Written answers

Thursday, 24 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • South West Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Questions 7247 and 7248 on South Western Main Line: Rolling Stock, for what reasons the class 442 fleet were...

    • Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the uptake of cycling and walking.

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve transport connections in the north of England.

      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 in 200-21.

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve transport connections in rural areas.

      Transport: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the amounts paid out under the Transforming Cities programme by (a) region and (b) nation of the UK in 2020-21.

      First Group: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Government decided to continue the operation by FirstGroup of (a) South Western Railway and (b) TransPennine Express under the...

      Great British Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the proposed Great British Railways will take steps to reduce the cost of train fairs.

      Public Transport: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government plans to take to promote the climate advantages of public transport during COP26.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timetable is for publishing the results of his Department’s pavement parking consultation which closed on 22 November 2020.

      Driving Tests: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of theory driving test availability in (a) Ayrshire and (b) Central Scotland; what steps he is taking to provide...

      Aviation

      What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the aerospace industry on the effect of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency on that sector.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      What recent discussions he has had with truck hauliers on the challenges facing that sector.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      What recent discussions he has had with truck hauliers on the challenges facing that sector.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) representatives of the travel industry, (b) representatives of covid-19 test providers...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of British holidaymakers that are aware of the cost of covid-19 tests when travelling abroad;...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the financial impact of the UK tourism sector of the additional costs of covid-19 tests for holidaymakers...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has had discussions with (a) the travel industry and (b) private covid-19 testing providers on proposals for reducing the cost...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the policies set out in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

      Electric Vehicles

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

      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.

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what impact assessment his Department has conducted on the effect of imposing a VAT levy of 20 per cent on the charging of electric vehicles for...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business Premises: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the press release, Eviction protection extended for businesses mot in need, published 16 June 2021,...

    • Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take further steps to support the travel agency sector in the context of the continuing uncertainty for...

      Amazon: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ask the Competition and Markets Authority to undertake an assessment of (a) Amazon Prime Day as a potential...

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average payment has been to subpostmasters receiving redress through the Historic Settlement Scheme.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to protect the UK copyright system to support (a) author incomes, (b) publishing...

      Merchant Shipping: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the future cost to the public purse in the (a) short term and (b) long term in relation...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) modernise medical research and (b) replace animal testing with human-relevant techniques.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve working conditions for the radiotherapy workforce including (a) improving access to...

    • Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional investment his Department is putting into (a) radiotherapy machines and (b) IT infrastructure and software to provide...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on funding for brain tumour research.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of quarantine hotel rooms for families with two or more children.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what standards he has set for those providing quarantine hotel rooms on the timely confirmation of bookings.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department is using to determine which countries are placed on the (a) red, (b) amber and (c) green international covid-19...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of covid-19 hotel quarantine ahead of international students from red list countries...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with (a) NICE and (b) NHS England and NHS Improvement on the changes needed in the NICE methods...

      Niraparib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NICE plans to publish the outcome of its assessment of the effectiveness of Niraparib for maintenance treatment of advanced ovarian,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether his Department has conducted a recent analysis of the (a) transmissibility of the Beta...

      General Practitioners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 vaccine roll-out programme, what discussions he has had with stakeholders on best practice for GP...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the success of the NHS volunteer scheme during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote to health professionals the Reading Well social prescribing scheme available free from...

      Processed Food: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the harmful effects on children of the consumption of ultra-processed foods.

      Dental Services: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children and young people under 18 and (b) adults waiting for an NHS dentist in Plymouth.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are unable to access an NHS dentist in their local area; and what plans he has to ensure everyone can access an NHS...

      Coronavirus: Public Houses and Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the scientific evidential basis was for the decision to allow non-essential shops to reopen on 12 April 2021 and to allow pubs to...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the British Dental Association's survey of dentists...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department's guidance in respect of care homes and the covid-19 outbreak states that care home residents can still access...

      Visual Impairment: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how local authority rehabilitation services, such as specialist vision rehabilitation will be included in the proposed new Health and...

      Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increasing accessibility to podiatric surgery on waiting times for elective foot...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend the Infection Control Fund for social care providers beyond 30 June 2021 in response to the increasing number...

      Community Care: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will make it its policy to make community support available to prevent people with learning disabilities from being...

      Respite Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will increase funding for (a) paid and (b) unpaid carers to have access to breaks from their caring responsibilities.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing...

