Written answers

Iau, 7 Rhagfyr 2023

  • Ministry of Defence

    • MOD Boscombe Down: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a Minister in his Department last visited MOD Boscombe Down; and for what purpose.

    • Ministry of Defence: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security passes for his Department have been reported as (a) missing and (b) stolen in the last 12 months.

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the LGBT Veterans Independent Review.

      Shipbuilding: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings the Minister for Defence Procurement has had with the devolved Administrations to discuss the Refresh to the National Shipbuilding...

      Skynet: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of the budget for SKYNET 6 has been spent as of 4 December 2023.

      Shipping: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had recent discussions with the shipbuilding industry on ensuring it has an adequate skilled workforce to meet the policy priorities of...

      Shipbuilding: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take steps to reduce the administrative impact of bidding for Government contracts on the UK shipbuilding...

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans ID Cards have been delivered to UK veterans as part of phase 2 of that scheme as of 4 December 2023.

      Israel: RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2023 to Question 3359 on Israel: RAF Akrotiri, what military actions Allies inform the Government of; and what...

      Shipbuilding: Small Businesses and Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 35 of the paper entitled Refresh to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, published in March 2022, what steps his Department has...

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) veterans and (b) next of kin have (i) applied and (ii) been approved to receive a Nuclear Test Medal.

      Armed Forces: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a breakdown by religion or belief of personnel serving in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to JSP 763, The MOD Harassment Complaints Procedure, and JSP 831, Redress of Individual Grievances: Service Complaints, how many...

      Ministry of Defence: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many dedicated areas are there for multi faith worship across the defence estate.

      Defence: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen the resilience of the defence supply chain.

      Shipbuilding: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has set targets for the export of UK-built ships over the next five years.

      Military Bases: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2023 to Question 3708 on Military Bases: Concrete, how many buildings in which an initial survey for RAAC was...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of childhood obesity levels in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the...

    • Swine Flu: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent the spread of the new swine flu strain in humans.

      Primary Health Care: Transgender People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of moving gender transition-related healthcare into primary care.

      Gender Dysphoria: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce waiting times for specialist gender identity services for children and young people.

      Gender Dysphoria: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce waiting times for gender dysphoria treatment.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the compatibility of different international mental health screening measures with existing procedures...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to measure trends in the level of mental health conditions; and what data she is collecting to (a) assess...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on investigation of the human case of influenza A(H1N2)v.

      Edenfield Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timeframe is for a decision on whether there will be a public inquiry relating to the Edenfield Centre.

      Respiratory Diseases: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of hospital admissions there have been as a result of lung injuries related to e-cigarette or...

      Hepatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) appointing a hepatitis B virus (HBV) elimination programme national...

      Integrated Care Boards: Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of representation of dentists on regional Integrated Care Boards.

      Mental Health Services: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of the £100 million funding from the Start for Life Programme to support (a) perinatal mental health...

      Dental Services: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase access to NHS dental services in (a) Brighton, Kemptown constituency, (b) the City of...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress her Department has made on implementing recommendation (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven in the report by the Advisory...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care during the Westminster...

      Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of how many (a) e-cigarette and (b) tobacco products were sold (i) online and (ii) online to people underage...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support she plans to provide to help retailer workers implement a generational ban on the sale of cigarettes.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of e-cigarette use on the risk of developing an eating disorder.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with the Government of New Zealand on the proposed generational ban on smoking.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of patients with suspected (a) Crohn’s disease and (b) ulcerative colitis...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to tackle shortages in ADHD medications.

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting lists for autism assessments (a) nationally and (b) in County Durham.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) expenditure limit and (b) actual spend was for agency staffing spend for each NHS (i) integrated care system, (ii) trust and...

      Respiratory Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the impact of Acute Respiratory Infection hubs on (a) GP appointments and (b) emergency department...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department is taking steps to help improve collaboration between researchers and healthcare providers to help increase the...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 May 2023 to Question 183644 on Air Pollution: Greater London, whether the estimate for the number of...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help ensure that healthcare professionals undertake training on domestic abuse delivered by specialist...

      Drugs: Misuse and Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the number of hospital admissions for (a) drug related and (b) behavioral mental disorders in the last 12...

      Domestic Abuse: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help ensure specialist support is available to children with mental health needs who are victims of domestic...

