Written answers

Thursday, 13 January 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Night-time Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the (a) availability and (b) affordability of (i) public and (ii) other forms of transport on...

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of fast trains that would run between Leeds and Manchester per hour under (a) Transport for...

      Bus Services: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that Newcastle's live bus service data is available for third party applications.

      Oxted Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether electrification of the Uckfield Line will form part of projects to be implemented, as part of the Williams-Shapps plan for rail.

      London Northwestern Railway: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the driver shortages disrupting the Marston Vale Line run by London North Eastern Railway.

      Offshore Industry: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the specified requirements are for supply boats working in the offshore renewables sector when licences are approved.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers who provide (a) refuse collection and (b) other local...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total Highways Maintenance funding allocation was for (a) Hertfordshire Council, (b) Lancashire County Council, (c) Oxfordshire County...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average amount of time required by the DVLA is to process a new V5C registration application form for a historic vehicle.

      Transport for London: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2021 to Question 87625, on Transport for London: Property Transfer, whether he plans to undertake a public...

      Transport for London: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2021 to Question 87625, on Transport for London: Property Transfer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Clean Air Zones: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of global supply chain issues in the automotive sector on the ability of businesses, organisations...

      Transport for London: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2021 to Question 87625, on Transport for London: Property Transfer, if he will set out his reasons for approving...

      Bus Services: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) requirements and (b) guidance his Department has for bus operators in receipt of public funds on making live service information accessible...

      Train Operating Companies: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many organisations attended the rail passenger service contract market engagement day on 4 November 2021; and which owning groups attended that day.

      Train Operating Companies: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the rail passenger service contract market engagement day on 4 November 2021, what discussions took place on the risks arising from...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish the findings of the trials conducted by the Government on E-scooters.

      Train Operating Companies: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there are any financial implications for operators of (a) National Rail Contracts and (b) rail passenger service contracts in the event of...

      Train Operating Companies: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will be responsible for risks arising from industrial action under rail passenger service contracts.

      Airlines: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a proposed mandatory dispute resolution scheme for the airline industry.

      Aviation: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with airlines to ensure that passengers are provided with refunds in the event of flight cancellations.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of passengers who have yet to receive a refund from flights cancelled as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on the Puma replacement; and if he will make a statement.

    • Kazakhstan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when military officers from Kazakhstan last received training in the UK; and what the ranks of those officers were.

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role RAF Croughton has in facilitating US drone operations in the Middle East; and how that base is linked to the US military facility at Camp...

      RAF Croughton: US National Security Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many US National Security Agency (a) personnel and (b) officers are based at RAF Croughton.

      Military Aid: NHS Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times NHS Wales has (a) submitted to and (b) been granted a MACA request from his Department in each of the last five years.

      Veterans: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he is taking steps to encourage non-UK military personnel who are leaving the UK Armed Forces and who wish to remain in the UK to apply for...

      Glencorse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what engagement his Department has had with Midlothian Council regarding education provision following plans announced in Future Soldier to increase...

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to prevent outbreaks of covid-19 in the armed forces.

      Kazakhstan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) suspend UK military training with Kazakhstan and (b) apologise for UK military involvement in training with that country in the last...

      Military Aid: Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2021 to Question 87877, on Military Aid: Ambulance Services, what the cost was of the support provided to the...

      Merlin Helicopters: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans for Crowsnest to be (a) at initial operating capability (IOC), (b) at full operating capability (FOC) and (c) out of service (OSD); and...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) CPI, (b) SPI and (c) cost variance is of the P-8A programme.

      Torpedoes: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 96795, whether he plans to replace the US-developed, built and supported Mk54 torpedo with a UK...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 96783, on Ajax Vehicles: Procurement, whether his Department has inspected any of the 296 hulls...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on re-engining the Merlin fleet of helicopters; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, paragraph 2.38, how much money the Government has...

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2021 to Question 69687, whether the Government delivered the 20 million covid-19...

      Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with officials in his Department on the sale of the Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

      Plastics: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support research into new zero carbon methods of producing plastics in the UK.

      Compassionate Leave: Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending entitlement to parental bereavement leave and pay to...

      Construction: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government maintains a database of complaints levelled against general building firms operating within the...

      Construction: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate the Government has made of the number of general building firms operating within the repair,...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 137053, the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254256, the Answer of...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to collect data on the uptake of parental leave entitlements.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to encourage the take up of shared parental leave.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to extend the time limit for employment tribunals.

      Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government has made available for local authorities to support wedding industry businesses and those...

