Written answers

Monday, 29 January 2024

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Cars: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the policy to reduce the sale of (a) petrol and (b) diesel cars by 2030 on the...

    • UK Tradeshow Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the UK Tradeshow Programme.

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has sought legal advice on the potential implications of continued approval of arms export licences where (a) components and (b)...

      Horizon IT System: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many and what proportion of the Post Office Horizon Scandal GLO compensation claimants are represented by lawyers who have not signed up...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 3 October 2023 to Question 197591 on Defence: Buildings, what progress the Office for Government Property has made on...

    • Honours: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2023 to Question 1832 on Honours: Northern Ireland, if he will (a) make it his policy to (i) update the statues...

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to improve the functioning of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

      Public Sector: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department is taking steps to engage with the private sector to improve the cyber resilience of public services.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the European Union on potential amendments to the Windsor Framework to streamline the movement of goods between...

      Import Controls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of additional declarations that businesses will need to make following the implementation of the Border Target...

      Cabinet Office: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in his Department in each of the last two years.

      King Charles III: Art Works

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of requests to receive an official portrait of His Majesty The King by public authorities in (a)...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the National Security Council has received briefings on red-rated legacy computer systems used by Government departments in the last three years.

      King Charles III: Art Works

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) adopting the Australian policy of the constitutional right to a portrait of the Sovereign...

      Ministers: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Ministers (a) were entitled to participate and (b) took part in the programme of eight masterclasses for new Ministers in the last 12 months.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to provide (a) compensation and (b) interim payments to those who contracted Hepatitis B through infected blood.

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many requests for meetings on the infected blood inquiry and recommendations he has received from (a) victims, (b) organisations representing...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the (a) clinical, (b) legal and (c) care experts appointed to inform plans for delivering compensation to victims of the infected blood scandal are.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Scottish and Welsh governments on infected blood (a) compensation and (b) interim payments.

      Civil Servants: Veterans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral answer of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs of 18 January 2024, Official Report column 1012, what the evidential basis is...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many SMEs have hosted more than 10 apprentices at any one time in each month since April 2023.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of apprenticeship starts were in each of the 30 apprenticeship funding bands in the 2022-23 academic year.

      T-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which colleges provide T Level courses; and which T Level courses each college provides.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of apprentices on a 12-month apprenticeship in the 2021-2022 academic year completed their endpoint assessment (a) on the...

      Business: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage further and higher education providers to work with businesses to help meet local skills needs.

      Schools: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to tackle antisemitism in schools.

      Programme for International Student Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of PISA test scores.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on removing reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete from the school estate.

      Students: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department collects data on students who self-report (a) depression, (b) bad nerves and (c) anxiety.

      Pupils: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much ringfenced funding is available to local authorities to prevent school absence due to chronic health conditions.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to allow transgender people who are deceased to be legally remembered by the gender they lived by.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Syndactyly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department holds on the number of people with syndactyly that are in receipt of the Personal Independence Payment.

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has had discussions with the British Medical Association on preparatory work for legislation for the Work Capability Assessments.

      Shared Housing: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his department holds on the number and proportion of individuals in receipt of housing cost support at the shared accommodation rate...

      Occupational Health: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help ensure that disabled people who are (a) in work and (b) are seeking to return to work have access to...

      Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) PIP and (b) Employment and Support Allowance medical consultations.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of food banks operating (a) as of 23 January 2024 (b) in 2010.

      Universal Credit: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 9914 on Universal Credit: Farmers, whether he has made an assessment of the potential...

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page six of the NHS Employers publication entitled Government offer in principle for the NHS Agenda for Change workforce, published in...

    • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme on (a) small businesses, (b) investment and (c) job creation.

      Research: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in reducing R&D tax credit fraud.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on monthly car insurance premiums.

      Bank Services: Defence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of SMEs in the defence sector that have been denied (a) banking facilities and (b) other forms of...

      Research: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the advisory market to support businesses claiming R&D tax relief.

      Inland Border Facilities: Ashford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HMRC plans to take when the special development order expires for the operation of Sevington Internal Border Facility.

      Taxis: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of changes in VAT rates on private hire vehicles and minicab journeys on (a) driver earnings and (b)...

      Treasury: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 8948 on Treasury: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution and with reference to the Answer of 19 December...

