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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 08 March 2019
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements: Public Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) the NHS and (b) other public services will be excluded from future trade deals.
A
Answered by: George Hollingbery
Answered on: 15 March 2019

I refer [the Honourable Friend for Sheffield Hallam] to the answer I gave to [the Member for Midlothian] on 26 February 2019, UIN 224362.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Treasury
Banks: Closures
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent bank branch closures on (a) rural and suburban communities and (b) the community of Sheffield Hallam constituency.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 11 March 2019

The Treasury does not make assessments of the bank branch network. The decision to close a branch is a commercial issue for the management team of the bank. However, Government believes it is important the impact on communities must be understood, considered and mitigated where possible.

The Financial Conduct Authority undertook an analysis of branch closures as part of their Strategic Review of Retail Banking Business Models. This analysis can be found in Annex 1 of the final report (https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/multi-firm-reviews/strategic-review-retail-banking-business-models-final-report.pdf)

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Hunting
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the research and observation exemption claimed by people hunting deer with dogs under section 9 of the Hunting Act 2004 is legitimately claimed; and what information his Department holds on whether any such research has been published.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 March 2019

Section 9 of the Hunting Act 2004 does not relate to the research and observation exception under the Act. Paragraph 9, Schedule 1 of the Hunting Act 2004 sets out an exception for research and observation. The Department does not hold information on the application of that exemption or any research published under or relating to it.

Anyone who has information about individuals illegitimately relying on the research and observation exemption should report the matter to the police, as they deal with complaints of illegal hunting.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 February 2019
Department for Education
Schools: Sheffield Hallam
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to increase the level infrastructure spending on schools in Sheffield Hallam constituency.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 04 March 2019

The Department’s priorities for investment in the school estate are to ensure there are enough school places and that the school estate is safe.

The Department has committed £7 billion to deliver new school places between 2015-2021, on top of the investment in the free school programme.

Local authorities are under a statutory duty to ensure that there is a school place available for every child. Sheffield received £95.5 million to provide new school places from 2011-2018 and has been allocated a further £22 million from 2018-2021. Funding for school places is based on local authorities’ own data on school capacity and pupil forecasts. There is, therefore, no shortfall between the number of places funded and those that councils say they need to create.

Since 2015, the Department has allocated £6 billion in condition funding to those responsible for maintaining school buildings across the country. Included within this, Sheffield local authority receives an annual school condition allocation to invest in maintenance priorities across its schools. In 2018-19, they received £2.7 million and voluntary aided (VA) schools in the area were allocated £210,000.

Maintained schools in Sheffield also received their own direct capital allocations totalling £2 million in 2018-19 and £109,000 for VA schools. This includes their allocation from the additional £400 million of capital funding announced at Budget 2018. These figures do not include academies, which receive separate funding.

In addition, the Priority School Building Programme is rebuilding or refurbishing buildings in the worst condition at over 500 schools across England, including 4 schools in Sheffield City Council’s area.

The Department is collecting updated data on the condition of the school estate in England which is due to be completed in autumn 2019 and will help inform future funding policy. The Department will also continue to look carefully at capital funding in preparation for the next Spending Review, along with all its priorities for the education system.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 February 2019
Department for Education
Bradfield School Sheffield: Sixth Form Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Department have to replace the sixth form places lost as a result of the closure of Bradfield School Sixth Form in Sheffield Hallam.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 01 March 2019

Local authorities are responsible for making sure that provision meets the needs of young people in their area.

The statutory duty to secure sufficient suitable education and training provision for all young people in their area lies with local authorities. Therefore, it is for Sheffield City Council to decide if there is a gap in provision or if students are able to access sufficient suitable places at other providers. If the local authority is able to provide evidence of a gap in provision, it should contact the Education and Skills Funding Agency to discuss options for filling that gap. This could include commissioning additional places if necessary.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 February 2019
Department for Education
Schools: Sheffield Hallam
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the National Funding Formula on (a) the number of school places, (b) spending per pupil, (c) school spending reserves and (d) sustainability of school funding in Sheffield Hallam constituency.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 28 February 2019

The national funding formula allocates the significant majority of funding for schools on a per pupil basis. Where the number of places increases, and those places are filled, the formula will allocate more funding accordingly. Similarly, if the number of pupils (and school places) decreases, less funding is allocated.

On average, schools in Sheffield Hallam constituency will attract 6.0% more funding per pupil by 2019-20, compared to 2017/18 – an increase of £248 per pupil. Total funding will increase by 7.6% when rising pupil numbers are also taken into account. These figures are based on 2018/19 pupil data.

The national funding formula came into force in April 2018. The Department does not collect data on school balances for the 2018/19 financial year, and therefore cannot draw conclusions about its effect on school reserves.

It is recognised schools have faced cost pressures in recent years. This is why a strategy has been announced setting out the support, current and planned, to help schools make the most of their available resources. The strategy can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-excellent-school-resource-management.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 24 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Treatments: Innovation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has to facilitate commercial discussions between manufacturers and NHS England at an early stage in its evaluations of highly specialised technologies.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2018

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) it has recently set up a commercial function that specifically focuses on engaging in discussions around commercial arrangements - The Commercial and Managed Access Programme. Through this function, NICE will provide companies with opportunities to engage in commercial and managed access conversations with both NICE and NHS England.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 24 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the introduction of a cost-effectiveness threshold in the NICE highly specialised technologies appraisal process, what steps he is taking to ensure equity of access to treatment for different subgroups of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 01 November 2018

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) evaluates all medicines referred to its highly specialised technologies (HST) programme, including medicines for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, consistently in accordance with its published methods and processes. In 2017, following public consultation, NICE introduced an assessment of cost-effectiveness into its HST methodology that provides a consistent and transparent mechanism for evaluating technologies while recognising the need for greater flexibility in the evaluation of very high cost drugs for the treatment of very rare diseases.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Natural Gas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure that there is a secure supply of gas for residents of (a) England and (b) Sheffield Hallam in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 24 October 2018

Maintaining security of supply is a top priority. The Government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready for EU Exit in all scenarios, including in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Even with an unlikely ‘no deal’ outcome, the mechanisms of cross-border gas trading are not expected to fundamentally change for the UK and so we expect no material impact on security of supply. Government has set out in a technical notice how cross-border gas trading may be impacted in the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Electricity
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure that there is a secure supply of electricity for residents of (a) England and (b) Sheffield Hallam in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 24 October 2018

Maintaining security of supply is a top priority. The Government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready for EU Exit in all scenarios, including in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The Government is working with Ofgem and National Grid to ensure security of supply following EU Exit utilising existing measures such as the Capacity Market. Government has set out in a technical notice how cross-border trade and supply of electricity may be impacted in the unlikely event of a No Deal.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Synthetic Cannabinoids
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what strategy his Department has to tackle the use of synthetic cannabinoids in prisons.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 24 October 2018

