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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 25 March 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Polychlorinated Biphenyl: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2020 to Question 22381 on Polychlorinated Biphenyl, if she will place in the Library all data submitted by the UK to the EU as part of the inventories of open and closed sources of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) under Directive 96/59/EC; and whether that data so submitted included PCB wastes disposed of in solid or liquid containment from UK landfill sites.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 25 March 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Mass Media: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Independent Community News Network on (a) the viability of and (b) Government support for independent local media during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 25 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: ICT
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with technology companies on the donation of (a) mobile phones and (b) tablets to hospitals to enable patients dying from covid-19 without access to technological devices to communicate with their families.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 25 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Allergies: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the supply of (a) Zaditen tablets, (b) Ketotifen Zaditen Elixir and (c) other Ketotifen products; and what steps his Department is taking to secure the supply of those medicines.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 25 March 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Voluntary Work: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how (a) Community Response Volunteers will work with existing community groups, (b) information on that scheme will be shared locally and (c) volunteers will be matched up with people in need; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 25 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2020 to Question 28608, on Universal Credit, how many universal credit claims were made in 2019 by households containing a person that declared they are receiving Statutory Maternity Pay.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 24 March 2020
Ministry of Justice
Magistrates Courts: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the continuation of priority cases in the Magistrates courts on efforts to reduce transmission of covid-19; what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with the two metre social distancing advice for those involved in any continued proceedings; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 24 March 2020
House of Commons Commission
Electronic Voting: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission is holding discussions with other Parliaments moving to establish secure electronic voting systems by use of (a) email and (b) other methods during the covid-19 outbreak; and if the Commission will ensure that technical work to allow electronic voting in the UK Parliament is undertaken to enable proposals on the introduction of a secure electronic voting system to be put before the House; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 March 2020
Department for Education
Free School Meals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set up a national scheme to provide additional funding for schools to provide meals or vouchers for pupils eligible for free school meals; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Treasury
Off-payroll Working: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the planned roll out of IR35 on the private sector during the covid-19 outbreak; if he will make it his policy to suspend the roll out of IR35; and if he will make a statement.
 
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Pharmacy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of over-the-counter paracetamol; if he will take steps to ensure the availability of (a) paracetamol, (b) other over-the-counter medicines and (c) baby milk during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Treasury
Insurance: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to require insurance companies to define covid-19 as a notifiable disease for the purposes of claims made by businesses affected by the Government’s order to close; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the guidance on Making staff redundant on gov.uk, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the requirement for a 90 day consultation where more than 20 staff are being made redundant on the ability of businesses to operate during the covid-19 outbreak; whether he has any plans to (a) amend that guidance and (b) provide financial support to businesses to meet the costs of temporary redundancy during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Housing: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of local authority housing services that have closed their offices in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps the Government is taking to that ensure that (a) homeless people and (b) people at risk of homelessness have timely access to advice and support from local authority housing services.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the delivery of personal protection equipment to homelessness accommodation providers helping with the response to the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to pause universal credit deductions during the covid-19 outbreak for (a) third party suppliers (b) universal credit and benefit overpayment (c) universal credit advance and (d) recoverable hardship payment; and if she will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Housing Benefit: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to introduce three-month bloc payments of housing benefit to homelessness accommodation providers to reduce financial risk during the covid-19 outbreak; and if she will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Care Homes and Funerals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) care home staff and (b) funeral directors are able to access personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of covid-19 transmission; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Public Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which languages public health information and guidance on covid-19 guidance will be translated into by the Government; if he will make it his policy to carry out a public information campaign to ensure this information reaches people whose first language is not English; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 March 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral statement of 17 March 2020, what steps he is taking to ensure consular staff in (a) Peru and (b) other nations have the capacity to support UK citizens who wish to return to the UK; and if he will make a statement.
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