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'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: 24 October 2017
Church Commissioners
Anniversaries: Scotland
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church of England has made of whether to mark the 400th anniversary of imposition of the Five Articles of Perth by James I of England and VI of Scotland on the Church of Scotland.
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Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 06 November 2017

The decision to mark the 400th anniversary of the Five Articles of Perth is not a matter for the Church of England, being as they were specific to the Crown and the Church of Scotland. This decision is a matter for the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Should they wish to mark this anniversary, it would be their decision as to whether to invite the Church of England to participate.

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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: 24 October 2017
House of Commons Commission
Anniversaries: Scotland
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to mark the 375th anniversary of the signing of the Solemn League and Covenant by both Houses of Parliament and the Scottish commissioners on 25 September 1643.
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Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 06 November 2017

Parliament has no plans to mark the 375th anniversary of the Solemn League and Covenant. A check of Parliamentary records suggests that we have not marked such anniversaries in the past. In 2018 Parliament will celebrate the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, as well as commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Parliament has a busy schedule of activities throughout 2018 to engage the public in the role of Parliament through these anniversaries.

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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: 24 October 2017
Scotland Office
Solemn League and Covenant: Anniversaries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department plans to mark the 375th anniversary of the signing of the Solemn League and Covenant by both Houses of Parliament and the Scottish commissioners on 25 September 1643; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 06 November 2017

My Department does not have any plans to mark this anniversary but I recognise the Honourable Member’s endeavours in bringing to the attention of the House this event of historical significance and I note the importance of the Battle of Preston in this context.

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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: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Cervical Cancer: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in each clinical commissioning group (CCG) in the North West have not had a cervical smear test in the last three years despite receiving letters inviting them to do so; and what actions have been taken by each of those CCGs to reduce that number.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The information requested for uptake of women per clinical commissioning group (CCG) in North West for the last three years is not available. This is because the National Health Service Cervical Screening programme reports on coverage and not on uptake rates, though there are plans in place for this to be introduced in 2018.

The latest 2016 figures on coverage are published by NHS Digital and is provided by CCG level:

http://bit.ly/cervical_screen_coverage_quarterly_CCGdata

Data on the average time that each CCG in the North West took to send letters is not available. NHS England closely monitors the turnaround times for cervical screening against a quality measure which means that 98% of women who are screened should receive their results within two weeks. For the first six months of 2017, six of the eight Lancashire and south Cumbria CCGs were reported as meeting the 98% target.

Grouped Questions: 108387
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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: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Cervical Cancer: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time was that each clinical commissioning group in the North West took to send letters informing women of the results of their cervical smear tests in the first six months of 2017.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The information requested for uptake of women per clinical commissioning group (CCG) in North West for the last three years is not available. This is because the National Health Service Cervical Screening programme reports on coverage and not on uptake rates, though there are plans in place for this to be introduced in 2018.

The latest 2016 figures on coverage are published by NHS Digital and is provided by CCG level:

http://bit.ly/cervical_screen_coverage_quarterly_CCGdata

Data on the average time that each CCG in the North West took to send letters is not available. NHS England closely monitors the turnaround times for cervical screening against a quality measure which means that 98% of women who are screened should receive their results within two weeks. For the first six months of 2017, six of the eight Lancashire and south Cumbria CCGs were reported as meeting the 98% target.

Grouped Questions: 108386
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(Preston)
[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: 18 October 2017
Home Office
Police: Cars
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police cars in each constabulary have been painted with the rainbow flag since 2015.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 01 November 2017

How forces deploy and equip police vehicles is an operational matter for chief constables.

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(Preston)
[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: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Community Relations: Islam
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which faith and regeneration projects the Government works with to meet recommendation one of the Government Response to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Employment Opportunities for Muslims in the UK, published in December 2016, Cm 9371, to rebuild trust with Muslim communities by improving the life chances of disadvantaged communities.
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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government supports a number of programmes that seek to bring communities together.

We are providing £1.65 million in 2017/18 to support the Near Neighbours programme, which has enabled Muslim women to develop a range of employment and life skills. We have funded Nisa-Nashim which brings together Jewish and Muslim women around the themes of business, culture, social action, sports and well-being. In 2015/16 we provided support through a Women’s Empowerment fund to 14 separate projects working with women from isolated and BME communities.

The forthcoming integration strategy will further set out how we will support people in more isolated communities and assist women, in particular into the workplace, and teach more people to speak English.

