Written answers

Thursday, 29 February 2024

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Integrated Care Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of integrated care boards in financial year 2022-23.

    • Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that integrated care boards provide aftercare to eligible patients as set out in section...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to meet with (a) patient groups and (b) campaigners representing people affected by sodium valproate harm in pregnancy.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the potential impact of changes in assumed bed occupancy levels on the (a) number of hospital beds and (b)...

      Medicine: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the maximum capacity in medical schools for students for 2024/25.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, What estimate she has made of the number and proportion of patients that waited longer than (a) one, (b) three and (c) six months between...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of sight tests that were carried out by the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Health: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of (a) mould and (b) damp on the long-term health of social housing tenants.

      Heart Diseases: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce waiting lists for echocardiograms.

      NHS England: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff in NHS England have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and...

      Vertex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will publish the minutes of her meetings with Vertex since November 2023.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department plans to take steps to ensure that every person with diabetes has access to medical technology that helps them...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on how many people not legally resident in the UK were charged for healthcare in (a) NHS hospitals...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2024 to Question 13332, if she will publish the correspondence sent from NHS England to systems and...

      Gynaecology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of waiting times for gynaecological care and treatment in (a)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care when she plans to respond to the letter of 16 October 2023 from Sling the Mesh, Health Sense, Transparimed and others on her Department's...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 26 October 2023 to Question 203897 on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs, what recent steps...

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains her Department's policy that GP appointments should be available within two weeks; and what her planned timetable is...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains his Department's policy to increase the total sum of money eligible per person via the disabled facilities grant.

      Hysterectomy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting times for a hysterectomy in (a) County Durham and (b) England.

      Knee Replacements: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2024 to Question 12699 on Knee Replacements: Out-patients, what the average number of days was that...

      Health Services: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the cost to the NHS caused by Royal Mail (a) delays and (b) failures to deliver appointment letters.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of NICE beginning a new phase of commercial negotiations in...

      HIV Infection: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has taken recent steps to (a) raise awareness of HIV among those living in care and (b) provide support for those living with...

      HIV Infection: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to reduce levels of mental health conditions of people living with HIV.

      Welding: Carcinogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has provided additional training to GPs on (a) identifying and (b) diagnosing to cancers caused by welding fumes...

      General Practitioners: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many registered full time equivalent GPs serve the borough of Oldham in the latest period for which that data is available; and how...

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of incidences of sepsis in the last five years.

      Suicide: Men

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help tackle male suicide.

      Mental Health: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce diagnosis times of Complex Trauma Dissociative Identity Disorder.

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to tackle levels of PTSD among veterans.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the statement by the United Nations Office of the...

    • Israel: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the advisory proceedings on the legal...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had representatives of (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) MONUSCO, (c) the...

      Shell: Nigeria

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with Shell on (a) tackling oil pollution in the Niger Delta and (b) the United Nations...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2024 to Question 13244 on Nigeria: Christianity, whether he has had discussions...

      Developing Countries: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the Answer of 13 June 2023 to Question 186930 on Developing Countries: Debts Written Off, what...

      Elizabeth Tsurkov

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help secure the release of Ms Elizabeth Tsurkov who was kidnapped in...

      Manahel al-Otaibi

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on (a) the prosecution of Manahel al-Otaibi in the...

      Chelsea Football Club: Sales

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the delivery of £2.5 billion from the sale of Chelsea Football Club.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to comply with principle (d) of schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

    • Prison Officers: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were charged under the (a) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and (b) Prisons Act 1952 for smuggling drugs into prison in each year since...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) prison officers and (b) other prison staff who have been (i) investigated, (ii) arrested and (iii)...

      Prison Officers: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons offer bonuses for detached duty volunteers; and how many officers have been paid bonuses in each prison in the last 12 months.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many illicit mobile phones were found in prisons in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2019.

      Prison Officers: Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid to prison officers at HMP Wandsworth as Payment Plus in each year since 1 January 2020.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours of compulsory corruption prevention training are undertaken by new prison officers during their basic training.

