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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: 17 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in Somalia and (b) representatives of Somalia in the UK on support for counter-terrorism and security issues in that country since the recent terrorist attack in Mogadishu.
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(Bristol East)
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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
Healthy Start Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which age groups have the lowest uptake of Healthy Start vouchers.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 16 October 2017

Information is not held in the format requested.

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(Bristol East)
[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
Healthy Start Scheme: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Healthy Start scheme delivers the goals of the Childhood Obesity Plan.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 16 October 2017

The Healthy Start Scheme delivers the goals of the Childhood Obesity Plan by supporting lower-income pregnant women and families to eat healthily. Through the Healthy Food Schemes, the Government provides a nutritional safety net to those who need it the most. Healthy Start helps to encourage a healthy diet of pregnant women and children under four from low income households. It does this by providing vouchers to these families to purchase fruit, vegetables and milk.

The Government has provided nutritional support to families for many years and our world-leading childhood obesity plan published in August last year re-affirmed its commitment to Healthy Start and to helping children and families to recognise and make healthier choices and be more active.

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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Andargachew Tsege
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 68600, whether he has had sight of the bilateral treaty between Ethiopia and Yemen on Andy Tsege's removal to Ethiopia.
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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Andargachew Tsege
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has requested that consular visits with Andy Tsege be conducted in private.
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(Bristol East)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the start of the Meningitis B teenage carriage study; and when he plans for the results of that study to be published.
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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Cost-Effectiveness Methodology for Immunisation Programmes and Procurements working group's report into vaccine cost effectiveness has not been published.
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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Deer Act 1991: Prosecutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Deer Act 1991 in each police force area in 2016.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 13 October 2017

The following information was provided by the Ministry of Justice.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts in England and Wales of offences under the Deer Act 1991, by police force area in 2016, can be viewed in the accompanying table.

Offences under the Deer Act 1991 (Word Document, 32.56 KB)
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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food: Waste Disposal
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the introduction of mandatory separate food waste collections in England, including the effect on (a) local government and (b) landfill tax receipts; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 12 October 2017

Defra is undertaking a cost benefit analysis of the introduction of separate food waste collections that will assess the impact on local government and landfill tax.

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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Supermarkets: Waste
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage supermarkets to publish food waste data and audited annual breakdowns of food waste.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 12 October 2017

We do not currently have plans to require food businesses to publicly report food waste as reporting is already taking place under Courtauld 2025. The current approach to reporting under Courtauld 2025 is that aggregate figures are produced, maintaining the confidentiality of signatories. However, we note that retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco have chosen to publish their food waste data.

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(Bristol East)
[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: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dogs: Imports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of moving enforcement responsibilities from carriers to Government agencies in order to better tackle the illegal importation of puppies via the Pet Travel Scheme.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 11 October 2017

Defra takes the issue of the illegal importation of puppies and abuse of the pet travel scheme seriously. All pet animals entering Great Britain on approved routes under European Union Pet Travel Scheme are subject to documentary and identity checks. These are performed by carrier’s staff or checkers acting on their behalf. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) train and appoint carriers and pet animal checkers. APHA also undertake random audits to assess the effectiveness of the carriers’ activities. APHA work closely with carriers and their pet animal checkers to address any issues identified and provide additional training as required.

Defra is currently reviewing the operation of the Pet Travel Scheme in England and review includes the pet checking and carrier approval process. As part of the review the Department held a public consultation during the autumn of 2016. We continuing to gather evidence in preparation for putting the review report to independent scrutiny later in the year.

Since December 2015 APHA Port of Dover staff have been working in partnership with transport carriers and the Dogs Trust to identify, seize and quarantine underage puppies illegally transported into the country.

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(Bristol East)
[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: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's strategy, UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations, published in July 2017, when his Department plans to issue guidance to local authorities; and if he will make that guidance publicly available.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The Government is working closely with local authorities required to take action under the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Bespoke advice, expertise and funding has already been provided. There is regular engagement with the local authorities and the Government is committed to continuing to support local authorities with specific advice, expertise and funding targeted at each area throughout the production and implementation of their local plans.

