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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 22 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides to homeless people to help them access the private rented sector.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 30 November 2016

One person without a home is one too many and we are committed to do all we can to prevent homelessness. That is why we have increased central investment to tackle homelessness over the next four years to £149 million. At Budget 2016, we went further and announced £100 million to deliver low cost ‘move on’ accommodation to enable people leaving hostels and refuges to make a sustainable recovery from a homelessness crisis, providing at least 2,000 places for vulnerable people to enable independent living.

We made a significant investment of nearly £14 million from 2010 to 2016 for Crisis to develop a programme to help single homeless people access private rented sector accommodation. Over 9,000 people had been helped, with over 90% maintaining tenancies for at least 6 months.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis: Bristol West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Bristol West constituency (a) he estimates have undiagnosed and (b) have diagnosed hepatitis C; and how many people who have been so diagnosed have access to the latest treatments for hepatitis C.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

There is no routine national notification system in place to capture cases diagnosed with current hepatitis C infection. However, there are a number of systems and programmes in place that provide robust information on samples of the population which allow us to generate estimates at both a national and local level.

Estimates of the number of people with undiagnosed hepatitis C are available at local authority level. The estimated number of people in the city of Bristol with current undiagnosed hepatitis C infection is approximately 750.

Information on the number of people diagnosed with hepatitis C who have access to the latest treatment is not held centrally.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51807, for what reasons access to the new treatments for hepatitis C that have been approved as cost-effective by NICE has been limited to 10,011 people in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

The guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in relation to new direct acting antivirals for hepatitis C recommends that the decision to treat, and prescribing decisions, are made by multidisciplinary teams in the operational delivery networks put in place by NHS England. These prioritise treatment for people with the highest unmet clinical need.

NHS England’s commitment to treat 10,000 patients in 2016/17, increasing to 12,500 in 2017/18, is in line with NICE’s estimate of activity included in the costing tools published to support implementation of the guidance.

Grouped Questions: 53767
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on its decision to limit the number of people able to access new hepatitis C treatments to 10,011; and on what basis that number was chosen.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

The guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in relation to new direct acting antivirals for hepatitis C recommends that the decision to treat, and prescribing decisions, are made by multidisciplinary teams in the operational delivery networks put in place by NHS England. These prioritise treatment for people with the highest unmet clinical need.

NHS England’s commitment to treat 10,000 patients in 2016/17, increasing to 12,500 in 2017/18, is in line with NICE’s estimate of activity included in the costing tools published to support implementation of the guidance.

Grouped Questions: 53772
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department of Health
Hepatitis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the World Health Organisation's Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, whether he plans to produce a national strategy for the elimination of hepatitis C by 2030.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 28 November 2016

The United Kingdom has a comprehensive surveillance system in place combining laboratory diagnoses data, risk/behaviour data, outcome data, statistical modelling and service evaluation to monitor the cascade of care, detect outbreaks, and generate burden estimates. The UK already has a comprehensive national programme of screening of blood donors and blood transfusions for blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis C, to ensure safe supplies – 100% of blood donors are screened with quality assured methods. There is national guidance and legislation around infection control in healthcare settings including a policy for healthcare workers to prevent nosocomial transmission of blood-borne viruses. Prevention efforts in minimising harm in people who inject drugs is focused on access to opiate substitution therapies and needle syringe exchange programmes, and disinfection tablets in prisons.

Public Health England has published hepatitis C metrics for the report “Hepatitis C in the UK 2016 report - Working towards its elimination as a major public health threat”. The report is available at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/541317/Hepatitis_C_in_the_UK_2016_report.pdf

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 18 November 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners live in (a) other EU countries, (b) Commonwealth countries and (c) the rest of the world; and how many of those people have an address in Bristol West constituency as their most recent UK residence.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 24 November 2016

The table below shows the number of pensioners in receipt of the UK State Pension living in the country groupings requested. Please note that residents in Cyprus and Malta appear in both the European Union and Commonwealth totals.

Country Group

Number of UK State Pensioners

European Union (excluding UK)

474,130

Commonwealth (excluding UK)

565,770

Rest of the world

218,580

Source: DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study May 2016.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

The information in relation to those who reside overseas and previously lived at an address in Bristol West constituency is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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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: 18 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Licensed Premises: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government plans to take (a) through guidance to property developers and local authorities and (b) otherwise to protect the capacity for nightclubs and live music venues to continue to trade when planning permission is being considered for converting existing offices nearby to residential properties.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 November 2016

Where permitted development rights apply, in considering the prior approval on noise for a change of use from office to residential (under Class O of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, local planning authorities will have regard to those relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting planning guidance on noise, as would be the case under a planning application. Prior approval may be refused where any impacts of noise from commercial premises identified are not sufficiently mitigated by the proposed measures, as consistent with national policy. Links to the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance can be found here - http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/. A local planning authority cannot consider matters other than those for which their prior approval may be given, as listed in Class O.

When determining a planning application for a change of use from office to residential where permitted development rights do not apply, local planning authorities must take into account the policies and guidance listed above, and must determine the application in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Separate regimes apply to licencing and statutory nuisance, which are the responsibility of the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs respectively.

Grouped Questions: 53756
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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: 18 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Licensed Premises: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 51986, what guidance the Government plans to issue to (a) local authorities, (b) nightclubs, (c) residents of existing properties and (d) property developers applying for planning permission to convert offices to residential properties on their respective rights and responsibilities in relation to noise.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 November 2016

Where permitted development rights apply, in considering the prior approval on noise for a change of use from office to residential (under Class O of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, local planning authorities will have regard to those relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting planning guidance on noise, as would be the case under a planning application. Prior approval may be refused where any impacts of noise from commercial premises identified are not sufficiently mitigated by the proposed measures, as consistent with national policy. Links to the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance can be found here - http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/. A local planning authority cannot consider matters other than those for which their prior approval may be given, as listed in Class O.

When determining a planning application for a change of use from office to residential where permitted development rights do not apply, local planning authorities must take into account the policies and guidance listed above, and must determine the application in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Separate regimes apply to licencing and statutory nuisance, which are the responsibility of the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs respectively.

Grouped Questions: 53755
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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: 18 November 2016
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was provided from the public purse for early years (a) childcare, (b) children's centres, (c) nurseries and (d) other provisions in Bristol West constituency in 2015-16; how much such funding is allocated for (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18; and what estimate her Department has made of how many full-time equivalent places such funding supports.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 23 November 2016

Funding for the free early years entitlements is allocated on a local authority basis through the Dedicated Schools Grant. This funding covers childcare, nurseries and other early years provisions, including childcare via children’s centres. Local authorities have the freedom to determine how to fund other services delivered via their networks of children’s centres, including via the Business Rate Retention Scheme. Local authorities have the freedom to decide what children’s centre services are appropriate to meet local needs and statutory duties.

In 2015-16, the City of Bristol received £29.16m from central government for the early years entitlements (three- and four-year olds and two-year olds but not including the Early Years Pupil Premium). This funding supported 5,161 full-time equivalent places.

In 2016-17, the City of Bristol received a provisional £28.71m from central government for the early years entitlements (three- and four-year olds and two-year olds but not including the EYPP). This funding supported a provisional 5,082 full-time equivalent places.

The Government consulted earlier this year on proposals to ensure that early years funding is allocated efficiently and fairly across the country from 2017-18. Under such proposals the City of Bristol would have been allocated a provisional £32.56m from central government for the early years entitlements (three- and four-year olds including 30 hours childcare for working parents; two-year olds; and supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools). This funding would have supported a provisional 5,666 full-time equivalent places.

Government will announce a response to the consultation shortly, including 2017-18 funding for the City of Bristol.

