Written answers

Thursday, 23 February 2023

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Edinburgh and North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 14 of the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands published on 18 November 2021, what estimate his Department has made...

    • Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the economic impact of the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone on businesses (a) in London and (b) the South East.

      Department for Transport: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on taxis in each week of 2022.

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on bilateral agreements on seafarer welfare and employment conditions with (a) France, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) the...

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services serving Manchester Piccadilly station were p-coded in each of the last 24 months.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Elections: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of voter ID measures on the levels of voter ID fraud in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ambulance Services: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of ambulance calls resulted in face-to-face responses on the days when ambulance workers took industrial action in...

    • Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the uptake of cervical cancer screening.

      Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the independent report entitled 'Maternity and neonatal services in East Kent: 'Reading the signals' report', published...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prevention of future death notices have referenced complications caused by the covid-19 vaccine in each month since December 2020.

      Surgical Mesh Implants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she expects a specialist mesh treatment centre to be operational in Northern Ireland.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the average waiting time for diagnosis for someone who has been referred with suspected ADHD in by England.

      Infectious Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department provides to the UK Health Security Agency to support that agency's future pandemic preparedness.

      Mental Health Services: North East London Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the availability of mental health services in areas under the North East London Clinical Commissioning...

      NHS: Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve access to NHS hearing aids and (b) reduce waiting times for repairs by NHS qualified...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the consequences for his policies of the impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus on children under two years...

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026, published in July...

      Neurodiversity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) the voices of neurodiverse individuals are heard and (b) their needs and...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken to access appointments for autism assessments.

      HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence entitled HIV testing: increasing uptake among...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle child health (a) inequalities and (b) issues linked to child poverty.

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has taken recent steps to help increase access to ear wax removal for people who cannot afford private treatment.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 24 January 2023 on Government Action on Major Conditions and Diseases, HCWS514, whether the...

      Lung Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to (a) Targeted Lung Health Check sites and (b) CT scanners for eligible patients...

      Essential Tremor: Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2022 to Question 92245 on Essential Tremor: Liverpool, if his Department will take steps to provide...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many 999 ambulance calls went unanswered in each of the last five months in England.

      Doctors: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of NHS doctors who also conduct work for private practice.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a long term strategy for cancer to improve cancer outcomes in England.

      Ambulance Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) total amount and (b) breakdown of how much NHS Trusts have spent on private ambulance services in each year...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made a comparative assessment of the efficacy of the ambulance call out response in (a) the hub and spoke...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of average pay for special educational needs teaching assistants in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

    • Primary Education: Physical Education and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to announce funding arrangements for (a) school games organisers and (b) the PE and sport premium for primary schools for the 2023-24...

      Students: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department has provided to university students to help with the cost of living.

      Carers: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of how many children are in kinship care in Ashfield and Eastwood.

      Hearing Impairment: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that there are enough teachers qualified to teach deaf and partially-deaf children.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2023 on Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment, for what reason the School Workforce Census data does not...

      British Students Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an estimate of the number of students in British universities who have opted to study abroad as a part of their degree in each of...

      Dance: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the report of the Sport and Recreational Alliance on the Social value of...

      Schools: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2022 to Question 37614 on Schools: Buildings, which schools in (a) Leicester West, (b) Leicester East and (c)...

      Schools: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the free period products for schools’ scheme.

      Arts: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she is taking steps to increase opportunities for (a) exposure to and (b) engagement with the arts in secondary schools.

      Department for Education: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) iPhone 12, (b) iPhone 13 and (c) iPhone 14 devices were purchased for use by staff in her core Department in (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and...

      Pupils: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to put in place safeguarding practices for Black, Asian and ethnic minority students at risk of racist abuse.

      Schools: Ilford North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2022 to Question 37614 on Schools: Buildings, which schools in Ilford North constituency had at least one...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of schools have not received a graded inspection judgement above three by Ofsted since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will respond to the correspondence of 6 September 2022 from the hon. Member for Stockport, reference NM16669.

