Written answers

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will review all new security systems at airports in response to the three year trial of the Smiths Detection system at Heathrow Airport.

    • Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training is given to supervisors at Heathrow Airport on using the Smiths Detection security screening system.

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Smiths Detection security screening system at Heathrow Airport.

      Driving Instruction: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's plan to recruit 300 new driving examiners; and how many and what...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the training is to work with the Smiths Detection security screening system at Heathrow Terminal 2.

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long do passengers wait on average in security screening at Heathrow Airport; and what the average time is for a passenger to have a bag checked.

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who is responsible for decisions to incorporate a security screening machines in UK airports; and who is responsible for the effectiveness of those...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are required to man the Smiths Detection security screening system in Heathrow Terminal 2; and how many were required to man the...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost is of a Smiths Detection security screening system in Heathrow Terminal 2; and how many of those systems there are across all terminals...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the three-year project to incorporate the Smiths Detection system into the security screening...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training staff at Heathrow Terminal 2 have to work on the Smith detection security screening system.

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the efficiency is of the Smiths Detection security screening system at Heathrow Terminal 2; and what proportion of bags are rejected by that system.

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government’s expected go through time is for security at Heathrow Terminal 2.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2021 to Question 170743 on Parking: Pedestrian Areas, what recent progress he has made on plans to reform the...

      Bicycles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commit to allocating more funding to local authorities to build secure (a) cycle hangars and (b) on-street cycle parking spaces.

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on operations at St Pancras Station of the introduction of the entry-exist system for the Schengen border in...

      Driving Licences: Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on reaching a reciprocal arrangement for the recognition of driving licences with Italy.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department have taken to help ensure a sufficient level of fully qualified HGV drivers to carry out the additional 50,000 HGV driving...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) projected and (b) actual efficiency is of the Smiths Detection security screening system in Heathrow Terminal 2.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional new global funding for science research he has secured for the UK after leaving the EU.

    • Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with UKRI Innovate UK to ensure that science research which should be in receipt of a grant...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that science research is fully funded from January 2022.

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure that research projects will be reimbursed their full grants for 2021, when the...

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to conclude the agreement to associate to Horizon Europe.

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the science research budget under Horizon Europe will be maintained at the same levels as Horizon 2020 funding...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the Government has terminated its supply agreement with Valneva for their covid-19 vaccine.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make available immediate funding for low income households who will experience an increase in their gas and...

      Energy Charter: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the findings of Global Justice Now, published 18 September 2021, that globally, fossil fuel companies...

      Natural Gas: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a risk report of the (a) economic and (b) other impacts of shortages in gas.

      Tidal Power: River Mersey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to support the Mersey Tidal Power Project towards an investment position by the...

      Procurement: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure that UK businesses can prevent the products of human rights violations in China,...

      Energy Supply: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK energy suppliers on (a) the impact of high global gas...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to announce any carbon capture and storage projects in Northern Ireland.

      Hydrogen: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the German Government’s recent...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the targets for domestic green hydrogen production outlined in the Hydrogen Strategy will be...

      Fossil Fuels: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's strategy is on increasing its oil and gas reserves and storage capacity.

      Energy Supply: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contingency planning his Department is undertaking to help ensure that vulnerable people are not left without...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in wholesale gas supplies.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help tackle labour shortages.

      Fireworks: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to bring forward additional regulations on the sale and safe use of fireworks in response...

      British Business Bank: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders are not required to notify the British Business...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that all government agencies pro-actively promote access to paper or...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Lung Cancer: Screening

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

    • Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on defining a national access and waiting times standard for child and adolescent mental health services.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on delivering the Dementia Moonshot.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average NHS waiting times for psychiatric care in July 2021.

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 10548 on NHS: Staff, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that eating...

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Government plans to fund a full roll out of mental health support teams to all schools and colleges.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning a review into the use of electroconvulsive therapy.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish his Department's timescale for responding to the consultation on five new waiting time standards that mental health...

      Dementia: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to families affected by dementia in (a) Slough and (b) the South East.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of children referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) by (a) Newcastle upon Tyne...

