Written answers

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help support workers in the aviation industry.

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications for HGV driving licences the DVLA had taken receipt of but had not yet completed processing of as at 15 September 2021.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people waiting for their driving licence to be renewed by the DVLA; and what that estimate was for each of...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the PCS union on ensuring that DVLA staff have a covid-secure working environment.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many days the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency application website has (a) crashed and (b) been unable to accept applications over the last...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the DVSA’s target time is for answering customer calls on 0300 200 1122; and what its performance is against that target.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on safety of the reduced requirements for HGV driver tests.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average wage for heavy goods vehicle drivers in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 Q1 and (d) 2021 Q2.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the result of the Government's consultation on pavement parking by the end of October 2021.

      Trains: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with representatives of railway and station staff on the effect of idling diesel powered passenger trains on (a) health...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of full electrification of the UK's railways and the removal of all diesel powered rolling stock.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to accelerate the conversion of the world fleet of commercial ships to green propulsion.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of electrical vehicle charging points that have been installed in the London Borough of Barnet as...

      Shipping: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of the cost of imports via shipping containers.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to assess whether parts of the estate of (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail could be repurposed to home refugees from...

      Mill Hill Broadway Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the application to install step-free access at Mill Hill Broadway station in Hendon constituency.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of E10 on petrol retailers.

      Motorways: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points on the motorway network.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to inform the public of the benefits of electric powered vehicles.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to require the operators of diesel locomotives employed on HS2 construction work to use renewable diesel instead of fossil diesel to...

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the winners of the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) the level of demand for sustainable aviation fuel and (b) the amount of renewable, waste derived feedstocks required...

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 27 October 2020 to Question 105392 on Motorcycles: Noise, what further research the Government has undertaken on the...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on the UK’s net greenhouse gas emissions of the aviation sector adopting sustainable aviation fuel.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Offices: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on meeting Post Office Access Criteria that (a) 90 per cent of the population are...

    • Newspaper Press: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with the Competition and Markets Authority on increasing competition within the wholesale...

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's timetable is for responding to the Clean Heat Grant consultation which concluded on 5 March 2021.

      Aerospace Industry and Defence: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth programme...

      Toys and Games: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people buying toys for children who are prone to sensory overload...

      Subsidy Control Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what impact assessment he has conducted on the potential effect of proposals in the Subsidy Control Bill on food and...

      Sick Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to prevent companies using the Bradford Factor from penalising employees who are...

      British Academy: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the terms of the funds made available to the British Academy to purchase a long lease on their...

      Water Power

      What recent steps his Department has taken to support opportunities arising from marine energy.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      What steps his Department plans to take to learn from the findings of the National Audit Office report entitled Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme published on 8 September 2021.

      Oil: Shetland

      If he will make it his policy to withhold consent for the development of the Cambo oil field for production.

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      What steps he is taking to support high street businesses.

      Renewable Energy

      What steps his Department is taking to support the renewable energy sector.

      Renewable Energy

      What steps his Department is taking to support the renewable energy sector.

      Newspaper Press: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the competitiveness of the newspaper wholesalers market in England.

  • Attorney General

    • British American Tobacco: Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, whether her Department's investigation into British American Tobacco in South Africa and Zimbabwe included investigating the allegations and interviewing the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the use of personalised vaccines as a treatment for brain tumours.

    • General Practitioners: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support he is providing to GP practices in South Yorkshire to help increase the number of face-to-face appointments.

      Asthma: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on people with asthma and severe asthma.

      General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate the Department has made of the number of patients paying for a consultation with a GP after being unable to obtain a...

      Nurses: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the potential merits of enshrining the title of Nurse in law as a protected title,...

      Health and Social Care Levy: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to publish on a six-monthly basis the value for money calculations made on the additional health and social...

      Prostate Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England’s Monthly Provider Based Data and Summaries, what assessment he has made of the implications for his...

