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Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

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Department of Health
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)
Lords

Update on Children and Young People's Mental Health

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has made the following written statement:

Together with my Right Honourable friend, Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, we have today laid before Parliament “Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper” (Cm9523). The Green Paper forms part of the Government’s work to transform mental health support, ending what the Prime Minister has referred to as the “burning injustice” of inequality which those with mental health problems experience.

This Government has invested more than ever before in mental health services, and legislated for ‘parity of esteem’, to ensure that mental health is treated equally with physical health. Schools and colleges are already doing a great deal to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Most offer training to staff and many promote mental health and wellbeing through skills development sessions and taught sessions about particular mental health issues. Around half have a mental health lead.

However, there is more we need to do to create world-class support for children and young people’s mental health. Half of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 14. The Green Paper therefore focuses on earlier intervention and prevention before issues escalate, particularly in and around schools and colleges.

We are announcing plans to fund new collaboratively delivered Mental Health Support Teams. They will be made up of additional trained staff, supervised by NHS specialists, to provide support in or near schools and colleges for children and young people with emerging and more moderate needs, We will test how teams can work with other professionals and support vulnerable children and young people. We also want to continue to improve access to specialist services, and will pilot a four week waiting time standard for accessing children’s mental health services.

We will also build on what schools already do – rolling out our “schools – children and young people’s mental health services link pilot” nationally. We will provide significant funding to incentivise schools and colleges to train designated senior leads for mental health to work with the new teams and implement whole-school approaches to mental health. The Green Paper also sets out how whole-school approaches will be supported by other developments that are underway, including our engagement process on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.

The Green Paper also contains a number of other proposals to improve support for young people’s mental health, including work to support the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s work on keeping young people safe online, convening a new partnership to look at support for the mental health of 16-25 year olds, and commissioning further research in a number of areas to build our understanding of the evidence.

The Green Paper has been developed with the input of a large range of individuals and organisations. We also commissioned an independent evidence review, conducted by University College London and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, and have based our proposals on the evidence. We also benefited from the evidence submitted to the Health and Education Select Committees during their inquiry earlier this year into the role of education in children’s mental health. We are grateful to all who have helped shape our proposals.

The proposals as set out in the Green Paper would cost £215m over the next three years towards the creation of Mental Health Support Teams, piloting a four week waiting time standard and rolling out mental health first aid training to primary schools. Funding will be made available to take forward the final proposals following consultation. We will confirm the amounts to be provided to schools and colleges for training leads following consultation and development of training packages. However we will cover the costs of a significant training programme and provide up to £15-20m each year from 2019 to cover costs until all schools and colleges have had the chance to train a lead.

The Green Paper will be followed by a consultation and we welcome views on the proposals. Copies of the Green Paper will be available in the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. The consultation and Green Paper can be accessed at www.gov.uk and https://engage.dh.gov.uk/youngmentalhealth/

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS306
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Lords

Presidential elections in Somaliland on 13 November

My Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Rory Stewart), has made the following written Ministerial statement:

On 13 November, people across Somaliland took part in elections to choose a new President. The UK played an active role as part of a group of international donors in supporting the Somaliland National Election Commission in planning, preparing and delivering these elections. On 16 November, the international election observation mission stated in their initial findings that they had not witnessed irregularities on a scale which would undermine the integrity of the result. The UK joined international partners in expressing our deepest regrets for the loss of life caused by violent protests in some locations in the days which followed the voting.

On 21 November, the National Election Commission announced that Mr Musa Bihi Abdi had been chosen by the people of Somaliland as their next President. The UK Ambassador in Somalia has extended the UK’s warm congratulations to Mr Musa Bihi Abdi on his election and has commended the commitment and responsibility of opposition candidates, Somaliland’s people, and its institutions to the electoral process and strengthening democracy.

The UK remains committed to helping people from across the Somali region to reach their fullest potential. We now look forward to deepening our partnership with Somaliland as we support Mr Bihi in fulfilling his aspiration to govern for the benefit of all Somalilanders.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Lords

Contribution to the Law and Order Trust Fund Afghanistan

My Right Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mark Field), has made the following written Ministerial statement:

On 28 November 2017 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office fulfilled the pledge made by the former Prime Minister at the NATO Chicago Summit in 2012 to commit £70 million for each of the calendar years 2015-2017 towards Afghan National Defence and Security Force (ANDSF) sustainment. At the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016, the UK committed a further £210 million to sustain its commitment of £70 million per year from 2018 until 2020.

The UK’s 2017 contribution, funded from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), has been channelled through both the United Nations Development Programme’s Law and Order Trust Fund Afghanistan (LOTFA) and the NATO run Afghanistan National Army Trust Fund (ANATF). The contributions will support payroll management, Afghan National Police salaries, Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police development and the provision of additional medical facilities for ANDSF personnel.