    • Judges: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) the Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017 and (b) the Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 are in...

      Magistrates: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many presiding justices in the magistrates’ court are (a) women, (b) women from a Black, Asian or minority background, (c) LGBT+ women and (d)...

      Magistrates Courts: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal advisors in the magistrates’ court are (a) women (b) women from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background (c) LGBT+ women and...

      Magistrates: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the prevalence of barriers to progression to leadership roles for women within the magistracy.

      Magistrates: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of magistrates sitting in (a) family courts, (b) youth courts and (c) adult magistrates courts are women.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies utilise Chinese-manufactured CCTV systems.

    • Syria: White Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what funding his Department or its predecessors have provided for the Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets) in each...

      Bangladesh: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help deliver public owned health care in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent support his Department has provided to the Bangladeshi Government in the context of (a) climate...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle Chinese aggression.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the UK is taking steps to increase humanitarian support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

      Farooq Ali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Pakistani counterpart on the release of the police report into the...

      Sri Lanka: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the Chunnakam power plant complex on the...

      Seas and Oceans: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will take steps to conclude a legally-binding mechanism for the designation of Marine Protected...

      Central African Republic: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the ban on all operation of drones in the Central African Republic...

      Mali: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) UN Charter, (b) viability of UN MINUSMA and (c) credibility...

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote free and fair elections in Nigeria.

      Ethiopia: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of reports that Ethiopia allegedly used Iranian-made armed drones in the Tigray War.

      Kenya: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his Department's Overseas Development Aid budget was for Kenya in each of the last 15 years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department expects to announce dates for nuclear test veterans to receive the medals and clasps in recognition of their service; and what steps...

    • Defence Equipment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral statement on Ukraine: Update on 16 January 2023, Official Report, column 40, how he calculated that his Department will...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2023 to Question 118824 on Armed Forces: Housing, whether he is asking Regional Accommodation Maintenance Service...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2022 to Question 67846 on Amey, how many of the 13,910 Service Family Accommodation properties with open work...

      Ukraine: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of taking steps to transfer UK fighter jets to Ukraine; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2023 to Question 119910 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many urgent repairs were completed at Service Family...

      Ministry of Defence: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies utilise Chinese-manufactured CCTV systems.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Army will have a warfighting division of 10,000 troops.

      77th Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the British Army’s 77th Brigade has collected information on (a) sitting Members, (b) former Members, (c) political activists and (d)...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the order of battle is of the 7th Infantry Brigade.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he expects to be the duration of Operation Mobilise.

      Espionage: Airspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to counter the potential threat from surveillance balloons over (a) the UK and (b) UK military bases.

      Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has provided support to the Turkish Government following the recent earthquake in that country.

      HMS Prince of Wales: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the report of the investigation into the cause of the recent problems with the propulsion system on the HMS Prince of Wales.

      Ajax Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when will he publish the Clive Sheldon Ajax Lessons Learned Review.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to resume payments to General Dynamics Land Systems UK as part of the Armoured Cavalry Programme.

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department’s announcement of 15 February on the first package of funding through the International Fund for Ukraine, if he...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Cost of Living: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to introduce alternative support with the cost of living for people on low incomes who are not eligible for the...

    • Universal Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to lift the stay of decisions on Universal Credit claims by EU citizens with pre-settled status who notify his...

      Work Capability Assessment: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints about Work Capability Assessments were upheld by her Department's complaints team in each month since January 2018.

      Asbestos: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the potential impact of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill on the (a) ban on the use...

      UK Commission on Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report by the UK Commission on Bereavement entitled Bereavement is everyone's business, published in October 2022, if he...

      Universal Credit: Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department takes to reinstate full Universal Credit payments when an individual who had been in receipt of both Universal...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the review of the Benefit Cap carried out under S96A of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish updated estimates of Pension Credit take-up.

