Written answers

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Mott McDonald work referred to in the Integrated Rail Plan.

    • Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of how the Humber sub-region (East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire) will benefit from the Transpennine Route Upgrade.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HGV licence renewal applications his Department has received each month between November 2020 and October 2021.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has of the scale of (a) backlogs and (b) processing delays within the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Minibuses: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the 101 restriction on D1 licences can be provisionally removed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing drivers to convert...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders at which the phase out of tetraethyl lead as an...

      Railways: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of his Integrated Rail Plan on the economy of (a) Yorkshire, (b) York and the (c) the North East...

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to provide further support to the DVLA in helping to reduce the shortage of HGV drivers.

      East Coast Railway Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan is for upgrading the East Cost Mainline.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out how the tunnelling challenges on the Transpennine Route will be addressed to deliver extensive capacity uplifts.

      Supply Chains: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to support recruitment and retention in the transport logistics industry.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a transport freight strategy on the move of freight from road to rail.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Mayor of London and TfL on the timescale for Crossrail being fully operational.

      Ports: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of delays on roads leaving UK ports in December 2021.

      Hydrogen: Charging Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the (a) coverage and (b) accessibility of hydrogen filling stations in the UK.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to help DVLA reduce the backlog of applications for driving licences.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to ensure the Integrated Rail Project includes sufficiently skilled engineers.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the capacity data on the Transpennine Route was not set out in the Integrated Rail Plan.

      Leeds-York Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the increased rail capacity between York and Leeds following his proposed rail improvement works.

      High Speed Two: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has made for the provision of legal advice and financial support to people who have already sold their homes after receiving a...

      High Speed Two: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made for the number of people residing in Hemsworth constituency who sold their homes after receiving a compulsory purchase order...

      High Speed Two: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 74893, how many residential properties were acquired through Statutory Discretion Schemes by...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were successful in their bids to the Green Homes Grant Schemes from Yorkshire and the Humber for...

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were unsuccessful in their bids to the Green Homes Grant scheme for new biomass boilers.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average time taken was to decide an application to the Green Homes Grant scheme.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were successful in their bids to the Green Homes Grant Schemes for new biomass boilers.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government...

      Weetabix: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of Weetabix on the company's alleged use of the practice of fire and...

      Postal Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Universal Service Obligation for letters is being met consistently, in the...

      SME Climate Hub

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK SMEs that have signed up to the SME Climate Hub.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) increase overall R&D intensity, (b) meet the R&D spending target of £22...

      National Grid: Solar Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take in response to the impact of potential solar storms on the UK's energy...

      National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the £10 million of annual funding provided to NC3Rs has been spent on (a) replacing the use of...

      Shipbuilding: Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on implementing proposals to introduce a Home shipbuilding credit guarantee...

      Shipping: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of container shipping prices on UK businesses; and if he will make a...

      UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he travelled to COP26 in Glasgow.

      Wind Power: Celtic Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to use public funding to stimulate the development of floating wind energy projects in the...

      Heat Batteries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has made of the potential merits of the use of heat batteries to absorb surplus renewable generation...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure that there is no energy supplier restrictions or rationing of industrial,...

      Fuel Poverty: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of pensioners in Ealing Central and Acton constituency live in fuel poverty; and what assessment she...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the potential change in the number of households experiencing fuel poverty...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will (a) lift the moratorium on shale gas and (b) take steps to support the safe extraction of the UK's shale gas...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will increase the ring-fence for funding allocated to offshore floating wind in the forthcoming...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a price-cap on liquified petroleum gas for people (a) lacking a...

      Historic Buildings: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to help support historical buildings to become carbon neutral.

      Wind Power: Celtic Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of developing floating wind energy projects in the Celtic Sea.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the viability of creating a UK-based supply chain for floating wind technology.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Licence Lite applications have been made in each year since 2009; and how many were awarded by Ofgem in each...

      Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Northern Ireland will be included in the distribution of employment in the creation of two million green jobs...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to extend to March 2022 or extend indefinitely the validity of already issued Green Homes Grant...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost is to the public purse of personal protective equipment procured through the high priority lane during the covid-19...

