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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Communities and Local Government: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 3360 on redundancy, how much of the £15,805,000 paid in redundancy payments was paid to (a) men and (b) women.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Total exit packages agreed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and its Agencies and NDPBs in 2015-16.

Male: 147

Female: 175

Total: 322

Under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme rules, there is a very clear formula that must be followed when setting the exit package for a member of staff.

In 2015/16, in line with the scheme rules, staff -

  • Received 4 weeks’ pay for every year of reckonable service, up to a maximum of 21 years.

  • Compensation was based on final FTE salary.

  • Reckonable service for part time workers would be based on actual hours worked during part time periods (Qualifying service x Actual hours worked / Full time hours).

Male (£)

Female (£)

Total (£)

Cost of Exit Packages agreed by core Department and its agencies and NDPBs in 2015/16

£7,933,500.00

£7,871,500.00

£15,805,000.00


The table below shows the average time spent in service at each grade for those that left on voluntary exit.

Grade

Male

Average Time in CS

Female

Average Time in CS

AO

4

17

4

15

EO

15

28

32

23

HEO

18

25

29

22

SEO

15

19

21

19

G7

21

26

28

18

G6

13

22

6

19

SCS

4

12

2

26

Total

90

23

122

20

Grouped Questions: 8372
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Communities and Local Government: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 3360 on redundancy, how many of the 322 exits negotiated by the departmental group were for (a) men and (b) women.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Total exit packages agreed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and its Agencies and NDPBs in 2015-16.

Male: 147

Female: 175

Total: 322

Under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme rules, there is a very clear formula that must be followed when setting the exit package for a member of staff.

In 2015/16, in line with the scheme rules, staff -

  • Received 4 weeks’ pay for every year of reckonable service, up to a maximum of 21 years.

  • Compensation was based on final FTE salary.

  • Reckonable service for part time workers would be based on actual hours worked during part time periods (Qualifying service x Actual hours worked / Full time hours).

Male (£)

Female (£)

Total (£)

Cost of Exit Packages agreed by core Department and its agencies and NDPBs in 2015/16

£7,933,500.00

£7,871,500.00

£15,805,000.00


The table below shows the average time spent in service at each grade for those that left on voluntary exit.

Grade

Male

Average Time in CS

Female

Average Time in CS

AO

4

17

4

15

EO

15

28

32

23

HEO

18

25

29

22

SEO

15

19

21

19

G7

21

26

28

18

G6

13

22

6

19

SCS

4

12

2

26

Total

90

23

122

20

Grouped Questions: 8371
Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable residential pitches have been (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The table below shows the number of new affordable residential traveller pitches (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last five financial years. Delivery during this period was recorded under the 2011-15 Traveller Pitch Funding programme and the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme.


2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17

a - started pitches 112 240 196 9* 34*


b - completed pitches 4 39 420 52 36*

* Relate to 15-18 AHP

Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) starts and (b) completions have occurred for Gypsy and Traveller sites under the Affordable Homes Programme 2015-18 in each local authority area.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The table below shows the number of new affordable residential pitches (a) started and (b) completed on traveller sites in each local authority area under the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme. All other local authority areas not listed in this table show a nil-return.

Local Authority

a) Started pitches

b) Completed pitches

Central Bedfordshire

2

2

Darlington

22

22

Harlow

12

12

Solihull

7

0

Total

43

36*

*36 total relates to the total amount of completed pitches in the programme of the 2015-18 Affordable Homes programme.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK voter registration system.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The most recent formal assessment of register quality, based on the 1 December 2015 registers
and published in July 2016, found that individual electoral registration boosted the accuracy of the
register by 4 per cent

Alongside individual registration, the successful introduction of online registration has transformed
the way citizens can register. It now takes just a few minutes to apply to register and nearly 30
million citizens have taken the opportunity to do so in the last three years. In large part thanks to
online registration, the parliamentary register used for the 2017 general election was the largest
ever at nearly 47 million

2.9 million applications were submitted between the calling of the election and the registration
deadline date, with 622,000 applications coming on deadline day itself

