Written answers

Thursday, 30 November 2023

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November to Question 2903 on Levelling Up Fund, which projects which met or exceeded the...

    • Water Supply: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the mandatory national water standard of 125 litres per person per day for new homes, which local...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of (a) inflation and (b) trends in the level of energy costs on...

      Local Government Finance: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Simplification Pathfinder Pilot: technical guidance, published on...

      Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what information his Department holds on the amount of money local authorities spent on employing political assistants in...

      Hedgehogs: Walls and Fences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will have discussions with housing developers on (a) the use of hedgehog-friendly fencing with new-build housing and...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help first-time home buyers with their deposits.

      Empty Property: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using long-term empty properties to provide affordable homes in the...

      MSG Sphere

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the potential impact of granting planning permission to the MSG Sphere in Stratford on...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department has taken to (a) improve (i) understanding and (ii) awareness of endometriosis in the NHS and (b) ensure that...

    • Autism and Learning Disability: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress she has made on implementing the recommendations of Baroness Hollins' report entitled Independent Care (Education) and...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of NHS trusts with Electronic Patient Records (EPRs); and if she will publish a...

      Community Diagnostic Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will publish a workforce strategy for the community diagnostic centre programme.

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions she has had with the National Homecare Medicines Committee on its timetable for reporting on an electronic...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timescale is for the delivery of the Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission.

      Care Workers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help improve staffing levels in the care sector.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations she has received on establishing a social care council.

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help financially support children's hospices.

      Care Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to publish her Department's recommendations for a new care workforce pathway for adult social care.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England is taking to increase availability of palliative care services.

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2023 to Question 535 on Incontinence: Health Services, when he plans that the framework to be...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to implement the recommendations in the report Continuing to pay the price: the impact of prescription charges on...

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that people with Parkinson’s receive their medication on time in hospitals.

      Methylphenidate: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Patient Safety Alert entitled Shortage of methylphenidate prolonged-release capsules and tablets,...

      Liver Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase survival rates for people with liver cancer.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP appointments were booked through the NHS app in each of the last 12 months.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a child suffering from cystic fibrosis who is currently taking Orkambi will be able to move on to taking Kaftrio if their...

      Dental Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to improve access to NHS dentistry in (a) Bournemouth East constituency and (b) the South West.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 4.5 of the Government response to the Fifty-fourth report of Session 2022-23 from the Committee of Public...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 2.3 of the Government response to the Fifty-fourth report of Session 2022-23 from the Committee of Public...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 6.2 of the Government response to the Fifty-fourth report of Session 2022-23 from the Committee of Public...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 5.3 of the Government response to the Fifty-fourth report of Session 2022-23 from the Committee of Public...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of officials in her Department are on long-term sick leave.

      NHS: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to promote the new Pace Checker feature in the NHS Active 10 app.

      Primary health care: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase the retention of (a) GPs and (b) other primary healthcare staff in North Yorkshire.

      Veterans: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to increase the availability of dental care appointments for veterans.

      Pharmacy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent community pharmacy closures.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are on the organ donation waiting list in St Helens North constituency.

      Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to review the impact of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 on family consent.

      Dental Services: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1862 on Dental Services: Easington, what data is held centrally on access to NHS...

      Community Diagnostic Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which tests, checks, and scans were initially designated for provision by community diagnostic centres; where that information is...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to publish a long-term cancer strategy for England.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of minimally invasive cancer therapies among (a) healthcare professionals and...

      Health Services: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department plans to increase the annual grant available under the Learning Support Fund for healthcare students studying (a)...

      Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department plans to extend the Learning Support Fund to students studying pharmacy and cardiac physiology.

      Babies: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the capacity of the UK National Screening Committee to review new rare conditions for...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make a comparative estimate of breast cancer survival rates in (a) the UK and (b) other comparable nations in the latest...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress her Department has made on implementing the interim delivery plan on myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to tackle shortages of Riluzole; and whether she plans to issue guidance to (a) local NHS Trusts and...

