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Q
Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
Asked on: 25 October 2017
Department of Health
Prescription Drugs: Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which prescription drugs had the highest increase in price to the NHS in the last 10 years for which data is available.
A
Corrected answer by: Steve Brine
Corrected on: 12 December 2017
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 03 November 2017.
The correct answer should have been:

The table below shows the top five individual medicines and chemicals that have shown the highest increase in cost price over the last 10 years for Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) per prescription item and NIC per quantity. Prescription medicines/chemicals have only been included where there was prescribing in both 2006 and 2016.

For any medicine listed, it does not necessarily mean that the price has increased. For example, the cost per prescription item will be higher if the quantity being prescribed per prescription item has increased.

This is based on Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data. PCA data is based on analysis of all prescriptions dispensed in the community i.e. by community pharmacists and appliance contractors, dispensing doctors, and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England. PCA data do not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts, or private prescriptions.

Costs vary over time due to numerous factors including medicines going off patent and becoming available generically, unlicensed medicines becoming licensed medicines, shortages, the level of competition for generic medicines, as well as centrally agreed pricing schemes such as the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

The Department is working closely with the Competition and Markets Authority on a number of investigations into unwarranted price rises of unbranded generic medicines. Where companies have breached competition law, we will seek damages and invest that money back into the National Health Service.

The top five medicines with the highest increase in Net Ingredient1 Cost per prescription item2

Drug Name

2006

2016

Increase

Orfadin_Cap 10mg

£5,436.74

£20,030.86

£14,594.12

Cerezyme_I/V Inf 400u Vl (Dry)

£18,143.17

£30,397.85

£12,254.68

Chenodeoxycholic Acid_Cap 250mg

£88.57

£9,580.10

£9,491.54

Trientine Dihydroch_Cap 300mg (Old)

£218.58

£5,488.22

£5,269.64

Sod Benz_Liq Spec 400mg/5ml

£361.95

£4,352.92

£3,990.96

Source: Prescription Cost Analysis

Notes:

1NIC is the basic cost of a drug. It does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income, so the amount the NHS spent will be slightly different.

2Prescriptions are written on a prescription form known as an FP10. Each single item written on the form is counted as a prescription item.

A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 03 November 2017

The table below shows the top five individual medicines and chemicals that have shown the highest increase in cost price over the last 10 years for Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) per prescription item and NIC per quantity. Prescription medicines/chemicals have only been included where there was prescribing in both 2006 and 2016.

For any medicine listed, it does not necessarily mean that the price has increased. For example, the cost per prescription item will be higher if the quantity being prescribed per prescription item has increased.

This is based on Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data. PCA data is based on analysis of all prescriptions dispensed in the community i.e. by community pharmacists and appliance contractors, dispensing doctors, and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England. PCA data do not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts, or private prescriptions.

Costs vary over time due to numerous factors including medicines going off patent and becoming available generically, unlicensed medicines becoming licensed medicines, shortages, the level of competition for generic medicines, as well as centrally agreed pricing schemes such as the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

The Department is working closely with the Competition and Markets Authority on a number of investigations into unwarranted price rises of unbranded generic medicines. Where companies have breached competition law, we will seek damages and invest that money back into the National Health Service.

The top five medicines with the highest increase in Net Ingredient1 Cost per prescription item2

Drug Name

2006

2016

Increase

Orfadin_Cap 10mg

£5,436.74

£20,030.86

£14,594.12

Cerezyme_I/V Inf 400u Vl (Dry)

£18,143.17

£30,397.85

£12,254.68

Chenodeoxycholic Acid_Cap 250mg

£88.57

£9,580.10

£9,491.54

Trientine Dihydroch_Cap 300mg (Old)

£218.58

£5,488.22

£5,269.64

Sod Benz_Liq Spec 400mg/5ml

£361.95

£4,352.92

£3,990.96

Source: Prescription Cost Analysis

Notes:

1NIC is the basic cost of a drug. It does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income, so the amount the NHS spent will be slightly different.

2Prescriptions are written on a prescription form known as an FP10. Each single item written on the form is counted as a prescription item.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 30 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Think Tanks
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) financial, (b) organisational and (c) other support the Government has given to which think-tanks in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The information requested is not held centrally.

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Advertising
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) Network Rail, (b) Transport for London, (c) his Department, (d) Transport for the North and (e) Rail North have spent on advertising in each year since 2009-10.
A
Corrected answer by: Paul Maynard
Corrected on: 12 December 2017
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 14 November 2017.
The correct answer should have been:

Network Rail, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and Transport for the North carry out a range of different legislative and operational functions. The expenditure on advertising will reflect those functions.

