Written answers

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies research and analysis, Potential application of Air Cleaning devices and...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons his Department has not made an assessment of the potential benefits of professional air purification systems in indoor...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of classifying vaping under the same rules and regulations as smoking.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in (a) opioid and (b) alcohol use during covid-19 outbreak.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning vaping in (a) public and (b) indoor spaces.

      European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to negotiate full membership of the (a) European Centre for Disease Control and (b) Early Warning Response...

      Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department is developing to tackle specific health issues affecting men and boys.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answers of 17 June 2021 to Question 13841 and 24 June 2021 to Question 18559 on travel: coronavirus, for what reason it...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commit to a target for improving access to cancer medicines to support the ambition in the NHS Long Term Plan of improving...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure that the outcomes of the (a) Innovative Medicines Fund and (b) NICE Methods Review...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the covid-19 guidance is on social distancing for (a) couples in an established relationship, (b) couples in the early stages of a...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 17 June 2021 to Question 13841 and 24 June 2021 to Question 18559 on travel: coronavirus, if he will publish...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the comments made in the Government consultation on a new legal...

      Dermatology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the vacancy rate is for dermatologists within the NHS.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to review the accuracy and objectivity of the Abortion and Abortion Care Factsheet produced by the...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on drafting the Government's new dementia strategy.

      Autism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of covid-19 lockdowns on diagnosing autism in (a) toddlers and (b) school age children.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data his Department holds on the number of covid-19 infections in care homes that have been contracted as a result...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on providing indicative discharge dates or an action plan to people with learning disabilities detained under...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if (a) his Department and (b) Public Health England will formally recognise second doses of covid-19 vaccinations delivered overseas,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of levels of immunity from covid-19 after two doses of vaccine among people who are...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the performance of lateral flow devices available in the UK; and what comparative assessment he has made...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing alternative quarantine arrangements for British citizens who have been...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full time equivalent health visitors have been employed in each of the last 10 years, by local authority and health authority area.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Innova Lateral Flow Device Test is fit-for-purpose.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Innova lateral flow tests had their authorisation extended by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of travellers returning to the UK from red list countries that have been exempt...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much winter funding has been allocated to the NHS in real terms in each year since 2010-11.

      Knee Replacements: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are on the waiting list for knee replacement surgery in Devon.

      Hip Replacements: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are on the waiting list for hip replacement surgery in Plymouth.

      Hip Replacements: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are on the waiting list for hip replacement surgery in Devon.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that NHS consultant appointments are readily available for patients.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) general and (b) acute beds available in the NHS.

      Drugs: UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to seek a mutual recognition agreement with the EU on medicines.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government’s White Paper, Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for...

      Department of Health and Social Care: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who (a) installed and (b) gave the authority for the installation of a surveillance camera in the office of the Secretary of State for...

      NHS: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts have engaged with NHS Improvement on transactions involving (a) the creation of subsidiaries...

      Health Services: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for releasing funds for enabling works on the Future Fit programme in Shrewsbury.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how security in his Department's estate is monitored.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what private companies are contracted to provide security services at his Department’s buildings that contain Ministerial private...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase covid-19 vaccination rates in areas where those rates are consistently lower than average; what...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who have received three doses of a covid-19 vaccination as a result of the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who have received their second dose of a covid-19 vaccination overseas.

      Maternity Inequalities Oversight Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Maternity Inequalities Oversight Forum has made any recommendations to his Department.

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review report entitled First Do No Harm and...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Miscarriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) care, (b) support and (c) advice offered to women experiencing miscarriages who...

      Eating Disorders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people with a pre-existing eating disorder.

      Eating Disorders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has been made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on trends in the number of (a) children and young...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health dormitory wards were operational and providing patient care in the NHS at the end of May 2021.

      Disability: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) mental and (b) physical health of mothers of disabled...

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the impact of social media on children and young people developing eating disorders.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS Digital’s plans for personal medical histories to be shared with academic and commercial third parties, what...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to inform the general public about the option to opt out of the General Practice Data for Planning and Research...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to help ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place for the data collected as part of the General Practice...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make the process of opting out of NHS Digital preference data sharing more accessible for the digitally excluded.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that third parties will not be able to access patient data through the creation of the NHS Digital database.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department holds on the extent of the risk to public health of people who have been fully vaccinated against covid-19...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of patients' ability to book face-to-face GP appointments as covid-19 lockdown measures are eased.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the awareness of the importance of CPR skills and accessibility of Automated External Defibrillators...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) recent trends in waiting times for optician appointments and (b) the impact of those waiting times on...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he first received information on the study by Public Health England that found that AstraZenica and Pfizer covid-19 vaccines are...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 vaccination programme, whether GPs may invite adults for their second vaccination from six weeks after the...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people who have booked covid-19 quarantine hotel rooms have requested accommodation for a large family...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that mandatory covid-19 quarantine hotels meet effective sanitation standards.

      Thalassaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve patient outcomes for people affected by transfusion dependent beta thalassemia.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the process is by which contracts are awarded for quarantine accommodation for arrivals from red-list countries.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what demand forecasts for covid-19 quarantine accommodation for people from red-list countries his Department has conducted for the...

      Schools: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the results of the pilots for daily contact testing in schools.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to review the guidance issued by his Department on face mask standards for NHS workers in the context of research...

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is providing to (a) mothers and (b) babies with withdrawal symptoms attributed to a mother’s (i) opioid and (ii)...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, what the distinguishing criteria are between the categories of (a) the...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is planning to take to utilise community pharmacies to reduce the backlog of cases in primary care.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • 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 24 June 2021 to Question 19598, on Freedom of Information, what proportion of freedom of...

    • All Party Park Homes Parliamentary Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Minister responsible plans to respond to the invitation to attend a meeting of the Park Homes APPG which was...

      Soho House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any officials in his Department have (a) been offered and (b) accepted membership to Soho House from January...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to bring forward proposals for wide scale local government reorganisation in the current...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce his decision on any proposed local government reorganisation in (a) North Yorkshire, (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he made an assessment of the potential (a) merits and (b) effect on affected businesses of excluding new...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure that (a) environmental health and (b) other local regulatory services...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that unoccupied properties do not fall into disrepair.

  • Prime Minister

    • Matt Hancock

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he (a) directly or (b) indirectly commissioned the Director General, Propriety & Ethics, Cabinet Office to investigate and report on the matters which led...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the report, Falling Through the Net, by the Child Poverty Action Group,...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children living in poverty in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c)...

      Employment: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in employment that are living in poverty in (a) Coventry North East...

      Poverty: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of women and girls living below the poverty line in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b)...

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of ending the £20 universal credit uplift on levels of poverty in Wales.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department plans to take to tackle child poverty in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Lancashire and (d) Preston constituency.

      Local Housing Allowance: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the rate of Local Housing Allowance on levels of rent arrears in Wales.

      Discretionary Housing Payments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of the reduction of discretionary housing payment funding on levels of rent...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the costs her Department has incurred as a result of the judicial review proceedings on its decision not to...

      Unemployment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the jobless rates for (a) recent education-leavers and (b) young black people as a result of the...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the numbers of people living in food poverty in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry,...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her policy is on her Department's rates of recycling of plastic, paper, metal and other products; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of her Department's energy usage in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Natural Gas: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 21959 on Natural Gas: Hydrogen, when the Health and Safety Executive’s review of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who did not receive a £20 uplift as a result of the benefit cap.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23230, what her timeframe is for the publication of the equality impact assessment on the...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to improve the enforcement of workplace health and safety legislation.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of written correspondence from hon. Members sent to Ministers in her Department have been (a) received and (b) replied to since...

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the UK ornamental horticulture sector on the need for additional migrant workers in that sector.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to alert the public to common scams using media advertisements; and what resources are committed by her Department...

      Migrants: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 2 November 2020 to Question 106891 on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, with reference to the review of how...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received support from the Windrush Compensation Scheme’s Vulnerable Persons Team during the period 1 February...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the update provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 April 2020, how many applications for urgent and exceptional...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offers of compensation have been (a) increased, (b) decreased and (c) upheld as a result of Tier 1 and Tier 2 reviews under the...

      Police Stations: Amersham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish an impact assessment on the closure of the police counter in Amersham.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of collecting data on the number of assaults on retail workers in England and...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent the loss of serious crime records.

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to introduce a visa scheme to allow employers to recruit overseas workers to customer-facing roles.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of pending applications to the EU Settlement Scheme are from applicants in Wales.

      Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the principal reasons are for which Destitution Change of Conditions applications have been rejected since March 2020; and if she will...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to protect child refugees who are brought into the UK.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeline is for the announcement of the new resettlement scheme.

      Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the UK are subject to no recourse to public funds conditions.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on the review on lifting the ban on asylum seekers working.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the potential effect on the public purse of granting asylum seekers the right to work.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2020 to Question 11461, whether her Department has received written legal opinion on the provisions in law...

