Written answers

Thursday, 16 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that HGV drivers currently awaiting the renewal of their licence are not hindered by lack of...

    • Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department is having with the Department of Health and Social Care on the red list travel restriction-status of (a) Pakistan and...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he is having with the Welsh Government ahead of the publication of his Department's electric vehicle charging infrastructure strategy.

      South West Railway Line: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of South Western Railway on the potential impact of timetable changes...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the proposal for the introduction of T-Levels and for subjects where there is no T-Level route, what qualifications will be...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fossil Fuels: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of new fossil fuel exploration projects, such as the Cambo oil...

    • Caravan Sites: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many mobile park home owners have been investigated by Ofgem for mis-selling or over-charging in their roles as...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings he has held or attended to discuss the potential merits of introducing a scheme to replace the Green...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency have received income under the feed-in tariff.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what percentage of households in (a) Cheshire West and Chester (b) England have prepayment meters.

      Renewable Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on changing market rules to enable community energy groups to supply renewable energy...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many covid-19 vaccine doses COVAX has sent to the UK.

      Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to strengthen laws to protect consumers from businesses that hold deposits for a long...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the postcodes of the 260 post office branches which were listed as closed as of 30 June 2021.

      Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been disbursed under the Help to Grow scheme to date; and how much will be disbursed in total.

      Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) small and (b) medium sized businesses will be helped by the Help to Grow scheme.

      Help to Grow Scheme: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the marketing costs are for the Help to Grow scheme; and from what budget those costs have been met.

      Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria he plans to use to assess the effectiveness of the Help to Grow scheme; and whether those criteria...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing the recommendations of the fourth Grimsey Review,...

      Toys and Games: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what repercussions overseas third-party toy sellers face when they sell unsafe toys to children in the UK.

      Toys and Games: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that third-party toy sellers are traceable and accountable for products...

      Toys and Games: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of legislation on ensuring that toys manufactured overseas...

      Business: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total amount is of funds approved under the (a) Bounce Back Loan scheme and (b) Coronavirus Business...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospital Beds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many private hospital beds have been (a) booked by NHS providers, (b) used by NHS providers and (c) unused since the start of March 2020.

    • Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide a breakdown of the types of services and treatments provided by private sector providers to NHS patients during the...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide people on low incomes with financial assistance to pay for the removal of earwax build-up.

      Hospitals: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of issuing all hospitals an energy efficiency assessment and score.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital beds are available in NHS England; and what the level of occupancy is at 13 September 2021.

      Surgery: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the level of NHS elective surgery (a) as at 13 September 2021 and (b) prior to the covid-19...

      Asthma: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the size of the eligible population among severe asthma suffers for biologic treatments.

      Coronavirus Act 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the two-monthly report on the status of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, published on 21 July 2021, what...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assist people who have fled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan with the cost of managed covid-19 hotel quarantine.

      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 37414, on Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments, by what date (a) those nine centres...

      Prostate Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many grants were awarded by Health Education England to enable existing and aspiring nurses to train as non-medical practitioners to...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the two-monthly report on the status of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 published on 21 July 2021, what...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to engage with (a) primary care networks and (b) other local practitioners on the effect of NHS reorganisation on...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on ensuring that PrEP can be accessed in other health settings beyond sexual health clinics.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of uptake of the HIV prevention drug, PrEP, among different population...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a breakdown of the cost of £2285 for Government-approved covid-19 quarantine hotels.

      Breast Cancer: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the provision of breast cancer screening in the Solihull Borough after the four-month...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of approving covid-19 vaccines administered in Australia to allow people...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to recognise further ways of individuals proving double covid-19 vaccination status other than by a NHS...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have one dosage of a covid-19 vaccine as part of the Covishield programme administered by the UN are still required to...

      Breast Cancer: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are an adequate number of radiologists in clinics and hospitals in the Solihull...

      Prostate Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September to Question 41823 on Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis, for what reason no formal assessment has been made...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 34543 on Organs: Coronavirus, for what reason the Government is not collecting data on...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many families with no recourse to public funds his Department is supporting through the Healthy Start scheme as a result of the...

      Autism: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of local authorities that have published autism strategies.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on increasing carer's allowance in respect of...

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for new training initiatives to support recruitment and retention of social care staff.

      Blood Tests: Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of blood test sample bottles in the NHS.

      Blood Tests: Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on the blood tube shortage to (a) GPs and (b) the NHS on how to prioritise patients' blood tests...

