Written answers

Thursday, 29 July 2021

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made and what data has been collected on the number of women who have taken early medical abortion pills at home who...

    • Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for children to complete neurodevelopmental assessments in England.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have received early medical abortion pills by post after the legal limit of nine weeks and six days.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Disabled Children’s Partnerships Left Behind report, what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the...

      Social Services: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help improve employee satisfaction in the social care sector.

      NHS: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many calls have been made to the NHS staff mental health hotline in each month since its launch in April 2020.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of publishing a Social Care People Plan.

      NHS and Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he made of the average pay differential between NHS staff and care staff in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help improve the affordability of social care.

      NHS and Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to close the pay gap between people working in (a) the NHS and (b) social care.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women hospitalised as a result of using early medical abortion pills at home.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the average amount of additional (a) therapy and (b) other health support that disabled children will...

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to restore rates of dementia diagnosis to pre-covid-19 outbreak levels; and if he will take steps to...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to facilitate supported conversations with unvaccinated staff in care homes before those staff are required to...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the uptake of the covid-19 vaccine following a supported conversation.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent engagement he has had with participants on the Novavax trial.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women receiving the covid-19 vaccination; and what steps he is...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Question 27052 tabled by the Rt hon. Member for Forest Dean on 5 July 2021, for what reason it has not been possible to...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing ear wax removal procedures on the NHS for (a) pensioners and (b) people...

      Care UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of payments made to Care in each of the last 10 years.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of ICU clinical consumables his Department plans to dispose of as part of its work on rebalancing the ICU clinical...

      Department of Health and Social Care: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish (a) the company name and (b) the contract value for each contract that a Chinese or Chinese-financed company holds...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) he and (b) his officials have had discussions with (i) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a (a) new duty for Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) to promote...

      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 10131, tabled on 29 May 2021, by the Rt hon. Member for New Forest East.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an Answer to Question 29135 on Coronavirus: Disease Control by 15 July 2021 which is the last sitting day of the House...

      Borderline Substances Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform independent report, published May 2021, what assessment he...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding has been awarded to research bodies to investigate potential drug combinations for the treatment of symptoms of motor...

  • Department for Education

    • Department of Education: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he or any of the Ministers of his Department use personal email addresses to conduct Government business.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Courts: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve transparency in the Family Court process.

    • Rape: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) reported cases, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of rape there have been in Wales since March 2020.

      Sexual Offences: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to enable survivors of rape or sexual assault to provide pre-trail evidence and cross examination due to delays in court cases.

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much revenue was raised from fines paid following TV licence fee non-payment convictions in each year from 2012.

      Offences against Children: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to increase the maximum sentence for child cruelty to life imprisonment.

      Family Courts: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the presumption of contact at the Family Court does not result in unsafe contact arrangements.

      Legal Profession: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on law firms based in the North East of the disparity in arrangements for recovering legal costs...

      Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on implementing the provisions of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much prosecutions for non-payment of the TV licence cost his Department in each year since 2012.

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the non-payment of TV licence fees (i) in total and (ii) of women in 2020.

      KRW Law and Madden and Finucane: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much legal aid has been allocated to Northern Ireland law firms (a) KRW Law and (b) Madden and Finucane in each of the last five years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were prosecuted under the single justice procedure in each month of 2020 and 2021 by type of offence; and what the plea rates were for...

      Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent (a) discussions and (b) consultations officials in his Department have held with representatives from the Welsh Government on the...

      Foston Hall Prison: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were known to be pregnant while (a) on remand or (b) serving a sentence in HMP Foston Hall set out by ethnicity in each quarter from 31...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the UK Government has spent in the last 10 years on tackling violence against women and girls in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • River Tamar: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on their proposals to release untreated radioactive...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 7 December 2018 (HL11885), whether the UK Space Agency has yet developed options for a UK Navigation Satellite...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on the number of UK companies who have set up (1) companies, and (2) distribution hubs, in the EU since 1 January; and the number of...

      Loans: Repayments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to allow small businesses flexible government loan repayment plans.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the administrative error that caused a week’s worth of meetings with companies seeking COVID-19 contracts to be excluded from Lord Bethell’s...

    • Patients: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients over 75, or their relatives, should be able to communicate directly with their named doctor if they wish to.

      Radiology: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of additional radiographers and radiologists required to deliver the increased number of diagnostic imaging scanners...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that public interest in the NHS is protected when private companies receiving NHS contracts already hold seats...

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1701), what plans they have to consult scientists on folic fortification, following their...