      Visas: Care Workers and Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the number of non-EU nationals who received health and care worker visa on...

      NHS: Drugs and Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help ensure value for money in (a) medicines and (b) medical supplies in the NHS.

      NHS: Drugs and Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help reduce shortages of (a) medical supplies and (b) drugs in the NHS.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which spending programmes their Department devolves for administration to (a) local government in England and (b) other local spending...

      Rheumatology: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of full time equivalent fully qualified grade one (a) adult rheumatology and...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the draft guidance published by NICE entitled Ivacaftor–tezacaftor–elexacaftor, tezacaftor–ivacaftor...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions she has had with people with (a) cystic fibrosis and (b) representative organisations on the draft guidance on...

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the devolved administrations on extending the remit of Op Courage outside England.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many flood support officers his Department employed in each of the last five years.

    • Phosphates: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mitigation measures are available to developers of brownfield land who have been affected by the ban on phosphates in...

      Phosphates: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the target date is for the completion of works to upgrade the Stony Lane Wastewater Treatment plant in Christchurch;...

      Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to review the safe levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances set out in the Water Supply...

      Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on updating regulations to ensure that suitable means for...

      Motor Vehicles: Lead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of lead emissions from (a) petrol use, (b) tyre and break wear and (c) other types of use of road...

      National Plant Collections: Floods and Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support his Department provides to National Plant Collection holders who have suffered (a) flood and (b)...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on providing support to householders who believe that actions taken by the Environment...

      River Avon: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency is taking to ensure that the Avon Valley path between Burton and Christchurch is maintained.

      Fly-tipping: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of fires in illegal dumps on public health...

      Agriculture: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support farmers in areas recently affected by flooding.

      Public Lavatories: Men

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to improve the availability of sanitary bins in male toilets.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support charities that engage in food waste reduction programmes.

      River Thames: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of sewage discharges into the River Thames on the health of (a) dogs...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether senior officials from his Department have travelled to China since January 2019.

      Deposit Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to appoint an administrator for the deposit return scheme to be introduced in October 2025; and what funding...

      Environment Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 116 of the Annual Report and Accounts of the Environment Agency for 2022-23 published on 26 October...

      Hunting: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it remains his policy to bring forward legislation banning the importation of hunting trophies.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Senior Civil Servants within his Department were employed on a fixed term contract in each year since 2010.

    • Ministry of Defence: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprentices were employed at each grade in his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the number of ARAP applications from former members of the (a) Afghan Territorial Force 444 and (b) Commando Force 333...

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many distinguished visitors' days have been held in relation to the E-7 Wedgetail programme.

      National Shipbuilding Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts relating to shipbuilding have been awarded to industry since the National Shipbuilding Office was launched; and what the total value of...

      Military Bases: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2023 to Question 197745 on Military Bases: Concrete, how many buildings have (a) been identified as requiring...

      National Shipbuilding Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual budget for the National Shipbuilding Office is in (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23, (c) 2023-24, (d) 2024-25; and how those budgets are broken...

      National Shipbuilding Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel are employed by the National Shipbuilding Office as of 27 November 2023.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted (a) permission to stay and (b) to join their families in the UK through the family reunion process in each...

    • Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his oral contribution in response to the question from the hon. Member for Glasgow North of 27 November 2022, Official...

      Immigration Controls: Bristol Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was to clear Border Force security on arrival at Bristol International Airport in the last 12 months.

      Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants were (a) applied for, (b) granted and (c) rejected under section 26 of the Theft Act 1968 by each police force in each of...

      Bedfordshire Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average level of funding for Bedfordshire Police was on a per-officer basis in each of the last three years.

      Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department holds data on average waiting times to proceed through Border Force security on arrival at London Heathrow Airport.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons some asylum applications take longer to be considered than others.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2023 to Question 1700 on Asylum: Finance, what his Department considers to be a timely manner.

