Written answers

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for a Disabled Persons Railcard to include neurodiverse...

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will issue guidance to train companies stating that they should always seek to run trains as long-form not short-form, including...

      TransPennine Express: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with TransPennine Express on making a rest day working agreement with ASLEF.

      Railways: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of constructing the Midlands Rail Hub on the national economy.

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help support UK businesses working on net zero aviation.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish a refresh of the Clean Maritime Plan in 2023.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sizewell C Power Station: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the announcement in the Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022 that the Government will invest...

    • Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund: Sefton Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes were retrofitted as a result of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator in Sefton Central...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of the UK’s membership of the Energy Charter Treaty with...

      Energy: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to cap the profits of Distribution Network Operators.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average amount was given to homeowners who had successful applications to the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Sefton Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes were retrofitted as a result of the Green Homes Grant in Sefton Central constituency, as of 24 November 2022.

      Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme: Sefton Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes were retrofitted as a result of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Demonstrator in Sefton Central...

      Alternative Fuel Payments: Park Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how park home residents will receive their Energy Bills Support Scheme-Alternative Fund allowance.

      National Grid: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits providing support for an offshore energy grid rather than...

      Fuel Oil: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to make available financial support for businesses using heating oil.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support (a) households and (b) businesses with fuel costs in winter 2022-23.

      Oil: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether any (a) oil and (b) oil-based products that originated from Russia have been imported into the UK since the...

      Energy Efficiency Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to establish the Energy Efficiency Taskforce announced in the Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022; and...

      Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish how households who are not eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme because they pay for...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help increase home insulation by 2025.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 5.13 of the Autumn Statement, CP 751 published on 17 November 2022, if he will make it his...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of households with submeters that are...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to reduce the average cost of retro-fitting a household.

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of local skills shortages on achieving net zero targets.

      Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what priorities he will set for COP28.

      Electricity: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the resilience of rural electricity networks.

      Power Failures: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to provide (a) support and (b) advice to people who are...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure the take-up of voluntary measures to reduce energy demand.

      Energy Efficiency Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what stakeholders will be represented on the Energy Efficiency Taskforce.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of households in fuel poverty after April 2023.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of proposed fast-track planning for offshore wind on the marine...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to support scientific research into ways to reduce methane emissions.

      Wind Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to invest more funding into the research and development of onshore wind power.

      Climate Change: Research and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide increased funding for (a) scientific research into the climate and (b) investing in new technologies...

      Energy Efficiency Taskforce: Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Energy Efficiency Taskforce will consider the redeployment of social housing decarbonisation funding.

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of redeploying existing social housing energy efficiency funding.

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report by UK100, entitled End the wait, Insulate, Social housing energy efficiency and the energy...

      Postal Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Ofcom's Residential Postal Tracker Q3 2021 - Q2 2022 published September 2022, what assessment he has...

      Postal Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the 4-week suspension of Royal Mail’s quality of service...

      Postal Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has had recent discussions with Royal Mail on Saturday letter deliveries.

      Small Businesses: North East Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support SMEs in North East Hampshire.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a full breakdown of payments made to officials to relocate from London Government offices to...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 November 2022, HCWS 376 on Programmes: Announcement of £484 million...

      EU Framework Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his planned timetable is for the conclusion of agreements with the EU on the UK's participation in (a) Horizon...

      Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Rosebank oil field development in the North Sea on the...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      Whether his Department plans to take further steps to help tackle late invoice payments to small businesses.

      Minerals: Supply Chains

      If he will make an assessment of the potential contribution of onshore UK critical mineral supply chains to the levelling up agenda.

      Clothing: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to establish a garment supply chain adjudicator.

  • Attorney General

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions she has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the Crown Prosecution Service making representations on compensation orders in criminal cases...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much NHS employers paid in Immigration Skills Charge (a) in 2017-18, (b) in 2018-19, (c) in 2019-20, (d) in 2020-21, (e) in 2021-22...

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to resume publication of the paused (a) Critical Care Bed Capacity and Urgent Operations Cancelled and (b) Delayed...

      Neurology: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has taken recent steps to increase the number of (a) diagnostic and (b) interventionist neuro radiologists in the NHS.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plan to publish its review of the NHS Long Term Plan.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients who are fit for discharge are promptly released from hospital.

      Liver Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve outcomes for patients with liver cancer.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of ambulance crews being unable to hand over patients to hospital staff within 15...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Neurological Alliance's 2021-22 My Neuro Survey, what assessment he has made of the implications for his...

      Liver Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recall systems are in place to ensure regular liver cancer surveillance among adults with cirrhosis.