  • Treasury

    • Roads: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on implementation of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC's Freedom of Information Team's response to FOI request (FOI2021/00393) and the email of 31 January 2019 from HMRC's First Permanent...

      Treasury: Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on his Department's rates of recycling of plastic, paper, metal and other products; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's Levelling Up agenda on the creation of jobs to date.

      Bankruptcy: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that HMRC does not enforce payment of the Charge or settlement sums by people facing bankruptcy as a result of the Loan Charge.

      Bankruptcy: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will declare bankruptcy as a result of the Loan Charge in 2021.

      Urban Areas: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is a fair redistribution of funding to towns and cities.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment for the ongoing covid-19 restrictions on international travel and the economic impact of those...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential net economic benefits of long-term investment in energy efficiency programmes.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Fina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department makes any financial contribution (a) directly and (b) through supported organisations to FINA,...

    • Music: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with representatives of the recorded music industry in 2021.

      UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce the results of the tender for management of the UK Youth Parliament; and what budget has been allocated.

      TikTok: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of children using live streaming services on TikTok to solicit in-app virtual...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average time taken by the Gambling Commission to make a determination on an application for a gambling licence has...

      Battle of Adwalton Moor: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Adwalton Moor.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has with his counterparts in the EU on securing charge free roaming for UK travellers to the EU.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reintroduction of roaming charges on UK travellers to the EU.

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government’s Covid-19 guidance for Performing arts and non-professional activities updated on 18...

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government’s Covid-19 guidance for Performing arts and non-professional activities updated on 18...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Overseas Companies: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many British companies have approached his Department seeking supply chain advice in China since 2017; and how that...

    • Heating: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Heat and Buildings strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the costs of low...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of increased numbers of electric cars on the grid capacity of the (a)...

      Geothermal Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to incentivise (a) investment in and (b) development of deep geothermal energy projects.

      Geothermal Power: Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with representatives of the Coal Authority on the (a) feasibility and (b) potential...

      Energy: Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to improve the energy efficiency of homes through local authorities.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to phase out unabated natural gas from the power sector.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the outcome of the meeting on 21 June 2021 between...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to make transmission investments to increase electricity network capacity to accommodate the...

      European Marine Energy Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2021 to Question 8655 on European Marine Energy Centre: Finance, whether she plans to...

      Water Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 3949 on Water Power: Finance, when she plans to publish specific...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recent Nuclear Decommissioning Authority departmental review, what his plans are for the creation...

      Post Offices: Sustainable Development

      What recent assessment he has made of the sustainability of the Post Office network.

      Energy: Scotland

      If he will provide further support to energy transition projects in Scotland.

      Energy: Scotland

      If he will provide further support to energy transition projects in Scotland.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: ISS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the facilities management contractor ISS with employment practices for...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: ISS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) covid-19 health and safety practices of facilities management contractor ISS and...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Wales on the potential merits of a new industrial...

      Local Restrictions Support Grant: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications have been received for Additional Restrictions Grants during each grant period in...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulations in place for umbrella companies.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: EMCOR UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to review Government contracts with Emcor for surveillance systems across his Department's sites.

    • Pakistan: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether Pakistan's PNS Zulfiqar frigate's scheduled exercise, Arabian Monsoon, with the Russian navy in the Baltic Sea...

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Armed Forces personnel who (a) are deployed overseas, (b) have tested positive for covid-19 in the past 12...

      Ministry of Defence: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's energy usage in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Russia: Black Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether Russia's actions in the Black Sea towards (a) HMS Defender on 23 June 2021 and (b) the Royal Netherlands naval...

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of security of surveillance systems at Ministry of Defence sites.

      Ministry of Defence: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many dogs have been euthanised by (a) his Department and (b) agencies and public bodies of his Department since June 2020.

      Ministry of Defence: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many horses have been euthanised by (a) his Department and (b) agencies and public bodies of his Department since June 2020.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's energy usage in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

    • Scotland Office: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his policy is on his Department's rates of recycling of plastic, paper, metal and other products; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Environment Protection: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the extent to which tariff lines under the UK Global Tariff present barriers to the liberalisation of...

    • Balance of Payments: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to improve the balance of payments between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

      Department for International Trade: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any departmental business has been conducted from private email addresses since 2016; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure...

      Department for International Trade: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what declarations of interests have been made by her Department’s non-executive directors; and where is that information published.

      Department for International Trade: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department’s non-executive directors were appointed; what oversight officials had of Ministerial appointments of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Sexual Harassment: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent progress she has made on publishing the Government’s response to its consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace.