We have formed a Drugs Taskforce working with law enforcement and health partners across government to reduce substance misuse including psychoactive substances (PS) in prisons. The Taskforce is developing a Prison Drugs Strategy for publication this autumn which supports and complements the National Drugs Strategy published by the Home Office in 2017. Our approach is centred around the same three objectives: restricting supply, reducing demand and building recovery. We are supporting prisons in reducing all types of drug use, with a particular focus on PS and the unique challenges they bring. In September 2016, we became the first prison service in the world to introduce innovative mandatory drug tests for psychoactive substances, a significant step in tackling the supply and use of them. We have made it a criminal offence to possess psychoactive substances in prison and trained more than 300 sniffer dogs specifically to detect these drugs. We will shortly be providing guidance on how to counter the evolving methods used by suppliers such as impregnated paper. The creation of a new specialist Financial Crime Unit to identify and disrupt the organised crime gangs fuelling drug dealing in prisons was announced by the Secretary of State for Justice at the Conservative Party Conference. The unit is staffed by members of the Police and Prison Service and is able to freeze bank accounts linked to organised crime and to make arrests. This action will cut the supply of drugs to prisoners and prevent money reaching criminal kingpins. We are supporting Bim Afolami MP’s Private Member’s Bill on substance testing in prisons. This legislation will simplify and strengthen the drug testing framework, allowing us to test for all psychoactive substances, as well as prescription-only and pharmacy medicines, helping to identify where they are being abused.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to protect and support prison staff from abuse.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 24 October 2018

Our prison staff work incredibly hard and we are under no illusions about the challenges they face. We are taking urgent action to make prisons safer, and assaults on our hardworking staff will never be tolerated. That is why we are working with the Police and Crown Prosecution Service to ensure successful prosecutions of those who assault them. It is also why the Government supported the recently passed Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act, which increases sentences for those who attack emergency workers, including prison officers.

We are taking further measures to protect our staff, including investing in 5,600 body-worn cameras and in rigid-bar handcuffs. Early next year we will begin to equip every prison officer in the adult male prison estate with PAVA incapacitant spray. PAVA can help to prevent serious harm to staff and prisoners alike, as well as being a tool to persuade prisoners in the act of violence to stop. It will be deployed only in prisons that have rolled out the key worker scheme, and in which staff have been properly trained.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support prisoners who have mental health issues; and whether his Department has plans to expand the provision of such support.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 24 October 2018

We take mental health issues very seriously and are committed to working closely with health partners to ensure that offenders are able to access the treatment and support required for their mental health needs. Providing the right interventions at the right time is vital to improving outcomes. Liaison & Diversion services place clinical staff at police stations and courts, to provide assessments and referrals to treatment and support. They also provide critical information to decision-makers in the justice system, so that decisions and sentences can be tailored to meet their needs. Liaison and Diversion services continue to be rolled out across England, and were at 82% at the end of March 2018. Full roll out is expected by 2020-21. For those in custody, NHS England are responsible for commissioning and delivering health services in prisons in England. In Wales, healthcare is devolved to the Welsh Government. However, we recognise the importance of the prison environment on enabling better health outcomes. To June 2018, we have recruited an additional 3,653 frontline prison officers who will help improve prison regimes and access to healthcare. This will also enable us to implement the key worker role, giving staff dedicated time to provide one-to-one support to individual prisoners and, for example, identify where mental health support may be needed. We are also working to improve prison staff training around mental health, including providing revised suicide and self-harm prevention training. Over 17,000 prison staff have completed at least one module of the revised suicide and self-harm prevention training. We are currently reviewing the mental health element of the Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) to ensure it provides staff with the knowledge and confidence to recognise and respond appropriately to new or unreported mental health problems, or to recognise when existing problems are deteriorating. We have awarded grant of £500k a year, for the next three years, to the Samaritans to enable the continuation of their excellent Listeners Scheme.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Supply
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ensure that there is a secure supply of food for residents of (a) England and (b) Sheffield Hallam in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 23 October 2018

We firmly believe it is in the interests of both the EU and the UK to strike a deal. That remains the goal on both sides and we are confident that this will be achieved. But it is the job of a responsible Government to prepare for all scenarios, including the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal. We have already carried out very significant ‘no deal’ preparations and we are now stepping up the pace, including publishing a series of technical notices so that businesses and citizens have time to prepare.

The government has well established ways of working with the food industry to mitigate possible disruption and we will be using these to support preparations for leaving the EU.

The UK has a high degree of food security, built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from third countries. Consumers will continue to have access to a range of different products when we leave the EU.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure that there is a secure medicine supply for hospitals in (a) England and (b) Sheffield in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 23 October 2018

On 23 August 2018, the Department wrote to a number of pharmaceutical companies that supply the United Kingdom with medicines from, or via, the European Union/European Economic Area, asking them to ensure they have a minimum of six weeks’ additional supply in the United Kingdom, over and above their business as usual operational buffer stocks, by 29 March 2019 in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Since writing to pharmaceutical companies, we have received good engagement from the industry who share our aims in ensuring continuity of medicines supply is maintained for patients across the UK. The Department continues to work closely with these companies to ensure that their UK stockpiles of medicines are sufficient to cope with any potential delays at the border that may arise in the short term in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department for International Trade
UK Trade with EU: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has to support businesses that export to the EU in the event that that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 22 October 2018

The Department for International Trade has carried out significant preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario, and alongside other Departments has published technical notices to guide businesses on preparing for this eventuality. Our technical notices cover trade remedies, export control regulation, and trade agreement continuity, as well as a further technical notice on tariffs which we published jointly with HMRC and HMT. We are also preparing the Department to provide business-friendly answers to EU Exit enquiries on areas within our competence. Together with other Departments we are ensuring that businesses can access Government information on EU Exit online.

Businesses, including current exporters to the EU, will benefit from the Department for International Trade’s strong offer regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations. This offer includes impartial export advice from International Trade Advisors, our overseas network with a presence in 108 countries, and access to digital services that sit on our great.gov.uk platform.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department for Education
Universities: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to replace potential lost funding for universities as a result of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 19 October 2018

We remain confident that we will agree a mutually advantageous deal with the EU – we do not want or expect a no deal scenario. It is, however, the duty of a responsible government to continue to prepare for a range of potential outcomes, including the unlikely event of no deal. Extensive work to prepare for this scenario has been under way for almost two years and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the country continues to operate smoothly from the day we leave. We have now published 106 specific technical notices – including on Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ – to help businesses, universities, citizens and consumers prepare for a no deal scenario.

In the event of a no deal scenario the government’s underwrite guarantee will cover funding for successful competitive bids to Horizon 2020 submitted before exit day. In July 2018, we extended this guarantee to cover all successful competitive bids by UK entities to Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participation submitted between exit day and the end of 2020. The guarantee will apply for the lifetime of qualifying projects, even where this extends beyond 2020.

The government will cover funding for successful Erasmus+ bids from UK organisations that are submitted while the UK is still a Member State, even if they are not approved until after we leave. The government will need to reach agreement with the EU for UK organisations to continue participating in Erasmus+ projects and is seeking to hold these discussions with the EU. The government has also extended the underwrite guarantee to cover the payment of awards under successful Erasmus+ bids submitted post-March 2019 until the end of 2020. The eligibility of UK organisations to participate in calls for bids once the UK is no longer a Member State is subject to agreement between the EU and the UK.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Transport
Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Hope Valley Capacity Scheme, whether Network Rail has plans to make available increased capacity to provide additional diversionary routes during the TransPennine upgrade.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The use of the additional capacity created by the Hope Valley Capacity scheme will be determined by the franchise specifier, the Rail North Partnership. Diversionary routes for the proposed Transpennine Route Upgrade will be part of the next phase of planning once the scope is agreed.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Sheffield
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to support the recruitment of employees by health services in Sheffield in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 15 October 2018

We do not want or expect a no deal scenario. As a result of the significant progress made in negotiations, we remain confident we will agree a mutually advantageous deal with the European Union. We are not, however, complacent, and have plans in place in the event the United Kingdom leaves the EU with no deal. These plans are comprehensive, thorough and continuously updated.

