Written answers

Tuesday, 30 January 2024

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Georgeham

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what funding is available for Georgeham Parish Council to apply for to repair the parish church grounds and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regiments were active in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Marines in each year since 2010.

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) infantry, (b) artillery, (c) armoured and (d) support battalions there were in the Army on 1 January in each of the last eight years.

      Armed Forces: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were waiting for dental care as of 25 January 2024, broken down by service.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veteran ID cards have been delivered to veterans in each month since January 2023.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to introduce a national protocol to provide consistent access to public services for Armed Forces families not based in one location.

      Ammunition: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of each ammunition type was lost from his Department's facilities in each year since 2015.

      Military Exercises: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained during training exercises in the UK in each year since 2010.

      Defence Equipment: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of all (a) vehicles and (b) heavy weapons that have been reported missing from his Department's facilities in each year since 2015.

      Lasers: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the DE&S press release entitled DE&S negotiate contracts to put lasers in hands of British Army and Royal Navy, published on...

      Typhoon Aircraft: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of the development of the Striker II helmet for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      Typhoon Aircraft: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the in service date is for the ECRS Mk2 radar for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      Type 83 Destroyers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the in service date is for the (a) Type 83 and (b) Future Air Dominance System.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department’s news story entitled Navy Missile System used to destroy Red Sea drones to be upgraded, published on 21 January...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Decommissioning

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

      HMS Bangor and HMS Chiddingfold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on operations of the collision of HMS Bangor and HMS Chiddingfold.

      Typhoon Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the Large Area Display for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      Lasers: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department’s news story entitled Advanced future military laser achieves UK first, published on 19 January 2024, what the...

      Armed Forces: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on reducing emissions in the armed forces since 2019.

      Armed Conflict: Houthis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential risk of Houthis (a) shooting down RAF Typhoons and (b) capturing British pilots.

      NATO Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with his NATO counterparts on the expansion of the number of enhanced opportunities partners since February 2022.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 February 2016 to Question 27158 on Radioactive Materials: Transport, how many flights were undertaken between the...

  • Home Office

    • Elections: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Defending Democracy Taskforce is taking to reduce the potential threat of artificial intelligence generated deepfakes being...

    • Hate Crime

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

      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of proscribing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on national security.

      Terrorism: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Victims of Terrorism Unit (a) completed its review into the support package provided to victims of terrorism and (b) made a draft...

      Counter-terrorism: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were referred to the Prevent programme in each year since 2015.

      Terrorism: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrested for terrorism-related activity have been released under investigation in each year since 2014.

      Visas: Hospitality Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of (a) businesses and (b) workers in the hospitality sector that will be affected...

      Seasonal Workers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2024 to Question 9608 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, what steps his Department has taken to...

      Migrant Workers: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2024 to Question 9608, what steps he is taking to improve conditions for migrant workers on the...

      Asylum: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data his Department holds on the average length of time asylum seekers were accommodated in (a) hostels and (b) hotels until a decision...

      Grenfell Tower Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report entitled Progress against the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations, published on 29 June 2023, if he...

      Asylum: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of (a) self-harm, (b) depression and (c) suicidal ideation have been reported by people living in government-provided asylum...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers per capita of the general population are accommodated in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Asylum: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers there are in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland by ethnic group as of 25 January 2024.

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 25 November 2022 to Question 93420, 1 December 2022 to Question 97406 and 19 October 2023 to Question 203428, by...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of asylum seekers that were affected by (a) mould and (b) other damp conditions in (i)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Autism: Community Care and Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the cost of (a) confining autistic adults in mental health hospitals and (b) meeting needs in the community.

    • Coronavirus: Drugs and Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance by NICE entitled Covid-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the...

      Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans she has to update the Building the Right Support action plan.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with pharmaceutical companies on making the Covid vaccine commercially available.

      Autism: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the (a) implementation of the Care Act 2014 for autistic adults and (b) extent to which...

      Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2023 to Question 202692 on Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care, what the allocation was...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the current waiting times for CAMHS for children in (a) Darlington, (b) the North East and (c) England;...

      GP Surgeries: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many approvals of open market rent for new GP surgeries have been issued by District Valuers in each of the last five years for which...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is her Department's policy to ban the promotion and advertisement of vaping products (a) in sports venues and (b) on sports kits.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of NHS blood donation appointments that have been cancelled due to staff shortages in...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the resources provided to the Food Standards Agency to assess food safety applications.

      Pharmacy: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of pharmacies contracted to be open for 100 hours a week in Northumberland in 2019.

      Dentistry: Burton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase the capacity of NHS dentists in Burton and Uttoxeter.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help tackle the sale of illegal vapes.

      Dental Services: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Units of Dental Activity have been delivered in Darlington Constituency in each year since 2006; and what the cost of that...

      Meat Products: Preservatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of lowering the legal limits on nitrites in processed meat products on...

      Transplant Surgery: South Holland and the Deepings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of people who have received organ transplants in South Holland and The Deepings...

      Health Services: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of providing language translators in (a) hospitals and (b) health centres in each year since 2010.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the removal of NHS public health functions agreement ring-fence funding on...

      Paxlovid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for Paxlovid to include people who are...

      Cancer and Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister in her Department is responsible for delivery of (a) cancer screening programmes and (b) the NHS public health Section 7A...

      Community Diagnostic Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of diagnostic tests that were carried out at community diagnostic centres since October 2021.

      Community Diagnostic Centres: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, What discussions she has had with (a) NHS England and (b) Integrated care boards on using Community Diagnostic Centres to reduce health...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on the use of (a) Lecanemab and (b) Donanemab in the...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timetable is to ensure free NHS car parking for those with greatest need.

      Liver Diseases: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the rate of liver disease in (a) Darlington constituency and b) the North East.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January to Question 10306 on Cervical Cancer: Health Education, if she will make it her policy to provide...

      Radiology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many radiology appointments were delayed due to staff shortages in each of the last 12 months.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to ensure that funding provided by her Department for research into dementia is allocated on the basis of whether...

      Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with NHS England about reducing waiting times for children and young people’s access to (a) community...

      Autism: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure the national allocation of funding for adult social care reflects (a) the number of autistic adults...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timetable is for informing children's hospices of the (a) timeframe and (b) process for distribution of the children's...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the report by Together for Short Lives entitled The deep disparity...

      Social Work: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to tackle social work workforce (a) shortages and (b) recruitment.

      Carers: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled The Impact of Care Act Easements published by the University of Manchester and the NIHR Older...

      Mental Health Services: Civil Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to support voluntary sector providers of mental health services.

      Maternity Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many maternity support workers there were in the NHS in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of advice received on Israel's compliance...

    • Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will publish legal advice received by the Government relating to the conflict in Gaza.

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent progress his Department has made on meeting the commitments made at the Oslo Conference for Protecting...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of arranging for Palestinians in Gaza who...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the policy paper entitled International development in a contested world: ending extreme poverty and...

      France: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the Answer of 24 October 2023 to Question 203456 on France: Foreign Relations, what recent steps his...

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in Azerbaijan on its proposal for a corridor through Armenia.

      Papua: Official Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his Indonesian counterpart on authorising a visit to West Papua by (a) the UN High...

      Taiwan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his international counterparts on tackling AI-generated misinformation reportedly...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, to ask the secretary of state for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development affairs, whether his Department has taken steps...

      Ramzi Abu Sahloul

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the fatal shooting of Ramzi Abu Sahlool.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what legal advice he has received on the risk that UK manufactured (a) arms and (b) components have been used during...

      Commonwealth: Non-aligned Movement

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had on the forthcoming Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Kampala with the Secretary General...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Pauses

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make representations to his Israeli counterpart on implementing a new humanitarian pause in the conflict in Gaza.