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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: 18 November 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Occupied Territories: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the press release issued by the Minister for the Middle East of 3 November 2016, what further steps he plans to take in respect of the approval by the Israeli government of permits for constructing new homes in the illegal settlement of Gilo, East Jerusalem.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 23 November 2016

​We strongly condemn Israeli settlement advancement, including recent plans for new settlements deep in the West Bank, and moves to retroactively approve unauthorised settlement outposts. These proposed actions call into question the commitment of the Israeli government to the two-state solution. We continue to raise our grave concerns about Israeli settlements with the Israeli Government. I raised our concerns about settlements with Israeli Defence Minister Lieberman during our meeting in London on 7 September 2016. ​The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson), also raised our concerns over new settlements with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he met him in Jerusalem on 30 September. I issued a further statement on 16 November expressing our deep concern about the land regulation bill in the Israeli Knesset proposing to ‘legalise’ settlement outposts across the West Bank. Such outposts are currently illegal under both Israeli domestic law and international humanitarian law and should be removed entirely.

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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: 18 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2016 on the visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the UK trade envoy for that region, what further steps he plans to take in order to facilitate trade by (a) people in the Palestinian Business Women's Forum and (b) other Palestinian women.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 23 November 2016

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) Baroness Morris, visited the market in October. Following this there are plans to reactivate the Palestinian British Business Council to facilitate and develop trade links between the UK and the OPT including members of the Palestinian Business Women's Forum (PBWF).

The PBWF in Ramallah, with the UK government’s help, aims to host specialised speakers from the UK to educate forum members and other beneficiaries about the import and export regulations and the business environment in the UK for start-up businesses.

Further to this, the DFID-EU’s Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP) is a high performing programme which has helped 283 companies to develop new products and/or enter new markets. Approximately 50% of the companies assisted are women owned/managed companies.

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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: 07 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Licensed Premises: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to reform the regulations on noise and neighbourhood nuisance arising from pubs and clubs in or close to residential areas.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 14 November 2016

National planning policy and guidance include strong protections against noise impacts, making it clear that the planning system should prevent new and existing development from being adversely affected by unacceptable levels of pollution. Further, national policy sets out that existing businesses wanting to develop in continuance of their business should not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in nearby land uses since they were established. The planning guidance supporting the Framework states that the potential effect of a new residential development being located close to an existing business giving rise to noise should be carefully considered. The guidance underlines planning’s contribution to avoiding future complaints and risks to local business like live music venues from resulting enforcement action. To help avoid such situations, appropriate mitigation should be considered, including optimising the sound insulation provided by the new development’s building envelope.

On 6 April the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 made permanent the permitted development right for the change of use from office to residential. The permanent right includes a prior approval on noise, allowing consideration by local planning authorities of plans to mitigate the impacts of noise from commercial premises on the residents. In considering the prior approval, the local planning authorities will have regard to the relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and supporting planning guidance, as would be the case under a planning application.

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: 07 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to raise the limit on the amount which local authorities can borrow in order to invest in building new homes.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 14 November 2016

There are no plans to raise or remove the borrowing caps on local authorities' housing revenue accounts.

Local Housing Authorities across England have £3.4 billion borrowing head room and almost £2.5 billion in housing revenue account reserves.

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: 07 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, withy reference to the response by the Minister of State for International Trade and Investment to the Oral Question of 3 November 2016, Official Report, column 1031, and pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 46432, how many (a) trade policy experts and (b) trade negotiators the Government currently employs; and how many such experts and negotiators it aims to employ by March 2017.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

The Department for International Trade already has a strong and capable trade policy team which has more than doubled in size since 23 June. Over the coming months we will be developing that team to build the world class negotiating strengths needed to deliver the best outcomes for the UK. They will have the depth and breadth of expertise to handle the full range of sectoral and cross-cutting issues that arise in trade agreements, supported by analysts and lawyers.

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: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing into current and future bilateral investment treaties binding obligations on investors to adhere to those international human rights and environmental instruments to which the UK is a signatory.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle. The UK has a strong history in protecting human rights and the promotion of our values globally. We will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements.

The updated UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (published May 2016) sets out our arrangements for implementing the UN Guiding Principles and our expectation that British companies should build respect for human rights into all aspects of their operations, both in the UK and overseas, and act accordingly.

The objective of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is to provide protection to investors against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection. As such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights.

Grouped Questions: 52474 | 52475
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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: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress has been made on incorporating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into bilateral investment treaties to which the UK is a signatory.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle. The UK has a strong history in protecting human rights and the promotion of our values globally. We will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements.

The updated UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (published May 2016) sets out our arrangements for implementing the UN Guiding Principles and our expectation that British companies should build respect for human rights into all aspects of their operations, both in the UK and overseas, and act accordingly.

The objective of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is to provide protection to investors against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection. As such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights.

Grouped Questions: 52473 | 52475
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: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to incorporate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into future bilateral investment treaties.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle. The UK has a strong history in protecting human rights and the promotion of our values globally. We will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements.

The updated UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (published May 2016) sets out our arrangements for implementing the UN Guiding Principles and our expectation that British companies should build respect for human rights into all aspects of their operations, both in the UK and overseas, and act accordingly.

The objective of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is to provide protection to investors against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection. As such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights.

Grouped Questions: 52473 | 52474
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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: 08 November 2016
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will take steps to ensure that Parliament has the opportunity to scrutinise all future bilateral investment treaties.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 14 November 2016

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my rt hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) on 29 June 2016, UIN (41073).

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what immigration status children transferred to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 will be given on arrival in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 November 2016

All children arriving in the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 are granted temporary admission while we consider their asylum claim. They are also referred to the Refugee Council’s Children's Panel Advice Service.

Grouped Questions: 51378
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children arriving in the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 will be referred to the Refugee Council's Children's Panel Advice Service.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 November 2016

All children arriving in the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 are granted temporary admission while we consider their asylum claim. They are also referred to the Refugee Council’s Children's Panel Advice Service.

Grouped Questions: 51377
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were granted permission to work in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 November 2016

The data requested on the number of asylum seekers that were granted permission to work is held on individual Home Office records on the Immigration casework database.

Such data is not extractable without interrogating thousands of individual records. Therefore, the information is not readily available and could only be obtained through a disproportionately expensive manual case search to collate the data.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 31 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) Concentrix will issue a formal apology for each erroneous accusation made by Concentrix against legitimate tax credit recipients; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 08 November 2016

I refer the honourable Member to my answer of 31 October 2016 (Written Question 50325)

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 November 2016
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy officers who had served for more than 12 but fewer than 16 years were made compulsorily redundant during the four tranches of redundancies from September 2011 to June 2014.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 08 November 2016

The requested information is provided below:

Involuntary Redundancies September 2011 – June 2014, UK Regular Armed Forces Officers with 13-15 years of service

Royal Navy

10

Army

30

Royal Air Force

30

Notes: Figures for UK Regular Service Officers include Nursing Services, but exclude Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Non Regular Permanent Staff, High Readiness Reserve and Expeditionary Forces Institute personnel. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 03 November 2016
Department of Health
NHS: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has a policy on whether the Government has a duty to ensure the right to access medicines as part of its obligations under the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 08 November 2016

National Health Service commissioners are legally required to fund treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) through its technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies programmes. This is reflected in the NHS Constitution as a right to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE.

Q
(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: 25 October 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cancer: Research
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on research on rare and childhood cancers.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 07 November 2016

The Government is committed to maintain and enhance the strength of our research base. This is why we have protected the science resource budget in real terms from its 2015/16 level of £4.7 billion for the rest of the parliament, as well as committing to invest in new scientific infrastructure on a record scale – £6.9 billion over the period 2015-2021.

