Written answers

Monday, 19 July 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July to Question 27366 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, how many UK citizens have been refused entry into European countries...

    • Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will release £11 million of funding from his Department's budget for track upgrades to the Shrewsbury to Birmingham railway line to reduce...

      Railways: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of (a) expertise in and (b) experience of rail in his Department's rail reform team.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to carry out the review of road traffic offences announced in 2014.

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to upgrade the A12 between London and Ipswich.

      East Midlands Railway and West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the delivery time for new fleets on (a) East Midlands Railway and (b) West Coast Partnership manufactured by Hitachi:...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27274 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, what estimate he has made of the trajectory of whole life...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27274 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, what specific assessment he has made of the best value bids for...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27274 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27274 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, to what extent (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27274 on Rolling Stock: Procurement, to what extent the specification for new rolling stock (a)...

      Schools: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve road safety around schools and (b) support teachers, parents and students to take up active travel...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2021 to Question 21251 on driving licences, what steps are being taken to reduce the turnaround times for each of...

      Buses: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate delays in issuing provisional PCV licences.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average processing time was for the renewal of driving licences where a medical consideration was made in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support learner drivers whose receipt of a provisional drivers licence has been affected by delays at the...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of driving tests for heavy goods vehicle drivers.

      Westbourne Communications: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Westbourne Communications has ever been awarded a contract by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd.

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned timetable is for (a) collating and assessing the results of the e-scooter trial and (b) reaching a decision on the potential future...

      Bus Services: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy of the size of and (b) challenges faced by the PCV driver workforce.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of ownership of electric vehicles in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK.

      Network Rail: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the investment period on the land disposal programme so that the capital receipt for the value of the site enables the...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he is issuing to recipients of AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine batches 4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003 on travel to Europe in summer 2021.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of regional airports on restoring flights to long-haul destinations; and if he will make a...

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2021 to Question 185433, what problems were identified in trials in other countries involving e-scooters...

      Railways: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flexi-season tickets have been sold since their introduction.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to (a) mitigate the risk to children attending school of developing long-covid as restrictions are eased and the use of school...

    • Mental Health: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that awareness of the specific symptoms of complex mental health conditions is included in the national curriculum.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure that schools in (a) County Durham and (b) across England are adequately ventilated to limit the...

      Disability: Sports and Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children with disabilities can participate in appropriate physical activity at school.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's policy is on improving children’s health and wellbeing through physical education and school sport.

      Physical Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether funding for physical education and sport in schools will be kept at the current level in the 2021-22 academic year.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to teachers and headteachers on the rules on self-isolating in response to an alert from the covid-19 app...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the number of universities which will not fully reopen for in person learning in September 2022; and what steps his...

      Higher Education: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the data held by the Office for Students on the number of external speakers and events occurring across higher education...

      Higher Education: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the outcome was of the strategic guidance letter he issued to the Office of Students to identify higher education providers which have yet to...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of funds raised by the apprenticeship levy remain unspent for financial year 2020-21.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will issue guidance on covid-19 safety measures for recent 18 year olds who are (a) due to go to University in autumn 2021 and (b) all other...

      Holiday Activities and Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children took part in the Holiday Activities and Food programme in the 2021 Easter holidays in (a) total and (b) each local authority in England.

      Adoption Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the budget is for the Adoption Support Fund for the financial year 2021-22; and how much and what proportion of that budget has been spent as of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nursing and Midwifery Council: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what changes have been introduced as a result of the investigation by the Financial Reporting Council into NMC...

    • Government Departments: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure Government Departments comply with the Principles of the Better Regulation...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to make electric vehicle ownership more affordable.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Paymaster General on 1 March 2021, Official Report, column 51, what progress...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Non-ionizing Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is making an assessment of the inclusion of infrared heating technology in the renewable heat...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish the Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using retired nuclear power stations for the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) community, (b) main and (c) Crown Post Offices in (i) the Enfield North...

      Batteries: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to require button batteries to be coated with a bitter agent to discourage children from...

      Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps to prevent the extension of the Cambo heavy crude field; and what discussions he has had...

