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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 October 2017
Department for Transport
Lifeboats: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days of operational capacity have been lost at New Brighton Lifeboat Station in Wallasey as a result of the RNLI's decision of July 2016 to reduce the number of volunteers it uses.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 11 October 2017

In coordinating a response to any incident, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will consider the range of resources available to them, on an incident‑by-incident basis, before tasking the most appropriate asset.

Operational capacity at any independent RNLI lifeboat station is a matter for the charity to consider.

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(Wallasey)
[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 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent trends in the number of successful personal independence payment tribunal appeals; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The main reason that decisions are overturned at appeal is additional evidence provided by the claimant at appeal stage.

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(Wallasey)
[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 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Cammell Laird: Strikes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Youth Justice of 25 April 2017, Official Report, column 993, on Cammell Laird, what steps he has taken following that contribution to look at that case further.
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(Wallasey)
[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 July 2017
Department for Education
Sixth Form Colleges: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which sixth form colleges have closed in England since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2017

Eleven sixth form colleges have dissolved in England since 2010. In all cases the sixth form colleges were merged or converted to become an Academy, that is to say their assets, rights and liabilities were transferred to another education provider.The colleges are:

Sixth Form College

Date of Dissolution

New College, Pontefract

June 2017

Priestley College

May 2017

Strodes College

May 2017

Rochdale Sixth Form College

April 2017

Hereford Sixth Form College

March 2017

Barrow in Furness Sixth Form College

July 2016

Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College

May 2016

Stockton Sixth Form College

May 2016

Totton College

November 2017

Ludlow College

July 2013

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Sixth Form College

July 2011

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(Wallasey)
[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 July 2017
Department for Education
Academies: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which academies have closed in England since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 18 July 2017

There are now 6925 academies, including 432 free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges, which will provide over 230, 000 new school places when they reach capacity. Since 2010, 23 academies (0.3%) have closed permanently:

1

Manchester Alternative Provision Academy

Academy

2

Marlow Academy

Academy

3

Oasis Academy Hextable

Academy

4

Weston Academy

Academy

5

Discovery New School

Free school

6

Dawes Lane Academy

Free school

7

Southwark Free School

Free school

8

St Michael's Secondary School

Free school

9

Stockport Technical School

Free school

10

The Durham Free School

Free school

11

Bradford Studio School

Studio school

12

Create Studio School

Studio school

13

Hyndburn Studio School

Studio school

14

Inspire Enterprise Academy

Studio school

15

Kajans Hospitality & Catering Studio School

Studio school

16

Tendring Enterprise Studio School

Studio school

17

The Hull Studio School

Studio school

18

The Midland Studio College Hinckley

Studio school

19

The Midland Studio College Nuneaton

Studio school

20

The Studio School Luton

Studio school

21

Black Country UTC

UTC

22

Central Bedfordshire UTC

UTC

23

Hackney University Technical College

UTC

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(Wallasey)
[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: 10 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Jobcentres: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed closure of a number of jobcentres in the North West on travelling time and distance for claimants.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 July 2017

We believe that it is a reasonable expectation that claimants travel to an office within three miles or 20 minutes by public transport of their existing jobcentre. This may mean slightly longer and slightly shorter journeys for some individual claimants who use our services in the North West and we have considered this when setting the criteria. There are large areas of the country where claimants have always travelled further than this without any issues.

We have assessed the distances between existing and new jobcentre locations to help customers better understand any differences in time and distance. This is to reflect the fact that people who travel to the jobcentre will use whichever type of transport suits their personal circumstances, they may not be starting their journey from their home, and not all those who use our services are claimants.

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(Wallasey)
[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: 10 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Bootle
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of his Department's processing and contact centre in Bootle Linacre on the response times for caseload in the local area.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 July 2017

The planned changes at Linacre House, Bootle will help us to deliver better services in the future as well as reduce the amount we spend on leasing buildings. We have looked at how we can rationalise the work, whilst ensuring that we do not diminish our service or lose any knowledge and experience.

We will transfer the work and processing colleagues to St Martins House, Bootle. The services undertaken at Linacre House are not specifically linked to claims made by people in the surrounding area and is part of a national network of processing sites. We do not anticipate any impact on the service to claimants in the local area as a result of these changes.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 07 July 2017
Department for Education
Sixth Form Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which schools in England have closed their sixth form since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 12 July 2017

I am sorry, but the department does not record, or hold centrally, data on the number of schools that have their sixth form provision removed.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 July 2017
Department for Education
Kingsway Academy: Admissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that all pupils attending Kingsway Academy will have a school place in the next school year, after the closure of that school.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 06 July 2017

We are working closely with the local authority and the Northern Schools Trust on the transition arrangements for all pupils in the run-up to the school fully closing at the end of the next academic year.

Q
(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 28 June 2017
Department for Education
Kingsway Academy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government first became aware of Northern Schools Trust's intention to close Kingsway Academy; and what steps her Department is taking to provide new school places for that Academy's pupils in the event of closure.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The Department has discussed the viability of The Kingsway Academy with the Local Authority (LA) and the Northern Schools Trust (NST) on several occasions since October 2016. The Secretary of State has agreed the school should close by the end of 2017/18 and the Department is working closely with the LA and NST to plan the transition for pupils. The school site will remain in LA ownership and the Department will work with the LA on options for its future use.

Grouped Questions: 1752 | 1892 | 1893
Q
(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 28 June 2017
Department for Education
Kingsway Academy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with Northern Schools Trust on the potential closure of Kingsway Academy in Wallasey; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The Department has discussed the viability of The Kingsway Academy with the Local Authority (LA) and the Northern Schools Trust (NST) on several occasions since October 2016. The Secretary of State has agreed the school should close by the end of 2017/18 and the Department is working closely with the LA and NST to plan the transition for pupils. The school site will remain in LA ownership and the Department will work with the LA on options for its future use.

Grouped Questions: 1751 | 1892 | 1893
Q
(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 28 June 2017
Department for Education
Kingsway Academy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she had with Northern Schools Trust on the future use of Kingsway Academy's school site prior to her decision to allow that school to close.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The Department has discussed the viability of The Kingsway Academy with the Local Authority (LA) and the Northern Schools Trust (NST) on several occasions since October 2016. The Secretary of State has agreed the school should close by the end of 2017/18 and the Department is working closely with the LA and NST to plan the transition for pupils. The school site will remain in LA ownership and the Department will work with the LA on options for its future use.

Grouped Questions: 1751 | 1752 | 1893
Q
(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 28 June 2017
Department for Education
Kingsway Academy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she will take to ensure that the school site for Kingsway Academy remains in public hands in the event of the closure of that school.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The Department has discussed the viability of The Kingsway Academy with the Local Authority (LA) and the Northern Schools Trust (NST) on several occasions since October 2016. The Secretary of State has agreed the school should close by the end of 2017/18 and the Department is working closely with the LA and NST to plan the transition for pupils. The school site will remain in LA ownership and the Department will work with the LA on options for its future use.

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