Written answers

Thursday, 25 November 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government has spent on the HS2 Eastern Leg to date; and if he will publish a breakdown of that spending.

    • Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much investment will go into rail enhancements to the North West compared to the North East.

      Rapid Transit Systems: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much local taxpayers will be expected to pay to support the capital costs of the West Yorkshire Mass Transit System as set out in the Integrated...

      High Speed Two: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of residents in Hemsworth constituency who are in the process of selling their properties after receiving a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much additional capacity the cancelled HS2 Eastern Leg and Northern Powerhouse Rail plans would have added to the network, by route.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on the cost of HS2 per mile of the decision not to deliver the Eastern leg.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the proposed change of services for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, if he will take steps to provide additional support for rail...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department’s latest assessment is of the economic benefit to Wales of the proposed HS2 route detailed in the Integrated Rail Plan.

      Rapid Transit Systems: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands, published by his Department on 18 November 2021, whether the new rail line...

      Music: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the music industry on the availability of HGVs and specialist concert hauliers in 2022.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of motorists being dazzled by the brightness of LED headlights in oncoming vehicles as a factor in...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the use of automatic number-plate recognition cameras in school streets,.

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a response to Early Day Motion 614 on Aviation safety and licensing.

      Motorway Service Areas: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the (a) daytime and (b) night-time occupancy of HGV parking places in motorway service areas.

      Aviation: EGNOS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of commercial flights that have not been completed as a result of withdrawal of the UK from EGNOS.

      Department for Transport: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many homes have been subject to compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) as part of the plans for the Eastern leg of HS2; and how much those CPOs have cost.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans to introduce further grants to support homeowners in making their homes greener.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that the UK meets its carbon reduction targets in conjunction with...

      Recycling: Northwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to update the criteria for waste sent to Northwich Incinerator so that recyclable items will not be...

      Electricity: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the National Grid to allow micro producers of...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question 74867, what alternative approaches are being considered to...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support the insulation of privately owned homes in order that they may achieve EPC band C by 2035.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households with children using pre-payment meters are in arrears.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of households in the UK that use prepayment meters.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households with children use pre-payment meters.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that energy companies present energy bills to customers that...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a table showing the number of (a) tree equivalents burnt at the Drax power station and (b) trees...

      Drax Power Station: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the transport costs per MWh in terms of carbon dioxide emissions for power...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021,...

      Takeovers: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will review the effectiveness of the rules on disclosure of legal advisers’ fees during the takeover of a...

      Hospitality Industry: Recovery Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of hospitality businesses that applied for a loan under the Recovery Loan Scheme were successful in...

      Asthma: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) size and (b) contribution of the UK economy of the inhaler production sector.

      Publishing: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the publishing industry is consulted by the Intellectual Property...

      Intellectual Property: Writers

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

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the funding granted through Innovation Loans on average (a) nationally, (b) in...

      Copyright: Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the potential Americanisation of (a) spelling, (b) vernacular, (c) cultural...

      Housing: Ilford South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional funding to retrofit homes in Ilford...

      Food Supply: Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November to Question 65437, on Morrisons: Takeovers, whether the Government has plans to...

      Weetabix: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with representatives of Weetabix on reports of fire and rehire practices at Weetabix.

      Toys and Games: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to introduce a labelling system for toys that have flashing lights and make loud noises to...

      Heat Batteries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future funding for the development of...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the role of medium-sized family businesses in supporting growth as part of...

  • Leader of the House

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 31 August 2021 from Lord Pickles on behalf of the Advisory...

    • Ventilation: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on campaigns to encourage better ventilation in buildings across the UK in...

      Northern Ireland Protocol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans the Government has shared with the Northern Ireland Executive in the event that Article...

      Business Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve the operation and efficacy of the Business Appointment Rules...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: OC&C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meetings between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Lord...

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Abbott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Lord Feldman and...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Oxford Nanopore Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the then Secretary of State for Health, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects the MHRA to license a covid-19 nasal vaccine; and whether approval of nasal vaccines will be fast-tracked in line with...

      Clinical Trials: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of impact of the reduction of clinical trials during the covid-19 outbreak on (a) the NHS and (b) medical...

      Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the Government’s response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s report, The Treatment of...

      Diabetes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support charities which are researching Type 1 diabetes.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity of the NHS to meet demand for ophthalmology services.

      Wandsworth Prison: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth, published on 21 October 2021, what steps he plans...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of levels of unmet demand for multi-morbidity and multi-disabilities facilities in mental health services.

      Hospitals: 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, what proportion of the £95m committed to the Office for Life Sciences for the delivery of the Life Sciences Vision will be allocated...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of funding available for research into (a) cures, (b) treatments and (c)...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) budget and (b) testing strategy are for each genomic laboratory hub for the most recent year for which data is available.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that 12-15 year olds who have only had one covid-19 vaccine are able to enter countries...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to introduce covid passports for children under 16 years old.

      Obesity: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of 16 November 2021, what estimate he has made of the (a) total cost of setting up 15 new specialist...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 94 key milestones of the Tobacco Control Delivery Plan 2017-22 with delivery dates by 31 December 2021 have been met.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 20 key milestones of the Tobacco Control Delivery Plan 2017-22 due for delivery annually will have been delivered in two...

      Ivermectin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential therapeutic applications of Ivermectin as a protease inhibitor.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the covid-19 booster doses will be added to the NHS Covid pass; and whether that information will appear on the (a) digital and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the proof of the booster jab will be added to the NHS Covid Pass in response to foreign entry requirements requiring evidence of a...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to allow vaccines administered in France to be recorded in the UK National Immunisation Management...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's publication entitled PPE procurement in the early pandemic, published on 17 November 2021, which of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timeframe is for adding booster covid-19 vaccinations to the domestic and travel Covid Pass on the NHS app and website.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of updating the NHS App to allow users to demonstrate their having received a...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to make prescriptions free for people who suffer from asthma.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assess future requirements for new hospital builds from those which have yet to receive Government support.

      Health: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Kerslake Commission Final Report to introduce guidance that stipulates...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to expand the medical workforce.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the NHS inhaler switchover policy on the UK inhaler industry.

      General Practitioners: Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs are registered in the (a) Walsall Commissioning Group and (b) Walsall South constituency.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) recruit and (b) retain more GPs.

      Whistleblowing at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 293, whether the independent rapid review into West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has...

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the potential average number of people per year who would have to sell their homes to pay for care...

      Mental Health and Suicide: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to assess the long-term impact of the covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns on the (a) mental health and (b)...

      Social Services: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of unmet care needs among working-age disabled adults in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Central...

      Social Services: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the changes in charging of care to working-age disabled adults in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Central and (b)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish a social care plan.

      Social Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase recruitment of care staff in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Central, (b) Newcastle City Council and (c) the...

      HIV Infection: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the support Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) mental health services can offer people...

      Social Services: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the number of working-age disabled adults who receive their personal care budgets via direct payments in...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) improve support for those with Motor Neurone Disease and (b) increase research in the area of diagnosis...

      Carers: Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of unpaid carers.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Serenity Integrated Mentoring on the mental health of patients.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure high standards of care by the NHS and other healthcare providers to those diagnosed with Myalgic...

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the HMICFRS report, A joint thematic inspection of the criminal justice journey for individuals with mental health...

      Joint Replacements: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with hospitals in West Yorkshire on reducing the waiting list for joint replacement surgery in the region.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 October 2021 to question 60443 on NHS: Pensions, what equalities impact assessment his Department has...

      Neurology: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the implementation of recommendations made by the Getting it Right First Time programme on...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving treatment at A&E departments in England in each year since 2010.

      Bolton NHS Foundation Trust: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many excess deaths as a result of A&E overcrowding have occurred in Bolton NHS trust hospitals in each of the last three years to...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of when the NHS back log will be cleared.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the total cost to the public purse of contesting Freedom of Information requests to his Department relating to procurement...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential viability of ensuring all GP surgeries have a (a) queue and (b) hold function as part of...

      Dentistry: Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many dentists there are in the (a) Walsall Commissioning group and (b) Walsall South constituency.

      Dental Services: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people seeking access to NHS dental services in Dorset in (a) 2021, (b) 2020 and (c) 2019.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the register of children who are home educated will come into force; and if he will ensure that register is in place for the 2022-23 school year.