The Treasury decision to underwrite the grants of competitively bid for EU research funding will give British participants and their EU partners the assurance and certainty needed to plan ahead for collaborative projects that can run over many years. We are committed to ensure that the UK continues to be a world leader in international science, including medical research into cancer.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Ministry of Justice
British Nationals Abroad: Property Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47485, whether member states will be bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, in respect of property rights, where the owner is a UK national, after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 07 November 2016

I refer the Hon member to the response to PQ 47485.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: HIV Infection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what principles her Department invests in HIV/AIDS programmes.
A
Answered by: James Wharton
Answered on: 07 November 2016

UK investments in the HIV response are based on international best practice set out by UNAIDS and principles that support:

  • Integrated country-owned approaches while strengthening health systems;
  • Reducing new infections, particularly among key affected populations, including adolescents, girls and women;
  • Evidence and rights-based public health measures that combine prevention and access to treatment, while tackling the wider issues of stigma, discrimination and gender inequality that drive infection.

The guiding principle is “know your epidemic, know your response”: tailoring HIV interventions to the particular epidemic in any given place.


Q
(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 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Building More Homes, HL 20, published on 15 July 2016, for what reasons there is a limit on the amount local authorities can borrow to invest in building houses.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 07 November 2016

The borrowing caps were introduced as part of the Housing Revenue Account self-financing settlement, which entailed a once and for all rebalancing of housing debt. There are no plans to lift the caps, which are part of the government's strategy to manage the overall level of public debt.

Local authorities do have the capacity to borrow to build new homes, there is nearly £3.4 billion headroom available nationally and £2.9 billion in reserves.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 November 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Land: Council Tax
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow local authorities to charge property developers council tax on land with planning permission on which buildings have not been constructed within a reasonable time.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 07 November 2016

We are clear that sites which are granted planning permission should be built-out as quickly as possible. We believe the best way to achieve faster build out is for developers and authorities to work closely together, at a local level, to overcome any barriers to development. In addition the government is already taking steps to tackle delays in build out, for example, by taking forward measures through the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to improve the use of planning conditions. We have also launched the £3 billion Home Building Fund, a fund which will provide loans for SME builders, custom builders and offsite construction, and which will unlock large sites throughout England. Introducing financial penalties, such as additional council tax for slow build carries risks of unintended consequences, such as deterring applications on sites with marginal viability.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct a review of the effect of erroneous decisions by Concentrix on people in (a) Bristol West and (b) the UK.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 04 November 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be preparing regional analysis of tax credits claims and mandatory reconsideration requests in due course.

As announced on 7th October, the National Audit Office will also be conducting an investigation into HMRC’s contract with Concentrix.

Grouped Questions: 50719 | 50720
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix: Bristol West
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of tax credit cases awaiting consideration by Concentrix in Bristol West constituency.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 04 November 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be preparing regional analysis of tax credits claims and mandatory reconsideration requests in due course.

As announced on 7th October, the National Audit Office will also be conducting an investigation into HMRC’s contract with Concentrix.

Grouped Questions: 50844 | 50720
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix: Bristol West
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Bristol West constituency have had a tax credit claim stopped by Concentrix; and how many such people have subsequently had their claim reinstated by HM Revenue and Customs.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 04 November 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be preparing regional analysis of tax credits claims and mandatory reconsideration requests in due course.

As announced on 7th October, the National Audit Office will also be conducting an investigation into HMRC’s contract with Concentrix.

Grouped Questions: 50844 | 50719
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
EU Grants and Loans: Bristol
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on (a) Bristol West and (b) Bristol City Council area of the shortfall in funding from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund after the 2014 to 2020 programme has ended.
A
Answered by: Mr David Gauke
Answered on: 04 November 2016

As the Chancellor outlined at the Treasury Select Committee recently, the government is carrying out a range of analysis, which will help to inform the Prime Minister’s negotiating strategy.

The government has provided a guarantee for all European structural and investment fund projects signed before the Autumn Statement. The government has also guaranteed all European structural projects signed after the Autumn Statement and before the UK’s departure from the European Union, provided that they pass the value-for-money test and are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
HM Treasury
Economic Situation: South West
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is conducting a regional assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) Bristol West, (b) Bristol City Council area and (c) the region covered by the Counties formerly known as Avon.
A
Answered by: Mr David Gauke
Answered on: 04 November 2016

As the Chancellor outlined at the Treasury Select Committee recently, the government is carrying out a range of analysis, which will help to inform the Prime Minister’s negotiating strategy.

The government has provided a guarantee for all European structural and investment fund projects signed before the Autumn Statement. The government has also guaranteed all European structural projects signed after the Autumn Statement and before the UK’s departure from the European Union, provided that they pass the value-for-money test and are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48238 on cancer: diagnosis, how he plans to allocated the £300 million per year to improve cancer diagnostics in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 04 November 2016

In September 2015 we committed, in response to the recommendations set out in the Cancer Taskforce report, to provide up to £300 million more per year for diagnostics by 2020/21. The 2016/17 Planning Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups advises them to ensure they plan for appropriate diagnostic capacity as one of the nine ‘must dos’.

As part of the commitment to improve access to diagnostics, in 2016/17 NHS England allocated an additional investment of £15 million in a new National Diagnostics Capacity Fund to explore new and innovative ways to deliver diagnostic services, a new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard, which will ensure that all patients are seen and either diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within 28 days, and Wave 2 of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, testing a new, multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre approach to ensuring patients with vague but concerning symptoms receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

We are monitoring progress with access to diagnostics through a range of process measures such as diagnostic activity, referrals on the urgent suspected cancer pathway and waiting times, and through measures such as the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 and emergency routes to diagnosis.

We are also evaluating individual programmes such as ACE.

Grouped Questions: 50788
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48238 on cancer: diagnosis, how and by what criteria he plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the spending of £300 million per year to improve diagnostic capacity of cancers.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 04 November 2016

In September 2015 we committed, in response to the recommendations set out in the Cancer Taskforce report, to provide up to £300 million more per year for diagnostics by 2020/21. The 2016/17 Planning Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups advises them to ensure they plan for appropriate diagnostic capacity as one of the nine ‘must dos’.

As part of the commitment to improve access to diagnostics, in 2016/17 NHS England allocated an additional investment of £15 million in a new National Diagnostics Capacity Fund to explore new and innovative ways to deliver diagnostic services, a new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard, which will ensure that all patients are seen and either diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within 28 days, and Wave 2 of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, testing a new, multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre approach to ensuring patients with vague but concerning symptoms receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

We are monitoring progress with access to diagnostics through a range of process measures such as diagnostic activity, referrals on the urgent suspected cancer pathway and waiting times, and through measures such as the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 and emergency routes to diagnosis.

We are also evaluating individual programmes such as ACE.

Grouped Questions: 50780
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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for Education
Universities: Competition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK universities remain globally competitive after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 04 November 2016

UK universities are home to both world-class teaching and life-changing research, and exiting the EU will not change this. The Government has already announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in 2017/2018 (or before) will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period. To support research and innovation, we have also announced that HM Treasury will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the EU, including where specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure.

Future arrangements for EU students and staff, funding and also UK students studying abroad will need to be considered as part of wider discussions about the UK’s relationship with the EU. The Government is fully committed to ensuring that we get the best possible outcome for the higher education sector from its negotiations with the EU.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department of Health
Nivolumab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2014 to Question 40281, on what date he expects NICE to publish the results of the consultation on the guidance on the use of nivolumab for the treatment of lung cancer.
A
Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 04 November 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently carrying out two separate technology appraisals of nivolumab (Opdivo) for previously treated locally advanced or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer and previously treated locally advanced or metastatic squamous non-small-cell lung cancer after prior chemotherapy in adults.

