Written answers

Monday, 27 September 2021

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Scottish Government (i) prior to and (b)...

    • Valneva: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure diversity of (a) suppliers and (b) technology within vaccine provision in the context...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      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...

      National Grid: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to undertake an investigation into the fire at the National Grid facility in Sellindge,...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish details of the (a) meetings that Ministers in his Department have held with representatives of Ofgem...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty; and what forecast he has made of the number of...

      Iron and Steel: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage inward investment into the UK’s steel sector to aid the transition to net...

  • Attorney General

    • British American Tobacco: Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the BBC Panorama programme of 12 September 2021, whether the Serious Fraud Office plans to review its assessment of the compliance of British...

    • British American Tobacco: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, what plans she has to refer the allegations made in the BBC’s Panorama programme of 12 September 2021 regarding British American Tobacco to the Serious Fraud Office.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • 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.

    • Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people who have missed cancer appointments as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to update blood donation criteria to remove the three month restriction on donating blood for anyone...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to reduce the number of visits needed to complete a full course of radiotherapy treatment.

      Hospitals: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays in the Hospitals Transformation Programme on (a) recruitment and (b) the filling of...

      Long Covid: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing healthcare support for people with long covid.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made in tackling the backlog of cancer cases resulting from covid-19 outbreak; what steps he has taken to cover the...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a person who receives the first dose of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine in England and the second dose in the United States will be...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the JVCI recommendation to vaccinate 12 to 15 year olds against covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to people who have received the Novavax vaccine with international travel.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) hospital and (b) ITU admissions for patients with covid-19; and what assessment he...

      NHS Test and Trace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the projected spend on Test and Trace is for 2021-22; and how that figure compares with 2020-21.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of reducing or eradicating travel covid-19 test costs to support the...

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to undertake public surveys on reproductive health in the future.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the needs of (a) all populations and (b) people from low income backgrounds are...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, ahead of World Contraception Day on 26 September 2021, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that contraceptive consultations are...

      G4S: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of reports of inappropriate behaviour from G4S staff assigned to UK quarantine hotels housing refugees from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason CTM has yet to respond substantively to the case referred to them in May 2021 by the hon. Member for Leeds Central on...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people vaccinated against covid-19 outside of the UK are able to (a) register their...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to tackle educational inequalities for disadvantaged white boys, following the report of the Commission on Race...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Flags

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

  • Treasury

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the description of the legal meaning of a duty of care set out in the FCA consultation proposing a new...

    • Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he plans to provide to people who are trapped on high standard variable rates.

      Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of applications under the Alcohol Warehouse Registration Scheme since that scheme's introduction have been (a) approved and...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of responses received to the technical consultation on Small Brewers Relief were from (a) breweries producing less than 5,000...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Lithuania: Conference Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make representations to her Lithuanian counterpart on the proposed construction of the Vilnius...

    • Iraq: Turkey

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

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth: South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason HMS Queen Elizabeth has been deployed to waters off South Korea; and what assessment he has made of the potential response from North...

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what resources he is making available to support Operation Warm Welcome.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the armed forces can provide to refugees in quarantine hotels arriving under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy.

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) identify and (b) repurpose and make adequate all accommodation on his Department's estate that could be used for the resettlement of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to safeguard defence supply chains from foreign threats.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people who are automatically enrolled that are likely to reach a moderate lifestyle...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of the 3.2 per cent rise in inflation on the financial wellbeing of recipients of universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Leeds Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people in Leeds Central who will be affected by the proposed cut of the universal credit uplift.

      Universal Credit: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of levels compliance of digital universal credit systems with operation requirements set out in social...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount of money being recovered by her Department through universal credit claims is as at 15 September 2021; and what the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2021 to Question 48169, what percentage of universal credit claimants who are in work make the National...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • River Tame: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his timeframe is for (a) completing flood defence work on the river Tame in Hodge Hill constituency and (b) restoring...

    • Bivalve Molluscs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of shortages of water treatment chemicals and sewage treatment on water...

      Roads: Freight

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

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of reducing vessel monitoring system polling frequency of all non-UK...

      Fisheries: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has conducted an impact assessment of the potential effect of introducing quotas on present non-quota species in...

      Fisheries: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the introduction of quotas on present non-quota fish species.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were housed in (a) Brook House Immigration Removal Centre and (b) Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre at the start of...

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on tackling (a) speeding and (b) other traffic issues.

