Written answers

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of HS2 Ltd’s office space in London was in (a) each financial year and (b) total since 2018.

    • Tees Valley Combined Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received a request from the Tees Valley Combined Authority for additional financial support in respect of the costs associated with...

      Travel: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including Serbia on the covid-19 green list for travel.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Offices: Pay Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the interests of sub-postmasters are being effectively represented...

    • BGI: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential implications for national security of (a) Amazon and (b)...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria he uses to measure high street activity.

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to continue to support SMEs experiencing a slow recovery as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Secretary of State for Housing,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Day Centres: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support is available to help run day centre provision and other activities for elderly people.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether all electronic mail communications since and including 26 March 2020 by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department with...

      Paramedical Staff: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies each Ambulance Trust has for paramedics in England.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will offer reimbursements to the single cohort of speech and language therapy undergraduates who self-funded their degrees when...

      Community Care: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on capacity in community care settings for people with learning disabilities and autism in (a) 2018-19, (b)...

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has a planned timescale for bringing forward legislative proposals to fortify flour products with folic acid.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve public awareness of sarcoma cancer.

      Gender Recognition: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that phalloplasty surgery for trans men can resume on the NHS.

      Cervical Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cervical screening examinations took place in the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group in each of the last 10 years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations made by the JDRF in their report, Pathway to Choice, published in February 2020, what steps he is...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commit to reviewing the cancer ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan in the context of the backlog of cancer treatment,...

      Asthma: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on referrals to secondary care and specialist asthma centres for...

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide additional support for dementia patients in care homes.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median waiting time is for routine treatment at each NHS trust in England.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 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.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 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.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the approval of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 179661 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what recent assessment his Department has made of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the validity of evidence that suggests that people who are immunocompromised or...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for a covid-19 vaccine booster campaign in autumn 2021.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure long-term immune monitoring of people who have received a covid-19 vaccine booster.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) steps he is taking and (b) plans he has to ensure that people not registered with a GP are able to access covid-19 vaccines.

      Carers: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the saving to the public purse resulting from care provided to disabled people by unpaid carers.

      Carers: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing carers who look after disabled people with (a) free prescriptions and...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 24 July to Questions 18543 and 18545 on Vision Impairment: Rehabilitation, whether specific reference to local...

      Care Homes and Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a regulatory impact assessment of the costs, benefits and alternatives of requiring staff in (a) care homes and (b)...

      Care Homes: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of homophobia in residential care settings.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing funding for disabled children's health and care...

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses have been allocated to implementing policies introduced as a result of the Learning Disability Mortality Review programme.

      Disability: Children

      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 health and wellbeing of disabled children.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled children can catch-up on missed (a) therapies and (b) health services as part of the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle discrimination against same-sex women couples accessing fertility treatment.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department last made an assessment of the viability of care companies; and what assessment he has made of the resilience of such...

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure NHS workers have access to adequate mental health support.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to question 128881, Abortion: Drugs, what measures are in place to ensure that abortion...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultant midwives have been employed in the NHS in England in each of the last five years.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the role that the health and fitness industry plays on people developing eating disorders.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to investigate the increase in the number of cases in eating disorders in the last 10 years.

      Coronavirus: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether artificial intelligence is being used in the diagnosis of covid-19.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine,...

      Trikafta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to make Kaftrio available for the treatment of cystic fibrosis in the UK.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s impact assessment on the introduction of restrictions on the promotions and placements of products that...

      Hypertension: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is available to people with the cost of purchasing a blood pressure monitor where GPs require patients to take blood...

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will instruct Directors of Public Health to lead a strategy on oral healthcare with a focus on prevention of disease.

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for publishing plans for a reformed dentist contract.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's ongoing process review will assess the potential merits of giving patient...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence the Government has used to support the introduction of calorie labelling on menus to tackle obesity.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of whether the outcomes of the NICE Methods Review support access to personalised cancer treatments; and if...

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of offering free CPR courses to adults in England.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a national approach to self care that (a) encourages referrals to pharmacy...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed Innovative Medicines Fund on personalised cancer treatments.

      Pharmacy: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has been made of the potential merits of ensuring pharmacists have both read and write access to medical records to...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criterion his Department will use when deciding on the selection of UK Government accredited observers for the WHO Framework...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) SAGE on the potential risk of outbreaks of new variants of covid-19 originating...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the changes needed to (a) NICE and NHS England and Improvement's health technology approval...

      Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's focus on responding to the covid-19 outbreak on trends in the...

      Skin Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of GP visits that are related to skin conditions.

      Acne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who suffer from acne by (a) age and (b) gender.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.

  • Department for Education

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many items of written correspondence from hon. Members sent to Ministers in his Department have been (a) received and (b) replied to since 1 April...

    • Primary Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to end the requirement for primary school children to self-isolate under covid-19 restrictions.

