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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Government Property Unit calculated that 75 per cent of staff will relocate to a hub less than 10 miles from their current office and that 90 per cent will relocate within 25 miles, as set out in the National Audit Office report Progress on the government estate strategy.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government Hubs Programme will consolidate office space in locations with a
significant Civil Service presence.

The location of a strategic hub is based on rigorous criteria including excellent connections
to a range of local and national public transport options to ensure that it is accessible.

Moreover, they are chosen in consultation with the major departmental occupiers planned
for that Hub, to ensure that it meets their workforce and operational requirements.

The percentages quoted in the NAO report were based on GPU’s assessment, at the time,
of the proposed capacity of a new hub and the number of staff based in offices within a 10-
and 25-mile radius of the city centres (where Hubs are planned to be).

Moreover, the locations are chosen in consultation with the major departmental occupiers
planned for that Hub, to ensure that it meets their workforce and operational requirements.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
UK relations with EU
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the (a) economic, (b) diplomatic and (c) tariff conditions that would apply to relations between the UK and the EU as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 19 October 2017

We will pursue a deep and special partnership with the EU taking in both economic and security cooperation. As a priority we will seek a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement that is of greater scope and ambition than any such existing agreement.

As we have made clear in our future partnership paper, we believe the UK and EU should continue to consult each other on foreign and security policy issues and agree joint positions, so that we can speak out together and drive progress on areas in our mutual interest. As an example, we should look to coordinate action, and share information, on sanctions policy when needed in order to respond robustly to those who challenge the rules-based international order, as we have recently done effectively in the case of Russia and Iran. We are clear that we want the EU to succeed: a successful EU, with the UK as its closest partner, is in all of our shared interests.

We want to have the greatest possible tariff- and barrier-free trade with our European neighbours, as well as to negotiate our own trade agreements around the world. We want to ensure that UK companies have the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets – and to let European businesses do the same in the UK.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Referendums
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward proposals to provide for the appointment of sub-agents at any future national referendum.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Referendums held under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000
(PPERA) have not previously allowed for sub-agents to be appointed by referendum
agents. We will consider this matter further with the Electoral Commission and the
Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA).

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Absent Voting
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will assess the merits of introducing a process to cancel a postal ballot paper issued to an elector who is subsequently deleted from the electoral register during an election period.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Electoral law is clear that a person must be included in the register of electors for a
poll in order to be entitled to vote at that poll. The Government recognises that it is
possible for postal ballot papers to be issued to a postal voter who may subsequently
be removed from the register to be used at the poll. We will look to review the current
provisions on the cancellation of postal ballot papers to see whether improvements
can be made to the law in this area.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will assess the merits of clarifying the arrangements around deferring publication of the electoral register where an election occurs during the defined canvass period.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government recognises that greater clarity could be provided on deferring
publication of the electoral register under these circumstances. We will keep the
matter under review and address it when the opportunity arises.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister authorised the Cabinet Secretary to discuss the comments made by Lord Maude on the UK leaving the EU with the media.
A
Answered by: Damian Green
Answered on: 19 October 2017

It is not unusual for the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service to comment
publicly on matters relating to the management of the Civil Service. Information relating to
internal discussion and advice is not disclosed.

Q
(Bolton North East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Cabinet Office
New Businesses: Bolton
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information the Government holds on the number of new businesses that were established in Bolton in the most recent year for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 65.28 KB)
Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Zero Hours Contracts: Blackburn with Darwen
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of employees in Blackburn with Darwen were on zero hours contracts in each year for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 124.82 KB)
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Nuclear Weapons
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of the United States regarding the effectiveness of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action through which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear weapons programme.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) is a UK security priority. The UK is committed to full implementation of the JCPoA by all parties. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues to report Iran's compliance with its nuclear commitments. The Prime Minister spoke to President Donald Trump on 10 October and met him in the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September, emphasising on both occasions that the deal is working and is a UK priority. The Foreign Secretary spoke to Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on 9 October and met him in London in September. The Foreign Secretary set out that the JCPoA is the only diplomatic means to neutralise the nuclear threat from Iran and that it is working. This message is being delivered to the US at all levels of Government.

Asked on: 09 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Digital Economy Council
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Digital Economy Council, announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 July; whether they will publish (1) its agenda for, and (2) minutes of, its first meeting on 3 July; what are the dates of future meetings; and whether they have considered appointing a consumer representative to the Council.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 19 October 2017

We published the membership, terms of reference and frequency of meetings for the Digital Economy Council and Digital Economy Advisory Group on the Gov.UK website, link found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/digital-economy-council-and-digital-economy-advisory-group. The attached PDF file contains the information shown on the Gov.uk’s webpage.

Agenda and minutes are not published to encourage a frank exchange of views during these meetings.

These groups are only one of many routes to engage with us on digital policy. For example, we are committed to working with the public, industry, charities and academia as we develop and implement the Digital Charter.

Digital Economy Council Gov.uk webpage (PDF Document, 300.46 KB)
Grouped Questions: HL1728
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Digital Economy Advisory Group
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of their Digital Economy Advisory Group; what are the dates of the Group's planned meetings; and whether they have considered appointing a consumer representative to the Advisory Group.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 19 October 2017

We published the membership, terms of reference and frequency of meetings for the Digital Economy Council and Digital Economy Advisory Group on the Gov.UK website, link found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/digital-economy-council-and-digital-economy-advisory-group. The attached PDF file contains the information shown on the Gov.uk’s webpage.

