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(Banff and Buchan)
[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: 08 November 2016
Department for Education
Overseas Students: Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on reintroduction of the post-study work visa.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department engages regularly with the Home Office on matters of student migration.

Overseas students can remain in the UK to work following their studies by switching to several existing visa routes, including Tier 2 (skilled worker) visas.

The Government closed the dedicated Post Study Work visa route in 2012 on the grounds that it was open to immigration abuse (including low-skilled work and fraudulent applications).

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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[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: 23 November 2016
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Criminal Proceedings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the review of the use of rape complainants' sexual history during court cases.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Secretary of State and Attorney General agreed to look at how section 41 is operating in practice and the Crown Prosecution Service is currently conducting a study of a sample of case files.

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Asked by Nusrat Ghani
(Wealden)
Asked on: 17 February 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Human Rights: Minority Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what programmes his Department runs other than Prevent which aim to ensure that young people from minority ethnic communities understand their rights within UK law.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government funds a number of integration programmes that bring young people from different backgrounds together to promote social mixing and learn about their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. For example, our £9.7 million funding for Near Neighbours since 2011 has supported the Catalyst leadership scheme which helps young people in diverse communities to develop leadership skills to help them play their part in building a strong civil society. The Anne Frank Trust works with young people from all backgrounds to help students understand the damage caused by prejudice and hatred. Similarly, Streetwise works with young people to tackle anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hate crime. We have also recently funded the Joseph Interfaith Foundation to support a project which helps young refugees to understand the social culture of Britain and integrate into British society.

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Asked by Holly Lynch
(Halifax)
[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: 21 February 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much additional funding her Department would require in order to ensure that no school saw a cut in its budget for 2017-18 as part of the Schools National Funding Formula.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

In December 2016 the Department confirmed dedicated schools grant (DSG) funding settlements for 2017-18 to local authorities. For all local authorities, funding has been protected in cash terms per pupil. Further details are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2017-to-2018.

In 2017-18, individual schools’ funding is decided at a local authority level. The Department allocates funding to each local authority, who then allocate this funding to their schools using their local formulae. The Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG) ensures that the maximum any individual school can lose is 1.5% per pupil. Local authorities are now finalising and will shortly be confirming their 2017-18 funding to schools. Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/school-revenue-funding-settlement-for-2017-to-2018.

We are currently consulting on our proposals for a National Funding Formula, which will come into force in 2018-19. The consultation will run until March 22nd and is available at https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/.

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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: 22 February 2017
Department for Education
Students: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 6 February 2017, HCWS458, on the sale of part of the English student loan book, how many graduates will have their student loans sold; what the face value of the remaining loans in that part of the English student loan book is; and what the fair market value of the remaining loans in that part of the English student loan book is.
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Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government has started the process required to sell part of the English student loan book. The sale covers loans issued under the previous (“pre-2012”) system, specifically those which entered repayment between 2002 and 2006. A loan enters repayment the April after the student has left their course. Loans held by around 450,000 borrowers are in scope of the sale. The position of these graduates will not be affected as a result of the sale.

The total face value of the pre-2012 loan book is around £46bn (2014-15 figures).

The face value of the outstanding balances of the loans in the scope of the first sale totalled around £4 billion (at end of Financial Year 2014-15). The retention value to Government is lower and is calculated using standard Treasury Green Book methodology developed for asset sales, and also accounts for Government subsidy of the student loan system. The loans which are being sold have already been in repayment for over ten years, and therefore much of the original value of the loans has already been paid back to Government.

The retention value to Government is lower and is calculated using standard Treasury Green Book methodology developed for asset sales, and also accounts for Government subsidy of the student loan system. The loans which are being sold have already been in repayment for over ten years, and therefore much of the original value of the loans has already been paid back to Government.

Estimates of the fair market value are not something the Government can discuss if we are to preserve a competitive commercial process which delivers value for money for taxpayers.

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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: 22 February 2017
Department for Education
Students: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 6 February 2017, HCWS458, what assessment she has made of whether the sale of part of the English student loan book will deliver value for money; and if she will publish the framework used to make that assessment.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The decision to start the sale process for part of the student loan book (set out in Written Statement HCWS458) is based on a robust and comprehensive assessment of the market which showed that it has a good prospect of achieving value for money.

As part of assessing value for money, the Government compares the value of keeping the student loan book and receiving uncertain and fluctuating repayments over time, and selling the rights to the remaining future repayments made on the student loan book and receiving a fixed sum of money for them now.

The sale process itself is also designed to achieve the best possible price for the taxpayer.

A further assessment will be made before the sale is completed (and before any further sales).

As required by the Sale of Student Loans Act 2008, the Government will provide a report to Parliament on the sale arrangements within three months of sale completion. As required by the Act, this report will make reference to value for money.

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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: 22 February 2017
Department for Education
Students: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 6 February 2017, HCWS458, what criteria will be used to assess the suitability of the buyer of the part of the English student loan book that the Government plans to sell.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Pursuant to Written Statement HCWS458, the proposed sale will comprise the future repayments on the outstanding balances on a selection of English student loans which became eligible for repayment between 2002 and 2006. A loan enters repayment the April after the student has left their course.

A securitisation structure will be used for the sale to enable the Government to maximise value for money for the taxpayer. Under this structure, the loans will be sold to a new independent English-domiciled company - the Issuer - whose sole purpose is to own the loans on behalf of investors. Investors will purchase notes issued by the Issuer and the Issuer will make payments on the notes using the repayments made on the underlying loans.

The sale is a competitive process open to all eligible investors. The different tranches of notes are expected to be attractive to a range of potential investors, thereby promoting an efficient market and efficient pricing. We anticipate insurers, pension funds and alternative asset managers, among others, will be interested.

Investors would have no right to change any of the current loan arrangements or to contact people with student loans.

