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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Boarding Schools: Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many residential schools for children with special educational needs have had their OFSTED registration cancelled because of safeguarding concerns in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 285311 | 285062 | 285312
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the effect on the (a) digital, (b) cultural, (c) media and (d) sport sectors of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for International Trade
Publications: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any countries plan to raise their tariffs on the importation of books from the UK.
A
Answered by: Conor Burns
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Most of the UK’s key trading partners apply zero MFN tariffs on books, including the EU, US, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Switzerland and Canada. With others, including Chile and Colombia, the UK will retain current tariff preferences as a result of rolling over existing agreements.

There are some countries, including Mexico, Egypt and Morocco, with which we are currently negotiating to retain the existing tariff preferences. If these negotiations are not concluded successfully then they would likely impose duties on UK books.

The UK will continue to not charge any import duties on books irrespective of the country of origin.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Boarding Schools: Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many residential schools for children with special educational needs closed in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 284653 | 285062 | 285312
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Bristol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the closure of St Christopher's residential school for children with special educational needs in Bristol, how many pupils have been found an equivalent school place within one hour's journey time from their family home.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 284653 | 285311 | 285312
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Bristol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision is being made for former pupils of St Christopher's residential school for children with special educational needs in Bristol who have not been found an equivalent school place.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Grouped Questions: 284653 | 285311 | 285062
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for International Development
Angola: Droughts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support people affected by recent droughts in Angola.
A
Answered by: Andrew Stephenson
Answered on: 09 September 2019

DFID is concerned about the effects of drought and food insecurity on people across Southern Africa and in Angola. Over one million Angolans are affected. Angola is a lower middle-income country, in sub-Saharan Africa it has the third largest economy and is the second largest oil producer. DFID does not have a bilateral programme in Angola, but we do support the people of Angola through centrally managed programmes and contributions to multilateral agencies. For example, in 2018 the UK provided over £300 million in core humanitarian funding to United Nations specialised agencies, the Red Cross movement and NGOs. As a result, the UK’s contribution is approximately 20 percent of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund that has been activated this year in Angola.

The UK is fully committed to tackling climate change and is playing a leading role in driving change around the world. Our regional programmes have supported the identification and planning of water infrastructure and livelihoods programmes to reduce vulnerability to drought including the preliminary design of water supply and sanitation projects that would build water security for more than 20,000 rural people in the Angolan Calai District.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Simon Hart
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Treasury
Treasury: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has had extensive engagement with all local authorities, including Bristol City Council, as they continue to prepare for leaving the European Union on 31st October, with or without a deal. We continue to ensure that councils have the necessary information to prepare effectively, and continue to provide opportunities for specific local issues to be raised and addressed.

During December-March 2018/19, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government hosted eleven thematic engagement events for all councils in partnership with ten other government departments that were attended by 650 local government officers representing more than 270 councils. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government also chairs a monthly meeting of local authority leaders with Ministers from across Government attending as required. Since August, a monthly interactive conference with local authority chief executives and Brexit Lead Officers has been hosted by the Secretary of State answering questions submitted directly to him from the sector. The Government’s recent expectation that all local authorities designate a Brexit Lead Officer has further enhanced two-way communication between the different tiers of government as the country prepares to exit the European Union.

Across 2018/19 and 2019/20, MHCLG has allocated £79m to help local areas to prepare for Brexit. Of this funding, Bristol City Council has directly received £314,952 of capacity funding to help it to prepare and prevent disruption to the services that its residents rely upon.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department is working with its partners across Government, arm’s length bodies, local authorities, industry and the wider health and care system to ensure that all relevant parties are prepared for exiting the European Union. The quality and safety of patient care is paramount in our preparedness plans.

The Department, alongside NHS England and NHS Improvement, is ensuring that there is regular communication with frontline National Health Service organisations and stakeholders in the health and social care sector regarding EU Exit preparations. NHS England will be holding EU Exit Roadshows in the lead up to 31 October, building on the regular communication that the Department and NHS England has with the frontline.

Grouped Questions: 285035 | 286179 | 286180 | 286181
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal is its preferred option. The Government is, however, continuing to plan for a range of scenarios, including a no deal exit from the EU. These contingencies ensure that DWP can continue to provide our vital services and that individuals will continue to be able to access DWP benefits and services on the same basis as they do now.

