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Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the roadworks on the M3 motorway between junctions 2 and 4a; and when they expect those works to be completed.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Highways England is on schedule to open the M3 Smart Motorway between junctions 2 and 4a on 30 June 2017.

Alongside the delivery of this Smart Motorways scheme Highways England have also undertaken additional planned maintenance and renewal of a large amount of existing infrastructure reducing the need for further roadworks. This has included full low noise resurfacing of the carriageways. Highways England has delivered most of this work in parallel, there will be some remaining works which will need to take place beyond the 30 June 2017.

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Home Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparative treatment by police of (1) Muslims, and (2) non-Muslims, particularly in areas with large Muslim populations.
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Home Office has made no such assessment. The police officer oath of attestation emphasises the responsibility of every officer to uphold fundamental human rights and treat all citizens – whatever their religion - with fairness and respect, while Police and Crime Commissioners have a responsibility to serve all citizens in their community with integrity and diligence.

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Asked by Lord Ouseley
Asked on: 21 June 2017
HM Treasury
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what is the annual average total cost saving to private schools in England and Wales from the tax relief granted by their charitable status.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The information is not available. Data held on charitable tax reliefs cannot be broken down into such sector specific detail.

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(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Sex and Relationship Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish her plans for ensuring the content of relationships education in primary schools is age appropriate; and if she will place a copy of those plans in the Library.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) places a duty on the Secretary of State to make relationships education mandatory in all primary schools, and relationships and sex education mandatory in all secondary schools, in England.

The Government also made a commitment to ensuring that the updated guidance and regulations for these subjects would be age appropriate and support the knowledge children and young people need to stay safe and to develop positive relationships.

The Department for Education intends to conduct thorough and wide ranging engagement on relationships education and relationships and sex education. This will determine the content of the regulations and statutory guidance, covering subject content, school practice and quality of delivery. The Department will seek evidence from schools and teachers; parents and pupils; experts in safeguarding and child wellbeing; subject experts; voluntary organisations and other interested parties; and other Government departments and public sector bodies. We will set out more details about the engagement process shortly and the work to consider age appropriate subject content. This work will result in draft regulations and guidance on which we will consult. Following consultation, regulations will be laid in the House allowing for a full and considered debate.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which date a Minister of his Department last visited Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Ministers regularly visit a variety of places across the country. We do not however have a record of a Department for Transport Minister specifically visiting Baillieston test centre in Glasgow.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time employees are based at Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

As at 31 May 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has (a) 5 part time employees and (b) 7 full time employees based at Baillieston test centre in Glasgow.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which landlord provides accommodation for Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency leases Glasgow Baillieston driving test centre from the pension fund of a non-departmental public body – the Medical Research Pension Trust Ltd. The building is managed by Lambert Smith Hampton.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Poverty
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children live in poverty in Glasgow East constituency.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 June 2017

National statistics on the number of children in relative low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. The number and proportion of children in relative low income is not available at local authority or constituency level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which date the current property rental contract is due to expire for the Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The current property rental contract at Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow is due to expire on 14 March 2019.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) part-time and (b) full-time staff headcount has been at Baillieston DVSA test centre, Glasgow in each year since 2007.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The part time and full time staff headcount at Baillieston Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test centre, Glasgow in each year since 2007 is as follows:

2007 – 3 part time, 10 full time

2008 – 4 part time, 9 full time

2009 – 4 part time, 8 full time

2010 – 3 part time, 9 full time

2011 – 4 part time, 10 full time

2012 – 6 part time, 8 full time

2013 – 7 part time, 7 full time

2014 – 4 part time, 7 full time

2015 – 8 part time, 5 full time

2016 – 5 part time, 7 full time

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Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Educational Institutions: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools and education establishments are fully compliant with fire and safety regulations; and if she will ensure that checks will be made to ensure the safety of schools.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Responsibility for ensuring compliance with fire and safety regulations sits with the employer of staff in a school or other educational establishment. Depending on the type of establishment, the employer may be the local authority, trust, diocese or proprietor.

The Government is taking the potential impact from the Grenfell Tower seriously and as such, we are taking a strategic approach to the assessment of the wider public sector estate. The Department is undertaking an analysis of all school buildings to identify those over four storeys high, to ensure we include all buildings that are over 18m in our analysis. This analysis is to establish what, if any, external cladding has been used on these buildings.

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Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will list the civil servants and the meetings they attended in Brussels on 19 June 2017 for the first round of Article 50 negotiations.
A
Answered by: Mr Steve Baker
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The following senior civil servants, at grades SCS2 and above, took part in the first round of the negotiations on 19 June 2017.

