Written answers

Mawrth, 30 Ebrill 2024

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of developing a cross-departmental strategy to...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will meet charities representing people affected by alcohol harm to inform her Department’s work on health prevention.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to educate people about the use of synthetic drugs in vapes.

      Opioids: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department has taken to help prepare for potential increases in levels of synthetic opioid-related harms.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to NHS England has been of reimbursing GP practices for providing services to (a) non-UK and (b) non-registered UK citizens...

      Telemedicine: Voice over Internet Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to introduce legislation that will prohibit the sale of telecare devices that are incompatible with VoIP.

      National Learning Disability Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the National Learning Disability Board last met.

      NHS: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of the Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech in...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the accessibility of electronic patient record systems for patients who do not own a...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her timetable is for the rollout of Endo Barriers on the NHS.

      Colonoscopy: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is to receive results from a colonoscopy in (a) Stepping Hill Hospital and (b) Greater Manchester.

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase awareness of acute myeloid leukaemia.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the paper entitled The Future of Clinical Research Delivery: 2022 to 2025 implementation plan, published on 30 June...

      Autism and Learning Disability: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of health and adult social care staff that will undertake the second part of tier (a) one and...

      Stepping Hill Hospital: Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment services for bowel cancer at Stepping...

      Clinical Trials: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the policy paper entitled Full government response to the Lord O'Shaughnessy review into commercial clinical trials,...

      Liver Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an estimate of expected liver cancer mortality rates by the end of 2025.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is held accountable for its decisions.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many learning disability nurses there (a) are and (b) were in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nicaragua: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in Nicaragua on protecting (a) human rights and (b) religious freedoms (i) since the conviction of...

    • Developing Countries: Economic Situation

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, with reference to page 14 of the UK Science and Technology Framework, updated on 9 February 2024, what progress his Department has made on developing a UK...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what diplomatic steps he is taking to strengthen international co-operation to tackle illegal migration.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, when he plans to respond to Question 22306 tabled by the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central on 17 April 2024 for answer on 22 April.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent discussions he has had with his allied counterparts on how to tackle the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Gaza: Aid Workers

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of opening a coronial inquest into the killing of three British nationals working with the World...

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in India on the treatment of Christian churches and foreign missionaries in India.

      Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on securing the release of hostages from Gaza.

      White Phosphorus

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether it is his policy to oppose the use of phosphorous munitions.

      Jimmy Lai

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether the Minister for Asia raised the trial and detention of Jimmy Lai with (a) Chinese and (b) Hong Kong officials during her recent visit.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps his Department is taking to help increase humanitarian aid to Gaza.

      Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of efforts to encourage other countries to ratify the Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement.

      Gaza: Casualties

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had recent discussions with his Israeli counterpart on injuries received by (a) children and (b) civilian men of working age in Gaza hit by...

      Gaza: Drinking Water

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had recent discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the potential merits of the resumption of the supply of fresh water in Gaza.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps he is taking to help increase the amount of aid getting into Gaza.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the alleged use of artificial intelligence software in the conflict in Gaza.

      Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on antimicrobial resistance ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on that...

      Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps he is taking to support peace and human rights in Colombia.

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the potential recognition of a Palestinian state.

      Indo-Pacific Region: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps he is taking to strengthen partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.

      Armed Conflict: Food Supply

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of trends in the level of conflicts resulting from global food insecurity.

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, when he last reviewed the legal status of the conflict in Western Sahara.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Department for Business and Trade: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which businesses accompanied the Minister for Trade on his recent visit to Ukraine.

    • Department for Business and Trade: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what discussions her Department had with the businesses that accompanied the Minister for Trade on his recent visit to Ukraine while...

      Department for Business and Trade: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department plans to have further engagement with the businesses that accompanied the Minister for Trade on his visit to Ukraine...

      Department for Business and Trade: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what criteria her Department used to select the businesses to accompany the Minister for Trade on his recent visit to Ukraine.

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with Ofcom on the adequacy of the provision of postal services in rural areas.

      UK-Ukraine Infrastructure Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, on what dates the UK-Ukraine Infrastructure Taskforce has met in 2024.

      Business: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many UK-Ukraine TechBridge tech-focussed events have been held in each year since its launch.

