Written answers

Tuesday, 5 March 2024

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Integrated Schools: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether capital funding for shared and integrated education was included in the Assembly restoration financial settlement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Keir Starmer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether government resources have been used for research on the Leader of the Opposition.

    • Government Departments: Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to reduce energy bills across government.

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much was spent on consultants across Government in the financial year 2022-3.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans that all eligible under the (a) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme will be relocated...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full time equivalent civil service personnel there were in (a) 2019 and (b) 2024.

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full time equivalent non-civil service public sector administrators there were in (a) 2019 and (b) 2024.

      Public Sector: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether there are controls on external recruitment of (a) new and (b) replacement (i) civil servants and (ii) other public sector administrators.

      Civil Servants: Re-employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) male and (b) female former civil servants have applied for reinstatement after taking time off for caring responsibilities in the last...

      Civil Servants: Re-employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of reinstating former civil servants on public finances.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress her Department has made on increasing access to dentists.

    • Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times a year NHS England’s Clinical Priorities Advisory Group prioritisation meetings take place; and what the dates are...

      Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which ethnicity codes are collected by NHS services.

      Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether postural tachycardia syndrome is a rare disease as defined in the UK Rare Diseases Framework.

      Obesity: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press release entitled New drugs pilot to tackle obesity and cut NHS waiting lists, published on 7 June 2023, what...

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in the NHS in each (a) region and (b) integrated care board.

      Kidney Diseases: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease among high-risk groups.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much her Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between September 2021 and...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full time equivalent staff worked in the MHRA on the licensing of new medicines, biosimilars and generics in each of the last 5...

      Dental Services: Suffolk Coastal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an estimate of the number of units of dental activity (a) awarded and (b) fulfilled per dentist in Suffolk Coastal...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the (a) highest, (b) lowest, (c) average and (d) median rate for a unit of dental activity in (i) Suffolk Coastal constituency,...

      General Practitioners: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress she has made on increasing levels of GP recruitment and retention.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many training places for nursing students there were in England in the 2023-24 financial year; and how many places there will be in...

      Question

      What progress her Department has made on improving access to GP appointments.

      Heart Diseases: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients are on the waiting list for an echocardiogram.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help tackle medicine shortages.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals her Department has paid for in each of the last three...

      Question

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

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made towards the target coverage for non-specific symptom pathways by March 2024.

      Maternity Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 12 of the Fifth Special Report of Session 2022–23 of the Women and Equalities Committee entitled Black...

      Hospital Beds: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many beds were occupied by patients ready to be discharged in NHS hospitals in Dorset; and how many of these patients had been...

      Care Homes: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to help improve access to care homes in rural communities.

      Integrated Care Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with NHS England on the adequacy of integrated care board performance reports.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the recovery support programme in (a) embedding improvements, (b) preventing further...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who have died since being (a) treated with contaminated blood products and...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who were (a) treated with contaminated blood products and (b) given...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what psychological support is available for people infected and affected by contaminated blood and blood products in Liverpool, Walton...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether suicide prevention funding for local authorities will be extended beyond April 2024.

      Menopause: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the average waiting time for cognitive behavioural therapy for women with menopausal symptoms in London.

      Mental Health Services: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department collates data on patients that die while under the care of a mental health provider.

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will ask the Chief Medical Officers to update their review of the potential impact of mobile phone usage from a young age on...

      Mental Health: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people working in the construction industry.

      Construction: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to help reduce the number of suicides of construction workers.

      Maternity Disparities Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to assess the effectiveness of the Maternity Disparities Taskforce.

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her planned timescale is for rolling out the maternal morbidity indicator.

      Surgery: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients in Halton constituency have been waiting for elective care more that (a) 12 and (b) 18 months.

      Streptococcus: Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent (a) death and (b) serious illness of (i) mothers and (ii) babies from Group B...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children in the Borough of Halton are waiting for (a) autism and (b) ADHD assessments; and what the average waiting times are...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the review of the list of notifiable diseases as part of proposed amendments to the Health Protection (Notification)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were off sick at HMP Wandsworth on the first Monday of each month in each of the last 12 months.

