Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken help tackle the import of dogs with cropped ears since 1 January 2024.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 8 September 2023 from the constituent of the hon. Member for Sefton...

      Pets: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the Government response to the consultation on commercial and non-commercial movements of pets into...

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the further authorisation of the emergency use of...

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pollack were sampled by his Department for (a) length and (b) sex in the last 12 months.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fraud and Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report entitled Cross-Government Fraud Landscape: Annual Report 2022, published on 21 March 2023, what...

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pollack otoliths were collected by his Department in the last 12 months.

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pollack otoliths were analysed by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that issues affecting the wholesale sector are considered in policy development across...

      Disposable Wipes: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason has the results of the consultation on plastic in wet wipes not yet been published.

      Disposable Wipes: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the report on the plastic in wet wipes consultation.

      Methane: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle methane emissions from organic waste through (a) the UNFCCC and (b) other international fora.

      Sewers: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the (a) current and (b) future (i) capacity and (ii) performance of sewage...

      Village Halls: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 5.141 of the Spring Budget 2024, HC 560, when the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund will open...

      Sewers: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that new (a) residential and (b) commercial developments do not overload local sewers.

      Climate Change: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to coordinate a public engagement programme on adaptation including (a) the risks posed by...

      Flood Control: South Holland and the Deepings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what remediation and flood prevention work has been undertaken in South Holland and the Deepings constituency since 2019.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a breakdown of spending from the flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme by the...

      Environment Agency: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Environment Agency staff have left that organisation in each year since 2015.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2024 to Question 15154 Flood Control: Finance, in which local authority areas the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Inland Waterways: World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department provides guidance to navigation authorities on attaining World Heritage Status for canal systems.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost to the public purse was of legal (a) support and (b) representation to Ministers in (i) her Department and (ii) the...

      Newspaper Press: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the (a) independence and (b) integrity of UK (i) newspapers and (ii) news magazines from...

      Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's criteria are for referral of a takeover on public interest grounds to (a) Ofcom and (b) the Competition and...

      Local Broadcasting and Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment her Department has made of the viability of independent (a) local newspapers and (b) other media.

      Football: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help improve support for ex-footballers with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

      Sports: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the cross-sport Code of Conduct is (a) robust and (b) workable in practice; and what...

  • Department for Transport

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to bring critical national infrastructure routes under his Department's control.

    • Department for Transport: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost to the public purse was for legal (a) support and (b) representation for Ministers in his Department in relation to their official...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to encourage uptake of electronic vehicles among all socioeconomic groups.

      Department of Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Spring Budget 2024 on his Department’s spending plans.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the gross income of the DVLA was from fees for providing information about the personal details of the keepers of vehicles registered on the DVLA...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish recorded incidents of Network Rail failing to meet maintenance standards set by the Office of Rail and Road in each of the last...

      Bus Services: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve (a) connectivity and (b) reliability in bus services in (i) York and (ii) North Yorkshire.

      Great British Railways: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the recruitment process for a new head of Great British Railways is transparent.

      Railways: Ashford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to improve the performance of train services between London and Ashford.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to improve signalling on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Marshlink Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the performance of trains between Ashford and Rye.

      Department for Transport: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage innovation in (a) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, (b) the DVLA, (c) HS2 Ltd. and (d) National...

      Great British Railways: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on Civil Service pay structures for the appointment of the head of Great...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has held recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on the potential impact of planning...

      Avanti West Coast: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many scheduled services Avanti West Coast have cancelled as a result of shortage of crew since 1 January 2024.

      High Speed 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many boreholes along the HS2 Phase 2 route have (a) been filled and (b) had land restored since the decision to cancel Phase 2; and when he...

      Mill Hill Broadway Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what was the original cost of the Access for All project at Mill Hill Broadway station.

      Mill Hill Broadway Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is of the Access for All project at Mill Hill Broadway station.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the review of slots policy will clarify the exemption for non-use of slots for reasons outside the control of the carrier.

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of previously closed train lines have been reopened since the publication of the Williams Review.

      Public Transport: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support he is providing for public transport in Somerset.

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the introduction of the EU Entry/Exit System does not delay cross-Channel rail travellers.

      Rescue Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the operators of helicopter search and rescue services on response times.

