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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on health outcomes of the time taken to grant exit permits for Palestinians in Gaza seeking medical treatment elsewhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territory or abroad; and if she will make a statement.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Israel on the approval of permits for Palestinians seeking medical treatment outside Gaza in 2017.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Government of Israel on WHO reports on the number of Palestinian patients who have died while awaiting permits to travel outside Gaza for medial treatment.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate she has made of the number of humanitarian and development items that have been delayed in entering or denied entry to Gaza by the Israeli authorities in the last 12 months.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 19 February 2018
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which multilateral projects in the Gaza Strip her Department helps fund; and how much is disbursed from the public purse for each such project.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department for Education
Children: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle loneliness and social isolation among school-aged children.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 08 February 2018

On 17 January the Government announced that my hon. Friend, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society will lead a cross-government group which will take responsibility for driving action on loneliness. The Department will work as part of the group looking at what can be done to tackle loneliness and social isolation, especially for the most vulnerable children.

The Department is funding a £700,000 pilot investigating ways to set up effective peer support for mental health and wellbeing in schools, and is also providing £1.5 million to support anti-bullying projects, such as the Diana Award Ambassador programme.

The Department is currently conducting a thorough engagement process on the scope and content of Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education, which will be made statutory in primary and secondary schools respectively.

The Government is also consulting on the green paper ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ which includes further proposals to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, supported by over £300 million of funding. The green paper is available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Prime Minister
Hong Kong: Elections
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed the disqualification of candidates from Hong Kong elections with the Government of China during her recent visit to that country.
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
West Bank: Demolition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Israeli Government on the demolition of EU-funded structures in the village of Abu Nuwar in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve the effectiveness of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 February 2018

The UK is providing £1.3 million to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) this financial year (2017/18) to facilitate commercial shipping into Yemen’s Red Sea ports and provide assurances against weapons smuggling. We have seconded UK experts to UNVIM in Djibouti to increase the number of inspections of commercial vessels.

Yemen imports 90% of its food and fuel, so it is essential that the Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Saleef remain fully open to commercial and humanitarian imports to help the millions of people who don’t have enough to eat. We continue to call on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to allow full and unhindered commercial and humanitarian access for food, fuel and medical supplies throughout Yemen.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Hunting: Prosecutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for hunting foxes with hounds in each local authority area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 07 February 2018

This information is not held centrally and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services: Mothers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to new mothers with post-natal mental health conditions.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 07 February 2018

This Government is committed to improving perinatal mental health services for women during pregnancy and in the first postnatal year, so that women are able to access the right care at the right time and close to home.

The Department is investing £365 million from 2015/16 to 2020/21 in perinatal mental health services, and NHS England is leading a transformation programme to ensure that by 2020/21 at least 30,000 more women each year are able to access evidence-based specialist mental health care during the perinatal period. This includes access to psychological therapies and specialist community or inpatient care.

A key element of the programme is to increase awareness and skills across the workforce, supporting better identification of perinatal mental illness, early intervention and consequently improved recovery rates. In addition, there are over 570 perinatal mental health visitor champions. Their role is to support health visitors with the identification and management of anxiety, mild to moderate depression and other perinatal mental disorders, and knowing when to refer on.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the effects of loneliness on health.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 07 February 2018

Loneliness can have a significant impact on physical and mental health.

The Department will be working closely to support the Minister for Sport and Civil Society in developing the cross-Government strategy on loneliness.

A number of existing Department-supported programmes can help to address loneliness, including dementia friendly communities, Dementia Friends, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, the Carers Action Plan and social prescribing.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of guidance to help staff in GP surgeries recognise loneliness in patients.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 07 February 2018

The Department and NHS England have not made an assessment of the effectiveness of published guidance to general practitioners around loneliness in patients.

The Department will work closely to support the Minister for Sport and Civil Society in developing the cross-government strategy on loneliness.

A number of existing Department-supported programmes can help to address loneliness, including dementia friendly communities, Dementia Friends, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, the Carers Action Plan and social prescribing.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that full humanitarian and commercial access to Hodeidah port is granted and maintained by the Saudi-led Coalition.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 February 2018

We welcome the announcement on 22 January by the Saudi-led Coalition of an initiative to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Improving humanitarian access to all of Yemen is key to alleviating the continuing crisis. Continued access for commercial supplies including food and fuel through the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef remains critical to ensuring that the Yemeni people get the supplies they so desperately need. The UK will continue pressing all parties for complete and unhindered commercial and humanitarian access to all of Yemen.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Peace Negotiations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage progress on the peace talks between the parties to the conflict in Yemen.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 February 2018

The UK is playing a leading role in diplomatic efforts, including bringing together key international actors to try to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen. As part of this we proposed the Presidential Statement passed at the UN Security Council in June this year, which called for an end to the fighting and a return to UN-led peace talks. We are now working urgently with our international and regional partners to ensure that the Security Council's words are converted into action. We call on all parties to respect these unified and clear demands from the international community. More recently, the Foreign Secretary hosted a meeting of his US, Saudi and Emirati counterparts in our Embassy in Paris on 23 January. They discussed ways of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, countering weapons smuggling and refocusing the political track to move towards a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia on the location of and inspection system for the 17 safe-passage corridors from six points of entry announced on 22 January 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 February 2018
We continue to engage with the Saudi-led Coalition on its Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Plan (YCHOP). Improving humanitarian access to all of Yemen is key to alleviating the crisis. Continued access for commercial supplies including food and fuel through the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef is critical to ensuring that the Yemeni people get the supplies they so desperately need. The Coalition has publicly stated that corridor originating points will include Al Khadara, Al Tuwal, Hodeidah, Mokha, Aden and Marib.
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 26 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission being implemented; and what steps he is taking to assist with the implementation of those recommendations.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 05 February 2018

Implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations is essential to create conditions for refugee returns to take place voluntarily, in safety and in dignity. The UK has welcomed the Burmese Government's establishment of Rakhine Advisory Commission Implementation Committee and an Advisory Board, but recognises that implementation will be a long-term process, and that much more progress is required. I confirmed that the UK was ready to support the Burmese government with the implementation of the report when I welcomed its publication on 25 August 2017. The Foreign Secretary reiterated this offer when he spoke to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 21 October 2017. I have encouraged progress by the Rakhine Advisory Board in recent meetings with its member,s Dr Suriakiart Sathirathai on 3 January, and Lord Darzi on 1 February.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
USA: UNRWA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in US funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency on assistance for (a) Palestinian refugees in Syria, (b) people living in the West Bank and (c) people living in Gaza.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I provided on 30 January 2018 to Question number 125084.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
UNRWA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of people dependent on UN Relief and Works Agency funding in (a) Gaza, (b) the West Bank, (c) Syria, (d) Jordan and (e) Lebanon.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has a unique mandate to provide essential support and protection for over five million registered Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. All registered Palestinian refugees can access UNRWA services; According to UNRWA’s latest field of operations map in 2017, there are 618,128 in Syria, 532,173 in Lebanon, 2,286,643 in Jordan, 997,173 in the West Bank, and 1,435,616 in Gaza.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
USA: UNRWA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to increase its funding for UN Relief and Works Agency in the light of the reduction in funding from the US Administration.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

UK officials are working closely with the UN Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) and other donors to assess how best to ensure the continuity of essential services to Palestinian refugees at this time, in line with humanitarian principles. The UK remains firmly committed to supporting UNRWA, and has so far provided around £50 million in 2017/18 based on the Agency meeting rigorous performance indicators. The UK will monitor the impact of any cuts to UNRWA’s services closely.

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