Written answers

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that East Midlands Railways is able to access the additional rolling stock set out in the franchise...

    • Taxis: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making CCTV compulsory in taxis.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of ivory items owned by or collated by his Department.

    • Copyright: Writers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to help ensure the financial viability of authors as the Intellectual Property Office consults on...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the additional capacity needs for UK electricity in (a) 2025 and (b) 2030, as a result of...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the preferred back up capacity is for electricity generation when there is little wind.

      Hibiscus Petroleum: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Marigold & Sunflower fossil fuel development...

      Property: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is Government policy to introduce a public beneficial ownership register of overseas entities that own UK...

      Climate Change: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding he has allocated to climate science and research in each year since 2010.

      Intellectual Property: Writers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of an international exhaustion regime on UK authors.

      Locksmiths: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of regulating the locksmith industry to protect people from rogue...

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support medical research charities to restore their research capacity to levels prior to the...

      Skilled Workers: STEM Subjects

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

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) private investment and (b) the Government's ambition...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Innovation and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that the UK Shared Prosperity Fund includes a research and innovation focus.

      Living Wage and Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact on the disposable income of young people on the National Minimum Wage Youth...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that concerns of the publishing industry and wider creative industries...

      Arts: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential impact on UK creative industries exports in the event of...

      Biofuels: Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list each of the countries (a) from which wood pellets burnt in UK power stations are sourced and (b) in...

      Biofuels: Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the volume of wood pellets that will be burnt to produce electricity in each of the next...

      Carbon Emissions: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will establish a Minister for Carbon Reduction to help ensure that the UK meets its climate obligations.

      Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce financial incentives and penalties for businesses to encourage them to reduce their...

      Repsol Sinopec Resources UK: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Tain fossil fuel development proposed by Repsol...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support for personalised cancer care he plans to put in place under the NHS Long-Term Plan.

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) healthcare practitioners and (b) other relevant figures to support the transition from...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in the UK in each of the last three years; and if he will breakdown those figures...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure young people can access mental health support in the community.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what stocks of (a) meropenem, (b) doxycycline, (c) fentanyl, (d) morphine, (e) midazolam, (f) levomepromazine, (g) paracetamol, (h)...

      Drugs: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help tackle the policy and system barriers NICE has flagged as preventing the implementation of the discount...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what fiscal steps he is taking to fund training opportunities for cancer nurse specialists.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 16 July and 20 September 2021 on behalf of...

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which medicines with an EMA Orphan Medicines Product designation have been appraised by NICE through a Single Technology Appraisal...

      Hyaluronidase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what procedures is hyaluronidase permitted to be used by medical practitioners.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of access to (a) social care pathways and (b) GP appointments and primary care on the number of...

      Drugs: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the change to the discount rate from 3.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent can be implemented...

      Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effects and prevalence of long covid.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the new NHS England Quality of Life survey for people diagnosed with a cancer with a...

      Vaccination: Children

      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 the delivery of the school based vaccine in 2021-22.

      Dental Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the challenges service users are having in accessing NHS dental services in (a) Salford and...

      Parents: Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all new and prospective parents have access to a high quality health visiting service.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle stillborn and neonatal deaths for babies from (a) minority ethnic and (b) other backgrounds.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to tackle delays on progress of the Hospitals...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department may take against nursing homes who refuse to allow family visits in response to covid-19 infection rates.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to nursing homes to allow residents to see their loved ones over winter 2021.

      Terminal Illnesses: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on how the health and social care levy will be used to improve the quality of care for people with a...

      Teignmouth Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2021 to Question 51707 on Teignmouth Hospital, whether he will make a decision on the future of...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the number of ambulance callouts in 2021 with each of the last five years.

      Dentistry: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has been made of the additional training and administrative cost for EU dentists seeking to work in the NHS beyond...

      NHS England: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the financial cost of increases in energy prices will be for NHS England in financial years (a)...

      Pharmacy: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the shortage of HGV drivers on medical supply chains for pharmacies.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of ivory items owned by or collated by his Department.

  • Department for Education

    • Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Budget on (a) Sir John Deans Sixth Form College and (b) other sixth form colleges.

    • Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 58363, Schools: Mental Health Services, if he will provide additional Government funding to...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has on the introduction of initial teacher training financial incentives in the form of bursaries for religious education;...

      Free Schools: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) location and (b) opening dates are of the 24 new special free schools with provision specifically for autistic children and young people...

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the Special Educational Needs and Disability review.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Accommodation: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Winchester, published on 29 October 2021, what recent assessment he has...

