Written answers

Friday, 30 June 2023

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Special Protection Areas: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the statutory guidance entitled GL43: licence to release common pheasants or red-legged partridges on...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the number of people living in Foyle constituency that have left Sudan due to conflict; and what steps he is...

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Crime Agency has made an estimate of the percentage of online content promoting illegal migrant Channel crossings...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department considers character statements submitted alongside asylum claim questionnaires.

      Refugees: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plan to take steps to ensure the safety and well-being of refugees undertaking (a) channel crossings and (b) land...

      Visas: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2023 to Question 188517 on Visas: Africa, what mechanisms her Department has for identifying individuals...

      Visas: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June to Question 188255 on Visas: Foreign Investment in UK, what the poor economic outcomes of the tier 1...

      Asylum: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department accepts asylum applications on the grounds that a country is affected by climate change.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the National Disability Strategy published on 28 July 2021, which of her Department’s commitments in that strategy that have...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the provision of services available for SEND children of school age.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will help ensure that local authorities within Education Investment Areas ensure that Education, Health and Care plan assessments occur within...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have received an Education, Health and Care plan from their local authority in the last 12 months.

      Basic Skills: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on the aim of 90 per cent of primary school children in England achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to commence the trailblazer programme for wraparound childcare providers.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of careers (a) advice and (b) support offered by secondary schools.

      Free School Meals: Bexleyheath and Crayford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school students receive free school meals in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

      Secondary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average staff-to-student ratio was in secondary schools (a) nationally and (b) in Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency in (i) 2019, (ii)...

      Climate Change: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to produce a progress report on the implementation of her Department’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy.

      School Teachers' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the publication date of the School Teacher Review Body report on the ability of head...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money has been allocated to local authorities to produce Education, Health and Care plans in each of the last three years.

      Teachers: Lancaster and Fleetwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency have left the profession in the last (a) one, (b) two and (c) five years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • GP Surgeries and Hospitals: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of older buildings on the (a) ventilation and (b) infection, prevention and...

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that potential increases in the NHS workforce will be accommodated by an expansion and...

      NHS: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that an assessment is made of the potential social and economic value to local communities of redundant...

      GP Surgeries and Hospitals: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether funding will be made available to help (a) hospitals and (b) GP practices increase their accessibility for people with mobility needs.

      GP Surgeries and Hospitals: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all hospitals and GP practices have (a) high-speed broadband and (b) the necessary...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the Long Term Workforce Plan.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help people who are clinically vulnerable to access a covid-19 booster vaccination.

      Lyme Disease: Germany and USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of best practice for the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of Lyme disease in the (i) United States and...

      Lyme Disease: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) capacity and (b) capability of the NHS to diagnose Lyme disease.

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding that 18 per cent of consultant physicians who took part...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies regional variations in the uptake of the bowel cancer screening programme.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people with asthma in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and what assessment he has...

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the range of rates for transport expenses that can be claimed by patients attending in-centre haemodialysis.

      Asthma: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who have died as a result of asthma in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire, in...

      Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to prepare the NHS to use disease-modifying treatments for dementia before their potential approval by the...

      Lung Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help ensure that Targeted Lung Health Checks are rolled out to all patients.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of access by disabled people to cancer screening; and what information his Department holds...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that cancer screening is fully accessible to those with socioeconomic disadvantage.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to cancer screening for people from the LGBT+ community.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the causes of variations in the level of access to to cancer screening by people of BAME heritage.

      Neurology: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on neurological services in York in each financial year since 2020-21.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has taken steps to implement the recommendations of the report entitled Improving non-emergency patient transport...

      Asthma: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve care for people suffering from asthma; and if he will make a statement.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the increased risk of developing (a) cardiovascular disease and (b) cancer among people with...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to findings in the Cystic Fibrosis Trust report entitled UK Cystic Fibrosis Service Resourcing 2020 to 2022, published in...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of regional variations in the provision of molecular radiotherapy.

      Heart Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Heart Failure Audit published in June 2023, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) Leeds Hospital Charity and (b) Rob Burrow on the creation of the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the NHS England Children's Hospice grant beyond the...

