Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Intergrated Rail Plan considers its interconnectivity with other modes of public transport.

    • Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the target of 4,000 new UK-made zero emission buses will be met.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Integrated Rail Plan, what specific upgrades are planned for the line connecting Liverpool and Warrington; and when his...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of the potential merits of removing the Golborne Link section of the Phase 2b portion of HS2 as part of the...

      Buses: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on (a) the Interbus Agreement, (b) the 90 day rule and (c) UK coach tour drivers travel in Europe.

      Overseas Workers: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with EU officials on the potential impact of the 90 in 180 day rule on UK citizens working in the EU.

      Courier Services and Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the experience following the UK's departure from the EU of light haulage and express couriers...

      Buses: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) employment, (b) recruitment and (c) retention of bus drivers.

      London Underground: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of TfL on the application and selection process for drivers on the London Underground.

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to provide a further funding to Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Newport West constituency who have yet to receive refunds for flights cancelled during the pandemic.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to broaden the UK's recognition of covid-19 vaccination status with respect to vaccines administered overseas...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage train operators to operate more affordable and flexible services.

      South West Railway Line: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the timeframe for the (a) publication of the results of the South Western Railway and Network Rail stakeholder consultation and (b)...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on Managing pavement parking, which closed on 22 November 2021.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 19562 on Parking: Pedestrian Areas and with reference to his Department's consultation on managing...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many available HGV vocational tests were unused in each of the last four weeks.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average waiting time is for a person to (a) receive and (b) renew their driving licence.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Ben Everitt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department had with the hon. Member for...

    • Clean Steel Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will publish its spending proposals for the Clean Steel Fund.

      Diesel Fuel and Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in petrol and diesel prices over the last six months.

      Utilities: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the sustainability of gas suppliers in the UK.

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on staff health and wellbeing of policies on holiday similar to...

      Solar Power: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to the development of space based solar power.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has attended a working group as part of the MultiParty Talks on Legacy.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meeting he has held with victims groups as part of the Multiparty Talks on Legacy.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings he has held with political party leaders as part of the Multiparty Talks on Legacy.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to respond to Question 59717 on UK Shared Prosperity Fund tabled by the hon. Member for East Londonderry on 20 October 2021.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Steve Brine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds on (a) meetings and (b) correspondence with the hon. Member for Winchester since March 2020.

    • Jonathan Djanogly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds on (a) meetings and (b) correspondence with the hon. Member for Huntington since March 2020.

      Alun Cairns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds on (a) meetings and (b) correspondence with the hon. Member for the Vale of Glamorgan since March 2020.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Randox Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contributions of the Minister for Care and Mental Health of 17 November 2021, Official Report, Column 595,...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Question 44335, tabled on 7 September 2021, and Question 60402, tabled on 21 October 2021, on Coronavirus: Vaccination,...

      General Practitioners: Shifnal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) hold discussions with Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG on extending the provision of GPs services in Shifnal and (b)...

      Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce diagnosis times for endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome in (a) Enfield, (b)...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will clarify guidance on the ability for a prescription for medical cannabis given by a specialist to subsequently be taken over by...

      Transplant Surgery: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that scheduled donor transplants go ahead during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Mechanical Thrombectomy: Robotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research his Department has conducted on robotics in the delivery of mechanical thrombectomy; and whether his Department has plans...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to the letter dated 6 July 2021 from the hon. Member for Enfield North on funding for public health...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 6 August 2021, reference RL24481.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 61225, tabled by the hon. Member for St. Albans on 22 October 2021.

      Midwives: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many student midwives have died as a result of covid-19 from March 2020 to November 2021.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 61224, tabled by the hon. Member for St. Albans on 22 October 2021.

      Catheters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the management of urinary catheters in (a) NHS hospitals and (b) the community.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle staff shortages in the cancer diagnostic workforce.

      Salbutamol: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of allowing non-prescribed storage of salbutamol inhalers in commercial...

      Social Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using recruitment and retention payments to tackle staff shortages in the social...

      Social Services: Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of local authority referrals into social care are allocated to occupational therapists.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1...

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prevent unnecessary patient journeys as set out in the NHS's plan for Delivering a Net Zero...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of monitored dosage systems by pharmacies.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allocate more funding for Alzheimer diagnosis and treatment.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Royal College of Physicians’ 2020 census finding that 38 per cent of advertised consultant posts were...

      Midwives: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to retain NHS midwives.

      Ambulance Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the East of England Ambulance Service's average response time was for (a) category 1 calls, (b) category 2 calls, (c) category 3...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the delegation of certain specialised services to Integrated Care Systems (ICS) under proposed reforms to the NHS, when...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nursing vacancies there are in the NHS.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on reviewing prescription guidelines following the decision by the Competition and...