Agenda and minutes are not published to encourage a frank exchange of views during these meetings.

These groups are only one of many routes to engage with us on digital policy. For example, we are committed to working with the public, industry, charities and academia as we develop and implement the Digital Charter.

Digital Economy Council Gov.uk webpage (PDF Document, 300.46 KB)
Grouped Questions: HL1727
Q
Asked by Lord Moynihan
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Olympic Games: South Korea
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the decision of the government of France that its Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in PyeongChang if that team's security cannot be guaranteed, whether they intend to apply an equivalent policy to the British Winter Olympic team.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Our current travel advice to South Korea is unrestricted for all British Nationals travelling to or residing in South Korea, including the British Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams. We advise travellers to remain vigilant about heightened tensions on the peninsula and urge them to register for travel advice updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as well as our Twitter and Facebook updates. FCO travel advice is under continuous review. The FCO regularly liaises with the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations in preparation for the games.

Q
Asked by Lord Patten
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Venezuela: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 September (HL1520), what is their long-term vision for Venezuela.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Our long-term vision is a stable, democratic and prosperous Venezuela. We are working to support that where circumstances allow, through our project working on priority issues such as human rights, democracy, counter-narcotics and climate change, as well as efforts to protect UK commercial interests.

Q
Asked by Lord Patten
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Turkey: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL1524), whether they have plans to ask the UN to conduct an independent inquiry under international law into allegations concerning torture and ill treatment in Sapatan and its surrounding villages in Turkey.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

We do not have plans to ask the UN to hold such an inquiry. We regularly raise human rights issues with Turkish ministers, most recently when the Home Secretary visited Turkey in September. We consistently encourage the Turkish government to uphold the rule of law, to respect fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression and to adhere to its international obligations. Turkey has issued a standing invitation to allow inspection visits by UN officials.

Q
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Raed al-Salhi
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the death of Raed al-Salhi after a raid by Israeli soldiers on his home.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

While we have not made specific representations to the Israeli authorities over this issue, we have regularly raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities about the Israel Defense Forces' use of live fire, urging robust and transparent investigations where appropriate.

Q
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the planned demolition of the Palestinian communities of Susiya and Khan Al Ahmar.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government remains gravely concerned about continued demolition of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities including proposals to demolish the Bedouin villages of Khan al-Ahmar and Susiya. The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa visited Susiya in August 2017.

The UK has repeatedly called on the Israeli authorities to halt proposals to demolish Khan al-Ahmar. Prior to the most recently scheduled Israeli High Court hearing on the matter on 25 September – subsequently postponed - our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities on 24 September. The Foreign Secretary expressed our concern about the proposals when he met Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel on 8 March.

Q
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the government of Israel following its decision to seal off the West Bank and Gaza Strip from 4 to 14 October over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
A
Answered on: 19 October 2017

While we have not raised this issue with the Israeli authorities, we remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of movement. Through our Embassy in Tel Aviv we have lobbied the appropriate authorities on the issue of movement and access. We continue to work closely with the Quartet and EU partners to call on Israel to ease restrictions on access.

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Cabinet Office
General Election 2017: Costs
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the cost to the public purse of holding the general election 2017.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office notified Parliament of the forecast cost
of the UK general election of £140,850,000 in a Written Ministerial Statement on 13
September 2017 (Hansard Volume 628, reference HCWS130).

Q
Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
[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: 11 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Public Sector: Equality
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) groups and (b) organisations were involved in stakeholder consultation exercises as part of the Race Disparity Audit, broken down by (i) sector, (ii) race and (iii) ethnicity.
A
Answered by: Damian Green
Answered on: 19 October 2017
Holding answer received on 17 October 2017

All UK Government Departments, the Office for National Statistics, the UK Statistics Authority and all three Devolved Administrations have been consulted about the development of the Audit. Outside organisations consulted about the Race Disparity Audit are listed below. Data is not held on the race or ethnicity of individuals who were consulted.

Academic sector

Academy Of Medical Sciences

Birkbeck College, University of London

Bristol University

British Academy

Huddersfield University

London School of Economics

NatCen Social Research

Royal Society

Sheffield University

Universities UK

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of London

University of Manchester

University of Oxford

University of Sheffield

Non-Government Organisations

Belong

BEMIS Scotland

Big Lottery Fund

Bite the Ballot

Black Thrive

Black Training and Enterprise Group

BME Health Forum

BRAP

British Heart Foundation

Business in the Community

Cancer Research UK

CEMVO Scotland

Changing the Chemistry (CtC)

Chinese Health Living Centre

Citizens Advice

Data Orchard

Education and Employers Taskforce

Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion

Equality and Diversity Forum

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Friends, Families and Travellers

FullFact

Gypsy Traveller Empowerment

Inclusion Cornwall

Institute for Public Policy Research

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Kings Fund

National Black Women’s Network

Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality

Office for Fair Access

Olmec

One Voice For Travellers

Open Data Institute

Operation Black Vote

QED UK

Race Equality Foundation

Race on the Agenda

RJ Working

Roma Support Group

Royal Academy of Engineering

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Runnymede Trust

St Giles Trust

The Leeds GATE

Voice 4 Change

Work Foundation

Young Foundation

Private sector

Green Park Ltd

Public sector

Bradford City Council

Bradford College

Bradford Health and Well Being Board

Camden Council

City of London Academies Trust

Cornwall Council

Greater London Authority

Hackney Council

Haringey Council

Harris Federation

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Lambeth Council

Office for Students

NHS BME Network

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

Sheffield Council

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Cabinet Office
GDS Advisory Board
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 6989, for what reason the Government Digital Service Advisory Board has not met since January 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

A combination of factors has meant that the GDS Advisory Board has not met since
January 2017. In particular, GDS deemed it sensible to wait until the outcome of the
general election before convening a meeting of the GDS Advisory Board to understand
fully any impacts on future priorities

A meeting was scheduled for 9 October but due to a lack of board member availability, this
is being rescheduled to early November. There is a provisional date for a further meeting
on 22 January 2018 but at present there is not a timetable for future quarterly meetings
beyond this.