    • Department for Education: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 61056 on Department for Education: Stonewall, for what reason his Department's Answer is...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an estimate of the number of overseas students in the UK, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) university.

      Department for Education: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Coronavirus Catch-up Premium: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the Covid education recovery funding is dedicated to mental health.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2021 to Question 62680, on Pre-school Education, what assessment he has made of the consistency of early years...

      Food Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Government's steps to end child food poverty and (b) if he will make it his policy to expand...

      Disability History Month

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support Disability History Month and promote its message across (a) educational settings and (b) Government...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Abuse: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the publication of the outcome of the Domestic homicide sentencing review.

    • Ministry of Justice: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has central funding for support services for people who have been placed in prisons for their own protection under the Bail Act 1976.

      Dartmoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Government has made on discussions with the Duchy of Cornwall on the future of HMP Dartmoor; and what recent assessment he has made of...

      Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the reuse of graves in England and Wales.

      National Offender Management Service: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds have been paid by the National Offender Management Service to Stonewall in each of the last five years; and to what projects those funds were...

  • Treasury

    • Medical Equipment: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates she has made of the total value of UK inhaler exports to the rest of the world.

    • Employers' Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has commissioned on the impact of the rise in Employer National Contributions on (a) the employment rate and (b) wages.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department made, prior to the decision being taken, of the potential impact of the rise in Employer National Insurance Contributions on...

      Music: Production

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a further assessment of the potential merits of a tax incentive to encourage music production in the UK.

      Employment Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on levels of (a) pay and (b) employment of raising employment allowance.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the data on rateable properties published by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) on 10 June 2021 on mean and median rateable value by...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of payroll employee jobs effected by the rise in (a) employee ad (b) employer National Insurance Contributions...

      Treasury: Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) reports, (b) consultation responses, (c) formal consultations and (d) other documents his Department plans to publish between 22 November and 31...

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2021 to Question 73813 on smarter working practices in his department, whether the current project to embed new ways...

      Treasury: Aquind

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 75875 on Ministerial meetings with Aquind Energy, on which dates Ministers in his Department (a) met...

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much public money from covid support schemes has been paid to UK offices of the Iranian Government.

      Business: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an estimate of the potential number of (a) business exits, (b) insolvencies in 2022-23; and what assessment he has made of (i)...

      Treasury: Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to consult on (a) vehicle taxation reform and (b) road pricing.

      Cryptocurrencies: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the risks to children and their families of (a) cryptocurrencies and (b) cryptocurrency trading platforms using imagery,...

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on his policies of the current rate of inflation.

      Living Wage and National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the threshold number of full time equivalent employees on the (a) National Living Wage and (b) the average national wage that...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Turkey: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department has taken in response to evidence of continued human rights abuses and persecution of...

    • North Macedonia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations her Department has made to the (a) government of North Macedonian on improving prison...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on how many occasions since her appointment has she discussed with her Turkish counterpart protection for the...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support her Department is providing to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina with joining NATO.

      Colombia: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the recent reports that 65 environmental defenders were murdered in Colombia in 2020.

      Montenegro: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to her Russian counterparts on Russian interference in religious institutions in...

      Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      Cyprus: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of the 17 November 2021 to Question 73901, on Travel; Cyprus, whether her Department has...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of reports of Russian military...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what her Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to...

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to assist the UK’s allies and international partners with mine clearance.

      Palestinians: Education and Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has conducted an impact assessment of the potential effect of reductions in official development...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment has she has made for the implications of her policies of the UN report entitled Sri Lanka on...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) her Indian counterpart and (b) the United Nations on violence against...

      Human Rights: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prohibit British companies profiteering from human rights abuses abroad.

      Companies: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government took to support steps towards a binding global treaty on corporate responsibility at the...

      Peng Shuai

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Chinese Government on the wellbeing of tennis player Peng Shui.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2021 to Question 76876 on Ministry of Defence: Aviation, if he will publish the corresponding figures for (a)...

    • Ministry of Defence: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 75807, Ministry of Defence: Fines, if he will provide details of the (a) 36 contracts his...