NICE is currently consulting on draft guidance for both appraisals and the closing date for comments is 4 November 2016. Subsequent timescales for guidance development are yet to be confirmed by NICE. NICE will publish comments received in response to the consultation and its responses alongside the next iteration of its draft guidance.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Intellectual Property: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on using the flexibility provided by the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights under World Trade Organisation rules for compulsory license for the Kadcyla form of trastuzumab emtansine for UK patients.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 04 November 2016

The UK Patents Act 1977, in line with the WTO TRIPS Agreement, provides for compulsory licenses in certain circumstances.

Kadcyla (trastuzumab emtansine) is currently available to patients in England for the treatment of HER2-positive locally advanced, unresectable or metastatic breast cancer through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently reviewing its technology appraisal guidance on trastuzumab emtansine for refractory, HER2 positive breast cancer. NICE expects to publish its updated guidance in February 2017.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
British Nationals Abroad: Property Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 47485, if he will ensure the rights of UK owners of property in the EU to occupy that property (a) as a main residence while working, (b) as a main residence during retirement and (c) as an occasional residence, after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 03 November 2016

The Prime Minister has been clear that she wants to protect the rights of UK citizens living in European member states, in the same way that we want to protect the status of EU nationals already living here.

At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the people of the United Kingdom.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 31 October 2016
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to establish and facilitate civil society dialogue when negotiating trade agreements between the UK and other countries (a) during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU and (b) after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 03 November 2016

The Prime Minister has been clear that, as we leave the EU, we will make Britain a country that truly works not just for a privileged few, but for everybody.

Dialogue with civil society will play a vital role in informing the development of the UK’s approach to trade. Over the coming weeks and months we will be engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society groups, both in the UK and internationally.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 48113, what proportion of funding for health services received by teenagers and young adults with cancer and leukaemia in (a) Bristol and (b) England comes from charitable trusts.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 01 November 2016

This information is not held centrally.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 October 2016
Department for Transport
Ashley Hill Station
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the re-opening of the Ashley Hill railway station in Bristol West constituency.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 01 November 2016

A new station at Ashley Down is one of the options for Phase 2 of the MetroWest scheme promoted locally by the West of England Partnership consortium of the four local authorities covering the wider Bristol area. The Department for Transport understands that Phase 2 is currently at an early stage of development. More information is available from the West of England Partnership.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 October 2016
HM Treasury
Concentrix
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect of incorrect assessments carried out by Concentrix on people (a) in Bristol West constituency, (b) in the UK and (c) who are victims of domestic violence; and if he will make an assessment of the other effects of such incorrect assessments on such people.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 31 October 2016

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is focused on resolving the outstanding cases.

As HMRC clears the work taken back from Concentrix, it will be working on a regional breakdown of mandatory reconsideration requests.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 25 October 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Abuse
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to social landlords on transfer of tenancy agreements to victims of domestic violence when that person's relationship with their abusive partner ends and the victim remains the sole adult tenant after the ex-partner moves out.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 28 October 2016

The Department has not issued guidance to social landlords including local authorities, regarding managing tenancy agreements of victims of domestic violence who are joint tenants when the abusive partner moves out.

Local authorities have powers to take action against joint tenants who commit domestic abuse against their partners including a power under the Housing Act 1985 to apply to the court to evict such perpetrators and have the discretion to grant a new tenancy to the victim.

Many local authorities use these powers as part of their proactive approach towards assisting tenants affected by domestic abuse to remain in their homes safely if they choose to do so.

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, and Government has put in place a number of measures to provide necessary support to victims.

Our Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, launched earlier this year, set out our ambition to improve services for women suffering from domestic abuse, dedicating £40 million of extra funding for securing the future of refuges and other specialist accommodation-based services. This builds on the £13.5 million provided in the last spending review period. In addition, we will be providing a wider package of support, including commissioning guidance and tools, and expert support to help all local areas improve local commissioning, support early intervention and develop coherent pathways of support for victims of these crimes. This provides a critical bedrock of support.

In taking forward the provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 that restrict the use of lifetime tenancies, we will also ensure that the security of tenure of victims of domestic abuse continues to be protected.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Education
Schools: Census
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much notice was given to parents of the school census conducted in September and October 2016.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 25 October 2016

The autumn school census is undertaken on the first Thursday in October. The census guide was made available on the Department’s website on 4 May 2016. Five months’ notice was provided to parents by this document. The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-census-2016-to-2017-guide-for-schools-and-las.

The census specifications were first set out in technical terms to the public on the Department’s website via the business and technical specifications, which are primarily used by suppliers of school’s management information systems, on 18 December 2015. As such, some 10 months’ notice was provided via this document. The specifications can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-census-2016-to-2017-technical-information.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how the Government's committed spend of up to £300 million per year to improve cancer diagnostics was allocated in 2015-16.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 20 October 2016

In September 2015 the Government announced funding of up to £300 million a year by 2020 to increase diagnostic capacity to meet the new target that patients will be given a definitive cancer diagnosis, or the all clear, within 28 days of being referred by a general practitioner.

As the commitment was made during the 2015/16 financial year no funding was allocated in that year.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 October 2016
Department of Health
Breast Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new 28-day diagnosis standard for all cancers on the urgent and non-urgent two-week waits for breast cancer referrals.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 20 October 2016

The new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard is currently being tested in four test sites across England.

As part of this process we will be assessing its impact on other referral pathways, including existing cancer and breast symptom pathways. We are committed to ensuring that the new standard improves diagnosis for all patients, including breast cancer patients or those with breast symptoms.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Clinical Reference Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, what the relationship will be between the clinical expert groups and the recently established cross-Clinical Reference Group working parties.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

As part of the revised arrangements for the Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs), which support specialised commissioning, NHS England has also announced the establishment of cross-CRG working parties, including some which will work with other health and care bodies to contribute to improving services, data and efficiency. These are not distinct CRGs, but a collaboration between existing groups.

Those working parties are:

- Research – building an interface with the National Institute for Health Research to advise how future research strategies align with commissioning and maximising opportunities;

- Data and Resource – working with NHS Digital and NHS Improvement to provide clinical advice to these organisations in their work to improve the information that guides commissioning;

- Guidance – working with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a stakeholder in their guidance development and providing clinical advice as needed; and

- Value – to better understand, and therefore reduce, variations in services and, where appropriate, cease treatments/ways of working that are no longer of clinical or patient benefit.

These relate to the specialised commissioning CRGs and there is no link to the clinical expert groups.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Clinical Reference Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, when NHS England plans to publish the service guidance documents produced by the clinical reference groups.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

The service guidance documents will be disseminated through the newly formed Cancer Alliances.

One of the key objectives of the Alliances for 2016/17 is to create and agree a delivery plan for the Cancer Strategy locally, based on outcomes and evidence based best practice care pathways.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibilities the Government has for delivering services to teenagers and young adults with cancer.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

Cancer services for teenagers and young adults are delivered by a network of Principle Treatment Centres and Designated Hospitals, commissioned centrally by NHS England. Services include:

- All cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy;

- Specialist palliative care services;

- Survivorship;

- Long-term follow up; and

- Specialist therapies and rehabilitation.

Cancer services for teenagers and young adults reflect the unique needs of this age group. The delivery of care is arranged similarly to adult services, but there are important differences including the delivery of care in an age-appropriate environment and multi-disciplinary teams include social workers, youth workers, and activity coordinators.

