Written answers

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the maritime ports his Department classifies as nationally significant.

    • Bicycles and Electric Scooters: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for the regulation of electric motor bicycles and electric scooters on public land.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's planned timetable is for publishing further details on (a) proposals relating to e-scooters and (b) other proposals to be...

      Railways: Bournemouth East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail links to Bournemouth east constituency.

      Railways: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average annual remuneration of train drivers in 2020-21.

      Railway Stations: Boscombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has taken steps to progress the upgrade to Boscombe Railway Station.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department takes to help protect the victims of vehicle cloning.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the nationwide cycle network benefits both cyclists and motorists.

      High Speed 2 Line: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to merge the HS2 Woodland Fund with the England Woodland Creation Offer.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the eligibility criteria for disabled bus passes to ensure that people with autism can obtain such a pass.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Human Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will develop an action plan for setting out how the widespread adoption of human relevant research...

    • Employment Agencies: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) investigations have been commenced and (b) fines issued under regulation 7 of The Conduct of Employment...

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislation on the umbrella company market following his Department's...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with the National Audit Office about the production of a follow-up to the report on the...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Glasgow Climate Pact, whether his Department plans to amend the UK's Nationally Determined...

      Wind Power: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans to support the expansion of the offshore wind industry to the south-east coast.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential merits of PWR nuclear reactors and molten salt reactors in the...

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential contributions to energy security of the Jackdaw Field Development in the...

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the Government's policy support for heat pumps is targeted at heat pumps which heat water rather than...

      Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure that petrol stations do not apply unreasonable mark-ups for consumers.

      Hinkley Point B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the price of electricity generated at Hinkley Point B and the...

      Hinkley Point B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the retirement of Hinkley Point B on (a) electricity...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to increase the feed-in tariff for people with solar panels.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government’s policy is on business rate retention for local communities which are to host new nuclear...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department’s responsibility to ensure adequate national electricity supplies.

      Energy Supply and Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish his Department's modelling and scenarios on the potential for (a) power cuts and (b) energy rationing.

      Hinkley Point B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in his Department have had with EDF on a possible life extension for Hinkley Point B since...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the steel industry has a sustainable future.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 11 April 2022 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL37171.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism and Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to support veterans and help tackle the legacy of the Troubles.

    • Cost of Living: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on providing support for (a) working families, (b) pensioners and (c) benefit...

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of support for veterans in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the appropriateness of the use of the doctrine of necessity in relation to the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Alcohol Health Alliance UK’s report Contents unknown: How alcohol labelling still fails consumers, published...

    • Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the correspondence of 15 June 2022 from the Minister for Patient Safety and Primary Care to the hon. Member for...

      Monkeypox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2022 to Question 6877 on Monkeypox: Vaccination, how many doses of (a) Imvanex and (b) other vaccines...

      Depressive Illnesses: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of encouraging people diagnosed with depression to adopt a Mediterranean diet.

      Free School Meals and Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 May 2022 to Question 7962 on Healthy Start Scheme, if he is considering other measures to cover the gap...

      Alcoholism: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including (a) Nalmefene and (b) Naltrexone as part of an alcohol harm reduction...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to roll out covid-19 boosters in autumn 2022 using an age and risk factor priority scheme; and if he will...

      Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that sufficient antiviral supply is in place for (a) pharmacies and (b) GPs to provide a test to treat...

      Health: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs about reducing levels of air...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of radiotherapy treatment machines in current use in the NHS are over the 10 year recommended life span in use.

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all hospitals are offering genetic testing for bowel cancer patients for Lynch syndrome.

      Batten Disease: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of Batten disease (a) in general and (b) since Batten Disease Awareness Day on 9...

      Bowel Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve early-stage diagnosis of bowel cancer.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with orthorexia in the latest period for which data is available.

      Batten Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has taken steps to support research going into curing (a) Batten Disease and (b) other Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses.

      Protective Clothing: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the public purse is of storing personal protective equipment in a shipping container for one month.

      Ambulance Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average ambulance response time was in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire Ambulance Service Area in each year...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 20 April 2022 regarding continence care, reference ZA59501.

