Written answers

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of charging point operators on the potential merits of introducing a universal app for...

    • Bridges: Northern Ireland and Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what expenditure his Department has incurred on preparatory work related to a fixed-link crossing between Scotland and Northern Ireland since 24 July 2019.

      Bridges: Northern Ireland and Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what expenditure the Government has incurred on preparatory work related to a fixed-link crossing between Scotland and Northern Ireland since 24 July 2019.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the speed with which HGV driver applications are processed.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the extent of correspondence awaiting reply by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in terms by (a) volume and (b)...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reforming Public Service Obligations in order to assist the growth of (a) regional and (b)...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the usage of capital and revenue funding to support the development of small regional airports.

      Driving Licences: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average length of time taken by his Department was from an application being received to issuing driving licenses to applicants arriving from...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the need for the covid-19 traffic light system for international travel in its existing format as at 14...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of removing the requirements for covid-19 testing to fly to countries on the green list.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Artificial Intelligence: Competition and Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Equality and Human Rights Commission and (b) Information...

    • Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the value for money for the taxpayer in the Help To Grow Digital programme; and what...

      New Businesses: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage entrepreneurs to set up new businesses in (a) Morley and...

      Business: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the total value of reported Government subsidies to businesses as at 14 September 2021.

      Valneva: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply...

      Limited Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason (a) the name of a limited partnership cannot be re-used, after dissolution and removal from Companies...

      New Businesses: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the financial total of Start Up Loans issued in the Scottish Borders is as at 14 September 2021.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many covid-19 vaccines his Department has ordered for delivery in each year of the next five years.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has placed advance purchase orders for (a) next-generation universal coronavirus or (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received a request from the Scottish Government to discuss the impact on Scotland of the UK Government's...

      Energy Supply: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the UK’s industrial energy prices.

      Air Pollution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sources his Department uses when reporting gaseous emissions allocated to Scotland prior to those statistics being...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will tackle gaps in consumer protections for people making energy efficiency improvements to homes and installing...

      Energy Supply: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make representations to Ofgem on ensuring that its supplier licensing proposals do not cause significant...

      Hydrogen: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support the carbon capture and storage project, HyNet, to (a) safeguard manufacturing jobs in the...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) officials in the Department for Work and Pensions...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment has he made of the efficacy of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme for its members.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • National Eczema Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support National Eczema Week.

    • NHS: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what efficiencies have been identified in the NHS in the last 12 months; and what relationship will there be between those efficiencies...

      NHS: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support victims of racial discrimination in the NHS.

      NHS: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to retain NHS staff.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on NHS frontline staffing levels of the advice that from 28 weeks all NHS staff who...

      Lung Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 July 2021 to Question 36637 on Lung Cancer: Screening, what criteria his Department plans to use to inform...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are any barriers to people receiving one covid-19 vaccination in Scotland and one in England.

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care of 10 June 2021, Official Report,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to allow people who have received a covid-19 vaccination outside of the UK to register that vaccination on...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to what extent the UK delegation at the forthcoming Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he will make available for parents and children to be able to have supported conversations about the covid-19...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled National Food Strategy: part one, published in July 2021, what plans his Department has to engage...

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of covid-19 infections being brought into schools as a result of pupils not isolating when...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many companies have received fines under the Food Information Regulations 2014 for non-disclosure or provision of incorrect...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including medical staff, who are doubly vaccinated, to the list of jobs that are...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of adding only those providers that have been vetted and found to meet...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help increase vaccine uptake among Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups given the figure for...

      Sugar: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2021 to Question 22142 on Food: Sugar, what the outcome of discussions held with Public Health England...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with representatives of GPs to establish a national assessment of the outcome of the measles, mumps and...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that access to long-acting reversible contraception is equitable across (a) geographies and...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths recorded within 28 days of positive covid-19 test occurred on each day from (a) 1 August 2020 to 13 September 2020 and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons his Department is not collecting data at local authority level on infection rates (a) among black and minority ethnic...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review his policy of quarantine for travellers who have had covid-19 vaccinations from two different suppliers following an...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy for children aged 12-15 who are eligible for the covid-19 vaccination due to clinical vulnerability to...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is commencement of the national flu immunisation programme for 2021 to 2022.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 32520, when British citizens who received their covid-19 vaccinations overseas will be...