      Medefer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the per patient cost is for a referral to Medefer.

      Care Homes: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care whether,with reference to the Government’s consultation entitled making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and...

      Care Homes: Viral Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of influenza-like illness outbreaks in care homes.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the publications entitled, ‘Building Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care, Command Paper 506, what...

      Influenza: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to protect care home residents during the forthcoming winter flu season.

      Influenza: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) testing and (b) surveillance in care homes during the covid-19 pandemic for the implications of...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set a minimum wage for care workers.

      Dementia: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of music-based interventions on people living with dementia; and if he will make a statement.

      Ladders: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23249 on Ladders: Injuries, what data is collected on injuries presented at emergency...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the length of the covid-19 outbreak on plans to reduce the NHS backlog.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support is being offered to (a) leaseholders and (b) freeholders of buildings awaiting access to the Building...

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the latest Building Safety Fund will open for applications.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria will be used to prioritise applications to the Building Safety Fund.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many housing officers are available to process Building Safety Fund applications in (a) Plymouth, (b) the South...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many funding applications for the original Building Safety Fund have been progressed.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle (a) insecure tenancies and (b) overcrowding in social housing;...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2021 to Question 15286 on Buildings: Insulation, whether there is a list of HPL...

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities hold meetings in a covid-19 safe manner.

      Local Government Services: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the provision of assisted garden maintenance services by local authorities in...

      Beaches: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the number of beach patrols undertaken by local authorities in England.

      Floods: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing grants and support to Ellesmere Port and Neston...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on repealing the Vagrancy Act 1824; and what the timeframe is for the repeal of that Act.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to ensure that people who are street homeless this winter are given accommodation as...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the Government's policy is to support step programmes to tackle homelessness; and what comparative...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what lessons the Government has learnt from its covid-19 homeless strategy having enabled people to (a) live in...

      Housing First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Housing First pilot programme; and whether his...

      Community Ownership Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the £150 million Community Ownership Fund to...

      Community Ownership Fund: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the £150 million Community Ownership Fund...

      Community Ownership Fund: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of 2020 first round applications for the Community Ownership Funds were for projects...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Downview Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 29877, Downview Prison, and with reference to the evidence quoted in the judgment in R (FDJ) v the...

    • Offenders: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has approved that analyses criminal justice policy from the perspective of trans offenders.

      Styal Prison: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Styal 2021, how many women and girls at HMP/YOI Styal are held in one...

      Begging and Vagrancy: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have been made in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Thames Valley and (d) Oxford West and Abingdon constituency under the Vagrancy Act...

      Police Custody: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure legal defence practitioners are able to provide in-person attendance to all suspects in police custody.

  • Treasury

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (a) how many businesses have signed up to the Trader Support Service and (b) and what the cost to the public purse has been of operating that service since...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the potential impact of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the number of jobs that will be retained.

      Maternity Allowance and Parental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new parents received (a) statutory paternity pay, (b) statutory maternity pay and (c) maternity allowance in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the level of spending required in 2021-22 for the transition to achieve net zero.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to provide support to young people remaining in Afghanistan so that they can join their families...

    • Sri Lanka: Police Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish a copy of the letter sent from Police Scotland's ACC Gary Ritchie to the British High...

      Central Asia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to his counterparts in Central Asia to raise concerns on the (a) safety...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 41804 on Chevening Scholarships Programme: Coronavirus,...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) implications for his policies of the Indian Government's recent lockdown on...

      Sri Lanka: Police Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish a copy of the letter supplied by Police Scotland on 10 June 2021 to the British High Commission...

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government funded (a) the two flights that left Afghanistan for Qatar on 9 and 10 September 2021...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41002, at what times on 12 August 2021 he spoke to the UK...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41002, at what times on 15 August 2021 he spoke to the UK...

      Afghanistan: Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help protect Afghan female judges in hiding from the Taliban.

      Afghanistan: Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the 220 female judges who are currently in Afghanistan are...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41124 on Afghanistan: Refugees, whether he held meetings...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41002, at what times on 16 August 2021 he spoke to the UK...

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Uyghurs in Afghanistan; and what steps he is taking to help protect...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41002, at what times on 17 August 2021 he spoke to the UK...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of necessities and support being provided to UK nationals and their...