      Ukraine: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart on religious freedom in the context of the...

      Hamas: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help secure the release of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

      Armed Conflict: Gender Based Violence

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle violence against women and girls in conflict zones.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of levels of international support for South Africa's...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) support his Department provides to and (b) safeguarding measures are in place within the welfare system for people assessed to be at...

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations and Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential mental health impact of (a) disability tests and (b) sanctions.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who determines whether a paper presented to the Universal Credit Programme Board is a below the line item and therefore not automatically...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2023 to Question 7225 on Personal Independence Payment: Appeals, if he will publish the (a) number and...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2024 to Question 7902 on Social Security Benefits: Disability, if she will provide a breakdown of those...

      Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of claims for (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment and support allowance...

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support women who are physically unable to work to state pension age.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government's consultation entitled Child Maintenance: Improving our enforcement powers through the commencement of...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's publication entitled DWP's ministerial meetings, July to September 2023, published on 14 December 2023, if...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 9806 on Fraud, for what reason his Department forecasts that fraudulent behaviour will...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the Financial Assistance Scheme for individuals who lost occupational pensions because...

      Financial Assistance Scheme: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support recipients of the Financial Assistance Scheme with the cost of living.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on the introduction of indexation for inflation for the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has had recent discussions with the Pensions Action Group on the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure the mental well-being of people affected by welfare sanctions.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of sanctions for (a) minor infringements of welfare rules and (b) being late for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve cyber security (a) training and (b) awareness in public sector organisations.

    • Import Controls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the border target operating model on the (a) flow and (b) security of goods.

      Import Controls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had recent discussions with industry stakeholders on (a) the border target operating model and (b) the potential impact of that model on...

      Peter Bone

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons was awarded a payment on 27 September 2022, in the context of his age at the date he...

      Public Sector: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of cyber threat posed to public (a) services and (b) institutions.

      Civil Service: Translation Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on what the cost to the public purse was for the use of translators in the Civil Service since 2013.

      Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 18 January 2024, Official Report, column 1003, what recent comparative assessment his Department has made of...

      Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to lengthen the time in which a complaint may be...

      Military Intervention: Yemen

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 23 January 2024 on Action against Houthi Maritime Attacks, Official Report, column 155, when...

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the level of ATM interchange fees in the context of trends in the level of the cost of...

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

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

      Hong Kong: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the viability of Hong Kong as an international financial centre.

      Hartley Pensions: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide compensation for self-invested personal pension holders affected by Hartley Pensions entering administration.

      Limited Liability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of active limited partnerships there were in each year since 2017.

  • Department for Transport

    • Utilities: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the powers available to Local Authorities to hold utility companies to account...

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of trends in car insurance prices in the last 12 months.

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has held recent discussions with vehicle manufacturers on the adequacy of onboard security measures to prevent vehicle thefts.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's news story entitled New street works regime to clamp down on pothole pain, published on 31 March 2023, whether he...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 3 July 2023 to Question 191368 on Motorways: Speed Limits, and the report entitled Evaluation of the National HGV...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made implementing the nine-point plan for seafarers published on 6 July 2022.

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of (a) architectural and (b) safety requirements for L-Category vehicles on the transition of...

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2023 to Question 3453 on Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions, what progress he has made on delivering powered light...

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2023 to Question 5003 on Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact...

      Department for Transport: Carbon Emissions

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

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with his international counterparts on the potential merits of implementing a zero emissions vehicle mandate in their own...

      Rapid Transit Systems: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the extent to which (a) funding and (b) other commitments for the new West Yorkshire mass transit system referenced...

      Railway Stations: Haxby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the policy paper entitled Network North, published on 4 October 2023, what the (a) rail network enhancements pipeline status and (b)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timetable is for the publication of the draft Rail Reform Bill.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an estimate of the (a) proportion of the UK population that never or rarely uses the railway and (b) the revenue potential of that...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a passenger rail growth target.