      Business: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many businesses have attended a UK-Ukraine TechBridge tech-focussed event in each year since its launch.

      Overseas Trade: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help increase trade with Ukraine.

      Trade Promotion: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department plans to make a recommendation to the Prime Minister to appoint a new Trade Envoy for the Caribbean.

      Natural Gas: Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether UK Export Finance took steps relating to the Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas Project in response to the Palma attack of 24 March 2021.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the delivery of the Future Commando Force.

    • Military Aid: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria he uses to assess the human rights compliance of foreign military units before they are eligible to receive military aid; and how...

      Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the correction notice published on 19 April 2024 in relation to his Department's 2022-23 annual report, what are the top five...

      Norway: Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on negotiations with Norway for the potential sale of Type 26 frigates to the Norwegian Navy.

      Chinook Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the unit cost is of each of the new CH-47ER helicopters recently ordered by his Department from Boeing.

      Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the correction notices published on 19 April 2024 in relation to his Department's annual reports from 2018-19 to 2022-23, what...

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time is between his Department sending an Invitation To Negotiate and a procurement contract coming into effect.

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total contract value is of the (a) AH-64E Apache, (b) P-B Poseidon, (c) E-7 Wedgetail and (d) CH-4&ER contracts between his Department and...

      Navy: Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many swimming pools have been maintained by the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Marines in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's spending was with SMEs in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of The Defence Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Action Plan.

      Aukus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any countries other than Japan have expressed an interest in joining the AUKUS partnership.

      Aukus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any other countries are being considered as potential partners for Pillar II of the AUKUS agreement.

      Helicopters: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Defence Equipment and Support's article entitled £122m contract sees UK’s fleet of Airbus H145s expanded with six procured...

      Helicopters: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Defence Equipment & Support's article entitled £122m contract sees UK’s fleet of Airbus H145s expanded with six...

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the holding Answer of 26 February 2024 to Question 15019 on Warrior Vehicles, when he plans to provide a substantive response to the Rt hon....

      Multi-role Ocean Surveillance Ships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to purchase a second Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance vessel.

      Antitank Missiles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has taken delivery of new Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units ordered in 2022.

      Ministry of Defence: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the membership is of his Department's investment approvals committee.

      HMS Somerset: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of when HMS Somerset will (a) complete her ongoing refit and (b) return to operational duty.

      A400M Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on the A400M project.

      Army Foundation College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Army Foundation College is required to inform its independent advisory panel in the event of an allegation of staff misconduct concerning...

      Army Foundation College: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Ofsted inspectors are given access to the record of complaints held on the Joint Personnel Administration system relating to violent behaviour...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) ratings were employed by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in each year since 2010.

      Navy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average amount of time is that an (a) officer and (b) rating serves in the Royal Navy.

      Army Foundation College: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Army Foundation College is next due to be inspected by Ofsted.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 April 2024 to Question 21043 on Afghanistan: Refugees, how many people (a) have been relocated and (b) are due to be...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the (a) name, (b) rank upon leaving and (c) year of joining company of all former (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force...

  • Department for Education

    • Childcare: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that the cost of childcare is affordable for single parent families.

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support the early learning and development of children at home.

      Business: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department are taking to encourage businesses to invest in skills training.

      Assessments: Writing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the process used by examination boards to award marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar for...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her planned timetable is for publication of the latest Relationships, Sex, Health and Education statutory guidance.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of not increasing pupil premium funding in line with inflation on disadvantaged students.

      Department for Education: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish her Department's results in the civil service people survey questions on leadership and managing change for each of the last 14 years.

      Higher Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of increases in the cost of living on the accessibility of higher education for students in...

      Academies: Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to remove the 50% cap on faith-based admissions at (a) academies and (b) free schools.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2024 to Question 19580 on Music: Education, what assessment her Department has made of the ability of non-local...

      Mental Health: Boys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on steps to help improve boys' mental health.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral answer of 25 April 2024, whether the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs has recused...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people the Work and Health Programme support helps into work per year; and what estimate his Department has made of the...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were waiting for a decision on their Access to Work application on 1 April 2024.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with (a) mental health professionals and (b) welfare recipients on the treatment of individuals with mental health...

      Social Rented Housing: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking (a) separately and (b) with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and...

