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(Bristol West)
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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: 17 February 2017
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the written statement of 8 February 2017, HCWS467, what estimate she and her counterparts in Europe have made of the number of unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Europe (a) not in care of national authorities, (b) without official protection and (c) otherwise at large; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 February 2017

The European Commission has recently published the ninth report on relocation and resettlement which includes estimates of the number of unaccompanied children currently in Europe. The report can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-migration/20170208_ninth_report_on_relocation_and_resettlement_en.pdf

The Government has a clear strategy for addressing the migration crisis; we invest significantly in upstream interventions and we resettle the most vulnerable directly from the affected regions, including children. We are clear that we do not want to incentivise perilous journeys across Europe, particularly by the most vulnerable children. That is why we have committed to resettle 20,000 Syrian nationals through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 3,000 of the most vulnerable children and family members under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme over the course of this Parliament.

The UK has established a £10 million Refugee Children’s Fund to support the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 22 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fisheries: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to strengthen the accreditation scheme for fishing vessels to ensure no-one is employed in conditions of slavery.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 February 2017

Seafish, the UK-wide levy-funded Non-Departmental Public Body, launched the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) in January 2016. It is a voluntary vessel-based programme certifying high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices on fishing vessels. The RFS does not currently have the capability to audit, or the legal authority to police serious labour and human rights abuses at sea.

The RFS is overseen by an independent Oversight Board, which decided on 14 February 2017 that the health, safety & welfare elements of the standard should be strengthened and that the “crew voice” should be included in the audit methodology. This proposal will be put to the Seafish Board, as the Standard holder, for a decision at its meeting on 7 March.

If a case of modern slavery is reported or suspected at sea, within UK territorial waters, the police will investigate as they would any other criminal offence. The Modern Slavery Act gave law enforcement agencies, including the police and Border Force, new powers to investigate modern slavery offences at sea, including the power to stop, board, divert, detain and search a vessel, and to make arrests and seize any relevant evidence.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 22 February 2017
Women and Equalities
Gender Recognition: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what research has been conducted on the effect of men self-defining as women on (a) women-only services, (b) organisations solely for girls and young women, (c) health commissioning for conditions which are sex-specific and (d) healthcare and other services for people who are transitioning from one sex to another.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 February 2017

This Government has rightly raised the profile of transgender equality in the past few years as many transgender people still encounter prejudice and discrimination. However, this focus has not been to the detriment to women. The Government is dedicated to promoting the equal rights of women and of transgender individuals.

The Government Equalities Office in November 2015 issued “Providing services for transgender customers: a guide” which sets out guidance and good practice examples on the provision of services to trans individuals. It also aims to help service providers comply with the law.

All public authorities, including NHS England, have to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty in the development of policy, commissioning and provision of services. This includes paying due regard not only to the needs of men and women but also trans individuals.

While the Government Equalities Office has not commissioned specific research on the access of trans individuals to gender specific services, this will be considered as part of our review into the demedicalising and streamlining of the Gender Recognition Act.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 22 February 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Magnox: Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to protect Magnox workers affected by reforms to final salary pension schemes across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Estate.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 February 2017

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is undertaking a consultation with its workforce on potential options for pension reform, after which the NDA will take account of the consultation responses and make proposals for the Government to consider. The NDA estate is part of the public sector, as classified by the Office of National Statistics, in that it receives over £2bn of funding from the UK taxpayer every year.

The Government recognises the unique context that Site Licence Companies and their workforces operate in. During the consultation period the NDA have continued to lead discussions with the Trade Unions on the best approach to pension reform; one that balances the legitimate concerns of taxpayers about the present and future costs of pension commitments, with the workforce’s concern to maintain levels of retirement income for people who have dedicated their working lives to the nuclear decommissioning industry.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 17 February 2017
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral contribution of 9 February 2017 on unaccompanied child refugees, Official Report, columns 637-652, what the evidential basis is for her determination that the need for the scheme arising from the Dubs assessment has ceased.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 22 February 2017

Under the Immigration Act we made a commitment to transfer a specified number of unac-companied refugee children to the UK. On February 8, the Government announced that we will transfer the specified number of 350 children to the UK under section 67 of the Immigra-tion Act following consultation with local authorities on capacity. This includes the more than 200 children already transferred under section 67 from France as part of the UK’s support for the Calais camp clearance.


The Government has a clear strategy for addressing the migration crisis; we invest signifi-cantly in upstream interventions and we resettle the most vulnerable directly from the affected regions, including children. It is right to focus our efforts on resettling refugees from the region, and thereby avoiding perilous journeys to Europe, particularly by the most vulnerable children. That is why we have committed to resettle 20,000 Syrian nationals through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 3,000 of the most vulnerable children and family members under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme over the course of this Parliament.


We will continue to meet our obligations under the Dublin Regulation. Furthermore, the UK has established a £10 million Refugee Children’s Fund to support the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 22 February 2017
Home Office
Further Education: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer given by the Prime Minister to Question 58 at the Liaison Committee meeting on 20 December 2016, how many colleges have ceased to operate since 2010 because they have been found to be not offering an education; and if she will place a list of those colleges in the Library.
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 22 February 2017
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department has had with local authorities on the number of unaccompanied refugee children to be resettled as required by the Immigration Act 2016; how many local authorities have (a) responded and (b) not responded to those consultations; and of those that have responded how many have said they (i) can place a child or children and (ii) cannot place any children.
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(Bristol West)
[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: 06 February 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Jobcentres: Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 10 of the Government response to the Work and Pensions Committee report on Benefit Delivery, published on 12 July 2016, HC 522, what evaluation his Department has carried out on changes to guidance for jobcentre staff handling claims from refugees; and when he plans to publish the findings of that evaluation.
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Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 09 February 2017

The Department carried out an internal review in 2016. This confirmed the findings of an earlier DWP/Home Office review into why a significant number of asylum seeking refugees who are granted leave to remain, do not have benefits in payment at the end of their 28 day period of asylum support. The key finding was that they do not contact DWP early enough to enable their benefit claim to be processed before Home Office support ends.

These internal reviews are informing a DWP/Home Office pilot of an assisted transition from asylum support to benefits. The Department will write to the Work and Pensions Select Committee with an update later this year.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 07 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to release more publicly-owned land to local authorities for the building of homes.
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Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 01 February 2017
Holding answer received on 14 November 2016

Through its public sector land programme, the government plans to dispose of sufficient land for 160,000 homes over the course of this Parliament. Local authority land has the potential to make a real difference to local housing supply. For example, independent estimates suggest that a third of the land in Bristol is owned by local government bodies, and, although not all of this land will be suitable for development, this does offer potential to unlock land to help increase housing supply.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 24 January 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Written Questions: Government Responses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51988, on housing construction; when he plans to provide an Answer to that Question.
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Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 01 February 2017

I replied to the hon Member for Bristol West today.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 23 January 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Furs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) extending the ban on the sale of cat, dog and seal fur to other species and (b) improving guidance on fur labelling for consumer products; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 31 January 2017

Some skin and fur products may never be legally imported into the UK for commercial use. These include seal skins and products and cat and dog fur and products.

If the fur is from an endangered species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), its import and trade will be subject to CITES controls, as will any body part of that species also being imported or traded. These controls are implemented by the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. The Government has no plans to remove these controls.

Labelling of fur products for consumers is already covered by The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 24 January 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the size is of the cap on borrowing to invest in new homes in each core city.
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Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 30 January 2017

There was £3.4 billion of borrowing headroom in 2015-16.