      Roads: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timetable is for publication of the M4 to Dorset Coast Connectivity Study.

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timetable is for the upgrading of Haughley and Ely rail junctions.

      London Underground: Mould

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will have discussions with Transport for London on (a) the prevalence of mould on the London Underground and (b) the potential impact on the...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many statutory off-road notifications were received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 2023.

      Great British Railways: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Great British Railways transition team has spent on (a) branding, (b) marketing, (c) advertising, (d) public relations and (e) social media.

      Department for Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people sit on his Department's accessibility group; and of those, how many identify as disabled.

      Great British Railways: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Great British Railways transition team has spent with recruitment agencies.

      Aviation: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require airline staff to wear cameras to help prevent discrimination against disabled airline passengers by staff.

      Aviation: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of an airlines accessibility framework.

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure passenger (a) safety levels and (b) confidence on the rail network (i) during strike action and (ii) when minimum...

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to increase capacity at St Pancras International following the introduction of the EU’s Entry Exit System.

      Railways: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to mark the anniversary of 200 years of passenger train travel in 2025.

      Great British Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Great British Railways transition team has spent on staffing.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of National Highways’ progress towards its target of reducing the number of people killed or seriously...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the value attributed to a prevented fatality in business cases for road investment.

      East West Rail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of East West Rail on the journey time between Oxford and Cambridge.

      Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2024 to Question 17164 on Carbon Emissions: Finance, how much funding has been allocated for the continuation of...

      Railways: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of levels of train cancellations into Preston; and what plans he has to help reduce...

      Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2024 to Question 17165 on Carbon Emissions: Finance, how much funding each of the policies listed will receive in...

      A303: Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the (a) (i) previous, (ii) future and (iii) total costs for the construction of the A303 Stonehenge road scheme between...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nurses: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the mental health and wellbeing of student nurses in England.

    • Osteoporosis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of community diagnostic centres carried out DEXA scanning in 2023; and how many DEXA scans were conducted in...

      NHS: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) Medical Physicists and (b) Clinical Engineers required in the NHS over the next (i) five...

      Trastuzumab Deruxtecan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to not...

      NHS: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS employees are based outside the United Kingdom.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with a brain tumour through the non-specific symptoms pathway.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Oral Statement of 7 February 2024 on NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform, Official Report, columns 251-253, which...

      Coronavirus: Immunosuppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) Evusheld 2 and (b) other covid-19 treatments for the immuno-compromised are available to patients.

      Dental Services: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the average distance people travel to access an NHS dentist in (a) North Shropshire constituency and (b)...

      Dental Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Oral Statement of 7 February 2024 on NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform, Official Report, columns 251-253, what her...

      Dental Services: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to her Oral Statement of 7 February 2024 on NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform, Official Report, columns 251-253, what her...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential long-term impact of the cost of living on life expectancy; and what steps her...

      NHS Low Income Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications were made to the NHS low income scheme in 2023.

      General Practitioners: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to improve levels of GP retention.

      Pharmacy: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the safety of community pharmacies.

      Health Services: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of women’s health hubs in reducing waiting times for women’s health...

      Endometriosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the time taken for endometriosis diagnoses.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her Department's policy is on the regulation of clinical technologists.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the federated data platform will include functionality to enable the creation of a consolidated national allergy register.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medicine supply issue notifications her Department has received in each month since 2017.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will (a) publish average weight to height ratios for children in England and (b) provide advice on any health implications for...

      Heart Diseases: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of including heart disease on the list of exempted conditions for...

      NHS: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of recent advances in clinical (a) technology and (b) other equipment on the...

      NHS: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the numbers of (a) Medical Physicists and (b) Clinical Engineers in the NHS Workforce as of 18 March 2024.

      Skin Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of drugs available within the NHS to treat (a) epidermolysis bullosa and (b) other...

      Blood: Contamination

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

      Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2024 to Question 15040 on Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care, whether the funding flows...

      Audiology: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting times for hospital hearing (a) tests and (b) aid fitting in areas where no...

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will have discussions with local authorities on introducing veteran-awareness training for local authority social care teams.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she has taken to promote Op Courage to veterans.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has had discussions with the UK Vaping Industry Association on its proposals for a vape retail licence.