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of when the processing time of probate applications will be reduced to less than 16 weeks.

      Offenders: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) people whose alleged offending results from experience of domestic abuse have access to an effective defence...

      Domestic Abuse: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) barristers, (b) solicitors and (c) CILEX practitioners have registered for work under the Cross Examination...

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for non-payment of TV licence fees in each of the last five years.

      Prison Officers: Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2024 to Question 13404 on Prison Officers: Youth Custody, what his planned timetable is for completing the...

      Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2024 to Question 13379, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount safeguarding referrals issued within the...

      Prisoners: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been (a) charged and (b) convicted for unlawfully bringing a mobile phone into prison in each of the last 5 years.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2024 to Question 13383, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount young people aged 18 or over in the youth...

      Confiscation Orders: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing income received by his Department from confiscation orders to charitable organisations.

      Prisoners: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been (a) found in and (b) prosecuted for possession of a bladed article in the last year.

      Reoffenders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish data on reoffending by individuals under the age of 18 for the year ending March 2023; and if he will provide a breakdown of those...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on software updates to legacy computer systems in each of the last three financial years.

    • Academies: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2024 to Question 13588, on Academies, how her Department monitors whether capital receipts from the disposal of...

      Institute for Employment Studies: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's contract with the Institute for Employment Studies of 24 January 2024, tender reference 398710/1312346, if she will...

      Special Educational Needs: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of special free schools that have opened in each year since 1 January 2015; and if she will provide a...

      Transform Schools (Stoke)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made a recent assessment of the financial impact of contracts with Transform Schools (Stoke) Limited on existing school budgets.

      Department for Education: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department provided to Stonewall in 2023.

      Pupils: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to ban school pupils from using phones on the way to and from school.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her planned timetable is to respond to her Department's consultation entitled Use of reasonable force and restrictive practices in schools which...

      Department for Education: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to comply with principle (d) of schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Oil: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of how much oil derived from Russian crude has entered the UK market through third countries in the last two...

    • Imports: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of levels of costs for businesses of UK customs clearance fees on imported...

      Department for Business and Trade: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much her Department spent on equality, diversity and inclusion (a) events and (b) training in the last 12 months.

      Freight: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many road haulage businesses trading under SIC code 49410 entered insolvency in each of the last five years.

      Exports: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when Ministers last met (a) representatives of the government of and (b) business leaders from Russia to discuss UK exports to that country.

      Music Export Growth Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish eligibility criteria for funding artists under the Music Export Growth Scheme; whether the political (a) beliefs and (b)...

      Exports: Switzerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps the Government has taken to help increase levels of exports to Switzerland in the last two years.

      Exports: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps the Government has taken to help increase levels of exports to Australia in the last two years.

      Exports: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps the Government has taken to help increase levels of exports to Japan in the last two years.

      Business Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether there is a cap on the maximum amount of business rates relief that can be applied under provisions relating to subsidy controls.

      District Heating: Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the maximum level of Minimal Financial Assistance business rates relief was for local heat networks in each year since 2021.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many and what proportion of digital posts in his Department are vacant.

    • Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the basis for his policy of non-engagement with the Muslim Council of Britain is.

      Private Rented Housing: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of new build-to-rent housing developments on social cohesion in...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what organisations have made representations to his Department requesting that the leasehold system is maintained.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to comply with principle (d) of schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

    • Veterans: LGBT+ People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned timetable is for the publication of the financial compensation scheme for LGBT+ veterans.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to join the Armed Forces were received from Commonwealth citizens in 2023.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of changes to the Minimum Income Requirement changes on the Armed Forces' ability to...

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2024 to Question 12239 on LGBT Veterans Independent Review, what progress his Department has made on implementing...

      Shropshire: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will visit (a) RAF Cosford and (b) the RBSL Challenger 3 manufacturing facilities in (i) the Borough of Telford and Wrekin and (ii) Shropshire in 2024.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2024 to Question 10908 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many individual families received these payments.