Services also support teenagers and young adults with the late effects of cancer treatment which particularly affect this age group. Because cancer is a rare condition in this age range, teenage and young adult services work very closely with other agencies to deliver emotional, psychosocial and specialist therapies to support each teenager and young adult to maximise their physical, emotional, cognitive, social and functional potential.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, Department of Health's settlement at the Spending Review 2015, published on 25 November 2015, how the investment of up to £300 million per year on diagnostics will be spent in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 October 2016

The independent Cancer Taskforce’s implementation plan, published May 2016, included activity modelling that showed a 7% growth in overall diagnostic activity year on year to 2020/21. This was factored into overall clinical commissioning group (CCG) allocations and CCGs were advised to plan for appropriate diagnostic capacity as one of the nine ‘must dos’ in the 2016/17 Planning Guidance.

The Government and NHS England are also taking forward a number of diagnostic initiatives to support this through immediate investment in 2016-17. This includes a new National Diagnostics Capacity Fund to explore new and innovative ways to deliver diagnostic services; a new 28 Day Faster Diagnosis Standard, which will ensure that all patients are seen, and either diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within 28 Days; and Wave 2 of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, testing a new, multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre approach to ensuring patients with vague but concerning symptoms receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department of Health
Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2016 to Question 46209, when he expects terms of reference to be published for (a) the clinical expert groups and (b) the clinical steering group.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 18 October 2016

The Terms of Reference refer to management meetings, which are part of the programme structure and not statutory meetings or advisory mechanisms. Consequently NHS England does not plan to publish these.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 14 September 2016
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to determine how many trade negotiators his Department will require in the next six months.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 13 October 2016

The Department for International Trade already has a strong and capable trade policy team which has more than doubled in size since 23 June. Over the coming months we will be developing that team to build the world class negotiating strengths needed to deliver the best outcomes for the UK. They will have the depth and breadth of expertise to handle the full range of sectoral and cross-cutting issues that arise in trade agreements, supported by analysts and lawyers.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
Property: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government plans to take to protect the property ownership rights of UK citizens who own property in the EU after the UK has left the EU who (a) use the property primarily to rent out to others for holidays, (b) are the sole users, for holiday purposes and (c) are the sole users, and live there permanently.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 October 2016

At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, including those living in other EU countries or who own property in the EU. It is already the case that all Member States are bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights which obliges them to respect property rights.

Grouped Questions: 47486
Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to enable UK citizens living in other EU countries to remain there if they (a) have retired, (b) are working in those countries with habitual residence status and (c) are working in those countries part of the time but without habitual residence status.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 October 2016

At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, including those living in other EU countries or who own property in the EU. It is already the case that all Member States are bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights which obliges them to respect property rights.

Grouped Questions: 47485
Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 September 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Greece
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 43711, if she will take steps to increase the number of transfers to the UK of refugees in camps in Greece with family connections in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The Government is fully committed to the efficient and timely operation of the Dublin Regulation and we are working closely with EU partners, including the Greek authorities, to identify, assess and transfer those with family connections to the UK under the Dublin family reunion process.

We have seconded an expert to Greece to coordinate efforts on transferring unaccompanied children to the UK. We are following due process to ensure that any transfer is in their best interests and is lawful under EU legislation.

More broadly, the UK has offered 75 expert personnel to help with the processing and administration of migrants in reception centres, act as interpreters, provide medical support and bolster our existing team assisting the Commission to ensure effective and efficient coordination.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 September 2016
Ministry of Justice
Administration of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44521, what information her Department holds on how many (a) petitioners and (b) respondents who were ineligible for legal aid were unable to afford legal representation in applications to the family court for child contact or residence applications in 2015; how many such petitioners and respondents alleged that they were victims of domestic violence from the other party; and whether her Department has undertaken monitoring of the effect of a lack of legal representation on those victims and their children.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The representation status of unsuccessful applicants for legal aid is not centrally recorded. The Government is absolutely clear that victims of domestic violence must have access to the help they need, including access to legal aid. The operation of, and expenditure on, the legal aid scheme is continually monitored by the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency. Since the reforms were introduced thousands of people have applied for legal aid where domestic violence is involved and the majority have been granted it. Since the LASPO Act was introduced we have twice made changes so it is easier for people to get the evidence they need to claim legal aid.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Erasmus+ Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to enable young people from the UK to take part in the Erasmus scheme after the UK has exited the EU.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The referendum result has no immediate effect on students abroad under the Erasmus scheme or applying for 2016/17. Payments will be made in the usual way. Access to the programme after we leave the EU is a matter for the forthcoming negotiations. The Department offers the same support for study abroad under other schemes as for Erasmus.

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(Bristol West)
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Asked on: 14 September 2016
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Universities: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which UK universities are being excluded from joint funding applications to EU funding bodies by other EU universities.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 10 October 2016

The European Commission has made it clear that while the UK remains a member of the EU, proposals from, or including, UK applicants must be treated in the same way as applications from other Member States including for collaborations under Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

In addition, the HM Treasury announcement on 13th August brought clarity on continuity of research funding by stating that competitively bid for projects applied for before the UK departs the EU would be underwritten by the Treasury for the life of the project.

The Government is vigilant and will continue to monitor any problems in this area. To aid this we have set up a mailbox where specific instances should be sent: research@beis.gov.uk.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 September 2016
Home Office
Khat
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the ban on khat.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 September 2016

Khat was controlled as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in 2014.

The 2015/16 Crime Survey England and Wales found that 0.06% of adults aged 16 to 59 in the general population had used khat in the last year, equivalent to around 20,000 people. This is similar to 2014/15 (0.05%) but a statistically significant fall compared with 0.2% in the previous two survey years when khat was measured (2010/11 and 2011/12).

We will continue to monitor the situation in relation to khat as appropriate, including through recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Our approach to drugs remains clear: we must prevent drug use in our communities and help dependent individuals to recover, while ensuring our drugs laws are enforced.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 September 2016
Department of Health
Cancer: Clinical Reference Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on the future of the common cancer clinical reference groups.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 19 September 2016

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Cancer, Professor Chris Harrison, has been working with the four common cancer ‘clinical reference groups’ to clarify their role within the system, especially in relation to the Clinical Reference Groups that provide advice and expertise to NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.

NHS England has decided to continue the common cancer groups as ‘clinical expert groups’ and to bring together their chairs to form a clinical steering group for the national programme, to support a pathway approach to care management and measurement.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 September 2016
Women and Equalities
LGBT People
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to page eight of the Government's response to the First Report of the Women and Equalities Committee of Session 2015-16, on Transgender Equality, HC 390, by what date the Government plans to publish an update report on both the existing Transgender Action Plan and the 2011 LGBT Action Plan which includes LGB as well as transgender commitments.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 15 September 2016

On 7 July 2016, the Government responded to the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry on transgender equality. In this, we committed to publishing an update on progress against “Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward (2011)”; and “Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action (2011)”.

The Government will publish both of these documents in due course.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 September 2016
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his Department's policy to ensure that trade negotiations are linked to the UK's human rights obligations.
A
Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 15 September 2016

The UK will in due course consider all options in the design of future bilateral trade negotiations. Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade agreements and trade policy, of which human rights is a fundamental principle.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 September 2016
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether UK citizens remain eligible to apply for grants from the Creative Europe scheme for grants that potentially last beyond the time when the UK plans to leave the EU; and how the Government plans to replace that scheme when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 15 September 2016

Leaving the EU means we will want to take our own decisions about how to deliver the policy objectives previously targeted by EU funding. Over the coming months, we will consult closely with stakeholders to review all EU funding schemes in the round, to ensure that any ongoing funding commitments best serve the UK‘s national interest, while ensuring appropriate investor certainty.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 September 2016
Department of Health
Breast Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of women dying as a result of breast cancer.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 15 September 2016

The independent Cancer Taskforce published its report, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England 2015-2020, in July 2015, recommending improvements across the cancer patient pathway, including for breast cancer. An implementation plan, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: Taking the strategy forward, was published on 12 May 2016 and we hope to see great progress as it is delivered.

