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Q
(North Swindon)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Sports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how her Department plans to allocate the additional Sport Premium funding announced in Budget 2016.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

We want all pupils to be healthy and active. This is why since 2013 the government has invested over £600m of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE through the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

As announced in Budget 2016, from September 2017 revenue from the soft drinks industry levy will be used to double the funding for the Premium to £320 million a year, enabling schools to further improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport that they offer.

We are currently reviewing how best to allocate the doubled funding for September 2017 onwards, and will announce further details in due course.

Q
Asked by Stuart Andrew
(Pudsey)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Hospitals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure regional funding equality in the provision of education for children who are in hospital and requiring statutory entitlement to education.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

We have been consulting on a national funding formula for high needs, to be implemented in 2018-19. As part of consultation, we have confirmed that for the time being we will continue to distribute funding for the education of children in hospital on the basis of local authorities’ current spending. These amounts are included in the high needs block of the dedicated schools grant that local authorities receive from the Education Funding Agency.

We are exploring with representatives from hospital schools and others how to devise a fairer distribution of funding for hospital education in future. In the meantime, we will continue to make any funding adjustments needed from year to year to reflect recent or forthcoming changes in hospital provision for children. The Education Funding Agency is currently finalising the hospital education adjustments that will be included in local authorities’ dedicated schools grant allocations for 2017-18.

Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Education
Class Sizes: York
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average pupil to teacher ratio was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in York in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The following table provides the average pupil to teacher ratio in state funded primary and state funded secondary schools in York and England[1] as reported by schools in each year in November from 2011 to 2015.

Primary

Secondary

York

England

York

England

2011[2]

21.9

20.5

16.1

14.9

2012

21.2

20.5

14.4

14.9

2013

25.4[3]

20.5

15.0

15.0

2014

21.6

20.4

15.3

15.0

2015

25.9

20.5

17.0

15.3

Source: School Workforce Census


[1] the england figures are calculated by dividing the total fte number of pupils on roll in schools in each year by the total number of teachers in schools in each year. where schools are not open on census day, for both the school workforce census (november), and the school census (january) they are excluded. schools that do not provide either pupil or teacher figures are also excluded. see school workforce census methodology document for further information: methodology: sfr21/2016

[2] figures prior to 2011 are not available in a comparable format.

[3] this figure is based on 50 out of the 52 open schools in york in 2013. all other figures for york are based on the full set of schools that were open at the time.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Education
GCE A-level
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that students taking reformed A-Level courses have access to resources and revision material to prepare for exams.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Access to resources and revision material to help pupils prepare for exams is a matter for schools and colleges. It is for teachers and schools to decide which resources to use or recommend to their pupils.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Education
Educational Institutions: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department has made available to schools, colleges and universities to provide access to mental health services to students (a) throughout the academic year and (b) at exam times.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is a priority for this Government and we know that schools, colleges and universities can play an important role in promoting good mental wellbeing at all times during the academic cycle.

To support schools we have provided a range of information, support, advice and guidance. This includes guidance on how to ensure school-based counselling services achieve the best outcomes for all students, including vulnerable children and young people www.gov.uk/government/publications/counselling-in-schools; guidance on teaching about mental health within their PSHE curriculum www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources?ResourceTypeID=3; and providing teachers with access to free on-line support on a range of mental health issues via MindEd www.minded.org.uk.

However schools and colleges are not mental health specialists and need support from mental health services. Many schools and college already work closely with local services. To help develop these links further we are extending our joint training pilot for education and mental health professionals in up to 1200 more schools and colleges across 20 areas.

We are also undertaking a programme of randomised control trials of promising preventative programmes that support positive mental health, as well as launching a programme of activity on peer support. In addition, we are working closely with the Department of Health, which is funding the provision of ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training to all secondary schools over the next 3 years.

Higher Education Institutions are autonomous bodies, independent from the Government. There is a great deal of guidance and support available to institutions, and many offer advice and counselling services and adopt local systems to help identify students who may be finding it hard to cope. The Universities UK’s ‘Wellbeing in Higher Education’ programme focuses on the need for a whole university approach to mental health and wellbeing. This programme is already underway, working in partnership with Public Health England, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, expert voices from student services and activist charities such as Student Minds.

Examinations are an important part of education and a vital stepping-stone to future success in life, whatever route young people choose to take. Excellent teaching is the key to ensuring pupils feel fully prepared and ready for exams, and schools should have strong pastoral support in place to help pupils deal with any worries they might have throughout the year. Teachers know when young people are doing well and if there is an issue, and they are best placed to work with young people and their families to respond to signs of stress and to help them access the appropriate support.

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Chemicals: Hazardous Substances
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the EU REACH process identification of four synthetic chemicals, DEHIP, DIBP, DBP and BBP, as endocrine-disrupting chemicals for human health; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The European Commission has now recognised the four substances as endocrine-disrupting chemicals for human health. This scientific assessment was supported by the UK and is in line with our policy approach towards chemicals management.

