Written answers

Wednesday, 6 September 2023

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when does his department expect to complete their review of alternative options for entry to Pension Protective Fund.

    • Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for the Pensions Ombudsman to respond to enquiries in the latest period for which data is available; and if...

      Age Addition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of pensioners have received letters informing them that they will receive the 25p age addition increase from...

      Pension Credit: Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) impact and (b) cost effectiveness of steps being taken by local authorities to increase levels...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people stopped receiving the Personal Independence Payment in each month between April 2022 and August 2023.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have successfully challenged a rent increase at the Tribunal in each of the last five years.

    • Family Proceedings: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department issues guidance to judges in family courts on the importance of breastfeeding to child health and well-being.

      Criminal Proceedings: Expert Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of shortages in the number of experts available to provide specialist evidential reports on (a) the...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps she has taken to improve the recruitment and retention of teachers in secondary schools.

    • Racial Discrimination: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure that (a) critical race theory and (b) white privilege and other contested terms are not taught in schools.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Food Standards Agency on introducing allergen guidance for schools to help protect children with food allergies.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total underspend was in the 16-19 education budget for financial 2022-23; and if she will set out the value of underspends in that budget in...

      Special Educational Needs: Holiday Play Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of holiday clubs for parents of children with SEND.

      Universities: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment has she made of the adequacy of the availability of mental health support within universities.

      Alternative Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children in England receiving an education through unregistered alternative provision settings.

      Further Education: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of annual regulatory compliance costs for colleges.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish the results of the consultation on the Stable Homes, Built on Love: Implementation Strategy.

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support funding is available to deaf leaners or the parents of deaf leaners through the (a) Adult Education Budget and (b) other forms...

      Alternative Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has provided to (a) HM Inspectors and (b) Ofsted Inspectors on recording in individual school reports whether a school...

      Childcare: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) nurseries and (b) childminders that closed in Greater London in the 2022-23 financial year; and how...

      Alternative Education and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan, when her Department plans to publish the...

      Alternative Education and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan, what steps she is taking to test the...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seeker children have been (a) sent to adult prisons and (b) sent to adult prisons where paedophiles are serving sentences in...

    • Migrants: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of security of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Security to the Global Financial Integrity DC Forum Conference in February 2023...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric residence permits have been delayed at (a) approval, (b) printing and (c) re-printing as a result of IT problems in each...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's publication entitled New Plan for Immigration Sovereign Borders Programme, published 22 May 2022, what...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on the deportation of foreign nationals convicted of violent crime to their country of origin if it is unsafe.

      Naturalisation: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2023 to Question 186725 on Naturalisation: Applications, what was the average processing time for...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what number and proportion of notices to quit were issued within (a) 7 days, (b) 14 days, and (c) 21 days of an asylum decision for each...

      Animal Experiments: Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2022, published on 13 July 2023, for what...

      Credit Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides on whether making a credit card application using someone else's details is a criminal offence.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to conduct a review of the funding formula for Police Forces.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that first-language Welsh speakers are not unfairly disadvantaged in the (a) process and (b) written...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many forensic accountants are employed in each Police Force in England and Wales.

      Offensive Weapons: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the press notice entitled Government bans machetes and zombie knives, published by her Department on 30 August 2023,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up on the termination of asylum support following asylum decisions.

      Undocumented Migrants: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal migrants have been returned to Albania since the publication of the UK-Albania Joint Communique: Enhancing bilateral...

      Asylum: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2023 to Question 194955 on Asylum: Boats, if her Department will publish the Equality Impact Assessment...

      Naturalisation: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for naturalisation have been submitted each year since 2010; and what has been the average processing time per year.

      Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to publish a report of the pilots on alternatives to detention.

      Migrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral statement of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on Public Sector Pay of 13 July 2023, Official Report, column...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral statement of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on Public Sector Pay of 13 July 2023, Official Report, column...

      Visas: Wrestling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were (a) received and (b) granted for people seeking an (i) International Sportsperson visa and (ii) Creative Worker...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's timeline is for laying the Statutory Instrument to commence the implementation of biodiversity net...

    • Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (England) Regulations 2023

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (England) Regulations 2023 to be debated in the House of Commons.

      Food: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2023 to Question 182240 on Food: Public Sector, when her Department plans to publish its...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure manufacturers of vapes help fund their disposal.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect the water quality of canals.

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides local authorities on food waste collections; and whether she plans to issue any...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the speed of reforms to the (a) packaging waste recycling...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential cost to the public purse of recycling disposable vapes.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) consulting widely on the design of the Deposit Return Scheme for...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the extended producer responsibility for packaging scheme (a) is designed in...

      Fertilisers: Ammonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure the (a) adequacy and (b) resilience of supplies of ammonia as a feedstock for fertiliser.

      Milk: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to introduce a requirement for (a) manufacturers, (b) supermarkets and (c) restaurants to...

      Animal Welfare: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2023 to Question 158986 on Animal Welfare: Fish Farming, if she will provide an update on...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of retail outlet disposal points for vapes.

      Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will hold discussions with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on their planned timetable for concluding their...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to offer financial assistance to businesses that may have lost trade because their building is covered in...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking steps to help leaseholders who cannot sell their homes due to managing agents not providing deeds of...

      Planning: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment on its proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework.

      Affordable Housing: Key Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on ensuring that NHS staff can access...

      Social Rented Housing: Mould

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate his Department has made of the potential costs that local authorities will incur as a result of implementing...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010, what plans he has to increase the supply of M4(2)-compliant...

      Local Government: Magazine Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the publication of Our East End by...

      Holiday Accommodation: Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of how many short term holiday lets that do not pay business rates because of small business...

      Housing: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to CPRE, the countryside charity’s report entitled Shout from the rooftops: delivering a common sense...

      Council Tax and Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken with local authorities to improve the take-up of (a) Universal Credit, (b) Council Tax...

      Buildings: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what progress his Department has made on proposed technical changes to the Building Regulations to mandate the higher...

      Public Lavatories: Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in reference to the upcoming technical consultation on the provision of toilets, whether his Department will consult on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains Government policy to reform the Mental Health Act 1983.

    • Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of patients not being hospitalised at the nearest hospital on the (a) well-being and...

      Midwives: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many midwives have been referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for (a) disciplinary and (b) competency assessment in the last...

      Dermatitis: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help support eczema patients with increases in the cost of living.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help reduce economic barriers to accessing defibrillators.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure that breast cancer screening is accessible to all eligible women.

      Clinical Trials: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase clinical trials capacity in the North East.

      Alopecia: Baricitinib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS is taking to fund Baricitinib for the treatment of severe alopecia areata.

      Locums: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2023 to Question 194110 on Locums: Nurses, for what reasons locum junior doctors are able to contribute...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase (a) early diagnosis and (b) survival rates of pancreatic cancer.

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to meet with the UK National Screening Committee to discuss the timescale for implementing an in-service evaluation for...

      UK Commission on Pharmacy Professional Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2023 to Question 186868 on Pharmacy: Finance, who funded the costs of the UK Commission on Pharmacy...

      Tobacco: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department’s press release entitled Smokers urged to swap cigarettes for vapes in world first scheme,...

      Dermatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to train community healthcare professionals to (a) support and (b) provide appropriate referrals to...

      Semaglutide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure an adequate supply of Ozempic.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care when he plans to respond to correspondence of (a) 26 June and (b) 25 July from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare, on behalf of...

      Diabetes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that type 2 diabetic patients have access to treatment in the context of shortages...

      Scoliosis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment with the Secretary of State for Education of the potential merits of screening for scoliosis in schools.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase access to implantable cardiac monitors in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the...

      Semaglutide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of Ozempic.

      Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce treatment waiting times for children and young people.

      Hospitals: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of fully accessible toilets in NHS hospitals; and what steps he is taking...

      Baby Care Units: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of mandatory continuous professional development for (a) doctors and (b) nurses working in...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department provides funding to research (a) understanding and (b) treatment of Lewy Body dementia.

