Written answers

Monday, 12 February 2024

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Cultural Heritage: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring greater protection to landscapes with a distinct literary...

    • Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to introduce the Building Safety Levy.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the merits of making sprinklers mandatory in all high rise buildings.

      Households: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of households that own a car that do not have a driveway.

      Social Rented Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the nature of challenges to access social housing for people aged 16 to 24.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the report entitled Relationship of Equals, published by the Housing Ombudsman on 23 January 2024, if he...

      Housing First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the impact of Housing First has on health inequalities for homeless people.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of rent-to-rent schemes.

      Private Rented Housing: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle age-based discrimination in the private rented sector.

      Levelling Up Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which constituencies have been allocated funding from the Levelling Up Fund in Scotland.

      Private Rented Housing: Mould

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to increase protections...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many people have entered employment through the people and skills investment priority of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of amending local government funding settlements to place...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which local authorities have the highest rates of (a) non-payment and (b) payment of council tax.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of amending local government funding settlements to increase the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 11 January 2024 from the Rt hon. Member for East Ham, reference ST102443.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Horizon IT System: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to exonerate sub-postmasters prosecuted due to the Post Office Horizon system.

    • Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution by the Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business of 30 November 2023, Official Report,...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support the development of new small businesses.

      Mining: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of commissioning an independent review of criminal convictions during the...

      Mining: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to provide a pardon to people convicted of certain offences related to the miners' strike...

      Personal Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent steps she has taken to support the hairdressing, barbering, and beauty sector.

      Postal Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with the Royal Mail on service delivery in (a) rural areas and (b) Leicestershire.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • West Africa: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help support (a) peace and (b) cooperation in West Africa.

    • Gaza: Genocide Convention

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will take steps to help ensure the Israeli government's compliance with the provisional measures set forth by the...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will increase UK aid to Gaza.

      Gaza: Genocide Convention

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterparts on compliance with the provisional measures set forth...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will place sanctions on Israeli (a) ministers and (b) members of parliament who participated in the conference...

      Western Sahara: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department is taking steps to help support self-determination for people in Western Sahara.

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps the Government is taking to help restore democracy in Myanmar.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of police abuses in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh.

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees...

      Angola: Corruption

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Angolan counterpart on supporting (a) investigation, (b) freezing, (c)...

      Africa: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent steps he has taken to help end female genital mutilation in (a) Sierra Leone and (b) other African states.

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2024 to Question 11223 on Morocco: Western Sahara, whether he has had discussions...

      Afghanistan: Girls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with NGOs in Afghanistan on STEM teaching for girls in that country.

      Afghanistan: Girls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much has been spent on helping Afghan girls to study maths and science since 2021; and how much money has been...

      Montserrat: Development Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what the cost to the public purse was of Official Development Assistance funding to Montserrat in (a) 2021, (b) 2022...

      Ukraine: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart on the suspension of special permits for...

      Spain: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made recent representations to his Spanish counterparts on proposals for a waste facility at the site of...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the pause of future funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency...

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Capture and Storage: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a comparative estimate of the funding the Government has committed to spend with the amount spent on (a) Carbon Capture Usage and Storage...

    • Fossil Fuels: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 24 October 2023 to Question 202953 on North Sea Oil and to the policy paper entitled Energy Taxes Factsheet, published on...

      Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of VAT thresholds on small businesses.

      Electronic Cigarettes: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of banning disposable vapes on the level of VAT collected.

      Voluntary Contributions: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allow British National (Overseas) visa holders to back pay voluntary National Insurance contributions.

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to help support people to regain access to their Government Gateway accounts who do not have the necessary physical documentation.

      Self-employed: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending tax reporting periods for freelancers in the creative sectors.

      Voluntary Contributions: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will alter the existing categories for voluntary National Insurance contributions up to 15 years to include British National (Overseas) visa...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prescriptions: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescription errors were recorded by NHS trusts in 2023; and how many were recorded as causing patient harm.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recent guidance issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help encourage vaccine uptake for measles in Coventry; what plans she has to tackle gaps in measles...

      Mental Health: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on steps being taken to help mitigate the potential...

      Maternity Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had recent discussions with NHS England on improving awareness of inequalities in black and Asian maternal health...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings she has held with representatives from obesity charities and organisations since being appointed.

      Family Practitioner Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS GP appointments for patients with eye conditions there were in the last 12 months.

      Pharmacy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing an NHS school of pharmacy in Hull.

      Transplant Surgery: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help tackle racial inequalities in levels of organ transplantation.