      Schools: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidential basis is that mask wearing in classrooms reduces the risk of covid-19 infection transmission.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what advice he is providing to schools in response to the rising level of covid-19 infection.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to determine the form of A level exams in 2022; and when he plans to announce his Department's policy on that matter.

      Secondary Education: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including CPR as a compulsory part of secondary education.

      Schools: Exercise and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has for physical education and school sport as part of the covid-19 recovery plan for education.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that there is equality for disabled children and their non-disabled peers in their recovery from the effects of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on increasing the legal age of marriage to 18 years old.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Shipping: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support her Department is providing to maritime SMEs participating in international export activity.

    • Imports: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect on the rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil of British businesses importing...

      Department for International Trade: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her departmental IT systems routinely allow officials, advisers and ministers to access private email accounts from their office...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress has been made towards agreeing a trade deal with Australia.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release, Government to bring an end to unsafe cladding with multi-billion...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release, Government steps in to help homeowners caught up in EWS1 process,...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of local authorities' powers to prevent...

      Local Plans: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for York to have a Local Plan.

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to prioritise homes with gardens over flats without gardens in housing planning applications.

      Environmental Health: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of environmental health practitioners in local...

      NHS Test and Trace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to increase data sharing to local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Low Flying: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much compensation his Department has paid out to landowners in response to the effects of low-flying aircraft, by case, since June 2020.

    • Armed Forces Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to help promote public celebrations of Armed Forces Day in June 2022 and future years.

      Royal Yacht: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 11489 on Royal Yacht: Procurement, what assessment his Department made of the potential defence...

      Royal Yacht: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 11489 on Royal Yacht: Procurement, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance used by his...

      Royal Yacht: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 11489, on Royal Yacht: Procurement, when he plans to announce the estimated cost of (a) constructing...

      Royal Yacht: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 11489 on Royal Yacht: Procurement, if he will list the merits of (a) constructing and (b) operating a...

      Ministry of Defence: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23049 on Ministry of Defence: Mental Health Services, how many personnel were employed at his...

      Ammunition: Beaufort's Dyke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the safety of munitions and weapons at Beaufort's Dyke.

      Shipping: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 on Royal Yacht Procurement on the use of British steel in the National Flagship, what classes of vessels procured...

      Ministry of Defence: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many assessments for (a) personal independence payment, (b) universal credit and (c) employment support allowance her Department has...

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of assessments for (a) personal independence payment, (b) universal credit and (c) employment support allowance were carried...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish data on the number of welfare benefit claimants who use food banks.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of ending the £20 uplift to universal credit on universal credit...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Local indicators of child poverty after housing costs, 2019-20, published by Loughborough University Centre for Research...

      Child Maintenance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support low income parents in their navigation of the Child Maintenance Service to secure adequate contact...

      Child Maintenance Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Service in considering the period a child spends with each...

      Child Maintenance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide a definition of the term temporary as used by the Child Maintenance Service.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made a recent estimate of the cost of raising children of different ages for the purposes of calculating child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the provision of legal aid in child maintenance cases.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the rules governing eligibility for the Funeral Expenses Payment to provide...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nappies: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for its policies of the recommendations of the UN...

    • Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that labels on meat products state the method by which the animal was killed.

      Natural Resources: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to reduce resource consumption in the UK.

      Fly-tipping: Crime Prevention and Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent fly-tipping on private land; and whether the Government plans to review...

      Nature Conservation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding is available for local groups or organisations to develop ecology centres or wildlife preserves that serve the...

      Elephants: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to ban the keeping of elephants in zoos.

      Recycling: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of recycling rates (a) nationally and (b) in York since March 2020.

      Canal and River Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the financial sustainability of the Canal and River Trust of meeting all its...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals were exported from the UK for the purpose of (a) breeding, (b) fattening and (c) slaughter in each of the...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) birds, (b) pigs, (c) wild boar, (d) bulls and (e) cows have been exported from the UK for the purposes of (i)...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether protection dogs are recognised as a specific class of dog under UK legislation.

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's legislative proposals on animal welfare on the...

      Birds: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason birds have not been included in the list of animals to be prohibited from live export under section 42(7) of...

  • Home Office

    • Animal Experiments: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest interval was between visits made by officials of her Department to any establishment designated as breeding, supplying or...

    • Animal Experiments: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with respect to Section 18, 2(b) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, how many and what proportion of inspection visits carried...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of EU citizens eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend the leave to remain of EU citizens with an outstanding application to the EU Settlement Scheme so that they do not lose...

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to make permanent the temporary powers within the Coronavirus Act 2020 enabling the electronic registration of deaths.

      UK Border Force: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to seek a UK supplier for the replacement of the UK Border Agency’s existing cutter fleet.

      Au Pairs: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 10664, with how many countries she has started to negotiate the Youth Mobility Scheme...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing people who have received EU Settled Status with physical...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is for cannabis-based products for medical use to be placed alongside fentanyl and diamorphine in Schedule 2 of...