    • Prisoners: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what circumstances letters written by prisoners from within prisons in England and Wales and addressed to (a) hon Members, MSPs, MLAs and MSs, (b)...

      Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of further increasing the number of convicted offenders subject to electronic tagging.

      Education and Employment: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support convicted offenders into education, employment or training.

      Trials: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to clear the backlog of cases awaiting trial in rural areas.

      Barristers: Criminal Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to encourage junior barristers to specialise in criminal law.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when HMCTS Probate plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 7 September on behalf of Mr and Mrs Chadderton.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the operational capacity of the prison estate in England.

      Rape: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the experience of victims during the investigation of rape cases.

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to prevent violence against women in prisons.

      Hull Prison: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP Hull by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published on 2 November 2021, what steps he will...

      Downview Prison: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP & YOI Downview by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published on 27 October 2021, what...

      Probation and Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the resource impact for (a) probation and (b) Youth Offending services of increases in the population under...

      Coroners' Courts Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2021 to Question 59760 on funding the Coroners’ Courts Support Service, what estimate he has made of the cost...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will increase awareness among magistrates of their ability to impose community payback sentences on offenders.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to reform legal aid.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the impact of rural court closures on crime and policing.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse arising from the closure of courts in rural communities.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Turkey: Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she last had discussions with her Turkish counterpart on Turkish support for the Muslim Brotherhood in (a)...

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Overseas Development Assistance her Department allocated to nutrition programmes in the financial years...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she travelled by (a) rail, (b) road or (c) air to COP26 in Glasgow.

      Palestinians: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the military order issued by the Israeli Defense Ministry on 19 October 2021 declaring six...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has raised the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her Iranian counterpart since her appointment.

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of joining Australia, India, Japan and the United States in...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has plans to allocate Overseas Development Assistance to nutrition at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the value for money of nutrition programmes in the Overseas Development Assistance...

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of children under the age of 5 in low income countries who suffer from...

      Mali: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government is providing support to the government of Mali to help tackle the threat of the Islamic...

      Zimbabwe: UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with the President of Zimbabwe at COP26.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fines have been imposed on his Department by HM Treasury (a) above £300,000 and (b) below the accounts reporting threshold of...

    • Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 65371, if he will publish each of the fire risk assessments for the 27 high rise buildings with...

      Ministry of Defence: High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces personnel housed in the 27 high rise buildings with flammable cladding have been informed of the increased fire safety risk.

      Ministry of Defence: High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what additional safety measures have been put in place in the 27 high rise armed forces accommodation buildings in response to the presence of flammable...

      Defence Safety and Environment Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2021 to Question 62586 on Ministry of Defence: Staff, if he will list the (a) names of the people on the Defence...

      Defence Equipment and Support: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by Defence Equipment and Support on consultants each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to ensure disabled people were adequately consulted during the recent Health and Disability green paper...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what target timescale her Department sets for the payment of invoices submitted through Access to Work.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the number of DWP assessors (a) challenging or (b) overturning clinical judgements made by medical...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the reasons for her Department's delay in issuing first payments of the state pension to eligible...

      State Retirement Pensions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have experienced a delay in receiving their first state pension payment since July 2019.

      State Retirement Pensions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wales have experienced a delay in receiving their first state pension payment since July 2019.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes to Women’s State Pension Age on women in Newport West.

      State Retirement Pensions: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the average wait a woman in Newport West who turns 66 has had before receiving the first state pension payment...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to (a) retain the State Pension triple lock and (b) tackle increased pensioner poverty.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the change to the universal credit taper rate on families with children who are less...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken in the last 12 months to support those affected by (a) changes to state pension age for 1950s-born women...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps her Department has taken to mitigate the effect of state pension age changes on women born in the 1950s.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2021 to Question 56659 on State Retirement Pensions, what management information her Department holds on...

      State Retirement Pensions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support people who have experienced delays in processing new State Pension claims.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is to process new state pension claims.

      Supported Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of strengthening the regulation of exempt accommodation.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of child poverty in Weaver Vale constituency; and what steps the Government is...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department expects to meet service delivery targets with regards to the processing of new claims to state pension by the end of...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the delays in receipt of the first payment of state pension experienced by some people retiring this year have now been ended, and if...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of ivory items owned by or collated by her Department.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made on the effectiveness of the personal independence payment assessment process' (a) timescale from application...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Shaping future support: the health and disability green paper, published on 20 July 2021, if she will take steps to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what are the projected emissions resulting from waste over the period of the 4th, 5th and 6th carbon budget periods.