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(Preston)
[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 October 2017
Department of Health
Incontinence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 9587, on incontinence, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally that information.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2017

NHS England currently have no plans to collect centralised data to measure any reduction in the number of prescriptions for catheters, out-patient appointments, surgical interventions and costs relating to pads and other incontinence products.

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(Preston)
[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: 23 October 2017
Department of Health
Abortion Act 1967: Anniversaries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the events that he and Ministers of his Department attended to mark the 50th anniversary of passing of the Abortion Act 1967.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 01 November 2017

Departmental Ministers have not attended any events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act 1967.

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(Preston)
[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: 23 October 2017
Department of Health
Docetaxel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by each clinical commissioning group in England on Docetaxel since the publication of Docetaxel in combination with androgen deprivation therapy for the treatment of hormone naive metastatic prostate cancer by NHS England on 20 January 2016.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2017

There were no prescriptions of docetaxel by clinical commissioning groups in primary care over this period.

NHS Digital is unable to identify the specific indication for which a prescription has been prescribed. Information on hospital costs (at list price) covering all possible uses is available at NHS England Region level and is provided in the table below:

National Health Service estimated costs (£) of docetaxel (at list price) issued by hospital pharmacies in England1, by region, 2015 and 2016

2015

2016

England1

64,346,509

71,385,551

Central Midlands

4,681,236

5,933,700

Cheshire and Merseyside

4,725,933

4,126,694

Cumbria and North East

3,020,396

3,571,486

East

5,375,050

5,603,733

Greater Manchester

3,349,575

2,833,002

Lancashire

1,528,395

1,718,229

London

8,746,042

10,175,348

North Midlands

4,125,206

5,538,382

South Central

3,269,040

4,113,010

South East

6,448,259

6,182,164

South West

3,924,561

4,038,755

Wessex

3,325,580

4,016,453

West Midlands

5,432,613

6,522,771

Yorkshire and Humber

5,825,101

6,429,341

Source: 2017 QuintilesIMS: Hospital Pharmacy Audit Index;

Note:

1National figures are grossed up to give England level estimates. Sub-national figures are not adjusted in any way. Therefore, the sum of the regions will not match the England total.

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(Preston)
[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: 23 October 2017
Department of Health
Breast Cancer: Health Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the events that he and Ministers of his Department attended as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2017.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Department’s Ministers attended three events recently as part of this year’s breast cancer awareness month. These were: a “Breast Cancer Now” event in September to promote breast cancer awareness month, attended by my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State; a reception on 9 October hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador of the United States marking the 25th anniversary of the United Kingdom’s Breast Cancer campaign, attended by my hon. Friend the Minister of State; and I spoke at the All Party Parliamentary Group on breast cancer’s reception on 23rd October.

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(Preston)
[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: 23 October 2017
Women and Equalities
Abortion Act 1967: Anniversaries
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will publish the events that she and Ministers at the Government Equalities Office attended to mark the 50th anniversary of passing of the Abortion Act.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 01 November 2017

My Rt hon. Friend, the Minister for Women and Equalities has not attended any events to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act.

Government Equalities Office Ministers, including myself and My Rt hon. Friend, the Minister of State for School Standards and Minister for Equalities, have not attended any such events either.

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(Preston)
[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: 23 October 2017
Department of Health
NHS Trusts: Alcoholic Drinks
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS Employers paper, Alcohol and Drugs, whether NHS trusts in England are required to have policies on alcohol at work; which NHS trusts have introduced such policies; and when such policies were last reviewed.
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Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 01 November 2017

It is the responsibility of each National Health Service employer to ensure that its staff are aware of the policies that are in place relating to drug and alcohol misuse. It is also its responsibility to make staff aware of the consequences of breaching these policies.

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(Preston)
[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: 24 October 2017
Department for Transport
Community Transport: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential effect on the viability of community transport organisations of the requirement for them as section 19 permit operators not to charge anyone and to require all drivers to have a PSV O-licence.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 01 November 2017

Within the existing legal framework, the Department wants as many community transport providers as possible to continue to operate, and retain, service provision for vulnerable community transport passengers.

The Department will consult on this issue and set out the changes proposed to legislation as well as guidance on the use of section 19 permits. The consultation will contain an impact assessment and the effect of the changes to the regulatory regime which will form part of our considerations.

