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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Billing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information the Government holds on how many households have been on British Gas, E.on, EDF, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE's standard variable tariffs for (a) five years or more and (b) 10 years or more.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 23 October 2017

Neither the Department nor Ofgem collect data on how long customers have been on specific tariffs.

Ofgem have previously published data on the number of customer accounts on standard variable tariffs by company. Data as at November 2016 is shown in the table below.

Supplier

Number of customers accounts on standard variable tariffs

British Gas

6,639,000

EDF Energy

1,943,000

E.ON

3,170,000

Npower

1,738,000

Scottish Power

1,541,000

SSE

3,864,000

The data is available on Ofgem’s website at:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/standard-variable-tariff-comparison-28-november-2016

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
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Asked on: 12 October 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Admissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled, Study of early education and development: the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, what sample size was used to calculate the mean hourly delivery cost for a three to four-year old place in the east of England.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 17 October 2017

The mean hourly delivery cost for a three-four-year old place in the east of England was not used in the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017. A mean hourly delivery cost for a three-four-year old place in England was used; this was £3.72. This was taken from the SEED: the cost and funding of early education report, published January 2017.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used for the purposes of detention by ethnic group in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 16 October 2017

The information available is shown in the attached table.

The table shows detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983 broken down by ethnic group. This information is available for 2016/17 only.

Source:

Data provided is from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)/MHA Acute for 2016/17.

PQ106431 attached table. (Excel SpreadSheet, 35.39 KB)
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used (a) in total, (b) by region and (c) by ethnic group in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 16 October 2017

Data on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983 is available on the NHS Digital website at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/article/4172/Mental-health

The most recent report is Mental Health Act Statistics, Annual Figures: 2016-17, Experimental statistics, and this is available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30105

Grouped Questions: 106435
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times Section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used (a) in total, (b) by region and (c) by ethnic group in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 16 October 2017

Data on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983 is available on the NHS Digital website at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/article/4172/Mental-health

The most recent report is Mental Health Act Statistics, Annual Figures: 2016-17, Experimental statistics, and this is available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30105

Grouped Questions: 106434
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Section 135 of the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used (a) in total, (b) by region and (c) by ethnic group in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 12 October 2017

The Home Office has collected and published information on the number of persons detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, including information on the ethnicity of those being detained, since April 2015.

Data for 2015/16 were requested on a voluntary basis only. Information was provided by 15 forces, and data on section 136 detentions were published as ‘experimental statistics’ in Annex B of the ‘Police powers, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, in October 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2016

The data covering the 2016/17 time period is due to be published in the next edition of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, which is scheduled for release on Thursday 26th October, and will be available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales

Information on the number of detentions under section 135 of the Mental Health Act 1983 will be published as ‘experimental statistics’ in Annex A of the next edition of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin.

Prior to data being collected by the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council collected information on the number of detentions under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Data covering the 2015/16 time period, broken down by police force area, are available here: http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/S136%20Data%202015%2016.pdf

Previous year’s data can be found here: http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/edhr/2015/Section%20136%20MHA%20201415%20Data.pdf

Grouped Questions: 106433
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to introduce new regulations under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in relation to amendments to that Act brought in under the Policing and Crime Act 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 12 October 2017

The Government expects to lay the Regulations provided for in section 81 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, shortly.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Home Office
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used (a) in total, (b) by region and (c) by ethnic group in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 12 October 2017

The Home Office has collected and published information on the number of persons detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, including information on the ethnicity of those being detained, since April 2015.

Data for 2015/16 were requested on a voluntary basis only. Information was provided by 15 forces, and data on section 136 detentions were published as ‘experimental statistics’ in Annex B of the ‘Police powers, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, in October 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2016

The data covering the 2016/17 time period is due to be published in the next edition of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, which is scheduled for release on Thursday 26th October, and will be available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales

Information on the number of detentions under section 135 of the Mental Health Act 1983 will be published as ‘experimental statistics’ in Annex A of the next edition of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin.

Prior to data being collected by the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council collected information on the number of detentions under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Data covering the 2015/16 time period, broken down by police force area, are available here: http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/S136%20Data%202015%2016.pdf

Previous year’s data can be found here: http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/edhr/2015/Section%20136%20MHA%20201415%20Data.pdf

Grouped Questions: 106432
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Rural Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will introduce a rurality premium to the per hour delivery cost formula of Early Years Funding for three to four-year old child places.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 October 2017

We have given local authorities the freedom to determine how they fund their providers, within the constraints of the Schools and Early Years Finance Regulations. As such, we have allowed local authorities to take into account rurality when setting their local funding formulae. This rurality/sparsity supplement is intended to give local authorities the funding flexibility they need to ensure that additional money can be directed to providers who face particular challenges because of their rural locations.


