Written answers

Friday, 15 September 2023

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of Birmingham Council issuing a Section 114 notice on (a) services for children with...

    • Student Loans Company: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department held discussions with disability groups prior to the award of the assessment contract to Capita by the Student Loans Company.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of children that required social care placements from their local authority in the last 12...

      Department for Education: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information their Department holds on the level of staff retention; and what steps they are taking to improve staff retention.

      Pupil Premium: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium in Hendon constituency.

      Special Educational Needs: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school students have been identified as requiring Special Education school provision outside mainstream schools...

      Pupil Premium: Enfield North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils are eligible for the pupil premium in Enfield North constituency.

      Special Educational Needs: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing funding for education, health and care plan support for children with SEND at...

      Special Educational Needs: Enfield North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support SEND provision in Enfield North constituency.

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage school leavers to become engineers.

      Social Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support young adults transitioning from full-time social care into employment.

      Further Education: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to make tertiary education more accessible to students from low-income families.

      Engineering: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many undergraduate engineering students graduated (a) last year, (b) on average over the last five years and (c) on average over the last 20 years.

      Engineering: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the availability of engineering degree places at universities.

      Young People: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to respond to the report of the APPG on Youth Affairs entitled Empowering Youth for the Future of Work, published July 2023.

      British Students Abroad: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential financial impact of leaving the EU on students who wish to study abroad; and whether she plans to...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of looked after children who live in unregulated accommodation in England.

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the regulatory framework for higher education in England at ensuring that there is adequate...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to risk 2 on page 25 of her Department’s annual report and accounts 2022-23, published on 18 July 2023, what steps her Department...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the uptake of National Professional Qualifications.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the provision of school-aged childcare.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to amend the adult education budget funding procurement process in the next six months.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce absence rates of pupils in secondary schools.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to (a) improve the training and (b) increase the funding provided to technical colleges in (i) Romford, (ii)...

      Children: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has taken recent steps to help ensure that children from nursery to school leaving age engage in a daily active mile.

      Schools: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many paid severances have been made by (a) schools and (b) academy trusts in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii) the London Borough of Enfield...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve careers advice in schools in rural areas.

      Teachers: Selby and Ainsty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of teachers in Selby and Ainsty constituency.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of Birmingham Council issuing a Section 114 notice on children’s social (a) care...

      Special Educational Needs: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of earmarking funding to local authorities for funding SEND school places at independent...

      Special Educational Needs: Bradford South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing SEND state school provisions in Bradford South constituency.

      Teachers: Sick Leave and Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce (a) permanent vacancies and (b) sickness absences among teachers.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iraq and Turkey: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of whether the oil pipeline between the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and...

    • Mahmoud Abbas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implication for his polices of reported anti-Semitic comments by the...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with the UNHCR on the reunification of families in safe countries.

      Burkina Faso and Niger: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the border closures between Niger and ECOWAS countries on...

      Sudan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is providing to persecuted Christians in Sudan.

      Niger: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support democracy in Niger.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has taken recent steps to determine the prevalence of reinforced autoclave aerated concrete (RAAC) in libraries.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Buildings: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps is he taking to amend (a) planning and (b) housing regulations to help prevent overheating in new (i) housing...

    • Stoke-on-Trent City Council: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much funding his Department has provided to Stoke-on-Trent City Council in each year since 2019.

      Parking Attendants: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many civil enforcement officers were working in local authorities in (a) 2023 and (b) 2010.

      Local Government Finance: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will review the application of the local government formula grant to rural counties.

      Housing Estates: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to encourage housing developers to install automated external defibrillators on new...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps they are taking to help ensure that their Department (a) gives sufficient attention to long term strategic...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Telephone Systems: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of provisions made by landline providers to support customers during power...

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department made a comparative assessment of the potential merits of (a) joining Horizon Europe on the new terms...

      Pandemic Sciences Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to provide £150 million funding to the Oxford Pandemic Sciences Institute.

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she made of the effectiveness of the new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.

      Research: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what estimate her Department had made of the cost of (a) implementing and (b) running the Pioneer programme prior to the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, which Department has responsibility for publishing the 2022-23 annual report of the Department for Business, Energy and...

