Written answers

Thursday, 19 October 2023

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to alleviate ADHD diagnosis waiting times.

    • Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of levels of excess deaths in (a) 2023 and (b) the 2015-2019 average. what assessment...

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Kidney Research UK's recent report entitled Kidney Disease: a UK public health emergency, what assessment his...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the final evaluation report for the secondary care routine reflux cohort of the Cytosponge test.

      Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Health Services: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of body cameras that have been issued to (a) doctors and (b) nurses in hospitals since 1...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help patients with ADHD access necessary medication.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support patients receiving end-of-life care.

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has made an assessment of the potential merits of undertaking modular...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support people living with epilepsy.

      NHS: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS physicians there were per 10,000 people in January (a) 2010 and (b) 2023.

      Health Services: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what digital health collaboration is in place between the UK and (a) India, (b) Japan and (c) Israel as of 13 October 2023.

      Tourette's Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what factors its Department (a) considers and (b) advocates as a priority on the cross-agency topic prioritisation group; and if he will...

      Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the proposed update to the 2023 statutory scheme to control the cost of branded health services medicines, whether...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of contracting (a) rehabilitation, (b) therapy and (c) other similar services for...

      Liver Diseases: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will commission research into a potential link between rates of liver disease and higher associated mortality rates in...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to review the approval thresholds for new medications used by the National Institute for Health and Care...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's press release of 15 August 2023 on £250 million to boost NHS capacity with 900 new beds, what...

      Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to research into treatment of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in children in each of the...

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many elective procedures were cancelled in each of the last 12 months.

      Phlebotomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to retain NHS phlebotomists.

      Atorvastatin and Bumetanide: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of shortages in prescription drugs (a) Atorvastatin and (b) Bumetanide on patients...

      Lung Diseases: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of pulmonary fibrosis.

      Integrated Care Systems: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total aggregate deficit of Integrated Care Systems was in England in financial year 2022-23.

      St James' Hospital Portsmouth: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the revenue his Department will receive from the sale of St James' Hospital in Portsmouth.

      St James' Hospital Portsmouth: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the transfer and sale of St James Hospital in Portsmouth was split into two phases; and what assessment he has made of...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many operations were carried out by the NHS in each year since 2010.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for (a) autism and (b) ADHD assessments.

      Dental Services: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to dentistry services in Portsmouth South constituency.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to introduce the concept of compassionate healthcare across all NHS services in England.

      Autism: Avon and Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to reduce the waiting list for autism assessments in Avon and Wiltshire.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase support for patients' mental health after a sight loss diagnosis.

      Dental Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body collects and collates data on (a) NHS and (b) private dentist registrations in England.

      Autism: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the NHS provides to (a) children and (b) young adults after receiving an autism diagnosis.

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle autism assessment backlogs.

      Gynaecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) funding and (b) guidance provided to public bodies delivering menstrual (i)...

      Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to offer both flu and covid-19 vaccines to people aged 50 to 64 in winter 2023.

      Vulnerable Adults: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on multi-agency working to support vulnerable adults.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS has adequate numbers of cystic fibrosis specialists.

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the cost of doubling (a) Magnetic resonance imaging and (b) computerised tomography scanning capacity in...

      Fractures: Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of joint working between (a) health services, (b) social care services and (c) local...

      Blood Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans with Cabinet colleagues to increase research funding into the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of blood cancers.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government is taking steps to reduce inequalities in access to medicinal cannabis prescribed under the NHS.

      Drugs: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help manage the (a) affordability and (b) value for money in the cost of medicines purchased by...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staffed hospital beds were in use in the NHS on 27 September (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry on the level of the voluntary scheme for...

      Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that new disease-modifying treatments for dementia will be available on the NHS.

      Coeliac Disease: Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to develop coeliac endoscopy NHS waiting lists.

      Cardiovascular System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will increase (a) funding and (b) staffing levels for vascular care.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of the projects funded through the New Hospital Programme are under construction.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to require breast cancer screening invitations to include an appointment time.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to increase access to cannabis-based medicinal products on the NHS.

      Endoscopy: Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce endoscopy waiting lists in (a) Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System and (b)...

      Genetics: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential merits of including references to conditions other than Huntington’s...

      NHS: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to improve NHS procurement of new technology.

      Paediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing care to those with (a) PANS and (b) PANDAS who have (i) been hospitalised and (ii)...

      Special Educational Needs: Speech and Language Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities receive an initial assessment for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 14 June 2023 from the hon. Member for Solihull, reference JK40690.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Armed Forces personnel live in Single Living Accommodation in each region.