    • Covid-19 Testing Taskforce: Andrew Feldman Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who represented Andrew Feldman Associates at the meetings of the Covid-19 Testing Taskforce on (a) 13 April 2020, (b) 17 April 2020, (c)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Hanbury Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Hanbury...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Abingdon Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds minutes of the meetings between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Abingdon...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Meller Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting held on 6 April 2020 between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 67052 tabled by the hon. Member for Westminster North.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Randox Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what outstanding Freedom of Information requests the Department is processing for documents relating to the meeting between the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Randox Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the value of contracts given by the Department to Randox since 2010.

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the latest NICE guidance is on water syringing for the removal of ear wax.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to prevent people with links to private health companies from sitting on NHS decision-making bodies.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will update the NHS Covid-19 App with a QR code to enable children between the ages of 12 and 15 to provide evidence of their...

      NHS Foundation Trusts and NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to ensure that NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are the default providers for NHS services.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Health and Care Bill includes adequate provisions to enable the (a) scrutiny and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including confirmation of a third covid-19 booster vaccination on the NHS Covid-19...

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing engagement of GPs in the Community Pharmacy Consultation...

      General Practitioners: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the recruitment and integration of staff in GP practices in (a) the Northwest, (b) Greater...

      Ophthalmic Services: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to introduce digital tools for the (a) referral, (b) diagnosis and (c) management of patients with...

      Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) promote awareness of different types of cancer and (b) encourage people to seek early help.

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provision there is for micro suction for ear wax removal across NHS England; how many micro suction facilities are available in (a)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when young people aged 16 and 17 will be offered a second dose of the covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of covid-19 secure transport options for people classed as clinically extremely...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the vaccination of children on the transmission of covid-19.

      Infectious Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the existence of the Report: Exercise Alice Middle East Respiratory Virus Coronavirus (MERS-Cov) 15 February 2016 was first brought...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government intends to add the Sputnik V Gamaleya covid-19 vaccine to the approved list of vaccines for the purposes of quarantine...

      Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to coordinate the delivery of flu and covid-19 vaccines to allow people to receive both at the same time.

      Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Office for Health Improvements and Disparities’ investigation into possible breaches of the prohibition of...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what measures are in place to ensure that people who have received the covid-19 booster injection have their vaccine status updated on...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of further integration between all areas of primary care.

      Mental Health Services: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the funding announced for parent and infant mental health in the Spending Review 2021 will support the expansion of specialised...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle the backlog in disabled children’s health services.

      Tourette's Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve referral pathways and diagnostic rates for people with Tourette's Syndrome in Yorkshire...

      Osteoporosis: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of levels of osteoperosis among people from lower socio-economic backgrounds; and what public health steps he...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the £100 million announced for parent and infant mental health in the Spending Review 2021 will be spent on perinatal and/or...

      Osteoporosis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether medical guidelines encourage medical professionals to recommend all people over the age of 50 who suffer a bone fracture to be...

      Fractures: Radiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take with relevant medical professionals to assess the potential merits of using bone scans to (a) diagnose the risk...

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of vacancies in NHS social care settings.

      Carers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many carers have been hired by the NHS in each month in the past year.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Community Diagnostic Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all 100 community diagnostic hubs implement NICE guideline NG78 to include diagnostic tests to...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the mental health recovery plan will set out specific measures to support access to mental health support for people with...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle the backlog in disabled children's health services.

      Remote Working: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased levels of home working on people's mental health.

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has had discussions with HM Treasury on the potential merits of introducing free dental care for cancer patients.

      Primary Health Care: Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of funding raised by the Health and Social Care Levy will be allocated to supporting primary healthcare.

      Artificial Insemination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with representatives of NICE on aligning English guidance on fertility with that guidance in Scotland and...

      Mental Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on developing novel, seamless funding mechanisms for programmes of mental health research as recommended in...

      Osteoporosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to increase research funding for osteoporosis.