    • Climate Change: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support new technologies to advance climate adaptation, including in developing countries.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to issue national guidance to all Police forces on following the Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs...

      Barbecues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of disposable barbeques on the environment.

      Zoos: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to open the consultation for the standards of modern zoo practice; and how long that consultation...

      Animal Welfare: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government’s policy paper, Action Plan for Animal Welfare, published 12 May 2021, what...

      Horticulture: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support food production nurseries in Harlow.

      Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on the introduction of a funding scheme...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of his Department's ministers have been exempted from quarantine in a hotel after returning to the UK from a...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to help ensure the (a) progress and (b) acceleration of the tree planting strategy after the...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to stop deforestation.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities are (a) set and (b) reach tree planting targets.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of ivory items owned by or collated by his Department.

      Sewers: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to help ensure that sewerage and drainage infrastructure has capacity to manage waste sewage and...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect the marine environment around the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of ending online anonymity on abuse against (a) hon. Members and (b) other public figures.

    • Licensed Premises: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to promote awareness among, and increase the number of, licensed premises that accept the PASS CitizenCard as a...

      West Mercia Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers West Mercia Police have recruited since 2018-19.

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 70 of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, published in July 2021, what steps her Department is...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the rate of (a) convictions and (b) arrests following allegations of drug spiking.

      Sexual Offences: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of police reports filed by people alleging they have been spiked through injection (a)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there has been an increase in (a) reports of spiking and (b) convictions for spiking since 2019.

      Driving Licences: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that no foreign national resident in the UK is prevented...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to change the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement for spouse visas to reflect the impact...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy to accept the long-term loss of income and unemployment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak as an exceptional...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy that long-term loss of income and unemployment due to the covid-19 pandemic will be considered as exceptional...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend the changes made to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement for a spouse visa beyond 31 October 2021.

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether long-term loss of income and unemployment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak will be considered as exceptional circumstances, in...

      Asylum: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle the backlog of (a) asylum and (b) other applications received by her Department.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund total funding will include the amount the UK Government previously match funded...

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when his Department estimates that all applications to the Building Safety Fund will be decided.

      Local Plans: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he expects the inspector's report on City of York Council's response to the local plan process to be made available;...

      Planning: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to subject the upcoming planning Bill to pre-legislative scrutiny.

      Derelict Land: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much and what proportion of funding for brownfield restitution has been (a) identified for and (b) allocated to each...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what financial support is available for local authorities to build new homes for social rent.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to publish the criteria and framework used to assess successful bids to round 1 of the Levelling Up Fund...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to provide detailed feedback to hon. Members and local authorities who submitted unsuccessful bids for...

      Coastal Areas: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps her Department is taking to support (a) Ilfracombe and (b) other coastal communities.

      Parking: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if his Department will not release its response to the Parking Code of Practice Technical Consultation until (a) after the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent estimate she has made of the resource impact for local authorities of increases in the population under...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many carbon neutral homes have been built in (a) Weaver Vale, (b) the North West and (c) the UK since 2017.

      Homelessness and Sleeping Rough: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much funding the Government has provided to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in (a) Shropshire and (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to record causation of excess deaths in winter 2021-22; and if he will ensure that covid-19,...

    • Cabinet Office: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many jobs in his Department will be placed (a) in York and (b) on the York Central site in York; and what...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the increase in corporation tax on the revenue of UK banks in each of the next ten financial years.

    • Boats: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the business rate reduction for the (a) retail, (b) leisure and (c) hospitality sectors announced in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021...

      Banks: Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the decrease in the Bank Corporation Tax Surcharge in each of the next 10 financial years.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the EU's common positions ahead of the WHO’s Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his decision to reduce air passenger duty levied on short haul flights on levels of carbon emissions...

      Paraffin: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his reasoning is for not applying tax on kerosene used on passenger flights.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of potential effect of the change in (a) passenger numbers and (b) carbon emitted following the abolishment of Air...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.46 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, on the settlement for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, what...

  • Cop26

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on ensuring women can access careers in the Armed Forces.

  • Department for Transport

    • Marylebone Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to phase out the use of diesel trains on the lines running in and out of Marylebone station; and what steps they are taking to protect (1)...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), how many trains per hour are planned from Euston to operate on HS2 Phase...

      Euston Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), what are the reasons for the reduction in the number of HS2 platforms at...