      Supermarkets: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure supermarket supply chains do not support modern slavery through third party suppliers.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what priority is being given to Afghan asylum claims that have already been made by people in the UK where a decision is pending.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the backlog of asylum claims is not affected by the change in situation in Afghanistan.

      Migrant Workers: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the potential merits of introducing a...

      Youth Mobility Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the potential merits of extending...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Local Government Finance: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what impact assessment has been undertaken of the potential effect of the end of the £20 universal credit standard...

    • Sheltered Housing: Standards

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

      Coal: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he plans to make of the environmental impact of the proposed Whitehaven Coal Mine in Cumbria, in response...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle supply chain issues in the UK; and if he will make a...

    • Public Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets he is setting for the adoption of artificial intelligence to improve the quality and efficiency...

      Cabinet Office: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 43371 on Cabinet Office: Listed Buildings, if he will...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value was of Government procurement from UK businesses registered in each NUTS 1 nation and region in...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 August 2021 to Question 16063 on Disease Control, if he will make it his policy...

      Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of staffing required to implement the commitments within the Northern...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of additional civil servants required to administer...

      Cabinet Office: Topham Guerin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what payments on contracts the Department made to Topham Guerin in August 2021; what payments are scheduled to...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s covid-19 communications...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of Union Jack flags purchased by her Department in each of the last two years were manufactured...

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to his Department since 2019.

      Sports: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at the National Lottery Paralympics GB Homecoming event on 12 September 2021,...

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support will be made available to the tourism industry after the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to strengthen child protection measures in the draft Online Safety Bill.

      Social Media: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) YouTube and (b) other social media companies about whether their harmful or dangerous...

      Social Media: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to prevent companies and organisations using automated social media accounts to (a)...

      Artificial Intelligence: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to assess a potential correlation between company procurement of artificial intelligence...

  • Cop26

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Shipping: Navigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions from the Maritime Resilience and Integrity of Navigation (MaRINav) study.

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an updated National Policy Statement for nuclear power to reflect the range of applications envisaged for nuclear technology set...

      Environment Protection: Job Creation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the green recovery programmes for rapid job creation; and how they intend to scale investment in line with G7 peers.

      Carbon Emissions: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding achieving net zero by 2050.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to protect Palestinians in the West Bank from attack by Israeli settlers and forces.

    • Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian kindergarten in Beit Safafa on 17 August under pretext of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the number of Palestinians killed or injured by live fire from Israeli forces in the occupied...

      Lebanon: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to protect Palestinian homes and agricultural structures in Area C of the West Bank from destruction by Israeli forces.

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli forces (1) shot and killed four Palestinian men during raids on the Jenin refugee camp on 16 August, and (2)...

      Occupied Territories: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to protect journalistic freedom in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Palestinian children in the West Bank are facing increased violence from Israeli settlers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 20 July (HL1761), what is their policy on whether prisoners whose sex assigned at birth was...

    • Reparation by Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to improve awareness of restorative justice throughout the criminal justice system, and (2) to increase the capacity of (a) professional,...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sheltered Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in setting up the task force on housing with care; and what is its remit.

    • Planning Permission: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the National Planning Policy Framework’s presumption in favour of sustainable development to include an aim of striving...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to increase the provision of (1) extra-care housing, and (2) retirement villages for older people.

      Housing: Access

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the consultation on accessibility for new homes in England completed in December 2020.

      Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include racism in football as a priority in the Hate Crime Unit; and what resources they will provide to that Unit.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much poverty will rise in the worst-case scenario from any modelling they have conducted on the impact of ending the £20...

    • Universal Credit: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much homelessness will rise in the worst-case scenario from any modelling they have conducted on the impact of ending the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much food bank usage will rise in the worst-case scenario from any modelling they have conducted on the impact of ending the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides: Pollinators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of House of Lords report stage amendment 53 to the Environment Bill, which would insert a clause on the protection of pollinators...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make the Financial Conduct Authority responsible for tracking whether businesses accept cash money across the economy.

    • Renewable Energy: Cryptocurrencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the Crypto Climate Accord initiative ahead of COP26; and what steps they plan to take to build support among the UK...

      Cryptocurrencies: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require UK (1) crypto, and (2) fintech, industries, to account for energy use in the production of digital currencies.

      Insurance and Pension Funds: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the regulation of insurer investment to encourage pension funds and insurers to back capital projects.

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