Written answers

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of cars on the roads that are exceeding legal emission limits.

    • Department for Transport: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mechanisms are in place to audit information provided to his Department by (a) regulatory bodies and (b) non-departmental public bodies.

      Trains: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing specific coaches on trains which require the wearing of masks during the covid-19...

      Buses: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of (a) the new filter used in the ventilation system of Reading Buses and (b) the potential merits...

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing further support to the building of hydrogen re-fuelling sites.

      Travel Restrictions: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the evidence supporting the placement of the United Arab Emirates in the red list for travel.

      High Speed Two: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many homes have been compulsorily purchased by HS2 Ltd.

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions have taken place with (a) community stakeholders and (b) disabled stakeholders on the introduction of e-scooter trials.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of the potential effect on road safety of the decision to temporarily extend operating hours limits for heavy...

      Cars: Exhaust Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to ban the sale of car exhaust noise amplifiers.

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the viability of the use of hydrogen fuel cell cars in Britain.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Highlands of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to expand the availability of Theory and Hazard Perception testing for learner LGV drivers in the Scottish Highlands.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to minimise the effect of pavement parking on individuals with sight loss.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to review rail transport options in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency, (b) Cheshire West and Chester and (c)...

      Railway Stations: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train stations per resident there are in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency and (b) England.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the skills training and reskilling of workers to play an active role in the UK's...

    • Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on the publication of a timetable for the delivery of the national space strategy.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he made an assessment of the potential merits of delaying bounce back loan repayments for 12 months to enable...

      Business Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure adequate ventilation in businesses to reduce risk of covid-19 infection; what...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research the Government is funding on how UK businesses and their supply chains make, use and dispose of plastic,...

      Wind Power: Celtic Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made ahead of COP26 of the potential merits of developing floating offshore wind generation in...

      Oil and Gas Authority: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, from which country and location in that country each boat in the service of the Oil and Gas Authority was procured from.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing outsourced workers in his Department into direct...

      Mothers and Pregnancy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a ban on making pregnant women and new...

      Restart Grant Scheme: Animal Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Restart Grant Guidance for Local Authorities, updated 4 May 2021, for what reason animal boarding...

      Retail Trade: Enfield North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to support high street businesses in the Enfield North constituency.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to support supply chain businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak in (a) Enfield...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to introduce rights for flexible working.

      Remote Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the less than 100 per cent efficacy of covid-19 vaccines, what steps he will take to enable workers...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the planned easing of covid-19 restrictions on face coverings and social distancing from 19 June...

      Business Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to ensure that businesses remain covid-19 secure after lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Met Office: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, from which country and location in that country each boat in the service of the Met Office was procured from.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Members: Correspondence

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

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pharmacy: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage people to take up careers in (a) the pharmaceutical sector and (b) high street pharmacies.

    • HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what reports his Department plans to publish on progress made on (a) reducing new cases of HIV in England by 80 per cent by 2025 and (b)...

      NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all NHS and Social Care staff are provided with the PPE they require for the next phase of the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of reported anticipated higher number of flu cases in the...

      General Practitioners: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department plans to ensure that people who are not digitally literate will be guaranteed the same access to GP appointments as...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy that people who are homeless will be a priority group within the covid-19 booster vaccination programme.

      Defibrillators: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it mandatory to have defibrillators in public places.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has in place in the event of community transmission of a covid-19 variant with a high level of vaccine escape.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing the Government's internal review into the handling of the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

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

      Omega Diagnostics Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the end date is of the contract with Omega Diagnostics signed in March 2021 for the manufacture of Lateral Flow Antigen tests for...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what urgent steps his Department is taking to communicate an accurate official and public understanding of the operation of the rule of...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to allow officials from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) waivers from covid-19 quarantine...

