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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.
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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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