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Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Coroners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received on the comments of Mary Hassell, a North London Coroner, who has maintained a policy that no body will be prioritised for release and burial because of the religion of the deceased or their family.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 26 January 2018

Coroners are independent judicial office holders. As such, it would be inappropriate for Ministers to comment on the reported actions of the Inner North London Senior Coroner.

The Department has received a number of representations, including from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the London Borough of Camden which funds the Inner North London Coroner Service.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
HM Treasury
Boats: VAT
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Department is taking to ensure that the UK market for second-hand recreational boats is not affected by different levels of VAT paid in the UK and the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 25 January 2018

The future VAT rules for goods moving between the UK and the EU, including arrangements relating to recreational boats, will depend on the outcome of negotiations with the EU.

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(Hendon)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the Occuptied Palestinian Territories of the decision of the House of Representatives to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 24 January 2018

We are working closely with the United States (US) to understand the impact of the Taylor Force Act on their programme and the implications for other donors, were it to be approved by the US Senate.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Transport
Aviation: Egypt
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of resuming direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh from the UK.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 24 January 2018

The Department carries out regular assessments of aviation security at all last points of departure airports to the UK from Egypt. The Government works closely with international partners, including airlines, airports and the Egyptian Government, on security standards. Global aviation security arrangements are kept under constant review. The Department looks forward to achieving the return of flights once it can be assured that the necessary security environment can be sustained.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of train operating companies levying administration fees on customer compensation claims for delayed services on the level of such claims received in the last three years.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 23 January 2018

Train operating companies do not levy administration fees on compensation claims for delayed services, therefore there is no effect on the level of compensation claims.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Coroners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to coroners on ensuring that bodies are released for burial as soon as possible as per religious tradition.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department of Health
Diabetes: Medical Equipment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has the Department made of the effectiveness of the introduction of the FreeStyle Libre diabetes system for NHS practitioners.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 21 December 2017

NHS Business Services Authority carries out the assessment of Part IX applications by manufacturers on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health, for prescribing at National Health Service expense by an appropriate practitioner.

Any device made available for prescribing to patients through listing in Part IX, including FreeStyle Libre, is required to meet set criteria, namely that the product is safe and of good quality, it is appropriate for general practice and, if relevant, non-medical prescribing, and it is cost effective.

However, the listing of a medical device in the Drug Tariff should not be interpreted as a recommendation to prescribe a particular product. Patients will need to discuss the ongoing management of their condition with their healthcare professional and consider whether FreeStyle Libre is appropriate for them.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Shipping
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of leaving the EU on the operation of the marine and recreational boating sectors.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 11 December 2017

As part of our work preparing to make a success of our departure from the European Union we are carrying out a full suite of analysis as you would expect a responsible Government to do. This analysis covers 58 sectors as well as cross-cutting regulatory, economic and social issues to help inform our negotiation positions.

We are examining all areas of the UK economy from a number of perspectives and seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders. This sectoral analysis sits alongside regional and small business engagement across the UK.

The Government’s Maritime and Ports sectoral report sets out a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries in this sector and sector views. This report has been made available for members of both Houses to read in a secure reading room.

We are committed to the best possible deal for the United Kingdom - a deal that works for the entirety of the UK economy. We have been engaging with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy and parts of the UK in order to inform our negotiations with the EU.

Grouped Questions: 116190 | 116203
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Shipping: Coastal Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the viability of (a) coastal communities and (b) local economies with a significant marine sector of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 11 December 2017

As part of our work preparing to make a success of our departure from the European Union we are carrying out a full suite of analysis as you would expect a responsible Government to do. This analysis covers 58 sectors as well as cross-cutting regulatory, economic and social issues to help inform our negotiation positions.

We are examining all areas of the UK economy from a number of perspectives and seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders. This sectoral analysis sits alongside regional and small business engagement across the UK.

The Government’s Maritime and Ports sectoral report sets out a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries in this sector and sector views. This report has been made available for members of both Houses to read in a secure reading room.

We are committed to the best possible deal for the United Kingdom - a deal that works for the entirety of the UK economy. We have been engaging with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy and parts of the UK in order to inform our negotiations with the EU.

Grouped Questions: 116187 | 116203
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Boats
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the market for second-hand recreational boats of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 11 December 2017

As part of our work preparing to make a success of our departure from the European Union we are carrying out a full suite of analysis as you would expect a responsible Government to do. This analysis covers 58 sectors as well as cross-cutting regulatory, economic and social issues to help inform our negotiation positions.

