Written answers

Gwener, 12 Ionawr 2024

  • Department for Education

    • Distance Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of Great Books programmes of education.

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the per pupil funding to schools (a) in Essex and (b) nationally was in (i) 2016/17 and (ii) 2023/24; and what the percentage increase adjusted...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she is taking steps to ensure that teachers receive continuing professional development training in supporting young people with their mental...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will update the HM Prison and Probation Service Strategy for Care-Experienced People to include a specific focus on race.

    • Offenders: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will update the HM Prison and Probation Service Strategy for Care-Experienced People to include a specific focus on race.

      Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison leavers have been accommodated under Community Accommodation Service Tier 3 in (a) total and (b) each of the last three years.

      Prison Accommodation: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prison cells are currently not in use due to (a) disrepair and (b) poor estate conditions in each prison in England and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the costs of social care are funded by the adult social care precept charged by local authorities.

    • Community Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help reduce waiting times in children’s community health services.

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will undertake a review of the adequacy of funding for continuing healthcare.

      Dementia: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with dementia in Rother Valley constituency in the last 12 months.

      Arthritis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with NHS England on including arthritis in NHS health screening programmes.

      Bacterial Diseases and Sepsis: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has provided funding for research into laser treatments for the prevention of (a) sepsis and (b) bacterial...

      Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many chiropodists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department plans to take to (a) review progress and (b) publish statements on the implementation of the NHS Long Term...

      Liver Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance entitled FibroScan for assessing liver fibrosis and cirrhosis outside secondary and specialist care...

      Suicide: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding she has committed to the National Suicide Prevention strategy.

      Remote Working: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of working from home on mental health.

      Suicide: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to work with local government to deliver a joined-up approach to suicide prevention.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps (a) her Department and (b) the NHS is taking to (i) manage and (ii) reduce the growth of (A) depression, (B) bad nerves and...

      Mental Health Services: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information (a) her Department and (b) the NHS has collected on (i) interventions, (ii) strategies and (iii) policies that are...

      Health Services and Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential implications for its policies of the findings of the Healthwatch publication,...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many licences were issued by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for the purpose of the (a) procurement, (b) testing,...

      Infant Mortality and Miscarriage: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) quality and (b) consistency of support provided by NHS Trusts for bereaved parents...

      Mental Health: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the use of social media by different age groups on levels of (a) depression, (b)...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that the human rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act are upheld.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget for diversity and inclusion (a) advisers and (b) practitioners was in his Department in each financial year since 2019-20.

    • Ministry of Defence Police: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2023 to Question 5480 on Ministry of Defence Police: Housing, how many Service Family Accommodation units are (a)...

      Red Sea: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to support maritime security in the Red Sea.

      Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times his Department referred itself to the Information Commissioner's Office in each year since 2019.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of Israel’s compliance with arms licence criteria.

      Israel: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when offensive military equipment was last provided to Israel.

      Ukraine: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to help increase production of 155mm shells for Ukraine.

      Defence Equipment: Spare Parts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many spare parts his Department has (a) in total and (b) for equipment no longer in use.

      Diego Garcia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reassurances his Department has received from the government of Mauritius on the future of the military base in Diego Garcia.

      United Nations: Peacekeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK personnel have served in UN peacekeeping missions in each year since 2019.

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department contributed to NATO training exercises in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Capita: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the cyber attack against Capita in March 2023 on the security of civil servants' pensions data.

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 21 of JSP 763 entitled Behaviours and informal complaint resolution Part 1 (Directive), how many climate assessments conducted in...

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many active bystander training courses diversity and inclusion (a) advisers and (b) practitioners conducted for his Department in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff members participated in training courses that were provided externally in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 19 of JSP 763 entitled Behaviours and informal complaints resolution Part 1 (Directive), how many people in his Department...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many diversity and inclusion (a) advisers and (b) practitioners have been employed by his Department in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 3 of JSP 763 entitled Behaviours and informal complaint resolution Part 1 (Directive), if he will publish the civilian formal...

      Ministry of Defence: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 17 of the guidance entitled JSP 763: Behaviours and Informal Complaint Resolution: Part 1: Directive - Understanding Behaviours...

      Defence Business Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many casework advisers were employed to work in Defence Business Services in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on professional fees in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on training courses that were provided externally in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces assess applicants' UCAS points when those applicants have qualifications of undergraduate degree or above.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British citizens with dual nationality are permitted to join the armed forces at an officer rank.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving armed forces personnel have received disciplinary action for refusing to remove facial hair in each year since 2010.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Israeli counterpart on allegations that Israeli forces delayed a UN...

    • Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of individuals currently held hostage by (a) Israel and (b) Hamas.