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(Preston)
[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: 24 October 2017
Department for Transport
Community Transport: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an estimate of the cost to community transport organisations of ensuring that all their drivers have a PSV O-licence; and whether that requirement will effect their charitable status due to the capital reserve requirement involved.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 01 November 2017

Within the existing legal framework, the Department wants as many community transport providers as possible to continue to operate, and retain, service provision for vulnerable community transport passengers.

The Department will consult on this issue and set out the changes for operators complying with the proposed to legislation as well as guidance on the use of section 19 permits, including the financial standing requirement. The consultation will contain an impact assessment and the effect of the changes to the regulatory regime will form part of our considerations.

The Department does not envisage a requirement to obtain a PSV operating licence will affect whether or not an organisation has charitable status.

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(Preston)
[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: 11 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coaches there are in each jobcentre in which universal credit has been rolled out; how many claimants each work coach is responsible for; where those work coaches are based; and how many work coaches will be appointed in Preston when universal credit is rolled out in that parliamentary constituency.
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Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 26 October 2017
Holding answer received on 24 October 2017

Universal Credit is available to all new claims from single jobseekers across Great Britain and couples and families in some jobcentre areas. As at August 2017 there were around 12,500 work coaches across the jobcentre network and working across all benefits. The number of work coaches will change in line with demand and we expect there to be more in every nation and region by 2020.

The number of work coaches and the size of their caseload will vary as it is dependent on a number of factors, including the level of customer support required and the needs of the local labour market.

The digital service continues to develop iteratively, with claimants able to increasingly self-serve and interact digitally with their work coach and case manager.

Grouped Questions: 108767
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(Preston)
[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: 10 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Giraffes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what activities were undertaken by (a) Ministers and (b) staff of his Department to celebrate World Giraffe Day in (i) 2015, (ii) 2016 and (iii) 2017.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 24 October 2017

No specific activities were undertaken by Defra Ministers or staff to celebrate World Giraffe Day in 2015, 2016 or 2017. However, we are undertaking a number of activities to support this iconic species.

In 2010 Defra’s Darwin Initiative funded a project that focused on ecosystem-wide forest conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo using okapi, also known as the forest giraffe, as a flagship species. This project lead to the establishment of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group.

The giraffe is proposed for listing on Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species for consideration at the 12th Conference of the Parties in Manila between 23 and 28 October 2017. The UK government supports this listing, which would encourage range states to conclude global or regional agreements for the conservation and management of giraffes.

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(Preston)
[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: 10 October 2017
Department of Health
Breast Cancer: Lancashire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breast screening appointments were provided by (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, (b) South Lancashire Breast Screening Service, (c) East Lancashire Breast Screening Service and (d) North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Service in 2016; how many of those appointments were missed; and which venues were used by each of those services to provide those appointments.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 24 October 2017

Data for the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts is not available as this Trust does not offer screening appointments for NHS Breast Screening Programme.

Figures for uptake and attendance for screening published by NHS Digital for the 2015/16 screening year (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016) for each of the services are detailed in the table below:

Screening Service

Uptake of screening (first and all routine invitations)

Number of clients who attended screening (age 50-70)

East Lancashire

67.5%

14,720

South Lancashire

71.6%

21,527

North Lancashire and South Cumbria

71.0%

24,086

Data on appointments missed are not available in the format requested.

The attached tables list, for each screening service, the address of the mobile or static site where screening took place during 2015/16 and the time period that screening was performed at that site.

Further information can be accessed by manipulating the tool at:

http://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB23376

PQ106872 attached table (PDF Document, 196.02 KB)
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(Preston)
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Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department of Health
Incontinence: West Lancashire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken by (a) Greater Preston, (b) Blackburn with Darwin, (c) West Lancashire and (d) West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to monitor the number of people who are offered referral for appropriate specialised management after receiving initial management for faecal incontinence; and how many people were offered referral for appropriate specialised management after receiving initial management for faecal incontinence by each CCG in each quarter between 1 March 2014 and 30 September 2017.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 24 October 2017

This information is not collected centrally.

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(Preston)
[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: 10 October 2017
Department of Health
Ambulance Services: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 59987, what steps have been taken related to the provision of ambulance services as part of NHS planning arrangements for winter 2017-18 and operational resilience planning to ensure the health and social care system is adequately prepared to cope with winter pressures.
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Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 24 October 2017

Every local system is undertaking detailed planning for winter to meet the significant pressures that they will face, both on the ambulance service and in other parts of the system. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with all systems in a targeted way to ensure comprehensive plans are in place.

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