Written answers

Friday, 24 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with US authorities on general travel by British citizens from the UK to the US; when he expects such travel to be able...

    • Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing the maximum speed of e-bikes from 15.5mph to 20mph, in line with legislation in...

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on plans to complete the electrification of the Great Western Railway line between Bath and Bristol.

      Railways: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 38423, whether no Train Operating Company has informed his Department that they have already...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the National Audit Office report on the Green Homes...

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support public engagement on net zero in the Net Zero Strategy in respect of tackling gaps in...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support will be made available to low-income households when energy and gas household bills increase on...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to make it easier for people to make energy efficiency improvements to homes and...

      Small Businesses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to support small businesses to contribute to the Government's net zero target.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will allocate funding for decarbonising the housing stock to help deliver net zero emissions by 2050.

      Oneweb: Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for Oneweb to provide the UK’s own sovereign satellite navigation system; and what assessment...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether at the UN General Assembly the Government discussed the open letter to participating nations from scientists...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which acute hospitals declared major incidents in (a) Cheshire, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West on (i) 1 August 2021 and (ii) 2...

    • Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of winter 2021-22 on the NHS; and what mitigation measures he has put in place to...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost has been of setting up and closing down the Nightingale hospitals introduced in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Hutchison Ports UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions and meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held with Hutchison Group on delays to shipments at...

      Teignmouth Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to make a decision on the future of Teignmouth Hospital.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason working families without permanent residence in the UK, who pay income tax and National Insurance, are also required to...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Flags

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of Union Jack flags purchased by her Department in each of the last two years were manufactured in the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Alternative Education: Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that children not in mainstream education receive relationship and sex education.

    • Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of children who are being home-schooled in England.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure timely approval of tutoring organisations for the National Tutoring Programme in the context of 16 of those...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on the teaching of organ donation in post-primary education settings.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July to Question 29878 on Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation, how many and what proportion of biologically male transgender...

    • Parole: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent progress has been made on reviewing the parole system.

  • Treasury

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on Community Led Housing in respect of the number of...

    • Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Health and Social Care Levy on working people drawing their state pension.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional funding has been provided to the NHS as a result of the UK’s departure from the EU and statements made during the 2016 referendum...

      Treasury: Flags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to his Department since 2019.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Military Alliances: Australia and USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to brief (a) NATO, (b) G7 nations and (c) European allies on developments...

    • Military Alliances: Australia and USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what provisions will form part of the AUKUS agreement to ensure that that agreement does not lead to potential...

      Iraq: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of recent reports that the Turkish army attacked...

      France: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has had discussions with her French counterpart on reported allegations that President Macron has...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in the context of the evacuation of people to the UK from Afghanistan following the Taliban offensive in summer...

      Afghanistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what advice her Department is providing to British nationals in Afghanistan on where they are able to access...

      Iran: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will take steps at the COP26 summit to establish an international mechanism to help prevent the...

      Afghanistan: Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department is taking steps to provide safe passage out of Afghanistan to Afghan Chevening scholars;...

      Afghanistan: Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) former and (b) current Afghan Chevening Scholars have entry clearance to arrive in the UK; how many...

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions her predecessor had with his counterparts in Pakistan and other neighbouring countries to...

      Uyghur Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether officials in her Department have had discussions with their Chinese counterparts on the Uyghur Tribunal...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she is having with the Government of Qatar on (a) evacuation of Hazara families and (b) bringing...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Care Services: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council has made on its review of lung cancer and COPD in former employees of the health and...

    • Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to address the backlog of people waiting for work capability assessments.

      Social Security Benefits: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis applying for benefits have been unable to have a phone assessment and have had to wait for a...

      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, what additional support her...

      Government Departments: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will outline the responsibilities of Disability Ministerial Champions set out in the National Disability Strategy.

      Job Centres: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department plans to take to help ensure that all Job Centre Plus sites are accessible to people with hearing loss.

      Government Departments: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to update the list of Departmental Ministerial Disability Champions as announced in the National Disability Strategy after the...

      Long Covid: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of financial support requirements of people with long covid.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme placements have been (a) approved, (b) advertised and (c) started by young people by (i) nation, (ii) region and...

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of he 33 claims made to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme on behalf of people who have died over the last five years have (a)...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to measure the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people with disabilities.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the removal of the £20 universal credit uplift on child poverty in (a) Lanark and...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the proportion of children in relative poverty where at least one adult in that household is...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission the Foods Standards Agency to undertake a survey on methods of slaughter earlier than 2022 as planned.

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he (a) has made and (b) plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of using powers under The Common...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the resources needed to bring forward the Government's 20,000 resettlement commitment over 5 years under the...

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of national security threats to the UK posed by Iran and its new president Ebrahim Raisi.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been granted permission to work as a result of the time taken for her Department process their case in last 12...

