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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Negligence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to review the effectiveness of legislation on medical negligence compensation.
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support is available from the Government for hospitals that are placed in special measures.
Q
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Planning Authorities
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to introduce penalties for local planning authorities that fail to introduce a five-year land supply.
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many healthcare staff have been physically attacked or assaulted at (a) Ipswich Hospital, (b) other healthcare provider settings in Suffolk and (c) other healthcare provider settings in England in each year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 25 January 2018

In 2015/16, the number of staff physically attacked or assaulted at:

- Ipswich Hospital was 115 involving medical factors1 and eight not involving medical factors;

- In other healthcare settings in Suffolk2 the number was 1,189 involving medical factors and 503 not involving medical factors; and

- In other healthcare provider settings in England the number was 52,704 involving medical factors and 17,851 not involving medical factors.

Employers from across the National Health Service will collect data on physical assaults, and working alongside local police are responsible for protecting their staff. The Department is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on new arrangements to support NHS and primary care employers to “…take vigorous and immediate action against those who abuse or attack the people who work for and make our NHS”.

Notes:

1Assaults involving medical factors are the number of physical assaults where the perpetrator did not know what they were doing, or did not know what they were doing was wrong due to medical illness, mental ill health, severe learning disability or treatment administered.

2The data, extracted from NHS Protect’s “Reported Physical Assaults data for 2015/16 for healthcare settings in Suffolk includes Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and East of England Ambulance Trust. Some of the trusts geographical areas cover more than just Suffolk.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
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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 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Housing Benefit: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help people with chronic and enduring mental illnesses make an application for housing benefit.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 23 January 2018

Although this Department has overall responsibility for the Housing Benefit scheme and its funding, local authorities have the statutory responsibility for its day-to-day administration. This incorporates the assessment of individual claims for benefit and devising their own arrangements to assist claimants (including those with chronic and enduring mental illnesses) with claims for Housing Benefit.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help people with chronic and enduring mental illnesses make an application for universal credit.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 23 January 2018

DWP work coaches support people with disabilities and health conditions every working day and the Department has delivered additional training to 1,800 work coaches to support claimants with mental health conditions.

The Department has also recruited local Community Partners to provide extra expertise on disability and health conditions. Furthermore, our Disability Employment Advisors actively provide advice and guidance to support claimants with disabilities, including those with mental health issues.

If someone cannot access the online Universal Credit service on their own, DWP staff will help them make a claim and can also refer them to DWP funded local services which offer assisted digital and personal budgeting support. Universal Support provides extra help for claimants to make and maintain their claim and to manage their money.

Claimants can also claim over the phone, which is free to use, and where necessary, appointees can also make a claim on a claimant’s behalf and help maintain their online account. In circumstances where a claimant is unable to visit their local Jobcentre or conduct their business with DWP using other channels, home visits are also available.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Weather
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure adequate resources for health services in (a) Suffolk and (b) England to deal with additional winter pressures in 2017-2018.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Nationally, the National Health Service planned earlier than ever before to cope with this winter, supported by an additional £437 million which includes funding to make sure people going to accident and emergency (A&E) get directed to the right service for their needs, and an extra £1 billion of funding to be spent on meeting adult social care needs, supporting the social care market and reducing pressure on the NHS this year.

The table below provides funding allocations made to NHS trusts in Suffolk to support winter and the delivery of primary care streaming in A&E departments.

Share of £100 million of capital to support the delivery of primary care streaming in A&E departments

Share of the £337 million announced in the autumn Budget to support trusts this winter

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

£495,130

Up to £981,000

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

£100,000

Up to £785,000

In addition, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will have access to up to £296,000 of the funding allocated to support mental health services to clinical commissioning groups within the Suffolk area, as part of the £337 million funding package announced in the autumn Budget.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
[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: 17 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Suffolk
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what lessons her Department learned from the universal credit pilot in Waveney in 2016; and what changes her Department plans to make as a result of those lessons learned prior to the wider rollout of universal credit in Suffolk in 2018.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Universal Credit Full Service rolled out in Waveney as part of our published implementation schedule for 2016, not as a pilot.

The Universal Credit Agile methodology means the Department continuously learns during rollout, by listening to feedback from staff, claimants and stakeholders, and builds improvements into the system. This activity is ongoing and happened before, during and after the rollout in the Waveney area.

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money was paid by the Government to (a) electricity transmission, (b) electricity distribution and (c) gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Great Britain’s electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks are operated by private companies regulated by the independent energy regulator Ofgem in order to ensure that they deliver a safe, reliable network whilst investing for the future and providing value for money for customers.

The regulation process, including the setting of price controls which determines revenue allowances for network companies, is a matter for Ofgem and, by law, must be carried out independently of Government.

Ofgem estimates that the design of the current price control (which started in 2013 for electricity transmission and gas distribution and 2015 for electricity distribution), together with voluntary returns by network companies, is expected to secure additional savings of £4.5bn for consumers during the course of the price control. Ofgem is continuing to engage with network companies to identify further savings and has warned them to prepare for tougher price controls in the future.

Grouped Questions: 122339 | 122340
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money has been returned to Government by the electricity transmission, electricity distribution and gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Great Britain’s electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks are operated by private companies regulated by the independent energy regulator Ofgem in order to ensure that they deliver a safe, reliable network whilst investing for the future and providing value for money for customers.

The regulation process, including the setting of price controls which determines revenue allowances for network companies, is a matter for Ofgem and, by law, must be carried out independently of Government.

Ofgem estimates that the design of the current price control (which started in 2013 for electricity transmission and gas distribution and 2015 for electricity distribution), together with voluntary returns by network companies, is expected to secure additional savings of £4.5bn for consumers during the course of the price control. Ofgem is continuing to engage with network companies to identify further savings and has warned them to prepare for tougher price controls in the future.

Grouped Questions: 122335 | 122340
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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Billing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money has been returned to consumers by (a) electricity transmission, (b) electricity distribution and (c) gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 18 January 2018

Great Britain’s electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks are operated by private companies regulated by the independent energy regulator Ofgem in order to ensure that they deliver a safe, reliable network whilst investing for the future and providing value for money for customers.

The regulation process, including the setting of price controls which determines revenue allowances for network companies, is a matter for Ofgem and, by law, must be carried out independently of Government.

Ofgem estimates that the design of the current price control (which started in 2013 for electricity transmission and gas distribution and 2015 for electricity distribution), together with voluntary returns by network companies, is expected to secure additional savings of £4.5bn for consumers during the course of the price control. Ofgem is continuing to engage with network companies to identify further savings and has warned them to prepare for tougher price controls in the future.

Grouped Questions: 122335 | 122339
Q
(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)
[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: 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
Q
(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
Q
(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.

Q
(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

'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 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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