Written answers

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on the level of potential disruption to UK supply chains over the Christmas 2021 period...

    • Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of pausing all work on forthcoming smart motorway projects pending the Government’s response...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has met with business groups to discuss the capacity of the UK’s ports and associated storage...

    • Dungeness B Power Station: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many outages or other periods of unavailability of electricity generation there have been per reactor, in days, at...

      Sizewell B Power Station: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many outages or other periods of unavailability of electricity generation there have been, in days, at Sizewell (B)...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses have received Government support during the ongoing covid-19 outbreak in (a) Bexleyheath and...

      Employment Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Government's proposed Employment Bill.

      Drax Power Station: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the remaining coal plants at the Drax power station will close in September 2022.

      Drax Power Station: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the maximum number of years is following the cutting down of trees used to make wood pellets for the Drax power...

  • Attorney General

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, whether (a) she or (b) the Crown Prosecution Service have set a maximum limit on the amount of time criminal cases should await trial, to act as a target for capping...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of waiting times for an outpatient appointment at Ear, Nose and Throat Departments in (a) Coventry, (b)...

    • West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an urgent statement on recent reports that the redevelopment of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals at...

      Ambulance Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulance stations have closed by region in England in each of the last six years.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Questions 61106 and 61107 tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield South East.

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many computerised tomography scanners there are in NHS hospitals in England as of 8 November 2021.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS staff that would leave the service as a result of vaccine mandates.

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many magnetic resonance imaging units there are in NHS hospitals in England as of 8 November 2021.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Meller Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in respect of correspondence and records of meetings between the former...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost is to the public purse of personal protective equipment procured through the high priority lane during the covid-19...

      Princess Royal Hospital Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold further discussions with relevant stakeholders on the provision of an A&E Local at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

      Hospitals: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) cost of building a single site hospital as part of the Future...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of recognising positive results from antibody testing as proof of natural...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of lateral flow tests for use by close contacts of positive covid-19 cases.

      Zero-hours Contracts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the Government is providing to people on zero hours contracts who are required to self-isolate due to covid-19 restrictions.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the transmissibility of the omicron variant of covid-19 at large outdoor events.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the accuracy of reports that the omicron variant of covid-19 causes mild disease.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to limit the spread of covid-19 in hotels where international arrivals are required to quarantine.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has taken steps to help ensure that laboratories conducting covid-19 testing are able to maintain the same rate of tests over...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have received medical abortion pills for home use beyond the legal limit of ten weeks’ gestation since March 2020.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to publish updated prevalence estimates for hepatitis C at the level of Hepatitis C Operational Delivery...

      Coronavirus: Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications have been received under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 for compensation for disabilities caused by covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who have (a) died and (b) suffered serious illness as a result of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the uptake of the covid-19 vaccine among pregnant women.

      Immunosuppression: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to publicise the ongoing risk of covid-19 to immunocompromised groups to (a) patients with those...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2021 to Question 80898 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what proportion of 12 to 15 year olds have had...

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the impact of covid-19 on adult uptake of vaccine preventable respiratory diseases.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the uptake of covid-19 booster vaccines amongst people offered them in care homes; and if he will make a...

      Social Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle recruitment challenges in the adult social care sector.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of not including means-tested council funded support within the £86,000...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Mental health clinically-led review of standards, if he will introduce a new access standard that measures...

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many veterans were (a) referred to or (b) contacted Op Courage for support in (ii) April-July and (ii) August-November 2021.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of services for children with special educational needs and disabilities in (a) Dorset...

    • Skills Bootcamps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many participants on Skills Bootcamps have attended job interviews; and of those participants, how many and what proportion have been offered a...

      Special Educational Needs: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress his Department has made on reviewing the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

      Autism and Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the level of demand for (a) specialised training for professionals and education providers working in the autism...

      Schools: Physical Education and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his timeframe is for setting out a long-term funding for physical education and school sport.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to review the Serious Case Reviews from the last 20 years and (a) make an assessment of the effectiveness of that process and...

      Supported Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the use of supported lodgings provision for young people aged 16 and over; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Education: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to support prison leavers into permanent safe and secure housing beyond the 12 weeks of accommodation provided by his...

    • Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women have used his Department's temporary accommodation service for prison leavers since its implementation in summer 2021; and what steps...

      Alternatives to Prison: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of community sentences for female offenders as an alternative to short custodial prison sentences.

      Prison Officers: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2021 to Question 80944 on Prison Officers: Medals, whether prison officers with an accumulated five years of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ajax Vehicles: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the whole life costs forecast is for AJAX.

    • Ajax Vehicles: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total CDEL cost is for the AJAX armoured fighting vehicle up to 13 December 2021.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of businesses in the UK's hospitality sector have taken part in the Government's Kickstart scheme.

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the disability employment gap in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of support for universal credit claimants who had previously been in receipt of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

    • Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) farmers in the transition to net zero and (b) sustainable land management...

      Eggs: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is planning to take to tackle unfair practices in the egg supply chain.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made to the potential merits of including a public-private partnership focusing on fibre in the...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his timetable is for publishing the Food Strategy White Paper.

      Reindeer: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure the welfare of reindeer being used at seasonal events during winter 2021-22.

      Ivory Act 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to implement the provisions of the Ivory Act 2018.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic pets being left for rehoming with animal welfare charities...

