Written answers

Monday, 20 March 2023

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income was accrued by HMRC through telephone call charges applied to incoming calls in financial year (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23 to date.

    • Development Aid: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential link between the level of UK aid spending between 2020 and 2021 on the spread of...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to process applications for a refund of overpaid Capital Gains Tax within 60 days, in line with the period of time allowed...

      Business Rates and Corporation Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total receipts from (a) Business Rates and (b) Corporation Tax were in (i) 1990-91 and (ii) 2021-22.

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Education on funding available to repair or replace defective elements of the...

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2023 to Question 148722 on cost of living: ethnic groups, what recent discussions she has had with relevant...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a breakdown of the specific spending on the plan to increase the availability of mental health and musculoskeletal resources and expand...

      Students: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2023 to Question 148721 on Students: Fuels, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of rises in the...

      Childcare: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the policy costings of his decision to introduce 30 hours a week of free childcare for eligible working parents of children aged 9 months...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many people will benefit from the abolition of the lifetime allowance cap in (a) 2023-24, (b) 2024-25, (c) 2025-26, (d)...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent advisers are employed by HMRC to handle calls on national insurance contributions and the state pension in each year since 2009.

      Small Businesses: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Spring Budget, HC 1183, point 4.51, what analysis was undertaken by his Department when determining the qualifying criteria for the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many promoters and operators of schemes subject to the Loan Charge have been prosecuted for promoting and operating those schemes.

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to comments made to the BBC on 7th December 2022 by the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Exports), with which...

      Doctors: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) total cost and (b) estimated financial benefit to doctors is of the policy to abolish the lifetime allowance on pension savings.

      Financial Services: Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what preparations he has made to legislate for the long-term regulatory framework for Open Banking once the Joint Regulatory Oversight Committee reports in...

      Financial Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Prudential Regulation Authority on the potential impact of the proposals in its Consultation Paper 16/22 on the...

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Spring Budget, HC 1183, how much funding has been allocated for participation in Horizon Europe in the next three years; and whether...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide (a) a list of all firms engaged on advisory or consultancy work by the new hospital building programme in the...

    • Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of staff working on the new hospitals programme are (a) management consultants, (b) NHS officials and (c)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2023 to Question 150402 on Accident and Emergency Departments, how many and what proportion of visits...

      Health Professions: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on how many (a) junior doctors, (b) consultants and (c) nurses have left the NHS to work in...

      Health Professions: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) junior doctors, (b) consultants and (c) nurses have left the NHS to work in private healthcare in each of the last five...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department takes to avoid overcharging by suppliers of (a) antibiotics and (b) other drugs; what cases of overcharging...

      Mental Health Services: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the use of apps in mental health treatment compared to talking therapies.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2022 to Question 93438 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, for what reasons the postponed 1 March meeting...

      NHS England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on appointing a clinical women’s health lead for NHS England.

      Mental Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of AI therapeutics for mental health treatment.

      Suicide Prevention Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many organisations will benefit from funding through the Suicide Prevention Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Grant Fund.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for cancer treatment.

      Tobacco

      To the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of 9 March by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Official Report,...

      Patients: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2023 to Question 157671 on Patients: Digital Technology, if he will set out for which patient cohorts...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department is allocating to support research on how to reduce the use of recreational drugs.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure women receive timely breast cancer screenings.

      Vaccination: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to correspondence from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Primary Care and Public Health to the Rt. hon Member...

      Sleep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's 2019 consultation on Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, whether he plans to publish...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 148573, tabled by the hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury on 20 February 2022.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to help tackle childhood obesity.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care,pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2023 to Question 150403 on General Practitioners, who is responsible for collecting data on the...

      Health Education: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to educate young people on food and exercise choices.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help tackle obesity in adults.

      Shellfish: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the review by Seafish entitled Review of the application of the Official Control Regulations for shellfish, published...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, if he will publish a timetable for the digitisation of the...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Pneumonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 4411 on Electronic Cigarettes: Pneumonia, what recent assessment his...

      Dental Services: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many adults there were for each full-time equivalent NHS dentist in Lincolnshire in each of the last five years.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department (a) has provided and (b) plans to provide by 2030 ring-fenced funding for research into childhood brain tumours.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's Guidance on Public health grants to local authorities: 2023 to 2024, published on 14 March, what steps...