    • Wandsworth Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were in (a) training or (b) probation at HMP Wandsworth on the first Monday of each month in each of the last 12 months.

      Ministry of Justice: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guest speakers have been hosted by his Department's Muslim staff network since 2010.

      Wandsworth Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the level of use of the new healthcare facility at HMP Wandsworth.

      Prison and Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was of the One HMPPS project.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total cost to the public purse has been of the incarceration of prisoners who are not UK nationals since 2015.

      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 on Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions: Safety, what assessment he has...

      Wandsworth Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were on restricted duties at HMP Wandsworth on the first Monday of each month in each of the last 12 months.

      Shoplifting: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people convicted of shoplifting in the last five years have subsequently been convicted of the same offence.

      Ministry of Justice: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Electric Bicycles: Battery Chargers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many coroners' reports have asked the Office for Product Safety and Standards to take action against dangerous or faulty e-bike chargers...

    • Exports: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department (a) has and (b) plans to issue guidance to business on the potential risks of exporting goods that may indirectly...

      UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent steps she has taken to help increase (a) Welsh and (b) British exports to European countries.

      Department for Business and Trade: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals her Department and its predecessor Department has paid for in...

      Department for Business and Trade: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many and what proportion of digital posts in her Department were vacant on 26 February 2024.

      Electric Bicycles: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing regulations to improve fire safety measures for e-bikes.

      Products: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the Office for Product Safety and Standards' timetable is for publishing the findings from the Product Safety review consultation which...

      Electric Bicycles: Battery Chargers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many deaths have been caused by dangerous or counterfeit e-bike chargers in each of the last nine years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department have job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will update his Department's Fusion Doctrine to reflect lessons learned from the integration of civil society and private business responses as...

      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,...

      NATO: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the size of the defence force in the context of NATO commitments relating to any escalation of the...

      Armed Forces: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to engage with schools to help ensure young people are aware of opportunities available to them in the armed forces.

      Defence Equipment & Support and Submarine Delivery Agency: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in (a) Defence Equipment & Support and (b) the Submarine Delivery Agency have job titles which include the words (i) equality, (ii)...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of (i) conscription and (ii) civilian training for the...

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence People and Families during the debate on Nuclear Test Veterans: Medical Records on...

      Ministry of Defence: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals his Department has paid for in each of the last three financial years.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Paveway IV bombs the RAF has used in Yemen since 1 January 2024.

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2022 to Question 93475 on Fleet Solid Support Ships: Iron and Steel, whether Team Resolute has provided his...

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's ammunition stocks.

      Defence: Military Aircraft and Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average vehicle availability rate was for (a) wheeled support vehicles, (b) Landrovers, (c) Typhoon and (d) Lightning in each year since 2018.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to diversify the UK's nuclear deterrent capabilities.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to improve the delivery rate of the Ajax armoured vehicle programme.

      Defence: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution to UK GDP of military space exports; and what steps he is taking to help ensure that his...

      Chinook Helicopters: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether training for Chinook helicopters will be moved to RAF Odiham.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where aircrew training for the New Medium Helicopter will take place.

      NATO: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase the size of the armed forces in the context of conventional military threats to NATO allies in eastern...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on procurement of uncrewed aerial systems in each year since 2010.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of implementing Project Ark Royal.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding his Department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between September 2021 and...

      Scoliosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to include scoliosis as a reportable condition under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and...

      Employment: Viral Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive has plans to update its guidance on workplace transmission of blood borne viruses.

      Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2024 to Question 12888 on Workplace Pensions, for what reason the findings of that work will not be published.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Q338 of the evidence given to the Work and Pensions Committee by the Minister for Pensions on 10 January 2024, HC144, how he...

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report entitled...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Nuclear Power: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many (a) minor, (b) moderate and (c) major incident notification forms were submitted to the Office for Nuclear Regulation in...

    • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much her Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between September...

      Shell: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will request that Shell publishes its environmental impact assessments in respect of the areas of the Niger Delta where SPDC...