      Skin Diseases: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to support patients with inflammatory skin conditions to manage the impact of that condition on their...

      Health Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that NHS providers comply with the Accessible Information Standard.

      Health Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when NHS England plans to publish the revised Accessible Information Standard.

      Mental Health Services: Chipping Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Department's press release Earlier mental health support announced for thousands nationwide, published on 25...

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding her Department has provided for the expansion of autism services in Wandsworth in the last 12 months.

      Joint Replacements: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to tackle backlogs in joint replacement surgery.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the age profile of the NHS midwifery workforce for (a) November 2023 and (b) each November since 2013.

      Dentistry and Doctors: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department is taking steps to enable (a) doctors and (b) dentists from Ukraine to practice in the UK.

      NHS: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has made an assessment of the value for money of the Federated Data Platform contract and (b) the extent to which...

      Orthopaedics: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support her Department provides to people who are waiting for (a) trauma, (b) joint replacement and (c) other orthopaedic treatment...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter from Lord Markham, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, to the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select...

      NHS: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care to the Chair of...

      NHS: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who will own the intellectual property for the Federated Data Platform.

  • Home Office

    • Slavery: Car Washes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits his Department has made to car washes in Sheffield to investigate modern slavery in the last five years.

    • Fraud: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1846 on Fraud: Crime Prevention, if he will publish his Department's planned...

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has held with representatives of retail sector employees on the adequacy of measures to tackle physical assaults...

      Arrests: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who were arrested were not UK nationals in each year since 2007.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has a planned timetable for publishing an updated serious organised crime strategy.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent in (a) non-Commonwealth and (b) non-EU countries on (i) security checks and (ii) other support to recruit...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department's working group on firearms licensing fees last met.

      Fraud: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the section 204(1) of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023, what his planned timetable is for publishing...

      Hizb ut Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to take steps to proscribe Hizb ut Tahrir.

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department takes to ensure that an equivalent test is not available without the use of animals before issuing a licence for...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of food insecurity for his policies on the health and...

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to support (a) humanitarian access into and (b) adequate levels of fuel entering Gaza.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help ensure that humanitarian organisations in Gaza are able to reach people in need in the...

      Morocco: Paradise Golf and Beach Resort

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the Paradise Golf and Beach Resort development in Tangiers.

      Gaza: Disease Control and Health Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he has taken to work with the World Health Organisation to address (a) the rise in disease and (b) other...

      Gaza: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the criteria of Eligible Persons for evacuation from...

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the response of the Ethiopian...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much his Department has spent on external consultancy fees in each of the last ten years.

      Kenya: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the safety of the Ngong Hills area of Kenya for British nationals.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Agency Workers

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much his Department spent on temporary agency staff in each of the past ten years.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Foreign Investment: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the US President’s Executive Order on Addressing...

    • Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State of 30 November 2023, Official Report, column 1043, how the £200 million...

      Batteries: Lithium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to help raise public awareness of the safe purchasing of lithium battery products.

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: European Patent Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will commission an independent assessment into the compatibility of membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for...

      Overseas Investment: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her Department's policy is on investment from UK investors in (a) the production of (i) semiconductors and (ii) microelectronics, (b)...

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, who (a) the Government invited and (b) attended the Global Investment Summit 2023 dinner on 27 November 2023 at Hampton Court Palace.

      Cosmetics: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department is taking steps to help support businesses that export to the US with complying with the enforcement regulations under...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to help improve the transparency of government procurement contracts in the last 12 months.

    • Cabinet Office: Ground Transport

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the contract awarded by his Department to Ground Transport Ltd on 13 November 2020 under contract reference CCYZ20A06, whether the services...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of trainee teachers who are enrolled on initial teacher training programmes are also enrolled on subject knowledge...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers with qualified teacher status have enrolled on subject knowledge enhancement courses in each year since 2018.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of participants on subject knowledge enhancement courses are eligible for bursary funding.

      Pupils: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she takes to monitor the number of schools pupils that are malnourished.

      Schools: Gender Based Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to introduce non-statutory guidance on a whole school approach for preventing violence against women and girls in education settings.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of broadening the eligibility criteria for free school meals.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an estimate of the number of individuals who are not eligible for the extended 30 hours of childcare offer because...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 21 February 2023 to Question 140337 on Schools: Closures, how many additional state-funded schools have (a)...

