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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
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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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to safeguard nature by ensuring EU environmental directives, including directives that protect the water environment are transposed into UK law after the UK leaves the EU; and what mechanisms and sanctions are in place to enforce that legislation.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
[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: 18 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that water companies set long-term wastewater plans to prevent sewage polluting rivers.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Offenders: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on ensuring that all prisoners have a place to live on release from prison.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 12 September 2017

Assisting offenders to secure suitable accommodation upon their release is a vital part of the Government’s approach to reducing reoffending.

Through the commencement of the Homelessness Reduction Act (2017) and DCLG laying a statutory instrument. Prisons and Probation providers will be subject to the new duty to refer to the local housing authority someone who they support who might be at risk of becoming homeless.

We continue to work with all providers to help make sure offenders get the support they need to find accommodation and employment on release.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of payment-by-results contracts on the delivery of services by community rehabilitation companies.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The department has contracts with 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), comprising both private and third sector organisations, who work alongside the National Probation Service (NPS) to supervise and reform offenders. These contracts contain a payment-by-results element linked to achieving reductions in reoffending.

The first set of final reoffending data for which CRCs could receive payment-by-results income will be published in October 2017; thereafter data will be published quarterly.

We continue to hold providers rigorously to account for their performance and are working to ensure they deliver services which reduce re-offending, protect the public and help offenders contribute to society.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
G4S: Electronic Tagging
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to improve the effectiveness of G4S in delivering electronic tagging services.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 11 September 2017

Electronic monitoring services in England and Wales have been provided by Capita plc since 2013. G4S, under a contract with the Department, provide the necessary hardware (electronic tags and home monitoring units) to support the service. The Department has robust processes in place to monitor and manage contractors and will not hesitate to take action when standards fall short.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
Reoffenders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Through the Gate programme on reducing prisoner reoffending rates.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 11 September 2017

It is vital that offenders leaving prison are supported to lead successful and law-abiding lives in the community. That is why weIn 2014/15 the government reformed the probation system to strengthen its focus on reducing reoffending and protecting communities, and much progress has been made in implementing these reforms. For the first time around 40,000 offenders a year released from custodial sentences of less than 12 months are entitled to statutory support from probation on release, and new through-the-gate services have been introduced to improve the resettlement of released prisoners in the community. reformed the probation system to extend post-release supervision to all prisoners released from custody and introduce new through-the-gate resettlement services.

We understand that the current delivery of through-the-gate must improve and recognise the issues raised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectors of Prisons and Probation in their report published in June. We are working with providers to explore improvements that could be made to the delivery of rehabilitative services, and we continue to hold providers rigorously to account for their performance to ensure they deliver services which reduce re-offending, protect the public and help offenders contribute to society.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
[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: 04 September 2017
Department for Transport
Northern Rail: Rolling Stock
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Northern Rail trains on the Harrogate line in the last 12 months had two carriages.
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Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 07 September 2017

The Department for Transport does not hold this level of information.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
[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: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Supreme Court judgment of 22 February 2017 and her Department's subsequent pause on decision-making on certain settlement applications, (a) how many of those applications are waiting to be processed, (b) what the average amount of time taken to process each application is and (c) what the timetable is for coming to a decision on all of those applications.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 07 September 2017

The temporary hold in place on applications with which the Supreme Court judgment was concerned was lifted on 10 August when changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect.

As of 30 June 2017, there were around 5000 such applications on hold which are now being decided in accordance with the new Immigration Rules. We are unable to estimate how long it will take to consider the paused applications as it will depend on the individual circumstances of each case.

More information regarding UK Visas and Immigration service standards can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration/about-our-services

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