Written answers

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether requiring valid identification for voting is a permitted reason for requesting a provisional driver's licence.

    • Rigmaden bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale to discuss the potential merits of repairing Rigmaden bridge.

      Driving Tests: Erith and Thamesmead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the shortage of practical driving tests in Erith and Thamesmead constituency.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Inclusive Transport Strategy, updated on 3 November 2022, what progress his Department has made on (a) creating a standard for...

      Department for Transport: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer from the Minister of State to the Question from the hon. Member for Luton South of 13 October 2022, Official Report,...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if it remains his policy to implement support for active travel as outlined in his Department's Gear Change document.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) capping and (b) increasing regulation of the profits of...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of Ofgem on the Distribution Network Operators pricing consultation;...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses took out loans through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

      Offshore Industry: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the number of offshore workers who have left the oil and gas sector for roles on higher...

      Offshore Industry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to estimate the demand for workers in the offshore oil and gas industry in the next...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been of Ministerial severance pay in his Department in each year since 1 January 2016.

      Energy Supply: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of national energy demand was met by domestic sources of offshore oil and gas in each...

      Offshore Industry: Continental Shelf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on annual levels of (a) exploration and (b) production of oil and gas on the UK Continental Shelf...

      Offshore Industry: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the offshore oil and gas workforce employed on contracts requiring a...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with energy suppliers on how the Energy Bills Support Scheme can support tenants with...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November to Question 72254 on Science: Research, for a spending breakdown of the £750m...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Parler

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings have taken place between (a) Cabinet members and (b) other Ministers and social media network, Parler, since December 2019.

    • Business: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential barriers to minority ethnic owned businesses accessing Government contracts.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS Digital: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of when the cyber incident that is affecting the publication of the NHS Digital Mental Health Services Monthly...

    • Medical Records: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has considered the potential merits of a universal system of online e-health records to support people as they age.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many fully qualified full time equivalent GPs there were in England in each year since 2015.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on management consultants in the 2021-22 financial year.

      Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled Women’s Health Strategy for England, published 20 July 2022, whether he...

      Maternity Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of maternity and neonatal services in North Staffordshire.

      Pregnancy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to include additional funding for research on the common complications of pregnancy as part of the...

      Pregnancy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Healthy Mum, Healthy Future, Healthy Baby report published in May 2022 will be considered by the Maternities Disparities...

      General Practitioners: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of GP surgeries were rated as good by the Care Quality Commission in Portsmouth as of 10 November 2022.

      General Practitioners: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of GPs in Portsmouth South constituency.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on its commitment to recruiting an additional 6,000 GPs.

      General Practitioners: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of full time equivalent fully qualified GPs, excluding GPs in a training grade, who were...

      Prescriptions: Miscarriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to midwifes, GPs and health visitors on the timeframe in which a Matex certificate should be applied for after...

      Ovarian Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make a comparative assessment of the average time taken to diagnose ovarian cancer (a) in North Staffordshire and (b) nationally.

      Health Services: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has provided additional funding to local health partners to help support refugees staying in (a) accommodation and...

      Health Services: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help people staying in bridging hotels access (a) public, (b) physical and (c) mental health services.

      GP Practice Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of the patients per GP in each (a) primary care network and (b) Integrated Care System.

      General Practitioners: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to NHS Greater Manchester ICS to support with GP retention for 2022-23; and how much was spent for...

      General Practitioners: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs who had been previously working in NHS Greater Manchester ICS area have left the profession in the last three years.

      General Practitioners: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of GP appointments there have been in Portsmouth South constituency in (a) the last 12 months...

      Palivizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to direct the Joint Committee on Vaccination Immunisation to meet to discuss the recommendations of NHS England’s...

      Malnutrition: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of malnutrition in Portsmouth South constituency.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2022 to Question 77274 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, if he will make an assessment of the...

      Health: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle health inequalities in Portsmouth South constituency.

      Health Services: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prepare the health system for potential power cuts in winter 2022-23.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) control the numbers of covid-19 cases, (b) protect people vulnerable to covid-19, (c) support...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the levels of vape use in secondary schools.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to ensure that all people eligible for healthy start payments receive them.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of people who have been waiting longer than 52 weeks for NHS treatment in the last 12 months.

      Life Expectancy: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of trends in the level of life expectancy in Portsmouth South...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take to increase access to PrEP for (a) heterosexuals, (b) women, (c) Black African and Black...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on implementing the objective from the HIV Action Plan of delivering a national PrEP Action Plan.

      Dental Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the NHS did not agree a contract with Smart Dental Care to provide NHS dental services in (a) Merseyside and (b) Cheshire.

