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Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Education
Class Sizes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the pupil to teacher ratio, including teaching assistants, is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of families in Southampton, Itchen constituency make use of the 15-hours a week of free childcare for three and four-year olds.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The numbers of three- and four-year-olds accessing funded early years education, by local authority, is available on the Department’s website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/education-provision-children-under-5-years-of-age-january-2016

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Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Southampton Itchen
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in Southampton, Itchen constituency are in receipt of high needs block education funding.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The requested information is not collected centrally.

High needs funding supports provision for pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from their early years to 25. Local authorities should use their high needs budget to provide the most appropriate support package for an individual with SEN in a range of settings. It is also intended to support good quality alternative provision for pupils who cannot receive their education in schools for medical or other reasons.

Local authorities also use their high needs budget to pay for central services relating to SEND and alternative provision, as permitted by The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2017.

The number of pupils for whom schools receive high needs funding from their local authority has been published as part of the import/export adjustment in the illustrative high needs allocations from the second stage consultation on high needs funding reform.

The number of children with statements of SEN and education, health and care (EHC) plans in each local authority area has been published as national statistics.

Information from the schools census on pupils with SEN and SEN provision in schools has been published in Statistical First Release: Special Educational Needs in England. This includes underlying data at individual school level.

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(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Education
Johnson Kane
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what background checks were carried out on Johnson Kane, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Education Fellowship Trust, in advance of schools being transferred to that multi-academy trust.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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(Bristol North West)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Education
Pupil Numbers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the difference is between the number of pupils currently studying in England and the number forecasted in 2015.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department publishes both pupil level projections and, separately, data on the numbers in school on an annual basis. The most recent figures on the numbers in school are from January 2016 school census and can be found in the statistical first release available at:

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

The 2015 projection of the 2016 school population (published at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-pupil-projections-trends-in-pupil-numbers-july-2015), and the equivalent school census figures, are given in the table below.

Projected and actual school population, January 2016, England

Full-time equivalent figures up to and including age 15

All schools1

State funded schools2

2016 census

7,842

7,365

2015 projection for 2016

7,837

7,362

thousands

1 State funded nursery, primary, secondary, special and alternative provisions schools, plus independent and non-maintained special schools

2 As 1 but omitting independent and non-maintained special schools

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Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Admissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made in strengthening the (a) rights of parents of summer born-children to defer the year of their child's entry to school and (b) right for a child to remain in the same academic year irrespective of changes in school or local authority; and when the Government plans to consult on proposed changes to the Admissions Code.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Alex Salmond
(Gordon)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dogs: Sales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will take steps to ensure that puppies are not sold without their mothers being present.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government set out its position on this and other recommendations in its response, which was published in February, to the review by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, entitled Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets.

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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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) coeliacs, (b) people working in the manufacturing industry and (c) other people who will be affected by the proposal to remove gluten-free provisions from prescription.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It is estimated that 1% of the population is affected by coeliac disease. No estimate has been made of effects on people in the manufacturing industry if supply on prescription changes. The impact assessment measures health impacts of all three options that are contained in the published Gluten Free consultation. The impact assessment will be developed further once the consultation responses have been analysed. More information can be found by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/availability-of-gluten-free-foods-on-nhs-prescription

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(Mid Sussex)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Recycling: Publicity
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve people's knowledge of the merits of recycling.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Defra works with local authorities and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to provide advice and promote best practice among local authorities on waste and recycling. Local councils, and householders have played a key role in increasing the UK’s recycling rate from 11% at the turn of the century to 44% in 2015/16.

Greater consistency in local authority recycling – taking account of best practice – in particular has potential to increase recycling rates further. WRAP are working with an Advisory Group of waste stakeholders, to look at the benefits and opportunities from having greater consistency in the materials collected and collection systems to enable local authorities to recycle more, and to make it easier for householders to put the right materials in the right bin.

Recycle Now, launched in 2004, is the national recycling campaign for England. It is supported and funded by Defra and managed by WRAP. It is used locally by over 90% of Local Authorities in England and includes information to inform people about the many items that can be recycled around the home.

Grouped Questions: 71711
Q
(Mid Sussex)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Recycling: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to spread best practice on recycling.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Defra works with local authorities and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to provide advice and promote best practice among local authorities on waste and recycling. Local councils, and householders have played a key role in increasing the UK’s recycling rate from 11% at the turn of the century to 44% in 2015/16.

Greater consistency in local authority recycling – taking account of best practice – in particular has potential to increase recycling rates further. WRAP are working with an Advisory Group of waste stakeholders, to look at the benefits and opportunities from having greater consistency in the materials collected and collection systems to enable local authorities to recycle more, and to make it easier for householders to put the right materials in the right bin.

Recycle Now, launched in 2004, is the national recycling campaign for England. It is supported and funded by Defra and managed by WRAP. It is used locally by over 90% of Local Authorities in England and includes information to inform people about the many items that can be recycled around the home.

Grouped Questions: 71710
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Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff 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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Neonicotinoids
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 71069, how many emergency authorisation applications for the use of neonicotinoid pesticides the Government has approved in the last (a) 12 and (b) 24 months.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Three neonicotinoids are currently subject to restrictions which normally prohibit their use on a number of crops. Two emergency authorisations have been granted for the use of these restricted neonicotinoids. Those authorisations, issued in July 2015, allowed limited and controlled use on oilseed rape until November 2015. In total, eight applications for use of the same neonicotinoids have been turned down between 2015 and 2017. All decisions are made on the basis of advice from the independent UK Expert Committee on Pesticides.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Curlews: Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to (a) protect and retain habitats for the curlew and (b) further assist in fox and crow control to maintain curlew numbers.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Steve Baker
(Wycombe)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Glyphosate
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that glyphosate continues to be available for use by farmers after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Glyphosate is important to British farming and there would be real difficulties if it were no longer available. UK and EU experts have identified no safety concerns which would preclude the continuing use of glyphosate.

