Written answers

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the use of public transport following the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Free Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the total amount spent by his Department to research the impact of ending free movement on the haulage industry.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report by Professor Philip Alston entitled Public transport, private profit: the human cost of privatizing buses in the United...

      Cycling: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the number of cycle training sessions local authorities have provided in each of the last ten years.

      Boats: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of amending the definition of inland waterway vessel in the Energy Act 2004 to allow biofuel...

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the role of local authorities in the decarbonisation of transport.

      Travel: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on talks with his US counterpart on further opening up of international travel between the UK and the US since the G7...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of HGV tests by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to meet demand by region in last six...

      Airports: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to review the Airports National Policy Statement in light of the Government's commitment to net-zero carbon dioxide...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fuel Poverty: Scottish Highlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on levels of fuel poverty of the removal of the £20...

    • Carbon Emissions: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) supporting data and (b) costs for each of the decarbonising policies being proposed by the...

      Environment Protection: Disadvantaged and Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, what steps the Government is taking to support...

      UK Trade with EU: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 August 2021 to Question 33969 on EU External Trade: Carbon Emissions, what assessment she...

      UK Trade with EU: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what alternatives to a Carbon Border Tax or a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism she is considering to incentivise...

      UK Trade with EU: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to propose a Carbon Border Tax or Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism at COP26; what steps he plans to...

      Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the Cambo oilfield in Scotland with the UK's upcoming role as...

      Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the environmental impact of the Cambo oilfield in Scotland.

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the IEA report entitled Net Zero by 2050, A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, published in May...

      Offshore Industry: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he expects to appoint a Supply Chain Champion for the offshore oil and gas sector.

      Cobham: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the sale of over half of the value of Cobham by the US private...

      Manufacturing Industries: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve the rights of factory workers.

      Pregnancy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral Answer of the Minister for Equalities on 26 May 2021, Official Report, column 356, what...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 37409, on Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments, what timeline NHS England and NHS...

    • Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 37413, on Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments, what timeline NHS England and NHS...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 22 June 2021 from the hon. Member for Robert Largan, referenced RL23762.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) net and (b) percentage change in total NHS funding has been in each of the ten years up until 31 March 2021.

      Blood Tests: Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency appointments have been cancelled owing to the blood bottle shortage...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 9 June 2021 and chase up correspondence of 7 July 2021 and 10 August 2021 from the hon....

      Blood Tests: Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the national blood tube shortage affecting the NHS in England.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons he has set thresholds to access the elective recovery fund.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2021 to Question 19625 on NHS Trusts: Finance, what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of medical supplies within the NHS over the next 12 months.

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of CVS organisations participating on Integrated Care System partnership boards; and what steps...

      Hartismere Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase take-up and (b) improve efficiency of facilities at Hartismere hospital in North Suffolk.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether members of the public who received doses of Astra Zeneca 4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003 will be entitled to receive a third dose of...

      Dental Services: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) children and (b) adults are registered for an NHS Dentist in (i) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency and (b) England.

      General Practitioners: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 28233 on General Practitioners: Software, what steps he is taking to reduce the time...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to help mitigate pressure on GP services.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that under-18s have the opportunity to receive vaccines as part of under-18 vaccination programmes that...

      Children: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children and young people under 18 year old have received vaccines as part of routine vaccination programmes, including MMR in...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make a statement on the timetable for roll-out of the cancer services recovery plan.

      Lung Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his planned timetable is for completion of the NHS trials of low dose CT scanning for lung cancer screening; and when the results of...

      Children: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of take-up of (a) MMR and (b) other vaccines among under 18 year old that would normally form...

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of socioeconomic inequalities in (a) lung cancer, (b) covid-19 and (c) respiratory...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations for improving cervical cancer outcomes made in...

      Long Covid: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his Department's policy to recommend that each integrated care system adopts a long covid lead clinician.

      Long Covid: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2021 to Question 31469 on Long Covid, what additional funding has been provided to NHS Primary and...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that NICE publishes the ME/CFS Guidelines in their current form to help prevent harm from Graded Exercise Therapy.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1750 people have to pay for a covid-19 quarantine hotel place goes to (a) the hotel owner and (b) each of...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to improve standards on indoor air quality for regulators and local authorities following the...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many dental practices in England stopped providing NHS services in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Questions 13127, 13128, 13129 and 13130, for what reasons NHS Test and Trace continues to be...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department will publish the NICE clinical guidelines for Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

      Children: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) routine childhood immunisation programmes and (b) meningococcal...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to support local meningococcal immunisation services to deliver vaccination programmes during the covid-19...

