Written answers

Friday, 24 February 2023

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of untaxed vehicles.

    • High Speed 2 Line: Wetlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of creating wetlands close to the route of the proposed HS2 line between London...

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to review the decision relating to running HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds and York using a revised programme of delivery.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to help increase funding for electric HGV research and development.

      Bus Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department last met representatives of the bus sector in (a) Plymouth and (b) the South West to discuss (i) the Bus Recovery Grant and (ii)...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2023 to Question 141634 on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, if his Department will make an estimate of the (a)...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2023 to Question 141634 on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, what the requirements and criteria are that non-UK...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of waiting areas at railway stations for (a) parents and children, (b) disabled people and (c) people...

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to take a decision on the upgrade of the railway line between Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street.

      Railway Stations: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the development of new railway stations at (a) Leeds Bradford Airport, (b) White Rose and (c)...

      Safety Belts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency guidance that seatbelt buckle guards should not be used on...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to issue guidance on the use of buckle belts following advice issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and...

      Motor Vehicles: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether officials in his Department have held discussions with representatives of the car insurance sector on provisions for Ukrainian refugees,...

      Travel: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Mayor of London on the potential merits of providing additional Government funding to TfL for...

      Railways: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will have discussions with train station operators on the potential merits of allowing (a) disabled people and (b) other vulnerable groups who...

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the outline business for the Phase 2b Western Leg.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation entitled Managing pavement parking, published on 31 August 2020.

      Department for Transport: Recruitment

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

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Scotland Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings of (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department with the Scottish Government on Section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998 have (i)...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many social care contracts were returned to local authorities in each of the last five years.

    • Community Diagnostic Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who is responsible for the commissioning and delivery of care within (a) Community Diagnostic Centres and (b) Surgical Diagnostic Hubs;...

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to to introduce a cancer-specific plan for increasing cancer survival in England as part of the Major...

      Family Hubs: Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of trends in the number of Health Visitors on the ability of family hubs to operate...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason children who turned five before 1 September 2022 remain eligible for a primary course covid-19 vaccination, in the...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for phase one clinical trials were assessed by the MHRA in each of the last ten years.

      Hospitals: Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that doorways in new hospital buildings are wide enough to allow beds to pass through them.

      NHS: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has approved the (a) sale and (b) disposal of any NHS assets at below market value since December 2019.

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for elective surgery is in the UK.

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the UK's share of the global pharmaceutical research and development market.

      NHS: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to increase NHS staff’s access to protected time for research.

      Ambulance Services: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS ambulance trusts in England operate video systems in their vehicles.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) strategy papers and (b) white papers announced by Ministers in his Department have not been published in the period since 2010.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its 10-Year Plan for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

      Cannabis: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to launch a public awareness campaign on the reasons for which people are prescribed medical cannabis.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the Major Conditions Strategy improves outcomes for people with a less survivable form of...

  • Department for Education

    • Sign Language: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many places on courses (a) in and (b) including a focus on British Sign Language up to and including Level 2 were funded through the Adult...

    • Water: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to ensure that water safety education is included in the national curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

      Sir Michael Barber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings (a) she, (b) the Minister for Skills, Further and Higher Education and (c) the Chancellor of the Exchequer has had with Sir Michael...

      Faith Schools: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential role of faith schools in levelling up.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reviewing the operation of the Apprenticeship Levy to incentivise...

      University of Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the initial teacher training market review, whether her Department is taking steps to support the reaccreditation of the University...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to respond to correspondence dated 24 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Putney, case reference FA18772.

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she had recent discussions with universities on taking steps to ensure that the statistics on the employment of former students on degree...

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to The National Food Strategy: The Plan, Appendices 3 and 14, published in July 2021, whether her Department has taken steps to...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2023 to Question 135240 on Schools: Houghton and Sunderland South, what processes are required to prepare the...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2023 to Question 135240 on Schools: Houghton and Sunderland South, if she will take steps to publish the full...

      Hearing Impairment: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the number of qualified teachers for deaf children in schools.

      Classroom Assistants: Warwick and Leamington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants were employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Warwick and Leamington constituency in each year since 2010.

      Children: Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by Magic Breakfast entitled Hidden Hunger - The State of UK Breakfast Provision 2022, published April 2022, whether she...

      Pupil Premium: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she has made an assessment of the potential merits of altering eligibility requirements so that all recipients of Universal Credit can access the...

      Free School Meals: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make a comparative assessment of the eligibility criteria for access to free school meals (a) on 9 February 2022 and (b) planned for the...