Grouped Questions: 107257
Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Cabinet Office
GDS Advisory Board
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 6989, whether there is a timetable for quarterly meetings of the Government Digital Service Advisory Board.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

A combination of factors has meant that the GDS Advisory Board has not met since
January 2017. In particular, GDS deemed it sensible to wait until the outcome of the
general election before convening a meeting of the GDS Advisory Board to understand
fully any impacts on future priorities

A meeting was scheduled for 9 October but due to a lack of board member availability, this
is being rescheduled to early November. There is a provisional date for a further meeting
on 22 January 2018 but at present there is not a timetable for future quarterly meetings
beyond this.

Grouped Questions: 107256
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Transport
Navigation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of criminal investigations which have been undertaken into allegations relating to failure to maintain compulsory pilotage in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department holds information on only one case of a criminal investigation, initiated in 2015, into allegations relating to failure to maintain compulsory pilotage in the last ten years.

Q
Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Scotland Office
Food Banks: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to visit a food bank in October 2017.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 19 October 2017

I currently have no plans to visit a food bank in my capacity as Secretary of State for Scotland in October 2017.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Transport
Ports: Navigation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a duty on his Department to oversee or direct competent harbour authorities in the execution of their duties to provide pilotage services in accordance with the Pilotage Act 1987.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The size and volume of traffic, conditions and risks vary greatly between different ports and harbours. Those who are responsible for their management are best placed, given the detailed local knowledge and expertise required, to determine what safety measures, including pilotage, are necessary within their limits and to enforce those requirements.

The Pilotage Act 1987 requires competent harbor authorities to keep under review whether any, and if so what, pilotage is needed in their areas to maintain safety navigation.

The Department provides guidance for competent harbor authorities in the form of the Port Marine Safety Code and best practice in the Guide to Good Practice.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Transport
Harbour Authorities
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings his Ministers of his Department have had with representatives from Competent Harbour Authorities in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Given the importance and significance of the UK’s maritime industry, Ministers meet regularly with representatives from competent harbour authorities and a broad range of other maritime organisations.

Q
Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Tree Planting: Urban Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the planting of extra trees in towns and cities; and what provision he plans to make for additional local authority tree offices and other funding to manage those trees.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government is committed to planting one million trees in our towns and cities by 2022, reflecting our recognition of the important benefits they bring to the places where people live, work, and visit.

In addition, we are giving millions of schoolchildren across England, mostly in urban areas, the chance to plant trees in their schools and communities as part of a Government-backed scheme, in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Community Forest Trust.

Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the use of plastic in (a) retail packaging and (b) food outlets.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 October 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson), on 13 September 2017, PQ UIN 8711.

Q
(Shrewsbury and Atcham)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Department for Transport
ATOL
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the extent of the protection extended to commercial flights by ATOL.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are taking a number of steps to increase the public’s awareness of ATOL protection. Consumers can find information about ATOL and the products and companies that are covered on the CAA’s website. CAA have also launched the ‘Pack Peace of Mind’ campaign to increase awareness of ATOL protection.

We are also taking steps to ensure consumers are informed about ATOL protection when they book a holiday. Companies that sell ATOL protected holidays are already required to provide an ATOL certificate to consumers when they purchase a protected trip or flight. We will introduce additional pre and post-sale information requirements when we implement a new EU Package Travel Directive in 2018.

The Government is continuing to keep this under review as we develop a new aviation strategy for the UK. In July 2017 we published a call for evidence on the aviation strategy, which invited views on whether further information provisions and consumer protections are needed in the sector. We will cover these issues in more detail in the next stage of the consultation.

Q
(Gower)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Packaging
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastics and other packaging in the UK.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Our policies and regulations - such as the Packaging Waste Regulations - are designed to increase recycling and reduce the amount of packaging that ends up in the natural environment.

In September 2016, the Waste and Resources Action Programme and an industry advisory group published a framework for greater consistency, encouraging councils to recycle a common set of materials, as well as setting out actions to rationalise packaging, particularly plastics, into items that can be collected for recycling while supporting innovation in packaging design.

Almost all packaging is technically recyclable, although some local authorities and waste management companies choose not to collect some types of packaging for recycling for various reasons, including cost of investing in new machinery which can sort this packaging.

Q
(Redditch)
[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: 12 October 2017
Department of Health
Patients: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people aged over 65 have adequate transport to and from routine hospital appointments.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Non-emergency patient transport services (PTS) are available for patients that meet certain criteria, including but not limited to those who are aged over 65 and satisfy one or more of the criteria outlined in the document Eligibility Criteria for Patient Transport Services.

A patient’s eligibility for PTS should be determined either by a healthcare professional or by non-clinically qualified staff who are both clinically supervised and/or working within locally agreed protocols or guidelines, and employed by the National Health Service or working under contract for the NHS.

