Written answers

Mawrth, 19 Rhagfyr 2023

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Environment: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish their response to the UK Marine Strategy Part Three: Programme of Measures...

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of woodland cover is by council ward.

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussion she has had with the Office of Environmental Protection on (a) air quality and (b) its health impacts.

      Office for Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2023 to Question 3178, for what reason he has not been able to provide a date for when...

      Blue Planet Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of programmes supported through the Blue Planet Fund were already in operation before the Fund...

      Darwin Initiative: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the organisations that received (a) Darwin and (b) Darwin Extra funding and are also represented on the...

      Darwin Initiative: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the applicants for the current round of Darwin Extra funding which are also represented on the Darwin expert...

      Soil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the debate that took place in the House of Lords on 8 September 2021 on the Environment Bill, column 867HL...

      Hornets: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the resources available to beekeepers to tackle the...

      Sandeels: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to close English waters to industrial sand eel fishing before the start of the 2024 fishing season.

      Recycling: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department intends to bring forward legislative proposals to abolish charges for DIY construction waste at...

      Agriculture: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will take steps to implement a comprehensive agricultural water management strategy.

      Agriculture: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support is available to farmers who have just lost their harvests due to flooding since 1 January 2023.

      Agriculture: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department has provided to mitigate flooding on agricultural land in each year since 2018.

      Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of battery recycling capacity; and if he will take steps to help increase the...

      Beverage Containers: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of non-recyclable disposable coffee cups being disposed of in...

      Floods: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of trends in the frequency of flooding in...

      River Severn: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with United Utilities on the level of sewage released into the River Severn.

      Flood Control: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress he has made on long-term strategic maintenance plans for flood defences in Lincolnshire.

      Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to e-petition 639320 entitled Find time to take the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill through the House...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has created a final programme-wide business case for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), the...

      Algae: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps with relevant authorities to help tackle the prevalence of toxic algae that is harmful to dogs in...

      Water Supply: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds data on pilot schemes that have reduced water usage to 85 litres per person per day.

      Beverage Containers: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 12 of his Department's Environmental Improvement Plan 2023, what progress his Department has made on...

      Supermarkets: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with representatives of supermarkets on introducing Buy British sections.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made a comparative assessment of the level of fly-tipping in (a) England and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the burdens funding announced in his Department's consultation outcome on consistency in household and...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has (a) carried out a recent review of the allocation of Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding which...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inland bathing water site applications were received in 2022; and how many and what proportion of those...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to work with supermarkets to help reduce food waste.

      Floods: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to provide additional support to local authorities in areas that experience frequent flooding.

      Storms: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the flooding that followed Storm Babet.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help improve resilience co-ordination across agencies when flooding occurs.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote awareness of the flood alerts scheme.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on access to the Flood:RE...

      Animal Feed and Food: Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential risk of diseases spreading to wild (a) insects and (b) other...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to help reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance in humans...

      Rural Payments Agency: Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) England have outstanding field boundary correction cases with...

      Domestic Waste and Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much waste was collected in (a) household waste and (b) recycling centres in (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2020-21, (iii) 2021-22...

      Bluetongue Virus: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress his Department has made on (a) its investigation into and (b) the management of the cases of bluetongue...

      Cattle and Meat: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the environmental impact of (a) meat and (b) dairy cows.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the publication entitled Levelling Up: campaign toolkit phase one, published on 12 December 2023,...

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help support leaseholders affected by dangerous cladding.

      Freeports and Investment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2023 to Question 1461 on Enterprise Zones, when he expects to receive the results of...

      Elections: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of enforcement of electoral finance laws.

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of social housing stock to meet the standards set out in the Social Housing...

      Levelling Up Fund: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department’s guidance entitled Levelling Up Fund Round 3: explanatory and methodology note on...

      Social Rented Housing: Mould

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2023 to Question 203012 on Social Rented Housing: Mould, what recent assessment...

      Teesworks Joint Venture Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to publish the Independent Review of the Teesworks Joint Venture.

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Social...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to consult people who shielded during the covid-19 pandemic on the preparation of pandemic preparedness plans.

    • Neurology: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2023 to Question 5708 on Neurology: Greater Manchester, what the average wait time for a neurology...

      NHS: Medical Treatments Abroad and Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of patients and (b) the cost to the NHS of (i) follow-up and (ii) corrective treatment for...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting times for NHS treatment in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c)...

      General Practitioners and Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department plans to remove certain targets for (a) hospitals and (b) general practices.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help reduce the time taken for clinically-proven drugs to be considered for use on the NHS once...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to improve survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer.