      Long Covid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to increase funding for research on children suffering from long covid.

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to e-petition 604472, Reduce indefinite leave to remain fees from £2389 to £243 for health workers, whether he...

      Pharmacy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing investment in clinical services provided by community pharmacy.

      NHS: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is available to deaf people to access employment within the NHS.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2022 to Question 146652 on Breast Cancer: Screening, what steps his Department plans to take this year...

      Ambulance Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of ambulance waiting times on (a) mortality rates and (b) other clinical outcomes for patients...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with officials in his Department on the potential merits of introducing maximum time limits on medication...

      NHS England: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to consult with representatives of health and social care (a) organisations and (b) charities on the forthcoming NHS...

      NHS England: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to consult with health and social care (a) organisations and (b) charities on the forthcoming NHS England workforce...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Health Disparities White Paper will address disparities in capacity between cancer services.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support NHS workers in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England with the rising cost of...

      Kidney Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to take steps to support the development of NICE guidelines and a quality standard for kidney cancer.

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May to Question 86 on Prostate Cancer, what assessment his Department has made of the NHS’s readiness...

      Care Workers and Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Royal College of Nursing report entitled Nursing...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment and Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to meet with representatives of junior doctors to discuss their working conditions and pay.

      NHS: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with NHS leaders to tackle discrimination and provide support for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority staff to...

      Dental Services: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of dentists in West Sussex offering NHS dental services in the latest period for which figures...

      North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure that whistleblowers will receive adequate (a) protection and (b) support if they come forward during...

      North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the scope of the independent review into the North East Ambulance Service will include the use of non-disclosure agreements...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to address the needs of children and young people as part of the proposed reform of the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Urinary Tract Infections: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to UTI testing, what steps he is taking to support (a) better pain management, (b) treatment options and (c) additional...

      NHS: Car Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had recent conversations with the National Joint Council on the potential impact of increasing the standard mileage and...

      Health Professions: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 April to Question 155729, how the additional £50 million will be invested to expand the cancer...

      Breast Cancer: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for breast reconstruction has been since March 2020.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring alcohol product labels to display the Chief Medical...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his written ministerial statement of 12 May 2022 on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, if he will...

      Monkeypox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2022 to Question 6877 on Monkeypox: Vaccination, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department took more than five months to reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for Reigate sent on 5 December...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he received on the needs of children and young people during public consultations on the White Paper on Reforming...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Exercise and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an estimate of the average number of hours per week of (a) sport and (b) other physical activity that was undertaken by pupils in (i)...

    • Primary Education: Physical Education and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to confirm Primary PE and Sports Premium funding allocations for young children.

      Apprentices: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the costs to business of the changes in End Point Assessment arrangements for degree apprenticeships from...

      Schools: Platinum Jubilee 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the Platinum Jubilee books procured for schools to mark the occasion have (a) been earmarked for use as ministerial gifts, (b) been...

      Pupils: Roma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help improve educational attainment by Romani children.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools there are as of 16 June 2022; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the free schools programme; and if he will...

      Primary Education: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an estimate of the average class size in primary schools in (a) North Swindon, (b) South Swindon, (c) Bournemouth East, (d)...

      School Meals: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to provide support or extra resources to local authorities and schools to mitigate potential pressures on public food...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an estimate of the average class size in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Coventry North East constituency, (ii) Coventry,...

      Pupils: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what language assistance he is providing to (a) schools and (b) colleges to assist them in serving the needs of (i) Afghan and (ii) Ukrainian children.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Duty Solicitors: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the number of duty solicitors in Wales on access to justice in that country.

    • Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 9 February 2021 to Question 149308, what the most recent figures are for the number of (a) prison officers and (b) other...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his plans to reduce Friday release will be implemented.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the fairness of the High Income Child Benefit Charge.

    • Debts: Zambia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to (a) support proposals to and (b) help ensure that lenders comply with a decision to cancel Zambia's debt.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on deciding the technical screening criteria which will decide which technologies will be classified as green under...

      Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has completed an impact assessment on the fall in the value of sterling against the US dollar on the price of petrol since June 2012.