The government has continued to modernise the registration process and to make it more
accessible, as underscored, for example by recent policy commitments on making it easier for
survivors of domestic abuse to register anonymously.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register: Disclosure of Information
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward proposals to improve data-sharing in the voter registration process.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Electoral Returning Officers (EROs) already have wide powers to access data to improve
the quality of the register. The Cabinet Office is working with administrators and their
representatives and the Electoral Commission to investigate additional potential use of
data to aid EROs in their registration duties.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will conduct a review of all election and electoral registration deadlines which includes the consideration of deadlines for the registration of electors, overseas electors and absent voting.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Government keeps elections processes and policy under review and Cabinet Office
officials are actively discussing timetables and other processes with the Association of
Electoral Administrators and the Electoral Commission to understand the issues and
identify practicable solutions that put electors first.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Elections: ICT
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the (a) current use of electronic forms of electoral counting and (b) potential merits of introducing such electronic forms of counting for other types of elections.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Electronic counting is used in only a small number of polls. However, in considering
whether to extend the use of electronic counting, we would need to take into account the
cost, accuracy and integrity of adopting it more widely. In previous polls electronic counting
has been more expensive and has not been as quick as expected in some circumstances

We therefore currently have no plans to further its use.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Elections: Costs
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that all costs properly incurred in (a) the administration of elections, including electoral registration costs directly attributable to the election, are reimbursed to returning officers and their employing local authorities and (b) delivering electoral registration are automatically provided to local authorities without the need to revert to the justification-led bidding process.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The process for reimbursing properly incurred costs for electoral events is overseen by the
Election Claims Unit. Once claims have been received and properly scrutinised, expenses
necessarily incurred for the effective and efficient delivery of the poll will be reimbursed

The Election Claims Unit aims to settle claims within 12 months of them being received.

The majority of electoral registration activity is funded by local authorities across England,
Scotland and Wales. The law does not allow for claims for electoral events to include costs
of electoral registration.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Cabinet Office
General Election 2017
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report, Turned Out 2017, published by the RNIB on problems experienced by blind and partially sighted voters at the 2017 General Election; and if he will implement that report's recommendations before local authority elections take place in 2018.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 20 October 2017

I welcome the report by the RNIB on the experiences of blind and partially sighted people
at the 2017 General Election. The Government will consider these recommendations as
part of our current Call for Evidence on the experience of disabled people in registering to
vote and voting and will look at the evidence as a whole in planning how to take forward
any changes.

Q
Asked by Norman Lamb
(North Norfolk)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he has had with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the last three months.
A
Answered by: Damian Green
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The First Secretary has not had meetings with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser in
the last three months.

Q
Asked on: 02 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prison Service: Recruitment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Secretary of State for Justice has had with the Prison Officers' Association regarding recruitment and retention in the Prison Service, and when he next plans to meet staff representatives.
A
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Much communication has taken place between the Secretary of State and the Prison Officers’ Association through written correspondence. The Secretary of State spoke with the POA on 21 June 2017 and met with them on 29 June 2017 to discuss several important subjects, including Prison Officer recruitment and retention.

The Prisons Minister also plans to meet with the POA on 23 October 2017.

Q
Asked on: 02 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prison and Probation Service: Mental Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Secretary of State for Justice has made of the current provision of mental health assessments and treatment in the prison and probation systems.
A
Answered on: 20 October 2017

We take mental health provision very seriously and are committed to working closely with health partners to ensure that offenders are assessed at the appropriate time and are able to access the treatment and support required for their mental health needs.

Health services in English prisons are commissioned by NHS England. In the community, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for commissioning health services, including mental health services, for the general population in their locality, including offenders on probation. NHS England are responsible for making assessments of the current provision of mental health assessments and treatment in the prison systems in England. We are committed to working closely with them to support this responsibility.

Mental Health is devolved to the Welsh Government and NHS Wales. Local Health Boards are commissioned to deliver these services in public sector prisons in Wales, which includes mental health assessments and treatment. There are separate arrangements for the private prison HMP Parc.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Community Plant Variety Office: National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what talks he has had with the EU Commission to ensure that the Community Plant Variety Office continues commissioning variety testing contracts to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The issue of the CPVO and their commissioning was discussed with the Commission on 26 September. Future arrangements for plant variety testing will be subject to negotiation with the EU.

