Written answers

Monday, 19 February 2024

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she last met with the families involved with the Essex Mental Health Statutory Public Inquiry.

    • Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to meet families involved in the Essex mental health independent inquiry to discuss the terms of reference for that inquiry.

      Sodium Valproate and Surgical Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timetable is to respond to the Patient Safety Commissioner's report entitled Hughes Report: Options for redress for...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what NHS support is available for people wanting to give up vaping.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase access to NHS-provided weight loss surgery in the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure adequate supply of ADHD medications.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help ensure that people who require insulin are able to access it.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the NHS missed its target of 70% of invited women to be screened for breast cancer in 2022-23.

      Breast Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to deliver a national awareness campaign on breast cancer screening to help improve uptake.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Oral Statement of 7 February 2024 on NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform, Official Report, columns 251-253, whether...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to (a) increase availability of and (b) reduce waiting times for dental appointments.

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of NHS dental practices were in dispute with her Department about reconciling payments for NHS work on 30...

      Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 188530 on Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, whether it remains her policy...

      Dental Services: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to hospital for a tooth extraction due to decay in the region covered by the NHS North...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to target support to people with adverse childhood experiences to prevent alcohol harm.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the number of residential placements available for individuals who have...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on (a) reducing alcohol harm among children and (b) providing effective education...

      Dentistry: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her oral statement of 7 February 2024 on NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform, Official Report column 251, if she will...

      Dental Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Barnett Consequential funding the Welsh Government will receive from spending announced in the NHS Dental Recovery Plan for England.

      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will have discussions with representatives of the alcohol industry on the role of product labelling in informing women about the...

      Public Health: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the potential merits of adopting a...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the efficacy of dental commissioning by Integrated Care Boards.

      Dental Services: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Oral Statement of 7 February 2024 on NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform, how she defines Somerset in the context of...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Education on the potential merits of including information on the...

      Physiotherapy: Hornsey and Wood Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the availability of rehabilitation physiotherapy appointments for patients in Hornsey...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) brain tumour research charities and (ii) other organisations working to...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she plans to take to (a) help ensure equality of access to radiotherapy, (b) recruit more staff, (c) acquire more equipment...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with Lynch Syndrome are (a) informed of their condition and (b) made aware of their...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she plans to take to help increase the (a) stock of colonoscopy equipment, (b) number of colonoscopy facilities and (c) number...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer on 1 February 2024 to Question 11651 on Minimum Wage, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she plans to take to help ensure adequacy of funding for cancer research over the next ten years.

      Hospitals: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains her Department's policy to build a new hospital in Lancaster.

      Primary Health Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of (a) NHS Capital and (b) District Valuer Services rules in meeting demand for...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England's publication entitled Addressing the significant financial challenges created by industrial action in...

      Sodium Valproate: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that men who have taken Sodium Valproate receive compensation for (a) fertility and (b) other health...

      Mental Health Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people impacted by flooding.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the level of funding available for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase breast cancer screening uptake (a) in general and (b) in (i) areas and (ii) communities...

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of existing rehabilitative care for injured veterans.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will have discussions with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the adequacy of the range of stakeholders...

      Dental Services: North Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase access to NHS dentistry in North Shropshire constituency.

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has plans to reform NHS dental contracts to incentivise dentists to carry out NHS work.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for alcohol treatment programmes for pregnant women.

      Suicide: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the impact of extreme weather on suicide risk.

      Mental Health: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of integrating mental health data with the mapping of predictions of extreme...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to (a) increase capacity and (b) improve infrastructure in the NHS to help tackle dementia.

      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's approach to preventing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates he plans to publish the inspections completed by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on (a) Country of...

    • Artificial Intelligence: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in his Department are working on countering deepfake material.

      Abortion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that non-statutory guidance on abortion clinic safe access zones around abortion clinics issued by his...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2024 to Question 8419 on Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Act 2023, when he plans to...

