Written answers

Thursday, 25 January 2024

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that individuals living overseas whose former UK address no longer exists...

    • Floods: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will review the fairness of the eligibility criteria for the activation of the Storm Henk Flood Recovery Framework...

      Local Government: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the level of interest rates on local authority debt repayments.

      Grenfell Tower Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support the survivors and families of the Grenfell Tower fire throughout the...

      Freeports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's online guidance on Freeports, last updated on 6 December 2023, whether (a) HMRC and (b)...

      Rents: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an estimate of the number of applications under the Section 13 process in the Renters Reform Bill in...

      Council Housing: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had recent discussions with the London Borough of Havering on tackling mould in council accommodation in...

      Disadvantaged: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce deprivation in the North East.

      Investment Zones: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic impact of the South Yorkshire Investment Zone on Rother Valley...

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that private car park operators (a) display clear signage, (b) impose...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, it he will take steps to work with relevant authorities to ensure that new housing developments prioritise domestic...

      Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to maintain funding for projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Northern...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he has taken to encourage local authorities to spend the levelling up funding that they have been allocated.

      Overcrowding: Bolton South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to tackle overcrowding in Bolton South East constituency.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effectiveness of the Disabled Facilities Grant.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to help improve the efficiency of social housing construction.

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to encourage uptake of shared ownership properties.

      Housing: Electricity and Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to require new developments to use (a) electric and (b) renewable energy.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many Afghan refugees are (a) registered as homeless and (b) accommodated in temporary local authority accommodation.

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans his Department has to tackle youth homelessness.

      Homelessness: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential impact of the change to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pupils: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average height was for state school pupils in (a) reception and (b) year six in each academic year since 2005-06 in England;...

    • General Practitioners: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of GP appointments were held face-to-face in West Yorkshire in (a) 2019 and (b) 2023.

      Mental Health Services: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure women have accessible provision to (a) drug and alcohol and (b) mental health services.

      Triamcinolone Hexacetonide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to (a) increase stocks and (b) prevent shortages of triamcinolone hexacetonide injections.

      Oral Cancer: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the early detection of mouth cancer in the North East.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Major Conditions Strategy provides a care and treatment pathway for patients living with (a)...

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will undertake a review of consistency in the use of NHS protected job titles.

      Tourette's Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to increase funding for (a) research into the causes of and (b) treatments for Tourette’s syndrome.

      Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department plans to take to improve early diagnosis rates for prostate cancer.

      Pregnancy: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 17 January 2024 on Women’s Health Strategy update, HCWS192, whether the National...

      Sunscreens: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made with the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the potential impact of removing VAT from factor 30+...

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to increase the availability of the shingles vaccine.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Mental Health Bill will have provisions to help tackle loneliness.

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (a) claims and (b) mandatory reversals were successful in each year between...

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was between submissions and decisions by the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme for (a) general claims and (b)...

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of diagnostic hubs in diagnosing dementia in West Yorkshire.

      Social Services: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase staff (a) recruitment and (b) retention in the adult social care sector.

      Primary Health Care: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of enabling pharmacists to undertake (a) blood tests and (b) ECGs as part of the...

      Mental Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the General Medical Council on the provision of mental health support for patients who have sought a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Mental Health Services: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to provide women and girls with trauma-informed preventative care through the criminal justice system.

    • Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of sick days taken by probation officers in 2023.

      Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the number of vacancies per region in the probation service at the end of 2023.

      Courts: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of helping people travelling from Blackpool to the court complex in Preston.

      Ministry of Justice: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many equalities impact assessments his Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      First-tier Tribunal: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were (a) submitted to and (b) completed by the residential property division of the First-Tier Tribunal in each of the last five years.

      Divorce: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which Ministers are responsible for reviewing the (a) law and (b) practice relating to the provision of support for children whose parents separate or...

      Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of probation officers with more than four years service that resigned from the probation service in 2023.

      Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the number of probation officers per grade that left the probation service in (a) 2023 and (b) 2022.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • King's Guards: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is taking steps to end the use of real bear fur for the King’s Guards' caps.

    • Ministry of Defence: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of consultancy spending for his Department's Main Building for (a) 2023/24 and (b) 2024/25.

      HMS Bangor and HMS Chiddingfold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of remedial works to (a) HMS Bangor and (b) HMS Chiddingfold.

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) was the original and (b) is the current out of service date for the BOWMAN tactical radio system as of 17 January 2023.

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 9747 on RFA Fort Victoria, how long the planned maintenance period for RFA Fort Victoria is.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many single living accommodation bed spaces his Department owns as of 16 January 2024; and of those, how many and what proportion are located in the UK.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out-of-service date is for the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers.

