Written answers

Wednesday, 28 June 2023

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of skills shortages in small and medium construction businesses on housing construction.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up on the number of SMEs building houses.

      Department for Business and Trade: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions, T7,...

      Retail Trade: Living Wage and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether the Government is taking steps to encourage UK retailers to audit their supply chains on a continuous basis to ensure that workers in...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with supermarkets on the potential merits of supermarkets introducing reward schemes for purchases of healthy...

      Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to publish draft legislation to establish the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many (a) businesses and (b) people filed for bankruptcy in (i) York, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England in each year since 2015.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of changes in the level of the availability of workers.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Departments are taking to help ensure that garment factories in Leicester East constituency are (a) inspected effectively and...

      Royal Mail: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to reduce Royal Mail’s universal service obligation to five working days of Monday to Friday.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the findings of the rapid review into patient safety in mental health inpatient settings.

    • Mental Health Services: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Wakefield constituency.

      Dementia: Bexleyheath and Crayford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the dementia diagnosis rate in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

      Hypermobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of specialist care for people with (a) hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and...

      World Health Organisation: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) Government department and (b) Minister has responsibility for negotiations on (i) the World Health Organization Pandemic...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he has issued to (a) providers of (i) inpatient and (ii) outpatient care and (b) patients receiving community care on (A)...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for the long-term workforce plan.

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing funding for people to access treatment abroad that is not...

      Whipps Cross Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral statement of 25 May 2023, Official Report, column 477, when his Department will confirm how much funding will...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Tobacco Control Plan's aim to deliver the ambition of a smoke-free society by 2030 includes vaping.

      Euthanasia: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Welsh Government on devolving powers in relation to assisted dying.

      Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to support patients who are awaiting the removal of mesh.

      Neurology: York Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of (a) mental health and (b) well-being support for people affected by...

      Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the role of integrated care systems in implementing the Building the Right Support Action Plan.

      NHS Test and Trace: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department (a) allocated and (b) disbursed to Enfield Council via the Covid-19 Test and Trace Service Support Grant.

      Contain Outbreak Management Fund: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department (a) allocated and (b) disbursed to Enfield Council under the Contain Outbreak Management Fund.

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2022 survey published by NHS Digital on 29 November 2022, how...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring that housing benefit is paid directly to landlords.

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the extension to the Household Support Fund to March 2024, what other steps his Department is taking to help reduce child...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to improve social mobility among young people.

      Jobcentres: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using artificial intelligence to help job seekers find employment.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme, in the context of the increase in the bank rate in...

      Bus Services: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has held recent discussions with (a) Unite the Union and (b) other trade representative bodies on the welfare of bus...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) planned workforce and (b) budget is for the Intelligence Automation Garage.

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of raising the rate of pensions in line with (a) rent and (b) other cost of living expenses.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of individuals that are unable to use the online pensions portal.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) support people on benefits back into work.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many legacy benefit claimants have been migrated to Universal Credit (a) without appropriate notice; and (b) earlier than advised.

      Universal Credit: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the impact Universal Credit migration will have on a claimant’s ability to meet rent costs;...

      Universal Credit: Battersea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Battersea constituency are in receipt of legacy benefits; how many of them have made applications to transition to...

      Universal Credit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he had with London’s 15 largest Housing Associations on the potential impact of Universal Credit migration on a...

      Finance: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on (a) demographic and (b) diversity data for users of the Mid-life MOT service.

      Finance: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people accessed the Mid-life MOT service in each month between April 2022 and May 2023.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2023 to Question 183052 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, whether he has considered the...

      Universal Credit: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has he made of the implications for his policies of the report entitled Guarantee our essentials: reforming Universal Credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to promote food manufacturing within the UK.

    • Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve food security.

      Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to create resiliency plans for a (a) chemical, (b) biological, (c) radiological and (d)...

      Agriculture: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she (a) received and (b) plans to publish the report of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, commissioned by...

      Environmental Land Management Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm businesses are participating in Environmental Land Management scheme programmes in each (a) constituency, (b)...

      Animal and Plant Health Agency: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she made of the adequacy of the Animal Plant and Health Agency’s veterinary resources within...

      Inland Waterways: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the commitment in the Environmental Improvement Plan that everyone should live within 15 minutes’...

      Air Pollution: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of air pollution in Glasgow since the inception of that...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to publish its response to the consultation entitled, Consistency in Household and Business...

      Restaurants: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2023 to Question 188370, when she plans to bring forward proposals to introduce re-use...

