Written answers

Monday, 20 December 2021

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with Ofgem on support for households most affected by the rise in the...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional steps his Department has taken to help support households most affected by the rise in the cost of...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 41970 on Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Bottles, what recent...

      Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what initiatives his Department is promoting to encourage investment in green (a) industries, (b) growth and (c) jobs.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the visibility of the Warm Home Discount Scheme to households to...

      Carbon Emissions: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

      Diesel and Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps is he talking to tackle the rising cost of petrol and diesel in the UK.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of aviation turbine fuel, Avtur, consumed in the UK in 2019-20.

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effects that the covid-19 Plan B measures will have on small businesses;...

      Help to Grow Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in the hospitality sector have signed up to the Help to grow scheme.

      Cars: Secondhand Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent unreasonable cost mark-ups on second hand cars.

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutors were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service as of (a) 1 January 2017, (b) 1 January 2018, (c) 1 January 2019, (d) 1 January 2020, (e) 1...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what collaboration is taking place between the UK and Israel in the digital health sector; and if he will make a statement.

    • Special Educational Needs: Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to SEND children from Integrated Care Systems under the proposed legislative...

      Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in the UK have prosthetic limbs by (a) gender and (b) age group.

      Social Services: Safety and Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) safety of (i) adult social care and (ii) children services in local authorities...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of PCR tests for people entering the UK from overseas.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 29827, whether the steps to centrally validate the data on the passengers...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have suffered (a) ruptured ectopic pregnancies, (b) haemorrhage, (c) uterine perforation, (d) sepsis and (e) cervical tear...

      NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that NHS and care workers are prioritised for covid-19 testing in areas where there are shortages of covid-19 testing kits.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adequacy of supply of (a) lateral flow and (b) PCR tests over the 2021-22 Christmas and New Year period.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the removal of all countries from the covid-19 red list announced on 14 December 2021, if he will make it his policy to...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether clinically extremely vulnerable people can access covid-19 antibody testing through the NHS.

      Immensa Health Clinic: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Immensa Wolverhampton laboratory false testing results on the...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Government has spent on alcohol awareness campaigns in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 as of 9 December.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of eligible patients unable to book a covid-19 booster vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, further to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister on 8 December 2021, Official Report, col 379, what discussions he has had with (a)...

      Abortion: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of a February 2021 British Medical Journal report on sexual and reproductive health that 89 per cent of...

      Health Visitors: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the innovative health visiting workforce pilots announced in the Spending Review 2021 will test the relative value of digital and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Chapter 14a of the Green Book, whether it is his policy that children and adults who are not high risk but who live...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to undertake an assessment of the impact of covid-19 lockdowns on (a) the rate of divorce, (b)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase S gene regional testing capacity to identify cases of the omicron variant of covid-19.

      Long Covid: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for patients wishing to be seen in at designated Long Covid clinics as of 13 December 2021.

      Postural Tachycardia Syndrome: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) increase awareness of postural tachycardia syndrome and (b) ensure that the condition is not...

      Mechanical Thrombectomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of interventional neuroradiologists required to meet NHS Long Term Plan commitments...

      Mechanical Thrombectomy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government has provided to thrombectomy since the adoption of the NHS Long Term Plan.

      Dentistry: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2021 to Question 84528 on Dentistry: Assessments, for what reason his Department has no plans to...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will update the published daily covid-19 case, hospitalisation and death figures issued to the media, to separate out those figures...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the impact of reducing the number of mass covid-19 vaccination centres on the uptake of the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with (a) invasive pneumococcal disease and (b) other underlying health conditions receive...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) women, (b) people from ethnic minority groups and (c) children took part in the development of the covid-19 vaccines.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of the report entitled Turning the Tide: A...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when vaccines produced and administered in Scotland will be added to the NHS covid pass.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review as a matter of priority the guidance for exemptions from self-isolation to include people who are fully vaccinated and...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Substance misuse treatment for adults: statistics 2020 to 2021...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of eligible adults have received their covid-19 booster vaccination in (a) England, (b) West Sussex and (c)...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what basis the Government makes the decision to add a country to the list of countries and territories with approved proof of covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doses of covid-19 vaccines have been destroyed in the UK in each of the last 12 months as a result of (a) passing their...

      Varices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the British Society of Paediatric...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take steps to help ensure that pregnant women of all ages have access to covid-19 booster vaccinations.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason it is Government policy for people to work from home where possible, but not be required to wear a face covering in a pub...

      Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of the most life-threatening diseases in young people,...