      Treasury: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2024 to Question 8709 on Treasury: Electronic purchasing card solution, what the latest figure available is for the...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of his flight to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2024.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is taking steps to update the Analysis of the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline 2021, published in August 2021.

      Government: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many major infrastructure projects in the Government Major Projects Portfolio have (a) received final approval since April 2021 and (b) had their...

      Treasury: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Financial Services: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his planned timetable is for the publication of the consultation on the Green Taxonomy.

  • Department for Transport

    • London North Eastern Railway: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department was involved in the decision of LNER to introduce its Simpler Fares pilot scheme, as announced on 16 January 2024.

    • Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the number of services p-coded by each train operating company in each of the last 12 months.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to update his Department's publication entitled Rail network enhancements pipeline.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of people travelling by passenger rail from 2024 to (a) 2030, (b) 2040 and (c) 2050.

      Train Operating Companies: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on which train operating companies have engaged external contractors for revenue protection (a) on trains and...

      Darlington Station: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the £139 million investment in Darlington railway station on (a) Darlington and (b) the...

      Great Western Main Line: Railway Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on track faults on the Great Western Main Line.

      Railways: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the ability of the rail industry to respond to recent storm events.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies on Wi-Fi on trains.

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met with the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen to discuss industrial action on railways.

      Electric Scooters: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend e-scooter rental trials to more areas.

      Unadopted Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to adopt unadopted roads...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a standardised tender process for local authorities to install...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the electric vehicle (a) chargepoint and (b) infrastructure grant to include the...

      Roads: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is monitoring the adequacy of (a) pothole and (b) other road repairs by local authorities in the North East.

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of community transport schemes.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support local authorities to maintain bus services.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what circumstances DVLA drivers’ medical visual (a) field and (b) acuity testing will be administered free of charge.

      Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) rural and (b) cross-county border bus services.

  • Home Office

    • Vetting: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time for a DBS check is in (a) Canterbury constituency, (b) Kent and (c) England.

    • Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is planning an awareness campaign, on changes to UK-EU travel requirements associated with the EU’s (a)...

      Youth Mobility Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to seek bilateral Youth Mobility Scheme agreements with EU countries.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the application process for the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken with his (a) French and (b) other EU counterparts to prepare for implementation of the EU Entry/Exit System.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children seeking asylum were in Home Office hotel accommodation as of 24 January 2024.

      Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made with the Executive Office of Northern Ireland in establishing a grant agreement for the successor...

      Home Office: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Asylum: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure it is complying with relevant legislation on housing in multiple occupation in the context of...

      Migrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the draft Immigration (Health Charge) Amendment Order 2023, what his planned timetable is for the implementation of the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the clarity of the updated caseworker guidance for processing late applications for the EU Settlement...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of trends in the number of firefighters on average response times to fire and...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the most recent funding settlement for fire and rescue services on (a) recruitment...

      Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on steps to increase charge rates for serial perpetrators of (a) domestic abuse and...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal migrants are due to be rehoused from hotels to other forms of accommodation in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Romford...

      Asylum: Bibby Stockholm

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used for selecting people to be accommodated on the Bibby Stockholm.

      Brook House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data his Department holds on the (a) longest and (b) average length of time people are held in Brook House immigration removal centre.

      MOD Boscombe Down: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have visited Boscombe Down in the last 12 months.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military bases the UK maintained abroad in each year since 2015.

    • Navy: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of Royal Navy training exercises abandoned in each year since 2019.

      Aircraft Carriers: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there is a minimum number of vessels in a Royal Navy carrier battle group.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in how many international military training exercises UK personnel took part in each year since 2015.

      Air Force: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of RAF training exercises abandoned in each year since 2019.

      Army: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of Army training exercises abandoned in each year since 2019.

      Haythornthwaite Review of Armed Forces Incentivisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) budget and (b) spending was of the Independent review of UK Armed Forces incentivisation.

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) budget and (b) spending was of the Independent Review into the service and experience of LGBT veterans who served prior to 2000.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2024 to Question 9088 on Armed Forces Recruitment, and with refence to Army Jobs' recruitment collaboration with...

      Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Russian armed forces personnel (a) killed in action and (b) wounded in Ukraine since February 2022.

      Nuclear Weapons: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of nuclear weapons infrastructure.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 10351 on Armed Forces: Housing, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of military housing...