    • Ministry of Defence: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has ruled out a cyberattack as the cause of the IT failure in the week beginning 2 October 2023.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2022 to Question 96563 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many service personnel were living in grade four single...

      Royal Hospital School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2023 to Question 199707 on Royal Hospital School, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform...

      Defence Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions his Department has allowed serving members of the Armed Forces to give (a) oral and (b) written evidence to an inquiry by the Defence...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department has not given permission for serving members of the Armed Forces to give oral evidence to the Defence Sub-Committee...

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether nuclear test veterans whose health data is incomplete should submit subject access requests to his Department to recover this information.

      Veterans: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) Scottish veterans charities to help increase the construction of homes specifically for...

      Ministry of Defence: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the adequacy of his Department's contracts with Vodafone, in the context of the proposed merger of Three and Vodafone.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the APPG for Veteran's Survey Findings relating to respondents' awareness of activities undertaken by the Veterans Advisory and...

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of nuclear test veterans who have applied for compensation been not been granted compensation.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the all-party parliamentary group for veteran's survey findings, published in 2023, what steps he is taking to (a) strengthen the...

      Aukus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the use of artificial intelligence for the Armed Forces in AUKUS Pillar Two.

      Ministry of Defence: CK Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met representatives from CK Group since 2019.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Military Bases and Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on negotiations with Mauritius over the British Indian Ocean Territory / Chagos Archipelago; and what steps he is...

      Israel: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on whether military equipment supplied from the UK has been used by Israel in its recent military operations in Gaza.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: EUFOR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to re-join the EUFOR peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the event that the mandate for that force is extended...

      Global Combat Air Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Italian and (b) Japanese counterparts on the potential entry of Saudi Arabia into the Global Combat Air...

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing air support to Israel from RAF Akrotiri in its war against Hamas.

      Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to support Israel in its defence against Hamas terrorism.

      Caribbean: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to tackle drug smuggling in the Caribbean United Kingdom Overseas Territories.

      Estonia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his Estonian counterpart on increasing the number of British troops in that country as part of NATO's Enhanced...

      National Cyber Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the delivery of the National Cyber Force at Samlesbury; and if he will make a statement.

      Estonia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel are currently located in Estonia; and how many will be based in that country in (a) 2024 and (b) 2025 and (c) 2026.

      Gibraltar: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times his Department has recorded the incursion of (a) Spanish and (b) civilian and other vessels in Gibraltarian waters in 2023 to date.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people from which countries visited the UK to take part in the (a) Advanced Command and Staff, (b) Army Officer Commissioning, (c) Royal...

      USA: Quantum Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to help increase transatlantic quantum technology cooperation.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2023 to question HL7130 on Teachers: Workplace Pensions, if she will publish a table of the number of employers...

    • Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2022 to Question 45406 on Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre: Buildings, what recent progress his Department...

      16 to 19 Tuition Fund and National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has for the (a) National Tutoring Programme and (b) 16-19 Tuition Fund after the end of this academic year.

      Care Leavers: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her Department's policy that care leavers under the age of 21 who present as homeless should have their accommodation funded by the...

      Children: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she is taking steps to fund the Daily Mile after 2024.

      Teachers: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2023 to question HL7130 on Teachers: Workplace Pensions, if she will publish a table of the dates on which Teacher...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the letter from Susan Acland-Hood to the Chair of the Education Select Committee on National Funding Formula Update, published on 6...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2023 to question 199083, and with reference to the budgets used to fund emergency mitigation works for schools...

      Children in Care: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in buildings used for residential placements for looked after...

      Childcare: Worsley and Eccles South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2023 to Question 198639 on Childcare, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that there are an...

      Department for Education: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people with (a) staff and (b) visitor passes have entered the Sanctuary Buildings offices of the Department for Education on more than three...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Companies: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has received written responses from all the social media companies she met on 11 October 2023.

    • OneWeb: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much funding her Department has provided to Oneweb; and how that funding has been used.

      Eutelsat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology what information her Department holds on the number of shares in Eutelsat that are owned by the Chinese government.

      Companies: Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many UK companies are participating in how many projects in the Horizon Europe programme.

      UK Research and Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what funds UK Research and Innovation committed to (a) researchers under the Horizon Europe Guarantee scheme and (b) other...

      Horizon Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to help ensure UK applicants are eligible for the November 2023 Horizon Europe call relating to the...

      National Space Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many times the National Space Council met before it was disbanded; and how many times it has met since it was re-established.