  • Home Office

    • Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: Diego Molano

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on her meeting with the Colombian Defence Minister in...

    • Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that online platforms are obliged to cooperate with the police and with other platforms to pursue...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been extradited from (a) the UK to Europe and (b) Europe to the UK under the European arrest warrant in 2021.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to provide refuge for Afghan women judges who are eligible for the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme;...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the Government plans to take to (a) reduce health disparities and (b) improve healthy life expectancy through...

    • Regional Planning and Development: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department has taken to level up coastal areas in north-east Scotland to date.

      Parking: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the further technical consultation to the parking code enforcement framework.

      Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to undertake an assessment of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on Black renters.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Treasury

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to stimulate growth in the economy.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Archaeology: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to invest in archaeological projects (a) overseen by or (b) that directly support museums.

    • Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he will take to ensure the adequate funding of regional museums.

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's timeframe is for confirming funding for the School Games Organiser Network beyond March 2022.

      Social Media: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that social media companies (a) invest in human moderation to support reporting and content...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to (a) ensure that providers of online platforms consider how their products can be used to...

      Internet: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Unsocial Spaces report, published by Refuge in October 2021, what assessment she has made of the...

      Internet: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that statutory regulation of online platforms explicitly reflects the harms and impact of...

      Internet: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure the safety of young people online.

      Football Index: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to develop a plan for how compensation will be guaranteed for people affected by the collapse...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of properties have access to superfast broadband in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency,...

      Musicians: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress she has made on supporting touring musicians to continue to work in Europe.

      Broadband: West Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on (a) West Worcestershire rural broadband projects numbers 50348, 47608 and 35185 and (b)...

      Gambling Act 2005 Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on her plans to publish a white paper on the Gambling Review.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to help protect children in Newport West constituency from online harms.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of Ofcom’s proposed enforcement powers in the Online Safety...

      Social Media: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to include provisions in the Online Safety Bill to extend to (a) WhatsApp and (b) one-to-one voice messages...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what level of funding her Department plans to allocate to Ofcom to support the duties proposed for that organisation in the...

      Internet: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that providers of online platforms are legally obliged to prioritise the prevention and...

      Social Media: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that social media companies (a) invest in raising awareness of online abuse and (b)...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to (a) ensure that providers of online platforms are regulated by a robust, independent regulator and...

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the role local newspapers play in keeping residents informed on local planning decisions,...

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the research commissioned by her Department from Plum Consulting, entitled Research into recent dynamics of...

      Mobile Phones: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanism Ofcom use to test the accuracy of information reported to them by mobile operators in relation to Universal...

      Broadband: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential redundancy of broadband infrastructure following 5G rollout.

      Broadband and Mobile Phones: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of lack of broadband and mobile connectivity on the ability to work remotely during...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Department for Transport

    • Penrith (North Lakes) Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to return to use the former Station Master's house at Penrith North Lakes Railway Station.

    • Railways: Penzance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of retaining the sleeper train between Penzance and London to the economy of the South West.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow; and how much of that cost will be contributed by Heathrow Airport.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Hospitality Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) protect, and (2) promote, the hospitality sector in the (a) short, (b) medium, and (c) long, term.

    • Biofuels: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 13 December (HL Deb, col 2), what are the "strict sustainability criteria" by which biomass operators abide; and...

      Biofuels: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Callanan on 13 December (HL Deb, col 3) that the "evidence is independently audited", who undertakes such assessments; what...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when COVID-19 booster vaccines will be recorded in the Covid Pass within the NHS app.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the NHS app will record COVID-19 vaccinations administered to UK citizens while working or studying in EU member states.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 12 October (HL2767), in which format the data relating to the number of COVID-19 PCR tests for travel is...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 18 November (HL4189), why their records only date back to 2014; whether they were transferred to...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • India: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India to advocate for the release of human rights activists in that country, including Khurram Parvez.

    • Iraq: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Turkish airstrikes in Khanasor, Iraq and the reported targeting of Marwan Badal; and whether they have made representations to...

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Iran following the use of force against protesters in Isfahan in recent weeks.

      Xinjiang: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of oppression of minority groups in the Xinjiang region in China.

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Iran has developed a system to create nuclear weapons.

      Ethiopia: Food Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the humanitarian relief effort in Ethiopia of the UN's suspension of food distribution in the Amhara region; and in...

      Ethiopia: Food Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the parties engaged in the conflict in Ethiopia to permit the resumption of food distribution by the UN in areas affected by...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Parliament of Belgium to create an offence of ecocide; and what plans they have to introduce legislation to...

    • Livestock: Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat to livestock from dogs not under control of their owners.

      Sky Lanterns: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the risk of (1) fire, and (2) other serious issues, caused by sky lanterns being released in rural areas.

      Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 have been applied each of the last two years.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications for Afghan refugees who have been housed in 'bridging' hotels and have voluntarily moved to temporary accommodation as regards their (1)...

    • Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce national minimum conditions for any unlicensed sexual entertainment provided in accordance with exemption available under...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who have died from COVID-19 related conditions at home since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020.

    • Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for answering written correspondence from the general public; and what percentage of answers met that target in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021.

  • Treasury

    • Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 14 December (HL Deb, col 130), what was the total amount in import tariffs collected in (1) financial...

    • Trader Support Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the total expenditure on the Trader Support Service has been since its commencement.

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