Written answers

Monday, 13 November 2023

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent representations she has received on public procurement guidelines on the purchase of foreign technology from the public purse.

    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what opportunities Parliament had to shape the negotiating mandate of the UK’s proposed accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive...

      Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she plans to review the adequacy of fireworks legislation.

      Import Controls: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what powers are available to which Ministers to control imports on national security grounds; and if she will publish details of (a) when and...

      Liquefied Natural Gas: Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what discussions (a) her Department and (b) UKEF have had with Total Energies on (i) lifting the force majeure and (ii) restarting work on...

      Hybrid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what proportion of cars produced in the UK were hybrid electric in (a) 2021 and (b) 2022.

      Fireworks: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has taken steps with Cabinet colleagues to make an assessment of the potential impact of the public (a) sale and (b) use of...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of humanitarian aid required in Gaza; and whether the Government...

    • Gaza and Israel: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has commissioned (a) judicial and (b) other legal advice on the Government's position with...

      West Bank: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of attacks on healthcare facilities in (a) the occupied West...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential human rights impact of the return of Afghan refugees from...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the safety of Afghan people who have been accepted for transfer...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian impact of the decision of Pakistan to return refugees...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the options for delivering humanitarian aid into Gaza.

      Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what consular support his Department is providing to (a) hostages held in Gaza and (b) their families.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the level of access to water, food and fuel...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with international counterparts to help ensure that Hamas (a) does not re-group and (b) is...

      Gaza: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help support UK nationals who have been evacuated from Gaza to Egypt since...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Middle East on steps that can be taken to help end...

      Gaza and Israel: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the compliance of its instruction to...

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help protect medical infrastructure in Gaza.

      Hong Kong: Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether any Hong Kong national legally resident in Northern Ireland is the subject of an arrest warrant...

      Turkey: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 23 October 2023 to Question 200957 on Turkey: British Nationals Abroad, what...

      Global Anti-Aggression Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he last met officials to discuss the (a) role of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign and (b) potential wider...

      Ukraine: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the rule of law in Ukraine and the potential impact of this...

      Ukraine: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of civilian casualties in Ukraine since February 2022.

      Armenia: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with officials in his Department on the potential merits of the Government...

      Ukraine: Rule of Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart on the principle of the rule of law in Ukraine in...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help support the Ukrainian government on matters of (a) governance and (b)...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help promote talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh...

      Japan: War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) the Secretary of State for Defence visited the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Yokahama during...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will hold discussions with Government representatives in the DRC on recent incidents in Oicha, North Kivu...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of steps his Department is taking to help reduce global (a) spread of...

      North Korea: Refugees

      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 reports on the forced return of North...

      Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the people of Nepal following the recent earthquake in that country.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Job Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the workload of work coaches in job centres that are (a) taking part and (b) not taking part in the Additional...

    • Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide additional funding to the Motability Scheme over the next three years.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the uptake of Pension Credit.

      Job Centres: Torquay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress he has made on repairing the Torquay temporary jobcentre; and what his planned timetable is for when the work will be...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including suicides as reportable incidents under the RIDDOR process.

      Universal Credit: Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has issued guidance to Job Centre staff on the fact that a refugee does not need to have received their Biometric...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help people with the cost of living.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of proposals in the Work Capability Assessment: activities and descriptors consultation on...

      Disability Living Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for Disability Living Allowance for children were made in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield...

      Personal Independence Payment: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what communication channels are in place for deaf individuals to contact his department about Personal Independence Payments.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects each Government Department to publish its five year plan setting out how it will meet its obligations under Section 2 of the...

      British Sign Language Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to communicate the work of the British Sign Language Advisory Board with the deaf community.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of his Department's (a) press conferences, (b) social media posts and (c) webpages have been accessible for...

      Disability Living Allowance: Greater London

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

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has his Department made of the adequacy of changes in the level of communication (a) for deaf children in early years settings...

