Written answers

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many posts in his Department are (a) vacant and (b) not being actively recruited for as of 16 April 2024.

    • Ministry of Defence Police: Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the line management of the Ministry of Defence Police has moved to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Ministry of Defence Police's new operational policing model.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals were employed by the Ministry of Defence Police in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers are employed by the Ministry of Defence Police; and whether he has made an estimate of the number officers that will be required in...

      Military Provost Guard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the use of soldiers from the Military Provost Guard Service.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people (a) joined and (b) left the Ministry of Defence Police in the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Housing and Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to improve the (a) accommodation and (b) infrastructure for the Ministry of Defence Police at Devonport.

      Trident Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Trident renewal in the period between 2023 and 2050; and what proportion this would...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Defence Nuclear Enterprise for the 2022-23 financial year.

      Aukus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of (a) the SSN-AUKUS programme, (b) supporting the in-service (i) submarine and (ii) SSN fleet, (c)...

      Ministry of Defence: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials in his Department attended (a) domestic and (b) overseas trade shows in each year since 2019.

      Army: Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tanks are in service with the Army as of 19 April 2024.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to reply substantively to the correspondence of 11 March 2024 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MC2024/04369.

      Ministry of Defence: General Dynamics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid General Dynamics UK in 2023-24 for the Ajax programme.

      Air Force: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) France and (b) Spain on the procurement of a new modular training aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

      Iran: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 15 April 2024 on Iran-Israel Update, Official Report, column 23, how many RAF (a) Typhoons and...

      Iran: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2024 to Question 21848 on Iran: Israel, what the basis was for UK military action in defence of Israel.

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing new policies to help improve protection for people at risk of domestic...

    • Domestic Abuse: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how his Department monitors compliance with bail conditions in domestic abuse cases; and what measures are in place to intervene when...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to (a) assess and (b) improve the effectiveness of existing legal measures designed to protect (a) minority ethnic...

      Asylum: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2024 to Question 19034 on Asylum: Rwanda, when he plans to publish the Memorandum of Understanding on the...

      Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are an adequate number of firefighters with (a) adequate and (b) reliable equipment...

      Abortion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2023 to Question 359 on Abortion: Demonstrations, what progress his Department has made on...

      Crime Prevention: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to (a) reduce crime and (b) improve community safety in Birmingham.

      Knives: Amnesties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a knife amnesty.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the (a) coronavirus extension concession and (b) exceptional assurance...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is aware of delays in casework decisions where further advice on policy is sought.

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is taking steps to enhance the enforcement capabilities at borders to prevent the smuggling of puppies and kittens into the UK.

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to introduce legislation protecting shopworkers from serial or abusive shoplifters.

      Police: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have retired due to ill health in the last five years.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the companies that are licensed to supply tasers to police forces in the UK.

      Home Office: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of his Department’s (a) advertising and (b) marketing expenditure was on (i) local newspapers in print and online,...

      Police: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of trends in the level of police officer resignations; and what steps he is taking to ensure the (a) adequacy...

      Police: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to increase the number and proportion of (a) police officers and (b) other police staff who are female.

      Home Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data, updated on 29...

      Police: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vacancies there are in frontline police roles, including Police Community Support Officers, as of 16 April 2024.

      Home Office: Vivastreet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2022 to Question 72950 on Home Office: Vivastreet, how many times officials from her Department...

  • Department for Education

    • Artificial Intelligence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve access to artificial intelligence training.

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's Postgraduate initial teacher training targets for the 2024/25 academic year, for what reason the target number of...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there will be any new funding for local authorities to deliver 15 hours of free childcare.

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help ensure the availability of childcare placements in school holidays.

      Childcare: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to assess the potential impact of the cost of childcare on single parents.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that children are not hungry at school.

      Schools: Polling Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of closing schools so they can be used as polling stations on children's educational...

      Secondary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the proportion of time spent by secondary school teachers spending...