You can find the last published information on borrowing headroom for each local authority in 2014-15 in: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-capital-expenditure-and-receipts-in-england-2014-to-2015-final-outturn

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(Bristol West)
[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: 25 January 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Bristol West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2016 to Question 56753, what mechanisms the national funding formula will use to account for the cost pressures which schools face.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 30 January 2017

The Government places a high priority on education, recognising its importance to productivity and social mobility. At the 2015 Spending Review the overall envelope for schools funding to 2019-20 was set, taking into account anticipated new costs on schools. At the Spending Review, the core schools budget[1] was protected in real terms - as a result, throughout this Parliament, the money available for our schools will increase as pupil numbers rise.

The new, fairer National Funding Formula will ensure that the resources allocated at the Spending Review is distributed fairly, consistently and transparently across the country to match school and pupil need. This will end the current system where pupils and schools in identical circumstances attract differing funding levels due to where they live.

We are also committed to providing support for schools to make the most of their money. In January, we published a wide range of tools and support available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency, and we recently launched a school buying strategy to support schools to save over £1bn a year by 2019-20 on their non-staff spend.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spending-review-and-autumn-statement-2015-documents

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(Bristol West)
[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: 25 January 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aerospace Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to build on the UK's strengths in aerospace innovation and manufacturing before and after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 30 January 2017

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has allocated £1.95bn to 2026 to co-fund aerospace related R&D activities: 160 technology projects worth £1.3 billion are currently under way, spanning wings, engines, aero structures and advanced systems. This involves 195 different companies and organisations, including over 100 SMEs. In addition the Government is also helping the sector develop its supply chain by investing £80m in the Sharing in Growth supply chain performance improvement programme; the lead 43 companies have already won in excess of £1.4 billion of contracts as a result of this work. The Government also supports the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation programme to help SMEs innovate, develop and market technology.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 25 January 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aerospace Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the aerospace industry to economic growth in the (a) South West and (b) UK.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 30 January 2017

The aerospace sector has an annual turnover of around £30 billion, supporting 113,000 direct, high-skilled jobs across the UK, 22,400 of them in the South West. Average salary levels, at £38,600, are over 35% higher than the national average. Between 2009 and 2015, productivity growth has been six times more than the whole economy.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 25 January 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aerospace Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the aerospace sector remains globally competitive after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 30 January 2017

The UK will continue its longstanding support for the aerospace sector, including co-funding £1.95bn to 2026 for research and development activities, and a number of other measures to support the UK supply chain.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 25 January 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aerospace Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that companies in the aerospace supply chain benefit from increasing aircraft orders before and after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 30 January 2017

Officials are working closely with the UK aerospace industry to understand the impacts and opportunities of leaving the EU. The Government is investing £80m in the Sharing in Growth supply chain performance improvement programme; the lead 43 companies have already won in excess of £1.4 billion of contracts as a result of this work. The Government also supports the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme, which help SMEs innovate, develop and market technology. The Government has also supported industry development of the Supply Chain Competitiveness Charter, where larger aerospace companies commit to share growth opportunities with suppliers in return for continued improvement in their operational performance.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 24 January 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51987, whether he plans to review his Department's policy on borrowing caps on local authorities' housing revenue accounts.
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Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 27 January 2017

We will shortly be publishing a Housing White Paper, which will set out our thoughts about how we can help local authorities to build more homes.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 24 January 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2016 to Question 53754, on early years funding, when the Department expects to publish the results of the consultation referred to in that Answer.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 January 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State’s Written Ministerial Statement, Early Years Education (HCWS306), on 1 December, which can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2016-12-01/HCWS306/

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 24 January 2017
Home Office
Police: Stun Guns
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance and training her Department recommends that police forces provide for officers on the use of tasers.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 January 2017

The deployment of Conductive Energy Devices is an operational matter for Chief Officers. The College of Policing sets standards of practice and guidance, including on the use of the Taser X26, and is the professional body for those working in policing in England and Wales. The following is a link to the relevant part of the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice: www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/armed-policing/conducted-energy-devices-taser/

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(Bristol West)
[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: 24 January 2017
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52038, on staff, what the size of the trade policy team was on 24 June 2016; and how many of those staff have had experience of negotiating trade agreements.
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Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 January 2017

On 24 June 2016 the trade policy team numbered 45 civil servants. These individuals were all focused on UK trade policy in the context of providing input to the European Commission’s trade negotiations.

At this stage our primary focus is on developing our policy positions, international relationships and approach to future trade negotiations. We are recruiting high quality individuals with a range of policy, negotiation and trade-specific skills and experience.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 24 January 2017
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52038, how many members of staff with previous experience of negotiating trade agreements have been recruited since 24 June 2016.
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Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 January 2017

The Trade Policy group has a strong core of trade policy officials and this has quadrupled in size since 24 June and is continuing to grow. To date, recruitment has primarily been from within the Civil Service but we are now running an external recruitment campaign.

At this stage our primary focus is on developing our policy positions, international relationships and approach to future trade negotiations. We are recruiting high quality individuals with a range of policy, negotiation and trade-specific skills and experience.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 January 2017
Department of Health
Dense Deposit Disease: Eculizumab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 51102, on Dense Deposit Disease: eculizumab, when he plans for the new policy proposition for the use of eculizumab in treating Dense Deposit Disease before a patient has had a kidney transplant to be considered during 2017; and when the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group will report on its consideration of the policy on the treatment of C3 glomerulopathy after kidney transplant.
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Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 25 January 2017

The Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG) considered the policy proposition on the treatment of C3 glomerulopathy after kidney transplant in November 2016 but this was not supported, primarily on the grounds of affordability. It was agreed that this policy would be given further consideration by CPAG in spring 2017.

A policy proposition for pre-transplant patients to receive eculizumab was considered by the NHS England Specialised Commissioning Clinical Panel in December 2016. The Clinical Panel concluded there was insufficient evidence to support development of a policy and, therefore, this topic will not enter the policy work programme at this stage. NHS England will liaise with the National Institute for Health Research to discuss the potential for an international clinical group to develop an international trial.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 16 January 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which private companies have used labour from the prison population, and for what roles, in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 24 January 2017

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

We want prisons to be places of hard work, rigorous education and high ambition, with incentives for prisoners to learn and for prison staff to prioritise education and work. We work with a significant number of private companies to provide opportunities for offenders to work and learn new skills which can help them find a job on release and support their rehabilitation. This includes supporting work in prison, providing work placements in the community on temporary licence and employment on release.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 06 December 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied and separated children have been (a) identified, (b) assessed and (c) transferred under sub-section 1 of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 22 December 2016

We are continuing to work closely with partners across Europe to identify unaccompanied asylum seeking children who may be eligible to come to the UK.

The Government has transferred more than 750 children to the UK in support of the French operation to clear the Calais camp, including children who meet the criteria for section 67 of the Immigration Act.

The Dubs process has not ended. More eligible children will be transferred from Europe, in line with the terms of the Immigration Act, in the coming months. Following consultation with local authorities on capacity to host unaccompanied children, we will be announcing the specified number in due course.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 06 December 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) refugee children and (b) families or carers of such children have been resettled under the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Programme since that programme began.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 December 2016

The Home Office is committed to publishing data in an orderly way as part of the regular quarterly Immigration Statistics, in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. The figures for the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS) will be published in the usual way, and will feature in future releases of the Home Office’s immigration quarterly statistics.

