Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it remains his Department's policy to upgrade 148 of the 227 Challenger 2 MBTs to Challenger 3 tanks; what his Department plans to do with any tanks that are not upgraded; and if he will make a statement.
Virendra Sharma: What recent steps the Government have taken to help tackle violence against women and girls.
Virendra Sharma: New statistics show that just one in 10 victims of partner abuse reported it to the police last year, which means thousands of victims are suffering in silence with no route to justice. The appalling Solihull murders showed just how important the police response to domestic abuse is; where it falls short, the impact can be fatal. Will the Minister listen to Labour and put a domestic abuse...
Virendra Sharma: The Equality Act 2010 does not have the legal teeth needed for enforcement of the law. The responsibility falls entirely on the individuals who have been discriminated against to pursue legal redress. Will the Minister meet the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to discuss its Open Doors campaign and stop the shame whereby nearly three quarters of guide dog owners have reported an access...
Virendra Sharma: Yesterday, I hosted a roundtable meeting for businesses in my constituency. They were worried about late payments and a Government who are not helping them. Fifty thousand businesses close every year due to late payments, and small businesses account for two thirds of UK private sector employment. Will this Government act before the worst of the Tory-led recession bites to save millions of jobs?
Virendra Sharma: Whether his Department plans to take further steps to help tackle late invoice payments to small businesses.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of capacity in the NHS to treat cancer.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many General Dental Council investigations into potential malpractice have not been completed within (a) three, (b) five and (c) seven years of that council becoming aware of an original concern; and what assessment she has made of the implications for patient safety of dentists under investigation.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number of planning permissions that lapsed without construction commencing in each of the last five years.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to include Trading Standards officers in the HMRC with the power to fine retailers for selling illicit tobacco products.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of Challenger 2 main battle tanks due to be upgraded to Challenger 3 in the context of the War in Ukraine; and whether he will make a statement.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) adequacy of training required to acquire an SIA license and (b) potential impact of the current training regime on the treatment of the visually impaired.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential security implications of the siting of the Chinese Embassy at Royal Mint Court.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of establishing an independent Equality Act regulator.
Virendra Sharma: What recent estimate he has made of the number of people waiting for a practical driving test.
Virendra Sharma: I thank the Minister for his response. Data from the DVSA shows that ethnic minorities are far less likely to pass their tests than white candidates. What steps will his Department take to ensure that discrimination has no place in driving test centres?
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of capacity in the NHS for radiotherapy; and whether he has taken recent steps to increase the level of capacity for radiotherapy.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce waiting times for cancer treatment.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with (a) the Nepalese Government and (b) Gurkha Representatives in the UK on (i) Gurkha pensions and (ii) other entitlements since their meeting in September 2021; and whether he has taken steps to arrange further discussions.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will make an estimate of the potential cost to the public purse of equalising (a) pensions and (b) all other pay, allowances and entitlements for Gurkha soldiers to the British Army standard.