Written answers

Thursday, 8 February 2024

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Charter for Families Bereaved through Public Tragedy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether organisations within the NHS are required to sign the Hillsborough Charter.

    • NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the financial deficit of each NHS trust was in each of the last five financial years.

      Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times she has met with representatives of the fast food industry since she was appointed.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP referrals of patients to eye specialists there were in the last 12 months.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of NHS expenditure was spent on mental health services in the latest period for which data is available.

      Health Services and Social Services: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent on improving cyber security of the health and care system in each year since 2016; and how much and what...

      Caesarean Sections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of hospital births in 2023 were via caesarean sections.

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money has been awarded by the vaccine damage payment scheme to claimants who suffered disabilities as a result of a COVID-19 vaccine.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2024 to Question 10927 on Mental Health Services: Children and Young People, what the average...

      Liver Diseases: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2024 to Question 10925 on Liver Diseases: Darlington, how much and what proportion of the...

      Alcoholism: Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will introduce (a) liver and (b) blood tests for (i) young and (ii) any other people with high alcohol use.

      Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting times for (a) urgent and (b) non-urgent referrals of patients from General Practice...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of availability of follow up MRI scans for women who have undergone mastectomies to tackle...

      Radiology: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of outsourcing radiology scans to external teleradiology companies in each of the last five years.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many adverse events were registered with covid-19 vaccines from batch number 4120Z001 via the yellow card scheme; and whether more...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to reduce the potential impact of increased antimicrobial resistance caused by the...

      Menopause: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help improve access to NHS menopause services.

      Mental Health: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of the cost of living on the mental health of young people.

      Menopause: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of NHS menopause services available in Devon.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of variations in access to genetic and genomic testing for cancer...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance her Department has issued to local authority smoking cessation services on whether they can offer disposable vapes through...

      Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to take further steps to help prevent the use of nitrous oxide.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the impact of trends in average waiting times for biomarker and genomic testing on waiting times for...

      Genomics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to ensure future NHS genomic testing publications include data on access to different cancer tests based on an...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to support General Practices at risk of closure.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to restrict the location of sale of alcohol.

      Infant Foods: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing the use of loyalty card points to buy baby formula.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will create a long-term strategy to ensure supply of key medication for ADHD.

      Maternity Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will provide additional funding for research into the development of effective interventions to help tackle disparities in...

      Streptococcus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she expects to receive the Group B Streptococcus cluster randomised trial results.

      Pancreatic Cancer: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to improve pancreatic cancer outcomes in East Ham constituency.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff have been provided with a NHS Digital Staff Passport as of 31 January 2024.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will create a long-term strategy for raising awareness of ADHD in women and young girls.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance entitled Elective recovery taskforce: implementation plan, published on 4 August 2023, what the baseline...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Imports: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of 19 January 2024 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment,...

    • Imports: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 19 January 2024 in the debate on...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential impact of the Border Target Operating Model on food price inflation in (a) 2024,...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Border Target Operating Model on levels of food supply in (a)...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many digital roles within his Department are vacant.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support disabled people who own assistance dogs which are (a) XL Bullies or (b) dogs which may be...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help the veterinary sector process confirmation of neutering forms for XL bully breed owners...

      UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his planned timetable is for meetings between the European Commission and the supervisory bodies of the United Kingdom...

      Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on preparation for COP16.

      Flood Control: Windsor Park Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of flood defences at Windsor Park; and if he will make an assessment of...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to publish the storm overflow action plans.

      Storms: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken with relevant authorities to improve storm (a) resilience and (b) recovery efforts in (i) the...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Bananas: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her Department's planned timescale is for the review of banana tariffs.

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy on arms exports to Israel of the International Court of Justice's order...

      Exports: South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to South Korea since 2022.

      Exports: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Japan since 2022.

      Exports: Sweden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Sweden since 2022.

      Exports: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to the United Arab Emirates since 2022.

      Exports: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Poland since 2022.

      Exports: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Australia since 2022.

      Exports: Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Switzerland since 2022.

      Exports: Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Singapore since 2022.

      Exports: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Canada since 2022.

      Exports: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase exports to Turkey since 2022.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Security

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what funds the Commissioners allocate to churches for (a) cameras, (b) alarms and (c) other security equipment.

    • Church of England: Charity Commission

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church has published guidance on the procedure for investigating serious incidents it has...

      Church of England: Charity Commission

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what data the commissioners hold on the number of serious incident reports that have been reported to the...

