Written answers

Mercher, 29 Mawrth 2023

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Press: Transgender People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on trans people of press reports that use a trans person's former name.

    • Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of the proposal by culture industry organisations for a Smart Fund to...

      Copyright: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of strengthening copyright provisions to help prevent the work of artists,...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the proportion of invoices her Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days...

      Digital Broadcasting and Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of including measures on supporting providers of (a) radio and (b) other...

      Digital Broadcasting and Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on the level of support for UK radio...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the new UK Tentative List of potential future UNESCO world heritage sites.

  • Home Office

    • Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Detained Duty Advice Scheme surgeries took place (a) in total and (b) in person at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre from (i)...

    • UK Border Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff Border Force Maritime Command had on 1 March 2023.

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many people resident in the UK are victims of (a) human trafficking and (b) modern slavery.

      Windrush Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the cost to claimants of applying for compensation under the Windrush compensation scheme; and if she will...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of Section 95 Asylum Support, in the context of the cost-of-living crisis.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department plans to determine the level of the annual cap on the number of refugees who will be allowed to settle in the UK.

      Visas: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people who are granted Leave To Enter under a British National Overseas Visa are entitled to get married in the UK.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to accept requests to expedite Further Leave To Remain (Family and Private Life) applications where financial...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of allowing asylum seekers to work on (a) the economy and (b) the level of job vacancies.

      Visits Abroad: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the list of news organisations that attended to report on her recent trip Rwanda was drawn up; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Visits Abroad: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she made an assessment of the impact of the Government Communications Service Propriety Guidance on the list of organisations...

      Home Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the proportion of invoices her Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days in (a)...

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding her Department allocated to Border Force Maritime Command in the 2022-23 financial year.

      UK Border Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the total number of full time equivalent staff currently employed within the Small Boats Operational Command; how many new members...

      Immigration: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many enforcement visits were carried out by Immigration Enforcement Officers in relation to suspected illegal working offences in (a)...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Property Management Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that (a) Right to Manage Companies and (b) Residential Management...

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure eligible voters are not turned away due to a lack of photo ID in upcoming...

      Local Resilience Forums: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the UK Government Resilience Framework, published on 19 December 2022, whether he plans to increase...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the proportion of invoices his Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within...

      Flats: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of residential blocks below 11 metres with building safety faults in (a) the...

      High Rise Flats: Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what progress he has made on the cost variation request summitted in October 2022 in relation to Fitzgerald House and the...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure tenants in housing association properties are aware of what actions to take...

      European Social Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much funding has been allocated to organisations in Northern Ireland by the European Social Fund in the 2022-23...

      Mayors: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2023 to Question 169443 on Mayors: Powers, what were the conclusions of that public...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the use of the Housing Revenue Account by (a) City of York Council...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when his Department plans to bring forward a fund to mitigate against life safety fire risks associated with cladding on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Quality Commission: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Care Quality Commission has spent on management consultants to support the organisation’s pay business cases in the...

    • Mental Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2023 to Question 166295 on Mental Health Services: Artificial Intelligence, how much of the £123...

      Mental Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2023 to Question 166295 on Mental Health Services: Artificial Intelligence, when he plans to publish...

      Organs: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential prevalence of attempts to traffic organ donors into the UK.

      Hospices: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the impact that increased energy and other costs are having on hospices and end of life care...

      Special Educational Needs: Health and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure improved engagement and support for children and families from health and social care services as...

      Dental Services: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the provision of dentistry in Halton in the last (a) three, (b) six, (c) 12 and (d) 24...

      Defibrillators: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the appointment of a new partner to manage the distribution of funds to increase the number of automated...

      Heart Diseases: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the survival rates of people who suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps under the Medicines and Medical Devices Act to extend independent prescribing responsibilities to (a) dietitians,...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Catalytic Converters: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of prosecutions for theft of catalytic converters in Greater Manchester in each of the last three years.

    • Catalytic Converters: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prosecutions for theft of catalytic converters in London in each of the last three years.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is his Department's policy to encourage the use of Standard Delivery formats in Pre-Sentence Reports.