  • Department for Business and Trade

    • British Hallmarking Council: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many British Hallmarking Council staff have left that organisation in each year since 2015.

    • Overseas Trade: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to improve trade links with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what channels SMEs can use to feed into export policy.

      INEOS: Belgium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2024 to Question 21358 on INEOS: Belgium, if he will provide a breakdown of the €200 million of UK...

      Harland and Wolff: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2024 to Question 12549, whether the proposed £200 million guaranteed loan facility for Harland...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to provide information to domestic defence firms on the services provided by her Department's regional international...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many prosecutions Companies House has launched for giving false information in registration of a company in each year since 2019.

      Food: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2024 to Question 20567 on Food: Japan, which two products were included in the second tranche submitted to...

      ACAS: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service staff have left that organisation in each year since 2015.

      Insolvency Service: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many The Insolvency Service staff have left that organisation in each year since 2015.

      Companies House: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many Companies House staff have left that organisation in each year since 2015.

      Competition and Markets Authority: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many Competition and Markets Authority staff have left that organisation in each year since 2015.

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much it costs for a business to purchase a space at the Larkhill UK capability showcase.

      Technology: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to help (a) support the growth and (b) increase the number of high-value tech companies based in the UK.

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many ‘meet the buyer’ events did UK Defence and Security Exports host in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023.

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps UK Defence and Security Exports is taking to help encourage SMEs to attend UK Defence and Security Exports supported (a) domestic...

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what overseas events UK Defence and Security Exports has supported in each year since 2019.

      Economic Growth: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to paragraph 102 of her Department's response to the Regulating for Growth Consultation, published in February 2024, what her...

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many people were employed in total in Defence Equipment and Security Exports in each year since 2019.

      UK Defence and Security Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much her Department has spent on UK Defence and Security Exports in each year since 2019.

      Small Businesses: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises in Birmingham.

      UK Defence and Security Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the key priorities of UK Defence and Security Exports are over the next (a) 12 months and (b) five years.

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many companies UK Defence and Security Exports has engaged with in each year since 2019.

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many military advisors have worked for UK Defence and Security Exports in each year since 2019.

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many trade missions UK Defence and Security Exports has supported each year since 2019.

      Department for Business and Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, on how many occasions officials in her Department attended (a) domestic and (b) overseas trade shows which were supported by UK Defence and...

      UK Defence and Security Exports: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which domestic events UK Defence and Security Exports have provided support for in each year since 2019.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of the Disability Confident scheme on the disability...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he is taking steps to ensure that his Department's (a) policy and (b) guidance is (i) trauma-informed and (ii) co-produced with...

      Universal Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Universal Support pilot schemes.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for an initial assessment for people on the Access to Work Scheme in 2023.

      Carer's Allowance: Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in receipt of Carer’s Allowance living in food insecurity in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact the under occupancy penalty has had on levels of (a) child poverty and (b) child poverty for children with a disability.

      Children in Care: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the recommendations of Child of the North APPG's report...

      Universal Credit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Trussell Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation report entitled Guarantee our Essentials, published on 27 February 2024,...

      Universal Credit: School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many school leavers who had been in receipt of free school meals were on Universal Credit six months after leaving school in (a) 2020, (b)...

      Universal Credit: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the outcomes of the (a) pre-testing phase, (b) phase one and (c) phase two of the additional job centre support pilot.

      Universal Credit: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) additional work coaches and (b) additional hours of work coach time have been allocated to jobcentres to administer the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been trained in disability awareness in (a) his core Department and (b) Jobcentres in each of the last three years.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of his Department’s (a) advertising and (b) marketing expenditure was on (i) local newspapers in print and online, (ii)...

      Universal Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average value was of Universal Credit claim overpayments in the 2022-2023 financial year.

      Personal Independence Payment: Underpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average value was of an underpayment of the Personal Independence Payment in the 2022-2023 financial year.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 3.18 of the National Audit Office report entitled Investigation into overpayments of Carer’s Allowance,...