      Truphone

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the sale of Truephone does not permit sanctioned individuals and their business partners to recoup a substantial...

      NHS: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the standard mileage and fuel rates for NHS workers in line with the increased...

      Electric Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking towards setting benefit-in-kind taxation rates for 2025-26; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the approximate annual cost in the initial year of raising the personal tax allowance to £15,000 per annum.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Somaliland: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the humanitarian situation in Somaliand.

    • Mozambique: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has had recent discussions with her international counterparts on the aid funding required to help...

      India: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has made a recent assessment of the humanitarian situation in Uttar Pradesh.

      India: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has made recent representations to the Indian Government on the safety and security of Muslims in...

      Ghana: Politics and Government

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

      Zimbabwe: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has had recent discussions with her international counterparts on the aid funding required to help...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her Colombian counterpart on human rights in that country.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking with international counterparts to tackle human trafficking.

      Sudan: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the number of political prisoners in detention in Sudan as of 14 June 2022.

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will raise the case of Jagtar Singh Johal in her next discussion with her Indian counterpart.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel who served in the (a) Gulf war in 1991, (b) Iraq war in 2003 and (c) Operation Herrick (i) died on active...

    • Hashem Abedi and Salman Abedi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Salman and Hashem Abedi were rescued from Libya by the Royal Navy in August 2014.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the M190 long-range weapons purchased by his Department for Ukraine to arrive in that country.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the oldest application that is yet to be fully processed was submitted to his Department through the Afghan Relocations and Assistance...

      Future Combat Air System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made on the timetable for a final decision being made on the inclusion of international partners in the Future Combat Air System...

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent purchasing M190 long-range weapons to gift to Ukraine.

      Ministry of Defence: Digital Technology and Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much expenditure was allocated by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to (i) the production of digital and video content, (ii) the...

      Ministry of Defence: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals were employed by his Department to work on internal communications in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Ministry of Defence: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much expenditure was allocated by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to (i) internal communications and (ii) the employment of staff...

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many M109 long-range weapons his Department has purchased to gift to Ukraine.

      Ministry of Defence: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent in total on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full time equivalent posts were...

      Ministry of Defence: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of recent usage of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft on the timescales for its replacement by the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the findings of Tribunal Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2022, published on 9 June 2022, on the proportion of Social...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will change Universal Credit policy so that claimants whose assessment period misses the uprating date of the first Monday of the tax...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs that were created by the Kickstart Scheme were lost when the scheme ended.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral statement of 26 May 2022 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether people who are successful in an (a)...

      Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2022 to Question 139255 on Discretionary Housing Payments, if she will commission research on the potential...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to remove the qualifying date for the Winter Fuel Payment to ensure that all those in receipt of the State...

      Post Office Card Account: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason she has decided to close the Post Office Account Pensions schemes; and if she will reconsider that decision.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to change the estimated date by which the State Pension Age will begin at 68 years.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Support for Mortgage Interest payments are in line with the increase in interest rates made by mortgage providers.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to create a fit and proper person test for people operating waste management companies.

    • Waste: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to assess the cost of waste crime to the UK economy.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring manufacturers to show in plain English on all forms of...

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of fertiliser in the last 12 months.

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects his working group on fertilisers to report; what assessment he has made of the impact of rises in fertiliser...

      Public Footpaths: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Notice by the Secretary of State under section 52 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside...

      Animal and Plant Health Agency: Weybridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the National Audit Office's report on Improving the UK's science capability for managing animal diseases,...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help encourage (a) the public and (b) businesses to limit food waste.

      Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to identify areas of the UK at risk of drought.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the amount of water lost through leakage in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c)...

      Food: Carbon Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the resilience of carbon dioxide supplies for the food and drink sectors.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on energy costs in each of the last three years.

      Dogs: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Government's extended ban on the commercial import of dogs also includes the ban of rescue dogs from...

      Dogs: Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May to Question 3747, on what date did his officials become aware that academics his Department...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of allowing local authorities to object...

    • Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had discussions with relevant stakeholders on the most effective potential interventions for the purposes...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to enable residents to determine housing tenure prior to sites being committed for development.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: MG OMD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the maximum value, inclusive of VAT, is of the contract that his Department has agreed with Manning Gottlieb OMD for...

      Help to Buy Scheme: Interest Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has considered waiving Help to Buy loan interests for those affected by unsafe cladding.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions has he had with the Home Secretary on (a) the supply of housing available for asylum seekers and...

      Council Tax: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the council tax banding for council houses where...

      Council Tax: Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department is making provisions for the council tax rebate to be given to people living in business-provided...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when the application portal for round two of the Levelling Up Fund bids will open.

  • Cabinet Office

    • LGBT+ People: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made towards the appointment of a chair of the independent review into the impact of the pre-2000 ban on LGBT+ personnel in the...

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 30 July 2021 to Question 35830 on Coronavirus: Death, if he will publish figures on the proportion of NHS staff who...

      Question

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the UK's cyber security in the context of the potential increased risk of malicious cyber activity...

      Public Sector: Conduct

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment has the Prime Minister made of the adequacy of the standards of probity in public life.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: MG OMD

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the (a) procurement reference, (b) start date, (c) end date and (d) maximum value, inclusive of VAT, is of the contract that her...

    • Developing Countries Trading Scheme: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to include human rights safeguards in its proposed Developing Countries Trading Scheme; and if she will make...

      Whisky: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps to encourage the US administration to grant Irish whiskey from Northern Ireland the same level of distinctive product...

      Department for International Trade: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2022 to Question 155847 on Department for International Trade: Belfast, how many staff work in the...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to increase the proportion of UK trade through free trade agreements.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the forthcoming gambling White Paper will specify that gambling affordability assessments should be put in place...

    • Digital Technology: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the research of Professor Bart van Ark from the University of Manchester on the digital economy, whether her...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of increasing grassroots sport opportunities on the level of physical activity...

      Birmingham City Football Club: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made an assessment of Laurence Bassini's potential purchase of Birmingham City Football Club.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the levels of loneliness and social isolation in (a) Coventry North East...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: MG OMD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the maximum value, inclusive of VAT, is of the contract that her Department has agreed with Manning Gottlieb OMD for the...

      Film and Television: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of using the tax system to...

  • Cop26

    • Question

      To ask the President of COP26, what steps the Government is taking to play a leading in role in delivering on the Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forest and Land Use.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, further to the oral contribution of the Minister for Women and Equalities on 8 June 2022, Official Report, column 794HC, what discussions she has had...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on individual purchasers of electric vehicles who had initiated the purchase of a vehicle but who had not yet...

    • Gatwick Airport: Air Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many flights (1) in, and (2) out, of Gatwick Airport were cancelled due to air traffic control problems (a) in total between 20 and 29 May, and (b) each day...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fossil Fuels: Exploration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce a ban on new fossil fuel developments in order to combat climate change; and if not, what are the reasons for this decision.

    • Companies: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies registered in the UK with Companies House have a PO Box as their registered office address.

      Kier Group: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the names of recipients of fines levied upon PWC and its audit partner by the Financial Reporting Council for failures in auditing the...

      Government Departments: Heating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 28 April (HL7750), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what steps they are taking to promote...

      Rolls-Royce: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the names of recipients of fines levied upon KPMG and its audit partners by the Financial Reporting Council for failures in auditing the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Incentives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the calculated funding allocated for the local clinical excellence awards scheme is not based on all consultants treating patients in the NHS, including...

    • Local Government and Social Services: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in a national recruitment and workforce development campaign for (1) local authorities, and (2) providers in the...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that the mental health of those sentenced to imprisonment is professionally checked before their sentence starts to ensure...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support local authorities to improve the capacity of community support in the social care sector.

      Hereditary Angioedema: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Vision for the Women's Health Strategy for England, published in December 2021, what assessment NHS England has made of the impact of long-term...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Myanmar: Internally Displaced People and War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Amnesty International's report Bullets rained from the sky, published on 31 May, about war crimes and displacement in...