      Sexual Offences: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services, Lifelong care for victims and survivors: 2018-2023,...

      Brain Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the APPG on Brain Tumours' recent report entitled Pathway to a Cure – Breaking down the Barriers, published in...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that it meets its 75 per cent target for the uptake of the NHS Healthy Start scheme by...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to progress update by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health on its Access to contraception...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to accept the recommendations of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours entitled Pathway to a...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Plan; and what information his Department plans to publish...

      Office for Health Improvement and Disparities: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to appoint a new Medical Consultant in Reproductive and Public Health at the Office for Health Improvement...

      Learning Disability: Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve access to eye care for people with learning disabilities.

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March to Question 156040 on Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme, whether the same restriction applies to the...

      Breast Cancer: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the uptake of breast screenings in Wigan constituency.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help create convenient, flexible routes into breast cancer screening services.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to provide funding to increase the number of staff in the breast cancer screening workforce.

      Dental Services: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of dental practices that offered NHS dental services in (a) Somerton and Frome constituency...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent on the New Hospital Programme in (a) 2020, (b) 2021, (c) 2022 and (d) 2023 to date.

      Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an update on his Department's plans for responding to the Humble Address Motion of 6 December 2022 on Government PPE...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the merger of NHS England and Health Education England on the...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on the 10-Year Cancer Plan.

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he has made an assessment of the potential impact of removing the NHS England Children’s Hospice Grant on the delivery of...

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to continue to recruit health workers from nations classified as red list by the World Health Organisation.

      NHS Trusts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much NHS trusts spent on paying fines in the last financial year.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commence an investigation into the causes of the recent gas explosions occurring within residential properties.

    • Cost of Living Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of households eligible to receive the second Cost of Living Payment 2022 that...

      Cost of Living Payments: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of (a) the number of residents that will be eligible and (b) the cost to the public purse of (i) cost of living...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department are taking steps to ensure that Universal Credit claimants receive even weekly payments, including in five week months.

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the child element of Universal Credit and associated entitlement for all children is not withheld when...

      State Retirement Pensions: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on correcting the automated process to add Universal Credit claimant's data to their state pension...

      Earnings Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.146 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether an equality impact assessment of the...

      Access to Work Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the longest outstanding access to work funding application was submitted to his Department.

      Access to Work Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for access to work funding applications to be considered in the latest period for which data is available.

      Social Security Benefits: Applications

      To the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department uses paper based application systems for (a) Work Capability Assessments, (b) Attendance Allowance and (c)...

      Carers: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of carers living in poverty compared to the rest of the population; and what steps he will take to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many caseworkers are currently working on Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy cases.

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to reopen the ex gratia scheme for Afghan nationals.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the preferred bidder for the New Medium Helicopter contract.

      Ukraine: Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2023 to Question 147059 on Ukraine: Challenger Tanks, what assessment his Department made when considering the...

      Iran: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he is taking steps to tackle threats towards UK-based journalists working for the Iran International new channel.

      Tidworth Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Service Family Accommodation and (b) Single Living Accommodation units there are at Bhurtpore Barracks; and how many personnel are based at...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on extending the in-service life of the Reaper drone programme as a result of the delay to the Protector drone programme.

      Ministry of Defence: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to maintain boilers in housing provided by his Department.

      Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of armed forces personnel took on (a) second jobs and (b) other additional work in the last two months.

      Tidworth Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the (a) size in hectares and (b) Housing Unit Potential of Picton Barracks.

      RAF Wittering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation units there are at RAF Wittering; and how many personnel are based at that...

      Aldershot Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) size in hectares and (b) Housing Unit Potential is of Ordnance Barracks.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2023 to Question 161241 on Broadband, if she will hold discussions with Innovate UK on...

    • Semiconductors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the technology sector on the forthcoming UK Semiconductor Strategy.

      Semiconductors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February to Question 137859 on Semiconductors, whether he plans to publish the UK's semiconductor...

      STEM Subjects: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Government's target to increase the proportion of STEM graduates...

      5G: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department is taking steps to help ensure that new 5G infrastructure is equally distributed throughout the country.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy Bills Rebate: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing the estates of deceased people who were alive during the...

