Written answers

Thursday, 21 April 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ban pavement parking in England.

    • Northern Trains: Rolling Stock and Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to help increase the (a) rolling stock, (b) guards and (c) drivers on the Northern Rail network.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of delays at Dover on Scottish hauliers who transport high value, perishable goods long...

      Offshore Industry and Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether proposed changes to the Harbour Act 1964 to tackle ferry operators paying below the minimum wage will also apply to (a) those operating in the...

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of covid-19 restrictions on learner drivers since March 2020.

      Aircraft: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of reports that aircraft belonging to sanctioned individuals have continued to use UK airfields.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the energy industry on allowing customers to opt-out of receiving the £200 loan...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of rising energy prices on energy-intensive industries.

      Energy: Standing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in energy supply standing charges.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of temporarily reducing the green levy on energy bills in order to...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure businesses pass on reductions in fuel duty to consumers in rural areas.

      Boiler Upgrade Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason hybrid heat pumps are not included in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many smart meters have been installed in each of the last 10 years.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of energy company meter readers that have lost their jobs in the last ten years.

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to enable households to exempt themselves from the Energy Bills Rebate.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support households with the (a) cost of insulation, (b) transition to heat pumps from gas...

      Energy: Standing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of business failures in the energy sector on the amount of standing charge...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make a statement on potential measures under consideration for households to opt out of the £200 energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of rising energy prices on small and medium size enterprises.

      Diesel Fuel: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to ensure that Russian diesel does not arrive in the UK in non-Russian vessels as...

      Electricity: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the capacity of the electricity distribution network to simultaneously...

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the proposed locational marginal pricing system on renewable...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the British energy security strategy, published on 7 April 2022, does not refer to the potential role...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 April 2022 to Question 148402 on Energy: Prices, whether it is technically possible to...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to Question 146611 tabled by the hon. Member for Sefton Central on 24 March 2022.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will ensure as part of its Biomass Strategy that production pathways which generate multiple...

      Individual Voluntary Arrangements: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent the mis-selling of individual voluntary arrangements.

      Long Covid: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding UK Research & Innovation (a) has allocated to work on long covid by financial year to date and (b)...

      Bile Duct Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated through UK Research and Innovation to research into cholangiocarcinoma.

      Post Office: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Post Office Annual Reports and Accounts for 2020-21 will be published.

      Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what return the Government has received on the provision of its grant-funding to the Vaccine Manufacturing and...

      Newport Wafer Fab: Semiconductor Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the significance of Newport Wafer Fab for the UK's semiconductor industry; and what...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to provide advice and support to its employees on LGBT+ inclusion after its membership to...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place a copy of the equality impact assessment undertaken in respect of his Department's decision to suspend...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason his Department has decided not to renew its membership of Stonewall's Diversity Champion programme.

      Postage Stamps: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department are taking to raise public awareness of the stamp swap out scheme.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to Question 141980 tabled by the hon. Member for Sefton Central on 17 March 2022.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Freeports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the establishment of a freeport in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Kidney Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2022 to Question 135529 on Kidney Diseases: Health Services, what steps he is taking to implement the...

    • Kidney Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2022 to Question 135529 on Kidney Diseases: Health Services, what selection process was used for...

      Kidney Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2022 to Question 135529 on Kidney Diseases: Health Services, when the 11 renal clinical networks will...

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional urgent care appointments have been delivered through the £50 million catch up funding for NHS dentistry in...

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many dentists in England have delivered NHS care funded by the additional £50 million announced for NHS dentistry in January 2022.

      Dental Services: Bradford South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional urgent care appointments have been delivered through the £50 million catch up funding for NHS dentistry in...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of charging for covid-19 lateral flow tests on use of those tests.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the context of rising numbers of covid-19 infections in the UK, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact on the...

      Randox Laboratories: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department carried out international price benchmarking on the contract awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd in October 2020.

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list all reports and reviews his Department has undertaken on health inequalities in the last 20 years.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2022 to Question 98916 on Coronavirus: Screening, which body is responsible for the accreditation of...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on sickle cell services.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it will be possible to register a covid-19 lateral flow test result online with the NHS after 1 April 2022 for the purposes of...