      Social Security Benefits: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of the Verify Earnings and Pensions Alerts service since it was introduced.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report by the National Audit Office entitled Department for Work and Pensions Accounts 2022-23, published on 6 July...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the financial impact of his Department's counter-fraud activities in the 2023-24 financial year.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Carer’s Allowance cases his Department pursued for overpayments of (a) between (i) £500 and £999.99 and (ii)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of fraud and error was (a) prevented upfront and (b) detected after the event in the latest period for which data...

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Carer’s Allowance overpayments have been referred to HM Courts and Tribunals Service since February 2022.

      Carer's Allowance: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Carer’s Allowance cases were flagged as potentially in need of investigation by the VEPs system in the 2023-24 financial year;...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the costs of error in the last three financial years.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of lowering the State Pension age to 60.

      State Retirement Pensions: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to undertake a review into the potential merits of issuing compensation to all women impacted by changes to the State Pension age.

      Household Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what options are available to those people who have been placed in temporary accommodation in a different Council area and therefore do not...

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, which consultations (a) published and (b) inherited by her Department are awaiting a response; and when she plans to publish each...

    • National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the recommendations on upgrading the electricity...

      Green GEN Cymru: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with OFGEM on the licence application by Green Gen Cymru to operate as an Independent Distribution...

      Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many staff will employed in her Department's offices in Aberdeen at grade (a) 6, (b) 7 and (c) SCS by 2027.

      Electric Vehicles and National Grid: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to secure the (a) electricity grid and (b) electric vehicle infrastructure from remote...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to ensure a just transition when moving from fossil fuels to a hydrogen-based economy.

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the Energy Company Obligation Scheme in ensuring that households receive an...

      Energy Company Obligation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the Energy Company Obligation redress schemes in ensuring that households...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the protection afforded to households who are affected by poor standard of...

      Energy Company Obligation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the protection afforded to households who are affected by high charges from...

      Energy Company Obligation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the number of households in Wales affected by (a) charges which represent a significant proportion...

      Energy Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the enforcement powers of the Energy Ombudsman.

      Energy: Price Caps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with Ofgem on (a) the temporary increase to the price cap to pay off debt and (b) whether energy...

      Energy: Standing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will hold discussions with Ofgem on ensuring that energy consumers who are not in debt are not financially disadvantaged by...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to ensure that homes owned by private landlords achieve an energy performance certificate rating of C or above.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what information her Department holds on how many homes were retrofitted for energy efficiency in the (a) social and (b) private...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will review the effectiveness of the Energy Company Obligation flex scheme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to help encourage companies to transition away from testing products on animals.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to end the lethal dose 50% process for testing of substances on groups of animals; and if he will have...

      Swifts: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the conservation status of the swift.

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) classifying wildlife crimes as either-way offences with a...

      Horticulture: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2024 to Question 10078 on Horticulture: Peat, what (a) legal and (b) other advice he...

      Pets: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish guidance for pet owners on the risks associated with buying pets that have been smuggled into the UK.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the size of the global market for recycled...

      Water Supply: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking with water companies to help tackle leaks.

      Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his expected timetable is for publishing his Department's roadmap on household water efficiency.

      Southern Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure customers of Southern Water are able to install water efficiency measures in their meter...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence his Department has had with (i) Lead Local Flood Authorities and (ii) the Local...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2024 to Question 8811 on Land Drainage, what his expected timetable is for implementing...

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has produced guidance for operators of sewage processing plants on the use of covers in areas of high...

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has produced guidance for operators of sewage processing plants on the use of Nereda reactors in...

      Storms: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support people in Oxfordshire who have been affected by Storm Henk.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Unrwa

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, with reference to the oral contribution of 15 April 2024 by the Prime Minister, Official Report, column 37, whether he plans to publish the interim findings...

    • Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of proscribing the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation in the context of the...