      Health: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of rising energy costs on people’s health.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment with local authorities of the potential barriers faced by carers in accessing the support to which they are...

      Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department takes to monitor the performance of the provision of local retention initiatives in the NHS Greater Manchester...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of increasing the NHS mileage rates on the recruitment of NHS workers who deliver at...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure a stable supply of contrast media agents used in medical imaging; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance NHS England gives to health providers on telephoning patients on withheld numbers.

  • Department for Education

    • Educational Psychology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of the 24 October to Written Question 63042, whether she plans to allocate new funding to train educational psychologists after...

    • Education: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of expanding mental health first aid training for staff in educational settings.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that schools are able to (a) carry out repairs, (b) heat their buildings and (c) provide...

      Department for Education: Electronic Messaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has shared, sent or received information relating to her Ministerial duties using a personal (a) device, (b) email address, and (c) mobile...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support the Government is providing to schools to help address the cost of living crisis.

      Holiday Activities and Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of meals provided as part of the Holiday activities and food programme; and whether she is taking steps...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were eligible for help with the cost of home to school transport in each local authority in each year since 2017.

      Schools: Speech and Language Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 September 2022 to Question 51450 on Speech and Language Therapy: Recruitment, what steps her Department is taking to help...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to reduce the number of children who go missing from care homes.

      Children in Care: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) Gypsy, (b) Roma and (c) Traveller children are under the care of local authorities.

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2022 to Question 30078 on Carers’ Benefits, what progress her Department has made in considering the...

      Holiday Activities and Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Holiday activities and food programme on children's diets.

      Department of Education: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of Ministerial severance pay in his Department between 1 January 2016 to 8 November 2022.

      Secondary Education: Barnsley East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding secondary schools in Barnsley East constituency have received each academic year since 2010.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the average funding per pupil in mainstream schools was in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Bexley, (c)...

      Free School Meals: Bexleyheath and Crayford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency have received free school meals in each of the last five years.

      Children: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Bumper £24 million to boost children’s literacy, published on 9 October 2022,...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Restraining Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many restraining orders were (a) issued and (b) breached (i) once, (ii) twice, (iii) three times and (iv) on four or more occasions in each of the...

    • Probation Service: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of risk assessments made by the Probation Service.

      Prison and Probation Service: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of delays in vetting new recruits on the (a) prison service and (b) probation service.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will become bankrupt as a result of loan charge payments.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has taken recent steps to help ensure that UK citizens living abroad have access to UK bank accounts.

      Overseas Companies: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises with headquarters in other countries are able to access UK...

      Audiobooks: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to introduce a zero rating of VAT for audiobooks.

      Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department made of the annual cost of extending the VAT Retail Export Scheme to EU visitors in September 2020.

      Mortgages: Defaulters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of rising interest rates on the number of mortgage defaults across England.

      UK Infrastructure Bank: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that funding provided by the UK Infrastructure Bank is targeted to small and medium-sized enterprises in...

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government's Observations made on 7 November 2022 on petition P002765 on the Energy Profits Levy, presented by the hon. Member for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when does his Department will conclude its review into energy bills support; and whether third parties and agencies will be consulted as a part of that review.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iran: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of downgrading the UK's diplomatic relations with Iran.

    • Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to seek an UN investigation into the killing of protesters in Iran following the UN Special...

      Nicaragua: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department’s policies of the low voter turnout...

      Haiti: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in Haiti on the operation of the Varreux port terminal.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to letters from the Hon member for Dunfermline and West Fife related to a constituent...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2022 to Question 70949 on Israel: Palestinians, what response his Department...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the Israeli government’s handling of applications...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to triple adaptation finance by 2025.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with OPEC on reducing the price of oil.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2022 to Question 69579 on Israel: Palestinians, what response he received...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Israeli counterpart on access for Palestinians to (a) cancer and...

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Iranian counterpart on reports of indiscriminate violence by...

      USA: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has held discussions with his counterpart in the United States on the duration of their travel...

      Brazil: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of reports that federal police (PF) and federal highway police (PRF)...

      Venezuela: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Venezuelan counterpart on Nicolás Maduro's involvement at the COP27 Summit.

      China: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has considered further action against relevant Chinese officials in the UK following the incident at...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Interpreters: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Afghan interpreters resettled to the UK under the Ex-Gratia Scheme (EGS) are also eligible for the support measures offered to Afghan...

    • Army Foundation College: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of recruits at the Army Foundation College have previously been excluded from school.

      Suez: General Service Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will revise the eligibility criteria for the General Service Medal (1918 GSM) with Canal Zone Clasp in order to allow service personnel who served...