      Powers of Attorney: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that institutions and organisations in (a) England and (b) Wales are aware of the legal status of Scottish Powers of...

      Ministry of Justice: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the proportion of invoices his Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days in (a) the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any applications to the Environment Agency for limited extended validity have been granted following legal...

    • Sewage: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to introduce a legally binding target to reduce sewage discharges by 90 per cent by 2030.

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for limited extended validity were made to the Environment Agency in each year since 2016; and how...

      Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of implementing household kerb-side collection of...

      Water Supply: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce levels of total dissolved solids in tap water in (a) Camden and (b) Brent.

      Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent the incorrect disposal of lithium-ion batteries.

      Local Resilience Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee's...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a strategy on reducing her Department's carbon emissions.

      Pets: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of increases in (a) energy and (b) pet food bills on...

      Seed Potatoes: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the average time it took to import seed potatoes from France in the last 12 months.

      Furs: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to keep fur trade bans in the context of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill.

      Dogs: Brucellosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of Brucella Canis were reported between April 2021 and January 2022; and what data her Department holds on...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Natural England on its policy on grazing on sites of special scientific interest;...

      Forests: Commodities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce mandatory due diligence for forest risk commodities as...

      Birds of Prey: Animal Breeding and Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to take steps to review the legal requirements to register (a) ownership and (b) breeding of (i) raptors...

      Tree Felling: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with Plymouth City Council on the felling of over 100 trees in Plymouth City Centre.

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural...

      River Leam: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sewage discharges were made into the River Leam each year since 2010.

      Sewage: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has plans to introduce mandatory monitoring of all sewage outlets.

      Sewage: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of sewage spillages on coastal business in England.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect (a) puffins, (b) kittiwakes and \(c) other marine life from the industrial fishing of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the proportion of invoices his Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days in (a) the...

    • Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support the armed forces in Scotland.

      Question

      Whether he has made a comparative assessment with Cabinet colleagues of energy costs in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on cladding issues affecting buildings in Scotland.

      Food: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on promoting and supporting the Scottish food and drink sector.

      Question

      Whether he has made a recent assessment of the impact of the UK leaving the EU on Scotland.

      Budget March 2023: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Spring Budget 2023 on Scotland.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2023 to Question 169225 on Ministry of Defence: Aviation, on how many occasions he has travelled overseas on...

    • Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the written statement entitled Ajax Payments Update, UIN HCWS652, made by the Minister for Defence Procurement on 20 March 2023, how...

      DM Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Service Family Accommodation and (b) Single Living Accommodation units there are at DE&S Gosport; and how many personnel are based at...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of increasing armed forces pay in line with inflation; and whether he has...

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, of what rank were the military officers who were Senior Responsible Owners on 1 March 2023.

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how Senior Responsible Owners are selected before appointment.

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of service is of a senior responsible owner.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the report entitled Defence in a Competitive Age, published by his Department on 22 March 2021, CP 411, whether his Department has...

      Peter Brown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's recent research into the service history of Flight Sergeant Peter Brown established whether he was paid the same rate of (a)...

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the written statement entitled Ajax Payments Update, UIN HCWS652, made by the Minister for Defence Procurement on 20 March 2023, when...

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether in the context of the war in Ukraine he has recently reviewed the potential for future use of the AJAX vehicles in (a) surveillance and (b)...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the security situation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will make an estimate of the number of claimants who will not receive the first Cost of Living payment in 2023 following...

    • Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a maximum temperature in which working practices can take place.

      Cost of Living: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to increase the level of mental health support for civil servants who deal with people who are suicidal as result of the rise...

      Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to expand the Restart scheme in the context of the closure of the Job Entry Targeted Support scheme.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2023 to Question 166241 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, for what reasons his Department is...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential basis is for introducing more conditionality for entitlement to benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2023 to Question 159058 on Social Security Benefits, what (a) advice and (b) other support his Department...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department records data on benefit sanctions; and whether that data is held centrally.

      Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is taking steps to help improve access to English for Speakers of Other Languages courses through the Restart scheme.

      Restart Scheme: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether refugees can be placed on the Restart scheme.

      Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons Universal Credit claimants will wait nine months to be considered for Restart.

      Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to extend the length of the Restart Programme for people who have had a long period of unemployment.

      Restart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he plans to measure the success of the Restart Programme; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the programme operates effectively.

      Means-tested Benefits: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of families receiving income-related benefits that used food banks in the last 12 months; and what...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming Support: The Health and Disability White Paper published on 15 March 2023, when the...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members make up the Disability Confident Leaders Group.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to promote greater recognition of the health benefits of work.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Joint Work and Health Unit is taking to support people to start, stay and succeed in work.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has met with the Disability Confident Business Leaders Group in the last...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for the Fund to Stimulate Innovation in Occupational Health competition were received by the closing date of 15 March 2023.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an equality impact assessment was undertaken before the Access to Work annual cap was introduced in 2015.

      Employment: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she will take to help ensure that people with arthritis can stay in work.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking taken to ensure that (a) Support for Mortgage Interest and (b) other support schemes started before the rise in the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with colleagues on improving the personal independence payment assessment process for people with...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the oldest debt was incurred for cases in which Universal Credit was reduced due to historical overpayment of tax credits due to an error...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of how long (a) it takes to complete a Personal Independence Payment application and (b) it will take after the...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress his Department has made with NHS Digital on sharing information between IT systems managed by (a) his Department, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) Personal Independence Payment and (b) Universal Credit decisions were overturned at tribunal when the...

      Employment: Chronic Illnesses and Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming Support: The Health and Disability White Paper, published on 15 March 2023, CP 807,...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the proportion of invoices his Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days in (a)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the benefit cap at incentivising claimants who are the primary carer of...

  • Department for Education

    • Skilled Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Skills Builder Partnership report entitled Essential Skills Tracker 2023, published March 2023, which found that older workers...

    • Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department is providing to sixth-forms to transition from providing BTECs to T-Levels, including with securing industry placements.

      Department for Education: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the proportion of invoices her Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days in the 2021-2022...

      Video Games: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an estimate of the number of Universities that offer video games degree courses in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and d)...

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure pupils affected by staff sickness caused by covid-19 receive the support they need to learn.

      Classroom Assistants: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made for the reasons that teaching assistants are not employed on 52 week contracts.

      Universities: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the increases in the cost of living on university student dropout rates.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress he has made on delivering an agreement with the EU on the Mutual Recognition of Professional...

    • Technology Centre of Expertise: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UK International Technology Strategy published on 22 March 2023, what estimate his...

      Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to The UK’s International Technology Strategy, published on 22 March 2023, CP 810, what...

      Technology Centre of Expertise: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UK International Technology Strategy published on Published 22 March 2023, where the...

      EU Countries: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the EU on making the 90 days within 180 rule for travel to the Schengen area more...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Pakistani Government on protecting (a) human rights, (b) a free press...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Pakistani government on the political situation in that...

      Punjab: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support and safeguard UK nationals in the Punjab state of India.

      Punjab: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when the Government was first made aware that internet in the state of Punjab in India was to be cut off.

      India: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people have had consular assistance in India in each of the last six months; and what proportion of those...

      Punjab: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) political tensions and (b) internet blackouts in the state of...

      Punjab: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will raise allegations of human rights abuses in the Punjab with his Indian counterpart.

      Israel: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, to what territory the 2030 roadmap for UK-Israel bilateral relations, signed on 21 March, applies.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for its policies of illegal settlements and...

      Global Disinformation Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2023 to Question 153719 on Global Disinformation Index, whether that Global...

      Turkey: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in Turkey on trade union freedoms in that country.

      Turkey: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Turkish Government on workers’ rights in Turkey.

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on the upcoming parliamentary elections in that...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2023 to Question 169226 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office:...

      East Africa: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of frontloading funding for the humanitarian...