Grouped Questions: 68400
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Asked by Patrick Grady
(Glasgow 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: 20 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Royal Yacht
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his contribution on 13 March 2017, to the debate on Budget Resolutions (HC Deb, col 84), whether he has had discussions with the private sector on the construction or commissioning of a new royal yacht.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 March 2017
Holding answer received on 23 March 2017

There have been no formal discussions between the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) and the private sector on the construction or commissioning of a new royal yacht. A new royal yacht is not on the Government's agenda. If private money is raised, we wish donors well.

Q
Asked by Patrick Grady
(Glasgow 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: 20 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Royal Yacht
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his contribution on 13 March 2017, to the debate on Budget Resolutions (HC Deb, col 84) and pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2016 to Question 47643, whether he has held discussions with the Department for International Trade on the effect of a privately-funded royal yacht on securing trade deals.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 March 2017
Holding answer received on 23 March 2017

The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) has not had any formal discussions with the Secretary of State for Department for International Trade, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox) on the effect of a privately-funded royal yacht for securing trade deals.

Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
Health Professions: York
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS (a) consultants, (b) junior hospital doctors, (c) nurses and midwives, (d) other clinical staff and (e) staff in total were employed at York hospitals, excluding mental health units in each year since 2005.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The information is not available in the format requested.

It is not possible to define those employed at National Health Service mental health units because the delivery of services by NHS staff is only captured at trust level, not hospital or site level.

Grouped Questions: 68572
Q
Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
Doctors
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reforming the General Medical Council's licensing rules to increase the general supply of doctors in public hospitals.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The General Medical Council (GMC) is consulting on proposals to introduce a United Kingdom Medical Licensing Assessment. This consultation closes in April. The Department will consider whether changes to the GMC’s rules are required in light of the outcome of the consultation.

Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: York
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS (a) consultants, (b) junior doctors, (c) nurses, (d) other clinical staff and (e) staff in total were employed at NHS mental health units in the 2012 City of York council area in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The information is not available in the format requested.

It is not possible to define those employed at National Health Service mental health units because the delivery of services by NHS staff is only captured at trust level, not hospital or site level.

Grouped Questions: 68576
Q
(Bedford)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Surveys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of carrying out the GP Patient Survey in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The GP Patient Survey is conducted by an independent contractor on behalf of NHS England. The current contract (2016-19) is being delivered by Ipsos MORI, as was the previous contract (2013-16). It is not appropriate to provide the precise costs paid to the survey provider, as this is commercially sensitive information. Over the contract period 2013-16, the budget of the GP Patient Survey was approximately £4 million per year. For the current contract, which began in July 2016, the budget is approximately £3.5 million per year.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Overseas Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GPs have left the UK to work abroad within (a) one, (b) two and (c) three years of completing their training in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The information requested is not held by the Department.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent regulator of doctors in the United Kingdom. The GMC has confirmed that although it holds data on the number of doctors who have applied for a certificate of current professional status to work aboard, it does not hold data on the number of doctors registered to practise in the UK who actually go abroad to work in medicine.

Q
(Pendle)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Crimes of Violence: Ambulance Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence was for people convicted of attacks on ambulance workers in England in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice does not specifically identify people convicted of attacks on ambulance workers. The information requested could therefore only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 68568
Q
(Pendle)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Crimes of Violence: Ambulance Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of attacking ambulance workers in England in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice does not specifically identify people convicted of attacks on ambulance workers. The information requested could therefore only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 68567
Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65645, on Department for International Development: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are within her Department's remit, (b) staff time was spent on engagement with those bodies and (c) financial resources were spent on engagement with those bodies in 2015-16.
A
Answered by: James Wharton
Answered on: 27 March 2017

DFID works with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s financial institution, on its external lending.

While we do not have a record of staff time spent on engagement with the Bank, my department does currently support two Seconded Experts within the EIB.

Q
(Ribble Valley)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Manufactured Goods
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to use some of the UK's aid budget to support the creation of processing plants to allow start-to-finish manufacture of chocolate and coffee in countries that provide the base products for fair-trade food items.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The UK currently invests in supply chains through programmes like the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme. Support for in-country processing of basic commodities is a way to add value and support livelihoods in developing countries.

In the Economic Development Strategy launched in January 2017, DfID committed to take an increasingly dynamic approach to agriculture, including boosting agri-business and financing agricultural infrastructure, to provide strong foundations for inclusive growth. The specific support we provide to different countries and sectors will be tailored to local needs and priorities.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to reduce violence against prison staff.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 March 2017

We are committed to improving safety and decreasing violence across the prison estate. We do not underestimate the challenges faced by everyone working in prisons and will continue to support our staff
to help them maintain safe and secure prisons.

We are taking immediate action which includes tackling the use of drugs, mobile phones and drones,
while strengthening the frontline by recruiting an additional 2,500 staff. We are also providing over 3,400 body-worn cameras across the estate, alongside training to improve staff interactions with prisoners.

The increase in staff will provide the capacity for prison officers to play a dedicated officer role and build constructive relationships with prisoners, reduce levels of frustration and, ultimately, reduce levels of violence.

