Written answers

Thursday, 1 February 2024

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Meat Products: Preservatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when her Department expects the Food Safety Agency to conclude its assessment of the EU Commission’s decision to lower the legal...

    • Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for NHS continuing healthcare were (a) made and (b) successful in (i) Preston, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) England in...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations relating to minimum wage for early years...

      Dentistry: Burton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many dentists have been recruited in Burton and Uttoxeter since the launch of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 30 November 2023 and (b) 10 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Lewisham East,...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Ministerial Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ministerial red boxes belonging to her Department have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last three years.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that there is adequate pharmacy provision.

      Dentistry: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of students studying dentistry in universities in England and Wales in the 2023-24...

      NHS: Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there has been a change in the number of qualified pathologists working in the NHS since 2020.

      Hospitals and Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of commencing a long term programme to remove asbestos...

      Maternity Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that maternity and neonatal safety improvement schemes include a focus on mitigating the...

      Operating Theatres: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to update the National Standards for Safety in Invasive Procedures to improve the information held on surgical fires.

      Operating Theatres: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many operating theatre related fires have been reported in (a) 2020, (b) 2021, (c) 2022 and (d) 2023.

      Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help support social care staff to progress in their (a) careers and (b) pay through the care...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of issuing carers' permits to support carers to (a) keep in contact with and...

      Parkinson's Disease: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will issue guidance to care settings on how to (a) support and (b) maintain contact between Parkinsons’ patients and their...

      Dementia: Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps with NHS England to help improve support for people with dementia who have (a) cognitive, (b) behavioural and (c)...

      Mental Illness: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on social security support for people with a mental health...

      Measles: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of measles cases there are in (a) St Helens and (b) the North West.

      Veteran: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to re-establish the Veterans Hearing Fund.

      Breast Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department plans to launch a national awareness campaign on breast screening.

      Esketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had recent discussions with the Chief Executive of NHS England on the (a) procurement of and (b) supply chain for Esketamine.

      Liver Diseases: North West

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

      Esketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the efficacy of Esketamine in treating people with rare neurological conditions.

      Aspirin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will bring forward legislation to regulate the sale of aspirin.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the list of medical conditions which meet the criteria for a medical exemption certificate.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an estimate of the daily volume of aid required to pass through the Rafah crossing to meet the...

    • Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of using the sanctions mechanisms provided for under UN Security...

      Darfur: Sanctions

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to work with partners to address violations of the UN sanctions regime on Darfur detailed in...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the (a) UK's arms exports licensing process and (b) role of the...

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he is taking steps to assess the adequacy of UK sanctions in relation to the evidence of proxy companies...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Caribbean and Latin America

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the then Secretary of State's tour of the Caribbean and Latin America in May 2023, whether an...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Caribbean and Latin America

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will publish the list of passengers on-board the then Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Caribbean and Latin America

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the then Secretary of State's tour of the Caribbean and Latin America in May 2023, what travel...

      Venezuela: Oil

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Venezuelan counterpart on the potential impact of not allowing the...

      Venezuela: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will hold discussions with his Venezuelan counterpart on the potential impact of the Law on Control,...

      South Africa: Antisemitism and Crime

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's travel advice for South Africa, in the context of (a)...

      UK Special Representative for Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the lack of a Special Representative on Climate Change on his...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2024 to Question 10673 on Israel: Gaza, whether his Department has logged alleged...

      Gaza: Israel

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

      Standing Together

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met representatives of Standing Together, the Israeli...

      Sudan: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what further steps he plans to take with international partners to support accountability for alleged violations of...

      Red Sea: Piracy

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the impact of Houthi attacks in the Red Sea on (a) humanitarian supply deliveries and...

      Ethiopia: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has taken steps with international partners to address the incidence of forced marriage of young girls and...

      Tigray: Food Supply and Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Ethiopia on (a) peace and security and (b) food security in...

      Malawi: Cholera

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help provide humanitarian support following the recent outbreak of cholera in Malawi.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Fujitsu

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Fujitsu has brought a legal claim against his Department since 2016.

    • Public Buildings: Asbestos

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department holds data on the number of public buildings in England that require asbestos removal as of 24 January 2024.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his planned timetable is for interim compensation payments under the Infected Blood Payment Scheme; and if he will take steps to ensure that those...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward amendments to the Victims and Prisoners Bill to ensure parity of treatment for infected blood victims across the UK.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to support parity of treatment for infected blood victims across the UK via the infected blood support schemes.

  • Treasury

    • Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will (a) experience financial detriment to their public sector pension and (b) delay retirement...

    • Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of HMRC response times to enquiries from financial representatives.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of basing child benefit eligibility on household rather than individual income.