      Chemicals: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of divergence of UK and EU chemicals safety regimes on (a)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders have been relocated to Birmingham to serve their probation in the last 12 months.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing legislative proposals to repeal sections (a) 58 and (b) 59 of the Offences Against...

      Sentencing: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has he made of the effectiveness of the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme on sexual offence sentences.

      Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the effectiveness of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 in bringing prosecutions against...

      Ministry of Justice: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential (a) security and (b) other effects of the merger between Three and Vodafone on (i) his...

      Judges: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Senior Coroner’s Prevention of Future Deaths report following the Plymouth mass shooting, when she plans to (a) put in place...

      Ministry of Justice: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions, T7, Official Report,...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 May 2023 to Question 183703, Prisons: Education, whether the application of Treasury guidance on the application of Fair...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the probation service.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have an operational drug recovery wing.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the total number of scanning machines in the prison estate in each year since 2010.

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Addictions and Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce rates of spice (a) abuse and (b) addiction.

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the number of (a) welfare concern and (b) mental health incident cases attended by police officers in each...

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason prospective NHS staff from overseas have had delays securing visas to work in the UK.

      Home Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions, T7,...

      Burglary: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce the rate of burglaries.

      Firearms Act 1968

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the conclusion of the Senior Coroner’s Prevention of Future Deaths Report following the Plymouth mass shooting that...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2023 to Question 184558 on Refugees: Afghanistan, whether people from Afghanistan who arrived in the UK...

      Home Office: ClearSprings Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money his Department spent on Clear Springs in each year since 2015.

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Immigration of 7 June 2023 on Asylum-seeking Children: Hotel Accommodation,...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a temporary measure to allow new UK citizens to re-enter...

      Migrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2023 to Question 188802 on Migrants: Health Services, whether the Government has provided guidance to...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people worked in HMRC's High Net Worth Unit in (a) 2022-23 and (b) each year since 2009.

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people worked in HMRC's Wealthy Team in (a) 2022-23 and (b) each year since its founding.

      High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of families are impacted by the High Income Child Benefit Charge.

      Mortgages: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in Northern Ireland are on (a) fixed and (b) b) variable rate mortgages.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impacts of temporarily closing the Self-Assessment hotline on individuals needing advice...

      Theatres: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of valid claims for Theatre Tax Relief were paid within 28 days of receipt in each month since April 2022.

      Wealth: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of taxing people with over £10 million in assets one per cent more and investing that money in...

      Business: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support (a) hospitality, (b) public house and (c) other businesses with energy prices.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the main causes of the level of inflation.

      Plastics: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to publish the consultation on mass balance and calculating recycled content within the Plastic Packaging Tax before 20 July 2023.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with mortgage lenders on providing flexibility to people who will find it difficult to afford mortgage repayments following the...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 11 May 2023 to Question 183809 on Prisons: Education and of 10 May 2023 to Question 183703 on Prisons: Education, what steps his...

      Voluntary Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the backlog of voluntary National Insurance contributions.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the emergency alert system is used for life and death situations only.

    • Disease Control and Emergencies: Ministers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister plans to appoint a Minister for pandemic and disaster preparedness.

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to implement the recommendations of the second interim report of the Infected Blood...

      Cabinet Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions, T7, Official Report,...

      Three: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the proposed merger between Vodafone-Three on national security.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer to Question 189253 on Innovate UK published on 21 June 2023, what the total annual value of grants...

    • Digital Technology: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to tackle digital exclusion in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry.

      Tiktok: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has had recent discussions with representatives from Tiktok on enforcing age restrictions on its platform for...

      Social Media: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to help prevent children accessing inappropriate material on social media.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Independent Review into Civil Unrest in Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with (a) Leicester City Council and (b) the Mayor of Leicester on (i) the independent review...

    • Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to intervene to prevent insurers from mandating expensive building safety remediation...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Written Statement HCWS172 of 4 July 2022 on Building Regulations, when his Department plans to issue...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of leaseholders in buildings of less than eleven metres who have been issued with...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which forms of photo ID that are issued by Government are eligible for use at polling stations.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical...

      Leasehold: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department is taking steps to support leaseholders who are facing higher insurance premiums due to commission...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure there is an adequate supply of new social housing.

      Levelling Up Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to provide additional funding to places identified for a Levelling Up Partnership.

      Freeports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to announce the location of a freeport in Northern Ireland.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of reports that rockets were fired...

    • Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment has he made of the implications for his policies of recent reports that Saudi Arabia carried out...

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the (a) Israeli Defence Force operation and...

      Kenya: Africa Climate Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his (a) Kenyan counterpart and (b) other African counterparts on the...

      East Africa: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to his Department's publication entitled UK pledges support for over a million people in East...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken with Cabinet colleagues to help secure international (a) partnerships and (b) other...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has (a) current and (b) former personal interests in Rwanda.

      Ethiopia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the transitional justice process implemented in Ethiopia...

      Nigeria: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the law on blasphemy in Nigeria.

      Ukraine: International Red Cross and United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his Russian counterparts on allowing the Red Cross and UN to have access to...

      Prime Minister: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which of the Prime Minister's (a) Trade and (b) Special Envoys have been provided with (i) office space and (ii)...

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to protect looked after children living in privately-run children's homes from been moved from their homes (a) at...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the rectification plans agreed with private providers and contractors in respect of quality and repairs of defence accommodation.

    • Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions, T7, Official Report,...

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government plans to publish its response to the LGBT Veterans Independent Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Privilege Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the rollout of the Defence Discount Card.

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the LGBT Veterans Independent Review.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of tendering sustainable aviation fuel contracts to help support UK production of sustainable...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much compensation has been paid to service families by Future Defence Infrastructure Services contractors for poor quality accommodation and missed...

      Ministry of Defence: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential security implications of the proposed merger between Vodafone and Three.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to oral contribution of 19 June by the Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, Official Report, column 671, how many...

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the rollout of the Veterans ID card.

  • Scotland Office

    • Culture and Trade Promotion: Scotland

      To ask the secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Scottish Government on promoting Scottish trade and culture overseas.

    • United Kingdom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the Union.

  • Department for Transport

    • India: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will renegotiate the Air Services Agreement with India to increase the number of flights flown from UK airports to (a) India b) regional...

    • Manchester Airport: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of future trends in the level of demand for flights to India from Manchester Airport; and if he will...

      Department for Transport: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions, T7, Official Report,...

      Airports: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will establish a standing resilience forum of stakeholders to assess the risks to airport travel disruption from (a) adverse weather, (b)...

      Bicycles and Walking: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is still his Department's policy that half of all journeys in towns and cities will be cycled or walked by 2030.

      Bicycles and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on meeting the targets set out in the cycling and walking plan for England, published on 27 July 2020.

      High Speed 2 Line: South Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to respond to the actions raised as result of the Minister for Rail and HS2's visit to South Northamptonshire on 4 April 2023.

      Roads: Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to s.142(8) of the Highways Act 1980, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to indemnify local authorities against claims for...

      Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues on when Traffic Regulation Orders are necessary for providing (a) amenities and (b) improvements on the carriageway.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of trends in equal pay in (a) York and (b) the UK.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Coal: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many households in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency are in receipt of the National Concessionary Fuel Scheme.

    • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure of 14 June 2023 at Topical Questions,...

      Electricity and Renewable Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that gas prices determine the cost of (a) electricity...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Three: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with Ofcom on the Vodafone-Three merger.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress has been made in relation to a vaccine against bovine tuberculosis.

    • Consumer Goods and Food: Prices

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce price controls for food and other consumer products.

      Bracken: Asulam

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) ecological, and (2) human health, impacts of continuing to allow emergency use of asulam to control growth of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Deductions

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion, of Universal Credit claims were subject to deductions in the most recent month for which data is available, broken down by...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the current status of the two local pilots of early warning systems instead of immediate benefit sanctions that they launched in 2019.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the total number of radiotherapy machines for NHS patient use in England, and how many of those have exceeded their recommended 10-year lifespan; what...

    • Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust: Staff

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many staff currently or previously employed at the Tavistock Centre have applied to, or are expected to, move to either of the two new clinics.

      Tobacco

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect public policy being influenced by the commercial interests of the tobacco industry.

      Coronavirus

      To ask His Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that those with vulnerabilities can access COVID-19 treatments in a timely manner, given the transition of COVID-19...

      Ivf

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 1 April 2014 (HL6103 and HL6104) and by Lord Markham on 13 June (HL8181) and 14 June (HL8241), whether...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations meeting on 7 June will be published.

      Coronavirus

      To ask His Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to support integrated care boards during the transition of COVID-19 treatments to routine pathways and to ensure equitable access...