      Maternity Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of bed capacity in NHS labour wards in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Medical Records: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make further funding available to digital aspirants in relation to Electronic Health Records.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of covid-19 vaccines for people living with blood cancer.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people who have been vaccinated against covid-19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine batches...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the recognition of certain AstraZeneca batches by the EU Digital Covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people over 40 years old are required to wait up to 12 weeks for their second covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have contracted covid-19 after (a) one vaccine, (b) at least three weeks after the first vaccine, (c) two vaccines and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of deaths that have been reported of people who have died within (a) one month, (b)...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the value for money of covid-19 tests provided by private companies to the public for international travel.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to help ensure that people who took part in covid-19 vaccination trials are able to correctly log their...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure long-term monitoring of the immune response among people who have received different...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of (a) charities and (b) patient organisations that represent...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all the public health risk assessments which were carried out to inform the decision on permitting privileged access...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many days after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19 it is recommended that a person wait before taking...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle challenges in accessing dental care during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to (a) his oral statement on covid-19 update on 5 July 2021, Official Report, col 584, and (b) the planned lifting of...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to support continued locally enhanced covid-19 contact tracing.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish an assessment of the effect of covid-19 quarantine requirements on the availability of overseas labour in the UK; and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to make covid-19 antibody testing available to (a) immunocompromised and (b) clinically extremely...

      Patients: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what most recent data his Department holds on the number of patients in hospital with covid-19 who are (a) under 25 years old, (b) 25 to...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to control the transmission of the South African variant of covid-19 in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 26 of Covid-19 Response: Summer 2021 and his Oral Statement of 6 July 2021, Official Report, column 753, what...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of pancreatic cancer patients were prescribed pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy in England in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c)...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will launch an investigation into Atruchecks for alleged failures to provide covid-19 test kits to people travelling overseas.

      NHS: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have deleted the NHS Test and Trace app in each week for the last 10 weeks; and...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the covid-19 traffic light quarantining rules apply to fans attending the European Championship Final at Wembley on 11 July 2021.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to review the adequacy and practicality of (a) the condition requiring applicants to apply for an exemption 14...

      NHS: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of users of the NHS covid-19 app that have paused or disabled the contact tracing function...

      Pregnancy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rate of pregnancy is for those under 18 years old in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) the North East in each of the last 10 years.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will publish weekly data on the number of people who test positive for covid-19 while required to quarantine in a...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) efficiency of the company Atruchecks in the provision of covid-19 PCR tests;...

      NHS: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 20416 on NHS: Software, what data his Department holds on (a) the number of users of...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish in any format available the total number of people who have completed covid-19 hotel quarantine to date.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how he plans to ensure that people who are fearful of covid19 infection risks are able to protect themselves by insisting others wear...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the use of the allergy drug Budesonide in the treatment of early...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have not received a covid-19 vaccine will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days if they have been in contact...

  • Wales Office

    • Free Zones: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the (a) process of, (b) timeframe for and (c) allocation of funding for the establishment of a...

    • Wales Office: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what mechanisms are in place to audit information provided to his Department by (a) regulatory bodies and (b) non-departmental public bodies.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether ambassadors and UK diplomatic missions overseas have been provided with Official Development Assessment...

    • Endangered Species: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the protection of endangered species globally.

      Afghanistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the safety of minority Sikh, Hindu and Hazara Muslim communities in Afghanistan.

      Nepal: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK’s support to Nepal’s covid-19 vaccination...

      Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27283, if will publish the budget for the 2021-22 financial year...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 27285 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, whether any doses have been shared by the...

      Spain: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether officials in his Department have had discussions with their counterparts in the Catalonian government on...

      Turkey: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent levels of discrimination against the Alevi community in Turkey; and whether...

      Libya: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) risks of changing his Department's advice...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of pet thefts resulted in a prosecution being brought in each of the last 10 years.

    • Prisons: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the adequacy of ventilation in prisons and management of the risk of covid-19 infection, what guidance he has issued or plans to issue...

  • Treasury

    • Labour Market

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support labour market growth.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many bids have been successful and how much funding has been allocated through the Affordable Homes Programme to...

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a new taskforce to assess how to accelerate...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the impact of the price cap of First Homes on the (a) variety and (b) local suitability...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what additional financial support the Government plans to provide to property developers to support the development of...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made on the financial impact of First Homes on property developers, including the receipts for...

      First Time Buyers: Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the impact of First Homes on (a) developers’ ability to provide other forms of...

      Community Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timeline is for delivery of funding through the Community Renewal Fund.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Public Health England on protecting people in the community from covid-19...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, by what date he plans to agree heads of terms with all 101 towns offered a Town Deal.

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of enforcement powers provided to local authorities to...

      Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the number of people employed by local authorities in England.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the covid-19 Parking Pass to...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 21267 on Levelling Up Fund, how much funding he plans to allocate...

