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(Broxbourne)
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of England's pig stock slaughtered annually do not pass vet inspections for release into the human food chain.
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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of England's total cattle stock slaughtered annually do not pass vet inspections for release into the human food chain.
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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of England's total sheep stock slaughtered annually do not pass vet inspections for release into the human food chain.
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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 09 October 2018
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Parental Leave
Commons
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what assessment has been made of the effect of IPSA's family leave policy on the (a) provision of adequate office arrangements for Members and (b)(i) physical and (ii) mental health of parliamentary staff returning from such leave.
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Answered by: Mr Charles Walker
Answered on: 11 October 2018

I have asked the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to reply.

Letter from Marcial Boo, chief executive of IPSA, 10 October 2018:

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) provides Family Leave Guidance in relation to staff employed by MPs, a copy of which can be found on our website at: http://www.theipsa.org.uk/ipsa-for-mps/guidance.

This document provides guidance on maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave, KIT/SPLIT days and caring leave. This is not a policy, but guidance to MPs on the statutory entitlements. As the legal employers of their staff, MPs are responsible for matters of individual staffing arrangements, such as approving instances of family leave and ensuring that they comply with relevant employment legislation.

As the document is guidance rather than a policy, and relates only to the statutory entitlements, we have not undertaken any specific assessment of its effects. However, IPSA encourages responsible employment and any necessary expenditure by MPs on the health and welfare of their staff, including their mental health. MPs can claim the cost of staff health and welfare costs, such as occupational health assessments, from their staffing budgets. We also undertake Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) in relation to major changes to our Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses. We last undertook an EIA in March 2017 which concluded that changes proposed to our Scheme were likely to have a small positive impact on MPs’ staff in relation to pregnancy and maternity. A copy of that report can be found on our website at: http://www.theipsa.org.uk/publications/consultations/review-of-the-mps-scheme-of-business-costs-and-expenses.

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the potential savings to the NHS budget of limiting access to gluten-free food via prescription.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The estimate of savings to be made by reducing the National Health Service provision of gluten free foods to breads and mixes is £4.1 million per annum. The details of how this was calculated are set out in the published Impact Assessment.

The impact assessment can be found at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678190/GF_foods_impact_assesment.pdf

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 July 2018
Treasury
Fuels: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Government has made of the amount of fuel duty which has not accrued to the public purse as a result of the freeze in duty introduced in the March 2011 Budget.
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Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 06 July 2018

To support British households and businesses, at Autumn Budget 2017, the government froze fuel duty for the eighth successive year. Since public finances are based on the assumption that fuel duty will increase with RPI at every Budget, any increase below this represents a cost to the Exchequer. Successive freezes since 2011 have saved the average driver £620 compared to what it would have been with RPI increases.

Since 2011, the announced freezes to fuel duty have meant the Exchequer has not collected around £46 billion in revenues through to 2018-19. For the purposes of comparison, this is around twice as much as we spend on all NHS nurses and doctors each year.

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 02 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages of removing access to gluten-free foods on prescription.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 05 July 2018

An assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of removing access to gluten-free foods on prescription was undertaken by the Department in the impact and equality impact assessments. The impact assessments can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678190/GF_foods_impact_assesment.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678183/Equality_impact_assessment_-_GF_food.pdf

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 02 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on CCGs discontinuing prescriptions for gluten-free food; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 05 July 2018

Clinical commissioning groups hold the budget for primary care prescribing. It is their responsibility to give prescribing guidance to their member general practitioner practices, taking into account best practice, national guidance and the needs of their local populations.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Landfill
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether England is projected to meet its share of the UK's targets for reducing waste sent to landfill sites.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 23 April 2018

UK biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill in 2016 was similar to that in 2015, remaining at approximately 7.7 million tonnes or 22% of the 1995 baseline value. The UK is therefore still on track to meet the EU target to restrict BMW landfilled to 35% of the 1995 baseline by 2020.

Waste infrastructure credits (formerly waste PFI credits) were used to fund infrastructure to manage waste higher up the waste hierarchy, and thereby contribute to England meeting its share of EU landfill directive targets for the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill. The Government did not make use of the PFI funding regime after 2010 when it was assessed that there was a high level of confidence that England’s contribution to meeting the landfill diversion targets would be met via the existing infrastructure along with that in the construction pipeline.

Grouped Questions: 136241
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(Broxbourne)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Incinerators
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Government ceased to make available waste infrastructure credits in relation to incineration; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 23 April 2018

UK biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill in 2016 was similar to that in 2015, remaining at approximately 7.7 million tonnes or 22% of the 1995 baseline value. The UK is therefore still on track to meet the EU target to restrict BMW landfilled to 35% of the 1995 baseline by 2020.

Waste infrastructure credits (formerly waste PFI credits) were used to fund infrastructure to manage waste higher up the waste hierarchy, and thereby contribute to England meeting its share of EU landfill directive targets for the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill. The Government did not make use of the PFI funding regime after 2010 when it was assessed that there was a high level of confidence that England’s contribution to meeting the landfill diversion targets would be met via the existing infrastructure along with that in the construction pipeline.

Grouped Questions: 136240
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(Broxbourne)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 April 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Waste Management
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to introduce any proposals in the revised National Planning Policy framework to make changes to the Waste Planning Policy; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 23 April 2018

As part of the consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework, the Government has asked at question 42 if any consequential changes should be made to the National Planning Policy for Waste, as a result of the proposed changes to the Framework. The consultation closes on 10 May 2018. We welcome views on this issue in response to the consultation.

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Waste Management
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its Waste and Resources Review; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The Government plans to publish a world leading Resources and Waste Strategy by the end of the year.

