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Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Asked on: 06 December 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government: Travel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on travel that was not standard class in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Department's travel data is published on Gov.uk and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dclg-ministerial-data

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Asked by David Morris
(Morecambe and Lunesdale)
[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: 01 February 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Revenue Support Grant: Lancashire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Lancashire County Council received from the Revenue Support Grant in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017
Holding answer received on 06 February 2017

Local authority financing information is available in the revenue outturn statistics
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing

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(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 06 February 2017
Ministry of Justice
Criminal Proceedings: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with mental health conditions receive fair treatment in the criminal justice system.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 28 March 2017

A key aspect of our prison reform programme will be to address offender mental health and improve outcomes for prisoners. This includes making sure governors are focused on, and accountable for, these outcomes.

Our hard-working prison staff provide vital support to prisoners with mental health issues every day and last year we invested in specialist mental health training for officers.

We also need to improve access to mental health services in the community. We are working with the Department of Health and NHS England to develop a new mental health protocol that will ensure timely access to mental health services so that courts are able to increase their use of mental health treatment requirements as part of a sentence. This will mean that we can intervene earlier, to prevent escalation that ends up in a prison sentence.

Q
(Delyn)
Asked on: 02 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Mobile Phones
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many telecommunication restriction orders have been (a) applied for and (b) granted in each month since those orders were introduced.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The illicit use of mobile phones undermines the safety and security of prison. We are taking urgent and decisive action to tackle this issue.

Under measures introduced in August 2016 the National Offender Management Service is one of a number agencies that can apply for Telecommunications Restriction Orders at Court to block specific mobile phones being used in prisons. Each order may specify multiple phones. Since the commencement of the powers, more than 150 phones have been disconnected through use of these orders. Further breakdown of these figures cannot be disclosed because this could disrupt ongoing law enforcement activity.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 06 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of Civil Service positions in her Department were vacant for a week or longer in each year since 2010; and what the average turnover rate for civil servants in her Department has been in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Ministry of Justice does not hold data regarding how long a position has been vacant in its recruitment database.

The Ministry of Justice turnover rates, excluding the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) are available in the following table. NOMS turnover rates are published in the NOMS Workforce Bulletin available on gov.uk.

Year

MoJ average FTE (over 13 months)

MoJ Turnover Rates*

2010

24,766

8.8%

2011

24,612

12.5%

2012

22,917

9.9%

2013

23,389

8.9%

2014

24,716

9.3%

2015

23,237

10.2%

2016

22,075

12.0%

*MoJ rates include those who have left on compulsory redundancy, contract end, dismissal, deceased, end of loan, end of secondment, resignation, retirement, transfer to other Government department, transfer to Non-Civil Service Public Sector, transfer of function within the Civil Service, voluntary exit, and voluntary redundancy.

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(Clwyd South)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 09 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government: Secondment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in his Department have been seconded from (i) businesses and (ii) charities.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The current number of individuals working for my Department on secondment from (i) businesses and (ii) charities split by full time and part time working patterns is detailed in the attached table.

Sector Type

Full Time

Part Time

Total

(i) Businesses

3

0

3

(ii) Charities

1

0

1

Total

4

0

4

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Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 09 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Crown Courts: Legal Representation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet published the report on issues faced by the courts and practitioners as a result of the number of cases in which defendants are unrepresented in the Crown Courts; and when they intend to do so.
A
Answered by: Baroness Buscombe
Answered on: 28 March 2017

This research was designed and delivered as an internal report to give the Government a better understanding of the practical issues associated with unrepresented defendants. We have no plans to publish the report.

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[I]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that the member concerned has a relevant registered interest.

Asked on: 09 March 2017
Home Office
Firearms: Licensing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the itemised costs to (1) the Home Office, and (2) the police, of the grant and renewal of authorities under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 for each of the last three years.
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Department published the estimated average annual costs associated with issuing licences for museums, Home Office approved shooting clubs, and Section 5 licences in the impact assessment that accompanied the recent consultation on firearms. Average annual costs to the Home Office were estimated to be £596,000. Average annual costs to the police in England and Wales were estimated to be £69,000. Average annual costs to the police in Scotland were estimated to be £5,000. The impact assessment is available on www.gov.uk website and has been attached to this answer.

Impact Assessment (PDF Document, 476.82 KB)
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Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 14 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
National Parks
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with Natural England about ensuring the protection of the national parks from major development; and what was the outcome of those consultations.
A
Answered on: 28 March 2017

National park authorities and Natural England have clear roles with respect to the planning system. National park authorities are required to consult Natural England on development plans and must take into account any advice Natural England provides on them. Natural England is a statutory consultee on development requiring an environmental impact assessment and nationally significant infrastructure projects, and provides advice to national park authorities, local planning authorities and the Secretary of State where it considers there will be significant adverse impacts on national park purposes. In addition, Natural England has a duty to provide advice where any local authority consults it about proposals for the development of land in a national park.

Natural England’s advice is provided in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, which affords national parks the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty. Where a local planning authority is minded to grant planning permission contrary to Natural England’s advice, Natural England may request the Secretary of State to call in the application for its determination. Natural England liaises regularly with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government on planning and development issues relating to national parks.

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Asked on: 15 March 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Promotion: Central America
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider appointing a Prime Minister's trade adviser for Central America.
A
Answered by: Lord Price
Answered on: 28 March 2017

There is currently no such title or role as a Prime Minister’s trade adviser. However there are currently no plans for a Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Central America. The exact make up of our overseas engagement is under constant review in order to balance our global efforts and resources to achieve maximum strategic benefit to the UK.

We support international trade and investment through a range of engagements tailored to individual markets and regions. The Department for International Trade leads on this work and has an international staff network, including in the Central American markets of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Panama. DIT’s work to place the UK at the forefront of global trade is supported by other government departments as well as British business, Business Ambassadors and Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys.

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Asked on: 16 March 2017
Department of Health
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 7 March (HL5683), whether the proposal submitted for chronic fatigue, for which there is no current classification, includes the current classification for G93.3 – post-viral fatigue syndrome and benign myalgic encephalomyelitis; and whether it is intended that those definitions will be included in ICD 11 under neurological conditions.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed with NHS Digital that the proposal submitted on the ICD-11 platform for chronic fatigue is currently with the relevant groups of the organisation to consider the scientifically-based placement in the classification. We understand that the WHO are still reviewing this matter and expect that the next iteration of ICD-11, expected in April 2017, will reflect the WHO’s conclusions.