      Arms Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to protect leaseholders from being overcharged by freeholders...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department’s staff working in 2 Marsham Street are advised to wear face coverings when (a) entering...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department, excluding those working in its executive agencies, hold...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to change the categorisation for Army reserves, including (a) untrained reserves, (b) trained strength reserves and (c) trade...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether hon. Members will have a vote on future military operations in Afghanistan in the event that the Government plans to re-enter that country.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria he has set out to re-enter Afghanistan following the withdrawal of troops from that country.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on retaining military personnel in Afghanistan.

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2021 to Question 16977 on United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations and the reference in that Answer to the deployment...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many kickstart scheme jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each region from 6 May 2021 to the most recent date for which...

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with Public Health England on how employers should implement measures under the Health and Safety at Work...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish data by ethnicity on the number of jobs created by the Government's job creation schemes.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the level of risk to employees of suffering from long covid due to a return to the workplace; if she will take...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Health and Safety Executive is adequately resourced to tackle the concerns over the rise in...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Health and Safety Executive is taking to ensure that employers put in place infection control measures to prevent the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to provide support to families required to make repayments as a result of being overpaid by her Department in error.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of parents who receive child maintenance and are exempted from the £20 application fee for the Child Maintenance Service...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of parents who receive child maintenance and are exempted from the £20 application fee for the Child Maintenance Service...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she conduct an impact assessment for her Department's policy requiring people whose entitlement to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 156258, for what reason it is her Department's policy that claimants with an award of...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to publish its National Strategy for Disabled People before the summer recess.

  • Cop26

    • Question

      What recent progress he has made on preparations for COP26.

    • Question

      What plans he has to identify potential sources of finance to tackle climate-related loss and damage ahead of COP26.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the availability of volume of adequate accommodation for people seeking asylum.

    • Birth Certificates: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 20434, what impact assessment she has conducted on people being unable to...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce knife crime among young people through working with schools.

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on encouraging vehicle manufacturers to take steps to help prevent...

      Police: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which country and location in that country each boat in the service of the police was procured from.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average score is of people taking the Life in the UK test.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many items of written correspondence from hon. Members sent to Ministers of his Department have been (a)...

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to pay the cost of providing voter cards to people with no other forms of...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he plans to provide to universities to support students who are self-isolating, from September 2021.

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish a response to the Children Not In School consultation which closed on 24 June 2019.

      Extracurricular Activities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to prioritise removing all limits to group sizes for youth residential activities under Step 4 of the covid-19 roadmap...

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued or plans to issue to headteachers on ensuring adequate ventilation in schools to reduce risks of covid-19 infection; to...

      Adoption: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report entitled Adoption UK’s Adoption Barometer 2021, published in June...

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Department will publish its SEND review, commissioned in 2019.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) mental health and (b) wellbeing of school (i) leaders and (ii) teaching and support staff as covid-19...

      Schools: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote free speech in schools.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rate was after one year post-qualification for newly qualified teachers in each of the last ten calendar years by (a) region and...

      Higher Education: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued or plans to issue to vice-chancellors on ensuring adequate ventilation in universities and other higher education...

      South Tyneside Council: Holiday Activities and Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has allocated to South Tyneside Council to provide (a) the holiday activities and food programme and (b) for food and fuel...

      Children and Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for there having been recent increases in the number of children and young people being outside...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the trends in the number of parents who will need to be at home to look after nursery and school children who are...

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will ensure that schools, colleges and universities work with local public health teams to ensure that the safest protocols are in place as the...

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce a covid-19 test and release system to support school and college students and staff who are self-isolating.

      National Tutoring Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the funding for subsidised tuition under the National Tutoring Programme has been taken up by schools.

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what covid-19 testing and isolating system will be in operation in schools and colleges from September 2021.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing covid-19 social distancing restrictions for primary school aged...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to remove all covid-19 restrictions for indoor music venues after 19 July 2021.

    • Internet: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to assess the use of third party cookies by online advertisers.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish (a) the social media companies, (b) other online platforms and (c) experts on online harms that his...

      Cinemas and Theatres: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensuring adequate ventilation in theatres and cinemas to help reduce the transmission of covid-19 by...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial payments his Department makes to its non-executive directors; how many times his departmental Board will meet...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on vaccinating cattle against bovine TB.