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(Bristol West)
[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: 06 December 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Greece
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) identified, (b) assessed and (c) transferred under the family unity provisions of the Dublin III Regulation from Greece to the UK since January 2016.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 December 2016

We will always fully consider cases passed to us under the Dublin Regulation, and have made significant progress in improving and speeding up the existing processes via Dublin especially since the beginning of the year. Any request to unite family members under the Dublin Regulation is carefully considered. Where someone seeking asylum elsewhere in the EU can demonstrate they have close family members legally in the UK, we will take responsibility for that claim. At present we do not publish data on cases covered by the Dublin Regulation. The latest release of published data on asylum can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572374/asylum1-q3-2016-tables.ods

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(Bristol West)
[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: 06 December 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: James Wharton
Answered on: 16 December 2016

The UK has supported the Fund since 2014 providing £2 million in 2014, £2.25 million in 2015 and £3.75 million in 2016. This support helps to fund local organisations across the world to tackle violence against women, improve access to services such as legal assistance and healthcare, and strengthen laws that protect women and girls.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 06 December 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations her Department is working with to end modern day slavery.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 14 December 2016

DFID has a key part to play in helping to end modern slavery in all its forms. Tackling modern slavery will require partnering both with countries where the problem in its various forms exists, and with a wider set of partners including other countries, multilateral organisations including the United Nations, non-governmental organisations, businesses, academia, charities and faith groups.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 06 December 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Human Trafficking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on anti-human trafficking programmes in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 14 December 2016

The information about the total amount DFID has spent on anti-human trafficking in each year since 2010 is not available in the form requested. DFID is committed to tackling trafficking and exploitation and is, for example, supporting a regional “Work in Freedom” programme led by the International Labour Organisation which supports safe migration and government capacity building in Asia. The programme helps stop women and girls from being trafficked through prevention, protection and empowerment. To date it has helped provide over 90,000 women with training to help them make informed migration decisions, reducing their risk of being trafficked from India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 December 2016
Department for Education
Schools: Bristol West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to protect state maintained schools in Bristol West from the effect on their budgets of rising (a) staff and (b) other costs and real-terms funding reductions in 2016-17 and in 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 14 December 2016

The Government recognises the importance of investing in education, and at the Spending Review confirmed a real terms protection for the core schools budget. Throughout this Parliament, the money available for our schools will increase as pupil numbers rise.

As with other public services, we recognise that schools are facing cost pressures from salary increases, the introduction of the National Living Wage, increases to employers’ National Insurance and Teachers’ Pension Scheme contributions and general inflation.

We are introducing a National Funding Formula to give greater certainty on funding and allow schools to plan ahead effectively. This is to ensure that resources are matched fairly and consistently across the country to school and pupil need.

We are also committed to providing support for schools to improve their levels of efficiency. In January we published a wide range of tools and support available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency, and we will launch a school buying strategy to support schools to save over £1bn a year by 2019-20 on their non-staff spend.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 December 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Syria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in the most recent period for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 08 December 2016

The Home Office is committed to publishing data in an orderly way as part of the regular quarterly Immigration Statistics, in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Latest statistics published on 01 December confirmed that a total of 4,414 Syrians have been resettled under the scheme since it began, 4,162 of these arriving in the 12 months to the end of September 2016.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 22 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides to homeless people to help them access the private rented sector.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 30 November 2016

One person without a home is one too many and we are committed to do all we can to prevent homelessness. That is why we have increased central investment to tackle homelessness over the next four years to £149 million. At Budget 2016, we went further and announced £100 million to deliver low cost ‘move on’ accommodation to enable people leaving hostels and refuges to make a sustainable recovery from a homelessness crisis, providing at least 2,000 places for vulnerable people to enable independent living.

We made a significant investment of nearly £14 million from 2010 to 2016 for Crisis to develop a programme to help single homeless people access private rented sector accommodation. Over 9,000 people had been helped, with over 90% maintaining tenancies for at least 6 months.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis: Bristol West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Bristol West constituency (a) he estimates have undiagnosed and (b) have diagnosed hepatitis C; and how many people who have been so diagnosed have access to the latest treatments for hepatitis C.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

There is no routine national notification system in place to capture cases diagnosed with current hepatitis C infection. However, there are a number of systems and programmes in place that provide robust information on samples of the population which allow us to generate estimates at both a national and local level.

Estimates of the number of people with undiagnosed hepatitis C are available at local authority level. The estimated number of people in the city of Bristol with current undiagnosed hepatitis C infection is approximately 750.

Information on the number of people diagnosed with hepatitis C who have access to the latest treatment is not held centrally.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51807, for what reasons access to the new treatments for hepatitis C that have been approved as cost-effective by NICE has been limited to 10,011 people in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

The guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in relation to new direct acting antivirals for hepatitis C recommends that the decision to treat, and prescribing decisions, are made by multidisciplinary teams in the operational delivery networks put in place by NHS England. These prioritise treatment for people with the highest unmet clinical need.

NHS England’s commitment to treat 10,000 patients in 2016/17, increasing to 12,500 in 2017/18, is in line with NICE’s estimate of activity included in the costing tools published to support implementation of the guidance.

Grouped Questions: 53767
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on its decision to limit the number of people able to access new hepatitis C treatments to 10,011; and on what basis that number was chosen.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

The guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in relation to new direct acting antivirals for hepatitis C recommends that the decision to treat, and prescribing decisions, are made by multidisciplinary teams in the operational delivery networks put in place by NHS England. These prioritise treatment for people with the highest unmet clinical need.

NHS England’s commitment to treat 10,000 patients in 2016/17, increasing to 12,500 in 2017/18, is in line with NICE’s estimate of activity included in the costing tools published to support implementation of the guidance.

Grouped Questions: 53772
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the World Health Organisation's Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, whether he plans to produce a national strategy for the elimination of hepatitis C by 2030.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

The United Kingdom has a comprehensive surveillance system in place combining laboratory diagnoses data, risk/behaviour data, outcome data, statistical modelling and service evaluation to monitor the cascade of care, detect outbreaks, and generate burden estimates. The UK already has a comprehensive national programme of screening of blood donors and blood transfusions for blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis C, to ensure safe supplies – 100% of blood donors are screened with quality assured methods. There is national guidance and legislation around infection control in healthcare settings including a policy for healthcare workers to prevent nosocomial transmission of blood-borne viruses. Prevention efforts in minimising harm in people who inject drugs is focused on access to opiate substitution therapies and needle syringe exchange programmes, and disinfection tablets in prisons.

Public Health England has published hepatitis C metrics for the report “Hepatitis C in the UK 2016 report - Working towards its elimination as a major public health threat”. The report is available at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/541317/Hepatitis_C_in_the_UK_2016_report.pdf

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners live in (a) other EU countries, (b) Commonwealth countries and (c) the rest of the world; and how many of those people have an address in Bristol West constituency as their most recent UK residence.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 24 November 2016

The table below shows the number of pensioners in receipt of the UK State Pension living in the country groupings requested. Please note that residents in Cyprus and Malta appear in both the European Union and Commonwealth totals.