Q
(Gainsborough)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions the Government had with Historic England on the proposal to build the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens (a) before the site was announced and (b) subsequently; on what dates those discussions were held; and what observations Historic England has made of that proposal.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Historic England was consulted in August and September 2016 (ahead of the launch of the design competition in September 2016). They have subsequently played a formal role providing detailed input to the design competition assessing the design proposals, presenting to the shortlisted design teams at a site briefing session in November 2016 and contributing to the meetings of the Competition Jury’s Supporting Panel in February and March 2017.

Historic England’s role in the Supporting Panel was to help the Jury identify those proposals which have effectively acknowledged the heritage significance and its policy context, and conversely those which do not appear to have done so or where significant doubts or uncertainties remain.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation also provided a briefing to the UNESCO Mission to Westminster in February 2017.

Q
(North East Fife)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
British National (Overseas): Passports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many valid British National Overseas passports are currently in issue.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The number of valid British National Overseas passports in circulation as of 31 of December 2016 was 152,351.

Asked on: 09 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 15 February (HL5165), what are the greenhouse gas emissions targets, broken down by local authority; and what assessment they have made of progress against each of those targets over the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Lord Prior of Brampton
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Local Authorities are not mandated to have greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. However, many cities and places have set their own targets following the Paris Agreement. Over 30 places are members of international agreements such as the Covenant of Mayors and, within the UK, over 70 places have now signed up to UK100 with a political commitment to use 100% clean energy by 2050.

The Government has recently announced support for every Local Enterprise Partnership to develop their own energy strategy and we are developing plans to support local places to build the capacity to deliver more local low carbon projects across England over the next two years.

Asked on: 09 October 2017
Department for Education
Department for Education: Food
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of food waste generated by DfE offices for each of the last five years.
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The amount of waste disposed of by composting or anaerobic digestion over each of the last five years was as follows:

  • 2012-13: 25 tonnes
  • 2013-14: 16 tonnes
  • 2014-15: 24 tonnes
  • 2015-16: 17 tonnes
  • 2016-17: 15 tonnes

The majority of this was food waste (which includes inedible waste such as fruit peel and coffee grounds) but also includes other compostable waste such as tissue paper.

Q
(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence were reported to police authorities in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Office for National Statistics publishes information on the number of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police. This information is published in a cross government statistical bulletin ‘Domestic abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2016’, which can be found here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/domesticabuseinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2016

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the monthly cost to the public purse is of the delay in the roll-out of the new Emergency Services Network for (a) charges to Airwave and (b) any other costs.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Any delay in rollout impacts the date by when the savings from ESN will start to be realised. These savings will represent 50% of the cost of Airwave. The cost of delay is therefore the opportunity cost of not being able to realise the cost savings of ESN sooner.

Up to the end of 2016/17, the Programme has already delivered £77m of cash releasing benefits on existing Airwave contracts. These are benefits that would not have been obtained under the previous contractual agreements.

Q
Asked by Lord Tebbit
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens are currently held in prisons in England and Wales (1) in detention without charge, and (2) without a date set for trial; and how many non-UK EU citizens are similarly detained.
A
Answered on: 20 October 2017

UK citizens are not normally detained in prison without charge. The number of UK citizens on remand awaiting trial as of 30 June 2017 was 5,242. It is not possible to state the numbers of these individuals who do not have a date set for trial because this data is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Individuals who are subject to extradition for charges brought by other jurisdictions can be held in prison pending extradition. As at 30 June 2017, the number of people in prison pending extradition was 105, of which 84 were non-UK EU nationals.

Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) who have served a sentence may continue to be held in prison beyond their sentence end date under immigration powers pending removal from the United Kingdom. As at 30 June 2017, the number of FNOs held in prison under immigration powers was 448 (including 122 non-UK EU nationals).

