Written answers

Thursday, 23 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the haulage industry since the beginning of 2021.

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is offering to car and trailer test (categories B and E) providers affected by changes to driving test requirements for...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating HGV licences for drivers who have recently retired to help...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of learner drivers who have had to resit their driving theory tests as a result of the shortage of practical...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring people to enter their (a) date of birth and (b) driving licence number...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of supporting instructors approved by the National Register of LGV Instructors to...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) businesses delivering B+E category drivers licence training and (b) people employed...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving test centres have an available appointment for a practical driving test available within the next six weeks; and how many...

      Driving: Insurance and Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of drivers on the roads without the required (a) licence (b) insurance.

      A1: Brownieside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the pioneering technology used in 2016 by Highways England’s contractors to resurface the A1 at Brownieside continues to be utilised.

      Bridges and Tunnels: Northern Ireland and Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government spent on studies to examine the feasibility of building a bridge or tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

      Department for Transport: Flags

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff currently work for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria must be fulfilled for Pakistan to be moved from the covid-19 red list to the amber list to allow non-essential travel to resume.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the end of freedom of movement on the haulage industry; and what steps the Government is taking to tackle HGV driver...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons South Africa has been retained on the Covid-19 travel red list.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Subsidies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the quantitative calculations and evidence supporting the statement in the Subsidy Control Bill's...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to acquire vaccines to provide protection from the most recent variants of covid-19; and...

      Made Smarter: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to maximise the awareness of the Made Smarter Adoption North East scheme among SMEs in the...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the (a) value, (b) date of award, (c) proposed outcome and (d) spend profile for each funding...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies that availed of bounce back loans have (a) filed for bankruptcy and (b) indicated that they will not...

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the introduction of temporary visas for low skilled...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in paid employment as at 15 September 2021.

      Minimum Wage: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all under-18 workers are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the Government's 2030 floating wind...

      Energy Supply: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral statement of 20 September 2021 on UK Gas Market, which energy companies were present at the...

      Green: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Green Energy Company on the impact of wholesale energy prices on its (a)...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the shortfall from energy companies in paying for the insulating homes programme as at 20...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of money that is outstanding from energy companies for renewable obligation...

      Energy Supply: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure that low income households are able to heat their homes following recent rises...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be repaying (a) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan...

      Procurement: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many British companies have approached his Department seeking advice on supply chains in China following...

      Courier Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45119 on Courier Services: Fees and Charges, what evidence he...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of Union Jack flags purchased by his Department in each of the last two years were...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to his Department since 2019.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) contribution to the public purse of tax, National Insurance and NHS surcharges paid by families...

    • Department of Health and Social Care and NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total number of whole time equivalent employees is, including payroll and non-payroll staff, in (a) the Department of Health and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidential basis and data which support the move away from the guidance of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2021 to question 28938, Coronavirus: Vaccination, in what format is data available on the number of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure UK residents who have taken part in trials of the Valneva covid-19 vaccine are able to demonstrate to...

      Menopause: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support for prescription costs is available for women experiencing the menopause.

      Botulinum Toxin: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to ban the use of animals in the testing of botox.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people died within twenty one days of receiving a covid-19 vaccination in England during the first six months of 2021.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, ahead of World Contraception Day on 26 September, how many community pharmacies are commissioned to provide free emergency contraception.

      Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2021 to Question 12276 on Cancer: Mental Health Services, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Dental Services: West Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS dentists there are in West Dorset.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of NHS England's commissioning policy for percutaneous...

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure the accessibility of NHS dental services in York.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that trans men and non-binary people with a cervix are invited for routine cervical screening.

      Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the need for additional resources to help ensure that NHS bodies provide timely responses to...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting lists for child and adolescent mental health services.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the £79 million NHS England allocated for children and young people’s mental...

      Alzheimer's Disease: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of CT and MRI scans for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on (a) the number of children requiring mental health services in England and (b) waiting times for access...

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 35 of the policy paper, Building Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care, published in September...

      Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to mark Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day on 15 October 2021.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance is available for non-residential social care providers not covered by mandatory covid-19 vaccination requirements.