Earlier diagnosis makes it more likely that patients will receive effective treatments. We have committed to implementing recommendation 24 of the report that by 2020, everyone referred with a suspicion of cancer will receive either a definitive diagnosis or the all-clear within four weeks. This standard will be underpinned by investment of up to £300 million more in diagnostics each year by 2020.

On breast cancer specifically, the cancer strategy recommended that we:

- ensure that chemo-prevention is being used appropriately to reduce the risk of developing breast cancers, particularly in younger women at high risk of developing cancer;

- commission the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to develop updated guidelines for adjuvant treatment for breast cancer, including the use of bisphosphonates and aromatase inhibitors to prevent secondary cancers in women previously treated for early stage breast cancer;

- ensure that all patients treated for cancer are given advice on how best to manage their risk level and ensure that the risk of developing secondary cancers is reduced, as well as ensuring that there is a fast and efficient route back into treatment for patients who suffer recurrence; and

- ensure that, by 2020, the 280,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year will benefit from a tailored recovery package. The packages will be individually designed to help each person, live well beyond cancer, including psychological and social support for those whose cancer recurs, or who live for a long time with cancer or its consequences, as is often the case in women with secondary breast cancer.

We have also run two national Be Clear on Cancer campaigns in 2014 and 2015 to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged over 70. The campaigns targeted women over 70 because the disease is often diagnosed at a later stage in this age group. Breast screening for asymptomatic cancer saves an estimated 1,300 lives a year in the United Kingdom. A major randomised controlled trial is testing whether extending breast screening to women aged 47-49 and 71-73 will save more lives. Over 2 million women have been randomised into the trial, and results are expected in the early 2020s.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Greece
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government is providing to Greece to ensure that refugees have access to clear information on the Dublin III regulation and its family unity provisions in a language they can understand; and what steps expert personnel deployed to Greece in May 2016 are taking to ensure that detailed and coherent information is provided to refugees who are in accommodation sites across mainland Greece.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 14 September 2016
Holding answer received on 05 September 2016

Home Office staff seconded to the Greek Government and the European Asylum Support Office are there to support the overall asylum system in Greece and improve the Dublin process. Two applicants have arrived in the UK since May 2016.

Providing refugees with access to clear, detailed and coherent information is the responsibility of the Greek authorities. The UK believes that member states should meet their international obligations and provide due process and adequate care to those seeking protection within their territories.

The Commission Implementing Regulation No 118/2014 clearly sets out the obligations for Member States to provide an information leaflet for applicants for international protection, including a specific leaflet for unaccompanied children.

Following the EU-Turkey agreement and discussions with the European Commission and the Greek Government, the UK has offered a further 75 expert personnel to help with the processing and administration of migrants in reception centres, act as interpreters, provide medical support and bolster our existing team assisting the Commission to ensure effective and efficient coordination.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 September 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people refused asylum under the non-suspensive appeal policy were removed from the UK in the first six months of 2016; and how many such people (a) lodged an appeal and (b) successfully appealed against the refusal of their asylum application.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 13 September 2016
Holding answer received on 07 September 2016

Between 1st January and 30th June 2016, 110 removals of people who have previously been refused asylum and had their claims certified, took place. Of those claimants removed in that period four lodged appeals; there were no successful appeals by the end of the same period.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 September 2016
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register: Females
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that residents of women's refuges are automatically entitled to anonymity on the electoral register.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 13 September 2016

As I stated on 7 September 2016, Official Report, Column 318, the Government is determined that those whose personal safety would be at risk if their details appeared on the register should be able to register anonymously. The Government is aware of concerns that it is difficult for victims of domestic violence to apply for anonymous registration and has announced plans to look closely at the regulations on this important policy.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 September 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Local Housing Allowance: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the housing benefit cap does not have an adverse financial effect on refuges for domestic violence survivors; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 13 September 2016

All tenants in supported accommodation are exempted from the Local Housing Allowance cap until April 2017.

The Secretary of State has confirmed that the Government expects to make an announcement on the way forward for supported housing in early autumn.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 September 2016
Home Office
Asylum: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications have been transferred to another EU country under the Dublin III Regulation in the first six months of 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 12 September 2016
Holding answer received on 07 September 2016

In the first six months of 2016, our records indicate that the UK has returned 198 applicants to other Member States under the Dublin III Regulations to have their asylum applications considered.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 July 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Families
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications have been identified for consideration by expert personnel deployed by her Department to Greece to support the Greek Dublin Unit and EASO under the Dublin III regulation on family unity since May 2016; and how many such applicants have been transferred to the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 07 September 2016
Holding answer received on 05 September 2016

Home Office staff seconded to the Greek Government and the European Asylum Support Office are there to support the overall asylum system in Greece and improve the Dublin process. Two applicants have arrived in the UK since May 2016.

Providing refugees with access to clear, detailed and coherent information is the responsibility of the Greek authorities. The UK believes that member states should meet their international obligations and provide due process and adequate care to those seeking protection within their territories.

The Commission Implementing Regulation No 118/2014 clearly sets out the obligations for Member States to provide an information leaflet for applicants for international protection, including a specific leaflet for unaccompanied children. Following the EU-Turkey agreement and discussions with the European Commission and the Greek Government, the UK has offered a further 75 expert personnel to help with the processing and administration of migrants in reception centres, act as interpreters, provide medical support and bolster our existing team assisting the Commission to ensure effective and efficient coordination.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 September 2016
Ministry of Justice
Administration of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what monitoring her Department has carried out to ensure that no one is denied access to justice, regardless of ability to pay for legal representation.
A
Answered by: Sir Oliver Heald
Answered on: 07 September 2016

We have made sure that legal aid continues to be available in the most serious cases, for example where people’s life, liberty, or housing is at stake or where their children may be taken into care. The operation of, and expenditure on, the legal aid scheme is continually monitored by the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 02 September 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for local councils to bid for funds to improve local railway stations and rail services.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 07 September 2016

The Department launched a new round of the New Stations Fund on 26 August, with up to £20 million available towards the total project cost. Promoters of new stations, including local authorities, should submit bids by 25 November.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 20 July 2016
Home Office
Female Genital mutilation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring her Department undertakes of the incidence of female genital mutilation (a) for each of the four known types of female genital mutilations and (b) in Bristol; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 05 September 2016

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and it is child abuse. We will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong physical and psychological suffering to women and girls.

Work to tackle FGM forms an integral part of our cross-Government Violence Against Women and Girls strategy published on 8 March. The first annual statistics on the number of cases recorded by the NHS in England were published on 21 July for the period April 2015 to March 2016. They show that there were 5,702 newly recorded cases of FGM reported and of those, where type was known, Types 1 and 2 have the highest incidence (35 and 31 per cent respectively). In Bristol, there were 385 cases newly recorded.

More information on these figures is available on the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s website.