      Community Diagnostic Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her Department's plan is to ensure sufficient workforce capacity for the community diagnostic centre programme.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Monthly Diagnostic Data published by NHS England includes data on (a) pathology and (b) phlebotomy.

      Viral Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people have (a) been referred for and (b) received antiviral treatments as of 12 December 2023.

      Health Services: Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average time taken for eligible applicants to receive an immigration healthcare surcharge refund was in each of the past six months.

      Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with (a) the Home Office and (b) relevant stakeholders on the supply of Zapain.

      Hospitals: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the Mott MacDonald report commissioned by his Department on RAAC.

      Skin Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help reduce the time taken for patients with inflammatory skin conditions to access (a) specialist...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to (a) increase awareness of the (i) signs and (ii) risks of prostate cancer amongst at-risk groups and (b)...

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press notice entitled Biggest prostate cancer screening trial in decades to start in UK published on 19 November...

      Dermatitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will have discussions with NICE on developing (a) national guidelines and (b) quality standards for the management of severe...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make it her policy to double (a) MRI and (b) CT scanning capacity; and if she will make an estimate of the (i) revenue and...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 4438 on Healthy Start Scheme: Expenditure, whether Healthy Start costs have now...

      Skin Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England is taking to increase access to NICE-approved treatments for patients with inflammatory skin conditions.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions her Department has had with relevant stakeholders on the proposed generational ban on tobacco products.

      Carbamazepine: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with relevant stakeholders on tackling shortages of Tegretol 100mg tablets.

      Loneliness and Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to require healthcare professionals to (a) assess the potential (i) loneliness and (ii) social isolation when...

      Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the economic impact of social prescribing.

      Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Major conditions strategy: case for change and our strategic framework published...

      Prostate Cancer: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help tackle inequalities in prostate cancer outcomes.

      Dental Health: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an estimate of the proportion of low-income families that attend yearly dental check-ups in Birmingham.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people on waiting lists for GP appointments in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the...

      Dental Services: Weaver Vale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she plans to take to increase the number of NHS dentists in Weaver Vale constituency.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of mobile dental check-up vehicles on children's oral health.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help reduce the number of young people who are vaping.

      NHS: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an NHS long term service medal.

      Elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2023 to Question 3472 on Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs, when she expects the National Institute for Health...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure the security of DNA data held by (a) the NHS Genomic Medicine Service and (b) private providers of NHS...

      Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of regulating NHS (a) physician and (b) anaesthesia associates through...

      Physician Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make it her policy to require physician associates working in the NHS to state their job title during telephone and in-person...

      Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to integrate (a) physician associates and (b) anaesthesia associates into the NHS workforce.

      Breast Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help improve the treatment of Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer.

      Health Services: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to protect (a) Bupa, (b) HCA Healthcare and (c) other major private healthcare providers from (i) BGI Group...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of establishing a college of clinical leadership to train NHS managers in...

      Vaccination: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has recently taken steps to (a) expand and (b) strengthen research into the treatment of people negatively...

      Audiology: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England's publication entitled 2023/24 priorities and operational planning guidance, what estimate her Department...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take steps to increase the levels of English language proficiency required to provide social care services.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there have been any power cuts on their Department's property in each of the last three years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what types of (a) vehicles, (b) tanks, and (c) aircraft have been disposed of via (i) sale, (ii) donation, (iii) auction and (iv) scrapping since 24...

    • Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to donate further Minefield Breaching Systems to Ukraine.

      Iraq and Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) flying hours and (b) air strikes have been conducted by UK armed forces against Daesh in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria in each of the last 12 months.

      Iraq and Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Global Coalition Against Daesh in reducing the threat from terrorists in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria.

      Ukraine: Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger tanks have been donated to Ukraine since 24 February 2022.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) diplomatic and (b) military contribution the UK is making to the Global Coalition Against Daesh.

      Defence: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1812 on Defence: Employment, what steps he plans to take to help (a) upskill and (b) reskill...

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when did his Department last conduct a review into its bullying, discrimination and harassment policy.

      Typhoon Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon Tranche 1's have been (a) retired from service and (b) donated to Ukraine since February 2022; and what his Department's policy is for...

      Typhoon Aircraft: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to dispose of any Typhoon Tranche 1 planes before 31 March 2025.

      Defence: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support defence jobs.

      Global Combat Air Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on the Global Combat Air Programme.

      Royal Military Academy: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether entry requirements for officer direct entry at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst have changed in the last two years.

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings (a) has he, (b) have Ministers in his Department and (c) have senior civil servants had with Prospect trade union to discuss (i)...

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints of (a) bullying, (b) discrimination and (c) harassment have been upheld in his Department in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2021, (iv)...