      Army: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians have been (a) killed and (b) injured by unexploded ordnance at British army training grounds in Kenya in each year since 2015.

      HME Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK F-35B aircraft are stationed on (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales.

      Army: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid private landowners in Kenya to allow British army training on their estates in the most recent period for which data is...

      Multi-role Ocean Surveillance Ship: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has issued an Invitation To Tender for the Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ship.

      Ministry of Defence: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1...

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 47041 on Veterans: Identity Cards, what is the timetable for delivery of phase two of the scheme.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of percentage of deductions of earnings orders put in place by the Child Maintenance...

    • Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay: Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what extra statutory maternity pay and leave provisions are available for parents of multiple births.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the effect of ending the £20 uplift to universal credit on the levels of in-work poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the EU citizens with Settled Status who were recently informed in error that they would lose their benefits have been contacted by her...

      Social Security Benefits: Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that EU citizens with status and British citizens living in the UK who have received letters from the...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of trends in child poverty rates throughout the covid-19 outbreak in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Central...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to increase the earnings threshold for carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the constituent of the hon. Member for Glasgow Central will receive payment of her State Pension as was confirmed via email on 6 October...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of (a) the impact of off-setting private pension income against income-based employment and support allowance...

  • Cop26

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on the use of hotels to house asylum-seeking children in Hove since January 2021.

    • Visas: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reviewing Adult Dependent Relative rules.

      Naturalisation: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of naturalisation applications received by her Department were decided within six months in England in each of the last five...

      Windrush Generation: State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter to the Home Affairs Committee dated 16 February 2021, what progress has been made on making arrangements to...

      Windrush Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 April 2020, what percentage of requests for an Urgent and...

      Windrush Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 179171, on Windrush Generation: Compensation, what was the average number of calendar...

      Windrush Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 183169, on Windrush Generation: Compensation, what estimate she has made of the number...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of establishing a Ministerial position dedicated to accelerating the replacement of...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the public consultation on the revised national police funding formula will open.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on her plans to direct police forces to record violent crimes motivated by hostility to a person’s sex.

      Schools: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has held discussions with the Secretary of State for Education on the targeting of schools by anti-vaccine protestors.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the changes proposed in the consultation on Public Service Pensions: Police Pensions...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle knife crime.

      Police: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are currently under investigation for (a) being in the possession of or (b) sharing grossly offensive material in...

      Heroin: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to tackle the importation of contaminated heroin.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policing steps her Department is taking to tackle the abuse and assault of retail workers.

      Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of crimes of sexual violence against women and girls in (a) Coventry, (b) the...

      Dublin Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she is holding discussions with the EU Commission on a replacement agreement for the Dublin Regulation.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Regional Planning and Development and Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish an updated timetable for delivery of each project under the Towns Fund and Levelling Up Fund.

    • Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many applications have been made to the Levelling Up Fund, by constituency.

      Landlords: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a national register of landlords.

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional support for London councils to support...

      Private Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the announcement of a £65 million support package for vulnerable renters on 23 October 2021, what...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government...

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the homelessness funding announced in the Autumn Budget 2021 and Comprehensive Spending Review will be a three...

      Business Premises: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will ensure that commercial landlords are subject to full business rates in the event that the property is unoccupied.

      Holiday Accommodation: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the 2018 consultation Business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation; and if he will...

      Voting Rights: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of updating the Elections Bill 2021-22 to extend full voting rights...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the potential number of foreign nationals (a) with assets of £1 million or more who...

      Housing: Sandymoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for using a greenfield space for the Sandymoor development rather...

      Regional Planning and Development: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the joint Maritime UK and Local Government...

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether training providers will be invited to bid to deliver the (a) in-person and (b) at-work elements of the Multiply...

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether upper-tier local authorities will be consulted on the delivery of the Multiply scheme announced in the Autumn...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to publish the timescale for (a) Round 2 and (b) Round 3 bidding process of the Levelling Up Fund.

      Economic Situation: High Wycombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) extent of economic inequality in different areas across High Wycombe and (b)...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of defragmenting local government funding on the delivery of the...