The development of a capable, accountable and responsive Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police service, committed to delivering rule of law, is essential to long-term stability and security in Afghanistan. The Afghan National Police play a fundamental role in providing security, rule of law and public order; as well as helping to build trust in the legitimacy of the state. Due to the challenging security environment, international support for Afghan policing continues to be required. The UK remains committed to supporting the development of security institutions in Afghanistan, including the Afghan National Police and Ministry of Interior.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Baroness Sugg (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)
Lords

EU Transport Council

My Right Honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Transport (Chris Grayling), has made the following Ministerial Statement.

I will attend the only formal Transport Council under the Estonian Presidency (the Presidency) taking place in Brussels on Tuesday 5th December.

The first item on the agenda will be a progress report on Phase One of the Mobility Package, focusing on proposals designed to improve the clarity and enforcement of the EU road transport market (the 'market pillar'), and proposals on the application of social legislation in road transport (the 'social pillar').

Following this, the Presidency has proposed a policy debate on the 'charging pillar' of the package. The proposals to amend the existing Directives on HGV road tolls and user charges ('Eurovignette') and the interoperability of electronic road toll systems ('EETS') set out rules for charging vehicles using the road (but do not mandate such charging) and promote better functioning of charging across national barriers.

Next, there will be a progress report on the proposed amendment to the Regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport. The proposal aims to tackle discriminatory practices and address perceived deficiencies in the existing legislation by allowing complaints to be made to the European Commission by a wider range of interested parties who suspect, or have evidence that, one or more EU carriers are being harmed by the unfair practices of a third country.

The Council will adopt conclusions on the progress on Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The conclusions do not place any binding requirements on Member States. They recognise the value that the TEN-T Policy and CEF (the associated funding programme) bring to EU transport Infrastructure and look to strengthen transport investment in the next EU budgeting period. The UK can support these Conclusions.

Conclusions will also be adopted on the digitalisation of transport. 'Digital Europe ' has been a priority for the Estonian Presidency and the Conclusions highlight the potential and challenges for the digitalisation of transport and, amongst other things, call on the Commission to develop a comprehensive and multimodal digitalisation strategy for the transport sector during the first quarter of 2019. The UK can support their adoption.

Next, the Council will adopt conclusions on mid-term evaluation of the Galileo, EGNOS and European GNSS Agency. We welcome these conclusions and, in particular, the need for new recommendations about the future evolution of the programme to be proportionate and costed before they are brought forward for decision.

Under Any Other Business, the Commission will first present Phase Two of the Mobility Package, which focuses on Clean Mobility and includes proposals on promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, combined transport of goods, and access to the market for coach and bus services. The Presidency will provide information on the state of play on the proposed rail passenger rights Regulation. The delegations from Germany, , the Commission, Poland , France and Finland will, respectively, provide information on automated cars, implementation of the Aviation strategy, World Maritime Days, IMO greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy, and summertime arrangements. The Commission will also provide information on military mobility, and finally, the Bulgarian delegation will present the transport work programme of their forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS303
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Department of Health
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Mr Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health)
Commons

Update on Children and Young People's Mental Health

Together with my Right Honourable friend, Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, we have today laid before Parliament “Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper” (Cm9523). The Green Paper forms part of the Government’s work to transform mental health support, ending what the Prime Minister has referred to as the “burning injustice” of inequality which those with mental health problems experience.

This Government has invested more than ever before in mental health services, and legislated for ‘parity of esteem’, to ensure that mental health is treated equally with physical health. Schools and colleges are already doing a great deal to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Most offer training to staff and many promote mental health and wellbeing through skills development sessions and taught sessions about particular mental health issues. Around half have a mental health lead.

However, there is more we need to do to create world-class support for children and young people’s mental health. Half of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 14. The Green Paper therefore focuses on earlier intervention and prevention before issues escalate, particularly in and around schools and colleges.

We are announcing plans to fund new collaboratively delivered Mental Health Support Teams. They will be made up of additional trained staff, supervised by NHS specialists, to provide support in or near schools and colleges for children and young people with emerging and more moderate needs, We will test how teams can work with other professionals and support vulnerable children and young people. We also want to continue to improve access to specialist services, and will pilot a four week waiting time standard for accessing children’s mental health services.

We will also build on what schools already do – rolling out our “schools – children and young people’s mental health services link pilot” nationally. We will provide significant funding to incentivise schools and colleges to train designated senior leads for mental health to work with the new teams and implement whole-school approaches to mental health. The Green Paper also sets out how whole-school approaches will be supported by other developments that are underway, including our engagement process on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.

The Green Paper also contains a number of other proposals to improve support for young people’s mental health, including work to support the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s work on keeping young people safe online, convening a new partnership to look at support for the mental health of 16-25 year olds, and commissioning further research in a number of areas to build our understanding of the evidence.

The Green Paper has been developed with the input of a large range of individuals and organisations. We also commissioned an independent evidence review, conducted by University College London and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, and have based our proposals on the evidence. We also benefited from the evidence submitted to the Health and Education Select Committees during their inquiry earlier this year into the role of education in children’s mental health. We are grateful to all who have helped shape our proposals.