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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[N]
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Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: East of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled Study of early education and development: the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, what the median hourly delivery cost was in early years funding for a three-four-year old place in the east of England.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, used the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): The cost and funding of early education report, published January 2017. This report calculated the hourly delivery cost of years funding for 3 to 4-year olds. The mean hourly cost for 3 to 4-year-olds place was £3.65 in the east of England. The median and modal averages were not stated in the report.

Grouped Questions: 105967
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[N]
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Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: East of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled Study of early education and development: the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, what the modal hourly delivery cost was in early years funding for a three-four-year old place in the east of England.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, used the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): The cost and funding of early education report, published January 2017. This report calculated the hourly delivery cost of years funding for 3 to 4-year olds. The mean hourly cost for 3 to 4-year-olds place was £3.65 in the east of England. The median and modal averages were not stated in the report.

Grouped Questions: 105968
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[N]
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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: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
Doctors: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of NHS doctors have completed foundation training and progressed into speciality training in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The UK Foundation Programme Office collects data on the self-reported intended career destinations of second year foundation doctors who have completed their foundation training across the United Kingdom.

The proportion of UK wide trainees reporting completion of the foundation programme and progression into specialty training since 2011 is available in the following table.

Destinations for Foundation Programme Year 2 doctors - year on year comparison

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Specialty training in UK - run-through training programme

32.8%

24.0%

29.5%

29.9%

33.5%

34.0%

Specialty training in UK - core training programme

15.4%

26.0%

26.8%

29.6%

30.5%

34.0%

Specialty training in UK - academic programme

0.7%

1.3%

1.6%

1.5%

1.6%

1.5%

Specialty training in UK – FTSTA

0%

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

0.8%

1.1%

Specialty training in UK - deferred for higher degree

0.4%

0.0%

0.1%

0.2%

0.1%

0.1%

Specialty training in UK - deferred for statutory reasons

1.1%

0.5%

0.3%

0.5%

0.5%

0.5%

Sub-total for specialty (incl. general practitioner) training in UK

50.4%

52.0%

58.5%

64.4%

67.0%

71.3%

Locum appointment for training (LAT) in UK

0.5%

0.5%

0.5%

0.6%

0.7%

0.4%

Service appointment in UK

8.3%

9.2%

5.6%

3.5%

3.3%

2.3%

Other appointment in UK (e.g. anatomy demonstrator, higher education)

7%

5.5%

6.1%

2.3%

1.9%

3.0%

Still seeking employment as a doctor in the UK

5.9%

8.6%

8.4%

7.6%

7.4%

6.3%

Specialty training outside UK

0.3%

0.4%

0.3%

0.6%

1.1%

0.8%

Other appointment outside UK

7.8%

6.1%

3.9%

4.8%

6.6%

7.4%

Still seeking employment as a doctor outside the UK

4.6%

4.3%

5.1%

6.5%

5.5%

3.7%

Not practising medicine - taking a career break

13.1%

13.1%

11.3%

9.4%

6.1%

4.6%

Not practising medicine - permanently left profession

0.6%

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

0.2%

0.1%

Total signed off, known destinations

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Q
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Occupational Therapy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent occupational therapists working in mental health the NHS has employed in each year since 2006-07.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 September 2017

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of social services staff, occupational therapy staff and physiotherapy staff employed in the National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) each year since 2009. Data for May 2017 is provided as this is the latest available.

Due to changes in data collection and processing methodology it is not possible to provide data prior to September 2009 in a form which is directly comparable with the rest of the time series. Therefore data has been provided for September 2009 onwards only.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Specified qualified staff working in mental health in NHS trusts and CCGs in England as at 30 September each year and latest data as at 31 May 2017 full time equivalent (fte).

