Written answers

Mercher, 13 Rhagfyr 2023

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Leigh Port: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the Levelling Up funding awarded for the Leigh Port Regeneration Scheme will be withdrawn.

    • Religious Buildings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of closing places of worship during the covid-19 pandemic...

      Housing: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4484 on Housing: Birmingham, what estimate he has made of the level...

      Private Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle overcrowding offences by private landlords; and if he will make an...

      Sleeping Rough: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that people sleeping rough have access to emergency accommodation.

      Wilko

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what lessons for the protection of high streets his Department has learned from the collapse of Wilko.

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4394 answered 4 December 2023 on Evictions, what data his Department...

      Elections: Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the increased election campaigning spending cap.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for what reason the draft Order giving effect to the new parliamentary constituency boundaries was not submitted to the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to help ensure that elderly motorists have access to affordable car insurance policies.

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many publicly-booked Driver CPC part 3b tests were conducted in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Bishopbriggs Test Centre in each quarter since...

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2023 to Question 1534 on Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions, whether he has made an assessment of the implications...

      Electric Vehicles: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the impact of the reduction of the plug-in motorcycle grant on the (a) commercial viability of the production and (b)...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish the revised business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      Rolling Stock: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2023 to Question 2557 on published on Rolling Stock: Contracts, how long the leasing arrangements are that his...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that rural communities can access DVLA services after the end of the DVLA contract with the Post Office...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's Office spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

    • Migrant Workers: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a breakdown of what employee monthly earnings were in the first full-year of employment for people from (a) each individual EU...

      Ministers: Science and Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2023 to Question 4272 on Ministers: Science and Statistics, whether the eight masterclasses are mandatory; and how...

      Stoll: Housing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of the sale of Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions property and land on the health of veterans.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping, published on 12 October 2023,...

    • Air Pollution: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to publish the annual estimate of the fraction of mortality attributable to particulate air pollution in 2022.

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how soon after the closure of her Department's consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping on 6...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS GP appointments in each region were (a) same-day and (b) virtual in 2023.

      Mental Health Services: Warwickshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to mental health services in Warwickshire in each year since 2010.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 1 June 2023 from the hon. Member for South Shields.

      Gender Dysphoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Consultation report for the interim service specification for specialist gender incongruence services for children...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Adult social care system reform: next steps to put People at the Heart of Care,...

      Abortion: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will review the safeguarding measures in place for the provision of telemedicine abortion services.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make it her policy to increase funding for diagnosis in the dementia strategy.

      Coronavirus: Immunosuppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to provide covid-19 (a) tests and (b) treatment to immunocompromised patients in winter 2023-24.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 3835 on Tobacco: Sales, what discussions she has had with Trading Standards on the...

      Nurses: Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many FTE working days were lost in each nursing band, broken down by reason for absence, in the year to June 2023.

      NHS: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of FTE working days lost due to stress-related absences across the NHS in the year to June 2023.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information the National Homecare Medicines Committee has provided to the (a) Care Quality Commission, (b) General Pharmaceutical...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 28 March 2022 to Question 125391 on Bunzl Healthcare: Protective clothing, how much his Department spent...

      Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to support hospital trusts to adopt AI technologies to assist with (a) interventions for and (b)...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of children’s access to vaccination services.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress she has made on increasing the range of services available in pharmacies across England.

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for an adult autism diagnosis.

      Measles: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce children’s exposure to measles.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the elective recovery taskforce's implementation plan, what steps her Department is taking to ensure equity in access...

      Patients: Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of instances of in-patient sickness owing to food poisoning.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential efficacy of the use of (a) exoskeletons and (b) wearable robotics as a technical aid to...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Lord Markham's keynote speech at London Tech Week 2023 on 12 June 2023, what her Department's planned timetable is for...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the reasons that children are not in school; and to what extent those reasons vary for children with (a)...

    • Department for Education: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department spent on external recruitment consultants in the (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22 and (c) 2022-23 financial year.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department records information on the number of children placed in isolation at school who (a) are (i) neurodivergent and (ii)...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship levy funded service accounts have (a) utilised all of the funds in their account and (b) not utilised all of the funds...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2023 to Question 2118 on Music: education, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) consultations and (b)...