Asked on: 16 March 2017
Department of Health
Palliative Care: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Clinical Commissioning Groups understand their responsibility for the commissioning of children’s palliative care, and that they engage with the work that is done in the third sector to provide and develop children’s palliative care.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

In 2016, the National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership, made up of 27 partners from across the system, published Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care - a national framework for local action 2015-2020. The framework outlines an overarching vision for palliative and end of life care for both children and adults, and includes six ambitions, all with building blocks, to make that vision a reality. A copy of the framework is attached.

The framework emphasises the importance of local decision-making and delivery and encourages commissioners to work with partners to improve palliative and end of life care across the local system.

To support delivery of the ambitions, a new online only ‘knowledge hub’ has been developed containing resources, tools and case studies for both commissioners and professionals, including commissioning guidelines.

NHS England also expects clinical commissioning groups to commission services in accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions: planning and management, which includes details on the planning and management of end of life and palliative care for infants, children and young people. A copy of the guidance is attached.

End of Life Care for infants (PDF Document, 189.91 KB)
Asked on: 16 March 2017
Department of Health
Palliative Care: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that Clinical Commissioning Groups are accountable to NHS England for delivering a consistent level of children’s palliative care across England.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

NHS England expects clinical commissioning groups to commission services in accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, which includes details on the planning and management of end of life and palliative care for infants, children and young people. A copy of the guideline is attached.

Asked on: 16 March 2017
Department of Health
Hospices: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to increase the funding for the Children’s Hospice Grant, and if so, how they will sustain that increase in funding for the foreseeable future.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government strongly values the crucial role of the children's hospice sector in providing excellent end of life care across the country. Our ambition is for everyone approaching the end of life to receive high quality care that reflects their individual needs, choices and preferences.

The budget for the Children’s Hospice Grant programme was reviewed as part of NHS England’s business planning process and has been maintained at the current rate. However, children’s hospices will receive notification of their two year budget allocations from April instead of the usual annual budget settlement to allow for better future planning.

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Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Departmental Responsibilities
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when each department plans to publish updated Single Departmental Plans.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Updated Single Departmental Plans will be published on gov.uk by the end of May 2017, once the formal business planning process across government has concluded.

Q
(Nottingham North)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Charities
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Civil Society plans to amend section 10 of the Charities Act 2011 to define ecclesiastical corporations as charities.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 28 March 2017

There are no plans to amend section 10 of the Charities Act 2011 to apply charity law to ecclesiastical corporations. Ecclesiastical corporations are regulated under Canon law of the Church of England.

Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Renewable Energy: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department last made an assessment of the case for revising the levels of grants for (a) solar panels, (b) domestic biomass heating and (c) other household renewable energy.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 March 2017

A review of the Feed in Tariff scheme took place between August 2015 and December 2015. This included a review of support for small-scale solar PV, onshore wind and hydro installations. An additional review, covering anaerobic digestion and micro-combined heat and power installations, concluded in February 2017.

Domestic heating from solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and stoves, and air source and ground source heat pumps, is supported by the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), introduced in April 2014.

In March 2016, the Government set out its initial proposals for reform of the RHI scheme in the consultation: The Renewable Heat Incentive - A reformed and refocused scheme. This included an assessment of the tariff levels available through the scheme.

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Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress the UK is making towards Aichi 2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Progress towards achieving the Aichi biodiversity targets is set out in the UK’s 5th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity and in the 2015 report on the UK’s biodiversity indicators, published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The next report on the UK’s biodiversity indicators is scheduled to be published in July this year. The UK’s 6th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity is due to be published at the end of 2018. These reports will provide an updated assessment of the UK’s contribution towards the Aichi targets.

Biodiversity policy is a devolved responsibility in the UK. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have each developed or are developing their own biodiversity or environment strategies.

The UK is embedding Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals across Government work and will publish a report in due course setting out its approach.

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Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Japan: Foreign Relations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department and the Ministry of Defence plan to hold the next two plus two meeting with the foreign and defence ministers of Japan.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 28 March 2017

​We are in close contact with the Japanese government to find a mutually convenient date in 2017 to host the third substantive UK-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial talks.

Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
North Korea: Nuclear Weapons
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to North Korea on recent nuclear missile tests in that country.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The nuclear and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) clearly violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions. Following a ballistic missile launch on 11 February the DPRK Ambassador was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where it was made clear that their actions are a threat to international security and that such dangerous and destabilising activity must stop. The Ambassador was asked to convey this message to Pyongyang in the strongest possible terms.

As the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) stated after the DPRK's ballistic missile launch on 5 March, we urge DPRK to stop their provocative actions, which threaten international peace and security.

Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
York Hospital
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of patients referred for elective surgery to York Hospital waited longer than six months from referral to treatment in each year since 2009-10.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

NHS England publishes monthly data on referral to treatment waiting times to report performance against the legal right that patients have to start consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral for non-urgent conditions. Waiting times for patients whose treatment started during the month and involved admission to hospital are described in the data as admitted pathways. Not all admissions to hospitals are for surgery.

The following table shows the number and percentage of admitted pathways longer than 26 weeks at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in each year since 2009-10.

Number and percentage of admitted pathways1 longer than 26 weeks at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2009-10 to 2015-16

Financial year

Number longer than 26 weeks

Percentage longer than 26 weeks

2009-10

622

3.8%

2010-11

410

2.4%

2011-12

769

4.8%

2012-13

1,034

4.5%

2013-14

1,635

6.5%

2014-15

1,322

5.2%

2015-16

1,368

5.2%

Source: Consultant-led referral to treatment waiting times, NHS England

Notes:

  1. Before October 2015, adjustments were allowable to admitted pathways for clock pauses, where a patient declined reasonable offers of admission and chose to wait longer. From October 2015, there is no provision for clock pauses under any circumstances and admitted pathways are unadjusted.
  2. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust acquired Scarborough Hospital in 2012.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes there were at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in each year since 2005-06.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The following table shows a count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs)1 at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2005-06 to 2015-16.