      Vorasidenib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) Servier and (b) the MHRA about making Vorasidenib available to clinically suitable brain tumour...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to assess the safety of the Government’s policy of charging patients for a further prescription for recalled or...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department is taking to facilitate research into dementia.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase access to and (b) ensure the adequacy of mental health care available to (i) school-age children...

      Mental Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the potential impact of isolation on mental health in rural areas and (b) provide appropriate mental...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog in mental health cases across (a) England and (b) Shropshire.

      Menopause: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women are on the waiting list to be referred for specialist menopause treatment on the NHS in (a) Stockport and (b) Greater...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 and the Answer of 5 December 2022 to Question 99825 on Equal...

    • Disability: Building Regulations

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make BS 8300 a legal...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing targeted financial support to terminally ill people to cover...

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Nuclear and Networks of 19 July 2023 on Planning and Solar Farms,...

      Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much funding the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero provided through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund in the...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a programme to inform the public about the potential...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, which organisation (a) designed and (b) commissioned the second generation of smart meter mesh networks.

      Energy: Price Caps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much money has been recovered from previous periods under the energy price cap by each energy company.

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to expand the capacity of the electricity network capacity while a...

      Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential environmental impact of using modern cable ploughing technology on the installation...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what mesh pilot system field tests were conducted within the defined repeater installations in each constituency; and what signal...

      Housing: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate she has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential cost of upgrading all homes in England to at least...

      Green GEN Cymru: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with OFGEM in relation to an application by Green Gen Cymru for a license to operate as an Independent...

      Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of 24 June 2023 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net...

      Hydroelectric Power and Nuclear Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made a recent comparative estimate of the economic cost of delivering baseload provision to the national...

      Wind Power: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the factors behind Vattenfall’s decision to stop development of the Norfolk Boreas offshore...

      Wind Power: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the number of jobs supported by the existing supply chain contracts awarded as part of the Norfolk...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the full-time trained strength of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force will be in 2025.

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications have been awaiting an initial eligibility decision for more than (a) three, (b) six, (c)...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications were awaiting processing by his Department as of 1 September 2023.

      Ministry of Defence: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2023 to Question 194793 on Ministry of Defence: Correspondence, if he will make a statement to the House once the...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 12 of Defence’s response to a more contested and volatile world, published on 18 July 2023, CP 901, what the...

      Global Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Defence’s response to a more contested and volatile world, published on 18 July 2023, CP 901, how many personnel from what...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications his Department has (a) received and (b) processed in August 2023.

      Armed Forces: Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which minister in his Department is responsible for delivering a Defence Early Years Strategy.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on implementing phase 2 of the roll-out of veterans' identity cards.

      King's Guards: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has taken recent steps to develop faux fur King's Guards ceremonial caps.

      Armed Forces: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the interview by the Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families with the Financial Times on 9 August 2023, what steps...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the interview by the Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families with the Financial Times on 9 August 2023, what steps...

      Armed Forces: Neurodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is taking steps to help neurodiverse people make a contribution to the work of the armed forces.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to release an update to the Future Soldier 2021 document following the publication of the Defence Command Paper Refresh in...

      F-35 Aircraft: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Service Inquiry into the loss of the F-35B Lightning ZM152 (BK-18) of 617 Squadron, embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth on 17 November...

      Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of accusations of discrimination against white men in recruitment decisions by the Royal...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status of the five H135 aircraft is procured for Project Matcha.

      Armed Forces: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of service in armed forces was for personnel who departed the services in each of the last 30 years.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2023 to Question 190893 on the defence nuclear enterprise, what his Department's timeline is for establishing a...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is for the Life Extension programme of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.

      HMS Argyll: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of the most recent refurbishment of HMS Argyll.

      Ministry of Defence: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2023 to Question 191261 on Ministry of Defence: Motor Vehicles, how many vehicles in his Department's civilian fleet...

      HMS Somerset: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the most recent refurbishment of HMS Somerset cost.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to release an update to the Defence Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS) 2021 following the publication of the Defence...