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the methodologies of data collection used by the Office...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what her Department's expected timescale is for publishing the list of the six new Creative Industries Clusters.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with Chagossian communities (a) in the UK and (b) elsewhere on...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Mauritian counterpart on the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos...

      British Council: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the British Council spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      St Helena: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with airlines on the potential merits of direct flights between the UK and...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart to help ensure that no Afghans in refugee camps in...

      Middle East: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the debate on Escalation of violence in the...

      France: Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the debate on the report entitled The...

      Montenegro: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the debate on the report entitled Observation...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the press release by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy entitled Bahrain convicts 13...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the debate on the report entitled The...

      Libya: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his international counterparts at COP28 on (a) the environmental impact of...

      Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will increase funding for water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure in healthcare facilities to contain...

      Dams: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential implications for its polices of a report by the UN...

      Development Aid: Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to use aid funding to prevent natural disasters causing loss of life and...

      Azerbaijan: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure Azerbaijan’s compliance with international law on...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: CK Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met representatives from CK Group since 2019.

      Armed Conflict: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2417, what steps his Department is taking to (a) help...

      Development Aid: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2023 to Question 181199 on Development Aid: Genito-urinary Medicine, if he will...

      Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make it his policy to (a) reassess his Department's funding allocation for overseas aid and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has taken steps to help ensure that older people are included in commitments made at the...

      Transcaucasus: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the situation in the Lachin Corridor in...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to help mitigate the risk of atrocity crimes in Nagorno-Karabakh in the...

  • Home Office

    • Malik Riaz Hussain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Crime Agency has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the settlement it reached with Malik Riaz Hussain in 2019.

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on the threat level from international terrorism of the UK's support for Israel in its...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the contribution of the Minister for Veterans Affairs in the debate on Resettlement of Afghans on 19 September 2023,...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure the police investigate individuals and groups suspected of promoting Hamas in the UK.

      Faith Schools: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase security measures around Jewish schools.

      Economic Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the announcement on ending civil service expansion by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 2 October 2023, whether the cap...

      Asylum: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are housed in (a) Sandwell and (b) each of the other local authorities in the West Midlands as of 13 October 2023.

      UK Border Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff were employed by Border Force UK in each year since 2010.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the types of (a) knives and (b) other sharp instruments that have been used in (i) homicides and...

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei was temporarily detained at the UK border on 29 September 2023.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Disclosure and Barring Service over the time taken to process an enhanced check; and what assessment...

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of when the targeted stakeholder engagement exercise on the proposed offence of cuckooing will conclude.

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the (a) contributions to, (b) analysis of and (c) the government response to her Department’s consultation on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Three: Vodafone Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Investment Security Unit has received representations from Vodafone UK in relation to its proposed merger with Three.

    • Cabinet Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants at the level of director general are employed by his Department as of 16 October 2023.

      Cabinet Manual

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning an update to the Cabinet Manual in the context of the repeal of the Fixed...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to support the development of (a) advanced nuclear technology and (b) routes to market for that technology.

    • Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she is taking steps to support the (a) development and (b) use of High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium.

      Alternative Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to introduce the Alternative Fuel Payments scheme this winter to support consumers not connected to the gas grid...

      Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what role (a) regional job creation and (b) investment growth play in decisions relating to the Floating Offshore Wind...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to reopen applications for the Contracts for Difference scheme.

      Electricity and Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will take steps to decouple the price of gas and electricity.

      Energy: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2023 to Question 181721 on Energy: Prices, what progress her Department has made on introducing...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bottles: Deposit Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether glass bottles will be included in her Department's proposed Deposit Return Scheme.

    • Bottles: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason a refillable glass bottle scheme was not included in her Department’s Waste Prevention Programme for...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will report annually on recycling and recovery targets for England; and when she plans to publish the next such...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate her Department has made of the annual mass of residual waste per head of population in England (a) sent...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce mandatory animal welfare labelling on food products.

      Pesticides: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made a recent assessment of the implications for her policies of the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on...

      Japanese Knotweed: Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle Japanese knotweed.

      Clean Air Zones: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of clean air zones in Portsmouth on levels of air pollution in...

      Clean Air Zones: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of clean air zones in Portsmouth on health outcomes for local people.

      Clean Air Zones: Portsmouth International Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the clean air zone to Portsmouth’s port.

      Cats: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of over-breeding on (a) cats and (b) their kittens.

      Special Protection Areas: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2023 to Question 185629 on Marine Protected Areas: Northern Ireland, what her Department's...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect (a) fish and (b) other wildlife from being (i) injured and (ii) killed in the waterways...