Q
Asked by Laura Smith
(Crewe and Nantwich)
Asked on: 13 October 2017
Department for Transport
Taxis: Guide Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent taxi drivers from refusing to carry passengers with guide dogs.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

It is unacceptable that drivers continue to refuse assistance dogs and I strongly encourage licensing authorities to take robust action against those who are unwilling to comply. Under the Equality Act 2010 it is illegal for the driver of a taxi or Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) to refuse to carry an assistance dog unless they hold a medical exemption certificate issued by the local licensing authority.

As part of the draft Accessibility Action Plan which is currently subject to a public consultation, we have committed to strengthen the best practice guidance on the provision of driver training, and what needs to be done to prevent refusals.

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: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Tourism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group met over the last year.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Tourism Industry Emergency Response (TIER) has been active through all the terror attacks over the past few months, including convening four meetings since the first attack in March.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to establish an online service to enable people to check if they are registered to vote.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Determining an individual’s registration status is the responsibility of Electoral Registration
Officers and only EROs hold up-to- date information allowing a citizen to check if they are
registered. This means that citizens can contact their local electoral administration office to
make enquiries about registration status.

Making information about registration status available on-line on a national basis would be
a significant undertaking and we have no current plans to introduce such a system. It may
be more appropriate for EROs to work with their software suppliers to make registers
available for checking on-line.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding was allocated by the Government to support (a) the registration of UK electors overseas and (b) residents without a fixed address in advance of the (i) 2017 General Election, (ii) EU referendum and (iii) 2015 General Election.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Most funding for electoral registration is the responsibility of local authorities. However, in
recent years (including all the years in question) the Cabinet Office has made available
extra funding to cover the additional costs of Individual Electoral Registration. Such
funding will have assisted with the cost of any targeted canvassing of groups such as
those without a fixed address or overseas electors. However it is not possible to estimate
the specific costs of such activity.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure consistency in Unique Property Reference Numbers for the database used by councils and the gov.uk/register-to-vote website.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Citizens applying to register to vote using the Government website must enter their
address. After verification, citizen applications are passed to Electoral Registration
Officers. The record passed to each ERO includes the Unique Property Reference
Number (UPRN) drawn from an Ordnance Survey database. It is up to each ERO how to
make use of this UPRN.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what safeguards are in place to ensure that people registered to vote outside of the UK do not register in more than one parliamentary constituency.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

British citizens outside the UK can only register as an overseas elector in the constituency in which they were registered to vote, provided that entry was in force within 15 years of them making an overseas elector's declaration. Section 2(4) of the Representation of the People Act 1985 prevents a person from specifying more than one address on the declaration; and also prevents a person from having more than one declaration in force at any one time.

Registration Officers have the power to request information required to prove this. Providing false information to a registration officer is an offence and for England and Wales can result in up to 51 weeks imprisonment or an unlimited fine, and for Scotland up to 6 months imprisonment or a maximum fine of £5,000.

Q
Asked by Chris Green
(Bolton West)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Local Government: Elections
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud entitled Securing the ballot, not including the voter ID pilots planned for the May 2018 local elections.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government’s view is that electoral fraud is unacceptable on any level. Sir Eric Pickles’ review made a number of recommendations for strengthening the integrity of the electoral process. In addition to the voter ID pilots taking place in the May 2018 elections, Tower Hamlets will also pilot changes to postal voting. The Government is also seeking to end the practice of postal vote harvesting through measures that will prohibit party campaigners from handling postal votes, and apply a limit to the number of postal ballots that any one individual can hand in at a polling station. Additionally, the Electoral Commission has addressed 7 recommendations through guidance in response to the Pickles Review.

The Government is considering the way forward on the other recommendations made by Sir Eric Pickles, and will continue to consider how to improve the integrity of electoral processes more generally.


Q
Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 16 October 2017
HM Treasury
Child Tax Credit
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many kinship carers have been denied child tax credit, for a baby to whom they or their partner have given birth, as a result of the restriction of child tax credit to two children in a household since 6 April 2017.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The government is committed to making the welfare system fair for those who pay for it as well as those who benefit from it. In recognition that some tax credit claimants are not able to make choices about the number of children in their family, the government has provided exceptions for certain groups, including in cases of kinship care.

Data on the exceptions is intended for publication at a future date following quality assurance.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
Close

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

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

Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
[N]
Close

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

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

Grouped Questions: 107945
Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Heritage: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance the Government has given to cultural and artistic venues to assist with extra security costs incurred as a result of recent terrorist attacks in London.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 October 2017

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

Grouped Questions: 107960
Q
Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[N]
Close

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

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

Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[N]
Close

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

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

Q
(York Central)
[N]
Close

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

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

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

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

Q
Asked by Norman Lamb
(North Norfolk)
[N]
Close

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

This information is not collected in the format requested.

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
Close

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013-14 £17.46 million

2014-15 £17.95 million

2015-16 £18.29 million

2016-17 £19.39 million

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

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate NHS England has made of the baseline level of investment clinical commissioning groups need to commit to children's mental health services in order to provide an acceptable level of service.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the local authority spending on children's mental health by area for the last two years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The data requested is not collected centrally.

Q
(Leicester South)
[N]
Close

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

This information is not collected centrally.

Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Transport
Airports: Northern Cyprus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will review the decision to increase security requirements on passengers flying between Ercan International Airport and UK airports.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 19 October 2017

All flights from Ercan to the UK are subject to additional passenger screening at the departure gate in Turkey. We believe these are necessary measures, especially given aviation remains a systemic target for terrorists, and those with malicious intent. We work with our international partners on aviation security, and keep measures under constant review.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Access
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many station upgrades are due to start before April 2019 under the Network Rail Access for All scheme.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 19 October 2017

Since 2014 Access for All has completed 30 projects and another 7 are currently on site. A further 28 are due to start construction before 2019.

Q
Asked by Mike Amesbury
(Weaver Vale)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Transport
Bus Services: Franchises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the detailed legislative guidance on the franchising powers made available to combined authorities with elected mayors under the provisions of the Bus Services Act 2017.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department plans to publish the guidance this autumn.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department for Transport
Shared Spaces: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made on the effect of shared-space schemes on disabled people.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Department has published guidance for local authorities and practitioners on designing shared space schemes in Local Transport Note 1/11: Shared Space.

To inform the advice given in the Local Transport Note, the Department commissioned an extensive research project in 2010, more information on which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/shared-space. This included qualitative research with a number of different road user types: visually impaired pedestrians; mobility impaired pedestrians; pedestrians with learning difficulties; pedestrians who are deaf or hard of hearing; non-disabled pedestrians; and drivers.

We have been working with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, which has been carrying out a review of 12 shared space and other street design schemes. This will report soon, and provide recommendations for further work in this area.

The draft Accessibility Action Plan, currently out for consultation, includes an action for us to consider CIHT’s recommendations, when received, and how to take them forward, by the end of 2017.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Arms Length External Organisations
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of new arms-length bodies his Department plans to establish once the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The UK’s relationship with the EU's agencies upon exit will be evaluated in light of
delivering the twelve objectives outlined by the Prime Minister to achieve a deep and
special partnership between the UK and the EU. The UK’s future relationship with the EU's
decentralised bodies after leaving the EU is a matter for the negotiations.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to figure 7 on page 24 of the National Audit Office's report, Progress on the government estate strategy (HC 1131), published on 25 April 2017, what the evidential basis is for the number of jobs created.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Projects delivered under the One Public Estate programme deliver a range of benefits, including the creation of jobs. To attribute a benefit to the programme, an OPE partnership must submit evidence that a benefit has been delivered. For example, the evidence base for the creation of jobs can include:

1) an economic impact assessment supporting a planning application

2) a construction plan

3) an extract from the tender for a building contract

This is not an exhaustive list of suitable evidence. One Public Estate works with OPE partnerships to use the most suitable means of determining jobs created, dependent on the nature of individual projects.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 44 of the National Audit Office's report, Progress on the government estate strategy, HC1131, published on 25 April 2017, what the range of smaller initiatives is that is intended to bring financial benefits in the New Property Model by the Government Property Unit; and what the estimated financial benefit is of each such initiative.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 October 2017

A full business case which contains the financial benefits is currently being developed and has yet to be agreed.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Local Government: Elections
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will review the grounds for the requirement for council candidates to publish their home address on ballot papers.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Government recognises that the existing requirements in relation to the publication or
otherwise of candidates’ home addresses vary across different polls

In their report just published on the General Election 2017, the AEA recommends that the
option for candidates to restrict publication of their home address be extended to all polls

We will respond to this report in due course

I also refer the member to my answer made in debate, on 14 September 2017, Volume
628, Column 1083.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 07 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electronic Voting
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing proposals for secure online voting for elections.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The selection of elected representatives for Parliament is regarded as requiring the highest possible level of integrity. At present, there are concerns that e-Voting may not be suitably rigorous and secure and could be vulnerable to attack or fraud. The Conservative Party stated in its manifesto a commitment to paper voting. There are no plans to introduce proposals for online voting for elections.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2017 to Question 5177, how many case workers have been allocated to work with (a) Grenfell Tower survivors and (b) members of the local community affected by that fire.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 18 October 2017

As of 12 October 2017, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has 168 caseworkers supporting 457 cases, of which 133 cases are survivors from Grenfell Tower. Some families may have more than one caseworker.

Q
Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the fire resistance of residential tower blocks that are (a) under construction or (b) due to begin construction soon in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 18 October 2017
Holding answer received on 13 September 2017

Tower blocks that are currently under construction or are due to begin construction will be subject to Building Regulations. As such their design will be assessed and then the work will be inspected by independent building control bodies. The Department has commissioned and published the results of a series of BS8414 external wall system fire tests in order to improve the evidence available to developers and building control bodies in determining reasonable compliance with relevant Building Regulations. The test results and commentary from the Expert Panel advising Government can be found at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-safety-programme

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643281/Update_and_consolidated_advice_for_building_owners_following_large-scale_testing.pdf

Asked on: 08 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Sexual Offences: Convictions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions there were for the offences of (1) gross indecency, (2) attempted gross indecency, (3) buggery, and (4) attempted buggery, in England and Wales from 1987 to 2003.
A
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The number of offenders found guilty at all courts of all gross indecency and buggery offences in England and Wales from 1987 to 2003 can be viewed in the table.

Offenders found guilty at all courts of selected sexual offences, England and Wales, 1987-2003(1)(2)

Year

Buggery

Gross Indecency and Indecency between males

1987

257

1,199

1988

328

1,579

1989

257

1,199

1990

241

1,324

1991

229

845

1992

213

807

1993

187

592

1994

189

669

1995

169

565

1996

113

381

1997

120

404

1998

141

403

1999

111

295

2000

106

237

2001

91

267

2002

69

279

2003

51

294

(1) Includes the following offences: Buggery includes Sexual Offences Act 1967 Section 1(4),3(1),12, Justice and Public Order 1994 sec 143, 144.Sexual offences Act 2000 sec1. Gross Indecency and Indecency between males includes Criminal Justice and Public 1994 Sec 144, Sexual Offences(Amendment) Act 2000 Sec 1, Indecency with Children Act 1960 Sec 1.