      Restart Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 88 of his Department's Annual Report and Account 2022-23, what progress his Department has made on geographical case...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of roles in his Department are vacant as of 25 April 2024; and of those, how many and what proportion are not actively being...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received Pension Credit in each constituency in the last five years.

      Universal Credit: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an estimate of the number of complaints his Department has received from universal credit claimants in Midlothian...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of differential uprating levels for (a) the additional state pension under the old...

      National Insurance Contributions: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 10 of the National Audit Office's report entitled Report on Accounts: Department for Work & Pensions, published on...

      Pensioners: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people of pensionable age there were in Midlothian constituency at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Targeted Case Review agents there are as of 25 April 2024.

      State Retirement Pensions: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of correspondence he has received on changes to the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s from people in Midlothian...

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2024 to Question 20473 on State Retirement Pensions: Women, what his expected timetable is to respond to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests for split payments of Universal Credit his Department (a) received and (b) granted in each year from 2016.

      Universal Credit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Universal Credit payments to couples with children are paid into the main caregiver’s account.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department held discussions with organisations representing disabled people on the announcements made in the Prime...

      Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister’s speech on welfare of 19 April 2024, who the specialist work and health professionals are that...

      Unemployment: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the levels of benefits on economic inactivity due to ill health.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the increase in Access to Work applications between...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new staff have been recruited to work on the Access to Work programme in each of the last six months for which data is available; and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the staff turnover rate for his Department is as of 25 April 2024.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on meeting its Greening Government Commitment targets.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Islamophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with refence to the oral answer of 4 March 2024 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing and...

    • Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of families living in temporary accommodation in London.

      Unadopted Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to put the names of all unadopted roads in their authority on a...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many and what proportion of homes that have been recorded as vacant for over two years are categorised as (a) primary...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Weaver Vale of 20 December 2023.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of building an additional 1 million homes for social rent in the...

      Social Rented Housing: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Answer of 14 December 2022 to Question 104103 on Social Rented Housing: Rents, if his Department...

      Local Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the total amount of revenue raised by local authorities via the use of debt recovery agencies...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the Government is taking steps to protect the historic county status of (a) Essex and (b) other counties.

      Mayors: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has he made of the potential merits of developing a plan for cooperation by metro mayors in Yorkshire.

  • Home Office

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is taking steps to support Birmingham City Council’s efforts to tackle street cruising.

    • Opioids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of synthetic opioids; and what assessment he has made of the implications for his...

      Wedinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) expansion and (b) potential roll-out across the UK of the WEDINOS...

      Home Office: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Home Office procurement card spend over £500: February 2024, published on 23...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a person (a) was interviewed and (b) had charges brought against them in connection with controlling drones above an...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had recent discussions with the police on the potential merits of incorporating wildlife crime into the Policing Education...

      Tools: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the (a) theft of and (b) selling of stolen tools.

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to (a) review and (b) increase the number of staff recruited to his Department's Family and Human Rights Unit in the...

      Cybercrime: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a ban on public sector bodies paying a ransom to criminal groups in...

      Immigration Controls: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the border between the UK and Republic of Ireland is secure against the passage malign foreign...

      Telephone Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is taking steps to support (a) businesses and (b) other organisations whose numbers are used by (i) nuisance callers...

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to exempt people who arrived in the UK before 1 January 2024 from the new earnings threshold for skilled...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to raise the minimum income threshold for the spouse/partner visa to (a) £34,500 and (b) £38,700.

      Migrant Workers: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many certificates of sponsorship were (a) applied for and (b) approved to the hospitality industry in each of the last 12 months.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applicants refused asylum did not appeal that decision in the last 12 months.

      British Nationality: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2024 to Question 16407 on British Nationality, whether his Department has made an assessment of the...

      Visas: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of (a) the increase in (i) visa and (ii) Immigration Health Surcharge fees and (b) the...

      Youth Mobility Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a response to the proposal of 18 April 2024 by the EU Commission to open negotiations to facilitate youth mobility visas...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the judgment of HR & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWHC 786...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of lowering the market reference prices for the Contracts for...

    • Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the budget for Pot 1 of the Contracts for Difference...

      Batteries: Factories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of the establishment of a data centre at the Cambois site on the...

      Electricity: National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the number of kilometres of transmission network that will be added to the electricity grid in the...