      Roads: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to Darlington Borough Council for (a) pothole and (b) other road repairs in each year since 2019.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with train operating companies on the adequacy of (a) staffing and (b) service levels.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether DVLA services will be available at post offices after 31 March 2024.

  • Department for Education

    • Plagiarism: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that artificial intelligence is not used for plagiarism by students in (a) schools and (b) universities.

    • Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of career advisers working in schools.

      Schools: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers have reported physical abuse by pupils in the London Borough of Havering in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of (a) primary and (b) secondary school provision in Romford constituency.

      Department for Education: Carbon Emissions

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

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2024 to Question 7553 on Apprentices: Taxation, what the process is for the reallocation of funds in...

      T-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress her Department has made on introducing T Levels in (a) hair, beauty and aesthetics, (b) craft and design, (c) media broadcast and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of changes to SEND Regulations in 2014.

      Teachers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help ensure that teachers are protected from physical harm by students at school.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support local authorities to reduce the time taken to complete education, health and care plans.

      Pre-school education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of (a) the requirement for maintained nursery schools to have at least one teacher with...

      Pupils: Transgender People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department holds information on the number of children that have identified as transgender in schools in each year since 2010.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to require all students undertaking the Advanced British Standard to study religious education until the age of 18.

      Schools: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the cost to the public purse for the translation of school materials into languages other than English in...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote student discipline in schools.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to help ensure that careers education, advice, information and guidance is compliant with section 42B of the...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of parents of 2-year-olds who have applied for the expanded childcare entitlement; and how many...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of available childcare places per child in each region in England on 24 January 2024.

      Special Educational Needs: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking with Warrington Borough Council to help (a) support families with disabled children and (b) reduce the time taken to process...

      Special Educational Needs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had recent discussions with the Department of Education in Northern Ireland on the adequacy of funding for SEND in schools in Northern...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a list of local authorities with sufficient childcare places to deliver (a) 15 hours of funded childcare for two-year-olds from...

      Special Educational Needs: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help improve decision making by local authorities on special educational provision for children.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure SEND support funding is accessible to children of armed forces personnel.

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Department for Education's press release entitled Major national drive to improve school attendance, published on 8 January...

      Agriculture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will hold discussions with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland on...

      Universities: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help ensure that students from the UK have access to places at UK universities.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to table 9.1 of her Department's publication entitled Initial teacher training applications for courses starting in the 2024 to 2025...

      Bereavement Counselling: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to introduce bereavement training for teachers.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Birmingham City Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the correspondence between Birmingham City Council and his Department requesting exceptional financial...

    • National Parks and Conservation Areas: Permitted Development Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's consultation on Permitted development rights, which closed on 25 September 2023,...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Office for Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has had meetings with the Office for Life Sciences since 1 January 2023.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps his Department has taken to help improve the living conditions in (a) local authority, (b) housing...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 45 of the Government response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Carbon Emissions

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

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish for each developer in the self-remediation scheme the target date by which they have undertaken to...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to support residents of buildings with unsafe cladding.

      Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support local markets.

      Elections: Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adopting the Scottish Government's approach to applying digital...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by the probation service on drug treatment programs in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

    • Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were on an escape list on 1 January in each year since 2015.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have a drug recovery wing.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have a drug free wing.

      Prisons: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were referred to Pathfinder for possible radicalisation in prison in each year since the scheme was introduced.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Military Aid: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2024 to Question 7392 on Military Aid: Israel, when offensive military equipment was last provided to Israel.

    • Iron and Steel: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an estimate of the steel required to be imported following the potential closure of UK blast furnaces.

      Royal Mail: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of Royal Mail’s fulfilment of the Universal Service Obligation in South London in 2023.

      Royal Mail: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with Ofcom on compensating people who have experienced delays receiving mail from Royal Mail.

      Royal Mail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what delivery office-level information Royal Mail provides to Ofcom.