      Integrated Care Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his plans are for the current management bodies for health and social care as the new Integrated Care Boards are created.

      Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his priorities are for spending the planned additional revenue from the increase in National Insurance.

      Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to publish on a six-monthly basis the additional results achieved by the NHS through expenditure raised by...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to identify property from his Department's estate that could be used to resettle refugees from Afghanistan.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation was asked to review vaccination against covid-19 of children aged 12...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timeframe is for the publication of data on the potential benefits and risks of missing covid-19 vaccines for people who have...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doses of covid-19 vaccines have been destroyed as a result of expiring before their use.

      Vitamin D: Deficiency Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a national strategy to reduce vitamin D deficiency, with...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many community pharmacies have been commissioned to provide free emergency contraception.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the published figures for people admitted to hospital with covid-19 include those who have been admitted for another condition...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to retain covid-19 vaccination hubs to assist in the administration of the flu vaccine.

      NHS Test and Trace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the budget is for Test and Trace in 2021-22; and how that compares to Test and Trace spending levels in 2020-21.

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what scientific research-based evidence he plans to use to inform his decision on whether or not to legalise snus.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for implementing a resolution for people whose covid-19 vaccination was administered in Scotland but are resident...

  • Department for Education

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter of 11 June 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on financial support for student nurses, reference ZA56747.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the number of apprenticeship starts in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the...

      Holiday Play Schemes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of pupils engaged with (a) academic teaching and (b) enrichment activities as part of the 2021 summer school...

      Universities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has taken steps to release housing from universities to house refugees from Afghanistan.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on the implementation of statutory relationships and sex education (RSE) in schools; how many schools have completed...

      Universities: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether British nationals living in the EEA and Switzerland will be required to pay international fees at universities in the UK or UK university home...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on introducing a Takaful-based university fee funding structure.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the National Deaf Children's Society on (a) supporting Education, Health and Care plans and (b) ensuring teaching...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to identify buildings on the schools estate which could be repurposed to house refugees from Afghanistan.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships in the digital, culture, media and sport sectors to help support the Government’s...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will introduce a statutory baseline for the number of hours higher education providers must provide face-to-face tuition in an academic year.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing student finance residency requirements to include UK nationals who have been...

      Foster Care: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether legislation is in place to prevent local authorities from not paying the minimum foster care allowance to foster carers.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what legislation is in place to ensure that family members who look after children in care are appropriately remunerated; and what steps he is taking...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 40798 on Prisoners: Rehabilitation, how many indeterminate sentences for public protection...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will set out the eligibility criteria for resettlement under the (a) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Afghan citizens resettlement...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many providers of criminal legal aid services there were in each year from 2012-13 to the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

      Prosecutions: Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for riding (a) an electric bicycle and (b) an electric scooter on the pavement in England in the last 12 months.

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines have been issued to people over 75 for non-payment of TV licences since the removal of the free TV licence concession.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff of her Department were based in EU countries in each of the last three years; if she will publish how many such staff were...

    • Legal Profession: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the effect on long-term trends in imports of UK legal services in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms of the (i)...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of seeking a UN inquiry into events surrounding the 1988...

    • Australasia and Canada: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to strengthen relations and cultural exchange between the UK and (a) New Zealand,...

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support survivors of the 1988 Iranian massacre and their families who are...

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of threat from the newly formed Taliban government in...

      Xinjiang: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has received evidence of an increase in repressive behaviour towards (a) Uyghurs and (b)...

      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 13 August 2021 he spoke to the UK...

      Myanmar: Military Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has plans to remove the Burmese Military Attache, Captain Soe Aung, from the UK.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when her Department plans to publish the Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend 2020.

      British Students Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the future provision of additional visa opportunities to British...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's oral contribution of 14...

      Lebanon: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the stability of the economy in Lebanon.

      Oman: Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2021 to Question 7945 on Oman: Public Order, which Omani security units did the...