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Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
[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: 27 February 2017
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Consultants
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much each government department has spent on external consultants in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Ben Gummer
Answered on: 27 April 2017
Holding answer received on 02 March 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Northampton South)
Asked on: 01 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Social Rented Housing: Letting Agents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 4.53 of the White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, published in February 2017, what his Department's definition is of social lettings agencies.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Social letting agencies can support vulnerable people and people on low incomes to access and sustain tenancies in the private rented sector. There are a number of different models of social letting agencies and in the Housing White Paper we set out our interest in exploring the relative effectiveness of these different models with the aim of securing more housing for households who would otherwise struggle – providing security for landlords and support for tenants.

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(Clwyd South)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 09 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Secondment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in her Department have been seconded from (i) businesses and (ii) charities.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Parliament is dissolved.

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Asked by Heidi Allen
(South Cambridgeshire)
Asked on: 16 March 2017
Department for Education
Schools: South Cambridgeshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to close the deprivation attainment gap in South Cambridgeshire constituency.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

We are committed to making this a country where everyone has a fair chance to go as far as his or her talent and hard work will allow. The pupil premium provides schools with significant additional funding - £2.5bn this year alone – to raise the achievement of their disadvantaged pupils and so close the attainment gap. Our guarantee to maintain current per-pupil funding levels for the rest of this Parliament will ensure schools continue to have the support they need to improve disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes.

This year, disadvantaged pupils in South Cambridgeshire will benefit from £2.6 million in pupil premium funding.

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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 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Written Questions: Government Responses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to respond to Question 66948, tabled by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East on 7 March 2017.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Question 66948 tabled by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East was answered on 18 April 2017.

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Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)
[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: 27 March 2017
Department for Education
Students: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the value to the public purse of the sale of the student loans book.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The decision to start the sale process for part of the student loan book (set out in Written Statement HCWS458) is based on a robust and comprehensive assessment of the market which showed that it has a good prospect of achieving value for money.

As part of assessing value for money, the Government compares the value of keeping the student loan book and receiving uncertain and fluctuating repayments over time, and selling the rights to the remaining future repayments made on the student loan book and receiving a fixed sum of money for them now.

The sale process itself is also designed to achieve the best possible price for the taxpayer.

A further assessment will be made before the sale is completed (and before any further sales).

As required by the Sale of Student Loans Act 2008, the Government will provide a report to Parliament on the sale arrangements within three months of sale completion. As required by the Act this report will make reference to value for money.

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Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children accepted under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 that would otherwise have been eligible for transfer to the UK under the family-reunification provisions of the Dublin III Regulation.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government has confirmed that the specified number under section 67(1) of the Immigration Act 2016 will not include cases transferred to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation.

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Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
Asked on: 28 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to answer Question 66948, tabled on 7 March 2017 by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Question 66948 tabled by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East was answered on 18 April 2017.

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Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Asked on: 29 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by his Department since 8 May 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 29 March 2017
Department for Education
Universities: Overseas Students
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for universities of the Universities UK report, entitled The economic impact of international students, published in March 2017.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government values the contribution that international students make to higher education, research, and the UK, both economically and culturally. That is why we have no plans to introduce a cap on the number of genuine international students who can come here to study, or to limit the numbers that individual higher education institutions can recruit. The reforms the Government is introducing through the Higher Education and Research Bill recognise the importance of the sector to the economy and will help to ensure that it continues to be one of the most sought after places for global talent to study.

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Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 30 March 2017
Department for Education
Pupils: Disadvantaged
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students attending (a) comprehensive and (b) grammar schools in England are within each decile of the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 30 March 2017
Department for Education
Pupils: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding was provided to each pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each region and local authority in (A) cash terms and (B) 2014 prices in each year since 2005-06.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 30 March 2017
House of Commons Commission
House of Commons: Security
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to the House of Commons Commission's premises with that pass, by Department.
A
Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The number of people from Government Departments who hold security passes granting access to the House of Commons Commission’s premises is as follows:

Department Description

Count

10 Downing Street

131

Attorney-General’s Office

21

Business, Innovation & Skills[1]

39

Cabinet Office

236

Crown Prosecution Service

1

Culture Media & Sport

81

Defence

112

Department for International Trade

56

Department for Transport

98

Department for Education

106

Department for International Development

44

Dept of Communities and Local Government

94

Dept for Exiting the EU

48

Dept of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy

53

Dept of Energy & Climate Change

13

Environment Food & Rural Affairs

38

European Commission

1

European Parliament

1

Food Standards Agency

7

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

123

General Synod of the Church of England

6

Government Car Service

65

Government Legal Department

20

H M Revenue & Customs

29

Health

62

Home Office

211

Intelligence & Security Committee

9

Ministry of Justice

103

National Audit Office

23

Northern Ireland Office

20

Ofgem

1

Parliamentary Counsel Office

60

Scotland Office

14

Serious Fraud Office

4

Treasury

96

Wales Office

11

Work & Pensions

72

TOTAL

2109

[1] Now Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Asked on: 06 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Sexual Offences: Criminal Injuries Compensation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid in compensation to persons subject to (1) rape, and (2) other sexual offences, by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in each of the last five years; how many claims were made in each of those years in relation to those offences; and, of those claims, how many were successful.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Schemes contain a tariff of injuries in which payments are ascribed to particular injuries or offences. The Schemes provide that, in respect of sexual offences, the applicant may be entitled either to an award under the tariff that reflects the nature of the sexual offence or an award for the mental injury caused by the offence, whichever leads to the highest award. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers the Schemes.

