Written answers

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will introduce mandatory training for taxi and minicab drivers to ensure that people with sight loss are not discriminated against...

    • Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Future of Freight Plan will be published.

      Roads: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of when the results of the Live Labs research programme, including the plastic road trial in Cumbria announced in January...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will review the age at which people are eligible for the Concessionary Bus Pass scheme in England to ensure equal access throughout the UK.

      Buses: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will publish the risk assessment it carried out on the use of Lithium-ion batteries in buses.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's public information campaign on smart motorways.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has any plans to reinstate hard shoulders on smart motorways already in use, following the Government's announcement in January 2022 that...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of rolling out electric vehicle charge points in Newcastle City Council area by 2030.

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Future of Transport: rural strategy will be published.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the number of off-street electric vehicle charge points required in the Newcastle City Council area by 2030.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Social Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department plans to allocate to local authorities to enable (a) the development of local retrofit...

    • Energy Bills Rebate: Park Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that people living in park homes, including those who...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of households which (a) are in fuel poverty at present and (b) his...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will establish an insulation programme that offers grant funding for people who are not able to afford the...

      Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2022 to Question 298 on the Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Board, what plans...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to pursue a non-statutory strategy in matters concerning early intervention and school and community-based...

    • Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will convene a dementia medicines taskforce to accelerate the development of new medicines.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the covid-19 outbreak on rates of dementia diagnosis; what steps he plans to take...

      Domestic Abuse: Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the new specific offence of strangulation and suffocation in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, whether victims of those...

      Social Services: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care, published on 13 January 2022, what...

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what ways and to what extent the update to the NHS Long Term Plan will support the diagnosis of people with dementia.

      Sodium Valproate: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Welsh Government on the number of women in Wales of childbearing age who are prescribed sodium...

      Evusheld

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to order Evusheld for use in the NHS.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the amount owed to Healthy Start recipients in backdated payments arising from complications in their...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the decision to end free access to lateral flow tests on the rates of covid-19...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letters of 17 March and 19 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare on behalf of...

      Ambulance Services: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will estimate the number of deaths that occurred in (a) Barnsley and (b) South Yorkshire which were due to slow ambulance response...

      Ambulance Services: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Hospitals Transformation Programme aims to improve ambulance delays as a result of improving hospital emergency facilities in...

      Medical Treatments: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to hold a public consultation on the next VPAS agreement.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many households previously in receipt of Healthy Start vouchers who were eligible to migrate to Healthy Start cards had not done so...

      IVF: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to undertake a review of inequality in access to NHS-funded fertility services in England.

      Miscarriage: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prioritise miscarriage care and support in the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy.

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce waiting lists for new patients at dentist surgeries.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will expand access to the spring booster vaccination programme to people with motor neurone disease.

      Coronanvirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will include unpaid carers in the final JCVI guidance on the autumn covid-19 booster vaccination programme.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department made of the impact of not including unpaid carers in the autumn covid-19 booster programme on (a) those...

  • Department for Education

    • History: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of including the Ukraine Holomodor in the National Curriculum.

    • Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2022 to Question 5499, for what reason his Department is unable to provide the total modelled condition need and...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2022 to Question 5498, what school sites were officials in his Department referring to when they stated in emails to...

      Educational Exchanges: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve and expand education partnerships between the UK and Taiwan.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Aiding and Abetting: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the cost of keeping official statistics on the number of convictions that rely on the law of joint enterprise.

    • Ministry of Justice: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent in total on external management consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; and what ten projects or work areas in...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many (a) British Council and Gardaworld contractors and (b) Chevening alumni her Department plans to resettle...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has made representations to the Israeli authorities on the impending eviction of Palestinians from the...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what her Department's criteria are to determine the most at risk (a) British Council and Gardaworld contractors...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of UK budget reductions to the UN sexual and...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of (a) former Department for International Development, (b) former Foreign and...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what funds her Department has contributed to the British-American Project in the last 20 years; and when those...

      Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Government's announcement on 30 March 2022 of £286 million of humanitarian aid to...

      Abduljalil Al-singace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 22 February 2022 to Question 122816 on Abduljalil al-Singace, when her Department...

      Hong Kong: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether the treatment of (a) Jimmy Lai, (b) Hang Tung Chow and (c) other people...

      Hong Kong: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of reports that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region...

      British International Investment: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding her Department has allocated to British International Investment for 2022; and what the total...