      Gulf of Oman: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in the Gulf region on the seizure of oil tankers in the Gulf...

      Yemen: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions (a) she and (b) her predecessor has had with her Saudi counterpart on that nation's policy...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Prime Minister's comment of 10 September 2021 on the UK being the...

      Lebanon: Explosions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent support the Government has provided to Lebanon in response to the Beirut port explosion in 2020.

      Jerusalem: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the reported (a) raid of school in the Wadi...

      Israel: Defence for Children International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of reports that Israeli forces raided the...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2021 to Question 158016 on Western Sahara; Politics and Government,...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April to Question 181240 on Western Sahara: Morocco, what recent discussions he...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of building bespoke housing for refugees on his Department's unused estate as an alternative to...

    • HMS Bulwark: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the time necessary to bring HMS Bulwark to full readiness.

      Ammunition: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the ammunition for the BAE Systems Bofors 40mm Mk4 Naval Gun will be manufactured.

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on Operation Warm Welcome.

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to urgently assess the cases of people who are funded by the Government to work with UK universities on Official Development...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment the Government has made of the industrial strategy required to continue to deliver the UK's nuclear deterrent.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she is taking steps to ensure that the removal of the £20 uplift to the standard allowance of universal credit does not result in...

    • Welfare State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the welfare system in helping to alleviate levels of (a) pensioner, (b) in-work, (c)...

      Universal Credit: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to progress the Universal Credit pilots.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has she made of the (a) adequacy of the rate of legacy benefits and (b) benefits of extending the £20 uplift in Universal...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve customer service to help elderly people contacting her Department regarding the time taken to receive...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce the time taken for people turning 66 to receive the first payment of their state pension.

      State Retirement Pensions: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she or Ministers in her Department have met with representatives of the Canadian Government to discuss frozen pensions.

      Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the proportion of employees automatically enrolled in a workplace pension scheme who are likely to reach a...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who reached state pension age in 2021 are in receipt of that pension.

      Workplace Pensions: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on implementing its policy to (a) extend automatic enrolment of employees in a workplace pension scheme...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 43541 on Post Office Card Accounts, what assessment her Department has made of the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department is making on ensuring that eligible pensioners receive their state pension on time.

      Universal Credit: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employed people are receiving universal credit in Hendon constituency.

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the National Living Wage for the purposes of reducing...

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the zero earnings rule linked to universal credit applies to Support for Mortgage Interest loans.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to reform Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) for homeowners facing financial difficulties by (a) reducing the...

      Older Workers: Training and Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to older jobseekers in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on evictions of people who are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data his Department holds on the number of bulky household waste collections carried out by local authorities in England.

    • Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the level of the recommended bulk density for glass recyclate...

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of a remelt target for glass collected under the...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ban the (a) export of plastic waste and (b) most polluting single use plastics as...

      Deposit Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons his Department has delayed the introduction of a deposit return scheme for plastic and glass bottles to...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees his Department has planted since December 2019.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of supermarket chains on factors affecting the supply of fresh fruit...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Dogs Trust's report, Puppy Smuggling: the scandal continues, what assessment he has made of the...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Dogs Trust's report, Puppy Smuggling: the scandal continues, what assessment he has made of the...

      Ammonium Nitrate: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the price of ammonium nitrate over the last 12 months; and if he will publish his...

      Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential contribution to UK net zero targets from the introduction of...

      Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that his Department’s standards of modern zoo practice include (a)...

  • Home Office

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the levels of anti-social behaviour incidents in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b)...

    • Immigration: South Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum have been outstanding for eight weeks or longer in South Belfast constituency.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions is she having with Ministerial colleagues in the (a) Department for Work and Pensions and (b) Ministry of Housing,...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources the Government has made available to (a) UK law enforcement organisations (b) the intelligence agencies and (c)...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent events in Afghanistan on the threat level to domestic national security; and...

      Human Rights: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of treating Afghanistan as an Article 15(c) area.