Asked on: 06 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Public Sector: Procurement
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by Gary Sturgess Just Another Paperclip? Rethinking the Market for Complex Public Services, published by the Business Services Association on 31 March.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 27 April 2017

In considering the long-term provision of public services via third-party contracts, the Government Chief Commercial Officer must work with Departments to address the five points made in Dr Sturgess’s report: sustainability, relationships, contracting process, capability and allocation of risks. It is recognised that much needs to be done; but recent progress has been rapid with the introduction of commercial operating standards, a central recruitment hub backed by an Assessment Centre, and more attractive remuneration for commercial specialists. The system of commercial standards drives adherence to policy, and departmental and functional governance ensure our commercial behaviours are on-market and sustainable.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Letting Agents: North East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons no venue in the North East was chosen for a letting agents' fees ban workshop.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the Homes and Communities Agency Board are (a) women, (b) from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, (c) disabled or (d) from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I will ask the Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency to write to the hon. Member with this information.

Q
Asked by Julie Elliott
(Sunderland Central)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Local Government Finance: Sunderland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reductions in local authority funding on Sunderland City Council's delivery of essential services.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Sunderland’s Core Spending Power was £232 million in 2015-16 and will be £231 million in 2019-20. The 4 year settlement means councils can plan ahead with confidence.

Local authorities are independent of central government and are responsible for managing their budgets in line with local priorities. Local spending decisions are better made by people who understand their communities and who are best placed to make the right call.

Sunderland City Council, like other councils, have continued to balance their budget while reducing council tax in real terms and maintaining public satisfaction with services.

The Spending Review took account of the costs of delivery of essential services and set out a sustainable basis for local authorities to discharge their functions. In addition, Spring Budget 2017 announced a further £2 billion funding in England to spend on adult social care over the next 3 years, of which Sunderland was allocated over £14 million over the next 3 years.

Q
Asked by Mr Mark Prisk
(Hertford and Stortford)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government: Land
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 27 April 2017

In March we published a Government Review: Making Commercial Terms of Government Land Disposals More Transparent. The report committed to publish details of Government land sales annually, with the first publication in summer 2017. The report will include all sales in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Progress towards meeting the housing ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017 which shows that between 8 May 2015 and 30 September 2016, DCLG released land with capacity for 6,618 homes, generating £145,783,417 in receipts.

As a major landowner the Government has a crucial role to play in managing its estate more efficiently to secure best value for money for the taxpayer, boost growth and help support the building of new homes.

Q
Asked by Rob Marris
(Wolverhampton South 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: 13 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time permanent, (b) part-time permanent, (c) for less than two years' duration, (d) on an agency basis and (e) zero-hours.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017
Holding answer received on 20 April 2017

As of 31 March 2017 the Department had 1453 total staff directly employed on the payroll broken down by the following employment classificiations, full time/part time status and length of contract:

Employment Class

Full Time

Part Time

Total Count

Total %

Count

%

Count

%

Permanent

1168

80.4%

155

10.7%

1323

91.1%

Fixed Term Appt (0 - 2 Years)

88

6.1%

5

0.3%

93

6.4%

Fixed Term Appt (2+ Years)

1

0.1%

0

0.0%

1

0.1%

Paid Loan In (0 - 2 Years)

31

2.1%

1

0.1%

32

2.2%

Paid Secondment In (0-2 Years)

1

0.1%

0

0.0%

1

0.1%

Paid Loan In (2+ Years)

3

0.2%

0

0.0%

3

0.2%

Grand Total

1292

88.9%

161

11.1%

1453

100.0%


Separately, the Department had three members of staff employed on an agency basis at the same date, however these staff are not included in the payroll headcount and as such are not presented as a proportion of the Department's total staffing.

The Department has no employees working on zero-hours contracts.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 64994, on procurement, what estimate he has made of the amount spent on procurement management in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Management Consultants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65680, on procurement, how much of the procurement spending in each of those years related to the services of management consultants.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Parliament is dissolved.

Q
Asked by Rob Marris
(Wolverhampton South West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of staff employed by her Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time permanent, (b) part-time permanent, (c) for less than two years' duration, (d) on an agency basis and (e) zero-hours.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Parliament is dissolved.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2017 to Question 64995, on procurement, what estimate she has made of the total budget for managing procurement in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Parliament is dissolved.

Q
Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Secondment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff are seconded to her Department; and how many such staff are seconded from which companies and organisations.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Parliament is dissolved.

Q
Asked by Jeremy Lefroy
(Stafford)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Education
ERASMUS
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has made to her EU counterparts on the UK continuing to participate in the Erasmus programme after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department recognises the value of international exchange and collaboration in education, as part of our vision for the UK as a global nation. There may be European programmes in which we might want to participate. We will consider this as part of the negotiation.

Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Education
Teachers: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on the Get into Teaching campaign in each year since its inception.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Stockton 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: 13 April 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate has been made of the total cost to all schools of the apprenticeship levy since the introduction of that policy.
A
Answered by: Robert Halfon
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The amount that will be charged to community and voluntary controlled maintained schools’ budgets in respect of the apprenticeship levy will depend on the extent to which local authorities pass the cost through to schools where they employ the staff. The cost of this to schools will depend on the extent to which they make use of their contributions for training apprentices.

The apprenticeship levy will support schools to train up and develop new and existing staff as apprentices, an integral part of this government’s wider plans to improve productivity and provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds and all ages to enter the workplace. Existing members of staff can be designated as apprentices: they do not have to be newly employed.

We will be working to create new apprenticeship opportunities for schools, so that they can make optimal use of the levy. We are also working with local authorities (LAs) to ensure schools, where the LA is the employer, get easy access to the LA’s levy pot.

We have published a guide for schools on how the levy will apply to them, and how schools can make use of it. This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/598603/Schools__guide_to_apprenticeship_reforms.pdf

Q
(Sheffield Central)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Education
Higher Education: Admissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in the student opportunity allocation announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on 15 March 2017 on the Government's target for widening participation in higher education.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Following the reforms to the funding system in 2012, real progress continues to be made in widening participation in higher education. The proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds going into higher education has risen from 13.6% in 2009 to 19.5% in 2016.