      Independent Safeguarding Board

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how many and what proportion of the case reviews that the Independent Safeguarding Board agreed to undertake...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ethiopia: Famine

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department is providing emergency humanitarian assistance to help avert famine in Ethiopia.

    • Elizabeth Tsurkov

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the case of Elizabeth Tsurkov who was...

      Alaa Abdel Fattah

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent progress he has made on securing the release of imprisoned pro-democracy activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah.

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of recognising Western Sahara as part of the Kingdom of Morocco.

      International Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has a tracker database of alleged violations of international law.

      Genocide

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps the Government takes to meet its legal obligation to prevent genocide.

      Gaza: Health Professions

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he plans to support the nomination of health care workers in Gaza for the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the consistency of (a) the decision to pause future funding to the UN Relief and...

      Palestinians: Refugees

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has made an assessment of potential alternatives for the provision of support to Palestinian...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what (a) information and (b) sources informed the decision not to renew funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency for...

      Gaza: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will hold discussions with his Israeli counterpart on taking steps to help ensure the safety of the family...

      Gaza: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what support his Department provides to UK citizens with family members in Gaza; and what assessment he has made of the...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that pauses in the funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the the potential impact of pauses of future funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency...

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much his Department (a) budgeted and (b) spent on the UK Action Against Corruption programme in each financial year...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he made representations in support of a two-state solution during his last meeting with the Prime Minister of...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what correspondence he has received from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees following...

      Gaza: Genocide Convention

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

      Gaza: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an estimate of how many UK citizens have family members in Rafah.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what the evidential basis was for his decision to suspend funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Boats

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number and proportion of anchor permits issued to vessels in the British...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many fishing logs have been inspected by Fisheries Protection Officers in the British Indian Ocean Territory in...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Boats

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number and proportion of applications to anchor in the British Indian...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many Fisheries Protection Officers are commissioned to patrol the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Boats

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will publish the registered nationalities of vessels given permission to anchor in the British Indian Ocean...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the International Court of Justice’s decision on the request for provisional measures in the...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to Q639 of the oral evidence given by the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to paragraph 40 of the summary grounds of the Secretary of State in the case of The King (on the...

      Hamas: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the alleged use of child soldiers by Hamas.

      Egypt: Palestinians

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will hold discussions with his Egyptian counterpart on opening the Rafah border crossing into Egypt to...

      Dieudonné Niyonsenga

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Rwanda on the (a) treatment in detention and (b) health of...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has rearranged a date for the UK-Africa investment summit.

      Tigray: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Tigray.

      Zambia: 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 Zambia.

      Pacific Ocean Islands: Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with Pacific island states on climate change adaptation.

      Migrant Workers: Higher Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Researchers at Risk programme, organised by the...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the teacher Supply Model target for the 2024 entry into initial teacher training is, by subject; and whether that number has been recruited in a...

    • St Leonard's Catholic School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all (a) books, (b) coursework and (c) other items have been retrieved from inaccessible parts of St Leonard’s Catholic School since...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues on the minimum temperature at which a temporary classroom can be safely used.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress her Department has made on implementing the policies in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to provide adequate education on the use of alcohol to people under the age of 18.

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of (a) reducing and (b) eliminating the residency requirement for British National Overseas...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary state schools in the long-term.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled Selective Comprehensives 2024, published by the Sutton Trust on 11 January 2024, what assessment she has made of...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to require universities to admit foreign students on the same terms as UK students.

      Higher Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department is taking steps to assist students with SEND to access higher education as (a) school leavers and (b) mature students.

      Politics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment on the impact of (a) the Our Generation Our Vote project and (b) other political literacy projects on levels of...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the new draft guidance for Relationship, Sex, and Health Education will be published.

      Department for Education: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to (a) reduce and (b) end the use of cash retentions.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage innovation when setting up new schools.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people who are projected to move into work following the removal of the Limited Capability...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) tax credits only, (b) income-based jobseekers allowance, (c) employment support allowance and tax credits, (d)...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Access to Work claims for the cost of employment coaches for supported interns were (a) approved and (b) unpaid on 5 February 2024;...

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on helping support adults with autism into work.

      Disability: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department plans to take to help support people with complex disabilities with the cost of living in the 2024-25 financial year.

      Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department holds on the number of households in the private rented sector in receipt of universal credit with the housing...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claims are outstanding.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department holds information on the number of Access to Work claims for job coaching support for interns that have been approved...