A 2015 prevalence study part-funded by the Home Office estimated that approximately 137,000 women and girls in England and Wales are affected by FGM and 60,000 girls were born to women who had undergone FGM.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 20 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures her Department plans to put in place to improve the processing time for sending documentation including national insurance numbers and biometric residence permits to people who have been granted refugee status.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 September 2016

Details to apply for a National Insurance Number (NINO) are collected at the substantive interview and sent to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if a claimant is granted asylum. DWP aim to return these to the Home Office within seven working days before it is sent to the claimant. Processing for Biometric Residence Permits begins once claimants have enrolled their details. If completed promptly it can be received by them within seven working days of the grant of asylum but delays can occur if a claimant has not enrolled their signature or biometrics prior to the grant of asylum.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 July 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by which date she expects to have resettled 3,000 at risk child asylum-seekers and their families from the Middle East and North Africa to the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 September 2016

The Government has committed to resettling to the UK up to 3,000 individuals under a scheme designed to protect vulnerable children in the Middle East and North Africa over the lifetime of this Parliament. There will be a review of the scheme at the two year mark.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Syria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what timetable she has set for resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 September 2016

Work continues with local authorities and international partners to deliver the Government’s commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the lifetime of this Parliament and we are on track to do this.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 July 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Refugees: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) funding and (b) guidance his Department provides to local authorities to enable people who have recently been granted refugee status to benefit from rent deposit schemes if they are not considered to be in priority need for housing.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 21 July 2016

Any person, including those granted refugee status, who is not in priority need is eligible for homelessness assistance. Local authorities have a duty to provide advice and information on homelessness, free of charge, to anyone seeking help. Wherever possible local housing authorities will try to stop households from facing the stress and upheaval of a homelessness crisis by taking steps to prevent their homelessness. That is why government has maintained and protected homelessness prevention funding for local authorities, totalling £315 million by 2019/20.

Statutory guidance does not mandate the use of specific preventative tools but sets out a wide range of options so that local authorities can meet the specific needs of an individual on a case by case basis. Rent deposit and rent bond schemes are included within this guidance and the majority of local authorities will operate one.

Since 2010 local authorities have prevented homelessness for over 1.1 million households. We have committed to work with local authorities, homelessness charities and across departments to consider options, including legislation, to put prevention at the centre of our approach to tackling homelessness.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 July 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Single People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve access to the private rented sector for single people who are homeless.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 20 July 2016

One person without a home is one too many and we are committed to do all we can to prevent homelessness.

Increasing access to the private rented sector is one of the many ways we are trying to achieve this. We have already made a significant investment of nearly £14 million for Crisis to develop a programme to help single homeless people access private rented sector accommodation. This has helped over 10,000 people, with over 90% maintaining tenancies for at least 6 months.

In Budget 2016, we also announced a £10 million fund to support and scale-up initiatives to prevent and reduce rough sleeping and a £10 million Social Impact Bond to support the most entrenched rough sleepers off the streets.

In addition, we are working to increase supply, and therefore affordability, in the private rented sector by accelerating the development of a new market for private renters, including our £1 billion build to rent fund and the £3.5 billion private rented sector debt guarantee scheme.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Greece
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of support her Department has given to the Greek authorities to assist with processing refugees and identifying those who may qualify for relocation to the UK under the Dublin III arrangements for family reunion.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2016

The Government continues to work with key EU Member States to ensure the Dublin Regulation family reunification process works effectively.

The UK continues to offer support to Greece both bilaterally and through the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). In addition to our regular short-term deployments to support Dublin family transfers to the UK, the UK has offered 75 expert personnel to help with the processing and administration of migrants in reception centres, act as interpreters, provide medical support and bolster our existing team assisting the Commission to ensure effective and efficient co-ordination.

We are working with partners to ensure that those who qualify for family reunification under the Dublin III arrangements are processed efficiently. Furthermore, we continue to work with partners and the Greek authorities to identify and transfer vulnerable unaccompanied refugee children from Europe to the UK where it is in their best interests, as set out in the Immigration Act 2016. This is not a simple task. We are working through the complex legal and safeguarding systems of other countries in order to ensure that any actions we take are always in the child’s best interest. We have recently seconded an expert to Greece, who is embedded within the relevant department to coordinate efforts on this initiative.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 39223, what criteria officials of her Department have to follow to fulfil the aim of processing refugee integration loan applications as quickly as possible.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2016

The rules setting out eligibility for integration loans are set out in the Integration loans for Refugees and Other Regulations 2007. All the factors set out in these Regulations are considered for each application received for an integration loan.

We do not intend to set a target time for processing loans less than the 28 day support period given to those granted refugee status. However processes are reviewed on a regular basis and the department aims to respond to all applications as quickly as possible.

Grouped Questions: 42664
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will set a target time for processing an application for a refugee integration loan that is less than the 28-day asylum support period that is terminated after refugee status has been granted.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2016

The rules setting out eligibility for integration loans are set out in the Integration loans for Refugees and Other Regulations 2007. All the factors set out in these Regulations are considered for each application received for an integration loan.

We do not intend to set a target time for processing loans less than the 28 day support period given to those granted refugee status. However processes are reviewed on a regular basis and the department aims to respond to all applications as quickly as possible.

Grouped Questions: 42587
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 July 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Jobcentre Plus: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training Job Centre Plus staff are required to undertake on the support that is available to people who have been granted refugee status.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 20 July 2016

Jobcentre Plus staff are trained to consider a person's circumstances and to tailor support according to individual need. All staff complete customer awareness training that covers a wide range of customer circumstances that includes asylum seekers and refugees.

Jobcentre Plus staff supplement national instructions with information on services and support available in their local area. This is accessed via the District Provision Tool which contains a wealth of information on the support available for vulnerable claimants including refugees. Staff are encouraged to access this regularly.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy, where a newly recognised refugee has made an application for welfare benefits during the statutory 28 day move-on period, to continue paying asylum support allowance to that refugee until their first welfare benefit has been paid, including in circumstances where that payment is a short-term benefit advance.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2016
Holding answer received on 19 July 2016

We are working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that new recognised refugees apply promptly for any welfare benefit for which they may be eligible and receive the first payment of any benefit for which they qualify before their Home Office support ends. We will evaluate the impact of this work later this year and bring forward a change to the current 28-day move-on period if the evaluation shows that to be necessary.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 July 2016
Department for International Development
Syria: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on implementing pledges on child education made in the Supporting Syria Conference held in the UK in February 2016; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 19 July 2016

The UK has been working closely with the UN, other donors and refugee hosting countries to deliver increased enrolment in formal and informal education. The UK is on track to deliver on its Conference commitments to support education, including spending £40million a year on education in Lebanon and £20million a year in Jordan. We will continue to work closely with these partners to track progress, including on enrolment in the upcoming school year.

The UK is supporting the provision of informal and formal education opportunities to 1.1m children in Syria and the region. In addition, the UK has financed the provision of 350,000 children in Lebanon with textbooks, including over 100,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanese public schools.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 July 2016
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Museums and Galleries: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37452, if she will commission detailed monitoring of the effect of local authority funding reductions on local authority museum and gallery (a) opening hours, (b) staffing, (c) specific activities and (d) closures.
A
Answered by: Karen Bradley
Answered on: 18 July 2016

Arts Council England is gathering data on the effects of changes to local authority funding.

This Department is also undertaking a Museums Review of the whole museums sector, as announced in the recent Culture White Paper. The Review will be looking at a range of challenges facing the sector and will include museums in receipt of funding from local authorities as well as those which are independent from public funding.

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(Bristol West)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 37587, whether she is taking steps to reduce the time taken to process applications for the remaining children in refugee camps in Calais.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 18 July 2016

Where an asylum claim is lodged in France by a minor with close family connections to the UK, both governments are committed to ensuring that process are in place to expedite reunification. Under the UK-France Joint Declaration of 20 August 2015, the UK and France have committed to ensuring that the provisions of the Dublin III Regulation are used efficiently and effectively. To assist the handling of such cases, the two Governments have established a permanent official contact group, agreed single points of contact within respective Dublin Units and the UK has seconded an asylum expert to the French administration to improve all stages of the process of identifying, protecting and transferring relevant cases to the UK. We continue to work with the French Government to improve processes.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to allow people who have recently been granted refugee status and have not yet received a refugee integration loan to remain in asylum accommodation.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 18 July 2016

We are working towards achieving more integrated communities and creating the conditions for everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other.