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason carers allowance for unpaid carers is treated as an income for benefits purposes.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Event Duration Monitors have been installed on storm overflows in each year since 2010; and how many of those...

    • Local Adaptation Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met the Local Adaptation Advisory Panel for England Steering Group.

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding to local authorities for meeting targets set out in the...

      Floods: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has published guidance to homes at risk of flooding in London.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help reduce deforestation.

      Plastics: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the amount of plastic entering (a) water courses and (b) the sea.

      Office for Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last had discussions with the Chair of the Office for Environmental Protection.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had recent discussions with industry stakeholders on the level of Government support that will be required...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the potential impact of the proposed packaging extended producer responsibility scheme...

      Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of recycling effluent water into drinking water.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to publish a plan to transition to the packaging extended producer responsibility scheme; and...

      Floods: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to inform homes at high risk of flooding in Solihull of (a) that risk and (b) potential steps to...

      Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any organisations completed air quality modelling to help inform the air quality targets in the Environmental...

      Disease Control: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will publish (a) details of the biosecurity controls which the Government implements on high-risk imports,...

      Water Supply: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make an estimate of the amount invested in maintenance work by United Utilities in the water network...

  • Home Office

    • Theft: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the theft of phones and bags in public spaces.

    • Fenethylline: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of reports of increased attempts by Syrian and Iranian-linked groups to traffic...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email dated 19 December 2022 to the Minister for Immigration from the hon. Member for Liverpool,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the urgent queries email of 21 December 2022 from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton on...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's statutory guidance entitled Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act: anti-social behaviour, updated...

      Anti-corruption Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, what steps she has taken to appoint an anti-corruption champion; and when an anti-corruption champion will be appointed.

      Police: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that the police integrate effective surveillance measures into (a) road blocks and (b)...

      Visas: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria will be used to assess when to end the temporary suspension of the (a) priority and (b) super-priority services for new...

      Visas: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to assist people from Afghanistan who (a) formally assisted UK armed forces and (b) have been cleared by the...

      Counter-terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she is taking steps to ensure that counter-terrorism surveillance helps support other forms of crime prevention.

      Manston Asylum Processing Centre: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much is spent on weekly running costs for Manston Processing Centre, (a) in total and (b) for heating.

      Home Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last three years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Driving Licences and Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February to Question 139153, whether it is a notifiable offence for an uninsured or unlicensed driver to cause...

      Visas: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applications for a visitor visa made by Iranian relatives of British citizens were rejected by her...

      Visas: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) applications for and (b) refusals of short-term visitor visas there were in each year since 2018.

      Biometric Residence Permits: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of IT failures in her Department on the processing times of UKVI applications since 1 August 2022.

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact on the processing time for applications of the decision to extend the standard processing time...

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits reinstating the (a) priority and (b) super priority services for family visa applications

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2023 to Question 141562 on Visas: Skilled Workers, if he will publish average processing times for...

      Bicycles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the charge rate for theft of bicycles in England and Wales was in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022.

      Asylum: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the quantity of food provided to asylum seekers in temporary accommodation.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many new social houses were built in 2022.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring swift nesting bricks to be installed in newly built homes.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with representatives of local authorities on his Department's vision for redevelopment,...

      Local Government: Housing and Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the skills and capabilities of local authorities in carrying out their...

      Land: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to ensure that local communities are consulted on the redevelopment of public land.

      Land: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on (a) land disposals and (b) opportunities for redevelopment on...

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if she will take steps to modify the Estate Agents Act 1979 so that people need to (a) be registered with the Estate...

      Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which body (a) oversees the work of housing co-operatives in England and (b) deals with complaints on housing co-operatives.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much he has budgeted for publicising the requirement for voters to hold appropriate voter ID.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much his Department has provided to local authorities to cover additional costs as a result of the changes to voter...