      Medical Technologies Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) role and (b) responsibilities the Medical Technologies Directorate will have in supporting the (i) uptake and (ii) use of...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of care home staff have received a covid-19 booster vaccine.

      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 58745 on Smoking tabled by the hon. Member for East Londonderry on 19 October 2021.

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of increasing student loan contributions for graduates on the accessibility of higher education...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will carry out an impact assessment of potential increases to student loans contributions on graduates’ standard of living.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the financial impact of interest-bearing student loans on Muslim students.

      Department for Education: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020,...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary schools have (a) been opened and (b) closed by (i) local authority area and (ii) constituency in each year since 1997.

      Condition Improvement Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many repair projects funded by the Condition Improvement Fund in 2021-22 (a) have been completed and (b) are on-track to be completed by summer...

      National Leaders of Education: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many National Leaders of Education (NLEs) have been trained over the last twelve months.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many hours of financial education are required to be taught to pupils at (a) primary and (b) secondary school.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils have received (a) at least one and (b) more than one tutoring session as part of the National Tutoring Programme as at 24 November 2021.

      Business: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's most recent policy is on the teaching of enterprise education in schools.

      Arts: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential contribution of the arts and creative development subjects to secondary school pupils' education...

      NHS: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will have discussion with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the merits of using the NHS Number as a single unique identifier...

      Schools: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of covid-19 anti-vaccination protests outside school gates (a) nationally, (b) regionally...

      Schools: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many incidents of anti covid-19 vaccination protestors harassing schools and pupils have been recorded in 2021 as of 22 November 2021.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have been supported by the Behaviour Hubs programme as of 24 November 2021.

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a specific arts premium in the education system.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report entitled Unlocking Potential, A review of education in prison, published in May 2016, what progress has been made in...

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 87 of the Justice Select Committee's report on Prison Population 2022, published in March 2019, whether his Department has made...

      Women's Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the announcement of 23 January 2021 on Extra funding for organisations that steer women away from crime, how many of the 500 new...

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women entered prison between June 2020 and June 2021 to serve a sentence of (a) less than one month, (b) 2 to 3 months, (c) 4 to 6 months, (d)...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what need was identified for the 2,000 additional temporary prison places announced in the Budget and Spending Review 2021; where those additional...

      Coroners: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the role of the volunteers service in the coroner's court system; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential...

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted for driving whilst disqualified in (a) London and (b) England in each of the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Court of Appeal decision in R. (on the application of Motherhood Plan) v HM Treasury [2021] EWHC 309 (Admin), published on 24...

    • National Insurance: Newport West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the rise in Employer National Insurance Contributions from April 2022 on (a) employment rates and...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data is (a) collected and (b) analysed by HM Revenue and Customs on staff working locations, patterns of working in person and remotely, and times at...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls made to the HMRC employers helpline were (a) answered and (b) not answered, within five minutes, in each of the last 36 months.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has set targets for the length of time callers to HMRC's helpline for queries on self-assessment tax returns should wait before their call is...

      Self-employmed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect of the phasing out of Government covid-19 support on the number of the self-employed; and...

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data is (a) collected and (b) analysed by his Department on staff working locations, patterns of working in person and remotely, and times at which...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps the Government has taken on spending £9.2 billion on energy efficiency measures over the course of the 2019 Parliament.

      Credit Cards: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of credit card debt small businesses have accumulated since the outbreak of covid-19 in (a) England and...

      Treasury: Taskforce On Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform relevant to his Department.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the situation in (a) Marib and (b) Al-Hudaydah in Yemen.

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her international partners to help ensure access for humanitarian aid to Marib...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make it her policy to allocate increased funding to local women and girl-led organisations that play a...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans she has to ensure that gender equality remains a strategic priority for her Department.

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has suspended or re-allocated any Official Development Assistance to Ethiopia in the last three months.

      Ethiopia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) UK nationals and (b) people with leave to remain in the UK are registered with her Department as...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will take steps to introduce a Government strategy for atrocity prevention.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the political and human rights situation in Egypt.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support British soft power overseas.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the government of Iran on (a) Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, (b) Anoosheh...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the prospects for a negotiated peace settlement in Yemen.

      Ethiopia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support she is providing to (a) internally displaced people and (b) refugees in the region in response to the...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps she has taken to strengthen the UK’s economic and security relationship with Israel.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2021 to Question 66188, on China: Olympic Games, when the Government plans to...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans her Department has made for UK political and diplomatic representation at the 2022 Beijing Winter...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) her United States counterpart and (b) other international counterparts on...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to have discussions with the British Olympic Association on its participation in the 2022...