We have been clear from the beginning of this process that we want EU nationals currently working in the National Health Service, to stay after we leave the EU. We will be working with NHS and social care employers across Sheffield as well as the whole of England to ensure their EU employees are aware of the straightforward and user-friendly EU settlement scheme which will allow them to secure settled status in the UK and enjoy broadly the same rights and benefits as they do now. This offer will stand irrespective of whether a deal is reached by the time the UK leaves the EU.

We have also introduced a range of measures to support increased recruitment and retention across the health and care system, including national recruitment campaigns that illustrate the diverse and fulfilling career opportunities available in the NHS and social care.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Pharmacy: Sheffield Hallam
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the proposed average payments to community pharmacies were in Sheffield Hallam constituency under the Pharmacy Access Scheme in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The average payments for community pharmacies located in the Sheffield Hallam constituency made through the Pharmacy Access Scheme were:

£8,007 per year in 2016/17; and

£15,173 per year in 2017/18.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Pharmacy: Sheffield Hallam
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average payments to community pharmacies were in Sheffield Hallam in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The average payments to community pharmacies in the Sheffield Hallam constituency were:

£632,488 per year in 2016/17; and

£628,579 per year in 2017/18.

These payments to pharmacies are to reimburse them for the cost of dispensed products and to remunerate them for the provision of nationally commissioned, advanced and enhanced services under the community pharmacy contractual framework, and some local services commissioned by NHS England.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Pharmacy: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the closure of community pharmacies.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 11 September 2018

There remains good access to community pharmacies with 88% of the population able to access their local pharmacy on foot within 20 minutes. To help maintain access to face-to-face National Health Service pharmaceutical services in areas with fewer pharmacies the Government introduced a Pharmacy Access Scheme (PHAS), under which pharmacies eligible for the scheme receive a ‘top-up’ payment, thus requiring them to make smaller efficiency savings than other non-PhAS pharmacies.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will revise upwards the level of compensation paid to people who experienced financial loses as a result of the mismanagement of Equitable Life.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

Around £1.5bn tax free has already been allocated to the Equitable Life Payment Scheme, which closed to new claims in 2015. There are no plans to reopen the Payment Scheme or to allocate further funds to it.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Women and Equalities
Public Sector: Equality
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Equalities Act 2010 so that the provisions of that Act on the public sector equality duty apply to Parliament and to hon. Members.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 07 September 2018

As the honourable Member notes, the functions of Parliament are currently exempt from the Public Sector Equality Duty. Making the functions of Parliament and of individual Members subject to the duty would make Parliamentary functions subject to compliance requirements by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the control of the Courts, raising constitutional questions.

Ministers of the Crown, when formulating policy, are acting as part of the Government and are therefore subject to the duty, as are Government Departments when preparing the policies behind primary legislation.

The Government has no plans to change this position.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Qatar: Working Conditions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Emir of Qatar on improving working conditions and valuing the human rights of workers in Qatar.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 04 September 2018

Ministers were able to discuss a range of issues with His Highness the Amir of Qatar during his visit in July. Qatar has made significant progress to improve the situation for its migrant workers since it won the right to host the World Cup. The International Labour Organisation opened an office in Doha this year to work with Qatar on migrant workers’ rights. The issue of conditions for migrant workers in Qatar is one we regularly raise with our counterparts and we are ready to offer further support to Qatar in its efforts.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nicaragua: Demonstrations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Nicaraguan Government on recent protests in that country.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 20 June 2018

The UK has been very clear with the Nicaraguan Government that they must take responsibility for ending the current violence and protecting human rights, particularly the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

These messages have been delivered in two meetings between the Head of Latin America Department and the Presidential Advisor on International Relations, and in a public statement by the British Ambassador to Nicaragua on 5 June that was featured by the Nicaraguan press. We also raised our concerns at the Organisation of American States General Assembly on 5 June in Washington where the UK is a Permanent Observer.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and raise our concerns with the Nicaraguan Government at every opportunity.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Taner Kılıç
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he raised the case of the chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kılıç, during the recent visit of President Erdogan to the UK.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 31 May 2018

​We have raised the detention of Taner Kilic with the Turkish Government at all levels. Most recently the Prime Minister discussed the case with President Erdogan during his recent visit to the UK. We urge Turkey to ensure Mr Kilic's release from pre-trial detention and to bring his case to a transparent, fair conclusion.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle tuberculosis overseas.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

The UK Government is helping lower and lower middle income countries achieve the ambitious 2035 targets of WHO’s End TB Strategy. We do so by increasing access to, and use of, effective diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, including drug resistant TB. The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria is the principal mechanism the UK uses to finance our contribution to combat TB. We have pledged up to £1.1 billion for 2017-2019 to this Fund, which will support treatment for 800,000 people with TB. We also invest in research and product development into more effective diagnosis and treatment. Finally, we support countries to strengthen health systems that can deliver quality TB programmes.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Drug Resistance and Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any representatives from her Department plan to attend the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis and Anti-Microbial Resistance in September 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

The High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis at the September United Nations General Assembly will be an important moment to galvanise international political commitment to tackling TB and anti-microbial resistance. The government will have appropriate representation at this meeting.

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Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 March 2018
Department for Education
English Language: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to English for Speakers of Other Languages classes in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Funding for adult education, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), is not allocated by subject at the national level. Instead, education providers have the freedom and flexibility to use their Adult Education Budget (AEB) allocation to meet the needs of their local communities, including through the provision of ESOL classes. Unemployed adults who are looking for work are eligible for full funding; all other learners are co-funded with the government contributing 50% of the course fee.

The table attached sets out the funding spent on ESOL from the AEB over the past five years based on what providers delivered. The table also shows the funding for English language projects by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The department cannot show future subject-specific allocations, as this is for each provider to determine based on local demand and need on an annual basis. In addition, from 2019/20, the government is devolving approximately 50% of the AEB to eight Combined Authorities and London (subject to meeting readiness conditions). These areas will have responsibility for determining adult English language and other adult further education provision in their local areas.

There are a number of other funding sources for ESOL and English language provision, including through Home Office funding for English language as part of its commitment to help vulnerable people integrate into their local communities.

ESOL from AED Funding Table (Word Document, 18 KB)
Grouped Questions: 131907
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 March 2018
Department for Education
English Language: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to English for Speakers of Other Languages classes in each of the next five years.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Funding for adult education, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), is not allocated by subject at the national level. Instead, education providers have the freedom and flexibility to use their Adult Education Budget (AEB) allocation to meet the needs of their local communities, including through the provision of ESOL classes. Unemployed adults who are looking for work are eligible for full funding; all other learners are co-funded with the government contributing 50% of the course fee.

The table attached sets out the funding spent on ESOL from the AEB over the past five years based on what providers delivered. The table also shows the funding for English language projects by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The department cannot show future subject-specific allocations, as this is for each provider to determine based on local demand and need on an annual basis. In addition, from 2019/20, the government is devolving approximately 50% of the AEB to eight Combined Authorities and London (subject to meeting readiness conditions). These areas will have responsibility for determining adult English language and other adult further education provision in their local areas.

There are a number of other funding sources for ESOL and English language provision, including through Home Office funding for English language as part of its commitment to help vulnerable people integrate into their local communities.