      Home Care Services: Task Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to establish a cross-government task force on housing with care.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure elderly citizens on low incomes are able to access social care.

      Social Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to address (a) recruitment and (b) retention issues in the social care sector.

      Hospices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional funding to hospices to facilitate a 3 per cent pay rise...

      Medical Equipment and Medical Treatments: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to require medicine and medical device makers to declare all payments made to...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 88854, how much NHS Resolution spent on medication errors in the 2020-21...

      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have had polycystic ovary syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Speech and Language Disorders: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) cerebral palsy and (b) other communication needs from birth who would benefit...

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to run a regular national audit of specialist dementia diagnostic services, extending beyond the...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to fund the current unmet needs in the social care sector.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of bereavement support provided by local authorities in England.

      Social Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing conditions on the receipt of any new funding for social care by...

      Carers: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve the current package of support for unpaid carers.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the provision of new models of social care for older people, such as housing-with-care.

      Health Services: York

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

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to ensure that there is a comprehensive workforce plan for the NHS.

      Integrated Care Systems: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the estimated recruitment costs are for the new directors and chief executives of the Integrated Care Boards and Partnerships.

      Dermatology: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of dermatologists in England.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the overall cost of the reforms to the NHS proposed within the Health and Care Bill 2021; and...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy: Suicide

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how many clergy have taken their own lives in the last five years.

    • Church of England: Taxation

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how much has been paid in (a) tax rebates, including of VAT on repairs and (b) Gift Aid to Church of England...

      Church of England: Finance

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how much has been paid in (a) National Lottery Funds and (b) Government grants to Church of England bodies...

      Church of England: Assets

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent estimate he has made of the value of investment and liquid assets of the Church of England (a)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will undertake a review of sentencing guidelines for defendants convicted of sexual offences against minors.

    • Remand in Custody: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his Department's review of youth custodial remand.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid (a) providers and (b) offices were practising in cases of (a) claims against public authorities, (b) community care, (c)...

      Crime: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Government on producing disaggregated criminal justice data for Wales.

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to review the planned increase to National Insurance in response to the increase in inflation to 3.2 per cent.

    • Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of people who were ineligible for Government covid-19 support and who will be subject to the Health and Social...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 49030 on UK Trade with EU, what proportion of importers of non-controlled goods from the EU have...

      British Nationals Abroad: Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens registered as overseas electors who have been liable for (a) UK Income Tax and (b) UK Capital Gains...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecast he has made of the level of revenues from fuel duties for each of the next five years.

      Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce a small wine producers duty relief for small vineyards in the UK similar to the small brewers relief.

      Cooperatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what figures his Department holds on the amount spent by local authorities in England on helping to set up new business co-operatives.

      Standard of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the increase in inflation to 3.2 per cent on living standards.

      Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes HMRC made to the process for registering occupational pension schemes in (a) 2006 and (b) 2014; and what the reasons were for those changes .

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of the Union Jack flags purchased by her Department in each of the last two years...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to her Department since 2019.

      EU Countries: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many diplomats the Government employed in the UK Mission to the EU in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential role for (a) UK and international volunteers and (b) UK...

      Iran: UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the UK's reputation of the issue of an invitation to...

      India: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the future earnings of the British Council after the sale of its IELTS...

      Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will review her Department’s policy of (a) not responding to and (b) refusing further cases from hon....

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the 2018-19 Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority,...

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of allegations of electoral fraud in Russian legislative elections; and...

      Iraq: Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have had with her international counterparts on...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many roles in the British Council her Department plans to privatise between 2021 and 2022; and how many of...

      Arabian Sea: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) she and (b) her predecessor has held discussions with relevant counterparts on the death of a UK...

      Afghanistan: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to urgently evacuate British Council employees stranded in Afghanistan.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if her Department will publish the business case from the British Council in respect of the restructuring plans,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Department for International Development's Research Study into Value for Money Investment in...

      British Council: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department has applied EU state rules to the loan provided to the British Council; and whether those...

      Chile: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will raise the matter of allegations of human rights abuses by members of the Chilean security forces since...