The proposals as set out in the Green Paper would cost £215m over the next three years towards the creation of Mental Health Support Teams, piloting a four week waiting time standard and rolling out mental health first aid training to primary schools. Funding will be made available to take forward the final proposals following consultation. We will confirm the amounts to be provided to schools and colleges for training leads following consultation and development of training packages. However we will cover the costs of a significant training programme and provide up to £15-20m each year from 2019 to cover costs until all schools and colleges have had the chance to train a lead.

The Green Paper will be followed by a consultation and we welcome views on the proposals. Copies of the Green Paper will be available in the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. The consultation and Green Paper can be accessed at www.gov.uk and https://engage.dh.gov.uk/youngmentalhealth/

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS300
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Rory Stewart (Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Commons

Presidential elections in Somaliland on 13 November

On 13 November, people across Somaliland took part in elections to choose a new President. The UK played an active role as part of a group of international donors in supporting the Somaliland National Election Commission in planning, preparing and delivering these elections. On 16 November, the international election observation mission stated in their initial findings that they had not witnessed irregularities on a scale which would undermine the integrity of the result. The UK joined international partners in expressing our deepest regrets for the loss of life caused by violent protests in some locations in the days which followed the voting.

On 21 November, the National Election Commission announced that Mr Musa Bihi Abdi had been chosen by the people of Somaliland as their next President. The UK Ambassador in Somalia has extended the UK’s warm congratulations to Mr Musa Bihi Abdi on his election and has commended the commitment and responsibility of opposition candidates, Somaliland’s people, and its institutions to the electoral process and strengthening democracy.

The UK remains committed to helping people from across the Somali region to reach their fullest potential. We now look forward to deepening our partnership with Somaliland as we support Mr Bihi in fulfilling his aspiration to govern for the benefit of all Somalilanders.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Mark Field (Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Commons

Contribution to the Law and Order Trust Fund Afghanistan

On 28 November 2017 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office fulfilled the pledge made by the former Prime Minister at the NATO Chicago Summit in 2012 to commit £70 million for each of the calendar years 2015-2017 towards Afghan National Defence and Security Force (ANDSF) sustainment. At the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016, the UK committed a further £210 million to sustain its commitment of £70 million per year from 2018 until 2020.

The UK’s 2017 contribution, funded from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), has been channelled through both the United Nations Development Programme’s Law and Order Trust Fund Afghanistan (LOTFA) and the NATO run Afghanistan National Army Trust Fund (ANATF). The contributions will support payroll management, Afghan National Police salaries, Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police development and the provision of additional medical facilities for ANDSF personnel.

The development of a capable, accountable and responsive Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police service, committed to delivering rule of law, is essential to long-term stability and security in Afghanistan. The Afghan National Police play a fundamental role in providing security, rule of law and public order; as well as helping to build trust in the legitimacy of the state. Due to the challenging security environment, international support for Afghan policing continues to be required. The UK remains committed to supporting the development of security institutions in Afghanistan, including the Afghan National Police and Ministry of Interior.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Transport)
Commons

EU Transport Council

I will attend the only formal Transport Council under the Estonian Presidency (the Presidency) taking place in Brussels on Tuesday 5th December.

The first item on the agenda will be a progress report on Phase One of the Mobility Package, focusing on proposals designed to improve the clarity and enforcement of the EU road transport market (the 'market pillar'), and proposals on the application of social legislation in road transport (the 'social pillar').

Following this, the Presidency has proposed a policy debate on the 'charging pillar' of the package. The proposals to amend the existing Directives on HGV road tolls and user charges ('Eurovignette') and the interoperability of electronic road toll systems ('EETS') set out rules for charging vehicles using the road (but do not mandate such charging) and promote better functioning of charging across national barriers.

Next, there will be a progress report on the proposed amendment to the Regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport. The proposal aims to tackle discriminatory practices and address perceived deficiencies in the existing legislation by allowing complaints to be made to the European Commission by a wider range of interested parties who suspect, or have evidence that, one or more EU carriers are being harmed by the unfair practices of a third country.

The Council will adopt conclusions on the progress on Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The conclusions do not place any binding requirements on Member States. They recognise the value that the TEN-T Policy and CEF (the associated funding programme) bring to EU transport Infrastructure and look to strengthen transport investment in the next EU budgeting period. The UK can support these Conclusions.

Conclusions will also be adopted on the digitalisation of transport. 'Digital Europe ' has been a priority for the Estonian Presidency and the Conclusions highlight the potential and challenges for the digitalisation of transport and, amongst other things, call on the Commission to develop a comprehensive and multimodal digitalisation strategy for the transport sector during the first quarter of 2019. The UK can support their adoption.

Next, the Council will adopt conclusions on mid-term evaluation of the Galileo, EGNOS and European GNSS Agency. We welcome these conclusions and, in particular, the need for new recommendations about the future evolution of the programme to be proportionate and costed before they are brought forward for decision.