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer on 31 October 2022 to Question 68602, on Veterans: Identity Cards, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of HM Armed...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2022 to Question 63116 on Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Standards, when he plans to write to the rt hon. Member...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what protocol his Department has in place for handling requests from the US to use the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia for military...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any US military equipment is located on the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking (a) to facilitate timely decision-making on outstanding applications for relocation to the UK under the Afghan...

      China: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2022 to Question 74518 on China: Armed Forces, on what date he was first made aware of cases of former UK armed...

      Elbit Systems UK: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the impact the departure of Elbit from Selborne will have on the delivery of that project.

      Merlin Helicopters: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many EH101 Aircraft in his Department's fleet are unserviceable as of 9th November 2022; where unserviceable EH101 Aircraft are located; and what...

      Multi Role Ocean Surveillance Ship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance ships will be classed as Royal Fleet Auxiliary or Royal Navy ships.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the current average length of time taken to reach a decision on an application for relocation to the UK under...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy have been submitted by Afghan nationals in third...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on moving adult claimants on Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his department is taking to reduce waiting times for Personal Independent Payment following an unsuccessful Mandatory Reconsideration.

      Carers Allowance: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has received a request from the Welsh Government for details of people living in Wales who receive Carers Allowance.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to maintain the pensions triple lock.

      Seagreen Wind Energy: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) developers on the evacuation of a transformer platform on the...

      Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of Discretionary Housing Payments funding his Department had spent on (a) 10 November 2021 and (b) 10 November 2022.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hedges and Ditches: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to (a) protect and (b) expand hedgerows in urban environments.

    • Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of commercial tree nurseries and (b) the average number of trees grown by nurseries.

      British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to preserve biodiversity in the overseas territories.

      Fishing Catches: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had recent discussions with Yorkshire Water on the potential impact of raw sewage pollution on fishing...

      Furs: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her planned timetable is for publishing the response to her Department's consultation entitled Fur market in Great Britain.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen animal welfare protections in (a) the UK and (b) abroad.

      Pets: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to help reduce the impact of firework usage on Guy Fawkes Day on the safety and welfare of family pets.

      Saltmarshes: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to include the restoration of saltmarshes for blue carbon in the UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect dogs from unregulated canine breeding clinics.

      Poultry: Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase the speed of issuing poultry movement licenses in Avian Influenza zones.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse has been of Ministerial severance pay in her Department in each year since 1 January 2016.

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 17 June, (b) 8 August, (c) 21 September and (d) 26 October 2022 from the hon. Member...

    • Asylum: Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to provide youth services to children and young people living in (a) contingency and (b) initial asylum accommodation.

      Migrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help non-EU citizens with biometric residence permits who cannot access a share code online prove their right to...

      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department are taking to prevent the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from interfering in British political, cultural and...

      Health Services: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, what healthcare support is provided for refugees and asylum seekers at (a) reception centres, (b) detention centres and (c) hotels.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to support Afghan nationals relocated to the UK under the ex gratia redundancy and resettlement scheme;...

      Infectious Diseases: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November to Question 78840 on Detention Centres: Infectious Diseases, whether he has held discussions with...

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she or Ministers in her Department held discussions with any migrants at Manston Immigration Processing Centre on (a) 3 November...

      Undocumented Migrants: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Albanians arrived in the UK on small boats between 1 June 2022 and 31 October 2022; and how many and what proportion of these...

      Migrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which quarters has the Employer Checking Service response times failed to meet its Service Level Agreements since 2018.

      Sexual Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual offences were (a) reported, (b) charged and (c) resulted in a conviction in England and Wales in each month since July 2021.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons his Department provides local services funding for Initial Asylum accommodation and not Contingency Asylum accommodation.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to speed up the average processing time for applications to the (a) the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme and (b)...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of moving children staying in contingency asylum accommodation to another area on (a)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has plans to increase the number of regular pathways for people to migrate to the UK from (a) Ukraine, (b) Afghanistan and (c)...

      China: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for (a) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and (b) Levelling...

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hotels that could be used to accommodate detainees at the Manston immigration facility (a) was the Home Secretary invited by Home...

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the statement on Western Jet Foil and Manston Asylum Processing Centres on Monday 31 October 2022 Col 644, how many new...

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she personally requested to be transported to the Manston asylum processing site from Dover via Chinook helicopter on 3 November 2022.

      Undocumented Migrants: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of the arrival of illegal Albanian migrants on organised crime in the UK.

