Written answers

Wednesday, 31 January 2024

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Devolution: East Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled, Hull and East Yorkshire devolution deal, published on 22...

    • Building Safety Fund: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will permit funds allocated by the Building Safety Fund in relation to the application for Drift Court in the London...

      Teesworks Joint Venture Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has received the final report of the independent review of the Teesworks Joint Venture.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to publish the uplift in local authority funding for each local authority.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending rights to access (a) Remediation Contribution Orders...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to businesses of proposals to abolish the marriage value element of...

      Levelling Up Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what constituencies in Scotland (a) have and (b) have not been allocated funding via the Levelling Up Fund.

      Housing: Leicester East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will have discussions with Leicester City Council on steps it is taking to reduce damp and mould in low income...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 11 January 2023 from the Rt hon. Member for East Ham, reference ST102443.

      Mayors: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled Hull and East Yorkshire devolution deal, published on 22 November...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood defence measures his Department is putting in place to help protect agriculture.

    • Thames Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Ofwat and (b) Thames Water on Thames Water's (i) financial and (ii) operational...

      Floods: Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is providing for those affected by flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK Government Resilience Framework at managing resilience to...

      Water: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) ask the Environment Agency to conduct bathing water tests in the context of the activation of storm overflows...

      Aviation: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will review the position of sustainable aviation fuel within the waste hierarchy.

      Deposit Return Schemes: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1716 on Deposit Return Schemes: Drink, if he will publish a timeline...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of imported food under the Border Target Operating Model.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the impact of his Department's publication entitled Action Plan for Animal Welfare,...

      Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023, when he plans to launch the consultation to...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of regulations applying to winemakers.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many purchases with a value of less than £500 were made against his Department’s budget using a Government...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Purchasing Card Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many government procurement cards were held by people to make purchases against his Department’s budget as of (a)...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Genocide

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the International Court of Justice’s decision...

    • Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent steps he has taken to help prevent an escalation of conflict in the Middle East.

      Western Sahara: Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make representations to (a) his Moroccan counterpart and (b) the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework...

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make representations to the UN Security Council to press for the release of Saharawi civilian prisoners in...

      Abdullah al-Derazi and Jalal Labbad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on the (a) adequacy of the trial and (b) use of...

      Afghanistan: Hazara

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his international counterparts on the treatment of the Hazara community in...

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) Moroccan and (b) Saharawi soldiers that have died since the...

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has provided funding to Saharawi human rights defenders in Western Sahara in the last five years.

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will ask the UN Secretary General to investigate (a) how many allegations of human rights abuses have been made...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what targets his Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

      British Virgin Islands: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States on the British...

      Hong Kong: Financial Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the autonomy of Hong Kong’s (a) economic, (b) monetary and (c) financial systems.

      Red Sea: Piracy

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2024 to Question 9661 on Houthis: Shipping, what the British links were of each vessel.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he plans to visit the British Virgin Islands within the next six months.

  • Department for Education

    • Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make a comparative estimate of the number of children in the age range 9 months to 4 years old with the number of childcare places in each...

    • Special Educational Needs: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many special school places are available in England as of 24 January 2024, broken down by local education authority.

      Children: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to help support (a) children with (i) a vision impairment and (ii) dyslexia and (b) other children to access the (A) RNIB...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many SMEs sit on a Trailblazer employer group convened by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

      T-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department holds data on the number of T Level students who achieved a sustained positive destination in the 2022-23 academic year.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of antisemitism incidents there have been on higher education campuses since 7 October 2023.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average annual net effect of student loan interest payments on the public purse was in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an estimate of the number and proportion of children that are looked-after in (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

      Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing open book examinations for (a) English literature and (b) other subjects.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of increasing maximum student loan amounts in line with inflation.

      Teaching Methods: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had recent discussions with headteachers on the effectiveness of one-to-one learning for pupils who need to catch up on time missed in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Autism and Learning Disability: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) availability of alternative short-term accommodation provided by integrated care...

    • Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for child and adolescent mental health services in (a) St Helens North constituency and (b) the North...

      Mobility Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of ensuring that adequate training is provided to people with mobility scooters.

      Liver Diseases: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to tackle liver disease in the North East.

      Alexandra Hospital Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care Board has taken to (a) commission and (b) deliver services at...

      Respiratory Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department is taking steps to encourage people to attend lung screening appointments.

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of people with a learning disability detained in inpatient units for five or more years.

      Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) availability of forensic community support services for (a) autistic...

      Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of Integrated Care Systems that have a specialist multidisciplinary and crisis...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS has sufficient doses of measles vaccines.

      Gynaecology: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in referral numbers to secondary care for gynaecological services in Northern Ireland.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Import Controls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of the Border Target Operating Model on the (a) flow and (b) security of goods.

    • Cabinet Office: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets his Department has set to help achieve the Government's commitments on net zero.

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will have discussions with business on the potential merits of putting information about domestic abuse on period products.

    • Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire during the Seventh sitting of the Public Bill Committee...

      Home Office: Carbon Emissions

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

      Agricultural Machinery: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consult the Agricultural Engineers Association on the drafting of regulations under the Equipment Theft (Prevention) Act 2023.

      Visas: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that individuals with family in the UK who switch to a SOC 6145 health worker visa are not...

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the contribution by the Minister for Immigration to the debate on Safe Asylum Routes: Afghan Refugees of 17 October 2023,...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugee children were wrongly assessed to be adults by the Home Office between January 2022 and June 2023; and if he will make an...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment & Support: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 51 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, when he plans that the new IT system PSyA are...

    • Defence Equipment & Support: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 51 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, how many (a) mobile sensor and (b) communication...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 50 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, how many people work in the Integrated Technical...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 50 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, what steps the DE&S Digital team have taken to...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 49 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, when he plans that the design phase of solar...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 48 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, whether he has established high-level environmental...

      Ministry of Defence: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 48 of the Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23, what weakness he has identified in delivery...

      Defence Equipment: Lost Property and Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much military equipment of each equipment type has been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 2015.

      Kenya: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been paid in compensation in relation to allegations against members of the British Army Training Unit Kenya relating to (a) sexual abuse...

      Ammunition: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much ammunition of each ammunition type has been stolen in each year since 2015.

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK citizens who served in the Armed Forces for (a) four and (b) five years applied for indefinite leave to remain and had to pay visa fees...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 24 January 2024, Official Report, column 352, on what evidential basis he authorised air strikes on the Miraj...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the private rented sector are in receipt of the housing element of Universal Credit; of those households, how many have...

    • Universal Credit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of households in receipt of the housing element of Universal Credit; how many of those...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of offering secured e-mail as a communications option for his Department's customers...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Carbon Emissions

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of Universal Credit in December (a) 2021 and (b) 2023.

  • Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to monitor the application of HMRC's charter for businesses with different VAT arrangements.

    • Adjudicator's Office: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to monitor the quality of the Adjudicator’s Office's interactions with applicants in the context of its work investigating...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total revenue raised via the apprenticeship levy from businesses in Scotland for each of the last five years.

      Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme limit to £500,000 for eligible companies.

      Financial Services: Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on the adequacy of climate risk advice provided by investment consultants to (a) local...

      Individual Savings Accounts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to reduce the Lifetime ISA withdrawal penalty.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to (a) equalise and (b) increase the Lifetime ISA and Help-to-Buy ISA property price thresholds.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 24 November 2023 and (b) 8 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Lewisham East, case reference JD38220.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the potential impact of alcohol duty on levels of public health.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) budget and (b) spending was on remediation of legacy IT systems across central Government in each of the last three years; and what proportion...

      Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority: Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of placing statutory duties on the (a) Financial Conduct Authority and (b) Prudential Regulation...