Violence in prison is a crime. Prisoners who assault our hard working staff should feel the full force of
the law. We are working closely with the Police and Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that offenders face swift justice and that courts have full evidence of the harm caused, in order to impose the strongest possible punishment.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support she has made available to prison offices experiencing mental health issues as a result of their employment.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 March 2017

NOMS is committed to providing safe, decent and secure places of work and takes the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees extremely seriously. The Ministry of Justice is investing an extra £100m annually to boost the frontline by 2,500 officers.

NOMS also recognises that the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of employees is paramount to attracting and retaining staff that will build a strong and capable organisation. All NOMS staff have access to an occupational health service and employee assistance programme. This includes 24 hour, 365 days a year access to signposting and counselling; trauma support services; a wide ranging health promotion website and personal wellbeing zone.

As well as access to comprehensive occupational health services and self-referral for confidential counselling, specialist counselling such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is also available to staff who have experienced trauma. Fast track referrals to see an occupational health nurse are encouraged for staff who have experienced trauma and where staff are absent as a result of a mental and behavioural disorder an immediate referral to occupational health is recommended.

Care teams, comprising of prison service staff, provide an immediate source of peer support and signpost staff to all of the services available.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of prisoner-on-prisoner violence have been recorded in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Government publishes statistics on safety in custody quarterly, and updated detailed tables annually. They can be viewed here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2016. Statistics for prisoner on prisoner assaults in each of the last ten years are published in Table 4 of the ‘Safety in Custody summary table to September 2016’. The statistics will be next updated and published on 27 April 2017.

Improving safety and decreasing violence is an urgent priority for this Government. We are taking immediate action to strengthen the frontline by recruiting around 2,500 more prison officers which will help us deal with emerging threats and so improve safety.

Q
Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65649, on Scotland Office: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are within his Department's remit, (b) staff time was spent on engagement with those bodies and (c) financial resources were spent on engagement with those bodies in 2015-16.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 27 March 2017

There are no EU agencies or organisations within my Department’s remit.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals have there been in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Easington constituency against personal independence payments decisions in each year since its introduction.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Information about the volume and outcomes of appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) is available in national statistics on gov.uk.

The table below provides a further breakdown of this information.

Personal Independence Payment 1 - UK

Year

Receipts 2

Appeals In favour 3

2013/14

1017

21

2014/15

20899

3571

2015/16

61529

30236

2016/17

69825

33028

Personal Independence Payment 1 - North East

Year

Receipts 2

Appeals In favour 3

2013/14

215

~

2014/15

2817

393

2015/16

8856

3664

2016/17

10891

4521

Personal Independence Payment 1 - Sunderland venue 4

Year

Receipts 2

Appeals In favour 3

2013/14

9

~

2014/15

141

23

2015/16

515

195

2016/17

555

233

SSCS appeals are normally registered to the venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. We cannot retrieve data based on the appellant’s actual address, but can produce reports detailing the numbers of cases that were dealt with at one of our Regional centres or venues

1 Personal Independence Payment (New Claim Appeals) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on 8 April 2013, also includes Personal Independence Payment (Reassessments).

2 Receipts - Appeals received and attributed to a venue, normally the venue nearest the appellant’s home address

Data excludes void appeals (these are appeals which have been entered onto the system in error).

3 Appeals In Favour Appeals - where the decision was found in favour of the appellant.

4 Sunderland venue: appeals are attributed to the hearing venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. For those living in Easington this is the Sunderland venue.

The symbol ~ denotes a small value less than five

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data available.

Data are taken from a live management information system and can change over time. The data provided are the most recent available and might differ slightly from any previously published information.

Grouped Questions: 68617
Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the appeals process for personal independence payments in each year since its introduction.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 March 2017

We are unable to provide data for the years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

In 2015/16 DWP’s operating costs for PIP appeals to the First-tier Tribunal were £7,046,850. In the first nine months of 2016/17 they were £7,432,033.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals have been successful in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Easington constituency against personal independence payments in each year since its introduction.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Information about the volume and outcomes of appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) is available in national statistics on gov.uk.

The table below provides a further breakdown of this information.

Personal Independence Payment 1 - UK

Year

Receipts 2

Appeals In favour 3

2013/14

1017

21

2014/15

20899

3571

2015/16

61529

30236

2016/17

69825

33028

Personal Independence Payment 1 - North East

Year

Receipts 2

Appeals In favour 3

2013/14

215

~

2014/15

2817

393

2015/16

8856

3664

2016/17

10891

4521

Personal Independence Payment 1 - Sunderland venue 4

Year

Receipts 2

Appeals In favour 3

2013/14

9

~

2014/15

141

23

2015/16

515

195

2016/17

555

233

SSCS appeals are normally registered to the venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. We cannot retrieve data based on the appellant’s actual address, but can produce reports detailing the numbers of cases that were dealt with at one of our Regional centres or venues

1 Personal Independence Payment (New Claim Appeals) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on 8 April 2013, also includes Personal Independence Payment (Reassessments).

2 Receipts - Appeals received and attributed to a venue, normally the venue nearest the appellant’s home address

Data excludes void appeals (these are appeals which have been entered onto the system in error).

3 Appeals In Favour Appeals - where the decision was found in favour of the appellant.

4 Sunderland venue: appeals are attributed to the hearing venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. For those living in Easington this is the Sunderland venue.