      Defence: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2023 to Question 1453 on Army: Artificial Intelligence, what steps he has taken to govern the use of AI in defence.

      Army: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1043, what lessons from similar ventures in the other Services the programme team are building on.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2023 to Question 4337, how many of the 9,121 unoccupied service family accommodation properties have been graded...

      Army: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1043, when he plans to (a) complete and (b) publish the outcome of the Land Industrial Operating...

      Army: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1042, what criteria industry partners need to meet in order to be invited to those briefing meetings.

      Army: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1040 on Army: Procurement, what specific social and industrial value outcomes are to be included...

      Chinook Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the first new Chinook CH47 to be delivered.

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace Puma helicopters.

      Ministry of Defence: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there have been any power cuts on their Department's property in each of the last three years.

      Defence: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support innovative defence technology.

      Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any (a) Chieftain and (b) Challenger 1 tanks remain in storage.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what types of FV107 Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles (a) went out of service and (b) remain in service since November 2022; how many out of...

      Ukraine: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what type of (a) aircraft and (b) helicopters (i) have been and (ii) are scheduled to be donated to Ukraine.

      Army: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1040 on Army: Procurement, how often does his Department plan to (a) review and (b) refine the...

      Ministry of Defence: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2023 to Question 1447 on Ministry of Defence: Artificial Intelligence, what criteria are used to select which AI...

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Minefield Breaching System’s have been donated to Ukraine since February 2022.

      Defence Equipment: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) minefield breaching systems and (b) Trojan armoured engineer vehicles remain in use by the army; and whether he has plans to (i) retire and...

      Ukraine: Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Chinooks have been donated to Ukraine since February 2022.

      Chinook Helicopters: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Chinooks (a) have been and (b) are scheduled to be retired since February 2022; and what his Department's policy is on disposing these helicopters.

      Ukraine: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many FV107 Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles have been donated to Ukraine since February 2022.

      Ukraine: Warrior Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Warrior vehicles have been donated to Ukraine since February 2022.

      Warrior Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many warrior armoured fighting vehicles are (a) in service, (b) set to be retired and (c) declared for disposal since November 2022.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the size of the Challenger 2 tank fleet; whether it remains his policy that 148 existing Challenge 2 tanks will be upgraded to the Challenger 3...

      United Arab Emirates: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the UAE on arms shipments to Darfur.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Mauritius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the proposed transfer of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius.

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1812 on Defence: Employment, what steps he takes to ensure that his Department’s skills...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants have been awaiting an initial eligibility decision for more than (a) six months, (b) 12...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications are awaiting an initial eligibility decision from his Department as of 11 December 2023.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) RAF and (b) UK Government funded commercial flights have taken off from Pakistan each month carrying eligible Afghan nationals under the...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last (a) division level manoeuvre exercise in the field was that was not a close air support exercise and (b) brigade level manoeuvre exercise...

      Ministry of Defence: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on videographers in each of the last two years.

      Firearms: Lost Property and Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's (a) handguns, (b) rifles and (c) automatic weapons have been (i) lost and (ii) stolen in (A) the UK and (B) operations...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 23 October 2023 to Question 202061 on Army: Training, what the cost to the public purse is of (a) Phase 1 (basic) and...

  • Home Office

    • Bibby Stockholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Maritime Coastguard Agency has made an assessment of the (a) accommodation standards and (b) staff accreditation on the Bibby...

    • Refugees: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of homelessness for new refugees; and whether he has made an assessment of the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of introducing a humanitarian travel visa on the level of small boat crossings.

      Fraud: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had recent discussions with relevant stakeholders on the case criteria implemented by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau...

      Terrorism: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Europe on the shared security threat posed by Hamas and other proscribed terrorist...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to refuse multiple asylum applications when the initial application has been refused.

      Israel Defense Forces: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he considers British nationals fighting for the Israel Defence Force to be a risk to national security.

      Animal Experiments: Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2023 to Question 2844 on Animal Experiments: Cosmetics, whether animal testing of chemicals used...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's budget for non-police led aspects of Prevent was in (a) 2019/20, (b) 2020/21, (c) 2012/22 and (d) 2022/23.

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what evidential basis he has proposed a minimum income threshold of £38,700 for family and spousal visas.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on delivery of Prevent by local authorities in (a) 2019/20, (b) 2020/21, (c) 2012/22 and (d) 2022/23.

      Animal Experiments: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of how many dogs were experimented on in Great Britain in each year since 2010.

      Home Office: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to transactions (a) 126-DG - Delivery-500 and (b) 127-DG - Delivery-65121 in Home Office procurement card spend over...