    • Greece and Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to establish a dialogue through NATO towards resolving all outstanding territorial issues between Greece and Turkey.

      Myanmar: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian assistance they are providing in Myanmar; and what plans they have to increase aid to provide emergency assistance (1) to the internally...

      Israeli Settlements: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of new Israeli travel entry requirements for the West Bank which came into force on 22 May which were reported to place...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the reported arrest of a Palestinian child by Israeli forces during this year’s Jerusalem...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 6 June (HL Deb col 1027), when the new conflict and atrocity prevention hub will be established;...

      USA: Gender Based Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States regarding that government's Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that an Israeli airstrike on an agrochemical warehouse in Gaza in May 2021 constituted the use of chemical weapons.

      Myanmar: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the pending executions of four Myanmar political prisoners including the democracy activists (1) Phyo Zeya Thaw, and (2) Ko Jimmy, with...

      LGBT+ People: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a new fund to support global LGBT+ rights and equality.

      Early Warning Systems: Diseases and Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, in conjunction with allied countries, to establish a global early-warning system for (1) pandemics, and (2) terror attacks using...

      Hebron: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of plans to build a new Jewish housing development in the Old City of Hebron on the prospects of a two-state solution...

      Niger: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for people from Yewa in Ogun state Nigeria to seek refuge in the Republic of Niger, following attacks on their villages...

      Nigeria: Methodist Church

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the abduction of the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the reported arrest of a Palestinian child by Israeli security forces in the West Bank on 29...

      Ahmad Usman and Deborah Yakubu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria following the immolation of Ahmad Usman in Abuja on 5 June and Deborah Emmanuel in Sokoto...

      Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, whether they have shared any evidence of atrocities in Nigeria with the International Criminal Court; what assessment they have made of whether religious...

      Myanmar: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding the pending executions of four Myanmar political prisoners,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters have received security clearance for relocation to the UK but have not yet been able to travel; and when those people are expected to...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters have applied for relocation to the UK and are awaiting security clearance.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters are still eligible for relocation to the UK; and under which schemes.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters have been relocated to the UK to date (1) from Afghanistan, and (2) from a third country.

      Queen's Guards: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of tests conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in April 2022 on the drying rate and compression...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many family members of Afghan interpreters (1) have been relocated to the UK, and (2) are awaiting relocation to the UK having received security clearance.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report by Pet Theft Awareness The Cat Theft Report 2022, published on 20 March; and what steps they will take to tackle pet...

    • Walley's Quarry Landfill: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Environment Agency has not suspended the permit for Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire, despite reports of over 60 permit breaches since the...

  • Home Office

    • Cats: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cat thefts have been recorded in each of the last 10 years for which records are available.

    • Police: Pepper Spray and Stun Guns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances police officers are permitted to be in possession of (1) PAVA spray, and (2) TASER, when they are off duty.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for ensuring the (1) accuracy, and (2) reliability, of electronic devices used to measure the speed of vehicles on (a) motorways, and (b) other...

      Migrants and Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's performance in hosting (1) refugees, and (2) migrants, compared to other Council of Europe member states, particularly...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan asylum seekers who have been admitted as refugees since August 2021 have not yet received their biometric residence permits.

      Visas: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average delay in processing Ukraine visa applications in (1) April, and (2) May; and what steps they have taken to reduce visa processing delays.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to decarbonise the heating of buildings accommodating government departments (1) on, and (2) close to, Whitehall.

    • Senior Civil Servants: Overseas Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 6 June (HL302), how many UK-based (1) Permanent Secretaries, and (2) Senior Civil Servants, have been working...

  • Treasury

    • Stamp Duty Reserve Tax: Exemptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to update current Stamp Duty Reserve Tax legislation to ensure that the growth market exemption can apply to regulated recognised...

    • Financial Services: Fundraising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether regulated securities such as equity and debt are classified as digital assets; and what consideration they have given to the possible future use of such...

      Bank Services: Cybersecurity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken with banking and finance industry bodies about the new requirements for two factor authentication for online payments, in...

      Cryptocurrencies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the carbon footprint of the operation of cyber currencies.

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