The symbol ~ denotes a small value less than five

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data available.

Data are taken from a live management information system and can change over time. The data provided are the most recent available and might differ slightly from any previously published information.

Grouped Questions: 68615
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Education
Free School Meals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England received free school meals in each year since 2005-06.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Data for the number of pupils eligible for free school meals in each school in England are available in the underlying data in each of the annual ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical releases.[1]

The number of pupils attending schools in York, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber and England who were known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in each year since 2006 is given in the below table.

Year

York local authority

North Yorkshire local authority

Yorkshire and the Humber

England

2006[2]

2,176

5,914

120,070

1,119,220

20072

2,104

5,947

115,680

1,089,030

2008[3]

2,037

5,951

117,700

1,103,310

20093

2,095

6,047

119,450

1,124,720

2010

2,242

6,999

129,171

1,215,423

2011

2,394

7,083

132,120

1,262,855

2012

2,483

7,187

136,581

1,286,318

2013

2,461

7,133

140,467

1,311,496

2014

2,289

6,534

138,613

1,261,899

2015

1,946

6,449

131,119

1,195,641

2016

2,023

5,920

126,580

1,142,043

Source: School Census, January of each year

[1] www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers - click on the relevant year and then ‘underlying data.’ The data are contained in files with ‘Schools_Pupils’ in the title.

[2] Excluding special schools and pupils in alternative provision.

[3] Excluding pupils in alternative provision.

Q
Asked by Nicky Morgan
(Loughborough)
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations his Department has received on the national minimum wage and national living wage laws applying to staff who are asleep during a sleep-in shift at work.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Government has received representations from social care providers and charities, social care workers, and hon. Members writing on behalf of their constituents.

Q
Asked by Lord Bradshaw
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Transport
East Suffolk Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 March (HL5764), whether they would look favourably on a proposal to use a high quality rail replacement bus service in place of a passenger train at less busy times on the rail line between Ipswich and Felixstowe if it were to be brought forward by the operator and Network Rail.
A
Answered on: 27 March 2017

If a proposal were to be brought forward by the train operator and Network Rail, we would consider it carefully. No proposal has however been submitted. The specification and provision of rail replacement services is a commercial and operational matter for the operator and Network Rail, not the Government.

Q
Asked by Lord Bradshaw
Asked on: 20 March 2017
Department for Transport
East Coast Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 March (HL5882), in the light of the very heavy use that is made of the East Coast Main Line and the fragility of the infrastructure, whether they consider that four per cent of the enhancement spend in Control Period 6 is adequate to sustain this railway line.
A
Answered on: 27 March 2017

This government set out ambitious outcomes for the East Coast Main Line as part of the 2012 High Level Output Specification. The East Coast Main Line infrastructure enhancements will enable capacity for an additional 2 additional trains per hour between Kings Cross and Doncaster and an additional train per hour between York and Newcastle. The enhancements also enable the introduction of the new Intercity Express Programme trains which will increase reliability, seating capacity and reduce journey times, allowing the fastest services to achieve 4 hours from London to Edinburgh and 2 hours from London to Leeds. The first of these enhancements, the opening of a new platform at Doncaster, has already been delivered.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to my Answer of 21 March 2017 to PQ68036.

Grouped Questions: 68672
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
HMS Queen Elizabeth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of applying thermal metal coating on the landing areas of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The total cost of applying thermal metal spray to the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers includes the development and build of application equipment, preparation of the flight deck surface and application of the coating.

I am withholding the detailed cost information, as its disclosure at this time would prejudice the commercial interests of the Ministry of Defence.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
Army: Reorganisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units will be disbanded under Army 2020 Refine in order to free up personnel.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 27 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the written statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 15 December 2016 (HCWS367).

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
Army
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units and elements of units are currently attached to 3rd (UK) Division.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Regular and Reserve units that form the Order of Battle for the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division are provided below:

HQ 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Royal Dragoon Guards

4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Queen's Royal Hussars

1 Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

5th Battalion The Rifles

HQ 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Royal Tank Regiment

4th Battalion The Rifles

Household Cavalry Regiment

Royal Wessex Yeomanry

1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment

1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

HQ 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion The Scots Guards

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

The King's Royal Hussars

The Royal Lancers

1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

HQ 101 Logistic Brigade

1 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

3 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

3 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

4 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

9 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

10 Queen's Own Gurkha Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

27 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

4 Armoured Medical Regiment

5 Armoured Medical Regiment

156 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

154 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

157 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

151 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

1 Armoured Medical Regiment

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

6 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

103 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

105 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

Q
Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Class Sizes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average pupil to teacher ratio was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) the UK, (ii) Greater London and (iii) the London Borough of Newham in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The following table provides the average pupil to teacher ratio in state funded primary and state funded secondary schools in England[1], Greater London and London Borough of Newham in November each year from 2011 to 2015.

Primary

Secondary

England

Greater London

London Borough of Newham

England

Greater London

London Borough of Newham

2011[2]

20.5

20.2

19.1

14.9

14.1

14.6

2012

20.5

20.2

18.9

14.9

14.0

14.3

2013

20.5

19.7

17.8

15.0

14.0

13.4[3]

2014

20.4

19.4

17.7

15.0

14.0

13.93

2015

20.5

19.5

17.4

15.3

14.3

14.1

Source: School Workforce Census

Equivalent figures for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are a matter for the relevant Devolved Administration.