      Heating: Non-ionizing Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing Government financial support for the development of...

      Heating: Non-ionizing Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to the development of infrared heating solutions.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the hospitality industry on providing financial support to...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to achieve the UK's new Nationally Determined Contribution to the UNFCCC under the Paris Agreement.

      Business Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Home Secretary and (b) Secretary of State for Transport on the effect...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Post Office on the potential effect on rural postmasters in the moving...

      Business: Certification Quality Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will delay the deadline for businesses to switch to UK conformity assessments for pyrotechnics by at least one year.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2021 to Question 2971 on Energy: Meters, what data is required for regulated purposes,...

      Business Premises: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's announcement of 16 June 2021, Eviction protection extended for businesses most in...

      Carers: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress he has made on introducing carer’s leave.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average length of time is between his Department receiving and paying invoices; and what that length of time...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to change the rules relating to the exhaustion of intellectual property rights.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 27 April...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many radiotherapy machines currently used by the NHS are more than 10 years old.

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to tackle financial deficits accumulated by CCGs.

      NHS Trusts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that the financial deficit held by NHS Trusts is met through additional Government support.

      NHS Trusts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if, as part of his covid-19 recovery plans, he will make additional resources available to NHS Trusts to prevent them acquiring or...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 25834 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, how many contracts for the supply of...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent menthol cigarettes from being sold unlawfully.

      Coronavirus: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 7 July 2021, Official...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 16 April, 13 May and 17 June 2021...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the Elective Recovery Fund has been allocated to neurology elective care in England since that fund's creation.

      Bio Products Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department carried out a risk assessment of the sale of Bio Products Laboratory Limited by Bain Capital in 2016.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 12 April 2021, and follow-up correspondence of 14 May and 14 June 2021, from the hon. Member...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 13929 tabled by the hon. Member for Sefton Central on 10 June 2021.

      Health and Care Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to publish early drafts of regulations relating to the Health and Care Bill ahead of the Committee Stage of...

      Ambulance Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department has given on introducing stab proof vests for West Midlands Ambulance Service crews.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether British citizens who received their covid-19 vaccinations overseas will be able to register their vaccine status on the NHS app...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been left disabled as a result of a covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to have discussions with representatives of Novavax on the release of antibody test results to unblinded participants in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the period between first and second doses of the covid-19 vaccine from 8...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many schools have withdrawn from the pilot programme to identify and limit the spread of covid-19 within schools without the use of...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the pilot testing programme to help identify and limit the spread of covid-19 within schools without the use of bubbles will be (a)...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 21143 on travel: coronavirus, for what reason Sardinia is not regarded as a separate...

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 reported cases have been in people under 18 years old each week for the last 16 weeks.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) Joint Biosecurity Centre’s risk assessment data for the entire covid-19 traffic light list and (b) risk...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on what steps higher education institutions should take in...

      Travel: Coronavirus

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

      Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether SAGE modelling on projected long covid-19 case numbers will be published before step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July 2021.

      Cancer: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of unfilled vacancies for clinical oncology consultants in the NHS.

      Business and Public Sector: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what forecast he has made of the effect of increases in covid-19 infection rates on staffing levels in (a) education, (b) policing, (c)...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of NHS staff who are self-isolating; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that...

      NHS: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will set out plans on the closure of NHS Test and Trace; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people arriving in the UK for the purpose of seeing a relative before they pass away are not...

      Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve public access to information about (a) e-cigarettes and (b) reduced-harm alternatives to combustible tobacco.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been granted exemption from managed covid-19 quarantine hotels on medical grounds since such facilities were opened.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government has taken to address discrepancies between life expectancy in different wards of birth.

      Kidney Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of increases in incidence of kidney cancer on the demand for urology cancer nurse specialists.

      Colour Vision Deficiency: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the rates of colour vision deficiency among men.

      Dental Services: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing NHS dentists with grants to improve ventilation in NHS dental surgeries.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports of women being sexually harassed while staying at covid-19...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS backlogs in cancer care are tackled consistently under recovery plans being implemented at a...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled The future of prison mental health care in England, published by Centre for Mental Health on 25...

