Written answers

Thursday, 14 March 2024

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 2.20 of Spring Budget 2024, HC 560, if she will publish the modelling used to estimate the number of patients...

    • Dentistry: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for the Overseas Registration Exam.

      Dentistry: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to establishing mutual recognition schemes for dental qualifications with other countries; and if she will make an...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has held discussions with NHS England on the need for a dedicated and specific cancer plan.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help prevent cases of type 2 diabetes.

      Junior Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the net increase in junior doctors through recruitment to the NHS is in the last 12 months.

      Healthcare Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the progress made by NHS trusts in moving health care assistants from band two to band...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of investment in establishing a vaccine library.

      Disease Control: Drugs and Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure adequate manufacturing capabilities for new (a) vaccines and (b) drugs in a pandemic.

      Sodium Valproate and Surgical Mesh Implants

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

      Euthanasia and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will issue guidance to her Department on using the term (a) assisted suicide when referring to procedures that involve ingesting...

      NHS: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times did the NHS referred a member of the Armed Forces to Prevent in each year since 2018.

      Wandsworth Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the cost of the provision of healthcare at HMP Wandsworth in the last 12 months.

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to prevent unregulated psychologists from giving reunification therapy to parents and children.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to respond to the letter of 22 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Stockport on behalf of a constituent, reference NM0059.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraphs 7.16 and 7.17 of the Ministerial Code, on how many occasions have Ministers in her Department informed the...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of mirroring social care sector pay with the NHS Agenda for Change pay...

      Ophthalmic Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce inequalities in eye care for adults with learning disabilities.

      Primary Health Care: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate she has made of the number of primary care vacancies for each of the last 12 months.

      Dental Services: South Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) dental practices in South Leicestershire constituency and (b) the Leicester,...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help tackle childhood obesity.

      Dental Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on NHS dental provision.

      Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of NHS funding to tackle the backlog of (a) elective surgeries and (b) other non-emergency...

      Radiotherapy: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to recruit an additional 2,000 radiotherapy professionals by 2040.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the level of underspend was for dentistry in each integrated care board in each year since 2015.

      Ambulance Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average ambulance response times in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) the East Midlands were in the latest period for which figures are...

      Hospices: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of her Department's funding for (a) hospices in the North West and (b) Wigan &...

      Health: Girls

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

      Mental Health Services: Girls

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

      Primodos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential implications for her Department’s policies of the report by the APPG on Hormone...

      Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to support research into anti-microbial resistance.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of support available to adults with complex mental health needs.

      Mental Health Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with NHS trusts in the Liverpool City Region on the adequacy of mental health provision for adults.

      Social Work: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 18 of the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan 2022-2024, CP 598, published in January 2022, when she plans to...

      Semaglutide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help ensure the adequacy of short-term supplies of the diabetes medication Ozempic or semaglutide.

      Epilepsy: Drugs

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

      Wandsworth Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many referrals for secondary healthcare treatment for prisoners at HMP Wandsworth were made in each year since 2010.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the availability of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medication in (a) Shropshire...

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2024 to Question 14455 on Mental Health Services: Veterans, how many veterans were referred to Op...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Department for Business and Trade: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much her Department invested in UK-based energy businesses in each year since 2015.

    • Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to assess the performance of local authority trading standards bodies.

      Domestic Visits: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department plan to visit Bournemouth in the next six months.

      Department for Business and Trade: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which overseas companies registered in the UK per industry have received funding from her Department in each year since 2015.

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Supplementary Estimates, published on 27 February 2024, HC 500, how she plans to spend the additional £1.09...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Second Report of the Business and Trade Committee of Session 2023-24 on UK accession to the Comprehensive and...

      Export Controls: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the Export Control Joint Unit reviews urgent trade sanctions license applications in a timely...

      Department for Business and Trade: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, to which domestic destinations Ministers in her Department and its predecessor Departments have attended overnight visits in each of the last...

      Chambers of Commerce: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much funding her Department and its predecessor Department allocated to the (a) Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce, (b) British-Swiss...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2024 to Question 12789 on Offences against Children, what steps is he taking to incorporate paragraph...

    • Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2024 to Question 15272 on Aviation: Passengers, if he will estimate the number of general aviation...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding asylum claims there are.

      Asylum: RAF Scampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was of proposals to house asylum seekers at the former RAF base at Scampton.

      Asylum: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his planned timetable is for establishing a process by which Ukrainians who did not receive a 1A stamp on arrival to the UK are able to...

      Non-governmental Organisations: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to work with Cabinet colleagues on visas for representatives of international NGOs to take part in (a) advocacy...