      Quad Bikes: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stolen quadbikes have been recovered due to forensic marking.

      Embassies: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is taking steps to help protect people from Hong Kong who want to protest near the Chinese (a) Embassy and (b)...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been granted permission to work since 2019.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to require that all asylum seekers must have a personal interview as part of the application process.

      Biometric Residence Permits: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average length of time taken for a production request for a Biometric Residence Permit to be made after a decision to grant...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Oral Statement from the Minister for Veteran Affairs of 13 December 2023 on Afghan Resettlement Update, Official...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of (a) principals and (b) dependents have been relocated under Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme pathway (i)...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of foreign national offender inductions to immigration prison teams were made within 10 days in each year since...

      Undocumented Migrants: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time to receive a response to an application to the voluntary return scheme is.

      UK Border Force: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget for Small Boats Operational Command is for 2023-24.

      Asylum: Deportation and Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 6 December 2023 on Signing of the Rwanda Treaty [HCWS101], what his timescale is for beginning...

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people participated in the free e-learning course created by his Department's FGM team in the last 12 months.

      Disclosure and Barring Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to improve the performance of the Disclosure and Barring Service.

      Hate Crime: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2023 to Question 3174 on Hate crime: research, what the cost was of the external research commissioned...

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the prevalence of arranged marriages in the UK.

      Human Trafficking: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) women and (b) girls from Eastern Europe who were trafficked to the UK and subsequently (i)...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will issue guidance to the police on (a) identifying and (b) tackling anti-Semitic hate crime; and what steps her Department is...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's publication entitled BEIS ministerial...

    • BGI Group and MGI Tech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, during...

      Telecare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what guidance she has issued with the Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing and Communities to local authorities on...

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent progress her Department has made on strengthening the life sciences sector.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to improve rural connectivity.

      Project Gigabit: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to (a) make older people aware of Gigabit vouchers and (b) enable older people to access Gigabit...

      Telecommunications Cables: Copper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to launch a nation-wide public awareness campaign on the withdrawal of copper wire...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's timescale is for replacing (a) school buildings and (b) sports facilities affected by RAAC; and what criteria her Department...

    • Schools: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure school children are provided with age-appropriate (a) discussions and (b) materials on gender self-identification.

      Childminding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of childminders that provide access to free childcare in (a) Suffolk Coastal constituency, (b)...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the press release by Pause entitled Pause responds to Government’s plans for children’s social care, published on 11 May...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on implementing the recommendations in the report of the...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make a comparative assessment of the number of Ofsted deep dives by core subject; and if she will take steps to increase the number of...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how often does her Department plan to inspect the condition of the schools estate.

      All Saints Roman Catholic School York: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to help build a new school for All Saints Catholic School.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the need to retrofit school buildings containing RAAC.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has for further school building projects this Parliament.

      Apprentices: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of 16-19 year-olds (a) starting and (b) achieving apprenticeships in the last academic year were (i) male and (ii) female.

      Out-of-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that students not in school are able to access a full education.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many businesses the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education met in each of the last 12 months.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to instruct Ofqual to give special consideration for students whose schools have been affected by RAAC.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on reports of Israel’s use of artificial intelligence...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 68798 on Yemen: Military Intervention, how many incidents of...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of aid lorries that have been able to enter into Gaza since 7...

      Hamas: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that allegations of sexual violence perpetrated by Hamas are...

      Cyprus: Land Mines

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the cooperation proposal by the President of the Turkish...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many (a) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme eligible Afghan...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to use official engagement with the Taliban to engage with the Afghan people.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential risk to Afghan refugees who are deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

      Development Aid: Minority Groups

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what systems his Department uses to (a) monitor and (b) evaluate (i) the potential impact of the Government’s...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Women

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent steps he has taken to support women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Somalia and Somaliland

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what his policy is on the relationship between Somalia and Somaliland; and what account that policy takes of the...

      Somaliland: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to monitor the number of UK citizens travelling to Somaliland for the purpose of fighting in...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many Overseas Territories the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Americas, Caribbean and the Overseas...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Harrow West of 1 December 2023 on the AlShaikh...

      British Overseas Territories: Penguins

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help preserve penguin populations in the Overseas Territories.

      South America: Women

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent steps he has taken to support women and girls in South America.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Mauritius

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the proposed transfer of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department holds on the average actual clearance times for personal independence payment special rules for end of life claims in...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department holds on the average actual clearance times for (a) personal independence payment (PIP) normal rules new claims and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in the Limited Capability for Work-Related Activity group have flowed off in each year since 2015.

      Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support the long-term unemployed into work.