      Trade Promotion: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK Tech Envoys his Department currently has; and whether his Department plans to take steps to increase...

      East Africa: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle malnutrition in East Africa, in the context of commitments made...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the inclusion of a clause in the proposed free trade agreement between the UK...

    • Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the next round of negotiations on the UK-Israel Free Trade Agreement, what steps she plans to take to help ensure that...

      Owner Occupation: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether the Government has taken recent steps to increase transparency on overseas ownership of UK property.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for International Trade: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many overseas flights were made by Ministers in the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy and...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to support UK companies to make trade agreements with individual US states; and if she will make a statement.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether his Department is taking steps with (a) people with lived experience of (i) Parkinson's and (ii) other disabilities and (b) employers...

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of whether (a) Israeli settlements and (b) other Occupied Palestinian Territories could be...

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the report by the Critical Minerals Association entitled Unlocking security of supply, published in March 2023, whether she...

      Disclosure of Information: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the contribution in Westminster Hall on 23 March by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will provide a timetable for her consultation on the British Industry Supercharger.

      Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill on wages in each of the next five years.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the article Location, location, location: finding sites for nuclear power plants by Professor Adrian Bull,...

    • Energy Supply: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether there are regions of the UK where it is not possible to build new homes due to energy supply constraints.

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the Government will be voting for the Energy Charter Treaty modernisation package negotiated in 2022 at the Ad Hoc Energy...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the UN Secretary General’s call on 20 March for rich...

      Pre-payment: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing funding from the public purse to cover the standing charge for...

      Pre-payment: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the operational costs are for (a) pre-payment energy meters that require (i) card or coin and (ii) remote payment and (b)...

      Radioisotopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what progress his Department has made on developing a domestic supply of medical isotopes as part of the Medical Radionuclide...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Energy Bill Support Scheme provides equal help to each household when...

      Xlinks Morocco-UK Power Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent progress his Department has made on the proposed Xlinks renewable energy interlink with Morocco.

  • Treasury

    • Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a list of (a) public sector pension schemes and (b) other occupational pension schemes which are treated as a...

    • Banks: Rhondda Cynon Taf

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of bank branches that have closed in (a) the Cynon Valley constituency and (b) Rhondday Cynon Taff local...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of proposals to abolish the lifetime allowance cap per worker who is incentivised not to retire early.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2023 to Question 153706, when he plans to re-channel the outstanding balance of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) 500 million...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence: Regulation

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has made an assessment of the adequacy of regulation relating to artificial intelligence technologies; and whether...

    • Broadband: Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to help deliver nationwide gigabit broadband to 85 per cent of all households by 2025.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the proportion of invoices his Department paid to small and medium-sized enterprises within five days in (a) the 2021-2022...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Visits Abroad: Rwanda

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has held discussions with the Home Secretary on the news organisations that attended her 2023 visit to Rwanda.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce the age requirement to obtain a train driving licence to 18.

    • Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy introduce to a mandatory seafarers welfare charter.

      Department for Transport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many public consultations his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) responded to within 12 weeks of their closing since 12 December 2019.

      Department for Transport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many consultations that closed before the 31 December 2020 are awaiting a response from his Department.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full time equivalent staff in his Department are working on the response to the Managing pavement parking consultation.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have sought legal advice on the powers of the Home Office to place unaccompanied migrant children in hotels.

    • Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask His Majesty's Government which countries the 887 refugees who were granted resettlement through the UK Resettlement Scheme in 2022 come from.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of providing the same monthly 'thank you' payments to those hosting people who arrived in the UK through the Ukraine...

      Missing Persons: Ethnic Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to include in the National Crime Agency’s Missing Persons Data Report data on the ethnicity of people who go missing including (1) the...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the termination of the European Social Fund on 31 March, when funding will be made available from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to social economy...

    • Local Government: Audit

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the threshold made under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 below which smaller authorities are exempt from routine...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Nutrition

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the analysis by the Child Poverty Action Group, published in June 2022, which found that there are currently 800,000 children in poverty in England...