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ukrainian refugee children have been offered school places in Poplar and Limehouse constituency since February 2022; and how much funding has...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Recruitment

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

    • Domestic Abuse: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of domestic abuse survivors who have (a) received legal aid and (b) not received legal aid in each of the last...

      Courts: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to extend the live reporting of court proceedings to local television.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Global Disinformation Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding his Department has provided to the Global Disinformation Index in each of the last three years;...

    • Freedom of Expression

      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 the report by Big Brother Watch entitled...

      UK Government Information Cell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the cost to the public purse of the Government Information Cell has been in each year since its formation.

      Syria and Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the announcement on 8 February 2023 that aid will be provided following the recent earthquake,...

      Syria and Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to provide additional funding to the World Food Programme to help tackle the...

      Syria and Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to (a) send Government representatives to the European Commission’s...

      Pakistan: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on Pakistan's refusal to consider visa applications...

      Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Pakistani counterpart on (a) ending the persecution of Ahmadi...

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support women and girls in Afghanistan with (a) education, (b) hunger and nutrition and...

      Pakistan: Ahmadiyya and Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Pakistani counterpart on (a) blasphemy and (b) anti-Ahmadi...

      China: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of reports of intimidation by Chinese...

      Xinjiang: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the debate on the Governor of Xinjiang and a UK Visit, Official Report, 9 February 2023, when...

      China: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he raised the matter of reports of the supply of Chinese weapons to Russia in his 20 February 2023 meeting...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pastoral Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing non-religious pastoral care for non-religious armed forces personnel.

    • Ministry of Defence: Recruitment

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

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the operational status of his Department's fleet of Airbus H135 helicopters; and what plans he has for the future of the fleet.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason he has not published a 2022 update to Parliament on The United Kingdom's future nuclear deterrent; and when he plans to publish that report.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Emergencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse of local authority Emergency Assistance Payments was for (a) 2021-2022 and (b) 2022-2023.

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that people who are eligible for Universal Credit but receive a nil award as a result of a sanction are not...

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing benefits in line with (a) inflation and (b) the cost of living; and if he...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Jobcentre staff have been reallocated from pre-existing projects to provide capacity for the two-week daily face-to-face Jobcentre...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether additional resources have been allocated to support the conduct of daily face-to-face appointments in each of the four pilot areas for...

      Employment: Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to raise menopause awareness amongst employers.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February to Question 133806 on Support for Mortgage Interest, what the Bank of England's monthly average mortgage...

      Support for Mortgage Interest: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to raise the level of Support for Mortgage Interest payable to Universal Credit claimants who make mortgage...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time was for a pension credit application that (a) did and (b) did not require a habitual residence test from...

      Pensioners: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to provide cost of living support to those in receipt of the new State Pension and ineligible for Pension Credit,...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of Winter Fuel Payments to eligible households is for (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the UK are in receipt of pension credit; and what the annual cost is of that credit.

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s reports on the Women's State Pension age, what recent discussions he...

      Employment Support Allowance: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many of working disabled people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance will be worse off as a result of...

      Employment: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2023 to Question 133981, when his Department plans to complete the evaluations.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of energy prices on the (a) health and (b) wider welfare of disabled people.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Environment Agency has taken enforcement action to ensure companies selling disposable e-cigarettes are...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government's revised air quality strategy will be published.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of promoting charitable help and information to reduce pet...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits for the environment of a ban on disposable e-vapes.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies selling disposable e-cigarettes are listed on the waste electrical and electronic equipment public register.

      Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill on the (a) Northern...

      Plastics: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to monitor and assess the impact of plastic waste in the ocean on marine life.

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in relation to proposals to introduce an offence of pet abduction announced in September 2021, what discussions she has had...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of the wider adoption of biomass plastics to reduce plastic...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of offering (a) financial...

      Iron and Steel: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to take steps to prevent steel scrap waste from being exported to economies with lower environmental standards.

      Air Pollution: Hampstead and Kilburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the level of air pollution in Hampstead and Kilburn constituency; and whether that level is...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with police forces in areas experiencing disappearances of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from...

    • Visas: Syria and Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department will take steps to offer visitor and family reunion visas to people impacted by the February 2023 earthquake in...

      Syria and Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will introduce a short-term humanitarian visa scheme for people with family in the UK who have been made homeless by the...

      Refugees: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she intends to reinstate the post of Minster for Refugees; and if she will make a statement.

