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Rachael Maskell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will take steps to provide funding to places of worship to support with rising energy costs.
Division number 14 - 5 yes, 8 no Voting yes: Colleen Fletcher, Emma Lewell-Buck, Rachael Maskell, Alex Norris, Matthew Pennycook Voting no: Sarah Atherton, Scott Benton, Darren Henry, Gareth Johnson, Robbie Moore, Paul Scully, Greg Smith, Matt Vickers
Division number 15 - 5 yes, 8 no Voting yes: Colleen Fletcher, Emma Lewell-Buck, Rachael Maskell, Alex Norris, Matthew Pennycook Voting no: Sarah Atherton, Scott Benton, Darren Henry, Gareth Johnson, Robbie Moore, Paul Scully, Greg Smith, Matt Vickers
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to support residential and nursing homes with the rise in energy costs.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spends each year on utility bills for the Defence estate.
Rachael Maskell: What steps the Government are taking to help tackle increases in the cost of living in Northern Ireland.
Rachael Maskell: I have been reassured by the Minister that this will form part of the wider consultation process in the next stage. We will look at that with interest. Clearly, we will want to follow this through in later stages, but I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.
Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech about our concerns about the infrastructure levy, but one thing he has not touched on yet is the resourcing required to put it in place. We have just had a debate about the resourcing of local authorities, in which it was recognised that planning departments are under considerable strain. That is likely to get worse in the light of the challenges...
Rachael Maskell: I beg to move amendment 137, in clause 107, page 125, line 35, at end insert— “(1A) But regulations under this section may not provide for relief from a planning condition relating to the development of a type or volume of affordable housing in a development.” This amendment would exclude planning conditions relating to the delivery of agreed on-site affordable housing in developments...
Rachael Maskell: The Minister is talking about local planning authorities being properly resourced. In York, we no longer have a chief planner. There are serious deficits in funding in our local authority. As hon. Friends have said, planning is often the first thing to be cut. How will the Minister ensure that they are properly resourced to take on these additional responsibilities?
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to roll out the (a) covid-19 booster and (b) flu vaccines; and if he will recommend that they are administered at the same time.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to re-introduce free covid-19 testing.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he taking to help the health and care workforce tackle covid-19 infections in the workforce.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of continuing the covid-19 testing for health and care settings beyond autumn 2022.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the covid-19 testing regime in the context of existing levels of infection.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to find residential accommodation for Afghan refugees who are living in bridging hotels.
Rachael Maskell: Many of my constituents are already cancelling their contracts with their gas companies. They are absolutely terrified. Churches and charities want to step in, but they are exposed to the commercial rates, with charities often seeing a tenfold increase. They want to provide warm banks to keep their communities safe, warm and well fed this winter. What steps are the Government taking to...
Rachael Maskell: The Secretary of State is right to talk about the back door rather than focusing on the front door when it comes to the crisis in social care. About a quarter of the patients in our hospital in York are experiencing delayed discharges. However, if we do not pay care staff, we will never resolve the issue. What consideration has the Secretary of State given to putting those staff on a national...
Rachael Maskell: One of the major flanks drawing the international community into one place—there has been a focus on countries such as India—is the need to stop dependence on Russian energy, yet the energy crisis makes that ever more difficult. Will the Secretary of State say more about how he is holding the global community together to oppose Russia’s ongoing assaults, particularly its weaponisation...
Rachael Maskell: What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on licensing overdose prevention centres.