Written answers

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Level Crossings: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2021 to Question 21322 on Level Crossings: Doncaster, what discussions he has had with Network Rail and the British...

    • Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the evidential basis is for his Department's decision to assign countries to the red, amber or green travel list for covid-19.

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that passengers arriving at airports from countries on the covid-19 green list do not mix with...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the potential merits of extending the...

      Railway Stations: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure rail ticket machines can avoid ransomware attacks.

      Cross Country Railway Line and East Midlands Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) CrossCountry and (b) East Midlands Railway restore full rail services to (a) Congleton and (b) Alsager...

      Trains: Morley and Outwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to upgrade trains which travel through Morley and Outwood constituency.

      Commuters: Morley and Outwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the average commuter time for residents in the Morley and Outwood constituency.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that train companies declassify first class carriages when their trains are operating at high-occupancy levels...

      South Western Railway: Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2021 to Question 21321 on South Western Railway: Railway Signals, what steps he has taken to ensure those costs...

      Northwich Station: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2021 to Question 16200 on Northwich Station: Safety, whether progress Network Rail has made in investigating (a) the...

      Travel Restrictions: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason Canada was not included alongside the EU and USA for quarantine-free travel to the UK from 28 July 2021; and whether he plans to take...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the costs to international travellers associated with (a)...

      Travel Restrictions: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the methodology that led to the Government's decision to keep Pakistan on its red list for international covid-19 travel...

      Aircraft: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making aircraft noise a statutory nuisance.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish the result of the Government's consultation on pavement parking by the end of September 2021.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include proposals to prohibit pavement parking in his Future of Transport programme.

      British Airways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of British Airways on financial support for (a) cabin crew and (b) pilots.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic accidents have occurred in Rother Valley constituency in each year since 2010.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to support businesses that are struggling to receive supplies and goods as a result of the current shortage of (a)...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using existing cameras on the Highway network to enforce littering laws and in...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to help tackle road safety issues in respect of e-scooters hired under the Government’s e-scooter rental trials.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adding HGV drivers to the Government's shortage occupation list.

      Trailers: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the examiner shortage for B+E towing licence exams in the Scottish Highlands.

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2021 to Question 145058 on Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes, if he will publish the data outlining e-scooter...

      Electric Scooters: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of reported accidents caused by an e-scooter where that e-scooter was being used (a) as part of...

      Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to select seated e-scooter trials in order to provide a more accessible service to disabled users.

      Railways: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the proposals by the Rail Industry Rail Group for an Enabling Framework Agreement on employment in the rail industry are currently being...

      Active Travel England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans for Active Travel England to be (a) established and (b) operational.

      Railway Stations: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that rail platforms are accessible for people with visual impairments.

      Railway Stations: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that rail platforms are accessible for wheelchair users.

      Riding Sunbeams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the £350,000 First of a Kind grant allocated to Riding Sunbeams Apollo Ltd in January 2019 by Innovate UK for a transport...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to HGV driving tests.

      Motorcycles: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of rising numbers of learner motorcyclists and scooter riders on the safety of cyclists.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Government policy makes a distinction between covid-19 vaccines received in the UK and those received overseas when...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he taking to help ensure that people who are advised not to have the covid-19 vaccination for clinical reasons are not...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who have received two covid-19 vaccinations, including Oxford AstraZeneca batch...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with its counterpart in Italy in respect of British tourists' entry to Italy whose covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there is a material difference in terms of (a) medical and (b) public health effect between covid-19 vaccines administered...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to help ensure that hospitals are updating their (a) practices and (b) procedures on an ongoing basis and in line...

      Patients: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department had with Her Majesty's Treasury, prior to the publication of the Government response to the Report of the...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of updating his Department's guidance to enable NHS optometrists and opticians to...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine and Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on young adults of covid-19 testing and isolation requirements during stage 4 of the...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date the Western Europe Regional meeting is taking place ahead of the 9th Conference of the Parties to the World Health...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide financial support to incoming international students who are required to undertake a period of...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether workers in the life safety systems industry will be exempt from self-isolation if identified as a close contact of a covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people granted an exemption under the covid-19 self-isolation rules will be able to continue to isolate if they want to.

      Coronavirus: Immunotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the status is of the Government order for the AstraZeneca synthetic monoclonal antibody treatment which could be used as a...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a comprehensive evidence-based alcohol strategy to reduce the...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether foreign dignitaries are able to travel to the UK without proof of receipt of a UK-approved covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department undertook an assessment of the potential merits for economic recovery from the covid-19 outbreak of bringing...