      Housing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for what reason the cost of (a) waking watches, (b) alarm upgrades and (c) other interim safety measures were not included...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department collects data on the wheelchair accessibility of residential properties when those properties are sold.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2023 to Question 138293 on Elections: Proof of Identity and with reference to the...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on requirements to record the (a) number and (b) identity details...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will require local authorities to develop strategic business plans which highlight growth opportunities in their...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much of the money allocated to, and by, his Department under (i) round one and (ii) round two of the Levelling Up Fund...

      Freeports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's correspondence to the hon. Member for East Londonderry of 27 September 2021, reference...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Hampstead and Kilburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) Camden Council and (b) Brent Council have the resources to...

      Social Rented Housing: Greater Manchester and West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what progress he has made on allocating the £30 million funding for Greater Manchester and the West Midlands to...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to improve social housing access for larger families.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of Ukrainian refugees on the adequacy of the process for...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Poplar and Limehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many Ukrainian nationals are hosted in Poplar and Limehouse constituency under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to establish a guarantor scheme to help support Ukrainian citizens leaving the Homes for...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the impact of inflation on local authority budgets for (a) 2022-23 and (b) 2023-24; and if he...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Business: Plants

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what support her Department provides to innovative plant-based businesses, including financial support for research and development.

    • Project Gigabit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary for State for Science, Innovation and Technology, when she plans to launch the next round of Project Gigabit procurement projects in Wales.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the next National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme list for companies failing to pay National Minimum Wage will be published.

    • Help to Grow Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2023 to Question 113307 on Help to Grow Schemes, what the total business uptake was for Help to Grow:...

      Industry: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department plans to publish an industrial strategy.

      Batteries: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department plans to provide financial support to the UK battery industry to help that industry compete with international...

      Clean Steel Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which projects have received funding from the Clean Steel Fund.

      Iron and Steel: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact on the UK steel industry of the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism.

      Iron and Steel: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to increase the availability of low-residual steel scrap for the UK steel industry.

      Postal Services: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of Royal Mail Customer Service point closures on (a) that organisation meeting its...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her planned timetable is for the publication of the findings of the payment and cash flow review.

      Draft Audit Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to progress the Government's proposed Audit Reform Bill.

      Ombudsman: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many times her Department has instigated an investigation into breaches of the regulators code under the Legislative and Regulatory...

      Delivery Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she plans to introduce legislative proposals to help ensure that parcel delivery companies are providing high levels of customer service.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy Efficiency Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2023 to Question 118843, when he plans to announce further details on the scope and membership...

    • Heat Network Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has estimated the average annual savings to users of the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES); and when he...

      Alternative Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has had recent discussions with energy companies on taking steps to ensure that non-direct debit customers receive...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, for what reason an eligible person who is not the named bill payer is unable to access the warm home discount scheme payment for...

      Energy Intensive Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of not including companies with the SIC codes (a) 90.01, (b) 90.02 and (c)...

      District Heating: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to provide a £200 one-off payment to users of communal heat networks.

      District Heating: Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to provide energy bill support for communal heat network users on a parity basis with any further...

      District Heating: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether financial support will be made available for users of communal heat networks from April 2023; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity Generation: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of directing the Distribution Network Operators and Independent Distribution...

  • Cabinet Office

    • List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will update the document entitled List of Ministerial Responsibilities, last published in December 2022.

    • Cabinet Office: CCTV

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies utilise Chinese-manufactured CCTV systems.

  • Treasury

    • Iron and Steel: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effectiveness of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in ensuring that imported steel is subject to...

    • Car Allowances: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to review the Approved Mileage Payment Allowance for volunteer drivers.

      Electricity Generation: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential effect of the Electricity Generator Levy on the international competitiveness of the...

      Energy Bills Discount Scheme: Hospices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to add hospices to the list of Energy and Trade Intensive Industries eligible for increased support under the Energy Bills Discount...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether National Insurance incentives for employers will be included in his Spring Budget 2023.

      Wagner Group: Sanctions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury during the Urgent Question on Wagner Group: Sanctions Regime on 25...

