Written answers

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the phasing out of tetraethyl lead as an additive in aviation fuel for aircraft piston engines.

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish all correspondence his Department has had with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association on AVGAS 100.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) financial and (b) other resource support the Government has provided to the drone industry to assist integrating drones operating beyond...

      Railways: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timeframe is for the spending of the £500 million committed to the restoration of Beeching Cut rail lines, as set out in...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, whether the Government plans to roll out cycle carriages throughout the rail network.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Mayor of London on the economic effect on London of delays in Crossrail delivery.

      Durrington-on-Sea Station: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the time and distance for a user of a wheel chair to get from one platform to the other at Durrington-on-Sea station.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 Oct 2021 to Question 58484, whether his Department has plans to release a Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline annual...

      Diesel Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government are taking to encourage drivers in England to switch from using diesel vehicles to more environmentally sustainable vehicles.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is planning to take in response to safety concerns relating to smart motorways.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the conversion of combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicle; and whether he has plans to introduce grants to...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending High Speed 1.

      A27: Arundel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken a cost benefit analysis of the A27 Arundel bypass.

      Minibuses: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the removal of restriction 101 on D1 licences in relation to tackling driver shortages.

      Minibuses: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the 101 restriction on D1 licences prohibits qualified minibus drivers from driving in a paid capacity.

      A27: Arundel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of road traffic accidents that have occurred on the stretch of road proposed for the A27 Arundel...

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that railway passengers who lack access to the internet are able to access paper timetables from train...

      Rapid Transit Systems: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what routes his Department has produced costings in the first phase of the proposed West Yorkshire Mass Transit system.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of licences that have been issued for e-scooters; and how many e-scooters are being used in the...

      Driving Tests: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of Welsh language learning materials for DVSA theory tests.

      Leeds-Sheffield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the fastest journey time from Leeds to Sheffield by rail is; and what that journey time is planned to be under the proposals set out in the...

      Luton Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the launch of a Luton Airport Express.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Iron and Steel: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the sustainability of the steel sector in South Yorkshire.

    • Construction: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with industry leaders on the potential merits of the increased use of sustainable...

      Future Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2021 to Question 68262 on Future Fund, what assessment he has made of the regional...

      Construction: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) help improve recruitment to and (b) tackle a skills shortage in the...

      Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of lowering thresholds to file shareholder resolutions at annual...

      Heat Batteries: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Future Homes Standard to rule out the installation of heat batteries as a future heating system in UK homes.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on the rate of deployment of the National...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Joint Air Quality Unit on (a) steps it is taking to deliver clean air and...

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to increase funding for local authorities to improve the (a) regulation, (b) sale and (c)...

      Aerospace Industry and Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2021 to Question 48387 on Aerospace Industry and Defence: Manufacturing...

      ICF: Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2021 to Question 173992, on the Green Homes Grant Scheme, if he will now publish the...

  • Attorney General

    • Coroners

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average turnaround time has been for inquest applications by the Attorney General to the High Court under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in each of the...

    • Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions are underway or planned of individuals charged with trafficking and smuggling people across the Channel.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Question

      What discussions he has had with the Minister for Health and Social Services of Wales on the delay in delivering the Hospitals Transformation Programme in Shropshire.

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients registered with North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group have been required to wait longer than two weeks for...

      Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that (a) multiple chemical sensitivity is a NHS recognised condition and (b) people affected by...

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department plans to provide to the proposed new Integrated Care Systems to increase access to Tier 3 weight management...

      NHS: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of current levels of absence from work of NHS staff; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential effect of pressures caused by the covid-19 outbreak on NHS staff retention in...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risks of the long-term operation at Resource Escalation Action Plan Level Four...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry dated 25 August 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL23521.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the Royal College of Physicians’ 2020 Physicians Census published by the Royal College of...

      Hospital Beds: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of beds currently unavailable in the NHS for infection control reasons.

      Osteoporosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that osteoporosis is included in all Government guidance on medical training.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulance trusts have moved into REAP Level 4 in the last six weeks; and how many in total are at REAP Level 4 as at 22 October 2021.