      Coronavirus: Ivermectin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set a deadline for the completion of the work on assessing Ivermectin treatment for covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the AstraZeneca vaccine is being phased out; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of all UK vaccines issued that are...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have received a covid-19 vaccination outside of the UK are required to self-isolate if they’ve been in contact...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the (a) Chief Medical Officer and (b) Chief Scientist have made of the risk of singing without a facemask in indoor...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to require that all sugars, including free sugars, are clearly labelled on food designed for consumption by...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support and treatment is being developed to protect people from covid-19 who have previously had a severe allergic reaction to...

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he had with the Climate Change Committee on its UK Health Expert Advisory Group report entitled Sustainable Health...

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of hospital beds that will be needed for cases of the Omicron variant of covid-19 in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS plans to enable 12-15 year olds to register vaccinations in the NHS Covid-19 app.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people who have arrived in the UK in 2021 and claimed asylum have been given (a) one, (b) two and (c)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to provide the covid-19 vaccine to five to 11 year olds (a) in general and (b) who are clinically extremely...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is making available to people having difficulty booking their covid-19 booster vaccines in South Yorkshire.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 restrictions on certification announced on 8 December 2021, what advice he plans to give to people who...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to mitigate the risk of covid-19 infection for people who received an early dose of the covid-19 vaccine but...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason vaccination passports will be used as criterion for entry to (a) indoor spaces and (b) large outdoor gatherings when...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is planning to take to offer support for the health of (a) vulnerable and (b) older patients during winter 2021-22.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 27 October 2021, reference RL29959.

      Medical Technologies Directorate: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to have a permanent director in place for the Medical Technology Directorate; what the selection process has...

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of 8 December 2021 on the PANORAMIC trial, UK's most vulnerable people to receive life-saving covid-19...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Policy paper entitled From harm to hope: A 10-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives published on 6 December...

      Coronavirus: Evusheld

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca drug Evusheld for immunosuppressed people in the UK; what plans he...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects that NHS covid passes will be made available for 12-15 year olds.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason face masks are not required in all indoor spaces.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his latest estimate is of when clinically vulnerable children and young people who have been vaccinated against covid-19 will be...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason people with natural immunity to covid-19 have not been treated as equal to those who have been fully vaccinated; and if...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make a comparative assessment of the change in the amount of funding for drug treatment (a) over the last ten years and (b) as...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what new treatment and recovery funding streams he plans to make available to support people affected by alcohol misuse.

      Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure accurate (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care homes have been visited to administer covid-19 booster vaccinations since 1 November 2021.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people taking (a) PCR and (b) lateral flow covid-19 tests.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that consumers have accurate information to make informed decisions when purchasing...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2021 to Question 54029 on Coronavirus Vaccination, when will individuals vaccinated in Hong Kong be...

      Death: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2020...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people travelling from non red list countries and who have connecting flights in English airports with final destinations in...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in (a) England and (b) Merseyside have been unable to order a covid-19 lateral flow test kit from the Government website...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Daily rapid testing for COVID-19 contacts launches this week published on 12...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of safeguards to ensure that medical abortion pills sent to women by...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department took to help ensure supply of lateral flow tests for covid-19 at registered collection sites prior to the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of NHS vaccine passes in incentivising the take up of the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, following covid-19 restrictions announced on 8 December 2021, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the existing guidance for...

      Amazon: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the new contract with Amazon to deliver covid-19 lateral flow tests includes a requirement for Amazon to pay UK taxes on the...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Policy paper entitled The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days, what steps he is taking to...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department is having with relevant stakeholders on expanding vaccine recognition for UK residents vaccinated abroad...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to deliver a MedTech strategy; what the objectives of that strategy will be; what metrics will be...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reassure people experiencing symptoms of heart valve disease that they will have access to a face...

      Chemotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of delivering non-acute chemotherapy within a home setting as opposed to...

      Dental Services: West Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS dentists there are in West Dorset.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Enforcement Conduct Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to support the establishment of the Enforcement Conduct Authority proposed by Centre for Social Justice; and when...

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of outstanding criminal court cases concern (a) sexual offences, disaggregated by case type and (b) hate crime, disaggregated by...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many criminal court trials have been cancelled as a result of the withdrawal of support for prosecutions by victims in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019,...

      Remote Hearings: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish his Department's most recent assessment of the impact of remote trials in criminal courts on access to justice, justice outcomes and...

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent analysis from Which? on the rate of bank branch closures; and what his planned...

    • Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of temporarily cutting VAT on energy to assist vulnerable households with rising energy costs.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the level of personal debt accrued by individuals in the UK as of 14 December 2021.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Xinjiang: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the naming of alleged perpetrators of gross...

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 September 2021 to Question 51746, on what date professional services at the British...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what further steps she plans to take to help British Council staff trapped in Afghanistan to come to the UK under...

      British Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding for the British Council from her Department.

      Afghanistan: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate the Government has made of the number of UK Nationals that applied for evacuation from Afghanistan...

      Refugees: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UNHCR Pledging Conference 2021: UK statement, published on 7 December 2021, what recent...

      Refugees: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UNHCR Pledging Conference 2021: UK statement, published on 7 December 2021, what recent...

      Refugees: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UNHCR Pledging Conference 2021: UK statement, published on 7 December 2021, what assessment...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK aid does not promote antisemitism.

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of Hamas’s recent statement calling for an escalation of violence...

      Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan nationals with UK visas who served (a) as interpreters and (b) in other locally employed staff...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a transitional top up for claimants who had been in...

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to increase carer's allowance.

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to allow those not in receipt of housing benefit or pension credit, to continue to receive carer’s...

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the £510 million of funding for tackling benefit fraud will include any potential cases involving housing benefit fraud by...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November...

    • Canal and River Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to renew the annual grant to the Canal and River Trust when the current funding period ends; and if he...

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 59 of the Clean Air Strategy published in January 2019, what progress he has made on working with...

      Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to fund in full the new area arising from the Environment Act, in particular (a) Local...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for (a) the review of the case for implementing Schedule 3 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010...

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Burge End Lane Pumping Station in Pirton is being considered as part of Ofwat and the Environment Agency’s...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) upfront and (b) ongoing costs required to ensure that all Local Nature Recovery...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) personnel and (b) skills required by local authorities to (i) develop and (ii)...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of Afghan relatives of UK nationals who received advice from her Department on...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme will begin bringing those eligible for the scheme to the UK.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when each Afghan national who arrived in the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, Operation Pitting and the Afghan...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Afghan nationals who have settled in the UK under the (a) Ex-Gratia Scheme and (b) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy...

      Immigration: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the current backlog of cases for those seeking Leave to Remain in the UK as at 1 October 2021.

      Mobile Phones: Fraud

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

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of (a) the level of demand for and (b) the potential merits of introducing funding mechanisms for specialist...

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Understanding serious violence among young people in London, published by the Greater London Authority in December 2021,...

      Crimes of Violence: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase police capacity in Staffordshire to tackle serious violent crimes.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many holding cells each police force in England and Wales has possession; and what the average journey time from a person's arrest to...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effect of withdrawing the UK from the European Arrest Warrant.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase public confidence in the Metropolitan Police Service.

      Knife Crime Prevention Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Knife Crime Prevention Orders; and when those orders will be rolled out to police...

      Police: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether DNA samples are routinely taken from all police officers; and for how long DNA samples taken from police officers are retained.

      Police: Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that investigations take place into the colleagues of the killer of Sarah Everard, who were reportedly...

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional facilities and services are in place to meet the needs of asylum seekers accommodated in hotels in Northern Ireland.

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to expediate her Department's processing of applications of asylum seekers housed in hotels.

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to source additional appropriate accommodation for asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the enquiry from the hon. Member for Warley of 25 August 2021 regarding Dilshad Ahmed.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what minimum service level agreements her Department has in place with companies that administer asylum seeker accommodation in respect to...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS 452 on Asylum policy, when her Department plans to publish the data...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the long-term impact on eligible EU citizens living in the UK who did not apply for EU settlement scheme...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether British citizens must be formally notified of any proposals to revoke their citizenship by the Government.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has plans to review planning guidance to local authorities to help expand provision of (a) housing-with-care...

    • Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of levels of demand for (a) integrated retirement communities and (b) other...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what training and qualification requirements building safety managers will need.

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the impact on leaseholder mental health of the building safety crisis.

      Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to support a review into the timer switches on electrical consumer units following the...

      Local Plans: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to conclude the local plan process for York by 2023.

      Supported Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the White Paper on Adult Social Care Reform, what steps his Department will take to increase...

      Green Belt: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the future of the green belt with respect to (a) future homebuilding and (b) delivering...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reductions in local government finance on the provision of vital...

      Islam: Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the Government adopting a definition of Islamophobia.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he will take to ensure that local authorities receive adequate funding to provide public services in a safe...