      Travel Requirements: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will make it its policy to issue travel documents to children born in the UK to parents from Hong Kong on the British...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letters of (a) 19 August (b) 30 August (c) 21 September and (d) 26 October from the hon. Member for Basildon...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing Associations: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the potential financial impact of the proposed cap on rent increases on housing...

    • Temporary Accommodation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the total cost to the public purse of the provision of temporary accommodation in (a) 2022...

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of the (a) measures within and (b) timing of the...

      Homelessness: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless.

      Supported Housing: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many domestic abuse victims were in exempt accommodation with other homeless people as of 11 November 2022.

      Homelessness: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many live homelessness applications there were for (a) adults and (b) children in each local authority on 25 December 2021.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) vulnerable individuals and (b) local authorities with the upcoming...

      Affordable Housing and Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department plans to take to support the construction of social and affordable housing by (a) councils and...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what provisions there are within the Building Safety Act 2022 to hold cladding remediation companies who installed...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate his Department has made of the funding shortfall for councils in the next financial year.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what companies were awarded the contract for providing watermarked paper for voter ID documents; and what is the deadline...

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, further to his Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 77576 on UN Committee On the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the timetable is for the Government's local government Fair Funding Review.

      Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of rising mortgage rates on accidental landlords, those home-owners...

      Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the need for Investment and Enterprise zones with (a) generous tax reductions and (b)...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October to Question 59997 on Abortion: Northern Ireland, when he expects the provision of abortion services in...

    • Veterinary Medicine and Vaccination: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the continued availability of veterinary (a) medicines and (b) vaccines in Northern Ireland after...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his Department’s policy that Fresh Start agreement funding allocated to support shared and integrated education can be...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much their Department spent on external recruitment consultants in 2021.

    • Trade Barriers: EU Countries and India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish a list of trade barriers her Department has identified facing British businesses in (a) India, (b) France and (c)...

      Urine Drainage Bags: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps to classify urine drainage bags as medical devices.

      Department for International Trade: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse has been of Ministerial severance pay in her Department in each year since 1 January 2016.

      Riot Control Weapons: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any of the equipment used by Iranian authorities in response to ongoing protests in that country was (a) manufactured in the UK or...

      Department for International Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department has spent on (a) flights and (b) hotel accommodation for visits by (i) officials and (ii) Ministers to the United...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

      Service Industries: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to enable the UK's financial and professional services industries gain full access to international...

      Department for International Trade: Correspondence and Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps their Department is taking to reduce the time taken to respond to (a) written parliamentary questions and (b) correspondence from...

      Food: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department is taking steps to reduce tariffs on food from African countries.

      Trade Agreements: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her planned timetable is for the conclusion of negotiations on a free trade agreement with India.

      Trade Agreements: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether trade agreements under negotiation with (a) India and (b) the Gulf Cooperation Council will include provisions on occupational...

      TRIPS Agreement: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with (a) The Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, (b) Secretary of State for Business,...

      Trade Agreements: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to take steps to help mitigate the emissions increases projected in the UK-India Free Trade Agreement Scoping...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has received representations from (a) fossil fuel producers and (b) renewable energy producers on the Energy Charter...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of the likelihood of an investor state dispute settlement claim being made against the UK...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of (a) the withdrawal of (i) France, (ii) Poland, (iii) Spain, (iv) the Netherlands and (v) Italy from the...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of UK international trade is covered by free trade agreements.

      Financial Services: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase trade opportunities for the UK financial services sector.

      Fisheries: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to support fishing exports.

      Trade Agreements: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what mechanisms her Department uses to consult Overseas Territories on the provisions of future trade agreements.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • English National Opera: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding Arts Council England provided to the English National Opera in the (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24...

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse has been of Ministerial severance pay in her Department in each year since 1 January 2016.

      BBC: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to require a minimum level of local broadcast coverage in all areas as part of the agreement with the...

      Sports: Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the merits of regulating the promotion of cryptoassets in sport; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Callanan on 31 October (HL2667), whether they will place a copy of the analysis referred to in the Library of the...

    • Water Power

      To ask His Majesty's Government what meetings or correspondence they have had with firms and trade bodies in the fisheries industry in 2022 about (1) barriers to, and (2) benefits of, deployment...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nurses: Resignations

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies Factors associated with staff retention in the NHS acute sector, published on 23...

    • Hospital Beds and Social Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the report The state of health care and adult social care in England 2021/22 by the Care Quality Commission, published on 21 October, which found that,...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made with rolling-out the capacity alerts system for the NHS e-referral service; and when they intend to make that a requirement for all...

      Integrated Care Boards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure a consistent approach across all Integrated Care Boards that allows for the timely accreditation of providers of (1)...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns about the (1) safety, and (2) performance, of homecare medicines services in NHS (a) contracts, and (b) framework...

