Written answers

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to provide long-term funding to the National Parking Platform.

    • Seaborne Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2023 to Question 133995 on Seaborne Freight, how much his Department spent in total on fees to commercial...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a 12 month grace period for compliance with a Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate if the...

      Menston Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the works on the accessible footbridge at Menston railway station will be completed.

      Great British Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many votes each of the six shortlisted locations for the new national headquarters for Great British Railways received in the public vote...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend Bus Recovery Grant funding beyond March 31 2023.

      Driving Licences: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of drivers licences the DVLA has lost in each year since 2018.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what are the requirements that (a) a vessel and (b) an operator must meet to operate in offshore wind in both territorial waters and the UK exclusive...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on bringing forward legislative proposals to create a specific criminal offence for people who cause death or injury...

      Public Transport: Crimes of Violence and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of (a) physical assaults, (b) sexual assaults and (c) incidences of harassment on public transport.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using new technology such as artificial intelligence to find and prevent fraud across the public...

    • Government Departments: Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason some Government buildings are lit internally outside of normal working hours.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to increase the Government’s strategic resilience in relation to matters of national importance.

      Civil Servants: Remote Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to encourage civil service staff to return to office working.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses published on 30...

    • Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abandoned 999 calls there were in each month since January 2018 broken down by (a) region and (b) nation where data is available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 2 November2022 from the SEND in The Specialists Coalition on the specialist workforce for...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the plan to recover urgent and emergency care services, if he will publish a breakdown of how the £1 billion...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the public purse of NHS agency staff; and if he will make an assessment of the...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS plan entitled Delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services published on 30 January 2023, if...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to encourage young adults to work for the NHS.

      NHS: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help improve staff retention in the NHS.

      Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to genetic testing for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in (a) the UK and (b)...

      St James' Hospital Portsmouth: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the transfer and sale of St James Hospital in Portsmouth was split into two phases; and what assessment he has made of...

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to fund research into new treatment for the most dangerous types of prostate cancers.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of eligible three to four-year-olds are registered for 30 hours per week of free early education and childcare, broken...

    • Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of the level of work being undertaken by teachers on educational outcomes.

      Relationships and Sex Education: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2022 to Question 66976 on Relationships and Sex Education: Suicide, if she will make an assessment of the...

      Politics: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government are taking to encourage younger people to get involved with politics.

      Education and Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to promote the uptake of (a) extracurricular activities and (b) education for children.

      Politics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of making political education (a) a compulsory subject and (b) part of (i) personal,...

      Education: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve education outcomes for care leavers.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many places in Secure Children's Homes were available in England and Wales as of 7 February 2023.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with charities on support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of eligible (a) two-year-olds and (b) three to four-year-olds are registered for 15 hours per week of free early...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to audit the progress of pathfinder local authorities for the Stable Homes, Built on Love programme.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Departments publication entitled Stable Homes, Built on Love: Implementation Strategy and Consultation published February 2023,...

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the consultation on Guide for children and young people: Stable Homes, Built on Love, published on 2 February 2023, if she will take...

      Social Workers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Independent Review of Children's Social Care final report, published on 23 March 2023, whether it is her Department's policy for...

      Family Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made with Cabinet colleagues on rolling out the Family Hubs programme.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the HMPPS proposal for the model of the Next Generation of Accredited Programmes.

    • Probation Service: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the minimum level of training needed for Probation staff working in the Divisional Sex Offender Units within...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to help support prisoners reintegrate into society.

  • Treasury

    • Sanctions: Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many sanctioned individuals have been granted sanctions waivers to finance legal costs in (a) 2021 and (b) 2022.

    • Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the Treasury from fuel duty in each of the last three years.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Developing Countries: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle learning poverty in middle-income countries.

    • Developing Countries: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle learning poverty in low-income countries.

      Developing Countries: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve literacy for girls and women.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of its education programmes on children’s foundational...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to increase the level of Official Development Assistance allocated for education,...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to introduce sanctions under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 on (a) S.V....