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) UK and (b) Afghan nationals eligible for relocation to the UK have departed Afghanistan on...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support British nationals and eligible Afghans to leave Afghanistan, transit third...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41002, at what times on 14 August 2021 he spoke to the UK...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on how many occasions he has had discussions on the matter of Afghanistan with his counterparts in (a) Pakistan,...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that Afghan nationals are provided with a safe passage to the UK, via third...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken with his counterparts of countries neighbouring Afghanistan to establish a plan to ensure...

      North Korea: Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) make representations on North Korea's recent testing of a new 1,000...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many families were split at Kabul airport during the Government’s evacuation of UK nationals and Afghan...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to reply to submissions made by hon. Members on behalf of constituents regarding their families in...

      Belarus: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Belarusian Government on journalists currently under house arrest and...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many covid-19 vaccines the UK has donated to low income countries as of 16 September 2021.

      Russia: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has raised reports of Russian police searching the homes of investigative journalists with his Russian...

      Belarus: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government (a) is taking and (b) plans to take support journalists in Belarus who have experienced...

      Armed Conflict: Child and Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the health of women and children living in fragile and conflict settings is...

      Belarus: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government is taking steps to support journalists from Belarus who have fled that country and need...

      Ghana: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many covid-19 vaccines his Department will be providing to Ghana.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will conduct further research using programme budgets and evaluations as recommended by DME for...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to use UK's Global Human Rights sanctions regime against (a) Ebrahim Raisi and (b) other members...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon Member for High Peak, dated 12 May 2021, reference RL22521.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 40676 on Ammunition, what the last safe year of use is for those batches of 30mm ammunition.

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase Armed Forces Compensation Scheme tariffs for back injuries.

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have qualified for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme up to 8...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to release property from his Department's estate to house refugees from Afghanistan.

      Ajax Vehicles: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of a single round of 40mm armoured piercing ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

      Ammunition: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the ammunition for the CT40 cannon will be manufactured.

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 40637 on BOWMAN Combat Radio System, what the forecast RDEL (run cost) is to maintain BCIP 5.6...

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 40635 on BOWMAN Combat Radio System, which units have (a) tested and (b) accepted BCIP 5.6.

      Ajax Vehicles: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Ministerial statement on Ajax Armoured Vehicle Procurement on Thursday 9 September, what estimate he has made of the total...

      Military Aid: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Military Aid to the Civil Authorities requests have been received for assistance on operations in the English Channel in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has been made of the impact of ending the £20 universal credit uplift on children living in households in receipt of...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of whether there has been a change in the average time taken to process Access to Work payments in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims awarded under the Special Rules for Terminal Illness have been reviewed by her Department following the end of their...

      Universal Credit: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on the ending of the £20 weekly universal credit uplift on benefit recipients in...

      Carers: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps is she taking to ensure that unpaid carers in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency are supported to remain in work.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available through the Child Maintenance Service for parents-with-care who have evidence that a non-resident parent is working...

      Child Maintenance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to tackle issues raised in the Independent Case Examiner's Annual Report 2020 on the Child Maintenance...

      Kickstart Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people with disabilities are able to access the Kickstart scheme.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's monitoring of the characteristics of people who participate in the Kickstart scheme.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her oral contribution in response to the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 13 September 2021, what estimate she has made of...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the kickstart scheme was not extended to legacy benefit claimants.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her oral contribution in response to the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 13 September 2021, what guidance her Department...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long her Department takes on average to make a decision on accepting or declining a job advert under the Kickstart scheme.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the timescale and average speed of a submission to the government approved gateway to the publication of the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken by the Child Maintenance Service to recover arrears for child maintenance was in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her comment on BBC Breakfast on 13 September 2021 that £20 a week is about 2 hours' extra work every week, how that...

      Tax Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department will complete its investigation into the fraud allegedly committed against the hon. Member for Leeds Central's constituent...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the timeliness of the delivery of the state pension to an eligible person on reaching the state pension age.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's findings on the Department for Work and Pensions’ communication of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of establishing an independent body to advise the Government on the adequacy...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63200 on Dogs: Imports, what the outcomes were of the (a) renewed rabies...

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report published by the Dog's Trust entitled Puppy smuggling, a tragedy ignored, what assessment he...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to shorten the window for tapeworm treatment of dogs before entry into the UK from 24-120 hours to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 23 June 2021, referenced RL22747.

      Plants: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking at border control posts to ensure that plant inspection charges are fair and reasonable.

      Agriculture and Food: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the food and farming sectors of implementing the recommendations...

      Regional Airports: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on steps to mitigate the levels of air...

