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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Right to Buy Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress is being made on the roll-out of voluntary right to buy.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Mayors: Sheffield City Region
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Sheffield City Region mayoral election.
A
Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Should Sheffield City Region Combined Authorities proceed to elect a Mayor with full powers, that newly elected Mayor would benefit from a range of powers devolved from central government, as well as new funding, including:

  • £30 million a year for 30 years to invest in local strategic priorities;
  • Responsibility over the region’s transport budget;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Skills funding

The associated cost of an election was made clear to Leaders throughout the process. We have estimated that the cost of the May 2018 mayoral election to the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and its four constituent councils, including costs of the election booklet containing candidate information (which is required to be distributed to each elector), is likely to be in the range £1.5 million to £2 million.

An election of a mayor without powers is certainly not without benefits for Sheffield City Region, they would be a significant public figure who would both be chair of the combined authority and could take their place as the voice of the region alongside the other city region mayors in the Northern Powerhouse and in other forums with government or stakeholders.

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Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Newham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make a decision on the application from the London Borough of Newham to continue its private rented sector licensing scheme.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Newham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make a decision on the London Borough of Newham's application to continue its private rented sector licensing scheme.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Public Libraries: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2017 to Question 106052, when the complete figures for the numbers of library closures for the last 12 months will be available; and if she will publish the data her Department holds on the numbers of libraries in each constituency in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not collect or publish data on the number of public library closures in each Parliamentary constituency. Data relating to public libraries is collected from local authorities by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy which makes available the data annually to subscribers.

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Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Heritage: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance is available to cultural institutions which have incurred extra security costs resulting from recent acts of terrorism in London.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 October 2017

I refer the Hon Member to my answer to PQ 106697.

Grouped Questions: 107945
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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
S4C: Reviews
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the independent review of S4C announced on 7 August 2017, whether information on (a) the deadline for submitting evidence, (b) the questions on which the review is gathering evidence and (c) the contact to whom evidence should be submitted has been made publicly available online.
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Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The scope of the review and the evidence sought is outlined in the terms of reference published on gov.uk. Key partners, stakeholders and parties interested in S4C have been invited to submit evidence for the chair to consider. The chair and review secretariat welcomes evidence from anyone with an interest in S4C.

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Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Heritage: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance the Government has given to cultural and artistic venues to assist with extra security costs incurred as a result of recent terrorist attacks in London.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 October 2017

I refer the Hon Member to my answer to PQ 106697.

Grouped Questions: 107960
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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff 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: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Heritage: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing finance for the establishment of a Cultural Development Fund.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The department is engaged in ongoing discussions with the Treasury regarding all new spending proposals.

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Asked by Ian C. Lucas
(Wrexham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department does not record the postcode of new recruits to HM Armed Forces.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Ministry of Defence does not analyse the locations where recruits to the UK Armed Forces have been recruited from.

As part of the recruitment process an individual can declare more than one postcode e.g. 'home', 'work' or 'other'.

Any declared 'home' location may not reflect where that person is from.

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(Belfast East)
[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: 16 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
HMS Duncan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the ambassadorial use of HMS Duncan by Belfast City Council or Invest NI.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 19 October 2017

There have been no discussions in relation to the ambassadorial use of HMS DUNCAN by Belfast City Council or Invest Northern Ireland.

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Asked by Mike Amesbury
(Weaver Vale)
[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: 16 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Defence and Aerospace Industry: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on defence and aerospace manufacturing capability in the North West of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Ministry of Defence is working closely with the defence industry and other Government Departments to understand the implications and opportunities presented by the UK's departure from the European Union.

The European defence sector is already closely integrated; leading companies have a presence right across Europe, and across the UK, including the North West. It is worth noting that current major European collaborative capability projects, such as the Typhoon programme, are managed bilaterally or with groups of partners, rather than through the EU.

Through our future partnership with the European Union, we want to explore how best to ensure that our industries can continue working together to deliver the capabilities that we need to protect the UK and its allies and partners.