      Stepping Hill Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if her Department will allocate capital funds to carry out urgent estates repairs at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Haiti: Development Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department is taking steps to provide additional funding for security in Haiti in the context of recent...

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department (a) makes an assessment of the potential impact on observance of international humanitarian law...

      Overseas Investment: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with reference to the press release entitled PM announces the UK will end support for fossil fuel sector overseas,...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how his Department plans to use the additional £10 million in aid funding for the Occupied Palestinian Territories...

      Vladimir Kara-Murza

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to secure the release of Vladimir Kara-Murza.

      Belarus and Russia: Detainees

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how many UK nationals are detained in (a) Russia and (b) Belarus; and what consular support is provided to them.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how the UK's (a) field hospital and (b) other aid to Gaza will be coordinated with (i) local authorities and (ii)...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what criteria he will use to decide whether to resume funding to UNRWA.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help ensure the safety of (a) international and (b) UK staff operating the UK-funded field...

      Uganda: Christianity

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help support persecuted Christians in Uganda.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      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 statement by Amnesty...

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the enactment of the Citizenship...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what plans he has to (a) make an assessment of the adequacy of the Navalny list and (b) review further sanctions on Russia.

      Ukraine: Reconstruction

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) European and (b) US counterparts on (i) seizing and (ii) re-purposing...

      Falkland Islands: Official Visits

      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 Argentine Foreign Ministry's...

      Manuel Guerrero

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with his Qatari counterpart on the case of Manuel Guerrero; and what steps he is taking...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, when he last held discussions with representatives of the Chagossian community (a) in and (b) outside of the UK on the...

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has discussions with the Secretary of State for Business and Trade on the risk of a state not complying with...

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what account of the risk of atrocity crimes being committed by states his Department takes in considering applications...

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what account of ongoing geopolitical fragility his Department takes in considering applications for licences for the...

      International Law: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a scrutiny body within his Department that is...

      Elections: Subversion

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his international partners on taking steps to enhance resilience to hostile...

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to support a lasting peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

      Finland: Russia

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of recent comments by the President Putin...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Members

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if the Secretary of State will hold briefing sessions for Members of Parliament.

      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to counter the work of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department plans to take at the UN Security Council as the penholder for Colombia’s 2016 peace...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much overseas development aid has been paid by his Department (a) directly and (b) indirectly to consultancies in...

      Falkland Islands: Ports

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2024 to Question 18074 on Falkland Islands: Ports, whether the Falkland Islands...

      Tibet: Buddhism

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make it his policy to support religious self-governance for Tibetan Buddhists.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with Qatar on ending hostilities in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

      Arctic: Defence

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to secure the UK's interests in the High North.

      Commonwealth: HIV Infection

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help encourage the repeal of HIV specific laws in the 20 jurisdictions in the Commonwealth...

      Egypt: Gaza

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with aid agencies on the Rafah crossing border with Egypt.

      Gaza: Malnutrition

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle starvation and malnutrition on the Gaza strip.

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much was (a) allocated to and (b) spent by each (i) unit and (ii) project funded by his Department's UK Action...

      Europe: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, which Ambassadors and High Commissioners to (a) countries and (b) other institutions in Europe are due to be replaced...

      South Georgia: Avian Influenza

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the spread of avian influenza in South Georgia; and whether his Department is...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support smaller responsible bodies to apply for the Condition Improvement Fund where they have schools in need...

    • Hall Road Academy: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when building work is planned to start at Hall Road Academy in Kingston upon Hull.

      Special Educational Needs: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March to Question 17451 on Special Educational Needs: Finance, whether Hertfordshire County Council was one of the local...

      Music: Workplace Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has committed to cover the increase in employer contribution rates for Music Hubs this academic year.

      Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Route Panel members are SMEs.

      Pre-school Education and Primary Education: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average time is for her Department to approve mergers between pre-schools and primary schools; what steps her Department is taking to (a)...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Department has made of the effectiveness of the Capital Advisers’ Programme.

      Students: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help support postgraduate students with the cost of living.

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to make an assessment of the appropriateness of allocating maintenance funding directly to smaller responsible bodies.

      Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many standards the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has retired in the last two years; and for what reason those standards...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2023 to Question 22 on Schools: Asbestos, what information her Department holds on levels of asbestos in schools...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all contracts for phase 2 of the Priority School Building Programme have now been awarded.

      Educational Institutions: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her planned timetable is for completing RAAC remedial works in all (a) schools and (b) colleges.

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of planned reforms to university admissions on the (a) number and (b) demographic of students...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of trends in the number of international students on higher education institutions.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the net increase in the number of (a) Ofsted-registered childcare places suitable for children aged two or under, (b) Ofsted-registered childcare...

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2024 to Question 17775 on Family Conciliation Services, for what reason her Department does not monitor the number...

      Mathematics: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the number of primary school children meeting expected standards in maths.

      English Language and Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help ensure Education Investment Areas are meeting their targets of (a) helping 90% of pupils meet the expected standard...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking with career advice services to help ensure that young people leaving school can move into a (a) job and (b) apprenticeship.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help ensure the availability of high-quality childcare.

      Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she is taking steps to encourage clusters of small employers to take on an apprentice jointly.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of trends in the number of apprenticeship completions.

      Apprentices: English Language and Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to help enable apprentices to gain proficiency in maths and English in the first year of their apprenticeship.

      Academic Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will hold discussions with the Office for Students on ensuring that the forthcoming guidance for higher education providers on (a) securing...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) young people and (b) adults have access to a range of high quality training pathways.

      Universities: Antisemitism and Islamophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help reduce cases of (a) anti-Semitism and (b) Islamophobia on university campuses.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Batteries and Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to implement third-party certification to ensure e-bikes, e-scooters and their batteries are approved by an...

    • Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the average processing time was for export licenses in the last six months; how many civil servants were assigned to process export...

      Trade Agreements: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2024 to Question 15265 on Shell: Nigeria, whether her Department has raised the Hydrocarbon Pollution...

      Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-pacific Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will have discussions with the Leader of the House on allocating time for debate on a substantive motion relating to the UK's...

      Horizon IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her planned timetable is to introduce legislation to exonerate sub-postmasters impacted by the Horizon IT System.

      Partnerships: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy during the...

      Partnerships: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy during the...

      Postal Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to ensure that orders made under section 104 of the Scotland Act 1998 on postal affairs are expedited.

      Department for Business and Trade: Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

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

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the British Army has spent on diversity and inclusion personnel since 2019.

    • Army: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2024 to Question 12234 on Army: Equality, what proportion of the personnel employed by the British Army are in...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to begin issuing the Wider Services Medal.

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence during the debate on Nuclear Test Veterans: Medical...

      Weapons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on weapons support in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Ministry of Defence: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on air transport in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Ministry of Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget for the Remotely-Piloted Air Systems team at Defence Equipment and Support is in the (a) 2023-24, (b) 2024-25 and (c) 2025-26 financial year.

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the reassessment of ARAP eligibility decisions for former members of the ATF-444 and CF-333.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on helicopters in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 10349 on Armed Forces: Housing, how much his Department has spent on housing forces personnel and...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 10351 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many Service Family Accommodation units were treated for (a)...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 10346 on Armed Forces: Housing, if he will (a) update this answer with the latest available...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2024 to Question 9937 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many open work orders for repairs there were for (a) Service...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2024 to Question 11369 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles and with reference to the letter from the Minister of State...

      Ministry of Defence: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vehicles his Department is leasing as of 18 March 2024.

      Ministry of Defence: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many houses rented by his Department were unoccupied as of 18 March 2024.

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December to Question 5943 on Defence Equipment: ICT, when he plans to send the response letter to the Rt hon. Member for...

      Defence Equipment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the financial viability of his Department’s equipment programme.

      Sloane Helicopters: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March to Question 16658 on Sloane Helicopters: Contracts, whether the value of the contract extension will be disclosed...

      Military Aircraft: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) A400M and (b) Voyager in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on UK Military Flying Training Systems in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Armed Forces: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) future and (b) common support services in each financial year since 2019-20.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Uncrewed Ground Vehicle types are owned by the Army.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department last exercised deploying Army vehicles by rail.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the maximum load capacity of the Army’s Heavy Equipment Transporters.

      Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ajax vehicles are scheduled to be delivered to the Army in (a) 2024, (b) 2025, (c) 2026, (d) 2027, (e) 2028, (f) 2029 and (g) 2030.

      Ajax Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Ajax vehicle has fired its CT40 cannon in fully automatic mode on the move.

      Army: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of the British Army's Dismounted Situational Awareness programme.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department expects the Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank to weigh in tonnes.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to future proof the Armed Forces against new security threats.

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had recent discussions with his US counterpart on the (a) provision and (b) location of further bases for US (i) personnel and (ii)...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Platinum Jubilee Medals his Department has issued.

      United Arab Emirates: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK personnel were based at the new Donnelly Lines facility in the UAE on 13 March 2024.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets its obligations to NATO.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the First Report of the Defence Committee, Ready for War?, HC 26,...

      LGBT Veterans Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2024 to Question 15405 on LGBT Veterans Independent Review, whether his Department plans to create a single...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were released within two months of the scheduled end of their sentence in the last 12 months.

    • Crown Court: Snaresbrook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Snaresbrook Crown Court has customer service targets for dealing with (a) incoming calls and (b) written correspondence.

      Wandsworth Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the positive rate for random mandatory drug tests carried out at HMP Wandsworth was in the latest period for which data is available.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of extended sentences (a) generally and (b) in cases involving weapons in (i) deterring...

      Prisons: Razors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of replacing wet shaving razors with electric shavers in all prisons across Wales.

      Prisoners' Release: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what performance measures his Department uses to measure the success of transitional accommodation for prison leavers.

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to help ensure the rehabilitation of offenders with a history of substance abuse.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Defence: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to (a) assess and (b) enhance preparedness in response to nuclear threats.

    • Civil Servants: Remote Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have conditions of employment which impose (a) no and (b) a four day limit on the number of days each week that they can work...

      Special Forces: Afghanistan and Iraq

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2024 to Question 18400 on Special Forces: Afghanistan and Iraq, what the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs'...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral contribution by the Leader of the House at Business Questions on 7 March 2024, Official Report, column 974, where he plans...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2018 to Question 133803 on Universal Credit, what progress he has made on developing guidance for (a)...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost to the public purse was for legal (a) support and (b) representation for Ministers in his Department in relation to their...

      Public Footpaths: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of members of the public who have been killed by cattle whilst walking on public rights of...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the cost of uprating pensions payable through the Financial Assistance Scheme to the same level as those...

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support women affected by changes to the state pension age with the cost of living.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 October 2023 from the hon. Member for Warley relating to Mr Bashir Ali and his father Aden Ali Dine.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that universal credit payments are not affected by child maintenance.

      Jobcentres: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of his Department’s funding is allocated to (a) employing and (b) supporting armed forces champions in...

  • Treasury

    • Landlords: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 6.48ff of the report by the Office for Tax Simplification entitled Property income review: simplifying income tax for...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the amount and proportion of tax identified by HMRC as being avoided through disguised remuneration schemes that will...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2024 to Question 17136 on Tax Avoidance, whether it is HMRC’s policy to seek to recover tax due for liabilities...

      Accountancy: Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the accountancy services sector on the enforcement of Managed Service Company legislation against chartered...

      Business: South Holland and the Deepings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding in Government-backed business loans was provided to businesses in South Holland and the Deepings constituency during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Orchestras: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on the potential merits of including the voice as one of the...

      High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the impact of the introduction of the High Income Child Benefit Charge on the cost of child benefit to the public purse in...

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of not linking his Department's support for health care in public prisons in Wales with inflation on...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.31 and Table 5.1 of the Spring Budget 2024, HC560, published on 6 March 2024, whether his Department has conducted an...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.45 and Table 5.1 of the Spring Budget 2024, HC560, published on 6 March 2024, whether his Department has conducted an...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has taken recent steps to designate football club grounds as assets of community value.

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the total cost to the public purse was of legal (a) support and (b) representation to Ministers in his Department in...

      Housing: Roads and Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential financial impact on homeowners of nearby (a) sewage systems and (b)...

      Inland Waterways: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will introduce National Planning Policy Guidance to assist local government planning authorities to provide a...

      Levelling Up Fund: Strangford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much and what proportion of levelling up funding allocated to Northern Ireland has been for projects within Strangford...

