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Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the roadworks on the M3 motorway between junctions 2 and 4a; and when they expect those works to be completed.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Highways England is on schedule to open the M3 Smart Motorway between junctions 2 and 4a on 30 June 2017.

Alongside the delivery of this Smart Motorways scheme Highways England have also undertaken additional planned maintenance and renewal of a large amount of existing infrastructure reducing the need for further roadworks. This has included full low noise resurfacing of the carriageways. Highways England has delivered most of this work in parallel, there will be some remaining works which will need to take place beyond the 30 June 2017.

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Home Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparative treatment by police of (1) Muslims, and (2) non-Muslims, particularly in areas with large Muslim populations.
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Home Office has made no such assessment. The police officer oath of attestation emphasises the responsibility of every officer to uphold fundamental human rights and treat all citizens – whatever their religion - with fairness and respect, while Police and Crime Commissioners have a responsibility to serve all citizens in their community with integrity and diligence.

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Asked by Lord Ouseley
Asked on: 21 June 2017
HM Treasury
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what is the annual average total cost saving to private schools in England and Wales from the tax relief granted by their charitable status.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The information is not available. Data held on charitable tax reliefs cannot be broken down into such sector specific detail.

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(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Sex and Relationship Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish her plans for ensuring the content of relationships education in primary schools is age appropriate; and if she will place a copy of those plans in the Library.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) places a duty on the Secretary of State to make relationships education mandatory in all primary schools, and relationships and sex education mandatory in all secondary schools, in England.

The Government also made a commitment to ensuring that the updated guidance and regulations for these subjects would be age appropriate and support the knowledge children and young people need to stay safe and to develop positive relationships.

The Department for Education intends to conduct thorough and wide ranging engagement on relationships education and relationships and sex education. This will determine the content of the regulations and statutory guidance, covering subject content, school practice and quality of delivery. The Department will seek evidence from schools and teachers; parents and pupils; experts in safeguarding and child wellbeing; subject experts; voluntary organisations and other interested parties; and other Government departments and public sector bodies. We will set out more details about the engagement process shortly and the work to consider age appropriate subject content. This work will result in draft regulations and guidance on which we will consult. Following consultation, regulations will be laid in the House allowing for a full and considered debate.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which date a Minister of his Department last visited Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Ministers regularly visit a variety of places across the country. We do not however have a record of a Department for Transport Minister specifically visiting Baillieston test centre in Glasgow.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time employees are based at Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

As at 31 May 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has (a) 5 part time employees and (b) 7 full time employees based at Baillieston test centre in Glasgow.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which landlord provides accommodation for Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency leases Glasgow Baillieston driving test centre from the pension fund of a non-departmental public body – the Medical Research Pension Trust Ltd. The building is managed by Lambert Smith Hampton.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Poverty
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children live in poverty in Glasgow East constituency.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 June 2017

National statistics on the number of children in relative low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. The number and proportion of children in relative low income is not available at local authority or constituency level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which date the current property rental contract is due to expire for the Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The current property rental contract at Baillieston DVSA test centre in Glasgow is due to expire on 14 March 2019.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Driving Tests: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) part-time and (b) full-time staff headcount has been at Baillieston DVSA test centre, Glasgow in each year since 2007.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The part time and full time staff headcount at Baillieston Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test centre, Glasgow in each year since 2007 is as follows:

2007 – 3 part time, 10 full time

2008 – 4 part time, 9 full time

2009 – 4 part time, 8 full time

2010 – 3 part time, 9 full time

2011 – 4 part time, 10 full time

2012 – 6 part time, 8 full time

2013 – 7 part time, 7 full time

2014 – 4 part time, 7 full time

2015 – 8 part time, 5 full time

2016 – 5 part time, 7 full time

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Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Educational Institutions: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools and education establishments are fully compliant with fire and safety regulations; and if she will ensure that checks will be made to ensure the safety of schools.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Responsibility for ensuring compliance with fire and safety regulations sits with the employer of staff in a school or other educational establishment. Depending on the type of establishment, the employer may be the local authority, trust, diocese or proprietor.

The Government is taking the potential impact from the Grenfell Tower seriously and as such, we are taking a strategic approach to the assessment of the wider public sector estate. The Department is undertaking an analysis of all school buildings to identify those over four storeys high, to ensure we include all buildings that are over 18m in our analysis. This analysis is to establish what, if any, external cladding has been used on these buildings.

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

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will list the civil servants and the meetings they attended in Brussels on 19 June 2017 for the first round of Article 50 negotiations.
A
Answered by: Mr Steve Baker
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The following senior civil servants, at grades SCS2 and above, took part in the first round of the negotiations on 19 June 2017.