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on income tax rates.

      Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2022 to Question 72471 on Health and Social Care Levy, what the cost to the public purse has been of the (a) IT, (b)...

      Apprentices: National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the cost of not requiring employers to pay national insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 in England...

      Business: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the threshold above which businesses are liable to pay VAT.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC pursues unpaid tax receipts from disguised remuneration schemes operated before 9 December 2010.

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of equalising the rate of VAT on (a) public and (b) home charging for electric vehicles.

      Beer and Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to (a) reduce duty charged on draught beer and cider served in pubs and taprooms by 20 per cent from August 2023, (b)...

      High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a comparative assessment of the equity of the application of the High Income Child Benefit Charge on total family incomes for families...

      Cider: Production

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking through the tax system to help support small cider producers.

      Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the level of appreciation of mileage rates payments accounting for inflation for public sector employees since 2010.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue is collected in income tax through (a) PAYE and (b) self-assessment from people who are registered as (i) male, (ii) female and (iii) any...

      Treasury: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last three years.

      Treasury: Official Gifts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has approved gifts exceeding £300,000 made by (a) Government departments and (b) arms-length bodies through the (i) sale and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the gambling white paper; and which Minister in her Department will be responsible for that white paper.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government plans to introduce measures to enable (a) posthumous and (b) expediated granting of a Gender Recognition Certificate.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many deaths were attributed to antimicrobial resistance in England in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, (3) 2019, (4) 2020, and (5) 2021.

    • Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of patients in paediatric intensive care units and wards this winter for Respiratory Syncytial Virus-related reasons;...

      Food: Surveys

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of expanding the sample size for the Food Standards Agency's Food and You 2 survey to a...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether, as was announced in the 2021 Spending Review, the public health grants for 2023–24 and 2024–25 will increase in line with inflation.

      Hypertension: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of the population in each of the 10 largest cities in England are in receipt of prescription medication for high blood pressure.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Loans

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to bring back a student loan forgiveness scheme for teachers, similar to that trialled between 2002 and 2004, in which 10 per cent of a...

    • Health Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve health literacy of school pupils.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • TradeMark Africa

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of TradeMark Africa's developmental impact; and what steps they will take to support that organisation.

    • Africa: Trade Agreements

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to contribute to the GDP of that continent.

      Syria and Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ways in which UK emergency aid can best be delivered to those most affected by the earthquake in southern Turkey and Syria on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Challenger Tanks

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect to conclude their review of the number of Challenger 3 tanks which will comprise the full operating capability to be delivered by 2030.

    • Challenger Tanks

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the reason for the delay in the completion of the delivery of Challenger 3 tanks for use in demonstration trials from 2024 to early 2025.

      Employment: Veterans

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that qualifications gained by servicemen and women in the military are recognised by civilian employers.

      Ukraine: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fighter jets the UK Armed Forces currently have in service that would be suitable for use by Ukraine; and what assessment they have made of how many of...

      Espionage: China

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether any Chinese spy balloons incursions have been detected over UK airspace in the past two years; and whether they have received any reports from European...

      Germany: Defence Equipment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what restrictions are placed on the use of defence equipment supplied to the Ministry of Defence by German arms manufacturers, including the new Boxer armoured...

      Omagh: Military Bases

      To ask His Majesty's Government when inspections and building condition surveys were last carried out on St Lucia Barracks in Omagh.

  • Home Office

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Planning Permission: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that commuted funds in respect of planning obligations set aside under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Hospitality Industry: Conditions of Employment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the (1) pay, (2) conditions, and (3) employment rights, of workers in the hospitality sector, given the wage inflation...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Weather

      To ask His Majesty's Government what further steps they will be taking to protect vulnerable people during the cold weather.

    • EU Law

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many retained EU Law statutory instruments (SIs) are within the scope of the Common Frameworks programme; how many of these SIs are the responsibility of...

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