Written answers

Friday, 11 November 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that the seven mile, 20 mile, and 30 mile rule is adhered to when making changes to driving test centre locations, ensuing that...

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent cost benefit analysis he has carried out on requiring HGV drivers to renew their licence at 45 and every five years thereafter until they...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has held discussions with the National Union of Apprenticeships on raising the apprentice minimum wage to the national living wage in the...

    • Higher Education: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what priorities she has set to improve economic growth in the Higher Education sector.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students registered in English Higher Educational establishments were overseas students in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the UK’s research and development sector.

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Government’s target for...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the private sector research and development opportunities available for...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled Life Science Vision, published on 6 July 2021, what...

      Flats: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department provides for energy supply in communal areas in (a) apartment buildings and (b) other...

      Nuclear Power: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution published on 18 November 2020, how much money...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had recent discussions with the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland on the adequacy of the £100...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support independent businesses whose finances have been impacted...

      Public Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce energy consumption of heating of public buildings.

      Energy Bills Rebate: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to provide additional support to private rented tenants who have sub meters in...

      Business: Conditions of Employment and Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impacts of improving (a) terms and conditions and (b) pay on...

      Energy: Price Caps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has held with Cabinet colleagues on fuel support for households in the North Wales and Merseyside...

      Energy Price Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department conducted an equality impact assessment on the setting of the Regional Energy Price Guarantee.

      Redundancy Payments Service: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has held discussions with the Redundancy Payment Service on the National Minimum Wage.

      Redundancy Payments Service: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many employment tribunal cases have been lodged against the Redundancy Payment Service for each year from 2019 in...

      Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the development the Rosebank oil field on decarbonisation...

      Offshore Industry: Carbon Emissions and Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the compatibility of the oil and gas licensing round on the UK's (a)...

      Incinerators: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will withdraw the planning consent given to the Rivenhall Incinerator in 2010.

      National Grid: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the development of offshore electricity grids; and whether he has made a recent assessment of the...

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Regulation 7 of The Fireworks Regulations 2004 at reducing the...

      Trade Unions: Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason members of trade unions are not permitted to vote on union matters electronically.

      Energy Bills Rebate: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department’s policy that households in Northern Ireland will receive the £100 payment for...

      Motor Vehicles: Engines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the 2030 phaseout of new internal combustion engine cars.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to incentivise uptake in the ownership of electric vehicles.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to pensioners with the cost of energy bills.

      Post Offices: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Department is taking to support (a) postmasters and (b) sub-postmasters with the rising cost of living.

      Power Failures: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Minister in in his Department is responsible for ensuring the safety of people with long-term health conditions...

      Minimum Wage: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the (a) national minimum wage and...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department spent in total on external management consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has taken recent steps to help support pubs with the rising costs of alcohol.

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the (a) adequacy of the UK's oil refining capacity and (b) potential opportunities for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of (a) the implications for his policies of rising energy costs for park homes and (b)...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish details regarding the additional funding being provided under the Energy Bills Support Scheme...

      Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the Rosebank oil field development in the North Sea does not damage marine habitats.

      Offshore Industry: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of the new oil and gas licensing round on the UK's ability...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October to Question 53356 on Fossil Fuels, what data was the basis for his calculation that...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what total amount of money has been paid out by his Department in severance payments for former (a) Ministers and (b)...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to help support start-up businesses.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of allowing Chinese state affiliated...

      Bulb Energy: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost has been to the public purse of the losses incurred by Bulb whilst in receipt of Government support.

      Energy Bill Relief Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2022 to Question 73833, what the total amount is that the Government plans to make...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to boost the redemption of vouchers for the Energy Bills Support Scheme discount for customers...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ageing: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the UK maximises the potential merits of the role AI and future technology in helping...

    • Ageing: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has provided to research and development on understanding the potential merits of using AI technology to...

      Ageing: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set up a National Institute for AI and Ageing as recommended in a recent report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

      Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to integrate AI technology into the health system.

      NHS: 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to invest in 5G connectivity in the NHS.

      Hospitals: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the next business case about funding the Hospital Transformation Programme to modernise healthcare in Shropshire including the Royal...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what total amount of money has been paid out by his Department in severance payments for former (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers...

      Breast Cancer: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his department is taking to help increase the uptake of breast cancer screening in North Tyneside constituency.

      Dermatology: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the level of vacancies for consultant dermatologists in the South...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners have taken recent steps to help support the implementation of...

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church of England will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing accommodation on their...