The Government is absolutely committed to increasing the number of FNOs removed from our prisons, and any foreign national who comes to our country and is sentenced to prison should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. Increasing removals is one of our top priorities and all FNOs sentenced to custody are referred to the Home Office at the earliest opportunity to be considered for deportation.

Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Airwave Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of whether it will be possible to extend Airwave beyond March 2020.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) will provide the dedicated teams who work so hard protecting the public and saving lives with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world. There will be no risks with public safety and there will be no gap in the emergency services’ communications provision. It will ultimately be for the emergency services themselves to confirm they are content with the new ESN service, as the existing Airwave system will continue until transition on to the ESN is completed.

The Airwave network will remain operational until the emergency services have transitioned to using the new Emergency Services Network.

The current agreement with Motorola can be extended equally for a fixed price per region per month. The regional extension price enables the Government to only buy additional Airwave service for those regions requiring the service for longer. In terms of funding of future ASL contract extensions falling to the police service in England and Wales, these decisions will be subject to ministerial consideration at that time as part of the annual police finance settlement.

In respect of costs to police forces I can confirm that the Home Office contributes 75% of the costs of setting up and operating the core network element of ESN to reflect the policing (England and Wales) share of the joint emergency service programme. This share of Core costs is met through a reallocation within the police funding settlement. Police & Crime Commissioners will meet certain local costs, such as new handsets for officers, from their general budgets as they do now.

This is cutting-edge technology, and the Programme has always been clear that it will not take any risks with public safety. The emergency services will transition when they consider the network ready. Greater clarity on the date ESN will be available is likely to be understood by the end of the year.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Grouped Questions: 107020 | 106980 | 106960 | 106849 | 106850
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to commence the transition from Airwave to ESMCP in December 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) will provide the dedicated teams who work so hard protecting the public and saving lives with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world. There will be no risks with public safety and there will be no gap in the emergency services’ communications provision. It will ultimately be for the emergency services themselves to confirm they are content with the new ESN service, as the existing Airwave system will continue until transition on to the ESN is completed.

The Airwave network will remain operational until the emergency services have transitioned to using the new Emergency Services Network.

The current agreement with Motorola can be extended equally for a fixed price per region per month. The regional extension price enables the Government to only buy additional Airwave service for those regions requiring the service for longer. In terms of funding of future ASL contract extensions falling to the police service in England and Wales, these decisions will be subject to ministerial consideration at that time as part of the annual police finance settlement.

In respect of costs to police forces I can confirm that the Home Office contributes 75% of the costs of setting up and operating the core network element of ESN to reflect the policing (England and Wales) share of the joint emergency service programme. This share of Core costs is met through a reallocation within the police funding settlement. Police & Crime Commissioners will meet certain local costs, such as new handsets for officers, from their general budgets as they do now.

This is cutting-edge technology, and the Programme has always been clear that it will not take any risks with public safety. The emergency services will transition when they consider the network ready. Greater clarity on the date ESN will be available is likely to be understood by the end of the year.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Grouped Questions: 107019 | 106980 | 106960 | 106849 | 106850
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether there will be a gap between the complete roll out of the Emergency Services Network and the shutdown of the Airwave system.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) will provide the dedicated teams who work so hard protecting the public and saving lives with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world. There will be no risks with public safety and there will be no gap in the emergency services’ communications provision. It will ultimately be for the emergency services themselves to confirm they are content with the new ESN service, as the existing Airwave system will continue until transition on to the ESN is completed.

The Airwave network will remain operational until the emergency services have transitioned to using the new Emergency Services Network.

The current agreement with Motorola can be extended equally for a fixed price per region per month. The regional extension price enables the Government to only buy additional Airwave service for those regions requiring the service for longer. In terms of funding of future ASL contract extensions falling to the police service in England and Wales, these decisions will be subject to ministerial consideration at that time as part of the annual police finance settlement.

In respect of costs to police forces I can confirm that the Home Office contributes 75% of the costs of setting up and operating the core network element of ESN to reflect the policing (England and Wales) share of the joint emergency service programme. This share of Core costs is met through a reallocation within the police funding settlement. Police & Crime Commissioners will meet certain local costs, such as new handsets for officers, from their general budgets as they do now.

