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Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Scotland Office does not have a fleet of departmental vehicles.

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Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Wales Office
Wales Office: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 18 January 2018

None. The Wales Office does not own or lease any vehicles.

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Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Company Accounts: Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to update the advice of The Pensions Regulator when the Financial Reporting Council publishes its reviewed UK Stewardship Code in 2018.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 18 January 2018

It is for The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to decide what action it will take following the publication of the updated UK Stewardship Code by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). TPR consider revisions to its guidance as a part of its ongoing guidance review, while taking account of its statutory objectives including to protect member benefits and promote good administration of pension schemes.

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(Central Ayrshire)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Negligence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on legal fees excluding sums relating to clinical malpractice in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The question has been interpreted as relating to the core Department.

The Department has separately identified expenditure on legal fees in its accounts from the 2014-15 financial year. For earlier financial years, expenditure on legal fees was included in ‘other’ expenditure, and cannot be separately identified. Expenditure on legal fees is not analysed by the purpose of the fees, and it is therefore not possible to exclude any amounts relating to clinical malpractice. The total expenditure incurred by the Department on legal fees is as follows:

Year

Total legal fees (£000s)

2014-15

18,266

2015-16

19,771

2016-17

29,485

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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent by his Department from the public purse on legal fees in relation to tendering and awarding contracts in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The following table shows the amount spent on external legal fees in each year since 2012:

Financial year

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

External legal fees

£9,863,377

£9,067,828

£5,281,455

£12,231,057

£3,863,217

Information on the legal fees related to tendering and awarding contracts cannot be separately identified from the general data on legal fees held by the Department.

Grouped Questions: 122531
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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Legal Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent by his Department from the public purse on legal fees from external legal firms in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The following table shows the amount spent on external legal fees in each year since 2012:

Financial year

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

External legal fees

£9,863,377

£9,067,828

£5,281,455

£12,231,057

£3,863,217

Information on the legal fees related to tendering and awarding contracts cannot be separately identified from the general data on legal fees held by the Department.

Grouped Questions: 122530
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(Midlothian)
[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: 15 January 2018
HM Treasury
Autumn Budget 2017
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made about the financial effect of Autumn Budget 2017 on (a) women and (b) people with protected characteristics.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and supporting people with protected characteristics. For example, we have increased the personal allowance and the National Living Wage; by 2018-19, over 700,000 women will be taken out of income tax altogether, and over 60% of those currently benefitting from the National Living Wage are women. The proportion of women in work is at a joint record high, and the gender pay gap for full-time employees is at a record low. The government is also spending over £50bn per year on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions.

In line with the Government’s legal responsibilities and policy commitment to promote fairness, the Treasury and other Government departments fully comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty, including with respect to all publication requirements.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
[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: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Bank Services: Undocumented Migrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the closure of illegal immigrants' bank accounts will not affect people with a legal right to reside in the UK.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Immigration Act 2016 bank account measures only apply to disqualified persons. These are known illegal migrants who are liable for removal or deportation from the UK, and the Secretary of State for the Home Department considers that they should be denied access to banking services.

Legal migrants who satisfy commercial requirements for opening and operating an account will continue to have access to services.

The accuracy of the disqualified person data is subject to rigorous checks by the Home Office before it is shared with banks and building societies, and a current account will only be reported to the Home Office if there is a clear data match based on the customer’s name, address and date of birth.

Banks and building societies are obliged to report any matches to the Home Office. The Home Office will then carry out a secondary immigration status check and, only when instructed by the Home Office, will the bank or building society be required to take steps to prevent continued access to existing accounts.

If despite all the checks a person considers they are lawfully present in the UK and that incorrect information has been provided, they can contact the Home Office so that any error in the Home Office’s records can be immediately rectified.

The 2016 Act measures came into force on 30 October. As detailed in secondary legislation regulations, banks and building societies are legally required to conduct their first immigration check on all existing personal current accounts in the first calendar quarter of 2018.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans for local authorities to provide independent oversight housing for asylum seekers.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Home Office and its Providers are committed to working closely with local authorities and communities to ensure the sustainability of asylum accommodation contracts. We engage with local authorities on a regular basis and welcome their involvement in ensuring that asylum accommodation is of the required standard. The Home Office and its Providers have undertaken inspections jointly with local authorities where the local authority feels this is necessary and would be happy to continue that practice in future.

Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the Government to appoint a mental health equalities champion as recommended in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Government is committed to addressing inequalities across mental health. Plans to appoint a mental health equalities champion will be announced in due course.

Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of care packages that were commissioned by Local Authorities in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The table below shows the number of people receiving care packages for the period 2010/11 to 2013/14.