      Social Security Benefits: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available for claimants unable to complete his Department's forms.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time was for Access to Work claims for the costs of employment coaches for supported interns to be paid in the latest period...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for a payment to be made through the Access to Work programme for the cost of employment coaches for...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will hold discussions with food bank providers on the potential merits of publishing data on the number of people who used a foodbank on...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Access to Work claims are outstanding.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken to process child Disability Living Allowance claims.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the NHS on the impact of its timescales for providing medical evidence for child Disability Living Allowance...

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will take steps to recruit staff to process claims for Disability Living Allowance for children.

      Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Q338 of the evidence given by the Minister for Pensions on 10 January 2024, HC144, what the (a) scope of and (b) timeline...

      Pensions: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will have discussions with The Pensions Regulator on ensuring that death in service benefits are paid expediently to beneficiaries.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2024 to Question 12040 on Universal Credit, if she will extend data sharing to include the details of (a)...

      Employment Data Lab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 17 March 2023 to Question 163847 on Employment Data Lab, when he plans to publish the two further evaluations.

      Sector-based Work Academy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sector-based work academies have taken place in total and in each (a) country and (b) region of the UK since the programme began.

      Universal Credit: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of how many veterans claim Universal Credit.

      Social Security Benefits: Fundraising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) GoFundMe and (b) other fundraisers set up by a friend or relative can impact on a claimant's access to (i) universal credit, (ii)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's News story entitled 500 trucks rapidly procured for British Army operations, published on 3 February 2024, what...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current out of service date is for the Army’s Foxhound vehicles.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Q62 of the oral evidence by Lt General Sir Robert Magowan to the Committee of Public Accounts on 22 January 2024, HC 451, when he...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current out of service date is for the Army’s Pinzgauer vehicles.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Q84 of the oral evidence given by David Williams to the Public Accounts Committee on 22 January 2024, HC 451, what the other key...

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met with representatives of Fighting with Pride on the issue of adequate compensation for LGBT veterans following Lord Etherton’s review.

      Armed Forces: Candidates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what rules on standing for (a) local and (b) national political office apply to (i) regular and (ii) reserve personnel.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 10491 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Accidents, how he plans to monitor implementation of the...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 37 of the National Audit Office's report entitled The Equipment Plan 2023-2033, HC 315, published on 4 December 2023, what steps...

      Meteor Missiles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Q65 of the oral evidence by Lt General Sir Robert Magowan to the Committee of Public Accounts on 22 January 2024, HC 451, when he...

      Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current out of service date is for the Army’s Panther vehicles.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current out of service date is for the Army’s remaining Stormer Armoured Vehicles.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current out of service date is for the Army’s (i) Mastiff, (ii) Ridgeback and (iii) Wolfhound protected mobility...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current out of service date is for the Army’s Bulldog vehicle.

      Defence Suppliers Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 5 of the Defence Suppliers' Forum publication entitled Collaboration Charter, published on 22 November 2023, how many joint study...

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 37 of the National Audit Office's report entitled The Equipment Plan 2023-2033, HC 315, published on 4 December 2023, what steps...

      Defence Suppliers Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Suppliers' Forum publication entitled Collaboration Charter, published on 22 November 2023, when he plans to assess the...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2023 to Question 10468 on Armed Forces: Uniforms, if his Department will end the sourcing of bearskin from Canada.

      Guided Weapons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 37 of the National Audit Office's report entitled The Equipment Plan 2023-2033, HC 315, published on 4 December 2023, what steps...

      Ministry of Defence: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2024 to Question 11388 on Ministry of Defence: Ministers' Private Offices, what the cost of the 2022 refurbishment...

      Falkland Islands: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the (a) availability and (b) readiness of the Armed Forces in relation to the security of the...

      NATO Countries: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will hold discussions with his NATO counterparts on increasing defence spending, in the context of further potential international conflict.

      Gurkhas: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Tripartite talks between his Department, Gurkha veterans and the government of Nepal are expected to be concluded this month.

      Germany: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many German personnel are training in the UK with the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.

      Germany: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK-German joint military exercises took place in 2023.

      Armed Forces: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to allow (a) next of kin and (b) executors of deceased armed forces personnel to gain access to the (i) medical records...

      Army: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are employed by the Army in roles relating to diversity and inclusion as of 31 January 2024.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 9950 on Yemen: Military Intervention, which conflicts are covered by his Department's tracker...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of abolishing marriage value under schedule two of...

    • Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of updating the valuations upon which Council Tax...

      Public Sector: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department issues on the publication by local authorities of public notices; and if he will make an...

      Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring the refusal of applications for planning permission for...

      Domestic Visits: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2024 to Question 11923 on Levelling Up Fund: Tamworth Borough Council, on what date...

      Levelling Up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has for future rounds of the Levelling Up Fund.

