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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Hate Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that police forces are adequately resourced to tackle a potential rise in hate crime in the event that the UK leaves 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.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Tees Valley
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings she has held with farmers on Teesside on the effect on farming of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
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.

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(Stockton South)
[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
Ministry of Justice
Kirklevington Grange Prison: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings his Department has had with Kirklevington prison on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The department is working closely and meets regularly with HMPPS to consider the impacts on prisons of leaving the EU without a deal.

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.

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(Stockton South)
[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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses: Tees Valley
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with businesses on Teesside to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 05 September 2019

BEIS Ministers and officials have been engaging throughout the country with businesses of all sizes and their representatives, trade associations and local enterprise partnerships, including through regular meetings. We communicate regularly with intermediaries to ensure businesses obtain information quickly and efficiently. We will continue to engage across the business population to ensure their priorities are reflected and that businesses have the latest information on how to prepare themselves for Brexit, including through a targeted series of roadshows and events.

The Government also has a business readiness website designed to keep businesses and consumers informed about what no deal might mean for them, with information on a range of measures that may need to be taken in order to prepare. These notices are being regularly updated with the latest information, for example BEIS have published 18 sector specific guides with the top three to six priorities per sector on GOV.UK. These guides can be easily accessed through an interactive business search tool https://www.gov.uk/get-ready-brexit-check

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(Stockton South)
[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
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 discussions his Department has had with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Luke Hall
Answered on: 05 September 2019

We have stepped up our preparedness significantly and are 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, we have made £77 million available to help local areas get ready for Brexit.

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(Stockton South)
[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 of Health and Social Care
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on preparations for 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, arms 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 (DAs), 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 Improvement, are 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 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 on the Health and Social Care sector.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 05 September 2019
Treasury
Exchange Rates
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of changes in the value of the pound against the Euro on UK holidaymakers between the months of July and September 2019.
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 05 September 2019
Cabinet Office
Tees Valley
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings he has held in Teesside on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 05 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration Controls: Teesside International Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on border controls at Teesside International Airport of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 05 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about on the effect on that Trust of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Home Office
Civil Disorder
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prepare for potential civil unrest in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) on Teesside in the event the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the EU settlement scheme's preparedness for a significant surge in application numbers in weeks before the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 October 2019.
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to issue guidance on the European Temporary Leave to Remain immigration system for prospective migrants to employers.
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 12 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to reduce waiting times for autism assessments for adults.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 July 2019

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

Grouped Questions: 276606 | 276607
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 12 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps with NHS England to implement a waiting time standard for autism diagnosis in the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework in order to tackle regional differences.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 July 2019

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

Grouped Questions: 276605 | 276607
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 12 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to work with NHS England to establish autism diagnosis waiting times standards for each (a) sustainability and transformation partnership and (b) integrated care system.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 July 2019

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

Grouped Questions: 276605 | 276606
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in The evaluation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol report, published by NHS Scotland in June 2019, that alcohol sales in Scotland have dropped during the last year, while they have risen in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Government takes the harms associated with alcohol abuse very seriously and overall consumption of alcohol in England and Wales is on the decline.

There are currently no plans to implement minimum unit pricing in England. However, we will keep this under review as evidence emerges from Scotland.

Grouped Questions: 272937
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2018 to Question 169474 on Alcoholic Drinks: minimum unit pricing, when Public Health England’s review into the impact of minimum unit pricing of alcohol will be published.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Government takes the harms associated with alcohol abuse very seriously and overall consumption of alcohol in England and Wales is on the decline.

There are currently no plans to implement minimum unit pricing in England. However, we will keep this under review as evidence emerges from Scotland.

Grouped Questions: 272936
Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 July 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many properties have been procured by the new asylum accommodation provider Mears in the North East; how many service users can be accommodated in those properties; and how many service users there are in the North East for whom new accommodation has not yet been procured.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The provider of asylum accommodation under the forthcoming Asylum Accommodation and Support Contract (AASC) in the North East Yorkshire Humber region is working closely with local authorities to ensure there is suitable and sufficient accommodation available to ensure a smooth transition of services before the current COMPASS contracts end in September 2019.

Mears continue in commercial discussion with their potential supply chain, sub-contractors and landlords; including on planned upgrades to the existing estate alongside the provisional acquisition of potential new properties that may also be brought in use during the AASC contract.

Mears are working closely with the Home Office, COMPASS provider and local authorities in the region to ensure all parties are kept informed of progress and disruption to service users is minimised. Details regarding the number of new properties and service users moves will be communicated, pending the conclusion of ongoing commercial discussions and progression of property acquisition.

Q
(Stockton South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 July 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans his Department has made in the event that the asylum accommodation provider in the North East is unable to procure sufficient housing stock to accommodate service-users in the region.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Home Office has dedicated staff managing the transition to the new Asylum Accommodation and Support Contract (AASC) which includes rigorous transition governance structures which tracks progress against provider plans. The new provider, Mears, in the North East region has undertaken due diligence activity across all current properties to assess their ongoing suitability and this activity continues to inform their commercial negotiations with their property supply chain.

Due to the on-going commercial sensitivities around these matters we will communicate details further in due course. The Home Office will continue to monitor and manage all Providers closely to ensure sufficient suitable accommodation is secured to deliver an effective transition of services.

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