      Ministry of Defence: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Disability Strategy published on 28 July 2021, which of his Department’s commitments in that strategy that have not...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps their Department is taking to improve response times to written parliamentary questions.

    • Further Education: VAT Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with the Minister of State for Education on the potential merits of exempting (a) colleges and (b) other further education...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of tax relief on pension contributions for (a) all, (b) higher rate and (c) basic rate tax payers in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to reduce taxes on lower earners.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of families have been affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge in each of the last five years; whether he has had...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff working on Research and Development tax relief schemes in HMRC have (a) prior experience in and (b) qualifications relevant to the...

      Revenue and Customs: Remote Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the impact on operational delivery at His Majesty's Revenue and Customs of its work from home policies.

      Tax Yields: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2023 to Question 170744 on Tax Yields: Scotland, how much and what proportion of each tax was (a) retained by the...

      Agricultural Products: UK Internal Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of trader support service declarations on access between the Northern Ireland and Great Britain...

      Premium Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has considered the potential merits of increasing the premium bond investment ceiling.

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to help support homeowners who are unable to make mortgage payments following increases in interest rates in the last...

      Credit: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to publish the outcome of the consultation entitled Regulation of Buy-Now Pay Later: consultation on draft legislation.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department consulted relevant stakeholders on the closure of HMRC's self-assessment helpline between 12 June and 4 September 2023 prior to the...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available to homeowners who have accrued unmanageable debt due to increased mortgage interest rates.

      Bank Services: Vetting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with representatives of banks on safeguards to allow people to open or have a bank account regardless of political, personal...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Growth Plan of 23 September 2022 on mortgage rates.

      Duty Free Allowance: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of permitting the sale of duty free goods to people on flights between Northern Ireland and EU airports.

      Carbon Emissions: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the average cost for each household of (a) taxes and (b) other levies that support net zero...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs takes to project the volume of calls to its call centres; what the average wait time was for callers to HM Revenue and...

      Boundary Outlet: Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the planned timetable is for the Valuation Office Agency reviewing the business rate valuation representations made by Boundary Outlet headquartered...

      Hospitality Industry: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of VAT on hospitality venues.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to correspondence of 30 June 2023 from the hon, Member for North East Hertfordshire, enclosing a letter from the Chief Executive...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data his Department holds on revenue accrued to the Exchequer in (a) income tax, (b) national insurance contributions, (c) corporation tax, (d) north...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what Government (a) funding and (b) guidance is available to voluntary and community sector organisations working to reduce youth offending.

    • Home Office: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has taken recent steps to work with (a) the Duke of Edinburgh Award, (b) other youth award schemes and (c)...

      Advertising: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of introducing a tobacco-style advertising ban on high...

      National Lottery Heritage Fund: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the National Heritage Lottery Fund’s grants have been awarded to local churches, chapels and meeting houses...

      Religious Buildings: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending VAT relief on building works for all listed places of worship.

      Religious Buildings: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance her Department provides on financial support available from (a) her Department and (b) national heritage organisations...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take with his international counterparts to include older people in commitments made at...

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to advocate for the interests of older people at the UN high-level meeting...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take with his international counterparts to include older people in commitments made at the...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2023 to Question 194645 on Bahrain: Prisoners, if he will publish his...

      Occupied Territories: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the (a) prevalence and (b) impact of...

      Alaa Abdel Fattah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with international counterparts to help secure the release of Egyptian-British dual...

      Pakistan: Human Rights and Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart regarding (a) security and (b) human rights in...

      Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what information his Department holds on the (a) location and (b) status of Matiullah Wesa; and what steps his...

      Convention on Cluster Munitions and Ottawa Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that signatories to the (a) Ottawa Treaty and (b) Convention on...

      Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to include older people in developing countries in his Department’s White Paper...

      Convention on Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

      Niger: Military Coups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Economic Community of West African States on stability in the region,...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Post Office: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of a reduction in the hours of Royal Mail callers officers on levels of (a)...

    • Hydrogen: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she is taking steps to encourage inward investment for (a) components and (b) other equipment to enable the scaling up of low carbon...