      Military Bases: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 9932 on Military Bases: Heating, how many and what proportion of those incidents were resolved...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) target and (b) actual intake of recruits at the (i) Army Foundation College, (ii) Infantry Training Centre and (iii) Army Training Centre...

      Military Bases: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK assets in Bahrain have assisted (a) UK and (b) US airstrikes in Yemen since 11 January 2024.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of transferring sovereignty over the Chagos Islands to Mauritius on the US contribution to the...

      Red Sea: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 9726 on Red Sea: Shipping, whether he had discussions with his international counterparts on the...

      Ministry of Defence: P&O Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1933 on Ministry of Defence: P&O Ferries, if he will list the payments over £500 made...

      Military Police and Service Prosecuting Authority: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the next inspection of the (a) Service Police and (b) Service Prosecuting Authority by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate is.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of army recruits from (a) Black,(b) Asian and (c) minority ethnic backgrounds complete their Phase (i) 1 and (ii) 2 training.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 9087 on Armed Forces: Recruitment. when the (a) Minister for Armed Forces and (b) Minister for...

      Army Foundation College: Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints of racially aggravated abuse at the Army Foundation College have been registered on the Army’s JPA system in the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many equalities impact assessments his Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned out of service date is for (a) HMS Albion and (b) HMS Bulwark.

      Royal Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Royal Air Force spent on recruitment (a) campaigns and (b) other initiatives to help increase the diversity of its workforce in (i) 2020...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the letter deposited in the House of Commons, committed on 27 December 2023, paper reference DEP2024-0002, for what reason the sum of...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army personnel there have been on average in each year since 2000.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to increase the presence of Royal Air Force assets at RAF Akrotiri.

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he plans to take to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghans are accommodated in (a) camps and (b) other sites operated by his Department.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4547 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many calls related to (a) damp and (b) mould in armed forces...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2022 to Question 1550 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many pest control requests in Service Family Accommodation there...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints relating to single living accommodation were reported to his Department in each year since 2010; and how many complaints relating to...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January to Question 9933 on Armed Forces: Housing, if he will provide a regional breakdown for the figures provided.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the use of RAF airfields by private planes.

      Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 3 October 2023 to Question 197591 on Defence: Buildings, when his Department commissioned surveys on buildings that may...

      Peace Keeping Operations: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he plans to have with his European counterparts on preparing for potential Russian aggression in Europe in the next five years.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of each of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Construction: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on recruitment in the construction sector.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of (a) Houthi attacks in the Red Sea and (b) the redirection of ships around the Cape of Good Hope...

      Overseas Trade: Saudi Arabia

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

      Exports: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to boost exports to Germany in the last two years.

      Employment: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing paid fertility treatment leave.

      Horizon IT System: Dewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many people in Dewsbury constituency were victims of the Horizon programme failures; and what steps are being taken to compensate them.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of strengthening the enforcement powers of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

      Zero Hours Contracts: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of zero-hours contracts in Newport West constituency.

      Simon Blagden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether Simon Blagden's status as a Conservative Party donor was taken into account as part of the appointment process for his roles at (a)...

      Exports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Ireland in the last two years.

      Exports: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment has she made of the potential barriers to exporting for businesses based in Newport West constituency.

      Horizon IT System: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with the Board of the Post Office on the provision of financial evidence to claimants of the Horizon...

      Employment: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help increase (a) levels of manufacturing and (b) the number of jobs in Rother Valley.

  • Home Office

    • Women: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State the Home Department, if his Department will (a) develop a definition of trauma-informed in relation to the delivery of public services to (i) women and (ii) girls...

    • Domestic Abuse: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help protect victims of domestic abuse in Newport West.

      LGBT+ People: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Law Commission report Hate crime laws: Final report, HC 942, published in December...

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to work with relevant authorities to tackle violent crime against retail workers in (i) England and (ii) Romford...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to work with relevant authorities to tackle knife (a) possession and (b) crime among youth in (i) England and (ii)...

      Anti-social Behaviour: Dewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Dewsbury constituency.

      Anti-social Behaviour: Newport West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in Newport West constituency.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter sent by the hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth to the Minister for Immigration on 7 November...

      Biometric Residence Permits: Uk Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many holders of physical biometric residence permits have been given access to an online UK Visas and Immigration account.

      Asylum: LGBT+ People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the conformity of adding India to the list of Safe States with the duties laid out in section 80AA(4)...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of Afghan refugees arrived in the UK (a) from Pakistan and (b) by other routes in each month since November 2023.