      MOD Chicksands: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2024 to Question 12474 on MOD Chicksands: Housing, how many of the (a) grade 3 and (b) grade 4 bedspaces will be...

      Defence: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings ministers in his Department have had with representatives of SMEs that are developing (a) defence-related artificial intelligence and...

      Ministry of Defence: P&O Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2024 to Question 6514 on Ministry of Defence: P&O Ferries, what the cost to the public purse was of payments...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the standard of Service Family Accomodation.

      Ministry of Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 120 of his Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 2022 to 2023, HC 1468, for what reason Project GRACE was cancelled.

      Israel: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2024 to Question 12729 on Israel: Air Force, if he will publish the (a) date, (b) time of arrival and departure and...

      Middle East: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are (a) stationed in and (b) deployed to the Middle East.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department’s press release entitled UK to boost Ukraine's artillery reserves with £245 million munitions package,...

      Nuclear Weapons: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on stationing non-UK nuclear weapons at UK military sites.

      Ministry of Defence: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding their Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on software updates to legacy computer systems in each of the last three financial...

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of digital posts in his Department are vacant.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter of 9 November 2023 from the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South constituency sent on behalf of a...

      Government Departments: DP World and P&O Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the procurement of services from (a) P&O Ferries and (b) DP World by Government...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to ensure that sustainable aviation fuel projects can start construction in 2025.

      Cross Country Line: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2024 to Question 12442 on Cross Country Trains: Overcrowding, how many times Ministers from his Department met...

      Brinnington Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to introduce step-free access at Brinnington Station.

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) the Minister of State for Rail and (c)HS2 have had with the Rail Delivery Group on industrial action on the railways.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Network Railcards are in circulation as of 22 February 2024.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to hold discussions with the Confederation of Passenger Transport on (a) buses and (b) coaches.

      Cars: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to introduce a specific width limit for passenger cars.

      Cycling: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that cyclists are aware of Rule 64 of the Highway Code.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Citizens Advice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which business or organisation has been awarded the Help to Claim contract for April 2024 to March 2026.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what number and proportion of Personal Independence Payment decisions overturned at tribunal were due to (a) the tribunal panel drawing a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of applications to delay migration from tax credits to universal credit have been granted in each of the last 12...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to commence section 25 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008.

      Welding: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help ensure that businesses provide adequate respiratory protective equipment to people at...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in their Department have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions his Department's final decision on a person's eligibility for industrial injuries disablement benefits has differed from...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions a decision made by his Department on a person's eligibility for industrial injuries disablement benefits has been found...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to change the industrial injuries disablement benefits final decision making system.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is required for staff making decisions on eligibility for industrial injuries disablement benefits.

      Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Action 1 in her Department's Disability Action Plan, published on 5 February 2024, whether he plans to establish a temporary...

      Productivity and Sick Leave: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) workforce sickness and (b) reduced productivity due to air pollution.

      Employment: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2024 to Question 11938 on Veterans: Employment, if he will take steps to help ensure that the Office for...

      Universal Credit: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2024 to Question 8295 on Universal Credit: Veterans, if he will take steps to collect data on the...

      Universal Credit: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2024 to Question 8295 on Universal Credit: Veterans, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of...

      Jobcentres: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2024 to Question 11563 on Jobcentres: Birmingham Selly Oak, whether his Department has made an assessment...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of digital posts in his Department are vacant.

      Welding: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is taking steps to (a) provide information to welders on and (b) help protect welders from the potential health risks...

      Welding: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help ensure that businesses undertaking welding provide effective controls on the fumes...

      Welding: Carcinogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of people that have been exposed (a) directly and (b) indirectly to welding fume since the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the uptake of Pension Credit in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c)...

      Dual Jobholding: Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of employees eligible to receive Statutory Sick Pay from more than one employer.

      Dual Jobholding: Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of employees that (a) have two or more jobs and (b) earn less than the Lower Earnings...

      National Insurance: State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of adjusting the National Insurance (NI)/State Pension scheme rules so that any NI...