      Asthma: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of severe asthma patients have been prescribed a biologic in the last 12 months.

      General Practitioners: North East Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with Integrated Care Boards on the ability of patients to access (a) GP appointments and...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of (a) domestic abuse and (b) coercive control on the health of people affected.

      Dental Services: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve NHS dentistry provision in Hull West and Hessle constituency.

      Hammersmith Bridge: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential health impacts of the closure of Hammersmith Bridge to vehicles on Putney residents.

      Dental Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS dentistry in Liverpool.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of liver disease outcomes across Integrated Care Systems in England.

      Ophthalmic Services: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with NHS England on its plans for the NHS Special Schools Eye Care Service.

      Dental Services: Feltham and Heston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS dentistry in Feltham and Heston constituency.

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average time people in (a) England (b) Greater London, and (c) Feltham and Heston constituency waited...

      Pharmacy: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of pharmacies in (a) Lewisham East constituency and (b) the London Borough of Lewisham which have...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs there were in October 2022 in (a) Feltham and Heston constituency, (b) Hounslow and (c) England.

      Oral Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to regulate oral nicotine pouches in line with other reduced-risk nicotine products such as e-cigarettes.

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her proposals for reform of adult social care will be delayed.

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will establish a taskforce to look at the (a) research, (b) workforce and (c) clinical needs of people who have a neurological...

      Arthritis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November to Question 87913, for what reason that data is not collected.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Sir Mike Richards report of the independent review of adult screening programmes in England, whether he is taking steps...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislation to guarantee care home residents' access to in-person...

      Huntington's Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of public funding for the research of (a) adult- and (b) juvenile-onset Huntington’s...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities have a specialist stop smoking service open to all smokers in their area.

  • Department for Education

    • English Language: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of ESOL for adult learners seeking to improve their levels of English to help them...

    • Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department is taking steps to help ensure that all children are able to learn any instrument of any cost.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the average funding per pupil in mainstream schools was in (a) North West Norfolk constituency, (b) Norfolk and (c) England in each of the...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to (a) recruit and (b) retain more male primary school teachers.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools funding was spent per pupil in (a) England and (b) Hounslow.

      Schools: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she is taking steps to work alongside (a) headteachers and (b) other school leaders to help reduce vaping in schools.

      Free School Meals: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to increase the free school meals income eligibility in line with inflation.

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department is taking steps to increase the number of automatic external defibrillators in schools; and what steps she is taking to ensure...

      Religion: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has plans to reintroduce the bursary for religious education teachers.

      Skilled Workers: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment for the implications for her policies of the UK100’s Skills for Local Net Zero Delivery briefing.

      Education: Denton and Reddish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the impact of the cost of living crisis on the attainment of children in Denton and Reddish constituency.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to expand the 30 hours of funded childcare for working parents to include income earned through PhD studies as a qualifying income.

      Schools: Disability and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of support provided to schools to meet the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made a recent assessment with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of the support provided to schools to help with rising...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022 of additional funding for schools in...

      Amira Abase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has undertaken an investigation into the adequacy of the safeguarding of Amira Abase.

      Dyslexia: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department taken to help West Midlands secondary schools provide extra support to dyslexic students.

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken to improve the (a) identification and(b) diagnosis of dyslexic school pupils at the earliest stage possible.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department is taking steps to implement the recommendations in the report by the Children's Commissioner entitled Beyond the Labels: A...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Nottingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to complete the transfer of HMRC staff to Unity Square building in Nottingham from other HMRC locations.

    • Business: Hampshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) current and (b) potential volume of international trade undertaken by businesses in Hampshire.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of what the tax revenue will be from VAT levied on domestic heating bills in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential impact of the Autumn Statement 2022 on the planned timetable for the transition to...

      Mortgages: Islam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct a review of the availability of mortgages which comply with Islamic law.

      Affordable Housing and Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State at Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on funding the greater supply of (a) affordable...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the level of public sector pay on the gender pay gap in the next three years.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2022 to Question 78647, what recent discussions he has had with the Office for Budget Responsibility on the Public...

      Public Sector Debt: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the amount by which the total paid in interest on state debt will change between this year and 2024-5.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the potential impact of changes in the number of people driving electric, rather than petrol or diesel, vehicles on the...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to para 5.6 of the Autumn Statement, CP 751, published on 17 November, how much of the existing £6.6bn funding for energy efficiency is...

      Electric Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the feasibility of establishing a new lower band for electric cars under the Expensive Car Supplement.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Office for Budget Responsibility's report entitled Economic and fiscal outlook, published in November 2022, what assessment he has...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have ceased to be self-employed since the introduction of the 2021 IR 35 rules.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Kashmir: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of conflict in Kashmir on people in that region.