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will publish a value for money assessment of the UK's participation in the Horizon Europe programme; and if she will...

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to ensure the Horizon Scheme aligns with the UK’s priorities.

      Internet: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the rise in cost of living on the affordability of...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Department for Business and Trade: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps they are taking to help ensure that their Department (a) gives sufficient attention to long term strategic challenges, (b) does...

    • Manufacturing Industries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether manufacturers are required to declare how they plan to reach (a) Net Zero and (b) Net Zero within their supply chains.

      Parental Pay: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to provide self-employed parents who have a baby in neonatal care with statutory support equivalent to that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Gyms

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on gym (a) facilities and (b) equipment in each of the last five financial years.

    • Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of how much the Government will spend on the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee in the (a) 2023-24, (b) 2024-25 and (c)...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure that any new oil and gas licences will be compatible with the Government's 2050...

    • Houseboats: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to introduce grants for houseboat (a) owners and (b) occupiers to decarbonise their heating systems.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to increase domestic oil and gas production.

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the average cost is per household of the the Great British Insulation Scheme as of 4 September 2023.

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what progress her Department has made on delivering the Great British Insulation Scheme in making homes energy efficient.

      Help to Grow Schemes: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a Help to Grow Green scheme for businesses.

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps they are taking to help ensure that their Department (a) gives sufficient attention to long term strategic challenges,...

      Drax Power: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero on 30 March 2023, Official Report, column...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has had recent discussions with biomass generators on the potential merits of implementing a bridging...

      Energy Bills Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of support provided to households by her Department’s energy...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Contracts for Difference scheme in supporting low-carbon...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the total amount of funding was awarded to households under the Great British Insulation Scheme.

      Nuclear Fusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) feasibility of developing nuclear fusion technology.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of Great British Nuclear on the Government’s domestic nuclear...

      Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to promote the North Sea as a location for carbon capture, usage and storage technology.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department made of the potential impact of solar power on national net zero targets.

      Gases: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make a comparative assessment of the carbon footprint of (a) domestically-produced gas and (b) imported liquified...

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential contribution of rooftop solar energy to the Government's net zero...

      Heat Pumps: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what progress his Department has made on incentivising the installation of heat pumps in homes.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 122 of his Department’s annual report and accounts for 2022-23, how many of the special payments reported for financial...

    • Ministry of Defence: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current programme completion date is of Project Bramley.

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the cost of compensation payments reported on page 122 of his Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 2022–23, published in...

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 122 of his Department’s annual report and accounts for 2022-23, how much of the £114.53 million in special payments...

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 122 of his Department’s annual report and accounts for 2022-23, how many of the special payments reported for financial...

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the current out of service date for the Puma helicopter?

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) most recent estimate was of the whole life cost of the Armed Forces Recruiting Programme.

      Ministry of Defence: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether their Department has a Chief Risk Officer for national security risks.

      Veterans: LGBT+ People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Government will commit to a specific deadline for the publication of its response to Lord Etherton's Independent Review into the treatment of...

      Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the potential impact of changes in the level of road closure fees on the number of Remembrance Service parades.

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 122 of his Department’s annual report and accounts for 2022-23, how much of the £114.53 million in special payments...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Exercise: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that his Department's consultation, Occupational Health: Working Better, updated on 9 August 2023, encourages...

    • Cost of Living Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to make autumn 2023 cost of living payments available to recipients.

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the transition to greener forms of public transport.

    • DfT OLR Holdings: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department are allocated to each DfT OLR Holdings contract as of 6 September 2023.

      Railways: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting Hong Kong MTR Corporation’s Rail plus Property (R+P) model for incentivising...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of undertaking planned maintenance of the rail network( a) midweek, (b) in solid blocks of time...

      Network Rail: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the intake dates for Network Rail apprentices.

      Aircraft: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to regulate emissions produced by private planes.

      Aviation: Hornsey and Wood Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help reduce noise pollution from aircraft in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency.

      Department for Transport: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps they are taking to help ensure that their Department (a) gives sufficient attention to long term strategic challenges, (b) does not allow...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the total cost incurred by the NHS in England as a result of industrial action since 1 December 2022.