      Shellfish: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to take steps to end the sale of live decapod crustaceans.

      Boats: Elmbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the potential cost to the public purse of the Environment Agency (a) relocating and (b)...

      Boats: Elmbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much from the public purse the Environment Agency has spent on enforcement against illegal river moorings in Elmbridge...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support agricultural export businesses in Essex.

      Sustainable Farming Incentive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of progress on rolling out the Sustainable Farming Incentive 2023 in (a) North...

      Food: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Environment Act 2021 on the level of food recycling by local councils.

      Farmers: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support rural farmers.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of officials in his Department that are (a) graded as senior civil servant 2 and (b) on full-time equivalent contracts are women.

    • Wales Office: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of officials in his Department on temporary contracts are women.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Damian Hinds and Admir Abrija

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Ministry of Justice data: gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings January 2023 to March 2023,...

    • Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times a police cell was used to house an inmate as part of Operation Safeguard in each of the last 12 months.

      Wandsworth Prison: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the document entitled Annual report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wandsworth for reporting year 1 June 2021 to 31 May...

      Wandsworth Prison: Dismissal and Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff (a) retired and (b) were dismissed at HM Prison Wandsworth in the last 12 months.

      Judgements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when an application to set aside a court finding is made in accordance with Section 17(ii) of the Senior Courts Act 1981 who is responsible for...

      Prison Sentences: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on legal aid for appeals to (a) sentences and (b) convictions from the magistrates' court to the Crown Court in each of...

      Wandsworth Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the maximum number of full-time prison officers working at Wandsworth prison in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prison education classes did not go ahead due to a lack of (a) teachers and (b) prison officers in each of the last four...

      Wandsworth Prison: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps (a) officials in his Department and (b) HM Prison and Probation Service took to assess security arrangements at HM Prison Wandsworth in...

      Probate: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the robustness of (a) technical and (b) software systems used by HM Court and Tribunal Service to process...

      Prison Sentences: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people who appealed the (a) sentence and (b) conviction they received from a magistrates’ court to the Crown Court...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Kingspan Group: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's press release entitled ‘Severe consequences’ for cladding companies who...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking steps to enable leaseholders in properties where there are substantive non-cladding fire safety risks...

      Parking: Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what data his Department holds on the proportion of car parking spaces allocated to blue badge holders in local authority...

      Local Government: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department provides additional support to local authorities with increased demand for emergency accommodation.

  • Attorney General

    • Acquittals

      To ask the Attorney General, what costs the Serious Fraud office incurred in cases where individuals were acquitted in the last ten years.

    • Regional Planning and Development: North West

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of the Government Legal Department to levelling up in the North West.

      Monarchy: Property

      To ask the Attorney General, what the process is for the (a) liquidation, (b) declamation and (c) possession of a residential building by the Crown.

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, how many confiscation orders of what value the Serious Fraud Office obtained in the last ten years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Natural Gas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of the prosecution of individuals undertaking (a) unsafe and (b) illegal installation of gas-safe...

    • Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department last reviewed the adequacy of rates for Disability Living Allowance for children.

      Disability Living Allowance: Arfon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for Disability Living Allowance for children were made in Arfon constituency in each of the last three years for which data is...

      Disability Living Allowance: Arfon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unsuccessful claims for Disability Living Allowance for children were (a) appealed and (b) successful following an appeal in Arfon...

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the average time taken for Disability Living Allowance for children claims to be concluded, including appeals processes, in the last...

      Universal Credit: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will take steps to publish information on the number of people moving into employment through the Universal Support scheme...

      Access to Work Programme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was to receive the results of an Access to Work application in the latest period for which data is available.

      Access to Work Programme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the longest waiting time was to apply for Access to Work in the latest period for which data is available.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are awaiting an Access to Work assessment.

      Carer's Allowance: Cost of Living Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing Cost of Living Payments to recipients of Carer's Allowance.

      Mining: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will take steps to ensure that former mineworkers are eligible for the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

      Access to Work Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was to receive the results of an Access to Work application in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London...

      Access to Work Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are awaiting an Access to Work assessment in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.

      Access to Work Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the longest waiting time was to apply for Access to Work in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c)...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Line: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure on land purchases for HS2 has been as of October 2023; and what estimate he has made of the current sale value of this land...

    • Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to help support the decarbonisation of the road freight industry; and whether his Department plans to issue...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Driving Tests: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data he holds on the average waiting time for a driving test in (a) St Helens North constituency and (b) the North West as of 13 October 2023.

      Traffic Commissioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail services across the North of England.