      Care Homes and Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether vulnerable residents in (a) care homes and (b) hospital facilities will be less at risk of serious illness in the event that they...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether doses of the Astrazeneca Covishield have been rebranded as Vaxzevria upon distribution to UK citizens.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of splitting the reported data on covid-19 deaths within 28 days of a...

      Migrants: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of waiving the fee for hotel quarantine for people arriving from Afghanistan (a) who...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when people who have received one of their two covid-19 vaccinations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will be able to obtain an NHS...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made timeliness of the delivery of the flu vaccine on (a) flu infection rates and (b) hospital admissions and (c)...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide mental health support for workers having to self-isolate after receiving a positive covid-19 PCR test.

      Travel Restrictions: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reassess South Africa’s red list categorisation in response to South Africa’s low...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing and Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of returning covid-19 testing and contact tracing to local public health teams to lead.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether international students arriving on UK university campuses, who have had one or more of covid-19 vaccination dose from a...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that minimum standards of performance and reliability are met by private-sector providers of covid-19...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 19 April 2021, case no MP68181, on specialist...

      Integrated Care Boards: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the overall cost of the process to recruit, appoint and designate chairs and chief executives of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 30 June 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire regarding medical exemptions for...

      Joint Replacements: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the current waiting time is for joint replacement surgery in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-clinical vacancies exist in the NHS with salary expectations in excess of £160,000 per annum as at 13 September 2021. .

      Public Health: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public health services are physically accessible to disabled people, who may be more...

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays in the modernisation of health services in Shropshire on trends in the adequacy of...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS Trusts are meeting the 85 per cent activity threshold for the Elective Recovery Fund.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Health and Care Bill on geographic equity of access to...

      Emergency Services: Sirens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he plans to have with representatives of the emergency services on (a) proposals for an agreed national standard for...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to a letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 15 July 2021, reference ZA57019 on...

    • Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to local authorities of the increase in Employers National Insurance...

      Property: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of replacing Council Tax...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Office of the Public Guardian: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department will take to reduce the delays in registration with the Office of the Public Guardian.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to respond to the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme Review 2020.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Proven reoffending statistics: July to September 2019, published on 29 July 2021, Section 7 and Table C1a, whether the Fines category...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many firms of solicitors held a (a) civil and (b) criminal legal aid contract as of 1 September 2021.

      Criminal Proceedings: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are waiting to have their legal cases heard in court in (a) Morley and Outwood constituency and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Ministry of Justice: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45034 on Ministry of Justice: Listed Buildings, if he will publish a list of the (a) properties...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Safeguarding and Afghan Resettlement of 13 September 2021, Official Report, Column 700, what...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support she is giving to children resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme who originate from Afghanistan and who have...

      Chelmsford Prison: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the findings of Urgent Notification: HMP & YOI Chelmsford, published by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on 27 August 2021 that (a)...

      Family Courts: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the backlog in Nottinghamshire's family courts.

      Ministry of Justice: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he last met Ministers in the Welsh Government.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish details of the Afghanistan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter sent to all MPs on 13 September 2021 from the Minister for Safeguarding and Afghan Resettlement regarding an update on...

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the amount the 1.25% increase in National Insurance Contributions will raise in the first year from 2022.

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people furloughed continuously from 1 March 2020.

      Cooperatives and Mutual Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) resilience and (b) competition that mutuals and co-operatives bring to the economy.

      Evergrande Group: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the current financial status of the Chinese property group Evergrande on (a) the world economy and (b) the...

      Boats: Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment he has undertaken on changes to pleasure craft fuel rules banning red diesel use in Northern Ireland, as a result of the Northern...