      Question

      What plans he has to prioritise cancer diagnosis, care and treatment during winter 2021-22.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement in March 2021 of £70 million to support the expansion of weight management services, when further...

      Question

      What steps he is taking to help support patients who experience complications from surgical mesh.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he is developing for the expansion of funding for Tier 3 services for children and adults, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include all those working...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of home abortions in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost is to the NHS of patients moving from requiring tier 3 to tier 4 weight management services.

      NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making the Johnson and Johnson one shot covid-19 vaccine available to NHS and care...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to enable the NHS App to display booster vaccines as part of the COVID Pass.

      Question

      What steps his Department is taking to provide booster doses of the covid-19 vaccine to all eligible people.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of the third primary covid-19 vaccine programme amongst the eligible population.

      Obesity: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of medical weight loss clinics in helping to tackle obesity.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS dental services take on new patients.

      Strokes: Mechanical Thrombectomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to accelerate the roll-out of cost-effective mechanical thrombectomy treatment for stroke patients.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that (a) elderly people are able to access the GP care they need and (b) people...

      England Infected Blood Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide a specific timeframe for when (a) bereaved partner payments and (b) back payments to 2019 will be issued under the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy of Government support for GP services, (b) ability of GP services' systems to cope...

      Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with long covid, by age category.

      Pharmacy: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including community pharmacies in IT systems that fully integrate...

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for ambulance services; and if he will undertake an assessment of the need for central...

      Ophthalmology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to prioritise ophthalmology in future workforce planning.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions were issued for each drug categorised under the drug groups (a) benzodiazepines including clonazepam, (b) z-drugs,...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he had made of the effect of prescription charges on nursing students with respiratory conditions who are required to...

      Global Health Insurance Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff are working on processing Global Health Insurance Card applications; and whether the Government has made an assessment of...

      Supermax Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question HL 3265, if he will speed up his Department's investigation into allegations of...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made in securing a supplier for medical examination gloves and surgical gloves under tender, reference...

      Surgery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy that additional NHS funding will be allocated to (a) bringing down joint replacement waiting times and (b)...

      Liver Diseases: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of the £2.3 billion announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Budget and Spending...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS backlog does not restrict access to fertility treatments.

  • Department for Education

    • Family Hubs: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the new family hubs are able to meet the specific needs of disabled children, young people and...

    • Breakfast Clubs: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Government contracts for the provision of school breakfasts.

      Pre-school Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the impact per child will be of the increase in early years spending announced in the Spending Review 2021.

      Family Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the role of charity providers in the roll out of family hubs.

      Pupils: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that schools have in place a clear plan for safeguarding children (a) within and (b) outside of the...

      BTEC Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to ensure that BTEC qualifications are (a) accessible to students and (b) recognised as legitimate qualifications.

      Babies: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish details of (a) how the £300 million Start for Life funding, announced in the Spending Review 2021, will be distributed between...

      Health Visitors: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the (a) Family Nurse Partnership, (b) Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home‐visiting program and (c) other programmes delivered by...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 August 2021 to Question 41094 on Children in Care, if he will publish the data on how many looked after children from...

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to increase the funding provided to schools on mental health support for students.

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish the SEND review.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the adoption letterbox contact system; and what steps he is taking to improve the experience of...

      Numeracy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to launch the Multiply scheme in Scotland.

      Child Rearing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether parental alienation is a category on children's services assessments.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential financial benefits for sixth form colleges of converting to academy status as a result of (a)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his planned timetable is for completion of the tender process for the Detained Duty Advice Scheme at Derwentside immigration removal centre; and...

    • Ministry of Justice: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds have been paid by his Department's head office to Stonewall in each of the last five years; and to what projects those funds were allocated.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the safety of women in prison.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of safety and wellbeing measures for people in custody.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether officials in his Department are required to provide him with all evidence relating to a death inquest when its findings are under review and...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Prisons Drug Strategy in (a) reducing the availability of drugs in prisons and (b)...