      Social Rented Housing: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to impose a legal cap on service charges for social housing.

      Freeports: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answers of 15 March 2024 to Questions 17337 and 17338 on Freeports: Foreign Investment in UK, when his...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what the total cost to the public purse was for legal (a) support and (b) representation for Ministers in her Department and...

    • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the economic impact of (a) investment made and (b) financial support provided by her...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how she measures digital inclusion.

      Social Media: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what discussions she has had with (a) her US counterpart and (b) other international partners on regulation of social media...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether broadband access is classed as an essential utility.

      Broadband: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to help connect rural communities in Lancashire to broadband.

      Broadband: Social Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking to increase the take up of social tariff broadband packages.

      Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to increase Scotland’s (a) manufacturing capacity for and (b) delivery of cell and...

      Life Sciences: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the policy paper entitled UK Science and Technology Framework, published on 6 March 2023, whether...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will hold discussions with the Irish Government on tackling the supply of illegal drugs entering the UK via the sea.

    • Police Custody and Police Stations: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of trends in the level of (a) police station and (b) custody cell...

      Organised Crime: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of (a) child criminal exploitation and (b) gang activity on police resources in Oldham.

      Internet: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the regulation of online (a) ordering and (b) delivery of (i) age-restricted...

      National Police Air Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the fleet is of the National Police Air Service.

      Sanctions: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to (a) identify and (b) prosecute sanctions evasion.

      General Elections: Slovakia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Defending Democracy Taskforce has made an assessment of the prevalence of (a) misinformation and disinformation and (b) AI in...

      Foreign Influence Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans that the Foreign Influence Registration Scheme will go live.

      Fraud: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to collaborate with its counterparts in other countries to tackle fraud.

      Unexplained Wealth Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 12 September 2023 to Question 197789 on Unexplained Wealth Orders, how many new applications for unexplained...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will review the ability of European Union citizens to use e-gates at UK airports.

      Horticulture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2024 to Question 14388 on Horticulture: Seasonal Workers, whether the requirement for seasonal workers...

      Visas: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the data to be provided to the Migration Advisory Committee as part of the review of the graduate route.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were charged with a criminal offence since entering the UK in each year since 2015.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of shared ground loops in decarbonising heat.

    • Boiler Upgrade Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will remove the Boiler Upgrade Scheme's exclusion of larger shared ground loop systems.

      District Heating: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the Green Heat Network Fund for supporting shared ground loop installations.

      National Grid: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate she has made of the amount of additional power generated in (a) Scotland and (b) Scottish waters that will be...

      Heat Pumps: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her planned timetable is to introduce exemptions for homes identified as unsuitable for heat pumps.

      Solar Power: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she plans to take to ensure that companies bidding for support under the Contracts for Difference Scheme are not solely...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much (a) her Department and (b) its predecessor Department have spent on legal (i) support and (ii) representation to Ministers...

      National Grid: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the proposed additional (a) cable and (b) grid connections will be between (i) Scotland and Scottish Waters and (ii) the rest...

      National Grid: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the revenue that would accrue to the Scottish Government as a consequence of the additional energy...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill on (a) Marine Protected Areas and (b)...

      Renewable Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has had discussions with (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Department for Transport on equalising fuel duty rates...

      Renewable Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had discussions with the renewable liquid fuels industry on potential regulations under section 159 of the Energy...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scottish Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has had recent discussions with the Scottish Government on the (a) reasons for which they have appointed and (b) cost of appointing an...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal were successful in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, (3) 2021, (4) 2022, and (5) 2023.

    • Birds: Eggs

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for stealing protected wild birds' eggs in England were successful in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, (3) 2021, (4) 2022, and (5) 2023.

      Hunting and Poaching: Prosecutions

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for poaching in England were successful under the Game Act 1831, the Hunting Act 2004 and the Night Poaching Act 1828 in (1) 2019, (2) 2020,...

      Prisons: Offensive Weapons

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether prison canteens are permitted to sell materials that could be used to manufacture offensive weapons that could cause serious facial disfigurement.