MHCLG are the department responsible for EU exit preparedness for Local Authorities.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Department for Education: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 09 September 2019

We have communicated on a range of topics with local authorities, including in a conference call on 13 August along with other Government departments. Each local Authority has established a Brexit lead officer to liaise with Government.

Defra has identified areas where our exit preparations impact local authorities. For instance Environmental Health Officers are responsible for issuing Export Health Certificates on fish and we have discussed capacity and the requirements with them.

We regularly contribute to a cross-government working group which coordinates engagement with local authorities.

Information on leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement relevant to a particular local authority can then be accessed by the local authority via shared channels, such as:

  • MHCLG’s Local government Brexit preparedness page on GOV.UK;
  • MHCLG’s weekly e-bulletin to local authorities setting out all relevant updates for the week;
  • Presenting information at MHCLG’s monthly delivery board to local authority representatives;
  • The Food Standards Agency’s Smarter Comms platform accessed directly by regulatory officers in local authorities;
  • Cascading information via MHCLG’s network of nine regional local authority Chief Executives;
  • Using MHCLG’s newly established network of Brexit lead officers in each local authority;
  • Direct email messages to regulatory leads in relevant local authorities;
  • Engaging with and passing information through regulatory bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute or the Association of Port Health Authorities.

Information on a range of Defra’s exit projects if we leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement has been made available to local authorities through these channels. This includes information on:

  • Exporting fish and shellfish (Export Health Certificates);
  • Importing fish and fisheries products (Catch Certificates);
  • Import control systems for animals, products of animal origin and high risk food and feed;
  • Food labelling changes;
  • The protection of habitats and species;
  • Waste;
  • Guidance for businesses exporting goods to the EU.

Local authorities have been invited to attend various meetings, including workshops, training events and roadshows on topics including:

  • Changes to environmental regulations;
  • Changes to food and farming;
  • Changes to exports of animals and animal products;
  • Changes to imports of animals and animal products;
  • MHCLG’s regional roadshows on how local authorities will be affected by exiting the EU without a withdrawal agreement in Wakefield, Birmingham, London and Cambridge;
  • Training on catch certificates in Wales, Inverness, Bristol and Newcastle;
  • Changes to trading standards regulatory functions in Exeter;
  • A series of teleconferences on changes to export health certificates;
  • A webinar on changes affecting border or coastal local authorities;
  • A workshop on regulatory services hosted by MHCLG with input from other departments including Defra.

Grouped Questions: 285146 | 284989 | 286150
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Luke Hall
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 09 September 2019

DfT supports MHCLG’s Brexit discussions with local authority leaders and local authority Chief Executives to outline its work on Brexit preparedness and to address transport queries.

No meetings have taken place with Bristol City Council, but DfT is directly engaging with Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum, which includes emergency responders, councils and other public services.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Wales Office
Wales Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has had extensive engagement with all local authorities, including Bristol City Council, as they continue to prepare for leaving the European Union on 31st October, with or without a deal. We continue to ensure that councils have the necessary information to prepare effectively, and continue to provide opportunities for specific local issues to be raised and addressed.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Local government plays a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready for Brexit on 31 October.

We have stepped up our preparedness significantly and speak regularly to councils and partners, including through the Local Government Brexit Delivery Board and a network of nine regional chief executives. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government leads this engagement.

Every council has designated a Brexit Lead Officer to work with central government to intensify their local preparations and, in total, we have made £77 million available to help local areas get ready for Brexit.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Statutory Instruments (a) laid and (b) proposed by his Department in relation to the UK leaving the EU will be debated before 10 September 2019.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Seed Potatoes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of businesses involved in the (a) production, (b) distribution, (c) marketing, (d) purchase and (e) use of seed potatoes on the implications of Statutory Instruments laid by his Department in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 09 September 2019

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

Q
(Bristol West)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Arts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had Trade Union representatives for the creative industries on the effect on that sector of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The creative industries are one of the UK's greatest success stories, producing an extraordinary level of talent recognised and respected the world over. The UK's decision to leave the EU will not change that.

While we have not held meetings with trade union representatives, we have held a series of ministerial roundtables with the creative industries to ensure they are aware of Government information on EU Exit and on the impacts and opportunities of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. We will continue to work closely with the creative sectors as we continue our preparations.