      Hate Crime: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle increases of reported violent hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people.

      Police Custody: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether legal practitioners are providing in-person attendance to all suspects who have not tested positive for covid-19 in police...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report, What Works For Ending Public Sexual Harassment published by Plan International UK in September 2021, if she...

      Passport Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the backlog of correspondence at HM Passport Office on the adequacy of help for...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals living in the UK are awaiting a decision on asylum applications as at 16 September 2021; and what steps she is...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to provide details of (a) the Afghan refugees in quarantine and (b) the bridging hotels to which they will be...

      Immigration: South Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the EU Settlement Scheme have been outstanding for eight weeks or more in South Belfast constituency.

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has recruited additional staff to assist with the potential increased workload from the Afghan Relocations and...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have submitted an application to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme including applicants and their family...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long families of British nationals who have been evacuated to (a) Italy and (b) other third countries will have to wait for their visas...

      Migrant Workers: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of restrictions in the Immigration Act 2016 that a tenancy cannot be offered to NHS staff...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it remains her Department's policy to impose the cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK will accept of 5,000 in 2021 and 20,000...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether applicants who want to update their biometric residence card to reflect their EU Settled Status have to pay a fee for (a) the...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide assistance in securing a response from the Director General for UK Visas and Immigration, to the letter dated 16 June...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 40586 on Afghanistan: Chevening Scholarships Programme, what steps the Government is...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to urgently expedite the applications of (a) staff employed by Adam Smith International and (b) others employed by...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to process the claims of Afghan asylum seekers and refugees who have been waiting for more than six months for a...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve the adequacy and effectiveness of Operation Warm Welcome.

      Local Government: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to support the renovation or repurposing of local authority owned buildings to assist in the resettlement of refugees.

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how additional funding will be allocated to local authorities that will house refugees via the Afghan citizen's resettlement scheme; and...

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions officials in her Department have had with their counterparts in the (a) Housing, Communities and Local Government and (b)...

      Voluntary Organisations: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support she has made available to (a) Lewisham Donation Hub, (b) Little Village and (c) other voluntary organisations who are...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to procure more resettlement hotels to move refugees on from quarantine hotel facilities.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals arrived in the UK as a consequence of Operation Pitting; and what assessment has been made of the (a) number and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her departmental official's reply of 9 April 2021 to the Right hon. Member for Leeds Central regarding his constituent Ms...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the House of Commons Library the presentation made to the Economic Crime Strategy Board in February 2021 relating to...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Parish Councils: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Communities and Communities, what powers local authority monitoring officers have to impose sanctions on parish councillors.

    • Elections: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Elections Bill on the (a) conduct and (b)...

      Council Tax: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Communities and Communities, what estimate his Department has made of the average Band D Council Tax bill in England for the 2022-23 financial year.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assumptions he has made for the revenue that will be raised by the social care precept for each of the next five years.

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to ensure that all local authorities are able to return to full, in-person meetings on local...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Communities and Communities, what steps he is planning to take to increase transparency for consumers in older people’s housing and...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many tree preservation orders have been issued by local authorities in England in each of the last ten years.

      High Rise Flats: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he had had with Galliard Homes on the reliability and performance of cooling systems installed for...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what data his Department holds on the number of home renovation grants that have been distributed by local authorities in...

      Community Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many community asset transfers have been carried out by local authorities in England since 2010.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many families with children were housed in temporary accommodation for more than (a) six months, (b) one year or (c)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the responsibilities of each Minister in his Department.

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the headcount of the Civil Service was in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Social Security: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average length of time in days HMRC has taken to issue A1 Certificates in each month since January 2019.

    • Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he made of the suitability of different forms of taxation to pay for a Health and Social Care Levy prior to his decision to base that levy...

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent fiscal steps he has taken to control inflation.

      Public Sector Debt: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many payments were made to the Government's Donations and Bequests Account in respect of the National Debt in financial year 2020-21; and what the...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure access to cash withdrawals.