      Arms Trade: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Border Force is taking to (a) identify and (b) detain people crossing the border who have been involved in the (i) funding and...

      Visas: Care Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the report by The Bureau of Investigative...

      Police: Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of maternity leave for serving police officers in England.

      Cannabis: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent review of drugs by Professor Dame Carol Black, if his Department will commission further research on the...

      Wayne Couzens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in managerial roles have faced disciplinary action as a result of inquiries into Wayne Couzens.

      Equipment Theft (Prevention) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the call for evidence relating to potential regulations under the Equipment Theft (Prevention) Bill 2023.

      Home Office: Fraud and Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of money lost to fraud and error by his Department in each of the last three financial years.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the document entitled Draft terms of reference for the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, what updates his Department has...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to tackle (a) online scams and (b) other cyber crime.

      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the level of activity of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times a member of the Armed Forces was referred to Prevent in each year since 2018.

      Laboratories: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is taking steps to improve the biosecurity of laboratories handling dangerous pathogens.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of civil service recruitment campaigns failed to fill the post advertised in each financial year from 2019/20.

    • Cabinet Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to which domestic destinations Ministers in his Department have attended overnight visits in each of the last three financial years.

      Central Digital and Data Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Government Digital and Data profession on 11 March (a) 2022, (b) 2023 and (c) 2024.

      Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many government services have onboarded to One Login.

      Government Communication Service: Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in ministerial departments worked in the Government Communication Service profession in each financial year from 2010/11.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to open the healthcare centre at HMP Wandsworth.

    • Coroners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of coroners' inquests.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond substantively to the correspondence of 1 February 2024 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MC112949.

      Ministry of Justice: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the destinations were of domestic overnight visits undertaken by Ministers within their Department in each of the last three financial years.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an estimate of the average number of single justice procedure cases magistrates presided over per day in the last 12 months.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the Equality Act 2010 on legal cases brought forward via the single justice procedure.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of cases under the single justice procedure were prosecuted in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      Travellers: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the recommendations in the report by the Traveller Movement entitled...

      Young Offender Institutions: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of how many children in youth offender institutions are care experienced.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2024 to Question 15927 on Prisons: Civil Disorder, whether there is a minimum staffing requirement for Tornado teams.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, to which domestic destinations Ministers in her Department have attended overnight visits in each of the last three financial years.

    • Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support she provides to employers to help their workforce gain a Level (a) 2 and (b) 3 IT qualification.

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an estimate of the number of therapists offering reunification therapy services to help with cases of family breakdown.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 9 of the document entitled SEND and alternative provision improvement plan, published on 2 March 2023, when her Department...

      Families: Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to tackle shortages in family social workers.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support local authorities to reduce the time taken to process special educational needs and disabilities...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2024 to Question 13186 on Carers, whether the training and information that will be accessible via the supplier...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many investigations into academy trusts have been completed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency since 1 November 2022.

      Training: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to help ensure every (a) young person and (b) adult receives free training to gain a Level (a) 2 and (b) 3 qualification.

      Special Educational Needs: Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many special free schools had an Ofsted inspection in the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Government: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many voluntary donations have been paid to the Government in each of the last 20 years; and what the total amount paid in voluntary donations is over...

    • Foreign Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to remove the corporate opt-out for cross-border payments pricing disclosures.

      Inheritance Tax: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make the assets of non-domiciled UK residents subject to inheritance tax.

      Tax Avoidance: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations has he received on section 684 notices.

      Research: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for R&D tax credits were outstanding in each month in 2023.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allow fractional shares to be included in ISAs.

      Taxis: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.81 of the Autumn Statement 2023, published in November 2023, what his planned timetable is to open the consultation on the...

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of raising the luxury vehicles tax threshold for electric vehicles.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Spring Budget 2024, HC 560, published on 6 March 2024, whether he made an assessment with the Secretary of State for Health and...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take with Cabinet colleagues to help tackle the trade in illicit vapes, in the context of the introduction of duties on vapes at the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Financial Statement from 6 March 2024, Official Report, column 851, whether his Department has made an assessment of potential...

      Taxpayer Protection Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many fraudulent payments of what total value were recovered by the Taxpayer Protection Taskforce.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of increasing landfill tax on the prevalence of waste crime.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost is of sending pilots abroad to train.

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pilots were in the fast-jet pilot training pipeline as of 5 March 2024.

      Military Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2023 to Question 1027 on Military Attachés, if he will publish an updated list of countries without a...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary on the potential impact of trends in the level of pay on (a) recruitment, (b) retention...

      Military Aircraft: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of operating VIP-configured RAF aircraft was in each year since 2019.