Those who are granted refugee status are given access to the labour market, mainstream benefits and housing assistance from their local authority. There are therefore no plans to allow refugees to stay in asylum support accommodation.

The Home Office offers integration loans to recognised refugees. The loan is designed to help refugees integrate into UK society by offering financial support towards housing costs, employment and training.

The Home Office also funds strategic migration partnerships which provide coordination and support services for those organisations working with migrants and refugees in local communities.

Earlier this year the Government announced that £20 million of additional funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses would be introduced in October 2016. This funding will reach the most isolated communities in the UK.

Grouped Questions: 42666 | 42667 | 42727
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: English Language
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a strategy for ensuring that classes in English are provided for refugees as soon as possible after refugee status has been granted.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 18 July 2016

We are working towards achieving more integrated communities and creating the conditions for everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other.

Those who are granted refugee status are given access to the labour market, mainstream benefits and housing assistance from their local authority. There are therefore no plans to allow refugees to stay in asylum support accommodation.

The Home Office offers integration loans to recognised refugees. The loan is designed to help refugees integrate into UK society by offering financial support towards housing costs, employment and training.

The Home Office also funds strategic migration partnerships which provide coordination and support services for those organisations working with migrants and refugees in local communities.

Earlier this year the Government announced that £20 million of additional funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses would be introduced in October 2016. This funding will reach the most isolated communities in the UK.

Grouped Questions: 42662 | 42667 | 42727
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees: English Language
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that English classes are provided for refugees as soon as possible after refugee status has been granted.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 18 July 2016

We are working towards achieving more integrated communities and creating the conditions for everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other.

Those who are granted refugee status are given access to the labour market, mainstream benefits and housing assistance from their local authority. There are therefore no plans to allow refugees to stay in asylum support accommodation.

The Home Office offers integration loans to recognised refugees. The loan is designed to help refugees integrate into UK society by offering financial support towards housing costs, employment and training.

The Home Office also funds strategic migration partnerships which provide coordination and support services for those organisations working with migrants and refugees in local communities.

Earlier this year the Government announced that £20 million of additional funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses would be introduced in October 2016. This funding will reach the most isolated communities in the UK.

Grouped Questions: 42662 | 42666 | 42727
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: 13 July 2016
Home Office
Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to provide an integration support service for refugees to help those refugees who have recently arrived in the UK to integrate into local communities.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 18 July 2016

We are working towards achieving more integrated communities and creating the conditions for everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other.

Those who are granted refugee status are given access to the labour market, mainstream benefits and housing assistance from their local authority. There are therefore no plans to allow refugees to stay in asylum support accommodation.

The Home Office offers integration loans to recognised refugees. The loan is designed to help refugees integrate into UK society by offering financial support towards housing costs, employment and training.

The Home Office also funds strategic migration partnerships which provide coordination and support services for those organisations working with migrants and refugees in local communities.

Earlier this year the Government announced that £20 million of additional funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses would be introduced in October 2016. This funding will reach the most isolated communities in the UK.

Grouped Questions: 42662 | 42666 | 42667
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: 13 July 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Jobcentre Plus: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Jobcentre Plus staff follow the guidance on newly recognised refugees applying for welfare benefits so as to ensure that those refugees are not left without support.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 18 July 2016

We have recently carried out an analysis of the information and instructions available to DWP staff handling claims from refugees and a number of improvements have been made to instructions as a result. These changes have been accompanied by an alert to staff.

Jobcentre Plus leaders use a Quality Assurance Framework as a tool to support their work coaches deliver a quality service. This includes a Quality Assurance Standards observation process, which is used by managers to regularly observe interviews with claimants; this observation includes ensuring specific support for refugees is provided.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 July 2016
Home Office
Female Genital Mutilation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the modal age is of girls experiencing female genital mutilation; whether and how this modal age has changed over the last 15 years; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Karen Bradley
Answered on: 14 July 2016

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and it is child abuse. We will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong physical and psychological suffering to women and girls.

As set out in the new statutory multi-agency FGM guidance, FGM is usually carried out between infancy and the age of 15, however the age at which it is carried out varies enormously according to the community.

We will not stop FGM until we have changed attitudes within communities. We are working closely with community organisations, faith groups and survivors through the FGM Unit which is carrying out an ongoing programme of outreach with local community groups and professionals across England and Wales.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 29 June 2016
Home Office
Police: Cameras
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Metropolitan Police Service has made on piloting and evaluating the use by police officers of body-worn cameras; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 05 July 2016

The Metropolitan Police Service, working with the College of Policing and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime conducted a trial last year.

The published study ‘Police Camera Evidence: London’s cluster randomised control trials of 'Body Worn Video’ can be found on the College of Policing’s website at: http://www.college.police.uk/News/College-news/Documents/BWV%20report%20Nov%202015.pdf

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: 29 June 2016
Home Office
Police: Bureaucracy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in the number of back office staff on the time spent on administrative duties by frontline police officers in (a) Avon and Somerset and (b) England.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 05 July 2016
Holding answer received on 04 July 2016

Ultimately decisions on the size, composition and deployment of a police force’s workforce are operational matters for individual chief constables, working with their democratically elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

The proportion of police officers in frontline roles in England and Wales increased from 89% in March 2010 to 92% in March 2015 and from 90% to 93% in Avon and Somerset in the same period. At the same time, the Government has slashed bureaucracy – worth up to 4.5 million hours a year – equivalent to over 2,100 police officers.

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: 29 June 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle increases in levels of street homelessness in (a) Bristol and (b) England.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 04 July 2016

One person without a home is one too many. That is why we have increased central investment to tackle homelessness over the next four years to £139 million. This includes £10 million to support innovative ways to prevent and reduce rough sleeping, building on the success of our No Second Night Out initiative.

We are also developing a new national £10 million Social Impact Bond fund to help homeless people with the most complex needs move off the streets. It will build on our investment in the world’s first homelessness Social Impact Bond in London.

As well as this, we will also be launching an additional £100 million programme for low-cost move on accommodation, including for rough sleepers leaving hostels.

We are determined to ensure that we prevent more people from becoming homeless in the first place so we are working with local authorities, homelessness charities and across departments to consider options, including legislation, to prevent more people from becoming homeless.

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: 29 June 2016
Ministry of Justice
Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been under legislation on female genital mutilation.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 04 July 2016

There has been one prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 since it came into force.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 15 June 2016
Home Office
Free Movement of People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that non-EEA family members of UK citizens have equal rights of travel within the EU when travelling with their UK citizen family member who has not exercised his or her rights under the Free Movement Directive, 2004/38/EC as do those who have exercised such rights.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 30 June 2016

British citizens can enter any European Union (EU) Member State on production of a valid UK passport. Family members who accompany or join their British citizen relatives can also be admitted to any EU Member State on production of a passport and, where required by the national law of that state, an entry visa or the appropriate residence card.

Where admission is permitted, an EU citizen may remain in another EU state with their family members for up to three months from the date of entry, provided they do not become a burden on the social assistance system of the UK. Those EU nationals wishing to stay beyond three months can only do so where they are exercising a Treaty right.

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: 13 June 2016
Home Office
Police: Job Satisfaction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the morale of police officers (a) nationally and (b) at force level; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 27 June 2016

The Home Office does not hold data centrally on the morale of police officers. It is the responsibility of chief officers - supported by the College of Policing - to ensure good management systems are in place to support officers in their work. It is ultimately a matter for chief constables and police and crime commissioners to monitor the morale and engagement levels of their workforce.

The Government recognises the importance of police welfare- in October 2014 we allocated £10m to help support emergency services personnel and volunteers, focused on mental health, physical recuperation and bereavement support for those who need it.

£4m was allocated to the charity Mind specifically for mental health issues to cover financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16.

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