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(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Military Decorations: Aden
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to commemorate those who gave their lives in Aden.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Armed Forces Memorial, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Shropshire, is a nationally significant focus for Remembrance. It honours those members of the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) who were killed on duty while performing functions attributable to the special circumstances and requirements of the Armed Forces, or as a result of terrorist action, and those who died while deployed on designated operations. This includes those who lost their lives in the Aden Emergency.

All those brave Service personnel who gave their lives in conflict were commemorated by the Ministry of Defence on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph; the Department has no current plans to specifically commemorate those who gave their lives during the Aden Emergency of 1963-67.

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Asked by Mark Menzies
(Fylde)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Flood Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of public spending on flood prevention in (a) Fylde constituency and (b) the UK in each of the (i) next and (ii) last five years.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The table below summarises Government investment (Flood Defence Grant in Aid or FDGiA) to flood and coastal risk management schemes in the Fylde constituency and England between April 2012 and March 2021.

Year

Fylde FDGiA (£k)

England FDGiA (£m)

2012/13

210

269

2013/14

595

315

2014/15

112

479

2015/16

0

403

2016/17

657

447

2017/18

15,100

413

2018/19

6,317

450

2019/20

84

490

2020/21

79

459

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(Lewisham, Deptford)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Lewisham Deptford
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children who are (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals have achieved school readiness standards at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage in each year since 2010 in Lewisham Deptford constituency.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 13 December 2017

Data has been provided for years 2013 to 2017 in the table attached. Data prior to 2013 is not readily available.

Following an independent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage, a revised profile was introduced in September 2012 with the first assessments taking place in summer 2013. The revised profile is very different to the previous profile which has led to a break in the time series as the results are not comparable.

Data for years 2013 to 2017 (Word Document, 26.26 KB)
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(Lewisham, Deptford)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the uptake of funded childcare for (a) two-year-olds and (b) three-year-olds from (i) disadvantaged and (ii) non-disadvantaged households in Lewisham Deptford constituency.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Department for Education (DfE) does not hold information on take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged households. However, the 2-year-old free entitlement is specifically for disadvantaged children, and take-up nationally is 71%, up 13 percentage points from 2015.

Information on take-up at constituency level is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Take-up rates for 2- and 3-year-olds by local authority are published in Table 5LA of the ‘Education Provision for Children Under 5 Years of Age’ Statistical First Release: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/education-provision-children-under-5-years-of-age-january-2017.

Take-up rates for 2-year-olds are calculated using the estimated number of eligible children derived from data supplied to the DfE by the Department for Work and Pensions on the number of children believed to meet the benefit and tax credit eligibility criteria. It represents the best data available on the number of eligible children in each local authority area. Take-up rates for 3-year-olds are calculated using adjusted population estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In January 2017, take-up of the 2-year-old offer in Lewisham local authority was 60%. This is a decrease of one percentage point from 2016, but an increase of 12 percentage points since 2015. The current take up level is below the national average of 71%.

In January 2017, take-up of the universal 3-year-old entitlement in Lewisham local authority was 81%, a decrease of 3 percentage points since 2016. The current take up level is below the national average of 93%.

In 2015, take-up rates for 3-year-olds was 93% in the most deprived decile of areas in the UK, using DfE and ONS data to calculate take up rates: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Entitlement-to-free-early-education-and-childcare.pdf.

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Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
HM Treasury
Mersey Gateway Bridge: Tractors
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with the (i) Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs and (ii) Department of Transport related to the liability of tractors to pay tolls on the Mersey Gateway Bridge; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 13 December 2017

HMT Ministers and officials meet with Defra and DfT counterparts regularly to discuss important matters relating to their departments. The administration, operation and collection of tolls and penalty charge notices on the Mersey Gateway Bridge, including for tractors, are a matter for Halton Borough Council and the Merseylink consortium to decide.