      Bank Services: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure charities are not faced with additional costs from excessive bank charges.

      Standard of Living: Coventry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's policies on living standards in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry.

      Liverpool Victoria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the proposed demutualisation of Liverpool Victoria.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will make an assessment of the impact of privatising Channel 4 on the availability of distinctive British...

    • Public Service Broadcasting: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to promote Welsh cultural and language programming as part of her Department's planned changes to...

      Broadband: Somerton and Frome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to accelerate the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband across Somerton and Frome.

  • Cop26

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the President of COP26, how many times the (a) Climate Action Strategy Committee, (b) Climate Action Implementation Committee, (c) Climate Change National Strategic Implementation Group,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change and Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to promote climate action and a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of COP26.

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to achieve (1) the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)...

      Mathematics: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote the study and research of mathematics at universities in England.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Mosquito devices that emit high level sounds to deter loitering in public places, particularly those where young...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the redevelopment of retail space to attract consumers back to local high street shops and support their recovery process.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards the globally agreed aim of limiting global heating to below 2°C; and pursuing efforts to limit heating to...

      Electric Vehicles: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential investments required in the electric vehicle manufacturing and charging industry in response to the introduction of...

  • Treasury

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to amend the tax regime for the financial services sector; and how they intend to provide more clarity on investment screening laws to...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what reassurances they have sought from, and (2) what reassurances have been given by, the Taliban that future aid to Afghanistan will be used for its intended...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what the current mechanisms are for delivering UK overseas development aid in Afghanistan, and (2) what steps they will take to ensure the efficacy of this...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a review of the efficacy of UK overseas development aid in Afghanistan since 2001 and the mechanisms by which it was delivered.

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, (2) Pakistan, and (3) Russia, regarding the situation in Afghanistan.

      Capital Punishment and Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they most recently discussed (1) human rights, and (2) the death penalty, with the governments of (a) China, (b) Iran, (c) Saudi Arabia, and (d) the United...

      Iran: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take (1) to ensure that a UN inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran is launched, and (2) to ensure that the call for...

      Afghanistan: Internally Displaced People and Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current levels of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan, and (2) current and future refugee flows from Afghanistan...

      Tigray: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports in the Daily Telegraph on 5 September that ethnic cleansing and atrocity crimes against Tigrayans have been committed in the Ethiopian city of...

      Pakistan: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the UK Minister responsible for Pakistan made contact with the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs envoy to Afghanistan in (1) June, (2) July, and...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was changed in June.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Civil Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil claims against the Ministry of Defence have been rejected so far as a result of Part 2 of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and...

    • HMS Diamond

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of HMS Diamond.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Supreme Court judgment [2018] UKSC 48, what consideration they have given to providing retrospective Bereavement Support Payment to families where...

    • Employment: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take, if any, to encourage those beyond the state pension age to continue in paid employment if they wish to do so.

      Kickstart Scheme: Job Creation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been created by the Kickstart Scheme in (1) England, and (2) each English region.

      Chemicals: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to produce an equivalent list to the EU Restricted Substance List for the UK.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to meet their target for planting trees outlined in the Queen’s Speech.

    • Badgers: Pest Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to local authorities about the control of badgers in (1) cemeteries, and (2) burial grounds.

      Cats and Dogs: Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for future legislation of the micro-chipping of (1) dogs, and (2) cats.

      Dogs: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to give Local Authorities a legal obligation to enforce the dog licensing regulations.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to show by nationality the number of illegal immigrants who have been taken into custody upon arrival in the UK in the 12 months from...

    • Hikvision

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 September (HL2328), (1) whether thy have now met with the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera...

      Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of financial fraud in the UK.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what errors, if any, have been identified in the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement with Ukraine; and what is the status of that agreement...

    • Arms Trade: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arms export licences to Afghanistan they approved in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021; and what was their total financial value.

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