Written answers

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gaza: Food Supply

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will seek legal advice on the potential implications for his policies of the Integrated Food Security Phase...

    • Israel: Hamas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent Hamas rocket fire into Israel.

      Armed Conflict: International Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what the priority areas of work are for the International Humanitarian Law Compliance Assessment Process Cell in his...

      Armed Conflict: International Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what (a) staff and (b) legal resources have been committed to the International Humanitarian Law Compliance Assessment...

      Nature Conservation: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2024 to Question 18175 on Nature Conservation: Finance, if he will publish a...

      Armed Conflict: International Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will publish the findings of each assessment by the International Humanitarian Law Compliance Assessment Process...

      Developing Countries: Solar Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, how much the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment has spent on increasing the capacity of solar...

      International Waters: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he has taken with his international counterparts to create marine protected areas in the high seas in...

      Armed Conflict: International Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has previously established a country-specific cell similar to the International Humanitarian Law...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether there are pending applications for arms export licences for arms to Israel.

      Gaza: Israel

      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 analysis of casualty figures in Gaza...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has sought recent legal advice on the Israeli government's compliance with (a) international law and (b) the...

      British Nationals Abroad: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an assessment of trends in the number of British citizens who have reported being victims of sex crimes...

      Darfur: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what support his Department provides for the survivors of rape and sexual abuse by Arab militias in West Darfur.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what proportion of his Department's aid to Gaza is channelled through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what proportion of UK aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)...

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the conclusions of the Independent Review of the Overseas Domestic Workers Visa by James Ewins, published on 16 December...

    • Crime: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed by children under the age of 10 in England in (a) 2018 and (b) 2023.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the charge rate for knife crime offences was in England in (a) 2018 and (b) 2023.

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when retired police officers subject to immediate detriment will be contacted with the resolution.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is taking steps to ensure that drivers are aware of the introduction of new ultra speed cameras.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Rapid review of the Immigration Salary List, published on 23 February 2024, for...

      Asylum: Age Assurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of young asylum seekers have been identified as being over the age of 18 following (a) age verification and (b)...

      Delivery Services: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is taking steps to regulate the use of rented profiles on food delivery apps.

      Visas: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK Visa and Immigration is meeting the eight-week service standard for processing graduate visas.

      British National (Overseas): Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set a target date for British National (Overseas) passport holders to be able to use eGates at the UK border.

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT+ People: Health

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on supporting the wellbeing of gay, lesbian and bisexual young people.

    • Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the recommendation on ethnicity pay gap reporting in paragraph 35 of...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to respond to Question 17725 on Academic Freedom tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield Central on 8 March 2024.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of providing a formal apology to unmarried women and their children who were forcibly...

      Schools: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data her Department holds on the number and proportion of schools that have purchased adrenaline auto-injector devices for emergency use in...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of using the Boxall profile measurement tool to help measure the social emotional mental...

      Childcare: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress her Department has made on increasing the provision of school-aged childcare facilities for parents with young children in London.

      Foster Care: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help increase the number of foster care placements in (a) South Holland and the Deepings constituency and (b)...

      Pupils: Transgender People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken to help protect trans children from bullying and harassment in schools.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to review the current funding formula for schools to ensure that it is adjusted for (a) inflation and (b) increases in the cost of...

      Schools: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of children and young people missing school as a result of long covid in the last 12 months.

      Nurseries: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase nursery staff in the North West, in the context of the Government's plans to expand the number of free...

      Schools: Concrete

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of schools affected by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete have had remedial work completed in the last 12 months.

      Pre-school Education and Primary Education: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to support (a) early years learning and (b) primary education for children with Down's Syndrome.

      Foster Care: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help increase the number of foster care placements in (a) St Helens North constituency and (b) the North West.

      Adoption and Guardianship: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has provided through the adoption and special guardianship support fund in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many weapons were seized in schools in England in (a) 2018 and (b) 2023.

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she plans to include an analysis of the work of the Office for Trade Sanctions Implementation in future strategic export controls...

    • F-16 Aircraft: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many arms export licences have been issued for (a) equipment and (b) parts of equipment for American built F16 aircraft in the last 10 years.

      F-35 Aircraft: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many arms export licences have been issued for (a) equipment and (b) parts of equipment for American built F-35 aircraft in the last 10 years.