      Brazil: Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to page 7 of the document entitled ICF Brazil: Summary, published in March 2024, when the Government plans to...

      Natural Gas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what volume of gas was imported from Russia in 2023.

      Electricity: National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many kilometres of transmission network were added to the electricity grid in the period (a) between 1994 and 1999, (b) between...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the proportion of total energy demand will be met by (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) nuclear in (i) 2025,...

      Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much (a) private sector investment and (b) public sector funding there has been for (i) onshore wind, (ii) offshore wind and...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate she has made of what (a) peak and (b) total electricity demand will be in (i) 2025, (ii) 2030, (iii) 2035,...

      Liquefied Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what volume of gas was imported into the UK as liquefied natural gas in each of the last 20 years.

      Electricity: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate she has made of the levelised cost of electricity from hydrogen fired power stations that are due to be commissioned...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of pot two of the contract for difference allocation round six in the context of the...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has received recent representations from relevant stakeholders on the adequacy of pot two within the contract for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is providing additional support to carers to help with rising energy costs.

      Ofgem: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much Ofgem has spent on external consultancies in the last five years.

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2024 to Question 22389 on Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Aberdeen, what grade the...

      Gas Fired Power Stations and Wind Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the average levelised cost is for combined cycle gas-fired power stations, assuming current natural gas spot prices, in the...

      Boiler Upgrade Scheme: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to reform the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to support off-gas properties.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is participating in the fourth session of negotiations on a global plastics treaty in Ottawa that...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2024 to Question 22631 on Flood Control, when the meeting with the Association of...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of cash losses incurred by his Department arising from (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to correspondence from the Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly Finance Committee dated 21 February 2024, regarding...

    • Tobacco: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of (a) cigars, (b) snuff and (c) other tobacco products exported from the UK in (i) 2022 and (ii) 2023; and what were the...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of imports of (a) vapes and (b) vaping equipment was in (i) 2022 and (ii) 2023; and what proportion of the total value of those imports came...

      Mortgages: Warwick and Leamington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost of a mortgage was in Warwick and Leamington constituency in January (a) 2023 and (b) 2024.

      Revenue and Customs: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on external consultancies in the last five years.

      Home Care Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment HMRC has made of the prevalence of underpayment of the National Living Wage for domiciliary care workers as a result of unpaid...

      Public Finance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department commenced negotiations with the Northern Ireland Minister of Finance on a new fiscal framework for Northern Ireland.

      Oil: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2024 to Question 22821 on Oil: Imports, how many investigations have resulted in (a) criminal actions and (b) other...

      Childcare: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 17 April 2024 to Question 21426 and 24 April 2024 to Question 22418 on Childcare: Taxation, if he will make a (a) comparative...

      Home Care Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times HMRC has taken enforcement action against employers for the underpayment of national living wage for domiciliary care workers as a result of...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with insurance companies on trends in the level of car insurance premia.

      Sharing Economy: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received recent projections from the Office for Budget Responsibility on the potential impact of the model rules for reporting by platform...

      Sharing Economy: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the model rules for reporting by platform operators with respect to sellers in the sharing and gig...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the revenue that will be raised by the Energy Profits Levy by March 2029.

      Hybrid Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to introduce a specific advisory fuel rate for hybrid vehicles.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many vacancies there were for band 3 prison officers in the Long Term High Security Estate - South at the start of each year from 2017 to 2023.

    • Powers of Attorney: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to tackle (a) fraud and (b) misuse of Lasting Power of Attorney.

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require the Office of the Public Guardian to notify...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals for all types of benefit case (a) are awaiting a hearing and (b) were awaiting a hearing on 22 April 2010 (i) nationally, (ii) by...

      Prison and Probation Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many police detectives are employed by the counter corruption unit in HM Prison and Probation Service.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of inmates in prisons were drug tested at least once in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

  • Department for Transport

    • P&O Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2024 to Question 18420, if he will have discussions with DP World on the solvency of P&O Ferries Limited.

    • Railways: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of closing train ticket offices on (a) elderly and (b) disabled passengers.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the number of crashes identified as to have been caused by automatism in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues on best practice in tackling potholes.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2024 to Question 21943 on Official Cars, which organisation holds the information for the total miles driven by...