Year

FCEs

2005-06

81,586

2006-07

80,936

2007-08

78,310

2008-09

87,023

2009-10

91,528

2010-11

97,719

2011-12

103,847

2012-13

164,691

2013-14

174,006

2014-15

184,428

2015-16

195,482

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.
  2. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust acquired Scarborough Hospital in 2012.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 20 March 2017
Home Office
Compass Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sub-contractors supply accommodation under the provision of the Compass system in each region.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 28 March 2017

In accordance with the contract accommodation providers notify the Home Office of any material sub-contractors they employ. A breakdown of the number of material sub-contractors by contract region is shown in the attached table:

Number of Material Sub-Contractors

London and the South

6

Wales

0

Midlands and East of England

5

North East and Yorkshire and Humberside

6

North West

33

Scotland and Northern Ireland

4

Q
(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Home Office
Detention Centres: Guard Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on use of dogs to patrol (a) immigration detention centres and (b) Dungavel immigration removal centre.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The requirement to maintain the security of an immigration removal centre (IRC) is set out in the Detention Centre Rules 2001. The published Detention Services Operating Standards set out the requirement for each IRC to have a local security strategy, which includes searching procedures to detect and deter threats to the security or control of the centre.

The Operating Standards also require a full-length physical perimeter search to be conducted daily.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Home Office
Immigration: EEA Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on whether EEA citizens will be removed from or refused re-entry to the UK on the basis that they do not have comprehensive sickness insurance; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Free Movement Directive requires those who wish to rely on periods of residence as a student or self-sufficient person in order to acquire permanent residence to have held comprehensive sickness insurance for the relevant qualifying periods.

While failure to meet this EU law requirement will lead to a refusal of documentation certifying that the applicant has a right to reside, our longstanding practice is that European Economic Area (EEA) national students or self-sufficient persons will not be removed from the UK solely because they do not have comprehensive sickness insurance. This is because the failure is relatively straightforward to rectify and establish a right to reside in the UK.

Where applications for documentation are refused or rejected, the reasons are explained to applicants and they can, if they wish, apply again with the necessary supporting evidence, although we do not compel them to do so.

Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich 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: 20 March 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Evening Standard
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on advertising with the Evening Standard newspaper in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Home Office has not spent any money on public information advertising with the Evening Standard newspaper since 2010.

Costs relating to recruitment advertising is not held centrally, and collation of this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Pendle)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
Crimes of Violence: Ambulance Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of attacks on ambulance workers in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

National Health Service staff work very hard in a high pressure environment. Any abuse of staff is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Employers in the NHS are responsible for assessing risks to staff and addressing those risks.

Any abuse against members of NHS staff should be reported and trusts should have no hesitation in involving the police. Detailed guidance is available to NHS employers to assist them in assessing and managing the risks accordingly. Guidance includes advice on joint working between the NHS, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service on responses to incidents of abuse or violence when these occur and on taking forward appropriate cases for prosecution.

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of detaining EU nationals in immigration removal centres in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The average cost per day of immigration detention and this was last published on 23rd February 2017 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-enforcement-data-february-2017

Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65648, on Northern Ireland Office: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are within his Department's remit, (b) staff time was spent on engagement with those bodies and (c) financial resources were spent on engagement with those bodies in 2015-16.
A
Answered by: Kris Hopkins
Answered on: 28 March 2017

There are no EU agencies or organisations within my Department’s remit.

Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Wales Office
Wales Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65652, on Wales Office: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are within his Department's remit, (b) staff time was spent on engagement with those bodies and (c) financial resources were spent on engagement with those bodies in 2015-16.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Wales Office has no such agencies or other organisations within its remit.

Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Emissions Reduction Plan.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government’s intention is to publish the plan as early on in 2017 as possible in order to move on to the delivery stage.

Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Cabinet Office
New Businesses: York
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many new businesses have been set up in the City of York local authority area in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 28 March 2017

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

UKSA Response to PQ68512 (PDF Document, 145.03 KB)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
Heart Diseases: Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when NHS England expects to make a final decision on its review into congenital heart disease services.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

NHS England will make a decision on its proposals for changes to adult and children’s congenital heart services in England following a consultation which is now underway and which closes on 5 June 2017. It has worked, and will continue to work, with providers and other stakeholders to assess the impact of these proposals and will publish further information in due course.

Q
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government upon what scientific basis the Expert Reference Group for the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH), in publishing their guide on Commissioning for Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), based their decision that myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) should be categorised as a functional somatic disorder, given that the World Health Organisation’s mandatory International Classification of Diseases categorises the illness as neurological under ICD 10-G93.3, and that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has not listed ME/CFS as a functional somatic disorder; and whether they will withdraw the recommendation for cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise to be commissioned for patients with ME/CFS until NICE Guideline CG53 is reviewed.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health is not a Government body, it is a collaboration between 17 leading organisations including the Department of Health, and is co-chaired by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The Department was not closely involved in the writing or production of this document.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently reviewing the guidance GC53 to consider whether it should be updated to take account of new evidence. NICE are expected to reach a decision on whether the guidance should be updated in summer 2017.

Q
(Pendle)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Death: Pendle
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths in the Pendle area were (a) alcohol and (b) drug-related in each of the last five years; and how many of those deaths were of people aged (i) under 18, (ii) 18 to 24, (iii) 25 to 40 and (iv) over 40 years old.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 28 March 2017

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

UKSA Response to PQ68642 (PDF Document, 138.31 KB)
Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Forests: Planning Permission
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that ancient woods and veteran trees are protected from development in planning policy.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The National Planning Policy Framework provides strong protection for irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland and veteran trees. In addition, on 7 February we published the Housing White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market. Through this we are consulting on placing our policy to include ancient woodland and veteran trees alongside other national policies which the Government regards as providing a strong reason to restrict development when preparing plans, or which indicate that development should be restricted when making decisions on planning applications. These policies include those on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Green Belt, National Parks and designated heritage assets. The consultation closes on 2 May, and is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/590464/Fixing_our_broken_housing_market_-_print_ready_version.pdf

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nature Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the implications for her policies on protecting endangered species in the UK are of the State of Nature 2016 report, published by the RSPB on 14 September 2016; and whether she is taking steps to protect such species.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government noted the State of Nature report and considered it a useful contribution to the evidence base for assessing species status. As well as indicating the need for ongoing action, the report highlights cases where our policies, often delivered in partnership with landowners, farmers and conservation groups, are benefitting species, for example by improving the quality of our rivers and streams or creating wildlife habitat on farmland through our agri-environment schemes.

Species protection is a key element of Biodiversity 2020, our biodiversity strategy for England. Actions we are taking include protection, improvement and creation of habitats, for example support for farmers under agri-environment schemes such as Countryside Stewardship, where we are making progress in turning round the fortunes of birds such as the cirl bunting and stone curlew.

Natural England funds a targeted recovery programme for some of our most endangered species and is working with partners to increase the investment in species restoration.

We are committed to the goal of being the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than that in which we found it, building on our long history of wildlife and environmental protection.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions her Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 24 March to question number 68042.