      Asylum: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications were granted on the basis of the risk of persecution on religious grounds in each of the last five years.

      Home Office: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section...

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who applied for asylum who changed their religious adherence had their claim (a) granted and (b) refused in each of the last...

      Visas: Care Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many care workers on the Health and Social Care visa are employed by visa sponsors who are (a) registered with the Care Quality...

      Metropolitan Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of newly warranted officers in the Metropolitan Police Force left within their first two years of service in...

      Visas: Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that workers with the Health and Social Care visa are supported to find alternative work if...

      Domestic Abuse: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of extreme weather on the risk of intimate partner violence.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects pension adjustments for police officers affected by the McCloud judgement to be completed.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had discussions with his Scottish counterpart on minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

      Counter-terrorism: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people referred to Prevent whilst in prison subsequently committed a terror offence in each year since 2015.

      Slavery: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had recent discussions with businesses which operate in China on their legal obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Government Departments: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that Departments meet the legal requirements to ensure the prevention of (a) human trafficking and (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many zero emission buses had been allocated Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas funding as of 6 February 2024; and how many of those buses (a) have...

    • Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent comparative assessment his Department has made of the number and proportion of breakdowns in which there is a (a) collision and (b) death...

      A167 (M) and Tyne Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has uplifted the Government contribution for the Tyne Bridge and Central Motorway A167 (M) road works from 85% to 100%.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent fatal road accidents in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.

      Bypasses: Middlewich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an urgent decision on the full business case relating to the Middlewich Eastern Bypass to facilitate the commencement of construction.

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Motorcycle Industry Association's publication entitled Realising the full potential of zero emission powered light vehicles...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of rail reform on levels of customer satisfaction by 2030.

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of Motorcycle Industry Association's proposals to simplify the licensing regime for powered...

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the commitments in the 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan have been (a) completed and (b) abandoned; and when he plans to complete each of...

      Road Safety Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when will the Road Safety Investigation Branch be formed.

      Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on delivering the Joint Action Plan on Realising the Full Potential of Zero Emission Powered Light Vehicles.

      Airports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met representatives of (a) Belfast International, (b) Belfast City and (c) Londonderry airport.

      Railways: Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department provides support for rail fares for school trips.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the activities of mayoral development corporations of...

    • Council Housing: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to increase the number of council properties to enable local authorities to provide homes for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to reply to Questions 12395 and12396 on Building Safety Fund tabled on 31 January for answer on 5 February 2024.

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of when building remediation works carried out via the Building Safety Fund will be completed.

      Housing: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has had discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on the classification of timber framed...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Deep Sea Mining: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has made representations to international partners on a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

    • Defence

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, which non-NATO countries the UK has a commitment to defend against external aggression under (a) bilateral and (b)...

      Darfur: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the humanitarian situation in Zamzam camp in the...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to paragraph 30 of the summary grounds of the Secretary of State in the case of The King (on the...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions his international counterparts on taking steps to recognise Palestine as a state.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he held with (a) his international counterparts and (b) United Nations organisations before deciding...

      Taiwan Strait: Air Routes

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in China on changes to the M503, W122 and W123 flight paths around...

      Xinjiang: Uyghurs

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what his policy is on the use of the term genocide in reference to Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.

      Disinformation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what support he plans to provide to international partners to tackle (a) disinformation and (b) misinformation in the...

      Colombia: Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Colombian Government on the UN Biodiversity Conference 2024, to...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Health and Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk...

      Tucker Carlson

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make it his policy to impose Magnitsky sanctions against Tucker Carlson.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of employment rights of seafarers in the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

    • Veterans Welfare Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the training of Veterans Welfare Service staff.

      Veterans Welfare Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support provided by the Veterans Welfare Service.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans ID cards have been distributed in each region.

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to publish deadlines for the implementation of recommendations from the LGBT Veterans Independent Review.