Defra considers that decisions on the use of pesticides should be based on a careful scientific assessment of the risks, with the aim of achieving a high level of protection for people and the environment.

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull 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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dogs: Sales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's proposals of February 2017 to (a) ban sales of puppies through third party intermediaries, (b) ensure all dog purchases are traceable through a robust licensing system and (c) place greater legal restrictions on online puppy sales.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government set out its position on these and other recommendations in its response, which was published in February, to the review by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, entitled Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Baha'i Faith
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of mass arrests of Baha'is in Sana'a, Yemen during April 2017; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I am deeply concerned by recent developments relating to the Baha’i community in Yemen. The Houthis and all parties in Yemen must respect freedom of religion and the rights of all Yemenis.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on recent restrictions placed on the activities of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The UK is very concerned by the decision of Russia's Supreme Court to categorise the Jehovah's Witnesses as "extremists". This ruling effectively criminalises the peaceful worship by 175,000 Russian citizens and is at odds with the right to religious freedom enshrined in the Russian Constitution. The Minister of State, The Baroness Anelay of St Johns, issued a statement on 21 April expressing these concerns.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Arms Trade: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Criterion Two of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, whether his Department's interpretation of a clear risk that items could be used in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law establishes a competent authority for determining whether serious violations of international humanitarian law have occurred.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The key issue when considering export licence applications under Criterion Two of the Consolidated EU & National Arms Export Licensing Criteria is whether there is a clear risk that the items to be licensed might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law. It is not necessary, nor always possible, to make a determination about specific past incidents as to whether serious violations of international humanitarian law have occurred.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since 26 March 2015 his Department's Arms Export Policy Team has received notification of another EU member state's decision to refuse arms export licence applications in which Saudi Arabia was the recipient country; and if he will list the EU member states from whose governments such notifications have been received.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

My department has received such notifications on 26 occasions since 26 March 2015. Information on denials is shared between EU Member States on a confidential basis and it is not possible to provide further information on specific refusal notifications.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request an investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission into allegations of grave breaches or other serious violations of the Geneva Conventions or Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights by parties to the current conflict in Yemen.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

​We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Yemen. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights plays a vital role in objectively monitoring and reporting on human rights in Yemen. The UK welcomes the Government of Yemen's commitment to cooperate with the UN on the protection of human rights.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many export licence applications in which Saudi Arabia was the recipient country were assessed by his Department's Arms Export Policy Team in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17, and how many and what proportion of such applications were referred to (i) the relevant Minister and (ii) the Secretary of State before a recommendation was made to the Department for International Trade or its predecessor Department on whether that application should be approved.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Arms Export Policy Team assessed a total of 355 export licence applications in 2015-16 and a further 355 export licence applications in 2016-17. While complex or sensitive cases are referred to me or the relevant Minister, I am unable to provide accurate statistics on the number of such referrals in the time available.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of the export licence applications reviewed by his Department in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 in which Saudi Arabia was the recipient country were sent to the Department for International Trade or its predecessor Department with a recommendation that those applications be approved; and how many such recommendations his Department issued following a review by (i) the relevant Minister and (ii) the Secretary of State.
A
Answered by: Boris Johnson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

In 2015-16 351 export licence applications were approved by the Department for International Trade following advice from the FCO, representing a proportion of 99.1%. 354 applications out of a total of 355 were similarly approved in 2016-17, representing 99.7% of the total. Whilst complex or sensitive cases are referred to me or the relevant Minister, I am unable to provide accurate statistics on the number of such referrals in the time available.

Q
Asked by Danny Kinahan
(South Antrim)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Syria: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help to prevent military action being taken against Syrian civilians by the Assad regime.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The British Government has been clear in its condemnation of regime attacks against civilians in Syria, including the appalling chemical weapons attack on 4 April in Khan Sheikhoun which killed over 70 people and wounded hundreds. We supported the US action against the Shayrat airbase on 7 April. We hope it will deter further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. By destroying up to 20 strike aircraft, this operation will have reduced the regime's ability to bomb civilians.

The UK also continues to support the UN mediated negotiations on a political settlement. Only a transition away from Asad can deliver sustainable peace.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Diplomatic Service: Religious Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to implement its revised toolkit on freedom of religion or belief by embassies overseas.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 April 2017

In October 2016, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) made available to staff a revised Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) toolkit to assist all officials working on human rights both in London and at overseas posts. The revised toolkit provides posts with ideas on how to promote freedom of religion or belief in their local context. To support implementation, we provide training to staff to increase religious literacy, including courses on religion and diplomacy. Building on the FCO's conference in October 2016, posts have been encouraged to make FoRB and countering violent extremism themes of their diplomatic and project work.

Q
(Liverpool, Riverside)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Michael Moran
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to assist the Liverpool coroner in relation to the death of Michael Moran on 1 January 2017 in the Netherlands; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 27 April 2017

FCO Consular officials have requested documents from the Dutch authorities on behalf of the Liverpool Coroner. They have already passed a copy of the post mortem report to the coroner and have asked the Dutch authorities for an update on the remaining documents.

Q
(Liverpool, Riverside)
[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: 24 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Michael Moran
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government is making to the Government of the Netherlands to answer questions raised on behalf of the family of Michael Moran who died in Holland on 1 January 2017; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 27 April 2017

FCO ​Consular officials have sent a list of questions from the family to the Dutch Prosecutor leading on the case and have been advised that the Dutch authorities will provide the Moran family with answers to their questions. Officials are also helping the family to arrange a meeting with the Prosecutor and a representative from the police team.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent from the public purse on the provision of abortions by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

This information is not collected centrally.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Marie Stopes International
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent from the public purse on the provision of abortions by Marie Stopes UK (a) within and (b) outside the UK in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Information on National Health Service expenditure on the provision of abortions by Marie Stopes UK is not collected centrally.