Network Rail and Transport for London have direct operational responsibility for transport networks and need to inform and advise users of those networks. The Department for Transport has national strategic, regulatory, operational and enforcement responsibilities. The role of Transport for the North is to provide a strategic transport vision for the North of England.

Network Rail

Network Rail’s expenditure on advertising focuses on public information campaigns including: level crossing safety campaigns; travel disruption information; and apprentice and graduate recruitment. Figures are in the table below. It includes spending across its network.

Financial Year

Media Buying Spend Value

2009/2010

Not known

2010/2011

£1,865,574

2011/2012

£3,446,679

2012/2013

£2,863,774

2013/2014

£1,476,805

2014/2015

£3,210,642

2015/2016

£714,498

2016/2017

£915,154

Transport for London

We do not hold figures for the amount Transport for London has spent on advertising.

Department for Transport

The central Department for Transport’s spend reflects its national role and the mix of responsibilities:

Organisation

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Department for Transport Central

£1,999,946

£810,450

£688,272

£712,091

£2,788,957

£977,343

£2,478,424

£597,449

£799,416

The response contained information that was incorrect as a result of miscoding of the spend information in the departmental spend analytics system. These coding errors have been addressed. The central Department for Transport’s majority of advertising expenditure relates to the THINK! Road Safety campaign, which was incorrectly not included in the table in the original answer showing the central Department’s advertising expenditure

Organisation

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18*

Department for Transport Central

£17,130,901

£585,578

£3,119,352

£2,339,750

£3,760,794

£3,719,491

£9,451,137

£6,007,213

£1,158,660

*2017/18 spend figures are up to October 2017.

N.B.

  • These figures reflect the change in policy in regards to paid-for advertising introduced by the Coalition Government following the May 2010 General Election.

Transport for the North

Transport for the North is responsible for the development of a long term, strategic transport vision for its region. It does therefore not have network management responsibilities, nor the advertising requirements that come with them. The figures below are therefore not comparable as the spending serves very different functions.

The figures below cover spending by TfN on the advertising of vacancies required as the organisation has developed to take on its strategic transport planning role.

Expenditure

2015/16

No data

2016/17

£25k

2017/18

£25k

Rail North

We do not hold information about the expenditure of Rail North Ltd on advertising.

A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 14 November 2017

Network Rail, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and Transport for the North carry out a range of different legislative and operational functions. The expenditure on advertising will reflect those functions.

Network Rail and Transport for London have direct operational responsibility for transport networks and need to inform and advise users of those networks. The Department for Transport has national strategic, regulatory, operational and enforcement responsibilities. The role of Transport for the North is to provide a strategic transport vision for the North of England.

Network Rail

Network Rail’s expenditure on advertising focuses on public information campaigns including: level crossing safety campaigns; travel disruption information; and apprentice and graduate recruitment. Figures are in the table below. It includes spending across its network.

Financial Year

Media Buying Spend Value

2009/2010

Not known

2010/2011

£1,865,574

2011/2012

£3,446,679

2012/2013

£2,863,774

2013/2014

£1,476,805

2014/2015

£3,210,642

2015/2016

£714,498

2016/2017

£915,154

Transport for London

We do not hold figures for the amount Transport for London has spent on advertising.

Department for Transport

The central Department for Transport’s spend reflects its national role and the mix of responsibilities:

Organisation

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Department for Transport Central

£1,999,946

£810,450

£688,272

£712,091

£2,788,957

£977,343

£2,478,424

£597,449

£799,416

The response contained information that was incorrect as a result of miscoding of the spend information in the departmental spend analytics system. These coding errors have been addressed. The central Department for Transport’s majority of advertising expenditure relates to the THINK! Road Safety campaign, which was incorrectly not included in the table in the original answer showing the central Department’s advertising expenditure

Organisation

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18*

Department for Transport Central

£17,130,901

£585,578

£3,119,352

£2,339,750

£3,760,794

£3,719,491

£9,451,137

£6,007,213

£1,158,660

*2017/18 spend figures are up to October 2017.

N.B.

  • These figures reflect the change in policy in regards to paid-for advertising introduced by the Coalition Government following the May 2010 General Election.

Transport for the North

Transport for the North is responsible for the development of a long term, strategic transport vision for its region. It does therefore not have network management responsibilities, nor the advertising requirements that come with them. The figures below are therefore not comparable as the spending serves very different functions.

The figures below cover spending by TfN on the advertising of vacancies required as the organisation has developed to take on its strategic transport planning role.

Expenditure

2015/16

No data

2016/17

£25k

2017/18

£25k

Rail North

We do not hold information about the expenditure of Rail North Ltd on advertising.