      Long Covid: Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce routine screening of blood for micro-clots in patients presenting with long covid.

      Coronavirus: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of current levels of covid-19 hospitalisations; and if he...

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the interim report of the Cass Review, if the Government will adopt the interim advice of reforming the approach to...

      Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that oestrogen hormone replacement therapy products are accessible to those requiring them.

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were on a waiting list to access gender identity services as of 29 April 2022; and what the average length of time a...

      Health Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question 141194 on Health Services: ICT, on what date in April 2022 his Department will hold...

      Health Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question 141194 on Health Services: ICT, in what form his Department will receive and hold...

      Care Workers: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of social care staff in Birmingham who have been dismissed following the introduction of...

      Medical Records: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the amount of paper used in NHS record keeping.

      Social Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact on recruitment in the care sector of ending the infection control fund.

      Health: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what post-covid contracts are being negotiated by NHS England to manage health data as of 31 March 2022.

      Health: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any negotiations are taking place between NHS England and Palantir for contracts to manage health data as of 31 March 2022.

      Health: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what public consultation (a) has been undertaken and (b) is planned for contracts that will affect the management of health data.

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has undertaken on the effectiveness of the incorporation by Clinical Commissioning Groups into their...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is planning to take to help improve access to dialectic behavioural therapy through the NHS.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department provides to relevant clinicians on myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to include school and community-based early intervention provision for children and young people including play and...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on delivering dementia moonshot.

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to the Equality Delivery System, commissioned by the Equality and Diversity Council, since July 2011.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to substantively respond to Questions (a) 124936 on Surgical Mesh Implants: South East, due for Answer on 23 February, (b)...

      Southampton Hospital: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help reduce the cost of living with cystic fibrosis by ensuring hospital car parking is free for adults and...

      Midwives: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to recruit midwives back into full NHS service who continue to work full time hours within the bank...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reinstating access to free covid-19 testing in special schools.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether asymptomatic people who are at greater risk from covid-19, including immunocompromised, clinically vulnerable and clinically...

      Public Health: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the rising cost of living on public health outcomes.

      Long Covid: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of clinical trials in Germany and South Africa that have...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Government's plan to restrict promotions on food and drinks high in...

  • Wales Office

    • Channel Four Television: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential impact of the privatisation of Channel 4 on residents in Newport West...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce PE and sport premium funding for schools for 2022-23; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the total number of children eligible for the early years pupil premium are accessing (a) all of and (b) part of the...

      Educational Institutions: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the comments of the Director of GCHQ on 31 March 2022 on the standard of the UK's cyber security, whether he has made a recent...

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Schools White Paper, if he will include the workforce framework contained in the School teachers' pay and conditions document.

      Universities: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce a register of overseas donations for universities.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for its policies of the publication entitled, Reaching the unseen children:...

      Broadband: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all schools will receive lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband by 2025.

      Musical Instruments: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to enable every child to learn a musical instrument.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Schools White Paper on the means for ensuring high quality provision of Religious...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to take steps to increase school budgets in response to rising energy costs.

      Reading: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on (a) phonics and (b) reading of the recent research report published in the Review...

      Department for Education: Randstad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 31 March 2022, HCWS755 on Education Update, on what date the decision was taken not to renew the contract...

      Textbooks: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer on teaching materials for Ukrainian-speaking and Russian-speaking children (question 145854), what steps he has taken to assure...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Schools White Paper, what plans he has to help ensure there is (a) adequate funding for and (b) uptake of ITT bursaries for...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to take specific steps to promote and encourage teachers to undertake training on racial bias, discrimination and anti-racism.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2022 to Question 111770, on Succession, whether he plans to put in place protections to prevent a convicted...

    • Prison and Probation Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what has the cost to the public purse been of the HMPPS Special Payments Scheme since March 2020.