As a result of the funding changes and the increased income available to universities, with universities forecasting income growth of £2.3bn by 2020 from their planned expansion of student places, there is an expectation that HE providers should take more responsibility for widening participation.

Through access agreements universities expect to spend £833.5 million in 2017/18 on measures to improve access and success for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is up significantly from £404 million in 2009.

Subject to the passage of the Higher Education and Research Bill we are further strengthening our approach to widening participation by:

o Establishing the Office for Students (OfS), which will have a statutory duty to consider the promotion of equality of opportunity in relation to access and participation.

o Introducing a Transparency Duty requiring providers to publish application, offer, drop-out and attainment rates of students broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background.

o Ensuring that activities aimed at student retention success and progression in are included in within Access and Participation Agreements.

o Enabling the provision of alternative student finance consistent with the principles of Islamic finance.

Q
Asked by Jeremy Lefroy
(Stafford)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Home Office
Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reintroducing the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme to ensure that UK agriculture has sufficient seasonal staff available to harvest, process and pack fruit and vegetables.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The agricultural sector is important to the United Kingdom and we take concerns of labour shortages seriously.

For the time being the United Kingdom remains part of the European Union and freedom of movement continues. The latest labour market statistics, for the year ending December 2016, show that there were 190,000 more EU workers in the UK workforce than a year earlier.

Q
Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on private school fees for children of staff who are based (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 27 April 2017

​Members of the diplomatic service must be prepared to serve anywhere in the world throughout their career, sometimes at very short notice. It is long-standing practice that the FCO provides clearly defined and limited financial support to staff for their children's education in the UK.

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Offences against Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to include (a) sports coaches and (b) youth leaders within the Positions of Trust provisions of section 21 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Purdah Rules for General Elections currently apply.

Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Admissibility of Evidence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on the number of occasions where judges have allowed evidence in breach of ss41 3 (c) (i) of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Secretary of State and Attorney General agreed to look at how section 41 is operating in practice and the Crown Prosecution Service is currently conducting a study of a sample of case files.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Europol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Home Secretary on the UK's participation in Europol after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on matters relating to the UK exiting the European Union. As the Prime Minister set out in her speech, one of the objectives for the negotiations ahead is to continue practical cooperation with the EU to tackle cross-border crime and to keep our people safe. We want to agree a deep and special partnership taking in both economic and security cooperation to fight terrorism and uphold justice across Europe. The safety of the British public is a top priority and security is enhanced through cooperating with Europe.

As part of the negotiations, we will discuss with the EU and Member States how best to continue cooperation on a range of issues, including Europol and Eurojust.



Grouped Questions: 71376
Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Joint Ministerial Committee
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will consider the merits of including (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Members of the London Assembly at the next Joint Ministerial Committee meeting with the devolved administrations.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations was set up so that the devolved administrations could contribute to the process of planning for our departure from the EU. JMC (EN) membership is limited to Ministers from those administrations, in line with wider JMC protocols. Though it is not a devolved administration, the Government is committed to engaging with the Greater London Authority. The engagement includes monthly meetings between the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and the Mayor of London and regular contact between officials.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels of his Department.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department undertakes regular resource reviews to ensure that we are appropriately resourced to deal with the task at hand. We will ensure we have the right skills to get the best deal for the UK. The Department is recruiting the brightest and the best from across the civil service, the wider public sector and the private sector. The Department for Exiting the European Union now has over 350 staff, and is growing fast.

Q
Asked by Rob Marris
(Wolverhampton South West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department are employed on a contract which is (a) full-time permanent, (b) part-time permanent, (c) for less than two years' duration, (d) on an agency basis and (e) zero-hours.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Due to the time limited nature of the Department for Exiting the European Union staff are on loans from Other Government Departments or fixed term appointments. The Department does not employ anyone on a zero hours contact. The Department also employs a small number of agency staff to undertake fixed short term work.

Q
(Aberavon)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Public Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, why his Department has not published spend greater than £25,000 since July 2016; and when that information will be published.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The department expects to be in a position to publish payments over £25,000 shortly.

Q
Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Education
Pupils: Attendance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school attendance orders have been issued in England since 2000.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department does not collect data on school attendance orders.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
[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: 18 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service in Scotland relating to personal independence payments were successful in the latest period for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Information about the number and outcomes of personal independence payment appeals in Scotland is published on gov.uk. The most recent statistics, for the period October to December 2016, can be viewed at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2016.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service cannot isolate cost data relating to specific benefit types.

Grouped Questions: 71017
Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
[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: 18 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals to the Tribunals Service in Scotland related to personal independence payments in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the total cost was of those appeals.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Information about the number and outcomes of personal independence payment appeals in Scotland is published on gov.uk. The most recent statistics, for the period October to December 2016, can be viewed at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2016.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service cannot isolate cost data relating to specific benefit types.

Grouped Questions: 71016
Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU Institutions: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate his Department has made of the number of job losses that will arise when the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority leave the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

In the negotiations, the Government will discuss with the EU and Member States how best to continue to cooperate in the field of medicines regulation in the best interests of both the UK and EU. It would not be appropriate to pre-judge the outcome of the negotiations.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff in his Department respond to Freedom of Information requests.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department for Exiting the European Union’s FOI team is appropriately staffed to make sure the department meets its statutory obligations. Within the past quarter, we responded to 97% of FOI requests within the 20 working day deadline set by the Information Commissioner's Office. As recruitment to the department is still ongoing we are not in a position to give a final total for particular groups of staff.

Q
(Tottenham)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many full-time equivalent third-party contractors and consultants his Department plans to employ in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019; and what the cost to the taxpayer will be in each of those years.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The department has sourced a large proportion of experienced staff from across Whitehall and a number of secondees and contractors from the private sector and the wider public sector. We are not in a position to give a final total for particular groups of staff as recruitment is ongoing and numbers are regularly changing. The total cost of consultancy for 2016/17 will be published in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts in the summer.