      Electric Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing plug-in hybrid vehicles from the additional vehicle tax levied on cars...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) reducing or (b) removing Air Passenger Duty on two-way domestic UK flights to assist the growth...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will consider establishing an emergency (a) telephone helpline and (b) email address for hon Members who...

    • Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many civil servants have been engaged in dealing with enquiries from hon. Members since the fall of the...

      Afghanistan: Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help female judges in Afghanistan avoid potential persecution by the Taliban.

      Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with NGOs working in Afghanistan on the current humanitarian needs in that country.

      South Asia: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with NGOs working in (a) Pakistan and (b) other third countries about the...

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) UK citizens have returned to the UK and (b) Afghan nationals seeking safe passage to the UK have been...

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding the Government has allocated to support for (a) UK citizens seeking to return to the UK from...

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the families of British nationals who have been evacuated from Afghanistan...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41005, whether he convened internal departmental meetings...

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he is made to his Pakistani counterpart on ensuring that Afghan refugees who entered Pakistan...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many applications have been submitted to the his Department's special cases email address since its launch in...

      Afghanistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2021 to Question 44429, of those who have registered their presence in...

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the political situation in Myanmar.

      Myanmar: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on an arms embargo on Myanmar.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports of the Hong Kong Police arresting senior...

      Uyghur Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of findings made by the Uyghur Tribunal.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports of the Hong Kong authorities raiding a museum...

      Gulf States: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf,...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish (a) quarterly, (b) biannual or (c) annual reports on all multilateral bodies in which the UK...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which minister in her Department is responsible for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Western Sahara: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 91447 on Western Sahara: Politics and Government,...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the decision published by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, published on 16 June...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK’s contribution to the United Nations Organization...

      Sri Lanka: Police Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on what date the British High Commission in Colombo formally notified Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police that...

      Commonwealth: Cultural Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen cultural exchange programmes across the Commonwealth.

      Myanmar: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the need for food assistance in Myanmar for internally displaced people in (a)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Alliances: Australia and USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the countering of weaponised and industrialised disinformation from cybertroops based in (a) the UK and (b) overseas will play in AUKUS.

    • National Flagship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14 September 2021 to Question 40765, on National Flagship, who was responsible for producing the artist's impression of the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, entitled The cost of repression, published...

      Taliban: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the resurgence of the Taliban on the threat of terrorism in the UK.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the progress of the Type 45 destroyers upgrade programme.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart Scheme jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each region across the UK from 14 July 2021 to the date.

    • Kickstart Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 280,000 jobs approved for funding by the Kickstart Scheme as of 31 August 2021 were based in Scotland.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Trussell Trust’s publication, Keep The Lifeline: The Trussell Trust briefing on the £20 cut to Universal...

      Universal Credit: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people will have their universal credit reduced as a result of the planned removal of the £20 uplift to the standard allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations from the Institute for Public Policy Research of...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been affected by the recent administrative delays in receiving their state pensions since turning 66.

      Universal Credit: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report, What will the end of the Universal Credit uplift mean for areas of poor health?, published by the Health...

      Pensions: Investement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association's (PLSA) consultation paper entitled Responsible Investment Quality Mark:...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average answering time was for all her Department's phone lines for each month since March 2019.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September to Question 41749 on State Retirement Pensions, Administrative Delays, how many staff have been...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial measures her Department has announced to support people on universal credit (a) secure employment and (b) secure more hours if...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment has she made of the effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme with 69,000 young people having started jobs under that...

      Kickstart Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 188,000 jobs made available under the Kickstart Scheme as of July 2021 were based in Scotland.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have started Kickstart placements in each Parliamentary constituency.

      Kickstart Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 69,000 young people who had started jobs under the Kickstart Scheme as of July 2021 were based in Scotland.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of the £2 billion funding allocated to the Kickstart scheme has been spent on that scheme as of 14 September...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact that the re-introduction of conditionality requirements has had on the mental...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons had only 69,000 young people started a Kickstart scheme job out of the 188,000 job placements available under that scheme as...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for the processing of a State Pension application as of 13 September 2021.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hedges and Ditches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect hedgerows across the UK.

    • Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits relating to blue carbon of banning bottom trawling in...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will use its new powers under the Fisheries Act 2020 to restrict the fishing licences of supertrawlers and...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the activity of supertrawlers and bottom trawlers in UK...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether plans to introduce management measures in 40 English offshore Marine Protected Areas over the next three years will...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects of fully and highly-protected Marine Protected Areas on the...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on mobile fish stocks of banning supertrawlers from...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the National Food Strategy, published in July 2021, what plans he has to consult UK-based food and drinks...

      Sheep Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether sheep meat produced on farms that carry out the mulesing of lambs falls under the definition of imports of lower...

      Food: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce pre-notification requirements for foods of animal origin and certain foods of...

      Plants: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies are involved with delivering Border Control Points for plant inspections.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the length of time Afghan nationals will have to wait to be housed in the UK from the opening of the...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Afghan nationals who have already been evacuated from Kabul airport but are in third countries will be counted in the 20,000 quota...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Afghan nationals who have already been evacuated from Kabul airport will be counted in the 20,000 quota for the Afghanistan...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to welcome a larger number of vulnerable Afghans eligible for the Afghanistan citizens’ resettlement scheme in the...

      Hate Crime: LGBT People

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

      Emergency Calls: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle hoax calls to the emergency services.

      Anjem Choudary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to monitor Anjem Choudary speaking in public since his release from prison.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals are in asylum detention centres; and what plans her Department has to remove those nationals from detention centres.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number and proportion of people who illegally crossed the English Channel in August 2021 that...

      Refugees: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of property prices in York on the ability to resettle refugees in that city.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of raising the balance of probabilities to justify identity as a reason when assessing...

      Visas: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department is providing to people in Afghanistan on how they should apply for family reunion or spouse visas.

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seeking minors placed in bridge hotels have subsequently been taken into care by local authorities in 2021 to date.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help build trust with Muslim communities and to work with faith leaders in eradicating extremism.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Fires: Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what data his Department holds on the number of complaints made to local authorities in England on nuisance bonfires.

    • Local Government: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans his Department has to reform local government in England.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent estimate his Department has made of the Social Care Support Grant allocation that will need to be made to...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if his Department will publish the Levelling Up White Paper.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Bolton South East of 23 July 2021 which came on behalf of...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans his Department has for increasing clarity in the planning system on housing options for older people.

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of housing with care.

      Planning: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans his Department has to reform the planning system.

      Permitted Development Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to undertake a review of the impact of changes to Permitted Development rules over the...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the debate on Covid-19: Effect on Retirement Communities of 1 July 2021, Official Report, column 147WH,...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will provide guidance to local authorities on planning provision for extra care housing communities,

      Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will (a) review and (b) clarify the definitions and distinctions used to categorise specialist housing for older...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Medals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of awarding retrospective awards for...

    • Civil Servants: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to encourage civil servants based in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England to return to...

  • Department for Education

    • Prisoners: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provides for the children of parents and guardians who enter the prison system.

    • National School Breakfast Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to confirm (a) how many schools will be supported by the new National School Breakfast Programme and (b) which schools in...

      Assessments: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a fund for parents and guardians of home-schooled children to receive...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools receiving pupil premium are not adversely affected by the administrative change of calculations based...

      Education: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote digital education in secondary schools and (b) embed digital skills across all subject areas...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons schools continue to be required to complete the daily Educational Setting Status form; and for what purpose these data collected are...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 35600 on Special Educational Needs, what funding and support is being provided to local authorities...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will conduct a review of the Apprenticeship Levy focused on what further potential flexibility for businesses can be introduced into the scheme.

      Department for Education: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to his Department since 2019.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to protect free speech in online spaces.

    • Vaccination: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent the spread of vaccine misinformation online.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Women and Equalities

    • Question

      What steps she is taking with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to improve healthcare for women.