Q
Asked by Julie Elliott
(Sunderland Central)
Asked on: 14 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Sunderland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2017 to Question 110760 on courts: Sunderland, for what reasons he failed to engage with the invitation to visit the court building in Sunderland.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 12 December 2017

A further meeting with the Hon. Member to restate the actions taken by HM Courts & Tribunals Service in Sunderland would be welcome and can be arranged. Diary pressures over the coming weeks would, however, preclude a visit to Sunderland.

The recent decision to integrate Sunderland County Court into the Sunderland Magistrates' Court building will enable us to focus our investment into a single court in Sunderland. This will result in a better standard of accomodation and improve the experience of those who use the court.

Q
(Swansea East)
Asked on: 22 November 2017
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many positive conclusive grounds decisions were made in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The table below shows the conclusive grounds decision outcomes for potential victims of modern slavery referred in to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2016 and between January and June 2017. The NRM is the process that identifies and supports victims of modern slavery. The decision outcomes data are correct as of 10 November 2017.

Year of Referral

Nationality of Potential Victim

Positive CG

Negative CG

Pending CG

Other Outcome (Suspended, Withdrawn, Negative RG, RG Pending)

Total

2016

UK

284

17

9

16

326

EU (non-UK)

362

77

26

145

610

Other

429

530

1205

704

2868

Total

1075

624

1240

865

3804

2017 (Jan-Jun)

UK

117

7

165

18

307

EU (non-UK)

91

16

87

76

270

Other

63

64

1200

455

1782

Total

271

87

1452

549

2359

The Government has announced reforms to the NRM to improve the identification and support for victims of modern slavery. These reforms include the creation of a single, expert unit in the Home Office to handle all cases referred to the NRM and decision about whether someone is a victim of modern slavery. This will replace the current case management units in the National rime Agency and the UK Visa and Immigration and will be separate from the immigration system. In addition, a multi-agency panel will be set up to monitor and quality assure negative decisions.

Grouped Questions: 115170 | 115171
Q
(Swansea East)
Asked on: 22 November 2017
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many positive conclusive grounds decisions in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking were made in respect of UK nationals in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The table below shows the conclusive grounds decision outcomes for potential victims of modern slavery referred in to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2016 and between January and June 2017. The NRM is the process that identifies and supports victims of modern slavery. The decision outcomes data are correct as of 10 November 2017.

Year of Referral

Nationality of Potential Victim

Positive CG

Negative CG

Pending CG

Other Outcome (Suspended, Withdrawn, Negative RG, RG Pending)

Total

2016

UK

284

17

9

16

326

EU (non-UK)

362

77

26

145

610

Other

429

530

1205

704

2868

Total

1075

624

1240

865

3804

2017 (Jan-Jun)

UK

117

7

165

18

307

EU (non-UK)

91

16

87

76

270

Other

63

64

1200

455

1782

Total

271

87

1452

549

2359

The Government has announced reforms to the NRM to improve the identification and support for victims of modern slavery. These reforms include the creation of a single, expert unit in the Home Office to handle all cases referred to the NRM and decision about whether someone is a victim of modern slavery. This will replace the current case management units in the National rime Agency and the UK Visa and Immigration and will be separate from the immigration system. In addition, a multi-agency panel will be set up to monitor and quality assure negative decisions.

Grouped Questions: 115169 | 115171
Q
(Swansea East)
Asked on: 22 November 2017
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department,how many positive conclusive grounds decisions were made concerning nationals of EU members states other than the UK in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The table below shows the conclusive grounds decision outcomes for potential victims of modern slavery referred in to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2016 and between January and June 2017. The NRM is the process that identifies and supports victims of modern slavery. The decision outcomes data are correct as of 10 November 2017.

Year of Referral

Nationality of Potential Victim

Positive CG

Negative CG

Pending CG

Other Outcome (Suspended, Withdrawn, Negative RG, RG Pending)

Total

2016

UK

284

17

9

16

326

EU (non-UK)

362

77

26

145

610

Other

429

530

1205

704

2868

Total

1075

624

1240

865

3804

2017 (Jan-Jun)

UK

117

7

165

18

307

EU (non-UK)

91

16

87

76

270

Other

63

64

1200

455

1782

Total

271

87

1452

549

2359

The Government has announced reforms to the NRM to improve the identification and support for victims of modern slavery. These reforms include the creation of a single, expert unit in the Home Office to handle all cases referred to the NRM and decision about whether someone is a victim of modern slavery. This will replace the current case management units in the National rime Agency and the UK Visa and Immigration and will be separate from the immigration system. In addition, a multi-agency panel will be set up to monitor and quality assure negative decisions.