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools with suspected reinforced autoclave aerated concrete (RAAC) are awaiting buildings inspections to confirm the presence of RAAC as of...

      Sports: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that all school-aged girls have access to a range of team sports within the PE curriculum.

      Pupils: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help prevent children taking part in anti-Israel demonstrations during school times.

      Department for Education: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Schools: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle anti-semitism in schools.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of ventilation in schools on (a) illness and (b) attendance levels.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what process her Department has put in place to allow schools to report concerns on temporary classroom provision due to RAAC to her Department.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which companies her Department has contracted to provide temporary classrooms following the publication of the guidance entitled Installing temporary...

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the quality of the (a) resources and (b) temporary classrooms provided by Mitie to schools affected by RAAC.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are in hybrid learning arrangements due to the presence of RAAC in their (a) school and (b) college building as of 5 December 2023.

      Children in Care: Contact Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education during the debate on Children in the Care System: Sibling...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of extending exports to Canada under the Trade Continuity Agreement Cheese Letters beyond 31...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will set out (a) the free trade agreements her Department is currently actively negotiating and (b) the number of FTE officials...

      Consumer Goods: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the Office for Product Safety and Standards' timetable is for publishing the findings from the Product Safety review consultation which...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will take steps to align the UK with EU (a) standards and (b) regulations.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what discussions her Department has had with automotive manufacturers on levels of production of electric vehicles in Europe; and what...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to (a) investigate and (b) regulate (i) crypto-casinos and (ii) other new and emerging forms of gambling.

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of gambling advertising on gambling harm.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to introduce age verification checks for online streams of gambling content.

      BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to formally consult (a) BBC trade union representatives and (b) the wider public on the review of the BBC...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Television: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Lucy Frazer's speech to the Royal Television Society, published on 20...

      Video Games: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the guidance on Loot boxes in video games: update on improvements to industry-led protections, published by her...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to support the development of new defence technologies.

    • Ministry of Defence: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Departmental Resource 2023 statistics published on 30 November 2023, for what reason his Department spent £11...

      Ministry of Defence: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK and (b) overseas trade shows the Minister for Defence Procurement has attended since his appointment.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military housing units are scheduled for (a) renovation and (b) replacement.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of health assessments on recruitment to the armed forces.

      Ministry of Defence: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Arms Trade: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to promote the UK’s defence industry in other countries.

      Defence: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he is taking steps to promote the use of artificial intelligence in the UK’s defence industry.

      Defence: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 14 of the Defence Supply Chain Strategy, published in November 2022, what steps his Department is taking to reduce silos within...

      Ministry of Defence: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) Infrastructure and Projects Authority and (b) Senior Responsible Owner rating was of the New Style of Information Technology Deployed in...

      General Dynamics: Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has met General Dynamics to discuss the Ajax project since his appointment.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time was for military housing units to be treated for (a) mould, (b) heating and (c) external wall insulation problems after...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military housing units were treated for (a) mould, (b) heating and (c) external wall insulation problems in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) transparency and (b) accountability of procurement processes within his Department.

      Ministry of Defence: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) Infrastructure and Projects Authority and (b) Senior Responsible Owner rating was of Project Bramley in (i) 2022 and (ii) 2023.

      Devonport Dockyard: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected whole life costs were for the Submarine Waterfront Infrastructure Future programme in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      China: Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 13 of the Defence Supply Chain Strategy, published in November 2022, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of items of stock in the inventory are categorised as spares as of 5 December 2023.

      National Security: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) Infrastructure and Projects Authority and (b) Senior Responsible Owner rating was of the Joint Crypt Key Programme in (i) 2022 and (ii) 2023.

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) Infrastructure and Projects Authority and ( b) Senior Responsible Owner rating was of the Clyde Infrastructure Programme in (i) 2022 and...

      Ministry of Defence: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Departmental Resource 2023 statistics published on 30 November 2023, for what reason his Department spent £13...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Q32 of the oral evidence to the Public Accounts Committee of 13 November 2023, HC 66, what the monetary value is of stock marked E0 on...