      Hospices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the challenges facing hospices to (a) recruit and (b) train healthcare staff, in the event that care homes...

      Mental Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to include young people in efforts to tackle the mental health challenges for young people, which have been...

      DNACPR Decisions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions into the unlawful use of blanket do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with community pharmacies on the support those pharmacies can provide to the NHS through (a) supporting...

      NHS: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that volunteer capacity is available to support the NHS when needed.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help recruit staff to tackle the NHS backlog in medical procedures.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on private hospital facilities since the start of March 2020 for booked procedures that have failed to take place.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on private hospital facilities that have gone unused since the start of March 2020.

      Drugs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medicines have been (a) pre-notified for withdrawal and (b) withdrawn from the Northern Ireland Market up to 31 August 2021.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of private hospital services that were purchased in bulk during the covid-19 outbreak...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 16 June 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to support earlier engagement and horizon scanning between NHS England and the pharmaceutical...

      NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional mental health and wellbeing support his Department is making available to health and social care workers as a result of...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are employed by the NHS in a non-clinical capacity with a salary in excess of £160,000 as at 13 September 2021.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has made with the British Medical Association on a pay rise for all NHS consultants.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of Union Jack flags purchased by his Department in each of the last two years were manufactured in the UK.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Flags

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

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations are being made to enable refugees from Afghanistan with medical or other health professional qualifications to work in...

      Health Professions: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report by the Professional Standards Authority entitled Bad apples? Bad barrels? Or bad cellars? Antecedents and...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 4 August 2021 to Question 35699 on Coronavirus: Contact Tracing, for what reason the information requested has not...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the requirement for a person entering a CQC registered care home to be vaccinated against covid-19 will apply to people entering a...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to tackle alcohol consumption among children and young people.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to prioritise people for the flu vaccination in the same groups as for the covid-19 vaccination.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what impact assessment he has carried out on the policy of requiring travellers to the UK from EU countries who are fully vaccinated...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help people who have participated in the NOVAX covid-19 trial to receive international recognition...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that people who were participants in the Valneva vaccine trial have their vaccination...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what resources his Department plans to provide to clinically extremely vulnerable people to improve their awareness of rates of covid-19...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will expedite the distribution of the flu vaccination in 2021-22.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether officials in his Department have consulted consumers of (a) vaping and (b) other reduced-risk products ahead of the Ninth session...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle misinformation on the harms of vaping relative to other nicotine delivery and tobacco products.

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) creating a separate regulatory category for non-combustible nicotine...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on reducing the cost of hotel quarantine accommodation and its impact on the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that vaccines administered to British citizens overseas are displayed on the UK's...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that British citizens vaccinated overseas and travelling for work purposes to and from...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to publish the data and evidential basis to support any deviation from the advice provided by the Joint...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to establish exemptions to vaccine passports for people who are medically exempt from covid-19 vaccinations.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will recognise travellers from the EU and US as fully vaccinated where their first and second dose of covid-19 vaccinations are...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Educational, Health Care Plans have been sought in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 in (i) Bexley Borough, (ii) Greater London and (iii) England.

    • Sex and Relationship Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government is working with representatives of local Violence Against Women and Girls sector organisations to implement relationship and...

      T-levels: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to encourage more young people to study T Levels.

      T-levels: Bury South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of T Levels on social mobility in Bury South constituency.

      T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to encourage more colleges and schools to provide T Levels.

      T-levels: Bury South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students studying T Levels in Bury South constituency (a) there were in the 2020-21 academic year and (b) there are in the 2021-22 academic year.

      T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to encourage more businesses to offer T Level placements.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration and Employment Tribunals Service: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle the backlog of cases before the immigration and employment tribunals in (a) Enfield North...

    • Mother and Baby Units: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mothers assessed as suitable to keep their baby with them on the prison estate were not able to due to a lack of mother and baby placements in...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average distance is for a woman placed in the prison system to their home.

      Styal Prison: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Styal 2021, published on 8 September 2021, what steps he is taking to...

      Probation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of recruitment and retention of probation officers in (a) Enfield and (b) Greater...