      Autism: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of support available to young people on the autism assessment waiting list who are sitting exams for...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press notice entitled £8 billion boost to repair roads and back drivers, published on 17 November 2023, what...

    • Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of rail enhancements in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what was the cost to the public purse of rail enhancements in control periods (a) 2014-19, (b) 2009-14 and (c) 2004-2009.

      Railway Industry Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings has he had with the Railway Industry Association in the last 12 months.

      Electric Vehicles: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving powers to the Mayor of London to control the use of e-bikes and e-scooters.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2023 to Question 194996, which UK airports (a) had completed the full installation of Next Generation Security...

      Driving Tests: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving examiners were recruited between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022; and how many of these were still employed by the Driver and...

      M1: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the National Highways Agency will undertake a road safety audit of changes made to the off slip road of the M1 Junction 13.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many stress-related sick day absences were recorded for probation staff in Greater London in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

    • Youth Custody: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the attrition rate was for staff in the youth custody service in each reporting year since 2010.

      Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted under the Hunting Act 2004 in each year since 2010.

      Prison and Probation Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether staff below senior grade in HM Prisons and Probation Service have visited Estonia on official duties in the last 12 months.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times a police cell was used as part of Operation Safeguard in 2023 by (a) region and (b) police force.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the number of hours of unpaid work completed at home as part of community sentences in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners: Transgender People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the HM Prison and Service Offender Equalities Annual Report 2022-23, published on 30 November 2023, how many and what proportion of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Veterinary Medicine: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to help support veterinary practices following the ban on American XL Bully dogs.

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of flood defences.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of swine influenza A viruses in pigs.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with stakeholders on the definition of an XL bully type dog.

      Responsible Dog Ownership Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,what his planned timetable is for publishing the Responsible Dog Ownership Steering Group report.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the ban on American Bully XL dogs.

      Dogs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will create a Dog Licensing Agency.

      Zoonoses: Furs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with counterparts in (a) Finland and (b) other EU countries on collective action to...

      Dangerous Dogs: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the (a) fines and (b) other penalties for dog owners...

      Pigs and Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to pages 6 and 12 of his Department's Action Plan for Animal Welfare, published on 12 May 2021, what his...

      Furs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations his Department has received from the British Fur Trade Association on the proposals on fur sales...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's timescale is for publishing proposed byelaws to restrict bottom trawling in some offshore marine...

      Marine Protected Areas: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will take steps to help protect Marine Protected Areas from bottom trawling.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to encourage consumers to purchase UK-grown produce at Christmas in 2023.

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of the National Cycle Network in providing access to nature.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will set sustainable fishing catch limits that do not exceed those set by the International Council for...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure fishing takes place at sustainable levels.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of how much the Exchequer has received from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme under the surplus sharing...

    • Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to help insulate homes with a low energy efficiency rating in Leeds North East constituency.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the 1 January 2024 Ofgem price cap increase on the number of...

      Energy: Price Caps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the 1 January 2024 Ofgem price cap increase on the number of...

      Energy: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of introducing a social tariff on energy as a result of the Ofgem...

  • Treasury

    • Housing: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of changes in the level of house prices since September 2023.

    • Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of raising the cap on interchange fees.

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the revenue received by the public purse through (a) compliance yield as measured for performance purposes and (b) tax...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 48 of his Department's publication entitled Autumn Statement 2023 Policy Costings, published in November 2023, whether the new staff...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many FTE HM Revenue and Customs staff of what civil service grade worked on which category of tax compliance activity in each of the last five...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) staffing and (b) non-staffing costs of HM Revenue and Customs tax compliance activities were in each of the last five financial years.

      Inheritance Tax: Probate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the average time taken for HMRC to provide an inheritance tax reference number for the start of a probate...

      Business Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the 75% reduction in business rates offered by the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure relief scheme to cover the 2024-25 tax year.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he had made a recent assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of public sector pay review bodies on pay increases for...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking steps to incorporate health inequalities into national development management policies.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will (a) commence section 123 of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 and (b) consult on draft regulations...

      Unadopted Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number of households in (a) the UK and (b) Mid Bedfordshire constituency that are...

      Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department’s proposals for caps on ground rents will apply to all types of properties.

      Energy Performance Certificates: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish his response to Lord Deben’s letter of 2 February 2023 on reform of domestic energy performance...