      Nurses: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses there were in Rother Valley constituency in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities are in Operational Pressures Escalation Levels (a) 3 (b) 4.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of relaxing covid-19 quarantine measures for fully vaccinated passengers...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that people with health exemptions are able to self-isolate in their homes on return from red-list...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it Government policy to permit pharmacies to re-allocate unopened...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to put in place targeted support for clinically extremely vulnerable people who have been unable to work...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what ongoing assessment his Department is making of the needs of people with serious underlying health conditions who may feel afraid to...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he made of the potential merits of reintroducing mandatory face masks in public spaces following the incidence of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department taking to increase resources for public health interventions to tackle co-morbidities associated with serious...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to increase the pay of (a) non-teaching school staff, (b) non-teaching staff in other education settings and (c) employees of...

    • St Andrew the Apostle School Barnet: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much rent his Department is paying for the premises occupied by St Andrew the Apostle School in Barnet.

      Free Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2021 to Question 33181 on Free Schools: Sports, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the sporting...

      Question

      What plans his Department has to help secondary school pupils choose tertiary education courses informed by the (a) salaries and (b) employment rates of people completing those courses.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of improving ventilation in school buildings to help prevent the spread of covid-19.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional financial support he is providing to universities to increase covid-19 testing capacity for the academic year 2021-22.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked after children local authorities reported as being placed outside of (a) their local authority area, (b) England and (c) the UK in (i)...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding covid-19 recovery policies for disabled children.

      Schools: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what precautionary covid-19 related health and safety measures will be implemented in schools when the academic year begins in September 2021.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps will the Department take to ensure those students worst affected by absence in circumstances related to covid-19 receive targeted support...

      Overseas Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether international students studying at UK universities in the 2021-22 academic year will be required to be double vaccinated with a covid-19...

      Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to help ensure that there is an equitable system of assessments for qualifications in 2022.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of non-Halal and Kosher meat options in schools.

      Children: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding through the Government's long-term education recovery plan; and what recent...

      Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of whether GCSE and A-level examinations will take place without disruption in academic year 2021-22.

      University of Cambridge and University of Oxford: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department holds information on the number of students studying at each college at (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge University by constituency.

      Apprenticeships: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships have commenced in (a) Suffolk and (b) Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency in each year from 2009-10 to date.

      Pre-school Education: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' report, Building back better: Speech and language therapy services after...

      National School Breakfast Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the National School Breakfast Programme contract for provision up to July 2023 reaches...

  • Treasury

    • Question

      What fiscal steps his Department is taking to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the covid-19 pandemic.

    • Employment Schemes

      What fiscal steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support people who are out of work to gain skills to find new, well-paid jobs.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the number of jobs that will be retained.

      Coronavirus: Government Assistance

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the potential effect of ending his Department’s schemes to support people affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July to Question 34013, what assessment he has made of whether the objective of...

    • Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure the safety in Afghanistan of the staff of (a) BBC World Service, (b) other...

      Afghanistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that British nationals in Afghanistan are able to return home safely; and if he...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 34562, what the evidential basis was for the conclusion that...

      Afghanistan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on diplomatic steps to help ensure that (a)...

      Afghanistan: Women's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the rights of women and girls are protected in Afghanistan following the recent...

      Afghanistan: Aid Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure the protection of female humanitarian workers in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 34562, how the UK has supported Afghanistan in achieving a...

      Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff and volunteers working for or with UK NGOs in Afghanistan will be...

      Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 18 August 2021 on humanitarian funding to support the...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take (a) in response to the recent letter sent to him by the CEO of Adam Smith...

      Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the rights of (a) Shia Muslims, (b) Sikhs, (c) Hindus, (d) Christians, (e) Sufi...

      Afghanistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2021 to Question 34013, what assessment he has made of the potential risk of...

      Afghanistan: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan staff who have worked, or currently work, at the British Embassy are in Afghanistan as of 18...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many eligible applications his Department received for the Community Partnership Fund across all funding...

      Small Charities Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many eligible applications his Department received for the Small Charities Challenge Fund across all funding...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many eligible applications his Department received for the Impact Fund across all funding rounds; of those how...