Country Group

Number of UK State Pensioners

European Union (excluding UK)

474,130

Commonwealth (excluding UK)

565,770

Rest of the world

218,580

Source: DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study May 2016.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

The information in relation to those who reside overseas and previously lived at an address in Bristol West constituency is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Licensed Premises: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government plans to take (a) through guidance to property developers and local authorities and (b) otherwise to protect the capacity for nightclubs and live music venues to continue to trade when planning permission is being considered for converting existing offices nearby to residential properties.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 November 2016

Where permitted development rights apply, in considering the prior approval on noise for a change of use from office to residential (under Class O of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, local planning authorities will have regard to those relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting planning guidance on noise, as would be the case under a planning application. Prior approval may be refused where any impacts of noise from commercial premises identified are not sufficiently mitigated by the proposed measures, as consistent with national policy. Links to the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance can be found here - http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/. A local planning authority cannot consider matters other than those for which their prior approval may be given, as listed in Class O.

When determining a planning application for a change of use from office to residential where permitted development rights do not apply, local planning authorities must take into account the policies and guidance listed above, and must determine the application in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Separate regimes apply to licencing and statutory nuisance, which are the responsibility of the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs respectively.

Grouped Questions: 53756
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Licensed Premises: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 51986, what guidance the Government plans to issue to (a) local authorities, (b) nightclubs, (c) residents of existing properties and (d) property developers applying for planning permission to convert offices to residential properties on their respective rights and responsibilities in relation to noise.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 November 2016

Where permitted development rights apply, in considering the prior approval on noise for a change of use from office to residential (under Class O of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, local planning authorities will have regard to those relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting planning guidance on noise, as would be the case under a planning application. Prior approval may be refused where any impacts of noise from commercial premises identified are not sufficiently mitigated by the proposed measures, as consistent with national policy. Links to the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance can be found here - http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/. A local planning authority cannot consider matters other than those for which their prior approval may be given, as listed in Class O.

When determining a planning application for a change of use from office to residential where permitted development rights do not apply, local planning authorities must take into account the policies and guidance listed above, and must determine the application in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Separate regimes apply to licencing and statutory nuisance, which are the responsibility of the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs respectively.

Grouped Questions: 53755
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was provided from the public purse for early years (a) childcare, (b) children's centres, (c) nurseries and (d) other provisions in Bristol West constituency in 2015-16; how much such funding is allocated for (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18; and what estimate her Department has made of how many full-time equivalent places such funding supports.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 23 November 2016

Funding for the free early years entitlements is allocated on a local authority basis through the Dedicated Schools Grant. This funding covers childcare, nurseries and other early years provisions, including childcare via children’s centres. Local authorities have the freedom to determine how to fund other services delivered via their networks of children’s centres, including via the Business Rate Retention Scheme. Local authorities have the freedom to decide what children’s centre services are appropriate to meet local needs and statutory duties.

In 2015-16, the City of Bristol received £29.16m from central government for the early years entitlements (three- and four-year olds and two-year olds but not including the Early Years Pupil Premium). This funding supported 5,161 full-time equivalent places.

In 2016-17, the City of Bristol received a provisional £28.71m from central government for the early years entitlements (three- and four-year olds and two-year olds but not including the EYPP). This funding supported a provisional 5,082 full-time equivalent places.

The Government consulted earlier this year on proposals to ensure that early years funding is allocated efficiently and fairly across the country from 2017-18. Under such proposals the City of Bristol would have been allocated a provisional £32.56m from central government for the early years entitlements (three- and four-year olds including 30 hours childcare for working parents; two-year olds; and supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools). This funding would have supported a provisional 5,666 full-time equivalent places.

Government will announce a response to the consultation shortly, including 2017-18 funding for the City of Bristol.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 November 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Occupied Territories: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the press release issued by the Minister for the Middle East of 3 November 2016, what further steps he plans to take in respect of the approval by the Israeli government of permits for constructing new homes in the illegal settlement of Gilo, East Jerusalem.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 23 November 2016

​We strongly condemn Israeli settlement advancement, including recent plans for new settlements deep in the West Bank, and moves to retroactively approve unauthorised settlement outposts. These proposed actions call into question the commitment of the Israeli government to the two-state solution. We continue to raise our grave concerns about Israeli settlements with the Israeli Government. I raised our concerns about settlements with Israeli Defence Minister Lieberman during our meeting in London on 7 September 2016. ​The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson), also raised our concerns over new settlements with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he met him in Jerusalem on 30 September. I issued a further statement on 16 November expressing our deep concern about the land regulation bill in the Israeli Knesset proposing to ‘legalise’ settlement outposts across the West Bank. Such outposts are currently illegal under both Israeli domestic law and international humanitarian law and should be removed entirely.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2016 on the visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the UK trade envoy for that region, what further steps he plans to take in order to facilitate trade by (a) people in the Palestinian Business Women's Forum and (b) other Palestinian women.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 23 November 2016

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) Baroness Morris, visited the market in October. Following this there are plans to reactivate the Palestinian British Business Council to facilitate and develop trade links between the UK and the OPT including members of the Palestinian Business Women's Forum (PBWF).

The PBWF in Ramallah, with the UK government’s help, aims to host specialised speakers from the UK to educate forum members and other beneficiaries about the import and export regulations and the business environment in the UK for start-up businesses.

Further to this, the DFID-EU’s Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP) is a high performing programme which has helped 283 companies to develop new products and/or enter new markets. Approximately 50% of the companies assisted are women owned/managed companies.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Licensed Premises: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to reform the regulations on noise and neighbourhood nuisance arising from pubs and clubs in or close to residential areas.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 14 November 2016

National planning policy and guidance include strong protections against noise impacts, making it clear that the planning system should prevent new and existing development from being adversely affected by unacceptable levels of pollution. Further, national policy sets out that existing businesses wanting to develop in continuance of their business should not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in nearby land uses since they were established. The planning guidance supporting the Framework states that the potential effect of a new residential development being located close to an existing business giving rise to noise should be carefully considered. The guidance underlines planning’s contribution to avoiding future complaints and risks to local business like live music venues from resulting enforcement action. To help avoid such situations, appropriate mitigation should be considered, including optimising the sound insulation provided by the new development’s building envelope.

On 6 April the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 made permanent the permitted development right for the change of use from office to residential. The permanent right includes a prior approval on noise, allowing consideration by local planning authorities of plans to mitigate the impacts of noise from commercial premises on the residents. In considering the prior approval, the local planning authorities will have regard to the relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting planning guidance, as would be the case under a planning application.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 07 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to raise the limit on the amount which local authorities can borrow in order to invest in building new homes.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 14 November 2016

There are no plans to raise or remove the borrowing caps on local authorities' housing revenue accounts.

Local Housing Authorities across England have £3.4 billion borrowing head room and almost £2.5 billion in housing revenue account reserves.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, withy reference to the response by the Minister of State for International Trade and Investment to the Oral Question of 3 November 2016, Official Report, column 1031, and pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 46432, how many (a) trade policy experts and (b) trade negotiators the Government currently employs; and how many such experts and negotiators it aims to employ by March 2017.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

The Department for International Trade already has a strong and capable trade policy team which has more than doubled in size since 23 June. Over the coming months we will be developing that team to build the world class negotiating strengths needed to deliver the best outcomes for the UK. They will have the depth and breadth of expertise to handle the full range of sectoral and cross-cutting issues that arise in trade agreements, supported by analysts and lawyers.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing into current and future bilateral investment treaties binding obligations on investors to adhere to those international human rights and environmental instruments to which the UK is a signatory.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle. The UK has a strong history in protecting human rights and the promotion of our values globally. We will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements.