(2) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.

Q
Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Right to Buy Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what right to buy receipts local authorities have paid to the Exchequer in (a) capital receipts, (b) interest accrued and (c) any other relevant amount in each financial year from 2012-13.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 18 October 2017
Holding answer received on 14 September 2017

I refer the Rt Hon Member for Wentworth and Dearne to the answer given on 21 February 2017 to Question UIN 64700.

Receipts for quarters 3 and 4 of 2016-17 amount to £103,530,926*


*This is a provisional figure and therefore subject to change.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Registration Officers: Finance
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for electoral registration officers.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The majority of electoral registration activity is funded by local authorities across England,
Scotland and Wales. Since 2014 the Cabinet Office has provided funding to LAs to cover
the additional costs generated by the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration,
including a second bidding round after the canvass if initial funding is insufficient to cover
costs incurred over the year.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Polling Stations
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to codify the roles and responsibilities of tellers at polling stations.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Guidance on the roles and responsibilities of tellers is already produced by the Electoral
Commission. Tellers must also act in accordance with any further guidance provided by
the relevant Returning Officer or their staff. There are currently no plans to put such
guidance on a statutory footing.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward proposals on the registration of people in (i) universities, (ii) colleges, (iii) residential care homes and (iv) houses in multiple occupation.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Government intends to publish a democratic engagement strategy addressing
registration issues in late 2017.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register: Fraud
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward proposals to tackle duplicate voter registrations.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Cabinet Office is committed to finding an appropriate approach to reducing the burden of duplicate applications while ensuring that unnecessary barriers to registration are avoided. The fact that millions of people have taken the step of applying to register online shows it was right to introduce the website as part of Individual Electoral Registration.

We have already taken steps to limit unnecessary duplicate applications to register. For example during the recent general election we added a new page to the website to guide people away from making applications when they did not need to.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Absent Voting
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an attestation arrangement for postal vote applications requiring a signature waiver.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Sir Eric Pickles’ review of Electoral Fraud, published in August 2016, recommended
introducing an attestation requirement for postal vote applications requiring a signature
waiver

The Government supports this recommendation and will be seeking to consider, in
conjunction with the Association of Electoral Administrators and the Electoral Commission,
how this might be implemented in due course.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Ballot Papers
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing the absolute requirement to count unused ballot papers as a part of the verification process and replacing that requirement with a requirement to do so only where the returning officer considers it appropriate.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We consider elections processes and policy on an ongoing basis, and are working with the
Association of Electoral Administrators and Electoral Commission to consider the
development and improvement of existing processes, including in relation to the
procedures for the counting of votes at elections.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Ballots
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will conduct a review of the combination of polls which includes an assessment of (a) which polls should be automatically combined, (b) the maximum number of polls that should be combined on the same day and (c) the potential merits of combining polls for parish and community councils and neighbouring planning and council tax referendums with UK Parliamentary general elections.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Combining polls can bring benefits in terms of enhancing voter participation and reducing cost. However, it is recognised that changing the rules surrounding the combination of polls would be a complex exercise involving amendments to primary legislation. We will continue to consider this matter with stakeholders to see where improvements can be made.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Elections: Finance
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that expenses claims submitted to the Election Claims Unit are audited and settled within six months of their receipt.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Returning Officers have six months in which to submit an account of spending on a poll
funded from the Consolidated Fund. The vast majority of these claims are received by the
ECU in the last month before the deadline. This raises an issue with processing the
claims, many of which require significant work, within six months of receipt, including how
quickly queries on a claim are responded to by Returning Officers

We are looking at the process with the Association of Electoral Administrators to identify
how it may best be operated.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Elections
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Law Commissioners proposals of February 2016, on reforming electoral laws, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals for a single Electoral Administration Act.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We will continue to work with the Law Commission, as well as other stakeholders such as the Electoral Commission, on how best to implement the recommendations of its review of electoral law.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Constituencies
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving (a) electoral registration officers the responsibility for the subdivision of UK parliamentary constituencies into polling districts and (b) returning officers the responsibility for the designation of polling places within those districts.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We consider that the current arrangements, whereby local authorities are responsible for
designating polling places and carrying out reviews, ensure that there is a clear and
consistent approach, and clear lines of accountability, in the designation of polling districts
and places. There are no plans to change these existing arrangements.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 12 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Constituencies
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to end the Boundary Commission's review of constituency boundaries.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The current boundary review is proceeding in accordance with legislation passed in the
2010-15 Parliament under which the four Boundary Commissions are required to submit
their final reports in September 2018

These reforms will ensure fair and equal representation for the voting public across the
United Kingdom.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8578, when he plans to complete the analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of his planning for the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We are conducting rigorous analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of our planning. This analysis will be ongoing, helping to develop a detailed understanding of how withdrawing from the EU will impact on the UK to best inform government policy going forward.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Oesophageal Cancer
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer aged between (a) 20 to 40, (b) 40 to 60 and (c) over 60 in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 119.15 KB)
Q
(Bolton South 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: 13 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Debt Collection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the National Police Chiefs' Council on its decision to tender the work of civilian enforcement officers.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) currently uses private contractors known as Approved Enforcement Agencies (AEA) to undertake some of its enforcement functions. The work that HMCTS civilian enforcement officers do is already undertaken by these Agencies in many areas of England and Wales, where there are established links with the police. No discussions have taken place with the National Police Chiefs’ Council regarding the procurement of new AEA contracts. We will engage them and local Police Forces once we know the details of the contracts to be awarded.