      Shell: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to help ensure that Shell has in place plans for the safe decommissioning of its infrastructure in Nigeria...

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to monitor investment in local supply chains for the (a) onshore and (b) offshore renewable...

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has received recent representations from her counterpart in the Scottish Government on taking steps to help ensure that...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much funding (a) her Department and (b) its predecessor Department has (i) budgeted for and (ii) spent on advertising in each...

      Heating: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report by Independent Age entitled A...

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to ensure that hybrid heat pumps are included in the Government’s target of installing 600,000 heat...

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she plans to take to support the installation of hybrid heat pumps in homes identified as unsuitable for heat pumps.

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's policy paper entitled Heat pump net zero investment roadmap, published on 5 April 2023, what...

      Boilers: Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will extend the support available under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to include installation of hybrid heat pumps.

      Climate Change Convention: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the total cost to the public purse was of UK Government attendance at COP28.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when she plans to issue a substantive written response to the correspondence of 15 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Merthyr...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing home insulation to low-income households who have have poorly...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when her Department plans to respond to the consultation entitled New ecodesign requirements for lighting products, which closed on...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's consultation on a transitional support mechanism for large-scale biomass generators, published...

      Nuclear Power: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many security inspections were carried out by the Office for Nuclear Regulation in each year since 2015.

      Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2024 to Question 14392 on Renewable Energy: Community Development, when she plans to publish...

  • Department for Education

    • Education and Skills Funding Agency: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in the Education and Skills Funding Agency have job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d)...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help mitigate the impact of inflation on real terms funding received by schools.

      Department for Education: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals her Department has paid for in each of the last three financial years.

      Education: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on cyber security threats to educational institutions.

      Office for Students: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in the Office for Students have job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much funding his Department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

    • Buildings: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number of building inspectors that are expected to have registered with the Building...

      Buildings: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that developers do not use unsuitable materials when constructing buildings.

      Housing Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how his Department plans to allocate the remainder of the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2024 to Question 14381 on Public Lavatories, for what reason this information is...

      Social Rented Housing: Mould

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of requirements for social housing providers of houses in multiple occupation...

      Housing: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department is taking steps to help tackle potential distortions of the property market by foreign ownership of...

      Local Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2023 to Question 6351 on Local Government: Debt Collection, whether his Department...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish a housebuilding workforce plan to help tackle skills shortages in the housebuilding sector.

      Property Development: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of water efficiency technologies for developments with...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many buildings over 18 meters with aluminium composite material cladding have not been remediated as of 28 February 2024.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the current ceiling amount for the Disabled Facilities Grant.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent estimate he has made of the number of leaseholders in (a) Witham constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England.

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2024 to Question 15306, which organisations (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his...

      Temporary Accommodation: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to reduce the reliance on temporary accommodation for families in need.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of land have been protected for wildlife as a result of the Nutrient Mitigation Scheme.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the report by the United Nations...

    • Gaza: Roads

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the reported construction of a...

      Mali: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of violence in central Mali on religious minority groups.

      Gaza: Mortality Rates

      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 report by the London School of...

      Languages

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps the Government took to mark United Nations International Mother Language Day.

      Colombia: Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of displacement of the Wiwa indigenous peoples in Colombia.

      Bermuda: Cannabis

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in Bermuda on the decriminalisation of possession of...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Press

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals his Department has paid for in each of the...

  • Home Office

    • Organised Crime: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to update the County Lines Programme to include illegal vapes.

    • Norfolk Constabulary: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers from Norfolk Constabulary have provided mutual aid to the Metropolitan Police for policing protests since 7 October 2023.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence and Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) violence and abuse against shopworkers and (b) shoplifting.

      Home Office: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals his Department has paid for in each of the last three financial...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals from (a) Bahrain, (b) Kuwait, (c) Oman, (d) the United Arab Emirates, (e) Saudi Arabia, (f) Jordan and (g) Qatar have (i)...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which local authorities his Department (a) owns and (b) rents housing for people seeking asylum.

