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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 20 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Surgery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on Warrington and Halton NHS Trust offering operations as private procedures which used to be free on the NHS.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 27 June 2019

As of 21 June 2019, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received no direct representations on Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offering operations as private procedures which used to be free on the National Health Service. There has been one representation to the Department from an individual about the matter.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 20 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Surgery: Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the additional costs incurred by the NHS as a result of the postponement of operations that are not commissioned by Care Commissioning Groups until a certain threshold is reached.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 27 June 2019

No such estimate has been made. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for working with their local communities to understand the needs of the populations they serve and make decisions about how best to commission services to meet those needs, in partnership with other local commissioners and organisations.

CCGs are also required to carefully consider the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines when making commissioning decisions.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 21 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Surgery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance has been issued to clinical commissioning groups on restricting access to operations until a person's medical condition worsens; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 26 June 2019

It is for the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) to decide what services they commission for the people they are responsible for – this will mean making clinical judgements about the effectiveness and value of treatments, and the best allocation of resources. CCGs do this based on the healthcare needs of their local populations and clinical evidence, to ensure they are providing the best possible, sustainable care for their patients.

Treatment decisions should always be made by doctors based on a patient’s individual clinical needs and informed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines.

NICE clinical guidelines make many recommendations spanning all stages of care from diagnosis to treatment of a condition. They represent best practice and are based on available evidence and developed through consultation. Health professionals and organisations are expected to take the guidance fully into account when deciding treatments.

A fundamental principle of the National Health Service is that, for people who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom, treatment is free at the point of need, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Patient payments, other than those limited forms permitted by Regulations (such as prescription charges, payments for some clinical activity undertaken by dentists, and visitor and migrant charges) are contrary to NHS policy.

Grouped Questions: 267718
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 21 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Surgery: Private Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance has been issued to NHS Trusts on charging for operations which were previously offered free on the NHS.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 26 June 2019

It is for the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) to decide what services they commission for the people they are responsible for – this will mean making clinical judgements about the effectiveness and value of treatments, and the best allocation of resources. CCGs do this based on the healthcare needs of their local populations and clinical evidence, to ensure they are providing the best possible, sustainable care for their patients.

Treatment decisions should always be made by doctors based on a patient’s individual clinical needs and informed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines.

NICE clinical guidelines make many recommendations spanning all stages of care from diagnosis to treatment of a condition. They represent best practice and are based on available evidence and developed through consultation. Health professionals and organisations are expected to take the guidance fully into account when deciding treatments.

A fundamental principle of the National Health Service is that, for people who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom, treatment is free at the point of need, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Patient payments, other than those limited forms permitted by Regulations (such as prescription charges, payments for some clinical activity undertaken by dentists, and visitor and migrant charges) are contrary to NHS policy.

Grouped Questions: 267717
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 10 June 2019
Attorney General
Rape
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many complaints of rape were made in each region; and how many of these cases resulted in a (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 17 June 2019

Rape is one of the most complex and challenging offences to prosecute and charging decisions have a profound impact on those involved. The CPS has undertaken extensive work over the last decade to ensure that when reaching prosecution decisions specialist prosecutors are fully equipped to deal with the particular complexities of rape cases.

While the CPS does not hold a record of the number of complaints of rape to the police, we can provide data on the number of rape prosecutions and convictions recorded by the CPS system.

The table below provides the volume of rape prosecutions broken down by CPS Area.

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Cymru Wales

278

224

233

257

276

217

251

230

Eastern

212

239

201

224

266

298

275

226

East Midlands

293

311

278

252

271

277

320

383

London North

495

352

349

376

414

368

430

365

London South

366

316

318

354

397

366

416

357

Merseyside & Cheshire

142

135

127

120

143

176

243

202

North East

220

227

199

194

214

229

285

289

North West

478

459

455

454

556

557

601

469

South East

299

277

236

260

328

348

440

288

South West

222

257

300

288

287

306

296

310

Thames and Chiltern

202

203

181

204

266

269

303

187

Wessex

197

161

174

207

221

200

184

118

West Midlands

396

323

338

346

398

506

644

553

Yorkshire & Humberside

408

380

303

355

499

526

502

540

Total

4,208

3,864

3,692

3,891

4,536

4,643

5,190

4,517

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

The following table provides a breakdown by CPS Area of the volume of rape convictions.