      Dental Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the next NHS dental recovery plan will apply to Northern Ireland.

      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make it her policy to (a) consult experts on and (b) develop a strategy to help prevent foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to help ensure that all pregnant women are (a) asked about their alcohol intake and (b) supported in reducing and...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to help improve the (a) clarity and (b) accuracy of allergen information on food labelling.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to ensure that all general practice clinicians have access to training on the (a) risk factors and (b) symptoms of...

      Social Services: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage school leavers to pursue a career in social care.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what proportion of cases presented at urgent care and emergency departments has alcohol been recorded as (a) a contributing or (b)...

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she expects the Anthony Nolan and NHS Blood and Transplant State of the Registry report on stem cells to be published.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussion with her international counterparts on best practice in the management of alcohol use.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of alcohol harm.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding for alcohol (a) harm and (b) addiction services.

      Pharmacy: Halesowen and Rowley Regis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pharmacies in Halesowen & Rowley Regis constituency have signed up for Pharmacy First.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make it his policy to implement Owen's Law in line with the recommendations of the Food Standards Agency.

  • Department for Education

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the policy paper entitled Championing kinship care: national kinship care strategy, published on 15 December 2023, if she will make...

    • Pupils: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues on adapting school environments to support the needs of autistic students.

      Childcare: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the expansion in government funded childcare on the cost of paid for hours.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, What progress her Department has made on implementing the Government's Autism Strategy 2021-2026; and what steps she plans to take to implement the...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2024 to Question 8408 on Offences against Children, whether she plans to take further steps with Cabinet...

      Pupils: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing guidance on how to adapt school environments to support the needs of...

      Care Leavers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the current employment rate is for care leavers, 12 months after leaving local authority care.

      Youth Custody: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many minors in care have been taken into custody in the last 12 months; and how many children who have lived in care are currently serving a...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an estimate of how many and what proportion of businesses have used their apprenticeship service account to transfer unused levy...

      Apprentices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on updating apprenticeship standards; and what representations she has received from business stakeholders on these standards.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the HGV skills boot camp.

      Education: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations in the Education Report 2023, published by the National...

      Education: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled Outcomes of the review of the initial teacher training core content framework and early career framework,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to conduct a review of the current penalties for non-compliance with food labelling regulations.

    • Animal Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to commission research into developing a vaccine to protect livestock from the Schmallenburg virus.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of (a) literacy levels, (b) learning disabilities, (c) internet...

      Hedgehogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help increase the number of hedgehogs.

      Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to emergency authorisation of Cruiser SB on sugar beet crops in 2024, what discussions his Department has had...

      Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he considered the prevention principle when making his decision on the emergency authorisation of Cruiser SB on...

      Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the environmental impact of the use of the product Cruiser SB on sugar beet crops.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many compliance inspections his Department made to ensure that the conditions of the emergency authorisation of...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release entitled Nature recovery to be accelerated as the government delivers on measures to...

      Fisheries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to issue a condition on all fishing licences to prevent vessels from using bottom-towed gear...

      Animals: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help reduce the distress to animals caused by fireworks displays.

      Lawn Mowers: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of petrol leaf blowers on the environment.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department is providing to XL bully dog owners who were unable to neuter their dog before the deadline.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department is providing to people who were unable to register their XL Bully dogs before the deadline on...

      Veterinary Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's timescales are for the publication of the results of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations...

      Meat Products: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to detect the illegal carrying of meat products into the UK.

      Donkeys and Horses: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing mandatory microchipping for all (a) horses,...

      Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to undertake a consultation on the labelling of non-stun slaughter meat.

      Livestock Worrying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an estimate of the potential cost to farmers of dog attacks on farm animals in the last 12 months.

      Environment Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff have been employed by the Environment Agency for each year since 2015.

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data his Department holds on the number of hunting trophies imported in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      Forest Products: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish guidance for businesses on verifying the origin of imported forest risk commodities to the plot of land...

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to control the prevalence of (a) floating pennywort, (b) Himalayan balsam, (c)...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental...

      Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (England) Regulations 2023 will come into force on 1 February 2024.

      Hornets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to help eradicate Asian hornets from the UK before spring 2024.

      Darwin Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of not permitting representatives of organisations which apply for...

      Darwin Initiative: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2023 to Question 5477 on Darwin Initiative: Finance, if he will appoint independent...

  • Home Office

    • Bereavement Counselling: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of guidance issued to register office staff on supporting families with a bereavement.