      Javanshir Feyziyev

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department and the National Crime Agency have made on securing the £5.6 million forfeiture against assets held by...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the next Annual Threat Update from the Director General of MI5.

      Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require banks to compensate victims of fraud in circumstances in which anti-fraud banking...

      Organised Crime: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding is allocated to (a) each Greater Manchester local authority and (b) any other organisation in Manchester city region to tackle...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of potential victims of slavery referred into the national referral mechanism who...

      Honour Based Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of honour based violence due to forced marriage there were in the (a) UK and (b) devolved Administration in each of the...

  • Treasury

    • Integrated Schools: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what capital projects supporting shared and integrated education have been agreed between the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive between 3...

    • Chronic Illnesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support people with (a) Parkinson's and (b) other long-term conditions to cover everyday expenses.

      Bank Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect small businesses from being de-banked.

      Seas and Oceans: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the future revenue to the Exchequer from the lease of the seabed by the Crown Estate for offshore wind farms.

      Timesharing: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the Financial Ombudsman Service tackle mis-sold timeshare complaints between 2014 and 2021.

      Wealth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has undertaken a gender equality impact assessment of the reforms to the Financial Promotion Order exemptions for high-net-worth...

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an (a) estimate of the potential costs and (b) assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for HMRC's compliance functions.

      Treasury: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals his Department has paid for in each of the last three financial years.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate funds to compensate victims of the infected blood scandal in the forthcoming Budget.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Internet: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether Ofcom has had recent discussions with telecommunications companies on tackling online (a) misinformation and (b)...

    • Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring all mobile network operators to send regular text...

      Broadband: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what information her Department holds on the number and proportion of new-build housing developments that are served by more...

      Research Councils and UK Research and Innovation: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many staff in (a) UKRI and (b) each of the Research Councils have job titles which include the words (i) equality, (ii)...

      Broadband: South Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much and what proportion of the contract awarded to CityFibre to provide hard-to-reach premises in Leicestershire and...

      Broadband: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2024 to Question 14701 on Broadband: Social Tariffs, if she will provide a breakdown of...

      Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much funding her Department and the predecessor Department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what statutory powers the DVLA has to remove untaxed vehicles parked on residential streets.

    • Bicycles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to ensure that cycle parking is (a) secure, (b) convenient and (c) sufficient.

      Road Traffic Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to allow oral appeals for Penalty Charge Notices for people with dyslexia.

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the second National Infrastructure Report, published on 18 October 2023, what progress his Department has made on responding to the...

      ATOL: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority on ATOL protection status in Crown Dependencies.

      Department for Transport: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

      Heathrow Airport and M4: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative estimate of the average contribution to air pollution of (a) vehicles on the M4 and (b) air traffic at Heathrow.

      Department for Transport: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department have job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

      Active Travel: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department plans to provide to local authorities for active travel plans in the (a) 2023-24 and (b) 2024-25 financial year.

      Railways: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require train companies to hold a public consultation before withdrawing the use of cash from...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between September 2021 and August 2023.

    • Wales Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much funding his Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much funding his Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

    • Scotland Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between September 2021 and August 2023.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between September 2021...

    • UK Year of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with the National Citizen Service Trust on ensuring that young people across all parts of the UK receive...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Advertising

      To ask the Attorney General, how much funding her Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on advertising in each of the last three financial years.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Workers: Migrant Workers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact on numbers of carers and senior carers in healthcare in the UK as a result of changes to immigration rules...

    • Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform NHS dental contracts to ensure that they prioritise prevention.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • South Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United Kingdom’s relationship with South Africa, in light of the increasingly close links which that country has formed...

    • South Africa: Hamas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of South Africa's relationship with the proscribed terrorist organisation Hamas, and the statements of support for Hamas by former...

      Horn of Africa: Piracy

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent increase in piracy off the Horn of Africa.

      Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government how they differentiate their approach in the delivery of aid between (1) low income, and (2) lower-middle income, countries

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to their white paper High Stakes: Gambling Reform for the Digital Age, published on 27 April 2023, what steps they have taken to create a Government...