      Evusheld

      To ask His Majesty's Government why a commissioning recommendation by NICE on Evusheld takes nearly a year to make; and whether they will expedite the appraisal of Evusheld by NICE by allocating...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the merits of establishing a Gene Therapy and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) taskforce.

      Genetic Engineering

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following their commitment in the England Rare Diseases Action Plan 2022, published on 28 February, when they will publish their strategic approach to gene...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the number of clinical placements available to nurses; and if so, (1) by how many, and (2) when.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to develop new routes into the nursing profession.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the current status of NHS Blood and Transplant’s blood donation operations, following the amber alert declared on 12 October.

      Dengue Fever

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 13 October (HL2369), what measures they have in place to monitor for an increase in dengue fever cases; how...

      Coronavirus

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the risk to the public from Omicron subvariants driving a wave of COVID-19 this winter.

      Dengue Fever: Disease Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of work being undertaken to reduce the incidence of dengue infection carried by mosquitoes.

      Healthy Start Scheme: Telephone Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what were the (1) average, and (2) longest, waiting times for calls made to the Healthy Start helpline in each of the most recent six months for which data are...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Baroness Penn on 4 February (HL Deb col 1215), and the remarks made by the former Minister of State for the Department of...

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Standards Authority report Safer care for all: Solutions from professional regulation and beyond, published on 6 September, what...

      Gambling: Young People

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many young people have been treated in the NHS national children and young person’s pilot gambling clinic in the past year, broken down by (1)...

      Evusheld

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to release (1) modelling, and (2) analytics, data on the number of immunocompromised patients (a) who got COVID-19, (b) have been admitted to...

  • Department for Education

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have plans to increase the financial education provided to young people, including teaching about savings, investments, mortgages and other borrowing.

    • Free School Meals: Migrants

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure all schools are aware of the extension of the right to free school meals to children in all families subject to the 'no...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Import Controls: Forced Labour

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing an import ban on (1) all products produced by forced labour, and (2) on products produced by all Chinese...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Pakistan: Freedom of Expression

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) freedom of religion or belief, (2) freedom of assembly, and (3) freedom of expression, in Pakistan.

    • Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking or plan to take to implement the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro's independent review of the FCDO support for persecuted...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the source of increased funding for climate adaptation announced by the Prime Minister at COP27 on 7 November; and whether this funding will be taken from...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 27 October (HL2653), on what basis they can provide for the Cold Weather Payment being £25;...

    • Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they are publicising to (1) claimants, and (2) advisers, the facility that exists for claimants to make and maintain a universal credit claim not online in...

      Pensions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK pension funds of the fall of the Hang Seng Index.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact that the practice of stopping and reviewing benefits for disabled people who earn over a certain monthly...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: Biodiversity

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many of the proposed UK delegates attending the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Montreal will be from (1) UK Overseas Territories, and (2) Crown...

    • Chemicals: Pollution Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in protecting environmental and human health from the effects of chemical pollution.

      Avian Influenza: Poultry

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of avian influenza on domestic poultry and what support they will provide to domestic producers.

      Water: Pollution

      To ask His Majesty's Government why they failed to meet their statutory obligation to report on the disposal of urban waste water and sludge by the deadline of 31 December 2020.

      Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances: Marine Environment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) on the marine environment.

      Water: Pollution

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to enabling courts to fine individual board members of water companies that persistently pollute rivers and coastal waters.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of France about the implementation of the 1995 agreement on the return of illegal immigrants; and what was...

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the forecast by the Office for Budget responsibility that higher net migration reduces pressure on government debt over time, what plans they have...

      Detention Centres: Diseases

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether any notifiable diseases, as defined by the Public Health Control of Diseases Act 1984, have been identified as present in the Western Jet Foil and Manston...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of crimes reported relating to drug dealing in London are investigated by the police.

      Police

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) public confidence in the police force, and (2) the impact of public confidence in the police force on the proportion of...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Council Tax

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much has been spent on (1) council tax reduction, and (2) council tax rebate schemes, in each year since 2008.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are they taking to provide local authorities with additional funding for housebuilding projects.

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total reduction in funds available for social housing in England since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • King Charles III: Ceremonies

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 8 November (HL2955), what criteria they used to decide which privy councillors would be given ex...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 27 October (HL2608), what are the major vulnerabilities in the non-bank sector in the UK that they...

    • Overseas Investment: China

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the exposure of UK investors to Chinese government bonds and stocks following the fall of the Hang Seng Index; and what holdings...

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