      Cereals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to (a) regulate the use of the term wholegrain food in food labelling and (b) incorporate...

      Aquariums and Zoos: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for consultation with zoos and aquariums in response to the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill and the...

      Fishing Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 12119, what the Total Allowable Catches are for North Sea sole and plaice...

      Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of farmers who will leave the industry under the exit scheme of the Land...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of food labelling requirements in eateries in relation to the...

      Ragwort: Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is his Department's policy that all landowners, including those in the public sector, should remove all growths...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Correspondence

      To ask the Attorney General, how many items of written correspondence from hon. Members sent to Ministers of their Department have been (a) received and (b) replied to since 1 April 2020; and how...

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of lorry drivers to fill workforce shortages.

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any department provided advice in the period up to and including 31 January 2020 noting a possible shortage of HGV drivers after the UK’s departure...

      Roads: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 June (HL1198), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have...

      Customs: Ashford

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to undertake works to mitigate the impact of lighting at the Sevington Inland Border facility.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Professions: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of funding available as part of the pilot grant funding programme for UK professional and business services regulators announced on 29 June.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pain: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reports that the number of people aged 16-34 suffering from chronic pain increased from 21 per cent to 34 per cent between 2011 and 2017, what...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of local authorities to sufficiently support special educational needs students.

    • Work Experience: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the early careers survey by Prospects, Work experience during a crisis, published in May; and what plans they have to offer...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of unpaid work have been completed as part of Community Sentences in each of the last five years.

    • Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving custodial sentences in England and Wales have died from COVID-19.

      Community Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all Community Sentences are completed.

      Community Orders: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of unpaid work due to be undertaken as part of Community Sentences given (1) before 23 March 2020, and (2) since that date, have been (a) completed,...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relevance of (1) the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, (2) the UK Approach to Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict,...

    • Africa and South Asia: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support religious scholars and academics to offer counter-radicalising narratives in (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, and (3)...

      Eritrea: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) the perpetrators of sexual violence in Eritrea are brought to justice, (2) evidence of sexual violence in that...

      Tigray: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to broker talks between the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front; and what discussions they have had...

      Tigray: Famine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to avert a famine in Tigray; and in particular, what discussions they have had with the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea (1) to...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people will be working on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative agenda by October.

      Armed Conflict: Gender Based Violence and Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they expect to complete in pursuit of (1) the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and (2) the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, by the...

      Environment: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 9 June (HL981), what plans they have to propose amendments to the Rome Statute...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in Disability Living Allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many National Insurance numbers were valid on 21 March.

      Pension Service: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use they have made of (1) focus groups, and (2) other qualitative techniques, to improve the functioning of (a) the Pension Service, and (b) the Department...

      Pension Service: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will conduct a review of the template letters used by (1) the Pension Service, and (2) the Department for Work and Pensions, to ensure communications...

      Pension Service: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to improve the customer service provided by the Pension Service across all types of contact, including by (1) the call centres,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pigs and Poultry: Animal Feed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the EU to lift the ban on feeding animal remains to pigs and poultry.

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK is prepared for sustained periods of unusually high temperatures.

  • Home Office

    • Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the Internet Watch Foundation about obliging internet service providers (1) to block child pornography, and (2) to...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a person (1) born in the EU, (2) with an EU Member State passport, (3) who is married to a UK citizen, and (4) has (a) resided, and (b) been employed, in...

      Peers: Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist members of the House of Lords on whom MI5 hold files to submit a request to see those files.

      Maira Shahbaz

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the case of Maria Shahbaz, who was abducted in Pakistan in April 2020; and what steps they intend to take in response...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist local councils in building modular housing.

    • Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the working party considering mandatory electrical safety checks in social housing will report.

      Local Government: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist local authorities in managing debt levels.

      Trading Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the public of the 52 per cent decline in total net spend by local authorities in England on trading standards...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of their departments take part in (1) Stonewall's Diversity Champion scheme, and (2) Stonewall's Workplace Index scheme.

    • Government Departments: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent statements by the Equality and Human Rights Commission about its withdrawal from the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme, what steps they...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the updated Cyber Strategy will be published.

      Employment: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure their workplace policies and procedures do not potentially infringe any person's ability to enjoy their fundamental rights and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by British Future Our Chance to Reconnect, published in March; and what steps they are taking to make...

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