During year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Total

1,574,590

1,462,290

1,327,910

1,273,280

The method of collecting data around users of social care changed in 2014/15. The table below provides the figures for 2014/15 onwards which are published by NHS Digital.

During year

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Completed Short Term Care Episodes

253,000

245,270

241,810

Long Term Care Users

885,000

873,000

868,440

The figures above show that there has been a reduction in local authority social care user numbers over the time period requested.

Local authorities have shifted their focus towards preventing people needing formal packages of care hence the drop in user numbers.

All councils have statutory duties to look after their vulnerable elderly and disabled people. The Care Act 2014 introduced national eligibility criteria for access to adult social care that local authorities are required to meet.

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(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Dementia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make available data about delayed transfers of care involving people with dementia for the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

NHS England publishes monthly data on the number of delayed transfers of care. The latest data is for November 2017 and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/

There are currently no plans to collect patient condition specific data about delayed transfers of care.

Grouped Questions: 122583
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(Worsley and Eccles South)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make available data for each condition on delayed transfers of care for the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

NHS England publishes monthly data on the number of delayed transfers of care. The latest data is for November 2017 and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/

There are currently no plans to collect patient condition specific data about delayed transfers of care.

Grouped Questions: 122581
Q
(Chesham and Amersham)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Carillion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) publish the Government's contracts with Carillion for all works relating or connected to High Speed Two and (b) place copies of those contracts in the Library.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 18 January 2018

HS2 Ltd has no direct contract with Carillion. The contract is with the CEK Joint Venture which is commercially sensitive. The CEK joint venture has provided HS2 Ltd with assurances that in the event any member of the group being unable to deliver on its responsibilities, the remaining members, now Eiffage and Kier, would fill the gap.

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Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Carillion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the criteria his Department used to award construction contracts for High Speed Two to Carillion plc in July 2017; and what due diligence his Department undertakes before awarding contracts to companies that have issued profit warnings.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 18 January 2018

No, the criteria used to evaluate and award construction contracts for HS2 ltd are commercially confidential. The Department undertakes due diligence in advance of the award of contracts. HS2 Ltd carried out additional due diligence and sought re-assurance of both it and its two partners in the Joint Venture, Kier and Eiffage, that they remained committed and able to deliver the contracts. Each company's Boards have both given that assurance and confirmed that they underwrite the performance of each other in delivering the contract. Following additional checks, HS2 Ltd are also confident that, even without Carillion, Kier and Eiffage would still be capable of passing the relevant financial capability and standing tests.

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Carillion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what rail improvement contracts Carillion plc holds in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 18 January 2018

We can confirm that Carillion held a number of contracts with our agencies, including Network Rail and Highways England.

Following the news that Carillion has entered administration, we are working closely with these organisations to ensure that any impact on transport projects is kept to a minimum.

Q
(Coventry South)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Buses: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the average age of service vehicles in the West Midlands.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) holds technical records for public service vehicles (PSV) which includes the date of manufacture and the date of first registration.

Q
(Aberavon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the email correspondence on an immigration case from the hon. Member for Aberavon dated 24 November 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

No email correspondence dated 24 November 2017 has been received from the Hon Member.

The Wales and South West of England MPAM team contacted the Hon Member for Aberavon today and are now in receipt of the correspondence in question.

A response to the email correspondence will be issued to the Hon Member as soon as possible.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[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: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Telecommunications: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on improving the provision of telecommunications services in rural Scotland.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

I have regular discussions with both the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister of State for Digital to discuss a wide range of issues, including connectivity across Scotland.

Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from RBS confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122649 | 122650 | 122651 | 122652 | 122653 | 122654 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from Santander confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122650 | 122651 | 122652 | 122653 | 122654 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from HSBC confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122651 | 122652 | 122653 | 122654 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from Lloyd's Bank confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122650 | 122652 | 122653 | 122654 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from Natwest confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122650 | 122651 | 122653 | 122654 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from Barclays confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122650 | 122651 | 122652 | 122654 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from Clydesdale Bank confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122650 | 122651 | 122652 | 122653 | 122655 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from the Bank of Scotland confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122650 | 122651 | 122652 | 122653 | 122654 | 122656
Q
(Glasgow Central)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Visas: New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas included letters from TSB confirming the business funds available to the applicant in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Information relating to bank letters of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may be recorded on individual case records, but this information is not collated in central statistical databases, and is not recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Grouped Questions: 122648 | 122649 | 122650 | 122651 | 122652 | 122653 | 122654 | 122655
Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[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: 15 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Palestinians: Religious Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in the Palestinian Territories; and what steps the Government is taking to promote and protect the right to freedom of religion or belief in that country.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 January 2018
While we have not made a recent assessment of this issue, freedom of religion and belief remains a human rights priority for this Government. It is a fundamental freedom which underpins many other human rights. Our Consulate General in Jerusalem regularly meets a variety of religious leaders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and has stressed to the Palestinian Authority the importance of protecting freedom of religion and belief.
Q
Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Food Banks
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has plans to visit a food bank in February 2018.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

I currently have no plans to visit a food bank in my capacity as Secretary of State for Scotland in February 2018.