This is cutting-edge technology, and the Programme has always been clear that it will not take any risks with public safety. The emergency services will transition when they consider the network ready. Greater clarity on the date ESN will be available is likely to be understood by the end of the year.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Grouped Questions: 107019 | 107020 | 106960 | 106849 | 106850
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[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: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to exercise the provision in the Airwave emergency services contracts to extend the contracts beyond the national shut down target date of 31 December 2019; and what estimate she has made of the monthly cost of exercising that provision.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) will provide the dedicated teams who work so hard protecting the public and saving lives with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world. There will be no risks with public safety and there will be no gap in the emergency services’ communications provision. It will ultimately be for the emergency services themselves to confirm they are content with the new ESN service, as the existing Airwave system will continue until transition on to the ESN is completed.

The Airwave network will remain operational until the emergency services have transitioned to using the new Emergency Services Network.

The current agreement with Motorola can be extended equally for a fixed price per region per month. The regional extension price enables the Government to only buy additional Airwave service for those regions requiring the service for longer. In terms of funding of future ASL contract extensions falling to the police service in England and Wales, these decisions will be subject to ministerial consideration at that time as part of the annual police finance settlement.

In respect of costs to police forces I can confirm that the Home Office contributes 75% of the costs of setting up and operating the core network element of ESN to reflect the policing (England and Wales) share of the joint emergency service programme. This share of Core costs is met through a reallocation within the police funding settlement. Police & Crime Commissioners will meet certain local costs, such as new handsets for officers, from their general budgets as they do now.

This is cutting-edge technology, and the Programme has always been clear that it will not take any risks with public safety. The emergency services will transition when they consider the network ready. Greater clarity on the date ESN will be available is likely to be understood by the end of the year.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Grouped Questions: 107019 | 107020 | 106980 | 106849 | 106850
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[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: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of the upgrade to the Emergency Services Network; and how much of that cost will be incurred by police forces.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) will provide the dedicated teams who work so hard protecting the public and saving lives with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world. There will be no risks with public safety and there will be no gap in the emergency services’ communications provision. It will ultimately be for the emergency services themselves to confirm they are content with the new ESN service, as the existing Airwave system will continue until transition on to the ESN is completed.

The Airwave network will remain operational until the emergency services have transitioned to using the new Emergency Services Network.

The current agreement with Motorola can be extended equally for a fixed price per region per month. The regional extension price enables the Government to only buy additional Airwave service for those regions requiring the service for longer. In terms of funding of future ASL contract extensions falling to the police service in England and Wales, these decisions will be subject to ministerial consideration at that time as part of the annual police finance settlement.

In respect of costs to police forces I can confirm that the Home Office contributes 75% of the costs of setting up and operating the core network element of ESN to reflect the policing (England and Wales) share of the joint emergency service programme. This share of Core costs is met through a reallocation within the police funding settlement. Police & Crime Commissioners will meet certain local costs, such as new handsets for officers, from their general budgets as they do now.

This is cutting-edge technology, and the Programme has always been clear that it will not take any risks with public safety. The emergency services will transition when they consider the network ready. Greater clarity on the date ESN will be available is likely to be understood by the end of the year.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Grouped Questions: 107019 | 107020 | 106980 | 106960 | 106850
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[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: 10 October 2017
Home Office
Emergency Services Network
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the Emergency Services Network to come into force.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) will provide the dedicated teams who work so hard protecting the public and saving lives with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world. There will be no risks with public safety and there will be no gap in the emergency services’ communications provision. It will ultimately be for the emergency services themselves to confirm they are content with the new ESN service, as the existing Airwave system will continue until transition on to the ESN is completed.

The Airwave network will remain operational until the emergency services have transitioned to using the new Emergency Services Network.

The current agreement with Motorola can be extended equally for a fixed price per region per month. The regional extension price enables the Government to only buy additional Airwave service for those regions requiring the service for longer. In terms of funding of future ASL contract extensions falling to the police service in England and Wales, these decisions will be subject to ministerial consideration at that time as part of the annual police finance settlement.