    • Maternal Mortality: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Race Disparity Unit has taken to support the Department of Health and Social Care in reducing maternal mortality rates among black women.

      Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the accuracy of the data and evidence used in the March 2021 report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle neighbourhood (a) speeding and (b) traffic issues.

    • Travel: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with representatives of the US Administration on the basis on which people who have received the AstraZeneca covid-19...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has plans to compensate people who have booked holidays but are no longer able to travel due to the financial implications of...

      Biometric Residence Permits: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he takes to ensure that permanent residents are consulted on the implementation of residents' permit schemes in areas with a high number of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are employed by the HS2 project; and what the average salary is.

      High Speed Two: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the office spaces occupied by HS2 in the UK.

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of e-scooter trials on (a) blind and partially sighted and (b) deaf and hard of hearing pedestrians.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in (a) Morley and Outwood constituency and (b) England.

      Department for Transport: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on his Department's rates of recycling of plastic, paper, metal and other products; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Transport: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's energy usage in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the DVLA is taking to improve response times for renewing driving licences when there is a medical consideration.

      Merchant Shipping Act 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals to bring personal watercraft within the safe use and conduct provisions of the...

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timeframe is for the publication of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan; and if he will make an oral statement to Parliament when that Plan is...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with universities on the resumption of face-to-face lectures in September 2021.

    • Vocational Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has carried out an impact assessment of the removal of funding for Applied General Qualifications.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2021 to Question 138427 on Schools: Discipline, what progress his Department has made on establishing the...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he will provide to school students receiving GCSE and A Level results in summer 2021 to support their (a) mental wellbeing and...

      Young People: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a long-term strategy to improve physical activity and wellbeing in young people in (a) the UK...

      British Students Abroad: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the financial effect on UK students studying abroad of the UK leaving the EU.

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to make local areas more accountable for fulfilling their statutory obligations to children and young people with SEND; and if...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional mental health support will be made available to school age children over the summer 2021 holidays in response to the mental effects of...

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish the outcome of the SEND Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adoptions have taken place in each of the last 10 years.

      Post-16 Qualifications At Level 3 and Below in England Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his timetable is for publishing his Department's (a) response to the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and (b) updated impact...

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Deer: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ensure that trophy hunting...

    • Consumer Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will bring forward measures to prevent companies from destroying new and unused stock of electrical and...

      Flood Control: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the risk of flooding in Shrewsbury from the River Severn.

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take in response to (a) air pollution, (b) resident objections, (c) physical health impacts and (d)...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the 2016 CITES resolution that well managed and...

      Peat Bogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to set obligations for water companies and peatland owners in SSSI's to restore peatland on...

      Lakes and Rivers: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that all of England’s rivers and lakes achieve a good ecological status.

      Livestock: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the change in EU rules to allow the use of (a) processed...

  • Attorney General

    • Rape: Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, for what reason does the CPS withdraw its support for rape cases going to full trial after a trial date has been set.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Detention Centres and Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made a recent assessment of the trends in the levels of crimes that take place inside prisons and detention centres; and what steps he...

    • Courts: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the sitting time of courts to reflect the working day of eight hours.

      Coroners: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to consult on the proposed reforms to the coronial system as set out in the 2021 Queen's Speech.

      Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of granting interim, time-limited legal recognition to humanist marriages on the same basis as has...

      Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the performance of the probation service in (a) Newport West constituency and (b) Wales.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the probation service in England and Wales.

      Probation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the probation service in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to monitor the reintroduction of key worker schemes in prisons in England and Wales during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish the outcome of its review of the potential merits of covid-status...

    • Press Conferences: Sign Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of challenging the Katherine Rowley vs the Cabinet...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that non-departmental public bodies performance reporting arrangements...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Ministers’ connected parties have been granted Government contacts under the Government’s...

      Elections: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he is planning to publish a Green or White paper on the upcoming Elections Bill.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Freedom of Information requests were referred to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on grounds...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the cost to the public purse of the House of Commons energy usage in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Season Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of the flexible season ticket for commuters, what market research they undertook to inform this policy; whether they sought any...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cost-benefit analysis they have made of (1) the access improvements to London King's Cross Railway Station, (2) the rail modifications at Werrington Junction,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Offshore Industry: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Greenpeace UK Training & Tickets: the hidden costs for offshore oil & gas workers,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to address the level of adherence to proper hand hygiene in (1) hospitals, and (2) other care settings.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to protect immunocompromised individuals from COVID-19 as cases rise in areas of England.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with employers regarding the safety of immunocompromised clinically extremely vulnerable groups in relation to their return to work.