      Regulation: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendation by the Innovation, Growth and Regulatory...

      Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had any discussions with the Welsh Government on tackling the ethnicity pay gap.

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a definition of sustainably sourced in relation to wood burning in domestic appliances.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the potential number of smart meters fitted by energy companies since...

      Global Britain Investment Fund: Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 64605 on Global Britain Investment Fund, what proportion of the...

      Research England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of differences in Research England funding between the (a) North East...

      Artificial Intelligence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the budget for the Office of Artificial Intelligence in the financial year 2022-23 is; which budget that money...

      Hospitality Sector: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what long-term measures the Government has put in place to support the hospitality sector to meet its recruitment needs.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps have been taken by the EU to facilitate trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and what steps he is taking to help...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for East Londonderry of 28 October 2021 on Policing Ombudsman delays...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2021 to Question 92129, on Coronavirus: Screening, how people can receive covid-19 lateral flow...

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the risk to (a) public health and (b) transmission of covid-19 of the gov.uk stating that...

      Laboratories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff working in the national laboratory network, including (a) NHS, (b) UKHSA, (c) Lighthouse laboratories and (d) Mobile...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of general practice appointments took place in person in (a) October 2019, (b) November 2019 and (c) December 2019.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of general practice appointments took place in person, excluding covid-19 vaccination appointments, in (a) October 2021...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of general practice appointments that took place on each working day in (a) October, (b) November...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of general practice appointments, excluding covid-19 vaccination appointments, that took place on...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died while in inpatient mental health units in each year since 2010.

      Education: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to Sheffield for the delivery of mental health support teams in schools and colleges in (a) 2021-22...

      Mental Health Services: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 400 mental health support teams to be delivered by April 2023 will be in Sheffield.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of suspending the provision of free covid-19 lateral flow tests.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2021 to Question 88623 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, for what reasons it is Government policy that...

      Coronavirus: Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 21 to Question 86034 on Coronavirus: Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura, what steps his department is...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2021 to Question 92129, on Coronavirus: Screening, what additional support the Government is...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2021 to Question 92129, on Coronavirus: Screening, what steps the Government is taking to ensure...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2021 to Question 92129, on Coronavirus: Screening, and in the context of that Answer which states...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether covid-19 lateral flow test products that are made in the UK for use in the UK are subject to (a) testing or (b) checking...

      General Practitioners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to decrease GP surgery appointment waiting times in the context of the pressure placed on those...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been subject to restraint in inpatient mental health units, in each year since 2010.

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of covid-19 infections among primary school age children as of 23 November 2021; and what steps...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of vaccine passports on the spread of covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) relevant stakeholders on ensuring that under 16s can...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that approved covid-19 vaccines delivered in Pakistan are recognised in the UK to allow fully...

      Coronavirus: Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December to Question 86035 on Coronavirus: Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme; for what reason the number of...

      Virgin Care: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the context of NHS commissioning services from Virgin Care, what assessment he has made of the potential reduction in services...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2022 to Question 87696 on Protective Clothing: Coronavirus, if he will list the number of sites where...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have received an MHRA approved covid-19 vaccination outside of the UK are able to receive a third vaccination in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the current average efficacy of the covid-19 booster vaccine after (a) 4 weeks, (b) 8 weeks and (c) 4 months.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2021 to Question 88623 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what information the Government holds on the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons he has not introduced greater public health measures in response to the pressure on the NHS and mortality levels...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the suspension of the Quality and Outcome Framework on the size of the backlog of diabetes...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of missed routine diabetes appointments on the number of patients who are presenting with...

      Health: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for the Women’s Health Strategy.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of implications for its policies of the Global Burden of Disease study findings, published on 7...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the elective recovery plan with details of meeting workforce requirements referred to in his oral evidence to...

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been treated with (a) Ronapreve, (b) Sotrovimab or (c) molnupiravir for covid-19 in each week since the start of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to support people who are unable to leave their homes to get the booster covid-19 vaccination.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that housebound patients can receive covid-19 vaccinations and boosters at home.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of covid-19 infection risk from non-mask wearing in the hospitality sector; and what steps he...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what accountability and scrutiny measures are in place to ensure that private companies endorsed by the Government to carry out covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the availability of lateral flow covid-19 tests in the London Borough of Hounslow.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 35710 on Travel: Coronavirus, what discussions he has had with (a) Member States, (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 vaccination sites were open in England in (a) July, (b) August, (c) September and (d) October 2021.