Plans and budgets for third-party contractors and consultants for future years have not been finalised and will be kept under review.


Grouped Questions: 71027
Q
(Tottenham)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many full-time equivalent third-party contractors and consultants his Department has employed since its establishment; and what the cost to the taxpayer has been of that employment.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The department has sourced a large proportion of experienced staff from across Whitehall and a number of secondees and contractors from the private sector and the wider public sector. We are not in a position to give a final total for particular groups of staff as recruitment is ongoing and numbers are regularly changing. The total cost of consultancy for 2016/17 will be published in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts in the summer.

Plans and budgets for third-party contractors and consultants for future years have not been finalised and will be kept under review.


Grouped Questions: 71057
Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Legal Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2017 to Question 61331, what the total cost to his Department was of the court case R (Miller) v the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in the Supreme Court; and if he will publish to which standard departmental cost headings those costs have been allocated.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

All costs related to the case have not yet been settled. Details of the total costs associated with the case, including the costs of the Supreme Court appeal, will be published in due course after they have been settled.

Q
(Worthing West)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Leasehold: Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the ratio of the average prices paid for newbuild leasehold houses compared with newbuild freehold houses in (a) Gateshead, (b) London, (c) Wigan, (d) Manchester, (e) Bootle, (f) Liverpool and (g) Runcorn.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Such estimates can be calculated using publically available HM Land Registry Price Paid Data but it is a complex exercise that would not be completed before Parliament prorogues.

Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich 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: 19 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Pay: West Bromwich East
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working in West Bromwich East constituency earn less than £10 per hour.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017
Holding answer received on 24 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich 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: 19 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Zero Hours Contracts: West Bromwich East
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in West Bromwich East constituency are employed on zero-hour contracts.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017
Holding answer received on 24 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
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: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Students: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many graduates in each parliamentary constituency will be affected by the decision to freeze the student loan repayment threshold in each year from 2016.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The information requested is not available. The Student Loans Company does not publish nor forecast the number of student loan borrowers by parliamentary constituency.

Q
(Coventry South)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Research: Coventry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support investment in science research at universities in Coventry.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government is fully committed to maintaining the UK’s world-leading science, research and higher education base.

According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data the University of Warwick and Coventry University received public research funding from Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Research Councils of £72.6 million and £4.32 million respectively in 2015/16.

The Autumn Statement 2016 announcement of an extra £2 billion a year in research and development by 2020-21 underlines the place of science and innovation at the heart of this Government’s industrial strategy.

Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Garsten and Halewood
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in Garston and Halewood constituency receive subsidised milk under the European School Milk Scheme.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Information by Westminster Constituency or English region on the number of children aged over five receiving subsidised milk under the scheme is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

With regard to the longer-term approach to school milk provision, I refer the hon. Member to the government’s answer to parliamentary question 60828 on 25 January 2017.

Grouped Questions: 71309
Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Milk
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to replace the funding of subsidised milk provided under the European School Milk Scheme after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Information by Westminster Constituency or English region on the number of children aged over five receiving subsidised milk under the scheme is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

With regard to the longer-term approach to school milk provision, I refer the hon. Member to the government’s answer to parliamentary question 60828 on 25 January 2017.

Grouped Questions: 71308
Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Milk
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all schools comply with the milk requirements of the standards for school food in England, published on 9 September 2016.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

This government wants pupils to be healthy. It promotes the consumption of dairy products as part of a balanced diet through guidance, funding and legislation.

The School Food Standards (where they apply) provide the legislative framework to ensure schools provide children with healthy food and drink options. This includes a requirement to make milk available at least once during the school day. The majority of schools are subject to the School Food Standards. However, some academies and free schools are not. As part of our work on the childhood obesity plan, we will be encouraging all schools to commit to the standards.

The Department does not hold information on how many schools in Garston and Halewood constituency comply with the milk requirements of the School Food Standards.

As indicated in ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’, we will update the School Food Standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations. We plan to make further information on this work available later in the year. As stated in my answer to parliamentary question 64266, the revised Eatwell guide is distributed to schools to use alongside the school food standards and continues to define the government’s recommendations on a healthy balanced diet.

Grouped Questions: 71303 | 71305 | 71306
Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Garsten and Halewood
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2017 to Question HL5031, how many schools in Garston and Halewood constituency are compliant with the milk requirements of the School Food Standards for England, published in September 2016.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

This government wants pupils to be healthy. It promotes the consumption of dairy products as part of a balanced diet through guidance, funding and legislation.

The School Food Standards (where they apply) provide the legislative framework to ensure schools provide children with healthy food and drink options. This includes a requirement to make milk available at least once during the school day. The majority of schools are subject to the School Food Standards. However, some academies and free schools are not. As part of our work on the childhood obesity plan, we will be encouraging all schools to commit to the standards.

The Department does not hold information on how many schools in Garston and Halewood constituency comply with the milk requirements of the School Food Standards.

As indicated in ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’, we will update the School Food Standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations. We plan to make further information on this work available later in the year. As stated in my answer to parliamentary question 64266, the revised Eatwell guide is distributed to schools to use alongside the school food standards and continues to define the government’s recommendations on a healthy balanced diet.

Grouped Questions: 71302 | 71305 | 71306
Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Food
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timescale is for the review of the School Food Standards.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

This government wants pupils to be healthy. It promotes the consumption of dairy products as part of a balanced diet through guidance, funding and legislation.

The School Food Standards (where they apply) provide the legislative framework to ensure schools provide children with healthy food and drink options. This includes a requirement to make milk available at least once during the school day. The majority of schools are subject to the School Food Standards. However, some academies and free schools are not. As part of our work on the childhood obesity plan, we will be encouraging all schools to commit to the standards.