      Jobcentres: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2023 to Question 1120 on Jobcentres: Training, when the modules were last updated.

      Jobcentres: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2023 to Question 1120 on Jobcentres: Training, how frequently the learning materials are updated.

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2023 to Question 2865 on Jobcentres: Staff, which job centres were part of the Additional Jobcentre...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of complaints received by (a) Capita and (b) other external assessors for Personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the backlog in (a) Personal Independence Payment new claims and (b) Personal Independence...

      Unemployment: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4331 on Unemployment: Chronic Illnesses, what assessment he has made of the impact of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the quality of the (a) customer service and (b) assessments provided by (i) Capita and (ii)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff his Department employs to determine the outcome of PIP claims as of 8 November 2023.

      Universal Credit: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is (a) a minimum, (b) a maximum and (c) an optimal number of universal credit cases overseen by each case manager.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce youth unemployment in Hornsey and Wood Green consitutency.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the 27.5 week timescale for completing change in circumstance requests for child...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of levels of youth unemployment in Hornsey & Wood Green constituency in each of the last 5 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5084 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, if his Department will start...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to allow (a) applicants and (b) appointees acting on behalf of an applicant to (i) request and (ii) receive an...

      Disability: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, Employment boost for thousands of parents on Universal Credit, published on 25...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to allow (a) applicants and (b) appointees acting on behalf of an applicant for the personal independence payment to (i)...

      Carers: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional financial support to unpaid carers.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set a requirement for (a) his Department's assessors and (b) external assessment providers for personal independence payments to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to allow (a) applicants and (b) appointees acting on behalf of an applicant can request that his Department consider...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to require (a) his Department's assessors and (b) external assessment providers for personal independence payment...

      Disability and Chronic Illnesses: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people who are economically inactive due to long-term sickness and disability into work.

      Unemployed People: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department's programme with TalkTalk to provide free broadband for six months to unemployed...

      Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish a further equalities impact assessment for the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill relating to third party data...

      State Retirement Pensions: Underpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing full compensation to people affected by underpayment errors in state...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help support disabled employees in his Department.

      State Retirement Pensions: Underpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been affected by underpayment errors in state pensions in each of the last 10 years.

      Pensions: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether clause 128 and schedule 11 of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill would apply (a) only to recipients of Pension Credit...

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to reduce the state pension age to 63 for people with long-term disabilities.

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the wellbeing of Jobcentre staff.

      State Retirement Pensions: Underpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on rectifying errors in state pensions.

      Social Security Benefits: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of cases were categorised as in debt (a) in 2018, (b) in 2022 and (c) now.

      NHS: Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the incidence of cancer in NHS staff exposed to radiation as part of their duties.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help improve (a) the quality of recruitment and (b) staff retention levels within his Department.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average wait time is to receive a response to a Child Maintenance application.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of his Department's employees are paid (a) at and (b) above the Real Living Wage.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have (a) applied for and (b) been given reasonable adjustments in the most recent...

      NHS: Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of protection for NHS staff exposed to radiation as part of their duties.

  • Department for Transport

    • Fisheries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with his Irish counterpart on that country's decision to exempt fishermen who go out to sea for less than 72 hours from...

    • Freight: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the total value of mode shift revenue support granted to operators of intermodal freight transport services (a) to and (b) from ports...

      Freight: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the 2023-24 budget for (a) mode shift revenue support and (b) waterborne freight grant had been allocated as of 14 December 2023.

      Freight: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications his Department received for (a) mode shift revenue support and (b) waterborne freight grant in each financial year from 2014-15...

      Cycling: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to increase the number of cycle routes in Slough.

      Active Travel: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the active travel budget has been allocated to Slough over the next two years.

      Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of seafarers that are employed on (a) cargo and (b) passenger ships over 5,000 gross tonnage that...

      Shipping: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) cargo and (b) roll-on roll-off passenger ship movements there were between UK ports and ports in EU member states in each financial year...

      Shipping: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2023 to Question 139130 on Shipping: Irish Sea, what progress he has made on launching a call for evidence...

      Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his department has made on the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations...

      Fisheries: Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to communicate to the fishing community the (a) requirements to hold a medical certificate and (b) deadlines for...

      Motor Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of accidents caused by (a) electric and (b) other vehicles.

      Freight: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Table 1 of the Mode shift grants review call for evidence, published on 4 December 2023, if he will list the operators that received...

      Rolling Stock: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the cancellation of Phase 2 of HS2 on existing rolling stock contracts for high-speed trains at the (a)...

      Electric Vehicles: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timetable is for making an assessment of the extent to which the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund has achieved its...