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to facilitate parliamentary scrutiny of the Government's implementation of the LGBT Veterans Independent Review.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the international response in Ukraine.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to recognise the contribution of armed forces personnel.

      Veterans UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps Veterans UK has taken to support veterans and their families.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Q113 of the oral evidence by Andy Start to the Committee of Public Accounts on 22 January 2024, HC 451, how much and what proportion...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to British Army press release entitled Army’s top Brass Turns Out in Force to Address the World’s Leading Armoured Vehicle...

      LE TacCIS Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on legal fees relating to the Morpheus programme as of 8 February 2024.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether HMS Queen Elizabeth will need to be dry-docked following the discovery of issues with the propeller shaft.

      Destroyers: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has conducted (a) trials and (b) research into the feasibility of mounting (i) the Multiple Launch Rocket System and (ii) other...

      Global Combat Air Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on the Global Combat Air Programme Tempest programme as of 6 February 2024.

      Tomahawk Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to introduce the Tomahawk missile into the Royal Navy surface fleet.

      Warships: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to introduce (a) the Kongsberg missile system or (b) a similar variant to the Royal Navy surface fleet.

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether RFA Fort Victoria is (a) awaiting a refit, (b) working up after a refit and (c) operationally available.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian seafarer ratings have been trained by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in each year since 2016.

      Submarines: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) target and (b) actual number of people recruited for the Submarine Service was in each year since 2010.

      MOD Chicksands: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February to Question 12474 on RAF Chicksands: Housing, what plans his Department has to improve the (a) grade three (b)...

      Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army officers transferred to Intermediate Regular Commissions in each of the last ten years.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the recent negotiations in the United States Congress on the allocation of funding for military support for Ukraine, whether he has...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the safety of people in Pakistan previously rejected by the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy...

      Multi-role Ocean Surveillance Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the Multi Role Support Ship programme.

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement is of the RFA Fort Victoria.

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated out of service date is for RFA Fort Victoria.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the acquisition cost was of each of (a) the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and (b) their respective air groups.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to quality assure average times taken to make decisions on Access to Work assessments to National Statistics publication...

    • Vacancies: Bournemouth East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to fill job vacancies in Bournemouth East constituency.

      Jobcentres: Bournemouth East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to expand the support available through Jobcentres in Bournemouth East constituency.

      Household Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has undertaken an equality impact assessment on the potential effects of (a) reducing and (b) ending the Household...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3...

      Workplace Pensions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions during the debate on...

      Agriculture: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help improve workplace safety on farms.

      Cost of Living Payments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families in Northern Ireland will receive the cost of living payment as a result of being in receipt of low-income benefits in...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Iron and Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent representations she has received from the Welsh government on the future of the steel industry in Wales.

    • Iron and Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Secretary of State for Wales’s oral contribution of 23 January 2024 during the debate on Protecting Steel in the UK,...

      Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many people have been prosecuted for selling unsafe battery-charged (a) e-bikes and (b) e-scooters in the last 12 months.

      Tractors: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she will make an assessment of the potential impact of tariffs on battery electric truck tractors on net zero targets.

      Forced Labour: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that the supply chains of UK car manufacturers do not include Uyghur slave labour.

      Forced Labour: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has taken steps in response to the findings in the Human Rights Watch report entitled Asleep at the Wheel: Car...

      Department for Business and Trade: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to respond to Question 9354 tabled by the hon. Member for Gower on 12 January 2024 on Horizon IT System.

      Sales: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish a response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s research entitled Summary of consumer research and unit...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Government response: British Industry Supercharger Network Charging Compensation Scheme, updated by her Department on...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many loan facilities under the Export Development Guarantee Scheme have been guaranteed by UK Export Finance up to 100% in each of the...

      Rafael Advanced Defense Systems: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has received legal advice on the operations of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd at sites in the UK; and if she will conduct a...

  • Leader of the House

    • Arms Trade: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to increase parliamentary scrutiny of UK strategic export controls for military goods.