Under Any Other Business, the Commission will first present Phase Two of the Mobility Package, which focuses on Clean Mobility and includes proposals on promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, combined transport of goods, and access to the market for coach and bus services. The Presidency will provide information on the state of play on the proposed rail passenger rights Regulation. The delegations from Germany, , the Commission, Poland , France and Finland will, respectively, provide information on automated cars, implementation of the Aviation strategy, World Maritime Days, IMO greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy, and summertime arrangements. The Commission will also provide information on military mobility, and finally, the Bulgarian delegation will present the transport work programme of their forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS297
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Department for International Trade
Made on: 04 December 2017
Made by: Greg Hands (Minister of State for Trade Policy)
Commons

FOREIGN AFFAIRS COUNCIL (TRADE) 10-13 DECEMBER 2017

The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will meet in Buenos Aires during the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Council will meet on the 10th December before the formal opening of the Ministerial Conference. The Minister of State for Trade Policy will represent the UK.

We expect the Council to meet again during the Ministerial Conference, at least once, possibly more, but the date of subsequent meetings of Council has not yet been set.

The only substantive item on the agenda for the Council in Buenos Aires is the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.

The Buenos Aires Ministerial will be the first WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Argentina. WTO Members will discuss a range of important trade issues, including fisheries subsidies, digital trade, agricultural domestic support and public stockholding, domestic regulation in services, investment facilitation and transparency of regulatory measures for the benefit of SMEs.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS301
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Department of Health
Made on: 01 December 2017
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)
Lords

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services in England

My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Health has made the following Written Statement:

We are today making a statement on the decisions taken by NHS England at its Board meeting on 30 November 2017 regarding future commissioning arrangements for adults’ and children’s CHD services in England, following its Review of and full public consultation on these services.

CHD services are a specialised service currently commissioned by NHS England. There have been concerns about these services, especially children’s congenital heart surgery, which date back to the early 1990s and which have been the subject of a number of reviews.

Heart surgery is becoming ever more complex and technically demanding. Surgeons now operate on babies that may be only hours old and will in the future be able to operate on babies before they are born. This demands a highly skilled and experienced team of doctors and nurses able to operate on sufficient numbers of patients to maintain and improve their skills. It also requires that a wider range of other specialist children’s services are also present on the same hospital site. This determines what medical care is available by the bedside for a child in a critical condition, which is important because many children with CHD have multiple medical needs.

The New Congenital Heart Disease Review was established in July 2013, and on 23 July 2015 the NHS England Board agreed the standards – almost 200 in total that cover the entire patient pathway. These standards were collaboratively developed over a two year period by patients and their families and carers, clinicians, commissioners, and other experts. They were the subject of extensive public consultation, and all the views put forward were considered before the standards were finalised.

Patients and their families told NHS England that while it was a good thing to have standards, they only really mattered if they ensured that they were met. Following a self-assessment of providers against these standards, NHS England announced in July 2016 that it was minded to make a number of changes in the way it commissions CHD services. NHS England set out proposals to implement the standards, and asked for views in a full, formal, public consultation that ran between 09 February 2017 and 17 July 2017.

With this Review, NHS England has been asking how we can take the good service we have today across the country and turn it into a truly great service for the long-term; a service fit for the 21st century. When its proposals are implemented, patients and their families can be confident that they will be able to access the very best CHD services in the world, regardless of where they live.

Having noted the results of the consultation, and in order to support the full implementation of the standards, NHS England agreed a number of recommendations regarding future commissioning arrangements for CHD services in England at its Board meeting on 30 November 2017. It also agreed proposals for full implementation of all the standards, and confirmed its support for recommendations regarding better information, funding for formal CHD networks and the development and delivery of a rolling peer review programme that will cover all of the standards at all Trusts.

The following recommendations were considered and agreed by the NHS England Board at its meeting on 30 November 2017:

  • for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to provide level 1 adult CHD services in the North West, with Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust providing the full range of level 2 adult CHD services as an integral part of a North-West CHD Network;
  • to continue to commission level 1 CHD Services from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, conditional on the Trust achieving full compliance with the standards in line with its plan to do so and demonstrating sufficient progress within required timescales;
  • to note the outline proposal presented by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust for how full compliance against the standards might be achieved; to confirm that NHS England should work with RBH and other potential partners on the full range of options for delivering a solution that could deliver full compliance with the standards and ensure the sustainability of other connected services; and to continue to commission level 1 CHD services from the Trust, conditional on the Trust demonstrating sufficient progress within required timescales;
  • to continue to commission level 1 CHD services from The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until at least March 2021, with NHS England to consider further the future commissioning of both the Trust’s advanced heart failure and transplant services and its level 1 CHD services;
  • to cease to commission level 2 CHD services, including cardiology interventions in adults with CHD, from the following Trusts: Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (note, this Trust has now merged with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to form Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which will be providing level 2 adult CHD services under the recommendations).