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(Bristol 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: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Justice
Bristol Prison
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with HMP Bristol in Horfield on the potential implications for that prison of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The department is working closely and meets regularly with HMPPS to consider any impact on prisons in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

Preparations include ensuring that our food and retail contracts have alternative arrangements in case of disruption through ports; working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure that the supply of health products to prisoners is not disrupted; and co-operating with other government departments to prepare for other contingencies.

Q
(Bristol 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: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: South West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Clinical Commissioning Group for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire on the effect on medical services of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The Department is working with its partners across Government, arm’s length bodies, local authorities, industry and the wider health and care system to ensure that all relevant parties are prepared for exiting the European Union. The quality and safety of patient care is paramount in our preparedness plans.

In August 2019, the Department published up-to-date guidance on GOV.UK on what local authorities can do to prepare for EU Exit. This covers a range of issues including workforce, business continuity planning, data sharing, and the continuity of supply of medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables, and of non-clinical goods and services. It also provides key contact information and signposts where local authorities and providers can go for further support. We continue to work closely with the health and social care sector to ensure that this guidance is accurate, practical and up-to-date.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should help ensure continuation of the supply of medical products to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies following the UK’s departure from the EU

The Department, alongside NHS England and NHS Improvement, are ensuring that there is regular communication with frontline NHS organisations and stakeholders in the health and social care sector regarding EU Exit preparations. NHS England will be holding EU Exit Roadshow’s in the lead up to the 31 October building on the regular communication that the Department and NHS England has with the frontline.

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(Bristol 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: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with Bristol City Council on the effect on social care of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The Department is working closely with local authorities, other government departments and with national partners, including the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, to do everything appropriate to prepare for a ‘no deal’ exit from the European Union on 31 October 2019. This will ensure that the potential impacts of exit on vulnerable people using adult social care services are mitigated as far as possible.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has stepped up its preparedness significantly and is speaking regularly to councils and partners, including through a delivery board and a network of nine regional lead chief executives. Every council has designated a ‘Brexit Lead Officer’ to work with central government to intensify their local preparations and, in total, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has made £77 million available to help local areas get ready for EU exit.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Breeding
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Animal Breeding (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 S.I., No. 117, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the appropriate authorities defined in that instrument in each constituent part of the UK of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 05 September 2019

Defra has been working closely with the Devolved Administrations to ensure preparedness in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. The existing EU regime will continue to apply in the UK, with the Animal Breeding (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations rolling over current EU legislation into UK law. As part of our no deal planning, Defra has applied to the EU Commission for third country listing of our UK animal breeding organisations so that they can continue to participate in zootechnical trade with EU breeding organisations.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fishing Vessels: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Sea Fish Licensing (England) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 S.I., 253, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the appropriate authorities in England to operate licensing procedures for foreign fishing vessels in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 05 September 2019

When the UK leaves the EU, access for foreign vessels to fish in UK waters will be a matter for negotiation. Foreign fishing vessels will be prohibited from fishing in UK waters unless they have a licence issued by the UK. In the event of an agreement providing for access to UK waters for foreign vessels, the Marine Management Organisation will act as the UK’s Single Issuing Authority and will licence non-UK vessels to fish in UK waters on behalf of Devolved Fisheries Administrations

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Licensing Laws
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department will permit extensions of venue licences to enable the showing of Rugby World Cup games from 20 September 2019.
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he plans to make available for the delivery of the forthcoming green paper on prevention.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

Specific spending commitments in the Green Paper will be met from existing budgets. The future of budgets outside of the NHS England resource settlement will be confirmed at the Spending Review.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming green paper on prevention will include (a) a full analysis of the budget needed to implement the content of that paper and (b) an indication of the sources of funding to deliver the content of that paper.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

The Green Paper ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ was published on 22 July 2019.

Grouped Questions: 278541 | 278542 | 278544
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming green paper on prevention will include a commitment to fully fund local authority public health services.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

The Green Paper ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ was published on 22 July 2019.

Grouped Questions: 278540 | 278542 | 278544
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming green paper on prevention will include commitments on (a) HIV infection and (b) sexual health.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

The Green Paper ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ was published on 22 July 2019.