Over the past five years, United Kingdom Government funding has provided central support to Marie Stopes International’s (MSI) developing country portfolio of 29 countries, and Department for International Development (DFID) specific programmes in Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. Over this period, DFID direct funding to MSI was £163.01 million.

Q
Asked by Fiona Bruce
(Congleton)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Abortion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent from the public purse on the provision of abortions by independent abortion providers in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department has not allocated any funding directly to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. Information on contracts held by clinical commissioning groups with independent abortion providers is not collected centrally.

Grouped Questions: 71645
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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Organs: Donors
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider moving to a system of presumed consent for organ donation.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

On 1 December 2015, Wales introduced deemed consent (opt-out) for organ and tissue donation. The Department will monitor closely how these changes in legislation in Wales affect donation rates.

Since the launch of the United Kingdom-wide Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 Strategy in 2013, organ donation rates have increased by 7% and transplant rates by 6% mainly through a strengthening of the donation infrastructure (e.g. increased specialist nurses, improved retrieval arrangements). In 2016/17, there were 1,413 deceased donors resulting in 3,712 transplants.

Q
Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Hospital Wards: Crimes against the Person
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assaults have taken place on mixed-sex NHS hospital wards in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The information is not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Tables of collated numbers of reported physical assaults against National Health Service staff in England are available at:

http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/3645.aspx

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that training and development opportunities are available to staff in GP surgeries to help them to recognise loneliness and know where to refer people for help.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The General Practice Forward View (GPFV), published by NHS England in April 2016, listed 10 High Impact Actions that help general practitioner practices to release time for care and provide more accessible and innovative care for their patients which includes social prescribing.

Social prescribing commonly addresses needs relating to social isolation, long term mental health issues and other personal challenges are not best addressed through medical treatment.

The GPFV implementation programme is continuing to gather evidence about successful ways to use social prescribing. Evidence to date indicates that both clinicians and patients welcome this approach, and interest among practices is growing steadily.

Q
(Kettering)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Action On Smoking and Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2017 to Question 68965, on Action on Smoking and Health, what controls and checks are in place to ensure that none of the grant funds provided are used to fund lobbying activities.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 28 March to Question 69025.

In financial year 2012/13, the Department grant awarded to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) (under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968) was included in a sample of grants that was reviewed in an internal audit of the grant management arrangements of the Department. The audit included visits to the charities that formed part of the sample to test the information they provided to the Department and to garner their views on how the Department engaged with them. ASH was included in the work because its grant fulfilled the sample criteria.

The internal audit was not a review of the organisation and the way that it operated, its focus was on the Department’s grant management. It found that, at the time, there were satisfactory arrangements in place in the Department. The audit report did not raise any adverse comments about ASH or include any recommendations in relation to them. It is not normal practice to place copies of Internal Audit reports in the Library.

Minutes of annual review meetings with ASH are available on request from the Department. These documents are held for six years in line with Cabinet Office guidance.

There is no requirement in the grant award for funding to be held in a separate account; however, the grant must be identified in annual accounts.

Grouped Questions: 71727 | 71728
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(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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Action On Smoking and Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library, copies of all audits and reviews conducted by his Department in respect of the spending of grants to Action on Smoking and Health.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 28 March to Question 69025.

In financial year 2012/13, the Department grant awarded to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) (under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968) was included in a sample of grants that was reviewed in an internal audit of the grant management arrangements of the Department. The audit included visits to the charities that formed part of the sample to test the information they provided to the Department and to garner their views on how the Department engaged with them. ASH was included in the work because its grant fulfilled the sample criteria.

The internal audit was not a review of the organisation and the way that it operated, its focus was on the Department’s grant management. It found that, at the time, there were satisfactory arrangements in place in the Department. The audit report did not raise any adverse comments about ASH or include any recommendations in relation to them. It is not normal practice to place copies of Internal Audit reports in the Library.

Minutes of annual review meetings with ASH are available on request from the Department. These documents are held for six years in line with Cabinet Office guidance.

There is no requirement in the grant award for funding to be held in a separate account; however, the grant must be identified in annual accounts.

Grouped Questions: 71726 | 71728
Q
(Kettering)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Action On Smoking and Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is a requirement that grants paid by his Department to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are held in a separate account by ASH to avoid those funds being spent on non-agreed activities.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 28 March to Question 69025.

In financial year 2012/13, the Department grant awarded to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) (under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968) was included in a sample of grants that was reviewed in an internal audit of the grant management arrangements of the Department. The audit included visits to the charities that formed part of the sample to test the information they provided to the Department and to garner their views on how the Department engaged with them. ASH was included in the work because its grant fulfilled the sample criteria.

The internal audit was not a review of the organisation and the way that it operated, its focus was on the Department’s grant management. It found that, at the time, there were satisfactory arrangements in place in the Department. The audit report did not raise any adverse comments about ASH or include any recommendations in relation to them. It is not normal practice to place copies of Internal Audit reports in the Library.

Minutes of annual review meetings with ASH are available on request from the Department. These documents are held for six years in line with Cabinet Office guidance.

There is no requirement in the grant award for funding to be held in a separate account; however, the grant must be identified in annual accounts.

Grouped Questions: 71726 | 71727
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to accident and emergency departments of people aged under 18-years old for mental health conditions there have been in each year since 2009-10.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The information is not available in the format requested as patient admissions to accident and emergency are not collected. Only data on attendances to accident and emergency departments is collected.

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Blood: Contamination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 11 January 1988 to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, Official Report, column 184W, on contaminated blood products, if he will place a copy of the letter sent to that right hon. Member in the Library.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

We regret that we are unable to locate a copy of a letter from Tony Newton, the then Minister of State for Health, to the Rt. hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field MP).