      Pharmacy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to provide English pharmacists with a bonus payment on a similar basis to those provided by the Welsh Government to...

      Lung Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the early detection of lung cancer on the detection of other respiratory health...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS is taking to work with educational settings to deliver catch-up meningococcal vaccination programmes before the end of...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the upper age exemption for prescription fees in England.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing the covid-19 testing requirements for double vaccinated people arriving...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that quarantine hotels are safe environments.

      Sportsgrounds: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on increasing access to...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that everyone has access to an in-person GP appointment.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the increasing trend in alcohol consumption and harm; and what steps...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that his Department has a role in supporting the Government’s clean...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the (a) human organs that are being affected in the short- and long- term by covid-19 and (b) extent of...

  • Department for Education

    • Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to confirm the funding allocation for Music Education Hubs beyond 2021-22; and for how many years future funding will be...

    • Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what framework he used to determine which digital platforms are included in his Department’s Constituency framework: education and childcare...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect that the reduction to the Strategic Priorities Grant allocated to universities and higher...

      Advisory Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data his Department holds on local authority provision of integrated advice, guidance and access to personal development opportunities for young...

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to help increase the number of students studying mathematics at (a) A Level and (b) Higher Education.

      Special Educational Needs: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a disabled children’s innovation fund to help evaluate and provide...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the high level of A*s at A-level on university admissions for students.

      Free School Meals: Enfield North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meals were delivered to children eligible for free school meals over the 2021 school summer holidays in Enfield North constituency.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of Sure Start centres that have (a) closed and (b) reduced the services they provide since 2010.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason younger children are excluded from the requirement for covid-19 testing when they have been in contact with someone who has had a...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor and (b) Prime Minster on the potential merits of providing additional funding for education...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will carry out a public consultation on the development of the new National Plan for Music Education.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding for education recovery from the covid-19 outbreak; and...

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of germicidal ultraviolet air disinfection on tackling the spread of covid-19 in...

      Schools: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 42022, what the (a) local authority and (b) regional breakdown is of the schools not in...

      Assessments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether pupils will be required to self-fund (a) A level and (b) GCSE exams that they plan to resit in Autumn 2021.

      Further Education: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what body is responsible for assessing whether colleges have failed in their legal duty under section 45 of the Education Act 1997.

      Further Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 42022 on Schools: Internet, how many further education colleges lack full-fibre internet...

      Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the delivery of (a) adult education and (b) other lifelong learning programs.

      Mathematics: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of maths (a) undergraduates and (b) postgraduates in each of the last 10 years.

      Universities: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle sexual harassment in universities.

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities (a) recover their lost learning and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of covid-19 have been recorded among inmates at each prison in Wales in each month since 1 January 2021.

    • Berwyn Prison: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent comparative assessment his Department has made of staffing levels at HMP Berwyn and required staffing levels as set by Her Majesty's Prison...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP North Sea Camp, published on 3 September 2021, what steps he is taking to...

      Judiciary and Legal Profession: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on ensuring the safety of (a) judges...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Section 1 of the HM Courts & Tribunal Service annual report and accounts 2020-21, published in July 2021, HC 405, what actions...

      Prisons: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Swaleside, published on 3 September 2021, if he will make an assessment...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Swaleside, published on 3 September 2021, what assessment he has made of...

      Standford Hill Prison and Swaleside Prison: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Swaleside, published on 3 September 2021, what assessment he has made of...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP Oakwood by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published on 3 September 2021, what steps he is...

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the announcement of 26 November 2020 that £315 million will be allocated to enhance the condition of the existing prison estate,...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle the disproportionality of women of ethnic minorities in prisons.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support is being offered to female offenders to reduce the number of women in prisons.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of limited visitations on the (a) welfare and (b) health of women in prisons.

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of covid-19 restrictions on the (a) physical and (b) mental health of prisoners.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his planned timetable is for recommencing in-person prison visits; and for what reason he has decided upon that timetable.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the HM Prison and Probation Service Annual Digest 2020/21, published on 29 July 2021, if he will published information his Department...

      Probation: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling (a) existing probation staff and (b) potential probation recruits to take up roles in...

      Probation: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling probation staff using the ViSOR database for risk assessment and monitoring purposes in...