      Department for Transport: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's publication entitled DfT: spending over £500, December 2023, published on 25 April 2024, which Minister used...

      Northern Ireland: Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the number of commercial long haul (a) routes and (b) flights operating from...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Cybersecurity: Offshoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department (a) has made an assessment of trends in the number of cyber-security roles off-shored to overseas...

    • Voice over Internet Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, when she expects the national communications awareness campaign on the switching off of the Public Switched Telephone Network...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, when she plans to publish the Telecare National Action Plan.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Victims' Payments Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to ensure that the public are aware of the deadline for backdating an application to the Troubles Permanent Disablement...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to help support the growth of creative industries in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) the East Midlands.

    • Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many publicly accessible (a) swimming pools and (b) lidos have been opened in each year since 2010.

      Gaming Machines: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on the number of fixed-odds betting terminals there were in Midlothian constituency in each of...

      Gambling: Midlothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on the level of gambling addiction in Midlothian constituency in each of the last five years.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with the Football Association on the recent decision to end FA Cup replays.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a list of ministerial visits to the Midlothian constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the new regulatory system for health and care professionals; and which protected professional titles they are considering in...

    • Dental Services: Attendance

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many missed dental appointments there have been in each of the past five years.

      Pharmacy: Rural Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many community pharmacies in rural areas closed in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, (3) 2021, (4) 2022, and (5) 2023.

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of infant respiratory syncytial virus on (1) paediatric intensive care bed capacity, (2) NHS elective care...

      Prescription Drugs: Shortages

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of shortages in the supply of prescription drugs.

      First Aid: Adrenaline

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued on the administering of adrenaline auto-injectors by minors in medical emergencies.

      Aviation: Medical Equipment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of operation of law in relation to the provision of adrenaline auto-injectors on commercial aircraft.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministers: Legal Costs

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 12 March (HL Deb col 1904), what were the specific grounds for approval of the legal expenses of the Secretary...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect full compensation payments to have been made to the victims of the infected blood scandal and to family members of those victims who have already died.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • The Gambia: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are working with the United Nations and World Health Organisation in their efforts to strengthen laws and policies to protect women and girls from...

    • Gulf States: Motor Sports

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 April (HL3297), which ambassadors have accepted offers of gifts or hospitality to attended F1...

      Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards achieving the commitments outlined in the White Paper on international development published on 20 November 2023.

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are taking any steps, in collaboration with international partners, to encourage peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing Market

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey indicating a third consecutive monthly increase in demand in...

  • Home Office

    • Madeleine McCann

      To ask His Majesty's Government what funding is being made available to Operation Grange into the disappearance of Madeline McCann in the financial year 2024–25; how many police officers...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many Afghans currently in the UK and awaiting implementation of the family reunion scheme for those who supported British personnel in Afghanistan have wives...

      UK Border Force: Heathrow Airport

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential economic impact of the upcoming strikes by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport on (1) businesses, and (2) tourism.

      Visas: Graduates

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Professor Brian Bell, Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee, to the Home Secretary on 12 March, why the timescales of the rapid...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judiciary: Public Appointments

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the report by the University of Manchester Racial Bias and the Bench: A response to the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres: Knighton

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether all residents of Knighton, regardless of whether they reside in the English or Welsh parts of the town, have access to the town’s job centre.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Estate: Telephone Systems

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker on which dates and at what times the failure of the Polycom telephone system on the parliamentary estate started and ended, and why it took so long for the system...

    • Parliamentary Estate: Telephone Systems

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker on what date at what cost to public funds the Polycom telephone system was installed on the parliamentary estate, and whether Siemens was invited to tender for...

      Parliamentary Estate: Telephone Systems

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Parliamentary Digital Service plans to replace the Polycom telephone system on the parliamentary estate and, if so, what is the budget for this project.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the (1) establishment, and (2) personnel strength, of each of the battalions of the Foot Guards, broken down by (a) commissioned officers, (b) senior...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Wind Power: Port Talbot

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether planning consent has been granted between Celtic Freeport and Neath Port Talbot County Council for the construction of the offshore wind farms.

  • Treasury

    • New Businesses: Capital Investment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a decline in venture capital investment in UK start-ups in the first quarter of 2024; and what steps they are taking...

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