      Open General Export Licences: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what reviews have been conducted for the terms of each Open General Export Licence that lists Israel as a permitted destination since October...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many export licences have been granted to assist in the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza since 1 October 2023; and what items have...

      Exports: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential (a) risk and (b) prevalence of (i) re-export and (ii) diversion of UK exports to Hamas.

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many UK arms export licences have been issued where the end user is the Israeli Defence Force for (a) equipment and (b) parts of...

      Import Controls: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the legality of imports from illegal Israeli settlements.

  • Treasury

    • Defence: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of when defence spending will reach 2.5% of GDP; whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of raising defence...

    • Income Tax: G7

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the evidential basis is for his Department's tweet of 6 January 2024 that the UK had the lowest effective average personal tax rate in the G7; and...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions has he had with businesses on tax-free shopping for international visitors.

      Export Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 8.5 in the UK strategic export controls annual report 2022, published on 19 July 2023, HC1681, of the strategic exports and...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 8.4 of the UK strategic export controls annual report 2022, published on 19 July 2023, HC1681, of the voluntary disclosures...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 8.2 of the UK strategic export controls annual report 2022, published on 19 July 2023, HC1681, what the (a) value and (b)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of funding for social care.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much (a) NHS and (b) private work was completed by GDC registered dentists who qualified (i) in the UK, (ii) overseas and (iii) in...

    • Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding will be provided to integrated care boards through the dentistry recovery plan by area.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mechanism she plans to use to ringfence NHS dentistry budgets in financial year 2024-25.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate she has made of the number of non-compliant vapes sold on the UK market.

      Dental Services: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS Dentistry in Wellingborough constituency.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2024 to Question 16027 on Suicide, how much of the £57 million allocated for suicide (a)...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much her Department spent on the Healthy Start Scheme in the (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23 financial year.

      Ophthalmology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new training places there will be for ophthalmologists as part of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had recent discussions with the food and drink sector on taking steps to provide healthy alternatives to products that...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of trends in the level of obesity; and what steps her Department...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of taking steps to create a vape-free generation.

      Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco: Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding will be allocated to each local authority trading standards for enforcing the (a) disposable vapes ban and (b)...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward further policies to help reduce the (a) sugar, (b) fat and (c)...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of plasma donation points.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were eligible for Healthy Start vouchers in January (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to publish all responses made to the Start Well public consultation on proposed changes to maternity, neonatal and...

      Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will set a target time for women to receive treatment from specialist referred services after they first present symptoms of heavy...

      Mental Health Services: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to mental health services in Wellingborough constituency.

      Blood: Contamination

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

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help reduce waiting times for children in need of kidney transplants.

      Pharmacy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many training places for pharmacists in England there were in each year since 2010.

      Pharmacy: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to reduce the time taken to grant licences to pharmacies applying to open new premises.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) vapes, (b) vapes with flavoured e-liquids and (c) vapes with fruit, dessert and...

      Genito-urinary Medicine and HIV Infection: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of NHS England funding the training of specialists in (a) genitourinary and (b)...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department has taken to restore the availability of data on the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers on the Healthy Start website.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the number of sexual and reproductive health professionals in (a) post and (b) training...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of November 2023 to the Minister for Primary Care and Public Health from...

      Euthanasia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on NHS services of the introduction of legislation to permit assisted dying.

      Continuing Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 12 October 2021 to Question 51702 on NHS: Expenditure, how much and what proportion of the NHS budget was...

      Hospitals: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to prevent patients (a) experiencing and (b) at risk of homelessness from being discharged from...

      Radiology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many 24-hr interventional radiology services are available in the North Central London area; and at what locations are those services.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much her Department spent in Darlington constituency in each financial year between 2019-20 and 2022-23.

      Oral Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the last twelve months.

      Parkinson's Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help ensure patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease receive an appointment with a specialist within six weeks.

      Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to support people with postural tachycardia syndrome.

      Social Services: LGBT+ People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions she has had with Skills for Care on levels of take up of their LGBT+ Learning Framework, published in February 2023.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what staff networks there are in his Department.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure interim payments to infected blood bereaved families are made without delay.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had on the appointment of a chair for the compensation arms length body for infected blood victims.

      Veterans: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the transition to the new Veteran’s Gateway on existing users of that service.