      Defence Equipment: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much stock on the CRISP inventory management system is currently marked as (a) A1 and (b) E0.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Q4 of the oral evidence given by Vice Admiral Andy Kyte to the Committee of Public Accounts on 13 November 2023, HC 66, what the key...

      Defence: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to help ensure that SMEs in the defence supply chain are paid on time.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time between the (a) date that armed services personnel are informed by a medical board that they are...

      Palestinians: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December to Question 3979 on Israel: Disclosure of Information, whether information not related to hostage rescue will be...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1789 on Afghanistan: Refugees, what the longest outstanding Afghan Relocations and Assistance...

      Ministry of Defence: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many advertised vacancies in his Department have not been filled in each year since 2019.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on delivering the Armed Forces Recruitment Programme.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) Infrastructure and Projects Authority and ( b) Senior Responsible Owner rating was of the Armed Forces Recruiting Programme in (i) 2022 and...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Peru: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Peruvian counterpart on protections for (a) indigenous, (b) land, (c)...

    • Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what (a) diplomatic, (b) operational and (c) other steps his Department is taking to help secure the release of British...

      Occupied Territories: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the statement by the United Nations...

      Guyana: Venezuela

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2023 to Question 2552 on Guyana: Venezuela, what recent discussions he has held...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the statement by Medical Aid for...

      Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) British, (b) British born and (c) British dual nationals who...

      Peru: Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will take steps to help support (a) the claim of the Kichwa people for the return of indigenous lands and (b)...

      Algeria: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to UN Security Council resolution 2703, adopted on 30 October 2023, whether his Department plans to take...

      Western Sahara: Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Morocco’s position on finding a lasting...

      Hamas: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) British, (b) British born and (c) dual nationals who were...

      Israel and Occupied Territories: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2023 to Question 2956 on Israel and Occupied Territories: Weapons, how many...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help deliver the Government's commitment in the Glasgow Climate Pact to double adaptation...

      Rwanda: Asylum

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential use of the Official...

      Hong Kong: International Economic Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what his Department's policy is on whether Hong Kong should be represented at international economic organisations in...

      Nigeria: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies in support of security in Nigeria of the...

      Zambia: Debts

      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 Zambia's debt situation.

      Sri Lanka: Water Supply

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in Sri Lanka on water quality in the north of that country.

      Argentina: Lithium

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Argentinian counterpart on lithium supply to the UK.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Abuse: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the Sentencing Council's overarching guideline on domestic abuse.

    • Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of hours spent out of their cell by inmates on (a) weekdays and (b) weekend days was in each young offender institution in...

      Secure Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales, published in December 2016, what progress his Department has...

      Young Offender Institutions: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the number of family visits received by children in the secure estate.

      Wandsworth Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his planned timetable is for the completion of the new medical centre at HMP Wandsworth.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of young people held in the secure estate are on remand as of 5 December 2023.

      Wetherby Young Offender Institution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many girls have been placed at the Wetherby and Keppel Young Offender Institution in the last 12 months.

      Young Offender Institutions: Isolation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people were held in segregation for more than seven days in each of the young offender institutions in England and Wales during the last year.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish the responses to her Department's consultation on banning conversion therapy.

    • Disability: Transport

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government is taking steps to help mitigate the potential impact of its policies on encouraging a modal shift in transport choices on...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the use of immigration detention for vulnerable women.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to support disabled people in the workplace.

      Pensions: Gender

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on reducing the gender pension gap.

      Equality: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has undertaken an equality impact assessment of the Autumn Statement 2023.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Simpler Recycling policy takes into account the expectations of...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will extend the neutering deadline for exempted XL bully dogs that are under seven months on 31st January 2024 to 30...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to publish additional statutory guidance for local authorities on the sorting of materials...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact on recycling rates of mandating the sorting of co-mingled...

      Water Charges: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of older people who (a) are eligible for and (b) receive a social...

      Railways: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential impact of railway...