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of early diagnosis for dementia.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help ensure that every cancer patient has a navigator to guide them through their treatment.

      Bowel Cancer: Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to roll out colon capsule endoscopies across the NHS.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to rollout the Cytosponge cancer test.

      Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2023 to Question 188918 on Drugs: Licensing, whether he considers the menopause to be a public health need.

      Prescription Drugs: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of prescribed medications that have a known side-effect of...

      Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on issuing guidance with NHS bodies on Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce excess deaths.

      HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending opt out HIV testing to areas of high prevalence as defined by the UK...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for health policies of the quality of food provided by foodbanks; and...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 188489 on Pharmacy, what his timetable is for implementation of secondary legislation...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take steps to reduce waiting times for GP appointments for people with suspected cancer symptoms.

      Addictions: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community recovery services in helping people recover from addiction.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the average frequency with which children visit dentists in (a) York Central constituency and (b) the UK.

      Dental Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reintroducing Dental Reference Officers.

  • Treasury

    • Pensions: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of sending personal details and tax information of holders of British National (Overseas) passports to...

    • High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Office for Tax Simplification paper entitled High Income Child Benefit Charge, published in March 2022, what steps his Department is...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Disability Strategy, published on 28 July 2021, which of his Department’s commitments in that strategy that have...

    • Civil Service: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the use of artificial intelligence on future levels of employment in the civil service.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to appoint the Chair of the infected blood compensation arms length body.

      Prime Minister: Furniture

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the cost to the public purse of lecterns used by each Prime Minister since 7 May 2015.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to provide public funding for legal representation for people making infected blood compensation claims.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many ongoing contaminated blood cases there are in each parliamentary constituency.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Taiwan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last...

    • World Bank: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the report by the Catholic Agency...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she plans to take steps to regulate (a) the use of and (b) research into artificial intelligence.

    • Semiconductors: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to section 7.4 on Skills and talent in the National Semiconductor Strategy, published by her Department on 19...

      Artificial Intelligence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of the open letter asking industry leaders to pause...

      Mathematics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether the Government plans to invest £300 million in mathematical sciences.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to increase funding for research into kidney disease.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work of 20 June 2023 on Cost of Living...

    • Energy: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work of 20 June 2023 on Cost of Living...

      Energy: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work of 20 June 2023 on Cost of Living...

      Drax Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to (a) consumers and (b) taxpayers of bringing two coal-fired units at...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Nurses: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with trade unions in Northern Ireland on nursing strikes.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the merger between Three and Vodafone on her Department's contracts with Vodafone.

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the time taken for the Police Ombudsman to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Entertainments: Disease Control and Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has in place to support the entertainment industry in a (a) national emergency and (b) pandemic.

    • Arts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2023 to Question 188843, how many (a) children and (b) young people with a disability engaged with...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Liu Jianchao

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific was made aware of the human rights record of Mr Liu Jianchao ahead of her meeting with him on 20 June,...

    • Russia: Ukraine

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they will make to government of Russia to secure the return of 27,000 adult Ukrainians allegedly held in captivity by that government, and any...

      Greek Islands: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government what analysis they have made of the October 2022 report by Médecins Sans Frontières alleging violent maltreatment of refugees on the island of Lesbos,...

      Malta: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Malta about the alleged return of some 500 persons, including 55 children and pregnant women, from a...

      Montenegro: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to the Council of Europe report on the observation of the 2023 presidential election in Montenegro.

      Bulgaria: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to the Council of Europe report on the observation of the 2023 general election in Bulgaria.

      Belarus: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to Lord Blencathra’s report for the Council of Europe on the observation of the parliamentary elections held in Belarus on 17 November...

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to the Council of Europe report on the observation of the 2023 presidential election in Turkey.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Heart Diseases: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the national procurement deal secured by the NHS on direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) to help realise the atrial...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the (1) political affiliation, and (2) current geographic location, where known, for all living recipients of Companions of Honour.

    • Artificial Intelligence

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to manage the risks posed by their use of artificial intelligence with regards to (1) social security, (2) immigration, and (3) housing.

      Honours

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many honours, by each award level, were received in each region or nation of the UK in the Birthday Honours 2023; and what is their estimate of the percentage...

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