      Coroners: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the experience of bereaved families who appeal decisions by coroners.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 9 November 2021, Official Report , column 160, what...

      Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Gender Recognition certificates have been issued in each year since 2010; and how many applications have been rejected.

  • Treasury

    • Office of Tax Simplification: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review of the composition of the Office of Tax Simplification membership to ensure it is diverse and representative.

    • Office of Tax Simplification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to widen the remit of the Office of Tax Simplification to allow that office to engage further on issues of (a) fairness, (b) effectiveness...

      Property Development: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether build-to-rent developments will be exempt from the Residential Property Develop Tax in (a) their entirety and (b) perpetuity.

      Property Development: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether build-to-rent developments which are transferred or sold within a group for accounting purposes will be exempt from the Residential Property...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase democratic participation in debates around taxation.

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the average additional revenue raised by an additional compliance officer in HMRC.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the disability employment gap.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of bringing forward the planned increase in the level of corporation tax to the...

      Carbon Emissions: Annual Investment Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of restricting access to the Annual Investment Allowance to investments that support transition to net zero.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the IPPR recommendation, published 7 September 2021, which noted that raising tax on...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the monies allocated to the Business Rates: Covid-19 additional relief fund are being distributed in a timely way.

      Debit Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what regulatory protections are in place for consumers who have automated payments taken from payment debit cards; and for what reason those payments do...

      Insurance: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to help make insurance coverage more accessible to low-income households.

      International Monetary System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on the potential merits of disbursing the up to...

      International Monetary System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on the (a) immediate needs of vulnerable...

      Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Glasgow Climate Pact which calls on Parties to accelerate the phase-out of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, if he will (a) make it...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • GCHQ: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cloud computing companies submitted a bid for the contract that GCHQ is recently reported to have awarded to Amazon...

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2021 to Question 68455 on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, aside from 22 September...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) appropriateness of the timing and (b) adequacy of the management of the US...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when a member of the Government last visited Tehran to discuss the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

      Iran: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many members of the Government have visited Iran since July 2019.

      Maria Shahbaz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on the case of Maira Shahbaz.

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent sexual violence towards Christian women and girls around the world.

      Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of progress in the implementation of the recommendations from the Bishop of...

      Passports: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Hong Kong Government's announcement that it no longer recognises...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she or other representatives from her Department plan to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

      Belarus: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to her counterpart in the Republic of Belarus on the situation at the border of...

      Belarus: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) unilateral and (b) multilateral steps the Government is taking to reduce tensions on the Poland-Belarus...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government's press release of 11 June 2021, UK to donate 100 million surplus coronavirus...

      British Council: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to publish the business case for the closure of British Council offices.

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of reductions to the aid budget on global levels of child...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Hunt Class, (b) Sandown Class, (c) Scimtar Class, (d) Archer Class and (e) River Class ships the Royal Fleet Auxiliary has in service.

    • Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what safety assessment his Department undertook of the Ajax tank programme before it was commissioned.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procurement process his Department followed for the commissioning of the Ajax tank programme.

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to deter Russian aggression towards Ukraine; and what steps he plans to take in the event of an escalation of that...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support is being offered to Ukraine to help counter any military action by Russia.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the length of time that the British Army’s RWMIK Land Rovers will remain in service.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she is making to (a) backdate benefit payments to Afghan refugees and (b) reduce the delay in payments to those refugees.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to introduce a non-repayable childcare grant for parents on low incomes entering work on a similar basis to the...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the Covid Local Support Grant scheme.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking along with the Ministry of Defence to improve the (a) application process for and (b) time taken to...

      Cold Weather Payments and Household Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) providing a £50 one-off payment to people eligible for the Cold Weather...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help increase the representation of disabled people in the workforce.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to promote a sustainable pensions industry at COP26.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of legacy benefits for people with severe disabilities.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Second Report of Session 2021–22, Disability employment gap, published on 30 July 2021, if she will accept the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has (a) undertaken an assessment of or (b) reviewed a published study on the environmental risk of...