    • Carbon Capture and Storage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to paragraph 3.88 of the Spring Budget, HC 1183, published on 15 March 2023, what proportion of the funding for...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether people who are applying for Alternative Fund fuel bill support can submit receipts for fuel purchased after the date on...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has had recent discussions with the Competition and Markets Authority on the adequacy of audit systems for...

      Alternative Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits of working with alternative fuel provider trade bodies.to reduce the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to provide energy bill support to low-income families who have children with disabilities.

      Wind Power: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the document entitled Pathway to 2030 Holistic Network Design, whether he has had discussions with the National...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process her Department follows when an enquiry received through the HM Passport Office line for hon. Members is passed to the...

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2023 to Question 162117 on Afghanistan: Refugees, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (a)...

      Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received representations from the Scottish Government on the potential merits of the devolution of immigration policy.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of passport applications that will need to be submitted between 15 March 2023 and the end of the...

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce anti-social behaviour.

      Asylum: Interviews

      What recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of waiting times for asylum interviews.

      Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of her immigration policies on the (a) population of and (b) labour market in Scotland.

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress her Department has made on reducing the use of hotels as contingency accommodation for asylum seekers.

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police officers accused of violence by women are appropriately investigated.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an estimate with Cabinet colleagues of the number and proportion of firefighters who have received compensation for...

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of police operations in tackling county lines.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has provided funding for the development of (a) technologies and (b) training to help tackle fraud.

      Patrol Craft: UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on unplanned maintenance and repair of Border Force Cutters in each of the last five years as of 1 March 2023.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan citizens have been accepted onto Pathway 2 of the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme in principle.

      Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to appoint a new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2023 to Question 156972 on Refugees: Afghanistan, whether this information applies to pathway (a) one and...

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) asylum seekers, (b) children and (c) pregnant women were detained at the immigration detention facility at Dungavel in each...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to open up safe routes for people seeking refuge to come to the UK.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has provided guidance to people reporting that they are victims of trafficking or modern slavery of the potential...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she will take to enable the parents of children who have come to the UK from Afghanistan under the UNHCR scheme, and are...

      Refugees: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on taking steps to place...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Clean Air Zones: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2023 to Question 160287 on Clean Air Zones: Tyne and Wear, how much funding her Department...

    • Farmers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to help support crop-growing farmers with higher costs due to inflation.

      Pigs: Animal Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2022 to Question 98724 on Pigs: Animal Housing, what steps she has taken to explore the...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of household food insecurity on households across the UK.

      Foie Gras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of public opinion on introducing a ban on foie gras.

      Food: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the number of farms that have stopped growing food crops in the last 12 months.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the (a) affordability and (b) availability of food in the UK; and...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pathfinders for wraparound care provision in schools there will be; in which areas; how those areas will be chosen; how much funding each...

    • Students: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2023 to Question 148721 on Students: Fuels, what recent discussions she has had with relevant stakeholders on...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students were enrolled onto Level 3 courses that are not due to receive funding after 2025 in the (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23 academic year;...

      Schools and Multi-academy Trusts: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) what arrangements her Department has in place to help ensure that schools and mulit-academy trusts who have entered PFI contracts for school...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2023 to Question 133599 on Supply Teachers, how much was spent on teaching staff supplied by recruitment agencies...

      Performing Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will consider the potential merits of extending the music education hub model to (a) dance, (b) drama and (c) other performing arts.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on introducing automatic enrolment for free school meals for...

      Children: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children living in the Isle of Wight who were registered at a school prior to the covid-19 outbreak and...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will impose targeted sanctions on those responsible for Iran’s state hostage-taking.

    • Myanmar: UN Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether UN agencies operating in Myanmar that receive UK funding are prohibited from buying goods and services...

      Rainforests: Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he is taking diplomatic steps to support the partnership between the Democratic Republic of the Congo,...

      Gold: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on tackling illegal gold mining across the...

      Belarus: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will implement further sanctions on Belarus for the imprisonment of Ales Bialatski and Andrzej...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage his international counterparts to provide additional finance for...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Technical Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much from the public purse his Department spent on technical assistance programming delivered by UK-based...

      Kenya: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Seeds and Plant Varieties Act on the ability of small-holder...

      East Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled, Integrated Review Refresh 2023: Responding to a more...

      Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the target to spend 80 per cent of Official Development Aid on gender equality will meet Gender Equality...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2023 to Question 156161 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office:...

      Balochistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to provide humanitarian aid and support to the Baloch people displaced by conflict in...

      Balochistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for its policies of the human rights situation...

      Armed Conflict: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help protect healthcare infrastructure in conflict zones.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2023 to Question 156161 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office:...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2023 to Question 156161 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office:...

      Balochistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help support negotiations to end regional conflicts within the Balochistan...

      British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage British Overseas Territories to join the Blue Belt Initiative;...

      British Overseas Territories: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the eligibility of the British Overseas Territories to obtain funding from the...

      USA: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the refurbishment of the residence at the UK embassy in Washington DC will be completed by June 2023.

      Venezuela: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterparts in (a) Brazil and (b) Colombia on tackling illegal...

      Brazil: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Brazilian counterpart on preventing illegal gold mining in Brazil since 1...

      Tropical Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support progress on the World Health Organisation's 2030 Roadmap for...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 6 February 2023 from Human Rights Watch, the Bahrain Institute for...

      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to respond to violations of freedom of religion or belief by the...

      Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK nationals were provided with consular assistance after reporting that they had been a victim of (a)...

      Diplomatic Service: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK nationals were provided with consular assistance after reporting that they had been a victim of (a)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 17 February 2023 from 12 Members of both Houses of Parliament on Bahrain...

      Windsor Framework: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Windsor Framework with the requirements for documents to...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will provide guidance on the Northern Irish Retail Movement Scheme in relation to (a) operations, (b)...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the source of funding is for any checks on non-Northern Irish goods at Scottish ports under the proposed...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what physical checks on (a) food safety, (b) animal health and (c) plant health will be necessary at Border...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on how many occasions Ministers in his Department met hon. Members, broken down by political party, in the last...

      Afif Naeimi

      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 arrest of Mr Afif Naemi in Iran; and if...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the infrastructure that would be required at the Border Control Post at Cairnryan...

      Windsor Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the legislation required to implement in full the Windsor Framework will be (a) primary or (b) secondary...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department will set a definition for which products will qualify officially as Northern Ireland goods...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the movement of (a) cattle, (b) sheep and (c) other livestock are covered by the green lane in relation to...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish guidance on the scope of (a) Scottish food safety and (b) standards rules that would apply to...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has to implement a Northern Ireland Retail Movement Scheme in relation to mixed shipments.

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the timeline is for the negotiations between the UK Representatives and European Union counterparts on UK...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which authority will check any non-Northern Irish products which enter Great Britain from ports in Northern...

      Windsor Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will publish specific documents for each nation of Great Britain on the potential impact of the...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish an economic assessment of how much new Not for EU labelling on higher risk goods will cost...

      Seafood: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) nephrops, (b) salmon and (c) other seafood will be among the goods for which there will be...

      Malawi and Mozambique: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support communities affected by Cyclone Freddy in (a) Malawi and (b) Mozambique.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Land: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing polices for land reform in England to help...

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when his Department intends to publish information on its plans to extend the voluntary Right to Buy scheme to housing...

      Private Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting timescales for landlords to respond to complaints about...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who committed voter fraud in Warwick and Leamington...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) a ban on installing gas boilers and (b) encouraging developers...

      Buildings: Safety

      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 in the Delegated Legislation...

      Housing: Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require homes in England to have interlinked smoke alarms.

      Sleeping Rough: Somerton and Frome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department has taken to support rough sleepers in Somerton and Frome constituency during the winter 2022-23.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many people have applied in England for the Voter Authority Certificate as of 1 March 2023; how many applications have...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the Government is taking to protect leaseholders from charges arising from (a) external wall reviews and (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the rights of disabled travellers are being met by transport companies; and what penalties are in...

    • Railways: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to provide funding for improvements at (a) Ely and (b) Haughley rail junctions.

      Railways: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to seek private investment to help fund improvements at (a) Ely and (b) Haughley rail junctions.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of his Department's 2020 consultation on pavement parking on the Pavement Parking Bill.

      Electric Vehicles: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to support the transition to wheelchair accessible electric vehicle stock for taxi (a) firms and (b) drivers by...

      Electric Vehicles: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has taken steps to ensure that sufficient wheelchair-accessible electrical vehicle stock is available after 2030.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to help ensure electric cars remain an affordable option for those people planning to purchase a lower emitting vehicle.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local licensing authorities publish data on the number of wheelchair accessible taxis and private...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire vehicles in England.

      Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to section 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, if he will take steps to amend the 14-day notice period for serving notice of...

      Driving Instruction: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of driving instructor tests in Plymouth.

      Abellio Greater Anglia: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department gave Greater Anglia a formal written derogation to not consult on their May 2022 train timetable changes.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department's funding for active travel projects will meet or exceed the Scottish Government's equivalent spending on a per capita basis.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the budget for active travel has been reduced from £3.8 billion to £3 billion over this Parliament.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to meet the Government's target for 50 per cent of journeys in towns and cities to be undertaken through active travel by 2030.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether system redundancy allows National Highway’s CHARM system to continue operation seamlessly in the event of a systems failure.

      M23: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how may traffic officer vehicles have been involved in accidents in a live lane on smart motorway sections of the M23 in the last six months.

      TransPennine Express: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of Transpennine Express performance in terms of (a) punctuality, (b) overcrowding and (c) other...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department is allocating to transformational transport schemes over the next two financial years.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a timetable for the introduction of the Accessible Information Regulations for buses in England.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy that speed restrictions on national roads can be introduced for reasons other than vehicle safety.

      Maidstone Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of changes in demand for services on the Maidstone East line into central...

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2023 to Question 147240 on Cycling and Walking: Finance, when he plans to publish the findings of his...

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the funding required to double cycling activity from 0.8 billion cycle stages in 2013 to 1.6 billion...

      Midland Main Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's planned timeframe is for electrifying the Midland mainline to Sheffield.

      Aston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the quality of the facilities and infrastructure at Aston railway station.

      Railways: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations from Hertfordshire County Council requesting advice on whether it has a legal obligation to sell land to...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

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

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on proposals for a gigafactory in Coventry.

      Manchester Airport: Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential impact of opening a direct flight between Manchester Airport and Kathmandu on (a) jobs, (b)...

      Driving Tests: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to retain the driving test centre in New Barnet and ensure that it is not closed down.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish his Department's expenditure on Network Rail operations in Wales in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recourse is available to parties in Family Court proceedings if the Family Court does not follow its own guidance with respect to pseudoscience and...

    • Judiciary: Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has had recent discussions with the Lord Chief Justice on his commission of qualitative research to determine the level of any inappropriate...

      Judges: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent District Judge posts are unfilled in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region.

      Magistrates: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of magistrates.

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department holds data on the average time taken for a funeral to take place following a death in England.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average sum court fines issued in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Trade Agreements: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent progress her Department has made on negotiating a free trade agreement with India; whether she has had discussions with her...

    • Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the brochure on border security capabilities published by UK Defence and Security Exports on 24 November 2021, how many...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she plans to take steps to undertake (a) trade missions and (b) other export promotion activities to help support Irish whiskey...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the (a) mean and (b) median number of weeks of maternity leave taken by new mothers is; and what proportion of new mothers take (i) 1-25...

      Retail Trade: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of retail crime on the price of goods.

      Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the Regulatory Policy Committee’s red rating of the...

      Land: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether any penalties apply for failure to register land holdings with HM Land Registry.

      Central Africa: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on the supply of arms to countries in Central Africa of reports on the...

      UK Trade with EU: International Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential merits of introducing TIR carnets to support trade...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for September 2022, for what purpose her Department...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for October 2022, for what purpose her Department...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for November 2022, for what purpose her Department...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for November 2022, for what purpose that...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for November 2022, for what purpose that...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help promote drinks produced by distilleries in Northern Ireland.

      Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the opinion of the Regulatory Policy Committee on the Strikes (Minimum...

      Urine Drainage Bags: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to remove the six per cent import duty on urine drainage bags on a permanent basis by re-classifying them as...

      Supply Chains: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Make UK report entitled No Weak links: Building Supply Chain Resilience, published on 7 March 2023, if she will make an...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether compensation received by subpostmasters following the failure of the Post Office Horizon IT system will be treated as loss of...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an estimate of the number of subpostmasters who received compensation following the settlement of the civil court case...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether it remains her Department's policy to (a) expand the definition of a Small or Medium Sized Enterprise to include companies with up to...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for October 2022, for what purpose her Department...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to help reduce the practice of late payments being made to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for October 2022,, for what purpose that Department...