      Environmental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the role of environmental health professionals has been included in the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care's plans for reforming Public Health...

      Coronavirus: Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Cornwall.

      Ivermectin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ivermectin is being considered to treat mild cases of COVID-19.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of the review commissioned by NHS England into services provided by Serenity Integrated Mentoring.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people arriving from red list countries subject to hotel quarantine and who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have tested positive for that virus.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Integrated Care Systems (1) adopt, and (2) support, health creation.

      Patients

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the source of their figure that 500,000 adults in England are immunocompromised; whether figures for immunocompromised adults are collated at a UK...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were vaccinated against the common flu in the past 12 months; and how this figure compares with the previous 12 months.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a consultation on fixed recovery costs for clinical negligence claims; and if so, when.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent COVID-19 forecasting by the team at Imperial College London, led by Professor Neil Ferguson.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the changes in their guidance on the number of visitors permissible to care homes on 17 May, what steps they are taking to provide care homes with...

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term policies they are following to ensure that those affected by disrupted education during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to catch up on lost...

    • Educational Institutions: Visual Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made the report by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research at the University of Birmingham Lost in Transition? The...

      Apprentices: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to review whether apprenticeship standards are fit for purpose to contribute to the net zero economy.

      Care Homes: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Berridge on 21 June (HL Deb, col 14), what is the average annual cost of a place in a (1) children’s home, and (2)...

      Digital Technology: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by UNICEF and the Carnegie UK Trust Closing the Digital Divide for Good: An end to the digital exclusion of children...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Foundation for Educational Research Putting Apprenticeships to Work for Young People, published on 16...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revise the policy framework The Care and Management of Individuals Who are Transgender, published in January 2020.

    • Divorce: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment in March 2020 to conduct a review into the law relating to financial remedies on divorce, what progress they have made with that review.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Environmental Health: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a Chief Environmental Health Officer role (1) to ensure links to local government environmental health teams, and (2) to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Black Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which media representatives were aboard HMS Defender in the Black Sea on 23 June; and what was the reason for their invitation.

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of deploying British armed forces personnel to Northern Ireland in response to the opposition to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern...

      Armed Forces Covenant: Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British Army Gurkha veterans living in (1) the UK, and (2) Nepal, are covered by the Armed Forces Covenant.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • North Korea: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the status of freedom of religion or belief in North Korea; and what plans they have to introduce measures (1) to...

    • North Korea: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accounts of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment by Ministry of State Security officials against North Korean...

      Religious Freedom: Human Rights and Torture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment to promote freedom of religion or belief overseas in Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security,...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials are working on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in (1) the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and (2) the Ministry of Defence.

      Indonesia: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) number, and (2) treatment, of refugees in Indonesia, in particular those in Java; and what steps they are taking to...

      Israel: Human Rights and Torture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel What happened in the 'torture room' at...

      Israel: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about reports of plans to demolish Lifta and to construct a new settlement in its stead.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of reports of the use of live fire by the government of Israel against Palestinians protesting the building of settlements.

      Palestinians: Land and Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they still hold deeds of land or property in Palestine from prior to 1948.

  • Home Office

    • British National (Overseas): Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to publish a forecast for the take up of the British National (Overseas) visa over (1) 12 months, (2) three years, and (3) five years.

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take following the correspondence on the use of non-compliant equipment during Channel crossings sent to the Home Office by Charles...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Home Office will respond to former coxswain of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Charles Sharrod’s letter regarding the equipment...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the entry into the UK of new variants of the COVID-19 virus via the UK's borders.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Advisory Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether members of the COVID-19 advisory bodies are bound by collective responsibility; and what assessment they have made of the consistency of public statements...

  • Treasury

    • Free Zones: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify a freeport within Northern Ireland.

    • Tourism and Travel: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a financial support package for the travel and tourism industry; and in particular, what plans they have to introduce tailored grants.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support charities help rebuild civil society after COVID-19.

    • Children: Exercise and Sports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had about children's participation in sport and physical activity; and with whom those discussions took place.

      World Heritage Sites: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on tourism for (1) Liverpool, and (2) the wider North West region, of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status...

      Internet: Disinformation and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect all UK citizens from online harms and misinformation.

      Electric Cables: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of subsea communication and energy cables.

      World Heritage Sites: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking at the UN to maintain Liverpool’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Telecommunications Cables: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the resilience of subsea cable infrastructure.

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