[1] The Pupil Teacher Ratios for England and Greater London are calculated by dividing the total FTE number of pupils on roll in schools in each year by the total number of FTE teachers in schools in each year. Where schools are not open on Census (January) they are excluded. Schools that do not provide either pupil or teacher figures are also excluded. See School Workforce Census methodology document for further information: Methodology: SFR21/2016

[2] Figures prior to 2011 are not available in a comparable format.

[3] The 2013 figure for the London Borough of Newham is based on 17 out of the 19 open schools. The 2014 figure for the London borough of Newham is based on 19 out of 20 open schools. All other figures for London Borough of Newham are based on the full set of schools that were open at the time.

Q
(Pendle)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Free School Meals: Pendle
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Pendle were eligible for free school meals on the latest date for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Data for the number of pupils eligible for free school meals in each school in England are available in the underlying data in the annual ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical release. The most recent figures, from January 2016, are published at:

www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016

The data are contained in the underlying data file, with ‘Schools_Pupils’ in the title.

Q
(Chipping Barnet)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Education Funding Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Education Funding Authority receives value for money when purchasing sites for new schools.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Costs are controlled very carefully when purchasing sites for free schools and we consider the specific needs of the schools on a case by case basis when allocating funding. The Education Funding Agency does not pay in excess of what a site is worth or purchase expensive sites if there are better value for money alternatives in the area. The Department is establishing an arm’s length body, LocatED, to provide additional commercial expertise in securing value for money sites for free schools. Value for money is judged on the whole development cost of a free school, including the site purchase and the subsequent construction or conversion of an existing building.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Pupils: Dyslexia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide additional funding to schools to support students with dyslexia.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

All‎ schools are provided with funding to support children with special educational needs, including those with dyslexia.

In addition to funding through the Dedicated Schools Grant, since 2010, the Government has invested over £19 million to develop the capacity, skills and knowledge of the special educational needs and disability workforce, in schools; and £6 million specifically to train teachers working with children with dyslexia. This funding also supported the establishment of a robust framework to ensure these specialist teachers have the right training; and a National Scholarship Fund, which enabled staff to further develop their practice for supporting children with Special Educational Needs.

From April 2016 until March 2018, we are providing the British Dyslexia Association with £1.25m to deliver training to teachers’ ‎to support early identification of learning difficulties, including dyslexia.

Q
(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011: Reviews
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2016 to Question 42492, on Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011, when her Department will begin the five-year review of those regulations.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Defra began its review of the Trade in Animals and Related Products (TARP) Regulations 2011 with formal and informal consultation with customers in October 2015. We now anticipate completion in Spring 2017.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of his Department's staff employed in overseas roles were based in the Russian and Eastern Europe region in each year since 2010; and how many such staff were in roles requiring the ability to speak a local language.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The following numbers of UK-based staff were employed in overseas roles in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region (including Russia) in each Financial Year since 2012/13. As reported in the 2012/13 FCO Annual Report and Accounts on page 29 in February 2013, the FCO realigned previous staffing figures to better reflect guidance issued by the Office of National Statistics, for example it excluded all staff working for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) overseas, and staff working for Wilton Park and FCO Services. This means that we are unable to provide reliable comparable figures prior to this date.

2012/13

89

2013/14

74

2014/15

74

2015/16

76

2016/17

77

The number of designated language speaker slots in this region was as follows.

2014/15 50

2015/16 57

2016/17 61

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Deportation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government (a) has raised or (b) plans to raise with the Government of Israel the issue of deportations from Israel of activists who support a boycott of illegally occupied Palestinian territories.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 March 2017
Holding answer received on 24 March 2017

​We are seeking clarification from the Israeli government on the potential impact on British nationals. We have updated our travel advice to highlight this issue.

However, ultimately, Israel's immigration policy is a matter for the Israeli government. Israeli immigration officials, as mentioned in our travel advice, have the right to deport or refuse entry to anyone they wish. The UK's immigration policies and controls are similarly protected.

Q
(Bristol East)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Andargachew Tsege
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of negotiating Andy Tsege's return to the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 March 2017
Holding answer received on 24 March 2017

We currently consider calling for his release would risk the progress we have made in his case, including legal access and our own access to him. Our consular priorities continue to be Mr Tsege's wellbeing, his access to legal representation, and to ensure that the death sentence is not carried out. We keep our case strategy under regular review.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's staff passed a language examination at (a) Extensive, (b) Operational, (c) Functional and (d) Confidence levels in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

​In 2013, the FCO designated all speaker slots across the network as minimum C1 Operational level. This is equivalent to degree level. Officers no longer take exams at Functional/ Intermediate or Confidence levels.