      Department for Transport: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials from his Department attended COP 28.

      Railways: Birmingham and Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail services between Birmingham and Manchester.

      Luton Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of London Luton Airport's Community Noise Monitoring Programme.

      Rolling Stock: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Minister of State for Rail and HS2 has held discussions with Alstom on factory in Derby since August 2023.

      Department for Transport: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there have been any power cuts on their Department's property in each of the last three years.

      Department for Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish his Department's approved budget for the 2023-24 financial year.

      Driving Tests: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an equality impact assessment of the Driver Services Recovery Programme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Covid-19 Inquiry: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's publication entitled UK Covid-19 Inquiry Management Statement, published in August 2022, what steps he is taking to...

    • Emergencies: Utilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Stannington gas flood in Sheffield Hallam constituency for his policies on emergency responses...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department holds data on the number of music rehearsal spaces there were in England in (a) 2003, (b) 2010, (c) 2013, (d)...

    • Arts and Culture: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times she met with the Disability and Access Ambassador for Arts and Culture in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      Culture: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding provided by Arts Council England for cultural activities in Lincolnshire.

      Monuments: Victoria Tower Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department holds information on when barriers were erected around the Buxton memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens; for what...

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2023 to Question 4035 on Veterans: Radiation Exposure, whether a security classification is...

      Exercise and Sports: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultations her Department undertook with children and young people to (a) inform and (b) prepare the policy paper entitled Get...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support disabled access to venues.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what maintenance work is required at HMP Wandsworth as of 14 December 2023.

    • Wandsworth Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2023 to Question 5546 what the (a) original projected cost and (b) final cost of the new medical centre at HMP...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2023 to Question 5303 on Wetherby Young Offender Institution: Females, what steps he is taking to reduce the...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of foreign national offenders were categorised as non-criminal prisoners in each of the last years.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community work supervisors his Department has recruited since 2021.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the (a) volume and (b) value of alcohol that has been (i) imported to and (ii) exported from the UK in each of the last five...

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to tackle tax evasion.

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the retail and travel industries on the effect of the withdrawal of tax-free shopping for international visitors on...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a new tax-free shopping incentive for international visitors.

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect free-to-use ATMs.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government makes funding available to support businesses producing alcoholic beverages.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings were held between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and representatives of the alcoholic drink industry in the last 12...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Unit Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the potential impact of minimum pricing of alcoholic products on tax revenues.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in tax on alcohol in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of changes in mortgage interest rates over the course of this Parliament on household income.

  • Leader of the House

    • Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will bring forward proposals to enable Members to directly scrutinise the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had recent discussions with the Prime Minister on the potential merits of appointing a Minister for Disabled People.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy Supply: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the implications of the Stannington gas flood in Sheffield Hallam constituency for her...

    • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many officials from her Department attended COP 28.

      Climate Change: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to Q234 of the oral evidence given by her Department's Deputy Director of International Net Zero: Green Finance and...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether there have been any power cuts on their Department's property in each of the last three years.

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of including receipt of PIP as a qualifying requirement for the Energy...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to help support people living in supported accommodation who do not have their own energy account with the...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of how many people living in supported accommodation are unable to access the warm home discount...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Park Homes Warm Home Discount scheme, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the...

      UK Emissions Trading Scheme: Factories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her planned timetable is for completing the review of the (a) emission trading scheme and (b) sale of unused credits by...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 23 June 2023 to Question 189629 on Warm Home Discount Scheme, whether the evaluation of the...

  • Attorney General

    • Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Scottish Government on the potential impact of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what proportion of exports by (a) number of exporters and (b) value of exports used the tariff rates agreed in the Comprehensive and...

    • Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of the export controls and licensing regime.

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4277 on Israel: Military Aid, if she will list all UK-based organisations which have...

      Freeports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4105 on Freeports, how many of the 12 freeports were recorded as having (a) a number of...

      Small Businesses: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to encourage SMEs to cut greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains.

      Foreign Investment in UK and Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which firms (a) based in China and (b) based outside China and with Chinese owners have been subject to restrictions on trade and investment...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Menopause and Periods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of his Department adopting the British Standard on Menstruation, menstrual health,...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether there will be an alternative salary threshold for (1) recent graduates, (2) PhD holders, and (3) academics, following the planned increase to the salary...

    • Asylum: Bibby Stockholm

      To ask His Majesty's Government what the daily cost per person will be if 504 asylum seekers are accommodated on the Bibby Stockholm barge.

      Immigration: Personal Income

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they had with (1) devolved administrations, and (2) business sectors and organisations, before announcing the proposed rise in earnings income...