      Ambulance Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the wellbeing of ambulance staff operating at Resource Escalation Action Plan Level...

      Ambulance Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of ambulance staff in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) other areas of the UK.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he is having with NHS England on the adoption of the optimum clinical pathway developed by the National Neurosciences...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of how many NHS staff are eligible to pay the immigration health surcharge.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve the support offered to families whose children have additional learning needs, disability or special...

    • Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing schools to use unspent budget for period products on other essential...

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the likely levels of discrepancy between the (a) skills and geographic location of people looking for work...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Home Secretary and (b) Secretary of State for Transport on the (i) efficacy and (ii) future development...

    • Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 to enable...

      Women's Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Bronzefield, published on 16 November 2021, whether he plans to implement...

      Bronzefield Prison: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Bronzefield, published on 16 November 2021, what steps he is taking to...

      Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Bronzefield, published on 16 November 2021, what steps he is taking to...

      Young Offenders: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling young offender institutions to access free period products.

      Dic Penderyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will conduct a review of the case for recommending a pardon for Dic Penderyn.

      Offenders: Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) impact of defendant neurodiversity in convictions deemed unsafe on appeal and (b) prevalence of defendant...

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK Export Finance: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what public expenditure was allocated for the hiring of (a) interim managers, (b) specialist contractors and (c) temporary members of staff...

    • Healthcare UK: Randox Laboratories and SEEK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Healthcare UK has provided export-promotion or business services to (a) Randox, (b) Seek Group and (c) PepTCell Ltd since January 2019.

      Department for International Trade: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the contract agreed by her Department on 26 August 2021 for provision of an Export Support Services Contact Centre, how...

      Department for International Trade: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the contract agreed by her Department on 26 August 2021 for provision of an Export Support Services Contact Centre, if she...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Slovakia: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking with international partners to ensure that religious liberties and human rights are...

    • Environment Protection: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will publish a response to EDM 645 on Protection and support for environmental human rights defenders.

      Department for International Development: Randox Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total value of contracts awarded by the former Department for International Development to Randox has...

      Ghana: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to her counterpart in Ghana on the proposed Promotion of Proper Human Sexual...

      Ethiopia: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent an escalation of religious or belief-based violence in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 31 August 2021, reference RL26196.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reversing recent reductions in funding to demining programmes.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) humanitarian and (b) diplomatic support she is giving to Afghan refugees with links to the UK who have...

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on vulnerable communities of reductions in UK aid for demining efforts.

      Qatar: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Government of Qatar on ensuring the safety and fair treatment of migrant...

      GCHQ: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union's July 2020 Schrems II judgement and the recently...

      GCHQ: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the recently reported contract awarded to Amazon Web Services, for what reasons GCHQ did not contract its...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Performance Related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many officials in her Department recently received a non-consolidated performance payment, by (a) gender, (b)...

      GCHQ: Amazon Web Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to enable Parliamentary scrutiny of the cloud computing contract between Amazon Web Services and...

      Mozambique: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the security situation in northern Mozambique; and what Official Development...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Air Force: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many exercises the RAF have completed over the past three years; and what information his Department holds on where those exercises took place.

    • Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45090, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, if he will place in the...

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45126, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, what conclusions were drawn...

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45127, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Working Hours, how many and what proportion of MGS...

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45127, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Working Hours, if he will commit to ensuring that no...

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45127, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Working Hours, whether a fatigue risk management...

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45090, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, how many and what proportion...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all evidence from the former Department of Social Security is preserved when deciding upon Armed...

      War Pensions: Applications

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

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Watchkeeper's original budget was.

      Weeton Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the establishment of the Army's headquarters in the North West at Weeton Barracks.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Long Covid: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made made of the potential merits of classifying Long Covid as a disability, for the purposes of giving employment...

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department plans to take to help ensure that (a) managed payments to landlords are paid in full in a timely manner and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she will publish the Department for Work and Pensions report into the efficacy of benefits sanctions.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent comparative assessment her Department has made of level of monies received by pensioners on (a) the former basic State Pension and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether suppliers of (a) lignite, (b) pet coke, (c) coffee logs, (d) wine logs and (e) olive logs are required to prove that...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the public purse of the badger cull programme; and whether his...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Randox Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the value of contracts given by (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards...