      Annington Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on buying back ownership of the Annington Homes estate.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of repair work in (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation in 2023.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide a breakdown of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation occupancy by rank.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of all scimitar combat reconnaissance vehicles that are no longer in active service.

      Defence Equipment & Support: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 48 of his Department's Defence Equipment and Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, published on 20 July 2023, what the...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 48 of his Department's Defence Equipment and Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, published on 20 July 2023, what the cost...

      Defence Equipment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 10 of the Integrated Review Refresh 2023, CP 811, published in March 2023, how much of the £560 million announced in...

      Trident Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on the Dreadnought programme.

      St Kilda: Firing Ranges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost of relocating the Deep Sea Range on St Kilda.

      St Kilda: Firing Ranges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid the National Trust for Scotland to lease St Kilda for the Deep Sea Range (a) in total and (b) in each year for which...

      Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on surveys to identify buildings on his Department's land in Scotland which may have been constructed with reinforced...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Libya: Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the United Nations and (b) UN agencies on the resumption of elections in Libya.

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of transferring sovereignty over the Chagos Islands to Mauritius...

      Egypt: Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the integrity of the democratic process for the 2023 presidential elections in Egypt.

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he plans to take to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has received recent representations on the UK’s membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Unitaid: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with UNITAID on funding for that organisation.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of third-party countries involvement on the duration of the...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has sought (a) internal and (b) external legal advice on the case brought against Israel at the...

      Houthis: Iran

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what estimate he has made of the number of missiles that have been provided to the Houthis by the Islamic Republic of...

      Libya: Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of Libya's climate vulnerability on peace and stability in that country.

      Middle East: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help prevent regional escalation in the Middle East.

      Gulf States: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, on how many occasions the Secretary of State has met their counterparts in the Gulf to discuss Yemen in each year since...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the UN Office for the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets her Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

    • UK Games Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of potential impact of the UK Games Fund on (a) employment, (b) investment, (c) studio formation and (d)...

      British Empire: Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has plans to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses her Department received to its letter of June 2023 to football league and competition organisers on guidance...

      Sports: Girls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase participation of young girls in competitive sports (a) at and (b) outside school.

      Future of Women's Football Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2024 to Question 10161 on Future of Women's Football Review, whether she plans to chair all...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there are medication shortages in the NHS; and if she will have discussions with the pharmaceutical industry on improving...

    • Measles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help encourage vaccine uptake for measles in (a) London and (b) England.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help improve the uptake of the HPV vaccine in schools.

      Health Professions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take legislative steps to align (a) standards and (b) fitness to practice processes across all healthcare profession regulators.

      Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the paper in Epidemiology and Infection 2023; 151: e160, entitled Haemolytic uraemic syndrome in children England,...

      Radiology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase the number of radiologists in cancer centres.

      Scoliosis: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing the Adams Bend test in schools.

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments and Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale for publishing (a) the UK National Screening Committee's review of evidence for screening and (b) updated guidance on...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department have taken to support the NHS to mitigate the impact of (a) flooding and (b) storms on the provision of healthcare.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that diabetes patients in (a) Scunthorpe and (b) England receive the eight...

      Maternity Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to (a) monitor the progress of and (b) evaluate maternity and neonatal safety improvement schemes.

      Diabetes: Drugs

      To ask Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the number of people with type 2 diabetes impacted by the GLP-1 shortage.

      Liver Diseases: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to support the detection of liver disease in Darlington constituency.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General during topical questions to the...

      Measles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate her Department has made of the number of measles cases in (a) London, (b) Wandsworth borough and (c) Putney constituency.

      Community Diagnostic Centres: Strangford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has had recent discussions with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on the installation of community...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190710 on Cancer: Screening, if she will publish (a) the NHS breast cancer...

      Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress her Department has made on drafting the Tobacco and Vapes Bill; and what steps she is taking to ensure that the Bill takes...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of prostate cancer deaths.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what targets her Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

      Pharmacy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many community pharmacies have closed in each of the last 5 years.

      Infant Foods: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of inflation on the cost of formula milk.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people registered for the first time with an NHS dentist in 2023.

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of reasons for the the rise in excess deaths since 2020.

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timetable is to respond to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether fluoride is added to the water supply anywhere in the UK.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many units of dental activity were (a) commissioned and (b) delivered in each integrated care board in each month since January 2017.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December to Question 4083 on Tobacco, whether he plans to publish the Office for Budget...