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Asked by Maria Eagle
(Garston and Halewood)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Transport
Mersey Gateway Bridge: Tolls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the liability of tractors to pay tolls on the Mersey Gateway Bridge.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 13 December 2017

No such representations have been received. The administration and imposition of tolls and penalty charge notices, including for tractors, are a matter for Merseylink and Halton Borough Council to decide.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Ministers of Religion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Government will take steps to ensure the continued provision of quality assured chaplaincy services in prisons by maintaining the guidelines set out in PSI 5/2016 and incorporating them into any future policy framework.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 13 December 2017

PSI 05/2016 Faith and Pastoral Care of Prisoners is not in the first tranche of PSIs to be deregulated. When it is replaced by a Policy Framework I am confident that Governors will have the guidance they need to ensure the delivery of chaplaincy services that meet the pastoral and faith needs of prisoners. Discussions are already under way to see how the present Assurance and Compliance quality assurance process may be developed to support delivery of chaplaincy services in the future.

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(Sevenoaks)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has increased the level of funding allocated to A&E departments, maternity units and GP surgeries in (a) England and (b) Kent in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 13 December 2017

NHS England and NHS Improvement advise that information on funding for accident and emergency departments and maternity units, at both a national and local level, is not held centrally. These services are commissioned locally.

Information on funding for general practice in Kent is not held centrally. Data published by NHS Digital shows that investment in general practice has increased nationally in real terms in each year since 2012-13, as set out in the following table.

England

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Cash terms (£ million)

8,459.881

8,830.540

9,173.038

9,696.562

10,203.859

% Change

4.38%

3.88%

5.71%

5.23%

Real terms (£ million)

8,960.946

9,201.796

9,420.326

9,890.167

10,203.859

% Change

2.69%

2.37%

4.99%

3.17%

Source: NHS Digital

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Asked by Nia Griffith
(Llanelli)
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Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Army: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women (a) applied for, (b) were accepted on and (c) completed the UK Officer Commissioning Course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for each course since the start of 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The number of women who made Regular Officer applications relevant to the period requested is given below.

Application year

Number of Officer applications made by women

2014

2,240

2015

2,550

2016

3,520

2017 to 30 September

2,810

The number of women who attended and completed the UK Officer Commissioning Course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for each course from January 2015 is given below.



Regular Course Start Month

Female Course Attendees

Female Course Passes

January 2015

20

10

May 2015

30

20

September 2015

20

20

January 2016

30

20

May 2016

20

20

September 2016

40

30

January 2017

30

May 2017

30

September 2017

20

Notes

The figures above are for Regular Officers only. Figures for Professionally Qualified Officers and Reserves are not available in the time available.

These figures are single service estimates only and are not official statistics produced by Defence Statistics.

Individual applications within table one cannot be directly linked with individual course attendees in table two.

The first table shows the number of applications made by women. Some may have made multiple applications.

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, except where specified; numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. Rounding is necessary, as a means of disclosure control and the preservation of anonymity; it also improves the clarity of output and conveys an appropriate level of precision to users.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Ministers of Religion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will include access to chaplaincy in its performance measures for prisons on time spent out of cells engaging in purposeful activity.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Chaplaincy manually records prisoner attendance at Chaplaincy services. Prisoner attendance at Chaplaincy is normally counted as purposeful activity in the same way as any other intervention that involves time out of cells.

Q
(Salford and Eccles)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Education
Vocational Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 103 of the Industrial Strategy, when she plans to undertake a review into higher level technical education at levels 4 and 5.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The government announced a review of higher technical education on 31 October. We want to allow T level students in 2020 to have a clear sight of progression pathways into higher education. During the review we will engage with employers, education providers, students, and others with expertise in this area and I will keep the House updated on progress.

Q
(Salford and Eccles)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Education
ICT: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 110 of the Industrial Strategy, when she expects the National Centre for Computing Education to be in operation.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The new National Centre for Computing Education will form part of the government’s new £84 million package over the next five years to improve the teaching of computing and drive up participation in computer science. The centre will support a national network for schools to provide training and resources to primary and secondary schools. We are currently developing plans for the delivery of the package and will be announcing more details about the National Centre in due course.