      Levelling Up Fund: Worksop

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether a Levelling Up Fund bid for Worksop was submitted by Bassetlaw District Council on time and with the correct...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide details of his Department’s process for recording and retaining minutes from meetings in respect of Government business.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

    • Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many new trade barriers her Department has (a) identified and (b) resolved in (i) 2021 and (ii) since the end of 31 January 2020; if she...

      Trade Agreements: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made in trade negotiations with Canada.

      Teesside Freeport: Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether manufacturers in the Teesside Freeport making tariff-free imports of raw materials can utilise the tariff reductions agreed in the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1...

    • Gambling: Black Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has plans to remove gambling licences in the UK from operators that are found to be engaged in black market activity.

      Football Index: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps is she taking to ensure that the victims of the Football Index scandal are compensated for their losses on investments.

      Channel Four Television: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made an assessment of the possibility of increasing the borrowing limits available to Channel 4 as...

      Computers: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of graphics processing unit scalping on UK (a) competition policy and (b) businesses.

      Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's Consultation on a change of ownership of Channel 4 Television Corporation, what steps she...

      Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to publish the results of the consultation on a change of ownership of Channel 4 Television...

      Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the date and year by which Channel 4 will no longer potentially be a profitable...

      BBC: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the BBC on the operation of the convention of the Monarch’s office being shown footage...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Broadband: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has been made in requiring gigabit capable broadband for new build homes in time for Spring 2022.

      Telecommunications: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what trans-Atlantic technology co-operation her Department is supporting (a) generally and (b) in the field of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coller Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will release the minutes of the meeting between Coller Capital and Lord Goldsmith on 24 May 2021.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 71453 on Members: Correspondence, how many letters from hon. Members...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing submissions to his Department's call for evidence on...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of (a) halal and (b) kosher meats exported from the UK.

      Microplastics: River Tame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the study of microplastic pollution in the...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the minutes of the quarterly Board Meetings of his Department have not been uploaded to the gov.uk website...

      Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the approval of the use of Cruiser SB on sugar beet in 2020, whether he plans to grant approval in 2021;...

      Rivers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many rivers in England his Department has assessed as having a poor (a) ecological and (b) chemical status; and what...

      Forests: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will consult on the removal of (a) beef, (b) rubber, (c) cocoa and (d) timber from UK supply chains when...

      Veterinary Medicine: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of veterinary nurses.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of vaccinating the UK’s badger population to reduce the spread of...

      Pet Travel Scheme: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs per vehicle entered the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme in each year from 2017 to 2020 inclusive.

      Road Traffic Control: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will help promote school street schemes which keep traffic away from schools at drop off and pick up times...

      Low Emission Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London and (b)...

      Fluorinated Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate with (a) the Department for Health and Social Care, (b) the NHS and (c)...

      Pigs: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made in tackling the backlog of pigs awaiting slaughter on farms; and what recent discussions he has...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the STATS19 data published on 19 October on road casualties; and particularly any casualties involving e-scooters.

    • Highway Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the outcome of the consultation on the Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, when they plan to...

      Low Emission Zones: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the impact of Ultra Low Emissions Zones towards meeting climate change targets; and whether any such assessments have been broken...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Air Pollution and Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional powers local authorities may require to meet (1) the net zero target by 2050, and (2) World Health Organisation...

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which named funds the £500 million of families and early years funding will be directed.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan regarding that government's alleged mistreatment and torture of Armenian prisoners of war.

    • Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan regarding that government's reported occupation of Armenian territory.

      Bahamas and Pacific Ocean Islands: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to (1) Tuvalu, (2) Vanuatu, and (3) the Bahamas, to combat the effects of climate change.

      Visas: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effect of new visa requirements on outbound tourism from the UK into Europe.

      Interpol: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to call for Taiwan to be given observer status at Interpol.

      Solomon Islands: Sea Level

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rising sea levels on the Solomon Islands.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horticulture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group report Growing a Green Economy: The importance of ornamental horticulture and...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Economic Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the net contribution to the economy generated by those granted asylum in the UK over the financial year 2019–20.

    • Visas: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to mitigate visa requirements for UK residents seeking employment in UK companies operating in the UK to the EU tourism industry.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of On The Run letters of assurance; and what plans they have, if any, (1) to withdraw such letters, and (2) to declare them ineffective.

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