      Electric Scooters: Batteries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of battery fires affecting e-scooters being carried on trains, what plans they have to review the safety impact of taking e-scooters on (1)...

      Electric Scooters: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to calculate the casualty rates per mile travelled for e-scooters; and what assessment they have made of the casualty rates involving e-scooters.

      Holyhead Port

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Brexit on the port of Holyhead.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend off-peak travel on Fridays to encourage leisure travel.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last six months to make it easier for railways to replace trips made by Heavy Goods Vehicles.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Iron and Steel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tendering process was followed when steel work for the HS2 Little Missenden ventilation shaft was ordered from Sendin; and whether that company was UK-certified.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sizewell C Power Station: Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) adequacy, and (2) capacity, of roads around Sizewell C during construction.

    • Natural Gas: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan (HL2999) on 26 October, what discussions they have had, if any, with the government of Russia concerning gas...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: HeadUp

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any person associated with HeadUp Systems, or acting on their behalf, has met a (1) minister, or (2) official in the Department for Health and Social Care...

    • Health Incentives Scheme: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which private sector organisations will have access to data collected by the Health Incentives Scheme; and for what specific purposes.

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the medical reasons for the ban of the smoking substitute snus.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide clearer messaging on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women.

  • Wales Office

    • EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will provide to the Welsh Government to replace the (1) European Regional Fund, (2) European Structural and Investment Fund, and (3) European...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe is released from detention in Iran.

    • Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 October (HL2994), whether the referred to “project on unarmed approaches” is the...

      Kyaw Min Yu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the arrest of Kyaw Min Yu in Myanmar on 24 October, what steps, if any, they are taking to secure his (1) well-being, and (2) release.

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Korea Future Initiative Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea (Volume...

      Myanmar: Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) human rights, and (2) humanitarian, situation in Myanmar.

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prioritise the safe evacuation from Afghanistan of journalists (1) currently, and (2) formerly, employed by the BBC who are at...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to influence children's healthy nutrition needs in the developing world at the United Nations for Growth Summit in Japan in December.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total financial support which will be given to children's healthy nutrition programmes in the Official Development Assistance budget...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to develop healthy nutrition for children in their global support programmes.

      Indo-Pacific Region and Sub-Saharan Africa: Land Mines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in Official Development Assistance funding for mine clearing on livelihoods and wellbeing in (1)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Territorial Army: Jersey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times (1) personnel, and (2) equipment, of the Jersey Territorial Army have been mobilised in support of UK military operations since 1991.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Inflation: State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that inflation will reach 4 per cent this winter; and what assessment, if any, they made of such reports when deciding to...

    • Education: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the education of disabled children will be tracked in the National Disability Strategy.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Clean Air Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to enable local authorities to improve the quality of their air and reduce pollution through the introduction of Clean Air Zones.

    • Food: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of climate change on global food production, and (2) the potential for mass migration from areas where food supply...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021; and what plans they have to work with the White Ribbon charity as part of that work.

    • Travel: Monitoring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to begin recording details of all persons departing the UK; and when they intend to implement any such plans.

      Ismail Abedi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Ismail Abedi was not prevented from departing the UK prior to his scheduled appearance at the Manchester Arena Inquiry under a court order.

      Terrorism: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a recent assessment of the global threat of Islamist terrorism.

      Immigration: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who originally came to the UK on a study visa were later granted limited leave to remain in each of the past five years.

      Missing Persons: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a public inquiry into how the police deal with reports of missing Black people.

      Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to remove the proposed restrictions on protests from the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

      Immigration: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who originally came to the UK on a study visa were granted settled status under the 10 year long-term residency rule in each of the past five...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the new graduate work route on the displacement of UK workers.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to add HGV drivers to the shortage occupation list to make it easier for skilled workers to obtain visas.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the backlog of asylum applications.

      Immigration: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create new flexible immigration routes in order to allow more people to work in the social care sector helping people wth disabilities.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the changes to alcohol duty announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 27 October, what the situation will be for wines which are laid down en...

    • Taxation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the tax changes proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget statement on 27 October will apply to Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their broadband strategy includes ensuring that customers in rural areas have a choice of broadband providers that are not dependent on the BT network.

    • Gambling: Social Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to either (1) restrict, or (2) ban, gambling advertising on social media.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards providing superfast broadband to rural areas of (1) Gloucestershire, (2) Wiltshire, (3) Oxfordshire, and (4) Berkshire.

      Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by UK Music, This is Music 2021, published on 20 October, which showed that live music revenues reduced by 90 per cent...

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