      Fleet Solid Support Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the use of UK steel in the building of the fleet solid support ships.

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned date is for the first flight of the Royal Air Force’s first E-7 Wedgetail aircraft.

      Ministry of Defence: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the adequacy of the delivery of contracts by external providers.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the (a) Royal Navy, (b) British Army and (c) Royal Air Force spent on recruitment in each year since 2010.

      Veterans: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2024 to Question 13679 on Veterans: Identity Cards, if he will take steps with (a) private and (b) third sector...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Conferences: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what the average cost was to host an international summit in the last five years.

    • Kurds: 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 Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruling of February...

      Conferences: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what the cost to the public purse was of each international summit held in the UK since 2019.

      Bahrain: Gulf Strategy Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5692 on Bahrain: Gulf Strategy Fund, when he plans to publish a...

      Bahrain: Demonstrations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2024 to Question 15479 on Bahrain: Demonstrations, whether he has made...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many civil servants in his Department have a criminal conviction.

      Ghana: Foreign Relations and Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Ghanaian counterpart on the potential impact of Proper Human Sexual...

      Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an estimate of the daily capacity for humanitarian deliveries through the (a) Al-Tina and (b) Renk...

      Senegal: Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to support (a) international and (b) civil society observation of the Presidential election in...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what estimate he has made of the gender split in each cohort of Chevening Scholars for each year since 2019.

      Bilateral Aid: Equality

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled International women and girls strategy 2023 to 2030, published...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2024 to Question 16041 on Diplomatic Service, whether his Department has had a policy...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his planned timetable is for consulting on activity regulations to be introduced under the Animals (Low-Welfare Abroad)...

    • Environmental Land Management Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will publish an impact assessment of the structure of payments within the Environmental Land Management...

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will outlaw the use of farrowing crates.

      Flood Control: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the improvement of flood defences.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the sustainability of the fisheries sector.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 26 January 2024 from the Rt hon. Member for East Ham, reference ST105404.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reduction in fraud and error in the benefit system he expects by the end of 2024.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the (a) Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service, (b) Enhanced Checking Service, (c) Risk Review Team, (d) Enhanced Review Teams, (e)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants referred by a DWP algorithm for case review as potentially containing fraud or error were (a) in...

      Sickness Benefits: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency are on long-term sickness benefits; and how many were on such benefits in each of the...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications to the Access to Work scheme were rejected in each month from January 2023 to February 2024.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken to process an Access to Work application was in each month since January 2022.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the forms it issues are accessible to people with limited ability to complete a form by hand.

      Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential for bias in the automated machine learning and decision-making systems used to audit.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • General Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of holding the general election in May 2024 on (a) local elections...

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to publish a national policy statement on visitor attractions.

      Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraphs 7.16 and 7.17 of the Ministerial Code, on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department has issued on the minimum (a) number and (b) proportion of leasehold flats that a freeholder...

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government response to the Fifth Report of the Transport Committee of Session 2022–23 on Maritime 2050: objectives,...

    • Driving Tests: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2024 to Question 16465 on Driving Tests: Waiting Lists, what the average waiting time was for a driving test from...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government response to the Fifth Report of the Transport Committee of Session 2022–23 on Maritime 2050: objectives,...

      Ferries: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Irish Sea ferry services operators have signed the Seafarers Charter; and what progress his Department has made on reaching a bilateral...

      Bypasses: Middlewich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to make a decision on the allocation of grant funding for the Middlewich Eastern Bypass programme.

      Midland Main Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the (a) planning and (b) programming for the electrification of the Midland Main Line to Nottingham.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to which domestic destinations Ministers in her Department and its predecessor Departments have attended overnight visits in each of...

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraphs 7.16 and 7.17 of the Ministerial Code, on how many occasions have Ministers in her department informed the...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public appointments she has made since her appointment.

      Media: Euthanasia and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps with Ofcom to undertake a review of the adequacy of guidance to the media on the reporting of (a) assisted...

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her letter to the hon. Member for Warrington North dated 5 March 2024, reference INT2024/01623/DC, what funding her...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of gambling advertising on (a) gambling-related harms and (b) levels...

      Mermaids: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department provided funding to the charity Mermaids UK in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Attorney General, what the destinations were of domestic overnight visits undertaken by Ministers within their Department in each of the last three financial years.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Alternative Fuel Payments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many calls were made to the contact centre helpline on 0808 175 3943 on appeals relating to Alternative Fuel Payment...

    • Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to launch a consultation on the growth of community-run renewable energy schemes.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the potential additional costs for offshoring the required new grid capacity between north east (a)...