ESOL from AED Funding Table (Word Document, 18 KB)
Grouped Questions: 131906
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Treasury
NatWest: Sheffield
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will meet with representatives of NatWest to discuss the potential effect on that bank's elderly and vulnerable customers of the proposed closure of its Millhouses branch in Sheffield.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 March 2018

The decision to open and close a bank branch remains a commercial judgement for banks, which the Government does not intervene in. However, the impact on communities must be understood, considered and mitigated where possible.

The Access to Banking Protocol Standard commits banks to ensure personal and business customers are better informed about branch closures and the reasons for them closing, along with the options they have locally to continue to access banking services, including specialist assistance for customers who need more help. The Access to Banking Standard is monitored and enforced by the independent Lending Standards Board.

The independent financial services regulator - the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - requires firms to treat their customers fairly, including the elderly and the vulnerable, and has broad and robust powers to enforce breaches of its rules. The FCA’s Handbook requires firms to identify particularly vulnerable customers, and to deal with such customers appropriately.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 27 February 2018
Department for Transport
Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when construction work is planned to start on Network Rail's Hope Valley Capacity Order.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 06 March 2018

On 13 February 2018, the Secretary of State announced his decision to provide Network Rail Infrastructure Limited with the legal powers to construct, operate and maintain new passing facilities and associated railway infrastructure on the Hope Valley route between Bamford and Hathersage and at Dore. Network Rail have completed the single option design for the railway infrastructure scheme proposed in the Hope Valley and the timetable for further work on this scheme will be announced in due course.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 27 February 2018
Department for Transport
Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has allocated funding for Network Rail's Hope Valley Capacity Order.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 05 March 2018

On 13 February 2018, the Secretary of State announced his decision to provide Network Rail Infrastructure Limited with the legal powers to construct, operate and maintain new passing facilities and associated railway infrastructure on the Hope Valley route between Bamford and Hathersage and at Dore. The position on funding for this scheme is as set out in the Secretary of State’s decision letter of 13 February 2018 which is available on the GOV.UK website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/network-rail-hope-valley-capacity-order

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 27 February 2018
Department for Transport
Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for train operating companies to operate increased services on Network Rail's Hope Valley Capacity Order.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 05 March 2018

The Department’s value for money assessment includes assumptions about the financial merits of increasing the number of passenger services on this route. This assessment will need to be refreshed as part of taking forward further work on this scheme. Decisions about future franchise changes will be assessed on their merits as part of this further work.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 February 2018
HM Treasury
British Airways: Taxation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many audits have been carried out by HMRC on British Airways in relation to its pilots' time away from base allowance in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 01 March 2018

The administration of the tax system, including where appropriate the repayment of tax or duties, is a matter for HM Revenue and Customs. It would not be appropriate for Treasury Ministers to become involved in specific cases.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what level of training is offered to decision-makers in his Department on better understanding the mental health situation of claimants.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 01 March 2018

The DWP provides role specific training which allows decision makers to reach decisions using a wide range of evidence, and in accordance with the relevant law. They work closely with Health Care Professionals, who undertake medical assessments and supply medical information and evidence to enable a decision to be reached.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Parking: Private Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what legislation regulates the operation of private car parks.
A
Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 22 February 2018

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 banned the clamping of vehicles by private parking companies and introduced the principle of vehicle keeper liability. Currently, the private parking industry operates under a system of self-regulation.

Sir Greg Knight has introduced a Private Members’ Bill that seeks to create an independent code of practice for private parking companies. The Government fully supports Sir Greg’s Bill, which will seek to get the fairest deal for motorists and will help tackle rogue private parking operators.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 25 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Carillion: Insolvency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the liquidation of Carillion on the viability of small businesses in (a) Yorkshire (b) Sheffield and (c) Sheffield Hallam constituency.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 31 January 2018

We have established a taskforce to support businesses affected by the liquidation of Carillion. The taskforce includes representatives from leading business bodies, the construction sector, unions, banks and government to advise how to mitigate impacts on the supply chain and employees. My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have held four meetings with them so far and we have already made good progress in exchange of information and collaborations and to identify key actions that need to be taken.

The Official Receiver, who is independent of Government, is currently gathering information on this with the support of PwC special managers.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis: Assistance Animals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the draft accessibility action plan for private hire vehicle passengers with assistance dogs.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The draft Accessibility Action Plan consultation ran from 24 August 2017 to 22 November 2017. The Government will publish a response in the spring, following careful analysis of the consultation responses received. The final Accessibility Action Plan will be published in the summer.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department's working group on taxi and private hire licensing plans includes in its remit disability equality training for drivers.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disability representation organisations. I look forward to receiving the group’s findings soon.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Financial Institutions: Pensions
Commons
To ask The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of banks and building societies that utilise a clawback feature on their occupational pensions.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 16 January 2018

The Government does not currently collect this data. Information on the number of banks and building societies that utilise a pension integration or “clawback” feature on their occupational pension is not collated centrally and could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

No estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of the longstanding practice of private pensions operating integrated pension scheme arrangements.

Grouped Questions: 121747
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
HSBC: Pensions
Commons
To ask The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of any additional state benefits claimed by HSBC/Midland Bank pensioners as a result of the clawback of their occupational pension.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 16 January 2018

The Government does not currently collect this data. Information on the number of banks and building societies that utilise a pension integration or “clawback” feature on their occupational pension is not collated centrally and could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

No estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of the longstanding practice of private pensions operating integrated pension scheme arrangements.

Grouped Questions: 121746
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 December 2017
Department for Transport
Manchester-Sheffield Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to eliminate the single line bottleneck through Dore & Totley station on the Hope Valley railway route between Sheffield and Manchester.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 20 December 2017

As part of the Great North Rail Project, the Hope Valley and Dore capacity schemes will increase track capacity to allow a more frequent service, accommodating three fast trains an hour between Sheffield and Manchester. This scheme is currently subject to a Transport and Works Act Order application, to which the Department is currently considering.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Sheffield
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department has used to assess Sheffield City Council's request for funding for the installation of sprinklers in that city's tower blocks.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 19 December 2017

As we have said, we will consider the removal of financial restrictions for local authorities where these stand in the way of essential fire safety work being done, and we are currently in discussion with Sheffield City Council about this.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment Schemes: Sheffield City Region
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long he expects the Sheffield City Region's Early Integrated Employment Support pilot to be paused.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 18 December 2017

Following developments within the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, in particular some constituent members signalling that they no longer support the deal, the Government believes that the most sensible approach is to pause our work on the innovation pilot. This, we hope, will give further time for local issues to be considered and resolved, giving greater clarity on the future of the partnership and the extent of continuing local support for the pilot from all constituent members of the Combined Authority.

Despite taking the decision to pause this work, the Government remains fully committed to the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. Our main ambition is to work collaboratively to realise all elements of the devolution deal and to deliver the innovation pilot as soon as possible, once all partners have been able to recommit to the agreement.

We will keep this situation under close review with the hope that work on the innovation pilot can continue at the earliest viable opportunity.

Grouped Questions: 114988
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 November 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment Schemes: Sheffield City Region
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of unemployment in the Sheffield City Region of the Government's decision to pause the Early Integrated Employment Support pilot.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 18 December 2017

Following developments within the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, in particular some constituent members signalling that they no longer support the deal, the Government believes that the most sensible approach is to pause our work on the innovation pilot. This, we hope, will give further time for local issues to be considered and resolved, giving greater clarity on the future of the partnership and the extent of continuing local support for the pilot from all constituent members of the Combined Authority.