We have published all available material before 1992 and have acknowledged that unfortunately some papers from the period were inadvertently lost or destroyed a number of years ago. This is covered in some detail in Lord Archer’s report and it is important to note that Lord Archer also made clear that his inquiry “discovered no evidence of malicious destruction of relevant records”.

Officials have not been able to identify any of the correspondence referred to or the information it would have contained. However haemophilia centres were alert to the potential of HIV in blood products by 1983.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS mental health patients received follow-up treatment within 48 hours after being discharged as an inpatient from a mental health facility in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The information is not collected in the format requested.

Currently it is expected that 95% of patients on Care Programme Approach (CPA) should be followed up within seven days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care. The Quarterly Mental Health Community Teams Activity return collects data on this activity, which is published quarterly on the NHS England Statistics website:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/mental-health-community-teams-activity/

The last 12 months of available data cover Quarter 4 2015/16 to Quarter 3 2016/17 and showed that 61,612 people were followed up with seven days of discharge, 96.7% of patients on CPA. This data are available back to Quarter 1 2010/11 on the link above, during which time the 95% threshold has consistently been met nationally.

The next report, covering Quarter 4 2016/17, will be published on 12 May.

Q
Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what effect NHS England funding changes have had on eating disorder nursing provision in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

This information is not collected centrally.

Q
Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to Community Support Services on readmission rates to special eating disorder units.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government is investing an additional £30 million per year to improve access to effective eating disorder care in the community. The additional investment has helped to create 67 new or extended Community Eating Disorder teams across England. The ambition is to improve early access to effective care, improve outcomes and reduce relapse rates, the need for inpatient care, and length of stay when admission is required.

For any admission, the community eating disorder team are to ensure continuity of care pre- and post- admission and maintain contact with the young person and family during admission.

Q
Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that children with eating disorders are treated as early as possible in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

NHS England has set a new access standard, to be achieved by 2020, that 95% of patients are to be treated within four weeks of their first contact with a designated healthcare professional. For urgent cases, the standard will be one week. The very worst emergency cases should find support within 24 hours. This has been funded by £30 million each year, which is scheduled to continue until 2020.

Q
Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to address the difference in the level of funding for (a) adult and (b) child eating disorder service provision in England.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

NHS England sets overall baseline allocations for clinical commissioning groups and does not generally determine funding for specific services. Commissioners determine their budgets locally with reference to national planning requirements like the Mental Health Investment Standard, waiting time/access targets and local needs based assessment.

Q
Asked by Melanie Onn
(Great Grimsby)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risk to children with eating disorders of learned behaviours when such children are placed in general units.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline for the recognition and treatment of eating disorder has been updated and is scheduled to be published in May 2017.

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-cgwave0703

The draft clinical guideline on which NICE has consulted, emphasised that admissions should be made to an age appropriate facility, close to the young person’s home as possible and have the capacity to provide appropriate educational activities.

Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for an assessment by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in each year since 2009-10.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Data on waiting times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has only been collected since 1 January 2016. The available data is published regularly as part of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Statistics Monthly Reports and can be accessed here:

http://content.digital.nhs.uk/mhldsmonthly

Grouped Questions: 71823 | 71824
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current average waiting time is for an assessment by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Data on waiting times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has only been collected since 1 January 2016. The available data is published regularly as part of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Statistics Monthly Reports and can be accessed here:

http://content.digital.nhs.uk/mhldsmonthly

Grouped Questions: 71822 | 71824
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people are currently waiting for an assessment by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in England.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Data on waiting times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has only been collected since 1 January 2016. The available data is published regularly as part of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Statistics Monthly Reports and can be accessed here:

http://content.digital.nhs.uk/mhldsmonthly

Grouped Questions: 71822 | 71823
Q
(East Yorkshire)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Police: Social Media
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to encourage police forces to make use of social media to (a) pass information onto communities which they serve and (b) assist in tackling crime; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Modern Crime Prevention Strategy published in March 2016 sets out the Government’s strategy recognising that using modern technology effectively is critical to preventing crime. Using social media is part of this.

Q
Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Police: Bureaucracy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve the effectiveness of police recording processes for crimes in (a) England and Wales and (b) the West Midlands.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It is crucial that police crime recorded crime statistics are accurate and fit for purpose. HMIC’s rolling programme of crime data integrity inspections will keep the spotlight on forces to improve the accuracy of their crime recording. Where those inspections highlight areas for improvement we expect forces to take them seriously and act on them. HMIC are currently conducting a crime data integrity inspection in West Midlands police with a report to be published later in the year.

Q
Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Hate Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the police have sufficient resources to deal with the reported rise in hate crimes since June 2016.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The police have increased their capability to record and respond to hate crime. The police have also improved training to staff on the identification, investigation and prosecution of hate crime. The UK has some of the most robust legislation in the world for tackling hate crime and on 26 July last year the Government published the Hate Crime Action Plan “Action Against Hate”. This outlines the work Government, law enforcement and other parties will undertake over the next four years to tackle hate crime in all its forms.

Decisions on the allocation of police resources are a matter for Chief Constables in association with local Police and Crime Commissioners.

Q
Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Informers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been as a direct result of information gained by police forces from covert human intelligence sources in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The use of covert human intelligence sources by police forces, and the intelligence derived from this use, plays an important role in the prevention and detection of crime, and is subject to strict authorisation controls and oversight through the Office of Surveillance Commissioners, as detailed in the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Code of Practice.

Intelligence derived from covert human intelligence sources is frequently combined with intelligence and evidence from other sources to build a case for prosecutions and convictions. It is not therefore currently possible to say how many prosecutions and convictions resulted from intelligence gained from covert human intelligence sources alone, since such information will almost always form part of an overall intelligence picture. It is an operational matter for individual police forces to ensure that their use of covert human intelligence sources is effective. Law enforcement agencies must demonstrate that their use is both necessary and proportionate, and must ensure they comply with the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Code of Practice.

