Written answers

Thursday, 7 March 2024

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to complete algorithmic transparency reports for the ten pilot programs being developed by the Incubator for AI.

    • Cabinet Office: Publishing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what reports and guidance his Department and has produced in the last three years; and how much was spent on their (a) printing and (b) distribution.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2024 to Question 14610 on Infected Blood Inquiry, whether members of the expert group will receive payment for...

      Cabinet Office: Diaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish his diary for 14 November 2023.

      Former Ministers: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many ministerial redundancy payments have been repaid since 2019; and by whom those repayments have been made.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will (a) identify and (b) contact people in Luton South who were (i) infected and (ii) affected by the contaminated blood scandal as...

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the terms of reference of the expert group to provide technical advice on compensation for the Government's response to the Infected Blood...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Planning Permission: Active Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of national planning policy framework for active travel.

    • Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2024 to Question 15545 on Muslim Council of Britain, when a MCB leader most recently...

      Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recommendations the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group has made since 2019; and what progress he has made on...

      Renters (Reform) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with the Leader of the House on the timing of Report stage of the Renters (Reform) Bill.

      Levelling Up Fund: Tamworth Borough Council

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

      Repossession Orders: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of repossessions by county court bailiffs there were in landlord cases in...

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: WhatsApp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department issues on the use of WhatsApp.

      Disinformation: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the tools available to verify election-related content.

      Leasehold: Lincolnshire

      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) South Holland and the Deepings constituency and (b)...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he make an assessment of the adequacy of his Department's data collection on the number of households in emergency...

      Estate Agents and Property Management Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department distinguishes between (a) relocation agents, (b) estate agents and (c) property agents within the...

      Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many veterans reported as homeless in (a) January and (b) February 2024.

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing local authorities with guidance as to how to place people...

      Private Rented Housing: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of trends in levels of profits made by...

  • Department for Transport

    • Airspace: Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) his policies and (b) the safety of overflying British aircraft of recent Traffic Collision...

    • Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons his Department is yet to publish its response to the consultation entitled Pavement parking: options for change.

      Bus Services: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) maintain and (b) improve rural bus services in (i) South Holland and the Deepings constituency and (ii) Lincolnshire.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2024 to Question 15192 on Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards, whether his Department made an estimate of the...

      Blue Badge Scheme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on the Blue Badge scheme at the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance in the financial year 2022-23.

      Department for Transport: WhatsApp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues on the use of WhatsApp.

      Avanti West Coast: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2024 to Question 14383 on Avanti West Coast: Catering, whether his permission was required in order for Avanti...

      Heaton Chapel Station: Access

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

      Bus Services: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to protect rural bus services in Leicestershire; and what discussions he has had with Arriva East Midlands about the necessity...

      Cars: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what was the CO2 intensity for new internal combustion car engines in each of the last three years.

      Bus Services: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) maintain and (b) enhance rural bus services in (i) Dewsbury constituency and (ii) West Yorkshire.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Vaccination: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps each demonstrator system is taking to help deliver the NHS Vaccination Strategy.

    • Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of standardising funding for hospices.

      Palliative Care: Integrated Care Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department is taking steps to help support integrated care boards to develop palliative care strategies for (a) hospices, (b)...

      Palliative Care: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing a long-term strategy for supporting the palliative care needs of...

      Integrated Care Boards and NHS England: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England's guidance entitled Annual assessment of integrated care boards 2022-23: supporting guidance, if she will...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how she plans to distribute the £25 million committed to children’s hospices in 2024-25.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with NHS England on the adequacy of (a) regional planning and (b) accountability for children’s...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of digital roles within her Department were vacant as of 26 February 2024.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions she has had with the NHS Pay Review Body on its potential recommendations on the 2024-25 pay round.

      Blood Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how long her Department has been aware of issues associated with health technology appraisal of combination medicines for blood cancers;...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of the cost of training a student midwife is paid by (a) the student, (b) the public purse and (c) other...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people enrolled onto midwifery (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate courses in each year of study in each of the last five...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in the UK are prescribed anti-depressants.

      Gastrointestinal Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people with lower gastrointestinal cancers are diagnosed in line with the faster...

      Gastrointestinal Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to improve the rate of early diagnosis of (a) bowel and (b) bowel-related cancers.

      Gastrointestinal Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of patients with lower gastrointestinal cancers who receive their first...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure equality in bowel cancer outcomes.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with social enterprises that employ front line staff on funding to cover lump sum payments.

      Health Services: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timescale is for (a) completing and (b) assessing the projects undertaken under the Artificial Intelligence in Health...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to return to 12 months average timescales for the licensing of generic and biosimilar medicines.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Software

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

      Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) she and (b) other Ministers plan to visit Bournemouth in the next six months.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her timetable is for the introduction of the recommendations of the final evaluation report for the secondary care routine reflux...