This will mean that in future level 1 CHD services in England will be provided by the following hospitals:

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (children’s services) and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (adult service) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England;
  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (children’s services) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (adult service);
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (children’s services) and Barts Health NHS Trust (adult service);
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services);
  • Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England;
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (children’s and adult services);
  • Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England;
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services);
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (children’s and adult services) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England; and
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services).

And that in future level 2 CHD services in England will be provided by the following hospitals:

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (adult service)
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (adult service)
  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (adult service)
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services)
  • Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (adult service)

The commissioning of CHD services in England is a matter for NHS England. The Government will continue to hold NHS England to account as NHS England takes forward the recommendations of its Review. Full details of NHS England’s recommendations, including its implementation proposals, are available on its public website.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS299
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HM Treasury
Made on: 01 December 2017
Made by: Lord Bates (Lords Spokesperson)
Lords

ECOFIN: 7 November 2017

My right honourable friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Elizabeth Truss) made the following Written Ministerial Statement on Friday 1 December.

A formal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) was held in Brussels on 07 November. European Finance Ministers discussed the following items:

European Free Trade Association (EFTA) dialogue

In their annual meeting, Ministers met with representatives from the EFTA group of countries to exchange views on how best to make economic growth inclusive.

Early Morning Session

The Eurogroup President briefed Ministers on the outcomes of the 06 November meeting of the Eurogroup, and the Commission provided an update on the current economic situation in the EU. Ministers decided that Pilar Jurado Borrego, Director General of Spanish Customs, is to be the EU’s single candidate for the position of Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation. Ministers were also debriefed by the Economic and Finance Committee (EFC) Chair on the EFC’s discussion of the Single Supervisory Mechanism review.

VAT e-commerce package

Ministers considered the various items which make up the VAT e-commerce legislative package.

Review of the European System of Financial Supervision

The Commission presented its legislative proposals on Financial Supervision to Ministers. This was followed by an exchange of views.

Current financial services legislative proposals

The Council Presidency provided an update on current legislative proposals in the field of financial services.

Insolvency

The Commission presented its proposals on resolving existing non-performing loans, preventing the build-up of future non-performing loans and measures to increase the efficiency of the general insolvency framework in Member States.

Follow-up to the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors and of the IMF Annual Meetings in Washington

Minsters received information from the Presidency and the Commission on the outcomes of the 12-15 October G20 and IMF meetings.

European Court of Auditors’ annual report

The President of the Court of Auditors presented the Auditors’ report on the implementation of the budget of the European Union for the 2016 financial year.

Statistical package

The Council discussed the autumn statistical package, reviewed progress achieved and Ministers exchanged views on the prospects for European cooperation on statistics. Council conclusions were also approved.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS300
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Home Office
Made on: 01 December 2017
Made by: Amber Rudd (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)
Commons

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Inspection Report: ‘An inspection of the National Crime Agency’s Specialist Operations Centre, Crime Operational Support and Serious Crime Analysis Section’

The National Crime Agency (NCA) was established to lead the fight against serious and organised crime. It has the power to task other law enforcement partners and a capability, with local to international reach, to disrupt the impact of serious and organised crime on the UK.

This is the third HMIC inspection of the NCA. It looked at the support provided by the agency to law enforcement in respect of serious crime investigations. Specifically, it focused on three related NCA teams: Specialist Operations Centre, Crime Operational Support, and the Serious Crime Analysis Section.

This report has been published today. I will place a copy of the report in the Library of the House. I have asked HMICFRS to publish this report on my behalf and it is available online at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk.

The report finds that the three teams in the NCA provide an effective and efficient service but that in order to meet the needs of present-day policing there must be a concerted effort to respond to the eight recommendations and four areas for improvement set out in this report. It is for the Director General to respond to these recommendations, in line with the requirements of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

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HM Treasury
Made on: 01 December 2017
Made by: Elizabeth Truss (The Chief Secretary to the Treasury)
Commons

ECOFIN: 7 November 2017

A formal meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) was held in Brussels on 07 November. European Finance Ministers discussed the following items:

European Free Trade Association (EFTA) dialogue

In their annual meeting, Ministers met with representatives from the EFTA group of countries to exchange views on how best to make economic growth inclusive.

Early Morning Session

The Eurogroup President briefed Ministers on the outcomes of the 06 November meeting of the Eurogroup, and the Commission provided an update on the current economic situation in the EU. Ministers decided that Pilar Jurado Borrego, Director General of Spanish Customs, is to be the EU’s single candidate for the position of Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation. Ministers were also debriefed by the Economic and Finance Committee (EFC) Chair on the EFC’s discussion of the Single Supervisory Mechanism review.

VAT e-commerce package

Ministers considered the various items which make up the VAT e-commerce legislative package.

Review of the European System of Financial Supervision

The Commission presented its legislative proposals on Financial Supervision to Ministers. This was followed by an exchange of views.

Current financial services legislative proposals

The Council Presidency provided an update on current legislative proposals in the field of financial services.