      Prescription Drugs: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing pharmacists to prescribe alternative medications if those prescribed...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS public health functions agreement 2023 to 2024 will include a ring-fence in financial directions.

      Pharmacy: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department is taking steps to increase pharmacy access to medical notes in the context of the provision of Pharmacy First...

      Pharmacy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has she made of the potential impact of local pharmacy closures on those pharmacies which remain open.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to support pharmacies seeking to provide Pharmacy First.

      Abiraterone: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS bodies have a role in the consideration of Abiraterone for inclusion in the drug repurposing programme for the treatment of...

      Heart Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help reduce the risk of cardiac arrest among young people.

      Dental Services: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential relationship between the availability of NHS dentistry appointments and patient...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Social Housing: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what information his Department holds on how many cases of social housing tenancy fraud there were in the London Borough...

    • Local Plans: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2024 to Question 8848 on Local Plans: St Albans, whether his Department has been...

      Park Homes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the report commissioned by his Department entitled The impact of a change in the maximum park...

      Social Rented Housing: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to address the shortage of social housing in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire, and (c) the...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Undocumented Migrants: Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal migrants living in council housing.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 9443 on Local Plans: Green Belt, what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Affordable Housing: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to review the (a) incentives available to and (b) constraints on the affordability of homes...

      Private Rented Housing: Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will introduce a low interest deposit scheme for people seeking entry-level rental accommodation in the private sector.

      Property Development: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what information his Department holds on whether Historic England has responded to the proposal to develop the Riverside...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to classify nuclear power as sustainable.

    • Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate she had made of the number of energy efficiency measures that will be delivered through the ECO4 scheme by...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many applications for new onshore wind farms have been submitted in the last year.

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of green deal mis-selling by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Limited.

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending incentives for communities to host onshore wind projects to (a)...

      Heat Pumps: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of taking steps to introduce a discount for domestic electricity use where...

      Heating: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of support provided to decarbonise heat in rural communities; and whether her...

      Offshore Industry: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the time taken by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for...

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with Ofgem on the criteria for the third cap and floor window for electricity interconnectors.

      Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of impact of the provisions in the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill on the environment.

      Regional Electricity Companies: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the ability of the electrical power companies to respond to recent storm events.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Action Alliance has made; and what representations the...

    • Sharks: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of each shark species have been landed in (a) UK ports and (b) abroad by UK vessels in each of the last five years.

      Sharks: Fishing Catches and Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total allowable catch level in English ports was for each shark species in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 1 December 2023 and (b) 8 January 2024 from the hon. Member for...

      Farmers: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to help support the mental health of farmers during the transition from the Basic Payment Scheme to...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether owners who register their dogs as an XL Bully type dog will be able to remove them from the register if they are...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Fifty-first Report of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 2022-23 on Tackling Defra’s...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets his Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

      Office for Environmental Protection

      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 report entitled Progress in...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what targets his Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on infected blood compensation payments.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the average length of referral orders in the last five years.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the UK Innovation Strategy, last updated on 14 November 2023, how many Prosperity Partnerships have been...

    • Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the UK Innovation Strategy, last updated on 14 November 2023, what progress she has made on establishing a...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing funding to the five successful researchers from the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many offenders were transferred from prisons in (1) England, and (2) Wales, to prisons in Northern Ireland in (a) 2021, and (b) 2022.

    • Prisons: Video Conferencing

      To ask His Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of prisons in England and Wales currently provide secure video calls for prisoners.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Universities

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the Office for National Statistics will conclude its review of the classification of universities in the National Accounts, first announced in January 2017.

    • Telegraph Media Group: RedBird Capital Partners

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate the proposed acquisition of the Telegraph Media Group by RedBird IMI under the National Security and Investment Act 2021.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Norway: Deep Sea Mining

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the recent decision by Norway to allow deep seabed mining, what position they will take on the issue at the 29th Session of the International Seabed...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Mining

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about strengthening and enforcing national laws regarding mining and...

      South Africa: Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much development assistance they have provided to South Africa over the past 10 years.

      Xinjiang: Human Rights

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with counterparts in other governments about taking action to impose targeted sanctions on Chinese officials involved in human...

      China: Taiwan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of tension between the governments of Taiwan and China following the presidential elections that took place in Taiwan...

      Guatemala: Elections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the findings of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Guatemala 2023 with regard to the conduct of the...