      Insurance Companies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue guidance to insurance companies on reducing emissions from installations financed by those companies.

      Bank Services: Japan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of barriers to opening bank accounts in the UK faced by Japanese companies on the ability of...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing stamp duty for homes with higher energy efficiency.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to introduce an excise tax on disposable vapes.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to help facilitate the entry of new lenders offering long-term fixed rate mortgages backed by institutional bonds to the market.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much insurance premium tax was collected from car insurance in each year since 2010.

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with international counterparts on a strategy to reduce debt in low-income countries.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of decreasing insurance premium tax for car insurance.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days of time off in lieu are prison officers at Wandsworth Prison owed in total as of 25 January 2024.

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults against prison staff took place in England in 2023, broken down by prison.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people with epilepsy have died in prison (a) from all causes and (b) as a direct result of their epilepsy in the last ten years.

      Prisons: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of epilepsy (a) awareness and (b) first aid training for prison staff.

      Prisoners' Release: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department is taking steps with the Department of Health and Social Care to provide (a) alcohol and (b) drug treatment to people upon their...

      Prisoners: Addictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number and proportion of prisoners with addiction-related health issues who did not engage in treatment in...

      Sexual Offences: Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to extend the time limit for Criminal injuries Compensation Claims for victims of sexual abuse.

      Fly-tipping: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he is taking steps to review sentencing guidelines for fly-tipping.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • UK Trade with EU: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if her Department will open negotiations with the European Union on a no tariff charge for goods and imports.

    • Railways: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of the value of rail exports in (a) 2023, (b) 2024, (c) 2025 and (d) 2026.

      Railways: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an estimate of the value of (a) rail industry and (b) all exports in the last 12 months.

      Department for Business and Trade: Carbon Emissions

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

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Climate Change Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero of 16 January 2024, Official Report,...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has had discussions with Ofgem on the projected number of households which (a) will be impacted by the Radio...

      Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her Department's policy is to help households that have accumulated energy debt.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what information her Department holds on the number of households that have been involuntarily fitted with pre-payment meters...

      Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the average level of household energy debt in each region.

      Energy: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department plans to publish a call for evidence on fairness and affordability.

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to help improve the energy efficiency of private rented homes.

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the impact of bright (a) LED and (b) conventional motor vehicle headlights on people in rural communities.

    • Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget for rail enhancements in England and Wales between 2024 and 2029 is.

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of cancelling HS2 Phase 2 on future levels of road traffic between Birmingham and Manchester.

      Railway Signals: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the (a) cost of and (b) timeframe for the re-signalling of Cambridge junction.

      Railway Track: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on its assessment of levels of track degradation over the next five years.

      High Speed 2 Line: Cheshire East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with Cheshire East Council on the potential merits of compensation for HS2-related costs.

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the financial impact of cancelling HS2 Phase 2 on HS2 Phase 1.

      High Speed 2 Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of cancelling HS2 Phase 2 on rolling stock orders for HS2.

      Railways: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to support the recruitment and retention of train drivers.

      Great Western Main Line: Railway Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on recent point failures between London Paddington and Reading.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to help tackle congestion on the West Coast Main Line.

      Electric Bicycles: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to regulate the use of e-bicycles by commercial delivery drivers.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with her Irish counterpart on the potential merits of a joint bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympic Games.

    • Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to open a third phase of the youth investment fund.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in her Department in each of the last two years.

      UK Year of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding her Department plans to allocate to the UK Year of Service programme for the next financial year.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Iran: Iraq and Pakistan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Iran regarding that country's recent missile attacks on Pakistan and Iraq.

    • North Korea: Conflict Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to summon the ambassador of North Korea over the risk of conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

      Korea: Conflict Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of conflict on the Korean peninsula following Kim Jong-Un's speech of 16 January and recent missile tests; and what...

