Written answers

Gwener, 1 Rhagfyr 2023

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of single living accommodation facilities do not meet the new minimum standard as of 22 November 2023.

    • Submarines: Dockyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1293 on Submarines: Dockyards, how much his Department has budgeted for the procurement of two...

      Submarines: Dockyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1293 on Submarines: Dockyards, when his Department plans the two submarine floating docks will be...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 November 2023 on Service Family Accommodation and Winter Planning, HCWS28, for which bases his Department...

      Defence Board: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 70 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, what his planned timetable is for the completion of the independent...

      Veterans: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on implementation of Project Cortisone; and when he plans that it will be fully operational.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending post-service transition support services for people medically discharged from the...

      Armed Forces: Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were medically discharged due to a (a) primary or (b) secondary chronic pain condition in the last three years.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and War Pensions: Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications were received under the (a) War Pensions and (b) Armed Forces Compensation scheme for (i) primary and (ii) secondary chronic pain...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to amend the compensation tariffs within the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to include chronic pain as a separate condition.

      Ministry of Defence: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff were employed in Fraud Defence on average in each year from 2019 to 2023 as of 23 November 2023.

      Ministry of Defence: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 79 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, how many people participated in the fraud, bribery and corruption...

      Ministry of Defence: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 79 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts, whether he has amended his Department's (a) working practices and (b) policies...

      Ministry of Defence: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many duplicate expense claims were submitted within his Department in each year form 2019 to 2023 as at 23 November 2023.

      Ministry of Defence: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to retrieve the £149 million lost through fraud in 2020-21.

      Ministry of Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 165 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2022–23, published on 20 July 2023, what steps he is taking to improve...

      Israel: RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the US military is using RAF Akrotiri to send (a) weapons and (b) other military equipment to Israel.

      Armed Forces: STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing accredited STEM education for new armed forces recruits under the age of 18.

      Army Foundation College: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) recruits at the Army Foundation College have been reprimanded under the zero tolerance policy on...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) include and (b) publish data on personnel under the age of 18 in the armed forces' periodic sexual harassment surveys.

      France: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the removal by the French navy of pennant numbers and names from some of...

      Armed Forces: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the effect of spending and investment by his Department and the armed forces on the local economy in Solihull...

      Ministry of Defence: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to support his Department's workforce with the rising cost of living.

      Haythornthwaite Review of Armed Forces Incentivisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the recommendations from the Haythornthwaite Review, published in June 2023, have been (a) accepted and (b) implemented as of 22 November 2023.

      Ministry of Defence: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 33 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, what his planned timetable is for publishing the pan-Defence Skills...

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many learning and development programmes his Department has introduced in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed to his Department's Defence Resilience Team in each from 2019 to 2023 to date.

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear test veterans have received their nuclear test veterans medal.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of delaying implementation of the forthcoming ban on peat until 2030...

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the speech entitled Environment Secretary speech on 25 Year Environment Plan progress, published on 19...

      Environmental Land Management Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) help optimise the (i) combination, (ii) scale and (iii) location of the take up...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to re-introduce environmental protections following the end of cross-compliance in...

      Floods: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has undertaken on the causes of trends in the instances of flooding in cities.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will undertake a review of the Government funding provided to catchment flood management plans.

      Plastics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to fund research into bioplastics.

      River Parrett: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the construction of the River Parrett tidal barrier.

      Water: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bathing waters have been de-designated in each region since 2010.

  • Treasury

  • Cabinet Office

    • Smart Devices: China

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of Chinese-made cellular internet of things modules in (a) government (i) properties and (ii)...

    • Smart Devices: China

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the National Security Council has carried out a national security risk assessment of the potential threat posed by Chinese-made cellular...

      Cabinet Office: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) IT infrastructure in total, (b) legacy IT infrastructure and (c) IT infrastructure that was first purchased in...

      Civil Service: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he is taking steps to reduce the use of external consultants by the civil service.

      Overseas Trade: Pacific Ocean Islands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of trade was between the UK and (a) Vanuatu, (b) Solomon Islands and (c) Tuvalu in the latest period for which data is available.

  • Department for Education

    • Natural History: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made on the implementation of plans for students to be offered a Natural History GCSE by September 2025; and when she...

    • Department for Education: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on external consultancy fees in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Pupils: Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support young people unable to attend school as a result of having long covid.

      Plagiarism: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of generative AI on (a) methods of learning and (b) levels of plagiarism.

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that schools are able to carry out high quality repairs on their buildings.

      Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to (a) promote and (b) improve lifelong learning.