      Sanctions: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to launch a formal review of (a) the effectiveness of sanctions on Russia and (b)...

      Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of comments made by Iran's Foreign Minister...

      Iran: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Iranian counterpart on the treatment of Iranian women campaigning...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether Ministers of foreign governments notify the Government of their intention to visit the UK, and whether...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment: Insomnia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of insomnia on the likelihood of people not being in employment or training.

    • Access to Work Scheme: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the time taken for those joining the Access to Work scheme on people with sight loss accessing...

      Employment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing the recommendations in the report by the Royal National Institute of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Poultry: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of concluding a SPS agreement with the EU on the UK poultry...

    • Poultry: Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has held recent discussions with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in relation to (a) the potential...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the League Against Cruel Sports report, entitled Hunt Havoc: The Human Cost of Hunting With Hounds,...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last three years.

      Moorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a comparative assessment of the wider economic benefits on alternative uses of moorland where grouse...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police forces spent on campaigns aimed at diversifying their recruitment in the most recent year for which figures are available.

    • Metropolitan Police: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police Service recruits were identified as cheating in any part of the assessment process in each of the last three years.

      Organised Crime: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle criminal smuggler gangs.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been transferred under the mandatory provisions of the National Transfer Scheme since 23 November 2021, broken down...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2023 to Question 129805 on Asylum: Children, how many of the risks in the risk register are scored as...

      National Crime Agency: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Statement by the Prime on Illegal Immigration of 13tDecember 202, Official Report column 885, what the total budget of the...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on (a) recruiting and (b) appointing a new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps his Department is taking to support innovation in developing new non-animal technologies and approaches in science.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the potential for increasing the (a) development and (b) use of alternatives to experiments...

      Arts and Music: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the use of artificial intelligence to collect...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of whether her Department's broadband connectivity targets will be met by 2025.

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what representations her Department has received from the pornography industry in the last 12 months; and how many meetings...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Zero hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban zero-hours contracts.

    • Armed Conflict: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what information her Department holds on which companies operating in the UK have made profits due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

      Productivity: Insomnia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the impact of insomnia on UK productivity.

      Driverless Vehicles: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what funding her Department has made available for commercial self-driving (a) passenger and (b) freight services.

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much funding her Department has provided for the decarbonisation of the automotive industry since 2010.

      Motor Vehicles: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an estimate of the number of jobs that are supported (a) directly by and (b) through the supply chain of the automotive industry.

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an estimate of the number of electric vehicle batteries that were produced in the UK in (a) 2010, (b) 2015, (c) 2020 and (d)...

      BritishVolt: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the closure of Britishvolt.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had recent discussions with Post Office Limited on the future strategy of its Drop and Collect service.

      Conditions of Employment: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help improve workers’ rights in the period since the UK's departure from the EU.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Tidal Power: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to help support (a) investment and (b) growth of tidal stream companies in coastal communities...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if his Department will take steps to stop the remote switching of smart meters to prepayment mode for vulnerable households.

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when his Department plans to respond to the consultation on Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes published on...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answers of 11 January to Question 14828 and of 31 January to Question 130110 on Energy: Meters, if his Department...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Question 130106 on Energy: Meters, tabled on 23 January 2023, what the deadline is for...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much his Department has invested to advance offshore wind to meet the 50GW capacity target since December 2021.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much of the funding announced in the UK Nationally Determined Contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to suspend the right of retail energy companies to seek warrants for pre-payment...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many households in which a resident is (a) a pensioner, (b) under 18 years old, (c) disabled and (d) chronically sick have had...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January to Question 114831 on Powers of Entry: Meters, if his Department will request Ofgem to (a) make...

      Natural Gas: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he is taking to help ensure that gas networks are ready for a 20% hydrogen blend by the end of this year.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if his Department will take steps to help ensure that prepayment meters are removed from vulnerable households.