Q
(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cost-benefit analysis his Department has carried out on the NHS (a) Quality and Outcomes Framework and (b) Quality, Innovation, productivity and Prevention programme; and if he will place a copy of all such analysis in the Library.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 28 March 2017

NHS England has agreed to review the Quality and Outcomes Framework and this work will begin shortly.

The Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme ended in 2013 when wider changes to the health and care system came into being. A summary of each of the work streams, and key achievements was published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/qipp-national-workstreams-updated

Q
(Glasgow 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 March 2017
Home Office
Asylum: Hearing Impairment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2017 to Question 67025, which support groups are engaged by the Home Office to support asylum applicants who are deaf and hard of hearing.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Asylum claims made by those who are deaf or hard of hearing are processed in a way that ensures that claimants are not disadvantaged. Where available, officials will use hearing loops, signers or allow the submission of written evidence. These methods have ensured cases have progressed without the need for support groups however should specialist support be necessary to progress a case then we would of course engage accordingly.

Those granted asylum or resettled in the UK have the right to access disability support services offered by local authorities.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many nationals from other EU countries residing in the UK have been (a) self-sufficient and (b) students for a period during that residence.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 28 March 2017

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

UKSA Response to PQ68727 (PDF Document, 106.96 KB)
Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions her Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 28 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to my Answer of 23 March to 68049.

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

Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power: Seas and Oceans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department or its predecessors have conducted an assessment of the effectiveness of training standards developed by the Global Wind Organisation for employees in the UK offshore wind industry.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 March 2017
Holding answer received on 24 March 2017

The Department has not carried out an assessment of the training standards developed by the Global Wind Organisation. Training content and training standards are a matter for the industry, and companies need to ensure they comply with relevant health and safety legislation in the UK.

Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the Welsh agricultural sector of the UK reverting to World Trade Organisation rules when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Work is ongoing to understand the implications for the UK of leaving the EU under a range of scenarios. We are determined to get the best possible deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, which allows frictionless trade in goods and services and the opportunity to reach new agreements with countries around the world.

Grouped Questions: 68679 | 68680 | 68682 | 68683 | 68684
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Exports: Republic of Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the level of milk exports to the Republic of Ireland when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Work is ongoing to understand the implications for the UK of leaving the EU under a range of scenarios. We are determined to get the best possible deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, which allows frictionless trade in goods and services and the opportunity to reach new agreements with countries around the world.

Grouped Questions: 68675 | 68680 | 68682 | 68683 | 68684
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aerospace Industry: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh aerospace sector of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 March 2017

We have engaged with the sector across the breadth of the UK, including through ADS (the national trade association for the sector), representatives of each of the Devolved Administrations, and directly with companies including in Wales. We are aware of the key areas of importance to the aerospace sector ahead of our negotiations to exit the European Union. Our aim is to retain the UK aerospace sector’s leading position in the global market.

Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Poultry Meat: Imports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the level of poultry meat imports when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Work is ongoing to understand the implications for the UK of leaving the EU under a range of scenarios. We are determined to get the best possible deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, which allows frictionless trade in goods and services and the opportunity to reach new agreements with countries around the world.

Grouped Questions: 68675 | 68679 | 68682 | 68683 | 68684
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Pigmeat: Imports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the level of bacon and ham imports when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Work is ongoing to understand the implications for the UK of leaving the EU under a range of scenarios. We are determined to get the best possible deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, which allows frictionless trade in goods and services and the opportunity to reach new agreements with countries around the world.

Grouped Questions: 68675 | 68679 | 68680 | 68683 | 68684
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Imports: Republic of Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the level of beef imports from the Republic of Ireland when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Work is ongoing to understand the implications for the UK of leaving the EU under a range of scenarios. We are determined to get the best possible deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, which allows frictionless trade in goods and services and the opportunity to reach new agreements with countries around the world.

Grouped Questions: 68675 | 68679 | 68680 | 68682 | 68684
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Meat: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on levels of Welsh lamb and mutton (a) exports and (b) imports when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Work is ongoing to understand the implications for the UK of leaving the EU under a range of scenarios. We are determined to get the best possible deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, which allows frictionless trade in goods and services and the opportunity to reach new agreements with countries around the world.

Grouped Questions: 68675 | 68679 | 68680 | 68682 | 68683
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Congenital Abnormalities
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 20 March (HL5811), why they do not maintain a list of foetal anomalies that cannot be identified before 24 weeks gestation.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

It is not possible to detect every condition in every pregnancy at screening before 24 weeks of gestation. A screening test is not diagnostic; some conditions may subsequently be detected either at clinical ultrasound examination later in pregnancy, at birth or in the early postnatal period.

Q
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Abortion
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 21 March (HL5804 and HL5905), why a patient's marital status, where known, is requested on HSA4 abortion notification forms.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The recording of a patient’s marital status on the HSA4 abortion notification forms is a requirement set out in the Abortion (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002.

Q
Asked by Lord Warner
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Social Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of providers of publicly funded (1) home care, and (2) residential and nursing home care services, who have handed back contracts to local authorities in England; what representations they have received from local authorities and others about this issue; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such actions on the performance of the NHS.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Information on the number of providers of publicly funded home care and residential and nursing home care services who have handed back contracts is not held centrally. Ministers have received representations from a number of local authorities (LAs) about market fragility which have touched on the risk of and alluded to actual handing back of contracts.

Following the Chancellor’s announcement in the Budget, LAs in England will receive an additional £2 billion for social care over the next three years.

The additional resources will help LAs commission care services that are sustainable, diverse and offer sufficient high quality care and support for people in their areas.

There is a complex relationship between social care and NHS services. NHS England is working with the Department to identify a fuller understanding of the linkages between health and social care services. It is aiming to undertake some detailed work at local level to exploit linked data where it is available to analyse more fully how changes and variation in the provision of social care impacts on health care services.

The results of the best available academic study indicate that for each additional £1 spent on social care, there is a saving to the National Health Service of £0.35. Also, £1 additional NHS spend corresponds to just over £0.35 reduction on social care.

Q
Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Citizens' Advice Bureaux
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes in the level of Government funding for the Citizens Advice Service in (a) England, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) Kirklees in the last three years.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provides funding to Citizen Advice (CitA), the umbrella body for the Citizen Advice Service in England and Wales through an annual grant to support their core function and to deliver consumer advocacy and advice. Funding over the last three years is set out in the table below.