Available statistics and analysis on the use of covert human intelligence sources, including the number of covert human intelligence sources authorisations, are provided in the Chief Surveillance Commissioner’s annual report.

Q
(North East Fife)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Entry Clearances: Armed Forces
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on reports that members of the Army are facing difficulties entering UK airports.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Home Office has no record of any recent general representations or reports from members of the Army who have faced difficulties entering the UK at an airport.

Military personnel are checked at the UK border in line with the Border Force Operating Mandate but are exempt from immigration control if they fall under section 8 of the Immigration Act 1971 provided they can prove that they are a serving member of the British Army.

Q
(East Yorkshire)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
101 Calls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the 101 crime service; what procedures are in place to ensure that lessons are learnt from any shortcomings in that service; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The 101 non-emergency contact number is led by the police. The annual crime survey for England and Wales shows that awareness of the number has increased steadily since its introduction in 2011.

Q
(North East Fife)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Entry Clearances: Fiji
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from community and civil society representatives on the experience of entering UK airports for Fijian citizens in the British Army with Commonwealth passports and indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Home Office has no record of any general representations from community representatives or Fijian nationals enlisted as regulars in the British Army or with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), having experienced difficulties at the UK border.

Q
(East Yorkshire)
[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: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage greater cross-border co-operation between different constabularies for the purposes of tackling travelling criminals in (a) rural and (b) urban areas; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The police operational response to crime is an operational matter for chief officers. The police do have networks and tools which assist them in collaborating across police force boundaries where appropriate, which include specialist units owned jointly by a number of forces and the Regional Organised Crime Unit structure.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Home Office
Deportation: Iraq
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place between the Government and the Government of Iraq for removing, by charter flight to Iraq, people who have been refused asylum in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 27 April 2017

There are no current plans for a charter flight returns operation to Iraq.

Q
(Belfast East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Sentencing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of increasing maximum sentences on offender behaviour.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 71739
Q
(Belfast East)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dangerous Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many defendants received the maximum permissible sentence under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Belfast East)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Sentencing: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions she and officials of her Department have had with the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland on sentencing policy.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Belfast 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: 24 April 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dangerous Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many custodial sentences were given under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Belfast East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Ministry of Justice
Sentencing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which criminal offences have had the maximum attributable penalty increased in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 71740
Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Arriva
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that Arriva does not reduce the (a) number of staff on trains and (b) pay of any staff during the implementation of driver controlled operation in the Northern Rail franchise.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Staffing levels and rates of pay are a matter for the train operator to determine in delivering its Franchise Agreement requirements.

Q
(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
High Speed Two: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the first contract between HS2 Ltd and CH2M was signed.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The first contract between HS2 Ltd and CH2M was effective from 3 February 2012. This contract was for CH2M to support HS2 Ltd during the development stage of Phase 1.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Shipping: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding was available to employers from the Support for Maritime Training budget for (a) trainee seafarer ratings, (b) rating to officer conversion and (c) officer cadets in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) budget in 2016-17 was £15 million and was available to employers, as sponsoring companies, for approved training of (a) trainee seafarer ratings, (b) rating to officer conversions and (c) officer cadets.

Although SMarT has a fixed budget, funding continues to be allocated on the basis of demand, all of which was met in full in 2016-17.

Q
Asked by Adam Holloway
(Gravesham)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Lower Thames Crossing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses to the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation were associated with a campaign by Higham Parish Council; and how many of those responses (a) answered all questions in the consultation, (b) answered a majority of questions in the consultation, (c) provided identical responses, (d) provided individually tailored responses, (e) were included in the analysis of individual bespoke responses to the consultation and (f) were not included in the analysis of individual bespoke responses to the consultation.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The analysis of consultation responses is available in the Ipsos MORI report published on 12 April 2017, the post-consultation Scheme Assessment Report and the Response to Consultation, available online at www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk.

Highways England do not hold a breakdown of all figures specifically requested in each of these questions but have provided specific figures and breakdowns where this are available.

946 people were categorised as part of the Higham Parish Council campaign. Of those, 6 submitted identically worded responses for all questions and 940 participants provided a response based on this campaign which:

- included a partial version of the text with or without their own personal comments, or

- included the full version of this text plus additional personal comments.

Comments provided by participants were summarised and analysed along with other consultation responses.

Q
Asked by Adam Holloway
(Gravesham)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Lower Thames Crossing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people expressed a view directly or via third parties to his Department, Highways England and Ipsos Mori about Option A during the period of the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation between 26 January 2016 and 24 March 2016, including consultation responses, letters, emails and petition signatories that (a) agree or tend to agree, (b) disagree or tend to disagree and (c) neither agree nor disagree with Option A; and how many of those views were (i) associated and (ii) not associated with an organised campaign.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Detail of the analysis of consultation responses is available in the Ipsos MORI report published on 12 April 2017, the post-consultation Scheme Assessment Report and the Response to Consultation, available online at www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk.

Highways England do not hold a breakdown of all figures specifically requested in each of these questions but have provided specific figures and breakdowns where this are available.

The 2,928 who responded via the questionnaire (a) 1,760 made comments in support of Location A (b) 1,165 made comments opposing Location A in their free text responses. One of these campaigns specifically suggested a new north-bound bridge crossing at Dartford as the solution. This campaign is referenced as ‘Campaign 11, Adam Holloway MP’ in the Ipsos MORI report and received 42 signatures.

Q
Asked by Adam Holloway
(Gravesham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Lower Thames Crossing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people expressed a view directly or via third parties to his Department, Highways England and Ipsos Mori about Option C during the period of the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation between 26 January 2016 and 24 March 2016, including consultation responses, letters, emails and petition signatories that (a) agree or tend to, (b) disagree or tend to disagree and (c) neither agree nor disagree with Option C; and how many of those views were (i) associated and (ii) not associated with an organised campaign.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The decision and announcement of the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing followed an exhaustive review of options and extensive analysis to Highways England 2016 public consultation. Each consultation response was considered very carefully and Highways England carried out further assessment of the options before making their recommendation to Government.