  • Wales Office

    • Fisheries: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Welsh fishing industry on the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on their...

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of a failure to reach agreement with the EU on the Northern Ireland protocol on trade between...

      Television Licences: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of free TV licences for people aged over 75 on people affected by that change in (a)...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme.

      Wales Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the floor area of his Department's estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2022 to Question 94344 on Schools: Coronavirus, on what date between 1 March 2020 and April 2021 officials from...

    • Higher Education: Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to expand the provision of higher education in (a) the Isle of Wight and (b) other isolated areas and island communities.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of (a) covid-19 in general and (b) the omicron variant on the availability of school transport during...

      Pre-school Education: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of CO2 monitors offered to nurseries and early years settings; and what proportion of those...

      Department for Education: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2022 to Question 92912 on Department for Education: Telephone Services, how many full-time equivalent staff were...

      Noonan Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what Government support is offered to families in which someone lives with Noonan's Syndrome; and if he will make an assessment of the potential...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeship starts in (a) Quarter 1 of 2021, (b) Quarter 2 of 2021 and (c) Quarter 3 of 2021.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the ability of apprenticeship levy paying employers to transfer levy funds to non-levy paying employers.

      Disability and Special Educational Needs: Slough

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

      BTEC Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has (a) sought and (b) received representations from employers about the value that they place on BTEC qualifications.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the adult education clawback for the academic year 2021- 22 on affected further education colleges.

      Apprentices: Construction and Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage employers in the (a) construction and (b) manufacturing sectors to offer apprenticeships, particularly to those...

      Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was received from the £7 million Wellbeing for education recovery grant by (a) Sheffield, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire...

      Schools: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his announcement of the provision of an additional 7,000 air purifiers for increase classroom ventilation on 2 January 2022, how...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average number of cases (a) crown courts and (b) magistrates courts have heard in each of the last three years.

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2021 to Question 90879, on Prisoners' Release, how many prisoners released in error had been convicted of rape;...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 98316, if he will publish the eligibility criteria for early release under the End of Custody...

  • Treasury

    • Debts: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of adults in (a) York and (b) York Central constituency living in households where there is personal debt.

    • Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses that have not sufficiently recovered from the impact of the covid-19 pandemic to be able to...

      Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risks to financial stability of the growth in cryptocurrency and other cryptoasset holdings; and...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Public Relations

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how much the Church of England spent on (a) public affairs and (b) reputation management organisations in...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the floor area of his Department's estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

    • INTERREG Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the Scotland-based organisations currently in receipt of Interreg Funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people living in (a) poverty and (b) relative poverty in (i) York and (ii) York Central...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Clean Air Zones: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional financial support to help businesses,...

    • Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to increase the UK's domestic capacity for disposing flexible plastic waste.

      Grasslands: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) agreements reached and (b) funding commitments made at COP26 on the future...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to remove unwanted ivory products from the UK.

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what economic assessment he has made of the costs and benefits to the UK of (a) aligning with and (b) diverging from EU...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the recycling of alkaline polymers through local authorities.

      Solid Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he will continue to allow new applications for the exemption of a solid fuel burning appliance or appliances under...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people evacuated under Operation Pitting will be included in the 5,000 people earmarked for resettlement in the UK in the first...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the (a) timescale for opening and (b) further details of the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the details of how the UNHCR referral pathway will identify people in third countries eligible for resettlement in the...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who were called forward for evacuation under Operation Pitting but were not relocated to the UK will be resettled in the UK...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Government Liaison Officers are still assigned to bridging hotels for Afghan refugees; and if she will provide to the hon. Member...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the changes to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy published on 14 December 2021, how (a) Afghan Chevening...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan refugees have been housed in hotels in the Bradford district since August 2021.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when year one of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme started.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to expedite outstanding asylum applications from Afghan nationals who are in the UK.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her policy that no Afghan nationals currently in the UK asylum system will be returned to Afghanistan.

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 57193 on Immigration: Fees and Charges, when the revised policy on overseas fee...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on strengthening the Union.

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on strengthening the Union.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, [with reference to the policy paper entitled Protecting the integrity of our elections: Voter identification at polling...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of alleged price fixing by truck manufacturers on (a) local authorities...

      Local Plans: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will require the York planning inspectors to develop an evidence-based Local Plan.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has adequate resources to...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: World Uyghur Congress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has met people involved in the World Uyghur Congress.

      Kazakhstan: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of links between members of the Kazakh elite and London's financial services.