Year

BIS Core Funding

Consumer advice, information & advocacy

Total Funding

2016-17

£18,900,000

£19,974,300

£38,874,300

2015-16

£18,900,000

£19,313,300

£38,213,300

2014-15

£18,900,000

£18,940,300

£37,840,300

Central Government does not provide funding directly to local individual Citizen Advice offices, core funding for which is usually provided by the local authority in which they are located.

Q
Asked by Calum Kerr
(Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
[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: 23 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Telecommunications: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with other departments on whether Ofcom's Dark Fibre Access regulatory remedy is affected by the application of business rates on electronic communications providers purchasing Dark Fibre Access from BT Openreach when it becomes available in October 2017.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 28 March 2017

My Department has regular discussions with other Government Departments on a range of issues impacting on the regulation of the telecoms sector and regularly receives proposals which contribute to policy development, which are considered on their merits as part of this process.

Grouped Questions: 69008
Q
Asked by Calum Kerr
(Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
[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: 23 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Telecommunications: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contingency plans the Government has made to ensure that broadband and telecom companies are not left operating under the current regulatory framework in the event that the new European Electronic Communications Code is not transposed into UK law before the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The department is in consultation with all stakeholders its to understand how leaving the EU will impact them, including the UK telecoms industry. We want our new partnership with the EU to minimise the regulatory and market access barriers for both goods and services.

Q
Asked by Calum Kerr
(Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
[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: 23 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Telecommunications: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the cost to UK telecoms providers of any divergence between EU and UK electronic communications regulatory regimes after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government is currently assessing the EU Electronic Communications Code. No such proposal for divergence has been made.

Q
Asked by Calum Kerr
(Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
[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: 23 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Telecommunications: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the cost to UK telecoms providers of any divergence between EU and UK data protection laws after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government is currently assessing the full impact the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have on areas of data processing. The UK made several interventions throughout the negotiations on the GDPR, with support from industry, which have secured real benefits and avoided excessive burdens on business.

Q
Asked by Calum Kerr
(Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
[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: 23 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Telecommunications: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on the Dark Fibre Access remedy proposal for BT by Ofcom of the policy of levying business rates on BT customers.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 28 March 2017

My Department has regular discussions with other Government Departments on a range of issues impacting on the regulation of the telecoms sector and regularly receives proposals which contribute to policy development, which are considered on their merits as part of this process.

Grouped Questions: 68946
Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Education
Department for Education: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent maintaining the Education in the media blog on its departmental website.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Education in the Media blog is run by the Department’s Communications team.

The Department incurs no direct cost for the maintenance of the Education in the Media blog.

Grouped Questions: 69044
Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Education
Department for Education: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which members of her Department's staff work on the Education in the media blog on its departmental website.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Education in the Media blog is run by the Department’s Communications team.

The Department incurs no direct cost for the maintenance of the Education in the Media blog.

Grouped Questions: 69043
Q
Asked by Angela Rayner
(Ashton-under-Lyne)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Education
Children's Centres
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start children's centres there were in England at the end of each calendar year from 2009; and how many there were on the last date for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Department does not hold directly comparable data for the numbers of children’s centres each year.

As at 24 March 2017 based on information supplied by local authorities, there were 3,210 main children’s centres and sites open to families and children as part of a network.

We know that the total number of main children’s centres and sites at April 2010[1] was 3,615.

Councils are merging centres to allow services to be delivered more efficiently. Where they decide to close a children’s centre, councils must demonstrate that children and families, particularly the most disadvantaged, will not be adversely affected and that they will not compromise their duty to have sufficient children’s centres to meet local need.

Records of children’s centres and sites are maintained by local authorities via the Department’s EduBase portal at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/search.xhtml?clear=true.

[1] We do not hold records of numbers of children’s centres prior to April 2010. It is not possible to give a year on year breakdown.

Q
(Bristol East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture and Environment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress her Department has made on the 25 year (a) food and farming plan and (b) environment plan; and what the timetable is for the publication of each such plan.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

We are committed to publishing both a 25 year environment plan and food and farming plan during this Parliament to support our twin ambitions of being the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than that in which we found it, and to become a world leading food, farming and fishing nation: to grow more, sell more and export more British food. The plans are closely linked and we are starting a period of extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders to inform development of the full plans.

Q
(East Londonderry)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Squirrels: Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure the survival of the red squirrel over the course of the 2015 Parliament.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 28 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Coventry South, Mr Jim Cunningham, on 1 March 2017, PQ UIN 65497.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Supply
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the level of the UK's self-sufficiency in food in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 28 March 2017

In the most recently published figures the UK production to supply ratio for all food is 61% and for indigenous food 76%. These figures have been relatively constant over the previous 10 years.

All food %

Indigenous type food %

2005

60

73

2006

59

72

2007

60

73

2008

60

73

2009

59

72

2010

61

75

2011

64

78

2012

63

77

2013

60

73

2014

62

76

2015

61

76

The Production to Supply ratio is published annually in the “Agriculture in the UK” statistical publication.

Q
Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Violette Uwamahoro
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to Violette Uwamahoro and her family following her arrest and detention in Rwanda.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

​Officials at the British High Commission in Kigali are in touch with local authorities and providing consular assistance to Violette Uwamahoro, including visiting her in detention. Consular officials are also in contact with her family.

Q
(Kettering)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Reconstruction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the steps necessary to ensure the economic redevelopment of the Gaza Strip; and what steps can be taken to facilitate such redevelopment without affecting the security of Egypt and Israel.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

​We have frequent discussions with the Government of Israel about the need to ease restrictions on Gaza. Easing restrictions would alleviate the suffering of ordinary Palestinians, advance construction, and allow the Gazan economy to grow. We are also urging Egypt to show maximum flexibility in opening the Rafah crossing. A durable agreement is necessary to safeguard Egypt and Israel’s security; it must include Hamas and other terrorist groups permanently ending rocket fire.

Q
(Hammersmith)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ahmed Mansoor
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of United Arab Emirates on the detention of Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor in that country.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

We are aware of this case and are following it closely. We have raised before to the Emiratis the importance of due process in criminal proceedings, upholding international standards of justice and ensuring the human rights of all Emirati citizens are fully respected, including the rights of freedom of expression and association.

Q
Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
[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: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Maternity Services: Negligence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many successful negligence claims against NHS England maternity services there have been in each year since 2012; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such claims to NHS England in each such year.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

PHILIP DUNNE

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) collects data by specialty. Although maternity is not listed as a specialty, Obstetrics specialty data is collected.

The following table shows the number of successful negligence claims against the National Health Service and the cost of such claims.