The updated UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (published May 2016) sets out our arrangements for implementing the UN Guiding Principles and our expectation that British companies should build respect for human rights into all aspects of their operations, both in the UK and overseas, and act accordingly.

The objective of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is to provide protection to investors against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection. As such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights.

Grouped Questions: 52474 | 52475
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress has been made on incorporating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into bilateral investment treaties to which the UK is a signatory.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle. The UK has a strong history in protecting human rights and the promotion of our values globally. We will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements.

The updated UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (published May 2016) sets out our arrangements for implementing the UN Guiding Principles and our expectation that British companies should build respect for human rights into all aspects of their operations, both in the UK and overseas, and act accordingly.

The objective of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is to provide protection to investors against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection. As such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights.

Grouped Questions: 52473 | 52475
Q
(Bristol West)
[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: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to incorporate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into future bilateral investment treaties.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle. The UK has a strong history in protecting human rights and the promotion of our values globally. We will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements.

The updated UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (published May 2016) sets out our arrangements for implementing the UN Guiding Principles and our expectation that British companies should build respect for human rights into all aspects of their operations, both in the UK and overseas, and act accordingly.

The objective of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is to provide protection to investors against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection. As such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights.

Grouped Questions: 52473 | 52474
Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will take steps to ensure that Parliament has the opportunity to scrutinise all future bilateral investment treaties.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my rt hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) on 29 June 2016, UIN (41073).

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what immigration status children transferred to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 will be given on arrival in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 November 2016

All children arriving in the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 are granted temporary admission while we consider their asylum claim. They are also referred to the Refugee Council’s Children's Panel Advice Service.

Grouped Questions: 51378
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children arriving in the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 will be referred to the Refugee Council's Children's Panel Advice Service.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 November 2016

All children arriving in the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 are granted temporary admission while we consider their asylum claim. They are also referred to the Refugee Council’s Children's Panel Advice Service.

Grouped Questions: 51377
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were granted permission to work in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 November 2016

The data requested on the number of asylum seekers that were granted permission to work is held on individual Home Office records on the Immigration casework database.

Such data is not extractable without interrogating thousands of individual records. Therefore, the information is not readily available and could only be obtained through a disproportionately expensive manual case search to collate the data.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 31 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) Concentrix will issue a formal apology for each erroneous accusation made by Concentrix against legitimate tax credit recipients; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 08 November 2016

I refer the honourable Member to my answer of 31 October 2016 (Written Question 50325)

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 November 2016
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy officers who had served for more than 12 but fewer than 16 years were made compulsorily redundant during the four tranches of redundancies from September 2011 to June 2014.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 08 November 2016

The requested information is provided below:

Involuntary Redundancies September 2011 – June 2014, UK Regular Armed Forces Officers with 13-15 years of service

Royal Navy

10

Army

30

Royal Air Force

30

Notes: Figures for UK Regular Service Officers include Nursing Services, but exclude Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Non Regular Permanent Staff, High Readiness Reserve and Expeditionary Forces Institute personnel. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 03 November 2016
Department of Health
NHS: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has a policy on whether the Government has a duty to ensure the right to access medicines as part of its obligations under the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 08 November 2016

National Health Service commissioners are legally required to fund treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) through its technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies programmes. This is reflected in the NHS Constitution as a right to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 25 October 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cancer: Research
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on research on rare and childhood cancers.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 07 November 2016

The Government is committed to maintain and enhance the strength of our research base. This is why we have protected the science resource budget in real terms from its 2015/16 level of £4.7 billion for the rest of the parliament, as well as committing to invest in new scientific infrastructure on a record scale – £6.9 billion over the period 2015-2021.

The Treasury decision to underwrite the grants of competitively bid for EU research funding will give British participants and their EU partners the assurance and certainty needed to plan ahead for collaborative projects that can run over many years. We are committed to ensure that the UK continues to be a world leader in international science, including medical research into cancer.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Ministry of Justice
British Nationals Abroad: Property Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47485, whether member states will be bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, in respect of property rights, where the owner is a UK national, after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 07 November 2016

I refer the Hon member to the response to PQ 47485.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: HIV Infection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what principles her Department invests in HIV/AIDS programmes.
A
Answered by: James Wharton
Answered on: 07 November 2016

UK investments in the HIV response are based on international best practice set out by UNAIDS and principles that support:

  • Integrated country-owned approaches while strengthening health systems;
  • Reducing new infections, particularly among key affected populations, including adolescents, girls and women;
  • Evidence and rights-based public health measures that combine prevention and access to treatment, while tackling the wider issues of stigma, discrimination and gender inequality that drive infection.

The guiding principle is “know your epidemic, know your response”: tailoring HIV interventions to the particular epidemic in any given place.


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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Building More Homes, HL 20, published on 15 July 2016, for what reasons there is a limit on the amount local authorities can borrow to invest in building houses.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 07 November 2016

The borrowing caps were introduced as part of the Housing Revenue Account self-financing settlement, which entailed a once and for all rebalancing of housing debt. There are no plans to lift the caps, which are part of the government's strategy to manage the overall level of public debt.

Local authorities do have the capacity to borrow to build new homes, there is nearly £3.4 billion headroom available nationally and £2.9 billion in reserves.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Land: Council Tax
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow local authorities to charge property developers council tax on land with planning permission on which buildings have not been constructed within a reasonable time.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 07 November 2016

We are clear that sites which are granted planning permission should be built-out as quickly as possible. We believe the best way to achieve faster build out is for developers and authorities to work closely together, at a local level, to overcome any barriers to development. In addition the government is already taking steps to tackle delays in build out, for example, by taking forward measures through the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to improve the use of planning conditions. We have also launched the £3 billion Home Building Fund, a fund which will provide loans for SME builders, custom builders and offsite construction, and which will unlock large sites throughout England. Introducing financial penalties, such as additional council tax for slow build carries risks of unintended consequences, such as deterring applications on sites with marginal viability.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct a review of the effect of erroneous decisions by Concentrix on people in (a) Bristol West and (b) the UK.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 04 November 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be preparing regional analysis of tax credits claims and mandatory reconsideration requests in due course.

As announced on 7th October, the National Audit Office will also be conducting an investigation into HMRC’s contract with Concentrix.

Grouped Questions: 50719 | 50720
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix: Bristol West
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of tax credit cases awaiting consideration by Concentrix in Bristol West constituency.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 04 November 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be preparing regional analysis of tax credits claims and mandatory reconsideration requests in due course.

As announced on 7th October, the National Audit Office will also be conducting an investigation into HMRC’s contract with Concentrix.

Grouped Questions: 50844 | 50720
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix: Bristol West
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Bristol West constituency have had a tax credit claim stopped by Concentrix; and how many such people have subsequently had their claim reinstated by HM Revenue and Customs.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 04 November 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be preparing regional analysis of tax credits claims and mandatory reconsideration requests in due course.

As announced on 7th October, the National Audit Office will also be conducting an investigation into HMRC’s contract with Concentrix.

Grouped Questions: 50844 | 50719
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
EU Grants and Loans: Bristol
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on (a) Bristol West and (b) Bristol City Council area of the shortfall in funding from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund after the 2014 to 2020 programme has ended.
A
Answered by: Mr David Gauke
Answered on: 04 November 2016

As the Chancellor outlined at the Treasury Select Committee recently, the government is carrying out a range of analysis, which will help to inform the Prime Minister’s negotiating strategy.