    • Industrial Disputes: Orgreave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will open an independent public enquiry into the conduct of the police at Orgreave coking works during the 1984-85 miners' strike.

      Refugees: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ukrainians have applied for refugee status in the UK outwith the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme since March 2022.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ARAP applicants awaiting a decision are residing in UK hotels as of 30 January 2024.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Housing First: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the impact of the Housing First programme on levels of offending behaviour.

    • Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total number of remand prisoners was in each prison on HMPPS estate as of 1 January 2024.

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time spent on remand was, broken down by prisoner (a) gender, (b) ethnicity, (c) age and (d) status as a Foreign National Offender in 2023.

      Probation Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days of long term sick leave were recorded by probation staff in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Prisons: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days of long term sick leave were recorded by prison staff in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2024 to Question 11316 on Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions, if he will make an assessment of the impact of the...

    • Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2024 to Question 11316 on Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions, whether his Department has taken recent steps to review...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of proposed rail fares for 2024-25; and if he will take steps to ensure fares do not rise further.

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2024 to Question 11316 on Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions and with reference to the policy paper entitled Future of...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) shipowners and (b) vessels were flagged on the UK Ship Register in each year since 2021.

      UK Shipping Concierge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) annual budget and (b) full-time headcount is for the UK Shipping Concierge in 2023-24; and what the estimated budget is for 2024-25.

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Written Statement of 24 May 2022 on UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions, HCWS50, what progress the UK Shipping Office for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Universal Credit claimants whose claims were closed in 2020 because they failed to accept their claimant commitment subsequently...

    • Universal Credit Programme Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions an issue at the Universal Credit Programme Board has been escalated to the Portfolio Board in each year since 1 January 2018.

      Universal Credit Programme Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish details of (a) external bodies and (b) other Government departments that are members of the Universal Credit Programme Board.

      Universal Credit Programme Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions Ministers from his Department have attended the Universal Credit Programme Board in each year since 1 January 2018.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had recent discussions with Ofgem on the potential impact of recent changes in off-peak night rates on Economy 7...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the impact of different levies for gas and electricity on heating bills.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to support families that are not eligible for universal credit support with their heating bills.

      Energy: Standing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions her Department has had with Ofgem on the equitability of standing charges.

      Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the economic impact of Ofgem's current energy pricing structures on (a) businesses...

      EDF Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to EDF's media release entitled January 2024 project update, published on 23 January 2024], whether her Department...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on domestic fossil fuel licencing of the global stocktake...

      Oil: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the estimated carbon emissions are from the import and export of oil in the UK.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether existing smart meters will need to be replaced when the UK's 2G and 3G networks are phased out in 2033.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when the management of the Data Communications Company's smart meter network will transfer from O2 to Vodafone.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that authorisation of requests from allies and partners for access to UK air bases is compatible with the UK's...

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the practice of routinely authorising requests from allies and partners to access UK air bases following the interim ruling of the...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Pashto and Dari language specialists have worked on the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme in each month since April 2021.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Jerusalem: Cultural Heritage

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have met with representatives of Save the ArQ in Jerusalem; and what support, if any, they are providing to the campaign.

    • Sudan: Internally Displaced People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Sudanese people who have fled to (1) Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, and (2) Abyei, since violence erupted in...

      Forests: Environment Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Communion Forest, an initiative comprising local activities of tree growing and ecosystem conservation, protection and...

      Gaza: Genocide Convention

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to their statement on 27 January that they have "considerable concerns" about the International Court of Justice ruling on 26 January regarding the case...

      Palestinian Authority: Taxation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning tax receipt funds to the Palestinian Authority; and what assessment they have made...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Iran regarding ceasing their support for militias attacking western forces in the Middle East.

      Alaa Abdel Fattah

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt regarding the release of the British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, and whether...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many Afghans who were employees of NATO and the UN during 2001–21 have been admitted to the UK under the various Afghan resettlement programmes.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to supporting the temporary medical evacuation of severely injured children from Israel and Palestine to the UK in order to...

      Pakistan: Women

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the sanctioning of Mian Abdul Haq as a human rights violator on 9 December 2022, what assessment they have made of whether that sanctioning has been...

      Gaza: Genocide Convention

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the International Court of Justice handing down its ruling in South Africa's case against Israel, what measures they will put in place to meet their...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the Home Builders Federation State of Play: Challenges and opportunities facing SME home builders, published...

    • Social Rented Housing: Foreign Nationals

      To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of social homes outside London have a non-British citizen as the lead tenant.

