Written answers

Friday, 15 December 2023

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Premium: Mid Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4598 on Free School Meals: Mid Bedfordshire, whether she has made an estimate of how much pupil...

    • Special Educational Needs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the funding for the 2023-24 academic year will be paid to the Nuffield Early Language Intervention project.

      Schools: Legionnaires' Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues to schools on reporting the (a) presence and (b) suspected presence of legionella bacteria.

      Out-of-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) education providers have been (i) investigated and (ii) inspected under section 96 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 and (b)...

      Rawlins Academy: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the outcome of the rebuilding survey at Rawlins Academy in Loughborough.

      Department for Education: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many employment tribunals were brought by employees of their Department in the last 12 months.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number and proportion of three and four year old (a) children and (b) children with British citizenship...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that children and young people with SEND are able to access appropriate support.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has issued guidance for local authorities on the inclusion of personal budgets in education, health and care plans.

      Students: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department holds information on the steps (a) schools and (b) colleges are taking to assess the potential risks of (i) loneliness and (ii)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make a comparative assessment of the adequacy of SEND support provided to pupils by (a) specialist units in mainstream schools and (b)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that children who have a (a) mental health and (b) neurodiversity diagnosis are able to meet in...

      Special Educational Needs: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department provided to Hertfordshire County Council for the delivery of their statutory responsibilities to (a) SEND children and...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to communicate with (a) schools and (b) local authorities about the expansion of eligibility for the disadvantaged...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a pilot scheme of mandatory autism training in education settings.

      Immigration: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Oral Statement from the Secretary of State for the Home Department of 4 December 2023 on Legal Migration, Official Report,...

      Higher Education: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report The Strategic Dependence of UK Universities on China, published by Civitas on 2 November 2023, whether her Department is...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Capture and Storage: Grasslands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the (a) carbon sequestration potential of grasslands and...

    • Solid Fuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on the Burn Better, Breathe Better campaign.

      Food Supply: Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the publication by the Agricultural Industries Confederation entitled Powering productivity for...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 3959 on Dangerous Dogs, which organisations were part of the...

      Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of domestic wood burning on the environment.

      Environment Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 7 November 2022 to Question 60902 on Environment Protection: EU Law, whether she plans to...

      Air Pollution: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the work undertaken by the (a) Forum for...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 November 2022 to Question 63894 on Air Pollution, what progress his Department has made on...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations are in place to control the (a) sale and (b) use of fuels used in domestic heating and burning.

      Smoke Control Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many smoke control areas have been (a) declared and (b) revoked in (i) 2022 and (ii) 2023.

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the Stove Industry Alliance...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the way air quality information is communicated by his Department to the public.

      Wood-burning Stoves: Smoke Control Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 January 2022 to Question 102530 on Wood-burning Stoves: Smoke Control Areas, what...

      Firewood: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 22 January 2022 to Question 102534 on Firewood: Air Pollution, if he will publish all the...

      Wood-burning Stoves: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 17 January 2023 to Question 102525 on Wood-burning Stoves: Regulation, if he will publish...

      Solid Fuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 14 January 2022 to Question 98203 on Wood-burning Stoves, if he will publish the evaluation...

      Smoke and Chimney Gases: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of complaints to English local authorities regarding domestic smoke between...

      Wood-burning Stoves: Smoke Control Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) manufacturers on the 3mg limit on new stoves in...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Energy

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church will have discussions with the Dioceses of (a) Hereford and (b) Lichfield on support with...

    • Churches: Mid Derbyshire

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what support the Commissioners provide to churches in Mid Derbyshire constituency on Historic England's...

      Church Schools

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make an assessment of the contribution of church schools in (a) Hendon constituency and (b) the UK.

      Church of England: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England is taking steps to advocate for freedom of religion and belief in other countries.

  • Treasury

    • Crown Estate Commissioners: Borrowing and Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2023, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to provide the Crown Estate with (a) borrowing and (b)...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to update to the List of named tax avoidance schemes, promoters, enables and suppliers of 1 December 2023, what recent assessment he has...

      Natwest: Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2023, whether his Department has appointed advisers to review the potential merits of a NatWest retail share offer.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support businesses to export their products.

    • Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the average length of time for decisions on export licencing has been in each of the last five years.

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many and what proportion of export licencing decisions were processed within (a) 20 days and (b) 60 days in the latest period for which...

      Foreign Companies: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what restrictions the Government has imposed on (a) Huawei, (b) ZTE, (c) Hikvision, (d) Hytera, (e) Alibaba, (f) Tencent, (g) Dahua, (h)...