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Rwanda on the number of Home Office officials that will be sent to help Rwanda upgrade...

      Commonwealth: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had discussions with his Commonwealth counterparts on the potential merits of waiving standard visitor visa fees for citizens...

      Asylum: Bibby Stockholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his Department's policy that victims of (a) torture, (b) modern slavery and (c) trafficking will be housed on the Bibby Stockholm.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long his Department expects to keep open the second stage of Pathway 3 referrals for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2023 to Question 2433 on Undocumented Migrants: English Channel, how many and what proportion of...

      Biometrics: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had discussions with private facial recognition surveillance suppliers on use of live facial recognition in the retail sector.

      Drugs: Music Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has issued recent guidance to the organisers of festivals on the use of back-of-house drug testing licences.

      Wholesale Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will hold discussions with the Federation of Wholesale Distributors on trends in the level of crime affecting the wholesale sector.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dogs have been destroyed by police since 2019.

      Community Policing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to increase the number of community policing teams in the West Midlands.

      Home Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's average response time to correspondence from Birmingham, Hall Green constituents.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to increase trade with African countries.

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the closure of the blast furnaces in Scunthorpe on virgin steel production.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to reduce bureaucracy for businesses.

      Overseas Investment: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support UK businesses to invest in Morocco.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran of (a) 15 September, (b) 16 October and (c)...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to end the use of daylight saving time.

  • Department for Education

    • Childcare: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to assess the potential impact of the cost of childcare on parental income.

    • Special Educational Needs: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much capital funding her Department allocated for new SEND schools in each of the last five years.

      Childcare: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help increase the availability of childcare in Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

      Schools: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the impact of population growth on the adequacy of school capital funding in Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

      Schools: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the financial support available to Central Bedfordshire Council to facilitate its...

      Special Educational Needs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support more children with special education needs into mainstream schools.

      Special Educational Needs: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the impact of expenditure on high and special needs educational provision on Gloucestershire County Council's...

      Childcare: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding for childcare providers; and what steps she is taking to help ensure such funding takes...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2023 to Question 1382 on Music: Education, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to Music Education...

      Teachers: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school music teachers there were in (a) the UK, (b) London, (c) the South East, (d) the South West, (e) the Midlands, (f) the North...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's timetable is for publishing an interim response to the report published by the Law Commission entitled Celebrating Marriage: A New...

    • Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time has been between (a) an application for a warrant and (b) a hearing to decide the issuing of that warrant under section...

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to increase conviction rates for rape.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Operation Safeguard is active.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2023 to Question 2339 on Prisons: Overcrowding, how much funding was allocated per police force for the use of...

      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 (a) October 2023 and (b) November 2023.

      Prisons: Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the number of pigeon infestations in the prison estate.

      Homicide: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the number of offenders who were subsequently convicted of murder in each year between 2010 and 2015, broken down by the type of...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, which spending programmes their Department devolves for administration to (a) local government in England and (b) other local...

    • Smart Devices: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the regulatory framework for Chinese-made cellular internet of things modules.

      Francis Crick Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much from the public purse the Government has provided to the Francis Crick Institute to support the institute’s...

      Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the National Space Strategy published on 27 September 2021, what progress she has made on working with the...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Community Energy Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when she plans to (a) publish further details of and (b) announce the launch date for the Community Energy Fund; and if she will...

    • Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will hold discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of introducing incentives for landlords...

      Oil and Natural Gas: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her Department's policies of the International Energy Agency's...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what plans she has to support (a) the Ants Group and (b) other renewable energy companies to help achieve the Government’s...

      Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what planned timetable is for consulting on barriers to developing community energy projects.

      Biomethane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will take steps to fund research into the use of biomethane in gas supply.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many miners were recipients of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme in (a) Selby and Ainsty constituency and (b) nationally in...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station and Sizewell C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate her Department has made of when the (a) Hinkley and (b) Sizewell nuclear power plant will be operational.

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the legal framework for protecting the marine environment in the context of recent...