Grouped Questions: 278540 | 278541 | 278544
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Influenza: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the take-up of the flu vaccination among people most at risk of flu.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

Those most at risk from flu including people over 65, pregnant women, and those in clinical risk groups are offered annual vaccination. At-risk patients are targeted by the Public Health England and NHS England marketing campaign, Help Us Help You, which includes television, radio and advertising supported by public relations, digital search and partnership activity. Communications this year will include messages about a wider range of flu vaccines now available which offer better protection. Help Us Help You can be viewed at the following link:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/81-help-us-help-you/overview

The annual flu letter is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/annual-national-flu-programme-2019-to-2020-1.pdf

Those eligible for flu vaccination can get the vaccine from their general practitioner, or in a scheme introduced in 2015/16, through local pharmacies, thus widening patient access. 80% of maternity service providers also offer vaccination to pregnant women.

As part of its assurance process NHS England works through its regional teams and clinical commissioning groups to ensure that practices with lowest uptake are contacted and action is taken to increase vaccination rates.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its green paper on prevention.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

The Green Paper ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ was published on 22 July 2019.

Grouped Questions: 278540 | 278541 | 278542
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) Bristol City Council on the routine commissioning of PrEP in Bristol.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is not currently a routinely commissioned service but is provided through the three year PrEP Impact Trial which ends in autumn 2020. Meanwhile, work is now starting to consider future commissioning for PrEP after the Trial has ended. No discussions have been held with Bristol City Council.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
General Practitioners: Bristol West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs per 1000 of population there were in Bristol West in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 26 July 2019

The number of general practitioners (GPs), excluding locums, per 1,000 patients in the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG since 2015 is show in the attached table. GP locums are excluded as improvements have been made to GP locum recording methodology and figures are not comparable prior to December 2017. Data is not included prior to 2015 as improvements were made to the methodology for recording all staff working in general practice in September 2015 and data prior to this is not comparable.

GPs per thousand patients in Bristol (Word Document, 21.71 KB)
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2019 on Universal Credit: Mental Illness, whether her Department provides support visits for benefit claimants in secure psychiatric settings.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 26 July 2019

The Department is committed to supporting vulnerable claimants, such as those with mental health conditions. We understand that these claimants may face extra challenges in their lives. Universal Credit is designed to target resources at those that need them most and to provide support for people who cannot work or need extra help moving towards the labour market.

If a claimant is unable to complete their business transaction through any other channel, a referral for a visit is sent to DWP Visiting. The majority of DWP Visiting work takes place in claimants’ homes, however appointments can be arranged at an alternative place such as a hospital or low secure unit.

We recognise the importance of understanding how a mental health condition impacts someone’s ability to prepare for and look for work. That is why we have developed a range of specialised mental health training for work coaches and increased the number of Disability Employment Advisers who can provide additional support where needed.

The Department is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy working environment for employees and claimants, therefore all our visits, irrespective of location, are individually risk assessed which determines the most appropriate means of engagement.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public health funding is increased as part of the Government’s spending review.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 11 July 2019

Future funding for local authorities’ public health responsibilities will be considered carefully in the next spending review, taking full account of the available evidence.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the effect of house building on (a) air and (b) soil pollution.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 10 July 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is responsible for the Government’s planning policies for England and how these should be applied. Defra works with MHCLG to ensure policies relating to air quality management are embedded in their National Planning Policy Framework. We are exploring options to address emissions from construction materials as announced in the Clean Air Strategy.

Defra’s Construction Code of Practice for the Sustainable Use of Soil on Construction Sites is a practical guide to assist anyone involved in the construction industry to protect the soil resources with which they work. The Environment Agency have published a guide Land contamination: risk management that can be used in the in the planning regime to ensure existing land contamination is dealt with appropriately during the development process.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Barbecues
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to ban disposable barbecues.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 10 July 2019

We have not made an assessment of the impact of disposable barbecues on the environment, nor do we have plans to ban them.

The Government is working to raise awareness of the impacts of domestic burning and has produced guidance which also asks people to be considerate towards others when using barbecues. The guidance can be found here: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat09/1901291307_Ready_to_Burn_Web.pdf.

Grouped Questions: 271480
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Barbecues
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect on the environment of the use of disposable barbecues; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 10 July 2019

We have not made an assessment of the impact of disposable barbecues on the environment, nor do we have plans to ban them.

The Government is working to raise awareness of the impacts of domestic burning and has produced guidance which also asks people to be considerate towards others when using barbecues. The guidance can be found here: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat09/1901291307_Ready_to_Burn_Web.pdf.