      Integrated Care Systems: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to provide statutory guidance to ensure that the community and voluntary sector will have a reserved place in the new...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of childhood obesity as a result of inactivity during covid-19 lockdown.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to assess the level of public concern on the transfer of patient records from GPs to a centralised NHS Digital...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to concerns raised by the British Psychological Society, if he will review the High Intensity Network’s serenity...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to create a network of early support hubs across the country for young people who experience mental health issues.

      Mental Health Services

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

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to (a) investigate and (b) respond to concerns relating to Serenity Integrated Mentoring for mentally unwell...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will conduct an independent inquiry and evaluation of Serenity Integrated Mentoring within the NHS, with regards to its evidence...

      Mental Health Services: Fathers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that fathers and partners can access psychological therapy through the NHS in the event...

      Dental Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to NHS dental care in Burton and Uttoxeter.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to (a) pages 22 to 23 of Public Health England's COVID-19 - SARS-CoV-2 Green Book Chapter 14a, published on 7 May 2021,...

  • Wales Office

    • Air Pollution: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on its approach to tackling toxic air.

    • Air Pollution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on their Clean Air Plan.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the impact on children of different local authority policies on school age start dates; and what he plans he has...

    • Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2021 to Question 8570 on primary education: assessments, when the Information Commissioner's Office approved the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Health and Social Care and (b) Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the maintenance of...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of waiting times to receive support for children in schools with special educational needs and disabilities.

      Pupil Premium: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the arts pupil premium will be allocated; and whether that premium will be £90 million per year as announced in budget 2020.

      Newton Rigg College: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department sought advice from Government lawyers at the time of the sale of Newton Rigg in 2011 on the efficacy of a deed of release...

      Academies: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the strength of the inspection regime for multi-academy trusts.

      Newton Rigg College: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Chief Executive of Skills Funding and the Young People’s Learning Agency agreed to execute a legal document on the sale of...

      Newton Rigg College: University of Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) agreed to change the terms of the 2010 Prospectus to require the University of Cumbria to make...

      Vocational Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing funding for Applied General Qualifications on the ability of students from...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help reduce the covid-19 infection rate among secondary school children.

      Day Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the merits of extending the eligibility requirements for free childcare for two year olds to support low income...

      Bletchley Park: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to mark the contribution of pure mathematics as part of the 80th anniversary of the breaking of the Enigma code.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to limit the (a) spread of covid-19 variants in schools and (b) disruptions caused by covid-19 variants in schools.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to require schools to carry out on-site supervised lateral flow testing at the start of the 2021-22 school year before allowing...

      Schools: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's policy is on how school complaints relating to racism are (a) identified and (b) recorded.

      Extracurricular Activities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he youth summer camps will to be able to resume with groups of more than 30 children.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Exchequer of removing VAT from the price of covid-19 test services in each quarter in 2021-22.

    • Performing Arts and Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing additional long term sectoral support to the (a) live performance and...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure multinational companies pay tax in the countries they operate in.

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the Digital Services Tax from 2 per cent to 10 per cent to help rebuild the economy...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of furloughed employees during the covid-19 outbreak moving back into work.

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment his Department has undertaken on the potential effect on electric car take-up of imposing a VAT levy on the charging of electric...

      Coronavirus: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the details of meetings (a) he and (b) other Treasury Ministers have had with groups representing people excluded from covid-19 support...

      Premium Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if will make an assessment of the potential merits of raising the limit of the number of Premium Bonds that a person may purchase.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage home ownership.

      National Savings Bonds: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the proposed green savings bond announced in the Budget of 3 March 2021 to be released for sale to the public.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of inflation will be in (a) 2022-23 and (b) 2023-24.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Life Sciences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) NICE and (b) NHS England on the changes needed in the NICE methods and process review...

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made on establishing freeports in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales since 1 January 2021.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Afghani counterpart on the ongoing talks between that government and...

    • Bangladesh: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with their Bangladeshi counterparts on the persecution of Christians in...

      Bangladesh: Atheism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department have had with their Bangladeshi counterparts on the persecution of atheists in...

      Bangladesh: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the persecution of Ahmadis in that country.

      Bangladesh: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to facilitate increased humanitarian access to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Oman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has visited the property in his constituency that is reportedly owned by Oman’s Royal Office minister.

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he is developing a conflict prevention strategy.

      Hungary: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government has expressed concerns on the recent changes to LGBT+ legislation in Hungary to...

      Soulaiman Raissouni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure imprisoned Moroccan journalist, Soulaiman Raissouni, is given...