      British Sign Language Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,what funding his Department provided to the British Sign Language Advisory Board in the last 12 months.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential financial impact of proposed changes to the Work Capability Assessment on disabled people.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more women to join the defence workforce.

    • Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to promote (a) apprenticeships and (b) other training opportunities in the defence sector.

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answers of 25 October 2023 to Questions 203700, 203701 and 203702 on Armed Forces: Housing, when he plans to provide detailed...

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) veterans and (b) family members of veterans have received the Nuclear Test Medal.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have received their Veteran ID card under the Veteran's Recognition Scheme as of 1 November 2023.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Department has lead operational responsibility for the evacuation from Pakistan of Afghan people who are eligible to come to the UK.

      Russia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department made an assessment of the number of personnel serving in the Russian armed forces in Ukraine who have (a) been killed in action,...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military assets are being used to transport humanitarian aid as part of the UK's response to the Israel - Gaza war.

      Military Aircraft: Mediterranean Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft have been deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to support (a) Israel and (b) wider regional security.

      Military Aircraft: Mediterranean Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many surveillance flights have taken place as part of the UK deployment to the eastern Mediterranean to support (a) Israel and (b) wider regional...

      RFA Argus and RFA Lyme Bay: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) RFA Argus and (b) RFA Lyne Bay are deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF flights carrying humanitarian aid destined for Gaza took off from UK bases since 7 October 2023; and how much aid in tonnes was on those...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan people under which schemes his Department plans to transfer from Pakistan in the next 12 weeks.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for what reason the rules on local authority Right to Buy receipts limit their use to re-purchase homes previously sold to...

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the cost to the public purse of (a) digital and (b) print advertising in Scotland by her Department was in each month...

      Economic Growth: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to help support economic growth in town centres in the context of increased competition from out...

      Refugees: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department is taking steps to help support local authorities to find accommodation for UK citizens who have...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of ending the Homes for Ukraine scheme on levels of homelessness.

      Homelessness: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless people who have died in the last 12 months.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many rough sleepers have refused accommodation offered in each of the last five years.

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of increasing Homeless Prevention Grant funding for local...

      Boundary Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department submitted a draft Order in Council to a meeting of His Majesty in Council giving effect to new...

      Urban Areas: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer to Question 189778 on 20 June 2023 on Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities:...

      Local Government: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to reduce backlogs of audit opinions for local government bodies.

      Elections: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken to establish (a) devolution and (b) an elected mayor in North Yorkshire.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the value was of non-cash vouchers awarded to staff working for his core Department as performance-related bonuses in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the letter of 14 August 2023 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich, case reference...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 16 August 2023 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on Union...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of access to (a) adult hearing loss services and (b) sight loss services in (i) Enfield...

    • Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to improve access to mental health services for people aged between 18 and 25 years old in Hornsey and Wood Green...

      Bipolar Disorder: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that implementation of the suicide prevention strategy will take into account the needs of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people received NHS talking therapies in each integrated care system area in the most recent period for which data is available;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people accessed talking therapies each year from 2010 and 2022.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of mental health specialists in (i) Enfield North...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in each financial year from 2010 to 2022.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pharmacies have bought coded stamped lateral flow tests for collection by immunocompromised patients from 17 November.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of setting the air quality target for PM2.5 at 10 micrograms per cubic meter by...

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people aged between 66 and 69 on 1 September 2023 are eligible for the shingles vaccine.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure adequate levels of supply of medication prescribed for (a) epilepsy, (b) hormone...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure the continued NHS funding of modulator therapies that are used to treat (a) children, (b) new patients...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Sotrovimab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of hospitals with accident and emergency units have supplies of Sotrovimab.

      IVF: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on remedies for women who (a) cannot receive and (b) have difficulty receiving NHS IVF treatment because...

      IVF: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 October 2023 to Question 203979 on IVF: Finance, if he will publish a timetable for the implementation...