      Alzheimer's Disease: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department is taking steps to expand testing for Alzheimer's to enable people to benefit at an early stage from new...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what preparations his Department has made for increasing aid to Gaza after a potential ceasefire.

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) aid workers and (b) medical volunteers have access to Gaza as soon as possible.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the EU Commission's decision to (a)...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the protection of freedom of religion or belief in...

      Egypt: Gaza

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his Department’s policies of reports of...

      Israeli Settlements: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2024 to Question 15936 on Israeli Settlements, whether he has made an assessment of...

      Gaza: Water

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help make the water pipeline from Israel into northern Gaza operational.

      West Bank: Palestinians

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure protection of Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

      L3Harris: Export Controls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 27 February 2024 on Israel and Gaza, Official Report, column 163, if he will...

      Gaza: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2024 to Question 15325 on Gaza: Internally Displaced People, whether he plans to...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Advertising

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

      Chad: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had with discussions with (a) authorities in Chad and (b) international counterparts on events at the...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of tonnes of (a) aid and (b) UK-funded aid entering Gaza each...

      Sudan: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he plans (a) to attend the humanitarian conference on Sudan in Paris on 15 April 2024 and (b) for a...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Rwanda

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential relationship between the government of Rwanda and the M23 militia.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much his Department (a) paid in apprenticeship levy fees and (b) spent from its apprenticeship levy funds between...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February to Question 13982 on Arms Trade: Israel, whether she has (a) amended, (b) suspended, (c) refused and...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to include protections for (a) public health and safety, (b) environment, (c) public morals and (d) cultural...

      P&O Ferries: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent progress the Insolvency Service has made on its civil investigation of P&O Ferries' dismissal of 786 employees on 17 March 2022.

      Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the resilience of businesses in (a) the hospitality sector and (b) retail; and whether her Department...

      Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade: Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had recent discussions with (a) hospitality and (b) retail stakeholders on business rates.

      District Heating: Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2024 to Question 15770 on District Heating: Business Rates, for what reason the figure of £315,000...

      Small Businesses: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to paragraph 5.148 of the Autumn Statement 2023, what recent progress her Department has made on establishing a taskforce with...

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many Government funded start-up loans have been issued (a) in every year since 2012 and (b) in total.

      Horizon IT System: Shareholder Executive and UK Government Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish (a) reports and (b) briefings provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in her Department and its predecessor...

      Royal Mail: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the adequacy of Royal Mail's compliance with the universal service obligation in each postal code area...

      British Business Bank: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many businesses in Northern Ireland have expressed an interest in the British Business Bank's £70m investment fund for Northern...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that families living in poverty in the UK have sufficient (a) food (b) energy and (c)...

    • Companies: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the right of companies to investigate allegations of breaches of their...

      Department for Work and Pensions: WhatsApp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues on the use of WhatsApp.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which unit in his Department is responsible for equalities.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Stonewall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has paid to Stonewall in each of the last five years; and for what (a) programmes and (b) grants funding has been provided.

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of automating data-sharing between his Department's Disability Service Centre and its...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the accessibility of Attendance Allowance claim forms.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria the Government uses to assess whether to amend the state pension age.

      State Retirement Pensions: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to (a) collect and (b) publish management information on the number of people who have (i) had changes to their...

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) physical and (b) mental ability of people to work (i) until and (ii) beyond the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information was included in his Department’s foodbank signposting slips in February (a) 2023 and (b) 2024.

  • Department for Education

    • Overseas Students: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the (a) number of students from (i) the Palestinian territories and (ii) Gaza studying in the UK and (b) the...

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to support local authorities piloting an opt-out model for free school meal registration.

      Further Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to provide free access to further education for people with SEND.

      Apprentices: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that (a) school leavers and (b) adults with SEND are given prioritised access to apprenticeships.

      Palestinians: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to help reunite civilians in Gaza with family studying at UK universities.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help close skills gaps in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on the cultural education plan.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made with Cabinet colleagues on implementing the International Education Strategy, published on 16 March 2019.

      History: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on the model history curriculum.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he has had with the Governor of HMP Wandsworth since September 2021.

    • Wandsworth Prison: Prison Officers

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

      Ministry of Justice: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2024 to Question 15471 on Ministry of Justice: Equality, how many staff in his Department, excluding its public...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of August 2023 from the hon. Member for Cynon Valley relating to a constituent, Michael O’Brien.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) average and (b) target response time is from submitting an online complaint to HM Courts and Tribunal Service.

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken is from submission of application to granting of probate in the last 12 months.

