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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: 04 December 2017
Department of Health
Genetics: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will consult on extending the moratorium that allows people not to declare the results of genetic tests to insurers after 1 November 2019; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 07 December 2017

The Government is working with the Association of British Insurers to renew the existing Concordat and Moratorium. We will be seeking the views of an established group of stakeholders with a view to publication in early 2018 ahead of the end date of the Concordat and Moratorium in November 2019.

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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: 27 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Droughts: South of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely threat of drought in the East and South East of England; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 04 December 2017

Last winter and this autumn saw low rainfall in the east and south east of England and groundwater aquifers and some reservoirs are below normal levels. The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the situation and is working with water companies, businesses and farmers to prepare for potential consequences of continued dry weather in 2018.

For the longer term, Defra is working with the Environment Agency and Ofwat to ensure that water companies increase their resilience to droughts and reduce the risk of any future restrictions on water use.

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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: 29 November 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of funding made available by NHS England for eating disorders has been allocated to Tier Two providers specialising in early intervention.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 December 2017

The information requested is not collected.

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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: 29 November 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England places a requirement on clinical commissioning groups to consider third sector organisations when commissioning interventions and treatments for eating disorders?
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 December 2017

In the case of services for people with eating disorders, as with a range of other mental health services, the voluntary sector has an important role to play in providing access to care, treatment and support.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are required to commission services from the most appropriate provider, taking into consideration local need and the capacity of local providers to respond.

NHS England is implementing the delivery of new and expanded community eating disorder teams for children and young people, some of which deliver care in partnership with the voluntary sector.

In addition, the guidance for local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health care stated that CCGs should work with local partners, including voluntary sector organisations, in the development and updating of plans.

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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: 29 November 2017
Department of Health
Eating Disorders: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of the total spent by the NHS on treating eating disorders has been allocated to the treatment of people aged (a) seventeen and under and (b) eighteen and over in each of the last three years?
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 December 2017

The information requested is not collected.

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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: 27 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Rivers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to restore river flows in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire chalk streams; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 30 November 2017

The Environment Agency (EA) is working with partners across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to reduce abstraction and carry out a programme of river restoration projects on chalk streams.

The EA is working with Affinity Water to cease or reduce abstraction from 11 pumping stations on 7 chalk streams in order to improve flows. Through this partnership 70 million litres of water per day will be kept in the environment, enhancing 212 kilometres of chalk streams by 2025.

The EA, Affinity Water and partners have secured £5 million of funding for around 100 river restoration projects across 7 rivers in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This will include the removal of physical modifications, such as weirs, to improve fish movement and biodiversity.

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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: 13 November 2017
Home Office
Fireworks
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to reduce the nuisance caused by fireworks; what plans she has to reduce instances of nuisance and abuse; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 16 November 2017

The Government’s approach to the safe use of fireworks and reducing nuisance is to encourage industry, retailers and others to promote responsible use through guidance and public education. There is also significant regulation in place covering the supply, storage, possession and use of fireworks, which helps to reduce instances of nuisance and abuse. This includes restrictions on when fireworks can be sold, curfews which limit the hours during which fireworks can be used, local authority powers to deal with excessive firework noise and a prohibition on setting off or throwing fireworks in the street or other public places.

In addition, the police or local authorities can consider the use of the powers provided by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, if they are satisfied that the relevant legal tests are met, to tackle those who cause alarm or distress to others through their misuse of fireworks.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 25 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Empty Property
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government's guidance on abandonment of properties under the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 is planned to come into force.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 02 November 2017

No date has yet been planned for publication of guidance on abandonment of properties under the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Testing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the introduction of mandatory portable appliance testing for residential properties.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Government has no plans to introduce mandatory testing for portable appliances in residential properties.

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 require suppliers of electrical equipment to supply only safe products.

In addition, the legislation requires manufacturers of electrical products to monitor their products on the market. Should they identify unsafe equipment, they must take immediate corrective action to make the equipment safe, withdraw it or recall it. Enforcement authorities also have powers to require a manufacturer to take corrective action, including by requiring withdrawal or recall of unsafe products.

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(Broxbourne)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Client Money Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans for the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 relating to client money protection to come into force.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Government is committed to making membership of a Client Money Protection scheme mandatory for letting and managing agents to ensure that tenants and landlords get the financial protection they want and deserve. A consultation seeking views on the detail of implementation was launched on 1 November ahead of bringing legislation forward.

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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: 24 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on self-determination for the Biafran people in the Eastern Region of Nigeria.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 30 October 2017

​The UK fully supports the territorial integrity of Nigeria and President Buhari's commitment to work for a secure and prosperous Nigeria. We are committed to working with Nigeria to help tackle threats to national security and to address the underlying causes of instability which exist within Nigeria.

We echo President Buhari's calls for calm and reconciliation between the ethnic groups and communities that make up and contribute to the strength and diversity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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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: 25 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has made representations to the Government of Nigeria on the treatment of Biafrans living in the southern region of that country; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 30 October 2017

The British Government is concerned by recent reports of violence in South East Nigeria and supports efforts to reduce tensions in the region. During my visit to Nigeria in June I raised the issue of community tensions with the Governor of Kaduna. The Government welcomes statements by the Governors of the Northern States of Nigeria, and by Vice President Osinbajo, then Acting President, condemning threats against the Igbo people.

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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 July 2017
Women and Equalities
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the decision to abolish the post of Disability Commissioner in 2017 was taken at a meeting of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Board.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 24 July 2017

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent public body and decisions about the roles and responsibilities of its Board members, and how these are communicated within the organisation, are matters for the Commission itself. I have therefore asked the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested. I will place a copy of the letter in the libraries of both Houses.

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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 July 2017
Women and Equalities
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what information she holds on (a) the position of Disability Commissioner, (b) the appointment of a Disability Commissioner and (c) the abolition of the post of Disability Commissioner provided by (i) the Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, (ii) the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, (iii) the Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, (iv) other members of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, (v) the Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and (vi) the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission between (A) 1 November 2016 and 9 March 2017 and (B) 9 March and 21 April 2017.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 20 July 2017

A number of Equality and Human Rights Commissioner appointments, including to the role of Disability Commissioner, were advertised between September and November 2016. The role of Disability Commissioner was not a statutory post but rather, a role created by the Commission. Commissioners filling that role customarily chaired the Commission’s statutory Disability Committee as a key element of their duties. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body and decisions about the roles and responsibilities of Board members are a matter for the Commission itself. Following an Order - The Equality Act 2006 (dissolution of the Disability Committee) Order 2014 SI No. 406 - which came into force on 01 April 2014, the statutory Disability Committee was dissolved on 31 March 2017, before the appointment of any new Commissioners could be made, and no candidate for the advertised appointments was specifically offered the role of Disability Commissioner.

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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: 05 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether claimants of employment and support allowance with motor neurone disease will continue to be subject to health reassessments.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 10 July 2017

There is no condition based entitlement to Employment Support Allowance.

We are working with medical professionals and other stakeholders to develop functional criteria that will help us identify those with the most severe health conditions or disabilities, for whom repeat work capability assessments can be stopped.

Rather than a list of specific medical conditions, the criteria will be based on identifying claimants with the most severe health conditions or disabilities where it would be unreasonable to expect the individual to undertake any form or amount of work or work-related activity. This change will only apply to those placed in the Support Group and UC equivalent.

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