Insolvency

The Commission presented its proposals on resolving existing non-performing loans, preventing the build-up of future non-performing loans and measures to increase the efficiency of the general insolvency framework in Member States.

Follow-up to the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors and of the IMF Annual Meetings in Washington

Minsters received information from the Presidency and the Commission on the outcomes of the 12-15 October G20 and IMF meetings.

European Court of Auditors’ annual report

The President of the Court of Auditors presented the Auditors’ report on the implementation of the budget of the European Union for the 2016 financial year.

Statistical package

The Council discussed the autumn statistical package, reviewed progress achieved and Ministers exchanged views on the prospects for European cooperation on statistics. Council conclusions were also approved.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS295
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Department of Health
Made on: 01 December 2017
Made by: Mr Philip Dunne (Minister of State for Health)
Commons

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services in England

We are today making a statement on the decisions taken by NHS England at its Board meeting on 30 November 2017 regarding future commissioning arrangements for adults’ and children’s CHD services in England, following its Review of and full public consultation on these services.

CHD services are a specialised service currently commissioned by NHS England. There have been concerns about these services, especially children’s congenital heart surgery, which date back to the early 1990s and which have been the subject of a number of reviews.

Heart surgery is becoming ever more complex and technically demanding. Surgeons now operate on babies that may be only hours old and will in the future be able to operate on babies before they are born. This demands a highly skilled and experienced team of doctors and nurses able to operate on sufficient numbers of patients to maintain and improve their skills. It also requires that a wider range of other specialist children’s services are also present on the same hospital site. This determines what medical care is available by the bedside for a child in a critical condition, which is important because many children with CHD have multiple medical needs.

The New Congenital Heart Disease Review was established in July 2013, and on 23 July 2015 the NHS England Board agreed the standards – almost 200 in total that cover the entire patient pathway. These standards were collaboratively developed over a two year period by patients and their families and carers, clinicians, commissioners, and other experts. They were the subject of extensive public consultation, and all the views put forward were considered before the standards were finalised.

Patients and their families told NHS England that while it was a good thing to have standards, they only really mattered if they ensured that they were met. Following a self-assessment of providers against these standards, NHS England announced in July 2016 that it was minded to make a number of changes in the way it commissions CHD services. NHS England set out proposals to implement the standards, and asked for views in a full, formal, public consultation that ran between 09 February 2017 and 17 July 2017.

With this Review, NHS England has been asking how we can take the good service we have today across the country and turn it into a truly great service for the long-term; a service fit for the 21st century. When its proposals are implemented, patients and their families can be confident that they will be able to access the very best CHD services in the world, regardless of where they live.

Having noted the results of the consultation, and in order to support the full implementation of the standards, NHS England agreed a number of recommendations regarding future commissioning arrangements for CHD services in England at its Board meeting on 30 November 2017. It also agreed proposals for full implementation of all the standards, and confirmed its support for recommendations regarding better information, funding for formal CHD networks and the development and delivery of a rolling peer review programme that will cover all of the standards at all Trusts.

The following recommendations were considered and agreed by the NHS England Board at its meeting on 30 November 2017:

  • for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to provide level 1 adult CHD services in the North West, with Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust providing the full range of level 2 adult CHD services as an integral part of a North-West CHD Network;
  • to continue to commission level 1 CHD Services from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, conditional on the Trust achieving full compliance with the standards in line with its plan to do so and demonstrating sufficient progress within required timescales;
  • to note the outline proposal presented by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust for how full compliance against the standards might be achieved; to confirm that NHS England should work with RBH and other potential partners on the full range of options for delivering a solution that could deliver full compliance with the standards and ensure the sustainability of other connected services; and to continue to commission level 1 CHD services from the Trust, conditional on the Trust demonstrating sufficient progress within required timescales;
  • to continue to commission level 1 CHD services from The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until at least March 2021, with NHS England to consider further the future commissioning of both the Trust’s advanced heart failure and transplant services and its level 1 CHD services;
  • to cease to commission level 2 CHD services, including cardiology interventions in adults with CHD, from the following Trusts: Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (note, this Trust has now merged with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to form Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which will be providing level 2 adult CHD services under the recommendations).

This will mean that in future level 1 CHD services in England will be provided by the following hospitals:

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (children’s services) and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (adult service) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England;
  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (children’s services) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (adult service);
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (children’s services) and Barts Health NHS Trust (adult service);
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services);
  • Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England;
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (children’s and adult services);
  • Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England;
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services);
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (children’s and adult services) – subject to the conditions described by NHS England; and
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services).