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict team of experts were deployed as of 24 November 2022; and...

      Armenia and Azerbaijan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to work with the international community and the Azerbaijani and Armenian...

      Haiti: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what bilateral financial assistance his Department is providing to Haiti to help with tackling criminal gangs in...

      Brazil: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what financial assistance his Department is providing to Brazil to help with tackling deforestation of the Amazon...

      Colombia: Rainforests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what financial assistance his Department is providing to Colombia to help tackle the deforestation of the Amazon...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has taken recent steps to provide assistance to the Colombian government for the...

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November to Question 89032 on Julian Assange, what aspects of the Julian Assange case...

      Thailand: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK nationals have died in Thailand in each of the last (a) five and (b) ten years; how many of those...

      Cuba: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made for the implications of his polices of reports that Cuban President, Miguel...

      Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he is taking steps to allocate funds generated from the sale of Chelsea Football Club to humanitarian...

      Wang Shunping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his Chinese counterparts on the detainment of Christian preacher Wang Shauping...

      Vicky Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has had discussions with representatives of the (a) State Administrative Council or (b) Armed Forces...

      Myanmar: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy...

      Sudan: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to set out a (a) strategy and (b) timetable to work with (i) Sudan and (ii) the wider...

      Pacific Islands: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what bilateral financial assistance his Department is providing to Pacific Island nations to help with mitigating...

      Commonwealth: National Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will make an estimate of the change in GDP for each country in the Commonwealth of Nations in...

      Israel: LGBTQ+ People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the trends in the levels of LGBTQ rights in Israel following the recent...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance spending was disbursed in (a) lower-income countries, (b) middle-income...

      South Africa: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in South African on support for Ukraine following Russia's invasion.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff worked for his Department in September 2021.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance has been disbursed to projects in (a) conflict prevention and resolution...

      Diplomatic Service: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Diplomatic Service Officers ended their employment within two years of being appointed in each of the...

      Somaliland: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to support peaceful and inclusive compromise on a timetable and processes for...

      Development Aid: International Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government takes to assess the suitability and value for money of (a) projects organised by and (b)...

      Development Aid: International Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what unrestricted aid funding the Government provides to international organisations.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he made an impact assessment to inform the spending decisions set out in his written ministerial statement...

      Development Aid: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to page 17 of Statistics on International Development, Final UK Aid Spend 2021, published in...

      Sudan: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council of the election of...

      Dominic Raab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his department holds any record of concerns being conveyed to the Propriety and Ethics Team at the Cabinet...

      Dominic Raab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department holds any records of a formal complaint being made about the conduct of the Rt. Hon. Member...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether any complaints of (a) bullying, (b) harassment, (c) discrimination and (d) other inappropriate workplace...

      Bahrain: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether parliamentary elections that took place in Bahrain on 12 November...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the report on Bahrain published by Human Rights Watch on 31 October 2022, what recent assessment...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterparts in Bahrain to press for the immediate and unconditional...

      Bahrain: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of findings published by the Bahrain Institute...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to eliminate its use of single-use plastics.

    • Fleet Solid Support Ships: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether quality assurance testing for the Fleet Solid Support Ship contract will be undertaken by UK officials in Spain before blocks are transferred to...

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Spokesperson's comments on 22 November 2022, which vital skills and technology transfer will be transferred to the UK as a...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many maintenance appointments in service family accommodation have been missed since June 2022.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average response time is to complaints from service families about the heating and hot water in service accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service families have been moved from service accommodation as a result of an absence of heating or hot water in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service family accommodation properties have been without (a) heating and (b) hot water for longer than 24 hours in 2022.

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any advance payments have been made to (a) Navantia UK, (b) Harland & Wolff and (c) BMT since the preferred bidder announcement for the...

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2022 to Question 89758 on Fleet Solid Support Ships: Contracts, whether mechanisms exist to hold the prime...

      Ministry of Defence: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's monthly publications of spending over £500 on items other than travel and stationery using a government...

      Military Aircraft: Military Exercises and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours for a) training and b) operations and exercises have been flown by I) C130-J II) C17 and III) A400m aircraft in each of the last five years.

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether anyone employed by his Department were involved in Operation Pelican.

      France: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units from all branches of the Armed Forces will participate in France's Exercise Hermex-Orion in 2023.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total tonnage flown by a) C-130-J b) C17 and c) A400M fleets was in each of the last five years.

      Russia: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Iranian supplied Shahed-136 loitering munitions that have been used by Russia in Ukraine.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to take steps to turn back small boats in the English Channel.