    • Question

      What steps she is taking with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to help ensure an equitable economic recovery for women from the covid-19 outbreak.

      Question

      What steps the Government is taking to encourage covid-19 vaccination uptake among harder to reach groups.

      Question

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the provisions in the Nationality and Borders Bill on (a) equality and (b) safety for LGBTQ+...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she is having with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office on planned engagement with (a)...

      Conversion Therapy: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to Government's announcement on plans to ban conversion therapy of 11 May 2021, when she plans to commission support services for...

      Biometrics: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Centre for Data and Ethics Investigations report of November 2020, Review into bias in Algorithmic decision-making, what steps the...

      ESEA Heritage Month

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will annually mark September as East and South East Asian Heritage Month.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to ensure that trans people in England and Wales have the same right to a de-medicalised and shortened process of gender...

      Conversion Therapy: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, for what support services for victims of conversion therapy have not yet been commissioned.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Maternity Rights and Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will implement the Equality and Human Rights Commission's recommendation to extend the time limit for cases involving pregnancy and maternity...

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many HGV drivers who hold either (1) a group C entitlement, or (2) a group C+E entitlement, do not have a driver's certificate of professional competence.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Department for Education

    • Cybercrime: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce cybersecurity education to Key Stage 1 children in order to educate them on tech literacy and online safety.

    • Schools: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the University College London report  Addressing Extremism Through the Classroom, published on 7 September; and what...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide mental health support for students and staff returning to school.

      Refugees: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they are providing to (1) mayoral combined authorities, and (2) upper tier local authorities in England, to facilitate the teaching of...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms under the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the apprenticeship levy and use part of the levy funds to support pre-apprenticeship programmes to help young people at school build...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide more special educational needs and disability (SEND) support to schools.

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand Free School Meal eligibility (1) to all children aged seven to 18 in households earning £20,000 per annum or less after...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional resources to schools for addressing mental health issues experienced by young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Universities: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided any financial support to universities which have chartered flights to the UK to ensure that students from China are able to return for...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have been paid to defer their university course for 12 months; and what the total amount of money spent is.

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the growth of essay mill companies during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether this growth has caused an increase in students cheating.

      Mathematics: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to protect, and (2) to increase, the funding available for all forms of mathematics at universities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reparation by Offenders: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to provide dedicated funding for restorative justice to provide equal access across the country and avoid discriminating against...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners on inserting clauses on environmental standards into future trade deals.

    • Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners on inserting clauses on human rights into future trade deals.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the OSCE Minsk Group in identifying peaceful solutions to the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over...

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lessons that can be learned from the Genocide of 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and what steps they are taking to ensure...

      Makomborero Haruzivishe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of Zimbabwe about the detention of Makomborero Haruzivishe

      Sierra Leone: Bilateral Aid and Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Sierra Leone on 23 July to abolish the death penalty; and whether they have any plans to increase bilateral aid...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total number of children who, between 6 April 2017 and 30 August 2018, experienced the death of a parent but whose family...

    • Bereavement Support Payment and Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total number of children who experienced the death of a parent between 9 February 2016 and 30 August 2018 whose family unit...

      Bereavement Support Payment and Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total number of children who experienced the death of a parent between 9 April 2001 and 30 August 2018 whose family unit (1)...

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Supreme Court judgment [2018] UKSC 48, what assessment have they made of the impact on family finances of not providing retrospective Bereavement...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of rising wages on the feasibility of re-introducing the "triple lock" on pensions in 2022.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take the Consumer Price Index into account when calculating the state pension for 2022–23.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost savings that will be achieved through the suspension of the "triple lock" on state pension payment increases.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Deep Sea Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that industrial-scale deep seabed mining will (1) damage ocean ecosystems, and (2) lead to permanent biodiversity loss.

  • Home Office

    • Nationality and Borders Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 July (HL1966), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, whether a child...

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Remote Working

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Treasury civil servants working from home; and what assessment they have made should civil servants choose to work...

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