Q
Asked by Robert Halfon
(Harlow)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Continuing Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have applied for continuing healthcare; and how many people have received such care since 2010.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The number of individuals who were referred for a full NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment and those who became eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare during the years from 2014/15 to 2016/17 is shown in the table below:

YearNumber Agreed EligibleNumber of Referrals Recieved
2014/1596,691153,883
2015/16100,960160,151
2016/17103,902165,365

NHS England does not have the same data for the years prior to 2014/15.

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Pedicabs: Road Traffic Offences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pedicab riders have received cautions or arrests for the last twelve months for which records are available.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Home Office does not hold this information centrally.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Culture: Ellesmere Port and Neston
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of Government investment there was for arts and culture in Ellesmere Port & Neston constituency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Michael Ellis
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Government and National Lottery Funding has been investing in arts and culture through Arts Council England. In Ellesmere Port & Newton constituency in each of the last 10 years, this amounts to:

Year

Grand Total

2007/08

£161,600

2008/09

£193,445

2009/10

£170,553

2010/11

£189,014

2011/12

£188,173

2012/13

£170,000

2013/14

£176,598

2014/15

£138,446

2015/16

£149,396

2016/17

£1,482,963

Q
Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Housing Benefit: Supported Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse of providing housing benefit for people in (a) short-term and (b) long-term supported housing was in the most recent 12 months for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The information requested is not available.

Q
Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
[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: 15 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Gaming Machines
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the economic effect of reducing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) taking account of gains elsewhere in the economy from spending diverted from FOBTs.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 18 January 2018

I refer the Rt Hon member to the answer to Parliamentary Questions 112694, 112719 and 112720 from 16th November.

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(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Carillion: Electrification
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications of the collapse of Carillion plc on (a) the current rail electrification works between Blackpool and Preston and (b) the continuation of line improvements between Blackpool and Manchester.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 18 January 2018

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State met with Network Rail yesterday morning and he received assurances that work would continue on Network Rail’s projects. My Rt Hon Friend was obviously concerned about workers on rail projects continuing to be paid and we and Network Rail are working with the official receiver and other stakeholders on that. Our aim is that key work and projects can be moved to other suppliers with minimal disruption, including to rail passengers.

Network Rail’s Manchester to Preston and Blackpool railway upgrades, a key part of the Great North Rail Project, are continuing. Note that Carillion were not directly involved with the Blackpool to Preston electrification.

Updates on the progress of specific projects will be provided where appropriate in due course.

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Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Poverty
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2017 to Question 119088, how his Department measures food insecurity.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Family Food module of the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS) is the priority indicator of household food security. It collects information on food expenditure and purchased quantities of food. Over the past 20 years the proportion of household income spent on food by the poorest 20% of households has remained constant at around 16%. In addition, an experiential indicator of household food insecurity (based on US Department of Agriculture methodology) is currently included in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food and You survey.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
HM Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 15 January 2018, HCWS401, on Tax-Free Childcare, for what reason the number of users of 30-hours of childcare does not match the number released by the Department for Education in its Management information on the number of 30 hours free childcare codes issued and validated for the spring term 2018.
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Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Written Ministerial Statement of 15 January 2018 (HCWS401) gave the number of parents who had a live childcare account for 30 hours free childcare. The Department for Education’s Management Information release gives the number of children for whom a 30 hours free childcare code had been validated for the spring term. The full methodology for calculating DfE’s spring codes is set out in their statistical release, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673119/30-hours_childcare_management_information_stats-_Jan_2018.pdf

Whilst the majority of parents use the childcare service with no problem, some parents have experienced issues and HMRC have apologised to those parents.

Many of the issues experienced by parents are intermittent and may affect customers in different ways.

Currently, on a typical day, fewer than 2% of parents see an error screen at some point.

Some parents receive a delayed eligibility response. At present this is less than 1% of current applicants.

Grouped Questions: 122816
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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
HM Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of users have experienced technical glitches when using the Childcare Choices website since its creation.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 18 January 2018

The Written Ministerial Statement of 15 January 2018 (HCWS401) gave the number of parents who had a live childcare account for 30 hours free childcare. The Department for Education’s Management Information release gives the number of children for whom a 30 hours free childcare code had been validated for the spring term. The full methodology for calculating DfE’s spring codes is set out in their statistical release, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673119/30-hours_childcare_management_information_stats-_Jan_2018.pdf

Whilst the majority of parents use the childcare service with no problem, some parents have experienced issues and HMRC have apologised to those parents.