      Ukraine: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his announcement on 9 November of the supply of approximately 1,000 additional surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine, if he will specify...

      China: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 15 November to Question 66885, how many individuals has the Government been provided information by NATO and Five Eyes allies on...

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the air mobility fleet has been engaged in the movement of equipment and supplies to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.

      Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November to Question 63111 on Ukraine: Armed Conflict, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Russian (a) main...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential equalities impacts of the Autumn Statement 2022 policy to require an additional...

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he expects the evaluation process of the Kickstart Scheme to be concluded by the end of 2023.

      Sick Leave: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect of long-term sickness on economic productivity in each of the last five years.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to take forward the National Disability Strategy, following the court defeat suffered by the Government in January 2022.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sewage release incidents took place in the UK in 2021.

    • Pets: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November to Question 77605 on Pets: Fireworks, what steps her Department has taken to evaluate...

      Avian Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to increase support for (a) the development of avian influenza vaccines and (b) other research to...

      Poultry: Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the compensation protocol and payment scheme for poultry farms found to be affected...

      Peat Bogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 92134 on the 24 November 2022, how many of the 100,000 hectares of rewetted peatland were...

      Restaurants: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring restaurants to provide a full list of ingredients...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the delayed Environment Act targets due on 31st October 2022, on...

  • Home Office

    • Internet: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to protect people from online scams.

    • Undocumented Migrants: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of her migrant return agreement with the Albanian Government on the number of migrants...

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women have been issued with notices of the Government’s intention to remove them to Rwanda through the Rwanda Migration and...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that workers who travel to the UK on the agricultural Seasonal Worker visa are offered work for the...

      Migrant Workers: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the revenue was for the Immigration Skills Charge from NHS employers in (a) each financial year since 2017-18 and (b) the 2022-23...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of enquires from Members of Parliament submitted to UK Visas & Immigration through her Department's enquiry line have...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received legal advice on the operation of a push-back policy for boats carrying migrants in the English Channel.

      Asylum: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of asylum seekers in Medway.

      Detention Centres: Manston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2022 to Question 83606 on Detention Centres: Manston, how many (a) adults and (b) children had been...

      Asylum: Banbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are housed in Banbury constituency as of 21 November 2022; and how many were housed in that constituency in (a)...

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) performance and (b) efficacy of Action Fraud.

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on hotel accommodation for asylum seekers in each of the last 24-months.

      Immigration: Ilford North

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many residents in Ilford North constituency are on leave that has been extended by section 3C of the Immigration Act.

      Visas: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions apply to Iranian citizens applying for tourists' visas to visit the UK.

      Independent Office for Police Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to make a decision on the pay reward for staff of the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan refugees were temporarily accommodated in hotels in the latest period for which data are available; and how many of those...

      Wind Power: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer by the Minister for Immigration to the Question from the hon. Member for East Lothian of 16 November 2022, Official...

      Migrants: Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the average cost to the public purse of providing (a) housing, (b) benefits and (c) public service capacity...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made in reducing the backlog of asylum seeker cases.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to seek a derogation to its legal obligations to help tackle the number of people entering the UK in breach of...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment criteria her Department use to find asylum seeker centres.

      Asylum: Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to publish guidance to Integrated Care Systems about people claiming asylum who are being accommodated in...

      Asylum: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints her Department has received in each of the last five years on (a) prejudiced and (b) discriminatory attitudes of...

      Police Custody: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the statistics published by her Department entitled Police Powers and Procedures, published on 17 November 2022, if she...

      Firearms: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Table 8 of the Border Force transparency data, published on 24 November 2022, how many seizures categorised as parts of...

      Hampshire Constabulary: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the additional 20,000 police officers announced by the Government (a) have been and (b) will be recruited to...

      Knife Crime Prevention Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Knife Crime Prevention Orders have been issued in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) nationally in the last five years.

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists have been fined for using their mobile phones whilst driving in the last 12 months.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to provide (a) funding and (b) infrastructure support to (i) local and (ii) community projects to tackle...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of adequacy of the treatment victims of coercive control and domestic abuse by the criminal justice system.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) future resilience of local authority funding.

    • Planning Permission: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if his Department will take steps to develop a National Development Management Policy to strengthen town centre first...

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to reform the listed building consent system.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of refugees housed as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme who are now homeless.

      European Social Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he will publish an impact assessment of the end of the European Social Fund in Northern Ireland.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are entitled to leave for (a) trade union and (b) activities; what assessment he has made of the total value of facilities...

