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Asked by Joan Ryan
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Registered Interest

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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: 07 December 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the payment of a salary of 2,600 shekels each month for life to the family of Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal who carried out the Har Adar terrorist attack on 26 September 2017.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 December 2017

No UK aid is used for payments to Palestinian prisoners or their families. UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is only used to help to pay the salaries of health and education public servants in the West Bank. Only named public servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible and a robust verification system validates that funds are used for the intended purposes. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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Registered Interest

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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: 07 December 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the distribution of diaries by Fatah’s youth movement at schools which pictured Abu Jihad who was responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis and Salah Khalaf who was the head of the terrorist organisation Black September.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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Registered Interest

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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: 07 December 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on its funding for summer camps in which children performed mock stabbing attacks.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 07 December 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the memorandum of understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on the content of a music video broadcast on official Palestinian Authority TV on 10 April 2017 glorifying terror and promising to break the Jews.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 30 November 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her department, what discussions her department has had with the PA concerning the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’s description on 27 September 2017 of the Har Adar terrorist attack as an operation and the terrorist as a martyr.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my visit to the region in August. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 30 November 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Antisemitism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her department, what discussions her department has had with the PA concerning the rebroadcast on Palestinian TV of a 1996 TV show which described Jews as wicked, oppressors and evil”.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my visit to the region in August. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to reduce indoor air pollution and the associated public health effects of household pollutants.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 17 November 2017

Many everyday activities essential for supporting lives and livelihoods such as generating power, transport, industry, agriculture and heating homes, also emit damaging air pollutants which the UK has made legal commitments to control. Defra is working closely with the Department of Health, Public Health England, and their advisors the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants to develop the Clean Air Strategy, setting out how we will reduce pollution. We will publish the Clean Air Strategy for consultation in 2018.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department of Health
Air Pollution: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the World Health Organisation's report, Preventing Noncomunicable Diseases by Reducing Environmental Risk Factors, published on 12 September 2017, (a) in general and (b) on the adverse health effects and premature mortality risks associated with indoor air pollution; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 17 November 2017

The World Health Organization's report, ‘Preventing Non-communicable Diseases by Reducing Environmental Risk Factors’, published on 12 September 2017, will be taken into consideration along with the rest of the relevant evidence base when developing cross-government policy.

The Department of has recently asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to develop guidance on indoor air pollution at home. The focus will be on interventions related to the structure of, ventilation of, and materials used in, new / existing or retrofitted homes as well as on people’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour in relation to indoor air pollution. The guideline is going to be published in spring 2019.

Public Health England has developed a programme in support of national and local government to reduce mortality in England attributable to air pollution. This will be achieved by helping raise awareness of the health effects of air pollution and by further developing the evidence on the health effects of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and ozone. The focus is on promoting actions that can bring multiple health co-benefits.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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 November 2017
Department for International Development
Gaza: Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 108373, what the names are of the 13 schools in Gaza directly funded by the UK in December 2011.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 13 November 2017

The names of the 13 schools directly funded by the UK in Gaza and managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) are as follows:

  1. Nuseirat Preparatory Boys School
  2. School in Khirbat Al-Addas
  3. Rafah Elementary Co-ed School
  4. Single Sided School in Khan Younis Camp North Block G
  5. Preparatory Boys School in Tel El-Sultan, Rafah
  6. Nuseirat Al-Muftee Preparatory Boys School
  7. Jabalia Elementary Boys School
  8. Nuseirat Al-Muftee Parcel 1 (Preparatory Girls & Elementary Co-ed School)
  9. School at Moghraga
  10. Johr El-Deek Elementary Co-ed School
  11. Khuza'a Preparatory Boys School
  12. Rafah Preparatory “F” Boys School
  13. Preparatory Boys School at Beach Elementary Boys "A&B" School

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Gaming Machines: Enfield North
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the amount spent by gamblers on fixed-odds betting terminals in Enfield North constituency in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 06 November 2017

Neither the Department nor the Gambling Commission hold information concerning the number of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals and, therefore spend, on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals in individual constituencies.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 25 October 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 107810, on general practitioners: Greater London, what estimate his Department has made of the GP-to-patient ratio in (a) the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) clinical commissioning groups in London in each financial year since April 2013.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 02 November 2017

The requested information is attached. However, general practitioner (GP) locum figures were not collected prior to 2015, therefore 2013 and 2014 figures are not directly comparable to subsequent years.

PQ109664 attached table (Word Document, 19.29 KB)
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Local Government Finance: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the local government funding settlement in order to ensure parity of funding per head of population between London boroughs.
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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 26 October 2017

We are currently undertaking a Fair Funding Review to address concerns about the fairness of current funding distributions to local authorities. There have been widespread calls for a thorough, evidence-based Review, and this we plan to deliver.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Local Government Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the criteria for the local government funding settlement to ensure that it includes (a) up to date information on population growth and (b) levels of deprivation in each local authority area.
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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 26 October 2017

Through the Fair Funding Review we are working closely with the Local Government Association and representatives from across local government to ensure that we consider all the issues that impact on authorities’ relative need to spend on services and their capacity to fund these from local resources.