      Young Offender Institutions: Pepper Spray

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to permit the use of PAVA incapacitant spray in the children’s custodial estate; if so what is the timescale for its...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask His Majesty's Government with regard to the ban on the use of neonicotinoids, what is their rationale for allowing a derogation in 2024 year for sugar beet growers; and for how...

    • Sugar Beet: Neonicotinoids

      To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to the Statement of reasons for the decision on the application for emergency authorisation for the use of Cruiser SB on sugar beet crops in...

      Chemicals: Health Hazards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what processes the Environment Agency follows in identifying and nominating chemical substances to the Prioritisation and Early Warning System (PEWS) for chemicals...

      Recycling: Reform

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of funding to local authorities to implement the simpler recycling reforms that were announced in October 2023.

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of requiring weekly food waste collections on rural councils.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have sought to canvass the views of the EU Council of Ministers and MEPs about their readiness to remove those requirements set out by Article 4(3) of...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are considering suspending the licensing of military equipment to Israel if it conducts a ground offensive in Rafah.

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent decisions by the governments of Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands suspending the licensing of arms and military equipment to...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made any further assessment of the legality of licensing military equipment destined for Israel since the provisional measures order was issued...

      Red Sea: Piracy

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increased costs to British business resulting from the attacks to shipping in the Red Sea.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Monuments: Slavery

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Mayor of London concerning the location of the memorial for victims of the transatlantic slave trade.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made to Amnesty International’s claim that the Myanmar authorities’ treatment of Rohingya amounts to apartheid; and what...

    • South Sudan: Sudan

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following recent attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers, what is their assessment of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei capacity at its current...

      South Sudan: Sudan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to implement the UN Security Council’s recommendations in the...

      South Sudan: Sudan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of South Sudan concerning the implementation of President Kiir’s decree on the disarmament of...

      South Sudan: Sudan

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian situation in Abyei, following any conflict-induced internal displacements; and what support they will provide to...

      Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to secure guarantees from Sudan’s warring factions for the safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance to...

      Sudan: Food Aid

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase multi-year funding to support the most food-insecure people in Sudan and Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries.

  • Treasury

    • Retail Trade: Taxation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to rebalance the burden of taxes to provide a fairer distribution between high street businesses and online companies.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask His Majesty's Government why thresholds for child benefit entitlement do not take into account overall household income, so that families with one earner are sometimes disadvantaged under...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they had with devolved administrations concerning the level and continuance of Air Passenger Duty prior to the Budget statement announced by the...

      Holiday Accommodation and Multiple Occupation: Tax Allowances

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Budget statement announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 6 March, what assessment they have made of the long-term implications of...

      Second Homes: Tax Allowances

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to scrapping tax breaks for all second homes, and not just short-term lets, as a further step in dealing with the rural housing...

      National Insurance: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is their current target time for processing (1) online, and (2) postal, applications for certificates confirming payment of UK National Insurance when working...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what is the (1) median, and (2) upper decile, wait time for His Majesty's Revenue and Customs to answer telephone calls.

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Arctic

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor the safety of British ships crossing the Arctic Ocean as new shipping lanes become accessible as a result of climate change.

    • Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidance the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency has issued on using ordinary carpet tiles to increase friction between a load and a goods vehicle trailer deck.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask His Majesty's Government what guidance the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency has issued as to whether it is necessary to load a steel structure on a goods vehicle trailer against the...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask His Majesty's Government what their policy is on enforcing the size requirements for signage in paragraph 15 of Schedule 1 to the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made, if any, in reaching a settlement in cases of individuals who have developed (1) blood clots, and (2) life-changing conditions,...

    • Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to find solutions for diabetes type one sufferers.

      Abortion

      To ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of overall pregnancy terminations have been carried out in accordance with paragraph (d) of section 1(1) of the Abortion Act 1967 in each of the...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask His Majesty's Government, in the light of reports that homelessness among military veterans in England increased by 14 per cent in the past 12 months, what steps they plan to take to...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to (1) cap, or (2) curtail, multiple appeals from the same asylum seeker.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Hot Tubs: Carbon Emissions

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to banning outdoor hot tubs to facilitate the transition to net zero.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Aerials: Highlands of Scotland

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Camrose on 31 January (HL1716), why the choice of geographical coverage for the Shared Rural Network of...

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