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1702), what are the stated "implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol" in respect of folic...

      Office for Health Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Health Promotion will be their lead organisation for the promotion of physical activity.

      Office for Health Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to appoint external advisors to the Office for Health Promotion.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide the information set out in figure 16 on page 55 of the NHS Resolution annual report and accounts 2020/21 in respect of clinical...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of COVID-19 infections transmitted via (1) the air, and (2) surfaces.

      DNACPR Decisions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July 2021 (HL1668), what progress they have made on the misapplication of Do Not...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 20 October 2020 (HL9219) and 25 June (HL1299), why they have not yet published the outcome of their...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to engage with professional and statutory regulatory bodies to determine how degree apprenticeship proposals are implemented.

    • Further Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reference race equality in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill.

      Further Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) guidance, and (2) duty being placed on colleges, to review local skills provision, to include an explicit reference to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judiciary: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Justice's review of the Constitutional Reform Act is considering giving ministers greater influence over senior judicial appointments.

    • Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate to be the total number of unreleased Imprisonment for Public Protection prisoners broken down by (1) gender, and (2) ethnicity; and how many...

      Court of Protection: Child Trust Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been received by the Court of Protection where the only asset is a Child Trust Fund.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Human Rights: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have takenunder the Global Human Rights sanctions regime since 6 July 2020.

    • Mali: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their activities in Mali on the rights of women and girls; and what discussions they have had with organisations...

      Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide, published on 15 June 2020, (1) whether they have...

      Belarus: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the arrest of activists and staff from the human rights organisation Viasna on 14 July in Minsk, Belarus; and what...

      Egypt: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Egypt about children being given preliminary death sentences in that country.

      Myanmar: Natural Gas and Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international partners about sanctions against the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise.

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the food security situation in North-West and South-West Cameroon, and (2) the impact of the security situation in...

      Cameroon: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure safe and unimpeded humanitarian access in North-West and South-West Cameroon.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of an encroachment by the armed forces of Azerbaijan into the village of Yeraskh in Armenia on 19 July.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent statements by the President of Azerbaijan that parts of Armenia’s sovereign territory, including the capital...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding the UK has provided to COVAX; and what proportion of this is expected to be spent on (1) Sinovac, and (2) Sinopharm vaccines.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the (1) World Health Organisation, (2) Gavi, and (3) COVAX, regarding the (a) Sinovac, and (b) Sinopharm, vaccines and their...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the report of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response COVID-19: Make it the Last...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Statutory Sick Pay: OECD Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the rate of statutory sick pay in the UK of £95.85 per week is lower than the average of other countries in the Organisation for Economic...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 8 June (HL Deb, col 1312), what assessment they have made of the report by Z2K #PeopleBeforeProcess,...

      Pensioners: Pre-payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Penn on 19 July (HL Deb col 4), how many retired pensioners have been issued with pre-payment cards.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the level of the basic state pension paid in the UK; and what assessment they have made of how this compares with the levels of state pensions in EU member...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to The Independent on 14 July that they hoped to use the Environment Bill...

    • Water Companies: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by David Black, acting Chair of Ofwat, on 13 July that there should be a "step-change in culture and commitment" by...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 July (HL1628 and HL1629), how someone would check whether they had (1) "UK immigration...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 July (HL1628), whether someone (1) born in the EU, (2) with an EU Member State passport, (3)...

      Immigration: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to their consultation on the New Plan for Immigration, published on 24 March; and what assessment they have made of their...

      Exploitation: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Nationality and Borders Bill (1) to protect children who have been trafficked twice or more, (2) to support children who...

      Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 July (HL1749), how many vessels by (1) size, and (2) type, are operated by UK Border Force.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances people may be (1) prosecuted, and (2) fined, for breaking COVID-19 regulations.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 July (HL1628 and HL1629), how they are informing EU, EEA and EFTA nationals who...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide funding to agencies and local authorities to support EU citizens facing problems accessing their rights and entitlements...

      Marriage: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether clergy are no longer permitted to register marriages conducted in their churches; if so, why not; and what consultations they undertook with the Church of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a system of (1) means-tested grants, or (2) interest-free loans, to repay arrears in order to prevent an increase in...

    • Mayors: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mayoral deals in urban areas are currently being discussed.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their agreement New Decade, New Approach, published on 8 January 2020, what funding related to the armed forces has been provided under that agreement;...

  • Treasury

    • Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what economic changes and interdepartmental strategies they propose to address the health and financial inequalities which have resulted in certain groups being...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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