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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 29 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Severe Disability Premium
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20446, on severe disability premium, whether the Government plans to (a) uplift the social care budget and (b) transfer funds from the Department for Work and Pensions to his Department to compensate for the phasing out of the severe disability premium and the transfer of costs for care to be picked up through the social care system; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 24 April 2017

The Government has already taken several steps during this Parliament to help secure a strong and sustainable social care system. Most recently in the 2017 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that councils will receive an additional £2 billion over the next three years for social care; with £1 billion of this to be provided in 2017-18. Taken together with the steps announced as part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, this means that councils will have access to £9.25 billion more dedicated funding for social care over the next three years, as a result of measures introduced by the Government since 2015.

In relation to the severe disability premium, this reform of social security removed duplication from the system and I refer the Hon Member to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question UIN 24311 - http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-01-26/24311/.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 29 March 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to his letter of 29 March 2017 to the European Council President, if he will define the term (a) practical and (b) appropriate as used in the section on the process in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 24 April 2017

The main focus of the Great Repeal Bill will be to provide stability, certainty and continuity whilst ensuring that future changes to the UK law will be the matter of the UK and devolved parliaments. As set out in the 'Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union' White Paper there are a variety of reasons why conversion alone may not be sufficient in particular cases. For example, there will be gaps where some areas of converted law will be entirely unable to operate because we are no longer a member of the EU. There will also be cases where EU law will cease to operate as intended or will be redundant once we leave.

This approach to converting EU derived law will provide a functioning statute book on the day we leave the EU, and ensure that it is for our sovereign Parliament (and where appropriate the devolved administrations) to make any future changes.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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 April 2017
Cabinet Office
UK Membership of EU: Referendums
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department or its agencies hold any information on the alleged interference by foreign states or their agents in the EU referendum campaign; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 24 April 2017

I will not comment on operational or intelligence matters, however I can assure you that the Government has seen no successful interference in our electoral process to date.

Our system of paper balloting and hand counting means UK voting mechanisms do not lend themselves to direct electronic manipulation. A series of protective measures were put in place ahead of the 2015 General Election, designed to be sufficiently enduring to mitigate future threats, including the EU referendum.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) offers UK organisations, including political parties, access to the best cyber security advice and support to help them meet their responsibility to protect their information and prevent cyber attacks from all possible threats.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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 April 2017
Department for Transport
Southern: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 20 January 2017 to Question 60337 and 21 March 2017 to Question 67853, on what date he received the (a) advice and (b) set of recommendations developed from the advice from Chris Gibb; if he will publish all documents received from Chris Gibb in full before Parliament prorogues ahead of the 2017 General Election; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 24 April 2017

Chris Gibb’s findings were received by the Department on 30 December 2016. The Department will not be publishing Chris Gibb’s findings before Parliament prorogues however we intend to publish Chris Gibb’s report in full, with minor redactions to protect commercially sensitive material, and the Government’s response in due course.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Health: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the fundamental right to health, and the legal obligation to ensure a high level of human protection, as set out in the EU treaties, will be incorporated into UK law as part of the Great Repeal Bill.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 24 April 2017

The EU Right to Healthcare is a principle for the development of EU law. It did not create new rights to health care above and beyond what is already provided under national laws and practices. The UK's commitment to universal healthcare, free at the point of delivery, goes well beyond minimum EU requirements.

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

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

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to page 32, paragraphs A.8 and A.9 of Annex A of the White Paper, Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, which general principles of EU law will continue to apply to the UK in any future relationships with the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 24 April 2017

The Government’s approach is that the Great Repeal Bill will convert current EU law into domestic law wherever practicable, ensuring a functioning statute book on exit. It is essential that there is a common understanding of what the law means. The Government believes that this is best achieved by providing for continuity in how that law is interpreted before and after exit day. That includes interpretation in light of the general principles of EU law, such as fundamental rights, proportionality and legal certainty.

After we leave the EU, Parliament will be free to change the law where it decides it is right to do so. The terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU will be a matter for negotiations.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Women and Equalities
Civil Partnerships
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2017 to Question 69447, on civil partnerships, whether she plans for an assessment of the effect of the equalisation of civil partnerships between same sex and different sex couples to take place before the Supreme Court has heard and given judgement in the appeal by Steinfeld and Another in their case against the Department for Education.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 21 April 2017

We understand that the claimants in this case have sought permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. We are currently awaiting the Court’s decision on whether to allow the appeal so we are unable to comment further on the case.

As you know, a General Election has been called. This means that a decision on this policy area will be for the next Government.