Those who responded to the consultation through dedicated response channels (and within the consultation period) as part of an organised campaign group, are included in the consultation report. Of the 47,034 responses received, 13,284 were identified as being associated with organised campaigns, which are identically worded responses.

A total of 32,872 members of the public answered this question using the questionnaire, as follows:

  • 19,729 Agree with Option C
  • 11,998 Disagree with Option C
  • 1,011 Neither support nor oppose
  • 134 Don’t know

A total of 447 organisations answered this question using the questionnaire. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 307 Agree with Option C
  • 115 Disagree with Option C
  • 23 neither support nor oppose
  • 2 Don’t know

Detail of the analysis of consultation responses is available in the Ipsos MORI report published on 12 April 2017, the post-consultation Scheme Assessment Report and the Response to Consultation, available online at www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk

Q
Asked by Adam Holloway
(Gravesham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Lower Thames Crossing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many respondents to the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation (a) completed all questions, (b) completed more than half of the questions, (c) answered at least one question and (d) did not specifically answer consultation questions; and how many of those responses were categorised as (i) individual bespoke responses and (ii) organised campaign responses in each case.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Highways England do not hold a breakdown of the specific figures requested. The number of responses to each question which were answered via the questionnaire is provided in the Ipsos MORI report. Bespoke responses via letter or email generally did not answer specific questions or follow the format set out in the questionnaire.

Detail of the analysis of consultation responses is available in the Ipsos MORI report published on 12 April 2017, the post-consultation Scheme Assessment Report and the Response to Consultation, available online at www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk.

Q
Asked by Adam Holloway
(Gravesham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Transport
Lower Thames Crossing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of views considered by the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation were (a) in favour of Option A, (b) opposed to Option A, (c) in favour of Option C and (d) opposed to Option C; and how many of those responses were categorised as (i) individual bespoke responses and (ii) organised campaign responses under each of those categories.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Detail of the analysis of consultation responses is available in the Ipsos MORI report published on 12 April 2017, the post-consultation Scheme Assessment Report and the Response to Consultation, available online at www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk.

Highways England do not hold a breakdown of all figures specifically requested in each of these questions but have provided specific figures and breakdowns where this are available.

Specifically on the views in relation to Location A: Of the 2,928 who responded via the questionnaire:

(a) 1,760 made comments in support of Location A

(b) 1,165 made comments opposing Location A in their free text responses.

Specifically on the views considered in relation to Location C, a total of 32,872 members of the public and 447 organisations answered this question using the questionnaire. Views for and against are broken down as follows:

c) 19,729 members of the public and 307 organisations supported Location C.

d) 11,998 members of the public and 115 organisations disagreed with Location C.

13,258 responses were submitted via letter or email. Of the 47,034 responses received, 13,284 were identified as being associated with organised campaigns, which are identically worded responses.

One of these campaigns specifically suggested a new north-bound bridge crossing at Dartford as the solution. This campaign is referenced as ‘ Campaign 11, Adam Holloway MP’, in the Ipsos MORI report and received 42 signatures. Other campaigns were in opposition to a new crossing Location C and in opposition to any new crossing in Thurrock.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Wales Office
Overseas Students: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on steps to maintain the number of students from the EU applying to study at universities in Wales.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government has been meeting regularly with counterparts from the Welsh Government, and the other devolved administrations, to discuss a range of issues regarding higher education after the UK leaves the EU, including student mobility.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Wales Office
ERASMUS: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Welsh Government on the Erasmus programme in Wales.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government recognises the value of international exchange and collaboration in education, as part of our vision for the UK as a global nation. There may be European programmes in which we want to participate following EU Exit, and we will consider this as part of the negotiations.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Wales Office
Horizon 2020: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the value of projects funded through Horizon 2020 in Wales.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It is clearly very early in the negotiations to be discussing specific outcomes. However, this Government is already taking actions to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements. The Chancellor announced in August 2016 that the Treasury will underwrite the payments of all successful bids for competitive EU research funding awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the departure from the EU. This applies to all UK partner organisations. This gives UK participants and their international partners confidence that they will have the funding necessary throughout the life of their Horizon 2020 funded project. Welsh organisations have attracted €66 million in Horizon 2020 funding between January 2014 and February 2017.

The Government is committed to ensuring the UK remains a world leader in international research and innovation. ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’ White Paper set out that the Government would welcome an agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research, and technology initiatives and we will approach the upcoming negotiations on this basis.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Wales Office
Brexit: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57432, on Brexit: Wales, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on the Welsh economy of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Welsh economy approaches its departure from the EU in a strong position. Since 2010 Wales has been the fastest growing UK region outside London and exports to countries outside the EU have increased by 5.5% in the last year alone. The strength of Wales is demonstrated in its ability to attract globally recognised brands like Aston Martin and Qatar Airways.

As we negotiate our exit from the EU, the Prime Minister has made clear that we will work to secure a deal that benefits all parts of the UK. Wales is part of a Global Britain that is outward-looking and together we are building a stronger economy where everyone plays by the same rules.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Wales Office
EU Grants and Loans: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions the Government has had with the Welsh Government on future funding for any successor to the Wales-Ireland Co-operation programme.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It is clearly very early in the negotiations to be discussing specific outcomes. However, the Government is already taking actions to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

There may be European programmes, some of which may be partly but not wholly EU programmes, in which we may want to participate following EU Exit, and we will consider this as part of the negotiations.

The Chancellor has announced that EU funding granted before we leave the EU will be guaranteed by the Treasury after the UK leaves. For projects signed after the 2016 Autumn Statement and which continue after we have left the EU, funding for projects will be honoured by the Treasury if they provide strong value for money and are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

All European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) projects signed or with funding agreements in place before the 2016 Autumn Statement, will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. This includes funding granted under the Ireland-Wales European Territorial Cooperation programme.

Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Carer's Allowance: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the London Borough of Southwark have been in receipt of carer's allowance in each of the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The information requested on the number of individuals in receipt of Carer’s Allowance in the London Borough of Southwark can be obtained at:


https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk


Guidance for users is available at:


https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Q
Asked by Helen Goodman
(Bishop Auckland)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on consulting on the proposed closure of Vinovium House.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 27 April 2017

We are currently consulting with our staff at Vinovium House and Trade Unions about the proposal. The outcomes of the consultation will be reviewed and considered before making a final decision on the future of this site.

It is necessary to delay any further announcements whilst we are in the pre-election period.

Grouped Questions: 71765 | 71766
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: 24 April 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made a decision on the proposed closure of Vinovium House.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 27 April 2017

We are currently consulting with our staff at Vinovium House and Trade Unions about the proposal. The outcomes of the consultation will be reviewed and considered before making a final decision on the future of this site.

It is necessary to delay any further announcements whilst we are in the pre-election period.

Grouped Questions: 71764 | 71766
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: 24 April 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's consultation on the proposed closure of Vinovium House.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 27 April 2017

We are currently consulting with our staff at Vinovium House and Trade Unions about the proposal. The outcomes of the consultation will be reviewed and considered before making a final decision on the future of this site.

It is necessary to delay any further announcements whilst we are in the pre-election period.

Grouped Questions: 71764 | 71765
Q
(Bridgend)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will take steps to share personal independence payment (PIP) appeal tribunal decisions with assessment providers in order to improve the quality of initial PIP assessments.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department is working with the Tribunals Service to establish how it can get more detailed and regular feedback on tribunal decisions. A recent initiative to use more Presenting Officers will help in this regard. The Presenting Officer will note any of the tribunal’s comments regarding the assessment, in particular anything adverse, and, where it is appropriate, feed this back to the provider.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
HM Treasury
Motor Vehicles: Insurance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to regulate insurance premiums to protect the no-claims bonus for people who make a claim for no fault of their own.
A
Answered by: Simon Kirby
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government is determined that insurers should treat customers fairly and firms are required to do so under the current regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Government keeps all policy under review and it will be for any new Government to set the direction of future policy on insurance premiums.

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: 24 April 2017
HM Treasury
Credit Cards
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to close the loophole of third-party payment systems severing ties between a consumer and a credit card supplier for the purposes of section 75 Consumer Credit Act protection.
A
Answered by: Simon Kirby
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 sets out the potential liability of creditors for breaches by suppliers in debtor-creditor-supplier agreements, so that credit card companies must take responsibility if a supplier cannot satisfy a consumer’s purchase. To fall within section 75, there has to be an agreement to finance a transaction between a debtor and a third party supplier and there must be existing arrangements between the creditor and the supplier.

If a credit card is used to pay through a third party intermediary service, the conditions in section 75 may not be met. This is the case where the supplier has an arrangement with the intermediary but has no arrangement or contact with the creditor. This aims to strike the right balance between consumer protections and proportionate burdens on business.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Nuclear Weapons: North Korea
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that no parts made in the UK are used in the North Korean nuclear programme.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The UN and EU have imposed sanctions on North Korea; these are directly applicable to the UK and prohibit the export of equipment that could be used in the North Korean nuclear programme.

All export licence applications are considered against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. These include in particular Criterion 1, the UK’s obligations and its commitments to enforce United Nations, European Union and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) arms embargoes, as well as national embargoes observed by the UK and other commitments regarding the application of strategic export controls and Criterion 7, the risk that the items will be diverted within the buyer country or re-exported under undesirable conditions.

Q
(Hitchin and Harpenden)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change: Snow and Ice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2017 to Question 66793, whether the climate models referred to rely on computer simulations only rather than observational evidence.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The evidence that present rates of decline in the extent of Arctic sea ice are not consistent with reasonably expected natural variability does not rely on computer simulations alone. Detection of the decline is based on observations. Both observations and models are used to estimate natural variability in the climate system, and attribute the most likely cause for the detected decline.

Q
(Hitchin and Harpenden)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change: Snow and Ice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2017 to Question 68956, whether the climate models referred to rely on computer simulations only rather than observational evidence.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The evidence that declines of snow and ice, other than of Arctic sea ice extent, are not consistent with reasonably expected natural variability does not rely on computer simulations alone. Detection of declining snow and ice is based on observations. Both observations and models are used to estimate natural variability in the climate system, and attribute the most likely cause for the detected declines.

Q
(Arfon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the accuracy of the data held by energy companies on the energy consumption patterns of households in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Under terms in the supply license, energy companies must take all reasonable steps to obtain a meter reading for each customer at least once a year.

Customers may submit their own meter readings to energy companies at any time to avoid an estimated bill. If a supplier considers a customer’s reading to be reasonably accurate they must take all reasonable steps to reflect the meter reading in the next bill or statement of account. If a meter reading provided by a customer is considered not to be reasonably accurate, the supplier will ask for another reading or arrange to read the meter themselves.

The installation of smart meters, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020, should enable suppliers to provide more accurate bills, based upon actual readings transmitted by each meter.

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which (a) Government department and (b) body is responsible for (i) assessing and (ii) authorising arms export applications.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Export Control Organisation within the Department for International Trade is the UK’s licensing authority for military and dual use exports, and the Secretary of State for International Trade is responsible for decisions to grant or refuse export licences. These decisions are always informed by assessments carried out against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria by a number of advisory Government Departments.