      British Standards Institution: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if her Department will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the BSI Kitemark.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many drinks receptions were held in 10 Downing Street in each of the last three years.

    • Fleetwood Strategy: NHS

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) the Prime Minister and (b) officials in Downing Street have had recent discussions with representatives of Fleetwood Strategy on the NHS.

      Fraud: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4170 on Fraud: Coronavirus, what proportion of the recovered £88 million is designated as...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were given the Covishield covid-19 vaccine in the UK.

    • Mental Health Services: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of mental health support available to unpaid carers.

      NHS: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the award criteria were for the Federated Data Platform contract.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care to the Chair of...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of NHS spending on branded drugs under the voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing, access and growth.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of the removal of the...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) improving and (b) adapting the SNOMED CT classification system in primary...

      Glioblastoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she (a) is and (b) plans to take steps to help increase the median survival rate for people with glioblastoma.

      Domestic Accidents: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the number of dedicated fall prevention teams.

      Health Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that healthcare information is accessible to blind and partially-sighted people; and...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what specialist service provision the NHS provides for people with (a) psychosis and schizophrenia, (b) eating disorders and (c) bipolar.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of limiting vape flavours to tobacco-flavoured devices on levels of smoking; and...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of full time equivalent general nurses become full time equivalent specialist nurses after accreditation.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Guyana

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he plans to visit Guyana in the next 12 months.

    • Falkland Islands: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) his counterpart in the Falkland Islands government and (b) banks in the...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Guyana

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will visit Guyana to show support for its territorial integrity.

      Climate Change: Gender

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the report by CARE International UK...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of (a) aid, (b) shelter and (c) key public...

      Gaza: Disease Control

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help mitigate the risk of an outbreak of (a) cholera and (b) other water-borne diseases in Gaza.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on another humanitarian pause in Gaza.

      Gaza: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has had recent discussions on the reconstruction of Gaza as part of a peace process.

      Gaza: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 3925, whether the Government plans to contribute to the...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on (a) a blockade of Gaza, (b) compliance with...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Conservation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5523 on Democratic Republic of Congo: Conservation, what the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1034 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement, if he will provide a cost breakdown of the...

    • Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 70 on Defence: Recruitment, how many and what proportion of positions that were a job share role...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) average and (b) highest salary for press and public relations staff employed by his Department was in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department provides housing for Ministry of Defence Police officers.

      Army: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1042, if he will provide a list of attendees at the 15 November meeting with industry partners.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 703 on Defence: Procurement, what reforms of the acquisition system his Department has implemented.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2023 to Question 701 on Ajax Vehicles: Procurement, what cost increases there were at the (a) Bovington, (b)...

      Shipbuilding: Govan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2023 to Question 700 on Type 26 Frigates, what is the planned completion date of the new Shipbuilding Hall at Govan.

      Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2023 to Question 72 on Defence: Iron and Steel, what steps he is taking to encourage prime contractors to source...

      Defence Equipment: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many items of inventory were classified as unserviceable at the end of each year since 2019.

      Army: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2020 to Question 109376 on Army: Young People, how many complaints of violent behaviour by staff made by (a)...

      Armed Forces: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 71 on Defence: Training, how many and what proportion of the non-commissioned military recruits...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) RAF and (b) Government-funded commercial flights have taken off from Pakistan to bring individuals to the UK under the (i) Afghan...

      Ministry of Defence: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on temporary agency staff in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Army: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the survey on bullying, harassment, and discrimination undertaken by the Army Foundation College in 2020.

      Ministry of Defence: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 71 on Defence: Training, what steps he is taking to ensure that apprenticeship programmes align...

      Defence: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the proposed requirement to learn maths until 18 on the defence workforce.

      Ministry of Defence: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 71 on Defence: Training, how much his Department spent on the promotion of apprenticeships in his...

      Ministry of Defence: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff from his Department are based in India.

      Defence: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 71 on Defence: Training, how many apprentices were employed in (a) each English region, (b)...

      Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 70 on Defence: Recruitment, how much was spent on advertising defence civil service roles in (a)...

      Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 70 on Defence: Recruitment, what proportion of new employees in his Department were women in (a)...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on recruitment campaigns for the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force; and of this spending how much was on...

      Ministry of Defence: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many mental health specialists were employed by his Department in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reports were made by his Department to the Health and Safety Executive in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021, (d) 2022 and (e) 2023.