Q
Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Independent Police Complaints Commission
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the rate of successful prosecutions originating in investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Q
Asked by Norman Lamb
(North Norfolk)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with the Chief Scientific Adviser in his Department in the last three months.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The department’s Director of Analytical Services also acts in capacity as the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Ministry of Justice. The Secretary of State has met with the Director on one occasion and with Ministers on three occasions over this time period.

Q
(Barnsley East)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Temporary Employment
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce are on permanent agency contracts in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 65.3 KB)
Grouped Questions: 105267 | 105268
Q
(Barnsley East)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Zero Hours Contracts
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average number of hours worked a week was on a zero-hours contract in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 165.9 KB)
Grouped Questions: 105270 | 105269
Q
(Barnsley East)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Zero Hours Contracts
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people worked on zero-hours contracts in the UK in each of the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 165.9 KB)
Grouped Questions: 105261 | 105269
Q
(Barnsley East)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Zero Hours Contracts
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce operate on zero-hours contracts in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 165.9 KB)
Grouped Questions: 105261 | 105270
Q
(Barnsley East)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Temporary Employment
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK are employed by agencies using the Swedish derogation.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 65.3 KB)
Grouped Questions: 105264 | 105268
Q
(Barnsley East)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Temporary Employment
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of those employed by agencies in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK are employed under the Swedish derogation.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 65.3 KB)
Grouped Questions: 105264 | 105267
Q
Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 02 October 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a position paper on the effect of Brexit on the transport sector; and if so, when.
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Government has published a series of papers on the new deep and special partnership the UK wants to build with the EU, and these papers represent the hard work and detailed thinking that has been going on behind the scenes across Whitehall over the past twelve months.

They offer pragmatic and innovative solutions to issues related to our withdrawal and the future deep and special partnership that we want with the European Union.

The Government will publish further position papers on other issues in due course, providing more information to business and individuals, and informing our negotiations with the EU.

Q
Asked on: 02 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Justice intends to implement the ratio of personal responsibility for six prisoners being given to every prison officer, as stated during scrutiny of the Prisons and Courts Bill.
A
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We want our prisons to be places where staff and offenders feel safe and where those in our care are challenged and supported to make the most effective use of their time in custody to best prepare them for release.

This is why we have committed to the introduction of the new Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) model will improve the way in which we case manage offenders through their sentence and on to release.

We have therefore invested £100m to boost the front line by 2,500 prison officers by the end of December 2018. These additional officers will enable us to rollout the OMiC model. The key worker model is currently being rolled out across the prison estate which started with 11 ‘pathfinder’ prisons, 4 of which have had sufficient numbers of new officers to commence their keyworker sessions.

Q
Asked by Mike Hill
(Hartlepool)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 July 2017, HC Deb col 627, if he will ensure that Article 13 is carried over into UK law.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the existing body of direct EU animal welfare laws to become UK laws. Most of these EU laws relate to farmed animals and many were passed after Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) came into effect.

Article 13 of the TFEU created a qualified obligation on the EU and EU Member States “to have full regard to the welfare of animals [as they are sentient beings]” when formulating and implementing certain EU laws.

We are exploring how the ‘animal sentience’ principle of Article 13 can continue to be reflected in the UK when we leave the EU. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and our ambition is not only to maintain but enhance these standards.

Q
Asked by Liam Byrne
(Birmingham, Hodge Hill)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Attorney General
Syria: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, what charges have been brought against British citizens for acts relating to the conflict in Syria and Daesh activities in that region; how many citizens have been charged for each such offence; and what sentences have been handed down by courts from convictions relating to such charges.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Crown Prosecution Service does not hold these official figures. The Home Office Statistical Bulletin publishes data about convictions quarterly but does not distinguish those which relate to Syria and Daesh. It sets out the principal offences for which terrorists were convicted and the sentences.

Q
(North East Fife)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Universities: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6 September 2017, whether it is her policy to extend visa entitlement to the spouses and dependents of EU academics who can work in the UK after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Government recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to our society and we welcome those with the skills and expertise to make our country better still. But we must manage the process properly so that our immigration system serves the national interest.

We have been clear that after the UK leaves the EU, free movement will end, but migration between the UK and the EU will continue and we are considering a number of options as to how this might work. We will be setting out initial proposals for our future immigration arrangements later in the year.

The Government recognises that it is important that we understand the impacts on the different sectors of the economy and the labour market and want to ensure that decisions on the long-term system are based on evidence. On July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy- and they will be presenting their report in September 2018. The MAC has also issued a public call for evidence- where sectoral bodies including those in the science, academic and research sectors can formally make representations. This is open until 27 October 2017. Details can be found on the gov.uk website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-and-briefing-note-eea-workers-in-the-uk-labour-market

The Government will carefully consider any recommendations made to it by the MAC before finalising the details of the future immigration system for EU nationals.

The Government also regularly engages with sectoral bodies – including those in the scientific and academic sectors ­- to ensure our immigration routes work effectively to enable businesses to access the talent they need. Their views do, and will continue to, inform our decisions on any changes to the system.