      Office for Veterans' Affairs: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper entitled Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan: 2022 to 2024, what metrics the Office for Veterans’ Affairs...

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made on implementing recommendations of the first interim report of the Infected Blood Inquiry.

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what definition of homelessness is used by the Office for Veterans Affairs.

      Civil Servants: Incentives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have been paid bonuses in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Sleeping Rough: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of people sleeping rough that are not British nationals.

    • Shared Ownership Schemes: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many homes have been delivered through the Homes England Older People’s Shared Ownership scheme in each of the...

      Holiday Parks: Park Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number of people living permanently in holiday park homes.

      Urban Areas: Walls and Fences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the cost of maintaining (a) city walls and (b) city walls that...

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support leaseholders living in buildings below 11 metres in height with fire...

      Urban Areas: Newton-le-Willows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 5.140 of the Spring Budget 2024, HC 560, when plans to publish details of funding for...

      Urban Areas: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to increase potential opportunities for planting in National Planning Policy Framework street design.

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much funding her Department has provided to research projects based in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North...

    • Public Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many and what proportion of public phone boxes were removed in (a) Liverpool and (b) England in (i) 2023, (ii) 2022, (ii)...

      Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much her Department has spent on research into carbon capture utilisation and storage in each (a) research institution...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to prohibit the use of bottom-towed fishing gear in Marine Protected Areas.

    • Agriculture: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help farmers secure long term private finance for nature restoration.

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the roads good vehicles travelling to Europe statistics for April 2023 to March 2024; and when this series will conclude.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of accommodating young female offenders in all-male young offender institutions on the wellbeing of...

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase prison capacity.

      Offenders: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2024 to Question 17782 on Asylum, how many asylum seekers were charged with a criminal offence since entering the UK...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to help increase the retention rate of staff in HM Prison and Probation Service.

      Probation: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of new probation officers left the service within a year of joining in each year since 2014.

      Prisoners' Release: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps HM Prison and Probation Service take to ensure prisoners released on end of custody supervised licence can continue to access drug addiction...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the (a) locations and (b) number of places per location of all planned prison places.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of moving children from youth offenders institutes into secure children homes.

      Convictions: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions of young people there were in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Preston in each of the last five years; and what...

      Domestic Abuse: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions for domestic abuse there have been in the last 12 months.

      Ministry of Justice: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to Questions 3012, 3013, 3020, 3022, 3028, 3030, 3032, 3033, 3034, 3035, 3036, 3037, 3038, 3040, 3041 and 3043, which were...

      Crimes of Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions for aggravated assault there have been in the last 12 months.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an estimate of his Department's contribution to the Government's total carbon emissions in the last 12 months.

    • Ministry of Defence: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of the energy used by his Department is from renewable sources.

      Warships: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fires broke out on Royal Navy warships in (a) 2020, (b) 2021, (c) 2022, (d) 2023 and (e) 2024 as of 19 March 2024.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Royal Navy is taking to (a) assess the cause of the fire on HMS Queen Elizabeth on 8 March 2024 and (b) prevent future fires on ships.

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a comparative assessment of the adequacy of recruitment and retention strategies for armed forces personnel in (a) the UK and (B) other...

      Defence Equipment & Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the weapons support team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

      Defence Equipment & Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the soldier training and special projects team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

      Defence Equipment & Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the vehicle support team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

      Defence Equipment & Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the fires, infrastructure and manoeuvre support team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

      Defence Equipment & Support: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the future and common support services team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover and Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of armed forces recruitment and retention.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Energy: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made a recent estimate of the total cost to (a) consumers and (b) the Exchequer of issuing curtailment payments to...

    • Renewable Energy: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero during...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Windsor Framework

      To ask His Majesty's Government how many civil servants they currently employ to implement all aspects of the Windsor Framework, broken down by Department.

    • Import Controls: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much of the money allocated for the construction of border control posts in Northern Ireland is for (1) agricultural food inspections, and (2) customs.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much expenditure they have incurred since 2020 assisting businesses engaging with rules and regulations pertaining to the movement of goods between (1)...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 19 February (HL2184), how many of the 20 Integrated Data Service projects and 600 Secure...

      Statistics

      To ask His Majesty's Government, in the light of the recommendations of the Independent Review of the UK Statistics Authority on the separation of functions and reporting arrangements, what steps...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Haiti: Politics and Government

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political and security situation in Haiti; and what action they are taking with international partners to help stabilise the...