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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Pupil Premium
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of eligible three and four year-olds in England are not claiming the early years pupil premium.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

I am sorry, but the proportion of eligible three and four year old children in England who are not claiming the early years pupil premium is not held by the Department.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Children and Families of 12 October 2017, Official Report, column 212WH, in how many instances parents are using 30 hours of free childcare with (a) one provider, (b) two providers and (c) more that two providers.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

I am sorry but we do not currently hold data on how many parents are accessing 30 hours of free childcare with multiple providers at a national level but this will be captured in the 2018 census.

However, our recently published independent evaluation of the early delivery programme shows parents are prepared to use multiple providers, with around 18% of children using multiple providers in three of the four early rollout areas. In early implementation, the report found that around one in five children used two providers for the free entitlement hours but the use of three or more providers was rare.

The full reports are available here:

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(Twickenham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the revenue raised by the Apprenticeship Levy will be allocated to fund apprenticeships with non-levy employers.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Spending by levy-paying employers and non-levy paying employers on apprenticeship training and assessment depends on demand for, and cost of, apprenticeships that employers themselves choose.

In England, employers who pay the levy can use funds in their apprenticeship service accounts to pay for training and assessment. Funds enter employers’ accounts every month based on the amount of Apprenticeship Levy declared, the proportion of their pay to employees living in England and a 10% top-up applied from Government.

For non-levy paying employers, government funding is awarded to training providers under contract. We launched a procurement at the end of July which closed in early September. Through this procurement exercise, the Education and Skills Funding Agency will make available at least £440m of funding over 15 months for new apprenticeship starts from 1 January 2018.

By 2019-20 funding available for apprenticeships in England will be £2.45 billion; double what was spent in 2010-11.

Grouped Questions: 107964
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(Twickenham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the total money raised by the Apprenticeship Levy will be allocated to levy-paying companies for their own apprenticeship training schemes.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Spending by levy-paying employers and non-levy paying employers on apprenticeship training and assessment depends on demand for, and cost of, apprenticeships that employers themselves choose.

In England, employers who pay the levy can use funds in their apprenticeship service accounts to pay for training and assessment. Funds enter employers’ accounts every month based on the amount of Apprenticeship Levy declared, the proportion of their pay to employees living in England and a 10% top-up applied from Government.

For non-levy paying employers, government funding is awarded to training providers under contract. We launched a procurement at the end of July which closed in early September. Through this procurement exercise, the Education and Skills Funding Agency will make available at least £440m of funding over 15 months for new apprenticeship starts from 1 January 2018.

By 2019-20 funding available for apprenticeships in England will be £2.45 billion; double what was spent in 2010-11.

Grouped Questions: 107963
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(Twickenham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment she has made of registered training providers in receipt of (a) less, (b) the same, (c) more funding in real terms per apprenticeship start in the period (i) May to December 2017 and (ii) August 2016 to April 2017.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

We have not undertaken an assessment of this type. We continue to monitor closely the impact of the apprenticeship funding reforms introduced in May 2017 on employers and providers.

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(Twickenham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's budget is for apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year olds in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19; and what proportion of that budget is generated by the Apprenticeship Levy.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Our intended funding for apprenticeships was published in the skills funding letter in March 2017 – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/599089/SFA_Letter_2017-18_final.pdf.

This includes a breakdown of intended funding for 16-18 year olds. Actual spend will depend on the demand and cost of apprenticeships that employers choose.

Since 1 April 2017, apprenticeships are funded entirely from the Apprenticeship Levy.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Children and Families of 12 October 2017, Official Report, column 210WH, how many times a validation code has been generated on the basis of a job offer.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department for Education does not hold information relating to the number of people that are eligible for 30 hours free childcare based on a job offer.

On the 17 July 2017, the Department for Education published an evaluation of the eight local authority areas that took part in the early innovators programme for 30 hours free childcare.

In the Early Implementer areas, almost a quarter (23%) of mothers and almost one in ten (9%) fathers increased their work hours as a result of the extended childcare offer. This effect was notably stronger for families with relatively lower incomes. The full evaluation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-early-implementation-evaluation.