    • Children in Care: Ethnic Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to collect and publish data and analysis on the ethnicity of looked-after children who go missing, including their recorded risk factors, such...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review their support for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Children: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Children Act 1989 to remove the legal duty on local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within...

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Abuse: Convictions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what were the conviction rates for prosecutions of domestic violence in each of the last five years, disaggregated by the ethnicity of the victim.

    • Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 14 March (HL6096), what assessment they have made of why there have only been two prosecutions...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many electric vehicle charging points have been installed across the UK in each year since 2010.

    • Electric Scooters: Urban Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether existing legislation relating to the use of e-scooters in urban areas is fit for purpose.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the infrastructure required to meet their goal for all new cars sold from 2030 to be electric vehicles.

      Avanti West Coast

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their justification for the further extension to the contract for Avanti West Coast, given its service record over the last six months.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the transition away from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources through further investment in new technologies.

    • Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of the decline in the size of the North Sea oil sector on the UK economy.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask His Majesty's Government what environmental monitoring will form part of future carbon capture and storage projects beneath the seabed.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including provisions on carbon leakage as part of the Energy Bill.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Countryside: Access

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on their commitment to ensure that everyone in England is 15 minutes' walk from green and blue spaces of their...

    • Rights of Way

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will provide additional funding for local highway authorities to address (1) the backlog of 4,000 applications for historic rights of way,...

      Aquaponics: Expenditure

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much they have spent supporting aquaponics in each year since 2018.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prisoners: Life Expectancy

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of any difference in life expectancy of prisoners to the population a whole; and if so, what is that difference.

    • Equal Pay: Special Educational Needs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the income gap between workers with special educational needs and disabilities and those without.

      Marriage: Churches

      To ask His Majesty's Government, what percentage of religious marriages in England were solemnised in (1) Anglican churches, (2) Reformed Evangelical churches, and (3) Roman Catholic churches, in...

      Marriage

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many marriages took place in England for the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many of those were secular.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Horizon Europe

      To ask His Majesty's Government why Horizon Europe is not part of their Science and Technology Framework, published on 6 March.

    • Horizon Europe: Marine Environment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the marine science community about the future of the UK’s involvement in Horizon Europe.

      Horizon Europe

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect that negotiations will be completed with the EU regarding (1) membership of, and (2) access to, Horizon Europe.

  • Department for Business and Trade

  • Treasury

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether Northern Powerhouse Rail is classified as an England and Wales project for the purposes of Barnett consequential funding; and if so, what aspects of that...

    • Electronic Government

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to make the Government Gateway more accessible for new users.

      Silicon Valley Bank UK

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Penn on 14 March (HL Deb col 1282), what exemptions to the Banking Act 2009 they granted to HSBC as part of its purchase...

      Music Venues: Tax Allowances

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for granting tax relief for grassroots music venues to grant them parity with theatres, orchestras and other cultural...

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they ensure that the correct tax is paid by small high street businesses, such as barbers and nail salons, that only accept cash for their goods and services...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of manufactured goods that are transported from Great Britain for end use in Northern Ireland and are for...

      Banks: Insolvency

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of international banking failures on the UK economy.

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Assembly will be permitted to alter the rate of Corporation Tax applying in Northern Ireland; and if so, what financial...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Homosexuality

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 17 October 2022 (HL Deb col 953), what progress they have made in implementing the provisions in Part 12 of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many people received a fine for not paying their television licence each year from 2010 to 2022; and how many of those in each year were women.

    • Music Venues: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of applying a levy on ticket sales for large music events and at large arenas for investment in grassroots music.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take to measure the effectiveness of (1) NHS England's plan to fund art, music or gardening classes instead of prescribing antidepressants,...

    • Health Services: Pay

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether differentials in salary bands will be maintained between care staff and senior care staff within the Cost of Care model.

      Fluoride: Health Hazards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United States’ National Toxicology Program’s report State of the Science Concerning Fluoride Exposure, dated...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the sale of single use vapes.

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