      Leasehold: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the potential impact of the abolition of marriage value under schedule two of the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill on tax...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue raised from the apprenticeship levy in each of the last three years.

      Catering and Take-away Food: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing VAT on (a) catering and (b) takeaway hot food.

      Freezing of Assets: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the amount of interest that has been accrued on frozen Russian assets seized by the UK Government.

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of consumer protection regulation for individuals submitting tax rebate applications to HMRC...

      Gyms: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the proportion of VAT that was collected on gym memberships in each of the last five years.

      Cost of Living: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the impact of increases in the cost of living on rural households.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's data release entitled Estimating the prevalence and costs of external wall system...

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the impact of not extending the statutory requirement for a Cladding External Wall System...

      Building Safety Fund: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether a commission fee was added by Gallions Approach Management Ltd to the application to the Building Safety Fund in...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many and what proportion of leaseholders are not eligible for financial support under Section 117(3)(c) of the...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the total costs incurred by local authorities relating to legal cases on the fitness for...

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many families are housed through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

      Housing Support Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how he is assessing the scale of funding needed for the Housing Support Grant for next year.

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to develop a national strategy on ending youth homelessness.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Churches: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to help conserve historic churches in (a) the UK and (b) Romford constituency.

    • Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries have closed in each year since 2015.

      Forum Theatre: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has received recent representations from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on the presence of RAAC at the Forum...

      Railways: Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with the Heritage Railway Association on the (a) availability and (b) affordability of coal.

      Swimming Pools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local authority swimming pools have closed in each year since 2015.

      Football: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will meet with the Shrimpers Trust to discuss the Football Governance Bill.

      Youth Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many youth centres have closed in each year since 2015.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will hold discussions with the BBC on taking steps to ensure that its commissioning processes are subject to independent scrutiny.

      Advertising: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's policy paper entitled Online Advertising Taskforce action plan, published on 30 November 2023, what...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Technical Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of how many (a) colleges and (b) universities offer Higher Technical Qualifications (i) nationally and (ii) in each...

    • Special Educational Needs: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a schedule of planned meetings between her Department and Hertfordshire County Council to monitor the progress of its Area Special...

      Special Educational Needs: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what opportunities parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have had to contribute to the development of...

      Care Leavers: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help support care leavers to find a home when they leave local authority care.

      Childminding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to allow parents to claim funded hours for their child if they are cared for by a registered childminder who is also a...

      Education: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that children with autism receive a good standard of education.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish (a) eligibility and (b) application process information on how LGBT veterans can apply for a financial award, in the context of...

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to help reduce the number of Armed Forces personnel who are medically discharged due to hearing related (a) damage and (b)...

      Pakistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in Pakistan eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are still awaiting relocation.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the threat to (a) wives and (b) children of people eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in Pakistan eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme have been relocated to the UK since...

      Ministry of Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with which three external recruitment agencies his Department spent the highest amount in the last 12 months.

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with Veterans UK on veteran homelessness.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on external consultants for the Recruitment Partnership Project since its inception.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on external consultants for the Armed Forces Recruiting Programme since its inception.

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Python Minefield Breaching Systems (a) are in storage, (b) are in use and (c) were donated to Ukraine between February 2022 and June 2023.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK troops are deployed domestically as part of military aid to civilian authority requests.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department donated 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine; and for what reason his Department did not donate all Challenger 2 tanks not...

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to donate more Minefield Breaching Systems to Ukraine.

      Ukraine: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Trojan platforms were donated to Ukraine between February 2022 and June 2023.

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many remotely operated minefield breaching systems his Department has provided to Ukraine (a) since 1 February 2022 and (b) before 1 June 2023.

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the (a) vehicle-mounted and (b) on-the person (i) mine clearing and (ii) explosive ordnance disposal equipment donated to Ukraine was...

      Ukraine: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Minefield Breaching Systems were donated to Ukraine between February 2022 and June 2023.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of trends in re-offending rates for people subject to a home detention curfew for the final part of their...

    • Prison Officers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer positions were vacant in (a) October, (b) November and (c) December 2023.

      Prison Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prison officers recruited in 2023 have left the prison service.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the National Statistics entitled Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in Prison Custody to December 2023 Assaults...

      Prison Officers: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have been dismissed for (a) supplying and (b) transporting drugs in prison in each of the last ten years.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Prison Transfer Agreements were in place in each year since 2010.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders who went on to commit a serious further offence were classified as (a) high risk, (b) medium risk and (c) low risk in each year since...

      Ministry of Justice: Ministers' Private Offices

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

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of flood defences.

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is providing to improve flood defences.

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help improve recycling for households.

