Written answers

Thursday, 15 July 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to decarbonise the coach sector.

    • Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason it is the Government's policy that people travelling from amber list countries during covid-19 travel restrictions who take a PCR test...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many villages the HS2 route travels through; and what recent assessment the Government has made of the impact on housing supply in those villages.

      Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28986, if he will make it his policy that all new vehicles acquired by his Department between 12...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of the potential implications for his policies for the domestic road haulage sector of the combined effect of the...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to take steps in response to local authorities reportedly delaying the introduction of clean air zones as a result of the...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support the Government is providing to local authorities to introduce clean air zones.

      Bus Services: Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to increase the availability of (a) electric charging points and (b) hydrogen refuelling stations required by...

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on (a) the production and distribution of green...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of heavy goods vehicle drivers required to fill current UK vacancies in that sector.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking with local authorities to increase the number of heavy goods vehicle drivers who work in local authority waste collection.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what risk assessment his Department carried out before 31 January 2020 on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the domestic road haulage sector; and...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will publish its response to the consultation on Pavement parking: options for change, announced on 31 August 2020, before the...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the findings of its consultation entitled Pavement parking: options for change, announced on 31 August 2020.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new bus routes have been created in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Imports: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will carry out an assessment of the reasons for the recent increases in shipping costs for products from overseas, including the Far East, for...

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has held with relevant stakeholders on prioritising UK bus manufacturers through the Zero Emissions Bus...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with insurance companies on DVLA guidance in respect of drivers driving on an expired licence while waiting for a...

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on future funding beyond 2021-22 for the Zero Emissions Bus Regional Areas scheme.

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new zero-emissions buses funded through the Zero Emissions Bus Regional Areas scheme that will...

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has held with (a) relevant stakeholders and (b) Cabinet colleagues on the potential continuation of the Zero Emissions Bus...

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new zero-emissions buses that will be funded through the Zero Emissions Bus Regional Areas scheme.

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the results from the Zero Emissions Bus Regional Areas application process.

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications his Department has received for the Zero Emissions Bus Regional Areas scheme as at 8 June 2021.

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that the Transport Decarbonisation Plan makes progress for...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many closed railway lines the Government has assessed for reopening in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to date.

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of additional funding required for the Zero Emissions Bus Regional Areas scheme beyond 2021-22 to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of holding a public scientific hearing on animal...

    • Iron and Steel: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies which receive Government support on the basis of procuring 40 per cent...

      Vauxhall Motors: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of Vauxhall on the use of UK steel at its sites in Ellesmere Port and...

      Retail Trade: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that retailers are using payment card reader technology that is...

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of young people who will benefit from the increase in the national minimum wage...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will allow an extension of the use of CE markings for pyrotechnics to avoid any potential disruption to the UK...

      Energy Performance Certificates: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of the Scottish Government’s Energy Performance...

      Heating: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the cost of heat pumps is reduced in the short and medium term.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to support low income households with the higher running costs of air source...

      Heating: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the supply chain for the creation of air and ground source heat...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help develop advanced nuclear technology within the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential opportunities for creating new, highly-skilled jobs in Wales...

      Natural Gas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's timeframe is for implementing a prohibition on the connection of new-build homes to the gas grid.

      Monopolies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to put safeguards in place to ensure transparency and accountability with regard to...

      Innovation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the public purse the Government plans to disburse in Northern Ireland through the Net Zero...

      Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting as Government policy the recommendations of...

      Service Industries: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support trade in services with EU countries.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Information

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

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of the (a) individual covid-19 related public procurement contracts which were awarded using emergency...

    • Public Transport: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of mandating the wearing of face coverings on public transport beyond 19 July 2021 in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6412 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, when his Department plans to publish the vaccine strategy.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the effectiveness of the (a) Pfizer, (b) AstraZeneca and (c) Moderna covid-19 vaccinations at reducing...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of how British nationals studying abroad may add their inoculation records to the NHS App for when they...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the population yet to be vaccinated who are (a) parents, (b) people working in the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who have received (a) one and (b) two doses of a covid-19 vaccine in (i)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Information

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

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has a policy governing personal relationships at work.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he made of the potential effect of increased covid-19 infections on hospital waiting lists for (a) surgery and (b)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's guidance is on (a) personal relationships in the workplace (b) relationships between Ministers and officials and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 1 April 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL21530.

      Health Services: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to release an initial tranche of funding out of the NHS capital budget to allow foundation works to be commenced in the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department centrally records a single point of contact for every contract awarded under the emergency covid-19 procurement...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department takes to ensure the fairness, and transparency in its recruitment and appointment processes for officials and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on officials declaring personal relationships with business interests of relevance to the Department; and...