  • Treasury

    • Uniforms: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised as a result of VAT on school uniforms in each of the last five years.

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are still furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in (a) York and (b) York Central...

      Uniforms: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the potential merits of the removal of VAT on school uniforms to assist disadvantaged families.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the travel and aviation industry to explore the potential merits of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on employment in the airline sector.

      VAT Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received representations from the Welsh Government in respect of a VAT exemption on new build homes in Wales under the terms of the One...

      NHS England and NHS Improvement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2021 to Question 25963 on NHS England and NHS Improvement, whether the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has received the...

      Public Expenditure: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Education and (b) the Prime Minister on allocating additional funding at the next...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Trade: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the President of Egypt's ratification of death sentences...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Mauritian counterpart on provision for Mauritius to operate an...

      China: Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on a resumption of pork exports from UK pig processing...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that outbound postal services from the British Indian Ocean Territory...

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments were logged with his Department by (a) the Ministry...

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on what date he last met the family of Jagtar Singh Johal.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 September 2021, Official Report, in response to the urgent question...

      Afghanistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support the Government is providing to UK nationals who remain in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 43474 on Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations, if he will...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what contingency plans his Department made in response to the US Government's announcement of the withdrawal of US...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the UK resuming in-country consular support in...

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps are being taken to evacuate the Hazara minority community who face persecution and threats to their...

      Inter-agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK-based international non-governmental organisations have signed up to the Inter-Agency Misconduct...

      British Virgin Islands: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will provide funding to the British Virgin Islands to support the recovery of the tourism sector...

      Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the World Bank and (b) other donors on encouraging (i)...

      Air Pollution: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will increase funding ahead of COP26 to tackle air pollution worldwide, particularly in areas...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent reports of Turkish military activity in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Joint COVAX Statement on Supply Forecast for 2021 and early 2022, published on 8 September...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Joint COVAX Statement on Supply Forecast for 2021 and early 2022, published on 8 September...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many covid-19 vaccines the UK Government has donated (a) through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment mechanism...

      Sarah Rainsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he is making to his Russian counterpart on the expulsion of the BBC journalist, Sarah Rainsford.

      Ebrahim Raisi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the election of Ebrahim Raisi as president.

      Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that covid-19 recovery plans are leveraged to increase the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many overseas requests for military training and other capacity building assistance to be provided on location in the requesting country have been...

    • Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many overseas requests for case-specific military and security assistance have been (a) approved and (b) declined by his Department in (i) 2015-16,...

      Hercules Aircraft: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the RAF C-130J Hercules aircraft were first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

      Boeing E-3: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft were first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

      Ajax Vehicles: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a round of 7.62mm machine gun ammunition as used on the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

      Royal Yacht

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the crew allocation for the proposed Royal Yacht.

      National Flagship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which agency produced the artist's impression of the future national flagship, released to the media on 30 May 2021; and how much was spent from the...

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs created by each of the four Fleet-Solid Support Ship designs.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's timescale is for the publication of the National Shipbuilding Strategy refresh document.

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK steel will be used in each of the four designs for the Fleet Solid Support Ship.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 8 June 2021, Official Report, column 823, on the Ajax Programme, how many...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) financial penalties or (b) liquidated damages General Dynamics are liable for as a result of the delays in the Ajax contract.

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to meet Gurkha veterans' representative groups to discuss the effects of historical pension inequality; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of retaining the £20 uplift to the standard allowance of universal credit.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will reverse her plans to remove the £20 uplift to the standard allowance of universal credit.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the level of the Cold Weather Payment to help offset (a)...

      Universal Credit: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of research conducted by Action for Children and Child...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the planned end to the £20 per week uplift to universal credit on the...

      Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether officials in her Department have had recent discussions with representatives from the congenital adrenal hyperplasia community.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact on defined benefit pension scheme members' (a) costs and (b) returns of the decrease in the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she last met Ministers in the Welsh Government.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to inform claimants of the planned removal of the £20 per week uplift to the standard allowance of...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to end the need for food banks in the UK.

      Statutory Sick Pay: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of expanding eligibility for statutory sick pay on the people of Newport West...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to help ensure equal employment opportunities for disabled people in Newport West constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social security claimants receive their payments into a Post Office Card Account.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social security claimants have migrated payment of their claims from a Post Office Card Account (POca) to a bank account since the...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the standard of communications with the employer at each stage of the process from submission to the gateway...