The government has provided a guarantee for all European structural and investment fund projects signed before the Autumn Statement. The government has also guaranteed all European structural projects signed after the Autumn Statement and before the UK’s departure from the European Union, provided that they pass the value-for-money test and are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Economic Situation: South West
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is conducting a regional assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) Bristol West, (b) Bristol City Council area and (c) the region covered by the Counties formerly known as Avon.
A
Answered by: Mr David Gauke
Answered on: 04 November 2016

As the Chancellor outlined at the Treasury Select Committee recently, the government is carrying out a range of analysis, which will help to inform the Prime Minister’s negotiating strategy.

The government has provided a guarantee for all European structural and investment fund projects signed before the Autumn Statement. The government has also guaranteed all European structural projects signed after the Autumn Statement and before the UK’s departure from the European Union, provided that they pass the value-for-money test and are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48238 on cancer: diagnosis, how he plans to allocated the £300 million per year to improve cancer diagnostics in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 04 November 2016

In September 2015 we committed, in response to the recommendations set out in the Cancer Taskforce report, to provide up to £300 million more per year for diagnostics by 2020/21. The 2016/17 Planning Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups advises them to ensure they plan for appropriate diagnostic capacity as one of the nine ‘must dos’.

As part of the commitment to improve access to diagnostics, in 2016/17 NHS England allocated an additional investment of £15 million in a new National Diagnostics Capacity Fund to explore new and innovative ways to deliver diagnostic services, a new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard, which will ensure that all patients are seen and either diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within 28 days, and Wave 2 of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, testing a new, multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre approach to ensuring patients with vague but concerning symptoms receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

We are monitoring progress with access to diagnostics through a range of process measures such as diagnostic activity, referrals on the urgent suspected cancer pathway and waiting times, and through measures such as the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 and emergency routes to diagnosis.

We are also evaluating individual programmes such as ACE.

Grouped Questions: 50788
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48238 on cancer: diagnosis, how and by what criteria he plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the spending of £300 million per year to improve diagnostic capacity of cancers.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 04 November 2016

In September 2015 we committed, in response to the recommendations set out in the Cancer Taskforce report, to provide up to £300 million more per year for diagnostics by 2020/21. The 2016/17 Planning Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups advises them to ensure they plan for appropriate diagnostic capacity as one of the nine ‘must dos’.

As part of the commitment to improve access to diagnostics, in 2016/17 NHS England allocated an additional investment of £15 million in a new National Diagnostics Capacity Fund to explore new and innovative ways to deliver diagnostic services, a new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard, which will ensure that all patients are seen and either diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within 28 days, and Wave 2 of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, testing a new, multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre approach to ensuring patients with vague but concerning symptoms receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

We are monitoring progress with access to diagnostics through a range of process measures such as diagnostic activity, referrals on the urgent suspected cancer pathway and waiting times, and through measures such as the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 and emergency routes to diagnosis.

We are also evaluating individual programmes such as ACE.

Grouped Questions: 50780
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for Education
Universities: Competition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK universities remain globally competitive after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 04 November 2016

UK universities are home to both world-class teaching and life-changing research, and exiting the EU will not change this. The Government has already announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in 2017/2018 (or before) will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period. To support research and innovation, we have also announced that HM Treasury will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the EU, including where specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure.

Future arrangements for EU students and staff, funding and also UK students studying abroad will need to be considered as part of wider discussions about the UK’s relationship with the EU. The Government is fully committed to ensuring that we get the best possible outcome for the higher education sector from its negotiations with the EU.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department of Health
Nivolumab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2014 to Question 40281, on what date he expects NICE to publish the results of the consultation on the guidance on the use of nivolumab for the treatment of lung cancer.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 04 November 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently carrying out two separate technology appraisals of nivolumab (Opdivo) for previously treated locally advanced or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer and previously treated locally advanced or metastatic squamous non-small-cell lung cancer after prior chemotherapy in adults.

NICE is currently consulting on draft guidance for both appraisals and the closing date for comments is 4 November 2016. Subsequent timescales for guidance development are yet to be confirmed by NICE. NICE will publish comments received in response to the consultation and its responses alongside the next iteration of its draft guidance.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Intellectual Property: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on using the flexibility provided by the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights under World Trade Organisation rules for compulsory license for the Kadcyla form of trastuzumab emtansine for UK patients.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 04 November 2016

The UK Patents Act 1977, in line with the WTO TRIPS Agreement, provides for compulsory licenses in certain circumstances.

Kadcyla (trastuzumab emtansine) is currently available to patients in England for the treatment of HER2-positive locally advanced, unresectable or metastatic breast cancer through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently reviewing its technology appraisal guidance on trastuzumab emtansine for refractory, HER2 positive breast cancer. NICE expects to publish its updated guidance in February 2017.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
British Nationals Abroad: Property Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47485, if he will ensure the rights of UK owners of property in the EU to occupy that property (a) as a main residence while working, (b) as a main residence during retirement and (c) as an occasional residence, after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 03 November 2016

The Prime Minister has been clear that she wants to protect the rights of UK citizens living in European member states, in the same way that we want to protect the status of EU nationals already living here.

At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the people of the United Kingdom.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 31 October 2016
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to establish and facilitate civil society dialogue when negotiating trade agreements between the UK and other countries (a) during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU and (b) after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 03 November 2016

The Prime Minister has been clear that, as we leave the EU, we will make Britain a country that truly works not just for a privileged few, but for everybody.

Dialogue with civil society will play a vital role in informing the development of the UK’s approach to trade. Over the coming weeks and months we will be engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society groups, both in the UK and internationally.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 48113, what proportion of funding for health services received by teenagers and young adults with cancer and leukaemia in (a) Bristol and (b) England comes from charitable trusts.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 01 November 2016

This information is not held centrally.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department for Transport
Ashley Hill Station
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the re-opening of the Ashley Hill railway station in Bristol West constituency.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 01 November 2016

A new station at Ashley Down is one of the options for Phase 2 of the MetroWest scheme promoted locally by the West of England Partnership consortium of the four local authorities covering the wider Bristol area. The Department for Transport understands that Phase 2 is currently at an early stage of development. More information is available from the West of England Partnership.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect of incorrect assessments carried out by Concentrix on people (a) in Bristol West constituency, (b) in the UK and (c) who are victims of domestic violence; and if he will make an assessment of the other effects of such incorrect assessments on such people.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 31 October 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is focused on resolving the outstanding cases.

As HMRC clears the work taken back from Concentrix, it will be working on a regional breakdown of mandatory reconsideration requests.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 25 October 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to social landlords on transfer of tenancy agreements to victims of domestic violence when that person's relationship with their abusive partner ends and the victim remains the sole adult tenant after the ex-partner moves out.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 28 October 2016

The Department has not issued guidance to social landlords including local authorities, regarding managing tenancy agreements of victims of domestic violence who are joint tenants when the abusive partner moves out.

Local authorities have powers to take action against joint tenants who commit domestic abuse against their partners including a power under the Housing Act 1985 to apply to the court to evict such perpetrators and have the discretion to grant a new tenancy to the victim.

Many local authorities use these powers as part of their proactive approach towards assisting tenants affected by domestic abuse to remain in their homes safely if they choose to do so.

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, and Government has put in place a number of measures to provide necessary support to victims.