      Household Support Fund: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department prepared an impact assessment on its decision not to extend the Household Support Fund.

      Universal Credit: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2024 to Question 14619 on Universal Credit: Students, if he will make an assessment of the potential...

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance: Foster Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to top up national insurance contributions for individuals who received foster care allowances but were not allowed to work while fostering.

    • Roads: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has he made of the potential merits of the recommendation of the Road Haulage Association to extend full expensing to the cost of leased...

      Treasury: Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding his Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on software updates to legacy computer systems in each of the last three financial years.

      Mileage Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what component costs were used to calculate the HMRC mileage rate in 2010; and if he will make the equivalent calculation based on today's costs.

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to support small businesses in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

      Treasury: Health and Safety

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to comply with principle (d) of schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the balance of UK Government Investment Ltd. holdings in (a) 2023 and (b) 2024 to date.

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what UK Government Investments Ltd.'s targets are for (a) rates of return, (b) dividends and (c) capital investment.

      Bank Services: Access

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure that people living in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of changes in mortgage interest rates in each of the last two years on the income of households...

      Oil: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation is taking to ensure the compliance of attestation documents for Russian oil products.

      Oil: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many violations of the price caps on Russian oil products the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation has (a) investigated and (b) enforced since...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members' Staff: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the policy of the Parliamentary Digital Service is on (a) the rights of access to parliamentary (i)...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK visa holders have had visas revoked on the grounds of (a) national security and (b) being non-conducive to the public good since...

    • Terrorism: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrested for terrorism-related activity have been released under investigation in each year since 2014.

      Home Office: Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding their Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on software updates to legacy computer systems in each of the last...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits introducing drug contamination testing facilities in (a) England and (b) Romford...

      Immigration Controls: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many raids were carried out by Border Force in Lincolnshire in each year since 2021.

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2024 to Question 7579 on Asylum:Rwanda, if he will publish his plans for future flights between the UK...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to reduce barriers to entry for young deaf people in (a) sport and (b) other activities.

    • Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of racism in football in England.

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 2.148 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, whether UK Sport is actively pursuing a 2026 Tour de...

      Rugby: Sixways Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of proposals submitted to her Department by Bond Group Sixways on resuming rugby at...

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to evaluate the (a) implementation and (b) effectiveness efficacy of industry-led measures on loot...

      Sports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had recent discussions with the Communities Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive on the use of multi-sport...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 18 December 2023 and 23 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare on...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to comply with principle (d) of schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Restoration Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been (a) raised for and (b) spent through the Water Restoration Fund since its implementation.

    • Inland Waterways: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take steps to support greater use of canals and waterways for tourism purposes.

      Construction: Soil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled The waste prevention programme for England: Maximising Resources,...

      Soil: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress his Department has made on developing a soil reuse and storage depot scheme.

      Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled The waste prevention programme for England: Maximising Resources,...

      Glass: Deposit Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to include glass in the deposit return scheme.

      Water Charges: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the (a) discount levels and (b) eligibility criteria that water...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the flood and coastal erosion risk management funding (a) has been allocated and (b) is available.

      Sewage: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with (a) local authorities, (b) water companies and (c) Surfers Against Sewage on the...

      Deposit Return Schemes: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2024 to Question 10315 on Deposit Return Schemes: Drinks, if he will provide a timeline...

      Water Companies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) the Environment Agency and (b) Ofwat on the adequacy of their capacity to...

      Water Companies: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on prosecutions for non-compliance by (a) water and (b) sewerage companies at...

      Sewage: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of emergency discharges from emergency overflows.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that additional costs on water bills are used to improve storm overflows.

      Microplastics: Washing Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with businesses on installing microfibre filters in washing machines.

      Flood Re

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will have discussions with providers of the Flood Re scheme on the potential merits of extending the scheme to cover...

      Deposit Return Schemes: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with businesses on preparing for the deadline for the implementation of the deposit...

      Business: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of businesses that are (a) without flood insurance and (b) eligible...

      Farming Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Farming Recovery Fund opened in response to Storm Henk will be available to farmers in (a) Yorkshire, (b)...