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions in the 12 months ending 31 March 2022 the independent person appointed to Oakhill secure training centre raised any matters of...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions children in (a) Oakhill secure training centre and (b) each juvenile young offender institution spent 22 hours locked in their...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what data his Department holds for each juvenile young offender institution which shows the number of times an individual child was removed from...

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many records were made under Rule 36(4) of The Secure Training Centre Rules 1998 in respect of the removal of children from association at Oakhill...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Department's transparency data on ministerial travel published on 31 March 2022, whether the £8,012.26 cost of his visit to San...

    • Plastics: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Budget 2020 Policy Costings and the £695 million predicted to be raised by the plastic packaging tax between 2022-23 and...

      Treasury: Photographs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average annual amount spent by his Department is on photographers for the Chancellor; and which budget line and cost category that spending is...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received any recent representations from the Scottish Government on the introduction of a windfall tax in that country.

      Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2022 to Question 147039, on Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid, whether there are customs restrictions on volunteer aid...

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total forecast figure budgeted for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme was when that scheme was launched in June 2020.

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding he has allocated to the £150 household council tax rebate; and what estimate he has made of the total value of the £200...

      Health Services: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the (a) dates and (b) names of organisations and representatives present of any meetings he has held with US healthcare companies since...

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projections he has made about changes in the use of unsecured credit over the next 12 months.

      Cooperatives and Mutual Societies: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to review the regulatory requirement on withdrawable capital for co-operative and mutual banks.

      Banks: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential number of bank branch closures in 2022.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) enabling people with a Help to Buy ISA move their investment to a Lifetime ISA and (b) lifting...

      National Savings Bonds: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to make additional green saving bonds available through National Savings & Investments in 2022.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help those with a Help to Buy ISA benefit from the discount rate, which is at £250,000 housing value, to purchase a property.

      Help to Buy Scheme: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of potential reforms to the Help to Buy ISA that would benefit house buyers in York.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is providing to savers with a Help to Buy ISA so that they can access the Help to Buy ISA discount where they plan to purchase...

      Skrill: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with representatives of Skrill of the potential merits of blocking people in Russia from using that financial service.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Future Regulatory Framework Review, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the representation of consumers...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Mozambique: Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to its analysis of viable renewable energy alternatives to the CTT gas-fired power plant, for what...

    • Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether funds allocated by her Department to the Government of Rwanda under the terms of the UK and Rwanda...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will ask the Minister for Europe and North America to review correspondence from the hon. Member of Falkirk...

      Somaliland: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2022 to Question 139505, what steps she is taking to convene discussions...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will publish a list of people sanctioned under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, broken...

      Ukraine: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what powers the Government has to issue sanctions against companies in third countries that are supporting...

      Ukraine: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what projects in Ukraine have been funded with Overseas Development Assistance in each of the last eight years.

      United Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of adding all members of Vladimir Putin's...

      Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make representations to the Taliban leadership on allowing all girls to return to school immediately.

      Sanctions: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential use of human rights legislation by Russian oligarchs to circumvent...

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government will use Official Development Assistance to fund offshore asylum processing centres in Rwanda.

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what mechanisms her Department has in place to monitor the number of UK citizens overstaying the term of their...

      Duaa Alwadaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the British Ambassador will attend the trial on 3 April 2022 in Bahrain of Duaa Alwadaei, the British-Bahraini...

      Mozambique: Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of CDC Group's support for the export-orientated gas power CTT...

      Somaliland: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussion she has with her international counterparts on providing support to Somaliland to deal with the...

      Mubarak Bala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to introduce Magnitsky sanctions against the prosecutors and judge involved in the imprisonment...

      Bala Mubarak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department plans to engage with the Government of Nigeria on the recent sentencing of Mubarak Bala,...

      Mubarak Bala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Nigerian Government on the imprisonment of Mubarak Bala.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the UK meets its £1billion fair share towards the costs of purchasing (a)...

      Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department is taking steps to encourage other countries to ban conversion therapy.

      Rwanda: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the International Organisation for Migration, (b) states neighbouring Rwanda...

      Papua: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the outcome was of the visit in March 2022 to West Papua by a delegation from the British Embassy in Jakarta.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2022 to Question 148224, on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what quantities of (a)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which companies which put forward bids for the Special Purpose Vessel contract for Navy X.