      Retail Trade: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to support high streets to regenerate that have not benefited from Government funding to date.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what effect the Levelling Up Fund will have on the implementation of the Government's skills agenda in Hendon constituency.

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what comparative assessment he has made of the support received by rural areas under (a) EU structural funds and (b) the...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of supporting the Local Trust charity to help the implementation of...

      Community Assets: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken to support communities in the Hendon constituency to protect their local assets.

  • Department for International Trade

    • World Expo: Dubai

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses from the UK's (a) hospitality, (b) retail and (c) leisure sector have exhibited in the UK's pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai...

    • Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to reduce barriers to global trade for British businesses.

      Arms Trade: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to Strategic export controls: licensing statistics: 1 April to 30 June 2021, Table E, what each of the military licences...

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449 on Trade Policy Update, whether her Department has made an assessment of the...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps the Government has taken to support bilateral trade with Israel.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she will respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Gordon dated 22 October 2021 and 26 November 2021 (Case Ref: RI4282)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to invest in the digital arts.

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to provide funding to support the arts.

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of museum entry fees on access to the arts for low income families.

      Arts: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the role the arts in the school curriculum.

  • Cop26

    • Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action

      To ask the President of COP26, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of the UK becoming a signatory to UNICEF's Intergovernmental Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate...

    • Carbon Emissions: Taxation

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he taking to reach an international agreement on carbon pricing.

      Climate Change: Sustainable Development

      To ask the President of COP26, what assessment he has made of grassroots sustainability initiatives in towns, cities, and communities as a way of empowering individuals to tackle climate change.

      UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to implement the Glasgow Agreement at a grassroots level.

      UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the President of COP26, how many discussions he has had with foreign delegations since the closing of the COP26 summit to encourage signatories to implement the Glasgow Climate Pact in full.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what commitment they have received from Manchester Airport to fund the proposed HS2 station for that city.

    • Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL Deb, col 1340), what funding they have provided for cycle lanes to each local authority...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the HS2 contract awarded to a Hitachi and Alstom joint-venture, (1) what estimate they have made of the number passenger seats that will be provided in...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the HS2 contract awarded to a Hitachi and Alstom joint-venture, whether there will be two separate types of train, (a) classic compatible trains, and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Railway Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the HS2 contract awarded to a Hitachi and Alstom joint-venture, which stations the trains delivered by that contract will serve; which platforms within...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will introduce support for community energy schemes.

    • Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of omitting Scope 3 emissions from Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures reporting; and what plans they...

      Job Creation and Job Security: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the development of Drax into the world’s first carbon neutral industrial cluster on (1) safeguarding...

      Offshore Structures: Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of stranded assets in relation to the further development of fossil fuel extraction infrastructure.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs of decommissioning (1) existing oil and gas infrastructure, and (2) extant oil and gas licences which have not yet been...

      Tree Felling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of tree felling to provide fuel for UK power stations (1) in the UK, and (2) overseas.

      Biofuels: Timber

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of energy production in the UK through burning wood pellets; the supply chain carbon cost of this approach; and...

      Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the projected sale of the Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Harwell; and when they will publish any...

      Energy Supply: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect people who have lost power due to Storm Arwen to be reconnected; and whether a review has been undertaken of communication between (1) Government,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which manufacturers are supplying COVID-19 vaccines for the current booster campaign in the UK; and what proportion of the campaign total has been supplied by each...

      Newport Wafer Fab: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Callanan on 6 December (HL Deb, cols 1634–35), whether the purchase of Newport Wafer Fab will be considered under the...

      Slavery: Xinjiang

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce kite marking to products, indicating their origins, when (1) manufactured by slave labour in Xinjiang, or (2) believed to have...

      Newport Wafer Fab: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply of Lord Callanan on 6 December (HL Deb, col 1635), whether the purchase of Newport Wafer Fab has been referred to the Competition and...

      Audit: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the White Paper Restoring Trust in Audit and Corporate Governance, published in March relies at paragraph 2.2.2 on the Brydon Review of 2019, while (1) the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls by the President of the United States and NGOs to waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines.

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) number, and (2) value, of loans issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that were made to (a) companies formed within seven...

      Hospitality Industry: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help the hospitality sector fill job vacancies in that sector.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Radiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully registered (1) radiographers, and (2) medical physicists, were working in the NHS in each year from 2016 to 2021; and what steps are they...

    • Coronavirus: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what facts would influence whether a charge of assault would be brought against a person working in a healthcare environment who knowingly was carrying COVID-19,...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government to ensure that people who have had one COVID-19 vaccine administered in England and one in...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific and medical assessments informed their decision to make the wearing of face masks in public faces voluntary.

