Written answers

Monday, 2 October 2023

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of care homes which do not offer residents full visitation rights.

    • Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of existing guidance on the use of face masks in (a) hospitals and (b) care homes and (c)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to issue updated public health advice to reduce the infection rate of covid-19 variants.

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce unsafe early discharges from hospitals.

      Hospitals: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the implications for its polices of NHS Trusts charging patients in hospital for...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the functional resilience of the NHS estate.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister in their Department is responsible for overseeing work on long-term strategic challenges; and how many officials in their...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to schedule 12 of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (No. 2) Bill, whether (a) the Phoenix Partnership Ltd.,...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Cobalt

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of UK companies which (1) purchase cobalt, or (2) are involved in the connected supply chain from the Democratic...

    • Embassies: Scotland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to investigate whether Scottish Government spending on overseas embassies is appropriate.

      Parliament: Embassies

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidelines they offer to parliamentarians wishing to (1) communicate with, or (2) be communicated to, by officials from foreign embassies.

      World Food Programme: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) about (1) its operational requirements for 2023, and (2) the funding shortfall of...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Employment: Surveys

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a further iteration of the Workplace Employment Relations Study.

    • Exports

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility on 15 March that UK exports are due to fall by 6.6 per cent this year.

      Small Businesses: Closures

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the current economic climate on small businesses; whether they expect any to close in the near future; and if so,...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect UK businesses from potentially being locked out of new markets created by the Inflation Reduction Act in the absence of...

      Small Businesses: ICT

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises are able to provide competitive training offerings to information security and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Import Controls

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their readiness to introduce the Border Target Operating Model.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth: Military Aircraft

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many UK F35B and Crowsnest aircraft HMS Queen Elizabeth is carrying on her current deployment.

    • HMS Prince of Wales: Military Aircraft

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many UK F35B and Crowsnest aircraft HMS Prince of Wales is carrying on her current deployment.

      Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the cannibalisations of Wildcat parts from aircraft undergoing maintenance and front-line squadrons is part of the "hollowing out" noted by the...

      Navy: Landing Ship Dock Auxiliaries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what change to the global geostrategic situation outlined in the Integrated Review Refresh 2023: Responding to a more contested and volatile world, published on 13...

  • Treasury

    • Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to investigate whether Scottish Government spending on independence campaigning is appropriate.

    • Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask His Majesty's Government what the total amount of tax relief on all pensions was for the last five years.

      Pension Funds: Investment

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of the Mansion House Reforms on 10 July, what progress they have made in recruiting further UK based defined-contribution pension...

      Import Duties: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards creating a new tariff reimbursement scheme as set out in the Windsor Framework.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 April (HL6655), whether they will provide an update on when operational guidance will be issued on...

      Defibrillators: VAT

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much VAT was collected on defibrillator purchases in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, and (3) 2022.

      Defibrillators: VAT

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the taxpayer of removing VAT on all defibrillator purchases.

      Pensions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the exchequer of expenditure on all pensioner benefits, including a breakdown of (1) basic state pension, (2) additional pensions, (3)...

  • Department for Education

    • Artificial Intelligence: Skilled Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop the necessary workforce skills to fulfil their plans for safe adoption of artificial intelligence across the UK economy.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Vietnam

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Nghe An Province in Vietnam is providing a backdoor route for the trafficking from Laos of Asiatic Black Bears, in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government (1) what plans they have to monitor the development of the BA.2.86 COVID-19 variant in the UK; and (2) to what extent PCR testing will support monitoring the...

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the detection of the BA.2.86 COVID-19 variant in the UK, what assessment they have made of COVID-19 PCR testing (1) capacity, and (2) availability in...

      Coronavirus: Screening and Surveillance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK Health Security Agency’s observation that “in the UK, the current surveillance systems do not support an...

      Chronic Illnesses: Genetics

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the AlphaMissense model by Google, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse the effects of DNA mutations in causing health...

      Department of Health and Social Care: ICT

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are (1) the remit, and (2) the work programme, of the Department for Health and Social Care’s Private Office Data Science unit.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prisoners currently serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence have served more than (1) 5, (2) 10, or (3) 15, years over their original...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the RAC Foundation Is it necessary to reduce car mileage to meet our carbon emission goals?, published in February;...

    • Cycling: Training

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many (1) children, and (2) adults, have undertaken the Bikeability cycle training course for each of the past three years.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Natural Gas: Infrastructure

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to provide information on different options for the future of the gas network as part of the next National Infrastructure Assessment in...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether an assessment been made of the barriers preventing a Biometric Residence Permit from being issued at the same time as a letter granting refugee status.

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