      Solar Power: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her Department's policy is on water born solar panel development.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether it is her Department's policy that renewable energy projects are co-located to mitigate the impact on communities.

      Wind Power: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her Department's policy is on the decommissioning of turbines and blades.

      Electric Cables: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to page 95 of the Autumn Statement 2023, whether she has had discussions with the Welsh Government on the...

      Electricity and Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of reductions in the typical domestic consumption...

      Energy: Price Caps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make a comparative assessment of the (a) impact of the energy price cap on domestic consumers in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to take steps to provide energy bill support for (a) low-income and (b) vulnerable households during winter 2023-24.

      Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate she has made of recent trends in the number of people experiencing energy debt; and what steps her Department is...

      Fuel Poverty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of households experiencing fuel poverty in Northern Ireland on 27 November 2023.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will hold discussions with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) HM Prison and Probation Service on steps to help increase the number of ex...

    • Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often the Health and Safety Executive reviews and updates the UK REACH Candidate List of substances of very high concern for...

      Household Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral answer of 22 November 2023, Official Report column 348, when he plans to provide...

      Food Banks: Warwick and Leamington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Warwick and Leamington constituency used a foodbank in October (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      Work Capability Assessment: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's response to the Work Capability Assessment: Activities and Descriptors Consultation, published in November...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2023, CP 977, whether additional benefits includes NHS dental provision.

      Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy that existing claimants are not included in further potential reviews into eligibility for the (a) Limited...

      Disability: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were received by his Department's disability service centre's enquiry lines in each of the last two years.

      Winter Fuel Payment: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the criteria for winter fuel payments to include people with a terminal...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2023, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of removing parents'...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with refence to paragraph 3.25 of the Autumn Statement 2023 on supporting the long-term unemployed into work, what assessment he has made of...

      Age Addition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of the age additions to the State Pension.

      War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of payments from the (a) War Pensions and (b) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme are also in receipt of (i)...

      Universal Credit: Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing future childcare costs to be met in advance through Universal Credit rather...

      Universal Credit: Selby and Ainsty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims were subject to deductions in the most recent month for which data is available in Selby and Ainsty constituency.

      Employment: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support people who wish to continue working over state pension age.

  • Treasury

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Cost of Living Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will expand the eligibility criteria for the £300 cost of living payments to include households in receipt of contribution-based or new style...

    • High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average income was of families paying the High Income Child Benefit Charge in 2020-21.

      Public Sector Debt: Australia and New Zealand

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand on strategies for reducing national debt.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett consequentials are for Northern Ireland following the announcements for additional funding for (a) housing associations through the...

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition his Department uses of (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty.

      Treasury: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which spending programmes their Department devolves for administration to (a) local government in England and (b) other local spending bodies; and what the...

      Food Banks: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing direct grants to food banks.

      Bank Services: Digital Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of issuing guidance to banks on providing access to bank accounts for (a) crypto and (b) digital...

      High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2023 to Question 543 on High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge, how many families were impacted by the High Income...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the number of people that will be paying a higher rate of tax in the next 12 months in the context of the freezing of...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the impact of freezing the personal allowance on the average amount of income tax paid in 2023-24.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Technology: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of the GREAT Tech campaign on (a) overseas investors' perceptions of the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Disability: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to ensure that companies are upholding their legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 on the implementation of reasonable...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many enquiries were submitted to the DVLA by Rt hon. and hon. Members in September 2023.

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the delay in implementing the Rapid Charging Fund on (a) demand for electric vehicles and (b)...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the delay in the phase out of the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035 on (a)...

      Roads: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 November 2023 entitled Network North: Highways maintenance funding increase, HCWS46, how the £2.2...

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to help ensure national oversight of new Local Transport Plans to ensure that they are meeting the (a) access and (b)...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to allocate further funding for the repair of potholes.

      Roads: Cumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of Cumberland Council's road safety policies on roads on which (a) major accidents...