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department participated in a learning and development programme by staff grade in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on public affairs agencies in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) workforce requirement and (b) actual number of staff was for the Ministry of Defence Police in each year since 2010.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employment tribunals were brought by employees of their Department in the last 12 months.

    • Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to grant a further extension to the Ministerial Authorisation under the Equality Act 2010: Equality (arrangements for...

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applications for spousal visas were sponsored by a person earning less than £38,700 in the last 12 months.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list the total caseload for the probation service in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021, (d) 2022 and (e) 2023.

    • Prison Sentences: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people who were not UK nationals and were sentenced to an immediate custodial sentence had (a) zero, (b) one, (c) two,...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders were imprisoned (a) in total and (b) by offence type in each year since 2008.

      Crimes against the Person: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people convicted of assault in a domestic context who were charged with the offence of common assault...

      Suspended Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will provide specific examples of exceptional circumstances relating to the (a) offence and (b) offender under the proposed duty to impose...

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to invite representations from young people to help input their experiences into future transport policy.

    • Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of competition law on the viability of bus services in rural areas.

      Bicycles: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support young people purchase bicycles in Portsmouth South constituency.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to take steps to introduce legislative proposals to (a) phase out animal testing and (b) support...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to prohibit the re-testing...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing an expert advisory task force on non-animal scientific...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help reduce animal testing.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Respiratory Diseases: Intensive Care

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 16 October (HL10485), over what period they plan to maintain the strategic reserve of intensive care unit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches

      To ask His Majesty's Government, in agreeing sustainable fishing catch limits for 2024–26 with the EU, what consideration they have given to advice provided by the International Council for...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask His Majesty's Government why their response to the 2022 consultation on improved food waste reporting by large food businesses in England has been withdrawn, and when they expect to...

      Drinking Water: Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Drinking Water Inspectorate found that more than 11,000 samples had tested positive for perfluoroalkyl and...

      UK Internal Trade: Labelling

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding has been allocated for (1) 2023–24, and (2) 2024–25, to the scheme providing funding to businesses for "Not for EU" product...

      Fisheries: Sustainable Development

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish a timebound strategy to meet their legal obligation to aim that fishing occurs at sustainable levels.

      UK Internal Trade: Labelling

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether funding provided to businesses for "Not for EU" product labels will be ongoing mainstreamed funding or a one-off fund.

      Plants: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the plant health labelling scheme for Northern Ireland confers upon businesses all the rights available under the UK Plant Passport scheme.

      Plants: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the EU to enable consumers in Northern Ireland to receive plants and seeds directly from businesses in Great Britain.

      National Landscapes: Public Bodies

      To ask His Majesty's Government which body designates areas with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty status.

      National Landscapes: Surrey

      To ask His Majesty's Government why the Surrey Hills has lost its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status.

  • Treasury

    • Central Bank Digital Currencies: Bank of England

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks and benefits of introducing the digital pound, including on financial stability.

    • Rents: Inflation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address challenges that may arise from the new methodology for assessing rental prices in inflation data.

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorcycles: Death

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of motorcyclist fatalities.

    • Motorcycles: Protective Clothing

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the prevalence of motorcyclists failing to wear helmets, and its impact on motorcyclist fatalities.

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of the cancellation of the Northern Phase of HS2, as announced by the Prime Minister on 4 October.

      High Speed 2 Line: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether properties acquired as part of the cancelled Northern Phase of HS2 will be offered back to their original owners at the cost of acquisition, or placed for...

      High Speed 2 Line: Construction

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the cancellation of the Northern Phase of HS2, whether any damage caused to the countryside and environment by the workings of contractors will be...

      Transport: Young People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned into the economic impact of transport poverty for young people aged 16 to 24.

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the economic impact that rail worker strikes will have on affected businesses and individuals.

      Railways: Greater Manchester and Liverpool

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve railway connectivity between Liverpool and Manchester.

      North Wales Coast Line: Electrification

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the anticipated timetable for the electrification of the mainline railway connection between Crewe and Holyhead.

      Railways: Manchester Airport

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect a direct train service between Sheffield and Manchester Airport to be reinstated.

      Logistics: Employment

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 September (HL10119), whether they have made an assessment of the effectiveness of the...

      Bicycles: Sales

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of pedelecs sold in England in the past five years, and what steps they are taking to ensure that users can meet...

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to start recording official data on e-bike usage as part of the National Travel Survey.

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