The Department does not hold information on how many schools in Garston and Halewood constituency comply with the milk requirements of the School Food Standards.

As indicated in ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’, we will update the School Food Standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations. We plan to make further information on this work available later in the year. As stated in my answer to parliamentary question 64266, the revised Eatwell guide is distributed to schools to use alongside the school food standards and continues to define the government’s recommendations on a healthy balanced diet.

Grouped Questions: 71302 | 71303 | 71306
Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Milk
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64266, whether the reduced dairy requirements of the revised Eatwell Guide will be considered with regard to the milk requirements of the School Food Standards when they are reviewed later this year.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

This government wants pupils to be healthy. It promotes the consumption of dairy products as part of a balanced diet through guidance, funding and legislation.

The School Food Standards (where they apply) provide the legislative framework to ensure schools provide children with healthy food and drink options. This includes a requirement to make milk available at least once during the school day. The majority of schools are subject to the School Food Standards. However, some academies and free schools are not. As part of our work on the childhood obesity plan, we will be encouraging all schools to commit to the standards.

The Department does not hold information on how many schools in Garston and Halewood constituency comply with the milk requirements of the School Food Standards.

As indicated in ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’, we will update the School Food Standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations. We plan to make further information on this work available later in the year. As stated in my answer to parliamentary question 64266, the revised Eatwell guide is distributed to schools to use alongside the school food standards and continues to define the government’s recommendations on a healthy balanced diet.

Grouped Questions: 71302 | 71303 | 71305
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: 19 April 2017
Department for Education
Universities: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what standards her Department sets for university counselling services.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Higher education institutions are autonomous bodies, independent from the Government. They have legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to support students, including those with mental health conditions. It is for institutions to determine what welfare and counselling services they need to provide to their students to offer that support and each institution is best placed to identify the needs of their particular student body and develop the services needed to support it.

There is already a great deal of guidance and support available to institutions, and many offer advice and counselling services and adopt local systems to help identify students who may be finding it hard to cope, using information such as course attendance and referral systems from personal tutors or lecturers.

In our latest guidance to the Director for Access (DfA) (February 2016) we asked for more to be to done through access agreements, to support students with mental health issues. It is however a matter for each institution to agree with the DfA the targets which are important for that institution and indeed the support services they provide.

The Department is engaging with Universities UK on its ‘Mental Health in Higher Education’ sector led programme on the provision of mental health and wellbeing services. www.universities.ac.uk

On 9 January 2017, the Prime Minister announced a package of measures to transform mental health support in our schools, workplaces and communities. This included a commitment for a Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health to set out plans to transform services, including within universities. www.gov.uk

Q
(Bristol East)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Livestock Industry: Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the proportion of UK greenhouse gas emissions that come from livestock production (a) directly and (b) taking into account emissions from livestock feed from (i) inside and (ii) outside the UK; and if she will make a statement.
A
Corrected answer by: George Eustice
Corrected on: 27 April 2017
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 26 April 2017.
The correct answer should have been:

The UK national inventory of greenhouse gases (GHG) reports emissions of 49.2 million tonnes from agriculture in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. This represents around 9% of total UK GHG emissions. Of these, around 63% come from livestock and their manures.

Imported feeds such as soya meal can have significant environmental impacts. Defra has conducted research on home grown alternatives to imported feeds and continues to work with industry to reduce these impacts.

Industry is making progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production. For example, the British pig industry reduced emissions by 26% in the period 2018 2008 to 2012, mainly due to a 50% reduction in the use of soya in pig feeds.

A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 26 April 2017

The UK national inventory of greenhouse gases (GHG) reports emissions of 49.2 million tonnes from agriculture in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. This represents around 9% of total UK GHG emissions. Of these, around 63% come from livestock and their manures.

Imported feeds such as soya meal can have significant environmental impacts. Defra has conducted research on home grown alternatives to imported feeds and continues to work with industry to reduce these impacts.

Industry is making progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production. For example, the British pig industry reduced emissions by 26% in the period 2018 2008 to 2012, mainly due to a 50% reduction in the use of soya in pig feeds.

Q
(South Shields)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Young Offenders: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment she has made of the number of BAME young offenders in youth custody in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Alex Chalk
(Cheltenham)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners' Release
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to bring about the release of prisoners subject to a sentence of imprisonment for public protection who served their tariff.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Prime Minister
Prisoners: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whether in her meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in April 2017 she discussed with him the cases of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the statement issued on 5 April following my meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-king-salman-of-saudi-arabia-5-april-2017.

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, the Minister of State, the right hon. Baroness Anelay of St Johns to the noble Lord Hoyle on 24 April 2017 in the House of Lords, HL6712.

Grouped Questions: 71324 | 71290
Q
(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Prime Minister
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed future arms sales to Saudi Arabia in her meeting with King Salman in April 2017.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the statement issued on 5 April following my meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-king-salman-of-saudi-arabia-5-april-2017.

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, the Minister of State, the right hon. Baroness Anelay of St Johns to the noble Lord Hoyle on 24 April 2017 in the House of Lords, HL6712.

Grouped Questions: 71333 | 71290
Q
(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Prime Minister
Military Intervention: Yemen
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed the Saudi Arabia-led coalition participation in the conflict in Yemen at her meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia in April 2017.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the statement issued on 5 April following my meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-king-salman-of-saudi-arabia-5-april-2017.

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, the Minister of State, the right hon. Baroness Anelay of St Johns to the noble Lord Hoyle on 24 April 2017 in the House of Lords, HL6712.

Grouped Questions: 71333 | 71324
Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Women and Equalities
Pregnancy: Advisory Services
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the Government's policy is on whether organisations which lobby against a woman's right to choose whether to continue with a pregnancy should be permitted to receive public funds.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 April 2017

All grants are made in accordance with the Government’s Grants Standards (www.gov.uk/government/publications/grants-standards) which are designed to ensure taxpayers’ money, awarded through government grants, is properly agreed and spent. The standards provide a transparent and robust way to manage the government grants process.

Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 2.11, page 15 of the White Paper, Legislating for the United Kingdom's Withdrawal from the European Union, what the rights are in the EU treaties that can be relied on directly in court by an individual that will continue to be available under UK law after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Great Repeal Bill will ensure that there is maximum possible certainty as to the rights and obligations in our law upon leaving the EU. And it will allow for a smooth and orderly exit that provides a secure basis for future changes to our domestic law.

The Bill will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws apply on the day after we leave the EU as they did before. Where rights in the EU treaties can be relied on directly in court by an individual, those rights will continue to be available in UK law under the Great Repeal Bill.

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: 19 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Eurojust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the UK's participation in Eurojust after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on matters relating to the UK exiting the European Union. As the Prime Minister set out in her speech, one of the objectives for the negotiations ahead is to continue practical cooperation with the EU to tackle cross-border crime and to keep our people safe. We want to agree a deep and special partnership taking in both economic and security cooperation to fight terrorism and uphold justice across Europe. The safety of the British public is a top priority and security is enhanced through cooperating with Europe.

As part of the negotiations, we will discuss with the EU and Member States how best to continue cooperation on a range of issues, including Europol and Eurojust.



Grouped Questions: 70241
Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans the Government has to include provision in the planned Great Repeal Bill to transpose the EU precautionary principle into UK law.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The precautionary principle has had an important influence on the drafting of EU environmental legislation, which will be incorporated into domestic law through the Great Repeal Bill. The Great Repeal Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental legislation continues to have effect in UK law.

As set out in the white paper, Great Repeal Bill will ensure that, wherever practical and appropriate, the same rules and laws apply on the day after we leave the EU as they did before. This means that the Bill will convert directly-applicable EU law into UK law; it will preserve all the laws we have made in the UK to implement our EU obligations, as well as the rights in the EU treaties that can be relied on directly in court by an individual.

This legislation is the first step in the Prime Minister’s Plan for Britain. It will allow for a smooth and orderly exit and provide a functioning statute book at the point we leave the EU.

Q
(Woking)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Attorney General
Female Genital Mutilation
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of female genital mutilation or associated offences.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Two people were prosecuted in February 2015 for an offence under section 1 of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and an offence of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, contrary to section 44(1) of the Serious Crime Act 2007. There have been no other prosecutions and no convictions for offences under the Act or other associated offences.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) elected officials and (b) civil servants of his Department have responsibility for its cyber security.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met representatives of the US Administration to discuss possible threats to web security.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 71440 | 71441
Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met representatives from the EU to discuss possible threats to web security.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 71434 | 71441
Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met representatives from China to discuss possible threats to web security.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 71434 | 71440
Q
Asked by Holly Lynch
(Halifax)
[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: 20 April 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Revenue Support Grant: Calderdale
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much central government funding from the revenue support grant Calderdale Council has received in each of the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017
Holding answer received on 25 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(East Londonderry)
[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: 20 April 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with the devolved administrations on the operation of the apprenticeship levy in each of those regions.
A
Answered by: Robert Halfon
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Officials from my Department are in regular discussions with their counterparts in the devolved administrations to consider the implications of the apprenticeship levy on their own apprenticeship programmes and for cross-border employers. As skills policy is devolved it is for the devolved administrations to decide how they will fund apprenticeships in their nations.

The UK government has agreed funding with the devolved administrations, and this was announced in November 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-agrees-apprenticeship-levy-funding-deal-with-devolved-administrations.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Department of Health
Social Workers: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that social care staff receive the most up-to-date information on HIV during their training.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It is the responsibility of individual employers to ensure that their staff are appropriately trained and competent to fulfil the responsibilities of the role. This includes ensuring that their knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

HIV would be covered in infection control which is part of the Care certificate and is included in units within social care diplomas in terms of a good practice for general infection control.

Introduction of the Care Certificate for new healthcare assistants and social care support workers from 1 April 2015, is introducing specific standards for the training of new care workers. By working to achieve the Care Certificate, care support workers will develop the required behaviours, competencies and skills to enable them to provide high quality compassionate care.

Q
(Totnes)
[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: 20 April 2017
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has paid in compensation for unlawful immigration detention since figures on such compensation payments were published in 2014-15.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the honourable member to my response to PQ 47658, submitted to Parliament on 19 October 2016.

Q
Asked by Philip Davies
(Shipley)
[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: 20 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Reoffenders: Sentencing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the maximum number of offences has been for which a person has been convicted prior to being sent to prison in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Prime Minister
Elections: Fraud
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, what information she had on the Crown Prosecution Service's decisions on charging hon. Members for election fraud before deciding to call a general election.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 27 April 2017

None

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff have been seconded to his Department from outside the Civil Service in the last six months.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The department has sourced a large proportion of experienced staff from across Whitehall and a number of secondees from the private sector and the wider public sector. We are not in a position to give a final total for particular groups of staff as recruitment is ongoing and numbers are regularly changing.

Q
Asked by James Berry
(Kingston and Surbiton)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
European Medicines Agency: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many people are employed by the European Medicines Agency; and how many of those people are British citizens.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by James Berry
(Kingston and Surbiton)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
European Banking Authority: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many people are employed by the European Banking Authority; and how many of those people are British citizens.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Data relating to the total number of employees working for the European Banking Authority can be found on their website: http://www.eba.europa.eu/about-us/careers/multimedia/eba-at-glance.

Current data relating to the nationality of employees of the European Banking Authority is not available.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress his Department has made in securing a reciprocal agreement with the EU that guarantees existing rights of (a) EU nationals in the UK and (b) UK nationals in the EU after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government has been clear that we should always put citizens first. This was reflected in the Prime Minister’s letter to the President of the European Council confirming the Government’s decision to invoke Article 50. We want to strike an early agreement about the rights of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU and we would have been happy to do so in advance of negotiations. We will look to prioritise these issues as soon as negotiations begin.