Closure Year

Number. of Claims

Total Estimate

(Settlement Year for Periodical Payment Orders)

(total paid and an estimate of
total damages for claims settling as Periodical Payment Orders)

2012/13

709

£713,275,314

2013/14

651

£717,281,270

2014/15

690

£629,835,417

2015/16

610

£692,266,887

Source: NHSLA

Date: March 2017

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Muscular Dystrophy: Medical Equipment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage clinical commissioning groups to follow best practice commissioning policy on access to cough assist machines for people with muscle-wasting conditions.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The provision of cough assist machines is a matter for local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). CCGs have the independence and autonomy to make commissioning decisions for local populations, taking into account the available evidence and individual circumstances as appropriate.

The evidence base to support the routine use of cough assist machines in muscle-wasting conditions over other cough assist methods is not well established. NHS England worked with Muscular Dystrophy UK through its Bridging the Gap project to address areas of concern raised by patients and their representatives, one of which was the provision of cough assist machines. Through this work, a number of CCGs developed commissioning policies which set out the circumstances in which to consider these devices. In addition, in February 2016 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published new guidance on the assessment and management of motor neurone disease, recommending that cough assist machines should be considered if assisted breath stacking is not effective, and/or during a respiratory tract infection.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Meningitis: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Meningococcal B vaccine is available as appropriate to children in all parts of the country.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Immunisation to protect against meningococcal disease capsular group B (MenB) has been routinely offered to all infants nationwide since 1 September 2015. This remains the case and there are currently no issues affecting the delivery of this immunisation. Preliminary estimates of MenB vaccine uptake indicate that over 95% of infants received at least one dose of vaccine by 26 weeks of age. A wide range of leaflets and online information have been produced to publicise this important immunisation.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Neuromuscular Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether Neurosciences centres are meeting the NHS England service specification for neurological care (a) in general and (b) related to neuromuscular conditions.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The compliance level for the specialised neurology services specification is very high with only a small number of services requiring a provider action plan or commissioner action.

Information relating to specialised neurological care is recorded under the following categories: Paediatric Neurosciences, Neurosciences – Specialised Neurology, and Neurosurgery – Adult. As such, information regarding specialised neuromuscular disorders is not considered separately.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Meningitis: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of the cost of the vaccine for Meningococcal B per child who receives it; and what the annual cost of the provision of that vaccine to infants has been in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Meningococcal B (MenB) infant vaccination programme was introduced in September 2015. The precise cost of the vaccine is commercially sensitive and therefore confidential.

The annual estimated costs of delivering the MenB programme are:

Year

Estimated costs of delivering the MenB programme

2015/16

£27 million

2016/17

£46 million

2017/18

£46 million

Note:

These are estimates of full programme costs (including the cost of the vaccine) for England only, inclusive of VAT.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Meningitis: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of the average healthcare cost to the public purse of treating a child suffering from Meningococcal B.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

National Health Service spend on treatment of Meningococcal B disease is not collected centrally.

Q
(Kettering)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Action on Smoking and Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to ensure that no part of the grant provided by his Department to Action on Smoking and Health is spent on lobbying and political activities.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The conditions applicable to grants awarded to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are set out in the grant award letters, including a specific clause that the award has been made under the provisions of Section 64 and may not be used for lobbying.

ASH’s compliance with the conditions of the grant is assessed at the grant monitoring meetings held between the Deputy Director of tobacco control and representatives from ASH as well as in the final full year grant monitoring and governance reports.

Information concerning the staff salaries and job titles in connection with this grant is withheld, as this is considered commercially sensitive and personal information.

Grouped Questions: 68965
Q
(Kettering)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Action on Smoking and Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) proportion and (b) amount of grant paid by his Department to Action on Smoking and Health has been spent on staff salaries; and what the job titles were of each such staff.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The conditions applicable to grants awarded to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are set out in the grant award letters, including a specific clause that the award has been made under the provisions of Section 64 and may not be used for lobbying.

ASH’s compliance with the conditions of the grant is assessed at the grant monitoring meetings held between the Deputy Director of tobacco control and representatives from ASH as well as in the final full year grant monitoring and governance reports.

Information concerning the staff salaries and job titles in connection with this grant is withheld, as this is considered commercially sensitive and personal information.

Grouped Questions: 69025
Q
(East Londonderry)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the planned annual expenditure on the NHS is for the years ending 31 March (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The following table shows planned annual funding to NHS England from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

Year

Total Planned Expenditure (£ billion)

Cash growth %

2016-17

105.962

5.4%

2017-18

109.394

3.2%

2018-19

111.895

2.3%

2019-20

114.985

2.8%

Notes

  1. Expenditure figures exclude NHS Annually Managed Expenditure and other technical adjustments.
  2. Total expenditure is the sum of revenue + capital expenditure net of depreciation and impairments.
Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Heart Diseases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had discussions with clinical bodies on the possible connection between hormone replacement therapy and reduced risk of heart disease.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 28 March 2017

There have been no discussions between the Department and clinical bodies with regards to hormone replacement therapy and heart disease.

Q
Asked by Dr Poulter
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2017 to Question 68208, on NHS: buildings, for how long those properties have been vacant; when the most recent valuation of those properties was undertaken; and what the current valuation is of each of those properties.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Of the original total of 217 properties declared as vacant:

- 28 have now been sold or are under offer;

- 66 are on the market/being prepared for market;

- 52 are still required by the National Health Service; and

- 71 are on short leases, with minimal market value.

The current valuations and average length of vacancy of these categories of property are shown in the following table:

Category

Average length of vacancy (months)

Number of buildings/Land Parcels

Current valuation (£ million)

Sold or under offer

31

28

15.97 (NB: £10.8 million completed sale price on disposed properties valued at £8.13 million)

On the market/being prepared for market

24

66

42.57

Still required by the NHS

43

52

14.98

Short leases with minimal market value

11

71

0

Totals

27

217

73.51


NHS Property Services (NHSPS) cannot influence commissioners’ decisions on when they declare a property surplus to NHS requirements or the length of time which this may take. Therefore it is often the case that NHSPS own a building and it is vacant or partially vacant, but the commissioners have not declared it surplus, so it must be rightfully be maintained as part of the NHS estate, and NHSPS understand this and perform this role.

Once a vacant property is declared surplus, NHSPS can begin the process of sale – beginning always by offering it first to other public sector bodies. It is the Company’s responsibility to follow this process diligently to maximise the value these disposals bring into the NHS.