I refer the hon Member for Birmingham, Hall Green to the answer I gave to the hon Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West on 25 April 2017, UIN: 70268.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Export Control Organisation: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many full-time equivalent staff of his Department currently work in the (a) Export Control Joint Unit and (b) Export Control Organisation.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Export Control Joint Unit full-time equivalent staffing stands at 100, of which the DIT Export Control Organisation = 78; Foreign & Commonwealth Office = 14; and Ministry of Defence = 8.

No staff are seconded from outside the Civil Service to the Export Control Joint Unit or Export Control Organisation. One person, a Civil Service Fast Streamer, is seconded from another Government Department to the Export Control Organisation. All other staff working within Export Control Joint Unit remain on their own departmental headcount, be it DIT/FCO/MOD.

Grouped Questions: 71780
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: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Promotion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what programmes his Department has put in place to use the skills and networks of UK citizens living abroad to promote UK trade.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department for International Trade promotes export opportunities to British companies through our overseas network of 174 offices across 109 countries, offering specialised support services tailored to the needs of individual opportunities, setting up trade missions and events, and providing introductions and helping address barriers to markets. Furthermore, GREAT.gov.uk helps UK business to find thousands of export opportunities in markets around the world, be on-boarded onto the world’s largest global e-commerce sites or be connected directly with international buyers.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Export Control Organisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will list the responsibilities of the Export Control Joint Unit; and what the relationship is between that unit and the Export Control Organisation.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) co-locates DIT’s Export Control Organisation (ECO) and the export licensing teams from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). ECO is the Government’s regulatory body for military and dual use exports and the Secretary of State for International Trade is responsible for decisions to grant or refuse export licences. MOD and FCO advise the Department for International Trade on specific aspects of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria against which each licence application is assessed.

The MOD team in ECJU also manages the Form 680 process which controls the release by industry of equipment or information with a classification of Official-Sensitive or above, including in marketing campaigns, to foreign end-users.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Export Control Organisation: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many people currently work within the (a) Export Control Joint Unit and (b) Export Control Organisation on secondment from (i) other Government Departments and (ii) outside the Civil Service.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Export Control Joint Unit full-time equivalent staffing stands at 100, of which the DIT Export Control Organisation = 78; Foreign & Commonwealth Office = 14; and Ministry of Defence = 8.

No staff are seconded from outside the Civil Service to the Export Control Joint Unit or Export Control Organisation. One person, a Civil Service Fast Streamer, is seconded from another Government Department to the Export Control Organisation. All other staff working within Export Control Joint Unit remain on their own departmental headcount, be it DIT/FCO/MOD.

Grouped Questions: 71778
Q
(Brent 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: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Deloitte
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many contracts Deloitte has with his Department; and how much each such contract is worth.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department for International Trade does not have any contracts with Deloitte.

Q
(Brent North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Deloitte
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what tenders have been awarded to Deloitte by his Department since 1 January 2017.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department for International Trade has not awarded any tenders to Deloitte since January 2017.

Q
(Brent 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: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what due diligence procedures are in place to ensure that advice on exports and support services provided by private sector contractors for his Department are independent and unbiased.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 27 April 2017

All contractors employed to provide advice on exports and support services are provided with relevant policies and are required to comply with robust governance procedures overseen by line managers. This is underpinned by contractual obligations on contractors such as, full disclosure of interests to ensure impartiality and address potential conflict.

Q
(Brent 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: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which functions of his Department have been conducted by private sector providers since 1 July 2016.
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Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 27 April 2017

There are no functions of the Department for International Trade that have been entirely provided by a private company since July 2016.

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(Brent 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: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Promotion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of international trade and exporting advice services provided by his Department has been subcontracted to private businesses.
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Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Department for International Trade operates a mixed economy of civil servants, third sector and private sector partners in the UK and in post. It elects its partners for specific services based on requirements and the organisation best placed to deliver them.

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(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for International Trade
Export Control Organisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total operating budget of the (a) Export Control Joint Unit and (b) Export Control Organisation was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
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Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) is funded by the contributing departments through their own budgets. The Department for International Trade provides the office space, with each department funding its own staff and IT systems. As such there is no specific operating budget.

The annual operating budget for DIT’s Export Control Organisation in 2016/17 was £3.2m.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
British Overseas Territories
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions his Department has had with the Overseas Territories on the implications for those territories of the UK leaving the EU.
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Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The UK Government is committed to involving the Overseas Territories as we prepare to exit the EU, and ensuring their interests are properly taken into account.

UK Ministers and leaders of the Overseas Territories have committed to taking forward future engagement through the creation of the UK – Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) on European Negotiations.

The JMC met for the first time on 6-7 February 2017, chaired jointly by myself, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, and Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay, and discussed a range of issues of interest to the Overseas Territories.

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Asked by Alex Salmond
(Gordon)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government plans to publish a regulatory impact assessment for the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
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Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government has been conducting a programme of rigorous and extensive analytical work that will help define our partnership with the EU, and inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the UK’s domestic policies and frameworks. Parliament has voted repeatedly not to publish detail which could undermine UK's position in our negotiations with the EU and the Government will repeat repeat that decision.

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Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
[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: 24 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Facebook
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government spent from the public purse on targeted Facebook advertising to promote the planforbritain.gov.uk website.
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Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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(North East Fife)
[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: 24 April 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make it his priority to secure residency rights for EU nationals living in the UK with British children or other dependents.
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Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 27 April 2017

The Government has been clear that we should always put citizens first. This was reflected in the Prime Minister’s letter to the President of the European Council confirming the Government’s decision to invoke Article 50. We want to strike an early agreement about the rights of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU and made clear that we would have been happy to do so in advance of negotiations. We will look to prioritise this issue as soon as negotiations begin.

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Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 25 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Evening Standard
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2017 to Question 68738, when he plans to supply the answer referred to in the Answer.
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Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 25 April 2017
Cabinet Office
Infrastructure: Southampton
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much financial support Southampton has received from publicly funded projects and infrastructure investment over the last seven years.
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Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 27 April 2017

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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