      British Council: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will publish the terms and conditions of the loan imposed by her Department on the British Council.

      British Council: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the average pay bill is for an employee of the British Council, including National Insurance and pension...

      Chile: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she plans to have with the President of Chile during his visit to Glasgow for COP26.

      Belarus: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 49228 on Belarus: Conditions of Employment, whether she...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help ensure effective global efforts to prevent the waste of covid-19 vaccines as a...

      EU Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts following the recent fires in Greece and Turkey on (a)...

      Nigeria: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support their Nigerian counterparts in locating and rescuing (a) Leah...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help promote the rights of religious minorities in India.

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the report by the charity Open Doors entitled Destructive Lies, what assessment her Department...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 45 Destroyers: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the procurement of the interim surface-to-surface missile guided weapon to replace the Harpoon on the six Type 45 Destroyer...

    • Fleet Solid Support Ships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 49967 on Fleet Solid Support Ships: Procurement, for what reason the Government is unable to...

      British Nationals Abroad and Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) British nationals and (b) Afghan nationals were called forward or authorised for evacuation as part of Operation Pitting but did not...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2021 to Question 46925 on Afghanistan: Refugees, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) welfare...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a cruise missile service on the Type 45 Destroyers.

      Ministry of Defence: Flags

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

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will enable armed forces personnel to lead the humanitarian effort supporting Afghan refugees being accommodated in bridging hotels under the...

      Veterans: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 24 May 2021, Official Report, Column 16, if he will publish the statistical evidential basis for Northern...

      Afghanistan: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to assist employees of the British Council who were offered an evacuation flight under the Afghan Relocations and...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the six Type 45 Destroyers will be (a) fitted with a Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile, (b) the first to undergo the fitting of the Sea Ceptor...

      Warships: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that all naval vessels have upgraded computer operating systems which are compatible with onshore systems.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Type 45 Destroyer ship will next undergo upgrades as part of the Power Improvement Package; and what the timescales are for the completion of...

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Major Projects 2020-21 Portfolio Data 2021, published on 15 July 2021, if he will publish the reasons for which projects in that...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will connect people arriving under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy with those they served with in Afghanistan.

      RAF Linton-on-Ouse: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to complete the final assessment and disposal details regarding RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, HCWS294, whether her Department...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, how many individual PIP claims will...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, if she will publish further detail...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Written Statement HCWS294 of 20 September 2021, what estimate she has made of the number of personal independence payment claims...

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the 27 claims made to the Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme on behalf of deceased individuals who received a covid-19 vaccination...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date her Department received the final report of the NatCen research project entitled The uses of health and disability benefits; and...

      Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the average waiting time to process personal independence payment applications in (a) Scotland...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions officials of the Cabinet Office Disability Unit have had with representatives of the British Standards Institute on...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to provide personal independence payment claimants with a choice of being assessed by phone or face-to-face; and...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for personal independence payment claims to be reviewed by a Health Professional prior to determining the...

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on poverty levels in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) Liverpool City...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that all eligible pensioners receive pension credit.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have applied for the new state pension and reached qualification age in (a) June, (b) July and (c) August 2021 are...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the length of time between people reaching State Pension age and receiving their first State Pension payment in...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in the context of the potential increase in energy bills, what steps she is taking to help ensure that (a) universal credit and (b) legacy...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she made of the change in average waiting time for decision on personal independence payments (a) applications and (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) challenges and (b) merits of personal independence payment phone assessments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of personal independence claimants had their award changed at mandatory reconsideration stage following (a) an...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 43683 on Horses: Animal Breeding, and with reference to the...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support communities worst hit by the impacts of climate change such as flooding and biodiversity loss.

      Beer: Carbon Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives from the brewing and beer industries on the potential impact of an...

      Veterinary Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of creating an independent ombudsman for the veterinary profession; and...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of seasonal workers from abroad on UK food security; for what reason the...

  • Home Office

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the reasons for which there were no reports of pyrogenicity testing in animals in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

    • Animal Experiments: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to publish details of the nine tests that were conducted on dogs in 2020 to satisfy industrial chemicals...