      Colombia: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Colombian counterpart on the recent attacks against Wayúu Indigenous...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2022 to Question 123, for what reason a breakdown of spending on school places at...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • LGBT+ People: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister for Defence, if he will make an estimate of the number of armed forces personnel who lost their (a) pensions, (b) medals and (c) status as a result of being dishonourably...

    • Army: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average cost to the public purse was for an infantry soldier in 2021.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Liverpool Walton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Liverpool Walton are recipients of legacy benefits; and what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people are made...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions her Department has applied in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

      Employment: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken with the Secretary of State for Defence to enhance the job opportunities for armed forces service leavers.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has her Department made of the barriers facing people with complex disabilities looking to work more hours to meet the rising...

      Personal Independence Payment: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans were in receipt of Personal Independence Payment in Wales on average during 2021-22.

      Employment Support Allowance: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans were in receipt of Employment Support Allowance in Wales on average during 2021-22.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that Bereavement Support Payments for unmarried couples with children will (a) come into effect from...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits for people with complex disabilities of an exceptional uprating of benefits in...

      Universal Credit: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans have been identified to be in receipt of universal credit in each month since September 2021.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the time taken to (a) conduct health assessments and (b) implement the results in the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Peat Bogs: Controlled Burning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will implement an immediate ban on the burning of upland peatland habitats in England, to prevent further losses of...

    • Flood Control: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2022 to Question 894 on flood insurance, whether the eligibility of the Build Back Better...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of hunting trophies from endangered species that have been imported into the UK...

      Clothing and Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to (a) reduce textiles waste in the UK, (b) improve the environmental sustainability...

  • Home Office

    • Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ukrainian refugees who were already matched with a sponsor when they applied for a visa under the Homes for Ukraine scheme have...

    • Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she made of the potential impact of changes to the service standard for spouse visas from 12 to 24 weeks without notice on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton regarding MPAM/0268882/22.

      Visas: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether premium application centres provide an accessible service for visa applicants in the US planning to visit the UK.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghans evacuated under Operation Pitting are in bridging hotels as of 6 June 2022; and how many of those are children.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were waiting for the issue of a passport (a) in each of the last 12 months for which data are available and (b) in each...

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the average waiting time between someone from overseas submitting an application for a...

      Immigration: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has issued guidance in respect of its approach to leave afforded to Ukrainian nationals who enter the UK via the...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason there is a delay between a positive decision to issue a visa under the Homes for Ukraine scheme and the provision of a...

      Refugees: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of permitting UK families to host refugees whose applications for asylum are being...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response time is for correspondence on immigration cases from hon. Members to the Home Office; and if she will make a statement.

      Refugees: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the viability of using public estate buildings to house refugees, including disused care homes in York.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applicants have used the fast-track service for applications in each of the last six months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the target time is for responding to hon. Members' correspondence on immigration and asylum representations made on behalf of...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will increase levels of staffing on UKVI passport hotline following the widespread delays experienced by customers.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications from people seeking asylum are awaiting a decision as of 1 June 2022.

      Migrants: School Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of school leavers with limited leave to remain in each UK nation in the next 12 months.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme were received by UK Visas and Immigration between 18 and 25 March 2022; and of those...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many discussions Ministers in her Department had in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022 with the senior management of Teleperformance on...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many shortage occupation list vacancies have been filled by (a) refugees and (b) people entering the UK as part of a resettlement scheme...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2022 to Question 847, on Asylum: Employment, how many asylum seekers have (a) applied for and (b) been...

      British Overseas Territories: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made on the Government's consultation on the British Nationality Act 1981 in respect to discriminatory...

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on housing asylum seekers in hotels in each of the last five years.

      Migrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the time taken to respond to requests submitted to the Employer Checking Service.

      Visas: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) arrangements and (b) support is in place to enable seasonal workers who have switched onto the Ukraine Extension Scheme visa to...

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the £20 per asylum seeker per day budget given by the Government to contractors for providing food for asylum seekers in...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to passport applications, what the average length of time taken to return supporting documents is when documents are (a)...

      Seasonal Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the level of risk to people on seasonal worker visas of being targeted by exploitative labour...

      Seasonal Workers: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of access to (a) healthcare and (b) prescription medication for Ukrainian nationals who have...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) target timescale and (b) average wait time is for offering move on accommodation to people evacuated from Afghanistan under...

      Passports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure documentation for children's passport applications are linked to their parents' documents sent...