      Biometric Residence Permits: Uk Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his target is for the number of online UK Visas and Immigration accounts to be registered for holders of physical biometric residence...

      Hong Kong: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will hold discussions with (a) HSBC and (b) Standard Chartered on taking steps to publish all communications between their...

      Protective Security for Mosques Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications he has received under the Protective Security for Mosques Scheme as of 17 January 2024, by region.

      Protective Security for Mosques Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations his Department consulted when establishing the Protective Security for Mosques Scheme.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to assess pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities who are unable to respond to existing test...

    • Children: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to provide support for children with auditory impairments in schools.

      Students: Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of a Basic Student Income.

      Pupil Exclusions: Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children prescribed Elvanse who are (a) currently without medication and (b) excluded from school due to...

      Literacy and Numeracy: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative estimate she has made of levels of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy with European countries in the last five years.

      Department for Education: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • India: Deportation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether an Indian Police Service officer was expelled from London in 2023.

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the former Department for International Development worked on conflict...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help prevent regional conflict following strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

      Deportation: India

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether an Indian Research and Analysis Wing agent was expelled from London in 2023.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the (a) displaced farmers and (b) seizure of...

      Indo-Pacific Region and Christianity

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, when his Department plans to respond to the Eighth Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Session 2022-23 on...

      China: Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he has taken to collaborate with the People’s Republic of China on climate change.

      Australia: Antisemitism

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of changes in the level of antisemitism in Australia...

      Armenia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the potential for international negotiations to support peace in Armenia.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Azerbaijan on that country's dispute with Armenia; and...

      Africa: Development Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the former Department for International Development worked on overseas...

      Commonwealth Day

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what his Department’s plans are for promoting the celebration of Commonwealth Day 2024 across the United Kingdom.

      Food and Agriculture Organization

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2024 to Question 7384 on Food and Agriculture Organisation, what steps his...

      Nigeria: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people killed in attacks in the north-central Plateau state in...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Somaliland

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

      Somaliland: Recognition of States

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will publish conditions for contact with the Government of the Republic of Somaliland on the formal recognition...

      Ethiopia: Somaliland

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of (a) the Ethiopia-Somaliland memorandum of...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the civil war in Sudan on regional stability.

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his counterparts (a) in Somalia and (b) internationally on de-escalating tensions in...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the political situation in Somalia on peace in the region.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his counterparts (a) in Sudan and (b) internationally on de-escalating tensions in Sudan.

      India: Sikhs

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on allegations of intimidation against British Sikhs by agents...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the transparency data entitled DCMS: Ministerial hospitality, 1 July to 30 September 2023, published on 15 December...

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the transparency data entitled DCMS: Ministerial travel, 1 July to 30 September 2023, published on 15 December 2023,...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on tackling loneliness.

      Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department have made an assessment of the viability of the United Kingdom hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Employment: Fertility

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of fertility treatment on workplace rights for LGBT families.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to respond to the letters dated (a) 13 November and (b) 13 December 2023 from the hon. Member from Weston-super-Mare on behalf of a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made on the number of beekeepers.

    • Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress he has made on meeting his environmental targets.

      Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release entitled Sale of horticultural peat to be banned in move to protect England’s...

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the spread of ash dieback.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many equalities impact assessments his Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department’s publication, DWP’s ministerial overseas travel, July to September 2023, published on 14...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many equalities impact assessments his Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that the payment of Universal Credit is adjusted in 2024 to take into account the...

      Jobcentres: Gower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department holds on the number of job centre clients that have been assisted by an armed forces champion in the Gower...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals against Personal Independence Payment decisions were lapsed by her Department in each of the last five years.

      Disability: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support people with hidden disabilities.

      Social Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of social housing tenants in rent arrears due to 53 rent payment weeks in 2024.

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of compensating women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension age...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the reasons for Personal Independence Payment decisions being overturned at mandatory...

      Personal Independence Payment: Syndactyly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are claiming PIP for disability related to syndactyly.

      Social Security Benefits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of disregarding in full compensation awarded to wounded service people and veterans...

      Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants died after their claims were denied for (a) Employment Support Allowance and (b) Universal Credit in 2023.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) economic inactivity rate, (b) employment rate and (c) unemployment rate was for people aged 16 to 24 in the period between...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the letter of 4 August, 2023 from the hon. Member for Stockport on behalf of a constituent, reference NM21431, on...

      Universal Credit: Gower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2024 to Question 9262 on Universal Credit: Gower, how many universal credit recipients were subject to...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Electricity Interconnectors: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what is Ofgem's estimated cost of the Sealink HVDC project.