  • Oliver Robbins, DExEU

  • Sir Tim Barrow, UKRep

  • Glyn Williams, Home Office

  • Alex Ellis, DExEU

  • Mark Bowman, HMT

  • Simon Case, UKRep

  • Jonathan Black, HMT

  • Chris Jones, DExEU

  • Catherine Webb, DExEU

  • Catherine Adams, DExEU

  • Daniel Denman, DExEU

  • Matt Baugh, DExEU

  • Ian Walsh, DWP

The agenda for the day, setting out the meetings attended by officials, can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/agenda-19-june-meeting-between-eu-and-uk-article-50-negotiations_en. See below:

Opening of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union by Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

 11.00 : Opening session (Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis) plus officials

 12.30 : Working lunch between Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis

 14.00 – 16.30 : Working groups

 16.30 : Meeting of coordinators (Sabine Weyand, European Commission's Deputy Chief Negotiator and Olly Robbins, Permanent Secretary, UK Department for Exiting the EU)

 17.30 : Closing session (Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis)

 18:30 (approx): Joint press conference by Michel Barnier and Secretary of State David Davis, BERL press room

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the real terms per pupil change in the overall schools budget will be in each of the next three years taking into account salary and national insurance increases, the apprenticeship levy and anticipated growth in pupil numbers.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government wants to make sure that all pupils, regardless of where they live or their background, receive a good education that enables them to fulfil their potential. We have made significant progress as there are now 1.8 million more pupils in schools that are rated as good or outstanding than there were in 2010.

We want to ensure every school has the resources it needs to deliver an excellent education for every pupil. That is why the core schools budget has been protected in real terms since 2010 and is set to rise from £41 billion in 2017-18 to over £42 billion in 2019-20 with increasing pupil numbers.

We know that the way in which schools use their money is also an important factor in delivering the best outcomes for pupils. We will, therefore, continue to provide support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways. The Government has produced tools, information and guidance to support improved financial health and efficiency in schools, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency.

Further details on the Government’s plans will be available in due course.

Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to extend the period of the ring fence on the public health grant until plans to fund local authorities through 100 per cent business rates retention are implemented after 2020.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

Grouped Questions: 266 | 267 | 268
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(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Communities and Local Government on the future administration of the public health grant.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

Grouped Questions: 551 | 267 | 268
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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Medicine: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase capacity at medical schools to meet demand from applicants with high level qualifications.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

On 4 October 2016 my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced that the number of medical training places available to students in England each year will be expanded by 1,500 to ensure the National Health Service in England has the future supply of doctors it needs to continue to provide safe, compassionate care.

In September 2018, the Government will fund 500 additional student places through medical schools in England each year. A public consultation on how best to allocate a further 1,000 additional places closed on 2 June 2017. The Higher Education Funding Council for England will publish details on the allocation process over the coming months. These 1,000 places will be available to students from September 2019.

Health Education England is responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient future supply of staff to meet the workforce requirements of the English health system. Information on future supply and specialty fill rates can be found in Health Education England’s Workforce Plan for England, available at:

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/HEE%20commissioning%20and%20investment%20plan%202016-17_0.pdf

Availability of medical school places at universities in the devolved administrations is a matter for the individual Government in each administration.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The number of individual diagnoses of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not held. The statistics provided are the number of finished admission episodes.

Financial Year

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (relating to COPD)

2011-12

109,570

125,934

2012-13

117,897

135,859

2013-14

113,876

132,163

2014-15

123,518

143,233

2015-16

124,298

144,327

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Brain Cancer: Surgery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the roll-out of keyhole surgery for brain cancer patients on the NHS.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

There is a range of treatment options for brain cancer, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and neurosurgery. Where neurosurgery is indicated, an appropriate procedure will be selected for each patient which does include minimally invasive procedures and as such there are no plans to roll out keyhole surgery.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Lyme Disease: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to monitor and control the spread of Lyme disease by dog walkers.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted between animals and humans by infected ticks. Dogs can pick up infected ticks outdoors and bring them into the home or garden, which could lead to Lyme disease in any bitten human. There is no evidence to show that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, therefore dog walkers cannot contribute to the spread of the disease.

Public Health England (PHE) provides advice to the public on being tick aware, how to remove ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. This information is available through the GOV.UK website and is relevant to dog walkers as well as the general public and can be used by local authorities in their own advice. PHE has also helped revise the patient advice on NHS Choices and the Government website contains links to Lyme disease information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/552740/Ticksandyourhealthinfoabouttickbites.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463701/LymeDisease_SignsAndSymptoms.pdf

Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold discussions with representative organisations in public health on the mandated public health duties of local authorities in light of the Government's plan to devolve the public health grant.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

Grouped Questions: 551 | 266 | 268
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(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold discussions with representative organisations in sexual health, drugs and alcohol services on the mandated public health duties of local authorities in light of the Government's plan to devolve the public health grant.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

Grouped Questions: 551 | 266 | 267
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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Middle East: Religious Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with governments in the Middle East to encourage a better understanding of human rights provision relating to inter-faith marriages.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 June 2017

​As far as we are aware there have been no such discussions in recent times. The British Government is clear, however, that discrimination on the basis of faith is a violation of universal human rights. The right not to be discriminated against by the state extends to the provision of marriage.

Q
Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Global Asset Recovery Forum
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a timetable has been agreed for achieving the objectives of the Global Forum for Asset Recovery.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR) was announced in May 2016. The US and UK will co-host the inaugural meeting by end 2017. This will be an opportunity to progress asset recovery cases, focusing on Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and the Ukraine.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Attorney General
Serious Fraud Office
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Serious Fraud Office's news release of 20 June 2017, SFO charges in Barclays Qatar capital raising case, whether he has re-assessed the merits of maintaining the Serious Fraud Office as a separate office.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government is committed to strengthening the UK's response to bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud and other forms of economic crime.