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to allow applicants for the bereaved partner concession to make a fee waiver request; and if she will make a statement.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Homes for Ukraine visas were approved and awaiting a permission to travel letter to be sent from the dispatch team as of 1 June 2022.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of UK passport (a) applications and (b) renewals submitted in the week beginning 28 February 2022 were processed within 10...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that documents are returned to passport applicants as soon as a new passport is issued.

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Iraq have (a) applied for and (b) been granted asylum in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the (a) oral evidence from the Home Secretary to the Justice and Home Affairs Select Committee of 27 October 2021 on the...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is to process right to work applications for non-UK workers; and what steps are being taken to address the application...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a waiting list system for people seeking an appointment for an...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to amend the British Nationality (General) Regulations 2003, SI 2003/548 to give effect to the intention in the...

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's proposal to use a hotel in E10 to house asylum seekers, when her Department plans to put in place (a)...

      Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the current UK customs arrangements tackling the importation of illegal botox substitutes.

      Repatriation: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees who claimed asylum in the UK since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 have returned to that country.

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support family reunion for people fleeing Afghanistan whose relatives escaped to other countries.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Minister is responsible for the operation of the (a) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

      Schools: Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many school group coaches entered UK ports in the first quarter of (a) 2019 and (b) 2022.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to reduce the 24 week processing time frame for a family visa to its original 12 week service standard.

      HM Passport Office: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve recruitment and retention of staff at HM Passport Office, in order to manage the backlog of...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings her Ministers had with the senior management of the Passport Office in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022 to discuss plans...

      HM Passport Office: Teleperformance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed at the contractor Teleperformance to service the Passport Office contract in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and...

      Visas: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the people fleeing Afghanistan that were granted six month emergency visas have now been granted longer term visas...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of Afghan refugees that will be resettled in the UK following referral by the UNHCR.

      Migrant Workers: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has any plans to allow Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board 1 and Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board 2...

      Migrant Workers: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board 1 (PLAB 1) and...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will instruct HM Passport Office to make available more fast-track and premium service appointments.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decision makers in her Department are working on processing the backlog of asylum applications.

      Visas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Russian citizens who are in the process of applying for UK...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of the increase of (a) Ukrainian family visas and (b) Homes for Ukraine visas on...

      Asylum: RAF Linton-on-Ouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to plans announced in April 2022 to create suitable accommodation for asylum seekers at the site of RAF Linton-on-Ouse, if...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the financial agreement between the UK and French governments to tackle small boats crossings in the English channel, what...

      Body Searches: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were stripped searched by age and ethnicity in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22.

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to make training on domestic abuse, which includes recognition of specific needs of victims resulting from...

      Criminal Investigation: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) mean and (b) median length of time was for UK authorities to fulfil international mutual legal assistance requests for the...

      Deportation: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of her Department's advice on avoiding all but essential travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan...

      Seasonal Workers: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to extend visas for Ukrainian nationals entering the UK on seasonal workers visas after 18 March 2022.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals the UNHCR has made to the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme to date.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications are (a) outstanding and (b) remain unprocessed for more than ten weeks.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) fast-track passport applications were being processed within seven days and (b) premium passport applications were...

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure (a) the placement of large posters in all ports of entry with essential information on safeguarding...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of live passport applications currently awaiting approval by HM Passport Office.

      Housing and Visas: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to help ensure that the number of visas...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her oral contribution of 19 April 2022, Official Report, column 41, what the evidential basis is for the Nationality and...

      HM Passport Office: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost has been of using Teleperformance to provide HM Passport Office's Passport Adviceline services.

      HM Passport Office: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to her Department was by bringing agency staff in to clear backlogs at HM Passport Office.

      HM Passport Office: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls the passport advice line has received in each month of the last three years.

      Visas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to expedite UK visas for Russian men who have been conscripted into the Russian military against their will...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to table VC_02, Percentage of applications, for each route, processed within service standards, published as part of the...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether Ukrainian children who are travelling to the UK with relatives who are their legal guardians are eligible under...

    • Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will (a) increase the remit of local leaders to enable them to implement ambitious local home insulation schemes in...

      Local Plans: Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if the Government will make it its policy to make it mandatory for a planning inspector to visit any site that is being...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the process is by which a local development plan can be modified once adopted.

      Freeports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, to publish (a) the baseline studies, (b) key performance indicators and (c) data sources that will be used by his...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of issuing thank you payments under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme; and if...

  • Cabinet Office

    • EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Government manages UK regulatory divergence from the EU.