In respect of costs to police forces I can confirm that the Home Office contributes 75% of the costs of setting up and operating the core network element of ESN to reflect the policing (England and Wales) share of the joint emergency service programme. This share of Core costs is met through a reallocation within the police funding settlement. Police & Crime Commissioners will meet certain local costs, such as new handsets for officers, from their general budgets as they do now.

This is cutting-edge technology, and the Programme has always been clear that it will not take any risks with public safety. The emergency services will transition when they consider the network ready. Greater clarity on the date ESN will be available is likely to be understood by the end of the year.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network and the costs to extend Airwave contracts for the emergency services are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

and

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/b15926/Minutes%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Transcript%20of%20Item%205%20Tuesday%2018-Jul-2017%2010.00%20GLA%20Oversight%20Committee.pdf?T=9

Grouped Questions: 107019 | 107020 | 106980 | 106960 | 106849
Q
Asked by Chuka Umunna
(Streatham)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to his Department was of producing the July 2017 report entitled UK trade and investment highlights in the 435 US Congressional districts.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The “UK Trade and Investment Highlights in the 435 US Congressional districts” report was developed as a tool to build support for further strengthening the UK-US trading relationship.

There was no direct cost to the Department for International Trade for producing the report.

The report is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/631648/congressional_report_print.pdf

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department of Health
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made on implementation of the recommendations of the working group on autism on the time taken to diagnose autism.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 October 2017

There is no formal working group currently looking specifically at the time taken for an autism diagnosis to be made. Information on current waiting times for an autism assessment is drawn from the Public Health England report of the 2016 Self-Assessment Framework exercise.

The Department continues to work with its partners to address long waiting times for an autism diagnosis. This includes work to ensure the inclusion of autism diagnosis and outcomes indicators in the Mental Health Services Dataset, with new robust data collected from 1 April 2018. This will bring more transparency and help to drive up performance on waiting times.

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Home Office
Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to resolve the delays in processing settlement visa applications; and whether those delays are caused by staff shortages.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Settlement applications may be made overseas and in the UK. The percentage of straightforward out of country settlement visa applications which were completed within Service Standard was 96.5% in the first quarter of 2017 (against a target of 98.5%).

Whilst some cases have fallen outside the standard processing timescales, there are currently plans and resourcing in place to resolve outstanding cases and we expect that there will be a sustained improvement from this point onwards.

The Home Office endeavours to resolve all applications as promptly as possible, however it is also vital that the correct decisions are made, particularly with complex cases that require detailed consideration and verification of evidence. If an application is not straightforward and expected to take longer than the standard processing time, UKVI will write to the customer within the standard processing time and explain what will happen next.

The published information on processing times for visa applications is published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-august-2017

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Counter-terrorism: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has received information obtained by the US Administration by means of provisions within the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 20 October 2017

It is the longstanding policy of successive British Governments not to comment on intelligence matters.

Q
Asked by Chuka Umunna
(Streatham)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
HM Treasury
Customs Officers
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of new customs officials that will be required as a result of leaving the Customs Union; and what the estimated additional annual cost to the public purse will be of employing those officials.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 20 October 2017

HMRC are considering the capacity of staff working in customs across government as part of their EU exit planning. The staffing levels and resources required by HMRC after the UK leaves the European Union will be dependent on the outcome of negotiations.

Q
Asked by Chuka Umunna
(Streatham)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
HM Treasury
Customs Declaration Services Programme
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contingency plans are in place in the event that the Customs Declaration Service is not fully operational before the UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The delivery of the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is on target, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) expects to meet its planned delivery date in January 2019. The progress of the programme is subject to rigorous and ongoing internal scrutiny.

Nevertheless, HMRC has robust contingency arrangements in place, including:

- A transition process between August 2018 and January 2019 where traders will start moving to CDS.

- Dual-running of the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service with CDS.

- Ensuring CHIEF can handle larger volumes of declarations.