      Higher Education: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle antisemitism in higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with refence to her Department's press release entitled Crackdown on rip-off university degrees, published on 17 July 2023, on which degree courses...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had recent discussions with Ofsted on the steps it takes to collect data on the (a) skills training, (b) further education, (c)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether adult smokers will be required to present an identification document to retailers after the introduction of the generational ban...

    • Mental Health Services: Warwick and Leamington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding per adult was provided for mental health services in Warwick and Leamington constituency in (a) 2019 and (b) 2022.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the (a) availability and (b) supply levels of covid-19 vaccine.

      Suicide Prevention Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she had had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of extending the funding of the Suicide...

      Surrogacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Law Commission's report Building families through surrogacy: a new law,...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase access to mental health services.

      Midazolam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance by NICE entitled Covid-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms including at the end of life in the...

      Diabetes and Obesity: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that second generation GLP-1 weight management medications are being (a) sold and (b)...

      Special Educational Needs: Neurodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on ensure that the evidence submitted to an education, health and...

      Respiratory Diseases: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential implications for her policies of the reported increase in incidence of...

      Mental Health Services: Selby and Ainsty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps she has taken to reduce the waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services in Selby and Ainsty constituency.

      Long Covid: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to improve treatment plans for long covid.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will publish a national vaccination strategy.

      Health Services and Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has made an assessment of the levels of compliance by health and social care providers with the Accessible...

      Mental Health Services: Men

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has taken steps to increase support for young men suffering from mental health conditions in (a) England and (b) Romford...

      Suicide: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has taken steps to increase support for suicide prevention services in (a) England and (b) Romford constituency.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS centres for dental development, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of NHS centres for pharmacy...

      General Practitioners: Bradford East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many FTE GPs at each (a) main practice and (b) branch surgery in Bradford East constituency were (i) fully qualified and (ii) in...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to improve (a) the training of pharmacists on and (b) their access to new drug therapies.

      Primary Health Care: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of primary care funding for Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

      Donors: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the impact of funds dispersed by NHS Blood and Transplant to organisations for the purposes of raising...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart about reports Hamas is using ambulances to travel...

    • Gaza: Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of reports that Hamas are withholding...

      Gaza: Hospitals

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he plans to take diplomatic steps to improve the conditions for civilians within the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of calling for an extension of the humanitarian pause in the...

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on Hamas’s placement of military infrastructure...

      Israel: Tunisia

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his Tunisian counterpart on that country's Parliamentary Committee's approval of a...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will have discussions with international partners on the potential creation of (a) an international monitoring...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with the NGOs working in Gaza on their ability to deliver aid to all parts of Gaza...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on using the armed forces to deliver desalination...

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the potential implications for his policies of claims...

      Middle East: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Middle Eastern counterparts on the threat to regional security and...

      Yemen: Peace and Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for peace and security in the region of the hijacking on 19...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with aid agencies on the potential implications of the onset of winter in Gaza.

      Development Aid: Belt and Road Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many UK Overseas Development Aid projects are involved in supporting the Belt and Road Initiative.

      Wang Yi

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the treatment of Wang Yi in China.

      South Sudan: Poverty

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce poverty in South Sudan.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: South Sudan

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many officials from his Department are stationed in South Sudan.

      Nigeria: Abduction

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of British citizens that have been kidnapped in Nigeria in each of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Abduction

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of British citizens that have been kidnapped in the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the (a) UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what progress her Department has made negotiating a free trade agreement with Israel.

    • Small Businesses: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to support small businesses in rural areas.

      Department for Business and Trade: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which spending programmes their Department devolves for administration to (a) local government in England and (b) other local spending...

      Exports: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support UK businesses to export to Morocco.

      Zero Hours Contracts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many people are on zero hour contracts in (a) St Helens North constituency and (b) the North West.

  • Home Office

    • Hate Crime: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has commissioned on the (a) impact on communities and (b) economic cost of hate crime in the past three years.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Agriculture: Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent estimate he has made of the acreage of farm land used for (a) housing development, (b) commercial development,...

    • Business Premises: Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that commercial premises that are converted to residential use provide an...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the University of Bristol research paper entitled, The...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Lough Neagh: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to move the (a) bed and (b) banks of Lough Neagh into public ownership.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Storms: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused by flooding following (1) Storm Babet, and (2) Storm Ciarán; and what steps they are taking to combat...

    • Furs: EU Law

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with their counterparts in the EU regarding the introduction of legislation to ban (1) fur farming, and (2) fur sales.

      Microplastics: Washing Machines

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to tackle microplastic pollution entering waterways from washing machines.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to (1) the remarks by Lord Murray of Blidworth on 10 May (HL Deb col 1922), and (2) the Supreme Court's decision on the government's Rwanda policy,...

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