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their policy to remove certain migrants to Rwanda on the Good Friday Agreement.

      Educational Visits: Germany and Spain

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Home Secretary on 7 December announcing the changes to travel document requirements for school groups visiting the UK...

      Visas: Families

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 5 December (HL Deb col 1464), whether the family test was applied before the decision was made to raise the...

      Home Office: Wales

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many Home Office employees are employed in Wales in (1) police services, (2) prison services, (3) border control, and (4) other services.

      Asylum: MOD Wethersfield

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many residents of MDP Wethersfield are able to pass freely to and from the site; what is the schedule of the minibus service available; and what...

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the decision to raise the minimum salary threshold for skilled worker visas does not harm businesses and the broader economy.

      Migrants: Detainees

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the Community Engagement Pilot series, what consideration they have given to alternatives to immigration detention, especially for those with medical needs.

      Detainees: Medical Examinations

      To ask His Majesty's Government how often reports submitted under (1) Rule 32 of the Short-term Holding Facility Rules 2018, and (2) Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001,...

      Undocumented Migrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who have entered the UK illegally via Northern Ireland’s border with the Republic of Ireland during the...

      Visas: British National (Overseas)

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps to reduce the limited leave to remain period from five years to three years on the British National (Overseas) visa scheme for...

      British Nationality: Ilois

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed increase in the minimum income threshold for family visas on Chagossians granted citizenship...

      Visas: Families

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to their proposals to increase the minimum income requirement for a spouse or partner visa to £38,700, what fee will be payable on the initial...

      Visas: Families

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to their proposals to increase the minimum income requirement for a spouse or partner visa to £38,700, how income other than from employment and...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many UK citizens have a foreign spouse whom they have sponsored to live in the UK under the current family visa system; what is the number of foreign spouses...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Hong Kong: Religious Freedom

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of threats to freedom of religion or belief in Hong Kong, following the recent report published by Hong Kong Watch, Sell Out My...

    • Zhang Zhan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the People’s Republic of China about the continued incarceration of the journalist Zhang Zhan,...

      South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to strengthen the marine protected area surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

      Operation Blue Star

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impartiality of the Heywood review into allegations of UK involvement in the Indian Army's operation against the Golden...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to respond to the letter of 29 November to Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton from the Uyghur Tribunal regarding the treatment of the Uyghurs...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Food: Organised Crime

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of organised crime relating to food and drink, and what plans they have to facilitate information sharing among...

    • Food: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of (1) vets, (2) food inspectors, and (3) other personnel who contribute to maintaining food safety, and what plans...

      Family Hubs: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government which local authorities were allocated funding for Start for Life workforce models, and how much funding was allocated to each local authority.

      Family Hubs: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many local authorities were allocated funding to establish parent and carer panels as part of the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme, and how much...

      Care Workers: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have made to address concerns in the social care sector about the closure of care homes caused by the loss of staff from overseas as a result of...

      Care Workers: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what detailed assessment they have undertaken of the potential impact on recruitment into the social care system of requiring that UK citizens must be earning at...

      Medicine: Antisemitism

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat antisemitism (1) in medical schools, and (2) amongst medical professionals.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the call from Alzheimer's UK for any drugs “deemed safe and effective” to treat dementia to be made available on the NHS as soon as...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the national supply disruption problems of the most used ADHD medications have been resolved, and if not, what are the causes and when they expect the...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report Children and young people’s mental health services: Targets, progress and barriers to improvement published by...

      Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England: Public Appointments

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure the appointment of professionally credible chief professions officers and heads of profession for non-clinical roles within the...

      Anaesthesia Associates

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the Commission on Human Medicines is expected to make recommendations about whether anaesthesia associates will be given prescribing rights.

      Anaesthesia Associates

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to introduce legislation to regulate anaesthesia associates.

      Anaesthesia Associates

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many anaesthesia associates were practising in England in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2015, (4) 2020, and (5) 2023.

      Ulcerative Colitis: Ethnic Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken a review into the impact on different ethnic groups of differing levels of medical care, following the 2015 publication of...

      Lung Diseases: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government what (1) data, (2) estimates, or (3) management information, they have available regarding the number of patients waiting for a spirometry test in England.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have for the roll-out of funding for Mental Health Support Teams beyond 2025.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of regional inequalities in access to molecular radiotherapy services; and what plans they have to reduce inequalities in...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether traffic marshals were first employed on the Westminster estate because a specific safety risk was identified; and if so, what alternative forms of...

    • Parliamentary Estate: Visits

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether all visitors to the Westminster estate who have not been issued a pass are required to be accompanied by a passholder when crossing the internal spine...