      Local Government: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the local authorities in England that have responsibility for running of canals and...

      Air Pollution: Wandsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department holds data on air quality for (a) Putney constituency and (b) Wandsworth borough for each of the last...

      Chemical Business Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he last met representatives of the Chemical Business Association.

      Water Treatment: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of chemicals required for the effective treatment of waste water.

      Ferric Sulphate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of ferric sulphate in England.

      Air Pollution: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of air quality in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

  • Home Office

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether places on the Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme will be prioritised according to the degree of risk faced by applicants;...

    • Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to provide financial support for visa fees to people in receipt of personal independence payments and universal credit.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether visa applications from red list countries will continue to be processed while covid-19 restrictions on international travel remain...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will provide EU citizens in the UK who are granted Settled or Pre-Settled Status with physical proof of their migration status.

      British Nationals Abroad: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether British nationals and their families, who are non-British nationals, who have been evacuated from Afghanistan through third-party...

      EU Nationals: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of a short transition period from the 1 October 2021 deadline to allow for EU citizens...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she is having with his Pakistani counterpart on ensuring that people who have crossed the border into Pakistan from...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how long Afghan families who have been relocated to the UK will have to wait until they are permanently housed.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will work with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to help ensure that mental health services are made available to...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has plans to establish a specific programme to support Afghan refugees to settle in the UK, including help to find employment.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her timetable is for (a) publishing the full details of the Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme and (b) opening that scheme.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals have been processed by the UK visa and immigration service (a) prior to and (b) since August 2021.

      British Nationality: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the British citizenship application process is for those who have successfully received a Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa;...

      Birth Certificates: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to update birth certificates to enable parents of the same sex to register the birth of their child.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls have been made to the helpline for non-British nationals in need of assistance in Afghanistan as of 7 September 2021; what...

  • Scotland Office

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of the operation of the Sewel Convention and (b) ability of the Scottish Parliament to...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishops

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Commissioners have made of the potential merits of repealing legislation which prevents a...

    • Churches: Marriage

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Commissioners will make representations to Church leaders on allowing people to marry in any church of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Pigmeat: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she has taken with Cabinet colleagues to expedite a resumption of pork exports from UK pig processing plants, whose export...

    • Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress has been made towards the establishment of the Trade and Agriculture Commission.

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has (a) sought and (b) received legal advice on the compatibility of UK GDPR with the electronic commerce chapter of CPTPP.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling Act 2005 Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish the gambling review.

    • Data Protection: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the compliance costs incurred by UK firms operating within the EU of operating under divergent...

      Charities: Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on the review of charity lottery reforms announced in January 2020; and when he expects...

      Data Protection: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the UK's future data adequacy decisions will require specific assurances on UK citizens’ data from partner countries.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, what proportion of correspondence sent to him by hon. Members received a substantive response within the service standard in each month of (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • State Visits: China

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether House of Lords authorities were consulted ahead of the visit of the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the parliamentary estate.

    • Question

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what discussions he has had with the Clerk of the Parliaments regarding the attire of the Table Clerks in the Chamber of the House of Lords, particularly the...

  • Treasury

    • Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding to be allocated to the devolved administrations deriving from the health and social care levy may only be spent by those administrations for...

    • Housing: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes in the level of house prices on the UK’s economic recovery.

      British Venture Capital Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have had with the British Venture Capital Association on private equity.

      UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on (1) the value of financial assets, and (2) the number of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Future Homes Task Force Delivery Plan to deliver net zero homes.

    • Local Goverment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 7 December 2020 (HL10627), when they expect to publish the three-month review of the spending of the £30...

      Grenfell Tower: Monuments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what budget they are providing to the lasting memorial of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire; and how that budget will be apportioned between (1) capital...

      Grenfell Tower: Monuments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will make the decision on a lasting memorial to those who (1) suffered, and (2) lost their lives, at Grenfell Tower; and when the decision will be announced.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have made available to individuals approved for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme; and when they anticipate those individuals...

    • Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the qualification criteria for the Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan) to ensure that service personnel deployed to theatre...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the devolved administrations before their announcement of the one-year suspension of the "triple lock" on state pension payment...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the current annual cost of the Trade Envoy programme is.

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to list the current trade envoys broken down by their membership of the (1) Conservative party, (2) Labour party, (3) Liberal Democrat party, (4) Crossbench group...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the change in title from the Prime Minister's Trade Envoys to Trade Envoys indicates a change in accountability.

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