We are examining all areas of the UK economy from a number of perspectives and seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders. This sectoral analysis sits alongside regional and small business engagement across the UK.

The Government’s Maritime and Ports sectoral report sets out a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries in this sector and sector views. This report has been made available for members of both Houses to read in a secure reading room.

We are committed to the best possible deal for the United Kingdom - a deal that works for the entirety of the UK economy. We have been engaging with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy and parts of the UK in order to inform our negotiations with the EU.

Grouped Questions: 116187 | 116190
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 23 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions a representative from the Local Government Association has discussed air quality with the Government at the Central Local Information Partnership in each of the last 8 years.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the secretariat for the Environment subgroup of the Central Local Information Partnership. The focus of the subgroup is to ensure that data provided by local authorities to central government is provided in the most efficient and least burdensome manner.

The Department’s records consist of subgroup meeting correspondence from the past five years. These records indicate there have been no specific agenda items tabled or discussions held on air quality at the subgroup’s meetings, which cover a wide range of environmental data collections. There was out-of-meeting correspondence in October 2013 in which the reporting of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register was discussed. Air quality is one component of this environmental reporting tool.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
HM Treasury
Boats: Customs Unions
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to ensure that recreational boats placed on the market can attain Union Goods status after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The future customs rules for goods moving between the UK and the EU, including for arrangements relating to recreational boats, will depend on the outcome of negotiations with the EU. The Government is engaging with stakeholders affected by EU Exit in every sector and region of the UK economy to assess the effect of EU Exit on them.

Grouped Questions: 116207 | 116210
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
HM Treasury
Boats: Customs Unions
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Department plans to ensure that recreational boats travelling from the UK to the EU with non-Union goods status can benefit from temporary admission relief on VAT and duty after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The future customs rules for goods moving between the UK and the EU, including for arrangements relating to recreational boats, will depend on the outcome of negotiations with the EU. The Government is engaging with stakeholders affected by EU Exit in every sector and region of the UK economy to assess the effect of EU Exit on them.

Grouped Questions: 116206 | 116210
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Magistrates' Courts: City of Westminster
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what monitoring his Department has in place to ensure that Westminster Magistrates Court is compliant with disability access legislation.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 01 December 2017

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has a programme of monthly inspections which are undertaken across the estate, including at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010. Westminster Magistrates’ Court is currently compliant.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
HM Treasury
Bank Services: Fraud
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the conviction rate for bank fraud against an individual was in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 29 November 2017

The information requested is not held by the Treasury.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Magistrates' Courts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons his Department uses the Witness Service to supply drinking water to victims at magistrates courts.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 28 November 2017

The Ministry of Justice grant funds the court based Witness Service for the provision of emotional and practical support to witnesses giving evidence in criminal courts in England and Wales. The Witness Service does not have a specific responsibility to provide drinking water in courts but has, in the past, put in place arrangements for the provision of drinking water in a number of witness waiting areas where they did not exist as this is an element of supporting witnesses as they prepare to give evidence.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
HM Treasury
Boats: Customs Unions
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to ensure that recreational boaters whose vessels have Union Goods status are able to prove that status when travelling between the UK and EU member states after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The future customs rules for goods moving between the UK and the EU, including for arrangements relating to recreational boats, will depend on the outcome of negotiations with the EU. The Government is engaging with stakeholders affected by EU Exit in every sector and region of the UK economy to assess the effect of EU Exit on them.

Grouped Questions: 116206 | 116207
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Home Office
Bank Services: Fraud
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many acts of bank fraud against an individual were recorded in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 27 November 2017

Data for banking and credit card industry fraud are published by ONS on a quarterly basis. These data will cover frauds against individuals as well as industry bodies. The latest data are for year to June 2017 and are available in Table A5 at the link below:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables

The way in which fraud offences are reported and subsequently recorded has changed in recent years. Previously, police forces were responsible for recording fraud offences, however, from April 2011 Action Fraud began gradually taking over the recording of fraud offences on behalf of individual police forces, completing in March 2013. Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre. The industry bodies Cifas and FFA UK also record data on fraud offences committed against their members.

Information on fraud offences prior to the switch to Action Fraud can be found in Table A4 in the same link as provided above.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Home Office
Visas: Married People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress UK Visas & Immigration has made on clearing the backlog of applications for spouse visas as a result of the Supreme Court ruling in February 2017.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 23 November 2017

Significant progress has been made in taking decisions on applications affected by the MM Lebanon Supreme Court ruling and there remain very few applications awaiting assessment.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Home Office
Visas: Married People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is for applicants waiting for decisions on spouse visa applications.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 23 November 2017

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

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