Grouped Questions: 105494
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(Bristol East)
[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: 06 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nitrogen Dioxide: Pollution Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to provide guidance to local authorities on its Air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide in the UK, published in July 2017; and if he will make that guidance publicly available.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The Government is working closely with local authorities required to take action under the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Bespoke advice, expertise and funding has already been provided. There is regular engagement with the local authorities and the Government is committed to continuing to support local authorities with specific advice, expertise and funding targeted at each area throughout the production and implementation of their local plans.

Grouped Questions: 105493
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(Bristol East)
[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: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Dementia: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of withdrawal from the European Medicines Agency on access to new treatments for people with dementia.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The Government has clearly stated the United Kingdom’s desire to work collaboratively with the European Union on the issue of medicines regulation. It is in the interest of patients for us to find a way to continue UK-EU collaboration. We want to make sure patients continue to get rapid access to new and innovative medicines and devices, including treatments for people with dementia, and that the quality, safety and efficacy of those medicines and devices are maintained.

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(Bristol East)
[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: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Dementia: Research
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure parity of funding between research into dementia care and bio-medical research on dementia.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The Department funds research on health and social care through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR does not usually ring-fence funds for particular topics. Awards are made in open competition on the basis of importance of topics to patients, and heath and care services, value for money, and scientific quality judged through peer review. The amount of NIHR funding in topic areas depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity. This includes research on dementia care, and applied biomedical research in dementia. In 2014/15 (the most recent year for which a breakdown is available) total Department funding for dementia related research was £31.5 million. Of this, an estimated £12.3 million was for research on dementia services and care.

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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Somaliland: Elections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK will send election observers to Somaliland to observe the general election on 13 November 2017.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 09 October 2017

The UK is providing £202,017 to fund a 60-strong international election observation mission for the delayed Somaliland Presidential election, now scheduled for 13 November 2017. Following a competitive tender process, the election observation team will be led by University College London.

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(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: 14 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food: Waste
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Environment Agency and (b) Local Government Association on enforcement of the Food Waste Hierarchy.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 09 October 2017

I have recently discussed enforcement of the food waste hierarchy with the Environment Agency. The Agency will continue to promote the recycling of food waste wherever that is possible, advising on the impact of food waste contamination on the collection and treatment of recyclables and, in appropriate cases, enforcing the hierarchy in accordance with its enforcement and sanctions statement and guidance.

I have not discussed this issue with the Local Government Association.

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(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: 14 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food: Waste Disposal
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of introducing mandatory separate food waste collections in England on carbon reduction potential.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 09 October 2017

This Department has recently begun work to assess what the carbon reduction potential is for introducing separate food waste collections in England, but the analysis is not yet complete.

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(Bristol East)
[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: 14 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Balloons and Sky Lanterns: Litter
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to bring forward legislative proposals to classify the intentional outdoor release of (a) helium-filled balloons and (b) sky lanterns for commemorative, social or publicity events as acts of littering under current legislation.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 09 October 2017

There are no plans to bring forward legislation to classify the intentional outdoor release of helium-filled balloons and sky lanterns as acts of littering. Councils in England already have powers under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act to take an individual to court if they believe them to be guilty of a littering offence or, as an alternative, they may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.

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(Bristol East)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Pesticides: Health Hazards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to assess the long-term effect of pesticides residue in food on children's health.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 09 October 2017

Pesticides are only authorised for use in the UK following a rigorous assessment of the risk to human health. This assessment considers: short-term and long-term risks; risks arising from possible residues in food; and specifically addresses risks to children. If the assessment suggests that there may be risks to health, authorisation is not granted.

There is a comprehensive government programme of monitoring of pesticide residues in food to determine whether food available to UK consumers complies with the statutory residue levels and is safe. The results of this monitoring are published following consideration by the Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food.

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