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(Twickenham)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a list of the funding allocated to each training provider for apprenticeship starts for the periods (a) August 2016 to April 2017 and (b) May to December 2017.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Education and Skills Fuding Agency publish allocations annually and update them throughout the year. Allocations for the 2016 to 2017 funding year can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-allocations-to-training-providers-2016-to-2017.

Non-levy apprenticeship allocations for May to December 2017 will be published in November 2017.

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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she had made of the number of children in each local authority in Greater Manchester who will benefit from the Government's policy of 30 hours of free childcare.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The national rollout of 30 hours’ free childcare marks the delivery of a manifesto commitment that will help hundreds of thousands of hard working families. The childcare service online application has been working well for the vast majority of parents and over 216,384 valid 30 hours’ codes have been generated by successful applications, reaching our target for 1 September.

It is the responsibility of local authorities to assess supply and demand of free entitlement places at a local level.

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Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Teachers: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she intends to take to address the shortage of applications for secondary teacher training places in subjects not expected to reach the targets set by the teacher supply model for September 2017.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The number of teachers is at an all-time high: there are now 457,300 full time equivalent teachers, up 15,500 from 2010. The number of new teachers entering our classrooms continues to outnumber those who retire or leave, and the number of teachers returning to the profession is 8% higher than in 2011.

We are continuing to offer generous bursaries to recruit the best graduates into the profession. From 2018 we are increasing funding across all high priority subjects. Our prestigious scholarship scheme will also continue, offering a package of tailored support and up to £28,000 tax-free for scholars in six subjects. We are also introducing a new style bursary for maths teachers with early retention payments.

In addition, teachers will benefit from the newly announced rise in the student loan repayment threshold and we will be piloting a new student loan reimbursement programme for science and Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teachers in the early years of their career, targeted in the areas of the country that need them most. We have also recently announced a £30 million investment in tailored support for schools that struggle most with recruitment and retention.

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(Blackpool 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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Vocational Guidance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools are currently meeting the Gatsby benchmarks of good practice in careers education, information, advice and guidance.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Careers & Enterprise Company recently published its ‘State of the Nation 2017’ research paper. The paper, which was published in conjunction with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, showed that 51% of schools that undertook self-evaluation through the Compass programme met two or more Gatsby benchmarks. Over 79% of schools met one or more benchmark. In total, 578 secondary schools took part in the self-assessment exercise.

The Compass self-assessment tool was established by The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to enable schools to measure themselves against the Gatsby benchmarks.

Q
Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many registered (a) childminders, (b) nurseries and (c) maintained nurseries rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted have closed in each of the last six months.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Ofsted is the non-ministerial government department responsible for the regulation of early education and childcare providers. They publish a regular series of statistics relating to early years’ providers, which can be viewed from this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted/about/statistics.

I have informed Ofsted of this question and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector will be writing to the hon. Member for Batley and Spen in response. A copy of that letter will be placed in the libraries of the House.

Q
(Blackpool 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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
National Careers Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to continue the National Careers Service Prime Contractor Area Groups from 1 April 2018.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department has agreed to extend the National Careers Service contracts for six months starting from 1 April 2018 and contractors have been notified of this.

Q
(Blackpool 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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there were in May to July 2017 for each industry sector.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The table below provides provisional apprenticeship starts figures by sector subject area for May to July 2017. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, whilst ‘-‘ indicates a value of less than 5.

Sector Subject Area Tier 1

Provisional 2016/17
May-July

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

740

Arts, Media and Publishing

80

Business, Administration and Law

13,360

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

1,030

Education and Training

440

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

5,130

Health, Public Services and Care

8,670

Information and Communication Technology

3,040

Languages, Literature and Culture

-

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

1,250

Preparation for Life and Work

-

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

9,800

Science and Mathematics

10

Unknown

-

Total

43,560

Annual breakdowns of apprenticeship starts by sector subject area between the 2011/12 and 2016/17 (provisional) academic years are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650226/201617_Oct_Apps_Level_SSA_And_Framework_Data_Tool_FINAL.xlsx.