Despite taking the decision to pause this work, the Government remains fully committed to the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. Our main ambition is to work collaboratively to realise all elements of the devolution deal and to deliver the innovation pilot as soon as possible, once all partners have been able to recommit to the agreement.

We will keep this situation under close review with the hope that work on the innovation pilot can continue at the earliest viable opportunity.

Grouped Questions: 114874
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners: Families
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued on the provision and supervision of prisoners' family contact.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 14 December 2017

The Prison Rules 1999 require Governors to actively encourage prisoners to maintain outside contacts and meaningful family ties, where appropriate. This is integral to the prisoner’s right to family life as well as their rehabilitation. Visits are seen as crucial to sustaining relationships with close relatives, partners and friends, where appropriate, and help prisoners maintain links with the community.

The following details the guidance that has been issued to date on the provision and supervision of family contact:

  • Prison Service Instruction 49/2011 (Prisoner Communication Services) – this policy details the statutory entitlement of prisoners to send and receive letters and sets out that they must have opportunity to make telephone calls;
  • Prison Service Instruction 16/2011 (Providing Visits and Services to Visitors) – gives details of statutory entitlements to visits and the environment that these take place in, as well as who is eligible, and provides guidance on examples of good practices to be adopted by prisons;
  • Prison Service Instruction 15/2011 (Management and Security at visits) – details the policy around management of security at visits. It details who can visit, provision for searches and security and also policy for visit that take place in a special or closed visiting room or a similar closed environment, where necessary, and
  • Prison Service Instruction 30/2013 (Incentives and Earned Privileges) – details, how in accordance with the Prison Rules 1999, prisoners can earn additional social visits (above the statutory minimum set out in the Prison Rules).

The government is committed to supporting prisoners to establish or maintain relationships with their families and significant others where appropriate. The Lord Farmer, published his report in August, produced on behalf of the Government, which we have warmly welcomed. Work has already commenced on taking forward some of the important recommendations from this review.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners' Release: Sheffield
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds have been made available for support services in Sheffield for women who have left prison in the last 12 months; and what funds she plans to make available for that purpose in the next 12 months?
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 14 December 2017

We are developing a strategy for female offenders to improve outcomes for women in the community and in custody. This will also consider how we can improve early intervention and diversion to avoid vulnerable women entering the criminal justice system.

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are contractually required to provide services for female offenders that they are managing in the community, and to deliver resettlement services to offenders both before and following release from prison. As part of our reforms to probation, we have given providers the flexibility to innovate and do what works to reduce reoffending, and to tailor rehabilitative support to the particular needs of offenders locally. These services are provided in Sheffield by South Yorkshire CRC.

As part of their supply chain, South Yorkshire CRC have contracted with Changing Lives, a consortium of local organisations, to deliver bespoke interventions for female offenders. The CRC are also working closely with Community Safety Partnerships to improve outcomes for women who have been either a victim of domestic violence or are a sex worker.

We have a robust contract management and assurance process in place for CRCs, and continue to assess their performance through a range of service levels, including their delivery of Through the Gate and how they are addressing the specific needs of female offenders.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners' Release: Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of women who have been homeless after leaving prison in the last three years.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 14 December 2017

It is a cross-Government priority to address female offenders’ housing and support needs given the link between homelessness and re-offending.

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) are required to facilitate access to housing and support services for the female offenders that they are managing. This includes working together with local partners to help women find and maintain accommodation as part of a package of support tailored to meet their individual needs.

The table below shows the proportion of women under CRC supervision recorded as homeless, based on releases from prison who are. There is no equivalent Settled Accommodation on Release metric for the NPS so data on NPS releases has not been included.

Revised recording to capture data for this metric was not introduced until August 2015, so data prior to this are not available. National coverage of accommodation status was not sufficient to report data until the period Jan-Mar 2016 onwards.

Releases of Female Allocated Persons (of a CRC) From Custody

Quarter

Jan-Mar 2016

Apr-Jun 2016

Jul-Sep 2016

Oct-Dec 2016

Jan-Mar 2017

Apr-Jun 2017

Releases

1,143

1,055

1,050

972

1,092

1,087

Recorded as Homeless1

103

132

126

134

164

227

% of Releases recorded as homeless

9.0%

12.5%

12.0%

13.8%

15.0%

20.9%

Notes:

1Cases where the Accommodation Status recorded on the day of release was: Homeless (any), Squatting or No fixed Abode were counted as homeless.

Not all releases have an Accommodation Status recorded; of this dataset, between 16% and 5% of releases in each quarter did not record an accommodation status.

The reported proportion homeless increases over the reported period (9% to 21%), however the rate of non-recording has decreased due to HETE initiative (16% to 5%).

It cannot be assumed that homelessness has increased.

Because recording of Accommodation Statuses at release in London CRC is too low to be reliable, London CRC has been excluded from this dataset.

Releases at Licence Expiry (without post-sentence supervision), releases following a period on remand without a custodial sentence, and releases outside of HMPPS authority (e.g. release for deportation, release to an address in Scotland or Northern Ireland) are not in this dataset.

This dataset records each release separately; if an offender is released more than once, they will appear more than once in this dataset.

Releases of persons who are not Allocated Persons of a CRC (i.e. offenders managed by the NPS) are not included in this dataset.

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

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

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

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

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons there are differences between the timelines of his Department's Universal Credit Transition Roll-Out Schedules published in (a) November 2016 and (b) November 2017.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 December 2017

As announced by the Secretary of State in his Oral Statement, to accommodate the changes in the scope of Universal Credit announced in the Budget, it has been necessary to make changes to the rollout plan.

We have carefully revised the rollout plan to ensure we continue safely and gradually to rollout this important welfare reform, and this will mean a slight change in date for when Universal Credit Full Service will be rolled out in some Jobcentres.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 29 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
War Crimes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of war crimes are detained in the UK; and how many people have been so detained in the last 10 years?
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 07 December 2017

The United Kingdom has sentence enforcement agreements with a number of international courts and tribunals. Under these arrangements the UK is currently holding one person convicted of war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Previously three prisoners convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have served all or part of their sentence in the United Kingdom in the last 10 years. A further prisoner convicted by ICTY was held here prior to this period. These four prisoners are no longer detained in the UK.

Grouped Questions: 116713
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 30 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
War Crimes: Yugoslavia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convicted criminals have been imprisoned in the UK after trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 07 December 2017

The United Kingdom has sentence enforcement agreements with a number of international courts and tribunals. Under these arrangements the UK is currently holding one person convicted of war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Previously three prisoners convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have served all or part of their sentence in the United Kingdom in the last 10 years. A further prisoner convicted by ICTY was held here prior to this period. These four prisoners are no longer detained in the UK.

Grouped Questions: 116622
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department for Transport
East Coast Rail Franchise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the early termination of the East Coast rail franchise?
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 06 December 2017

As with all recent franchise awards, Stagecoach Group PLC committed parent company support to inject funds into the franchise in circumstances where it doesn’t perform as predicted. We will hold them to that commitment in full.

From 2020 we intend to re-let the franchise as the East Coast Partnership, one of the first of a new generation of integrated regional rail operations. This will include appropriate contributions from the new private partner under a long-term competitively procured contract.