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the NHS is making on the rollout of electronic prescribing medications systems.

      Hyperactivity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage NHS Trusts to follow NICE guidelines on referral and treatment for attention deficit...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to consult on the use of powers to improve the regulatory environment for clinical trials granted by the Medicines...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether he has plans to review the long-term infection prevention and control measures required...

      Mental Health Services and Obesity: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of (a) the number of referrals received by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and (b) childhood...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help improve the chances of survival for babies born prematurely.

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will produce a cross-departmental strategy on (a) societal misconceptions, (b) lack of awareness in schools, (c)...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to reduce the length of time that children and young people have to wait between referral to NHS Child and Adolescent...

      Mental Health Services: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide ring-fenced funding for mental health services targeted at care leavers as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

      Miscarriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to ensure that dedicated maternity wards in the NHS are available for mothers who have experienced a miscarriage.

      Coronavirus: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral contribution of 6 July 2021, Official Report, columns 758-59, what his timescale is for publishing the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the European Medicines Agency on assessment and approval of AstraZeneca covid-19 batches 4120Z001,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died with covid-19 after receiving (a) one and (b) two doses of a covid-19 vaccine since the covid-19 outbreak began.

      Pregnancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is collecting data on the number of pregnant women and new mothers being vaccinated against covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including children considered clinically extremely vulnerable in the covid-19...

      Skin Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new skin conditions have been diagnosed by the NHS in England in the last twelve months; and how many of those skin conditions...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of advising that immunocompromised people receive a third dose of a...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Palestinians: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on ending demolitions of Palestinian homes...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people employed by his Department are (a) responsible for and (b) engaged in developing climate change...

      Prisoners: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27268 on Prisoners: Torture, how many and what proportion of...

      Hong Kong: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of Hong Kong's National Security Law on the freedoms and rights of...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on protecting the religious freedoms and...

      LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2021 to Question 21124 on LGBT People, if he will publish the details of the...

      CDC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, (a) how much of CDC Group’s £12.1 million commitment to the African Infrastructure Investment Fund III...

      Nigeria: CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of CDC Group’s £95.6 million funding commitment to Globeleq will support (a) gas-power...

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government is planning to set up a challenge fund with match funding for making progress towards the...

      CDC: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he has made an assessment of the proportion of CDC Group’s 2020 commitments to (a) ABSA Bank, (b) BMCE...

      Nigeria: CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of CDC Group’s 2020 funding commitment to Globeleq will be allocated to the Qua Iboe gas-fired...

      CDC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, (a) how much of CDC Group’s £40.5 million commitment to the AfricInvest Fund IV has been disbursed and...

      CDC: Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the purpose is of CDC Group’s 2020 commitment of £20.3 million in funding to Indorama Eleme...

      CDC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, (a) how much of CDC Group’s £81 million commitment to the Helios Investor IV fund has been disbursed...

      South Africa: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help protect the lives and business interests of UK citizens in South...

      Sierra Leone: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2014, how many (a) NHS and (b)...

      CDC: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps CDC Group has taken to help ensure that its investments in financial institutions are not used to fund...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK’s efforts in ensuring accessibility and...

      Coronavirus: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of inequitable global access to covid-19 (a) vaccines and (b)...

      CDC: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of CDC Group’s £79.5 million funding to Standard Chartered Risk...

      Coronavirus: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent progress his Department has made on its consultations with representatives of (a) the pharmaceutical...

      Nigeria: CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of CDC Group’s 2020 funding commitment to Globeleq will be allocated to the Temane gas-fired power...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of covid-19 vaccine doses available to low- and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the expiry dates of (a) domestic surplus covid-19 vaccines and (b) future vaccine...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK's contribution to the COVAX programme.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine have been distributed to low-income countries; and how...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assurances he has sought from the Government of Bahrain on the strengthening of (a) the Bahraini Ministry of...

      Lebanon: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the introduction of sanctions against political...

      Husain Moosa and Mohammed Ramadhan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with the Government of Bahrain on immediate release of Mohammed Ramadhan...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UK's donation of covid-19 vaccine doses to the COVAX programme as announced on 11 June 2021,...