As we set out previously, the Government carried out a consultation on the future of civil partnerships in 2014. The review found that there was no clear consensus on the future of civil partnerships. Given the lack of any consensus, the Government did not change the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2017 to Question HL6597, on children: day care, how much additional funding will be provided to local authorities and childcare providers to enable them to deliver 30 hours of free childcare from September 2017; and what estimate she has made of the additional places for eligible children that will be created by that additional funding.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 April 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) nurseries and (b) nursery school places in (i) Brighton Pavilion constituency, (ii) Brighton and Hove Local Authority Area that will offer 30 hours of free childcare from September 2017; whether there is sufficient (A) funding and (B) staffing capacity in place to meet demand for such places; and if she will make a statement.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 April 2017
Department of Health
Social Workers: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that social care staff receive the most up-to-date information on HIV during their training.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 30 March 2017
Department for Education
Music: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the finding in the research conducted by Sussex University's School of Education and Social Work, entitled Changes in secondary music provision over time 2012-16, on the reduction in the number of schools in which music was compulsory between 2012-13 and 2016-17; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 19 April 2017

All pupils should have access to a well rounded education,‎ including the arts. All state funded schools are required to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Music is compulsory within the National Curriculum for 5 – 14 year olds in maintained schools.

Entries into music GCSE fell between 2010 and 2012, rose between 2012 and 2015 and fell between 2015 and 2016. This does not suggest a consistent trend. The 8.3% reduction between 2010 and 2016 is partially accounted for by the reduction in the number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4, which fell by 6.1 percent in the same period. Between 2011 and 2016, entries to GCSE music fell by 3.5% while the number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 fell by 4.3%. The Government hopes that all schools will offer their pupils the opportunity to study music and a range of other arts GCSEs. It is, however, for individual schools to decide which GCSEs to offer.

Grouped Questions: 70172
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 30 March 2017
Department for Education
Music: GCSE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's subject time series tables SFR48_2016 and SFR03_2017 what assessment she has made of the reasons for the 8.3 per cent reduction in the number of entries for GCSE music from 2009-10 to 2015-16; what steps she is taking to tackle that change; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 19 April 2017

All pupils should have access to a well rounded education,‎ including the arts. All state funded schools are required to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Music is compulsory within the National Curriculum for 5 – 14 year olds in maintained schools.

Entries into music GCSE fell between 2010 and 2012, rose between 2012 and 2015 and fell between 2015 and 2016. This does not suggest a consistent trend. The 8.3% reduction between 2010 and 2016 is partially accounted for by the reduction in the number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4, which fell by 6.1 percent in the same period. Between 2011 and 2016, entries to GCSE music fell by 3.5% while the number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 fell by 4.3%. The Government hopes that all schools will offer their pupils the opportunity to study music and a range of other arts GCSEs. It is, however, for individual schools to decide which GCSEs to offer.

Grouped Questions: 70124
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department made of the charity, Life's patient information literature before awarding it a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department made of the charity, Life's safeguarding policies and procedures before awarding it a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department of Health
HIV Infection: Home Care Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Terrence Higgins trust report on supporting the over 50's living with HIV, published in January 2017, what steps he is taking to address HIV-related discrimination to such people in social care settings; and if he will make a statement.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department of Health
HIV Infection: Home Care Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards there are to ensure that people living with HIV are not charged increased fees by residential and domiciliary care providers due to their HIV status.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
HIV Infection: Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the transition to personal independence payments does not have a disproportionate effect on people aged 50 and over living with HIV.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department of Health
HIV Infection: Home Care Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people living with HIV are not discriminated against when accessing residential and domiciliary care.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 28 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Bob Diamond
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, if his Department and its associated agencies will make an assessment of whether Bob Diamond, former Chief Executive of Barclays Bank, is a fit and proper person to be a director of a UK-based company.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 18 April 2017

While the law does not impose a fit and proper person test on individuals seeking to be appointed as company directors, if there is evidence that a director has committed misconduct, disqualification action may be brought against them.

Such action is usually taken by the Insolvency Service, either following an investigation into a company’s failure as part of its formal insolvency, or following an investigation into an active company.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 28 March 2017
Department of Health
Nurses: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the 23 per cent decline in UCAS applications for nursing degrees in 2017; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 05 April 2017

Potential students have a range of reasons for making the choices they do regarding courses to apply for.

At this stage of the application cycle, based on the data the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service published on 2 February 2017, Health Education England is confident that the National Health Service will be able to fill the number of 2017/18 pre-registration nursing degree training places in England. Entry to nursing, midwifery and allied health profession remains extremely competitive with a ratio from applications this January of nearly two applicants per place, this shows that there is a strong market for students who want to study high-quality nursing degree.

The Government is committed to monitoring the reforms throughout the application process and in doing so is working with Health Education England, Universities UK and the Council of Deans of Health to ensure that students are aware of the benefits of studying to become a nurse.

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