      Criminal Proceedings: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve communication with victims on (a) individual court cases, (b) sentencing and (c) custodial...

      Offences against Children: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) removing the limitation period for civil claims relating to childhood sexual abuse and (b)...

      Ministry of Justice: Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what reports and guidance their Department has produced in the last three years; and how much was spent on their (a) printing and (b) distribution.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of the introduction of unique identifiers for people in the justice system.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has been made of the average waiting time for a First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum); and whether he plans to take steps to...

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were sentenced to prison for non-payment of a TV licence in the last five years.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prison officers are up-to-date on Control and Restraint training, as of 1 March 2024.

      Wandsworth Prison: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of risk assessments at HMP Wandsworth.

      POA: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the provisions of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 on the ability of the Prison...

      Domestic Abuse: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there is a requirement for the victims of domestic abuse to be informed when the perpetrator of their abuse is released early under the home...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Casement Park: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for Casement Park.

    • Casement Park: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Irish Government on the funding of Casement Park.

      Euro 2028: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to ensure Northern Ireland can host Euro 2028 games alongside the rest of the UK and Ireland.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Advertising

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

    • Rape: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the cross-criminal justice system rape data tool established by the Crown...

      Visas: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas for Palestinian nationals (a) are being processed, (b) have been approved and (c) have been rejected since 1 October 2023.

      Home Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which unit in his Department is responsible for equalities.

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing injured Palestinians to be treated at UK hospitals until their health is...

      Refugees: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to enable children in Gaza with parents living in the UK to come to the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of international undergraduate students at universities in England applied for indefinite leave to remain after...

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to establish a fund to facilitate the (a) purchase and (b) installation of infrastructure required to...

      Immigration Controls: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had recent discussions with the (a) French Government and (b) European Commission on the potential merits of developing an...

      Educational Visits: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to take steps to ensure parity in travel requirements for school groups travelling to the UK from (a) Germany...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims are subject to third country enquiries as of 28 February 2024.

      Windrush Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department are taking to improve the speed of delivery of full compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

  • Treasury

    • Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the (a) Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (b) Environment Agency on changes to Landfill...

    • Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for the Small Producer Relief to include English...

      Beer and Cider: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reduce the tax on draught (a) beer and (b) cider.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of 99% mortgages on house prices; and what steps he is taking to help mitigate that impact.

      Debts: Interest Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's forecast is for the cost of indexation of the index linked debt on the debt interest charge for the 2024-25 financial year.

      Bank of England: Climate Change and Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Bank of England’s progress on integrating (a) climate and (b) nature considerations into its...

      Treasury: Advertising

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

      Philips Trust Corporation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing support to people who held policies with the Philips Trust Corporation Limited.

      Motor Vehicles: Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to renegotiate carnet provisions between the UK and EU on the movement of vehicles and parts used in motorsport.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Imports: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to help support small businesses with importation fees on goods from the EU.

    • Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of alternatives to peat-based soils for the professional...

      Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of the professional horticulture sector on...

      Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what peat-free working exemptions will be in place in the professional horticulture sector from 2026.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees have been planted on behalf of his Department since December 2019.

      Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the potential cost of the proposed ban on the use of peat by 2030 on the professional...

      Peatlands and Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 73 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, published on 27 October 2021, how much and what...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on trends in the cost of exporting...

      National Food Strategy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish a progress report against the food strategy goals.

      Avian Influenza: British Antarctic Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of risk to bird life in the British Antarctic Territory following the...

      Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will meet the Species Reintroduction Taskforce to discuss ongoing work to increase the number of red squirrels in the UK.

      Tree Planting: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the 2019 Conservative manifesto commitment to plant an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year by the end...

      Livestock Worrying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help tackle livestock worrying.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the location of the new border control post in Sevington on...

      Environment Agency and Rural Payments Agency: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in the (a) the Environment Agency and (b) Rural Payments Agency have job titles which include the words (i)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of his Department's answers to written parliamentary questions have referred to the information requested not being (a)...

    • Ministry of Defence: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department held Christmas events in 2023.

      Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many data incidents his Department has recorded in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Defence: Advertising

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

      Armed Forces: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timescale is for the completion of the transfer of service records from 1 January 1963 from his Department's contracted storage site to the...

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond to Question 5212 on Armed Forces: Health tabled by the hon. Member for East Londonderry on 5 December 2023; and if he will...

      Israel: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department (a) has and (b) has had an agreement with the Israeli Air Force to provide technical support for its fleet of F-35s.

      Israel: RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any Israeli Air Force F-35s have landed at RAF Akrotiri since 7 October 2023.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Fuel Poverty: South Holland and the Deepings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate she has made of the number and proportion of households that are in fuel poverty in South Holland and the...

