Written answers

Friday, 29 October 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of modifying the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence process for HGV Drivers.

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made by the DVLA in reducing the number of vocational driving licence applications being processed.

      Motorhomes: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on barriers to obtaining insurance for campervan conversions as a result of DVLA vehicle...

      Driving Licences: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2021 to Question 57141 on Driving Licences: Internet, what his planned timetable is for his Department...

      Road Traffic: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing on traffic levels in North Kent; and what discussions he has...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of 38.4T volumetric concrete mobile plants on bridges.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to protect jobs supported by volumetric mobile plant (VCM) manufacturers and operators in (a) Slough and (b) across the UK...

      Road Traffic: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of traffic in and around Dartford in the last five years.

      Bus Services: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve local bus services in Herefordshire.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2021 to Question 56327, on Driving: Qualifications, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will convene an HGV driver taskforce to (a) increase infrastructure investment and improve conditions on the motorway networks, including...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what type of heating system is the primary source of heating in each building occupied by his Department and its...

    • Waste: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a carbon capture and storage initiative...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to contribute to the (a) development and (b) validation of non-animal (i) research methods and...

      Equal Pay and Recruitment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2021 to Question HL1739, on Equal Pay and Recruitment: Ethnic Groups, for what reason...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is planning to take to help ensure that changes to NICE methods and processes support the...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the proposals for change to NICE methods and...

      Innovation and Research: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the forthcoming independent review of the landscape of UK research organisations referenced in the UK...

      Electricity: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will undertake a review of the Transmission Network Use of System charges.

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using the provisions laid out in section 185 of the Energy Act...

      Tidal Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of ring-fenced support from the Contracts for...

      Life Sciences: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from representatives of the life sciences sector on the upcoming Spending Review.

      Innovate UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing Innovate UK funding in the upcoming...

      Carbon Dioxide: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of potential shortages of carbon dioxide over winter 2021-22; and what discussions...

      Retail Trade: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of Scottish retail, tourism and hospitality industries in response to...

      Batteries: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of potential retail shortages of household batteries overwinter 2021-22; and what...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on ensuring that new...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in the context of labour shortages in local authorities for housing maintenance, repairs and retrofit work, what steps...

      Offshore Industry: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Government’s new oil and gas developments on the...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure British homes are insulated in response to recent rises in energy prices.

      Hydrogen: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of the production of hydrogen on CO2 levels.

      Heat Pumps: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing low-income households with subsidised heat pumps in...

      Wind Power: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) onshore wind needed to reach the new target for decarbonising the...

      Electricity Generation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations his Department has received from the Scottish Government on Transmission Network Use of...

      Electricity Generation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of Transmission Network Use of System charges on the (a) investment...

      Electricity Generation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the projected average zonal tariff across charging zones arising from Transmission Network Use of System charges...

      Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to ensure that the Local Electricity Bill achieves its aim of unblocking the potential...

      Fossil Fuels: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking in response to the recommendation of the International Energy Agency that there should be no...

      Private Rented Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure the retro-fitting of private rented housing to meet net zero carbon targets.

      Wind Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs that (a) have been and (b) will be created as a result of (i) UK...

      Oil: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many oil production licences he has issued in each year between 2004 and 2020; and how many such licences are under...

  • Attorney General

    • Money Laundering: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many referrals the CPS received from the National Crime Agency for charging decisions under the Money Laundering Regulations in each of the last three years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on enabling British citizens who received their covid-19 vaccinations overseas to be certified as...

    • NHS Test and Trace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set a date on which he will stop the operation of NHS Test and Trace.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: UK Delegations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK delegation to the Ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control...

      UK Health Security Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultants are employed by UK Health Security Agency; and what the maximum day rate pay is for those consultants.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase covid-19 booster jab uptake in (a) Newark and the surrounding areas and (b) Nottinghamshire.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to introduce a covid-19 travel pass for those aged under 16 years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will reintroduce health checks for people at 40 years of age and for each year thereafter.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the 15,000 volunteers who participated in Novavax covid-19 vaccination trials can travel...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what percentage of people are eligible for the flu vaccine in England; and if he will publish a weekly update on the numbers...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has been made in (a) validating UK-approved vaccines administered overseas and (b) creating the data flows...

      Abortion: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made for the risk of women turning to illegal online abortion medication at home if he remove the temporary...

      NHS Test and Trace: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the ratio of consultants to civil servants was in NHS Test and Trace on 1 September 2021.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of including the Falklands among the approved countries for the...

      Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department is not recording cases of long covid.

      Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Injustice? Towards a better understanding of health care access challenges for prisoners, published...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will increase the funding available to dementia research.

      Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Injustice? Towards a better understanding of health care access challenges for prisoners, published...

      Terminal Illnesses: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for research into terminal conditions, including neurological conditions.

      Onasemnogene Abeparvovec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allocate additional funding to ensure that the muscle disease drug, Zolgensma, is available for babies.

      Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Injustice? Towards a better understanding of health care access challenges for prisoners, published...

      NHS and Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on staffing levels in the (a) NHS and (b) social care...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what opportunities the Government will make available to (a) Parliament and (b) the public to (i) discuss and (ii) decide whether (A)...

      Long Covid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to diagnose long covid in young children.

      Immensa Health Clinic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what lessons the Government has learned from the faults with PCR testing discovered at the Immensa laboratory in Wolverhampton; and if he...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that booster covid-19 vaccinations are accessible to eligible people in (a) West Dorset constituency...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of Special Eurobarometer 506, Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes, published...

      Liver Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities plans to support patients with liver disease.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of holding vaccination sessions in (a) city centre and (b) workplace locations to...

      Smoking: Barking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the reasons for the high smoking rate in Barking of 18.1 per cent.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of his Department's ministers have been exempted from quarantine in a hotel after returning to the UK from a covid-19 red list...

      Coronavirus and Smoking: Barking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who died from (a) smoking-related illnesses and (b) covid-19 in Barking in last 12 months.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of including those on the influenza Green Book within the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2021 to Question 52601 on Smoking, with reference to the delayed publication of the ONS smoking...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK delegation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Ninth Conference of the Parties plans to request the...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis was for his Department's decision not to remove quarantine for people who can demonstrate that they have been...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to enable people who are eligible for a booster covid-19 vaccination, and for whom 182 days have elapsed since their...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to protect blood cancer patients and other immunocompromised groups who may still not be fully...

      Oral Tobacco: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the US's Food and Drug Administration decision to give snus the...

      Health: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact on health outcomes of (a) the ending of the £20 uplift to universal...

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the World Health Organisation's latest air pollution guidelines and (b) the potential...

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government have to reduce the public health backlog.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the 2021 flu vaccine.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what funding his Department has allocated to Stonewall in each of the last five years; and for what projects.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 September 2021 to Question 51582, on Pre-school Education, and with reference to the Action for Children report entitled...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the value and effectiveness of independent (a) schools and (b) special schools’ contribution to SEND education in...

      Foster Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made additional funds available to foster carers affected by the rising cost of living.

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what date he plans to announce capital funding for rebuilding schools in the next stage of the School Rebuilding Programme.

      Sixth Form Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of top sixth form schools in the Central London area that are available to girls.

      Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Action for Children’s research entitled Parenting through the Pandemic,...

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people working in the early years sector in England.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's trial of air purifiers in Bradford schools.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps is he taking to improve the financial literacy of school children in Feltham and Heston constituency.

      Languages: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the take up of foreign languages in schools.

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the impact of teacher absences as a result of covid-19 on pupils' education.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on trends in the level of absences of (a) teaching and non-teaching...

      Pupils: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has any plans to increase training on ADHD for school staff.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department is providing to schools on ventilation of classrooms in the context of the prevention of covid-19 over the winter when it...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on the Government's School Rebuilding Programme.

      Teachers: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) academies and (b) free schools have negotiated recognition agreements with teaching unions.

      Vocational Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that students can continue to study BTEC qualifications in the future.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of18 October 2021 to Question 53884 on Students: Finance, what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2021 to Question 25092 on Teachers: arts, how many schools lack a qualified teacher in each subject.

      Department for Education: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of his Department's ministers have been exempted from quarantine in a hotel after returning to the UK from a covid-19 red list country to...

      Coronavirus: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will consult with universities on guidance for plan B for covid-19 winter management before its introduction.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enable wedding celebrants to perform legally recognised marriages.

    • Fathers: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure sexual discrimination does not disadvantage fathers in family courts.

      Sexual Offences: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) total number of sex crime cases waiting to go to trial and (b) waiting time for sex crime cases to go to trial in...

      Sexual Offences: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) total number of sex crime cases waiting to go to trial and (b) waiting time for sex crime cases to go to trial in...