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed policy requirement for anaerobic digestion...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence his Department has used to inform any policy or legislation on the use of electric (a) fencing, (b) netting...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of trends in (a) global and (b) national supplies of commercial timber supplies up to 2050.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of trends in the annual supply deficit of commercial timber in the UK in each of the...

      Countryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 24 June 2021, HCWS119 on Government response to the Landscapes Review, what...

      Timber: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the compound annual growth rate of UK commercial timber prices in the last two decades.

      Soil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the benefits to soil health of banning the use of ammonium nitrate and urea...

      Tetraethyllead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether HSE conducted an independent assessment of the existence of alternative substitutes in its assessment of whether to...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for phasing out Avgas 100.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason AVGAS 100 was not placed on the very high concern substance list.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on coordinating the...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to update the Clean Air Strategy in light of the (a) Environment Act, (b) Net Zero Strategy and...

      Tetraethyllead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies or organisations made representations to the Health and Safety Executive as part of its assessment of...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on the additional powers and...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase the use of sustainable surface transport by (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants when...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 71453 on Members: Correspondence, what his Department's target date...

      Fisheries: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has in place to support the UK fishing industry in the event that the EU activate provisions of...

      Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional support his Department provides to (a) apple and (b) other crop growers whose crops have failed owing to...

      Fishing Vessels: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on the UK fishing industry by the use of EU Fly-Shooting vessels in UK...

      Invertebrates: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will amend the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] to include all invertebrates.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in the context of the Health and Safety Executive's approach to recommending priority substances for inclusion in Annex 14...

  • Home Office

    • Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason no project licences, requested under the Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986, were refused in 2020.

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support Afghan refugees who do not have a permanent address to open a bank account.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fines and (b) prosecutions have resulted from cases of non-compliance under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in...

      Migrant Workers: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress her Department has made on offering migrant working status for people working in the fishing industry.

      Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has for replacement funding for organisations that currently receive support through the Asylum, Migration and...

      Immigration Rules: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish decision-making guidance for applications for family reunion under paragraph 319X of the Immigration Rules.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans for the Afghan citizens resettlement programme to open; and for what reasons the programme has not yet opened.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the legal basis is for refusing entry to the UK to foreign nationals who are deemed non-conducive to the public good; and what...

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences are in operation that use the forced swim test for the screening of antidepressant drugs; and what assessment she has made...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Animals in Science Committee's report entitled Review of the harm benefit analysis in the use of animals in research,...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been received by the places of worship protective security funding scheme, by the religious faith of the...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been received by the places of worship protective security funding scheme, by region of the UK in each of the...

      Motorcycles: Antisocial Behaviour and Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 70255: Motorcycles: Antisocial Behaviour and Crime, if he will make it his policy to...

      Police: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 70254 on Emergency Services: County Durham and with reference to data published in...

      Metropolitan Police: Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to speed up the recruitment and vetting process managed by Shared Services Connected Limited for special constables...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to ensure the timely delivery by local authorities of the Covid-19 business rates additional relief fund.

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when his departmental board last met; and when his Department plans to publish minutes of board meetings held since...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many of the energy performance certificates issued to householders in the last (a) 12 and (b) 24 months have...

      Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing adequate funds to local authorities...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Media: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with social media companies on preventing the exposure of underage children to harmful material.

    • Football: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with terrestrial TV stations to raise the issue of their inability to deliver free to air,...

      Swimming Pools: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase public access to swimming pools.

  • Cop26

  • Prime Minister

    • Newport Wafer Fab

      To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the time taken for publication National Security Adviser's report on the future of Newport WaferFab.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make rail travel more attractive.

    • Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of extending the ‘off peak’ period for rail travel to Fridays to increase the number of people travelling for leisure.

      Railways: Season Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, given the decreased demand for rail travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have, if any, to change flexible season tickets to increase uptake.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the most recent rise in rail fares affected profits from ticket sales; and what assessment, if any, they have made of recent changes in demand for rail travel.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Catheters: Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for requiring Integrated Care Systems to record the number of catheter associated urinary tract infections acquired by...

    • NHS and Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to establish a long-term workforce strategy for the NHS and social care; and what plans they have to present an annual report to both...