      Africa: LGBT people

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support LGBTQ+ people in refugee camps in Africa.

      Somalia: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department takes to ensure that at least one official from her Department is present during all (a)...

      Malawi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the political situation in Malawi.

      South Africa: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the murder rate in South Africa; and if she will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning and Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will restore funding for (a) women and girls to access family planning and contraceptive supplies and (b)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether British munitions were responsible for the explosion at Archers Post Training Area in 2021 that injured a civilian.

    • Army: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what injuries were sustained by the civilian who was hit by unexploded ordnance at Archers Post Training Area in 2021; what the (a) age, (b) gender and...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the non-military development agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the Government that applies to the sovereign base areas,...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Cyprus Environment Department Strategic Environmental Assessment opinion regarding the Non Military Development Policy statement that...

      Glencorse Barracks: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to amend the number of personnel at Glencorse Barracks from that as of 25 November 2021.

      Ranger Regiment: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to deploy new equipment with the Rangers Regiment.

      Clyde Naval Base: Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question 74892, what the location is of the High Reach vehicle that the Scottish Fire and Rescue service...

      Porton Down: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish benchmarking data on the pay disparity between Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory staff and those directly employed by his...

      Sentinel Aircraft: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value is of his Department's contract to sell the retired Sentinel R1 fleet to the US.

      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 45089, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, how much of the estimated...

      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 45088, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, if he will place in the...

      Ministry of Defence: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid out in bonuses to civilian personnel in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls relating...

      Ministry of Defence: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to move civil servant jobs in (a) his Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies and government agencies associated with his...

      Bassingbourn Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to close Bassingbourn Barracks.

      Porton Down: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of a potential pay disparity between employees of the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory and those directly...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 Destroyers have undergone work to upgrade their propulsion system through the Power Improvement Project; and when does he expect all...

      Porton Down: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff have left the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory in each of the last three years.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer 17 November 2021 to Question 73729, on Army: Costs, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost to his Department of...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the online application form linked from the Gov.uk webpage entitled Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy: further information on...

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 45090, on Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, how many of the 20...

      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 45089, Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, whether a value-for-money...

      Ministry of Defence: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian personnel in his Department have left on average in each year since 2015.

      UN Climate Conference 2021: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2021 to Question 75126 on UN Climate Conference 2021: Government, how many Ministers in his Department travelled...

      Armed Forces: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on fully exempting military compensation from financial assessments for...

      China: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has held discussions with the Foreign Secretary on potential UK Government support for the Government of Taiwan in the context of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Kickstart scheme in the (a) arts, (b) digital, (c) creative and (d) cultural sectors; if she...

    • Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have been required to attend more than one appointment at a Jobcentre within a two week period in each of the last six...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the £156 million committed in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 to provide job finding support for disabled...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many responses her Department received to its Health and Disability Green Paper consultation; and how many people with lived experience of...

      Autism and Hyperactivity: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to help ensure that women with autism and/or ADHD are consulted in order that their lived experience...

      Jobcentres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentres have reported multiple covid-19 cases in each of the last six months.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many face-to-face appointments have taken place in Jobcentres in each of the last six months.

      Welfare State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to tackle stigmatisation of welfare claimants.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the Child Maintenance Service has taken formal action against an employer that has failed to meet the requirements of a...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to ensure that disabled people have been able to co-produce the Health Transformation Programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the (a) impact and (b) financial impact on claimants of (i) the three month waiting period for the limited...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households received one or more Cold Weather Payments (a) overall and (b) by whether eligibility derived from (i) receipt of pension...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households were eligible for the Cold Weather Payment and lived in a postcode area where Cold Weather Payments were made in that year...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 16 November 2021 to Questions 70219, 70220 and 70221 on Local Housing Allowance, what estimate she has made of the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria that are used by the Risk Review Team to prompt an investigation into a benefit claim.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claims were suspended as a consequence of the Risk Review Team investigating those claims, by claimant nationality, in each...

  • Cop26

    • UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the President of COP26, what estimate he made of the total (a) energy usage and (b) emissions before offsetting by the operation of COP26.

    • Climate Change: China

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps he plans to take to help ensure that China is held accountable for the adequacy of its response to climate change.

      Coal: China and India

      To ask the President of COP26, what assessment he has made of the actions that (a) China and (b) India will take to reduce the amount of coal burned in those countries as a result of COP26.