      Postal Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with Ofcom on its proposed consultation on potential options for the future of the universal postal service.

      Royal Mail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what enforcement action Ofcom has taken when Royal Mail has failed to meet its service delivery targets in each of the last five years.

      Foreign Investment: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to assess levels of risk in relation to the inclusion of Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses in...

      Postal Services: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with Royal Mail on the adequacy of mail delivery in Slough constituency.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what she is taking to help ensure that new parents are able to take the (a) maternity and (b) paternity leave that they are entitled to in...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Carbon Emissions

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

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent discussions she has had with (a) environmental organisations and (b) charities on the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.

    • Livestock Industry: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she is taking steps to support (a) the meat industry and (b) independent butchers with high energy costs.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what data her Department holds on the cost of constraint payments as a result of bad weather in each year since 2010.

      Energy Efficiency Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what policy recommendations her Department received from the energy efficiency taskforce.

      Energy Efficiency Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to publish outputs produced by the energy efficiency taskforce.

      Energy Efficiency Taskforce: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will have discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential impact of the work of the energy efficiency...

      Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the lifecycle carbon emissions per MWh for generating electricity by (a) burning (i) wood, (ii)...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 9353 on Energy Charter Treaty, with which civil society stakeholders she has...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to page 13 of her Department's consultation response, Review of electricity market arrangements: summary of...

      Electricity: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of electricity levies on the uptake of (a) heat pumps and (b) other low...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the draft Energy National Policy Statements, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of...

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction of quotas for domestic use of new North Sea (i) oil...

      Energy: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many officials are working on the London Energy Security Conference; and what estimate she has made of the total time spent by...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what targets her Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

      Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill on the UK's ability to deliver on its...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Total Allowable Catches: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) economic and (b) social impact of the reduction in total allowable catch...

    • Aquaculture: Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the shellfish aquaculture industry.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to reply to the correspondence of (a) 1 September 2023, (b) 2 October 2023, (c) 30 November 2023 and (d) 11...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will take steps to ensure that female patients are included in (a) medical research and (b) clinical trials for (i)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of LGBT discrimination in the workplace; and what steps her Department...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Girlguiding UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to (a) support Girlguiding UK and (b) develop links overseas with similar ventures.

  • Department for Business and Trade

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many migrants arrived improperly in the UK from otherwise safe countries in each of the past five years; and why they keep no electronically accessible...

    • Immigration: EU Countries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other European countries about tackling levels of immigration.

      Bibby Stockholm: General Practitioners

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many days is a GP on site on the Bibby Stockholm each week; and whether they have plans to review this level of provision.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their policy to stop all dangerous channel crossings.

      Deportation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for preventing the deportation of individuals, brought to the UK as children, when they turn 18.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enhance UK border security and immigration enforcement.

      Undocumented Migrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they take to ascertain whether illegal migrants arriving and being registered in the Republic of Ireland are improperly entering the UK via...

      Knives

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement statutory measures to ban the sale of zombie knives and machetes.

      Jamie Bryson

      To ask His Majesty's Government what was the total cost to the taxpayer of the failed prosecution against Mr Jamie Bryson on charges of making a false statement to the Security Industry Authority...

      Mistreatment of Detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Inquiry: Government Responses

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the Brook House Inquiry report, published 19 September 2023.

      Asylum: Torture

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers who have claimed to be victims of torture have been detained at immigration centres.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Cultural Heritage

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representation they have made, since September 2023, to (1) UNESCO, and (2) the government of Azerbaijan regarding the preservation of Armenian cultural...

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided, since September 2023, to humanitarian support for the estimated 120,000 ethnic Armenians who have fled their homeland of...

      Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure voluntary aid to Ukraine reaches its right destination.