      Inshore Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the inshore fishing industry.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support fishing communities.

      Fisheries: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential impact of...

      Clams: Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the minimum landing size for invasive species of clams which...

      Agriculture: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support farmers to use methane suppressing feed additives.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase tree planting.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Silica: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the number of workers that are regularly exposed to silica dust in the workplace.

    • Silica: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will have discussions with the Health and Safety Executive on the adequacy of the (a) use of equipment and (b) other steps taken by...

      Cold Weather Payments: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of using alternative methods of determining eligibility for cold weather payments.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Pensions: Consumer Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse of the Pensions Dashboards programme has been as of 29 January 2024.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 1 September (b) 18 October, (c) 21 November, (d) 21 December 2023 and (e) 11 January...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance has (a) been recovered and paid to the receiving parent and (b) not been paid in each of the last three years.

      Social Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2024 to Question 10700 on Social Rented Housing: Tenants, if he will start to hold the necessary data in...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) numbers and (b) cost to the public purse of PIP claims from claimants with untreatable conditions who...

      Jobcentres: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has issued on (a) the circumstances in which a hospital in-patient would be required to attend a meeting at a...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Prevent Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of William Shawcross’ report on compensation for UK victims of...

    • Strule Shared Education Campus: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date the UK Government made the decision to allocate £150 million from the Fresh Start Agreement funding package to the Strule...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that small business are paid on time by other companies within their supply chains.

    • Origin Marking: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of changes in rules of origin arrangements with Canada as a result of the suspension of...

      Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the (a) transparency and (b) regulation of private...

      Royal Mail: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to maintain the existing terms of the universal service obligation for Royal Mail delivery services.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recourse is available to a business if they suspect that (a) a lender and (b) an organisation or person acting on behalf of a lender is...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what rules and regulations apply to the operation of Bounce Back Loan Scheme agreements as of 24 January 2024; and whether lenders may (a)...

      Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Vehicles: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what information her Department holds on the proportion of cars produced in the UK that were (a) electric hybrid and (b) fully electric in 2023.

      Trade Agreements: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to support businesses impacted by the suspension of trade negotiations with Canada.

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation entitled Managing pavement parking, which closed on 22 November 2020.

    • Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues to short sea ferry services on application of the threshold for providing a declaration of equivalence under...

      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 support the Government has provided to the Powered...

      Department for Transport: Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2024 to Question 11134 on Railways: Wales, if he will publish the initial prioritised list of rail improvements...

      Railways: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State, Department for Transport during the oral question on Access for All of 8 June 2023,...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on special advisers in the (a) 2022-23 financial year and (b) 2023-24 financial year as of 29 January 2024.

    • Scotland Office: Ministerial Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many ministerial red boxes belonging to his Department have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last three years.

  • Home Office

    • Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that police officers should not be able to strip and intimately search suspects of the opposite sex if the...

    • Busking: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in light of a recent reported incident in London, whether he has issued recent guidance to the police on the rights of people to sing...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were employed in roles on the shortage occupation list in 2023.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the time limit after which asylum seekers with outstanding claims may seek...

      Motorcycles: Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to (a) tackle off-road biking and (b) work with local authorities on this issue.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2024 to Questions 8423 and 8424 on Asylum: Children, for what reason his Department is unable to...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban zombie knives.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the standard of forensic science available to police officers on prosecution rates.

      Fraud: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was to process fraud related crimes in each year since 2015.

      Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the (a) police and (b) National Crime Agency have taken to tackle county lines operations in (i) Hampshire and (ii) the UK.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of placing a statutory duty on fire and rescue services to plan and...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department plans to take to help support workers affected by the transition away from oil and gas towards renewable...

    • Electricity: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had recent discussions with Ofgem on (a) the impact of high energy costs on the finances of businesses that agreed...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether any refurbishments have been made to ministerial offices in her Department in each of the last two years.

      Energy Supply: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that energy networks have the radio spectrum access they need to deliver smart...

      Hitachi: Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department plans to acquire the Wylfa site land at the book value assigned to it by Hitachi.

      Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had discussions with her international counterparts on the potential merits of the UK joining the Beyond Oil and...

      Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the Government plans to seek UK membership of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance.

      Renewable Energy: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to encourage green investment in the production of renewable liquid gases for decarbonising off-grid (a)...

      Renewable Energy: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the Green Taxonomy will recognise (a) advanced biofuels, (b) renewable fuels of non-biological origin and (c) recycled...

      Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether it is her policy to advocate for the phase-out of fossil fuels at COP29.