  • Home Office

    • Diplomatic Service: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the security needs of the diplomatic corp in the UK.

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the policy guidance on covid-19 vaccination and isolation in relation to the housing of Afghan refugees in bridging hotels.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of Afghan citizens in bridging hotels who are waiting to be allocated housing.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times police forces outside of London have responded to instances of dangerously parked vehicles since 22 November 2020.

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many permanent speed cameras there are in each Police Authority Area; and how many speed cameras there are per each mile of adopted road...

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling the British Transport Police to access train operating companies' on...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities in England have accepted Afghan refugees; and how many refugees each of those local authorities have accepted.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan citizens have been granted leave to remain since 1 September 2021.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure the equity of her Department's decisions to grant indefinite leave to remain to Afghans and spouses of...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to reduce the waiting time for replacement biometric residence permits.

      Immigration Controls: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2021 to Question 51783 on the revised policy on overseas fee waivers, how many urgent applications...

      Immigration: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the staffing level is of the West Midlands account manager office dealing with immigration cases.

      Skilled Workers: Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her visa and immigration policies of the shortage in the UK of specific skills...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter dated 11 August 2021 from the Rt hon. Member for Warley, regarding Mrs Nzussu.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 9 September 2021 from the hon. Member for Warley, regarding Mr Yeung.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what provisions are in place for British nationals who are in the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy or...

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to announce details of the remainder of the £5 billion Building Safety Fund, including how to apply for...

      Affordable Housing: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent estimate he has made of the number of affordable homes (a) supplied and (b) required to meet demand in the...

      Owner Occupation: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to introduce national schemes or grants for home-owners on a low income to undertake...

      Private Rented Housing: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate his Department has made of changes in the number of short-term private rented lettings in the North East...

      Democracy: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will carry out an assessment of how the (a) Elections Bill and (b) the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022.

      Islam: Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department took to mark Islamophobia Awareness Month 2021.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020,...

    • Scotland Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls...

      Scotland Office: UN Climate Conference 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2021 to Question 75126 on UN Climate Conference 2021: Government, how many Ministers in his Department travelled...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Teesside Freeport: Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 78372, Teesside Freeport: Switzerland, which products that were previously subject to...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made in securing free trade agreements.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

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

      Environment Protection: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to increase foreign investment in the UK’s green industries.

      UK Trade with EU: Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the market access barriers resolved by her Department in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 up to 1 November 2021 have related to...

      World Trade Organization

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to reform and improve the World Trade Organisation.

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made in securing UK membership of the CPTPP.

      Overseas Trade: Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the announcement on 22 September 2021 of an end to the ban on the export of UK lamb to the United States, when she plans...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Swimming Pools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many public swimming pools have remained closed since being closed in 2020 in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Football Index: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to compensate people who lost money as a result of the collapse of Football Index; and if she...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on (a) implementing a place-based, community-centred approach to air...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to update the Daily Air Quality Index to align it more closely with the new World Health Organisation air...

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to section 57 of the Environment Act 2021, whether all local authorities in England will be required to...

      Avian Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether additional resources have been allocated to (a) Animal and Plant Health Agency and (b) other bodies to tackle the...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect communities against the risk of flooding.

      Water: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the health of people participating in river-based activities, such as...

      Fishery Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on access to fisheries.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act specified in the Information Pack for the next Quinquennial...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to protect public rights of access where tree planting, funded by Government grants, takes place on open...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the supply of wine and spirits over the festive period 2021-22.

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent a mass cull of pigs in the UK.

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to publish its action plan coordinating a year of domestic action on LGBT issues, in the run up to the global conference,...

    • Special Envoy on LGBT Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Prime Minister last met his Special Envoy for LGBT Rights.

      Government Equalities Office: York

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has plans to move civil servant jobs in (a) her Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies and government agencies associated with...

      Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Answer of 14 June 2021 on Racial Discrimination: Technology, when a response to the The Independent Commission on Race and...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Licences: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average processing times of applications for the renewal of driving licences made online; and what steps they are taking to...

    • Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to initiate an independent inquiry into (1) the market for the hire of private aircraft, (2) the level of observance of current regulations...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why fewer than 25 per cent of new public electric vehicle charging points installed in the last three months were rapid chargers; and how they plan to increase the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Newport Wafer Fab: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the acquisition of semiconductor manufacturer Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), by a Chinese company, in particular in the light of (1)...

    • Heat Pumps: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of their target of reducing the cost of heat pumps by between a quarter and a half by 2025, as set out in the...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of combined heat and power systems; both as an alternative to gas and in relation to climate change targets.