      Local Government: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support local councils with high debt levels.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of home warranty policies in covering the costs of building structural faults.

      Social Rented Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department’s consultation on reforms to social housing allocations, published on 30 January...

      Business: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support high street businesses in Bournemouth.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) promoters and (b) operators of schemes subject to the loan charge have been prosecuted.

    • Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish his latest estimate of the annual cost to the Exchequer of the Rural Fuel Duty Relief scheme.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of increasing Draught Duty Relief to 20% on (a) pubs and (b) small and independent brewers.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid the higher rate of income tax in each year since 2018.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission an independent review into the loan charge.

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of raising the threshold on the Rent a Room scheme.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to recover tax avoided through disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes from people who (a) recommended, (b) promoted and...

      Pensions: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that beneficiaries of death in service pensions do not pay additional tax when there is a delay in the receipt of funds.

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a sliding scale of VAT rates for companies according to revenue.

      Banks: East Devon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help prevent the closure of banks in East Devon constituency.

      Bank Services: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is taking steps to prevent banks from providing (a) financial and (b) investment support to business which derive income from industrial...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has raised since 2018.

  • Home Office

    • Crossbows

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of crossbows in the UK; and what plans he has to (a) categorise crossbows as firearms and (b)...

    • Drugs: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the cultivation of illegal drug farms in abandoned commercial properties.

      Motor Vehicles: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to help reduce automobile theft in (a) the UK and (b) Romford constituency.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to maintain the minimum income threshold level for spouse visas in place on 1 February 2024.

      Asylum: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of asylum claims in which the applicant cites Christian belief as a reason for asylum...

      Biometric Residence Permits: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a cost implication to (a) his Department and (b) Serco of biometric residence permit cards being issued with errors.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the future of those resident in the UK on Ukrainian sponsorship schemes beyond the...

      Asylum: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the level of support provided to asylum seekers on levels of poverty among asylum...

      Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children will be detained at Derwentside immigration removal centre.

      Biometric Residence Permits: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of biometric residence permits issued in (a) the last 12 months and (b) each of the previous 10 years contained...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders who were removed from the UK were imprisoned for (a) sexual offences, (b) homicide and (c) assault in...

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has issued guidance on reasons that EU citizens with a valid passport may be refused entry to the UK.

      Charter for Families Bereaved through Public Tragedy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public bodies have signed the Hillsborough Charter.

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of EU citizens who were refused entry at the border intended to enter the UK for (a) leisure or tourism, (b)...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders were removed from the UK with more than 12 months remaining on their sentence under the Early Removal...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 8437 on Organised Crime, what his Department's timescale is for the publication of the...

      British National (Overseas): Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing British National (Overseas) passport holders to undertake...

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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...

      Fraud: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress (a) his Department and (b) the Security Minister have made on preparations for the global fraud summit.

      Money Laundering: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps officials in his Department are taking with their counterparts in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to tackle...

      Defending Democracy Taskforce: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Defending Democracy Taskforce is taking to help reduce disinformation at the next general election.

      Home Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 8979 on Home Office: Public Appointments, what his Department's timescale is for the...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Unit Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for her Department's policies of the report by Public Health Scotland entitled...

      Metropolitan Police: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had recent discussions with the Metropolitan Police on their role in gathering of evidence of war crimes in Ukraine.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans to complete its review of the police funding formula before the end of this Parliamentary session.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) student and (b) student dependent visa applications were received by his Department in the first two weeks of January (i) 2023...

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's cyber security measures in protecting public sector organisations.

    • Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria his Department uses to determine the security standard of hardware devices before they are purchased by Government.

      Public Sector: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of incorporating device security in public sector risk management strategies.

      Public Sector: Cybersecurity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve the cyber resilience of public services.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Procurement Act 2023 on strengthening cyber security requirements for public tenders.

      Waste Disposal: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an estimate of the number of local council waste collector vacancies in each year since 2015.

      Sikhs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report by the Office for National Statistics entitled Equalities data audit, final report, published on 25 October 2018, how many...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will have discussions with local authorities on the long-term effect of the speaking of Welsh of inter-library loan charges for...

    • Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the study by Gabriel A. Brooks and Luke Clark...

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2024 to Question 11912, how many local authority swimming pools have opened in each region in each...

      Gambling: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies on gambling regulation of (a) Omaze and (b) other companies that...

      Football: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to include anti-racism teaching in the objectives of the independent regulator for English football.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offender Institutions: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of hours spent out of their cell by inmates on (a) weekdays and (b) weekend days was in each young offender institution in...