The Government is continuing to review options to improve the effectiveness of the UK's response to economic crime, and any measures resulting from this work will be announced in due course.

Q
Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Corruption
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish its Anti-Corruption Strategy.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The government is working on a new Anti-Corruption Strategy which will be published in due course.

Q
Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what indicators his Department plans to use to measure the quality of assessment reports produced by personal independence payment assessment suppliers.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department robustly monitors the performance of contracted suppliers and assessments are independently audited to ensure that the advice provided to the Department’s decision makers is of suitable quality, fully explained and justified. Assessment reports deemed unacceptable are returned to the provider for reworking. We continue to work extensively with PIP assessment providers to make improvements to guidance, training and audit procedures in order to ensure a quality service is maintained.

The Contractual target is 97% acceptable reports.

Detailed guidance on how reports are audited and the criteria to be used are set out in section 4.5 of the Personal Independence Payment Assessment Guide, which can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/547146/pip-assessment-guide.pdf.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Grammar Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains the Government's policy to allow the opening of new grammar schools.
A
Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 27 June 2017

There was no education bill in the Queen’s Speech, and therefore the ban on opening new grammar schools will remain in place.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment: Musculoskeletal Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions to return to and to stay in work.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We want to see disabled people and people with health conditions, including those living with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, to fulfil their full potential in work and go as far as their talents and drive can take them.

We are reforming current Government schemes that support disabled people and those with health conditions to return to and stay in work, for example through Access to Work. Access to Work is a grant scheme for individuals to cover the additional costs of working that arise as a result of a disability or health condition. We are also encouraging all employers to sign-up to the Disability Confident scheme which is designed to help employers access the talents of disabled people and retain them in the workplace.

The Work, Health and Disability Green paper set out plans to develop a 10-year strategy that focuses on transforming employment prospects of disabled people and people with long term health conditions – both by getting people into work as well as retaining those already in employment. The government is committed to ensuring disabled people have better employment outcomes.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Nurses: Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the number of nurses from the EU working in the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We are monitoring the impact on the National Health Service.

The latest NHS Digital data available on nationality shows the number of nurses with European Union (excluding United Kingdom) nationalities (EU27) has increased by over 400 between June 2016 and March 2017. This number as a percentage of all nurses has also increased slightly, from 6.9% to 7.0%.

NHS Digital publishes data on the nationality of staff working in the National Health Service in England. Nationality is self-reported within the NHS human resources and payroll system, the electronic staff record.

The Secretary of State has repeatedly said that overseas workers form a crucial part of our NHS and we value their contribution immensely.

We understand the need to give valued NHS staff from the EU certainty, which is why securing an agreement that will guarantee the status of EU nationals here and UK nationals in the EU is one of our top priorities in Brexit negotiations.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
State Retirement Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of ending the triple lock on pensions on pensioner poverty.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government is committed to ensuring economic security for people at every stage of their life, including when they reach retirement. The Government is also clear that fairness between the generations must be maintained. We are committed to the Triple Lock for the remainder of this Parliament.

Q
Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Lobbying: Fines
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many organisations have been fined for failing to comply with regulations on third party campaigning set out in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

One organisation has been fined for failing to comply with regulations on third party campaigning set out in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. The Electoral Commission announced on 19 April 2017 that it had imposed a civil monetary penalty on Greenpeace Ltd, as the organisation did not register with the Electoral Commission at the 2015 General Election. Greenpeace Ltd was fined a total of £30,000.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the increase in the number of people diagnosed with arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders in relation to (a) funding and (b) public health strategy.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The burden of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions is likely to rise significantly due to an ageing population and a combination of obesity and physical inactivity. Individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities (LAs) are responsible for the delivery of services to treat and support the prevention of MSK disorders from their respective resources allocation. Where appropriate, some local services may be designed and delivered in partnership between CCGs and LAs.

Whilst not all MSK conditions are preventable, physical activity can play an important part in reducing risk of developing certain MSK disorders and managing MSK symptoms. Regular physical activity that meets national guidelines on frequency and intensity can reduce an individual’s risk of developing joint and back pain by 25% and can improve symptoms for people with MSK conditions.

The Department works with Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and local authorities to promote physical activity. The ‘Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions’ report, published in March 2017 is the result of collaboration between Arthritis Research UK, PHE, NHS England and the Department. The report reviews the benefits of physical activity both for people with MSK conditions and wider society and provides a framework that supports a tiered approach to intervention. More information can be found at the following link:

www.arthritisresearchuk.org/policy-and-public-affairs/reports-and-resources/reports/physical-activity-report.aspx

PHE is leading the discussions to engage all partners and stakeholders to prevent, detect and treat MSK conditions at an earlier stage through the use of evidence based interventions. For the whole population, the Government and PHE are also working to promote and support lifestyles that encourage people to make informed healthy choice in their approach to physical activity and eating a healthy diet, in order to promote overall wellbeing as well as reduce their risk of developing MSK conditions and to maintain and enhance bone health.

Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
HIV Infection: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis impact trial will begin; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

NHS England and Public Health England announced in December 2016 that up to £10 million is to be made available to run a three year trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis to answer outstanding questions about future access and implementation. Work continues to ensure a robust trial starting as quickly as possible. Following the drug procurement, NHS England expects to be able to confirm the award of the final contract no later than the first week of August, meaning trial drugs could be available from early August, in readiness for the trial to begin once ethics approval is received and trial sites are prepared.

Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Pregnancy: Smoking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce smoking amongst pregnant women.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government is committed to reducing smoking prevalence in pregnant women and will be publishing its new Tobacco Control Plan for England shortly. This will aim to reduce smoking prevalence generally and includes actions to reduce smoking during pregnancy.

Public Health England continues to work closely with NHS England to increase the number of women having a smoke-free pregnancy through a variety of initiatives. This is a key priority within NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme and a key action to reduce stillbirths and meet the Secretary of State’s ambition to halve the number of stillbirths by 2030, and to reduce stillbirths by 20% by 2020.

Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Nutrition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the timescales on the new nutrient profile model will be published; and for what reasons the publications of those timescales has been delayed.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The revised timeline for the review of the nutrient profiling model was published on gov.uk on 30 March 2017 and is available to view here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/review-of-the-nutrient-profiling-model

The revised timescales are set to ensure that the options for the review of the nutrient profiling model are fully considered through a transparent process and will uphold the latest government recommendations for sugar and fibre.

The review of the nutrient profiling model is due to be completed by June 2018.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Paracetamol: General Practitioners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow GP surgeries to directly provide patients with paracetamol, and other low cost readily available drugs, rather than issuing such medication via a prescription.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department has no plans to make changes to legislation to enable general practitioners to directly provide paracetamol, or other low cost readily available drugs for patients without the need for a prescription.

These drugs remain available to patients over the counter.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on benefits for disabled people over the course of this Parliament.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We are committed to ensuring our welfare system is a strong safety net for those with disabilities and long-term health conditions. We will ensure that support is both sustainable and targeted to those who need it most, and will continually look at ways of improving the delivery of disability benefits. The Government received around 6000 responses to the Improving Lives Green Paper on work, health and disability. We are carefully considering the Consultation responses and next steps will be outlined in due course.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Home Office
Nurses: Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas to work in the UK have been issued for people taking up nursing positions in the NHS in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The information you have requested is not included in statistics published by the Home Office.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foreign nationals are working in the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

NHS Digital publishes data on the nationality of staff working in the National Health Service in England. Nationality is self-reported within the NHS human resources and payroll system, the electronic staff record.

As of 31 March 2017, latest data available, there are now 137,384 (headcount) foreign nationals, or 11.6% employed in the National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups. 80,822 of NHS staff records do not contain useful data with people choosing not to specify their nationality or not asked to.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Nurses: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from Cabinet colleagues about reintroducing the student nursing bursary.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not received any representations from Cabinet colleagues about reintroducing the National Health Service bursary for new pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health students from 1 August 2017.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Cabinet Office
General Elections
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will establish an independent body to set rules for and formalise general election leaders debates.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government has no plans to establish an independent body to set rules for and formalise general election leaders debates.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of staff shortages in the NHS by number and position.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Health Education England (HEE) provide estimates of staff shortages as part of their Workforce Plan for England publication. The latest figures are available at the following link.

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

HEE plan to publish the Workforce Plan for England 2017/18 in due course.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Cabinet Office
House of Lords: Reform
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on the reform of the House of Lords to make that House accountable to the electorate.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Conservative Party manifesto included a commitment to ensure that the House of Lords continues to fulfil its constitutional role as revising and scrutinising chamber which respects the primacy of the House of Commons and to ensure the work of the House of Lords remains relevant and effective by addressing issues such as its size.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Systems
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will consider alternative voting systems for general elections and introduce a proportional system.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government’s view is that the First Past the Post system is well-established here. In each constituency, candidates are elected to represent the views of their constituents and in each case a candidate for whom more people voted than for any of the alternatives is elected. The current system also provides a clear and well-understood link between constituents and their representative in Parliament and is well-understood by the electorate. The Government does not have plans to change the voting system for General Elections.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Lost Working Days
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days have been lost in the NHS due to staff absence and sickness in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The number of days lost in the National Health Service due to staff absence other than sickness is not collected centrally. The number of days lost to the NHS as a result of sickness absence over the last five years is in the table below 1 .

Year

Sum of Full Time Equivalent sick days taken

Sum of Full Time Equivalent working days available

Sickness absence rate (%)

2012

15,970,492

376,888,359

4.24 %

2013

15,424,804

377,092,245

4.09 %

2014

16,178,672

384,714,386

4.21 %

2015

16,346,443

392,433,945

4.17 %

2016

16,866,471

403,377,016

4.18 %

Note:

1 Source: NHS Digital - NHS Staff Sickness Absence Statistics. The data includes the number of days between the start and end dates of each sickness absence episode, even those days on which the employee would not have normally worked. This has an effect of overestimating the total sick days.

Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
RAF St Athan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 70761, what estimate his Department has made of the costs of (a) staff relocation, (b) movement of equipment and (c) upgrading of buildings associated with transferring No. 4 School of Technical Training to Cosford; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the then Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel (Mark Lancaster) on 24 April 2017 to Question 70761.