      Community Orders and Suspended Sentences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who were given requirements as part of a community order or suspended sentence order but were unable to...

      Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) probation officers and (b) Probation Service officers have left the service every year since Transforming Rehabilitation was announced.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Mauritius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the French Government's support for Mauritius' claim to...

    • Myanmar: Politics and Government

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

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Mauritius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans she has to impose sanctions against Mauritius in relation to its attempts to overturn the 1968 Treaty...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UK, US and Australia security partnership announced on 15 September 2021, what recent...

      Paul Rusesabagina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the conviction of Paul...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to respond individually to asylum cases from Afghanistan raised by hon. Members with her predecessor.

      Myanmar: Food Aid

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

      Afghanistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of British citizens currently in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to repatriate British citizens from Afghanistan.

      Israel: Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help improve relations between Israel and Jordan.

      Western Sahara: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 21 January 2021 to Question 142052; Western Sahara: armed forces how many Moroccan...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether military trials of transferring F-35B engines to ships within the UK Carrier Strike Group have been carried out.

    • Ministry of Defence: ARMSCOR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the commercial relationship between Armscor and his Department.

      Defence Equipment: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries to which his Department has exported defence equipment in the past twelve months through FMS.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish a strategy on lifting children out of all forms of poverty.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in the context of the potential increase in energy bills in the coming months, what assessment she has made of the planned end of the £20...

      Universal Credit: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with a learning disability moving from legacy benefits to universal credit do not receive a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what forecasts her Department has made on the potential impact of the end of support under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on claimant...

      Workplace Pensions: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on (a) extending Automatic Enrolment to workers under 22 and (b) removing the automatic enrolment lower...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a phased approach for the reduction of carers allowance payments to...

      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, how her Department plans to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by which date recording equipment will be in place at all personal independent payment assessment centres to support disabled claimants.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average universal credit award is in (a) Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency and (b) the UK.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2021 to Question 48169 on universal credit, if she will revise the calculations for the National Living...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food and Drinks: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the effective operation of food and drink supply chains in the context of labour shortages.

    • Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support innovation and the use of new technology by farmers.

      Food: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage local public sector bodies to procure locally produced food.

      Livestock: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to reduce methane and CO2 emissions from animal agriculture in order to help meet the UK's net zero...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that UK food security is incorporated into the Government’s national emergency...

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to involve (a) Leicestershire and (b) other food and drink producing counties in the development of...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees have been planted in England in the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Notices of Intent have been issued to Afghan asylum seekers in the UK (a) prior to and (b) since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban...

    • Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Afghan nationals who were called forward or authorised for evacuation under the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme who made their...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process her Department is using to upgrade the immigration status of Afghans who arrived in the UK and were granted six months leave to...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to begin consultations with the UNHCR in order to facilitate the resettlement of Afghan refugees as part of the Afghan...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of suspending the requirement for biometrics for Afghan (a) nationals...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire...

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions officials in her Department have had with relevant stakeholders on tackling fraud in the context of the closing of...

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2021 to Question 45845 on the revised policy on overseas fee waivers, what proportion of applications...

      Youth Mobility Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the Youth Mobility Visa to the EU to help tackle skills shortages in...

      Immigration Controls: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a British citizen seeking to bring a fiancé to the UK is required to provide proof that the couple have previously met in person.

      Migrant Workers: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of introducing a covid recovery visa for the hospitality...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to take steps to increase (a) consumer protection in respect of and (b) information on older...

    • Empty Property: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support the (a) public and (b) private sector to renovate derelict buildings into...

      Planning: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to publish its response to the Planning for the Future Consultation before the House of...

      Licensed Premises: Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the impact on neighbouring properties of temporary arrangements to allow pubs, restaurants...

      Sheltered Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a C2R planning classification for housing-with-care,...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what powers local planning authorities have to censure a developer that submits multiple applications for a site that...

      Voting Methods: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the effect of provisions in the Elections Bill on supporting (a) blind and partially...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the United Nations press release entitled UK: UN experts voice concern at proposed...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of PaddyPowerBetfair's introduction of a £500 monthly...

    • Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions her Department has had with Openreach on (a) progress on the update of the Borth exchange and (b) the...

      BBC Worldwide: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of privatising BBC Worldwide.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring publicly funded broadcasters to provide all entertainment...

      Question

      What steps she is taking to help prevent people from becoming digitally excluded.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to encourage people to return to live events following the lifting of covid-19 public health restrictions.

      Cultural Heritage: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help preserve sites of historic significance in (a) Morley and Outwood and (b) West...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 43369 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Listed...

      Railways: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support heritage rail.

      Cabinet Office: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which Department is responsible for Historic England's Government Historic Estate Unit; and how funding has been allocated to...

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish an impact assessment ahead of the consultation on the privatisation of Channel 4; and what the evidential...

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of privatising Channel 4 on (a) businesses and jobs in the UK production sector;...

      Television: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Department's news story, It’s time to level up Britain’s screens, published on 23 June 2021,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the Subsidy Control Bill and its implications for Northern Ireland under the Protocol on...

    • Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure ethnicity pay gap reporting is mandatory for all large employers by 2023.

  • Attorney General

    • Bribery: Overseas Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the Serious Fraud Office about reports of British companies engaging in bribery overseas.

    • Robert Mugabe: British American Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations in the BBC’s Panorama programme on 13 September that British American Tobacco paid a bribe to the then...

  • Department for Education

    • History: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Black history is a mandatory part of the curriculum in all schools, including those which are not required to teach the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 21 July (HL1789), what steps they plan to take to prevent pregnancy among biologically female...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Africa: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many doses of all makes of COVID-19 vaccines they have donated to countries in Africa; and how many doses each country has received.

    • Vatican: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of relations between the UK and the Holy See.

      Cuba: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of pro-democracy movements in Cuba.

      Afghanistan: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of UK-affiliated academics and researchers in Afghanistan who (1) are in hiding, or (2) have applications to...

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy scheme helps those funded by the UK Government to work with UK universities...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vaccine rollout within British armed forces and security personnel.

    • Ajax Vehicles: Ammunition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the cost of (1) the Challenger Tank’s 120mm high-explosive squash head (HESH) round complete with charge, and (2) a 120mm fin-stabilised discarding sabot...

      Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide mental health support to British armed forces personnel upon their return from duty in Afghanistan.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England received the Carer's Allowance in (1) April 2019, and (2) April 2021.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of ending the £20 uplift to Universal Credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define the term “re-wilding” when used in environmental policy.

    • Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the Northern Irish fishing industry about the effect of (1) the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, and...

      Fishing Gear: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of discarded fishing gear from foreign fishing fleets around the UK coastline.

      Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the flood prevention measures in place on the Somerset Levels in advance of winter 2021–22.

      Incinerators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reduce toxic landfill by encouraging the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) incineration of waste.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce details of the Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme; and whether there will be any special provisions for women.

    • Organised Crime: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation in stopping (1) criminal gangs, and (2) people smugglers, entering the UK from the...

      Police: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of frontline police officers.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Afghan refugees who have recently arrived in the UK will be given mental health support.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with (1) charities, and (2) local communities, to support refugees from Afghanistan; and what steps they are taking to (a)...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help recently arrived Afghan refugees culturally acclimatise and assimilate into the British population.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value to the UK taxpayer of defined benefit pension payments to retiring civil servants.

    • Public Appointments Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the process for appointing the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

      Drugs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that ending the grace period for border checks and controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland would have on...

  • Treasury

    • Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to communicate to the taxpayer the economic costs of public sector pensions.

    • Coronavirus: Protective Clothing and Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the potential revenue of introducing a windfall tax on companies supplying (1) PPE, and (2) private COVID-19 tests.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the furlough scheme for industries affected by COVID-19.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to a Freedom of Information request by Schools Week (FOI2021/11434), when they expect the Infrastructure Projects Authority to publish the full data...

      Credit: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to begin the consultation on the regulation of buy-now-pay-later services, announced following the Woolard Review – A review of change and...

      Pensions: British Steel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Financial Conduct Authority's finding on 10 August that a pensions adviser was “seriously incompetent” in his work providing advice to...

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