      Death: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing a bereaved family member to register the death of a family member via the...

      Death: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications of her policy of requiring bereaved families to register deaths in person at a Registration...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to help reunite family members who have come to the UK under the Afghan citizens...

      Immigration and Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many technical faults have affected (a) visa applications, (b) leave to remain extensions and (c) citizenship applications in each of...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cessation of international protection decisions were made by the UK in 2022 by nationality of applicant and by applicant's...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to correspondence MPAM/0510569/23, what the technical error discussed in that correspondence is; what actions will be taken...

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a comparative assessment of the level of support her Department provides to Ukrainian people coming to the UK under the (a)...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people waiting for visa cost refunds have not yet been reimbursed because of IT issues at UK Visas and Immigration.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2023 to Question 132333 on Asylum: Children, and with reference to the response to the Urgent Question...

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional support has been provided to local authorities where asylum seekers, unaccompanied children and families have been moved...

      Home Office: CCTV

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

      Surveillance: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has published recent guidance for local authorities on best practice for auditing of (a) CCTV and (b) other...

      Waste: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the update to the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy will include tackling waste crime.

      Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the number of people whose daily activity was disrupted by (a) Extinction Rebellion and (b) Just Stop Oil...

      Forensic Science: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that forensic scientists are able to maintain their skill level over time.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the number of migrants that attempted to enter the UK illegally in trucks and other motor vehicles in each...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what proportion of people eligible to vote have applied for a Voter Authority Certificate, broken down by region.

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with mortgage lenders on relaxing restrictions on lending on buildings under 18 metres with...

      Wheelchairs: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of taking steps to encourage (a) shops, (b) pubs, (c) cafes, (d)...

      Social Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of social housing in London.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent progress his Department has made on increasing the number of new homes built; and what steps his Department is...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many appeals to the Planning Inspectorate have not been allocated an inspector within a year of their submission.

      Planning: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to reform the planning system to reduce delays to (a) the North West Relief Road in...

      Ground Rent: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if his Department will set a timeframe for introducing legislative provisions on ensuring that leaseholders will not be...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many new affordable homes were delivered in settlements with a population of less than 3,000 between April 2010 and...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Housing and Planning of 20 February 2023, Official...

      Leasehold: National Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what legislative steps he plans to take to ensure National Trust leaseholders can extend their leases; and in what...

      Domestic Abuse: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of provisions in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 on the responsibilities of...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Innovation and Research: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the ONS dataset on Business enterprise research and development UK: 2021, published on 22 November 2022,...

    • Research: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the ONS dataset on Business enterprise research and development UK: 2021, published on 22 November 2022,...

      Universities: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she plans to take steps with universities to help those institutions to develop local economies and identify areas...

      Innovation and Research: Employment

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the ONS dataset on Business Enterprise Research and Development UK: 2021, published on 22 November 2022, what...

      Innovation and Research: Aerospace Industry and Transport

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the ONS dataset on Business Enterprise Research and Development UK: 2021, published on 22 November 2022,...

      Innovation and Research

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the Office for National Statistics data entitled Business Enterprise Research and Development UK: 2021,...

      Innovation and Research: Costs

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2023 to Question 132389 on Innovation and Research, what estimate she has made of the...

      Innovation and Research

      To ask Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2023 to Question 132389 on Innovation and Research, for what reason UK Research and...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2023 to Question 140086 on Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions, if she will publish a breakdown of how...

    • Mining: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of British Geographical Society’s report entitled Deep-sea mining...

      Britishvolt: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2023 to Question 140089 on BritishVolt: Insolvency, what agreed milestones had to be achieved for the...

      Help to Grow Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many businesses have (a) signed up for and (b) completed the Help to Grow: Management training; and what proportion of those businesses...

      Energy: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will work with (a) disabled people and (b) disability charities in the development of the Government’s new approach to consumer...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill on provisions in the UK–Japan free...

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of planned closures of Royal Mail Customer Service Points on rural mail services.

      Land Registry: Bristol West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many applications to HM Land Registry for routine changes to existing registered titles were completed within the service standard of 60...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she plans to take to support businesses with increasing productivity.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Local Government: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to help encourage local authorities to adopt a climate action plan.

    • Environment Protection: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent progress the Green Jobs Delivery Group has made.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to speed up the approval process for modular nuclear reactors.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Minister for Energy and Climate's contribution to the Urgent Question of 6 February 2023 on Prepayment...