70761 - WQnA extract on RAF St Athan (PDF Document, 66.17 KB)
Q
(East Renfrewshire)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Surrogate Motherhood: Lone Parents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2017 to Question 66737, what progress has been made on plans to give single parents with children born through surrogacy the same rights as couples.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Drafting work on the remedial order, which will allow single people to apply for a parental order in a surrogacy arrangement, is ongoing. We currently estimate that the remedial order will be laid when Parliament returns after the Summer recess period.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Discrimination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it a specific offence to discriminate against and abuse members of the armed forces.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Any offence motivated by hate or prejudice against the Armed Forces is very concerning, and the courts are already fully empowered to take such factors into account when deciding on the appropriate sentence.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will create a veterans register to help identify and support the needs of veterans (a) generally and (b) during the transition back into civilian life.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has no plans to create a register of veterans.

The Department has, however, sponsored the inclusion of questions about veterans in the Office for National Statistics' Annual Population Survey (APS) in order to provide the evidence base required by Government, third parties and the private sector to aid policy development in support of the Armed Forces Covenant and to better understand the UK Armed Forces veteran population in Great Britain. The APS has enabled analysis of veterans by socio-demographic characteristics including: gender, age, location, health, smoking status, employment and accommodation (housing). The latest publication for 2015 is available at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-population-survey-uk-armed-forces-veterans-residing-in-great-britain-2015.

The vast majority of Service leavers make a smooth transition from military to civilian life. Support for veterans, like all other members of the general population, is provided by the wider Government including local authorities and the Devolved Administrations. The MOD is determined to ensure that veterans who require help are provided with appropriate support including through the Veterans UK helpline and website, the Veterans Welfare Service and the Veterans Information Service which contacts veterans 12 months after their discharge.

Most recently, the launch of the Veterans Gateway on 20 June provided by a consortium of charities led by the Royal British Legion provides extra support in the form of a staffed, 24-hour, one-stop-shop offering guidance on accessing public, private and charitable services in the UK.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on supporting veterans injured on active service in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

This information is not held as support for veterans, including those injured on active service, is the responsibility of the Government as a whole, including the NHS, local authorities and the Devolved Administrations. The Ministry of Defence provides support to veterans through the Veterans UK helpline and website, the Veterans Welfare Service and the Veterans Information Service which contacts veterans 12 months after their discharge. In addition, the recent launch of the Veterans Gateway on 20 June (provided by a consortium of charities led by the Royal British Legion) provides extra support in the form of a staffed, 24-hour, one-stop-shop offering guidance on accessing public, private and charitable services in the UK.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Veterans: Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support he plans to make available to homeless veterans in the next five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Ministry of Defence does not have primary responsibility for homeless veterans but works closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), other Government Departments, veterans' organisations and other service providers to ensure a coordinated and structured approach to homelessness amongst a small minority of veterans. Our aim is both to prevent new Service leavers becoming homeless and to provide an effective safety net for existing homeless veterans. Current measures to achieve this include enhanced housing advice and assistance to all Service personnel, and an extension of the Forces Help to Buy Scheme until 2018. In addition, the DCLG has extended the period within which veterans are given priority for Government funded shared ownership schemes, from 12 to 24 months after service. Support to our veterans, including the homeless, is provided through the Veterans UK helpline and website, the Veterans Welfare Service and the Veterans Information Service which contacts veterans 12 months after their discharge. The Veterans Gateway, launched on 20 June by a consortium of charities led by the Royal British Legion, provides a 24 hour advice service to help with issues such as finance, housing and health.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Hunting
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on fox hunting.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government’s manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act 2004.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Home Office
Hunting Act 2004
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure the Hunting Act 2004 is fully enforced.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The police have stated their commitment to enforcing the Hunting Act. Enforcement is an operational matter for the police.

It is therefore a decision for individual chief officers how and in what manner they will respond to hunting issues.

Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
RAF St Athan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 70832, whether he has carried out an impact assessment of effect of relocation on (a) 614 RAF Auxiliary Squadron, (b) University of Wales Air Squadron, (c) 2300 Air Cadets Squadron, (d) Regional Rehabilitation Unit for Wales and the Midlands and (e) the Band of the Prince of Wales; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Yes, there is an ongoing assessment process as part of the proposed move of No. 4 School of Technical Training from Ministry of Defence St Athan to RAF Cosford, which examines the impact of the potential move on other units. For the current position, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the then Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel (Mark Lancaster) on 24 April 2017 to Question 70832.

70832 - WQnA extract on RAF St Athan (PDF Document, 66.43 KB)
Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
RAF St Athan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 70759, what plans are in place to expand existing sport and recreation facilities on his Department's St Athan site; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

A detailed assessment of the future development at St Athan is on-going in order to make the site fit for purpose as one of our centres of mass for light infantry battalions which was announced in November 2016 in the estate optimisation strategy "A Better Defence Estate". The Ministry of Defence will identify any requirement for the development of additional sports and recreation facilities as part of this assessment.

Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
RAF St Athan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 70831, if he will place in the Library copies of discussion papers on the proposed relocation of his Department's St Athan No. 4 School of Technical Training to RAF Cosford; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the then Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel (Mark Lancaster) on 24 April 2017 to Question 70831.