      Visits Abroad: Greek Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reason was for (a) her visit to the construction site of the Multi Purpose Reception and Identification Centre (MPRIC) on the...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were housed in hotels in the Gatwick area under her Department’s policies at the start of each of the last six months.

      Animal Experiments: Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the correlation between the availability of non-animal alternatives and the number of skin sensitisation...

      Animal Experiments: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason there was an increase in experiments conducted on dogs for the purposes of plant protection product legislation in 2020 from...

      Hamas: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the UK’s proscription of Hamas.

      Animal Experiments: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to statistical analysis by Cruelty Free International, published on 20 July 2021, what steps she is taking to reduce the 349...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to a letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 23 July 2021, reference ZA57156 on an asylum claim.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims are awaiting resolution as at 16 September 2021.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are currently placed in each local authority in England.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has undertaken an assessment of the potential merits of expanding safe routes to claiming asylum in the UK, including...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) funding and (b) staff resources she has allocated to processing visa waivers and resettlement of Afghan citizens since the 1 July 2021.

      Asylum: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to clear the backlog of asylum applications, and if she will reinstate the six-month service standard for assessing...

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the scale of the threat posed to farmers by illegal hare coursing on their land, in respect of (a)...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deaths were caused on UK roads by drivers who (a) were driving without a licence, (b) had never held a driving licence and (c) had...

      Domestic Violence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is she taking to (a) standardise the use of the domestic violence disclosure scheme across police forces and (b) remove...

      Afghanistan: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government is currently deporting people to Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department's updated country guidance on Afghanistan will be available for use in asylum claims from Afghan asylum seekers already...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals who were called forward or authorised for evacuation from Afghanistan but who were unable to board flights will be...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the Afghan nationals evacuated as part of Operation Pitting will be settled under the Afghan citizens'...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Afghan nationals and their family members who arrived in the UK as part of Operation Pitting will receive notification of their...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the risk of increasing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic assault and harassment in the asylum process...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help ensure that Afghan asylum seekers living in the UK are able to access immigration advice and legal...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Homelessness and Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) retention and (b) morale of local authority staff delivering homelessness...

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many and what proportion of the Union Jack flags purchased by his Department in each of the last two years were...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to his Department since 2019.

      Business: Air Conditioning and Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an estimate of the number of local authorities in England that are providing guidance to businesses on...

      Local Government: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to take steps with local authorities to develop workforce plans to help ensure that they are able to...

      Platinum Jubilee 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to issue instructions to local authorities on easements and waivers to enable street parties to mark HM...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2021 to Question 28276 on Elections: Proof of Identity, what steps he is taking to make...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has appointed a voter ID implementation lead, or equivalent role, in the last three months.

      Visual Impairment: Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Elections Bill, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact on a blind or...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when the first round of successful applications for Levelling Up funding will be announced.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what his Department's working definition of levelling up is.

      Vagrancy Act 1824

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to publish the response to the consultation on the review of the Vagrancy Act 1824.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will update the National Planning Policy Framework to remove the ability of the Planning Inspectorate to use the...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department plans to take with the Department of Health and Social Care to expand housing options that...

      Property Development: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will consider providing step-in rights for local authorities to take control of the land to support development in...

      Local Government: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle potential staffing shortages that local authorities face in the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Public Inquiries

      If he will take steps to consult bereaved families on the public inquiry into the Government's response to the covid-19 pandemic.

    • United Kingdom

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on strengthening the Union.

      Civil Service: Location

      What steps the Government is taking to deliver civil service jobs outside London.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to improve accessibility to early years services.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 41094 on Children in Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential...

      Pupils: Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the impact of child hunger on levels of lost learning.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on recording absence from school as authorised in the event that...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to institute financial skills education into the national curriculum; and whether he plans for that to include education about...

      Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is possible for a school to be graded by Ofsted as outstanding or good if there are concerns that special educational needs provision is...

      Schools: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that pupils in Bolton South East constituency have access to a secular or community-ethos school.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that all recorded shows have adequate subtitles.

    • Facebook: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has been made of the implications for her policies in respect of the settlement of the US cases of United...