Many of the issues experienced by parents are intermittent and may affect customers in different ways.

Currently, on a typical day, fewer than 2% of parents see an error screen at some point.

Some parents receive a delayed eligibility response. At present this is less than 1% of current applicants.

Grouped Questions: 122814
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Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
Wales Office
Apprentices: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if his Department will ensure that the number of apprenticeships funded in Wales through EU funding programmes is matched by the number of apprenticeships funded in Wales under the Shared Prosperity Fund.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Our manifesto committed to creating a UK Shared Prosperity Fund and work is ongoing across Government to consider how best this can be achieved. As per our commitment, we will of course consult the Welsh Government and other stakeholders across Wales and the UK at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sports: Clubs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment her Department has made of the financial viability of amateur sports clubs involved in (a) cycling, (b) rugby and (c) football.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 18 January 2018

DCMS is not aware of recent assessments of the financial viability of amateur sports clubs involved in cycling, rugby or football.

It would be within the remit of NGBs (National Governing Bodies) to assess the financial viability of their affiliated clubs.

The NGBs for cycling, rugby and football all have sections on their websites on the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Scheme. The scheme was introduced in April 2002 and allows local amateur sports clubs to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and benefit from a range of tax reliefs, including Gift Aid, where they meet qualifying conditions.

A Club Survey was commissioned last year by Sport England to explore a number of issues including whether finances and funding are a cause for concern among clubs. The results are due at the end of February this year and Sport England would be happy to share the results of this survey in due course.

As recommended in the government sports strategy Sporting Future, The new Sports Business Council is looking into how to maximise income potential across sport particularly in light of falling lottery receipts.

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Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Unmanned Air Vehicles: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Written Statement of 27 November 2017, HCWS269, how many crimes or recorded incidents involved drones flying above 400 feet in 2017.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Airprox data for incidents where drones have been reported as coming into proximity with other aircraft in 2017 shows that 83 of the 92 incidents captured occurred above 400ft. The full data for 2017 will be appearing on the Airprox website on 26th January 2018.

As we set out on 27 November 2017 (WMS HCWS269), the Department for Transport is reviewing the case for a potential restriction of all drones flying above 400ft, as well as restricting the use of drones within the proximity of an airport. Subject to the outcome of these reviews, the Department will look to include these measures in an ANO amendment in Spring 2018.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Powers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many ministerial directions were issued to her Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 18 January 2018

No ministerial directions were issued in my Department, in 2015, 2016 or 2017.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Wales Office
Wales Office: Ministerial Powers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 18 January 2018

None.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Advisory Council On National Records and Archives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many documents the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives has withheld in each of the last five years.
Q
(Newport East)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Transport
Severn River Crossing
Commons
What assessment he has made of the effect on road users of the Severn Bridges being taken into public ownership.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Road users will have noticed no difference following the switch of operation from Severn River Crossings PLC to public ownership and Highways England management on 8 January 2018, except for the reduction in cost. VAT has already been scrapped and there will be no charges at all by the end of the year.

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(Kettering)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Kettering
Commons
If the Rail Minister will meet the Kettering Rail Users Group.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 18 January 2018

I would be delighted to meet representatives from the Kettering rail users group, and my hon. Friend.

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Asked by Luke Graham
(Ochil and South Perthshire)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
What assessment he has made of the potential benefits of High Speed Two for the Midlands and the north.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 18 January 2018

HS2 will help transform the UK economy, directly creating 25,000 new jobs - 70 percent of which will be outside of London. It will directly link 8 of the UK’s 10 largest cities and provide a step change in the country’s railway capacity. The Government regularly assesses the benefits of HS2 through the economic and strategic business cases.

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(Kingston and Surbiton)
Asked on: 20 July 2017
Home Office
Passports: Lost Property
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports have been lost abroad in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 17 January 2018

When a customer loses or has a passport stolen while abroad the guidance is that they should report this to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) where it has been lost. These losses and thefts are recorded by the FCO and the information is passed to Her Majesty’s Passport Office who will take necessary action to cancel the passport as appropriate.

Previous figures for UK passports lost & stolen outside the UK between 2008-2013 have been published by the FCO:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foi-release-uk-passports-lost-or-stolen-abroad

Other figures published by the FCO relating to lost and stolen passports abroad by British citizens can be found in the attached links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/passport-statistics

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/helping-british-nationals-abroad-2016

Q
Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 30 October 2017
Home Office
Immigrants: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff hours her Department spent confirming whether employees have the right to work in the UK in response to queries from or on behalf of (a) employers and (b) employees in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 17 January 2018

This data is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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