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much will the UK's next contribution to the Global Partnership for Education be.

      Oman: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Gulf Strategy Fund, what steps he is taking to support economic reform in Oman.

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the finding by the review commissioned by the...

      Turkey: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Turkish Government in response to violence against the...

      Myanmar: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Myanmar on (a) the de-escalation of the current crisis...

      Myanmar: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Myanmar Government on reports of the closure of HIV treatment clinics and the...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for UK citizens in countries where red, amber or green...

      Myanmar: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) facilitate increased humanitarian access in Myanmar and (b) ensure that aid...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Mali: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the armed forces personnel that departed from the UK to participate in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 12078, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of furnishing vertical launch silos on the...

      Navy: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to subject contracts for (a) naval support vessels and (b) warships to UK-only competition to increase shipbuilding capacity in the UK.

      Type 26 Frigates: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) steel products used in the construction of the Type 26 frigate and (b) locations from which each of those steel products is sourced.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) anticipated out-turn cost and (b) projected in-service date of each of the projects in the Atomic Weapons...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of Lockheed Martin on matters relating to national security.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of personnel at sea as part of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier battle group have received two covid-19 vaccinations.

      Mali: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of covid-19 there have been among UK armed forces personnel participating in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to insulate its housing stock to help meet Government targets to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on claimants of suspending the minimum income floor during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Kickstart Scheme and Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for the (a) Kickstart and (b) Restart...

      Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will take urgent steps to remove barriers within the universal credit online system to ensure that people who need help to...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent comparative assessment her Department has made of the (a) unemployment and (b) youth unemployment rates in (i) Enfield North...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of employment support available to people who (a) claim Employment and Support Allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 24 February 2021 to Question 155228 on Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations, whether the first test...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to allow EU citizens who miss the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to claim benefits.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the Bereavement Support Payment to include unmarried partners.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many conservation projects to reintroduce red squirrels have been undertaken in the last two years; and how many of...

    • Nitrates: Netherlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of their Dutch counterpart on the Dutch Nitrates...

      Chemicals: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 14143 on Chemicals: Health Hazards, if he will take steps to (a)...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to offer a route to settlement for Hong Kong people, who, primarily through having been born after the 1997 handover, are...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to provide local authorities with reliable demographic data to support their efforts in relation to the EU...

      Migrants: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help ensure that (a) employers, (b) financial institutions and (c) the Student Loans Company are aware that a...

      Migrant Help

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the resources available to the Migrant Help service to meet demand (a) during and (b) after...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who were entitled to receive asylum support that did not have a functioning Aspen card on...

      Unexplained Wealth Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Unexplained Wealth Orders have been issued (a) in total and (b) in relation to wealth derived from (i) Saudi Arabia, (ii) the UAE,...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an alternative means to prove settler status for EU...

      Migrant Workers: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of adding licensed drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles to the shortage...

      Migrants: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have the right to work residency in the UK but do not have a National Insurance Number.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will make an assessment of the effect of the EU Settlement Scheme on the rights of (a) refugee children and (b) children...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the EU Settlement Scheme from residents in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK are...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend the EU Settlement Scheme deadline beyond 30 June 2021.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of EU citizens in receipt of benefits and who have yet to apply for Settled Status live in (a)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens have not yet applied for the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vessels are on patrol in UK waters at any time to tackle migrant boats crossing the English Channel.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of evidence from the (a) Scottish and (b) Welsh Governments following the introduction of minimum unit pricing...

      Overseas Aid: Asylum and Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Home Department, what proportion of costs to assist asylum seekers and economic migrants to settle in the UK in their first year is included in overseas aid figures.

      Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Report of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.

      Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date she first sought advice from officials on her powers to carry out a review of the report of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.

      Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date she first informed the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel of her intention to review the content of their report.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the exploitation of children through domestic servitude, sex trading and drug trading; and what plans her...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what legislation ensures the legal requirement within urban planning to preserve the view of a specific place or...

    • Water Supply: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits including of a water neutral planning policy requirement within...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the building regulations review, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of lowering the...

      National House Building Council: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will take steps to begin an investigation into the statutory oversight by National House Building...

      Derelict Land: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support a brownfield first policy in planning.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to hold discussions with residents from rural communities before encouraging a mass...

      Planning Permission: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Court of Appeal case of R (Khodari) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to make the Building Safety Fund available to leaseholders in buildings less than 18 metres in...