Hansard Extract 24 April 2017 (PDF Document, 65.96 KB)
Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 70755, if he will place the 2017 Initial Gate Business Case for Project CUBIT in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the then Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel (Mark Lancaster) on 24 April 2017 to Question 70755.

70755 - WQnA extract on MOD Procurement (PDF Document, 62.3 KB)
Q
Asked by John Mann
(Bassetlaw)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
HM Treasury
Landfill Tax: Worksop
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the merits of the proposal by the hon. Member for Bassetlaw on the removal of landfill taxes to assist the removal of waste from the abandoned waste site at Sandy Lane, Worksop.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The previous Financial Secretary, in a letter to the hon. Member for Bassetlaw dated 19th April 2017, set out that a waiver of landfill tax for such cases would set a perverse incentive which may lead to the abandonment of other such waste sites. Therefore it would be counterproductive to waive the landfill tax liability in this case. I agree with this assessment.

HM Treasury has made no estimate as to the value of the site at Sandy Lane, Worksop.

HM Treasury has not held any meetings with other government departments concerning the removal of landfill tax from abandoned waste sites owned by the Crown Estate.

Grouped Questions: 877 | 599
Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Sponsorship
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the involvement of universities in academy sponsorship, the founding of free schools and charging maximum tuition fees.
A
Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I provided on 27/06/2017 to Question number 713 and 714.

Grouped Questions: 458
Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Sponsorship
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the number of independent schools involved in academy sponsorship or the founding of free schools
A
Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I provided on 27/06/2017 to Question number 713 and 714.

Grouped Questions: 455
Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Grammar Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the ban on the establishment of new selective schools.
A
Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I provided on 27/06/2017 to Question number 128.

Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Training: Leave
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on leave for training for all employees.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government is committed to testing ambitious new approaches to career learning and training for people in work and returning to work, as announced in the Budget. More detailed proposals will be set out in due course.

Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Education
Curriculum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on introducing a curriculum fund to encourage cultural and scientific institutions to help develop knowledge-rich materials for schools.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We want all pupils to benefit from a knowledge rich education. We will provide further details about the curriculum fund in due course.

Grouped Questions: 658
Q
(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Home Office
Police: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will list the number of police officers, by rank, employed in each of the four geographic forces in Wales in each of the last 24 months.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Home Office collects and publishes data biannually on the total number of police officers employed by each police force in England and Wales. These data can be found in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins.

Detailed data on the number of officers by rank is collected and published on an annual basis only. The statistics for each of the four geographic forces in Wales, representing the picture as at 31 March 2016, can be found in Table_H4 accompanying the main release here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2016

Data for previous years can be found in the Open Data tables, available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/539270/open-data-table-police-workforce.ods

The next release of ‘Police workforce’ statistics is due to be published on 20th July, and will represent the picture as at 31 March 2017.

Q
(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Army: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the number of Army personnel, by rank, who were listed as (a) regulars and (b) reservists in each of the last 24 months.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The number of Army personnel, by rank, who were listed as regulars and reservists in each of the last 24 months are shown in the attached tables.

The figures are for the total Regular Army and Army Future Reserves 2020, trained and untrained personnel. They exclude Gurkhas and Non-FR20 Reserve populations.

Q
(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Tidal Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to make a further statement on tidal power and tidal lagoons.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government is currently assessing the recommendations of the Hendry Review and will publish a response in due course.

Q
(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Cardiff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on reviewing the proposals for (a) additional capacity improvements at Cardiff Central Station and (b) a new station at St Mellons Parkway.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department for Transport intends to set out the outcomes we want from the rail network in Control Period 6 (CP6 – 2019 to 2024) during the remainder of 2017, starting with the High Level Output Specification (HLOS), which is expected to be published in July. This process will consider the choices for investment in Wales, including those in the Cardiff area.

Cardiff Parkway, the new station proposed at St Mellons, was the subject of a bid to the recent New Stations Fund round. Assessment of the bids is complete and my Department hopes to announce the successful projects shortly.

Q
(Cardiff South and Penarth)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 June 2017
HM Treasury
EU Grants and Loans: Wales
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether funding for Wales currently provided through all EU programmes will be matched by the Government after 2020.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The government has announced a number of guarantees for EU funding. These include: structural and investment fund projects signed before the UK leaves the EU, awards made by the European Commission following competitive bid processes, and maintaining the current level of agricultural funding under CAP pillar 1 until 2020.

Beyond these priorities, decisions on the replacement of EU funding will be taken in light of wider UK strategic priorities and other domestic spending decisions.

Q
Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Self-employed: Low Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to reduce low pay among self-employed people.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister has asked Matthew Taylor to look at employment practices in the modern economy. This is examining a range of issues, including security, pay and rights for those working in more flexible roles, including the self-employed.

Q
Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what adjustments his Department makes to ensure that people with (a) a history of suicide or self-harm and (b) other mental health conditions are treated with appropriate care and caution during benefits assessments.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 June 2017

If an individual has a mental health condition or there is any indication that a claimant has suicidal thoughts or intentions, assessors are trained to explore the person’s circumstances carefully. Assessors approach this issue with sensitivity and ask questions in a structured way that is appropriate to the individual, based on their knowledge of the claimant’s clinical history and their judgement on the claimant’s current mental state

If the assessor has concerns that a claimant is at substantial and imminent risk with regard to self-harm or suicide, they have a professional responsibility to act quickly in order to safeguard the claimant’s welfare; this might include speaking to the claimant’s GP, and/or calling an ambulance.