      Rural Areas: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Fourth Report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of Session 2022-23 on Rural Mental...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Renewable Energy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had discussions with Northern Ireland Community Energy on promoting government incentives to community groups.

    • Fuel Poverty: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to ensure that disabled people with higher energy usage are not in fuel poverty.

      Offshore Industry and Renewable Energy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to encourage private investment in the (a) offshore oil and gas and (b) renewables sectors, in the context...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the extent of regulatory support for potential nuclear power developments at Moorside.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many developers have expressed an interest in the development of new nuclear power at Moorside since its selection as a site...

      Refineries: Grangemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has received representations from the Scottish Government on the future of Grangemouth refinery.

      Carbon Emissions: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will have discussions with local authorities on the provision of utilities for areas with multiple large net zero projects...

      Carbon Emissions: Government Departments

      Secretary for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to monitor the effectiveness of the work undertaken by each department on helping to achieve the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has had recent discussions with (a) Sellafield Ltd and (b) the Nuclear Development Authority on its plans...

      Offshore Industry: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to support effective collaboration between (a) employers and (b) education providers to help...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will extend the Warm Home Discount to disabled households.

      Energy: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the introduction of (a) an energy social tariff and...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of digital posts in his Department are vacant.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of digital posts in his Department are vacant.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Education

    • Tourette's Syndrome: Children and Young People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of support for children and young people with Tourette’s Syndrome as outlined in the Special...

    • Free School Meals: Eligibility

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their policy on the proactive use of data by local authorities to identify and register all children eligible for free school meals.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Patients: Safety

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the Royal College of Nursing that the fall in each of the past three years in applications to university nursing...

    • Dental Services: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate from the British Dental Association that only 700 of approximately 8000 NHS contract holders in England will benefit...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether integrated care boards (ICBs) have been informed of the details of the Children’s Hospice Grant for children’s palliative care, including (1)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report published by the Health Services Journal on 5 February that NHS England regional teams were pressurising hospitals to...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 19 February (HL2438), why NHS England has disregarded requests from independent advisors to the Advisory...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Sudan: Famine

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Clingendael, From Catastrophe to Famine: Immediate action needed in Sudan to contain mass starvation, published on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Nature Conservation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that fishing rights and conservation efforts comply with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU.

    • Cereals: Production

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support UK farmers to increase the production of wheat, barley, oats, and other cereals.

      Agriculture: Skilled Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what their latest assessment of the agriculture industry’s ability to attract skilled staff.

      Pigs: Livestock Industry

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support pig breeders in the UK.

      Dutch Elm Disease

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the efficacy of sanitary felling in slowing the spread of Dutch elm disease.

      Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their timetable for the (1) introduction, and (2) implementation, of activity regulations under the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023.

      Electrical Goods: Recycling

      To ask His Majesty's Government why they are planning to require larger retailers to accept used electrical items for recycling, including products originally bought from other retailers, rather...

      Deposit Return Schemes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what materials their proposed deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will include; and whether they intend to add further materials after the...

      Deposit Return Schemes

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with packaging manufacturers regarding the scope of their proposed deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Peers: Correspondence

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to reply to the letter dated 15 September 2023 from Lord Berkeley to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and...

  • Department for Transport

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask His Majesty's Government, what effect the surplus reported by the Office for National Statistics on 21 February has had on determining the forthcoming Budget statement.

    • Mortgages: Older People

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to identify the primary factors contributing to the recent decline in mortgage lending to borrowers aged over 55 in the UK.

      Companies: Stocks and Shares

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more British companies to list in the UK instead of abroad.

      Financial Services: Climate Change

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 25 January (HL Deb col 843), what assessment the Bank of England has made of the accuracy of the new...

      National Income

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have of the underlying cause of the fall in gross domestic product per head in every quarter of 2023, as reported by the Office for National...

      Fishing Vessels: Insurance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps the regulators of the UK insurance industry are taking to prevent UK insurers from offering insurance cover to operators of fishing vessels of any...

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