      Huntington's Disease: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to ensure patients with Huntington’s Disease have access to community mental health services when...

      IVF: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take steps to help women over 40 access IVF treatment.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Line: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount his Department spent on (a) land acquisition and (b) compensation for Phase (i) 2a and (ii) 2b of HS2 from 20...

    • Railways: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department had with train operating companies on ticket office closures before the train operating...

      Midland Main Line: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to open a new railway station at Wixams Bedfordshire.

      High Speed 2 Line: Birmingham and Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2023 to Question 203072 on Railways: Greater Manchester, how many and what proportion of the eight trains...

      East West Rail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to expedite the re-opening of the Marston Vale Rail Line.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2023 to Question 203071 on West Coast Main Line, how much and what proportion of the 250,000 additional...

      High Speed 2 Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) land acquisition and (b) compensation for Phase (i) 2a and (ii) 2b of the...

      Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help improve the timeliness of airline compensation payments.

      Bus Services: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve bus services in Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

      Driving Licences: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2022 to Question 93512, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for...

      Motor Vehicle Tyres (Labelling) (Enforcement) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the answer of 17 April 2023 to Question 176600 on Motor Vehicle Tyres (Labelling) (Enforcement) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations...

      Railways: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Equality Impact Assessments undertaken by his Department on the recently proposed closures of rail ticket offices in England.

      Railways: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of FTE vacancies there are in (a) ticket offices and (b) other station staff grades at (i) Avanti...

      Northern Trains: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reintroduce the sale of Advance Purchase on Departure fares from Northern Trains ticket offices.

      South Western Railway: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with South Western Railway on its ticket office consultation.

      Railways: Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the proportion of time that ticket offices were not open during their regulated hours at (a) Avanti West...

      Railway Stations: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking with (a) Network Rail and (b) other stakeholders to (i) improve the accessibility of the platform and (ii) reinstate the use...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the public service value of (a) broadcast TV and (b) radio service for those living in rural...

    • Arts and Charities: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of rising prices on the financial position of (a) arts organisations, (b)...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with the BBC Director General on publishing the 2004 Balen Report.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 49 of her Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2021-22, what steps she has taken to tackle the increase in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many youth conditional cautions were issued by (a) an authorised person and (b) a relevant prosecutor in each reporting year since 2010.

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Electronic Monitoring: expansion and full service business case' published on 7 November 2023,...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Question 30 of the oral evidence given by the Minister for Prisons and Probation to the Justice Committee on 24 October 2023, HC 1929,...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Oral Statement of 16 October 2023 on Prison Capacity, Official Report, columns 58 to 69, what steps his Department is taking to...

      Probation Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many days staff in the probation service were absent as a result of (a) stress and (b) work-induced stress in 2022.

      Probation Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of probation officers that have workloads that are too high in each region.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Question 13 of oral evidence taken before the Justice Committee on 24 October 2023, HC 1929, Session 2022–23, which prisons are...

      Ministry of Justice: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of civil servants on temporary contracts in his Department are women.

      Ministry of Justice: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of SCS2 civil servants on full-time equivalent contracts in his Department are women.

      Family Courts: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many litigants in person there have been in the family courts in each year since 2013.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an impact assessment of the use of the End of Custody Supervised Licence.

      Open Prisons: Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason a pre transfer assessment was not carried out on each prisoner moved as part of the Restricted Open Estate Transfer Scheme launched in...

      Open Prisons: Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what risk assessments were carried out on prisoners who were transferred to Category D prisons as part of the Restricted Open Estate Transfer Scheme...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Question 13 of oral evidence taken before the Justice Committee on 24 October 2023, HC 1929, Session 2022–23, on what date the...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Question 9 of oral evidence taken before the Justice Committee on 24 October 2023, HC 1929, Session 2022–23, what assessment he...

      Ministry of Justice: Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on (a) council tax, (b) security and (c) other maintenance costs for the empty Wellington Mews properties at HMP...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of participation in higher education by 18 year-old students from England compared to those from (a) Northern Ireland,...