      Cyprus: Travel Information

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to review official travel advice for UK nationals visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

      Middle East

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ease the escalation of tensions in the Middle East.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage a full ceasefire in Gaza.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the launch of the new Congolese rebel group known as Alliance Fleuve Congo and the consequences for relations between the East...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what legislative changes they intend to make, if any, to reverse the effects of the Supreme Court's ruling on litigation funding in R (on the application of PACCAR...

    • Cycling: Injuries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what information and data the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority holds about injuries caused by pedal cyclists to pedestrians who have subsequently made a...

      Prisons: Baby Care Units

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many applications were received for a Mother and Baby Unit place in prison in the past five years; and of those, how many were (1) accepted, or (2)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of people released from prison went on to reoffend, what number of reoffences were committed on average, what was the total number of reoffences,...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many people serving an extended determinate sentence are (1) in the first two-thirds of their custodial term and not yet eligible for parole, (2) in the...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask His Majesty's Government, in each year since 2015, how many people serving an extended determinate sentence were released (1) after their first Parole Board hearing, (2) after a subsequent...

      Prisoners' Release: Reoffenders

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion of, people reoffended within one year of release from prison by accommodation status at (1) release, and (2) three months...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take, if any, to mitigate the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in R (on the application of PACCAR Inc and others) (Appellants) v...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prisoners serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence (1) took their own life, or (2) died from other causes, in 2023.

      Digital Assets

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce the Law Commission's draft Bill on Digital Assets this parliamentary session.

  • Department for Transport

    • Tesla

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety implications of Tesla offering its X model in the UK with only left hand drive.

    • Local Transport Plans

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish their guidance for local authorities on Local Transport Plans and what is the reason for the delay in publishing this guidance.

      Railways: Surveys

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to resume publication of the National Rail Passenger Satisfaction Survey which was discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Avanti West Coast: Standards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Service Quality Regime for the Avanti West Coast train operator provides good value for money.

      Cars: Theft

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all cars sold in the UK meet appropriate anti-theft standards and are adequately protected from relay attacks.

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to reports of upcoming rail strikes, what steps they are taking to implement contingency plans to minimise disruption for passengers.

      Stansted Airport: Railways

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) train operating companies, and (2) other stakeholders, on improving rail services to Stansted airport.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Gambling

      To ask His Majesty's Government what measures they have in place to improve coordination between schools, colleges, universities and support services to better assist students struggling with...

    • Foster Care: Ethnic Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to meet representatives of Barnardo’s to discuss developing a Black Foster Care Network to improve the experiences of...

      Armed Conflict: Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure school children are made aware of current global conflicts.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Office for National Statistics: Databases

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will provide a complete list of (1) data sets, and (2) projects which are currently active within the Office for National Statistics Integrated Data...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure customers are adequately supported given recent changes to HMRC’s phone support for taxpayers.

    • Rented Housing: Taxation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of current tax policy for small-scale lettings.

      Taxis: VAT

      To ask His Majesty's Government when in early 2024 they intend to consult on the impacts of the July 2023 High Court ruling in Uber Britannia Ltd v Sefton MBC on the VAT treatment of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expedite the delivery of the apex goal set out in the Executive Summary of the Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 to halt the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government to what extent they have evaluated in the NHS-Galleri research trial the possibility that patients with small tumours will not be readily detected when circulating...

    • Abortion: Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 22 January (HL1523), whether the complication rates referenced include the treatment of women as outpatients...

      Operating Theatres: Fires

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for policy in England of the US Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that it would be making the...

      Medical Records: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement on the NHS webpage 'Can I access someone else's medical records (health records)?' that "children aged 12 or older...

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the UK National Screening Committee will publish (1) plans, and (2) timelines, for its in-service evaluation of newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy.

      Care Homes: Private Sector

      To ask His Majesty's Government why social service departments are discharging hospital patients to residential care for the first time when they are self-funding, while encouraging those...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Euro 2028: Casement Park

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 11 December 2023 (HL763), whether they will now answer the question put; namely, when...

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