      Energy: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the guidance entitled Adapting historic homes for energy efficiency: a review of the barriers, published on 3...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4125 on Energy Charter Treaty, what assessment she has made of the...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4125 on Energy Charter Treaty, when her Department plans to conclude its...

      Energy Charter Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her planned timetable is for making a decision on the UK's membership of the Energy Charter Treaty.

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department plans to provide financial support to people seeking to decarbonise their heating systems but who experience...

      Energy Supply: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the proportion of households that are (a) dual fuel, (b) connected to mains gas only and (c)...

      Energy Supply: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the added cost of (a) environmental and (b) social obligations on (i) electricity and (ii) gas...

      Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of the UK joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Recruitment: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring employers to publish salary information when advertising job opportunities.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Innovate UK: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what support Innovate UK provides to start-up businesses that are not associated with universities.

    • Universities: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what guidance the Government provides on whether universities' support for spin-outs is considered a Government subsidy for...

      Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Energy Supply: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has had recent discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero and (b) Ofcom on...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of BBC reports that North Korean teenagers have been sentenced to hard labour for viewing K-drama, when they last raised violations...

    • Zimbabwe: Commonwealth

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to any proposals for Zimbabwe to be readmitted as a member of the Commonwealth.

      Evan Gershkovich and Press Freedom

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about securing the release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, and what steps they are taking to promote media freedom...

      North Korea: Conflict Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether a recent Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability assessment has been made for North Korea; and if so, what plans they have to place a copy of this...

      North Korea: Conflict Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will raise the current escalation in North Korea at the next session of the Security Council.

  • Home Office

    • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 20 December 2023 (HL1278), on what basis the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) marked its...

    • Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 20 December 2023 (HL1279), whether they will now answer the question put; namely, what steps...

      Cycling

      To ask His Majesty's Government what data or survey information the Department for Transport holds on (1) pedal cyclists breaching road traffic regulations, and (2) near misses or injuries caused...

      Home Office: Standards

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the efficacy of the Home Office.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Immigration: Overseas Students

      To ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of the (1) gross, and (2) net, migration figures for 2022 were foreign students.

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 11 December (HL589) where they stated that "before laying the National Procurement Policy...

      Cybersecurity

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to reports that spending on overseas cyber security programmes doubled last year, what assessment they have made of the impact of that increased...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Accountancy: Software

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that accounting software used in the UK is free of flaws and defects, such as those experienced with the Horizon system.

    • Recovery Loan Scheme

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend the Recovery Loan Scheme which is due to expire in June; and if so, when this will be announced, and when it will be extended until.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Combined Authorities: Audit

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the auditing arrangements for combined authorities.

  • Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of cutting taxes in the upcoming budget, further to the report, Public sector finances, UK: December 2023,...

    • Revenue and Customs: Criminal Investigation

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 January (HL1443), in what circumstances His Majesty's Revenue and Customs would seek...

      Tax Evasion: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many people and corporate bodies have been investigated, charged, and prosecuted for facilitating tax evasion under the Criminal Finances Act 2017, and what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask His Majesty's Government which military assets, such as airports, the government of Saudi Arabia has made available to other members of the NATO Alliance currently mounting operations...

    • NATO: Expenditure

      To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of gross domestic product each member of the NATO Alliance spends on defence.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 24 January (HL1800), why the improvement plan for the NHS breast screening programme is not set to be published.

    • Audiology: Paediatrics

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many paediatric audiology departments in England meet the 42-day waiting list target for an initial hearing assessment for babies and children.

      Cancer: Research

      To ask His Majesty's Government why, of the G7 nations, only the UK is represented by a charity and not a government agency in the G7 Cancer initiative.

      Contraceptives: Taxation

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to their policy paper 2024 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing, access and growth: summary of the heads of agreement, published on 20...

      Audiology: Paediatrics

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many paediatric audiology departments there are in England in total; and how many of those currently meet the UK Accreditation Services Improving Quality...

      Audiology: Paediatrics

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress has been made by NHS England’s National Paediatric Hearing Improvement Programme; and what findings it has found following its review of data...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Senedd Cymru

      To ask His Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last visited Senedd Cymru, and on how many occasions during 2023 he had discussions in person with the First Minister of Wales.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Life Sciences: Respiratory Diseases

      To ask His Majesty's Government (1) how they are measuring progress on the respiratory mission, announced as part of the 2021 Life Sciences Vision, and (2) what progress has been made

    • Life Sciences: Respiratory Diseases

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will (1) appoint a chair to lead the respiratory mission within the Life Sciences Vision, and (2) provide funding to enable the delivery of the...

      Life Sciences: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish detailed implementation plans, covering those health missions within the Life Sciences Vision, as undertaken at its launch in July 2021.

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