      Bankruptcy: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is his policy that all bankruptcy hearings are held in London courts; whether options are available for such hearings to be held on a...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth, published on 21 October 2021, what assessment he has made of the...

      Prisoners: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report entitled Injustice? Towards a better understanding of health care access challenges for prisoners, published by Nuffield...

      Wandsworth Prison: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth, published on 21 October 2021, what steps he is taking to help...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth, published on 21 October 2021, whether the re-role of HMP...

      Wandsworth Prison: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth, published on 21 October 2021, what plans he has to reduce...

      Littlehey Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Littlehey, published on 20 October 2021, whether the replacement for G wing...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Erlestoke, published on 15 October 2021, what assessment he has made of the...

      Remote Hearings: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July to Question 35513 on Remote Hearings: Hearing Impairment, if the Minister will publish the Equality Impact Assessment...

      Detainees: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the Detained Duty Advice scheme.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support her Department has provided to help British food and drink companies export to overseas markets; and if she will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the 77th Brigade are involved in the monitoring of activities related to opposition to the siting of Trident missiles on the Clyde.

    • Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 59966, on Army: Scotland, whether 77th Brigade has had involvement in (a) Northern Ireland or (b)...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide details of the (a) remit of 77th Brigade and (b) any restrictions on activities imposed on that unit.

      Army: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what relationship the 77th Brigade has with the Police Scotland Crime Campus at Gartcosh.

      Armed Forces: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish an update on the outcome of the Rented Living Accommodation Project tender.

      Agnes Wanjiru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Royal Military Police has to launch an investigation into the killing of Agnes Wanjiru in Nanyuki, Kenya.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the rate of inflation as of 21 October 2021 on child poverty.

    • Poverty: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the numbers of people in employment that are living in poverty in (a) Coventry North East...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her letter to the hon. Member for Glenrothes dated 13 August 2021, what progress she has made on the annual review meeting for the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of conducting a review into the extent to which universal credit payments...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of rental arrears on the ability of universal credit claimants to gain...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many organisations have signed up to the Government’s Voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing framework in...

      Social Security Benefits: Deductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) jobseeker's allowance, (c) income support and (d) pension credit...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of eligible universal credit claimants in Blackpool North and Cleveleys are claiming for childcare.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the numbers of pensioners living in poverty in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry,...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of women affected by the underpayment of the State Pension.

      Kickstart Scheme

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

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will reduce the number of benefits assessments for terminally ill people by extending the length of awards under the Special Rules for...

      Work Capability Assessment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessments her Department has made on the equity of requiring people diagnosed with a terminal condition and whose symptoms are clear to...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how civil society groups can make referrals to the UK sanctions scheme.

    • Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the Government of Egypt on the continued detention of Abdolmoneim...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what type of heating system is the primary source of heating in each building occupied by her Department and its...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of her Department's ministers have been exempted from quarantine in a hotel after returning to the UK...

      China: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (b)...

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how parliamentarians can make referrals to the UK sanctions scheme.

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her Indian counterpart on the arbitrary detention of UK national, Mr...

      Bangladesh: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Bangladeshi Government on the steps they are taking to end...

  • Home Office

    • Nationality and Borders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to conduct a children's rights impact assessment for the Nationality and Borders Bill.

    • Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 45228 on Immigration Controls: Coronavirus, how travellers without access to the...

      Catalytic Converters: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of thefts of catalytic converters in each region and nation of the UK in each of the last three years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with representatives of the night-time economy on the reported increase in the number of incidences of spiking...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support universities and hospitals to tackle drug spiking by (a) injection or (b) drinks.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the need to add HGV drivers to the Home Office Shortage Occupation List for a period of at least...

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she is having with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on staff shortages in the social care sector; and what...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 5 of her Department's New Plan for Immigration, published on 16 September 2021, when she plans to increase access to...

      Police: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to require Police forces to offer training on financial resilience, including (a) planning for retirement and (b) building...

      Parliament Square: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will institute a review of security in Parliament Square, with particular reference to the (a) unlicensed use of amplified noise for...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to prevent illegal channel crossings in small boats.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

    • Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to set targets for Homes England to process applications for the Housing Infrastructure Fund; and what...

      Buildings: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 July 2021, HCWS228, on Housing Update, when his Department plans to launch...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, where a building has had two EWS1 reports commissioned that have awarded it different ratings, what his Department's...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what budget his Department has set to cover the costs of spending associated with changing the name of his Department from...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many civil servants are employed by his Department.