  • Home Office

    • Shellfish: Animal Welfare

      To ask His Majesty's Government, regarding the Decapods: call for evidence which closed on 13 October 2023, what consideration they have made of the evidence received, when results will be...

    • Animal Experiments: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter dated 29 August 2023 from Lord Sharpe of Epsom to the Chair of the Animals in Science Committee, what progress they have made in considering...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) economic, and (2) fiscal impact, of the dependents of those on student visas.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospices: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will extend the Children’s Hospice Grant for children’s palliative care in England beyond 2024–25.

    • Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 3 January (HL1166), whether they are encouraging the fluoridation of drinking water supplies, given that the...

      HIV Infection

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many HIV testing kits were supplied between 1 and 7 February 2021, and of those, how many positive HIV tests were recorded.

      Housing: Veterans

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reinstate the £300 million Housing Transformation Fund to support the development of specialist housing for those such as...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Horizon IT System

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have, at any point since 1999, asked the National Audit Office to review the operation of the Horizon IT system used by the Post Office.

    • Post Office: Directors

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to replace any directors of the Post Office in post during the period when sub-postmasters were being prosecuted as the result of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of decisions relating to benefits overpayments or benefit recovery made by the Department of Work and Pensions are the result of algorithmic...

    • Incontinence: Men

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the needs of men who are incontinent, but not classified as disabled as defined under the Equality Act 2010, are recognised and provided for with...

      Household Support Fund

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on low-income households of not renewing the Household Support Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Swimming

      To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of school children leave school being able to swim at least 25 metres; and what proportion of those children are (1) Black, and (2) Asian.

    • Relationships and Sex Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to require schools’ relationships and sex education syllabuses to include (1) information about sexually transmitted infections...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many children in England under the age of 18 are diagnosed with (1) autism spectrum condition, (2) ADHD, (3) dyslexia, and (4) dyspraxia; how many children...

      Joshua Sutcliffe

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the publication of their Draft non-statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England on Gender Questioning Children, published in December 2023,...

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that schools that are affected by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete are not subject to an Ofsted inspection.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of bringing school improvement within the terms of reference of regular Ofsted inspections.

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to pupils whose schools are affected by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete and whose summer examinations may be impacted.

  • Treasury

    • Retail Trade: VAT

      To ask His Majesty's Government when marketplaces and online retailers collect VAT under legislation introduced in 2021, how does HMRC ensure the VAT collected is actually handed over to...

    • Pension Funds

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of the pension funds of regulators investing in companies for which the regulator has oversight responsibility, for...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incinerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate as a sustainable aggregate.

    • Conservation Areas and National Parks: Permitted Development Rights

      To ask His Majesty's Government what analysis has been carried out of the impact of proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in National Parks and other Protected Landscapes for the...

      Bread and Flour: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the publication of the consultation response to the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 on 17 January, when they will inform the WTO and EU Commission of...

      Inland Border Facilities: Ashford

      To ask His Majesty's Government why the Port of Dover's border control point for imports will be located 22 miles away at Sevington, and what assessment they have made of the risks to biosecurity.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the implementation of new border controls being implemented from 31 January, what steps they are taking to mitigate any potential challenges faced by...

      Immigration Controls: Airports and Ports

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare ports and airports for the introduction of new border controls being implemented from 31 January.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether a train service specification had been developed for the TransPennine route upgrade prior to the commencement of the works.

    • Cross Country Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 14 July 2023 (HL8970) and Lord Davies of Gower on 24 January (HL1398), when is the...

      Great Western Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 24 January (HL1400), who pays for repairs to damaged rolling stock, in particular between Cardiff...

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether, when life-expired railway infrastructure is being replaced, present appraisal methodology provides for the replacement infrastructure to reflect the...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 24 January (HL1399), whether they have access to information on the amount of money being refunded...

      Railway Stations: Advertising

      To ask His Majesty's Government what policies and guidance are in place for Network Rail concerning whether political statements are permitted in advertising or otherwise displayed in...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many people aged (1) 20–30, (2) 31–40, (3) 41–50, (4) 51–60, (5) 61–75, and (6) 76 and over, were prosecuted in (a) 2021, (b)...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Telecommunications: Emergency Calls

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the withdrawal of copper wire land lines because of the roll out of full fibre does not leave some homes and schools...

    • Business: Horizon Europe

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are the eligibility criteria for businesses to apply for Horizon research programme funding; and how those grants will assist them.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the purpose of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which that purpose has been achieved.

    • Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the total cost to the United Kingdom of all forms of military support to Ukraine since December 2021.

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