    • Food: Supply Chains

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 31 May to Question 5626, what the (a) content and (b) design of his Department's workshops on businesses handling...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Minister of the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Government is limiting the number of energy rebate applications that councils can submit to the verification tool per day.

      Airports: Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average time taken is to process the Government security checks required for a single employee of airport staff to begin employment.

      National Cyber Security Centre: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials are employed by the National Cybersecurity Centre as of 1 June 2022.

      Imports: China

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the UK's largest imports are from China.

      Employment: Tribunals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many employment tribunals have been brought against the Cabinet Office in the last decade; and how many of the tribunal cases considered...

      Parliament: Publicity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to promote UK Parliament Week 2022.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure that data shared with the UK under the Common Reporting Standard are used to estimate the proportion of UK residents...

    • Electronic Funds Transfer: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to take further steps to protect people affected by authorised push payment fraud.

      Cost of Living: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his oral statement of 26 May 2022 on Economy Update, what estimate he has made of the amount and proportion of cost of living financial...

      Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of extending the 12.5 per cent VAT rates until the end of 2022 to help hospitality businesses.

      Sunscreens: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will remove VAT on (a) suntan lotion and (b) other similar products to help ensure that families are able to access those products in the context of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which national sporting bodies are working on the pilot of the Sports Council Equality Group's guidance on transgender...

    • Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many Sports' National Governing Bodies have attended the Sport Council's Equality Group training on the trans guidance...

      Household Surveys: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason HM Government's household participation survey offers £10 shopping vouchers to those who complete the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Question

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to improve workplace fairness and inclusivity.

    • Question

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent steps she has taken to promote equality of opportunity for young people from low income and deprived backgrounds.

      Women and Equalities: Safe to Be Me Conference

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will publish an estimate of the number of hours worked by officials in her Department in preparation for Safe to Be Me: A Global Equality...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Line: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the estimated cost of the HS2 Phase 2b Western leg in (1) January, and (2) May; and if the estimate has increased, why.

    • High Speed 2 Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost saving if the Golborne Link was removed from the High Speed Rail Phase 2b Western Leg project.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged (1) 18 to 25, and (2) 26 years or older, have accessed primary care mental health services in each of the last 10 years.

    • Infosys: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts were awarded to Infosys in the last five years by the Department of Health and Social Care; and what was the cost to the taxpayer of each of...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) number, and (2) percentage, of (a) children, and (b) adults, with cystic fibrosis saw a clinical psychologist within the past 12 months, for each year...

      Immunosuppression: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals who are continuing to shield due to their immunocompromised condition.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that chargeable adult social care users, particularly those who are elderly or who have a disability, do not face action from...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the level of advertising to the public of private medical services, such as screening tests, in the past three years, and (2)...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged (1) 18 to 25, or (2) 26 years or older, have been (a) in receipt of mental health care, or (b) referred to mental health...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the take-up of a third or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine lagging behind the take-up of first and second...

      Doctors: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what form of risk assessment was carried out before allowing doctors to register under a new name and gender without any link between their new and old registered...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Lord Kamall on 10 May in response to Written Question HL7920, (1) how many, and (2) what percentage, of the expanded clinical...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the level of support for (1) disabled children, and (2) families, of the proposed policy change in the Special...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of budgets allocated to Special Educational Needs in England in each of the last five years since 1 April 2017.

      Schools: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to decrease energy costs in schools.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Buildings: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of wheelchair users who are not able to get employment since all buildings which are accessible to the public are not...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sky Lanterns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban sky lanterns.

    • Sewers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) sewerage capacity in the UK, (2) the need to increase capacity in line with population projections, and (3) the ability of...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to section 16 of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the government of Rwanda for the provision of an asylum partnership arrangement, how...

    • Proceeds of Crime: Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will refrain from releasing any funds from the Abacha loot until concerns relating to corruption within the government of Nigeria are allayed; and...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Treasury

    • Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure the UK's petrol retailers (1) do not profiteer at the expense of the public, and (2) pass onto consumers the 5p fuel duty cut...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Streaming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information gathering powers they intend to give to Ofcom to assess streaming services’ audience protection arrangements; and whether they will ask...

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Online Safety Bill will contain provisions to enable Ofcom (1) to proactively investigate pornography websites' compliance with the law, and...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Online Safety Bill will ensure that commercial pornography websites do not carry any illegal content, such as (1) extreme pornography, or (2)...

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