Q
(Stockton North)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to achieve the objectives on broadening the early years workforce set out in the Early Years Workforce Strategy.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Early Years Workforce Strategy published in March 2017, sets out the actions we will take to support the early years’ sector to attract, retain and develop the early years workforce. We have now broadened the English and mathematics requirement for level 3 Early Years Educators, including for apprenticeships, to level 2 qualifications including Functional Skills (rather than a specific requirement for a GCSE qualification), to support recruitment and retention of staff. This was implemented in April 2017.

We will provide further updates on the Early Years Workforce Strategy in due course.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to monitor the level of additional charges placed on parents by childcare providers accessing government-funded free childcare.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Government funding is intended to deliver 30 hours a week of free, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables, additional hours or additional services. So providers can, and should feel free to, charge parents for meals, consumables (such as nappies and sun cream) and for additional activities (such as trips). Where a parent chooses to pay for these it is a private matter between the provider and the parent. But parents must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a free entitlement place, and must be offered alternative options.

Our guidance is clear that local authorities are responsible for ensuring that all eligible children can take up their place free of charge and that providers’ charging policies enable this. It is therefore the duty of the local authority to ensure that providers are not charging parents inappropriately.

The Department is currently procuring an independent evaluator to conduct an evaluation of the first two terms of national rollout of 30 hours in 10-20 local authorities across England which will include qualitative research to understand charging practices.

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Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Timber: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is his policy to maintain the contents of the EU Timber Regulation after it is transposed into UK law.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will include provisions to ensure existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law, including the EU Timber Regulation. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply the day after exit as they did before.

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(South Thanet)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fisheries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment on the benefits for Great Britain and Northern Ireland's coastal communities of the marine resources in the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone being used solely for the benefit of the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 19 October 2017

On leaving the EU, the UK will become an independent coastal state with responsibility for controlling and managing our Exclusive Economic Zone. This will provide an opportunity to negotiate new agreements on access and quota arrangements which will benefit our coastal communities. We are undertaking ongoing analysis on fish stocks in our waters.

Q
(South Thanet)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Common Fisheries Policy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the entirety of the Fisheries acquis will be transferred into domestic legislation in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to provide stability and certainty so that wherever practical, the same laws and rules will apply immediately before and immediately after our departure. On that basis, most of the fisheries acquis will be transferred into domestic legislation. The Queen’s Speech, however, set out the Government’s plans for a fisheries bill for the UK to control access to its waters and set fishing opportunities when we leave the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy. Provisions in the Fisheries Bill would supersede the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Q
(Edinburgh East)
[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: 16 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the new charges being brought against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe; and what steps the Government has taken to secure her release.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 October 2017

We are urgently seeking clarification from the Iranian authorities on reports that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is subject to further charges. I called the Iranian Ambassador to express my concerns, as did the Foreign Secretary in a call to Foreign Minister Zarif and a meeting with Vice-President Salehi on 11 October. But the scope of any additional charges remains unclear. Our Ambassador is continuing to press the Iranian authorities for further information. Iran’s position on dual-nationality makes progress on our consular cases difficult; nonetheless we continue to raise these cases with the Iranian authorities at the highest levels and at every available opportunity. We assess that our current approach is the one most likely to be in the best interests of our dual-national prisoners in Iran.

Q
(York Central)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Obesity: Surgery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the proposed requirement for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to go through an individual funding request before each patient is able to access bariatric surgery on (a) patient health and (b) capacity of CCGs to respond to that requirement.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 19 October 2017

There is no national requirement for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to go through an individual funding request process before each patient is able to access bariatric surgery. The implementation and operation of CCG commissioning policies is a matter for individual CCGs to determine.

NHS England has therefore made no formal assessment of this proposed requirement on CCGs.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Guidelines 43 (updated November 2014) is clear about which groups of individuals bariatric surgery can benefit, with both clinical and cost effectiveness demonstrated, and attendance at Tier 3 services required first. Tier 3 covers multidisciplinary weight management services which are normally commissioned by CCGs.

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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) couple therapists, (b) interpersonal therapists, (c) brief psychodynamic therapists and (d) counsellors for depression have been employed by NHS England in the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Information about the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce is not available for every year since 2010.

