Written answers

Friday, 8 March 2024

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Thames Estuary Cockle Fishery Order 2024

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Thames Estuary Cockle Fishery Order 2024 will be laid before the House of Commons.

    • Dairy Products and Meat: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the potential impact of reducing meat and dairy...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve food labelling so that (a) consumers are effectively informed on which...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of recent trends in levels of protests relating to farming.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Advertising

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

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Magazine Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department (a) allocated for and (b) spent on magazine subscriptions in each of the last three...

      Marine Environment: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what protection beyond saltmarsh and seagrass is in place for blue carbon habitats; and whether he is taking steps to...

      Drinking Water: Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to prevent the leaching of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances into supplies of drinking...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Office for Environmental Protection’s annual progress report published on 18 January 2024, what...

      Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Green Finance Strategy's target of raising £500m in private finance every year by 2027, how much...

      Darwin Initiative: Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what environmental projects have been funded through Darwin Plus in Antartica since 2019.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Office for Environmental Protection’s annual progress report published 18th January 2024, if he...

      Sewage: South Holland and the Deepings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many storm overflow discharges there have been in South Holland and The Deepings constituency in the last five years.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish a revised response to the consultation on Improved food waste reporting by large food...

      Fluorinated Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) training and (b) certification of technicians in the use of...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the levels of (a) nitrogen dioxide and (b) particulate matter in air.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment has he made of the effectiveness of the steps his Department is taking to help ensure that local...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to provide additional support to local authorities to reduce air pollution in areas which breach air...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to tackle levels of plastic waste; and whether he plans to take steps to help reduce the...

      Darwin Initiative: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what environmental projects have been funded through Darwin Plus in the Falkland Islands since 2019.

      Litter

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

      Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many single-use plastic products were disposed of in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c)...

      Water: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the polluter pays principle is upheld on sewage releases.

      Rivers: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how river water quality is tested for sewage releases.

      Water: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) take steps to set targets for water companies to end sewage releases and (b) ensure that water companies...

      Sewage: Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps is he taking to neutralise sewage in rivers.

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects sewage release levels to be reduced.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to increase reservoir storage capacity.

      Inland Waterways: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of inland waterways that are contaminated by expired mine workings.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to estimate the potential (a) costs and (b) profits on large businesses of proposals to...

      Sewage: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an estimate of the number of homes affected by sewage rising into (a) gardens, (b) toilets and (c) sinks...

      Water Companies: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Ofwat about water companies at risk of bankruptcy.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Balochistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Balochistan in the context of law enforcement...

    • Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Palestinian counterpart on the content of Palestinian Authority textbooks.

      Palestinians: Visas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with international counterparts on a Palestinian visa scheme to support the health needs...

      Argentina: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he plans to meet the President of Argentina within the next six weeks.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will respond to the open letter from civil society groups entitled UK Government’s Refusal to Suspend Arms...

      Palestinians: Visas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will take steps to help ensure that Palestinians who are entitled to come to the UK on a visa are able to leave...

      Gaza: Weapons

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports of weapons being found in schools in Gaza.

      Gaza: Weapons

      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 recent report from the Israel...

      China: Clergy

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of Chinese Communist Party re-education classes for...

      Shipping: Freight

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of steps being taken to ensure that vessels transiting Scottish and UK...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Rwanda

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what representations he has made to his Rwandan counterpart on the M23 rebel group operating in the Democratic Republic...

      Albania: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the house arrest of the leader of the Democratic...

      Albania: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has met the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania in the last six months.

      Albania: Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what support his Department is providing to the Armenian government to bolster democracy in that country.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Horizon IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what weighting the Post Office Horizon compensation scheme gives to individual sub-postmaster’s (a) mental health, (b) physical health...

    • Multinational Companies: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to help ensure that British multinationals operate to domestic environmental standards when operating overseas.

      Business: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will take steps to help support the good business charter accreditation scheme.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she has taken to ensure that the SNOMED CT classification system used by GPs in primary care is (a) adequate and (b) used...

    • Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she has taken to work with (a) the NHS and (b) other stakeholders to help improve the prognoses of people living with...

      Lung Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she has taken to support (a) research into and (b) treatment of lung cancer caused by mutations in the TP53, EGFR, and KRAS genes.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Long Covid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research the National Institute for Health and Care Research is undertaking on the potential link between Myalgic Encephalomyelitis...

      Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the regulation of Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates by the General...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to fund research to (a) tackle the causes of and (b) treat Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she has taken to work with (a) the NHS and (b) other stakeholders to increase earlier cancer diagnoses.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to ensure that appropriately-qualified optometrists are able to access NHS prescription forms to help reduce the...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 19 June 2023 to Question 188964 on Ophthalmic Services, what recent progress her Department has made on...

      Laboratories: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Audit Office's value for money investigation into the UKHSA’s health security campus programme,...

      Dstl: Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to enforcement notice 310819694 served against the UK Health Security Agency on 31 July 2020 by the Health and Safety...

      Dstl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the current condition of the high-security laboratories at Porton Down is.

      UK Health Security Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report by the National Audit Office entitled Investigation into the UKHSA’s health security campus programme,...

      Mental Health Services: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department issues guidance to mental health providers on steps to be taken to secure an independent inquiry in the event that...

      Mental Health Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of NHS trusts apply the national sexual safety collaborative.

      Laboratories: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make it her policy to (a) replace and (b) modernise the laboratories at Porton Down.

      Vaccination: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 5.1.2 of the NHS Vaccination Strategy, last updated on 4 January, 2024, which Integrated Care Systems have...

      Laboratories: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the findings in the report by the National Audit Office entitled...

      UK Health Security Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2024 to Question 13942 on UK Health Security Agency: Finance, if she will break down the (a)...

      Operating Theatres: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how (a) her Department and (b) NHS England define the severity of (i) a surgical fire, (ii) a surgical burn and (iii) a near miss related...

      Hydrogen Sulphide: Children and Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of hydrogen sulphide on the health and wellbeing of (a) under 18s and (b) over 65s.

      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the number of babies who have developed foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in each of the last ten years.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure all general practice nursing staff will receive a pay uplift for 2023-24.

      General Practitioners: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase the number of GPs in Essex.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of calorie labelling on menus on (a) obesity levels, (b) people with eating...

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the accessibility of tier 3 weight management services for patients; and in which (a)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Appeals: Recovery of Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to enable litigants who win First Tier Tribunal cases to recover costs.

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that legal aid remains accessible.

      Prisoners: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prisons are prisoners eligible to undertake apprenticeships in England and Wales.

  • Home Office

    • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support the expanded remit of the Gangmaster Licensing and Abuse Authority.

    • National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a breakdown breakdown by religion of National Crime Agency (a) officers and (b) civilian staff based in Northern Ireland.

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support the expanded remit of the Gangmaster Licensing and Abuse Authority.

      Ask for ANI Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department’s Ask for ANI scheme cost in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason it is his policy that a person born between 2 October 2000 and 29 April 2006 is only considered to have British citizenship...

      Visas: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Gaza have arrived in the UK following a successful application for a family visa as a (a) spouse, (b) partner, (c)...

      Theft: Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen the checks auction houses must carry out to prevent the sale of stolen goods.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Retail Trade: Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to help new businesses access high street premises; and whether he has made an assessment of the...

  • Treasury

    • Bank of England: Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the losses by the Bank of England on holding its bond portfolio that the Treasury has had to reimburse so far in the 2023-24 financial year.

    • Research: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications were made by companies in Northern Ireland for R&D tax credits in each of the last three years.

      Taxation: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HMRC spent on legal fees in tax litigation cases in each of the last five years.

      Defibrillators: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will remove VAT from defibrillators.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to tackle the proliferation of malign AI generated content farms.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the status ifs of proposals for the development of the Gallows Corner flyover Romford.

    • Department for Transport: DP World and P&O Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 18 July 2023 to Question 193953 on Department for Transport: DP World and P&O Ferries, whether (a) his Department...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armenia: Collective Security Treaty Organization

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the UK defence industry of Armenia's withdrawal from the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) state and (b) independent schools had cadet units in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to help increase the number of cadets enrolled in cadet forces sponsored by his Department; what targets his Department has set...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much additional capital funding has been spent in each of the local authorities with a Dedicated schools grant: very high deficit intervention to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Discrimination

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of racism and discrimination within the NHS; what steps NHS England are taking to collate data on this issue; and how...

    • Autism and Learning Disability: Hospital Wards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address barriers to discharge from mental health inpatient units for autistic people and people with learning disabilities related to...

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