      Electricity Generation: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will instruct Ofgem to publish an estimate of the impact of the cost of future transmission charges for renewable companies...

      British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many applications under the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme there have been for an adult dependent pension under Rule...

      Energy: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, which overseas energy companies registered in the UK have received funding from her (a) Department and (b) predecessor Department...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, to which domestic destinations Ministers in her Department and its predecessor Department have attended overnight visits in each of...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Welding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has had recent discussions with Sheffield Forgemasters on local electron-beam welding.

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people were serving in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary on 20 February in each year since 2015.

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many (a) officers and (b) other staff left the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in each year since 2015; and what the leaving rate...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many times a member of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary was referred to Prevent in each year since 2018.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the maximum capacity of offshore wind that could be funded through the Contracts for...

      Renewable Energy: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much funding has been allocated to the Green Industries Growth Accelerator fund to date; and how much and what proportion of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the destinations were of domestic overnight visits undertaken by Ministers within their Department in each of the last three financial years.

    • Operation Kenova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost is of Operation Kenova.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the destinations were of domestic overnight visits undertaken by Ministers within their Department in each of the last three financial years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the destinations were of domestic overnight visits undertaken by Ministers within their Department in each of the last three financial years.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Sudan: United Nations

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the closure of the UN Transitional Mission to Sudan will have on the Sudanese people and other UN operations; and...

    • Nigeria: Bilateral Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much bilateral aid they have sent to Nigeria since 2015.

      Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the appointment of Tom Perriello as a temporary US special envoy for Sudan, when they intend to appoint a new Special Envoy for Sudan.

      South Asia: Development Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are the (1) actual, and (2) projected, aid contributions to individual countries in South Asia, broken down by category of project.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Public Consultation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their timetable for consulting on activity regulations under the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023.

    • Animals (Low-welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their timetable for consulting on activity regulations under the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023.

      Sugar Beet: Production

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

      Dogs

      To ask His Majesty's Government what rules exist for pet owners wishing to take their dog on holiday (1) from England to Northern Ireland, and (2) from England to Scotland.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Remand in Custody: Insurance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what information they, or prison authorities, hold on the volume and value of claims by persons held in custody against (1) prison authorities, and (2) independent...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Databases

      To ask His Majesty's Government what projects have been undertaken by the 10 Downing Street Data Science Team since its establishment, and in each case what were the objectives and outcomes, and...

    • Import Controls

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 5 January (HL1358), whether they plan to publish (1) the questions posed in the business...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Irish sea border has been removed.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether, given UK internal market requirements, the EU still has any control of trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland through Regulations 2023/1231...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Horizon IT System

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many formal complaints from Post Office sub-postmasters about the Horizon software that was updated in 2017 (1) have been made, and (2) still need to be...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Council Tax

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) local government finances in England, and (2) the equality of taxation of council tax bands in...

    • Homelessness: Government Assistance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support people at risk of homelessness due to 'no fault' evictions.

      Property Management Companies: Fees and Charges

      To ask His Majesty's Government what regulatory powers they have to ensure leaseholders are protected from unreasonable charges or inadequate services property management agents.

      Elections: Disinformation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent any negative impact on this year's local elections as a result of fake news being disseminated through (1) artificial...

      Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask His Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the development of more cooperative housing schemes.

      Building Inspectors

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the number of building inspectors and any risk to construction due to declines in their numbers.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have sole responsibility for regulating Northern Ireland VAT or whether the EU has any authority relating to VAT matters in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Carbon Emissions: Kenya

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the issues raised by the Survival International Report of the Northern Rangelands Trust carbon offsetting project in Kenya.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of electricity grid miscalculations on housebuilding in England.

      Drax Power Station: Timber

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by BBC Panorama that Drax power station is burning wood from forests defined by the government of British Columbia as...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the application of all the provisions of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill to Northern Ireland in light of the...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children seeking asylum who were housed in Home Office hotels are still missing; and what is the breakdown of (1) ages, and (2) length...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Safety Investigation Branch

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to (1) their announcement on 29 June 2022 about the creation of the Road Safety Investigation Branch, and (2) the Written Answer by Lord Davies of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Film and Television: Government Assistance

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the film and television industry in England, including the freelance workforce, and to encourage investment from...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many visas have been issued to members of the Afghan Special Police Commando Force under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy.

    • Armed Forces: Civil Proceedings

      To ask His Majesty's Government what further action they plan to take to protect members of the security forces from vexatious court proceedings.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Artificial Intelligence

      To ask His Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the (1) development, and (2) application, of artificial intelligence; and how do those priorities align with national strategies for...

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