The IAPT Workforce Census report provides information on the size and shape of the IAPT workforce in England. Data is available from 2012 onwards, with publications in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created as a result of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced primary care trusts on 1 April 2013. IAPT workforce figures by CCG were first available in the 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census.

The 2015 IAPT Workforce census includes information about cognitive behavioural therapists, couples therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and counselling. This can be found in Annex 3 of the 2015 report.

2015: NHS England/Health Education England (5 September 2016). 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census Report. Accessed at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

Grouped Questions: 107830 | 107828 | 107826 | 107827
Q
Asked by Norman Lamb
(North Norfolk)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England has spent on specialised inpatient eating disorder services (a) in total and (b) using services provided by private sector organisations in Scotland in each if the last six (i) financial and (ii) calendar years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

This information is not collected in the format requested.

Q
(Bristol East)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Meningitis: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the start of the Meningitis B teenage carriage study; and when he plans for the results of that study to be published.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

A team has been selected to carry out this study and work could potentially begin by the end of 2017. The work will be conducted as quickly as feasibly possible and at present results are expected by May 2021.

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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on how many (a) couple therapists, (b) interpersonal therapists, (c) brief psychodynamic therapists and (d) counsellors for depression have been employed in the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme by clinical commissioning group in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Information about the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce is not available for every year since 2010.

The IAPT Workforce Census report provides information on the size and shape of the IAPT workforce in England. Data is available from 2012 onwards, with publications in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created as a result of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced primary care trusts on 1 April 2013. IAPT workforce figures by CCG were first available in the 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census.

The 2015 IAPT Workforce census includes information about cognitive behavioural therapists, couples therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and counselling. This can be found in Annex 3 of the 2015 report.

2015: NHS England/Health Education England (5 September 2016). 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census Report. Accessed at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

Grouped Questions: 107829 | 107828 | 107826 | 107827
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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on how many cognitive behavioural therapists have been employed by NHS England in the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme by clinical commission group in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Information about the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce is not available for every year since 2010.

The IAPT Workforce Census report provides information on the size and shape of the IAPT workforce in England. Data is available from 2012 onwards, with publications in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created as a result of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced primary care trusts on 1 April 2013. IAPT workforce figures by CCG were first available in the 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census.

The 2015 IAPT Workforce census includes information about cognitive behavioural therapists, couples therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and counselling. This can be found in Annex 3 of the 2015 report.

2015: NHS England/Health Education England (5 September 2016). 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census Report. Accessed at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

Grouped Questions: 107829 | 107830 | 107826 | 107827
Q
(Blackpool 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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Drugs: Rehabilitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of budgetary changes to the funding of drug treatment programmes on mortality rates among heroin and crack cocaine users in England between 2013 and 2017.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 19 October 2017

No assessment has been made on this specific issue. The Government is investing over £16 billion over the Spending Review period for local authorities (LAs) to spend on public health. LAs are responsible for making decisions on how to spend their local allocation but the public health grant conditions make it clear that they must have regard for the need to improve the take up of, and outcomes from, their drug and alcohol misuse treatment services.

Public Health England (PHE) led an inquiry last year into the rises in drug-related deaths. The report of the expert working group convened by PHE concluded that the reasons behind the increase in drug-related deaths are multiple and complex. However, the recent rise has likely been caused – at least in part – by an increase in the availability of heroin, following a fall in deaths during a period when heroin purity and availability was significantly reduced.

The longer-term upward trend in drug-related deaths is largely caused by an ageing cohort of heroin users, many of whom started to use heroin in the 1980s and 90s, who are now experiencing cumulative physical and mental health conditions that make them more susceptible to overdose.

The inquiry report was published in September 2016 and is available at:

http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/phe-understanding-preventing-drds.pdf

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Drugs: Blackpool
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding from the public health grant his Department allocated to Blackpool for drug treatment budgets in the years (a) 2010-11, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16 and (e) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The public health grant is allocated to local authorities to meet all of their public health responsibilities and no amount is specifically allocated for drug treatment. It is up to each local authority to decide how much of the grant they wish to allocate to drug treatment services.