Q
Asked by Chuka Umunna
(Streatham)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
HM Treasury
Customs Declaration Services Programme
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the new Customs Declaration Service will be fully operational by January 2019; and whether it will have been fully tested to ensure that it is able to manage any increase in the volume of declarations associated with leaving the Customs Union.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The delivery of the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is on target, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) expects to meet its planned delivery date in January 2019. CDS is undergoing comprehensive testing to ensure that it can manage an increase in the volume of declarations. HMRC is following industry best practice in carrying out that work, by performance testing the individual software components first and gradually building up to test across the whole of the CDS system.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Fire Regulations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2017 to Question 7325, if his Department will issue additional fire safety advice in the period before the reviews and inquiry are complete.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Government will continue to work with the Expert Panel to publish advice for building owners, as needed, in order to help them to protect their residents from fire. All advice is published on the Building Safety Programme webpage: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-safety-programme

Q
Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Shops: Wheelchairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the relative accessibility to wheelchair users of shops in England.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Government has commissioned research to evaluate the effectiveness of regulatory guidance about accessibility and we will publish the results in due course. We have not undertaken a separate assessment of the relative accessibility of shops for wheelchair users.

Q
Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Shops: Wheelchairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that high street shops are wheelchair accessible.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Part M (Access to and use of buildings) of the Building Regulations requires that where building work takes place, including the erection or extension (and in some case material alteration) of a building, reasonable provision is made for access to and use of the building and its facilities. Approved Document M (Access to and use of Buildings) provides guidance on common ways of demonstrating compliance with this requirement. The Equality Act 2010 also places duties on building owners and service providers to make anticipatory reasonable adjustments to the physical features of buildings where a disabled person may be placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person.

Grouped Questions: 107182
Q
Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities have appropriate powers to re-coup the cost of repairing damage caused by unauthorised Traveller encampments.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Local authorities have extensive powers to deal with unauthorised encampments, and Travellers can be ordered by a court to pay the court costs of the claim. We signalled our intention to issue a consultation on what more can be done to improve the effectiveness of enforcement powers, and will consider all suggestions carefully.

Q
Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to enable local authorities to expedite the removal of unauthorised Traveller encampments.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

We intend to consult on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised developments and encampments. We will seek views on whether there is anything that would ensure existing powers can be used more effectively. We will set out further details in due course.

Q
Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Shops: Wheelchairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on statutory provisions to ensure that all shops in England have facilities to enable wheelchair access; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Part M (Access to and use of buildings) of the Building Regulations requires that where building work takes place, including the erection or extension (and in some case material alteration) of a building, reasonable provision is made for access to and use of the building and its facilities. Approved Document M (Access to and use of Buildings) provides guidance on common ways of demonstrating compliance with this requirement. The Equality Act 2010 also places duties on building owners and service providers to make anticipatory reasonable adjustments to the physical features of buildings where a disabled person may be placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person.

Grouped Questions: 107183
Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sports: Discrimination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on cases of discrimination on the basis of (a) race, (b) gender and (c) sexual orientation in elite sport.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not hold any information on cases of discrimination in elite sport. Although UK Sport does not hold disaggregated data on discrimination, since 2013, UK Sport has received two complaints on the basis of race discrimination (one of which was related to grassroots sport), one gymnastics-related complaint on the basis of gender, and multiple cycling-related complaints on the basis of gender against a cycling coach's alleged comments to a female rider. UK Sport has received no complaints regarding sexual orientation.

There is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of discrimination in sport. Tackling discrimination lies at the heart of the cross-government sport strategy "Sporting Future" and we want sport to be at the forefront of equality. Government continues to work with National Governing Bodies and organisations such as Kick It Out, Stonewall and Women in Football to tackle discrimination in local, national and international sport. Our aim is to increase diversity among sporting organisations and to help the sport sector be more inclusive and welcoming to its spectators, participants and people in its workforce. Our Code for Sport Governance stipulates that funded sporting organisations should publish information about their work to foster all aspects of diversity within their leadership and decision-making.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Gaming Machines: Ellesmere Port and Neston
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the amount spent each year on fixed-odds betting terminals in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Neither the Department nor the Gambling Commission hold information concerning the number of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals and, therefore spend, on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals in individual constituencies.