      Water Direct Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of expanding the Water Direct scheme; and if he will ensure that that...

      Water Companies: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that the data sharing powers conferred under the Digital Economy Act 2017 are being fully utilised to help...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendation of the CCW independent affordability...

      Water Charges: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the role of the Landlord TAP scheme in helping water companies to identify financially...

      Rivers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding is available to support (a) equipment to improve river safety and (b) organisations who provide support for...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government will take to ensure effective collaboration on air quality between councils and other relevant...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 1 September 2021, referenced RL26044.

    • Animals in Science Regulation Unit: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Animals in Science Regulation Unit annual reports for 2019 and 2020 will be published.

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of non-compliance cases reported in each of the last five years under the Animal Scientific Procedures Act 1986...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many judicial review proceedings there are in respect of her Department; and if she will provide a breakdown of the number of judicial...

      Animal Experiments: Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to (a) maintain and (b) enforce the ban on animal testing of cosmetics.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on the opening of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the cases of constituents' family members raised by hon. Members are considered under the Afghan...

      Protest: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) if drones are used by the police to monitor protests that protesters are aware that aerial...

      Community Safety Partnerships: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) total members of staff have been working for each Community Safety Partnership in Hertfordshire for...

      Nationality and Borders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Nationality and Borders Bill on the human rights of those seeking asylum under the 1951...

      Undocumented Migrants: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the 2020-21 budget is for housing illegal migrants.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of small boat crossings in the Channel.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the nationalities of all individuals who have arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats since...

      Nationality and Borders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason it would not be reasonably practicable for notice to be given to a person to be deprived of citizenship under clause 9 of...

      Schools: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 70295 on Schools: EU Countries, what were the results of the impact assessment of the...

      Entry Clearances: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) expediting visa applications and (b) reconsidering applications for asylum for...

      Asylum: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether additional funding will be made available to local authorities with higher placements of asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have been denied asylum have been removed from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are waiting to be removed from the UK having exhausted the appeals process in their asylum applications.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason people who have been refused asylum are able to access accommodation and other financial support from UK Visas and Immigration.

      TNT Express: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport deliveries, despatched by her Department's contracted courier service TNT, were not delivered within five days.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding was allocated to the UK Resettlement Scheme for (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing measures to prevent (a) regulated donees from accepting...

    • Voting Methods: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October to Question 58512 on Voting Methods: Visual Impairment, what assessment he has made...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in the context of proposed boundary changes, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen the representation of the...

      Elections: Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing measures which extend the imprint rules to digital...

      Companies: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing measures to require that any private or public company...

      Organisations: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing measures to require unincorporated associations that...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will consult on the maximum fine the Electoral Commission can impose on individuals and organisations for breaking...

      Housing: Sandymoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Sandymoor development on local (a) roads, (b) schools, (c)...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will commit to reforming public sector land policy to ensure that affordable housing can be delivered more quickly.

      Buildings: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps in the forthcoming planning Bill to ensure that all new developments, both domestic and commercial...

      Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the continued use of combustible materials in building materials.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to encourage the (a) construction of bungalows and (b) increase of the supply of those...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on the Government’s review of central Government land.

    • Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help achieve net zero through procurement in the Home Office.

      Cabinet Office: Stonewall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department's departmental and public agency spending on (a) services provided by and (b) contracts...

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that other Government departments use data to inform policy...

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) civil and (b) public servant roles will move out of London under the...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that people who do not use online resources are able to...

      Coronavirus: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2021 to Question 73818, on Coronavirus: Public Inquiries, whether there...

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in respect of correspondence between the...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional resources his Department plans to put in place to enable businesses to talk to representatives of HMRC in person about tax returns and...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2021 to Question 58753 on Corporation Tax, whether the Government supports the inclusion of a carve-out for financial...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has plans to include period pants as women’s sanitary products for VAT purposes.