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many retired NHS staff returned to work in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 27 January 2021 to Question 137239 on Prescription Drugs, what information his Department holds on the...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to help reduce waiting times for fertility treatments.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many breast cancer rescreening units use an open invitation model as of 1 September 2023; what the average uptake is of breast cancer...

      NHS: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve staff retention in the National Health Service.

      Podiatry: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the number of patients waiting for podiatry care in (a) Slough, (b) the South East and (c) England and...

      Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his letter to his counterparts in Scotland and Wales on 13 August 2023, what steps he plans to take to ensure that...

      Radiotherapy: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is her policy to devolve areas of radiotherapy commissioning within NHS Trusts to local Integrated Care Systems in Rotherham...

      Brain Cancer: Immunotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of the effectiveness of immunotherapy as a treatment for brain cancer; and if he will...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to meet its obligations under Article 2, section 1b of the Paris Agreement.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that dairy farmers whose herds are affected by bovine tuberculosis are provided with...

      UK Trade with EU: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the disruption of import checks on food products arriving from the EU.

      UK Trade with EU: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve its communications with food importers in the (a) UK and (b) EU on upcoming...

      UK Trade with EU: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve (a) awareness of and (b) compliance with upcoming import checks on food...

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the ongoing Ofcom investigation into Royal Mail’s compliance with its quality-of-service performance targets in 2022-23 was...

    • Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish details of the hotel chains with which her Department has signed contracts for the exclusive use of asylum seeker...

      Overseas Students: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many subscribers to the Student premium customer service for sponsors made representations to her Department opposing planned changes to...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims withdrawn between June 2022 and June 2023 have been reinstated.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department have taken to (a) support people who have had their asylum claim withdrawn and (b) ensure that people who have had...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family reunion applications have not been completed by her Department within (a) the 60 day service standard, (b) six months and...

  • Treasury

    • Landfill Tax: Enfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment has he made of the potential impact of the level of landfill tax on the (a) amount and (b) proportion of waste sent to landfill in...

    • Treasury: Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps they are taking to help ensure that their Department (a) gives sufficient attention to long term strategic challenges, (b) does not allow...

      Treasury: Gyms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on gym (a) facilities and (b) equipment in each of the last five financial years.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the data on homelessness published on 25 July that showed that more than 131,000 children were living in temporary accommodation on 31 March...

    • Certification Quality Marks

      To ask His Majesty's Government why the use of both the UK Conformity Assessment mark and the EU’s CE mark will be allowed indefinitely for UK companies in the electronic, industrial,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hornets

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the spread of Asian hornets in England.

    • UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Windsor Framework will continue to require the application of EU Regulation 2017/625; and if so, whether Northern Ireland for the purposes of that...

      Veterinary Services: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about veterinary medicines since the Windsor Framework was published.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether people seeking to trade goods between Great and Britain and Northern Ireland under the Green Lane as set out in the Windsor Framework must be authorised to...

      Microplastics: Pollution Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent microplastic fibre pollution.

      Rivers and Seas and Oceans: Microplastics

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve methods to measure the amount and types of microplastic and microfibres in rivers, lakes, seas and their sediments.

      Water Companies: Microplastics

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with water companies to explore the management of microplastics in sewage sludge.

      Hornets

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to contain the spread of the Asian hornet to the UK.

      Bees and Honey

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of Asian hornets on (1) honey production in the UK, and (2) the decline in pollinators.

      Lighting: Pollution

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the results of Star Count 2023 project published by CPRE, the countryside charity.

      Hornets

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the danger of Asian hornets becoming established in England; and what steps they are taking, if any, in response.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask His Majesty's Government which planned housing developments, if any, are currently not proceeding as result of low water levels across the UK.

      Ports: Infrastructure

      To ask His Majesty's Government what physical infrastructure they plan to provide at ports in (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, to process goods entering from the EU.

      Ground Water

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of ground water levels to meet current needs in England; and whether such water levels have (1) decreased, or (2)...

      Pesticides

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the environmental risks of (1) pesticides, and (2) highly hazardous chemicals.

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