    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders of each offence type there are in the male prison estate.

      Repossession Orders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department is taking steps to restore the Possession Claim Online service (a) for properties in Wales and (b) in the Welsh language.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time is for hon. Members to receive a response from His Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service on casework queries.

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time was for probate cases to be processed in (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) in the latest period for which data is available.

      Ministry of Justice: Carbon Emissions

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

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Barristers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Northern Ireland on trends in the number of barristers working in Northern Ireland...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when she plans to bring Part 8, Chapter 1 of the Energy Act 2023 into force.

    • Small Businesses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of introducing funding to help small businesses...

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of targeted exemption of energy bill levies on (a) households using electric...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January to Question 9113, if she will take steps to further extend the eligibility for the warm home...

      Fuel Poverty: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 9112 on Fuel Poverty, whether the review of the Fuel Poverty Strategy will...

      Energy: 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)...

      North Sea Oil: Shetland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 24 October 2023 to Question 202952 on North Sea Oil: Shetland, on what evidential basis she said...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the impact of the withdrawal of the Warm Homes Discount on (a) people in receipt of disability...

      Pipelines: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, who is responsible for the costs of maintenance of the oil pipeline from Finnart to Grangemouth.

      Pipelines: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what is the status of the Finnart to Grangemouth oil pipeline; and if she will make an estimate of the potential cost to the public...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter issued on 9 January to local authorities by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the indicative capital...

    • River Thames: Flood Control

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of holding flood water in the Jubilee River channel to prevent flooding of properties in Maidenhead, Windsor and...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Horizon IT System: Disclosure of Information

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to nullify all non-disclosure agreements the Post Office has in place with sub-postmasters who experienced...

    • Horizon IT System

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether in incurring potential liabilities on the group litigation against Alan Bates and others which concluded in 2019, the Post Office required authorisation...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment has been carried out by the Export Control Joint Unit into the risk of UK arms exported to Israel being used in violation of international...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government what legal advice has been received and briefed on in relation to the risk of UK-manufactured arms and components being used in violations of international human...

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask His Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 January (HL1648), whether they will provide forecasts of the number of people that His...

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether any amendment to individual savings account (ISA) regulations is necessary in respect of fractional shares; and if this is the case, what is the timeline...

      Annuities: Pensions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of bulk annuity deals and their impact on pension schemes.

      New Businesses: Investment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which changes to the definition of "high net worth individual” investors is likely to impact minority group...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that dozens of Christians in Nigeria’s Mangu local government area of Plateau State have been killed in Fulani...

    • Burundi: Rwanda

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the border closure and the deteriorating relations between Rwanda and Burundi; and what steps they are taking to help prevent...

      Sudan: Internally Displaced People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which UK and international contributions to UN humanitarian agencies to date are meeting the needs of internally...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and what action they are taking with international partners to prevent crisis levels of...

      Colombia: José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Colombia about reports of (1) attacks against, and (2) surveillance of, members of the José Alvear...

      Colombia: José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the British Embassy in Bogotá intends to conduct an official visit to the offices of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers...

      Ecuador: Politics and Government

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the state of emergency declared in Ecuador on 8 January, what assessment they have made of the political and security situation in that country.

      Taiwan: Foreign Relations

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to strengthen bilateral relations with Taiwan, including UK ministerial meetings with the President-elect, William Lai Ching-te.

      Gaza: Uranium

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the article in the Nature Scientific Reports journal Radiological hazard assessments of radionuclides in building materials, soils and sands from the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Visitors: Childbirth

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many home visits from (1) midwives, and (2) health visitors, women currently receive after childbirth.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video Games: Prizes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they plan to take, if any, to tackle the ability of computer games players to ‘cash out’ loot box prizes through online platforms such as...

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Greater London

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Mayor of London about his suspension of the requirement for private hire drivers to pass an English language proficiency exam.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Marines: Recruitment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the target size of the Royal Marines; how many Commandos currently serve in the Royal Marines; and what steps they are taking (1) to improve the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Inquiries

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many statutory and non-statutory inquiries they have undertaken since 2005, and what were their (1) length, (2) cost, (3) sponsoring department, and (4)...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what process they are using to determine the allocation for (1) social care, (2) funding guarantees, and (3) grants, under their plans to provide an...

    • Buildings: Insurance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to stop managing agents charging leaseholders excessive commission charges for renewing buildings insurance.

      Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much they have paid to the charity Barnardo's in Northern Ireland for helping to administrate the Homes for Ukraine scheme there.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station: Construction

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the delays to the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station on their 2030 target for low-carbon electricity generation.

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