

      Police Custody: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of forensic beds available for people with mental health conditions held in police custody.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to section 10A of the British Nationality Act 1981, to be inserted on 1 July 2021, what information will be provided to EU citizens who settle in the UK...

      Asylum: Napier Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether the outbreak of COVID-19 at Napier Barracks is now over, and (2) the safety of Napier Barracks for new arrivals...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments are participating in Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme; how much they are spending on the Programme; whether any government...

  • Treasury

    • Fuels: Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of illegal fuel that has been smuggled into the United Kingdom from the Republic of Ireland in each of the last five years.

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event that COVID-19 restrictions last beyond the 21 June.

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent G7 global taxation agreement, what plans they have to require (1) public country-by-country reporting for UK based multinationals, and (2)...

      Tourism and Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional financial support they plan to offer to the travel and tourism industry because of the decline of business in that sector.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last three months to support self-employed people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the total cost to UK businesses of EU tariffs being applied on goods entering Northern Ireland from elsewhere in the United...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what potential tax incentives they have (1) discussed, and (2) implemented, in support of the news publishing industry.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that tech companies providing advertising space for financial products do not host advertisements from rogue or scam...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • UK Relations with EU: Select Committees

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment the Liaison Committee has made of the case for establishing a committee for the purposes of preparing a submission to the Conference on the Future...

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