NHSPS has its properties revalued on a three-year rolling cycle (meaning not all our valuations are current at any one point in time) and NHSPS does not value short-term leasehold properties with low market value.

A short lease is an occupational lease usually at a market rent (as opposed to a ground rent), typically of less than five-10 years. They almost never have any market value. NHSPS endeavour to dispose of them either by sub-letting or lease surrender, depending on what is best value.

There are also a number of buildings on the list that are part of a large hospital and often it is just one building that is vacant, but the valuation figure will represent the site as a whole, albeit apportioned down for the vacant area. It is not therefore a full indication of the cost of that particular building. The list also includes vacant land and there are obviously minimal running costs for this part of the estate.

Q
(East Londonderry)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Air Ambulance Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what operational liaisons are under development among air ambulances and the Association of Air Ambulances across the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 28 March 2017

This is a matter for air ambulance charities and the Association of Air Ambulances.

Q
(Worthing West)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his response was to the possibility of siting the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at (a) Potters Field by City Hall, (b) Millbank near the Tate Britain and (c) the Imperial War Museum.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Victoria Tower Gardens was recommended to government as the most fitting site for the new national Memorial to the Holocaust and co-located Learning Centre by the cross-party UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation after a search of almost 50 sites across London, including the initial sites considered at Potters Field, Millbank and the Imperial War Museum.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is an independent cross-party advisory body that advises the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delivering the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission.

The distance from Downing Street to the three initial sites was not calculated.

The Holocaust Commission recommended the creation of an endowment fund to cover the running costs of the Learning Centre and guarantee funding for its mission to support Holocaust education around the county for generations to come. In accepting the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission in January 2015 the Government, with cross-party support, committed £50 million to kick-start a wider fundraising effort.

Grouped Questions: 68935 | 68936 | 68937 | 68938
Q
(Worthing West)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the legal status is of the National Holocaust Memorial Foundation.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is an independent cross-party advisory body that advises the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delivering the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission.

Q
(Worthing West)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who has made presentations on what duty to whom in his Office on the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Victoria Tower Gardens was recommended to government as the most fitting site for the new national Memorial to the Holocaust and co-located Learning Centre by the cross-party UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation after a search of almost 50 sites across London, including the initial sites considered at Potters Field, Millbank and the Imperial War Museum.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is an independent cross-party advisory body that advises the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delivering the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission.

The distance from Downing Street to the three initial sites was not calculated.

The Holocaust Commission recommended the creation of an endowment fund to cover the running costs of the Learning Centre and guarantee funding for its mission to support Holocaust education around the county for generations to come. In accepting the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission in January 2015 the Government, with cross-party support, committed £50 million to kick-start a wider fundraising effort.

Grouped Questions: 68934 | 68936 | 68937 | 68938
Q
(Worthing West)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what was calculated to be the distance from Downing Street to the three initial sites considered for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Victoria Tower Gardens was recommended to government as the most fitting site for the new national Memorial to the Holocaust and co-located Learning Centre by the cross-party UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation after a search of almost 50 sites across London, including the initial sites considered at Potters Field, Millbank and the Imperial War Museum.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is an independent cross-party advisory body that advises the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delivering the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission.

The distance from Downing Street to the three initial sites was not calculated.

The Holocaust Commission recommended the creation of an endowment fund to cover the running costs of the Learning Centre and guarantee funding for its mission to support Holocaust education around the county for generations to come. In accepting the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission in January 2015 the Government, with cross-party support, committed £50 million to kick-start a wider fundraising effort.

Grouped Questions: 68934 | 68935 | 68937 | 68938
Q
(Worthing West)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Department holds the capital for the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Victoria Tower Gardens was recommended to government as the most fitting site for the new national Memorial to the Holocaust and co-located Learning Centre by the cross-party UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation after a search of almost 50 sites across London, including the initial sites considered at Potters Field, Millbank and the Imperial War Museum.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is an independent cross-party advisory body that advises the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delivering the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission.

The distance from Downing Street to the three initial sites was not calculated.

The Holocaust Commission recommended the creation of an endowment fund to cover the running costs of the Learning Centre and guarantee funding for its mission to support Holocaust education around the county for generations to come. In accepting the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission in January 2015 the Government, with cross-party support, committed £50 million to kick-start a wider fundraising effort.

Grouped Questions: 68934 | 68935 | 68936 | 68938
Q
(Worthing West)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the (a) running and (b) legacy costs for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre will be funded.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Victoria Tower Gardens was recommended to government as the most fitting site for the new national Memorial to the Holocaust and co-located Learning Centre by the cross-party UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation after a search of almost 50 sites across London, including the initial sites considered at Potters Field, Millbank and the Imperial War Museum.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is an independent cross-party advisory body that advises the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delivering the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission.

The distance from Downing Street to the three initial sites was not calculated.

The Holocaust Commission recommended the creation of an endowment fund to cover the running costs of the Learning Centre and guarantee funding for its mission to support Holocaust education around the county for generations to come. In accepting the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission in January 2015 the Government, with cross-party support, committed £50 million to kick-start a wider fundraising effort.

Grouped Questions: 68934 | 68935 | 68936 | 68937
Q
(Worthing West)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether all proposals for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been made available to the public.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The UK Holocaust Memorial Design Competition was launched on 14 September 2016 and received 92 expressions of interest from teams across 26 different countries. Ten teams were shortlisted to produce concept designs for the Memorial and Learning Centre. All ten concept designs are available online (via the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation website). They were displayed in an exhibition in Westminster Hall earlier this month and will now be displayed in a number of further locations around the UK.

Q
(South Down)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people with mental health conditions who will be affected by the changes to personal independence payments in the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Recent changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) regulations clarify the original criteria used to decide how much benefit claimants receive. This is not a policy change, nor is it intended to make new savings. It will not result in any claimants, regardless of their health condition, seeing a reduction in the amount of PIP previously awarded by DWP.

We are aware of a small number of cases, around 50 cases currently, where people may have been awarded a higher level of PIP by a tribunal. This could occur if their case was heard at appeal and a tribunal made a higher award, applying the rulings of the Upper Tribunal. We will not be claiming back the money these individuals received during the period before the new regulations came into force and are considering whether to adjust their payments to bring them in line with the amended PIP regulations.

Grouped Questions: 68941
Q
(South Down)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have been awarded the highest rate of personal independence payment solely on the basis of a mental health condition will be affected by the changes to that payment in the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Recent changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) regulations clarify the original criteria used to decide how much benefit claimants receive. This is not a policy change, nor is it intended to make new savings. It will not result in any claimants, regardless of their health condition, seeing a reduction in the amount of PIP previously awarded by DWP.

