Written answers

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • OneWeb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to allocate further funding to Oneweb; and what progress Oneweb has made on expanding its UK supply chain.

    • Innovate UK: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide a breakdown of Innovate UK expenditure during the financial year ended 5 April 2021 of (a)...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will list the directorates within his Department as at 1 December 2021, and the (a) staffing in FTE terms and (b) total headcount in each of...

    • Department for Education: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many external visitors there have been to the Department's office in Sanctuary Buildings in total, in each of the last 48 months.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pieces of guidance have been issued by his Department to principals of sixth form colleges, excluding such guidance as relates only to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Human Rights: Welsh Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he last discussed the merits of the Human Rights Act with the Welsh Government.

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to (a) tackle and (b) bring forward tougher legislation on predatory marriage.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has set a maximum limit on the amount of time criminal cases should await trial, to act as a target for capping and reducing the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to engage with the pro-democracy protest movement in Sudan following the political...

    • South Africa: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has held discussions with the South African government on their proposals to remove the permission to...

      Iran: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in the (a) European Union and (b) US Administration on...

      Nicaragua: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she or her officials have held discussions with Nicaraguan counterparts on that county's termination of...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in UK aid on the climate vulnerability of women and girls...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how her Department measures the effect of climate vulnerability on women and girls in developing countries.

      Afghanistan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions her Department is having with HM Treasury on issuing updated sanctions guidance to give aid...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Iran’s negotiating position at...

      Occupied Territories: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to assess the suitability of educational materials used in schools operated by the UN...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she is making to countries in which Christians and other religious minorities face...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the report entitled The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits commissioned by her Department from the National Centre for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Disinfectants: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the efficacy of testing protocols for animal disinfectant products.

    • Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) landowners and (b) land-owning organisations on the steps those groups can...

      Disinfectants: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will consider the potential merits of introducing additional tests at higher temperatures for the approval...

      Avian Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of its resources to manage effectively an outbreak of avian flu.

      Disinfectants: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the minimum temperature thresholds for approval of animal...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what strategies his Department has in place to help prevent high rates of infection of avian flu among commercial bid...

      Avian Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to vaccinate wild bird populations against avian flu.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of broadleaf woodland has been planted at an appropriate spacing and with protections from damage from...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve free access to the countryside and nature for all UK residents.

      Sewage: Coastal Areas and Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will set targets for the (a) limiting and (b) ending of sewage overflow into rivers and coasts.

      Conifers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of conifer woodland have been felled or removed and not replanted with conifers in England in each year...

      Conifers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of conifer woodland have been felled or removed and replaced with broadleaf woodland in England in each...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to take steps to set species recovery targets for (a) the Manx Shearwater and (b) other birds...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hotels are being used to house asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.

    • Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) training on how to identify and support victims of online abuse is made available to the police...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what practical support and services, including legal support, will be available to help families, including constituents in Liverpool West...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Vaccination: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many accounts have been reported to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for anti-vaccine disinformation by the...

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding allocated to arts in each of the last twenty years.

  • Cop26

    • Carbon Emissions: Military Operations

      To ask the President of COP26, whether the potential inclusion of carbon emissions from military activities on the agenda for COP26 was discussed during preparations for that conference.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the (1) number, and (2) value, of loans under the various coronavirus schemes which are deemed irrecoverable; and what are the...

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which parts of the Subsidy Control Bill are not intended to apply to Northern Ireland because of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions there have been in the last 12 months for smuggling illegal substances into prisons in England.

    • Courts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide extra Nightingale court capacity in order to address the backlog of legal cases.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the letter sent by Lord Hain to the Secretary of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office sent on 1 December 2021...

    • Egypt: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Egypt on reports concerning the prohibition of books and exercise to prisoners in maximum security...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice regarding state responsibility to prevent and punish mass atrocity crimes, what assessment have...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the international community to invite Bosnia and Herzegovina's adjacent states to join NATO interventions, particularly (1)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow jobseekers to establish their benefit status online rather than in person to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of the benefit cap on levels of child poverty.

      Violence and Harassment Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what objections they have received, if any, to their Command Paper declaring their intention to ratify the International Labour Organisation Violence and...

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) number, and (2) percentage, of Universal Credit recipients whose payments are affected by the minimum income floor for self-employed people.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Evening Standard and Independent's £1 million Skill Up Step Up campaign to help address youth joblessness; and what...

      Employment and Training: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide (1) training, and (2) job opportunities, for members of the black community in London, aged 16–24, who are currently unemployed.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Landfill: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on public health of toxic air from landfill sites.

    • Trapping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the consultation on the use of snares will be launched that was announced in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare on 12 May.

      Inland Waterways: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what penalties can be applied against individual directors of water companies who recklessly or repeatedly discharge unpermitted sewage into waterways.

      Food: Production

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 15 November (HL Deb, col 49GC), what are the reasons for the minister's view that the Earl...

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, of the target of 5,000 hectares of trees planted, what proportion were planted in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021; and what the delivery target will be for 2022.

      Forests: Commodities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide translations of the consultation document and online survey on implementing due diligence on forest risk commodities, in order to...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Transnational Resettlement Project UK and Ireland.

    • Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the support providers for the Gateway Protection Programme.

      Human Trafficking: Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the European Commission’s proposed regulation 2021/0387 on measures against transport operators that facilitate or engage in trafficking in...

      Visas: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people from Hong Kong have (1) applied to relocate to the UK under the British Nationals (Overseas) (BNO) visa scheme since January, and (2) arrived in...

      Police: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the recruitment of black police officers.

      Crimes of Violence: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a person knowing that they are carrying COVID-19, and knowing that they may be at risk of transmitting the virus to another person with or without the...

      PKK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) poses a terrorist threat to the UK; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Napier Barracks: Coronavirus and Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Secretary has (1) received, and (2) is complying with, advice from the UK Health Security Agency, regarding (a) the ongoing use of Napier...

      Asylum: Napier Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are currently accommodated in Napier Barracks who indicated in their asylum screening interview or ASF1 form that they are (1) a victim of...

      Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 8 December (HL Deb col 1976) that draft guidance issued under Clause 65 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme; and when the scheme will open.

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages: Misrepresentation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what independent information resource is available to consumers to check that representative APRs are fairly stated; and what action the Financial Conduct...

    • Plastics: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reinvest Plastic Packaging Tax revenue to help achieve their target of eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042.

      Mortgages: Misrepresentation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many skilled persons reports under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 section 166 the Financial Conduct Authority has commissioned where the issue of...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reintroduce a limited version of the furlough scheme to (1) vulnerable households, and (2) small businesses.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Safe to Be Me Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the projected budget for the Safe To Be Me: a Global Equality Conference to be held in London on 27–28 June 2022; and how many staff are expected to...

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