Grouped Questions: 271453
Q
(Bristol 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: 04 July 2019
Prime Minister
Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2019 to Question 270779 on Climate Change and with reference to with reference to her oral contribution of 26 June 2019, Official Report, column 650, what the evidential basis is for the statement that a regret motion in the House of Lords has the effect of blocking a Statutory Instrument.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 09 July 2019

I have nothing further to add to my answer to the Hon Member during my oral statement of 3 July.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Home Office
UK Visas and Immigration: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent employees there were in UK Visas and Immigration and its predecessor bodies in each of the last 10 financial years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 July 2019

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) was formed in April 2013. From June 2014, UKVI figures on staffing are published quarterly on gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/search?q=Border+and+immigration+cross+cutting+data”. Staffing figures prior to this are not published.


UKVI regularly reviews its capacity plans and resources, redeploying and recruiting staff where necessary to help meet and maintain service standards for individual services”.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Home Office
UK Visas and Immigration: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed by UK Visas and Immigration in assessing and processing claims for asylum in each of the last 10 financial years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 July 2019

The number of people who were employed by UK Visas and Immigration in assessing and processing claims for asylum in each of the last 10 financial years, is not held in a way that can be easily aggregated. To obtain this information would require detailed reporting against multiple cost centres and could only be obtained at disproportionate costs.


Decisions on asylum claims are made by decision makers in Asylum Operations. There are recruitment strategies in place to maintain staffing at the required levels to allow us to manage asylum intake and reduce the overall time to make initial asylum decisions.

All asylum claims lodged in the UK are carefully considered on their individual merits against a background of relevant case law and up to date country information.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Windrush Generation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people at Full Time Equivalent have been employed to establish and administer the system for compensation for victims of the Windrush scandal in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 July 2019

The number of FTE employed to establish and administer the Windrush Compensation Scheme has fluctuated according to business need. A small, dedicated development team was set up to establish the scheme, averaging around 20 FTE. Now that the scheme is open for claims we have a budgeted complement for the policy and operational teams of up to 135

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Home Office
Overseas Visitors: Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visitor visas have been received, by nationality of country of origin, in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 July 2019

Information on the amount of visit visa applications received for the purposes of visiting family is not available. The standard visit visa has replaced a range of previous visas including the family visit visa (see https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa )

Information on the number of total visa applications, grants and refusals, by nationality, the large majority of which are visit visas, can be found in table vi_02_q in volume 1 of our visas tables, the latest of which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2019/list-of-tables#visas

Grouped Questions: 273414
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Home Office
Overseas Visitors: Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications there have been for visitor visas for the purposes of visiting family, by country of origin of applicant, in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 July 2019

Information on the amount of visit visa applications received for the purposes of visiting family is not available. The standard visit visa has replaced a range of previous visas including the family visit visa (see https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa )

Information on the number of total visa applications, grants and refusals, by nationality, the large majority of which are visit visas, can be found in table vi_02_q in volume 1 of our visas tables, the latest of which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2019/list-of-tables#visas

Grouped Questions: 273413
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Home Office
Detention Centres: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average ratio is of detainees to detention officers at (a) Colnbrook and (b) Harmondsworth immigration removal centres in the most recent period for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 July 2019

The Home Office does not specify a ratio of detainee to detainee custody
officer (DCOs) within immigration removal centres (IRCs) and this information is therefore not recorded. Instead, IRC suppliers are required to provide a safe and secure environment for detainees in their care and all IRC contracts require a minimum staffing level based on the size and layout of each individual centre. The Home Office and its suppliers do not release information on staff deployment as doing so could compromise security of the removal estate.

In the period ahead, new contracts will set high expectations for the quality of the management and staffing in IRCs. The current re-procurement of the contract for the Gatwick IRCs includes provision for increased staffing in key areas, including residential units, to improve welfare and safety.

The dignity and welfare of detainees across the entire detention estate is of the utmost importance and the use of periods of time where detainees’ freedom of movement is restricted contributes to the maintenance of a safe and secure environment in our centres.

Detainees at both Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration removal centres (IRC) have a rest period following lunch and curfew period at night, where the total hours of confinement cannot exceed 12 hours a day during the week and 12.5 hours a day at weekends and on bank holidays.

Information on the number of people detained in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook IRCs on the last day of each quarter is available in table dt_12_q of the detention tables in the latest release of ‘Immigration Statistics, year ending March 2019’.

Grouped Questions: 273416 | 273417 | 273418
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