And that in future level 2 CHD services in England will be provided by the following hospitals:

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (adult service)
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (adult service)
  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (adult service)
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (children’s and adult services)
  • Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (adult service)

The commissioning of CHD services in England is a matter for NHS England. The Government will continue to hold NHS England to account as NHS England takes forward the recommendations of its Review. Full details of NHS England’s recommendations, including its implementation proposals, are available on its public website.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS296
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Home Office
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Amber Rudd (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)
Commons

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - Consultation on the Government’s proposed response to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union on 21 December 2016 regarding the retention of communications data

In order to maintain the essential capabilities of law enforcement to catch paedophiles, terrorists and criminals, the Government has announced proposed changes to the UK’s communications data retention and acquisition regime to comply with the judgment handed down by the European Court of Justice in December 2016. Communications data is used in 95% of serious and organised crime prosecution cases handled by the Crown Prosecution Service Organised Crime Division, and has been used in every major Security Service counter-terrorism investigation over the last decade. Over 50% of data sought in child abuse cases is over 6 months old and may simply not have been available if the Government did not have the ability to ask providers to retain communications data.

The Government has given careful consideration to a judgment handed down by the European Court of Justice in December 2016 and is proposing new safeguards to ensure we comply with the judgment while still allowing the police to use communications data to solve crimes, catch paedophiles and protect the public.

I am therefore today announcing the publication of the Government’s consultation on:

  • changes it proposes to make, via regulations made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 in response to the judgment; and
  • the draft communications data code of practice which sets out the processes and safeguards governing the retention of communications data by telecommunications operators and its acquisition by public authorities, including the police and the security and intelligence agencies.

Given the ongoing public interest in investigatory powers the Government considers it important to consult on potential changes to the legislative regime in order to inform the legislative response and subsequent Parliamentary debate. The Government welcomes comments on the amendments that it is proposing to the Investigatory Powers Act and on the draft code of practice. Consultation responses are particularly welcomed on the proposed amendments, although the Government will also consider other amendments that consultees consider should be made to the Act and draft code of practice more generally in response to the judgment.

The consultation will last seven weeks, taking account of the Christmas period. Copies of the consultation document, the draft code, regulations, Keeling Schedule, Impact Assessment and case studies will be placed in the House Library. Online versions will be available on the www.gov.uk website.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS294
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Home Office
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - Consultation on the Government’s proposed response to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union on 21 December 2016 regarding the retention of communications data

My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Amber Rudd) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

In order to maintain the essential capabilities of law enforcement to catch paedophiles, terrorists and criminals, the Government has announced proposed changes to the UK’s communications data retention and acquisition regime to comply with the judgment handed down by the European Court of Justice in December 2016. Communications data is used in 95% of serious and organised crime prosecution cases handled by the Crown Prosecution Service Organised Crime Division, and has been used in every major Security Service counter-terrorism investigation over the last decade. Over 50% of data sought in child abuse cases is over 6 months old and may simply not have been available if the Government did not have the ability to ask providers to retain communications data.

The Government has given careful consideration to a judgment handed down by the European Court of Justice in December 2016 and is proposing new safeguards to ensure we comply with the judgment while still allowing the police to use communications data to solve crimes, catch paedophiles and protect the public.

I am therefore today announcing the publication of the Government’s consultation on:

  • changes it proposes to make, via regulations made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 in response to the judgment; and
  • the draft communications data code of practice which sets out the processes and safeguards governing the retention of communications data by telecommunications operators and its acquisition by public authorities, including the police and the security and intelligence agencies.

Given the ongoing public interest in investigatory powers the Government considers it important to consult on potential changes to the legislative regime in order to inform the legislative response and subsequent Parliamentary debate. The Government welcomes comments on the amendments that it is proposing to the Investigatory Powers Act and on the draft code of practice. Consultation responses are particularly welcomed on the proposed amendments, although the Government will also consider other amendments that consultees consider should be made to the Act and draft code of practice more generally in response to the judgment.

The consultation will last seven weeks, taking account of the Christmas period. Copies of the consultation document, the draft code, regulations, Keeling Schedule, Impact Assessment and case studies will be placed in the House Library. Online versions will be available on the www.gov.uk website.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS298
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Home Office
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Brandon Lewis (The Minister of State for Immigration)
Commons

Grenfell Tower fire

I wish to inform the House that I am today introducing changes to the dedicated immigration policy for residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell walk.

First, I am extending the dedicated immigration policy for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The extension will allow survivors who have not yet come forward to do so by 31 January 2018. Providing survivors with an additional opportunity to come forward to regularise their immigration status is consistent with the Government’s objective to ensure all those directly affected receive the support they need.

Second, having reviewed the impact of the policy over the last four months, I have also decided to extend its scope to enable any Grenfell survivor with valid leave in another category to switch into the dedicated leave outside the rules policy by 31 January 2018. Individuals will no longer need to demonstrate that their leave is due to expire in the next 12 months or that they cannot qualify under another immigration route in order to be eligible under the Grenfell Tower immigration policy. They may wish to seek independent legal advice as to whether switching or remaining in their existing immigration route is the best option for them.

Finally, I have carefully considered the issue of access to public funds and I would like to provide reassurance to those who have leave in another category, such as family or work, but who qualified under the Grenfell Tower immigration policy for a change of conditions. I am announcing today that they will continue to have recourse to public funds and permission to work for as long as they qualify for leave to remain in the UK.