    • Ministers: Email

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Pursuant to the Answer to the answer of 31 October 2022 to Question 74642 on Electronic Messaging, when his Department plans to publish new guidance on...

      Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has with the Public Sector Fraud Authority on protecting the public purse by reducing fraud.

      Dominic Raab

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have been assigned to work on the investigation into the conduct of the Deputy Prime Minister as of 24 November 2022.

      Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much of the Public Sector Fraud Authority target of identified fraud benefits has been recovered as of 18 November 2022.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of funding and sponsorship opportunities for the private sector to...

    • Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will take steps to maintain funding levels for the provision of (a) youth orchestras and (b) other local...

      Concert Halls: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to provide additional funding for the establishment of new concert halls.

      Arts: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of the arts, music, film and the creative sectors to the Government's...

      Commonwealth Games 2022: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether it was her Department's policy to allow Birmingham Council to apply a hotel tax during the Commonwealth Games.

      Business: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on opportunities...

      Entain: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Gambling Commission has made an assessment of Entain UK's compliance with online gambling advertising rules.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to protect children online.

      Electronic Commerce: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the e-Commerce Directive and the Retained EU Law Bill, what assessment she has made of the potential...

      Care Homes and Supported Housing: Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an estimate of (a) the number of care homes and supported living accommodation sites which have shared...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cars: Lighting

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to creating new regulations on car headlight glare, in the light of the number of drivers reporting problems with dazzling,...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Vacancies: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address reported labour shortages; and what assessment they have made of the impact of current immigration...

    • Manufacturing Industries: Skilled Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that more skilled workers are employed in the infrastructure sectors by the end of 2022.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction of 2.3 per cent in manufacturing output for the three months to September 2022 compared to the previous three...

      Electric Vehicles: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what information they have received from Fire and Rescue Services about the safety of (1) e-bikes, and (2) e-scooters; and the safety of the batteries of those...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Pharmacy: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Community Pharmacy NI about funding for pharmacies in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Databases

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to reports on 13 November that Shared Care Record systems will be moved into the proposed Federated Data Platform without the seeking of further patient...

    • Telephone Systems: Digital Technology

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring that analogue telecare devices continue to work safely after the digital switchover in 2025.

      Hospitals: Cambridge

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to commission the Cambridge Children’s Hospital; and when they expect the hospital to become operational.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's statement on 17 November, what proportion of the £2.8bn funding increase for the social care sector will go...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 November (HL Deb cols 207GC to 215GC), how much longer 120 million items of PPE will be stored...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 November (HL Deb cols 207GC to 215GC), how much it has cost to date to store 120 million...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Security

      To ask His Majesty's Government which of His Majesty’s Prisons are still operating a 23-hour per day or similar lockdown; what are the reasons for the continued use of this practice; and...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Developing Countries: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding the UK has contributed to the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact since 2021.

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Ilois

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by the Secretary of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 3 November (HCWS354), what steps they are taking to take...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships: River Clyde

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the five new warships to be built on the Clyde are not subject to delay.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Health and Safety: Delivery Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what health and safety measures fast food delivery companies are required to put in place to ensure employees carrying out deliveries on their behalf are charging...

    • Cost of Living: Low Incomes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support low income families with the increased cost of living this winter.

      Pension Funds

      To ask His Majesty's Government what update they can provide on the implementation of their pension funds plan for 2023.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 27 October (HL2738), when they expect to have a figure available for the expenditure on the winter...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly Tipping: Crime Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to granting additional powers to (1) the police, and (2) local authorities, to reduce fly-tipping.

  • Home Office

    • Victims: Slavery

      To ask His Majesty's Government which minister in the Home Office has responsibility for victims of modern slavery within the UK.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of placing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in hotels, with little or no supervision.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what payments have been made to the government of France in each of the last five years in relation to cross-Channel migration; and what is their estimate of...

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rising levels of crime and low conviction rates in rural areas.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Health

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the public health impacts, including on loneliness, lack of opportunities for physical activity and provision of services...

    • Hospitals: China

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 9 November regarding the hospital being built in Hangzhou, China, by the International Hospital...

      Committee of Privileges

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with reference to the legal opinion by Lord Pannick published by the Government on 2 September relating to the House of Commons Privileges Committee, whether any...

      Liver Diseases: Death

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of deaths from liver disease since the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask His Majesty's Government what formal discussions they have had with (1) the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, and (2) the Committee as a whole, since June 2016.

  • Treasury

    • Coinage: Latin

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their policy on the use of Latin on the coinage.

    • Greyhound Racing: Tax Yields

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the estimated overall contribution of licensed greyhound racing to HM Treasury in the latest available year; and in the two years before that, what is the...

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