  • Department for Education

    • Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2024 to Question 11047 on Childcare, what measure her Department uses to establish the requirements of local...

    • Pupils: Autism and Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to help ensure that new school buildings are designed so as to enable students with (a) physical disabilities, (b)...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the report entitled Financial Sustainability of the UK Higher...

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made a recent assessment on the level of (a) training and (b) guidance provided to teachers on autism in girls.

      Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that funding allocated to universities for teaching for 2024-25 sufficiently enables institutions to support their...

      Foster Care: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of the implementation of the increase in foster carers allowances announced in February 2023.

      Pre-school Education: Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2024 to Question 12562 on Pre-school Education: Pupil Premium what estimate she has made of the number and...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to to her Answer on 6 February 2024 to Question 12559 on Special Educational Needs: Finance, when her Department will (a) complete and (b)...

      Special Educational Needs: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of special educational needs training given to teachers and staff at comprehensive...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of apprentices completed their endpoint assessment (a) on the date of, (b) one to three months after, (c) three to six...

      Secondary Education: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of employing veterans as mentors in secondary schools to help tackle (a) persistent absenteeism...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2024 to Question 12581 on Apprentices, when her Department plans to publish the National Achievement Rate Tables...

      Special Educational Needs: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department collects data on the amount spent by local authorities on taxis used to transport children with an education, health and care...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in full-time education have completed a work experience placement of (a) five days and (b) more than five days in each academic year...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the availability of appointments for education, health and care plan assessments.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to increase the (a) student loan and (b) postgraduate loan repayment thresholds in line with (i) inflation and (ii) the...

      Schools: Mental Health and Neurodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure a knowledge of (a) mental health and (b) neurodiversity among (i) school teachers and (ii) school students.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people applied for an apprenticeship in each academic year since 2016-17.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Darlington Economic Campus: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether paying a minimum wage equal to that recommended by the Living Wage Foundation is a stipulation in the tendering process for facilities...

    • Import Controls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 56 of The Border Target Operating Model, published in August 2023, what costs are within the scope of the estimated...

      Cabinet Office: Health and Safety

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the...

      Haughton Academy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) charities and (b) other bodies were involved in the organisation of the Prime Minister's visit to Haughton Academy in Darlington on 29...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2024 to Question 11285 on Blood: Contamination and with reference to the oral contribution of the Rt hon. Member...

      Agriculture: Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) farming and (b) growing businesses that have gone out of business in each year since 2010.

      Civil Servants: Veterans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made on increasing the accessibility of the Great Place to Work employment programme.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 3 January 2024 from the Rt hon. Member for East Ham, reference ST114629.

    • Ministry of Justice: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the...

      Lowdham Grange Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times a (a) Tornado and (b) national tactical response team was deployed to HMP Lowdham Grange in the last 24 months.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department conducted a women-specific impact and health needs assessment prior to the roll out of the use of alcohol monitoring tags.

      Homicide: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of sentences for murder were calculated from the starting point of (a) 15 years, (b) 25 years, (c) 30 years and (d) a whole...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2024 to Question 5054 on Prison Sentences: Foreign Nationals, what the evidential basis is for the calculation of...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people convicted of a crime in which alcohol was an aggravating factor are provided with harm reduction (a)...

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to address alcohol harm in prisons.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times Tornado Teams have been deployed to incidents in prisons in England and Wales in each year since 2018.

      National Tactical Response Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the National Tactical Response Group has been deployed in each year since 2018.

      Lowdham Grange Prison: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults were committed against prison staff by prisoners in HMP Lowdham Grange in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how long on average it takes to train new prison officers.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an estimate of the number of young people aged 18 or over in the youth secure estate who have been separated from their peers for...

      Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many safeguarding referrals have been made from each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre for people aged 18 or over in...

      Coroners: Birmingham and Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions a body was released more than seven days after the coroner's office was notified in (a) Birmingham and (b) Solihull in each of the...