We are always looking for the best ways to achieve value for money for the taxpayer and the best results for passengers. Reforms will build on the best of the public and private sectors, with private sector involvement bringing innovation, investment and competition.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Pneumonia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help end childhood deaths from pneumonia by 2030.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The UK is the largest donor to Gavi, the global vaccine alliance that provides developing countries with Pneumococcol to vaccinate against pneumonia. 109 million children were vaccinated between 2010 and 2016, thanks to Gavi’s support, saving an estimated 762,000 lives.

DFID supports Gavi’s Pneumococcol Advanced Market commitment which reduces costs, enabling 58 countries to introduce vaccinations. We also support countries to build stronger health systems that can respond to existing disease burdens and emerging health issues, including pneumonia.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 28 November 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2030.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 December 2017

The UK Government has committed to saving 1.4 million children’s lives by immunising 76 million children against killer diseases by 2020. Through the Ross Fund we are leading a major new global research programme. This will accelerate the development of vaccines and drugs to eliminate some of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, as well as saving lives from malaria and TB.

DFID supports countries to build stronger health systems, which will be able to respond to the existing disease burden and emerging health issues.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 22 November 2017
Cabinet Office
Loneliness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the number of people suffering chronic loneliness (a) nationally and (b) in Sheffield.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 30 November 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 212.61 KB)
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Sheffield
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the net change in funding will be for schools in Sheffield under the new funding formula in the next 12 months.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 28 November 2017

In 2018-19, Sheffield local authority will see a funding increase across the schools, high needs, and central school services blocks of 2.7%, or £10.0 million. Within this, the schools block element will also see a 2.7% increase in 2018-19, or £8.3 million, and every school in Sheffield will attract at least a 0.5% per pupil increases under the national funding formula. When the national funding formulae are fully implemented, Sheffield would see an increase of up to 7.9%, or £29 million. This information is available in the summary table at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-tables-for-schools-and-high-needs.

These increases are subject to changes in pupil data; we will publish updated allocations for 2018-19 in December, which take account of the latest pupil numbers from the October 2017 census.


Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Transport
Transport: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria his Department will use to assess transport strategies proposed by Transport for the North.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 November 2017

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 Section 102I provides that a sub-national transport body’s transport strategy should contain its proposals for the promotion and encouragement of sustainable, safe, integrated, efficient and economic transport facilities and services to, from and within its area, as required to meet the needs of persons (including pedestrians) living, working or visiting its area and the needs of freight.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Support for Mortgage Interest
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the annual savings to the public purse of including employment and support allowance claimants in the support mortgage interest changes due to take place in April 2018.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 November 2017

Including Employment and Support Allowance claimants in changes to SMI will save around £65 million in benefit expenditure each year.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Support for Mortgage Interest
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the (a) Support Group and (b) working group of employment support allowance claim Support Mortgage Interest.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 November 2017

Estimates of ESA claimants in receipt of SMI, by conditionality group, are as follows:

ESA Conditionality Group

Caseload

Assessment Phase

3,000

Work Related Activity Group

9,000

Support Group

38,000

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 10 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Kamal Foroughi
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Iranian authorities to secure the release of Kamal Foroughi.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 November 2017

The Foreign Secretary regularly expresses his concerns about all our dual national cases with Foreign Minister Zarif. Our Ambassador in Tehran raises these cases at every opportunity as part of his regular discussions with the Iranian Government. I most recently raised this case with the Iranian Ambassador to the UK on 14 November.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 10 November 2017
Department for Transport
Transport for London and Transport for the North: Investment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the powers to invest available to (a) Transport for London and (b) Transport for the North.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 20 November 2017

The Mayor of London is elected by the residents of London. Transport responsibilities are devolved to him - he is responsible for the strategic direction of transport as well as operational delivery which is carried out by Transport for London (TfL). TfL manages multiple modes of transport including London Underground, London Overground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway as well as walking and cycling. TfL also manages London’s strategic roads. TfL naturally has powers to invest in the networks for which it has responsibility. In addition the Department and individual boroughs invest in networks in London for which they are responsible.

Transport for the North (TfN) has no responsibility for the operational delivery of transport services. Its important role is to provide a strategic transport vision for the North. TfN will have, like TfL, (subject to Parliamentary approval) ‘very broad’ powers to invest in Transport. For instance, TfN have virtually the same power of competence given to combined authorities, except that TfN’s power of competence can only be applied to transport functions.

Beyond this, the Government is also proposing that TfN have specific powers to fund joint transport projects (capital grants) and promote, fund and deliver joint road schemes (highway powers). It is not envisaged, however, that TfN will become either a Highway Authority or a transport operator.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the apprenticeship training programmes which the Education and Skills Funding Agency quality approved six months ago are still (a) operational and (b) quality-approved.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 17 November 2017

The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers can be viewed via https://roatp.apprenticeships.sfa.bis.gov.uk/download. It was first published in March 2017. It lists the organisations that are approved to deliver apprenticeship training to employers.

From May 2017, all providers who want to deliver apprenticeship training must meet a set criteria regarding due diligence, financial health, capacity and capability, and quality in order to be included on the Register.

There are 2184 providers currently listed on the Register and 50 providers have been removed since it was first published on 14 March 2017.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 10 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheffield Station: Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of pollution in and around Sheffield Midland train station.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 17 November 2017

Sheffield City Council has been identified in the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations as a local authority with concentrations of NO2 projected to be persistently in exceedance of the legal limit in locations on the A57, A61 and A630. The Government is working with Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to produce a local air quality plan to reduce these levels of NO2 in the shortest possible time.

The UK Plan also sets out information on annual nitrogen oxide emissions from other transport such as rail. At a national level, emissions from the rail sector are relatively low; however the Government is committed to reducing them further. Recent train operating franchises that the Department for Transport has negotiated include commitments to replace older diesel units with new units compliant with the latest emission standards (through the Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directive) which have become progressively more stringent over time for both NO2 and particulate matter emissions.

You can find Sheffield City Council’s air quality information on its website https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/pollution-nuisance/air-quality.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 10 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Game: Animal Breeding
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban purpose-bred pheasants and partridges for the shooting industry.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 17 November 2017

The government has no plans to ban the breeding of pheasants and partridges for the shooting industry.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made towards achieving its target of employing 2,500 extra prison officers by the end of 2018.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 16 November 2017

As part of the Prison Safety and Reform White Paper published in November 2016, the Government committed to an increase of 2,500 prison officers by the end of 2018.

Between the end of October 2016 and the end of August 2017, there has been a net increase of 1,264 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Band 3 to 5 prison officers. As at the end of August, there were a further 872 people who had been offered jobs and were expected to start their training by January 2018.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Game: Animal Welfare
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the enforcement of the welfare code on purpose-breeding of pheasants and partridges.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 November 2017

The welfare of gamebirds is protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to a captive animal or to fail to provide for its welfare. The statutory Gamebird Code, which was made under the 2006 Act, provides additional protection and provides keepers with guidance on how to meet the welfare needs of their gamebirds. Failure to follow the code's recommendations can be used in evidence in court to support a welfare prosecution.

Inspectors from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) refer to the code when asked to inspect a game farm. When required, APHA officials advise farmers on achieving compliance and, if appropriate, legal action will be taken.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Debt Collection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on plans to outsource the work of civilian enforcement officers employed by HM Courts and Tribunals.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 16 November 2017

HM Courts and Tribunals Service are in the process of re-procuring existing services provided by Approved Enforcement Agencies (AEA) for the execution of criminal enforcement warrants. That procurement process is also exploring the potential to further extend the volume of arrest warrants executed by AEA. As part of the re-tendering process a decision was made to explore the possibility of extending the existing provisions and implementing a contract to cover all Civilian Enforcement Officer functions – primarily arrest warrants. This will allow HMCTS to consider a whole range of options about how best to deliver this service, making informed decisions about what is in the best interests of the service and the taxpayer. These services are already carried out by the current Approved Enforcement Agencies in several areas of England and Wales under the existing contract.