      State Retirement Pensions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 41749 on State Retirement Pensions: Administrative Delays, what the average waiting...

      State Retirement Pensions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 41749 on State Retirement Pensions: Administrative Delays, when she first became aware...

      State Retirement Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) appropriateness of access rights to claimant information when third parties make...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason Kickstart job offers involving a person working home are tagged as national by default rather than local jobs.

      Kickstart Scheme: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the benefit of the Kickstart scheme to local jobs in the city and county of Swansea.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle fly-tipping.

    • Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees (a) in number and (b) by hectare have been planted in England in each year since 2010; and what steps he...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent studies his Department has undertaken on green alternatives to liquefied petroleum gas.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of local authorities’ ability to enforce animal health and welfare legislation that is...

      Furs: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the safety of raw mink furskins and related items under customs code 430110 as...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he last met Ministers in the Welsh Government.

      Farms: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect whistle-blowers who report animal abuse on farms.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government is providing to Afghan interpreters who are already in a third country; and what her timeframe is for those...

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the adequacy of the regulation of nitrous oxide.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of requiring employers, landlords and public officials to signpost EU...

      Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has had recent discussions with relevant stakeholders on a potential review of Neighbourhood Watch.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to improve conviction rates in cases of fraud.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support she is providing to police forces to help tackle rural crime.

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page nine of the report, Picking Up The Pieces, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, published...

      Vans: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle van theft in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England.

      Fireworks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Bedfordshire Police on tackling anti-social use of fireworks.

      Home Office: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met Ministers in the Welsh Government.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether members of the public can make donations to the ARAP scheme.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the Afghan interpreters who arrived in 2015 and 2016 and then submitted applications for reunion with close family from 2019...

      Migrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether families with dependants that have arrived (a) under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) as a result of being...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are processing (a) applications made under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) for resettlement support and...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people arriving in the UK under the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme will be granted indefinite leave to remain.

      Slavery: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens are in the National Referral Mechanism; and what proportion of those people are female.

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the revised guidance on the Common Travel Area from UK Visas and Immigration, published on 2 September 2021, whether...

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress her Department has made on expanding the Youth Mobility Scheme.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to expedite decisions on family reunion applications made by Afghan refugees in the UK.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Evictions: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 902875 on the covid-19 evictions moratorium, how much funding from...

    • Housing: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the achievability of housing targets across Somerset in the context of the time taken...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in England have an area waste strategy.

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of local authorities' ability to protect and conserve historic sites.

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of local authorities’ levels of provision of allotments in England.

      Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much was allocated to applicants to the Waking Watch Fund who applied during the first application window of 31...

      Planning: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Planning for the future consultation,...

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his planned timetable is for publication of the results of his Department's consultation on local authority...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether polling by the Government related to public opinion on covid-19 was conducted on 1 February 2020.

    • Earl Mountbatten of Burma: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department had any involvement in the drafting of the Ministerial Direction dated 5 August 2011...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to strengthen the independence of the Electoral Commission.

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his expected timetable is for publication of the final report of the Infected Blood Inquiry.

      Government Departments: Flags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the companies that have supplied Union Jack flags to the Government since 2019.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, in which years from 2016-17 to 2020-21 was it the practice of her Department to include export wins amongst the performance data used to...

    • Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, in which years from 2016-17 to 2020-21 was it the practice of her Department to include export wins amongst the performance data used to...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much was spent by her Department on incentive payments for departmental suppliers of export support services in (a) 2016-17, (b)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to help people without a broadband connection prepare for the closure of the public...

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 lockdown restrictions on the ability of charities to conduct...

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the £750 million allocated by the Government to support the charitable...

      Cultural Heritage: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Historic England on the preservation of significant Roman ruins including those at Eastfield...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Access

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the timetable for reopening exit three from Westminster tube station.

  • Cop26

    • Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other countries on the effects of air quality on health.

    • Grasslands: Biodiversity and Climate Change

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to encourage effective discussion on the role of grasslands in biodiversity protection and climate heating mitigation and adaptation at the...

      Fossil Fuels: Exploration

      To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the EU, (b) the US, (c) China, (d) Australia and (e) the African Union on ending the exploration and...

      Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the President of COP26, whether tackling toxic air is part of his priorities for the COP26 summit.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the changing of the British Olympic team name to Team UK instead of Team GB.

  • Treasury

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