The number of officers who have passed the exams at the requested levels is as follows:

C1/C2

Functional

Confidence

2010

100

57

119

2011

96

57

118

2012

111

78

108

2013

90

2014

126

2015

121

2016

154

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of staff his Department employs overseas in roles requiring an ability to speak the local language; in which countries such staff are based; and in which languages such staff are required to be proficient.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

​As of February 2017, the FCO has 648 speaker slots across 111 countries. Officers in speaker slots complete a period of full time language training in advance of taking up their role overseas. This training enables officers to reach C1 Operational level (equivalent to degree level) in the language spoken in the country to which they are posted.

Currently 65 per cent of full-time language training is in 5 languages (Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish). In addition, along with Farsi, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, which are the other priority languages in our Priority Skills Statement, the figure increases to 80 per cent. Full-time language training is also provided in a further 36 languages.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of staff his Department employs overseas in roles based in the Middle East and North Africa region in each year since 2010; and how many such staff were in roles requiring an ability to speak a local language.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The following numbers of UK-based staff were employed in overseas roles in the Middle East and North Africa region in each Financial Year since 2012/13. As reported in the 2012/13 FCO Annual Report and Accounts at page 29 in February 2013, the FCO realigned previous staffing figures to better reflect guidance issued by the Office of National Statistics, for example it excluded all staff working for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) overseas, and staff working for Wilton Park and FCO Services. This means that we are unable to provide reliable comparable figures prior to this date.

UK based staff positions in Middle East and North African posts:

2012/13 219

2103/14 197

2014/15 181

2015/16 219

28 Feb 2017 239

The numbers of speaker positions is as follows:

March 2015 78

March 2016 95

March 2017 93

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department overseas in roles requiring an ability to speak a local language are at the Target Level Attainment for that language.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Meningitis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spends each year on treatment of meningococcal B disease.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 March 2017

This information is not collected centrally.

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Cardiovascular System
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government plans to establish an independent taskforce on lung health.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

There are no plans for the Government to establish an independent taskforce on lung health. However NHS England is continuing to work with clinicians, professional organisations and third sector organisations, including the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK, to improve outcomes for patients suffering from common lung diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia and asthma.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Department of Health: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a Freedom of Information request in each month since July 2016.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 24 March to Question 68045.

Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Domestic Accidents: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of injuries and mortalities caused by falls over child stair gates in the home in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Data on falls over child stair gates in the home are not centrally collected.

Q
(Totnes)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Reorganisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which sustainability and transformation plans contain no mechanism for engaging schools and colleges as active stakeholders.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

This information is not held centrally. Local areas are responsible for engaging with the staff, patients and the public, as well as organisations which may include schools and colleges, to further develop their plans.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Pain
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage (a) understanding and (b) effective treatment of people with chronic pain conditions within the NHS.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The routine assessment and management of pain is a required competency of all healthcare professionals. Many patients with chronic pain can be successfully supported and managed through routine primary and secondary care pain management services. Approaches to treatment are not all pharmacological; education in self-management techniques to aid symptom control may also be appropriate for some patients.

It is important that patients with the most serious pain management issues are able to access specialist care. In such circumstances a patient may be referred to a specialised pain management service where they can be cared for by an expert multidisciplinary team, access specialised pain management programmes and receive more complex drug treatments. Such services are commissioned nationally by NHS England as part of its remit to deliver specialised services.

To support clinicians in the management of pain, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published several clinical guidelines on the treatment and management of different types of pain, such as migraine, back pain and neuropathic pain, as well as technical guidance on specific treatments, such as the use of opiates in palliative care and deep brain stimulation for chronic pain.

Q
(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Antibiotics: Drug Resistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans the Government has made in the event of an anti-microbial resistance pandemic; and if he will place a copy of those plans in the Library.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The United Kingdom Government has plans in place for responding to pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not a single infectious disease as defined for the purposes of pandemic planning.

AMR is recognised as a long term risk and the numbers of infections complicated by it might rise markedly over a period of 20 years. It is in the National Security Risk Assessment which sets out the top risks likely to pose a threat to the UK in the next five to 20 years.

The Government is taking strong cross-government action to tackle AMR through the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy published in 2013. The strategy represents an ambitious programme to slow the development and spread of AMR taking a “One-Health” approach spanning people, animals, agriculture and the wider environment. This includes an ambition to halve inappropriate prescribing in the UK by 2020, mitigating the risks of increased resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem. The Government’s global leadership has helped secure a United Nations declaration on AMR and a commitment from the G20 to look at solutions to the market failure on the development of new antimicrobials.

Q
Asked by Stuart Andrew
(Pudsey)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Neuromuscular Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Neurosciences centres fulfil the NHS England service specification for neurological care.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The compliance level for the neurosciences specification is very high with only a small number of services requiring a provider action plan or commissioner action.

Q
(Tottenham)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Children: Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions officials in her Department supported local authorities in assessing children's needs in families who are seeking Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 in 2016.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Our statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), is clear that where a local authority undertakes an assessment under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 such an assessment will be carried out by a social worker.

Department for Education (DfE) officials take up a range of secondment opportunities, including in some instances to local authority children’s services, as part of gaining experience of frontline services to aid the development of better policy. However, DfE has not seconded any staff to local authorities in order to support the assessment of children’s needs under section 17 and the Department does not anticipate that any DfE officials would be directly involved in supporting such assessments.