  • Prime Minister

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral contribution of 26 October 2022 in response to the Right hon Member for Aldridge-Brownhills, Official Report, column 297, what the factual...

  • Treasury

    • Gift Aid: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on the automation of gift aid payments.

    • Economic Growth and Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to increase economic (a) growth and (b) productivity.

      Electric Vehicles: Electricity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the Advisory Electric Rate for fully electric company cars in relation to the rising cost of electricity.

      Treasury: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what total amount of money has been paid out by his Department in severance payments for former (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers since 29 June 2022;...

      Debts: Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of offering payment holidays for any debt owed to the Government, in the context of the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Corruption and Human Rights: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Global Human Rights Sanctions and (b) Global...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what total amount of money has been paid out by his Department in severance payments for former (a) Ministers and...

      Brazil: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the 2022 presidential election in Brazil on...

      Alaa Abdel Fattah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to obtain consular access to Alaa Abdel Fattah.

      Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Humanitarian Plan for Afghanistan is fully funded.

      Palestinians: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2022 to Question 63915 on Palestinians: Development Aid, if he will publish...

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that girls of all ages can return to school in Afghanistan.

      Mohamed Hasan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has had discussions with her counterpart in Bahrain on the arrest of Hasan Mohammed.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the announcement of 27 October 2022 by the...

      Alaa Abd Fattah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent progress he has made on securing the release of British national Alaa Abd el-Fattah.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has taken recent steps to help support Palestinian (a) civil society organisations and (b)...

      Tigray: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to use the overseas aid budget to help reduce levels of (a) neonatal and (b) maternal...

      Ethiopia: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to provide funding from the overseas aid budget to help support people who have experienced...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact the Tigray conflict has had on the Irob and Kunama communities.

      Eritrea: Tigray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he has taken to encourage the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Tigray.

      Madagascar: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what UK Overseas Development Assistance is being spent in Madagascar in (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the regional conflict affecting the...

      Tigray: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the UN Security Council on seeking an immediate ceasefire in Tigray.

      Tigray: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of reports of an aerial attack on a nursery in Mekelle Tigray on 24 August...

      Tigray: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the findings of the UN Human Rights Council on the denial of (a) food...

      Tigray: Armed Conflict and Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will make an estimate of the number of people who have been killed by (a) military conflict and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Typhoon Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Typhoon Tranche 1 aircraft will leave operational service; and what plans he has for them on retirement.

    • Multi Role Ocean Surveillance Ship: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance vessels will be built.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effect the delay to the Initial Operating Capability of the Type 26 Frigate to October 2028 will have on the capability of the Royal Navy.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with NATO members on the allocated workshare of the European Sky Shield Initiative.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effect the UK's membership of the European Sky Shield Initiative will have on the UK's commitment to the Sky Sabre programme.

      Boxer Vehicles and Warrior Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Boxer vehicles have been ordered as of 7 November 2022; by when he plans to have fully replaced Warrior vehicles with Boxer; how many Warrior...

      Defence Equipment & Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reform DE&S to help ensure greater levels of efficiency.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Sabre and (b) Scimitar vehicles are in service as of 7 November 2022; when he plans to (i) replace and (ii) upgrade those vehicles; how...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the upgrade of the Challenger 2 tank; how many of the current fleet will be upgraded to Challenger 3; how many Challenger 2 tanks...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the number of staff at DE&S has increased in the last five years.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Chinook helicopters will next leave operational service; how many will be (a) withdrawn and (b) replaced; and what plans he has for them on retirement.

      National Flagship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on developing plans for the national flagship to date.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of the cost of living crisis on the timely and sufficient payment of child...

    • Stress: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Social Market Foundation's report entitled Working lives, published 27 July 2022, what assessment has he made of that...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference his Department's report Supporting progression out of low pay: a call to action published 1 July 2021, which recommendations...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the process of explicit consent used in Universal Credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will bring forward legislative proposals on cat breeding that are equivalent to regulations in Scotland.

    • Environment Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a yearly breakdown of the total number of Environment Agency staff for each year since 2010.

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the welfare implications of high concentration carbon dioxide stunning in the slaughter of pigs.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of avian flu in the UK.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the House of Commons Library an analysis of the breakdown of regulatory burdens relevant to her...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of collecting, indefinitely storing and regenerating...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to introduce sustainable food labelling in the UK.

      Fishing Gear: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will retain the Deep Sea regulation that prohibits trawling below...

      Cats: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason cats have not been included in the proposed pet abduction offence in the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help end illegal puppy smuggling.