Companions are encouraged to accompany the claimant to a face to face consultation and can play an active role. This is helpful for claimants with mental, cognitive or intellectual impairments, who cannot provide an accurate account of their condition due to a lack of understanding, or unrealistic expectations of their ability.

Further information on Work Capability Assessments can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535065/wca-handbook-july-2016.pdf.

Further information on Personal Independence Payment Assessments can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210722/pip-assessment-guide.pdf

Q
(Hammersmith)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with hon. Members for London constituencies, councillors from London local authorities and Greater London Assembly members on school funding since 1 January 2017.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Ministers and officials from the Department have met with a range of stakeholders from across the country to discuss school funding since 1 January 2017, as part of our consultation on schools and high needs national formulae.

I have met hon. Members from across the House, including those who represent London constituencies, and have taken part in meetings with representatives from London Councils, and from London individual local authorities.

I also responded to a Westminster Hall Debate on School Funding in London in March, with contributions from hon. Members from several London constituencies.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation, which we are analysing in detail and will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Commission on the Funding of Care and Support
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of the Commission on funding of Care and Support which published its final report in July 2011.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The total cost of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support was £813,035.

Q
(Stevenage)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Transport
Train Operating Companies: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to encourage train operating companies to introduce automatic compensation payments on delayed services; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We already require operators for new franchises to actively promote passengers’ awareness of their rights and to make the claims process swift and simple, including through the introduction of new technology.

We are also working with existing train operating companies to ensure that passengers’ awareness of the compensation they may be entitled to is increased and to make it as easy as possible to claim.

Some train operating companies have already introduced fully automated compensation and the Department has been working with others who are planning to do so.

Q
(Stevenage)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to increase transparency in school budgets for parents; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department publishes information annually on income and expenditure for maintained schools and academies.

Data on income and expenditure for academies is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-and-expenditure-in-academies-in-england-2014-to-2015

Data on income and expenditure for maintained schools is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/la-and-school-expenditure-2015-to-2016-financial-year.

We know that the way funding is distributed to schools in England is currently unfair and opaque. That is why we recently consulted on a national funding formula for schools, and why we will deliver on our commitment to make funding fairer and more transparent.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation, which we are analysing in detail. We are grateful to all those who expressed their views on school funding and the proposed formula as part of this process. We will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

Q
(Stevenage)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Right to Buy Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the right to buy to Low Start Shared Ownership schemes; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 June 2017

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

Q
(Stevenage)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Right to Buy Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend right to buy to local authority-owned garages; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 June 2017

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

Q
Asked by Emma Reynolds
(Wolverhampton North East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Wolverhampton
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on tower blocks in Wolverhampton which are clad in flammable substances.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 June 2017

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

Q
Asked by Bob Blackman
(Harrow East)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Tobacco
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Tobacco Control Plan for England will provide sustainable funding for local tobacco control and stop-smoking services.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government is developing a new tobacco control plan, which will be published shortly.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Surgery: Waiting Lists
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the potential effect on waiting times for operations of the capped expenditure process.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, including local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The NHS is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

Grouped Questions: 651 | 652 | 653 | 852
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has been made of the number of patients potentially affected by the capped expenditure process.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, including local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The NHS is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

Grouped Questions: 650 | 652 | 653 | 852
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role he has played in identifying areas due to be subject to the capped expenditure process.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, including local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The NHS is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

Grouped Questions: 650 | 651 | 653 | 852
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public consultation has taken place on the capped expenditure process.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, including local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The NHS is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

Grouped Questions: 650 | 651 | 652 | 852
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Home Office
Refugees: Syria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been resettled in each constituency under the Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Progress on resettlement under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme is indicated in quarterly immigration statistics, and is broken down by each local authority. The last set of statistics, published on 25 May, showed that 7,307 Syrians have been resettled across 235 different local authorities since the scheme began.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total savings required to be made under the capped expenditure process.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, including local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The NHS is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

Grouped Questions: 650 | 651 | 652 | 653
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Chiropody: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of podiatrists required to fully staff the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Health Education England publishes an annual workforce plan for England, the 2016/17 plan sets out its analysis of the workforce needs of the National Health Service in England for this period.

The 2016/17 plan can be accessed on the link below:

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

Grouped Questions: 815 | 816 | 812 | 813
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Radiography: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of radiologists required to fully staff the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Health Education England publishes an annual workforce plan for England, the 2016/17 plan sets out its analysis of the workforce needs of the National Health Service in England for this period.

The 2016/17 plan can be accessed on the link below:

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

Grouped Questions: 814 | 816 | 812 | 813
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Paramedical Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of paramedics required to fully staff the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Health Education England publishes an annual workforce plan for England, the 2016/17 plan sets out its analysis of the workforce needs of the National Health Service in England for this period.

The 2016/17 plan can be accessed on the link below:

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

Grouped Questions: 814 | 815 | 812 | 813
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Nurses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of nurses required to fully staff the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Health Education England publishes an annual workforce plan for England, the 2016/17 plan sets out its analysis of the workforce needs of the National Health Service in England for this period.