Department officials do support local authorities to deliver improvements to children’s social care services. Such support may be provided in order to respond to inadequate performance in local areas or to help develop and deliver innovative new approaches to delivering such services.

Q
(Tottenham)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Children: Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff her Department seconded to local authorities to support in the assessment of needs of children in families who are seeking section 17 of the Children Act 1989 in 2016.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Our statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), is clear that where a local authority undertakes an assessment under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 such an assessment will be carried out by a social worker.

Department for Education (DfE) officials take up a range of secondment opportunities, including in some instances to local authority children’s services, as part of gaining experience of frontline services to aid the development of better policy. However, DfE has not seconded any staff to local authorities in order to support the assessment of children’s needs under section 17 and the Department does not anticipate that any DfE officials would be directly involved in supporting such assessments.

Department officials do support local authorities to deliver improvements to children’s social care services. Such support may be provided in order to respond to inadequate performance in local areas or to help develop and deliver innovative new approaches to delivering such services.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Prime Minister: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions 10 Downing Street took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to my Answer of 21 March 2017 to PQ68036.

Grouped Questions: 68663
Q
Asked by Henry Smith
(Crawley)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Transport
Air Traffic Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reform airspace policy.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 March 2017

On 2nd February the Government launched a consultation on UK Airspace Policy. The consultation period began on 2nd February and will run until 25th May 2017

The Government wishes to support airspace modernisation in order to deliver benefits for the UK economy, passengers and communities affected by aircraft noise. The proposals in this consultation aim to strike a balance between unlocking the economic and social benefits of modernised airspace, and addressing the local impacts of aviation.

The Government is also working on a new Aviation Strategy that will set out the Government’s vision for the wider aviation sector. This will replace the 2013 Aviation Policy Framework (APF) and will be subject to a separate consultation process. The consultation on UK Airspace Policy forms a key pillar in the development of the Aviation Strategy.

Q
(Luton South)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Transport
Luton Airport: Railways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account his Department has taken of the volume of air passengers from London Luton Airport in its work to define the scope of the forthcoming East Midlands rail franchise consultation; and what assessment he has made of the potential (a) economic, (b) social and (c) environmental benefits to that airport from improved rail services related to that franchise.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Department is currently undertaking a process of information gathering to develop the specification for the next East Midlands rail franchise. All options for future East Midlands services are subject to analysis of the potential benefits and consultation with stakeholders. We are considering the case for additional services to Luton Airport and are working collaboratively with Luton Airport to understand their proposals. Any outcome will seek to secure the best value for money for the taxpayer and be in the best interests of passengers.

We are due to begin a formal public consultation soon to inform the specification and I would strongly encourage the honourable member to make his views known through the consultation process when it opens.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Transport
Volkswagen
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings have taken place between Ministers of his Department and Volkswagen's UK representative since December 2016 to discuss Volkswagen's manipulation of emissions tests; and how many cars affected by that scandal had been rectified at the date of each of those meetings.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Government takes the actions of Volkswagen extremely seriously and we continue to press them to resolve issues including compensation and a warranty for UK consumers.

I have held two meetings with representatives from the company since December 2016 and written to them on four separate occasions. On 16 January I met with Paul Willis, Managing Director of VW UK, and on 6 February I met with Dr Garcia Sanz, a member of the Volkswagen Management Board, and VW UK representatives. By the time of the January meeting Volkswagen had applied ‘fixes’ to 350,000 affected vehicles in the UK and by the time of the February meeting this was 402,000.

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Women and Equalities
Equality and Human Rights Commission: Dismissal
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2017 to Question 67623, whether she plans to make representations to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the dismissal of those 10 employees or take any other steps in relation to those dismissals.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body that makes its own decisions about staff deployment and redundancies, and I have no plans to make representations to it on this matter. I understand that the Commission will continue to provide support to those who are redundant, including through its redeployment networks and use of the Civil Service Jobs website and related contacts.

Q
(Kettering)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Primary Education: Teachers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will work with the Department for Education to draw up and enact an action plan to recruit and retain more male teachers in primary schools.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 March 2017

We value diversity in the workforce but want the most talented people in the classroom, regardless of their gender. Evidence shows that the quality of teaching is the single most important factor in determining how well pupils achieve.

Recent figures show that between 2011/12 and 2015/16 the number of male primary teachers (FTE) has increased from 28,000 to 33,400. As a percentage, this has increased from 14.1% in 2011 to 15.3% in 2015.

The proportion of male entrants to primary postgraduate initial teacher training has remained broadly stable since 2010/11.

There is more to do, and we have a range of measures in place to attract and retain excellent teachers, no matter what their gender, including:

  • Offering a range of bursaries and scholarships worth up to £30,000 tax free to trainees in 2016/17.

  • Introducing pay flexibilities and putting schools in charge of teacher training through School Direct.

  • Expanding Teach First into every region of the country.

  • Supporting schools to retain good teachers by making significant policy interventions in areas such as improving pupil behaviour and tackling unnecessary workload for teachers.

    It is the responsibility of schools and employers to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Guidance for schools on the Act is available online.