      Gambling: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have (1) been referred, and (2) self-referred, to NHS gambling addiction services in England in each of the last five years.

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were hospitalised in England as a result of gambling in each of the last five years.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the local variations in delays to people in all eligible groups receiving the COVID-19 booster vaccination.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any potential child protection issues as a result of primary school age children being put in unregistered schools.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Peers

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether there has been consideration of a prohibition on Members of the House of Lords (1) acting as political or parliamentary consultants, and (2) working for...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Australia and New Zealand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 4 November (HL3304), when the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) will advise on the free...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Israel about the future status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, following the Supreme...

    • Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they removed five Syrian individuals from the UK Sanctions List on 30 September.

      Libya: IRA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to obtain the support of the government of Libya in securing compensation for UK victims of Irish Republican Army terrorism sponsored by...

      Libya: Freezing of Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the decision by the government of Malta to unfreeze Maltese bank accounts held by Libyan citizens, and (2) whether that...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: ThomasLloyd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed investment of up to £25 million in the ThomasLloyd Energy Impact Asian renewable energy investment trust has been approved by the...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: ThomasLloyd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office launched a tender process before proposing an investment of up to £25 million in the...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: ThomasLloyd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used in developing their proposal to invest up to £25 million in the ThomasLloyd Energy Impact Asian renewable energy investment trust; and...

      Armenia: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to join the governments of the United States of America, Germany, France and Canada in formally recognising the Armenian Genocide of 1915–23.

      China: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States of America about the defence of Taiwan following the statement on 21 October by President...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recognise Bashar al-Assad as the head of the government of Syria.

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the report by the Foreign Affairs Committee The UK Government's Response to the Myanmar Crisis, published on 16...

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report The UK Government’s Response to the Myanmar Crisis, published on 16 July;...

      China: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with NATO partners about China's policy towards Taiwan.

      Abdul Jalil al-Singace

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed the imprisonment of activist Abduljalil Al Singace with the government of Bahrain; and if so, when was the most recent discussion.

      Zuhair Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah Abas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed the death sentence of Zuhair Ibrahim Jasim Abdullah with the government of Bahrain; and if so, when was the most recent discussion.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stipulate a reduction in the volume of sewage that water companies can pump into waterways.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries' passport holders are able to use e-gates at UK borders when coming to the UK for short stays; what arrangements they have made to ensure that such...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme; and if not, what plans they have to conduct such a review.

      David Amess

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to convene a meeting between the College of Policing and religious leaders following the murder of Sir David Amess MP.

      Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK's cash network is not exploited by transnational organised crime groups.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Prerogative of Mercy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Pardons have been issued to people in Northern Ireland in the last 25 years.

    • Prerogative of Mercy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a list of names of all those who received a Royal Pardon in Northern Ireland in the last 25 years.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Supreme Court judgment on 13 May 2020 in the case of R vs Adams (Appellant) (Northern Ireland) which related to the validity of an interim custody...

  • Treasury

    • Life Insurance: Foreign Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisation oversees firms which provide life insurance policies for persons in the UK.

    • Cryptocurrencies and Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a new regulatory framework for (1) crypto-asset regulation, and (2) open finance.

      Small Businesses: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of (1) resolved, and (2) settled, cases under the small business compensation scheme.

      Gambling: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much tax the Exchequer received from gambling-related activities in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of problem gamblers in Great Britain; and what research they have undertaken to form this estimate.

    • Social Media: Journalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce guidelines for social media companies on what counts as journalism in the Online Safety Bil.

      World Heritage Sites: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Liverpool losing its UNESCO World Heritage Status; and the reasons of UNESCO's decision.

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times (1) ministers, and (2) officials, from the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have met representatives of the gambling industry since...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Gambling: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths related to gambling harm were recorded in Great Britain in each of the last five years.

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in prison serving (1) a life sentence, (2) an Extended Determinate Sentence, and (3) an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence, by ethnicity.

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, have been assessed by the screening tool for psychological maturity in each year since 2017 for every prison in England and Wales.

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