      Social Services: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recognise the need for a (1) nationally recognised, and (2) mandatory, care qualification; and what steps they have taken, if any, towards...

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 13 December (HL Deb, col 8), which countries have a surplus of medical professionals.

      Social Services: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training is available to care inspectors in relation to diet and its impact on overall wellbeing.

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace aging radiotherapy treatment machines to enable cancer patients to benefit from technological advances in equipment; and what is...

      Social Services: Catering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the standard training given to chefs in care settings.

      Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have updated their future pandemic preparedness strategy, in view of the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Immunotherapy: Shortages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications have been issued by the NHS in England about the immunoglobulin shortage to patient groups supporting people with immunodeficiency; and whether...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Ventilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure school classrooms are properly ventilated; and what plans they have, if any, to introduce a requirement to keep CO2 in...

    • Secondary Education: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of secondary school teachers in England.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judiciary: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings ministers have had with (1) the President of the Family Division, and (2) the Chair of the Judicial College, since April; and in how many of...

    • Judicial Review and Courts Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Judicial Review and Courts Bill meets their aspirations in this policy area.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comments made by UN Mideast envoy, Tor Wennesland, on 18 November to the UN Security Council concerning (1) the need to reduce...

    • Iraq: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations that the government of Turkey is deploying chemical weapons in northern Iraq; and what plans they have to support an...

      Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that residents in Gaza receive their fair share of COVID-19 vaccinations.

      Palestinians: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the confiscation of a water pipe for Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Diversity and Inclusion Directorate: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are serving in the Ministry of Defence's diversity and inclusion directorate; what are their (1) grades, and (2) salaries; what is their reporting...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Sick Pay: Living Wage and Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the rate of statutory sick pay to equate to either the (1) national minimum, or (2) living, wage.

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support young people into jobs in (1) England, and (2) other European countries.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the representatives from the business and finance sector on the business advisory group set up under the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; and what...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include roads policing within the national Strategic Policing Requirement.

    • Euro 2020: Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrests were made by the Metropolitan Police Service at each England Euro 2020 match played at Wembley for offences relating to football disorder.

      Taxis: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review how common law police disclosure operates regarding licensed taxi drivers, and (2) to ensure that allegations against such taxi...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a national register of all individuals who (1) have been refused, or (2) had revoked, a license issued under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the number of individuals and families eligible for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

      Crime: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to stop the criminal drug trade within the UK.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to update (1) Parliament, and (2) the public, on the implementation of (a) the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, and (b) the Afghan...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what obligation, if any, there is upon emergency services to alert a local authority where the condition of a road could be considered a causal factor in an...

      Repossession Orders: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Crime Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority received the first complaints alleging that banks had forged customer signatures to repossess...

      Terrorism: Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to standardise the definition of a victim of terrorism across the UK.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to extend VAT relief, and (2) to reduce business rates, to support businesses implementing the new COVID-19 restrictions.

    • Events Industry: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide 100 per cent business rate relief to the end of 2022/23 for all music venues, given the COVID-19 Plan B restrictions.

      Culture: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) cancel, or (2) delay, the planned VAT rise on culture tickets, given the COVID-19 Plan B restrictions.

      Financial Services: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement net-zero carbon emissions transition plans on a mandatory basis to avoid (1) regulatory uncertainty, and (2) delays, in...

      Trader Support Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed (1) directly, and (2) indirectly, by the Trader Support Service.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 19 November (75071), what proportion of the £2.4 billion underspend on tax-free...

      Offshore Industry: Tax Yields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net amount received in tax from North Sea oil and gas operations in each of the past six financial years, accounting for rebates and subsidies.

      Trader Support Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long they intend the Trader Support Service to operate.

      Trader Support Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what is the projected annual expenditure on the Trader Support Service for each of the next three years.

      Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in order to estimate the revenue yield of a one per cent increase on all income tax rates payable on property income, they can draw on the data in Table...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications Cables: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect international underwater telecommunication cables; and what would be the consequences of a failure to do so.

    • Artificial Intelligence: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the China State Council's A Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan, published on 20 July 2017, in...

      Artificial Intelligence: Toys and Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of authoritarian regimes using Artificial Intelligence driven smart toys to collect children's data.

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a national register of ­all individuals who (1) have been refused, or (2) had revoked, a license issued under the Gambling...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to introduce age verification for commercial pornography websites.

      Gambling: Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 17 November (HL3696), what is their estimate of the total number of stolen funds that...

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