      Chronic Illnesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings and recommendations of the paper entitled, Moving...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of staff employed in care homes in England who have not been vaccinated against covid-19 for (a)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to make extra support available to (a) local authorities and (b) disabled people who hire social care...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of nurses in the NHS.

      Doctors: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the survey by the Royal College of Physicians in July 2021 that reported that 56 per cent of medical trainees were...

      Coronavirus: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the comments of the second permanent secretary in the departmental minutes of December 2020, what a sub approval is in...

      Patient Recruitment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the five National Patient Recruitment Centres against their objectives in their...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for publishing the Getting It Right First Time dermatology national specialty report.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department’s announcement in March 2020 that the national standards for the provision of children’s advocacy...

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that university students return to face-to-face learning when covid-19 restrictions are lifted on 19...

      Students: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle levels of sexual violence and misconduct among the student population.

      Holiday Activities and Food Programme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding (a) Durham County Council and (b) each other council in the North East has received from the Holiday Activities and Food programme in...

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2021 to Question 23236 on Special Educational Needs: Reviews, whether the system experts referred to in that Answer...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to provide families access to food over the school summer holidays for children (a) currently in receipt of free school...

      Remote Education: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of digital education for elderly people in the UK during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Youth Justice: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to tackle race disparity in the youth justice system, particularly with regard to those held on remand.

    • Special Guardianship Orders: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to applications for legal aid by prospective special guardians in private law proceedings, (a) how many and what proportion of those...

      Coroners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential need for his Department to provide additional funding to local authorities to help clear coroner...

      Personal Independence Payment: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the waiting times for personal independence payment tribunals in (a) the North West, (b) Wirral and (c)...

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners have accessed Sex Offender Treatment Programmes since 2015.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to monitor the performance of his Department’s Young Offender Institutions and Secure Training Centres; and what recent...

      Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children from (a) Oakhill Secure Training Centre and (b) other training Centres have been transferred into Rainsbrook Training Centre during 2021.

      Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the the Urgent Notification issued by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in December 2020, if he will make an assessment of the progress made...

      Special Guardianship Orders: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the February 2019 Legal Support Action Plan, when he plans to bring forward proposals to expand the scope of legal aid to cover...

      Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre: Novus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Government Response to the Justice Select Committee’s Seventeenth Report of Session 2019–2021: Rainsbrook Secure...

      Prisons: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of strike action on prison education in respect of the industrial dispute between the University and College...

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Blood Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for those employees with blood cancer whose work makes it difficult for reasonable covid-19...

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken by HMRC in processing self-assessment repayment requests.

      Non-domestic Rating (Telecommunications Infrastructure Relief) (England) Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many certificates the Valuation Office Agency has issued under the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications Infrastructure Relief) (England) Regulations...

      Revenue and Customs: Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HMRC has spent in aggregate on legal costs defending claims from taxpayers which reached court in each of the last 10 available financial years.

      Non-domestic Rating (Telecommunications Infrastructure Relief) (England) Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many certificates the Valuation Office Agency has issued to BT pursuant to The Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications Infrastructure Relief) (England)...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether staff employed on zero hour contracts, who receive their holiday pay as an average of their earnings, are entitled to receive their full holiday...

      Cryptocurrencies: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 1E of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 on the competition objective, what assessment he has made of the performance of...

      Cryptocurrencies: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the Financial Conduct Authority's regulatory approach to (a) digital and (b) currencies; what recent assessment...

      Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount was that the Republic of Ireland received under the Loans to Ireland Act 2010; and how much in interest was paid on that loan.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of public sector net debt at the end of the 2021-22 financial year.

      Imports: Carbon Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the introduction of a carbon tax for imported goods.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Jovenel Moïse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse...

    • Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much country-specific bilateral Official Development Assistance has been received by each recipient country in...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2012 to Question 25763 on the British Indian Ocean Territory, what the reason...

      Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which countries will receive UK bilateral Official Development Assistance in 2021-22; and how much UK bilateral...

      Jerusalem and Occupied Territories: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the (a) provision of covid-19 vaccines to the...

      Myanmar: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government has sought accreditation for the new UK Ambassador to Myanmar from the military...

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for foreign interference in the process towards free and fair...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Saudi counterpart on establishing an independent investigation into...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in Official Development Assistance spending on the...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Nigeria.

      Andrei Aliaksandrau and Irina Zlobina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Belarusian Authorities on the case of Andrei Aliaksandrau and...

      Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to reinstate the visit by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, following its deferment from 12 May 2021.

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the £15.8 million he announced on 12 July 2021 for education for children is part of the £430...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his priorities are for nutrition in the context of the Department’s seven priority areas for...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what meetings he has held with international nutrition aid organisations on changes to the level of funding for...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reductions in the overseas development budget on his...

      Overseas Aid: Education and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what impact assessment his Department has undertaken on reductions in nutrition aid funding on (a) international...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will provide details of the reduction in funding to nutrition based aid programmes, including the Technical...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the continued detention and wellbeing of...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Saudi and Emirati led coalition on ensuring the protection of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make it his policy to increase the UK's Official Development Assistance budget to 0.7 per cent of GNI...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2021 to Question 23128 on Armed Forces: Private Education, how much funding his Department allocated to the Continuity...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on supporting the creation of employment opportunities for...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of removing the £20 uplift to universal credit standard allowance on levels of...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 7 July 2021, when she plans for all universal credit...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will establish an independent inquiry into the (a) number and (b) causes of deaths of those who have died after being found...

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2021 to Question186186 on Bereavement Support Payment, what his timetable is for completing the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of parents who are paying child maintenance and the 20 per cent fee through the Child Maintenance Service collect and pay...

      Child Maintenance Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Maintenance Service collected in application and processing fees for the collect and pay service during the (a) financial...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of parents receiving child maintenance and paying the 4 per cent fee through the Child Maintenance Service collect and pay...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many current universal credit claimants have been first-time claimants of universal credit in the period since 1 April 2020.

      Kickstart Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2021 to Question 143815 on Kickstart Scheme: Disability, what progress her Department has made...

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations has she made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reducing the unemployment gap for Black, Asian, and ethnic...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of paying childcare costs within universal credit in advance, to support...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to provide support to local authorities for individuals and families in food poverty over the 2021 summer...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure economically inactive disabled people are supported to find jobs; and if she will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of claimants for personal independence payment that are on a fixed-term award in...

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of personal independence payment claimants previously awarded a fixed-term award who have had...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the risk of private sector forestry operators bringing foreign plant pathogens to the...

    • Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the England Tree Strategy maximises the use of domestically grown British trees and...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the Wykeham Nursery site in North Yorkshire on Forestry...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what enforcement measures are available to local authority officers to tackle vehicle idling in (a) Air Quality Management...

      Forests: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) private forestry sector's current stocking density levels and (b) ability of private...

      Flood Control: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further flood defences his Department plans to provide to Shrewsbury in the long term to avoid a repetition of flooding...

      Waste Disposal: Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support the Government is providing to local authorities to assist with the appointment of more waste collection...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on 12 July 2021, Official Report, if she will make an...

    • Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking help tackle nitrous oxide use among young people.

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is taking steps to prevent the members of Police Misconduct Panels being held personally liable for awards made in...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28132 on Immigration: EU Nationals, when her Department will have more up to date figures...

      Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking in response to reports that people traveling into the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit are...

      Visas: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to reports that fewer than one in 25 adult dependent visa applications were granted on the first attempt over a period of...

      Migrant Workers: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of (a) adding heavy goods vehicle drivers to the shortage...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28133 on Immigration: EU Nationals, and with reference to page 31-33 of her Department's...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish all the responses it has received to its New Plan for Immigration, including those from (a) the UNHCR...

      Violence Reduction Units: Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the eligibility of Humberside for funding for Violence Reduction Units.

      Crimes of Violence: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of serious violence in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) East Riding of Yorkshire...

      Violence Reduction Units: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of funding for Violence Reduction Units.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received representations seeking a review of (a) drug policy and (b) Drug Consumption Rooms from the Scottish Government's...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 30 June 2021 to Question 21249, which body holds the data on fixed penalty notices that have been issued for...

      Gangs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect of fatherlessness on gang membership by young men.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Information

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

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications have been received to the Waking Watch Relief Fund in each month since that Fund opened.

    • UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to submit the UK’s progress report on implementing the United Nations International...

      National Security: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to prevent money administered through the British National (Overseas) support packages funding...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of households in (a)...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Partnerships for People and Place: guidance for local expressions of interest, published on 12 July...

      Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding will be available for the (a) Towns Fund, (b) Future High Streets Fund, (c) Levelling Up Fund, (d) UK...