    • T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to publish a T-Level 2023-2024 action plan.

      T-levels: Hounslow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students started T-Level courses in Hounslow Local Authority in the (a) 2021-2022 and (b) 2022-2023 academic year.

      Construction: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there were in the construction sector in the (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23 academic year.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to publish apprenticeship start data by (a) industry and (b) sector for the (i) 2021-22 and (ii) 2022-23 academic year.

      Special Educational Needs: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Education Health and Care Plans include (a) courses and (b) other forms of training in British Sign Language for (i) children and (ii) family...

      Special Educational Needs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with SEND are not in formal education in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London as of 7...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied asylum seeking children that have gone missing from hotels are unaccounted for as of 7 November 2023.

    • Bibby Stockholm: Legionnaires' Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department became aware of legionnaire's disease on the Bibby Stockholm.

      Refugees: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value of refugee integration (a) loans and (b) repayments made since January 2007 is.

      Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on alternative accommodation for asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policies are in place to ensure the safety of asylum-seeking (a) women and (b) children in asylum accommodation.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2023 to Question 202782, if she will make it her policy to ensure that there are no fees chargeable for...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all Afghan people who have been accepted for transfer to the UK will fly in on flights arranged by the Government.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of including time spent awaiting an asylum decision within the five year period...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration's report on the Afghan Resettlement Scheme.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is taking steps to expedite applications for resettlement to the UK by Afghan nationals in Pakistan who are at risk...

      Asylum: Boats and Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to house (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees who are (i) women and (ii) children on (A) barges and (B) military...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce measures to help victims of domestic violence retrieve their possessions safely from their ex-partner's properties in...

      Sexual Offences: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help women who have experienced adult sexual exploitation.

      Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the remit of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

      Abortion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a timetable on the implementation of buffer zones around abortion clinics.

      Abortion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide a timescale for the introduction of safe access zones near abortion clinics.

      Investigations After Police Use of Force Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she took into account the findings of the Baroness Casey Review when formulating the terms of reference for her Department's review...

      Greater Manchester Police: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of police officers at the rank of (a) sergeant and (b) inspector have left Greater Manchester Police in each of...

      Abortion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her planned timetable is for bringing into force legislative provisions relating to safe access zones for abortion clinics.

      Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers in each force took their own lives in each of the last eight quarters.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 6 and 15 September 2023 from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare on behalf...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, when she plans to publish a response to the consultation entitled A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation.

    • Social Media: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the Answer of 19 October 2023 to Question 202862 on Companies: Social Media, how many of the social media...

      Artificial Intelligence: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to identify new uses for AI in the public sector.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department plans to provide increased levels of financial support to consumers who have accumulated energy debt.

    • Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a temporary help to repay scheme that provides repayment...

      Energy: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's consultation entitled Planning for new energy infrastructure: revisions to National Policy...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent steps her Department has taken to increase the use of tidal stream renewable energy technologies; and whether she has...

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to amend the methodology used to set administrative strike prices for all renewable technologies in the Contracts...

      Energy: Standing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring energy providers to charge uniform standing charges for...

      Offshore Industry: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the number of offshore oil and gas workers that were affected by the suspension of helicopter...

      Offshore Industry: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the impact of Storm Babet on operations in the offshore oil and gas industry.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the liquidity of the electricity wholesale market.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of allowing private tenants who would otherwise qualify for the...

      Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will commission a working group to consider advances in cable ploughing technology before publishing a new EN-5 Electricity...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of restoring the market making obligation on major...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the Energy Emergencies Committee has put forward proposals for an outcomes-focused physical network resilience standard.

      Products: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the advertising of high-carbon products on (a) consumer choice and (b) the...

      Tidal Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) maintaining a ringfence for tidal stream renewable energy...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) energy companies and (b) the German Energy Agency on a subsea cable to transfer...