      British Petroleum: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the impact of BP's emission reduction targets on the UK's net zero target.

      British Petroleum: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has held recent discussions with representatives from BP on (a) corporate social responsibility or (b) the role of...

      British Petroleum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether BP has received any public funds in the last three years.

      Heat Pumps: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the accreditation process is for heat pump installers under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

      Energy Bills Rebate: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2023 to Question 124129 on Energy Bills Rebate: Standards and to the Answer of 3 February 2023...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2023 to Question 124129 on Energy Bills Rebate: Standards and to the Answer of 3 February 2023...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2023 to Question 124130 on Energy Bills Rebate, if his Department will make an assessment of...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2023 to Question 124130 on Energy Bills Rebate, if he will make an assessment of the potential...

      Fuels: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made a comparative assessment of disparities in retail prices for motor fuel in (a) Rhondda Cynon Taf...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of policy solutions to local geographic price variations in retail fuel prices.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Government Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions he has met with the Permanent Secretaries in each Department in Northern Ireland, since the collapse of the Northern...

    • Domestic Visits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times he has visited Northern Ireland since his appointment to his post.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Belarus and Russia: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the reliability of allegations that third party countries have been re-stamping steel products from Russia...

    • Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has he made of the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia in preventing UK companies from trading in Russia; and what...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department will take to align the UK to the principles of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the state government of (a) Alabama, (b) Mississippi and (c) Arkansas on...

      Department for International Trade: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many (a) fossil fuel-, (b) electric- and (c) hybrid-powered road-legal vehicles their Department purchased in the last 24 months.

      Trade Agreements: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to include the mutual recognition of pharmaceutical products in trade agreement negotiations.

      Economic Cooperation: South Carolina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings her (a) Ministers and (b) officials had with car manufacturers on the memorandum of understanding between the UK and South...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cars: Accidents

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 30 January (HL Deb col 415), how many car accidents have occurred in the UK in each of the last five...

    • Public Transport: Females

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the recommendations of the report Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls, commissioned by...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many fatal accidents involving cyclists riding after lighting-up time without lights have occurred in each of the last five years.

      Bus Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will continue to support the bus industry after the end of March when the existing revenue support mechanisms expire; and what plans they have to give...

      Motor Vehicles: Noise

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to restrict excessively noisy motor bikes and cars in urban areas, including enforcement action to protect local residents from noise...

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Mayor of London, (2) the London Assembly, and (3) the various London Boroughs, about suspending (a) charged parking...

      Union Connectivity Review

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the timeframe for full implementation of all the recommendations of the Union connectivity review.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they keep archive records of all train operating company franchise agreements since privatisation; and if so, what is the archive and disposal policy for...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ophthalmic Services: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government what was the total NHS expenditure on outpatient paediatric ophthalmology services in 2021/22.

    • Hospices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the increased (1) cost of living, and (2) cost of energy, on hospices in England.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure early diagnosis of cancers in England.

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 7 February (HL5154), what is the upper age limit for screening for bowel cancer; and whether those who have...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many children and young people received inpatient mental health care from (1) private mental health providers, and how (2) NHS children, adolescent and mental...

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take to bring together the different (1) initiatives, (2) white papers, and (3) funding streams, into a clearer plan for social care reform.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the level of funding of the public health grant to local authorities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Equality

      To ask His Majesty's Government which protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 the Ministry of Justice routinely (1) collects, and (2) publishes data on, in respect of prisoners.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan regarding its Criminal Laws (Amendment) Act 2022, and the impact the legislation will have on...

    • Iraq: Jews

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iraq on compensation for property deprived of the Iraqi Jewish community in the 1940s and 1950s.

      Iraq: Cultural Heritage

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iraq on the preservation of Jewish heritage sites in that country.

      Jerusalem: Religious Buildings

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 January (HL4764 and 4765), what assessment they have made of the Jewish right to visit, as...