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the timely hearing of cases in county courts.

      Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of probation officer caseload.

      Lowdham Grange Prison: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times an ambulance has been called to HMP Lowdham Grange in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Lowdham Grange Prison: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many companies bid for the contract for running HMP Lowdham Grange awarded in August 2022.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost to the public purse is of a person aged 18 or over being placed in the children’s secure estate.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the...

    • Iron and Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to his oral contribution of 23 January 2024 during the debate on Protecting Steel in the UK, Official Report, column 265, whether his...

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to help support eligible individuals following the McCloud Remedy.

    • Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of people who have bought buy-now pay-later interest-free products in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the total £1.5 billion allocated for the Equitable Life Payments Scheme is paid out to affected...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has paid in compensation to affected Equitable Life policyholders as of 8 February 2024.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress HMRC has made on reducing the time taken to issue f A1 forms.

      Childcare: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 2098 on Childcare: Finance, how much the Welsh Government will receive in Barnett Formula...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to review the High Income Child Benefit Charge threshold.

      Household Support Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take steps to assess the potential merits of extending the Household Support Fund into the next financial year.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the policy paper entitled Stubbing out the problem: A new strategy to tackle illicit tobacco, published in January 2024, whether the...

      Illicit Tobacco Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the police are represented on the Illicit Tobacco Taskforce.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to bullet four of Aim 1A in the policy paper entitled Stubbing out the problem: A new strategy to tackle illicit tobacco, published in...

      Hospitality Industry and Tourism: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to support the hospitality and tourism sectors.

      Public Houses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to help support community pubs.

      Beer: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to help support the brewery industry.

      Pensioners: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the tax-free threshold for pensioners to £15,000.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what events will be held in Northern Ireland to launch the Big Help Out in 2024.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what his Department's contingency plans are for (a) Scottish domestic energy and (b) aviation fuel security in the event that (i)...

    • Pipelines: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2024 to Question 3139 on Pipelines: Scotland, whether the (a) Finnart oil terminal and (b)...

      Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether an assessment has been made of the potential (a) maritime and (b) environmental impact of the increased use of Finnart oil...

      Marine Environment: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to include the the impact of (a) seagrass meadows, (b) salt marshes and (c) other blue...

      Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships for Climate Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has received representations from local government bodies on the potential impact of the decision not to join Coalition...

      Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what data her Department holds on the daily capacity to transport oil of the Finnart to Grangemouth pipeline.

      Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) relevant stakeholders on the future of the (i) Finnart oil...

      Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential impact on (a) security and (b) the environment of increasing oil imports...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the bumble bee population in the UK.

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce mandatory food waste reporting for (a) large and (b) medium sized businesses.

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of plastic pyrolysis plants on the environment in (a) residential and...

      Food Supply

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

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to stop the export of horses to Europe for slaughter.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to develop a detailed timeline for the roll-out of a ban on disposable vapes.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved Administrations on ensuring a consistent approach across...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the scale of the environmental impact of disposable vapes.

      Rodents: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of legislation on the welfare of (a) pet and (b) wild rodents.

      Floods: Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of flooding in each of the last five years.

      Japanese Knotweed: Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to eradicate Japanese knotweed.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the ban on American XL Bullies on the (a) rescue and (b)...

      Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the agreements made at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the money unspent across his Department's budgets in 2023.

      Farmers: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will launch a consultation on the potential impact of increasing production costs on farmers’ mental health.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of banning the importation of dogs with cropped ears.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that information on food packaging is accessible for blind and...

      River Mersey: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2024 to Question 9694 on River Mersey: Pollution, how many of the 56 pollution...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure an adequate supply of labour in the food supply chain.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to mitigate risks which have been recorded in the her Department's AI risk register.

    • Artificial Intelligence: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to her Department's response to the AI regulation White Paper entitled A pro-innovation approach to AI...

      Artificial Intelligence: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to her Department's response to the AI regulation White Paper entitled A pro-innovation approach to AI...