      Local Government: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of councils at risk of issuing Section 114 notices between 4 December 2023 and the...

      Care workers: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to take steps to provide additional funding to local authorities to cover the cost of increasing the...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Project Gigabit: East Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent progress her Department has made on the Project Gigabit procurement process for work in East Devon constituency.

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2023 to Question 200219 on Animal Experiments, whether her Department has a set a...

      Research: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology when (a) CharcoalBlue in Southwark and (b) other firms will receive the Innovate UK R&D grants and associated tax relief...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to help support the use of human-specific medical research.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent discussions she has had with (a) domestic stakeholder organisations and (b) international partners regarding the...

      Research Bureaucracy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4147 on Research Bureaucracy Review, which recommendations of the...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to page 45 of her Department's publication entitled National Space Strategy, published on 27 September 2021,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Autumn Statement 2023 on levels of poverty among benefit claimants.

    • Pension Credit: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the cost to the public purse of the communications campaign to raise awareness of Pension Credit between April 2022 and October 2023.

      Disability: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish the Disability Action Plan.

      Pupils: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many students took part in the Adjustment Planner pilot.

      Work Capability Assessment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Work Capability Assessment: activities and descriptors, published on 5 September...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports Competitors: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Get Active: a strategy for the future of sport and physical activity, published...

    • Sports: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the allocation of UK Sport funding to (a) deaf athletes and (b) the Deaflympics.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the awayday held for staff in her Department's policy group on 29 November 2023, how many members of staff attended;...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's Gambling white paper, published on 27 April 2023. whether she plans to take steps to help reduce the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has had discussions with the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland on (a) its consultation on inconsiderate pavement...

    • Ulster Bank: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with Natwest on the potential merits of pausing their planned closure of Ulster Bank branches.

  • Wales Office

    • Coal: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, for what reason he did not jointly sign the letter from the First Minister of Wales on the release of location data for Category C and D disused coal...

  • Home Office

    • Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many children and young people were supported by the Independent Child Trafficking Guardian service between January and September; and, of those, how many (1)...

    • Electric Vehicles: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many fines or other penalties have been imposed for breaches of road traffic laws by (1) e-bikes, and (2) e-scooters, in each of the past six months.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage international donors to mobilise further humanitarian funds for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Sudan.

    • Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the UK's response to acute humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan.

      Sudan: Internally Displaced People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of (1) internally displaced people in, and (2) the number of refugees from, Sudan and South Sudan.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask His Majesty's Government by what process the removal of Bahrain from the list of human rights priority countries in the 2022 FCDO Human Rights and Democracy Report, published on 13 July,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, following his mission to Israel,...

      Guatemala: Human Rights

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Guatemala regarding reports of threats against the Indigenous human rights defender Lesbia Artola and...

      South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Fisheries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the harmful impact of commercial fishing in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

      Dams: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote international safety standards for tailings dams following the collapse of the Fundão Dam near Mariana in...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Immigration

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on the housing market of net migration reaching 745,000 in 2022.

    • Plymouth and South Devon Freeport: Small Businesses

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the Plymouth Freeport project contributes to creating a favourable environment for small businesses to access finance...

      Teesworks Joint Venture Independent Review

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the findings of the independent review of the Teesworks Joint Venture, and at whose request and for what reasons publication has been delayed.

  • Treasury

    • Debts: Cuba

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 November (HL158), why they agreed to defer Cuba’s debt repayments in 2021, how...

    • National Insurance Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Insurance Fund is classified as a liability or a contingent liability on their balance sheet.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ofwat: Economic Growth

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they envisage the work of Ofwat will contribute to the revised Growth Duty, which was announced alongside the Autumn Statement.

    • Ofwat: Economic Growth

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they envisage any conflicts arising between the statutory duties of Ofwat and the revised Growth Duty, which was announced alongside the Autumn Statement;...

      Agriculture: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of farmland in mitigating potential flood damage by retaining excess water on fields in times of floods, and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister received a letter from Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, sent on 9 November, in relation to the...

    • Ministers: Pay

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe of 28 November (HL 277), whether they will now answer the question put, namely to list the ministers and...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Scooters: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to strengthen the regulation of e-scooters and e-bikes following the 1,080 collisions and 7 deaths in the 12 months to June.

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