      China: Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Minister for Asia made representations to the Chinese Ambassador on the matter of slave labour in UK...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Uyghur Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has people involved in the Uyghur Tribunal (a) before and (b) after that tribunal's verdict of Uyghur...

      Hong Kong: Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in the context of the conviction of Hang-tung Chow in Hong Kong and with reference to the Six-monthly report on...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: World Uyghur Congress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Minister for Asia has met people involved in the World Uyghur Congress.

      Kazakhstan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has to place sanctions on members of the Kazakh elite with assets in the UK following...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) implications for her policies of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Uyghur Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Minister for Asia has met people involved in the Uyghur Tribunal (a) before and (b) after that...

      Overseas Investment: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government has plans to discourage firms from investing in companies linked to entities designated...

      Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government is taking steps to encourage firms to divest from sister companies of the Xinjiang...

      West Africa: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) estimate she has made of the number of people at risk of food insecurity (i) in the Central Sahel region...

      Horn of Africa: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Humanitarian Bulletin: Ethiopia, published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination...

      Senegal: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support (a) the African Union and (b) civil society groups in ensuring that National...

      Kenya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help support (a) the African Union and (b) civil society groups in preventing violence...

      Chad: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help support people displaced in Chad following recent violence in Cameroon over...

      Angola: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support (a) the Angolan Government and (b) Angolan civil society groups in preparation...

      Burkina Faso: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support children affected by recent school closures as a result of insecurity in...

      Southern Africa: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2021 to Question 83474 on Southern Africa: Travel Restrictions, whether she...

      Mali: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure UK (a) nationals and (b) troops in Mali are safe following the announcement of...

      Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the arrest of Kakwenza Rukirabashija in Uganda; what steps her...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) buildings and (b) plots of land were sold by the Government in 2020-21.

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many built assets were in the Government estates’ portfolio in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

      Government Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will outline the changes to the central Government’s office portfolio that led to the reduction in...

      EU Law: Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether her Department holds responsibility for the review of retained EU law following the resignation of...

      Regulation: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister is now responsible for regulatory reform related to the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

      EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has plans to bring forward proposals on retained EU law in spring 2022.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Exhibitions: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether there was a cost to the public purse of developing proposals for a potential Great Exhibition.

    • Mobile Phones: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of the delayed reintroduction of roaming charges in Europe on mobile phone users in...

      Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on the Government consultation on whether to privatise Channel 4; and what her timetable...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish any correspondence between her Department and the Prime Minister's Office on (a) Great Exhibition 2, (b)...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish minutes of meetings where (a) the Great Exhibition 2, (b) Festival UK* 2022 and (c) Unboxed were discussed.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total floor area of her departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

      Football: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will commit to bringing forward legislative proposals to reform football governance in the next Queen's Speech.

      Sports: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had recent discussions with the Welsh Government on tackling racism within sport.

      Arts: Coastal Areas and Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department can provide to incentivise major London-based arts institutes to undertake outreach to (a) the...

      Music and Theatre: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to make additional covid-19 support available for music and theatre productions that have to cancel as a...

      Sports: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on tackling racism within sport.

      Art Works: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has plans to return (a) the Benin Bronzes and (b) other historically and culturally significant...

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that children are protected online.

      Peers' Interests: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row's register of interests, whether any funding has been allocated by her...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will bring forward legislative proposals as part of the Online Harms Bill to tackle online gambling firms making offers...

      Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that digital and social media platforms apply equitable (a) terms, (b)...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a statutory timeframe for the review of the...

      Events Industry: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the loss of income within the live events industry as a result of covid-19 related...

      Live Events Reinsurance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme at covering live events...

      Rugby: Listed Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with broadcasters on the potential merits of free to view broadcast of international rugby...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2021 to Question 98226 on Public Sector: Misconduct, why the Solicitor General's decision was not included in her Department's...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, in response to the petition highlighting the disenfranchisement of around five million Zimbabweans in the diaspora, which was...

    • Zimbabwe: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the petition submitted by MyRight2Vote, Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation, and Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe to the Prime Minister on 2...

      Nigeria: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about (1) the protection of freedom of speech and the press in that country, and (2) the...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help support the (1) police, and (2) security, forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina given separatist threats.

      Northern Ireland Protocol: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the percentage change since (1) the UK withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, and (2) the application of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 2 November (HL3362) and 16 November (HL3662), why “information on the number of embryos produced,...

    • Adrenaline: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Commission on Human Medicines Public Assessment Report: Recommendations to support the effective and...

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