      Malta: Serum Institute of India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Maltese counterparts on lifting restrictions on UK citizens vaccinated with...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) funding and (b) budget breakdown is for the Government's support of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

      Myanmar: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government has accredited the Burmese Ambassador to the UK appointed by the military dictatorship in...

      TRIPS Agreement: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has with (a) relevant stakeholders and (b) Cabinet colleagues on the communication by...

      TRIPS Agreement: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his US counterpart on the proposed waiver of the Trade-Related Aspects of...

      Prisoners: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2021 to Question 27268 on Prisoners: Torture, what the criteria were for the...

      Belarus: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to take steps to prevent the sale of Belarusian state bonds on the London Stock...

      Yemen: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports by Human Rights Watch that torture is being practised at a...

      Russia: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress the Government has made in working with it's international allies to develop a common approach to...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to identify innovative sources of finance for funding climate-related loss and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Law Commission is reviewing non-religious belief marriage as part of their review of marriage; and if he will use the powers that are...

    • Accidents: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward proposals to broaden the scope of claimants entitled to a bereavement award...

      Ministry of Justice: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 27 April 2021,...

      Youth Custody: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was to the public purse of a child placed in youth custody (a) on remand and (b) for other reasons in (i) secure children's homes, (ii)...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report entitled The future of prison mental health care in England, published by Centre for Mental Health on 25 June 2021, if he...

      Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) HM Advocate General for Scotland and (b) Attorney General on the merits of the introduction of humanists...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Dame Carol Black’s Review of drugs part two: prevention, treatment, and recovery, published on 8 July 2021, when he plans to...

  • Treasury

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the economy of long-term investment in energy efficiency programmes.

    • Tom Cooper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps UK Government Investments has taken to ensure that there is no conflict of interest in UKGI director Mr Tom Cooper’s ownership and...

      Drinks and Food: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to (a) reduce beer duty, (b) lower business rates for pubs and (c) introduce a permanent lower level of VAT for (i) all food...

      Boats: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to announce his decision on the use of red diesel by private pleasure craft users in Northern Ireland, particularly those who travel to and...

      Future Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much investment support had been allocated via the Future Fund to businesses in (a) London and the South East, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

      Economic Situation: Oman

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HMRC has been paid through the Gulf Strategy Fund to support economic reform in Oman since April 2020.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential additional revenue that will accrue to the public purse as a result of the tax measures within the communique...

      Taxation: British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings have taken place between his Department and representatives of British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on the ongoing...

      Borrowing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the (a) Scottish Government, (b) Welsh Government and (c) Northern Ireland Executive either individually or collectively have requested additional...

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to monitor the effect on local economies of the potential effect of the easing of covid-19 restrictions on the number of people...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that (a) vulnerable people, (b) the elderly and (c) people living in rural areas continue to have access...

      Tom Cooper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether UK Government Investment pays UKGI director Mr Thomas Cooper’s salary through his firm TKGC Consulting.

      International Monetary System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which areas he is planning to use the UK’s Special Drawing Rights.

      Freezing of Assets: Myanmar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation has made of the total amount of frozen assets held by UK institutions belonging to...

      Wealth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made for the distribution of wealth in real terms per (a) household and (b) person among the UK population for years (i) 2019, (ii)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Coal: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in light of proposals to open a new deep coalmine in Cumbria.

    • Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will bring forward policy proposals to support tenants with rent arrears whose income was reduced as...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve the engagement rate with consultations run by his Department.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated to buildings for cladding remediation through the Building Safety Fund, as of 13...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department will make a decision on the renewal of the Liverpool Council Selective Licensing application...

      Community Ownership Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date organisations will be able to make applications to the Community Ownership Fund.

      Question

      What plans he has to ensure that local communities are fully consulted on planning matters.

      Question

      What estimate he has made of the number of multi-storey residential buildings with dangerous cladding or other fire defects that (a) will miss the deadline and (b) are not eligible for the...

      Question

      What steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of affordable new homes.