The 2016/17 plan can be accessed on the link below:

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

Grouped Questions: 814 | 815 | 816 | 813
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Clinical Psychologists
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made in the number of clinical psychologists required to fully staff the NHS.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Health Education England publishes an annual workforce plan for England, the 2016/17 plan sets out its analysis of the workforce needs of the National Health Service in England for this period.

The 2016/17 plan can be accessed on the link below:

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

Grouped Questions: 814 | 815 | 816 | 812
Q
Asked by Ronnie Cowan
(Inverclyde)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses: Inverclyde
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will bring the Small Business Saturday 2017 roadshow to Inverclyde.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The organisation of Small Business Saturday is managed by Small Business Saturday UK. To request a visit to Inverclyde you can contact them via their website https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

The Department is fully supportive of the Small Business Saturday campaign and recognises the role it plays in highlighting the importance of small businesses to the local community and the UK as a whole.

Q
Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community rehabilitation companies have been required to pay a service credit to recompense for the minimum level of loss or damage as a result of the reduced provision of services.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I cannot provide this information because it is commercially sensitive.

We hold providers rigorously to account for their performance and take action wherever they are falling short. Our contract management teams closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they fulfil their contractual commitments to maintain service delivery, reduce reoffending, protect the public and provide value for money to the taxpayer. Service Credits can be applied when providers do not meet the required standards. Service Credits are a payment made by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) back to the Government, as a means of compensating for services under the contract where the CRC fails to meet the contractual service levels expected.

Grouped Questions: 876
Q
Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much community rehabilitation companies paid back in service credits in each year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I cannot provide this information because it is commercially sensitive.

We hold providers rigorously to account for their performance and take action wherever they are falling short. Our contract management teams closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they fulfil their contractual commitments to maintain service delivery, reduce reoffending, protect the public and provide value for money to the taxpayer. Service Credits can be applied when providers do not meet the required standards. Service Credits are a payment made by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) back to the Government, as a means of compensating for services under the contract where the CRC fails to meet the contractual service levels expected.

Grouped Questions: 872
Q
Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Attorney General
Fraud: Prosecutions
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many fraud prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has brought in Crown Courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what the outcomes of those prosecutions were.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the numbers of defendants and the outcome of prosecution proceedings, divided into twelve Principal Offence Categories, including ‘Fraud and Forgery’. The numbers of defendants prosecuted in Crown Courts under this category for each CPS Area and Casework Divisions are provided in the accompanying attachment along with the outcomes of those prosecutions.

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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Television: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is her Department's policy to retain the entitlement to free television licences for the over-75s for the period 2020 to 2022.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We retain the power to maintain free TV licences for over 75s until 2020, when the power transfers to the BBC. Any change proposed by the BBC would of course require consultation with the public.

Q
Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Home Office
Police: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the average annual cost to a police authority of employing a (a) police officer and (b) police community support officer; and what estimate she has made of that cost for each year from 2017-18 to 2021-22.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Average full-time equivalent costs for police officers and PCSOs in 2016/17 are £50,200 and £28,400 respectively (including pay, National Insurance and pension contributions). We have not provided estimates for future costs, as these would be subject to future workforce decisions.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Meters
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households are using a pre-payment meter for electricity and gas in (a) the Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department collects data on the method of payment for domestic gas and electricity customers by public electricity supply (PES) region from a survey of energy suppliers. From this, data is not available by parliamentary constituency; however, Linlithgow and East Falkirk falls within the South Scotland PES region which is provided below instead. Gas data is only collected for Great Britain not the United Kingdom.

The proportion of, and number of, households on pre-payment meters are estimated as follows:

Gas

Electricity

Proportion

Number

Proportion

Number

South Scotland

16%

260,000

19%

360,000

Scotland

16%

320,000

19%

500,000

GB/UK

14%

3,100,000

15%

4,200,000

This is published as part of our quarterly energy prices publication: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/quarterly-domestic-energy-price-stastics

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses: Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support micro-enterprises in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Support for businesses in Scotland is largely a devolved matter, and https://www.mygov.scot/business/ provides advice to people starting, running and growing a business, including a section on funding and grants in Scotland. In addition, British Business Bank (BBB) programmes are supporting finance to smaller businesses. One of the main programmes – administered by the Start-Up Loans Company - is supporting 70 start-up loans worth £283k in the Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

Microbusinesses in Scotland also benefit from UK-wide initiatives to encourage investment, for example the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. If they have business premises, microbusinesses will also benefit from the Small Business Bonus Scheme and receive 100% relief on their rates bill for property valued below £10,000.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 22 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Agriculture: Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of the UK's agricultural workforce in 2016 were non-British nationals.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 June 2017

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

UKSA Response to PQ649 (PDF Document, 130.4 KB)
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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Mass Media
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to ensure the reliability and objectivity of information essential to our democracy and a free and independent press; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government will always protect the reliability and objectivity of information essential to our democracy and a free and independent press.

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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Social Media: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to introduce an industry-wide levy from social media companies and communications service providers to support awareness and preventative activity to counter internet harms; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

As part of the work on the Digital Charter, which was announced in the Queen's speech, the Government is considering a range of options to counter internet harms. Further details of our approach is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/matt-hancocks-speech-on-technology-at-the-margaret-thatcher-conference-on-security

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