I hope this announcement provides further reassurance that the welfare of those directly affected by the fire is the Government’s top priority. Anyone who has not yet come forward can do so before 31 January 2018 by calling our Home Office Grenfell Team on 0208 196 4531 and arranging an appointment to speak to a member of our dedicated team in person.

Revised guidance with further details on the Grenfell Tower immigration policy which reflect today’s announcement will be published in due course.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS293
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Home Office
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Grenfell Tower fire

My rt hon Friend the Minister of State for Immigration (Brandon Lewis) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I wish to inform the House that I am today introducing changes to the dedicated immigration policy for residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell walk.

First, I am extending the dedicated immigration policy for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The extension will allow survivors who have not yet come forward to do so by 31 January 2018. Providing survivors with an additional opportunity to come forward to regularise their immigration status is consistent with the Government’s objective to ensure all those directly affected receive the support they need.

Second, having reviewed the impact of the policy over the last four months, I have also decided to extend its scope to enable any Grenfell survivor with valid leave in another category to switch into the dedicated leave outside the rules policy by 31 January 2018. Individuals will no longer need to demonstrate that their leave is due to expire in the next 12 months or that they cannot qualify under another immigration route in order to be eligible under the Grenfell Tower immigration policy. They may wish to seek independent legal advice as to whether switching or remaining in their existing immigration route is the best option for them.

Finally, I have carefully considered the issue of access to public funds and I would like to provide reassurance to those who have leave in another category, such as family or work, but who qualified under the Grenfell Tower immigration policy for a change of conditions. I am announcing today that they will continue to have recourse to public funds and permission to work for as long as they qualify for leave to remain in the UK.

I hope this announcement provides further reassurance that the welfare of those directly affected by the fire is the Government’s top priority. Anyone who has not yet come forward can do so before 31 January 2018 by calling our Home Office Grenfell Team on 0208 196 4531 and arranging an appointment to speak to a member of our dedicated team in person.

Revised guidance with further details on the Grenfell Tower immigration policy which reflect today’s announcement will be published in due course.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS297
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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Dr Phillip Lee (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice)
Commons

Chief Coroner’s fourth annual report to the Lord Chancellor

I am pleased to lay and publish the Chief Coroner’s fourth annual report to the Lord Chancellor on the operation of coroner services under section 36 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (‘the 2009 Act’). The report covers the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

In particular the Chief Coroner’s report sets out:

  • The continuing work to promote consistency in the resourcing of and practices in coroner offices across England and Wales;
  • The training and guidance that coroners and their officers have received and the engagement with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Recommendations to improve coroner services further.

His Honour Sir Peter Thornton QC retired as Chief Coroner on 30 September 2016 and His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC took up post as Chief Coroner on 1 October 2016.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sir Peter for his dedication to improving coroner services in England and Wales during his term as first Chief Coroner and the sound foundations he put in place for his successor, as well as for coroners more generally. Under his leadership the number of outstanding cases reduced; his guidance to coroners and training both to coroners and others have enhanced national standards and have brought a level of consistency to the coroner service across England and Wales, making sure that bereaved people are at its heart.

I would also like to record my appreciation for the fine work that Judge Lucraft has done since he took up post last year.

I am grateful too to coroners and their officers and other staff, for having supported both Chief Coroners to improve services for bereaved people and for their valued and continuing frontline work.

Copies of the report will be available in the Vote Office and in the Printed Paper Office. The document will also be available online, at gov.uk.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS292
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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (The Lords Spokesperson)
Lords

Chief Coroner’s fourth annual report to the Lord Chancellor

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, (Dr Phillip Lee) has made the following Written Statement.

"I am pleased to lay and publish the Chief Coroner’s fourth annual report to the Lord Chancellor on the operation of coroner services under section 36 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (‘the 2009 Act’). The report covers the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

In particular the Chief Coroner’s report sets out:

  • The continuing work to promote consistency in the resourcing of and practices in coroner offices across England and Wales;
  • The training and guidance that coroners and their officers have received and the engagement with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Recommendations to improve coroner services further.

His Honour Sir Peter Thornton QC retired as Chief Coroner on 30 September 2016 and His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC took up post as Chief Coroner on 1 October 2016.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sir Peter for his dedication to improving coroner services in England and Wales during his term as first Chief Coroner and the sound foundations he put in place for his successor, as well as for coroners more generally. Under his leadership the number of outstanding cases reduced; his guidance to coroners and training both to coroners and others have enhanced national standards and have brought a level of consistency to the coroner service across England and Wales, making sure that bereaved people are at its heart.

I would also like to record my appreciation for the fine work that Judge Lucraft has done since he took up post last year.

I am grateful too to coroners and their officers and other staff, for having supported both Chief Coroners to improve services for bereaved people and for their valued and continuing frontline work.

Copies of the report will be available in the Vote Office and in the Printed Paper Office. The document will also be available online, at gov.uk."

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS296
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