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Cymru Wales

146

140

135

149

150

115

139

140

Eastern

145

165

136

142

165

167

169

142

East Midlands

166

208

188

174

186

179

208

231

London North

258

191

187

208

217

197

232

187

London South

190

179

180

173

183

197

231

177

Merseyside & Cheshire

82

77

90

90

96

100

138

114

North East

144

128

126

112

108

125

156

167

North West

298

288

283

274

295

342

370

266

South East

165

177

151

155

187

175

232

159

South West

154

175

198

182

166

194

181

213

Thames and Chiltern

111

125

112

123

157

162

162

111

Wessex

105

110

117

108

90

99

133

78

West Midlands

240

200

227

226

263

309

345

311

Yorkshire & Humberside

261

251

203

232

318

328

295

339

Total

2,465

2,414

2,333

2,348

2,581

2,689

2,991

2,635

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 10 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment Support Allowance: Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is for an award of employment support allowance to be made to an applicant suffering from cancer.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 13 June 2019
The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 30 April 2019
Department for Education
Pupils: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the level of per pupil funding for each child in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in Warrington in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 08 May 2019
Holding answer received on 07 May 2019

The revenue funding allocated for schools for each financial year from 2009 to 2019 for Warrington local authority are shown in the attached table. For financial year 2019/20, only the dedicated schools grant (DSG) has been allocated at this time, though this makes up the bulk of schools funding. The DSG for Warrington this year is £166.7 million. Other grants will be allocated at later points in the year.

249221_Table (Excel SpreadSheet, 58 KB)
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 30 April 2019
Department for Education
Pupils: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much per pupil funding was spent on each student over 16 and in full-time education in Warrington in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 07 May 2019

16 to 19 funding is based on a national funding formula with a standard base rate of £4,000 for a full-time 16 or 17 year old student, and additional funding related to the characteristics of students and their learning programmes. This formula has operated since 2013/14. A different national funding formula operated before that, but the figures for the 2 are not consistent.

The average 16 to 19 funding per student for institutions in Warrington is shown below:

Year

Average Funding Per Student

2013/14

£4,547

2014/15

£4,446

2015/16

£4,441

2016/17

£4,439

2017/18

£4,441

2018/19

£4,383


The table is based on formula funding per student derived from annual allocations covering 16 to 19 provision, to institutions based in Warrington (excluding special schools). Further funding is provided through student support, for high needs provision and from 2018/19 onwards the industry placement capacity and delivery fund.

Note that this figure includes both full- and part-time students as we do not allocate funding separately for these 2 groups. The vast majority of 16-19 year old students are full-time.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 30 April 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Warrington
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much high needs funding was allocated to Warrington in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 07 May 2019

Local authorities are required to provide schools with sufficient funds to enable schools to meet the additional cost of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, up to the value of £6,000. This funding comes from the schools’ block of the dedicated schools grant (DSG).

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEN exceed £6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This top-up funding, and funding for special schools comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. In December 2018, we announced an additional £250 million in high needs funding up to 2020, bringing Warrington’s total high needs funding to £20.278 million in 2019-20.

In 2013, the schools and high needs budgets within the DSG were created. As the DSG includes other budgets such as the early years budget, the department is unable to provide comparable figures before 2013-14.

The schools and high needs allocations for Warrington since 2013-14 can be found at the following links:

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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 April 2019
Ministry of Justice
Coroners: Suicide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the number of suicides which have not been recorded as such due to the standard of proof required by a coroner's court in each of the last three years for which information is available.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 08 April 2019

Coroners are independent judicial office holders and, as such, it would be inappropriate to speculate on issues directly relating to the conclusions they record. The Ministry of Justice collects annual data, from each coroner area, on the number of inquest conclusions recorded. The most recent data are available at: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706047/coroners-statistics-2017-csvs.zip.

Since the High Court judgment in R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire of July last year, coroners have applied the civil standard of proof in suicide conclusions, but this will shortly be considered by the Court of Appeal. I have not had any recent discussions on the standard of proof issue as it would be inappropriate for me to do so while the matter is before the courts.

Grouped Questions: 240512
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 April 2019
Ministry of Justice
Coroners: Suicide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had and with whom on the standard of proof required for a conclusion of suicide in a coroner's court; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 08 April 2019

Coroners are independent judicial office holders and, as such, it would be inappropriate to speculate on issues directly relating to the conclusions they record. The Ministry of Justice collects annual data, from each coroner area, on the number of inquest conclusions recorded. The most recent data are available at: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706047/coroners-statistics-2017-csvs.zip.