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) funding and (b) staff resources have been allocated to the 44 (0)2475 389980 number for non-UK passport holders in Afghanistan...

      Cars: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car thefts related to exploits in keyless technology have been recorded in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands in each of the...

      Airports: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2020 to Question 25059, on Licensing Laws: Aviation, when she plans to publish her Department's response...

      Football Banning Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the UK have been issued with football banning orders in each of the last five years.

      Theft: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve the effectiveness of the investigation of suspected (a) theft and (b) dog theft offences.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on raising awareness for prospective applicants to student...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Sheltered Housing

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

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to assist local authorities to build maintenance capacity in order that void properties are...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the value of additional funding that will be required by local authorities to effectively...

      Building Safety Fund: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many applications to the Building Safety Fund he has received for buildings in Portsmouth South constituency; and how...

      Rented Housing: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of removing barriers to renting for people with pets.

      Apprentices and Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to support local authorities to (a) invest in apprenticeships and (b) identify Kickstart...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps the Government has taken to support community integration in Northern Ireland by helping to ensure that all deaths from the...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Flags

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

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Question

      What steps her Department is taking to improve digital infrastructure and connectivity in rural areas.

    • Broadband: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the absence of pricing standards and regulation for fixed wireless...

      Digital Economy Act 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether it remains Government policy to undertake a formal review of the impact of the changes made to the Electronic...

      Business: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner's Office on the provision of clear statutory guidance for...

      Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the governance of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

      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...

      Data Protection: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the written statement made on 10 September 2021, HCWS276, what policy proposals the Government has on the future...

      Disclosure of Information: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has conducted an equality impact assessment of the introduction of fees to exercise data subject access...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to use Event Research Programmes (ERP) to avoid complete closures of (a) venues and (b) events in the future.

      Arts and Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on providing additional financial support to touring (a) artists...

      Events Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support venue and music organisations in booking international artists to perform in the UK.

      Culture: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with ministers in the Cabinet Office on the steps being taken by them to include the level of...

      Broadband: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on the rollout of gigabit broadband in (a) Ashfield constituency and b) Nottinghamshire.

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make and publish an assessment of the impact of privatising Channel 4 on businesses and jobs in the UK TV...

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government will take to safeguard Channel 4's remit in the event of its privatisation.

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to (a) undertake and (b) publish an impact assessment on the implications of the privatisation of Channel 4.

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of privatising Channel 4 on Yorkshire’s economy.

      Broadband: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with Ofcom on progress towards securing cheaper broadband tariffs for low income households.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • World Health Assembly and World Health Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the UK delegates to (1) the 74th meeting of the World Health Assembly, and (2) the 149th session of the Executive Board of the World Health...

    • Hospitals: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the basis for the Department of Health and Social Care’s reported instruction in communications advice to NHS Trusts to describe new wings or units...

  • Department for Education

    • Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration of summer term born children was a factor used in the GCSE and A Level teacher-assessed examinations.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • UN Climate Conference 2021: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable full (1) participation, and (2) attendance, by representatives of each of the UK Overseas Territories at COP26.

    • British Virgin Islands: Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's exit from the EU on funding for conservation and biodiversity projects in the British Virgin Islands.

      Afghanistan: Halo Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the HALO Trust's humanitarian work in Afghanistan, including financial support for landmine clearing equipment.

      Diplomatic Service: Mandarin Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of their diplomats possess advanced language qualifications in Mandarin Chinese.

      Afghanistan: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with NATO member states in relation to preventing Afghanistan becoming a base for terrorist training camps.

      Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries neighbouring Afghanistan are in receipt of the £30 million of humanitarian aid announced by the Foreign Secretary on 3 September.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of their discussions with the government of Pakistan regarding safe passage for Afghan and other citizens crossing the border.

      Fawzia Koofi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received regarding facilitating the safe passage to the UK of Fawzia Koofi, a former Deputy Speaker in the Parliament of Afghanistan;...

      Central Asia: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to develop, and (2) to build support for, a regional counter-terrorism programme in Central Asia; from where they will seek to build...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare for the requirement for mandatory veterinary health certificates for imports from the EU, that come into force on 1 October.

  • Home Office

    • Interpreters: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to former Afghan interpreters who have been granted asylum in the UK to seek employment.

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding their policy to end illegal crossings of the English Channel by migrant vessels.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are prioritising Afghan asylum seekers who are (1) women, (2) children, and (3) deemed to be especially vulnerable; and if so, what processes...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons claiming asylum have been granted either (1) asylum, or (2) permanent leave to remain, in the UK in each of the last 12 months.

      Home Office: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are recruiting extra staff to help process increased numbers of asylum seekers in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • USA: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often the taskforce set up with the United States of America to discuss the establishment of a travel corridor has met; and what progress has been made on...

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