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there has been a change to the Benefit to Cost Ratio of Phase 1 of HS2 as a result of the decision not to proceed with the northern section of HS2.

      High Speed 2 Line: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the spend on HS2 phase (a) 2a and (b) 2b is to date.

      High Speed 2 Line: Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department made an assessment of the adequacy of proposals for private financing for Euston HS2 station between 13 February 2020 and 15...

      Network North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all projects announced as part of Network North that have had their business cases successfully approved as of 16 October 2023.

      Network North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all infrastructure projects announced as part of Network North (a) with and (b) without an estimated cost.

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of not proceeding with the northern leg of HS2 on the expected demand for services on phase...

      Road Works: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to require utilities companies to coordinate the digging up of roads and pavements to (a) minimise...

  • Treasury

    • Credit Reference Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the number of buy-now-pay-later providers that are reporting their customers’ borrowing and repayment records to...

    • Cars: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will launch a consumer review of the car insurance market for the purposes of understanding the (a) adequacy of levels of competition and (b)...

      Public Houses: Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to help support pubs with increases in the cost of living.

      Credit: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to introduce interim measures to protect buy-now-pay-later borrowers ahead of planned regulation of those products.

      Credit: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to bring forward proposals to regulate providers of buy-now-pay-later products.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential impact of the Prime Minister's announcement on a smokefree generation on 4 October 2023 on tobacco duties...

      Office for Budget Responsibility: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Office for Budget Responsibility spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Financial Conduct Authority: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Financial Conduct Authority spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      UK Debt Management Office: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the UK Debt Management Office spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-23 financial year.

      Financial Services: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) banks and (b) other payment service providers do not terminate contracts on the grounds of clients having...

      Tobacco: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of (a) implementing additional tax measures for the tobacco industry and (b)...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a tax on windfall profits from the banking sector.

      Treasury: Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 17 May 2022 to Question 130, how much his Department spent on outside catering services in 2022-23.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of pubs that have been (a) demolished, (b) converted and (c) sold in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Tobacco: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of increasing tax on the tobacco industry.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of compliance with Air Passenger Duty by (a) private and (b) business jets.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department provides to the families of children with health conditions that are trying to access their Child Trust Funds.

      Public Expenditure and Taxation: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the difference is between the amount of Government revenue collected from sources in Wales and the amount of funding provided by the Government to the...

      Treasury: CK Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met representatives from CK Group since 2019.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the (a) Professional Footballers Association and (b) Premier League on (i) measuring and (ii)...

    • Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with relevant stakeholders on the horserace betting levy.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times the working group for strengthening informational messaging including on the risks associated with gambling has met.

      Gaming Machines: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to launch a consultation on secondary legislation on cash pay out machines.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had recent discussions with local authorities on the (a) affordability and (b) condition of swimming pools in England.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure the future provision of public service content on linear broadcast services.

      Listed Events: Streaming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure that streaming services that do not have an Ofcom broadcasting licence cannot to (a)...

      Television: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her speech to the Royal Television Society published by her Department on 20 September 2023, whether the findings of...

      Draft Media Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her speech to the Royal Television Society published by her Department on 20 September 2023, what her Department's...

      Community News Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the potential impact of Meta's reduction to the...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which SMEs have received funding via the Create Growth Programme since its inception.

      Performing Arts: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she is taking steps to establish how many performing venues have reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Department for Business and Trade: CK Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department have met representatives from CK Group since 2019.

    • Department for Business and Trade: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 131137 on Department for International Trade: Russia, how many of her Department's...

      Batteries: Factories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2023 to Question 196337 on Batteries: Factories, for what reason the financial support figure to Tata...

      Postal Services: Liverpool West Derby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of planned reductions to Royal Mail customer service points on local services in...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to her Department's publication entitled UK-Canada Free Trade Agreement: The UK’s Strategic Approach, published 24 March...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department sought a side letter similar to those agreed with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand to disapply...

      UK Tradeshow Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2023 to Question 126730 on the UK Tradeshow Programme, how much and what proportion of the funding...

      UK Tradeshow Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 114620, how much and what proportion of the £1.5 million allocated to the...

      Overseas Trade: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to support trade with Japan.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much their Department spent on equality and diversity training in the 2022-2023 financial year.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Local Housing Allowance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with the Department for Communities on the adequacy of Local Housing Allowance rates in Northern Ireland in the...

    • Flags: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy to establish a new official local flag for Northern Ireland in addition to the Union flag.

      Devolution: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing legislative proposals to help restore devolved government in Northern Ireland.

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