      Coronavirus

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the UK is out of step with other countries in its eligibility restrictions for COVID-19 antiviral treatments, such as precluding those over 70...

      Coronavirus

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) inequalities in health, and (2) any increase in structural racism, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they...

      Down Syndrome Act 2022

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they will ensure guidance for the Down Syndrome Act 2022 is compliant with the Equality Act 2010 in respect of other genetic conditions similarly profound in...

      HIV Infection

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Markham on 8 June (HLWS826), what estimate they have made of the number of people who have previously been diagnosed...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Markham on 21 June (HL7941, HL7942 and HL7945), how they define "bed equivalents from patient flow initiatives".

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure abortion providers are accountable for verifying that abortion pills sent by post are issued only to women within the legal...

      Ivf

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 13 June (HL8182), how patient confidentiality might be compromised if no adverse outcomes were reported.

      Medical Treatments Abroad: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to identify and prosecute unregulated overseas prescribers.

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve the uptake of NHS health checks in England to spot early signs of a stroke, such as atrial fibrillation.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Council of Europe: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by John Howell MP on 8 June (HC Deb cols 925–29), what assessment they have made of the Council of Europe's role in election...

    • Belarus: Political Prisoners

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to take any further action against the worsening situation for political prisoners in Belarus; and if so, when.

      China: Palestinian Authority

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ‘strategic partnership’ signed between government of China and the Palestinian Authority during President Mahmoud...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Amnesty International public statement, ‘Israel/OPT: Investigate Possible War Crimes During Israel’s Military...

      Syria: Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the UK was represented at the Seventh Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’ hosted by the EU on 14–15 June.

      Iran: USA

      To ask His Majesty's Government, whether the UK was involved in the reported indirect talks between the US and Iran in Oman in May.

      United Nations: Reform

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for reform of the United Nations organisation.

      Ukraine: Chelsea Football Club

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the EU has prevented the use of proceeds from the sale of Chelsea football club to support victims of the war in Ukraine and its wider consequences; and if...

  • Home Office

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders: Football

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many football banning orders have been issued in each year since 2010.

    • British Nationality: British Overseas Territories

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are the reasons for delays in scheduling citizenship ceremonies and issuing certificates to British Overseas Territories citizens approved for British...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidelines they provide to those providing accommodation to asylum-seekers to ensure that their privacy is respected and safety ensured; and whether any such...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government, of the unaccompanied children seeking asylum who were housed in hotels and went missing but were subsequently found, how many were reported...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Harassment: Internet

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many people, in each of the past three years, have been prosecuted under section 127(1) or (2) of the Communications Act 2003.

    • Driving under Influence: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to launch a consultation into the efficacy of alternatives to the standard punitive sentences, such as rehabilitation, for those convicted of...

  • Treasury

    • Iron and Steel: Exports

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether not implementing a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in the UK will pose any risk to the steel industry's ability to export.

    • Bank Services: Interest Rates

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Penn on 13 June (HL8243), what assessment they have made of whether or not banks are passing on higher interest...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to de-criminalise the non-payment of television licence fees.

    • Disability: Sports

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to develop specific sport and activity action plans for disabled people as part of their work on tackling loneliness.

      Employment and Sports: Disability

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to announce measures in the forthcoming Sports Strategy to address some of the challenges faced by disabled people in sport, activity and...

      Disability: Departmental Coordination

      To ask His Majesty's Government what cross-departmental plans they have to close the gap between the level of activity of disabled people and that of non-disabled people.

      Football: Turkey

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the recommendations of the Rodrigues inquiry into events at the 2022 Champions League Final were applied by UEFA and the...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Solar Power

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s report Shout from the rooftops, published on 23 May, regarding the...

    • Fertilisers: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise of greenhouse gas emissions associated with fertiliser production since 1990; and what plans they have for...

      Geothermal Power

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to support any deep geothermal pilot projects to provide power and heating, whether by tax relief, indirect investment or otherwise.

      Iron and Steel: Electricity

      To ask His Majesty's Government which options they are considering to provide competitive wholesale electricity prices to the steel industry.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Covid-19 Inquiry

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the UK COVID-19 inquiry will complete; and whether they will put a cap on the (1) time frame, and (2) cost, permitted.

    • History: Publications

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many civil servants are allocated to the Official History Programme; and what are their responsibilities.

  • Department for Education

    • Children and Young People: Asylum

      To ask His Majesty's Government what restrictions there are on the provision of free school, and other public, transport to children and young people who are from asylum-seeking families.

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