  • Oliver Robbins, DExEU

  • Sir Tim Barrow, UKRep

  • Glyn Williams, Home Office

  • Alex Ellis, DExEU

  • Mark Bowman, HMT

  • Simon Case, UKRep

  • Jonathan Black, HMT

  • Chris Jones, DExEU

  • Catherine Webb, DExEU

  • Catherine Adams, DExEU

  • Daniel Denman, DExEU

  • Matt Baugh, DExEU

  • Ian Walsh, DWP

The agenda for the day, setting out the meetings attended by officials, can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/agenda-19-june-meeting-between-eu-and-uk-article-50-negotiations_en. See below:

Opening of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union by Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

 11.00 : Opening session (Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis) plus officials

 12.30 : Working lunch between Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis

 14.00 – 16.30 : Working groups

 16.30 : Meeting of coordinators (Sabine Weyand, European Commission's Deputy Chief Negotiator and Olly Robbins, Permanent Secretary, UK Department for Exiting the EU)

 17.30 : Closing session (Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis)

 18:30 (approx): Joint press conference by Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis, BERL press room

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the real terms per pupil change in the overall schools budget will be in each of the next three years taking into account salary and national insurance increases, the apprenticeship levy and anticipated growth in pupil numbers.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government wants to make sure that all pupils, regardless of where they live or their background, receive a good education that enables them to fulfil their potential. We have made significant progress as there are now 1.8 million more pupils in schools that are rated as good or outstanding than there were in 2010.

We want to ensure every school has the resources it needs to deliver an excellent education for every pupil. That is why the core schools budget has been protected in real terms since 2010 and is set to rise from £41 billion in 2017-18 to over £42 billion in 2019-20 with increasing pupil numbers.

We know that the way in which schools use their money is also an important factor in delivering the best outcomes for pupils. We will, therefore, continue to provide support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways. The Government has produced tools, information and guidance to support improved financial health and efficiency in schools, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency.

Further details on the Government’s plans will be available in due course.

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(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to extend the period of the ring fence on the public health grant until plans to fund local authorities through 100 per cent business rates retention are implemented after 2020.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

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(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Communities and Local Government on the future administration of the public health grant.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

Grouped Questions: 551 | 267 | 268
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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Medicine: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase capacity at medical schools to meet demand from applicants with high level qualifications.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

On 4 October 2016 my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced that the number of medical training places available to students in England each year will be expanded by 1,500 to ensure the National Health Service in England has the future supply of doctors it needs to continue to provide safe, compassionate care.

In September 2018, the Government will fund 500 additional student places through medical schools in England each year. A public consultation on how best to allocate a further 1,000 additional places closed on 2 June 2017. The Higher Education Funding Council for England will publish details on the allocation process over the coming months. These 1,000 places will be available to students from September 2019.

Health Education England is responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient future supply of staff to meet the workforce requirements of the English health system. Information on future supply and specialty fill rates can be found in Health Education England’s Workforce Plan for England, available at:

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/HEE%20commissioning%20and%20investment%20plan%202016-17_0.pdf

Availability of medical school places at universities in the devolved administrations is a matter for the individual Government in each administration.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The number of individual diagnoses of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not held. The statistics provided are the number of finished admission episodes.

Financial Year

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (relating to COPD)

2011-12

109,570

125,934

2012-13

117,897

135,859

2013-14

113,876

132,163

2014-15

123,518

143,233

2015-16

124,298

144,327

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Brain Cancer: Surgery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the roll-out of keyhole surgery for brain cancer patients on the NHS.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

There is a range of treatment options for brain cancer, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and neurosurgery. Where neurosurgery is indicated, an appropriate procedure will be selected for each patient which does include minimally invasive procedures and as such there are no plans to roll out keyhole surgery.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Lyme Disease: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to monitor and control the spread of Lyme disease by dog walkers.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted between animals and humans by infected ticks. Dogs can pick up infected ticks outdoors and bring them into the home or garden, which could lead to Lyme disease in any bitten human. There is no evidence to show that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, therefore dog walkers cannot contribute to the spread of the disease.

Public Health England (PHE) provides advice to the public on being tick aware, how to remove ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. This information is available through the GOV.UK website and is relevant to dog walkers as well as the general public and can be used by local authorities in their own advice. PHE has also helped revise the patient advice on NHS Choices and the Government website contains links to Lyme disease information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/552740/Ticksandyourhealthinfoabouttickbites.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463701/LymeDisease_SignsAndSymptoms.pdf

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(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold discussions with representative organisations in public health on the mandated public health duties of local authorities in light of the Government's plan to devolve the public health grant.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

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