      Fireworks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing legislation to (a) reduce the noise levels of all categories of...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving cars and cyclists in which cyclists were not the cause were there in the most recent year for which data is available.

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2023 to Question 193064 on Aviation: Security, which UK airports (a) installed Next Generation Security Checkpoints...

      Department for Transport: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps their Department is taking to improve its digital services to provide better (a) accessibility and (b) user experience for the public.

      Department for Transport: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps their Department is taking to improve response times to written parliamentary questions.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of reinstating the HGV road user levy on the haulage industry.

      Roads: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to introduce artificial intelligence traffic cameras.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has provided recent guidance on the amount of notice that should be provided to drivers before entering zones in which they may...

      Roads: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date he plans to publish the revised Manual for Streets.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that speedbumps are constructed to correct dimension specifications.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when National Highways plans to end its trial of 60mph speed limits on motorways; and if he will make a statement.

      Elizabeth Line: Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reliability of the signalling system on the Elizabeth Line.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what process National Highways uses to determine variable speed limits on smart motorways.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of closing train station ticket offices in Enfield North constituency on the (a) safety and...

      National Highways: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether civil service pay remit guidance applies to National Highways workers.

      Railways: Warwickshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of closing ticket offices at Leamington Spa, Warwick and Warwick Parkway stations on disabled rail passengers.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the backlog of people waiting for driving tests, in the context of test centre closures.

      Aviation: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004 to ensure that workers in civil...

      Railway Network: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Rail Delivery Group has sought to change the negotiating mandate set by him in relation to the ongoing industrial dispute with rail trade...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) tackle reductions in bus services and (b) help ensure that older people can access transport.

      Railway Network: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent strikes on the rail network.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the number of train stations which did not have (a) tactile paving, (b) disabled toilets, (c) changing places...

      Network Rail: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of stopping and restarting the CP7 Network Rail Eastern region procurement process.

      Ferries: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides on whether the Subsidy Control Act 2022 precludes (a) the Scottish Government Road Equivalent Tariff and (b)...

      Road Traffic Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2022 to Question 48313 on Road Traffic Act 1988, when his Department plans to launch a call for evidence on the...

      Manchester Metrolink: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of the proposed extension of the Metrolink tram system into Stockport town centre.

      Driving Tests: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there are differences in waiting times for driving theory tests for learners with dyslexia and those without.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities on expanding accessible infrastructure at railway stations...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities on the potential merits of using sections (a) 20 and (b) 29 of the...

      Cycleways: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps with Sustrans to improve Route 11 of the National Cycle Network in Cambridge.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had recent discussions with Three on the lessons learned from the test of the emergency alerts service.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the 2014 Digital Inclusion Strategy; and whether she plans to update...

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to her Department's National semiconductor strategy, published on 19 May 2023, what steps she is taking to...

      Telephone Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to protect vulnerable customers during the transition from (a) analogue to (b) digital landlines.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing a plan to accelerate the reduction of animal testing in...

      Birkbeck, University of London: Mathematics and Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent discussions she has had with Birkbeck University on proposed cuts to its mathematics and statistics department.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the Advice on the use of the forced swim test published on 5 July 2023 by the Animals in Science Committee,...

      Science and Technology: Intellectual Property and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent states from accessing the UK science and technology base’s (a)...

      Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what discussions she has had with stakeholders on the (a) adequacy and (b) allocation of Pioneer funding strands.

      Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent estimate she has made of the timescale to set up (a) the Pioneer (i) talent offer, (ii) innovation strand, (iii)...

      Science: Innovation and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of increasing the cost of (a) the immigration health surcharge...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps their Department is taking to improve its digital services to provide better (a) accessibility and (b) user experience for the public.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has held with Cabinet colleagues on progress in implementing the Windsor Framework.

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy to support public ownership of Lough Neagh; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for the delivery of public services in Northern Ireland.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to promote Northern Ireland's place in the Union.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether parents will be able to opt their children out of the new Relationship and Sexuality Education curriculum in Northern Ireland.

  • Wales Office

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