      Cyprus: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many British expats currently reside in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; and by how many this number has increased since 2004.

      Jimmy Lai

      To ask His Majesty's Government what support they are providing to those UK citizens names as co-conspirators in the trial of Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai.

      Nagorno Karabakh: Cultural Heritage

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protection of religious and cultural sites in Nagorno-Karabakh, and what representations they are making to the government of...

      Israel: Hezbollah

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking, together with international partners, to prevent an expansion of hostilities between the government of Israel and Hezbollah, following...

      Iraq: USA

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Iraq following the US military strike in Baghdad on 4 January, which the Pentagon reported...

      Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Committee of the Red Cross concerning securing access to Israeli hostages being held in Gaza.

      Gaza: Ceasefires

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to secure a ceasefire, and (2) to press for an investigation by the International Criminal Court of violations of international...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

  • Treasury

    • Housing: Prices

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of recent increases in average house prices.

    • London Stock Exchange: Brexit

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to undertake a study of the impacts to date of Brexit on the London Stock Exchange.

      Financial Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they consider that the Financial Ombudsman Service and Financial Services Compensation Scheme protections enacted under the Financial Services and...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Line: Old Oak Common Station

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 15 December 2023 (HL801), what are the sources of the “in vehicle” and...

    • Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in identifying a UK satellite-based augmentation system to replace the functionality of the European Geostationary Navigation...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in achieving their target for motorway stations to have six rapid or ultra-rapid chargers by the end of 2023; and when they...

      Stansted Airport: Air Routes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Manchester Airports Group regarding its ambition to develop new long-haul airline routes from Stansted airport as a means...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor and ensure that the National Highways meets its legal duty to ensure its land is kept clear of litter under sections 89(1)...

      High Speed 2 Line: Old Oak Common Station

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower of 22 November (HL338), what assessment they have made of expected journey times between Old Oak Common...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming: Closures

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many adult gaming centres have ceased trading during the past 12 months.

    • Lighting: Natural Gas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Westminster Council over providing listed status for any gas lamps that are currently not listed.

      Gambling: Retail Trade

      To ask His Majesty's Government what training is provided to retailers regarding the gambling risks associated with the National Lottery and other lottery products.

      Telegraph Media Group: RedBird Capital Partners

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, following the letter from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to RedBird IMI, dated 22 November 2023, to reconsider the...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Sub Post Offices: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many sub-postmasters have been referred for prosecution for issues relating to the Horizon software.

    • Deep Sea Mining: Norway

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Norway to become the first country in the world to commence commercial deep seabed mining and the impact on...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children: Rochdale

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the report by Malcolm Newsam and Gary Ridgeway Independent assurance review into historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rochdale, published...

    • Bibby Stockholm: Standards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking to (1) improve the mental and physical health of asylum seekers on the Bibby Stockholm barge, following the death of Leonard...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Local Government: Bankruptcy

      To ask His Majesty's Government what financial support they are providing to local councils at risk of receiving section 114 notices within the next five years.

    • Allotments: Food

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage local authorities to increase the amount of land made available for food allotments in England.

      Freehold: Accountability

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure freeholders are held to account for essential services provided to leaseholders.

      High Rise Flats: Electrical Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers from Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 26 June (HL8412, HL8413 and HL8414), when they expect the Building Safety Regulator will...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recruitment and retention figures for the armed forces in year 2022–23; and what steps they are taking to reverse any...

    • Military Aircraft: Crew

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many fast jet pilots chose to apply for premature voluntary release in each of the past 10 years.

      Military Aircraft: Crew

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many fully trained fast jet pilots the RAF had in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Employment: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of jobs that will be replaced by artificial intelligence between 2024 and 2030.

    • Artificial Intelligence

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to their plans to publish a series of tests that need to be met to pass new laws on artificial intelligence, what steps they are taking to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Self-employed: Health and Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the application of health and safety legislation to those who work freelance and as contractors.

    • Film and Television: Health and Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidance has been issued to the film and television industry regarding the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

      Film and Television: Health and Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what requirements are in place to ensure health and safety risk assessments are maintained in the film and television industry.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Bombings: Omagh

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the government of Ireland regarding the possibility of that government establishing a public inquiry into the Omagh bombing of...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many written meeting requests relating to his ministerial responsibilities the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland received in 2023; how many were granted;...

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