    • Boiler Upgrade Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the cost to the public purse was of the boiler upgrade scheme in the last 12 months for which data is available.

      Energy: Standing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will encourage energy companies to reduce standing charges on (a) electricity and (b) gas.

      Park Homes: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to support park home residents with energy costs.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to review the Contracts for Difference scheme.

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance Contributions: Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2023 to Question 6933 on National Insurance Contributions: Software, whether an updated version of HMRC’s Basic...

    • Individual Savings Accounts: Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to introduce a new help-to-buy ISA.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a price cap on insurance premiums for elderly drivers.

      Pensions: Hong Kong

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to (a) HSBC and (b) other UK-based pension providers to accept early withdrawal requests from Hong Kongers on the British...

      Music and Theatre: Tickets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the potential impact of increases in the cost of (a) live music and (b) theatre tickets in the last 12 months on inflation.

      Money laundering and terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's planned timescale is for publishing the outcome of its consultation entitled Reforming anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism...

      Plastics: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC's consultation on Plastic Packaging Tax - chemical recycling and adoption of a mass balance approach, published on 18 July 2023,...

      Cycle to Work Scheme: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2023 to Question 260 on Cycle to Work Scheme: Fees and Charges, what assessment his Department has made of the impact...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his oral answer of 19 December 2023 on Reducing Taxes, Official Report, Column 1220, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Halton.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the economic output of (a) Rother Valley constituency (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK in each year since 1994.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 40c of the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, whether the new West Yorkshire mass transit...

    • Railways: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions have taken place between his Department, Royal Mail Group Ltd, and rolling stock leasing companies on future rail freight capacity...

      Avanti West Coast: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with Avanti West Coast on their internal communications strategy since 10 January 2024.

      Train Operating Companies: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department provided in operating subsidies to each train operating company in each year since 2010.

      Public Transport: Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to provide funding for the (a) development and (b) implementation of driverless (i) underground trains, (ii)...

      Menston Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Access For All works at Menston railway station will be completed.

      Railways: Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has met with his Swiss counterparts regarding the proposed train link between London St. Pancras and Basel.

      Railways: Stone (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of passengers that have passed through Stone, Staffordshire on trains since 2009.

      Roads: Ely

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Ely Junction upgrade scheme has entered the Road Improvement Strategy (a) programme and (b) development stage; whether formal approvals...

      Railway Stations: Ferryhill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 25 of the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, whether the reference to the reopening of Beeching...

      Railways: Burton and Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 25 of the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, whether the reference to the reopening of Beeching...

      Avanti West Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with Avanti West Coast on the reported content of an internal presentation referencing (a) the receipt of funds from...

      Railways: Stocksbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 25 paragraph G of the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, whether the reference to Stocksbridge...

      Railways: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 25 paragraph G of the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, whether he plans for Waverley to be a...

      Railways: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the extent to which plans for the new West Yorkshire mass transit system referenced on page 25 of the policy paper...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish a formal response to the Pathway to net zero aviation: Developing the UK sustainable aviation fuel mandate...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release entitled New measures to support sustainable aviation fuel industry, published 4 September 2023, how...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made towards its aim of having at least five sustainable aviation fuel plants in production by 2025.

      Shipping: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with the Isle of Man Government on employment practices on Isle of Man Steam Packet Company passenger ships...

      Shipping: North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) supervision there is and (b) checks there are of operators and vessels transporting North Sea oil for refining.

      Shipping: North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish data held by his Department on the ownership and flag status of ships transporting (a) Forties Pipeline oil and (b) UK North Sea...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to help increase access to public transport for people who (a) unemployed, (b) have a low household income and (c) cannot drive.

      Department for Transport: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many equalities impact assessments his Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are accessible to disabled motorists.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to help increase accessibility of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

      Roads: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department holds information on external assessments made of the potential impact of the construction of the North West Relief Road on...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of car insurers on the affordability of car insurance renewals for older drivers.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference his Department's consultation on Pavement parking: options for change, which closed on 22 November 2020, when he plans to publish his...

      Driving Licences: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to include (a) information on and (b) opt-in forms for (i) organ, (ii) stem cell and (iii) blood donation with DVLA...

      Roads: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, whether the 10 new smaller Midlands road projects have entered...

      A38: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) completion date of the proposed A38 Somerset road improvement scheme.

      A10: Ely

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the A10 Ely-Cambridge improvement scheme has entered the Road Improvement Strategy (a) programme and (b) development stage; whether formal...