      Home Office: Correspondence

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

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2021 to Question 5143, what evidence demonstrates that the arrests made have included high-level actors in...

  • Scotland Office

    • Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answers of 9 and 16 June and 1 July 2021 to Questions 10486, 13125 and 21266 on Energy: Scotland, for what reason he will not publish...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ebrahim Raisi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the election of Ebrahim Raisi as president.

    • Overseas Aid: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reduction in official development assistance spending...

      Ebrahim Raisi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of threat to Israel of the election of Ebrahim Raisi as...

      Israel: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total UK aid spend in Israel was in each of the last 10 years; and what the budget headings were for that...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority has been spent on the Palestinian National...

      Israel: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to increase UK diplomatic cooperation with Israel as part of the Integrated...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department makes available to its staff working at lower grades overseas in red list countries to...

      Hong Kong: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of its foreign travel advice for Hong Kong in the...

      Jimmy Lai

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether UK consulate officials have visited the pro-democracy activist and UK citizen Jimmy Lai in prison.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of his Department's staff are allocated to policies and programmes on global LGBT+ rights.

      Colombia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the change in the level of Official Development Assistance to date;...

      Turkey: Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood over the last six...

      Turkey: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he last discussed with his NATO counterparts the potential imposition of further sanctions against Turkey in...

      Turkey: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the US, UK and EU imposing sanctions against Turkey in...

      Armenia: Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with its Azerbaijani counterpart on releasing the full list of Armenian...

      Armenia: Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help secure the release of Armenian prisoners of war held in Azerbaijan.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the work required to deliver effectively the full New Decade, New Approach agreement of 2020?.

    • Trade Agreements: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to encourage businesses in Northern Ireland to buy goods from the rest of the UK in preference to buying them from the EU.

  • Treasury

    • Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of business rates on retail unit vacancy.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances low carbon investments pay (a) 20 per cent and (b) five per cent VAT.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to help businesses affected by covid-19 restrictions when business rates are next due.

      Self-employed: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available to self-employed people who have been ineligible for Government covid-19 support schemes to date to restart their business.

      Heating: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised from VAT on heat pumps.

      Government Actuary's Department: Re-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 15260 on Civil Service Agencies: Standards, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that fire and...

      Treasury: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

      Treasury: Email

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23166 on Treasury: Email, if he will place in the Library a copy of all the Acceptable Use policies...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the attainment of net zero (a) in the UK and (b) globally of the exclusion of firm low-carbon power...

      Insurance: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 21130 on Insurance: Business, if he will publish the (a) name and (b) value at transfer of each of the...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) risks of cryptocurrencies a a means of payment.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to prohibit the practice of recruitment agencies asking for incentives to recommend contractors to an umbrella company.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Local Press: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of (a) trends in the level of advertising in local media outlets and (b) the...

    • Casinos: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to modernise regulation of land-based casinos as part of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Question

      What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on bringing forward legislative proposals to ban virginity testing.

  • Department for Education

    • GCSE: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the consultation on proposed reforms to GCSE examinations in French, Spanish and German.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of Imprisonment for Public Protection are supervised in the community by the National Probation Service, by number of years since the tariff.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Great Barrier Reef

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to UNESCO about the future status of the Great Barrier Reef.

    • Visas: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have put forward to secure UK citizens the right to remain in the EU for 180 days without the need for a visa; on what grounds the EU did not...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 June (HL820) and their position that they will “recognise a Palestinian state at a time...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review, in cooperation with (1) the government of the USA, (2) the governments of Commonwealth countries, (3) the EU and its Member States,...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that British personnel working on (1) UN, (2) EU, and (3) African Union, (a) military, (b) humanitarian, and (c) hybrid...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the Overseas Development Assistance crisis reserve fund in each of the last five years; and what is its current value.

      North Korea: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Korea Future Initiative Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea (Volume I), published on 27...

      North Korea: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Korea Future Initiative Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea (Volume I), published on 27...

      Uganda: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise in COVID-19 infections in Uganda; what assessment they have made of the scale of the shortage of (1) oxygen, (2)...

      Russia: Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK embassies and high commissions been tasked to report movements of personnel from ex-Soviet states to regions where economies are dependent on (1)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Shipping: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed naval cable monitoring and repair ship is intended to replace the sophisticated ships currently looking after undersea cables.

    • Navy: Black Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the reported comments by General Sir Nick Carter that incidents such as the recent confrontation with Russia off...

      HMS Glasgow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the new acceptance date for delivery of HMS Glasgow.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the long-term loss of labour market participation among people under the age of 40 as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Plastics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether Oxo-Biodegradable plastic sheeting used by farmers is fully biodegradable leaving no residue.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Economic Partnership Agreements: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to comply with Article 14.12 of the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and (2) to discuss measures with...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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