      Roads: Westmorland and Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of Westmorland and Furness Council's road safety policies on roads on which (a)...

      Public Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department plans to use when allocating the new £2.5 billion fund for local transport across all areas in the North; and what...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to help reduce the number of potholes (a) nationally and (b) in West Lancashire constituency.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to tackle levels of higher car insurance premiums in areas with a large proportion of low income households.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: ICT

      To ask the Attorney General, what is the annual cost to the public purse of her Department's expenditure on (a) IT infrastructure, (b) IT infrastructure purchased prior to 2013 and (c) legacy IT...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much their Department spent on (a) current and (b) legacy IT infrastructure (i) in total and (ii) purchased in 2013 or earlier in each of the last...

    • Scotland Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which spending programmes their Department devolves for administration to (a) local government in England and (b) other local spending bodies; and what...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Phillip Mehrtens

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his New Zealand counterpart on the abduction of Philip Mehrtens.

    • Iceland: Volcanoes

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department is taking steps to help support Iceland in the context of recent volcanic activity.

      North Korea: Satellites

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with regional partners on North Korea's satellite launch capabilities.

      Just Stop Oil: Demonstrations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will publish his response to the letter of 15 August 2023 from the UN Special Rapporteur on climate change...

      Sierra Leone: Democracy

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the stability of democracy in Sierra Leone; and whether his Department is taking...

      Colombia: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Colombia about reported criminalisation of environmental defenders...

      Colombia: Mining

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has had discussions with the Colombian government on the compliance of AngloGold Ashanti with...

      Robinson Arley Mejía Alonso

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether HM Embassy Bogota has met Robinson Arley Mejia Alonso to discuss his security situation.

      Belarus: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Belarus counterparts on political prisoners.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to This Is Music 2023, published by UK Music on 7 November 2023, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on...

    • Musicians: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is taking steps to improve remuneration for musicians.

      Football: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress her Department has made on introducing an independent football regulator.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS England

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the overall budget of NHS England, how many staff it has, and how it measures its own performance in driving the delivery of services in primary and...

    • NHS: Private Sector

      To ask His Majesty's Government how integrated care boards assess the initial and continuing financial stability of private companies from which NHS services are commissioned, and what assessment...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the decision by One Norwich Practices to stop providing services to the NHS, including a walk-in centre, because of financial problems, whether...

      Intensive Care: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with reference to the report Disagreements in the care of critically ill children published by the Department of Health and Social Care on 18 September, what...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: Standards

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to water quality, what assessment they have made of whether the replacements to the EU Water Framework Directive will result in the improved...

    • Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the combined impacts of microplastics and antimicrobial pollutants in driving antimicrobial resistance emergence in the...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Homelessness: Rural Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what processes are in place for counting and identifying instances of rural homelessness.

  • Treasury

    • Loans: Interest Rates

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Financial Conduct Authority regularly undertakes spot checks of firms offering loans to ensure that the contract details accurately reflect the...

    • Inflation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain consistency in the recent downward trajectory of inflation.

      Cost of Living

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 22 November (HC Deb cols 325–57), what assessment they have made of impact of the...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Trade Promotion: Uzbekistan

      To ask His Majesty's Government which directorate produces the list of invitees for the Uzbek–British Trade and Industry Council; and what are the criteria for selection for the invitees.

    • Trade Promotion: Turkmenistan

      To ask His Majesty's Government which directorate produces the list of invitees for the Turkmenistan United Kingdom Trade and Industry Council; and what are the criteria for selection for the...

      Trade Promotion: Kazakhstan

      To ask His Majesty's Government which directorate produces the list of invitees for the Kazakh–British Trade and Industry Council; and what are the criteria for selection for the invitees.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Internet: Fraud

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the risks of online scams, particularly for those with limited digital skills.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Residence Orders

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many transfers of residency orders have been issued by family courts in the past two years; and of those, (1) how many were issued following findings or...

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