Q
(Salford and Eccles)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
HM Treasury
Electric Vehicles: Finance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 145 of the Industrial Strategy, when he expects the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to be in operation.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 13 December 2017

Following the announcement of the Fund at Autumn Budget, the Government is already engaging with the private sector to ensure that it is set up in the most effective way. Further details will be announced in due course.

Q
(Salford and Eccles)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Industry: Environment Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 148 of Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Bioeconomy Strategy.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Bioeconomy Strategy has been developed in partnership with industry, and sets out a framework for growth in the sector to develop new low carbon bio-based products and processes. This contributes to the Clean Growth agenda and I am aiming to publish the strategy early in 2018.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to ensure that local authorities are regularly informed by his Department of households in their area in receipt of universal credit in which a child is or is about to be two years’ old to ensure that local authorities can promote free early years education entitlement for two-year-olds to qualifying households; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 December 2017

Early Years Education for Disadvantaged 2 Year Olds is a policy of the Department for Education which aims to ensure that less advantaged children can benefit from high quality early education by providing 15 hours of free early years education and childcare.

Entitlement to early education is based on criteria set by the Department for Education.

The Department for Work and Pensions has a system in place to provide Department for Education with information of eligible households, including qualifying households who are in receipt of Universal Credit and other legacy benefits.

We are working closely with the Department for Education to improve our data-sharing process and ensure the accuracy of information that is provided.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Military Exercises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Corps of Signals, (d) Army Medical Services, (e) Adjutant General's Corps, (f) Royal Armoured Corps, (g) Army Air Corps, (h) Royal Engineers, (i) Royal Logistics Corps, (j) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and (k) Intelligence Corps overseas training exercises have been (i) held and (ii) cancelled in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The number of overseas training exercises held and cancelled for the Corps requested in the last five years is provided in the attached table. In addition to the exercises shown in the attachment, a number of overseas collective training exercises, which contain elements of numerous cap badges, based upon an Infantry or Armoured Brigade, will have also taken place during the requested period.

Overseas Training Exercises (Word Document, 34.44 KB)
Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Syria: Chemical Weapons
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to his Russian counterpart Russia’s veto of the UN Security Council draft resolution on extending the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Foreign Secretary has strongly condemned repeated Security Council vetoes by Russia - on 24 October, 16 and 17 November - which have blocked the renewal of the mandate for the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (UN-OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). In a written statement to Parliament on 30 November, the Foreign Secretary condemned Russia's "overriding determination to protect their allies in the Syrian regime, whatever the crimes committed." The UK remains determined to continue to seek accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria and continues to raise the issue with Russia bilaterally.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
North Korea: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British nationals travelling independently to North Korea have informed the British Embassy in Pyongyang of their visit in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises British Nationals to avoid all but essential travel to North Korea. As a result, very few British people visit North Korea and those that do are usually part of an organised tour. Whilst we encourage British nationals living or visiting North Korea to inform the British Embassy of their travel plans, not all will do so. Accordingly accurate numbers are not available for any given year.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Defence: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 27 November 2017, Official Report, column 2, if he will set out in more detail what the £1.5 billion of defence investment in Scotland is being spent on.
A
Answered by: Gavin Williamson
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The £1.5 billion of defence investment in Scotland over a 10 year period will be spent on improvements to infrastructure at Faslane, Coulport and Lossiemouth.

The planned investment in Faslane and Coulport includes the Faslane Nuclear Infrastructure Continuous Availability Project, Coulport Infrastructure Continuous Availability Project and the Faslane Nuclear Support Hub. There will also be improvements to Single Living Accommodation.

There will also be significant spend at Lossiemouth to provide infrastructure for the P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft fleet and additional Typhoon Front Line squadron.

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