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of trends in the level of fuel poverty since 2018.

      Wind Power: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to approve future sites for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      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...

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      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...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what units in her Department have responsibility for equalities.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Transport on the regulation of helicopter transport services for...

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will have discussions with (a) ministerial colleagues in the Department for Transport, (b) operators, (c) the offshore oil...

      Electricity Generation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the additional costs to consumers associated with uneven Transmission Network Use of...

      Wind Power: National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to households of curtailing wind generation due to a lack of grid capacity.

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce the Clean Heat Market Mechanism.

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will publish an organogram of her Department and the directorates within it.

      Offshore Industry: Profits

      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 trends in the level of profits made by oil and gas companies...

      Offshore Industry: Profits

      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 trends in the level of profits made by oil and gas companies...

      Energy Supply: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to improve energy network resilience by investigating the potential of radio spectrum access...

      Energy Supply: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with refence to the Second National Infrastructure Assessment, published by the National Infrastructure Commission in October 2023,...

      Offshore Industry: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she is taking steps to secure private investment to develop an offshore energy grid in the East of England.

      Offshore Industry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2024 to Question 13704 on Offshore Industry: Employment, for what reason her Department does...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Responsible Technology Adoption Unit: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she plans to appoint an advisory board to the Responsible Technology Adoption Unit.

    • Responsible Technology Adoption Unit: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many staff does the Responsible Technology Adoption Unit have.

      Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: WhatsApp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what guidance her Department issues on the use of WhatsApp.

      Charity Research Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much was spent on the Charity Research Support Fund in each of the last five years for which data is available; and if...

      Government Office for Technology Transfer: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many full-time equivalent staff work for the Government Office for Technology Transfer as of 4 March 2024.

      DNA: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department has had discussions with international partners on DNA synthesis screening.

      Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment her Department has made of the commercial viability of space launches from the UK.

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether officials in her Department have had discussions with Ofcom on the adequacy of Ofcom's plans in respect of regulation...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Publishing

      To ask the Attorney General, what reports and guidance their Department has produced in the last three years; and how much was spent on their (a) printing and (b) distribution.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what reports and guidance their Department has produced in the last three years; and how much was spent on their (a) printing and (b) distribution.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what reports and guidance their Department has produced in the last three years; and how much was spent on their (a) printing and (b) distribution.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Holiday Accommodation and Second Homes: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of the proportion of (a) holiday lets and (b) second homes on the...

    • Sports: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department plans to take to help ensure that the sporting industry complies with voluntary or self-regulatory measures...

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of regulations on online sales of age-restricted products.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • South Africa: Antisemitism

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of South Africa regarding the increased levels of antisemitism in that country and their relation to the...

    • Gaza: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton on 13 February (HL Deb col 140), what assessment they have made of the events surrounding the...

      Jimmy Lai

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 February (HL2065), whether it remains their position that no British nationals have been named...

      Gaza: Hospitals

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the operations by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) at Nasser Hospital on 15...

      China: Internment

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the number of internment camps in (1) China, (2) Xinjiang, and (3) Tibet.

      Palestinians: Women

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations press release UN experts appalled by reported human rights violations against Palestinian women and...

      Russia: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Professor Philippa Webb’s report prepared for the European Parliamentary Research Service, Legal options for confiscation...

      Gaza: Ceasefires

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States regarding whether the United Nations may support a temporary ceasefire in Gaza.

      Maxim Kuzminov

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Spain, and (2) Ukraine, concerning the circumstances surrounding the death of Maxim Kuzminov in...

      Nagorno Karabakh: Cultural Heritage

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan concerning the protection of the cultural heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Stormont Brake

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish each individual EU law and regulation which is outside the scope of the Stormont Brake in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Supply

      To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the fall in overall domestic food production resulting from the proposed changes in agricultural policies and payments.

    • Peatlands: Environment Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Douglas-Miller on 22 February (HL Deb col 701), what assessment they have made of the merits of returning peatland sites to...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Autism: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the dynamic support register and Care (Education) and Treatment Review policy for autistic people...

  • Attorney General

    • Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action is being taken by prosecuting authorities against those who incite others to cover up cameras in the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

    • Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have issued guidance for prosecuting those who incite others to cover up cameras in the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess any correlation between recent increases in swap rates and rising mortgage rates.

    • Small Businesses: Bank Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following reports that many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have had their bank accounts closed, what steps they are taking to ensure SMEs have...

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey results published by Schools Week on 21 February which found that the rate at which children left the classroom for...

    • Home Education: Registration

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a register of children outside of school.

  • Department for Transport

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence: Equality

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the developers of artificial intelligence technologies concerning how they verify the accuracy of their outputs, particularly...

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