      International Monetary System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the appropriate fraction of Special Drawing Rights received this year to re-channel into support for poorer countries.

      International Monetary System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the appropriate fraction of UK Special Drawing Rights received this year to re-channel via Multilateral Development Banks.

      International Monetary System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of rechannelling (a) 10, (b) 25, (c) 50 and (d) 100 per cent of Special Drawing Rights received this...

      Liverpool Victoria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether representatives of the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority have held discussions on the immediate future of the...

      Banks: Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2021 to Questions 68337 and 68338 on Banks: Corporation Tax, whether his Department has made an estimate of the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to raise the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) threshold; and what recent assessment she has made of the impact of that threshold...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the full Barnett consequential is to Wales of the proposed Integrated Rail Plan.

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Cleveland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 75874, on which dates on and after 1 July 2021 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has (a) met, and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure that the process for the appointment of the Charity Commission Chair is independent.

    • Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the outcome of the consultation on changes to the Electronic Communications Code.

      Businesses: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact and cost to businesses, specifically smaller businesses, of the Information...

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has made on diversifying cloud supply as part of diversifying the 5G supply chain; and if she will make a...

      Digital Technology: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of digital exclusion in the North East on the ability of individuals to access (a)...

      Semiconductor Devices: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on supporting the semiconductor industry to...

  • Prime Minister

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of delays to driving licence renewals; and when they expect these issues will be resolved.

    • Driving Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 18–19 year olds, (2) 20–29 year olds, (3) 30–39 year olds, (4) 40–49 year olds, (5) 50–59 year olds, (6) 60–69...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Overseas Workers: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect new visa requirements have had on the movement of UK residents seeking employment in the tourism sector in Europe.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of miles that women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, are held from their home address.

    • Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 to 29, broken down by ethnicity.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, have previously been in local authority care in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled women have been imprisoned aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is available to women prisoners aged 18 to 24 for (1) education, and (2) training; and at what age the provision changes.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the ethnic breakdown of women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, for each of the last 10 years.

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 and above, went to prison in each of the last 10 years; what was the sentence length in each case; and what type of...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional months beyond tariff people serving an indeterminate sentence are held on average.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Iran regarding the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospect for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison in Iran.

      Azerbaijan: Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that the Azerbaijani army has moved towards the Lachin-Kelbajar region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to improve the (1) reliability, and (2) coverage, of air quality monitoring in the UK.

    • Horticulture: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of labour shortages in the ornamental horticulture sector on UK tree growers; and whether labour shortages in this...

      Rivers: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times raw sewage has been discharged into rivers in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Sewage: Lake District

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 9 November (HL3061), whether the number of spillages from United Utilities treatment...

      Water Companies: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech 'A water industry that works for everyone' by the then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 1 March 2018 in which...

      Water: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a table showing the harmful substances released by each water company into rivers and seas.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect the requirement for visas to enter the UK from Europe has had on (1) tourism from Europe, and (2) the UK economy.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Building Britain Back Commission Levelling up and the Housing Challenge, published on 5 November; and what...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Shared Prosperity Fund has (1) retained ring fenced funding for rural areas, and (2) matched previous EU funding before 2024–25; and, in each...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministers: Official Gifts and Hospitality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many gifts or instances of hospitality have been received by (1) ministers, and (2) officials, from representatives of the gambling industry in each of the...

    • Northern Ireland Protocol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of triggering Article 16 on the remainder of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

      Freight: Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent flow of freight vehicles travelling between Great Britain and continental Europe.

      Freight: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent flow of freight vehicles travelling between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

  • Treasury

    • Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to cut VAT on the lowest cost electric vehicles.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Training

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what outside organisations are currently providing (1) training, and (2) guidance on workplace culture and behaviour, to the House of Lords; and what is the...

    • House of Lords: Equality

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many staff are employed in the House of Lords on work related to diversity and inclusion; and how much such work costs.

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