  • Department for Education

    • Music: GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many school pupils in England have taken (1) GCSE, and (2) A Level, music in each year since 2011.

    • Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the second National Plan for Music Education.

      Home Education: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the High Court decision in Goodred v Portsmouth City Council [2021] EWHC 3057, what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities are aware of...

      Children: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the access to healthy food for primary school children.

      Broadband: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that 3,835 schools are in postcodes which do not have access to full-fibre broadband; and what steps they are taking to...

      Education: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to create an apolitical organisation to lead an independent consultation on reforming the education (1) curriculum, and (2)...

      Academies: Pre-school Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a freestanding pre-school is not permitted to be a member of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) unless it is partnered with a single primary school; and what...

      English Language and Mathematics: GCSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many English state school students who applied for undergraduate studies at UK universities for the academic year 2020–21 did not have any (1) Maths...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Extended Determinate Sentences, (2) Extended Sentences of Detention, and (3) sentences for offenders of particular concern, were imposed in each of...

    • Gambling: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been prosecuted for supplying illegal, unregulated, or black market gambling services in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiations with the US about lifting the US tariffs on UK-produced steel; and when they expect those tariffs to be lifted.

    • Iron and Steel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the competitiveness of UK-produced steel in the US market compared to that of steel produced in the EU in the 12 month period (1)...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international partners on delivering the funding required to help countries in the global south tackle climate change.

    • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and what steps they are taking, if any, to support that work.

      AUKUS: Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the trilateral security pact between the UK, US and Australia, known as AUKUS, complies with (1) Article 1 of the...

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the governments of European allies, and (2) NATO allies, regarding the (a) political, and (b) security, situation in...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of human rights abuses against (1) peaceful protesters, and (2) minority groups, in Turkey.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent violence on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, what steps they are taking to secure agreement between the governments of those...

      Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and what discussions they plan to have with the High...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to renew British troop presence in EUFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have spent on recruitment campaigns to the uniformed military services, broken down by service arm.

    • Armed Forces: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the (1) British Army, (2) Royal Air Force, and (3) Royal Navy there are; and what were the figures for each service for each of the last...

      Armed Forces: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unfilled posts in the (1) British Army, (2) Royal Air Force, and (3) Royal Navy; and what percentage of...

      Army: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many uniformed British Army personnel are based in the UK, broken down by home nation.

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been successfully recruited to the (1) British Army Reserve, (2) RAF Reserve, and (3) Royal Naval...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the pressure on the management of non-quota species and the impact this will have on the UK Inshore Fisheries fleet.

    • Environment Act 2021

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to engage Parliament in the scrutiny of the interim targets that will be set under section 11 of the Environment Act 2021.

      Fisheries: Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the UK fishing fleet will continue to have access to their natural fishing grounds so that fishing is not displaced by...

  • Home Office

    • Youth Mobility Scheme: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether access to the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is routinely included as part of trade negotiations with other countries.

    • Police: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that 2,500 long-serving police officers and other police staff are working despite not having up-to-date vetting;...

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding negotiating bilateral arrangements for the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa from (1) any EU member state, and (2) any...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will open the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme, announced in August.

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a cap on the total number of visas they will allocate through the Youth Mobility Scheme.

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 November (HL Deb, col 1441), which two new countries will be added to the Youth Mobility Scheme...

      Visas: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many temporary work visas for EU nationals have been approved this year; and how many have been requested by (1) HGV drivers, (2) fuel tanker drivers, (3)...

      Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional protection they have provided to foreign domestic workers in the UK since the passage of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Immigration: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many migrants who initially entered the UK on a student visa were granted the right to settle in each of the past 10 years.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the campaign by Contact for a decent home for every disabled child; and what plans they have (1) to build more (a) accessible,...

    • UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 15 November (HL3617), what assessment they have made of the plans for the UK Holocaust...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cobra: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Cobra meetings have been held in response to the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border.

    • Marriage: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ascertain the number of British citizens currently united in religious-only marriages.

      Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many suicides have been recorded in each region in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the revenue that would be raised by increasing all income tax rates applicable to rental income by 1.25 per cent.

    • Companies: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Chinese companies have representatives participating in advisory groups convened by HM Treasury; and how many meetings Treasury (1) ministers,...

      Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the outstanding loan principal due by the Republic of Ireland has been fully repaid; and what were the total interest payments received from the Republic...

      Asylum: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much tax revenue has been generated by those granted asylum in the UK for the financial year 2019–20.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact assessments on the societal cost of problem gambling they have undertaken to inform their proposed white paper on gambling reform.

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