Written answers

Friday, 5 November 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Kingston upon Hull-Liverpool Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of upgrading the Hull to Liverpool train line to high speed specifications.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken and what progress he has made on ensuring that HS2 delivers a net gain in biodiversity.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Phase 1 of HS2 construction is completed by 2033.

      Tonnage Tax: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessments have been made of the effect of creating a mandatory requirement in the Tonnage Tax scheme to employ British (a) ratings and (b)...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what additional support he plans to provide to bus companies during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of local authorities running their local bus services in the event a bus company moves into...

      Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date his Department plans to restore Avanti trains to three services per hour between London and Birmingham.

      Public Transport: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to roll out flexible ticketing across the Midlands to encourage passengers to use public transport.

      Railways: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Midlands Rail Network scheme for the region's economy.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to continue to support rail operations; and steps his Department is taking to assess future rail use.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the transition to active travel options, such as cycling and walking.

      Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to include the Birmingham Airport Connectivity scheme in the upcoming Integrated Rail Plan.

      Chester Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department expects to begin Chester Station's inclusion in the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline.

      East Coast Railway Line: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to scope faster routes on the East Coast Main Line north of York.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy Supply: Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of whether the level of discount offered by the Warm Home Discount scheme is...

    • Energy Supply: Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will reopen proposals to reform the Warm Homes Discount Scheme for people in need of support as a result of the...

      Global Britain Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 4.74 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 Red Book, what steps the Global Britain...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2021 to Question 64603, where the funding for the National Productivity Investment...

      Migrant Workers: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) improve the domestic workforce of STEM professionals and (b) maintain the UK as an...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of regional variation in electric vehicle ownership.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that social prescribing practitioners receive the support they require to find suitable social prescribing placements.

    • Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on those people with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

      Social Prescribing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that social prescribing is fully funded to allow it to adequately support referrals from GPs and others.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has a maximum distance it considers appropriate for patients to travel for dental care; what data he holds on...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the survivability bias in the Cancer Patient Experience Survey; and if he will make a statement.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help improve cervical screening uptake in (a) Slough, (b) the South East and (c) England.

      Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 22 October 2021 to Questions 56489 and 56878, on Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Health Services, what...

      Mental Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to increase research funding for mental health.

  • Department for Education

    • Family Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to prioritise that establishment of family hubs based on need.

    • Children: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the removal by the family courts of the children of survivors of domestic abuse.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that families have access to wrap-around childcare, including after-school clubs.

      Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to ensure that parents are part of the...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of Action for Children’s online Parent Talk resource for parents.

      Carers and Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on parents and carers of children; and what assessment he has made of the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of replacing prison windows in each of the last five years.

    • Administration of Justice: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Ministry of Justice press release of 20 July 2021, Lord Chancellor sets out reform vision for justice, what progress his...

      Prisons: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, published on 27 October 2021, how much capital spending will be allocated to maintenance of...

      Prisons: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, published on 27 October 2021, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue spending will be allocated...

      Prison Accommodation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, paragraph 4.30, published on 27 October 2021, whether capital costs associated with HMP (a)...

      Prison Officers: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for reasons of safety of equipping prison officers with utility vests.

      Prisoners: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2021 to Question 58345, what the food budget is per prisoner per day in 2020-21, for each public sector prison in...

      Probation: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Deaths of Offenders in the Community, England and Wales, 2020/21, published by his Department on 28 October 2021, what assessment he...

      Prisoners' Release: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, published on 27 October 2021, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue spending the Government...

      Prisoners' Release: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total (a) capital and (b) revenue spending budget is for spending on prison leaver rehabilitation in 2021-22.

      Unpaid Work: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, published on 27 October 2021, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue spending will be allocated...

      Electronic Tagging: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, published on 27 October 2021, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue spending the Government...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many engagements classified as (a) complex-written, (b) complex and (c) standard has Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service engaged people...

      Sexual Offences: Trials

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

  • Treasury

    • Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.67 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, whether food and drink wholesalers will be eligible for the 50 per cent...

    • Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the rate of VAT once the rate of 12.5 per cent expires on 31 March 2022; and what assessment he has made of the impact on...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with authorities in Nigeria on the high-rise building that collapsed while under...

    • Guadeloupe: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to review its advice on travel to Guadeloupe.

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings she has had which have focused on securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe since her...

      India: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Indian Government on the recent arrest of three Indian Muslim students...

      Tunisia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her North African counterparts on press freedom in Tunisia.

      Lebanon: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with international counterparts on the security situation in Beirut.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the bonus pay box markings for the Senior Leadership Group of Defence Equipment & Support covering each of the last four years...

    • Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Senior Leadership Group of Defence Equipment & Support were paid over £70,000 in each year since 2010.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the average salary increase for a member of staff at Defence Equipment & Support in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what she is taking with the Chancellor of the Exchequer through the Plan for Jobs to fill vacancies in the labour market.

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that there are no delays in the delivery of state pension payments for individuals moving away from other...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the data for Kickstart scheme (a) applications, (b) business registrations and (c) placement starts for young people...

      Kickstart Scheme

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

      Household Support Fund: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the £500 million Household Support Fund will provide assistance to vulnerable people in Hendon over the next six months.

      Personal Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is planning to take to help people understand their personal pensions in (a) Hendon constituency and (b) the UK.

      Unemployment: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support Jobcentre Plus is providing to young people not in education, employment and training in the Hendon constituency.

  • Cop26

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the settlement of and provision for asylum seekers within the Glasgow City...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the 11,000 people in bridging hotels following Operation Pitting who will gain Indefinite...

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to launch the fourth round of Safer Streets Fund.

      Serious Violence Reduction Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to (a) collect and (b) publish data on the (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity of people subject to serious...

      Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to make additional funding available for (a) local authorities, (b) educational institutions and (c) health services to...

      Police: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the police officers hired as part of the Police Uplift Programme have been (a) hired and (b) deployed in Nottinghamshire.

      Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria her Department plans to use to identify people whose information will be shared at serious violence partnerships.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her planned timetable is for commencing trials of a single customer view for online gambling; and whether she has...

    • Gambling: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Public Health England's review of the evidence on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has for implementing a ban on the export of live animals for slaughter.

    • Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of single-use plastics.

      Agriculture: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cumulative impact of successive trade deals on Welsh agriculture.

  • Department for Transport

    • Low Emission Zones: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of low emission zones as a means of tackling air pollution in urban areas.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet parliamentarians to discuss the construction of a viaduct rather than a tunnel for HS2 in Wendover.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nervous System: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to establish a regulatory framework authority to promote and provide safeguards for the development of neurotechnology.

    • Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the guidance for an immunosuppressed patient who has contracted COVID-19 receiving a dose of Ronapreve.

      Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve palliative care in England.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the (1) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and (2) NHS England, about the ambition of the NICE...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they calculated the allocation of £5.4 billion extra funding for social care, announced in Build Back Better: our plan for health and social...

      Midwives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many midwives have left the NHS in England in the past 12 months, and (2) what steps they plan to take to ensure safe NHS midwife staffing levels.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the changes proposed in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's Methods Review will help deliver on their...

      Life Sciences: Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in the life sciences sector to support the UK's preparedness against (1) the impacts of season flu, and (2) an influenza pandemic.

      Hernias: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the availability of hernia operations varies in different regions of England; and if so, how.

      Hernias: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hernia operations were carried out in the NHS in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 7 October (HL2777), what advice they have given to primary care providers seeking financial support to give...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of investing in flexible childcare arrangements on the annual earnings of working mothers.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the amount of subsidised childcare for children aged between three and four years old from 570 to 720 hours per year to cover the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the drop-out rate in each of the last five years of teachers trained through (1) Teach First, (2) SCITT, (3) PGCE, and (4) Schools Direct.

      Lifelong Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they intend to take to ensure that lifelong learning is available to all, including those with special educational needs.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former prisoners they employ in each government department.

    • Prison Officers: Crimes against the Person

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison officers completed at least one shift at (1) Wormwood Scrubs Prison, (2) Wandsworth Prison, (3) Belmarsh Prison, (4) Feltham Young Offender...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Jerusalem: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the government of the United States of America to reopen their consulate in East Jerusalem.

    • Palestinians: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority about elections for (1) municipal councils, and (2) a legislature.

      Libya: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of up to 4,000 migrants being arrested in Libya; and what steps they are taking, if any, to either (1) register...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe following the two recent attacks on opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

      Cameroon: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, with international partners to encourage all parties involved in separatist insurgency activity in the western provinces of...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, in response to the outbreak of renewed conflict in the Tigray region (1) bilaterally with the government of Ethiopia, and (2)...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about illegal puppy breeding and smuggling.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Northern Ireland Protocol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU's negotiating strategy on outstanding issues regarding arrangements under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland Protocol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the negotiations with the Vice President of the European Commission on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Sheep Meat: New Zealand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated value per annum of New Zealand lamb that will be imported to the UK as the result of the recent trade deal.

    • Agricultural Products: New Zealand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are included in the trade deal with New Zealand to protect UK (1) lamb, and (2) other agricultural produce.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Media: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further (1) steps they will take, and (2) sanctions they will apply, against social media outlets that fail to protect users from offensive content.

    • Arts: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement on 11 October by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport regarding "visa-free short-term touring allowed in 20 member...

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