      Local Government Finance: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the average level of reserves held by local authorities in England in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      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 help local authorities to take...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Housing and Public Buildings

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, with reference to the article by the Revd Marcus Walker, Rector of the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to recommendations of the Review into the Development and Use of Supply Chain Finance (and...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Poultry: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answers of 21 June 2021 to Question 16807 on Trade Agreements: Australia and to Question 16808 on Livestock: Australia, what...

    • Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions her Department has held with relevant business stakeholders on the Tradeshow Access Programme.

      Overseas Trade

      What assessment she has made of how international trade benefits (a) Kettering constituency, (b) North Northamptonshire and (c) England.

      Overseas Trade

      What recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of her Department’s trade policies on growth for British businesses.

      Overseas Trade

      What recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of her Department’s trade policies on growth for British businesses.

      Overseas Trade

      What recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of her Department’s trade policies on growth for British businesses.

      Agriculture: Overseas Trade

      What recent steps her Department has taken to support British farmers and food producers to increase their global sales.

      Trade Agreements: Mexico

      What plans she has to enhance the UK’s trade deal with Mexico.

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      What recent assessment she has made of the potential benefits of the free trade deal with Australia for the East of England.

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      What assessment she has made of the potential merits of the UK-Australia free trade deal for food producers.

      Agriculture: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to increase the number of dedicated agriculture counsellors promoting UK agricultural exports.

      Ogle Models and Prototypes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what model or prototype her Department commissioned from Ogle Models and Prototypes Ltd at a cost of £39,080 in April 2021.

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department has had with industry representatives on (a) the cancellation of the Tradeshow Access Programme and b) any...

      UK Investment Council: HSBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what considerations the Government undertook before appointing HSBC to sit on the UK Investment Council.

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department has had with relevant stakeholders on (a) the cancellation of the Tradeshow Access Programme and (b) a...

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department has held with relevant stakeholders on (a) the cessation of the Tradeshow Access Programme and (b) a...

      Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2021 to Question 22145, on Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information, what were the final...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason his Department has recently changed the value of vouchers on the Community Fibre Partnership from the value...

    • Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of open-access youth services.

      Newcastle United Football Club: Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions (a) he has and (b) officials of his Department have had with the Premier League on the process in respect of...

      BBC: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the BBC's reporting on Sir Cliff Richard in 2014 and the BBC's rehiring of Martin Bashir, if he will make an...

      Television: Streaming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of subtitles on catch up TV platforms.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Professions: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) new powers, and (2) opportunities for regulatory autonomy, will be available to regulators following the passage of the Professional Qualifications Bill.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Long Covid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to collect, and (2) to report, data on the number of people affected by long-COVID alongside the data on hospitalisations and death.

  • Department for Education

    • Askham Bryan College: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Askham Bryan College of York’s application for a grant for a calf and grower teaching building for cattle was (1) submitted, and (2) approved; how much...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of legally recognising humanist marriages on choice for same-sex couples wanting to get married.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add Turkey to their list of human rights priority countries.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet the government of Israel to express concern about (1) house demolitions, and (2) forced evictions, of Palestinian communities.

      Jordan and Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of refugees sheltered by (1) Lebanon, and (2) Jordan, relative to the (a) population size, and (b) economic resources,...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about protecting Palestinians living in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem from having their...

      Greece and Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of refugee children in (1) Lebanon, (2) Jordan, (3) Turkey, and (4) Greece, who are not receiving primary education;...

      China: Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the government of China to release the Catholic priests and seminarians arrested in Xinxiang in May.

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution landmine clearance will make to the achievement of the aim set out in the Integrated Review that the UK will be seen globally as a leader in...

      Convention on Cluster Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will set out the UK's priorities for its upcoming term as president of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

      Lithuania: Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) media reports that the government of Belarus is ‘weaponising’ migration by sending migrants to Lithuania, and (2)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Defender: Black Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 6 July (HL 1576) and her remarks on 30 June (HL Deb, col 793) that HMS Defender...

    • Marines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost, and over what period, for the introduction of the Royal Marines Future Commando Force.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy in relation to UK armed forces personnel deployed overseas who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine; and whether such personnel are required to return to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Electric Scooters: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal e-scooters have been confiscated in (1) London, (2) Birmingham, and (3) other cities in England, in each of the last three months.

  • Treasury

    • Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was invested by the (1) Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme, (2) NHS Pension Scheme, (3) Teachers’ Pension Scheme, (4) Local Government Pension...

    • Coronavirus Self-isolation Payment Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase self-isolation payment support once the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.

      European Union: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the UK has paid to the EU since the 2016 referendum; how much they anticipate the UK will pay to the EU in the future; and for what purposes.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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