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Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Offshore Industry: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to promote the transfer of employment and skills between different sectors of the offshore energy industry.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 March 2017
Holding answer received on 24 March 2017

Many companies that work in offshore energy already do so across a range of sectors. To further support this, Government, working with industry, published a workforce plan for the oil and gas sector and also set up a recruitment portal for displaced oil and gas workers to enable them to access employment opportunities in other sectors.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 March 2017
Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

This information is not collected. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance estimates that the annual incidence of trigeminal neuralgia is four per 100,000 population.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Anorexia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with anorexia when aged (a) between 12 to 20, (b) between 21 to 30, (c) between 31 to 50 and (d) over 51 years of age in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The information is not held in the format requested.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 23 March 2017
Department of Health
Intramedullary High Tibial Osteotomy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are plans to make intramedullary high tibial osteotomy available on the NHS.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 March 2017

Intramedullary high tibial osteotomy (IMHTO) is a new procedure used to treat early-stage knee arthritis. The procedure involves inserting metal nail in the tibia and extending it with a remote-controlled magnet to realign the bone to relieve pressure on the knee.

IMHTO is currently being trialled in a European-wide research study. Its wider availability would be subject to it having demonstrated its clinical and cost effectiveness in this trial and any further trials deemed necessary to assess whether it is safe and effective to use.

Q
Asked by Nicky Morgan
(Loughborough)
[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: 21 March 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Living Wage and Minimum Wage: Sleep
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations the Government has received on the applicability of the national minimum wage and the national living wage to staff who are asleep during a sleep-in shift at work.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 March 2017

The Government has received representations from social care providers and charities, social care workers, and hon. Members writing on behalf of their constituents.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Attorney General
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how much the Law Officers' Departments has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Attorney General
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65676, how much of that procurement spending in each of those years related to the services of management consultants.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
[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: 27 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65693, how much of the spend on the purchase of professional services and consultancy services in each of those years related to the services of management consultants.
Q
Asked by Andrew Selous
(South West Bedfordshire)
[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: 27 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by when he plans fully to implement the Ban the Box initiative across Government.
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil servants in each Government department are (a) under 30 and (b) over 50 years of age.
Q
(Gloucester)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK companies there are with Authorised Economic Operator status.
Q
(Gloucester)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies have applied for Authorised Economic Operator status in each of the last five years.
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 58873, what the timetable is for formal ratification of the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.
Q
Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) cases of national minimum wage compliance the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) National Minimum Wage Risk Unit has investigated, (b) notices of underpayment have been issued to employers for that non-compliance, (c) employers have been fined the maximum amount for non-compliance and (d) employers have been taken to civil court or an employment tribunal by HMRC for failing to comply with the terms of a notice of underpayment in (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17.
Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[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: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the freeze on child benefit and child tax credit in the 2017 autumn budget.
Q
(Gloucester)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time taken to process an application for Authorised Economic Operator status was in each year of the last five years; and whether there are target times for the processing of such applications.
Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the announcement in the Spring Budget 2017 on the use and ownership of tobacco manufacturing machinery, whether the Government will ratify the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.
Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60219, (a) whether he has set a date to introduce legislative proposals to ban letting agent fees and (b) what date he will begin consultation on details of that ban.
Q
(Kettering)
[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: 27 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, where there is no separate agreement between an upper tier authority and a lower tier authority to use part of any disabled facilities grant funding for social care capital projects, what proportion of disabled facilities grant funding paid to the upper tier authority should be passed from that authority to the lower tier authority.
Q
Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many starter homes were built in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.
Q
(Christchurch)
[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: 27 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department has provided to local authorities in Dorset to enable them to prepare a local government reorganisation proposal.
Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on charitable donations of the Information Commissioner's Office investigation into wealth screening by fundraising services.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of civil servants in her Department are (a) under 30 and (b) over 50 years of age.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK's data retention regime on securing a data adequacy agreement with the EU after the UK has left the EU.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has conducted contingency planning in the event that the UK does not secure a data adequacy decision with the EU prior to exiting the EU.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has reached a decision on whether to support the Commission in the case of La quadrature du Net and Others v Commission T-738/16.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has held discussions with multinational companies operating within the UK on implementing binding corporate rules in order to enable the flow of personal data after the UK leaves the EU.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of entities in the UK that exchange data with entities in other EU countries.
Q
Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints concerning (a) automated and (b) live telesales calls were received by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in 2016-17; how many fines were issued by the ICO against such offending companies in 2016-17; and how many of those fines were for the maximum possible amount.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[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: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects within her Department have been awarded an amber rating by the Infrastructure Projects Authority at the time of the most recent award.
Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
[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: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice her Department has given to local authorities on attracting future investment for digital start-ups as a result of the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she plans to take to support UK digital technology companies to access public sector procurement contracts.
Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has met local councils to discuss making empty buildings available for use by digital startups.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[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: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons she is not a member of the European Union Exit and Trade Committee.
Q
Asked by Helen Goodman
(Bishop Auckland)
[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: 27 March 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there are plans for the receipts from the fine imposed on BT by Ofcom on 27 March 2017 will be spent on the roll-out of rural broadband.
Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 27 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the implications of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of S. and Marper vs United Kingdom on the UK's ability to secure a data adequacy agreement with the EU.
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