      Religious Freedom: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that international aid is not withheld from (a) Christians and (b)...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance was allocated to Ethiopia in (a) each of the last three financial years...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has an up-to-date organogram of his Department; and if he will publish the most recent organogram of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Diamond

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of when HMS Diamond will return to operational service, following the completion of temporary repairs.

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is paying for the Power Improvement Project programme for each of the Type 45 destroyers; and what the total estimated cost is of that programme.

      Ministry of Defence: Babcock International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the parties and subjects of existing contracts with more than £1 million contract-value between his Department and Babcock or...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Type 23 frigates are currently in (a) repair and (b) refit for the Royal Navy; and which company has primary responsibility for that work on each...

      Multi Role Ocean Surveillance Ship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned initial operating capability is for the proposed ocean surveillance ships for the Royal Navy; and what the individual acquisition cost...

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the repair of the runway at RAF Brize Norton has been completed.

      HMS Bulwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is to date of the low readiness upkeep of HMS Bulwark.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money from the public purse has been spent on the Ajax programme in the 2021-22 financial year.

      Antiship Missiles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescale is for the initial operational capability for the Harpoon replacement for the Royal Navy.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescale is or the Type 45 Power Improvement Project; and when each individual ship in the class is currently scheduled to have...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the (a) five River II Class Patrol Ships and (b) three River Class Patrol Ships; and which of those ships are...

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will urgently review the application by S, the former interpreter for UK forces whose case was covered on Newsnight on 2 August 2021 and 19 August...

      Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan armed forces soldiers were evacuated from Afghanistan to the UK since the start of Operation Pitting on 13 August 2021.

      Voyager Aircraft: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what hourly rate his Department charges (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) other Government departments for ministerial flights on RAF Voyager ZZ336, Vespina.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 36561 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles, for what reason no armed forces equipment and formations data...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff within Defence Equipment and Support are employed on the Ajax AFV programme; and what the (a) employment grades and (b) individual salary...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which senior officer on the Executive Committee of the Army Board is responsible for the procurement of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, including the Ajax...

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people comprise the crew of the Ajax Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle; and what are the individual responsibilities of each of those crew members.

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the earliest date is for initial operating capability for the Ajax AFV.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what level in his Department the (a) 2010 development contract for the Ajax AFV and (b) 2014 production contract for the Ajax AFV was signed off.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 36561 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles, for what reason that data has been made available in previous...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has pursued damages from (a) General Dynamics Land Systems UK and (b) General Dynamics Corporation in relation to the delivery of...

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department last purchased ammunition for the L21A1 RARDEN 30mm cannon.

      Defence: Cryptography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to support the UK's sovereign cryptographic industry.

      Defence Equipment: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether the BID 2510 series is fully interoperable with NATO allies, in modern mode.

      Voyager Aircraft: In-flight Refuelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is planning to retrofit the A330 with the boom air-to-air refuelling system.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked vehicles the British Army has sold in the past two years.

      RAF Benson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's plans are for RAF Benson.

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what baseline standard CT40 cannon system is being incorporated into the Ajax vehicle.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the NATO decision to withdraw from Afghanistan on the UK's national security.

      Pen Farthing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of how private communications between Paul Farthing and his special advisor, Peter Quentin, were obtained by a national...

      Saab: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 10 September 2020 to Question 84638 on Saab: Lancashire, if he will provide an update on Saab's investment in...

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the 40mm ammunition being developed for CT40 is compatible with the BAES Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Gun.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the four Astute Class and Two Trafalgar Class Submarines in service; and which of those submarines are (a)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Amazon: Dunfermline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will take steps to restrict the destruction and disposal of unsold stock at Amazon’s Dunfermline...

    • Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent birds and small mammals from being caught in glue traps.

      Rodents: Gough Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 30 July 2019 to Question 280227 on Rodents: Gough Island, what (a) recent steps have been...

      Air Pollution: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the air quality statistics are for Rother Valley constituency in each year since 2010.

      Walley's Quarry Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he discussed Walley's Quarry, in Newcastle Under Lyme, at his last meeting with the Chief Executive of the...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for publishing guidance on the UK’s REACH chemical regulations.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress he has made on his assessment of the life cycle of disposable and washable absorbent hygiene products.

      Water Supply: Carbon Emissions and Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reconcile (a) low average bills, (b) the need to support vulnerable customers and (c)...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Hong Kong have (a) applied for and (b) been granted a Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa.