The Invitation to Tender was issued on the 3 August inviting suppliers to submit bids by the 28th September 2017. The procurement process is currently in the evaluation period. HMCTS will fully evaluate all proposals submitted by potential AEAs as part of the bidding process before making a final decision on this.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department of Health
Patients: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to assess the quality of hospital-provided patient transport services.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 November 2017

The eligibility criteria to receive patient transport services is set out in Eligibility Criteria for Patient Transport Services (2007). The Department has not altered these criteria.

The provision of appropriate patient transport services is a matter for local National Health Service commissioners. Patient transport services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Grouped Questions: 111734
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department of Health
Patients: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has altered the eligibility for patients receiving free transport to hospital.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 November 2017

The eligibility criteria to receive patient transport services is set out in Eligibility Criteria for Patient Transport Services (2007). The Department has not altered these criteria.

The provision of appropriate patient transport services is a matter for local National Health Service commissioners. Patient transport services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Grouped Questions: 111737
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 06 November 2017
Home Office
Asylum: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration cases involving rejected claims for asylum were overturned on appeal in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 15 November 2017

The Home Office published data on initial decisions for asylum applications and the number of allowed appeals for applications made in each year to 2016. This can be found in table as_06 published at the link below. The data do not distinguish between appeals resulting from rejected claims and refer to all allowed appeals, regardless of initial decision. Data for 2017 are due to be published in August 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/638598/asylum2-apr-jun-2017-tables.ods

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that immigration caseworkers fully comply with guidance on handling medical evidence for asylum seeker applications.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 15 November 2017

All officials making decisions on asylum claims receive a dedicated five-week foundation training programme which incorporates all relevant aspects of international and domestic law.

Within this programme there are specific sections on torture and medical reports, and how they should be considered and analysed in asylum claims. Medical reports will be considered together with other written and oral evidence in determining an asylum claim to ensure alleged victims of torture have their claims assessed fairly and sensitively.

Furthermore there is a robust quality assurance process in place involving technical specialists which ensures that all policies are complied with when decisions are made.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department for International Development
Israel: Visits Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she plans to publish the details of her meetings with members of the Israeli Government and business people during her visit to Israel.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 13 November 2017

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. I refer the Hon Gentleman to the exchange of letters between my Rt Hon Friend and my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister on her resignation; and to the statement issued by my Rt Hon Friend on 6 November:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-international-development-secretary-priti-patel

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 02 November 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the change has been in proportion and number of new apprenticeship starts since May 2017.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 10 November 2017

There have been 43,600 apprenticeship starts for the provisional 2016/17 academic year since May 2017 to July 2017.

These figures are available in the Statistical First Release, published on 12 October 2017:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650552/SFR_53_2017_main_tables.ods.

Additionally, the Further Education data library also holds further information and breakdowns for apprenticeship starts:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fe-data-library.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Department for Education
Apprentices: Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starts have been taken up by learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and special education needs and disability in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 09 November 2017

The table below provides provisional figures for the 2016/17 academic year on the number of apprenticeship starts for learners with and without a learning difficulty and disability.

2016/17 Full Year (Provisional)

Percentage Distribution

Learning Difficulty/Disability

50,470

10.3%

No Learning Difficulty/Disability

434,050

88.3%

Not Known

6,820

1.4%

Total

491,300

100.0%

Note: Total figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Apprenticeship data is collected via the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The ILR does not hold information on statements of special educational need for apprenticeship learners, this is only collected for school pupils via the school census. Information on Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities is self-declared by the learner and covers a wider range of both learning difficulties and disabilities. For further information on apprenticeship starts by demographic breakdowns, please refer to the demographic data tool via:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650223/201617_Oct_Apps_Demographic_Data_Tool_FINAL.xlsx

The table attached provides provisional traineeship starts figures for the 2016/17 academic year along with the percentage changes in comparison to finalised figures from each of the three previous years. Comparisons to previous academic years should be made with caution as the provisional figures are subject to change. Final 2016/17 academic year figures will be published on 23 November 2017.


For further information on traineeship starts by academic year, please refer to the October SFR main tables via:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650552/SFR_53_2017_main_tables.ods

Provisional traineeship starts (PDF Document, 6.82 KB)
Grouped Questions: 110826
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Department for Education
Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the percentage change was in the number of traineeship starts in 2016-17 from that number in each of the previous three years.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 09 November 2017

The table below provides provisional figures for the 2016/17 academic year on the number of apprenticeship starts for learners with and without a learning difficulty and disability.

2016/17 Full Year (Provisional)

Percentage Distribution

Learning Difficulty/Disability

50,470

10.3%

No Learning Difficulty/Disability

434,050

88.3%

Not Known

6,820

1.4%

Total

491,300

100.0%

Note: Total figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Apprenticeship data is collected via the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The ILR does not hold information on statements of special educational need for apprenticeship learners, this is only collected for school pupils via the school census. Information on Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities is self-declared by the learner and covers a wider range of both learning difficulties and disabilities. For further information on apprenticeship starts by demographic breakdowns, please refer to the demographic data tool via:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650223/201617_Oct_Apps_Demographic_Data_Tool_FINAL.xlsx

The table attached provides provisional traineeship starts figures for the 2016/17 academic year along with the percentage changes in comparison to finalised figures from each of the three previous years. Comparisons to previous academic years should be made with caution as the provisional figures are subject to change. Final 2016/17 academic year figures will be published on 23 November 2017.


For further information on traineeship starts by academic year, please refer to the October SFR main tables via:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650552/SFR_53_2017_main_tables.ods

Provisional traineeship starts (PDF Document, 6.82 KB)
Grouped Questions: 110825
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Injuries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has commissioned into the prevention of non-freezing cold injury.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 08 November 2017

A field assessment tool is currently being developed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) which aims to reduce the incidence of non-freezing cold injury (NFCI). The tool will shortly enter its clinical assessment phase.

A MOD commissioned study, which commenced in April 2016, is investigating the symptoms of NFCI and has reported that NFCI is a form of neuropathy. As a result, further research is planned to look at the pathophysiology of NFCI and, in particular, whether there is a vascular component to it.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential implications of universal credit being paid into one person's account when the claim is in the name of a couple; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 08 November 2017

If a couple is living together in a household, Universal Credit (UC) normally makes a single award to that household. It is for the couple in the household to determine where their single award is paid. This could be either a joint account or an individual account held by one member of the couple. Within UC it is possible for a payment to be divided between two members of the household. This is known as a Split Payment and it is designed to prevent hardship to the claimant and their family. It is considered in certain specific situations such as domestic violence or where financial abuse occurs and one partner mismanages the UC payment. Our approach is based on the evidence that suggests that only 7% of cohabiting couples and only 2% of married couples keep their finances completely separate.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Ministry of Defence
Type 23 Frigates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will name one of the Royal Navy's next generation of Type 26 frigates after the city of Sheffield.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 08 November 2017

The names for the new City Class Type 26 Frigates have been decided and will be announced at appropriate opportunities in the future. So far two ships have been named as HMS GLASGOW and HMS BELFAST

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Department for Education
Adult Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the adult education budget was spent last year; and how many bids were received for that grant.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 08 November 2017

Based on the 2016-17 financial year, the total adult education budget was £1.5billion. Our latest annual accounts for the financial year 2016-17 show an underspend of £15million, or 1 per cent, at year end.