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Incinerators
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117198, on Incinerators, for what reason the UK's on-stream incineration capacity is underused compared with the permitted capacity; and for what reason there is a similar difference in the East of England.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The Environment Agency’s latest Waste Management in England Statistics show that 11.64 million tonnes of waste were incinerated in England in 2016, compared to a permitted capacity of 15.48 million tonnes. For operational incinerators in the East of England only, those figures were 1.19 million tonnes incinerated compared to 1.42 million tonnes of capacity.

There are several reasons for the difference between throughput and permitted capacity. The permitted capacity relates to the waste managed at the site and not the actual throughput of the facility as the site might have more than one processing facility. Throughput will also vary depending on the wastes heat value, its composition, the maintenance regime of the facility and the delivery of waste from clients. To allow for these variances permitted capacity is normally higher than the actual processing capacity. It would not be financially viable for plants to run under capacity.

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(Broxbourne)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Recycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to promote the recycling of waste instead of using (a) landfill and (b) incineration.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our commitment to make it easier for people to recycle and to increase the quantity and quality of materials collected. Through the Framework for Greater Consistency, the Waste and Resources Action Programme is working with industry and local authorities to promote improved recycling performance and to ensure that a consistent set of core materials are collected by all local authorities. We want to accelerate this process and want householders to benefit from having comprehensive waste and recycling collections which ensure that products are recycled as much as possible and high quality materials are returned to the economy. We will set out measures to support this in our Resources and Waste Strategy to be published later this year.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Land Registry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of new registrations with HM Land Registry were registered within the 25 day period in the last 12 months.
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Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 05 April 2018

Since 1 April 2017, 16.5% of applications made to HM Land Registry to register a new title were completed within 25 days. HM Land Registry have been working to reduce the oldest cases in the system and the average age of all pending applications to register a new title is 26.5 days.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Land Registry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that HM Land Registry completes new registrations within the 25 day turnaround period.
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Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 05 April 2018

Government has approved HMLR’s business strategy for the next five years including a digital programme that will deliver enhancements to current system capability over the duration of HM Land Registry’s Business Strategy, and appointed a new and expanded Board to support the organisation to deliver its objectives.

HM Land Registry have plans in place to deliver and maintain improved capacity for new registrations and resilience. Since October 2017 366 new staff have joined the organisation and an additional 120 new recruits are expected to join in May 2018. Since 2014-15, 567 Apprentices have joined HMLR including 510 in the Operations directorate who directly contribute to processing applications for registration. This includes 138 Apprentices taken on by the Operations directorate in 2017-18. A number of measures are in place to improve HM Land Registry processes and productivity in order to increase output, including the use of overtime and system improvements.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Ministry of Justice
Personal Injury: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of changing the Ogden rate on insurance premiums paid by businesses.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 05 April 2018

The Ministry of Justice has not separately assessed the effect of changing the way the personal injury discount rate is set on the insurance premiums to be paid by businesses, as opposed to the effect on consumers and other buyers of insurance policies.

Nonetheless, the department expects that at any review of the discount rate under the approach set out in the Civil Liability Bill, which was introduced in the House of Lords on 20 March, the rate will be higher than would have been set under the present law had it remained in force at that time.

The department believes the change in the law will result in reductions in insurance premiums paid by businesses. This is because of the competitive nature of the insurance industry and the recent public commitment by insurers representing about three quarters of the UK’s motor and liability insurance market to pass on cost benefits arising from Government action to reform the rate.

I have placed a copy of the commitment in the House Library.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 21 March 2018
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Members' Constituency Work
Commons
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Committee will make representations to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on the need for additional financial provision to cover the increase in Members' constituency caseloads as a result of preparations for the UK leaving the EU.
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Answered by: Mr Charles Walker
Answered on: 28 March 2018

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) regulates and funds MPs’ business costs and expenses. As part of this role, IPSA sets a maximum budget from which MPs can fund their staffing costs. This is based on an average of four full-time-equivalent staff members, although each MP can choose to deploy this budget to suit their own staffing needs.

MPs’ budgets are reviewed each year. In 2012, the staffing budget was increased by 25% for London Area MPs and by 19% for non-London Area MPs, in part to allow MPs to employ more staff to support their work with constituents. In April 2018, the staffing budget will increase by a further 1.8% to allow for staff pay rises.

In addition, MPs may request to increase their budget if they provide evidence of having incurred unforeseen, exceptional costs. Such requests for contingency funding are considered on a case-by-case basis. If any MP finds that their constituency caseload has increased to an unmanageable level as a result of preparations for the UK leaving the EU (or another exceptional issue), they may apply for an increase to their staffing budget in this way.

Q
(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis: Wheelchairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of s165 of the Equality Act 2010 in ensuring that wheelchair users are able to hire taxis.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 21 March 2018

Wheelchair users should be able to travel by taxi and private hire vehicle free from the fear of discrimination, which is why we commenced the remaining provisions of s.165 and s.167 of the Equality Act 2010 last year. An increasing number of licensing authorities are applying the requirements to drivers within their jurisdiction and we encourage the remainder to do likewise. Producing the list of wheelchair accessible vehicles provides greater protection and also increases awareness among drivers and vehicle owners of the duties and responsibilities this places on them.

We meet regularly with our statutory advisors, the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee, regarding this and other issues affecting the travelling experience of disabled passengers, and we will continue to monitor the efficacy of the policy.

Q
(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 20 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information the Government holds on recent reports of ethnic cleansing in areas of Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 28 February 2018

We continue to monitor the human rights situation in Nigeria closely and are concerned by reports of recent clashes in Adamawa State. We do not assess that there is institutionalised persecution of any ethnic groups by the Nigerian authorities, but continue to make clear to the Nigerian authorities the importance of transparent investigations of human rights violations, accountability at all levels, and the protection of civilians in conflict areas and in places of detention.

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