      Energy: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department will take to tackle the impact of rising energy prices on disabled people.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the cost to the public purse of the warm home discount was for (a) 2021-2022 and (b) 2022-2023.

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department plans to commence a withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty in the event that the modernisation package...

      Carbon Emissions and Hydrogen: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to announce the outcome of the Hydrogen Business Model and Net Zero Hydrogen Fund: Electrolytic Allocation Round 2022.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he plans to bring forward a revised energy strategy.

      Electricity: Aberconwy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of increases in electricity standing charges on (a) charities and (b)...

      Batteries: Vanadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he or his officials have had discussions with (a) National Grid or (b) industry stakeholders relating to vanadium redox...

      Databases: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure that the energy needs of data centres do not adversely impact the energy...

      Energy Bills Rebate: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what progress has been made on discussions with domestic suppliers to allow people who predominantly use gas to receive support...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, for what reasons the eligibility criteria for the Warm Homes Discount were altered to not include people living in houses with an...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of altering eligibility requirements so that all recipients of Universal...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the impact of delays in opening of applications for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he will publish his Department's biomass strategy.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what mechanisms are in place to monitor whether the operation of the Warm Home Discount high-energy-cost score formula is operating...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people who received a Warm Home Discount payment in 2021-2022 have not been able to access a payment in 2022-2023 because...

      Energy Intensive Industries Exemption Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will include surface coating or heat treatment, SIC Code 25610, in the Energy Intensive Industries compensation scheme.

      Energy: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what specific support his Department is providing for people living with arthritis to assist with increasing energy costs.

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when the Government plans to publish the final design and scope of the ECO+ scheme; and when that scheme will be implemented.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to address regional disparities in trends in the level of regional energy rates.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Minister for Energy and Climate's contribution to the Urgent Question of 6 February 2023 on Prepayment...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the number of people claiming Personal Independence Payment who are no longer eligible for the Warm...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will ask local authorities to identify opportunities for developing (a) onshore wind, (b) solar energy, (c) ground source...

      Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department plans to take to assess opportunities for community energy generation.

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made an estimate of the average number of days that elapse between a direct debit payment being taken...

      Nuclear Power: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to minimise the risk of relying on too few technologies to deliver the 24GW nuclear generation...

      Liquefied Natural Gas: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has had discussions with Liquified Petroleum Gas providers on securing deliveries to rural communities...

      Alternative Fuel Payments: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, on what date people who live on boats will be able to access the application portal for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2023 to Question 142820 on Energy: Meters, when this data will be published; and where it...

      Energy Price Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Energy Price Guarantee for financial year 2022-2023.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will bring forward proposals to decouple the pricing of the standing charge from energy prices.

      Energy Bills Discount Scheme: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, for what reason the care sector is not eligible for the Energy and Trade Intensive Industries scheme as part of the Government's...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department are taking to support the growth of community energy schemes.

      Alternative Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he decided to delay the opening of applications to the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding to 27 February 2023.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Minister for Energy and Climate's contribution to the Urgent Question of 6 February 2023 on Prepayment...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to help support the molten salt reactor sector.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Mobile Phones: Theft

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) phones were reported as stolen and (b) people were prosecuted for phone theft in each of the last five years.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will make it its policy to offer interim compensation payments to the (a) estates, (b) parents and (c) children of people who have...

      Government Property Agency

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the announced machinery of Government changes on 7 February 2023 and the formation of new departments will delay the retendering exercise...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February to Question 138263 on Defence, when he plans to publish the update to the Integrated Review.

      Prime Minister: Aviation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2023 to Question 127921 on Prime Minister: Aviation, what information his Department records on the Prime...

  • Treasury

    • Cost of Living: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support has been made available for those earning the national average wage in response to the cost of living crisis.

    • Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of the Energy Profits Levy on independent North Sea oil and gas companies.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter of 9 February 2023 from Martin Lewis.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to help swimming pools stay open after the end of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme.

    • Bowling: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support is available to bowls clubs in England.

      Football: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to help build new grassroots football facilities.

      Manchester United: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether any officials, advisers or ministers from her Department have held discussions with representatives of (a) the Qatari...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Employment: Fathers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that fathers who are the primary carers of their children are not discriminated against in the...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Fuels: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difference in the cost of fuel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain; and what steps they intend to take in response.

    • Energy Price Guarantee

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the rise of the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG); and whether they will meet these costs by increasing the energy price levy.

      EU Law

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take if any relevant Retained EU Law that underpins the Common Frameworks programme is revoked; and what changes they will make to the dispute...

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