      Temporary Accommodation: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of school children who are living in temporary accommodation in each local...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has conducted an assessment of the impact of the Government's social care plan entitled Build Back...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Freedom of Information requests were (a) sent to and (b) granted in full by Government departments...

    • Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Common Market on...

      Government Departments: Telecommunications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of arrangements in place permanently to preserve electronic...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to make a decision on changes to Air Passenger Duty in respect of flights (a) between UK airports and (b) from UK airports to airports in the...

    • Heating: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide funding to help support customers to switch to green domestic heating providers in the upcoming spending review.

      Whisky: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to freeze or lower excise duties on whisky.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has plans to reimburse businesses that brought back employees from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) on the basis of...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of capital gains tax receipts came from the sale of residential rental accommodation in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Events Industry: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing business rates for live music venues.

      Tickets: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the 5 per cent rate of VAT on ticket sales for a further three years.

      Private Rented Housing: Heating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to treat the replacement by residential landlords of high carbon heating systems in rental accommodation with low carbon...

      Budgets: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure staff employed as special advisors in his Department, and in his Press Office, are familiar with the findings of Sir...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the £450,000 maximum home purchase price allowed via a Lifetime ISA in line with...

      Business Banking Resolution Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of applications that have been made to the Business Banking Resolution Service as of 26 October 2021.

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount of tax that will be owed in the UK by (a) companies liable to the Digital Services Tax, (b) companies liable...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Black History Month

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how her Department has marked Black History Month 2021.

    • Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason funding from the Youth Investment Fund has yet to be released; and what her plans are for the release of that...

      Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her proposed timeline is for the appointment of the new Chair of the Charity Commission.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she plans to take to help ensure that voluntary sector organisations have sufficient resilience after a period of...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to publish the gambling white paper.

      Social Media: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with representatives of (a) Facebook and (b) Instagram on recent reports of the harmful impact of...

      Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on securing the right for musicians to legally work and tour in Europe.

      Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of reforming the Electronic Communications Code to increase access to...

      Audio Content Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has for the future of the Audio Content Fund.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she last discussed the impact on consumers of the reintroduction of roaming charges in the EU with Ministers in the Welsh...

      Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on (a) the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with (a) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (b) Natural England...

    • Disposable Wipes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has held recent discussions with manufacturers of wet wipes on (a) tackling fatbergs and (b) protecting waterways.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: STEM Subjects

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent estimate the Government has made of the proportion of women in work who are employed in the STEM sector.

  • Department for Transport

    • South Western Railway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with South Western Railway prior to the launch of the company’s public consultation on plans to reduce its services; whether...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the energy efficiency of homes through retrofitting.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will conduct a review of (1) the actions of NHS England, and (2) the impact on patients with thyroid conditions, following the Competition and Markets...

    • Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether new antivirals specially designed to tackle COVID-19 will be available from pharmacies in England.

      NHS: Badges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to discuss with NHS England their support for the NHS Rainbow Badge Project, further to the latter's use of the term...

      Rare Diseases: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to allocate more financial resources for the implementation of the 2013 UK Strategy for Rare Diseases.

      Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps NHS Clinical Commissioners took to communicate national guidance for the prescribing of liothyronine to local NHS bodies; and whether that guidance says...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to accelerate, and (2) to publish, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Review.

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 28 April (HL14943), what steps they are taking to create a register of children being...

      Adult Education: Publicity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a national awareness campaign regarding access to adult education courses.

      Skills Bootcamps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people have completed the Skills Bootcamps; and what has been the drop-out rate.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Tigray: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to secure the passage of humanitarian aid and food into Tigray; and what estimate they have made of the number of people now facing famine.

    • Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the bombing of civilian areas of the Tigrayan city of Mekelle; and what steps they are taking to hold the perpetrators...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Reserve Forces: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the Reserve Forces 2030 Review.

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters were evacuated during Operation Pitting.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Teachers: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths caused by mesothelioma were recorded for (1) teachers, and (2) teaching support staff, in England in each year between 2017 and 2020.

  • Home Office

    • Sixth Form Colleges: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to ensure that independent sixth-form colleges that lose their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies accreditation are...

  • Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to change the tax year end to 31 March each year.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to force social media platforms to stop amplifying hateful content via their algorithms.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Marketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits of restricting alcohol marketing to reduce alcohol-related harm.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Marketing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Institute of Alcohol Studies report Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championship: A frequency analysis, published in...

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