      Question

      When his Department plans to publish transparency data on the (a) meetings and (b) relevant interests of its Departmental board.

      Question

      What steps he is taking to help ensure that homelessness levels do not increase as a result of the end of the covid-19 evictions moratorium.

      Question

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the (a) Levelling Up Fund and (b) UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Question

      What progress (a) has been and (b) is being made on proposals to replace Lancashire County Council with three new unitary authorities.

      Question

      What recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) Scottish Government on the allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Empty Property: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the owners of empty property units actively taking steps to...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the reported shortfall in council budgets...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of local authority spending that will be spent on adult and children's...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how is he resourcing local public health teams to manage the rise of covid-19 infection.

      Planning: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local residents are consulted on planning decisions in their community.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • National Flagship: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28983 on the National Flagship and with reference to Item 47 of annex 4 of the UK schedule of the...

    • Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the proposed total liability is of trained strength of the Army Reserves at the end of calendar year 2021.

      Ministry of Defence: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 27 April 2021,...

      Navy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect a covid-19 outbreak in the Carrier Strike Group 21 on future port visits.

      Bahrain: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK continues to provide military (a) training and (b) technical assistance to Bahrain despite reports of human rights abuses in that country.

      Navy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect a covid-19 outbreak in the Carrier Strike Group 21 on cross-deck activities.

      Electronic Warfare: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the recommendation of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia published on 21 July 2020, what progress the...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of integrating a (a) ASRAAM, (b) Paveway IV guided bomb and (c) SPEAR 3 long-range precision weapon...

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any personnel involved in the trials of the Ajax armoured vehicle have subsequently required medical treatment.

      Armed Forces: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Immigration Costs for Armed Forces Personnel consultation launched on 26 May 2021.

      Ministry of Defence: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to relocate staff in his Department from Liverpool to Blackpool.

      Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Afghan interpreters who have settled in the UK in the last ten years.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the procurement of a new Medium Lift helicopter.

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any compensation claims have been brought against his Department by personnel assessing the AJAX armoured fighting vehicle.

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sea King AEW Mk 2 (a) entered and (b) left operational service.

      Merlin Helicopters: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the replacement of the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme.

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ajax Armoured Vehicles are air portable in a single lift in the (a) C-17 and (b) A400M aircraft.

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what period of time elapsed between the provision of the Institute for Naval Medicine's report on AJAX to his Department and the cessation of the...

      Merlin Helicopters: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any delays were caused to the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme by poor maintenance of the Merlin helicopter originally assigned to the trials...

      Air Force: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) Royal Air Force (Regular) and (b) Royal Auxiliary Air Force (Reserve) were awarded a State honour broken down by (i) date of...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the six Type 45 Destroyers; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance...

      HMS Diamond: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the timescale for the repair of HMS Diamond's propulsion issue such that that ship can rejoin the Carrier Strike Group.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many radomes at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill are used for the Space-based Infra-Red Sytem; what proportion of those radomes are fully operation; and when...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alternative procurement options he has for the replacement of the capability envisaged from the Ajax Armoured Vehicle programme in the event that...

      Ajax Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Institute for Naval Medicine's report commissioned in May 2020 on the AJAX armoured fighting vehicle has been made available to General Dynamics.

      Ajax Vehicles: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the unit cost is of a round of 40mm armour piercing ammunition for the main armament of the Ajax Armoured Vehicle.

      Type 83 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the Type 83 Destroyer.

      Type 32 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the Type 32 Frigate; and how will it differ in capability terms from the Type 31 Frigate.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of EU procurement law on his Department's procurement policy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

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

    • Universal Credit

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

      Universal Credit

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

      Universal Credit: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of removing the £20 Universal Credit uplift on levels of child poverty in...

      Jobcentres: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral contribution by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 15 June 2021, House of Lords, Official Report, column 1765, if she will provide...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department recovered from overpayments that were as a result of her Department's and not the claimant's error in each month in...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish all data her Department holds at a (a) national, (b) regional and (c) local authority level on (i) total jobs started as a...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 367 on Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations, what further progress her Department...

