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Written questions allow MPs and Members of the House of Lords to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments. Government Ministers may make oral or written statements to Parliament. Written statements are normally used to put the day-to-day business of government on the official record and in the public domain.

All oral statements and any written content from before 2014 can be found in Hansard.

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The most recent four written questions in the House of Commons

Question for Department for Education
Pupils: Coronavirus
Derek Thomas
Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to Head Teachers to help ensure that the expectation on pupils to wear a face covering does not exclude those pupils who have a good reason not to wear one.

Asked 13 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Nick Gibb (Conservative, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton)
102891
Answered
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Question for Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: VAT
Karin Smyth
Labour, Bristol South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to publish a formal response to the proposals from HM Treasury on Reform to VAT refund rules.

Asked 30 September 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Edward Argar (Conservative, Charnwood)
97623
Named day
Answered
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Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Groceries Code Adjudicator: Developing Countries
Gareth Thomas
Labour, Harrow West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he will plans to extend the Groceries Supply Code of Practice to include developing country suppliers; and if he will make a statement.

Asked 13 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Paul Scully (Conservative, Sutton and Cheam)
102655
Answered
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Question for Ministry of Justice
Open Prisons
Sarah Champion
Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he retains the right to overrule a determination that an offender be transferred to an open prison.

Asked 16 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Lucy Frazer (Conservative, South East Cambridgeshire)
104738
Named day
Answered
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Question for Cabinet Office
Advocate General for Scotland: Public Appointments
Baroness Clark of Calton
Crossbench, Life peer

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the resignation of the Advocate General for Scotland on 16 September, what progress they have made in appointing a successor; and in the absence of any such successor, who is responsible for (1) the Advocate Gen...

Asked 8 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Lord True (Conservative, Life peer)
HL8916
Answered
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Question for Department for International Trade
UK Export Finance: Senior Civil Servants
Baroness Kramer
Liberal Democrat, Life peer

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at UK Export Finance at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

Asked 7 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (Conservative, Life peer)
HL8865
Answered
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Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Travel: Coronavirus
Baroness Randerson
Liberal Democrat, Life peer

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a temporary travel guarantee fund to support travel companies to settle claims made against cancelled travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asked 7 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Lord Callanan (Conservative, Life peer)
HL8886
Answered
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Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus
Lord Taylor of Warwick
Non-affiliated, Life peer

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional financial support to the hospitality sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asked 7 October 2020
Answered 21 October 2020
By Lord Callanan (Conservative, Life peer)
HL8899
Answered
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business Update
Alok Sharma
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Conservative, Reading West
Statement made 20 October 2020
HCWS528
Commons
Ministry of Justice
Parole Reform
Lucy Frazer
The Minister of State for Justice
Conservative, South East Cambridgeshire
Statement made 20 October 2020
HCWS527
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Department of Health and Social Care
Report on Exercise on Pandemic preparedness
Matt Hancock
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Conservative, West Suffolk
Statement made 20 October 2020
HCWS526
Commons
Cabinet Office
Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee
Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office
Conservative, Surrey Heath
Statement made 20 October 2020
HCWS525
Commons

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business Update
Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility)
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 20 October 2020
HLWS522
Lords
Cabinet Office
Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee
Lord True
Minister of State
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 20 October 2020
HLWS521
Lords
Ministry of Justice
Parole Reform
Baroness Scott of Bybrook
The Lords Spokesperson
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 20 October 2020
HLWS520
Lords
Department of Health and Social Care
Report on Exercise on Pandemic preparedness
Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Innovation)
Conservative, Excepted Hereditary
Statement made 20 October 2020
HLWS519
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House of Commons written answers and statements
20 October 2020
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House of Commons written answers and statements
19 October 2020
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House of Commons written answers and statements
16 October 2020
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House of Commons written answers and statements
15 October 2020
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20 October 2020
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House of Lords written answers and statements
19 October 2020
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House of Lords written answers and statements
15 October 2020
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House of Lords written answers and statements
14 October 2020
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