      Middle East: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps his Department is taking to prevent regional escalation resulting from recent attacks on Israel by Iran.

      Israel: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Business and Trade on reviewing trade agreements with Israel.

      Israel Defense Forces: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, with reference to his Department's Freedom of Information response of 20 March 2024 (reference number FOI2023/23127), when his Department was told by the...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps he plans to take through the UN Security Council to improve the humanitarian situation of people in Gaza.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Defence on suspending arms exports to Israel.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what proportion of aid entering Gaza by truck since 7 October 2023 has been delivered by UNRWA.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Equality

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent steps his Department has taken to implement the FCDO disability inclusion and rights strategy 2022 to 2030, published on 16 February 2022.

      Middle East

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of Iranian support for the Houthis on the stability of (a) Yemen and (b) the wider Middle East region.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what steps he is taking to support UN-led Yemeni peace talks; and what progress he has made towards achieving an inclusive political settlement in Yemen.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of recent regional military action on the peace process in Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what the cost to the public purse was of providing humanitarian assistance in Yemen in (a) 2022-23 and (b) 2023-24.

      Zimbabwe: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he plans to expand the consular mission in Harare.

      Zimbabwe: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, how many UK nationals have requested consular assistance in Zimbabwe in each of the last three years.

      Hong Kong: Civil Liberties

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what discussions his Department has had with international partners on civil liberties in Hong Kong.

      Haiti: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding committed to the 2024 Humanitarian Response Plan for Haiti.

      St Helena: Tourism

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, with reference to the policy paper entitled UK–St Helena development partnership summary, published in July 2023, whether he has taken recent steps to...

      Argentina: F-16 Aircraft

      To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Argentina's acquisition of F-16 fighter aircraft.

      International Seabed Authority

      To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he plans to support a third term for the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Parkinson's Disease: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of Parkinson’s specialist nurses.

    • Clinical Trials: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure (a) transparency and (b) parental consent in clinical trials involving children.

      Gender Dysphoria: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of taking legislative steps to stop private clinics prescribing...

      Community Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses have worked in NHS community health services on average in each of the last 10 years.

      Drugs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will have discussions with NHS England on the effectiveness of its Commercial Framework in tackling challenges presented by the...

      Blood Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2024 to Question 15636 on Blood Cancer: Drugs, on what date her Department first became aware of...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information her Department holds on the number of non-invasive pre-natal tests branded as NIFTY and manufactured by BGI Group have...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support exists for those with (a) Huntington’s disease and (b) other complex neurological conditions.

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the BALM programme.

      Stonewall: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding her Department has given to Stonewall since 2019.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to (a) trial and (b) roll-out early cancer screening.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of research by Professor Martin Schwendler and Dr Chiara Herzog...

      Alcoholism and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of her Department's drug strategy on the number of people who are in (a) drug and...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of banning the use of vapes in (a) public spaces, (b) bars and (c) vehicles with...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of a full advertising ban on companies promoting vaping products.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the risk of people moving from non-nicotine to nicotine vapes.

      Mental Health Services: Men

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to take steps to use technology to help improve (a) boys' and (b) men's mental health.

      Mental Health: Men

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to help men identify poor mental health symptoms.

      Miscarriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had recent discussions with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on the implementation of baby loss certificates...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Major Conditions Strategy includes additional material on mental health.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the recent increase in cases of tuberculosis.

      Maternity Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that maternity and neonatal complaints systems are (a) transparent and (b) compassionate...

      Bereavement Counselling: Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that maternity services are reviewing (a) initiatives and (b) services based on the...

      Maternity Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has had discussions with NHS England on ensuring that (a) reviews, (b) investigations and (c) complaints processes...

      Dental Services: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the 4% increase in NHS dental charges on access to dental care for low-income (a)...

      Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance (England), published in October 2018, whether her Department...

      Visual Impairment: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data her Department (a) collects and (b) holds on waiting times for accessing vision rehabilitation support in England.