      Jordan and Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Jordan, and (2) Saudi Arabia, on the admission and freedom of worship of Jews in those countries.

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the expulsion of Palestinian residents from the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank; and what discussions they have had with the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the formation of a new government in Israel, what assessment they have made of the prospects for the human rights of (1) Palestinians living in Israel,...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the Israeli blockade of Gaza on people living there; and in particular, what assessment they have made whether the...

      Iraq: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the number of Iraqi refugees and asylum seekers in Jordan; and what assistance they have provided to such refugees and...

      Republic of Ireland: Public Service

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many official representatives of the government of the Republic of Ireland are employed in the UK; and at which locations.

      Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of British (1) aid workers, and (2) others, working within Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Private Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much money they have spent on the Continuity of Education Allowance programme in respect of the families of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office staff...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of forced marriages and conversions of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan; and what...

      Great Lakes Region: Armed Conflict

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in the Great Lakes, further to the intensification of conflict there since 24 January; and what steps, if any,...

      Nigeria: Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether British aid to Nigeria is conditional on equality of access to that aid from those of all faiths and non in that country.

      Egypt: Police

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will list the names of all training courses for Egyptian Police they have supported over the past five years; and in respect of each course (1) who...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the target size for the number of personnel in the trained strength of the army reserve force; what is the total figure for trained strength of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Waste

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Benyon on 19 January (HL4205) which noted a need for additional data on farm stage food waste, what plans they have to...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether any department monitors loss of wild plant, insect and animal life, such as butterflies, and if so, who; and what steps they have taken to ensure...

      Farms: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend farm tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.

      Farms: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) will report on farm tenancy agreements.

      Common Land

      To ask His Majesty's Government what their timescale is for progressing the Commons Act 2006 and expanding its coverage beyond the current pilot areas.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have been identified in adult asylum hotels run by the Home Office in the last year, following an initial incorrect...

    • Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask His Majesty's Government how any lessons from the Home Office Detention engagement team at the Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre will be shared across the detention estate.

      Immigration Removal Centres: Females

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidance they provide concerning the supervision of women by male officers at immigration removal centres; and whether they will review the use of male...

      Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the governance and practice of the use of force at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, identified as an issue of concern...

      Immigration Bail

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure more appropriate bail accommodation for those released from immigration detention.

      Slavery: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the low rate of prosecutions under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and (2) the need for more effective enforcement.

      Asylum: Domestic Abuse

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 14 December 2022 (HL Deb col 702) in which he committed to providing information previously requested by Lord Ponsonby...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the repeal of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 on the future supply of private rented accommodation.

    • Private Rented Housing: Pets

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards increasing the availability of pet-friendly housing for people renting their homes.

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of amending section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 to vary notice periods in line with length of tenancy as an...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that sponsor organisations regularly change contractual terms for overseas healthcare employees without the agreement of...

    • Department for International Trade: EU Law

      To ask His Majesty's Government which retained EU laws the Department for International Trade is planning to reform or revoke in the event of a passage into law of the Retained EU Law (Revocation...

      Trade Agreements: Maldives

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Maldives will be granted the same trade agreement as other Commonwealth Small Island States and no longer be charged 20 per cent tax on fish...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to put finance rules in place to support the requirement for local authorities to account for their carbon emissions.

  • Treasury

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) percentage, and (2) value, of goods transported from Great Britain to Northern Ireland that are intended to remain...

    • Customs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the forecasted additional number of customs declarations they will need to process as a result of the UK leaving the EU; and what...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average daily savings in pension contributions employers have made on days lost to strike action in the public sector,...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess the (1) effectiveness, and (2) appropriateness, of funding through the Barnett formula for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Reform

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have received on the reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax as it applies to lease extensions and thresholds.

      Customs Declaration Services Programme

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect the Customs Declaration Service for exports to be implemented; and whether that meets the original timetable.

      Customs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to continue promoting Authorised Economic Operator status to business, and (2) to ensure such businesses receive the published benefits.

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