    • Military Bases: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent (a) on its overseas permanent bases and (b) in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in 2021.

      Ministry of Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what surplus land in Scotland his Department has disposed of in each of the last five years; who the buyer of each of those areas of land was; and how...

      Merlin Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Merlin AW101 Helicopters have been (a) purchased by his Department and (b) are currently in service; and what plans he has to increase the...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to tender for the new contract for the Armed Forces Recruitment Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the data breach in respect of the defence recruitment system took place; and what estimate he has made of the number of candidates who have had...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total through-life value is of the contract with Capita for the Army defence recruitment system.

      Clyde Naval Base and RNAD Coulport: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of uniformed Royal Navy personnel based at (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport are Scottish taxpayers.

      Army: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers left the regular Army in each of the last five years.

      Army: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers (a) joined and (b) left the Army Reserve in each of the last five years.

      Ukraine: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of using surplus accommodation on his Department's sites as temporary housing for Ukrainian refugees.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date her Department made the most recent equality impact assessment of (a) the benefit cap and (b) local housing allowance rates.

    • Housing Benefit: Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the under occupancy charge will be removed in the event that a previously unoccupied room is occupied by Ukrainian refugees hosted...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of parents who are required to pay child maintenance but are failing to meet that requirement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of parents in receipt of child maintenance who have (a) contacted the Child Maintenance...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters have been sent from her Department in the last 12 months that ask GPs to no longer provide their patients who claim...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have benefited from the Kickstart programme since that programme was first launched.

      Pesticides: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will review whether Brodifacoum is safe and appropriate to be using in the open countryside.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential impact on puppy smuggling and similar crimes of introducing...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) work with businesses and food producers to reduce food waste and (b) raise public awareness...

      Recycling: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the development of zero emission technology for the metals recycling sector.

      Metals: Port of Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies have been carried out on the environmental impact of (a) zinc and (b) lead contaminants between Walker Quay and...

      Fertilisers: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the increasing rise in the price of fertiliser.

  • Home Office

    • Rwanda: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that allocations of ODA to Rwanda promote efficacy and value for public money in the implementation of UK...

    • Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Recommendation 6 of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, what progress her Department has made on a comprehensive learning...

      Visas: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that existing Ukrainian students in the UK can sponsor their family members to come to the UK.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the amount of information provided in respect of waiting...

      Domestic Abuse Act 2021

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her latest timetable for the publication of statutory guidance relating to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of adding HGV drivers to the shortage occupation list.

      Visas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who were the eight Russians on Tier 1 Investor visas who were recently sanctioned by the Government.

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her timeframe is for publishing the findings of the review into potential gaps in the law in respect of public sexual harassment, as...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to recommendation 3 of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, how many formal reconciliation events her Department has hosted.

      Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to review the powers of the Independent Chief of Borders and Immigration.

      Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the asylum seeking children living in contingency accommodation have been there for (a) 35 days or less, (b) more than 35 days,...

      Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers living in contingency accommodation have been there for (a) 35 days or less, (b) more than 35 days, (c) more than...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she reintroduce a facility to enable people to collect passports once they have been printed.

      Police: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review into the search of Child Q, what steps she has taken to help ensure that race...

      Animals in Science Regulation Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has she made of the impact of the Animals in Science Regulation Unit on the number of in-person inspections at...

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the data for dog and cat thefts in each police force area in England and Wales for every year since 2010.

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has her Department made of the human rights situation in Rwanda before the Government entered into a partnership agreement...

      Exploitation: Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking in response to allegations that contractors in her Department have paid for sex while accompanying...

      Humanitarian Aid: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the policy intention of the proscription of Hamas was to leave unrestricted the scope for public bodies to support UK-based civil...

      Coronavirus: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason some covid-19-related offences were recordable; and in what circumstances those offences would need to be disclosed.

      Clearsprings Ready Homes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure value for money in respect of contracted-out services to Clearsprings Ready Homes.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average cost of processing an adult male asylum seeker in the UK under existing arrangements; and if she...