      Antigua and Barbuda: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Hurricane Irma relief funds provided to Barbuda since September 2017.

      Antigua and Barbuda: Property Development

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of projects such as the Barbuda Ocean Club and Cedar Tree Point on the human rights of Barbudans, and in particular...

      Shipping

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any adverse implications of the current global freight shipping (1) disruptions, and (2) costs; and what assessment...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Question

      To ask His Majesty's Government to provide a list of government departments that use Fujitsu designed software; and whether any operating errors have been reported.

    • Question

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are coordinating and disseminating lessons learned from the various current and recent past public inquiries, in particular where there are...

      Question

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a list of Post Office directors who have been recommended for honours by the Prime Minister since 2010.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they will announce details of a full and comprehensive scheme for victims of the infected blood scandal; and when they expect the first payments to be made...

      Artificial Intelligence: Public Sector

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for adoption of artificial intelligence in the public sector.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Elections: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the risk of AI-generated misinformation in elections.

    • Aerials: Highlands of Scotland

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Camrose of 19 December 2023 (HL1000, HL1001), whether they can explain why geographical coverage was chosen as the...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to ensure that all those seeking to make an asylum claim have a safe and clear route to do so.

    • Asylum: Employment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the waiting period for asylum seekers to be granted the right to work to six months rather than the current 12 months.

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the European Commission on co-operation about the introduction to the UK of (1) the Entry/Exit System, and (2) the European...

      Asylum

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit to reducing the waiting period for all initial asylum decisions to one year or less.

      MOD Wethersfield: Migrants

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 11 December 2023 (HL597), how often is the doctor at the onsite primary healthcare available to hold...

      Passports: Ethnic Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the automatic algorithmic verification of passport photographs uploaded for online passport applications, to ensure that ethnic...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Insolvency

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to recent figures released by the Government Insolvency Service which found that 2002 companies were declared insolvent last month, what plans they have...

    • Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the personal protective equipment (PPE) industry about regulatory and technological solutions to improve short PPE use-by dates.

      Audits

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they or the Financial Reporting Council has issued any guidance in relation to the duties of auditors under section 498(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2006.

      UK Trade with EU: Republic of Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many jobs in the Republic of Ireland are currently dependent on trade with the UK.

      Horizon IT System

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether any minister or official at the former department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had any knowledge of, or involvement in, the attempt by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many Universal Credit claims were subject to (1) deductions (advance repayments), third party reductions and all other deductions, (2) reductions...

    • Household Support Fund

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) extend funding for the Household Support Fund beyond March 2024, and (2) make an announcement regarding funding for that scheme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Litter

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their policy on dog fouling; and whether they provide guidance to local councils on the penalties for dog fouling.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask His Majesty's Government how NHS England waiting lists for hospital appointments are adjusted to take account of people who have died while waiting for an appointment.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Extracurricular Activities

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have considered the need for all students to have diverse access to opportunities for enrichment as part of the development of the new Advanced...

    • Parents: Surveys

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of The National Parent Survey, published by Parentkind on 4 December 2023.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask His Majesty's Government why they decided to end the National Leaders of Governance Programme for schools in October 2023, rather than extend it to 2025.

      Schools: Extracurricular Activities

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to funding (1) infrastructure, (2) guidance, and (3) training for education providers and potential partners, to support...

  • Treasury

    • Property: Sales

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increased interest rates in the property market on (1) homeowners, (2) prospective buyers, and (3) the wider economy.

    • Inflation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to bring inflation back to the target of two per cent; and when they expect that to be achieved.

      Interest Rates

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Bank of England is considering cutting interest rates in response to the slowdown of wage growth; and what...

      Motor Vehicles: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the investigation launched by the Financial Conduct Authority on 11 January into the motor finance market, what long-term plans they have to ensure...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Custody: Medical Records

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the incidence over the last 24 months of spouses or partners who use their spouse's or partner's NHS records in custody and other disputes.

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