      A75: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the A75 upgrade programme has entered the Road Improvement Strategy (a) programme and (b) development stage; whether formal approvals have...

      A75: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the (a) total cost and (b) completion date of the proposed A75 upgrade programme.

  • Wales Office

    • Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the terms of reference of the Tata Steel and Port Talbot Transition Board.

    • Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the minutes of future meetings of the Tata Steel and Port Talbot Transition Board.

      Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the minutes of the Tata Steel and Port Talbot Transition Board meetings in (a) October and (b) November 2023.

      Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the Tata Steel and Port Talbot Transition Board has met monthly.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Equality

      To ask the Attorney General, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to update the Digital Inclusion Strategy, published 4 December 2014.

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 3807 on Innovation, if he will provide a more precise date for the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Crime

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, aged (a) 15 to 17, (b) 18 to 20, (c) 21 to 24, (d) 25 to 29, (e) 30 to 39, (f) 40 to 49, (g) 50 to 59, (h) 60 to 69, (i) 70 to...

    • Prisoners' Release: Health

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prisoners serving (1) determinate, and (2) indeterminate, sentences have been granted compassionate release from prison on the grounds of ill-health in...

      Prisons: Young Offenders

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion of, prisons holding young adults are (1) using the HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) maturity screening tool, and (2)...

      Young Offenders: Life Imprisonment

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, prisoners who were aged 25 years or younger at the time of sentencing, were serving a life sentence in custody with a tariff of...

      Offenders: Care Leavers

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will provide a timetable for updating the HM Prisons and Probation Service Strategy for Care-Experienced People; and whether this will include a...

      Mother and Baby Units

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many mothers and babies residing in a prison Mother and Baby Unit were separated upon the child reaching 18 months of age in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the (1) mean, and (2) median, number of months that prisoners serving an extended determinate sentence spent in prison beyond their parole eligibility...

      Post Office: Private Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the power of the Post Office to bring private prosecutions.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Legislation: Reviews

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake post-legislative review of (1) the Business and Planning Act 2020, (2) the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, (3) the...

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to strengthen the UK's advantages as a location for manufacturing operations.

      Carillion: KPMG

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much the Treasury has received in fines from KPMG for audit failures at Carillion, and what consideration they have given to using these to support...

      Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to adapt the process under section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 for when third-party states accede to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Energy Bills Discount Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government which specific provisions of the Windsor Framework and UK legislation required the European Commission to give state aid approval for the Energy Business Discount...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they have given to introducing a temporary suspension of Air Passenger Duty to support the competitive position of UK airports.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) international humanitarian law is upheld in Gaza, and (2) civilians are protected there.

    • Armenia: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the safety of the Armenian community in Jerusalem.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to educate assessors of disability benefits, including commissioned assessment services, about chronic inflammatory conditions such as...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many new pitches, as opposed to the refurbishment of existing pitches, were funded by the Affordable Homes Programme since its inception, excluding any funded...

  • Department for Transport

    • Batteries: Fires

      To ask His Majesty's Government what measures (1) train operators, and (2) ferry operators, have to deal with fires caused by batteries in electric vehicles while in transit.

    • Cycling and Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many pedestrians received treatment for injuries caused by bicycle collisions in each year from 2010 to 2023.

      Aviation: Weather

      To ask His Majesty's Government what statistical analysis they have undertaken of delays and cancellations of flights caused by adverse weather since aircraft pilots have been unable to use the...

      Airports: Public Places

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether there have been any recent changes to legislation that mean airfields are considered as public places for the purposes of the insurance requirements within...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking against energy suppliers who issue exaggerated gas and electricity back-bills where the calculation is based on (1)...

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that energy suppliers may collude with landlords in a way which is detrimental to tenants, and what steps they are...

      Heat Pumps

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans (1) to accelerate the uptake of heat pump installations and support jobs and skills in this sector, and (2) to increase the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • River Thames: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the measures in place to address flooding of the River Thames and to alleviate the damage it causes to so many.

    • Water Treatment: Monitoring

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the requirement set for companies by the Environment Agency that new flow monitors be installed on wastewater treatment works, what update can they...

      Disease Control: Disposable Wipes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about the extent of the use of wet wipe products containing plastics in infection prevention and control practices undertaken in...

      River Thames: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of (1) improved water flow at the Sunbury lock weir system, and (2) increased river volume capacity that...

      Floods

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the potential negative effects of adverse weather conditions impacting homes and businesses this week.

  • Department for Education

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Universities: Technology

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of universities in supporting the development of public policy on artificial intelligence and other new technologies.

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