    • Casement Park: Regeneration

      To ask His Majesty's Government what financial commitments they have made towards the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast.

      Public Statues: Trafalgar Square

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Mayor of London concerning proposals for a statue for the spare plinth in Trafalgar Square.

      Public Libraries: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect spending on public libraries.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Affordable Housing and Holiday Accommodation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to balance the availability of affordable housing with the need to support the tourist economy, particularly in areas reliant on...

  • Home Office

    • India: Fraud

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the large-scale online organisations identified by the BBC's Scam Interceptors programme, which...

    • Immigration Controls: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many people currently working in healthcare provision who fall under Standard Occupational Code (SOC) 6145, or senior carers who fall under SOC 6146, are...

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the effect of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill will be to disapply the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Northern Ireland.

      Frontex: Immigration Controls

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following reports that the UK has nearly reached a cooperation agreement with the EU's border protection agency, Frontex, whether they have any plans to make...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of whether the requirement for traffic marshals on the parliamentary estate, which was recommended in the risk assessment as a way to...

    • Parliamentary Estate: Pedestrians and Road Traffic

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 19 September 2023 (HL9892), what assessment he has made of the accuracy of those figures.

      Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration he has given to the need for traffic marshals on the parliamentary estate during (1) the Easter recess, (2) the summer recess, and (3) the...

      Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his remarks on 8 February (HL Deb col 1740), whether any of the 'near misses' referred to occurred within 30 metres of a marshal on duty; and if so,...

      Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his remarks on 8 February (HL Deb col 1740), what are the 8 'near misses' referred to, broken down by (1) date, (2) time, and (3) location; and how...

      Parliamentary Estate: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his remarks on 8 February (HL Deb col 1740), whether he has had discussions with the Finance Committee over any possible review of the costs and...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Forced Labour: China

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent Human Rights Watch research that suggests several major carmakers could be complicit in abuse of China’s Uyghur Muslims.

    • Nuclear Power: Exports

      To ask His Majesty's Government what support is available to businesses that export British civil nuclear technology, including small modular reactors.

      Competition: Unfair Practices

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat anti-competitive practices in the consumer products sector, in particular (1) price-fixing, and (2) collusion.

      Exports

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the underlying cause of the fall in UK goods exports in 2023, as reported by the Office for National Statistics on 15...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to make interim payments to bereaved parents and children as part of the Infected Blood Interim Compensation Payment Scheme.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Mobile Phones

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of schools in England that already have in place a policy on the use of mobile phones in school time.

  • Department for Transport

    • Pedestrian Areas

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report commissioned by the Local Government Association The path to inclusive footways, published on 10 February;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Household Support Fund

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Household Support Fund beyond 31 March.

    • Universal Credit: Employment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the requirement under the Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Search and Work Availability...

      Willaertia Magna c2c Maky: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their position on the regulation of Willaertia magna c2c maky as an active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 11, following...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the total financial value of military support being provided to Ukraine in 2024/25; and how this figure compares to the amount of support provided in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the processes of the single justice procedure as used by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; and whether such organisations...

    • Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to combat overcrowding in prisons.

  • Treasury

    • Sanctions: Russia

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps through the Financial Action Task Force against Russia for violating sanctions on North Korea.

    • Food: Prices

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent data from the British Retail Consortium which found that food inflation in February was at its lowest rate in almost...

      Mortgages

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken an impact assessment on the effects of any scheme to provide 99 per cent mortgages on the housing market.

      Wealth

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the changes to the tax thresholds for Financial Promotion exemption, especially the impact on female-led start-ups,...

      Inflation: Consumers

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of high inflation on consumers.

      Mortgages

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a scheme providing for 99 per cent mortgages.

      Economic Growth and Productivity

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote economic growth and productivity whilst supporting monetary policy objectives.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Drax Power Station: Timber

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims that Drax Power Station is burning wood from rare forests in Canada; and whether such behaviour is consistent with the...

    • Nuclear Power: Sellafield

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider the commitment in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero's command paper, Civil Nuclear Roadmap to 2050, published in...

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