      Agriculture: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the resilience of commercial plant and animal species to the risk of novel disease...

      Fishing Gear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department will propose a measure to ban bottom trawling on all seamounts in NEAFC regulatory areas at this...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of his departmental budget.

      Animals: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of collecting, indefinitely storing and regenerating...

      African Swine Fever: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential threat posed by African Swine Fever to the British agricultural sector.

  • Home Office

    • Crime Prevention: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help prevent attacks on migrant centers.

    • Asylum: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arriving to York from Manston Immigration Processing Centre were transferred to hospital.

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to help ensure that people do not remain at the Manston immigration centre for more than 24 hours.

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children will be moved from Manston Immigration Processing Centre to hotels; and what steps she is taking to provide support for...

      Migrant Workers: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of allowing international medical graduates to apply for...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Animals in Science Regulation Unit Annual reports 2019 to 2021, published on 26 October 2022, for what reasons...

      Home Office: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what total amount of money has been paid out by her Department in severance payments for former (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers since...

      Police: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report of His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service entitled an inspection of vetting,...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of enforcement action taken in response to the breaches of the Animals (Scientific Procedures)...

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers serve in the London region.

      Police: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues about the adequacy of Gwent Police force’s budget.

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of vehicles stolen in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) England in each...

      Police: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help increase the number of women joining the Police.

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the efficiency of Action Fraud’s customer service; and whether she has plans to...

      Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking with Cabinet colleagues to increase the conviction rate for fraud in circumstances where fraud is not...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Private Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what processes his Department has in place to (a) monitor and (b) evaluate average levels of private rented sector rents...

    • Private Rented Housing: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of private rented accommodation to the unwaged.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the disabilities facilities grant and the speed of disbursement of the...

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the number of homeless ex-service personnel in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.

      Medical Equipment: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of Local Resilience Forums on the safety of people with...

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the waiting times for social housing for (a) large families and (b) homeless...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to increase the level of government support for the building of social...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential impact extending the right-to-buy scheme on the long-term levels of social...

      Property Development: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to ensure that local communities in neighbouring local authorities have an opportunity to contribute...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will undertake a review of his Department's policy on the five year supply of deliverable housing sites to ensure...

      Planning Permission: Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of implementing exceptions in planning laws in...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what support the Government is providing to leaseholders to assist them in completing their deed of certificate forms,...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pilot scheme for voluntary right to buy from housing associations;...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the impact of the building of modular homes on (a) the economy, (b) the (i) speed and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • British Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department has spent on hosting meetings of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October to Question 62154, whether her Department has 37 or four full-time equivalent staff in the Indian state...

    • Department for International Trade: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what total amount of money has been paid out by her Department in severance payments for former (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers since...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC Radio: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will have discussions with the BBC on the proposed redundancies in (a) the BBC World Service and (b) BBC Local Radio.

    • Public Service Broadcasting: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to help ensure that the most vulnerable and isolated people in our society are consulted on what...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Legal Aid Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid.

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to address the decrease in legal aid firms in the UK over the past 12 years.

      Probate Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of current call waiting times for people contacting the Probate Call Centre; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      National Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of clauses 79 to 83 of the National Security Bill on the ability of victims of (a)...

      Courts: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the backlog in court cases; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting up temporary courts...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Timber

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce the Committee on Climate Change's hierarchy of uses for timber favouring non-burning applications; and whether...

    • Biofuels

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reassess biomass electricity's classification as both a renewable and carbon neutral energy source.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Northern Ireland Protocol

      To ask His Majesty's Government what updates they can provide to the political parties in Northern Ireland regarding the ongoing negotiations with the EU on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask His Majesty's Government what fiscal steps they are taking to support women and girls' (1) sexual, and (2) reproductive, (a) health, and (b) rights, in countries on which their funding is...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in curbing agricultural carbon emissions in order to meet their 2050 net zero target.

    • Supermarkets: Food

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they are working with supermarkets to ensure that affordable staple foods are available on the shelves this winter given the increasing food cost for (1)...

      Rainforests: Environment Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect and expand temperate rainforests in England.

  • Home Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask His Majesty's Government when their report on the Age Verification Sandbox was completed; and when it will be published.

    • Food Supply: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to grant more overseas workers permits for work in food production in the Lee Valley.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to maintain their decision to increase alcohol duty this year, and (2) to devise a strategy to bring the tax back in line to the level it...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Ofcom's roadmap to regulation for the Online Safety Bill ensures that the implementation period for Part 5 of that bill...

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The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

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