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the change in usage, on an average daily basis, of the River Restaurant between (1) sitting, and (2) recess, weekdays.

      Parliamentary Estate: Pedestrians

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he has calculated any change in the number of pedestrians crossing the internal spine road within the Westminster estate between (1) sitting, and (2)...

      Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the annual cost to Parliament of each traffic marshal on the Westminster estate.

      Parliamentary Estate: Telephone Systems

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the cost to public funds of replacing the Siemens telephone system on the parliamentary estate with the Microsoft Polycom system; and what plans they...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Research: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Camrose on 5 December (HL474), what assessment they have made of the impact on recruitment of overseas research and...

    • Artificial Intelligence: Research

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many of the 1,000 new PhD places in artificial intelligence identified in the UK Digital Strategy have been created.

      Aerials: Highlands of Scotland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what criteria they have established for the siting of telecommunications masts across the Highlands of Scotland under the Shared Rural Network programme.

      Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Grants

      To ask His Majesty's Government what competitive grant funds have been launched by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology since its establishment.

      Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Policy

      To ask His Majesty's Government what sectoral strategies have been produced by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology since its establishment.

  • Treasury

    • Schools: Concrete

      To ask His Majesty's Government what Barnett consequentials arise for (1) Scotland, (2) Northern Ireland, and (3) Wales, as a result of additional financial support for schools to deal with...

    • Banks: Closures

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many branches of (1) Barclays, (2) NatWest, (3) Lloyds Bank, and (4) HSBC, in the UK have closed in 2023 so far; and what were the corresponding figures...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Social Rented Housing: Landlords

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional support required for social housing landlords as a result of the consumer regulation measures announced by the...

    • Rented Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take to require developers to undertake a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls in circumstances where the developers have failed to engage...

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Business: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess the benefits, challenges and regulatory considerations of the potential integration of artificial intelligence in auditing...

    • Economic Growth

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to alter trade policy to enhance economic growth, further to the recommendations made in the final report of the Economy 2030...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Climate Change: USA

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many meetings they have had with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, and at what level of government these meetings took place; and what...

    • Climate Change: Public Appointments

      To ask His Majesty's Government how long the post of the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change has been unfilled; and when if at all they plan to appoint a Secretary...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Royal Parks: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what changes they are planning in the future funding of Royal Parks to reflect the use of part of Victoria Tower Gardens for a Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

    • Victoria Tower Gardens: Monuments

      To ask His Majesty's Government which department or other organisation will have responsibility for the maintenance of the Buxton Memorial following the planned construction of a Holocaust...

      Sports: Transgender People

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to ensure that all sports governing bodies funded by Sport England have regard to women and women's organisations, including through...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of gambling advertisements on gambling harm.

      Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the National Archives file 'Organophosphate poisoning to farmers caused by sheep dip' (PIN 21/843) is open in its entirety and, if not, for what reasons...

      Telegraph Media Group

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 4 December (HCWS86) relating to the sale of the Telegraph Media...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent steps have been taken to (1) raise awareness of the risks, and (2) promote responsible practices, in relation to online gambling, particularly among...

      BBC: Television Licences

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the licence fee settlement on BBC news and current affairs programmes.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make good the reported shortfall in the budget of the Ministry of Defence, and what effect such a shortfall will have on the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Cabinet Office

    • House of Lords: Ministers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Ministerial and Other Salaries Order 2008 to ensure that holding ministerial office in the House of Lords is not predicated...

    • National Income

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are the latest annual figures for gross value added per head of population for (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland, and (4) Northern Ireland.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the EU to resolve the issue of groupage for hauliers transporting goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham (HL391), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, whether they intend to review the processes and...

  • Department for Transport

    • Generation Logistics Ambassadors Network

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many professionals are part of the Generation Logistics Ambassadors Network.

    • Transport: Young People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) social, and (2) economic, impact of poor transport links on young people on low incomes.

      Logistics

      To ask His Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to assess and meet the needs of the logistics industry as an integral part of the UK economy to ensure that the sector is able to grow...

      Motorways: Lighting

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 11 December (HL579), what percentage of lamp columns on each major motorway are out of light, how often...

      Roads: East of England

      To ask His Majesty's Government what major roadworks are in progress on (1) the A12 Trunk Road between the M25 and Ipswich, and (2) the A14 between Cambridge and Ipswich; when each such...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assistance, financial or otherwise, they have provided to businesses in the development of automated vehicles.

      Driverless Vehicles: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the evidence presented by Lukasz Krupski about the safety of Tesla's self-driving vehicles as part of their development of the...

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