      Visual Impairment: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department plans to undertake a review of vision rehabilitation provision across England.

      Mental Health Services

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

      Public Health: Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential impact of the level of statutory...

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • British Youth Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with British Youth Council on its closure.

    • UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Youth Parliament on the involvement of younger people in politics.

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to direct the Horse Race Betting Levy Board to increase the proportion of the levy for aftercare provision for...

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the costs of error in the last three financial years.

    • Waking Watch Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Building Safety Remediation data published by his Department on 22 February 2024, whether he has...

      Construction: Architecture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if his Department will encourage the use of traditional architectural styles in new developments.

      Floods: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking steps to reform the eligibility criteria for the Flood Recovery Framework to include more...

      Leisure and Motor Sports: Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to review legislation that allows landowners to use their farmland for (a) motocross and (b) other...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department or the predecessor Department has issued guidance to owners who (a) were former social tenants and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department or the predecessor Department has issued on registration on the electoral roll when an...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department has issued on claiming local council tax support when an elector (a) owns and (b) resides in...

      Council Tax: Single People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance his Department has issued on claiming single person discount on council tax when an elector (a) owns and (b)...

      Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure holiday caravan owners have the same protections under the Mobile Homes Act...

      Building Inspectors: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the fail rate for the competency assessment for registration to be a class (a) two, (b) three and (c) four building...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of 26 March 2024 by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Building Safety,...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of 26 March 2024 by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Building Safety,...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions his Department has had with manufacturers of (a) cladding and (b) insulation on financial contributions...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Fifth Report of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Report of Session 2024/25 on...

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what information his Department holds on the percentage change in the average selling price of properties since 14 June...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what criteria his Department plans to use to assess the effectiveness of the Fire Safety Reinsurance Facility; and over...

      Leasehold: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in relation to historic building safety defects, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of protecting...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the administration costs of his Department were in each year since his appointment.

    • Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether official statistics on suicides in armed forces veterans will be published annually.

      Cabinet Office: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data, updated on 29 February 2024,...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been provided to BCP council to fix potholes.

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of trends in the number of potholes on the number of people cycling.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the road network is safe for (a) cyclists and (b) cars in the context of trends in the number of...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the affordability of black cabs for drivers.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on repairing potholes (a) nationally and (b) in York in the latest period for which data is available.

      Freight: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to develop a net zero road map for the haulage industry.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of accidents there have been involving (a) cars and (b) cyclists due to potholes in the last 12 months.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to introduce regulation for truck maintenance service providers.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the amount that local authorities have spent on repairing potholes (a) nationally and (b) in York in the...

      Department for Transport: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the costs of error in the last three financial years.

      Northwich Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the outcome of Northwich Station’s Access for All funding bid.

  • Treasury

    • Financial Services: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on the UK Green Taxonomy financial proposals.

    • Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional funding the Welsh Government received based on updated calculations to the Barnett Formula at the end of the 2023-24 financial year.

      Film and Television: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the (a) Enterprise Investment Scheme and (b) Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme...

      Technology: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what incentives are available to encourage growth strategies among UK tech firms; and whether he plans to take steps to help increase the number of...

      Oil: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2024 to Question 21846 on Oil: Imports, in how many cases action has (a) been and (b) not been taken where...

      Holiday Accommodation: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.67, page 75 of the Spring Budget 2024, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the abolition of the Furnished...

      Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to use revenue raised through the increase in car tax from 1 April 2024 to support (a) public transport and (b) environmental initiatives.

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of freezing the level of the tax-free Personal Allowance on the economy; and if he will make an...

      State Retirement Pensions: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of exempting state pension from tax; and if he will make an assessment of whether state pension...

      Childcare: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 April 2024 to Question 21426 on Childcare: Taxation, if he will make it his policy to increase the childcare tax free cap in...

      Self-employed: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to support self-employed individuals who may struggle to file their tax returns on time due to economic...