Amongst the issues we will consider are the impact of population growth, deprivation, and specific geographical factors such as rurality and area-related costs.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Health Services: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) total and (b) per capita spending on (i) health and (ii) mental health is spent in the London Borough of Enfield; and where Enfield is ranked in (A) London and (B) England.
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Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 26 October 2017

General clinical commissioning group (CCG) spend on health is published by NHS England in its quarterly Financial Performance Report. Spend per head is not available, and CCGs are not ranked on spend per head. Total spend by NHS Enfield CCG can be found on page 13 of the Q4 2016-17 report, which can be accessed via the link below.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/financial-report-q4-16-17.pdf

CCG spend does not cover all health spend; it excludes directly commissioned primary care, specialised commissioning and other services directly commissioned by NHS England.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Dashboard publishes mental health expenditure figures quarterly. It does not include spend per capita. NHS Enfield CCG detail and totals for Q4 2016-17, which are the most recent published figures, can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/mhfyfv-dashboard-q4-1617.xlsx

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fuel Poverty: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in the (a) London Borough of Enfield, (b) Enfield North constituency and (c) Greater London area spend more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel bills.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 24 October 2017

In England, approximately 2.36 million households spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills in 2015. This is around 10.4 per cent of all households. In London, approximately 0.30 million households (8.9 per cent), spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills. Data is only available at the regional level and is not broken down further to Local Authority level.

Fuel poverty is based on the low income high costs (LIHC) indicator. In 2015, around 2.50 million households were in fuel poverty. This is around 11.0 per cent of all households. In the London Borough of Enfield, 11,300 households (9.3 per cent) were considered fuel poor. In the Enfield North constituency, 3,500 households (8.6 per cent) were considered fuel poor. In London, 335,200 households (10.1 per cent) were considered fuel poor.

These figures are based on the fuel poverty dataset. The methodology for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fuel-poverty-statistics-methodology-handbook

The sub-regional figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sub-regional-fuel-poverty-data-2017

This is based on data the English Housing Survey which is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The methodology for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/english-housing-survey-guidance-and-methodology

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the GP to patient ratio for (a) Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) other clinical commissioning groups in London; and if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of those GP to patient ratios.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 24 October 2017

The requested information is contained in the table below. There is no recommended ratio of general practitioners (GPs) to patients, recognising the differing needs of the registered patients of GP practices. GP practices plan and utilise their workforce to best meet the needs of their patients.

Patients per GP

NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

1,434

NHS Barking and Dagenham CCG

1,787

NHS Barnet CCG

1,448

NHS Bexley CCG

1,528

NHS Brent CCG

1,478

NHS Bromley CCG

1,472

NHS Camden CCG

1,143

NHS City and Hackney CCG

1,286

NHS Croydon CCG

1,510

NHS Ealing CCG

1,610

NHS Greenwich CCG

1,622

NHS Hounslow CCG

1,535

NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG

1,401

NHS Haringey CCG

1,458

NHS Harrow CCG

1,415

NHS Havering CCG

1,677

NHS Hillingdon CCG

1,760

NHS Islington CCG

1,414

NHS Kingston CCG

1,432

NHS Lambeth CCG

1,244

NHS Lewisham CCG

1,543

NHS Merton CCG

1,494

NHS Newham CCG

1,609

NHS Redbridge CCG

1,728

NHS Richmond CCG

1,424

NHS Southwark CCG

1,631

NHS Sutton CCG

1,457

NHS Tower Hamlets CCG

1,219

NHS Waltham Forest CCG

1,648

NHS Wandsworth CCG

1,317

NHS West London CCG

1,462

NHS Central London (Westminster) CCG

1,382

Source: NHS Digital

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

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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 International Development
Palestinians: Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105565, on Palestinians: schools, which international reports on the Palestinian Authority curriculum grades 1-4 her Department consulted when assessing the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17, published in April 2017.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 24 October 2017

In assessing the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17 we have drawn on recent United Nations analysis in relation to the Palestinian Authority curriculum, and on the approach used in the 2013 State Department-funded report by the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land (CRIHL) which remains relevant for the current curriculum.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[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 for Education
Free School Meals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of those eligible for free school meals in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK took up free school meals in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 23 October 2017

Figures on the number and proportion of children taking a free school meal and those eligible for free school meals are published, for all authorities in England, annually. The figures can be found in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Data are not summarised by parliamentary constituency, but data for each school is available via the link to underlying tables then the file ‘…Schools_Pupils_UD’. The figures can be filtered by school phase and parliamentary constituency.

A UK figure is not available. As education is a devolved matter, statistics on schools are published separately by the four administrations.


Grouped Questions: 108047
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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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 for Education
Free School Meals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK were eligible for free school meals in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 23 October 2017

Figures on the number and proportion of children taking a free school meal and those eligible for free school meals are published, for all authorities in England, annually. The figures can be found in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Data are not summarised by parliamentary constituency, but data for each school is available via the link to underlying tables then the file ‘…Schools_Pupils_UD’. The figures can be filtered by school phase and parliamentary constituency.

A UK figure is not available. As education is a devolved matter, statistics on schools are published separately by the four administrations.


Grouped Questions: 108046
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[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: 16 October 2017
Department for Education
Class Sizes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii) London and (iii) the UK in each of then last seven years.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 23 October 2017

Average class size figures for state-funded schools in England are calculated and published annually in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

A national summary of average class sizes for Key Stages 1 and 2 and secondary is in the link to national tables, tables 6a and 6b respectively.

A summary at local authority and regional level is only available for Key Stages 1 and 2 and is in the link to local authority and regional tables, table 11.

Data is not summarised by parliamentary constituency, but data for each school providing average class sizes for Key Stages 1 and 2, where appropriate, and overall is available via the link to underlying tables for each year then the file ‘…Schools_Classes_UD’. The figures can be filtered by school phase, local authority and parliamentary constituency.

A UK figure is not available. As education is a devolved matter, statistics on schools are published separately by the four administrations.

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