      Immigration: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that people from Hong Kong arriving with BNO visas will be...

      Collective Worship: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether covid-19 guidance for places of worship will be updated to allow congregations to sing with masks on, similar...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what evidence the Government plans to review to determine whether the Decent Homes Standard requires updating in the...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021, to Question 15251, on Freedom of Information, how many freedom of information...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Collective Worship: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Commissioners have had with the Government on the potential merits of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Agencies: Re-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 15262 on Civil Service Agencies: Re-employment, if he will...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 30 March 2021 to Question 171522 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what the...

      Government Property Agency: Mitie

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts the Government Property Agency has for facility management with Mitie.

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing all covid-19 restrictions on weddings pending...

      Ministers: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has issued on the security of Ministers' personal electronic communications...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her policy is on the UK seeking trade deals with other countries similar to those terms negotiated with Australia.

    • Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what colour-coded ratings for presentational risks were given to the Freedom of Information requests (a) FOI2020/04220, (b) FOI2020/05327...

      Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Freedom of Information requests have been referred by her Department for advice on handling to the Cabinet Office’s clearing...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the adequacy of the statutory provision of...

    • Social Security Benefits: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential merits of volunteering for...

      Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the youth sector on ensuring that the Youth Investment Fund tackles local...

      Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on introducing rules for broadband providers on the same...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will meet with representatives of gambling affiliates to discuss the role they can play in promoting responsible gambling.

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 May 2021 Official Report 860, what the latest public health guidance is that he...

      Buses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the clarity of the advice in The visitor economy - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)...

      Gambling Commission: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to reform the governance of oversight and due diligence of the Gambling Commission in response to the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to give full recognition to people in the UK who identify as non-binary.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefits that might be realised if responsibility for roads in London was transferred from the Mayor of London...

    • Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the smart motorway programme.

      Customs: Ashford

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of light pollution from the Sevington inland border facility; and whether they plan to reduce the size of this...

      Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why meetings arranged with relevant councils in Kent on the planned White Cliffs Inland Border Facility have been cancelled; why no such meetings on this planned...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they held with higher education institutions in England before they decided to extend the provision of home fees for students from the Crown...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support vulnerable women leaving prison by ensuring (1) access to housing, (2) access to benefits and employment, and (3) access...

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific measures will be included in the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service for prison leavers to address the complex needs of...

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccinations have been given to (1) prisoners, and (2) prison officers; and what effect, if any, the vaccinations are having on isolation periods...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Land Mines: Bomb Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on global landmine casualty rates of reducing funding to humanitarian mine action programmes.

    • Iraq: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make a statement on the activities of the British Council in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the United Kingdom is playing in responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan; and to what extent this includes the clearance of...

      Arab States: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the detention of Uighurs in (1) Egypt, (2) the UAE, and (3) Saudi Arabia; and their forced deportation to China at the...

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in South Sudan; by how much UK aid to South Sudan will be cut as part of the reduction in the Official...

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support low and middle-income countries in Africa; and what recent assessment they have made of the potential effect of...

      Unrwa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the UK contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency in the last 12 months; and what steps have they taken to ensure that school books for...

      Andrei Pivavarov

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what explanation, if any, they have sought from the government of Russia for the treatment of Andrei Pivovarov, who was arrested on 31 May and subsequently charged...

      Angola: Convention on Cluster Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom plans to use its presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to encourage Angola to ratify the treaty.

      Tigray: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Acute Food Insecurity Analysis May – September,...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the government of Israel regarding reports of the forced displacement of Palestinian families in Silwan.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Mothers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence, in any of its official (1) paperwork, (2) guidance, (3) instructions, (4) manuals, or (5) other documents, (a) has replaced, or...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Universal Credit claimants are (1) black, (2) Asian, (3) other ethnic minority, (4) white, (5) male, and (6) female.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bridleways: Tarmac

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that bridle-paths are prevented from being tarmacked.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time police officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

    • Police: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time police officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2020.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police community support officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2020.

      Police: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police constables there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

      Police: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police constables there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2020.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police community support officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

      Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional Border Force staff have been mobilised since 17 May to reduce the queueing time at passport control in Heathrow Airport; and what is the...

  • Treasury

    • Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of why the use of the inland border facilities in Kent was less than was predicted prior to the end of the Transition period with...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Queen Elizabeth II

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Equality Act 2010 applies to the Sovereign in her private capacity; what are the reasons for any exemption; and whether the Government Equalities...

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