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March to Question 158878 on Youth Mobility Scheme, when she plans for the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement to...

      Import Duties: Coffee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the 8 per cent tariff placed on processed coffee following...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what support her Department has provided in the last three months to increase exports in the British automotive industry.

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps the Government is taking to (a) minimise disruption caused by industrial action and (b) reach a compromise on outstanding...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 8 November 2022, (b) 14 December...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for September 2022, for what purpose the department...

      TRIPS Agreement: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which (a) industry bodies and (b) UK civil society organisations the Department for International Trade consulted with on the TRIPS waiver...

      Department for International Trade: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Government transparency data entitled DIT: spending over £25,000 for November 2022, for what purpose that Department...

      Trade Promotion: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Pakistan was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

      Department for Business and Trade: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish the (a) number and (b) destinations of all domestic flights taken by officials in her Department in each of the last 5 years.

      Department for Business and Trade: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to answer Question 153796 tabled by the hon. Member for Cambridge on 27 February 2023..

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, in relation to the draft Statutory Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-engagement, what procedures the Government plans to follow where...

      Forced Labour: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department have taken to help (a) monitor and (b) reduce the use of forced labour in global supply chains.

      Department for Business and Trade: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to answer Questions 146998, 146999 and 14700 tabled by the hon. Member for Cambridge on 17 February 2023 for answer on 22 February.

      Trade Promotion: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if the Government will appoint a trade envoy to the Republic of India.

      Manufacturing Industries: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of MAKE UK's findings on manufacturing growth in their Manufacturing...

      Business and Public Sector: Environment Protection and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of requiring (a) the public sector and (b) UK businesses to conduct human rights and...

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether (a) SVB Financial Group and (b) any of its subsidiaries were regarded by UK Export Finance as acceptable institutions for partnership...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if he will take steps to issue guidance to vaping manufacturers on compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether the Office for Product Safety and Standards has taken enforcement action against any company placing disposable vaping products on...

      Employment: Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has held discussions with employers on offering flexibility and part-time work to people with long Covid-19.

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if he will make it his policy to increase the period of eligibility for Statutory Paternity Leave.

      Business Premises: Assistance Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with businesses on access refusal for guide dogs.

      Multinational Companies: Environmental Protection and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) multinational companies and (c) non-governmental organisations on...

      Department for Business and Trade: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March to Question 158843 on Question for Department for Business and Trade, how much of the (a) £897,000,...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when (a) she and (b) her predecessors held discussions with Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on food...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Committee of Privileges

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Government decided to publish Lord Pannick KC’s legal opinion on the Privileges Committee investigation into the Rt Hon...

    • Overseas Trade: St Kitts and Nevis

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of trade between Britain and St Kitts and Nevis was in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022.

  • Leader of the House

    • Nationality and Borders Act 2022

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of post-legislative scrutiny of the Nationality and Borders Act.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Performing Arts: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to take steps to help increase participation in the performing arts among (a) children and (b) young people,...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on public information campaigns to advise the public on Government policies in (a) 2022-23 and (b) 2023-2024.

    • Scotland Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on communications staff in (a) 2022-23 and (b) 2023-24.

      Scotland Office: Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Special Advisers his Department employs.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Travel Requirements: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to his announcement on Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) on 9 March 2023, whether he has had further discussions with...

    • Travel: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Illegal Migration Bill on travel on the island of Ireland.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to support people affected by Troubles related crimes.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many (1) religious workers visas, and (2) Minister of Religion visas, have been issued to Iranian subjects since July 2015; who were those visas issued to; and...

    • Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask His Majesty's Government why only 22 Afghans have been resettled under Pathway 2 of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme as of December 2022.

      Asylum

      To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of asylum seekers arriving in the UK by unofficial transit routes were eventually successful in their asylum claims in each of the last five years.

      Offences against Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that every police force in England has specialist child protection teams.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many asylum decision-takers were employed by the Home Office in (1) 2015, (2) 2018, and (3) 2021.

      Asylum: Personal Records

      To ask His Majesty's Government what dispensations they provide to asylum seekers arriving in the UK who have lost any identifying documentation en route.