Q
(North East Fife)
Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
European Banking Authority: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Scottish health and life science sectors and wider economy of the European Medicines Agency headquarters leaving the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The future of our relationship with the European Medicines Agency, and any potential effects on the wider health and life sciences sector, is subject to the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations. We have been clear that we will secure a deal that works for the entire United Kingdom.

Q
Asked by Alex Salmond
(Gordon)
Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Broadband: Rural Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to provide superfast broadband in (a) rural communities and (b) Gordon constituency.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 April 2017

As a result of the government's Superfast Broadband Programme and roll-out by the private sector, superfast broadband with speeds of more than 24Mbps is now available to more than 92% of homes and businesses in the UK and the government expects this to reach 95% by the end of 2017. This coverage includes rural areas. The delivery programme in Scotland including the Gordon constituency is delivered by the Scottish Government.

Thinkbroadband estimate that current coverage of superfast broadband in the Gordon constituency is 79%, which DCMS estimate will rise to 83% by the end of 2017. This compares to a UK average of over 92%. The Scottish Government is responsible for delivering broadband in Scotland.

Take up in the Rest of Scotland Project area is 28% and as a result of the UK Government's contract management, further funding can be returned to the Scottish Government for reinvestment in more superfast coverage as take-up rises. It would be for the Scottish Government to decide where funding returned by suppliers under the contracts is allocated to increase coverage.

Q
Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow 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: 21 April 2017
Ministry of Defence
RAF Northolt
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to consult residents and representative organisations in Harrow on the future of RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 27 April 2017

As RAF Northolt remains a core RAF Station, there are no plans to consult residents on its future.

Q
Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow 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: 21 April 2017
Ministry of Defence
RAF Northolt
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to allow an increase in the number of (a) civilian and (b) military flight movements at RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 27 April 2017

There are no plans to increase the number of civilian commercial movements which remain capped at 12,000 movements per year.

There is no cap on military movements which will fluctuate in line with military requirements.

Q
Asked by Wes Streeting
(Ilford North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was available to schools in England in each year since May 2010.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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: 21 April 2017
Department for Education
Class Sizes: Bristol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average class size is in primary schools in Bristol; and how many primary school classes in Bristol have more than 30 pupils.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
Asked by Angela Smith
(Penistone and Stocksbridge)
Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department of Health
Slaughterhouses: Horses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many horses and ponies were slaughtered in UK abattoirs (a) with no CCTV, (b) with no CCTV installed in stunning, killing or bleeding areas and (c) with CCTV in all areas in 2016.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Food Standards Agency has the following data on numbers of equines slaughtered in approved premises in England. There were no operating equine slaughter premises in Wales during the year 2016.

Type of CCTV in slaughterhouse

Number of horses slaughtered between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016

With no CCTV

136

With no CCTV installed in stunning, killing or bleeding areas

3,077

With CCTV in all areas

115

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[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: 21 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's priorities were for the 54th Special Session of the OPCW Executive Council on 13 and 19 April 2017; what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the outcome of those meetings; and if he will make a statement.
A
Corrected answer by: Boris Johnson
Corrected on: 27 April 2017
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 26 April 2017.
The correct answer should have been:

​The UK has been at the forefront of those making the case that those found responsible for chemical weapons attacks must be held to account. A UK-US-French attempt to agree UN sanctions in response to previous chemical weapons attacks was vetoed by Russia and China in the UN Security Council on 28 February. In March we helped secure agreement from the EU to add 4 Syrian military officials to the sanctions list for their role in carrying out chemical weapon attacks. We welcome the further sanctions Canada and the US have introduced in recent days. We will continue work with partners to take action against those responsible for chemical weapons attacks. The UK’s priority for the recent session of the OPCW Executive Council was to make clear international condemnation of the 4 April Khan Sheikhoun attack and to confirm our support for the OPCW investigation which began immediately following that attack. We welcome the Executive Council’s overwhelming vote on 20 April to reject a Russian-Iranian proposal which would have distracted from and undermined the OPCW expert investigations which are already under way. We will continue to support the work of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission and the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism.

A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

​The UK has been at the forefront of those making the case that those found responsible for chemical weapons attacks must be held to account. A UK-US-French attempt to agree UN sanctions in response to previous chemical weapons attacks was vetoed by Russia and China in the UN Security Council on 28 February. In March we helped secure agreement from the EU to add 4 Syrian military officials to the sanctions list for their role in carrying out chemical weapon attacks. We welcome the further sanctions Canada and the US have introduced in recent days. We will continue work with partners to take action against those responsible for chemical weapons attacks. The UK’s priority for the recent session of the OPCW Executive Council was to make clear international condemnation of the 4 April Khan Sheikhoun attack and to confirm our support for the OPCW investigation which began immediately following that attack. We welcome the Executive Council’s overwhelming vote on 20 April to reject a Russian-Iranian proposal which would have distracted from and undermined the OPCW expert investigations which are already under way. We will continue to support the work of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission and the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism.

Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department of Health
Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the costs to the NHS and social care system of treatment for (a) alcohol abuse, (b) obesity and (c) viral hepatitis in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Data on costs is not available in the format requested. However the health costs associated with alcohol misuse are estimated to cost the National Health Service in England around £3.5 billion each year and the latest estimate of the cost to the NHS in England of overweight or obesity related ill-health is £5.1 billion each year.

Data is not available by cause of condition to provide an expenditure estimate requested for viral hepatitis.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department of Health
St Helier Hospital
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ministers in his Department last discussed the future of St Helier Hospital with the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Based upon available diary evidence, there are no records of Ministers having specifically met with the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust to discuss the future of St Helier Hospital.

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