      Child Maintenance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2021 to Question 25157, for what reason a change in earnings for a period of two months is deemed a permanent...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit and legacy benefit claimants who are eligible to apply for EU Settled Status have failed to do so.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of child support cases received by the Independent Case Examiner are awaiting a preliminary screening as of 14...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what specific training is given to disability assessors used by her Department for (a) personal independence payment and (b) work capability...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to ensure that contracted assessment providers provide high quality customer service while they process delayed...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to reduce delays in the processing of Personal Independence Payment claims.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who would be eligible to claim carers allowance if the hours of care requirement are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Southern Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Environment Agency in relation to its latest report on the environmental...

    • Water: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the European Environment Agency's assessment entitled State of bathing water 2020, what assessment he has...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of illegal puppy farms have been closed down in the last five years, by...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the proposed annual reduction of plastic waste that may result from the...

      Environment Agency: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which country and location in that country each boat in the service of Environment Agency was procured from.

      Domestic Waste: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much household waste (a) in kilograms has been produced per person, (b) has been sent to landfill in tonnes and (c) has...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the strategies of (a) his Department and (b) the Health and Safety...

      Southern Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality, (b) accuracy and (c) timeliness of the data the Environment Agency receives...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government’s plans to introduce management measures in 40 English offshore Marine Protected...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the activity of (a) supertrawlers, (b) bottom trawlers and (c) fly...

      Beaches: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase the number of blue flag award beaches on the North East coast of England.

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to Trashed: How the UK is still dumping plastic waste on the rest of the world, published by Greenpeace on...

      Sewage: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to prohibit water companies from paying shareholder dividends until the number of...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislation to (a) end the private monopoly in water and (b) bring water into public ownership.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to end the private monopoly in water through introducing consumer choice.

      Environment Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been employed by the Environment Agency to cover the North East of England, in each of the last five years.

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of fully or highly protected Marine Protected Areas for (a)...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including other single-use materials in the planned...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who will have responsibility for ensuring that duties created by clause 133 and schedule 20 on the amendment of the REACH...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what weight his Department plans to give to advice from the Office for Environmental Protection given under Clause 29(3) of...

      Floods: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes in Kirklees were damaged by flooding in each of the last 11 years.

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing financial support to British businesses that are required...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the vehicles used by his Department for Government business are electric vehicles.

      Marine Management Organisation: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which (a) country and (b) location in that country each boat in the service of Marine Management Organisation was procured from.

      Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which country and location in that country each boat in the service of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from each country and location in that country each boat in the service of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories...

      Supermarkets: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the temporary relaxation for night time supermarket deliveries in built up areas is planned to end.

      Birds of Prey: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of allowing the usage of simplified procedures as applicable...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on negotiations with the EU on the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to protect the rights of migrant workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Home Office: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 27...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review the Universal Permission to Travel requirements as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond substantively to the email from the hon. Member for Lichfield of 15 January 2021 and the follow-up email of 11...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to progress closer working between MI5 and police regional Counter- Terrorism Units on countering Hostile State...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the efficiency of her Department's manufacture and distribution of Biometric Residence Permits.

      Twitter: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will (a) commission an investigation through her Department's agencies into the proportion of the racist tweets directed at three...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many weapons have been handed in under the surrender scheme as part of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 by (a) type of weapon and (b) the...

      Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of the 12 July 2021 to Question 28365 on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, when her Department plans to...

      Hate Crime: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the maximum sentence for people convicted of racist hate crime.

      Security Guards: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to reduce the renewal cost for SIA license holders that have been affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Fraud: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has been made on ensuring that the Serious and Organised Crime Group (a) is provided with the necessary resources for and...

      British Nationality: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the affordability of the process to secure UK citizenship.

      Computer Misuse Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on her review of the effectiveness of the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and when she expects that review to be...

      Visas: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 20201 to Question 25865 on Overseas Visitors: EEA Nationals, what the reciprocal arrangements are for UK...

      Immigration: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK veterans who have served for four years or more and been discharged from the Armed Forces have settled in the UK in the last...

      Hassockfield Immigration Removal Centre: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy that at least 60 per cent of staff in direct contact with women detainees will also be women at the new...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to expedite compensation for those people affected by the Windrush scandal.