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan on the removal of Afghan nationals from Pakistan.

      Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of Israeli hostages that (a) were taken on 7 October 2023, (b) have...

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on reports that the Israeli Defense Forces (a) arrested...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answers of 24 November 2023 and 11 December 2023 to Questions 2123 and 4902 on Gaza: Humanitarian Aid,...

      Hamas: Audio Equipment

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of media reports of Hamas's use of...

      Serbia: Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made for the implications of his Department's policies of reported irregularities in the Serbian...

      Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Rwandan counterpart on potential threats to the personal safety of Victoire...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Land and Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of maintaining under-utilised (a) buildings, (b) other property and (c) land held by...

    • Government Departments: Land and Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) buildings, (b) other properties and (c) land leased by the Government have leases that are due to expire in each of the next ten years; how...

      Civil Servants: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the security of civil servants' pensions data following the cyber attack against Capita in March 2023.

      Deputy Prime Minister: USA

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the publication of transparency data on ministerial overseas travel for the period July to September 2023 on 14 December 2023, for...

      Civil Servants: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria were used to assess the suitability of Capita to administer the Civil Service Pension Scheme for his Department.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress his Department has made on implementing the public bodies reform programme 2020 to 2025; and if he will make an estimate of the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants were employed in each (a) Government department and (b) other public sector bodies by (i) head count and (ii) full time...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of civil service salaries in each year since 1997.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) total and (b) full-time equivalent head count was of the civil service in each year since 1997.

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the median gross hourly pay of workers was by nationality in the most recent period for which data is available.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2023 to Question 5990, if he will publish the employment rate by nationality in each year since 2010.

      Farmers: Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of farmers that have died by suicide in each of the last ten years.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the publication entitled Raising accessibility standards for new homes: summary of consultation...

    • Working Hours: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the report by Autonomy entitled The...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many settlement payments her Department issued following claims of (a) bullying, (b) harassment and (c) discrimination in the (i)...

    • Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many black and white television licenses were issued by the Television Licensing Authority in each local authority area in 2023.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Departments: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many equalities impact assessments were completed by each Department in the most recent year for which data is available.

  • Home Office

    • Hate Crime: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help provide reassurances to Sikhs on their (a) safety and (b) security in the context of recent...

    • Visas: Care Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made an assessment of the prevalence of certificates of sponsorship for care workers being sold overseas.

      Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the no recourse to public funds status on (a) homelessness, (b) poverty, (c) access...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department holds on the office occupancy rates for job centers.

    • Unemployment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the ONS release Rising ill-health and economic inactivity because of long-term sickness, UK: 2019 to 2023, dated 26 July...

      Jobcentres: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available for graduates in job centres.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish Universal Credit sanctions rate data from its introduction to April 2019.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans that the full rollout of Universal Credit will be completed.

      Household Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to announce his plans for the household support fund for financial year 2024-25.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps the Child Maintenance Service has taken to help recover arrears in child maintenance payments.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Solar Power: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the China Strategic Risks Institute's report on Building a Green, Fair and Resilient Solar Supply Chain,...

    • Aerials and Diesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to reduce the use of diesel generators; and what data her Department holds on the number of...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many serving officers are in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether Ofgem has taken recent steps to encourage companies to sell (a) solar and (b) other forms of renewable energy back to the grid.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made a recent assessment of the efficacy of nuclear energy.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will take steps to increase the UK’s nuclear energy capacity.

  • Department for Transport

    • Boats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department holds data on the number of Boatmaster licences have been issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each year since 2015.

    • Heathrow Airport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the proposals for a third runway at Heathrow Airport for the West Midlands region.

      Diesel Vehicles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 24 May 2023 to Question 185865 on Diesel Vehicles, how many diesel cars were registered for the first time in each...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Dismissal: Politics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that workers are not dismissed for their legal political opinions.

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) transparency of the arms export control regime.

      Arms Trade: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure (a) transparency and (b) accountability of arms sales to countries involved in conflicts.

  • Wales Office

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide for a referendum on the continuation of the Government of Wales Act 1998.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Pest Control

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many times pest control has been called onto the Parliamentary estate in each of the last three years.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what funding has been provided to French authorities in total to combat illegal crossings of the English Channel.

    • Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask His Majesty's Government what monies they have thus far paid to the government of Rwanda; what further monies they are currently contracted to pay to that government; and what further...

      Asylum: Deportation and Temporary Accommodation

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many migrants are currently in accommodation provided by the Government in the UK, and how many are currently eligible for deportation under the Illegal...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what evidence there is that the penalties imposed on illegal migrants deter future illegal crossings of the English Channel.

      Charter of Fundamental Rights (EU): Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill for the operation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights...

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