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

May 2017

Occupational Therapy staff (fte)

4,259

4,260

4,699

5,380

5,599

5,635

5,707

5,858

5,888

Physiotherapy staff (fte)

387

420

1,113

2,204

2,314

2,361

2,311

2,427

2,440

Social Services staff (fte)

832

925

1,012

1,079

1,099

1,203

1,279

1,442

1,603

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics

Grouped Questions: 7303 | 7304
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Physiotherapy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent physiotherapists working in mental health the NHS has employed in each year since 2006-07.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 September 2017

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of social services staff, occupational therapy staff and physiotherapy staff employed in the National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) each year since 2009. Data for May 2017 is provided as this is the latest available.

Due to changes in data collection and processing methodology it is not possible to provide data prior to September 2009 in a form which is directly comparable with the rest of the time series. Therefore data has been provided for September 2009 onwards only.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Specified qualified staff working in mental health in NHS trusts and CCGs in England as at 30 September each year and latest data as at 31 May 2017 full time equivalent (fte).

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

May 2017

Occupational Therapy staff (fte)

4,259

4,260

4,699

5,380

5,599

5,635

5,707

5,858

5,888

Physiotherapy staff (fte)

387

420

1,113

2,204

2,314

2,361

2,311

2,427

2,440

Social Services staff (fte)

832

925

1,012

1,079

1,099

1,203

1,279

1,442

1,603

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics

Grouped Questions: 7302 | 7304
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Social Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent social workers working in mental health the NHS has employed in each year since 2006-07.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 September 2017

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of social services staff, occupational therapy staff and physiotherapy staff employed in the National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) each year since 2009. Data for May 2017 is provided as this is the latest available.

Due to changes in data collection and processing methodology it is not possible to provide data prior to September 2009 in a form which is directly comparable with the rest of the time series. Therefore data has been provided for September 2009 onwards only.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Specified qualified staff working in mental health in NHS trusts and CCGs in England as at 30 September each year and latest data as at 31 May 2017 full time equivalent (fte).

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

May 2017

Occupational Therapy staff (fte)

4,259

4,260

4,699

5,380

5,599

5,635

5,707

5,858

5,888

Physiotherapy staff (fte)

387

420

1,113

2,204

2,314

2,361

2,311

2,427

2,440

Social Services staff (fte)

832

925

1,012

1,079

1,099

1,203

1,279

1,442

1,603

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics

Grouped Questions: 7302 | 7303
Q
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Clinical Psychologists
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent psychologists have been employed by the NHS in each year since 2006-07.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 September 2017

Workforce statistics are regularly published by NHS Digital across all professions and are publically available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/article/6679/2017

Latest figures requested specifically have been provided as follows:

As at May 2017 there were 7,034 (fte) clinical psychology staff, 8,805 psychiatrists (fte), and 38,807 mental health nurses (fte)

Grouped Questions: 7306 | 7307
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Psychiatry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent psychiatrists have been employed by the NHS in each year since 2006-07.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 September 2017

Workforce statistics are regularly published by NHS Digital across all professions and are publically available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/article/6679/2017

Latest figures requested specifically have been provided as follows:

As at May 2017 there were 7,034 (fte) clinical psychology staff, 8,805 psychiatrists (fte), and 38,807 mental health nurses (fte)

Grouped Questions: 7305 | 7307
Q
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Psychiatric Nurses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent mental health nurses have been employed by the NHS in each year since 2006-07.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 September 2017

Workforce statistics are regularly published by NHS Digital across all professions and are publically available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/article/6679/2017

Latest figures requested specifically have been provided as follows:

As at May 2017 there were 7,034 (fte) clinical psychology staff, 8,805 psychiatrists (fte), and 38,807 mental health nurses (fte)

Grouped Questions: 7305 | 7306
Q
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding will be put in place to stop the spread of TB in cattle after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 12 September 2017

The Government will continue to deliver its manifesto commitment to implement its 25-year strategy to eradicate TB in England. This includes strengthening cattle testing and movement controls, improving biosecurity on farm and when trading, and badger control in areas where TB is rife. The Government currently spends around £100 million per year controlling TB in England.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
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Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department of Health
Pregnancy: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all new mothers' mental health problems are identified as early as possible.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 07 September 2017

Promoting good maternal and perinatal mental health is a key priority for this Government, as set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

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

A key element of the transformation programme is to increase awareness and skills across the workforce, supporting better identification of perinatal mental illness, early intervention and consequently improved recovery rates.

In addition, the Department has published guidance which has led to the creation of over 570 perinatal mental health visitor champions. Their role is to support health visitors with the identification and management of anxiety, mild to moderate depression and other perinatal mental disorders, and to know when to refer on to a specialist.

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