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(Preston)
Asked on: 09 January 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Tobacco: Labelling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that labelling on imported tobacco products complies with UK legislation.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 17 January 2020

All tobacco products imported into the United Kingdom are required to adhere to existing UK tobacco legislation. This is enforced by local authority trading standards officers.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 07 January 2020
Department for Education
Academies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on the academies programme for the next five years.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 14 January 2020

The Government's vision is to continue developing a world-class school-led system by giving school leaders the freedom to run their schools in the way they know best. The academies programme can provide opportunities for this through its key principles of autonomy, accountability and collaboration.

Academies will continue to be the at the core of the Government's flagship schools reform policies. Over 7 in 10 sponsored academies that have been inspected by Ofsted are now judged 'Good' or 'Outstanding'. Prior to converting to academies, only 1 in 10 of these schools were judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

The Government wants to ensure that the opportunities afforded by the academies programme are spread to those areas that are not currently benefitting.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Ministry of Justice
Burial
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of burials in England could be classified as natural burials for the most recent period in which figures are available.
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Answered by: Wendy Morton
Answered on: 13 January 2020

This information is not centrally recorded.

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'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: 07 January 2020
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to increase the funding streams of all schools in England.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 13 January 2020

The Department has committed to increase core schools funding by £2.6 billion next year, and by £4.8 billion and £7.1 billion in 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively. This has enabled a 5% increase to school funding next year alone, which will continue to be allocated via the National Funding Formula – ensuring that funding is based on schools’ and pupils’ needs and characteristics. On top of this, the Department will provide £1.5 billion per year to fund additional pension costs for teachers. As a result, every school will attract an increase to their core schools funding per pupil next year.

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