      Internet and Telephone Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) reduce online and phone scams and (b) improve the ease of reporting them.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Re-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and...

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what target each Department has for the proportion of their spending that is contracted with SMEs.

      Infrastructure: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value of procurement contracts awarded to British companies as part of the...

      United Kingdom Security Vetting: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) relevant stakeholders on (i) keeping...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on updating the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy; and when does he expect the...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government's voter ID plans, what steps people in assessment and treatment units,...

      Legislation: Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of publishing in full the submissions made to legislative...

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) employees, (b) limb (b) workers, and (c)...

      Subversion: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to undertake a retrospective assessment of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 EU...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Written Ministerial Statement on Infected Blood Update, published 25 March 2021, if he will...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Negotiations: Polluter Pays Principle

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what polluter pays clauses have been inserted into each of the new trade deals.

    • Trade Agreements: Western Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of the Free Trade Agreement between the UK and Norway, Liechtenstein and...

      Furs: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Chatham House speech which set out the vision for values-driven free trade on 29 October 2020, what steps she has...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential benefits of the trade deal with Australia for the East Midlands.

      Agricultural Products: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate her Department has made of the increase in trade in agri-food exports from Northern Ireland to Japan by 2024 under the terms...

      Government Procurement Agreement: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government's accession to the WTO's Agreement on Government Procurement includes an exemption to UK shipbuilding.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to help ensure that legal protection for intellectual property and patents does not determine the...

      Meat: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether New Zealand is permitted, under the terms of the Northern Ireland protocol and the decisions taken by the joint committee, to export...

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what economic impact assessment her Department has carried out on the decision to discontinue the Tradeshow Access Programme.

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the finding by Export Partners UK that for every £1...

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many successful grants were made via the Tradeshow Access Programme since it was launched in 2009.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to engage with the complexities of supply chains to support product (a) security and (b)...

    • Football: Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Premier League's decision-making processes on takeovers of football clubs on...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 21254 on broadband: rural areas, what the contracted investment ratios are...

      Internet: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, ​whether racism that falls short of the standard of a racial hatred offence will be covered by the Online Safety Bill as...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial...

      Internet: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to make all racially discriminatory user-generated content illegal content in the draft Online...

      Social Media: Subversion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has been made on establishing a protocol with social media companies to ensure that they take covert hostile...

      Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to make a decision on whether the UK will ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible...

      Internet: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that broadband internet access is affordable for people in receipt of low incomes and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons Commission has discussed any plans for a commemoration for Members and staff as...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Maternity Services: Enfield North

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on improving maternal care for (a) women living in...

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Official Secrets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the extra costs in terms of (1) people, and (2) storage, to allow the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to handle Top Secret and...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to English language tuition businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Hospitality Industry: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by People 1st International Future Talent in Hospitality, published in June; and what steps they are taking to...

      Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab by Nexperia; and whether they used the powers granted by the National Security and Investment...

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Centre for Social Justice Kids can’t catch up if they don’t show up, published on 27 June,...

    • Lifelong Education: Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional measures they intend to take to ensure life-long learning is available for those with severe learning difficulties.

      Training: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that independent training providers have access to funding on an equal basis with other adult skills providers, including...

      Training: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve communication at a (1) local, and (2) national, level about best practices in the delivery of adult skills.

      Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of independent training providers in delivering training to meet current and future skills shortages in (1)...

      Education: Males

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to close the learning gap between boys and girls; and in particular, what steps they are taking to address boys’ early years...

      Education: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of 17 year-olds in each local authority in England; and what proportion of them are studying for (1) academic, and (2)...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of media reports that school pupils are using fruit juice to produce fake positive COVID-19 tests.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of employment hubs in prisons.

  • Treasury

    • Hospitality Industry and Tourism: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the cost of reducing Value Added Tax for the hospitality and tourism sector to five per cent.

    • Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reduction in the planned size of the Inland Border Facility at the White Cliffs Site, whether they still expect that the North Downs Way will need...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total cost to employers of retaining employees who are currently using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme once the...