The public health grant has a condition which requires local authorities to have regard to the need to improve the take up of, and outcomes from, its drug and alcohol misuse treatment services.

Since it began in 2013, the public health grant allocation to Blackpool has been as follows;

2013-14 £17.46 million

2014-15 £17.95 million

2015-16 £18.29 million

2016-17 £19.39 million

Prior to 2013, drug treatment was mainly funded through a central government contribution known as the pooled treatment budget. In 2010-11, the pooled treatment budget allocation to Blackpool was £2.7 million.

Q
(Leicester 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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the (a) number of children having a delayed discharge from in-patient mental health treatment and (b) total number of delayed days for each (i) NHS region and (ii) mental health trust provider in England in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

This data is not currently available in the requested format.

Grouped Questions: 108044 | 108016 | 108041
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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were employed by NHS England in the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Information about the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce is not available for every year since 2010.

The IAPT Workforce Census report provides information on the size and shape of the IAPT workforce in England. Data is available from 2012 onwards, with publications in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created as a result of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced primary care trusts on 1 April 2013. IAPT workforce figures by CCG were first available in the 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census.

The 2015 IAPT Workforce census includes information about cognitive behavioural therapists, couples therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and counselling. This can be found in Annex 3 of the 2015 report.

2015: NHS England/Health Education England (5 September 2016). 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census Report. Accessed at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

Grouped Questions: 107829 | 107830 | 107828 | 107827
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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on how many staff were employed in the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme by clinical commission group in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Information about the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce is not available for every year since 2010.

The IAPT Workforce Census report provides information on the size and shape of the IAPT workforce in England. Data is available from 2012 onwards, with publications in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created as a result of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced primary care trusts on 1 April 2013. IAPT workforce figures by CCG were first available in the 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census.

The 2015 IAPT Workforce census includes information about cognitive behavioural therapists, couples therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and counselling. This can be found in Annex 3 of the 2015 report.

2015: NHS England/Health Education England (5 September 2016). 2015 Adult IAPT Workforce Census Report. Accessed at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

Grouped Questions: 107829 | 107830 | 107828 | 107826
Q
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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate NHS England has made of the baseline level of investment clinical commissioning groups need to commit to children's mental health services in order to provide an acceptable level of service.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

NHS England has not made such an estimate. Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for investing funds in line with the requirement to deliver national standards and the needs of the population they serve.

Q
(Leicester 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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children started eating disorder treatment in each (a) clinical commissioning group area and (b) trust in each of the last 36 months.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

NHS England publishes an experimental data collection for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder. The dataset contains information on the number of children and young people who have accessed, or are waiting for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended treatment following a routine or urgent referral for a suspected eating disorder.

Findings by provider and clinical commissioning group are available for Q1 2017-18 at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cyped-waiting-times/

Q
(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the number of children entering child and adult mental health services treatment within (a) six weeks and (b) 18 weeks from the date of referral for each (i) clinical commissioning group area and (ii) Trust area for each month of the past year.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

This data is not currently available in the requested format.

Grouped Questions: 107825 | 108016 | 108041
Q
(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the number of children completing (a) child and adult mental health services treatment and (b) eating disorders treatment in each month of the past year for each (i) clinical commissioning group and (ii) Trust in England.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

This information is not available in the requested format.

NHS England publishes an experimental national data set for Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The dataset contains information on the number of children and young people who have accessed, or are waiting for National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended treatment following a routine or urgent referral for a suspected eating disorder.

Findings by provider and clinical commissioning groups are available for Q1 2017-18 at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cyped-waiting-times/

Q
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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the local authority spending on children's mental health by area for the last two years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The data requested is not collected centrally.

Q
(Leicester 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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were (a) referred to a CAMHS service and (b) accepted by a CAMHS services for each (i) clinical commissioning group area and (ii) trust in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The information is not held in the format requested.

Q
(Leicester 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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children had a delayed discharge from in-patient eating disorder treatment and how many days of delayed discharge there were in each (a) NHS region and (b) mental health trust provider in England for each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

This information is not collected centrally.

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