Grouped Questions: 105594
Q
Asked by Jenny Chapman
(Darlington)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Police: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the police response has been delayed as a result of new build housing developments not being included in GPS navigation systems in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Home Office does not collect this information centrally. It is the responsibility of each democratically accountable Police and Crime Commissioner with their Chief Constable to deploy resources appropriately to meet the needs of their local community.

Q
(North East Fife)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Research: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: Future Partnership Paper, published on 6 September 2017, what representations she has received from universities and national academies on the potential effect of changes to freedom of movement on the UK's ability to attract and retain high quality researchers.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Government recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to our society and we welcome those with the skills and expertise to make our country better still. But we must manage the process properly so that our immigration system serves the national interest.

We have been clear that after the UK leaves the EU, free movement will end, but migration between the UK and the EU will continue and we are considering a number of options as to how this might work. We will be setting out initial proposals for our future immigration arrangements later in the year.

The Government recognises that it is important that we understand the impacts on the different sectors of the economy and the labour market and want to ensure that decisions on the long-term system are based on evidence. On July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy- and they will be presenting their report in September 2018. The MAC has also issued a public call for evidence- where sectoral bodies including those in the science, academic and research sectors can formally make representations. This is open until 27 October 2017. Details can be found on the gov.uk website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-and-briefing-note-eea-workers-in-the-uk-labour-market

The Government will carefully consider any recommendations made to it by the MAC before finalising the details of the future immigration system for EU nationals.

The Government also regularly engages with sectoral bodies – including those in the scientific and academic sectors ­- to ensure our immigration routes work effectively to enable businesses to access the talent they need. Their views do, and will continue to, inform our decisions on any changes to the system.

Grouped Questions: 105612
Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Schengen Agreement: ICT
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect of no longer having access to the second generation Schengen Information System on her Department's ability speedily to secure the arrest and extradition of suspects who flee to the EU.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We are proposing an ambitious strategic agreement with the EU that provides a comprehensive framework for our future security, law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation that delivers the capabilities our operational partners need to keep our people safe.

Our proposals are set out in “Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice – a future partnership paper” which was published on 18 September, available on the gov.uk website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/security-law-enforcement-and-criminal-justice-a-future-partnership-paper.

We are confident that all parties will recognise the value of continued, practical cooperation between the UK and EU on law enforcement and national security.

However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. That is exactly what we are doing across the whole of Government.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much additional funding he plans for each community rehabilitation company to receive in 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) received additional funding which totalled £37.15m in the 2016/17 financial year. CRCs also received an interim uplift which totalled £22m in the early months of the 2017/18 financial year. These payments were made for a variety of reasons and cannot be broken down by CRC because the information is commercially sensitive. Furthermore, agreements were made with CRCs on a case-by-case basis to enable them to re-invest contractual payment deductions in key areas of the business and improve services.

We have made changes to how CRCs are paid for future years so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms.

Grouped Questions: 105461 | 105459 | 105458
Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much each community rehabilitation company received in additional funding in 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) received additional funding which totalled £37.15m in the 2016/17 financial year. CRCs also received an interim uplift which totalled £22m in the early months of the 2017/18 financial year. These payments were made for a variety of reasons and cannot be broken down by CRC because the information is commercially sensitive. Furthermore, agreements were made with CRCs on a case-by-case basis to enable them to re-invest contractual payment deductions in key areas of the business and improve services.

We have made changes to how CRCs are paid for future years so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms.

Grouped Questions: 105460 | 105459 | 105458
Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which community rehabilitation companies have requested additional funding in 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) received additional funding which totalled £37.15m in the 2016/17 financial year. CRCs also received an interim uplift which totalled £22m in the early months of the 2017/18 financial year. These payments were made for a variety of reasons and cannot be broken down by CRC because the information is commercially sensitive. Furthermore, agreements were made with CRCs on a case-by-case basis to enable them to re-invest contractual payment deductions in key areas of the business and improve services.

We have made changes to how CRCs are paid for future years so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms.

Grouped Questions: 105460 | 105461 | 105458
Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the business cases for requests for additional funding by community rehabilitation companies.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 18 October 2017

We have made changes to how CRCs are paid for future years so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms.

Any business case for additional funding for Community Rehabilitation Companies contains commercially sensitive and legally privileged information and, therefore, will not be published.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which community rehabilitation companies have requested additional funding in 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 18 October 2017

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) received additional funding which totalled £37.15m in the 2016/17 financial year. CRCs also received an interim uplift which totalled £22m in the early months of the 2017/18 financial year. These payments were made for a variety of reasons and cannot be broken down by CRC because the information is commercially sensitive. Furthermore, agreements were made with CRCs on a case-by-case basis to enable them to re-invest contractual payment deductions in key areas of the business and improve services.

We have made changes to how CRCs are paid for future years so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms.

Grouped Questions: 105460 | 105461 | 105459
Q
(North West Leicestershire)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Package Holidays: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on plans to tackle bogus holiday sickness claims.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Government is committed to taking action to address the issue of package holiday personal injury claims and announced a package of measures on 9 July 2017. As part of this, we published a Call for Evidence on 13 October 2017, the responses to which will inform future decisions. In addition, the Claims Management Regulator and the Solicitors Regulation Authority have taken significant steps to deal with abuses in this area. The travel industry itself also has a vital role to play and is taking steps to address the issues around package holiday claims.

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