Since the High Court judgment in R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire of July last year, coroners have applied the civil standard of proof in suicide conclusions, but this will shortly be considered by the Court of Appeal. I have not had any recent discussions on the standard of proof issue as it would be inappropriate for me to do so while the matter is before the courts.

Grouped Questions: 239882
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 26 March 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
General Practitioners: Warrington
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for a non-emergency GP appointment was in Warrington at the last date for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 03 April 2019

The time between booking an appointment with a general practice and having the appointment in days for Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is presented in the following table for January 2019, the latest data available. A 12 month average from February 2018-January 2019 has also been added.

Time between booking an appointment with a general practice and having the appointment (days)

Percentage of appointments Warrington CCG

January 2019

Average over the 12 months February 18 – January 19

Same Day

45.1%

46.1%

1 Day

8.0%

7.8%

2 to 7 Days

18.1%

17.1%

8 to 14 Days

13.0%

12.9%

15 to 21 Days

6.6%

7.3%

22 to 28 Days

3.9%

4.2%

More than 28 Days

5.1%

4.7%

Total

100.0%

100.0%

The time between booking an appointment with a general practice and having the appointment in days for Warrington CCG is presented above for the last published month January 2019 and as a 12 month average from February 2018 - January 2019.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 26 March 2019
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on proposals for new stations within the greenbelt.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 02 April 2019

We would expect any proposal for a new station to follow the same process as any other development in the greenbelt. This would include call-in to the Secretary of State for Planning for a decision on whether to grant or refuse the application.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 26 March 2019
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on dealing with proposals from transport authorities for new stations which do not fall within that authority's area.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 02 April 2019

The Department will become involved with proposals for new stations if Government funding is sought to support the new station or if franchised train services are planned to call. By that stage we would expect to see evidence of a strong business case, value for money and support from relevant stakeholders, including all affected local authorities.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 20 March 2019
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits for the North of England of (a) electrifying the Trans-Pennine line and (b) upgrading but not electrifying that line.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 25 March 2019

The department has undertaken an assessment of the benefits of a range of potential investments in the route. Within the £2.9bn available in this control period, this work has enabled us to direct funding to the interventions where
it will deliver the best value to customers including the provision of more capacity and greater reliability. It is planned that electrification will take place on the busiest sections into Leeds and Manchester.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 19 March 2019
Department for Education
Teachers: English Language
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of people teaching English in secondary schools who do not have a degree in that subject.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 22 March 2019

The information requested is published in table 12 of the publication ‘School Workforce in England, November 2017’ available at the following web link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2017.

Grouped Questions: 234095
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 19 March 2019
Department for Education
Teachers: Languages
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of people teaching (a) French, (b) German and (c) Spanish in secondary schools who do not have a degree in that language.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 22 March 2019

The information requested is published in table 12 of the publication ‘School Workforce in England, November 2017’ available at the following web link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2017.

Grouped Questions: 234094
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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 19 March 2019
Department for Education
Children in Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children there were in (a) Warrington, (b) the North West and (c) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 22 March 2019

The latest information on the number of looked after children at 31 March 2018 for the last five years by local authority, region and for England can be found in table LAA1 in the statistical release ‘Children Looked After in England: Including Adoption: 2017 to 2018’ at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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: 19 March 2019
Department for Education
Social Services: Warrington
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of children's services in Warrington.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 22 March 2019

Funding for children’s services is made available through the Local Government Finance Settlement. We are in the final year of a multi-year settlement deal – worth over £200 billion in the 5 years to 2020.

At the Autumn Budget 2018, the government made £410 million available to local authorities, in 2019/20, for adult and children social care. The government also announced £84 million in targeted, evidence-based interventions which will transform services to reduce demand, saving money for local authorities but most importantly, improving the quality of services for our most vulnerable children.

The government will continue to work closely with the sector to consider long-term children’s services funding as part of the Spending Review.

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
Asked on: 14 March 2019
Department for International Development
Burma: Trade Promotion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department was consulted on the decision to host a Myanmar Trade and Investment Conference in London; and what advice she gave on human rights violations in that country.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 March 2019

The visit by a Myanmar Business delegation has been led by the Department for International Trade. They have engaged closely with Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development officials, who have been consistent in ensuring human rights remain at the heart of British policy. We believe British businesses, investing responsibly, can play an important role in creating a more open and fairer economy which will be essential to driving positive change in Burma.

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