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Written Question
Department for Business and Trade: Health and Safety
Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for Business and Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Answered by Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)

Health and safety risk assessments have been undertaken in all Department for Business and Trade offices. Staff are advised to complete individual risk assessments if they regularly work from other workplaces, including home locations.


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Motorway Service Areas: Charging Points
Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Lord Birt (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask His Majesty's Government how many motorway service stations do not have chargepoints for electric vehicles.

Answered by Lord Davies of Gower - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Out of 114 motorway service areas in England, only three do not have any open-access (can be used with any vehicle) chargepoints. These are Leicester Forest East Southbound, Leicester Forest East Northbound and Tebay Southbound. However, Tebay Southbound does have Tesla only chargepoints.


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Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans to classify police officer suicide as a work-related accident.

Answered by Chris Philp - Minister of State (Home Office)

This Government takes the mental health of the police workforce very seriously and we are committed to making improvements in wellbeing support for officers and staff.

Through the Police Covenant, we continue to work with policing partners to ensure those who work in policing and their families get the support and protection they need. We have already delivered pre-deployment mental health support for all new starters and established a Chief Medical Officer for policing.

Suicide is a particularly sensitive and difficult issue and usually involves a combination of many factors, which means that it is not straightforward to classify by default as a work-related incident. There is an existing system in which deaths are examined by a Coroner and a Coroner can already refer cases to the Health and Safety Executive, or other public body, if they consider there is an ongoing risk to others.

Any suicide is devastating and that is why, through the Police Covenant, we have developed a priority work stream on suicide prevention. The Home Office is also providing funding to establish and run the first year of a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Support line for current and former members of the police workforce.


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Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Clive Betts (Labour - Sheffield South East)

Question to the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero:

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she is taking steps to ensure that companies successful in the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) competition (a) manufacture those SMRs and (b) use supply chains domestically.

Answered by Andrew Bowie - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

The SMR technology selection process is an open and competitive process. The priority is to select the technologies best able to facilitate operational projects by the mid-2030s. As with any Government decision, this will be subject to value for money, relevant approvals, and technology readiness. This is an exciting time for nuclear and the scale of our ambition means there are likely to be significant supply chain opportunities associated with projects going forward.


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Medical Equipment
Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Virendra Sharma (Labour - Ealing, Southall)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) terms of reference, (b) objectives and (c) deliverable measures are for NHS England’s Device Steering Group for the next 12 months.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.


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Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential impact of Avanti West Coast’s decision to end cash payments for onboard catering on (a) people without payment cards, (b) employment levels of train catering staff, (c) elderly people and (d) people from lower income groups.

Answered by Huw Merriman - Minister of State (Department for Transport)

It would be for Avanti West Coast, prior to introducing such a change, to adequately assess the impact on its passengers and staff.


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Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Jonathan Ashworth (Labour (Co-op) - Leicester South)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any non-executive directors employed in his Department are non-domiciled as of 19 February 2024.

Answered by John Glen - Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Non executive board members are not employees of the Cabinet Office and act in an advisory capacity. Non-executive’s personal data, including those relating to personal taxation or status, are protected by the UK General Data Protection Regulation. Collection of personal data on non-dom status is not routinely collected and is generally not required for making public appointments. If any such data was held it could only be published if doing so was in compliance with data protection law.

Data relating to public appointments are covered by the Public Appointments Privacy Statement found here https://apply-for-public-appointment.service.gov.uk/privacy.


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Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Neil Coyle (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will take steps to halt evictions from temporary asylum accommodation for the full duration that a severe weather emergency protocol is active.

Answered by Tom Pursglove - Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)

It has been agreed that the eviction or move on from asylum accommodation will pause for up to, but no more than three days, when Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated by a local authority and an individual does not have a housing offer from elsewhere.

The Home Office is working to ensure that individuals are offered support from Migrant Help or their partner organisation when they receive a decision on their asylum claim. This support includes providing advice on accessing the labour market, on applying for Universal Credit and signposting to local authorities for assistance with housing.


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Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Clive Lewis (Labour - Norwich South)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to introduce new measures to help reduce emissions from surface transport by 2030.

Answered by Anthony Browne - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In March 2023, the Government published an internationally unprecedented level of detail on its plans to meet emission reduction commitments, including those from surface transport. The Carbon Budget Delivery Plan sets out the policies and quantified carbon reductions needed to meet carbon budgets 4 and 5, and the vast majority of reductions needed to meet our commitments into the 2030s. The Department regularly reviews transport’s decarbonisation policies to ensure we are on track, and are committed to publishing our progress and reviewing our net zero pathway at least every five years.


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Horizon IT System
Thursday 22nd February 2024

Asked by: Lord Sikka (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Business and Trade:

To ask His Majesty's Government whether, further to reports by the forensic accounting company Second Sight, any Minister, civil servant, or director appointed by the Government advised the Post Office to make provision for contingent liabilities in its annual financial statements; and if so, on what dates such recommendations were made.

Answered by Lord Offord of Garvel - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)

In the timeframe available to us, we have not been able to identify any Minister, civil servant, or director appointed by the Government advising the Post Office to make provision for contingent liabilities in its annual financial statements. The Post Office Board is collectively responsible for approving what is in the Accounts.