      Public Libraries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the resource and capital budget needs of public libraries in the financial years up to...

      Mobile Phones: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will review the potential effect of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code on rents paid to landowners to allow mobile...

      Tourism and Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to provide (a) long-term financial support and (b) guidance to the travel and tourism...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met Ministers in the Welsh Government.

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department’s report, Data: A New Direction - Analysis of Expected Impact, published on 10...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will extend the support available to the events and exhibition industry due to the ongoing impact of the covid-19...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Firearms: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Strategic Export Controls: Country Pivot Report 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020 published in July 2021, which (a)...

    • Forced Labour: Xinjiang

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking in response to President Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union 2021 address in which she said that...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28243 on Overseas Trade: China, whether her Department plans to begin discussions on (a)...

      Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23243 on Forced Labour, what progress has been made on convening a technical discussion...

  • Cop26

    • COP26: Written Questions

      To ask the President of COP26, when he plans to respond to Questions 45188, 45189, and 45190 tabled on 8 September 2021 by the hon. Member for Glasgow North West on business compensation during COP26.

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Competition and Markets Authority Electric Vehicle Charging market study, published...

    • Home Shopping: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote consumer confidence in buying online; and what assessment they have made of the performance of delivery companies in this regard.

      Delivery Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of home parcel deliveries during the last 18 months to the health and well-being of the UK; what conclusions, if...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme: Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give struggling companies the option to convert emergency bounce back loans into Employee Ownership Trusts to support their...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to cover the cost of quarantine for those forced to flee Afghanistan, as a red list country.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide vaccinations against COVID-19 during the winter 2021–22.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the occurrence of patients suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome following their COVID-19 vaccination; and which...

  • Department for Education

    • Employment and Further Education: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research into young people's views on COVID-19 conducted by the Co-op, The Ghosted Generation, published 9 on September,...

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are in unregistered residential accommodation.

      Culture and English Language: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide teaching and mentoring in English language and culture to recently arrived Afghan refugees; and how they plan to deliver this.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) affordability, and (2) availability, of childcare.

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to complete their review of special educational needs.

      Department for Education: Ofsted

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their response to the letter from Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, about Ofsted's monitoring of inspectorates for independent schools, sent...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Foreign Secretary had with his Pakistani counterparts during his recent visit to that country regarding the plight of Afghanistan ethnic and...

    • Papua: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia, if any, regarding the displacement of villagers in West Papua; and what response they received.

      Papua: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia in support of a visit to West Papua by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; and what...

      Crimea: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representation they sent to the Crimea Platform summit hosted by President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in Kyiv on 23 August.

      Transcaucasus and Ukraine: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Minsk Agreement; and whether they have investigated possible alternatives to support a peaceful resolution of the...

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to allow Taiwanese representatives to participate in informal gatherings at COP26.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance for the peace process of the government of Armenia releasing Azerbaijani prisoners of war; and what...

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political and security situation in South Sudan and, in particular, the impact on the peace process of the...

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that Taiwan is represented at COP26.

      Azerbaijan: UNESCO

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ask the government of Azerbaijan to allow full access to all the parts of (1) Armenia, (2) Nagorno-Karabakh, and (3) Nakhchivan, that...

      Myanmar: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar to promote a right to citizenship in Myanmar for (1) Rohingya Muslims, and (2) other religious...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Deep Sea Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what position they took on motion 69 at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress relating to the protection of...

    • Plastics: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any legal or regulatory restriction preventing suppliers from taking back and reusing large plastic sacks that have contained animal feed or...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many migrants are known to have crossed the English Channel by unauthorised or irregular sea transport and landed in England in each week during 2021.

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of each illegal migrant that is picked up by Border Force having crossed the English Channel by boat.

      Undocumented Migrants: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants have been deported from the UK in each of the last 12 months.

      Refugees: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of deaths which could be caused by their policy of turning back boats of refugees in the Channel; and what assessment...

  • Treasury

    • Musical Instruments: Customs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections HMRC has made of the number of ATA Carnet applications it will need to process in (1) 2021/22, and (2) 2022/23.

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