    • Ukraine: Crimes of Aggression

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations to establish a Register of Damages for the Crime of Aggression in Ukraine, what assessment...

      Chelsea Football Club: Sales

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the issue of a licence by the Office of Financial Solutions in May 2022 to enable the sale of Chelsea Football Club, why the sale has not been...

      Ukraine: Crimes of Aggression

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the establishment of an International Tribunal for the Crime of Aggression, and what assessment they have made of the ways...

      Saudi Arabia: Women

      To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding the release of imprisoned women activists in that country, particularly (1) Manahel...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister discussed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the Prime Minister of India before or since the Prime Minister of...

      Zionism

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the papers Zionism and its influence in USA and Western Europe (FCO 17/1763) and Influence of the Zionist lobby in the United...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Termination of Employment

      To ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that all those considering leaving work permanently are subject to ‘work search’ requirements before they receive...

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Markham on 11 March (HL Deb col 1802), and taking account of the latest Households Below Average Income data, which shows a 300,000...

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide (1) an apology, and (2) compensation, to women born in the 1950s, as recommended by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman...

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Women’s State Pension age: our findings on injustice and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will publish the readiness criteria used for the managed migration to universal credit; and, if not, why.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Palestinians

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls for a Palestinian visa or Gaza family scheme to enable Palestinians in Gaza to be reunited with relatives in the UK and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Brain: Tumours

      To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated for research into the (1) cause, and (2) treatment, of astrocytoma brain tumours in each of the past ten years; and to...

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding for biomedical research into (1) the causes of, and (2) potential cures for, myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Babies

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the five recommendations made in the report by the First 1001 Days Movement, A Manifesto for Babies, published on 19...

      Pharmacy: ICT

      To ask His Majesty's Government what were the circumstances behind Pharmacy First claims recently appearing incorrectly in the NHS Business Services Authority’s 'Manage Your Service'...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of customer services provided by His Majesty's Revenue and Customers to taxpayers; and whether they will...

    • Tourism: VAT

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential (1) costs, and (2) benefits, of reintroducing tax-free shopping for international visitors, including the...

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in March in simplifying trade procedures between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to minimise disruption for businesses.

      UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that customs controls do not disproportionately affect small and medium-sized businesses trading between Great Britain and...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton on 12 March (HL Deb col 1905), how much money the United Kingdom pays to the European Union...

      Windsor Framework: Finance

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether recurring financial provision will be made to implement the Windsor Framework; and, if so, what quantum they are expecting.

      Pay

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of slowing wage growth on household finances and consumer spending; and what steps they are taking to mitigate any...

      Bank of England

      To ask His Majesty's Government what, if any, statutory powers they have to issue binding directions to the Bank of England; and on how many occasions in each year since 2007 they have been exercised.

      Payments: Regulation

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the publication of the draft Payment Services (Amendment) Regulations 2024, what steps they are taking to introduce legal safeguards to protect...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Imports and Sales

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a complete ban on the (1) importation, and (2) sale, of dogs which have had (a) their ears cropped, or (b) their tails docked,...

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to introduce a complete ban on the commercial movement of pregnant dogs, and (2) to increase the age at which puppies can be imported to...

      Seed Potatoes: Northern Ireland

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Douglas-Miller on 11 March (HL2836), whether the requirement for moving seed potatoes between registered professional...

  • Department for Transport

    • Oxford Station: Access

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Network Rail and (2) Oxfordshire County Council to ensure appropriate access from West Oxford to Oxford Station for...

    • P&O Ferries: Pay

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with P&O Ferries regarding the wages currently paid to its staff, following reports that those are below the National Minimum...

      Motorcycles: Licensing

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will announce a timeline for a full-scale licensing review for mopeds, motorcycles and other powered light vehicles, and if so when, .

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to persuade the Tata Steel Company to minimise job losses in their steel works at Port Talbot.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask His Majesty's Government what consultation they undertook with service personnel and their families regarding the Modernised Accommodation Offer for the armed forces.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools: Liverpool

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the delay to the opening of King's Leadership Academy Wavetree.

  • Wales Office

    • Territorial Waters: Wales

      To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the past 12 months with Welsh Ministers on issues relating to the trawling of the sea bed for rare minerals within territorial...

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