Our Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, launched earlier this year, set out our ambition to improve services for women suffering from domestic abuse, dedicating £40 million of extra funding for securing the future of refuges and other specialist accommodation-based services. This builds on the £13.5 million provided in the last spending review period. In addition, we will be providing a wider package of support, including commissioning guidance and tools, and expert support to help all local areas improve local commissioning, support early intervention and develop coherent pathways of support for victims of these crimes. This provides a critical bedrock of support.

In taking forward the provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 that restrict the use of lifetime tenancies, we will also ensure that the security of tenure of victims of domestic abuse continues to be protected.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Education
Schools: Census
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much notice was given to parents of the school census conducted in September and October 2016.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 25 October 2016

The autumn school census is undertaken on the first Thursday in October. The census guide was made available on the Department’s website on 4 May 2016. Five months’ notice was provided to parents by this document. The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-census-2016-to-2017-guide-for-schools-and-las.

The census specifications were first set out in technical terms to the public on the Department’s website via the business and technical specifications, which are primarily used by suppliers of school’s management information systems, on 18 December 2015. As such, some 10 months’ notice was provided via this document. The specifications can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-census-2016-to-2017-technical-information.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how the Government's committed spend of up to £300 million per year to improve cancer diagnostics was allocated in 2015-16.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 20 October 2016

In September 2015 the Government announced funding of up to £300 million a year by 2020 to increase diagnostic capacity to meet the new target that patients will be given a definitive cancer diagnosis, or the all clear, within 28 days of being referred by a general practitioner.

As the commitment was made during the 2015/16 financial year no funding was allocated in that year.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 October 2016
Department of Health
Breast Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new 28-day diagnosis standard for all cancers on the urgent and non-urgent two-week waits for breast cancer referrals.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 20 October 2016

The new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard is currently being tested in four test sites across England.

As part of this process we will be assessing its impact on other referral pathways, including existing cancer and breast symptom pathways. We are committed to ensuring that the new standard improves diagnosis for all patients, including breast cancer patients or those with breast symptoms.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, what the relationship will be between the clinical expert groups and the recently established cross-Clinical Reference Group working parties.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

As part of the revised arrangements for the Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs), which support specialised commissioning, NHS England has also announced the establishment of cross-CRG working parties, including some which will work with other health and care bodies to contribute to improving services, data and efficiency. These are not distinct CRGs, but a collaboration between existing groups.

Those working parties are:

- Research – building an interface with the National Institute for Health Research to advise how future research strategies align with commissioning and maximising opportunities;

- Data and Resource – working with NHS Digital and NHS Improvement to provide clinical advice to these organisations in their work to improve the information that guides commissioning;

- Guidance – working with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a stakeholder in their guidance development and providing clinical advice as needed; and

- Value – to better understand, and therefore reduce, variations in services and, where appropriate, cease treatments/ways of working that are no longer of clinical or patient benefit.

These relate to the specialised commissioning CRGs and there is no link to the clinical expert groups.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, when NHS England plans to publish the service guidance documents produced by the clinical reference groups.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

The service guidance documents will be disseminated through the newly formed Cancer Alliances.

One of the key objectives of the Alliances for 2016/17 is to create and agree a delivery plan for the Cancer Strategy locally, based on outcomes and evidence based best practice care pathways.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibilities the Government has for delivering services to teenagers and young adults with cancer.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

Cancer services for teenagers and young adults are delivered by a network of Principle Treatment Centres and Designated Hospitals, commissioned centrally by NHS England. Services include:

- All cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy;

- Specialist palliative care services;

- Survivorship;

- Long-term follow up; and

- Specialist therapies and rehabilitation.

Cancer services for teenagers and young adults reflect the unique needs of this age group. The delivery of care is arranged similarly to adult services, but there are important differences including the delivery of care in an age-appropriate environment and multi-disciplinary teams include social workers, youth workers, and activity coordinators.

Services also support teenagers and young adults with the late effects of cancer treatment which particularly affect this age group. Because cancer is a rare condition in this age range, teenage and young adult services work very closely with other agencies to deliver emotional, psychosocial and specialist therapies to support each teenager and young adult to maximise their physical, emotional, cognitive, social and functional potential.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, Department of Health's settlement at the Spending Review 2015, published on 25 November 2015, how the investment of up to £300 million per year on diagnostics will be spent in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

The independent Cancer Taskforce’s implementation plan, published May 2016, included activity modelling that showed a 7% growth in overall diagnostic activity year on year to 2020/21. This was factored into overall clinical commissioning group (CCG) allocations and CCGs were advised to plan for appropriate diagnostic capacity as one of the nine ‘must dos’ in the 2016/17 Planning Guidance.

The Government and NHS England are also taking forward a number of diagnostic initiatives to support this through immediate investment in 2016-17. This includes a new National Diagnostics Capacity Fund to explore new and innovative ways to deliver diagnostic services; a new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard, which will ensure that all patients are seen, and either diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within 28 Days; and Wave 2 of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, testing a new, multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre approach to ensuring patients with vague but concerning symptoms receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, when he expects terms of reference to be published for (a) the clinical expert groups and (b) the clinical steering group.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 18 October 2016

The Terms of Reference refer to management meetings, which are part of the programme structure and not statutory meetings or advisory mechanisms. Consequently NHS England does not plan to publish these.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 14 September 2016
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to determine how many trade negotiators his Department will require in the next six months.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 13 October 2016

The Department for International Trade already has a strong and capable trade policy team which has more than doubled in size since 23 June. Over the coming months we will be developing that team to build the world class negotiating strengths needed to deliver the best outcomes for the UK. They will have the depth and breadth of expertise to handle the full range of sectoral and cross-cutting issues that arise in trade agreements, supported by analysts and lawyers.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
Property: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government plans to take to protect the property ownership rights of UK citizens who own property in the EU after the UK has left the EU who (a) use the property primarily to rent out to others for holidays, (b) are the sole users, for holiday purposes and (c) are the sole users, and live there permanently.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 October 2016

At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, including those living in other EU countries or who own property in the EU. It is already the case that all Member States are bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights which obliges them to respect property rights.

Grouped Questions: 47486
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to enable UK citizens living in other EU countries to remain there if they (a) have retired, (b) are working in those countries with habitual residence status and (c) are working in those countries part of the time but without habitual residence status.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 October 2016

At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, including those living in other EU countries or who own property in the EU. It is already the case that all Member States are bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights which obliges them to respect property rights.

Grouped Questions: 47485
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 September 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Greece
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 43711, if she will take steps to increase the number of transfers to the UK of refugees in camps in Greece with family connections in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The Government is fully committed to the efficient and timely operation of the Dublin Regulation and we are working closely with EU partners, including the Greek authorities, to identify, assess and transfer those with family connections to the UK under the Dublin family reunion process.

We have seconded an expert to Greece to coordinate efforts on transferring unaccompanied children to the UK. We are following due process to ensure that any transfer is in their best interests and is lawful under EU legislation.

More broadly, the UK has offered 75 expert personnel to help with the processing and administration of migrants in reception centres, act as interpreters, provide medical support and bolster our existing team assisting the Commission to ensure effective and efficient coordination.