We are aware of a small number of cases, around 50 cases currently, where people may have been awarded a higher level of PIP by a tribunal. This could occur if their case was heard at appeal and a tribunal made a higher award, applying the rulings of the Upper Tribunal. We will not be claiming back the money these individuals received during the period before the new regulations came into force and are considering whether to adjust their payments to bring them in line with the amended PIP regulations.

Grouped Questions: 68940
Q
(Edinburgh East)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Disability Living Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many eligible disability living allowance (DLA) claimants have been invited to apply for personal independence payments since April 2016; and of those claimants invited to apply, how many have not applied within the time allowed and have had their DLA terminated as a result.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

A decision is made on a case-by-case basis on whether or not to cease DLA payments to claimants who do not register for PIP within the allowed time. Additional support is provided for those claimants identified as ‘vulnerable’ (i.e. mental health or learning disabilities) who do not respond to the PIP invite letter.

Q
(Bristol East)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Parental Leave and Parental Pay: Self-employed
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to extend shared parental leave and pay to self-employed workers.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government will consult in the summer on whether there is a case for greater parity in parental benefits between the employed and the self-employed.

Self-employed workers have more flexibility over their working hours, including when they take time off work, and do not need a statutory right to time off work.

Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department for Education
Universities: Sheffield
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many international students attended (a) Sheffield Hallam and (b) Sheffield University in each year from 2010 to date.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes statistics on students enrolled at UK higher education institutions (HEIs). Annual statistics on higher education students are published at the following link:

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/statistical-first-releases

Information on international students can be found in the table below.

Non-UK domiciled higher education enrolments

Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield

Academic years 2009/10 to 2015/16

Academic Year

Sheffield Hallam University

The University of Sheffield

2009/10

4,365

5,875

2010/11

4,660

6,975

2011/12

4,615

6,530

2012/13

4,780

6,995

2013/14

4,380

7,905

2014/15

3,420

8,450

2015/16

3,280

8,525

Source: HESA Student SFR and HESA Students Volumes

Notes:

  1. Domicile refers to the student’s home or permanent address prior to entering their course.
  2. Enrolments refer to students in all years of study.
  3. Figures rounded to the nearest 5.
  4. The figures include all non-UK students doing postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.
  5. The figures include full time and part time students.
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Primodos
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 26 October 2010 (HL2589, HL2591, HL2592, and HL2593) concerning the drug Primodos, and to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health on 23 October 2014 (HC Deb 1139) concerning oral hormone pregnancy tests, and in the light of the Sky News documentary Primodos: The Secret Drugs Scandal, what progress has been made on the independent review of the papers and evidence relating to oral hormone pregnancy tests; what assessment that review has made of the decision by the Committee on Safety of Medicines to ask drug companies to stop promoting pregnancy test drugs to doctors in 1969 but not to advise doctors not to use such drugs until 1975; and whether that review will examine the allegations made in the Sky News documentary, in particular (1) that no toxicology or testing was undertaken prior to the drug Primodos being licensed, (2) that Primodos was being used as an abortifacient in some parts of the world whilst being sold in the UK for the purposes of pregnancy testing, and (3) that there may have been collusion between the drug manufacturer and the regulatory bodies.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Primodos, a hormonal pregnancy test, first became available in the 1950s. At that time there were no legal requirements on companies to ensure that marketed medicines met appropriate standards of safety, quality and efficacy and a licence to market was not required. Any studies performed on a medicine prior to its use were at the discretion of the company. The Medicines Act came into force in 1971.

The terms of reference of the Expert Working Group on Hormonal Pregnancy Tests, adopted by its members and agreed with by the chair of the main patient association in her role as an ‘observer’ on the Group, are focused on a scientific review of the strength of evidence for a possible association between exposure in pregnancy to hormonal pregnancy tests and adverse outcomes in pregnancy (particularly birth defects, miscarriages and stillbirths). The Group’s terms of reference also include what lessons may be learnt for further improving existing regulatory systems to identify, monitor and minimise any adverse effects of medicines in pregnancy.

Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Medical Equipment: EU Law
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to transpose the forthcoming EU Medical Devices Regulation into UK law following the UK's exit from the EU; and how they intend to address those aspects of the Regulation that are based on participation in EU institutions and the single market.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Government is committed to the safe and effective regulation of medical devices in the United Kingdom. We continue to strengthen safety while ensuring patients and the public have fast access to new, innovative devices.

We will be implementing the new Devices Regulations, the first provisions of which are expected to enter into force in May this year. Details of the future legislative framework will be subject to the outcome of negotiations with the European Union.

Q
(Glasgow Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 22 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on UK arms sales to countries that are part of the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

I am in regular communication with the Secretary of State for International Trade, my Rt. Hon Friend the member for North Somerset (Dr Liam Fox) on these issues.

Q
(North East Hampshire)
[N]
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Asked on: 22 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nature Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department has in the protection of endangered species abroad.
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Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 28 March 2017

Illegal wildlife trade is a serious threat to the world’s endangered species and combating it is a priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is a serious criminal industry worth more than £6 billion a year. It is fuelled by corruption and undermines good governance and the rule of law. We work with our overseas network, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for International Development to secure global action to combat it.

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Asked by Paul Scully
(Sutton and Cheam)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the implications for his policies are of the interim report and recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, published on 16 March 2017; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 28 March 2017

We support the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission. I discussed the report with the Chair of the Commission, Kofi Annan, on 16 March. We stand ready to provide assistance to enable the Burmese authorities to implement its recommendations. We also look forward to the final report.

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(Huddersfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
East Africa: Droughts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist east African nations affected by drought.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The FCO is working closely with the Department for International Development to provide life-saving emergency aid for those affected by drought and to encourage the international community urgently to step-up their assistance. In his recent visit to the region the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson), emphasised the UK’s steadfast support during this unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

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(Lichfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK Relations with EU
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to meet his EU counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 28 March 2017

The Foreign Secretary regularly meets his EU counterparts. Next week he will attend the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels and meet the German Foreign Minister in London.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Baha'i Faith
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on harassment of schoolchildren and expulsion of university students from the Baha'i community in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 March 2017

There is a worrying trend of persecution of the Baha’i faith in Iran, which includes the harassment of Baha’i school children and students. We call on Iran to cease harassment of all religious minorities and to allow freedom of religion to all Iranians. I raised our concerns in Tehran on 18 Jan.

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