      Artificial Intelligence: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to her Department's response to the AI regulation White Paper entitled A pro-innovation approach to AI...

      Quantum Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to page 31 of the National Quantum Strategy published on 15 March 2023, what progress her Department has made...

      Research: Employment Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to improve working conditions for people working in research and development.

      Artificial Intelligence and ICT: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2024 to Question 10644 on Artificial Intelligence and ICT: Postgraduate Education, how...

  • Attorney General

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account the UK Government Financial Package to Northern Ireland takes of shortfalls in the policing budget.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • North Korea: Conflict Prevention

      To ask His Majesty's Government why they have not undertaken a Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability assessment of the situation in North Korea; and what plans they have, if any, to undertake...

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that four UK medical staff were injured in a bombing of the facilities of International Rescue Committee and Medical Aid...

      Ukraine: International Assistance

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

      Gaza: Genocide Convention

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take to monitor Israel’s compliance with the interim ruling of the International Court of Justice regarding its conduct in the conflict...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will review their policy regarding the export of arms to Israel in light of the International Court of Justice’s interim ruling regarding the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the governments of (1) India, or (2) China, regarding Iran’s support for militias attacking western forces...

      Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they last held discussions regarding the civil and democratic rights of Ahmadi citizens in Pakistan with (1) the government of Pakistan, and (2) with the...

  • Treasury

    • Development Aid: National Income

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the Autumn Statement 2023, what assessment they have made of the suitability of the economic climate to enable them to return Official Development...

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following a request from the Northern Ireland Executive for increased funding from Britain, what steps they are taking, if any, to (1) review their current...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent fall in mortgage rates on the wider UK economy.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government since it projected a potential £1 billion resource spending gap in 2024–25, rising to...

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have further plans to reform or improve controls around high exit payments in the public sector, and whether they are considering...

      Banking Hubs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the delivery of the banking hubs and delivery hubs recommended by Link for locations which have been identified as lacking in...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to The Share Foundation on 23 January where he stated that "the government currently has no...

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Ethnic Groups

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 31 January (HL1679), whether they plan to review the algorithms used in the automatic verification of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Museums and Galleries: Pay

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidelines, policies, or codes of conduct exist that govern the remuneration provided to artists engaged by UK National Museums and Galleries; and what...

    • Commercial Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of commercial radio in the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that young children in public care are not placed in unregistered accommodation.

    • Children: Care Homes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking to achieve a better distribution of residential care homes for children so that they are not placed great distances from their...

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the final report of the Competition and Markets Authority's children’s social care market study published on 10...

      Children in Care

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking to tackle the increase of children being taken into public care.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what research they have carried out on how other countries have addressed the introduction of financial literacy into their schools, in particular in...

      Mathematics and Science: Teachers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) recruit, and (2) retain, more science and maths teachers in schools serving the most disadvantaged communities.

      Personal Care Services: T-levels

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are their reasons for scrapping plans to introduce T-levels in hairdressing and barbering.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Overseas Companies

      To ask His Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) non-financial, support they have provided to UK firms operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2020; and whether this support is...

    • Business: Accountability

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to make environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting mandatory by UK companies.

      Business: Accountability

      To ask His Majesty's Government what their policy is towards promoting environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles among UK companies.

      Business: Accountability

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether their approach regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria differs from that of the European Union and, if so, in which areas.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Parents

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in identifying prisoners’ children, by sex and age, and obtaining other relevant data for their welfare, through the Better...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Equipment and Protective Clothing: China

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much personal protective clothing and other medical items stored in China by the NHS remains in storage; what has been the accumulated cost of storage; how...

    • Medical Equipment: Coronavirus

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 24 January (HL1768), how many of each of the categories of equipment contained in that answer (1) are being...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with NHS England regarding the concerns expressed by the Advisory Group on Data (AGD) at their meeting on 11 January about the Data,...

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