      Visas: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the basis is for granting an exception to applicants from (a) Barbados, (b) Jamaica and (c) Trinidad and Tobago from a requirement to...

      Visas: Afghanistan and Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the visa application regime for Ukrainian refugees to refugees from (a)...

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers detained for arriving in the UK by boat have been transported to Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre as of 1...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many civil servants are based in his Department’s Wolverhampton office as of 1 April 2022.

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Public sector apprenticeships target, how many apprentices were employed in his Department in the...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when the licenses expire for (a) Deposit Protection Service, (b) MyDeposits and (c) Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

      Business: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he plans to take through proposals in the Levelling Up White Paper to assist ethnic minority business owners.

      Walls and Fences: Surveying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) average cost of appointing a surveyor for the purposes of drawing up a...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of changes in the rate of inflation on homeowners on the Help to Buy...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for what reason a Help to Buy ISA cannot redeem its discount benefit against existing property, only new build properties;...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to make the Homes for Ukraine scheme easy to navigate for households wishing to take part.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to enable Ukrainians who arrive under the Ukraine Family Scheme but who cannot be housed by...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will provide additional funding for local authorities that are receiving significant numbers of Ukrainians under the...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will ask volunteers for the Homes for Ukraine Scheme whether they would sponsor Afghan nationals or families who...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Homes for Ukraine scheme, how many visas have been granted as of 14 April 2022; and if he will...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to expedite enhanced DBS checks for (a) Ukrainian refugees and (b) UK applicants to...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether any applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme made on 18 and 19 March 2022 have been lost.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how UK citizens may become approved sponsors for Ukrainian refugees in the event that they do not have a UK passport or...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2022 to Question 148120 on Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Debts, whether the £350 per...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Information Officers

      To ask the Attorney General, how many communications staff in her Department are employed (a) full time, (b) part time and (c) under flexible working arrangements.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Members and Peers: Domicil

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) hon. Members and (b) peers in the House of Lords hold non-domiciled status in the UK.

    • Coronavirus: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2021 to Question 45797, on Coronavirus: Surveys, if he will publish information on polling commissioned by the...

      Civil Service: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the the annual Civil Service People Survey will be published.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has carried out opinion surveys in 2022 on the attitudes of people in the UK about a free trade deal with the (a)...

    • Trade Agreements: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has commissioned public opinion polling on attitudes and views on a potential free trade agreement with the Gulf...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made on securing UK membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

      Digital Technology: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to increase exports of digital services.

      Overseas Trade: Central Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase trade with central Asian countries.

      Trade Promotion: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many UK Trade Envoys appointed by HM Government are from a Black or minority ethnic background as of 19 April 2022.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the Gambling Commission has not yet published annual statistics for society lotteries.

    • Semiconductor Devices: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will publish a strategy setting out how the UK can help ensure resilience in (a) domestic and (b)...

      Semiconductor Devices: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is taking steps to review the resilience of (a) semiconductor and (b) other critical technology supply...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what further discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on banning conversion therapy in all circumstances following the withdrawal of over 100...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycleways: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 local authorities have received the most money for the National Cycle Network; and how much has been spent by all local authorities over the last five...

    • Cycling: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have received cycling proficiency training through the Bikeability scheme since 2017.

      Cycling: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Cycle City Ambition scheme to be completed.

      East Midlands Trains: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a franchise was let for the operation of East Midlands Trains in 2019 when insufficient rolling stock was available to meet the commitments of the franchise.

      East Midlands Trains: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require the restoration of the hourly train service between Nottingham and Lincoln.

      East Midlands Trains: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the low market share of railway journeys between Nottingham and Lincoln; and the role of the (1) emergency...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 31 March (HL7081), how many days’ supply of gas is available in contingency emergency reserves,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Preventive Medicine: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of widening the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s remit to encompass the provision of pre-exposure...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposals in the Root and Branch Review of the Parole System, published on 30 March, are compatible with (1) the requirements of the Human Rights Act...

    • Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they conducted (1) an equality impact assessment, and (2) a safety impact assessment, for the proposed measures contained in the Root and Branch...

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners submitted evidence to inform "Chapter Five - prisoners' experience of the parole system" in their Root and Branch Review of the Parole...

      Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how membership of the Parole Oversight Group will be determined; and what plans they have to publish papers and minutes of the group’s activities and...

      Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners were refused (1) release, and (2) transfer to open conditions, due to being unable to complete programmes or other work identified by (a) Her...

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what qualifications will be required, and (2) what the recruitment process will be, for independent panel members sitting alongside the Secretary of State...

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of cases that will fall into the “top tier” of highest risk offenders in each year, following their...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many absconds have taken place from open prisons by people who were eligible for parole at the time, in each of the past five years.

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) professions, and (2) professional backgrounds, they consider to qualify as "law enforcement", following their proposal in the Root and Branch Review...

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have used to conclude that there is increased public concern about the operation of the parole system in their Root and Branch Review of the...

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide (1) the (a) identity, and (b) qualifications, of officials who will determine which parole cases the Secretary of State decides...

      Parole System Root and Branch Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions has a further serious offence been committed by a “top tier” offender, as described in their Root and Branch Review of the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the report by Korea Future The North Korean Prison Database, published on 28 March, that the North Korean state bears...

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan regarding that government's plans (1) to ratify the Refugee Convention, and (2) to provide...

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the decision made by the Tunisian President, Kais Saied, to dissolve the Tunisian Parliament without scheduling...

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 5 April regarding lethal weapons for Ukraine (HL Deb col 1967), whether they are seeking the best intermediaries...

      Gulf Strategy Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they will publish the 2022 annual Gulf Strategy Fund Programme Summary.

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 21 March (138329), on what date will they issue...

      Duaa Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the pledges in UK Support for Human Rights Defenders, published in July 2019, what representations they will make to the government of Bahrain for the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to Afghans to ensure their safety in light of the narrowing of the Afghans Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme; and why...

    • Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their new Shipbuilding Strategy, published on 10 March, will ensure that new naval vessels will be built in British shipyards.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to process the applications of Afghan refugees currently located in third countries; and what is their timetable for (1) completing the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pesticides: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out a full risk safety assessment into the use of the rodenticide Brodifacoum; and what consideration they have given to having...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fertilisers: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help farmers with fertiliser costs to boost production.

  • Home Office

    • College of Policing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Fundamental review of the College of Policing report, published on 10 February,  which concluded that it "must become...

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional police officers were recruited in the financial years (1) 2020–21, and (2) 2021–22.

      Shipping: Russia and Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) Ukrainian, and (2) Russian ship crews, can enter UK ports; whether there are sufficient interpreters to assist crew...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine scheme since it was launched on 14 March.

    • Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is appropriate accommodation available for those coming from Ukraine.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine they have directed to the governments of (1) Wales, and (2) Scotland, to be housed under the provisions agreed with those governments.

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to house refugees currently living in hotels.

      Town Twinning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain a central register of cities and towns in England with international twinning arrangements; if so, whether it shows which cities and towns...

      Regional Planning and Development: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Rural Services Network's Rural Lens Review of the Levelling Up White Paper, published in March; and what subsequent...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions were recorded in Northern Ireland in the last 12-month period; how many women resident in Northern Ireland were recorded as obtaining abortions...

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the new Public Sector Fraud Authority will coordinate its work with (1) HM Treasury, (2) HMRC, (3) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,...

    • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant: Repayments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the undistributed portions of the grant made available for hospitality and leisure businesses in response to the omicron variant of COVID-19 will be paid...

      Employers' Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on jobs of the 1.25 per cent rise in employers' national insurance contributions; and what support beyond the increase...

      Carbon Emissions: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose a carbon border adjustment mechanism.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their intended additional expenditure on (1) bus, and (2) rail, transport in England, will generate Barnett consequential provision for (a) Wales, and (b)...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Heating

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what temperature (1) the Palace of Westminster, and (2) the other offices used by the House of Lords, are heated to during working hours in winter; and what...

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