      Electricity: Standing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 23 October 2023 to Question 203412 on Electricity: Standing Charges, whether costs are calculated...

      Energy Supply: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring energy suppliers to credit domestic users where energy is (a)...

      Energy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department are taking to provide financial support for energy costs to people with (a) motor neurone disease and (b)...

      Energy Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the powers of the Energy Ombudsman to implement its rulings in (a) full...

      Xlinks Morocco-UK Power Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the implications for her polices of the planned installation of a (a) sub-sea electricity...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce legislation to require water companies to report annually on the number of animals killed as a result...

    • Cats: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to make the abduction of cats a criminal offence.

      Wildlife: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Fifth Special Report of Session 2022-23 of the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on...

      Cats: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking tackle cat theft, in the context of the withdrawal of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the £5.2 billion funding to build new flood defences announced in her Department's Flood and coastal...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's £200 million innovative resilience programme, how much of that funding (a) has been...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term...

      Water Supply: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) take steps with stakeholders to understand the (i) circumstances which led to Southern Water cutting off...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's expected timescale is for receiving the final report of Sir Brian Langstaff on the contaminated blood inquiry.

    • Cabinet Office: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications of the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling in the 2017 case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the Civil Service cost of living payments to civil servants that retired in the...

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had recent discussions with the Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry on the reasons for which the final report of the inquiry will not be...

  • Treasury

    • Central Bank Digital Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of a UK central bank digital currency on the right to privacy.

    • Financial Services: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Green Finance Strategy, when the Government plans to publish the consultation on introducing a Green Taxonomy for the UK.

      Drinks: Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which representatives of the drinks industry (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have met since 1 August 2023.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department gathers on the potential impact of alcohol duty increases on SME (a) winemakers and (b) spirits producers.

      Energy: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to introduce a temporary Help to Repay scheme for energy debts in the Autumn Statement 2023.

      Public Sector: Mileage Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to assist public sector organisations to support workers using their own cars for work.

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of not applying IR35 rules for domestic contractors where a contract is forecast to end within a...

      Private Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many private limited companies that formed in 2021 have filed accounts with HMRC as of 7 November 2023.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of individuals that have applied to make contributions to fill gaps in their state pension contributions are waiting to...

      PAYE: Welsh Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Welsh language helpline for PAYE employer enquiries.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were registered as self-employed in each year between 2017 and 2022.

      VAT: Defibrillators

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the cost to the public purse of waiving VAT on (a) defibrillators and (b) associated apparatus.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure that the cost saving arising from the removal of VAT on period products is passed onto consumers.

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to increase funding for suicide prevention in the 2023 Autumn Statement.

      Government Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on the implementation of the Government's Efficiency and Savings Review.

  • Wales Office

    • Research: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he plans to take steps to promote research in Welsh universities in the context of the Welsh universities showcasing event held on 17 October 2023.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Floods: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland on taking steps to help support businesses affected by...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to develop a national tariff for fertility treatment in order to achieve a strategy to achieve best value for the NHS.

    • Brain: Tumours

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours report Brain Tumours: Pathway to a Cure — breaking down the barriers, published on 28...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for medication or medical appliances are currently in place owing to a national or worldwide supply shortage; for which...

      Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma: Research

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated for research into the treatment of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma brain tumours in children in each of the last 10 years;...

      Cancer: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to develop a bespoke research strategy for childhood cancers with the worst survival rates, including Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Industrial Disputes

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to use the provisions of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 to override a pilot's discretion to make the final decision as to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rivers: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the Environment Agency to the regular maintenance of major rivers and water courses; and what assessment they...

    • Rivers: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether slumps in embankments in rural areas contributed to recent flooding events; and what steps they are taking to ensure...

      Export Health Certificates

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they will work with trading partners to ensure that the capacity and availability of certifiers for export health certificates are sufficient to prevent...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Fireworks: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ban the sale of domestic fireworks in England; and if not, whether they will undertake a consultation on that subject.

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