  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

    • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department and its predecessor Department have taken to reduce the costs of error in the last three financial...

    • Broadband: North Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many households in North Shropshire constituency currently do not have access to a gigabit broadband connection.

      Public Telephones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has had recent discussions with (a) BT and (b) Ofcom on the adequacy of provision of public phone boxes in rural...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to support the development of electric propulsion systems.

      Emergency Services: Integrated Services Digital Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of switching from ISDN to SIP lines on the resilience of...

      Innovation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to page 13 of the UK Science and Technology Framework, published by her Department on 6 March 2023, what steps...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the deadline for uncompleted inquests and civil litigation into Troubles-era offences...

    • Casement Park: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the redevelopment of Casement Park.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, What assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of extending the Contract for Difference scheme to Northern Ireland.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive on the adequacy of resources for tackling NHS waiting times in Northern Ireland.

      Question

      What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the date of the commencement of the Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Act 2015.

      Veterinary Medicine: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress he has made on ensuring the long-term availability of veterinary medicines in Northern Ireland.

      Budget March 2024: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Spring Budget 2024 on Northern Ireland.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Miscarriages of Justice: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to help support victims of historic miscarriages of justice to appeal their convictions.

    • Convictions: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of cases referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission for appeal were successful in each year since 2019.

      Ministry of Justice: ZK Analytics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the contract agreed by his Department with ZK Analytics Limited on 18 March 2024, procurement reference 23425, if he will publish the...

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 27 March (HL3520), why it is not possible to undertake a robust assessment of the impact...

    • Household Support Fund: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the Household Support Fund meets the needs of people with Parkinson’s disease.

      Social Security Benefits: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide targeted financial support for people with long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s disease during the cost of living...

      Climate Change: Risk Management

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will update statutory guidance on climate risk management, as part of their review of climate risk reporting requirements which was due to take place...

  • Treasury

    • Personal Savings

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following the findings of the Financial Conduct Authority survey indicating a decrease in savings and investing among UK adults, what steps they are taking to...

    • Health Insurance: Private Sector

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess and mitigate the impact of private medical insurance fees on the quality and suitability of care provided to patients with...

      Cost of Living

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Financial Conduct Authority survey indicating an increase in adults across the UK struggling to pay bills due...

      Economic Situation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to sustain the momentum of the economic recovery following indications that GDP increased in January and February.

      Bank of England: Forecasts

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the review of Bank of England forecasting led by Ben Bernanke.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Land Management Schemes

      To ask His Majesty's Government why existing agri-environment schemes such as the Countryside Stewardship scheme are based on the claim deadline of 15 May 2023 while the Rural Payments...

    • Fishing Catches: Conservation

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies prohibits fuel subsidies for fleets and vessels catching depleted fish stocks in...

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Somerset Levels' resilience to flooding during the winter of 2023–24.

      Question

      To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of flooding on farmland on the likelihood of food shortages and loss of farm income.

      Fishing Vessels: Electric Vehicles

      To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the consultation on remote electronic fishing vessels, which ran from 17 July to 9 October 2023.

      Rivers: Environment Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce statutory protection for chalk streams.

      Hedges and Ditches: Environment Protection

      To ask His Majesty's Government, following their consultation last year, whether they plan to introduce legislation to protect hedgerows this spring and during the bird breeding season.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the informal implementation group for the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement set up with Sinn Féin is still in existence; and when it last met.

  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    • Boiler Upgrade Scheme: Eligibility

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the evidence base used to underpin the decision, announced by Department for Energy Security and Net Zero in March in its Boiler...

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask His Majesty's Government whether the sites currently listed in the current nuclear National Policy Statement EN-6, will be included in the forthcoming EN-7.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Market Sustainability and Improvement Fund

      To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in allocating the Market Sustainability and Improvement Fund 2023 to 2024 for adult social care; and what are their plans for...

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