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(Bristol West)
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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: 14 September 2016
Ministry of Justice
Administration of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44521, what information her Department holds on how many (a) petitioners and (b) respondents who were ineligible for legal aid were unable to afford legal representation in applications to the family court for child contact or residence applications in 2015; how many such petitioners and respondents alleged that they were victims of domestic violence from the other party; and whether her Department has undertaken monitoring of the effect of a lack of legal representation on those victims and their children.
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Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The representation status of unsuccessful applicants for legal aid is not centrally recorded. The Government is absolutely clear that victims of domestic violence must have access to the help they need, including access to legal aid. The operation of, and expenditure on, the legal aid scheme is continually monitored by the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency. Since the reforms were introduced thousands of people have applied for legal aid where domestic violence is involved and the majority have been granted it. Since the LASPO Act was introduced we have twice made changes so it is easier for people to get the evidence they need to claim legal aid.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
ERASMUS: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to enable young people from the UK to take part in the Erasmus scheme after the UK has exited the EU.
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Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The referendum result has no immediate effect on students abroad under the Erasmus scheme or applying for 2016/17. Payments will be made in the usual way. Access to the programme after we leave the EU is a matter for the forthcoming negotiations. The Department offers the same support for study abroad under other schemes as for Erasmus.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 September 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Universities: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which UK universities are being excluded from joint funding applications to EU funding bodies by other EU universities.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 10 October 2016

The European Commission has made it clear that while the UK remains a member of the EU, proposals from, or including, UK applicants must be treated in the same way as applications from other Member States including for collaborations under Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

In addition, the HM Treasury announcement on 13th August brought clarity on continuity of research funding by stating that competitively bid for projects applied for before the UK departs the EU would be underwritten by the Treasury for the life of the project.

The Government is vigilant and will continue to monitor any problems in this area. To aid this we have set up a mailbox where specific instances should be sent: [email protected].

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 September 2016
Home Office
Khat
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the ban on khat.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 September 2016

Khat was controlled as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in 2014.

The 2015/16 Crime Survey England and Wales found that 0.06% of adults aged 16 to 59 in the general population had used khat in the last year, equivalent to around 20,000 people. This is similar to 2014/15 (0.05%) but a statistically significant fall compared with 0.2% in the previous two survey years when khat was measured (2010/11 and 2011/12).

We will continue to monitor the situation in relation to khat as appropriate, including through recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Our approach to drugs remains clear: we must prevent drug use in our communities and help dependent individuals to recover, while ensuring our drugs laws are enforced.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 September 2016
Department of Health
Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on the future of the common cancer clinical reference groups.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 September 2016

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Cancer, Professor Chris Harrison, has been working with the four common cancer ‘clinical reference groups’ to clarify their role within the system, especially in relation to the Clinical Reference Groups that provide advice and expertise to NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.

NHS England has decided to continue the common cancer groups as ‘clinical expert groups’ and to bring together their chairs to form a clinical steering group for the national programme, to support a pathway approach to care management and measurement.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 September 2016
Women and Equalities
LGBT People
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to page eight of the Government's response to the First Report of the Women and Equalities Committee of Session 2015-16, on Transgender Equality, HC 390, by what date the Government plans to publish an update report on both the existing Transgender Action Plan and the 2011 LGBT Action Plan which includes LGB as well as transgender commitments.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 15 September 2016

On 7 July 2016, the Government responded to the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry on transgender equality. In this, we committed to publishing an update on progress against “Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward (2011)”; and “Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action (2011)”.

The Government will publish both of these documents in due course.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 September 2016
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his Department's policy to ensure that trade negotiations are linked to the UK's human rights obligations.
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Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 15 September 2016

The UK will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade negotiations. Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade agreements and trade policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 September 2016
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether UK citizens remain eligible to apply for grants from the Creative Europe scheme for grants that potentially last beyond the time when the UK plans to leave the EU; and how the Government plans to replace that scheme when the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 15 September 2016

Leaving the EU means we will want to take our own decisions about how to deliver the policy objectives previously targeted by EU funding. Over the coming months, we will consult closely with stakeholders to review all EU funding schemes in the round, to ensure that any ongoing funding commitments best serve the UK‘s national interest, while ensuring appropriate investor certainty.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 September 2016
Department of Health
Breast Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of women dying as a result of breast cancer.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 15 September 2016

The independent Cancer Taskforce published its report, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England 2015-2020, in July 2015, recommending improvements across the cancer patient pathway, including for breast cancer. An implementation plan, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: Taking the strategy forward, was published on 12 May 2016 and we hope to see great progress as it is delivered.

Earlier diagnosis makes it more likely that patients will receive effective treatments. We have committed to implementing recommendation 24 of the report that by 2020, everyone referred with a suspicion of cancer will receive either a definitive diagnosis or the all-clear within four weeks. This standard will be underpinned by investment of up to £300 million more in diagnostics each year by 2020.

On breast cancer specifically, the cancer strategy recommended that we:

- ensure that chemo-prevention is being used appropriately to reduce the risk of developing breast cancers, particularly in younger women at high risk of developing cancer;

- commission the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to develop updated guidelines for adjuvant treatment for breast cancer, including the use of bisphosphonates and aromatase inhibitors to prevent secondary cancers in women previously treated for early stage breast cancer;

- ensure that all patients treated for cancer are given advice on how best to manage their risk level and ensure that the risk of developing secondary cancers is reduced, as well as ensuring that there is a fast and efficient route back into treatment for patients who suffer recurrence; and

- ensure that, by 2020, the 280,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year will benefit from a tailored recovery package. The packages will be individually designed to help each person, live well beyond cancer, including psychological and social support for those whose cancer recurs, or who live for a long time with cancer or its consequences, as is often the case in women with secondary breast cancer.

We have also run two national Be Clear on Cancer campaigns in 2014 and 2015 to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged over 70. The campaigns targeted women over 70 because the disease is often diagnosed at a later stage in this age group. Breast screening for asymptomatic cancer saves an estimated 1,300 lives a year in the United Kingdom. A major randomised controlled trial is testing whether extending breast screening to women aged 47-49 and 71-73 will save more lives. Over 2 million women have been randomised into the trial, and results are expected in the early 2020s.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Greece
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government is providing to Greece to ensure that refugees have access to clear information on the Dublin III regulation and its family unity provisions in a language they can understand; and what steps expert personnel deployed to Greece in May 2016 are taking to ensure that detailed and coherent information is provided to refugees who are in accommodation sites across mainland Greece.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 14 September 2016
Holding answer received on 05 September 2016

Home Office staff seconded to the Greek Government and the European Asylum Support Office are there to support the overall asylum system in Greece and improve the Dublin process. Two applicants have arrived in the UK since May 2016.

Providing refugees with access to clear, detailed and coherent information is the responsibility of the Greek authorities. The UK believes that member states should meet their international obligations and provide due process and adequate care to those seeking protection within their territories.

The Commission Implementing Regulation No 118/2014 clearly sets out the obligations for Member States to provide an information leaflet for applicants for international protection, including a specific leaflet for unaccompanied children.

Following the EU-Turkey agreement and discussions with the European Commission and the Greek Government, the UK has offered a further 75 expert personnel to help with the processing and administration of migrants in reception centres, act as interpreters, provide medical support and bolster our existing team assisting the Commission to ensure effective and efficient coordination.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 September 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people refused asylum under the non-suspensive appeal policy were removed from the UK in the first six months of 2016; and how many such people (a) lodged an appeal and (b) successfully appealed against the refusal of their asylum application.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 13 September 2016
Holding answer received on 07 September 2016

Between 1st January and 30th June 2016, 110 removals of people who have previously been refused asylum and had their claims certified, took place. Of those claimants removed in that period four lodged appeals; there were no successful appeals by the end of the same period.

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