      Eurostar: Immigration Controls

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to (1) the remarks by Lord Murray of Blidworth on 28 February (HL Deb col 125) that "the service standard of a wait of no longer than 25 minutes for...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access: Life Sciences

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Department of Health and Social Care’s ongoing Voluntary Price and Access Scheme (VPAS) pre-negotiation workshops, what assessment they...

    • Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Department of Health and Social Care’s ongoing Voluntary Pricing and Access Scheme (VPAS) pre-negotiation workshops, how the discussions and...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme on the retention of (1) trauma, and (2) orthopaedic, surgeons.

      Prescription Drugs: Addictions

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will fund a national helpline and website for people suffering from prescribed drug dependency, as recommended by Public Health England in 2019.

      Food: Arsenic

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following changes in EU standards regarding the maximum level of arsenic in food, what plans they have to amend the standards for maximum level of...

      NHS Digital: Data Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 6 March (HL5675), which dataset(s) was the source of the SNOMED CT codes and dates shared; and why...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ukraine: Abduction

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Russia has transferred thousands of children from Ukraine to Russia for...

    • UEFA Champions League Final 2022 Independent Review

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 March (HL5638), what steps they plan to take, if any, to support the implementation of...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will be represented by observers at the Kobani trial in Turkey of members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.

      Yang Chih-yuan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the treatment of Taiwanese national and activist Yang Chih-yuan, who was arrested in Zhejiang, China, in August 2022,...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are the (1) opportunities for, and (2) restrictions on, consumers in Northern Ireland seeking to (a) purchase, and (b) have delivered, (i) plants, (ii) trees,...

      South Sudan: Land Mines

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 7 March (HL5764), whether they will now answer the question put; namely, what...

      Cameroon: Peace Negotiations

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospects of external mediation of a peace process in Cameroon following the government of Cameroon’s rejection of the...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the government of Zimbabwe to monitor elections in that country; and what steps they have taken to support any initiative by (1)...

      Job Sikhala

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the arrest and detention of Zimbabwean MP Job Sikhala, and (2) its implications for the prospects of a free and fair election...

      Eritrea: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in Eritrea (1) to uphold the democratic freedoms of Eritreans, and (2) to ensure that cross-border access for the delivery of...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of goods going through the green lane that will be routinely checked under the Windsor Framework.

      Pets: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what documents will need to be completed by pet owners in Northern Ireland to enable them to bring their pets to and from Great Britain under the Windsor...

      Agricultural Products: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether manufacturers of non sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) products in Great Britain will be able to transport completed product, intended for end sale in...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are the (1) threshold, and (2) criteria, for a business to qualify for trusted trader status under the Windsor Framework.

  • Department for Transport

    • A12 and A13: Litter

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the state of litter collection on (a) the A13, and (b) the A12, and (2) whether National Highways is meeting its obligations...

    • Motorways: Litter

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there have been of individuals dropping or dumping litter on motorways in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      National Highways

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the overall performance of National Highways.

      Cycling: Urban Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether existing legislation relating to cycling in urban areas is fit for purpose.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many road traffic collisions involving a cyclist and a pedestrian were reported to the police in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what was...

  • Attorney General

    • Pedestrians: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Attorney General will review the sentence of three years for manslaughter given to a pedestrian who remonstrated with a cyclist riding on the...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Hydrogen: Heating

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect the neighbourhood trial, referred to in the impact assessment on the Hydrogen Heating Village Grid Conversion, published on 6 July 2022, to (1)...

    • Hydrogen: Heating

      To ask His Majesty's Government why they are taking powers to impose a village trial of hydrogen heating before the completion of the neighbourhood trial and the publication of the analysis of...

      Small Businesses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them transition to net zero.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ukraine: Ammunition

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether any of the ammunition currently being supplied to Ukraine contains depleted uranium.

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption: Children in Care

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the rate of adoption of children in care, when adoption is in the child’s best interests.

    • Schools: Absenteeism

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce persistent truanting in schools.

      Agriculture: Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote agriculture in the (1) primary, and (2) secondary, school curriculum; and how much funding they have allocated for this...

      Schools: Migrants

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they adjust the schools curriculum to meet the needs of areas with a high number of immigrants.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Shops

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many products originating from China are stocked by the House of Lords gift shop outlets; and what plans there are to reduce or to remove entirely all such...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask His Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the number of people who will be in prison serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence, in each of the next five years.

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