  • Treasury

    • Personal Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with major banks on interest rates on savings accounts compared to other financial institutions.

    • Banks: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has provided guidance to UK banks on their ability to provide services to overseas territories.

      Treasury: Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employment tribunals were brought by employees of their Department in the last 12 months.

      Credit: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of increases in the number of adults using buy now pay later products on levels of unmanageable debt.

      Pensions: Gibraltar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to permit protected cell companies to insure defined benefit pension plans in the United Kingdom to...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his (a) letter to the Governor of the Bank of England on the remit and responsibilities of the Financial Policy Committee, dated 22...

      Cash Dispensing: Portsmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to maintain the provision of free-to-use ATMs in Portsmouth South constituency.

      Capital Gains Tax: Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the tax on (a) capital gains and (b) dividends to the same rate as income tax.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earn an annual salary less than £38,700 in each English constituency.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of removing VAT on all school uniform items.

      Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of private members clubs.

  • Attorney General

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's news story entitled Home Secretary unveils plan to cut net migration, published on 4 December 2023, what...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many flights his Department (a) has chartered and (b) plans to charter to transport Afghan refugees from Pakistan since October for (i)...

      Bicycles and Electric Scooters: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent fires caused by (a) e-bikes, (b) conversion kits and (c) e-scooters.

      Home Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Social Media: Israel and Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are being investigated for social media posts supporting (a) Palestine and (b) Israel.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Oral Statement of 4 December 2023, official report, column 41, what his timescale is for issuing guidance on changes...

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police officers in rural areas have access to training on tackling rural crime.

      British National (Overseas): Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will provide a formalised commitment to apply for British citizenship on behalf of Hong Kongers on the British National...

      Visas: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for an appointment at a UK Visa Application Centre in China.

      Text Messaging: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle SMS text scams.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Families: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of families receive (a) any state support, (b) tax credits, (c) an income-related benefit and (d) an non-income...

    • Disability: Benefits Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government's response to the Work Capability Assessment: activities and descriptors consultation, what estimate he has...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he is taking steps to monitor the adequacy of claimant reviews conducted by work coaches in relation to the Back to Work plan.

      Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential barriers to work faced by people who are (a) affected by the two-child limit and (b)...

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in households (a) in receipt of Universal Credit and (b) subject to deductions in each parliamentary...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what metrics his Department assesses the effectiveness of the two-child limit in meeting its policy objectives.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether staff in his Department are provided training on trauma (a) awareness and (b) prevention procedures.

      Child Maintenance Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take steps to reduce the waiting times for responses from the Child Maintenance Service.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Climate Change Convention: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many members of His Majesty's Government (a) have attended and (b) plan to attend COP28 as of 5 December 2023.

    • Carbon Emissions: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Climate Change Committee’s publication entitled CCC assessment of recent announcements and developments...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Climate Change Committee’s publication entitled CCC assessment of recent announcements and developments...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much their Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has targets for large-scale long-duration electricity storage deployment by (a) 2030 and (b) 2050.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Transport

    • Driverless Vehicles

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other countries regarding the development of automated vehicles, including in relation to developing common standards for such...

    • Driverless Vehicles

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the devolved administrations regarding automated vehicles.

      Aviation: Engines

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to investigate, in conjunction with aviation regulators, allegations by Ryanair that a UK-registered company had marketed thousands of engine...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to their policy that by 2030 at least 10 per cent of jet fuel used for commercial flights by UK airlines should be sustainable aviation fuel, what...

      Cars: Sales

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impacts on consumer and investor confidence of the delay to the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support available to victims of Northern Ireland-related acts of terrorism in mainland Great Britain.

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase access to (1) drug testing, and (2) overdose prevention centres, to reduce drug related deaths.

      Delivery Services: Children and Undocumented Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Offord of Garvel on 28 November (HL427), whether they have assessed how many (1) underage children, and (2)...

      Legislation: Reviews

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans the Home Office has to undertake post-legislative review of (1) the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, (2) the Crime (Overseas...