Providers were allocated funds based on the previous year, so no bids were received.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 25 October 2017
Department of Health
Care Homes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the Government offers to local authorities on the effect of the provisions in the Care Act 2014 on the minimum number of residential care homes such authorities are required to offer.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 02 November 2017

The Care Act 2014 does not specify the minimum number of residential care homes authorities are required to offer.

The Care Act 2014 placed a duty on local authorities in England to promote a diverse, sustainable, high quality market of care and support providers for people in their local area.

We have given local authorities in England an extra £2 billion over the next three years to maintain access for our growing aging population and allow councils to sustain a diverse care market including care home places.

In addition the Government has announced we will consult on plans to improve the social care system and to put it on a more secure financial footing.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department of Health
General Practitioners: Insurance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the discount rate change on the indemnity costs of general practitioners.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Department is aware that the rise in the cost of indemnity as a result of the change in the personal discount rate announced by the then Lord Chancellor (Rt. hon. Elizabeth Truss MP) in February 2017 is an area of concern for general practitioners (GPs).

The Department has been assessing the potential effect of the discount rate change by working closely with GPs and Medical Defence Organisations to ensure that appropriate funding is available to meet the additional costs to GPs, recognising the crucial role they play in the delivery of National Health Service care.

On 12 October 2017, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced that the Department is planning, subject to examination of relevant issues, the development of a state-backed indemnity scheme for general practice in England.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Women and Equalities
Disability
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans her Department has to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2017.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 01 November 2017

This Government supports a wide range of policies to remove inequalities for people with disabilities. The Department for International Development is currently reviewing proposals for various events to mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department for Transport
Midland Main Railway Line: Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the level of carbon emissions that will be caused by diesel bi-mode trains compared to electric trains on the Midland Mainline.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 31 October 2017

Passengers expect high quality rail services and we are committed to electrification where it delivers passenger benefits and good value for money for taxpayers, but we will also take advantage of state of the art new technology to improve journeys.

In line with the Department for Transport’s processes for appraising transport investments, an economic appraisal including the environmental impacts has been carried out using the DfT’s Transport Analysis Guidance, incorporating DEFRA guidance on transport related environmental impacts.

Using this methodology, benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions are assessed over a 60 year appraisal period.

We expect the new bi-mode trains to deliver an overall better environmental performance than the existing diesel trains on this route and so contribute to further improving this record.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department for Transport
Midland Main Railway Line: Rolling Stock
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is of the purchase and running of diesel bi-mode trains on the Midland Mainline.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 31 October 2017

We are unable to provide the requested information as we are going through the process of a live franchise competition. This information is commercially sensitive and releasing it would compromise our ability to deliver the best value option from the franchise bidders.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the care needs of stem cell transplant patients beyond the first 100 days of recovery.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 24 October 2017

NHS England is responsible for commissioning and funding the transplant related care which takes place 30 days before transplant and continues until 100 days post-transplant. After 100 days post-transplant, commissioning responsibility for the routine follow-up of patients switches from NHS England to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), as outlined in the Manual.

The Manual for Prescribed Specialised Services describes which elements of specialised services are commissioned by NHS England and which are commissioned by CCGs is available at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/prescribed-specialised-services-manual-2.pdf

In the event that transplant patients experience serious complications post-transplant, elements of their care would likely continue to be planned, organised and funded by NHS England specialised commissioning. For example, if a patient requires Extracorporeal Photophersis which is a treatment for acute and chronic graft versus host disease following transplantation, NHS England commissions this care post-transplant.

NHS England’s work in supporting the roll out of the Recovery Package for cancer patients, including those who received blood and marrow transplants, helps ensure patients have more personal care and support from the point they are diagnosed and once treatment ends. For patients this means working with their care team to develop a comprehensive plan outlining not only their physical needs, but also additional support, such as help at home or financial advice. By 2020 NHS England wants all cancer patients to have access to the Recovery Package.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is available on support and self-help groups for patients recovering from a stem cell transplant.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 24 October 2017

Post-transplant care for patients is important. NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning team and Clinical Reference Group for blood and marrow transplants (BMT) are undertaking work mapping care post-day 100 days.

There are no current plans to review the responsibilities of services commissioned by NHS England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for BMT at this time, NHS England will be assessing BMT in more detail over the next 18 months and will take the opportunity to further support improved pathway planning and commissioning of services that it and CCGs fund.

NHS England’s work in supporting the roll out of the Recovery Package for cancer patients, including those who received BMT, helps ensure patients have more personal care and support from the point they are diagnosed and once treatment ends. For patients this means working with their care team to develop a comprehensive plan outlining not only their physical needs, but also additional support, such as help at home or financial advice. By 2020 NHS England wants all cancer patients to have access to the Recovery Package.

Information about specific support or self-help groups available for patients recovering from a stem cell transplant is not directly held by the Department or NHS England. However, we would expect treating clinicians/ clinical teams to provide any relevant information to their patients during the course of the treatment or upon discharge.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Department of Health
Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of care and support that stem cell transplant patients are able to access after leaving hospital.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 24 October 2017

NHS England is responsible for commissioning and funding the transplant related care which takes place 30 days before transplant and continues until 100 days post-transplant. After 100 days post-transplant, commissioning responsibility for the routine follow-up of patients switches from NHS England to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), as outlined in the Manual. The Manual for Prescribed Specialised Services describes which elements of specialised services are commissioned by NHS England and which are commissioned by CCGs:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/prescribed-specialised-services-manual-2.pdf

In the event that transplant patients experience serious complications post-transplant, elements of their care would likely continue to be planned, organised and funded by NHS England specialised commissioning. For example, if a patient requires Extracorporeal Photophersis which is a treatment for acute and chronic graft versus host disease following transplantation, NHS England commissions this care post-transplant.

NHS England’s work in supporting the roll out of the Recovery Package for cancer patients, including those who received blood and marrow transplants, helps ensure patients have more personal care and support from the point they are diagnosed and once treatment ends.

For patients this means working with their care team to develop a comprehensive plan outlining not only their physical needs, but also additional support, such as help at home or financial advice. By 2020 NHS England wants all cancer patients to have access to the Recovery Package.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the humanitarian effect on Palestinians of UK arms sales to Israel.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 October 2017

​While we have not made any assessment on this issue, the Government takes its defence export responsibilities extremely seriously and operates some of the most robust export controls in the world. We only approve equipment which is for Israel's legitimate self defence and where we are satisfied it would be consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and other relevant commitments. We continue to assess the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and take into account the latest circumstances when assessing licence applications.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Palestinians: Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Palestinian refugees' right of return to Israel and the Occupied Palestian Territories.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Government's policy is that the question of the right of return of Palestinian refugees needs to be addressed in a final status agreement, negotiated between the two parties, and including a just, fair and agreed settlement for refugees.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 10 October 2017
Prime Minister
Balfour Declaration: Anniversaries
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions she has had with the Prime Minister of Israel on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 17 October 2017

During my discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu on 9 October we discussed his forthcoming visit to the UK on the anniversary of the Balfour centenary. We are proud of the role we played in the creation of Israel, and will mark the centenary with pride and respect.

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