Grouped Questions: 115169 | 115170
Asked on: 27 November 2017
Cabinet Office
Brexit: Wales
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the Welsh Government’s document, Brexit and Devolution, sent to them in June; and whether they will publish that response.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The Government continues to respond to the Welsh Government’s document, Brexit and Devolution, through bilateral meetings between the First Minister of Wales and the First Secretary of State and also through multilateral meetings such as the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations.

Q
Asked by Holly Lynch
(Halifax)
Asked on: 27 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Capital Investment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Autumn budget, what his Department's capital budget will be for (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21, and how that spending will be allocated.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Following the announcements in the Autumn budget, the Department’s capital budgets and allocations are:

£m

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Ring-fenced: Flood Defences

450.4

490.0

459.0

Ring-fenced: Official Development Assistance

37.4

35.4

45.5

Other

166.2

100.9

85.5

Total

654.0

626.3

590.0

Allocation of the ‘other’ amounts is confirmed on an annual basis.

This mainly covers investment in our I.T systems to improve efficiency; renovating and developing our Estate to make it fit for purpose; and developing Kew’s facilities to preserve its status of world-leading botanic gardens.

Defra’s total capital spend in each of these three years will be higher than in both 2010/11 (£548m) and 2015/16 (£493m).

Q
Asked by Lord Adonis
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department for Education
Office for Students: Business Interests
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the board of the Office for Students are (1) employed by, and (2) in receipt of remuneration from, a university in England; and what was the total amount of that remuneration in the 2016–17 tax year.
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The Board for the Office for Students (OfS) currently exists in shadow form and will be legally constituted on 1 January 2018. The Board will be constituted with a mixture of executive and non-executive members that reflect the skills and experiences specified in Schedule 1 of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017). This includes a need for the Secretary of State to have explicit regard when appointing members for them to have experience of providing higher education on behalf of English higher education providers.

In recognition of this, two of the members of the OfS shadow board are currently employed by a university in England. Professor Steve West, is employed and remunerated by the University of the West of England and David Palfreyman, is employed and remunerated by a college of the University of Oxford. Both are also currently members of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) board and have been appointed onto the OfS Board to maintain continuity and manage a smooth transition to the new regulatory regime.

As is common amongst regulators, including HEFCE, we will expect the OfS to operate an internal governance code, once established, that provides a clear declaration of the interests of members and ensures that individuals recuse themselves from any Board discussion where there is the potential for a conflict of interest. The declaration of interests of public appointees does not include the amount of remuneration from employment beyond the remuneration they receive from the public body of which they are members.

Asked on: 28 November 2017
HM Treasury
Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, prior to the suspension of the alcohol duty escalator announced in the Budget Statement, they conducted a risk assessment of the effects and consequences for the NHS; and if so, what that risk assessment showed.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The government ended the alcohol duty escalator for beer in 2013, and for cider, wine and spirits in 2014.

A Tax Impact and Information Note (TIIN) was published alongside these measures which set out the government’s assessment of the impacts of ending the beer duty escalator. The relevant TIINs for the 2013 changes are attached.

For the 2014 changes please see Section A63 of the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document which is also attached.

A separate assessment of the specific impact on the NHS was not undertaken.

Tax and legislation rules (PDF Document, 999.27 KB)
Beer duty rates (PDF Document, 46.52 KB)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Staff
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Workforce Census Report will be published.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Health Education England is due to publish its 2016 Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Workforce Census Report in spring 2018.

Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they remain committed to meeting the targets set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Delivering parity of esteem for mental health remains a priority for this Government and we are committed to achieving the vision set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in 2016 in full. We published the Government’s response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in January 2017 and alongside this the Prime Minister set out a wide range of mental health reforms. We are working across Government, its agencies and with stakeholders to implement this ambitious agenda to transform mental health services.

Since the publication of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, NHS England has been working across the National Health Service and its arm’s length bodies to implement the NHS recommendations. NHS England published Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health earlier this year to show progress one year on. NHS England monitors progress on implementing these recommendations through the national Mental Health and Dementia Programme Board, which regularly reports progress to Ministers. We hold NHS England to account for delivery through the NHS Mandate.

The Government’s Inter-Ministerial Group for Mental Health, led by the Department, oversees delivery of the Government’s ambitious agenda on mental health across Government Departments.

Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the additional £2.8 billion resource funding announced for the NHS in the Budget will go to mental health.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The Government is already committed to backing the National Health Service with an additional £8 billion, in real terms, by 2020/21. As part of the Budget announcement on 22 November, we have now committed to backing the NHS in England further so that by 2019/20 it will have received an additional £2.8 billion of revenue funding for frontline services than previously planned over the period. This includes £335 million this winter to help trusts to increase capacity. We have also committed £3.5 billion of new capital investment by 2022/23 to transform its estate and drive further efficiency savings.

The use of this funding allocation is a matter for NHS England. Decisions on funding have yet to be made, but the Mental Health Investment Standard makes clear that mental health investment must increase as a proportion of each clinical commissioning group’s spend each year.

The Government is committed to parity of esteem between mental health and physical health and delivering the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. We have backed this with a significant increase in funding – spending on mental health has increased to a record £11.6 billion, with a further £1 billion on top of this by 2020/21. We are also investing an additional £1.4 billion in mental health services for children and young people.

Q
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department of Health
Alcoholic Drinks: Older People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to measures to help older generations in England cut down alcohol consumption.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Local authorities (LAs) are responsible for commissioning effective drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services based on an assessment of local need. Public Health England supports LAs in this work, by providing bespoke data, value for money tools, topical briefings, and advice on good practice to help LAs meet the needs of their local population, including older people. In addition, the UK Chief Medical Officers have produced new low risk drinking guidelines which provide the public with the latest information about the health risks of different levels and patterns of drinking. The guidelines enable people to make informed choices about their drinking. The UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines are attached.

UK Chief Medical Officers' Guidelines (PDF Document, 323.17 KB)
Q
Asked on: 28 November 2017
HM Treasury
EU Staff: Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their liability to continue to contribute towards the pensions of retired EU officials after Brexit; and what is their estimate of the cost of any such liability.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 12 December 2017
Following on from the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence, the Joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU lays down the methodology agreed for calculating the financial settlement.

The UK will contribute its share of the financing of the Union’s liabilities incurred before 31 December 2020, including pensions, as they fall due.

The current liability associated with pensions is given in the Annual Accounts of the European Union 2016. As the Joint Report states, this liability has a long time-span and the forecast of its net present value depends on a number of assumptions and is sensitive to, in particular, the real discount rate, which has a historically low value at the time of drafting of the report.

Asked on: 28 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Offenders: Females
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their strategy for female offenders in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 12 December 2017

We are committed to doing all we can to address the issues around female offending so we can better protect the public and deliver more effective rehabilitation.

Considering how we can best address the needs of female offenders, to improve outcomes for them, their families and their communities, is a complex issue that we want to get right.

We are developing a strategy for female offenders to improve outcomes for women in the community and custody. This will be published in due course.

Asked on: 28 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Offenders: Females
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cross-government suicide prevention strategy, including action on self-harm, will form part of their strategy on female offenders in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 12 December 2017

We are committed to improving the safety of female offenders to reduce rates of self-harm and prevent deaths.

The cross-government suicide prevention strategy recognises the importance of working across criminal justice settings to reduce suicide and self-harm. This approach will be reflected in our female offender strategy, alongside our work with the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody on the results of their rapid information gathering exercise on Preventing the Deaths of Women in Prison.

Asked on: 28 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners: Parents
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in England and Wales have had a parent in prison in the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The government is committed to supporting prisoners to establish or maintain relationships with their families and significant others where appropriate. My Noble Friend, Lord Farmer, published his report in August, produced on behalf of the Government, which we have warmly welcomed. Work has already commenced on taking forward some of the important recommendations from this review.

The Ministry of Justice does not collect data on the number of children who have a parent in prison. An MoJ longitudinal study of adult prisoners estimated that there were around 200,000 children who had a parent in prison at some point during 2009.

In 2015, MoJ published estimates of the proportions of adult female offenders in 2012 who had one or more dependent children in their care at the time of their disposal. This analysis estimated that between 13-19% of women serving an immediate custodial sentence had at least one dependent child in their care. On average, this group of women had 1.8 children each.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/465916/female-offenders-child-dependents-statistics.pdf

Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department of Health
Lipodystrophy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure early diagnosis and referrals to specialist care for patients with lipodystrophy.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

In 2012, Cambridge University Hospital was commissioned as a single Highly Specialised Service for Severe Insulin Resistance service which can assess, provide assistance with diagnosis, and treat patients with generalised or partial lipodystrophy.

Based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the National Severe Insulin Resistance Service provides a multidisciplinary NHS service for patients with severe insulin resistance and / or lipodystrophy from across England. The service supports both adult and paediatric patients.

Patients who meet the relevant criteria can be referred to the service by their treating clinician. A copy of Information for referring clinicians, including details of the referral criteria, is attached.

Information for referring clinicians (PDF Document, 914.46 KB)
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