      Customs: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the White Cliffs Site for the Inland Border facility is being reduced to 25 per cent of its original size; and what plans they have to sell off the rest of the...

      Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact the 2019–20 winter flu season on the UK economy.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the tourism industry of abolishing the VAT Retail Export Scheme.

      Rules of Origin: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide clarification to small businesses on the rules of origin for duty free trade with the EU.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • China: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid and development programmes they have funded in China since 2016.

    • Greece and Middle East: Migrant Camps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist the closure of refugee camps in (1) Syria, and (2) nearby countries; and what plans they have to help resettle refugees...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the estimates that less than one per cent of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to low-income countries (2) the reports of...

      Nnamdi Kanu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the alleged role of the government of Kenya in the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamadi Kanu, (2)...

      Lebanon: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to arrange (1) bilateral, and (2) multilateral, economic aid for Lebanon to support the Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon.

      Nizar Banat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of the Palestinian Authority, following the death of political activist Nizar Banat in police custody.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel, in response to the findings by a UN Working Group on 7 June that three Palestinian students...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of authorities in Israel carrying out extra-judicial killings of Palestinians.

      Human Rights: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, what steps they are taking to develop a more strategic approach to...

      Third Sector: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult with civil society on the development of their plans for supporting, at an international level, (1) open societies, (2) media...

      Nauru: Deep Sea Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the International Seabed Authority about the environmental implications of proposals for deep sea mining off Nauru.

      Stan Swamy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about the imprisoned human rights activist Stan Swamy prior to his death on 5 July; whether they...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of their financial aid to the Palestinian Authority which is spent on that Authority's security forces.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff working at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office at C5 level or above and working from the office on King Charles Street speak fluent Russian.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they withdrew funding from the Yemen Multisector Humanitarian Response Programme.

      British Overseas Territories: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, whether the Overseas Territories can still apply for grants from the InvestEU Fund.

      Philippines: Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the government of the Philippines the reported failures of internet service providers in that country to comply with...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 26 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ring fence money for the next five Type 26 frigates in the forthcoming spending review.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests and Peat Bogs: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all (1) removal of forest and woodland cover, and (2) peat extraction, is balanced by new or replacement planting.

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Benyon on 1 July (HL1216), what is the breakdown by type and ownership of the "15 vessels from the Royal Navy Overseas...

      Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which areas will (1) be designated national parks, (2) be designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, or (3) otherwise protected from development, by 2030.

  • Home Office

    • Gangs: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of fatherlessness on young men who are members of gangs.

    • Visas: Boarding Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether students from the EU are required to apply for visas in order to enrol in boarding schools in Northern Ireland.

      Visas: Boarding Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether international boarding school students wishing to study in the UK are required (1) to apply for visas to enrol in a school that is classed as a Highly...

      UK Border Force: Patrol Craft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vessels by type are operated by UK Border Force.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replace the Tradeshow Access Programme Scheme in order (1) to enable Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to compete on a level...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people in the UK who were (1) successfully, and (2) unsuccessfully, phished in the last period for which records are...

    • Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of £60 million funding to support 20 museums of which 16 are based in London, what assessment they have made of the need to...

      Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Digital and Culture on 29 June (21802) that "some touring activities are possible without needing visas...

      Multinational Companies: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce tax penalties against tech companies that are slow to remove harmful content.

      Telecommunications: Australia and Canada

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) Australian, and (2) Canadian, subsea cable maintenance regimes.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 13 February 2020 (HL 605), what legislation is now in force to ensure mobile phone operators apply a...

      Semiconductor Devices: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dependence of UK manufacturers on China for imports of (1) semiconductors, and (2) semiconductor devices; and what assessment...

      Technology: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the government of China’s plans to become a world leader in future technologies on the resilience of the UK's...

      Football: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the safety and security of spectators at future major football events.

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports were made to report@phishing.gov.uk for the last period for which records are available.

      Choirs: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether amateur choirs will be treated in the same way as professional choirs in the event of renewed restrictions on singing due to COVID-19.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Government departments treat any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, excluding disability, as taking precedence over any other.

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