Grouped Questions: 107237
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Gaming Machines: Ellesmere Port and Neston
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many fixed-odds betting terminals are licensed in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Neither the Department nor the Gambling Commission hold information concerning the number of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals and, therefore spend, on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals in individual constituencies.

Grouped Questions: 107236
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 October 2017 to Question 10447, on Ministry of Defence: procurement, to which firms those 20 civil servants within the Government Commercial Function were seconded.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The 20 civil servants within the Government Commercial Function were seconded to NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation.

Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
HMS Prince of Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether HMS Prince of Wales has been designed to operate in littoral waters.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers have been designed to operate as part of a Maritime Task Group in both the Carrier Strike and Littoral Manoeuvre roles, offering a significant basing option for the projection of air and amphibious power.

For operational security reasons, we do not comment on specific capabilities, as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Q
(Shrewsbury and Atcham)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Shropshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the additional £3.7 million allocated to Shropshire schools was previously allocated to another area of her Department's spending.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 20 October 2017

We have an announced an additional £1.3bn investment in core schools funding across 2018-19 and 2019-20, including an additional £3.7m for schools in Shropshire.

This additional £1.3bn investment will be funded in full from efficiencies and savings from within the Department's budget. We believe it is right to prioritise core schools funding, even as we continue the vital task of repairing the public finances. Making savings and efficiencies allows us to maximise the funding which is allocated directly to schools, which can ensure that it is spent where it will have the greatest impact. It will not be possible to attribute funding increases in specific areas to particular savings and efficiencies.

Q
Asked by Chuka Umunna
(Streatham)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Managers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the list of (a) invitees and (b) attendees for the meeting of NHS leaders on 18 September 2017; and what criteria was used to select those invitees.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The system leaders from the most challenged systems on Accident and Emergency were invited to attend the meeting on 18 September 2017. The Chairs and Chief Executives of the relevant trusts and the Chairs and Accounting Officers of the relevant clinical commissioning groups were invited.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department of Health
Health Services: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agreements have been signed by clinical commissioning groups which are not subject to the tariff system.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 20 October 2017

Information is available on the number of local variation templates received by NHS Improvement and can be found in the table below.

Year

Number of local variation templates

2014/15

186

2015/16

278

2016/17

106

Notes:

Local variations are adjustments to a national price or a currency, agreed by one or more commissioner and one or more provider. Variations can vary in scope from single procedures to groups of services.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Managers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of his meeting with NHS leaders on 18 September 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The agenda of the meeting my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health attended on 18 September 2017 is provided below. No minutes were taken of this meeting. National NHS leaders regularly meet regional leaders to discuss operational matters. This is a normal part of business.

10:00

Arrival and registration

Speaker

10:15

Welcome and Purpose

Pauline Philip, National Director For Urgent and Emergency Care

10:25

Keynote Speech

Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health

10:45

National Expectations of Boards and CEOs

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

11:15

Best Practice Presentations from Trusts

12:10

Accident and emergency and Care Quality Commission

David Behan, Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission

12:20

Outline of winter operations function and expectations of winter planning

National Director For and Urgent Emergency Care

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Regional working sessions

Led by NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Directors

16:00

Close

Grouped Questions: 107225
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department of Health
NHS
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the NHS leaders meeting that he attended on 18 September 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The agenda of the meeting my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health attended on 18 September 2017 is provided below. No minutes were taken of this meeting. National NHS leaders regularly meet regional leaders to discuss operational matters. This is a normal part of business.

10:00

Arrival and registration

Speaker

10:15

Welcome and Purpose

Pauline Philip, National Director For Urgent and Emergency Care

10:25

Keynote Speech

Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health

10:45

National Expectations of Boards and CEOs

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

11:15

Best Practice Presentations from Trusts

12:10

Accident and emergency and Care Quality Commission

David Behan, Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission

12:20

Outline of winter operations function and expectations of winter planning

National Director For and Urgent Emergency Care

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Regional working sessions

Led by NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Directors

16:00

Close

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