    • Visas: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the visa status is of Afghan staff who have worked, or currently work, for British non-governmental organisations.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to expand the Afghan Interpreters Scheme to include people engaged in UK-linked initiatives and human rights...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing humanitarian visas for people seeking asylum from Afghanistan to avoid...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to establish humanitarian visas and a means for people to apply for those visas from Afghanistan to reduce dangerous...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK resettlement programmes will offer protection to women and children still in Afghanistan.

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who took the recent decision to stop cash payments for asylum seekers placed in hotels in Glasgow.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the view and prove immigration status telephone line has charged callers inquiring about any aspect of their Settled Status or...

      Migrant Workers: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a seasonal visa scheme for qualified lorry drivers to tackle the...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the new fire risk assessments will be subject to a single regulatory standard; and whether leaseholders in apartment blocks under 18...

      Asylum: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that destitute asylum seekers arriving in the UK are provided with (a) underwear, (b) shoes and (c) clothing.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the news story entitled Bespoke resettlement route for Afghan refugees announced, published by her Department on 18 August...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the covid-19 passenger locator form required for international travel is available in a physical form.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the 20,000 refugees under the new resettlement scheme that will come from (a) within...

      Home Office: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of her Department's non-executive directors were appointed through open competition.

      Police: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how information is passed between police services on people who have been accused but not convicted of (a) sexual, (b) physical and (c)...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, following the UK's exit of the EU, whether she plans to review the regulatory requirements that necessitated the 24 per cent of regulatory...

      Violence Reduction Units: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she is having with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a long term funding settlement for Violence Reduction Units ahead of...

      Offences against Children: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of girls aged (a) 11 to 14 and (b) 15 to 18 who have been referred to the police with...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of funding a public awareness campaign on male violence against women and girls.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support is available to people relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Government’s policy on deportations.

      Nationality and Borders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to engage people with lived experience of (a) being refugees and (b) seeking asylum in the UK in the...

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's advice to avoid all but essential travel to Zimbabwe will have on her...

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she plans to use to assess covid-19 self-isolation exemptions for police officers.

      Fixed Penalties: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of a potential disparity in the rates of Fixed Penalty Notices issued to people from ethnic minority...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 11166 on Police: Biometrics, whether the police (a) are required to (i) obtain consent...

      Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government's oral contribution of 21 July 2021 in response to...

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 902508, Official Report, column 6, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the...

      Serious Violence Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department disbanded the Serious Violence Taskforce; and whether her Department plans to reconvene that Taskforce.

      Visas: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government policy is on waiving visa requirements for the families of UK nationals currently fleeing Afghanistan; and if she will...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the use of the £54 million given to the French authorities to tackle migrant Channel...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's assessment of the number of afghan refugees the UK is able to accommodate in the first year of the...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals have been (a) refused Leave to Remain in the UK and (b) returned to Afghanistan in each of the last 10 years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Ports: Hunterston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what projects the Government is supporting at the Hunterston PARC site in North Ayrshire as part of the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has a policy on the level of violence within a country that would result in the UK Government not (a) entering or (b)...

    • Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the Trade and Agriculture Commission will be formally constituted; and when the Trade and Agriculture Commission will hold its first...

      Department for International Trade: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her current policy is on the wearing of face coverings in her (a) Department, (b) departmental agencies and (c) related bodies during...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of Malaysia’s compliance with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership...

      Biofuels: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she personally approved the adjustment in the proposed UK tariffs on bioethanol to be applied if the UK had left the EU without a...

      Environment Protection: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which product categories under the UK Global Tariff, presented with their commodity codes, the Government has assessed to be barriers to the...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2021 to Question 14104, what progress she has made on placing environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department’s policy is on live animal exports in respect of future trade deals.

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the World Trade Organisation Committee on Regional Trade Agreements paper Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for...

      British Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with British Sugar PLC on the tariff treatment of bioethanol since the start of 2019.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Advertising: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish proposals to tackle the online advertising of products that are high in fat, sugar and salt to ensure...

    • Exercise: Morley and Outwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people in Morley and Outwood constituency to increase their average level of...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of state funding for grassroots sports across the UK; and what...

      Sportsgrounds: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring defibrillators at sports venues.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to empower football fans in response to failed plans by certain clubs to form a European Super...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what are the terms of reference of the proposed independent assessor to be appointed to compile the responses to a consultation on the environmental aspects of a...

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