      Press Freedom

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the circumstances in which journalists may lawfully be prevented from attending peaceful public events by (1) the police, and (2)...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current levels of police recruitment in England and Wales.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the recent change in their policy regarding the cap on the number of Afghans eligible to come to the UK under Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, what...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Illness: Gambling

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about processes for supporting patients presenting at GP surgeries with mental health issues related to potential gambling habits.

    • Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve early diagnosis and support for individuals with autism, particularly in educational and healthcare settings.

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Autism

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they expect that the number of people with autism detained in mental health hospitals will have reduced by 50 per cent by March 2024.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the potential of (1) a new national clinical director, and (2) new targets, to improve gastroenterology services.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance by NHS commissioning bodies with the NICE technology appraisal in respect of biologic therapies for patients with...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to ensure that there is parity between care provided by gastroenterology services and other disease areas on (1) diagnosis, (2)...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they measure the adequacy and efficacy of data collection on waiting times for gastroenterology services.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the possibility and potential of implementing routine assessments into the prevalence and geographic and socioeconomic...

      Osteoporosis: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to prioritise early detection of osteoporosis in older adults, especially women, and to enhance the timely diagnosis and treatment of...

      Fractures: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Evans of Rainow on 14 September (HL Debate, col 241GC), why the “package of prioritised measures to expand the provision of...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Retail Trade: Inflation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support retailers in continuing the downward path of inflation.

    • Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and the automotive industry to integrate artificial intelligence into mainstream...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what tangible outcomes have resulted from the Northern Ireland Investment Summit in Belfast on 12–13 September.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deals with key international partners and the economic benefits that are expected to flow...

      Living Wage

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage employers to pay their employees a real living wage in light of the finding in the report, UK Poverty 2023, published by the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of Afghans eligible to come to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy who are currently (1) still in...

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role played by the Afghan Territorial Force (ATF) 444 in supporting UK Forces, and whether ATF personnel should be eligible...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many Afghans and their families have come to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy in the last two months, and how many they expect to...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of mental health services available for Armed Forces across the UK; and whether they plan to make further changes.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to those eligible to come to the UK under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy who...

    • Greece: Turkey

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for recognising the actions by the Young Turk and Kemalist regimes against Pontic Greeks between 1914 and 1923 as a genocide.

      Intelligence Services: National Security

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of UK intelligence services' overseas operations in addressing security threats to the UK; and what steps...

      Pakistan: Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what specific mechanisms are in place within UK Aid Direct to ensure that UK aid is distributed in an equitable manner to organisations that offer aid to minority...

      Refugees: Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mobilise funding to support the education of refugees in low and middle income host countries.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Cabinet Office

    • Caledonian Modular

      To ask His Majesty's Government which Government-funded construction projects had been awarded to Caledonian Modular prior to its collapse in March, including, for each project, the awarding...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Transgender People

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Barran on 1 August and 26 October (HL9074 and HL10579), what is the latest date by which they will publish...

    • Family Hubs: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many of the 75 local authorities eligible for the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme received part of the £50 million allocated for parenting...

      Pupils: Protest

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ofsted about schools allowing pupils to be absent to attend protest marches, what assessments Ofsted and schools should make of...

      Family Hubs: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many of the 75 local authorities eligible for the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme received part of the £81.75 million allocated for creating...

      Teaching Regulation Agency

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 26 October (HL10580), who sits on the senior leadership team and executive board of the...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in determining whether suicide and self-harm prevention will be included in their guidance on relationships, sex and health education...

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of the National Tutoring Programme; and what plans they have for that programme after August 2024.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Broadband: Social Tariffs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase their promotion of social tariffs in areas of deprivation in the light of the finding that many older people are unaware of social...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask His Majesty's Government why autism is defined as a disability in some application forms for help from the Access to Work scheme and not in other cases.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legislation: Reviews

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans the Ministry of Justice has to undertake post-legislative review of (1) the Civil Liability Act 2018, (2) the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and...

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on access to third-party litigation funding of the Supreme Court’s judgment in R (on the application of PACCAR...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Russia: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) sanction, and (2) ban, the use of Russian nuclear fuel products, including mined uranium, uranium conversion, uranium enrichment,...

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