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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 04 January 2019
Department for Transport
Seaborne Freight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what payments from the public purse are due to Seaborne Freight under the contract issued by his Department for provision of ferry services between Ramsgate and Ostend (a) in advance of ferry services being provided and (b) in the event of the company being unable to fulfil the contract.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 14 January 2019

No payments are due either in advance of ferry services being provided or in the event of the Company being unable to fulfil the contract.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 04 January 2019
Department for Transport
Seaborne Freight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the third party organisations that undertook due diligence on Seaborne Freight in advance of his Department’s awarding of a contract to that company for ferry services.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 14 January 2019

The third party organisations who provided external advice were Deloitte UK, Slaughter & May and Mott MacDonald.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 04 January 2019
Department for Transport
Seaborne Freight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received any written assurances from Thanet District Council or Kent County Council that they have completed any due diligence checks on Seaborne Freight.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 11 January 2019

The contract to provide additional ferry capacity is between the Government and Seaborne Freight and therefore Government has carried out necessary due diligence.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Israel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2018 to Question 201109, whether he plans to make representations to his Israeli counterpart on allegations that Israeli security forces impersonated humanitarian workers while conducting a military operation inside the Gaza Strip in November 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 January 2019

​Whilst we do not have plans to raise these allegations, we routinely make clear to the Israeli authorities our concerns about their conduct of the occupation.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 18 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Middle East: Peace Negotiations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the middle east peace process of recent trends in the level of incitement and intolerance in Israel towards Palestinians and Muslims; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 28 December 2018

​We are gravely concerned by the ongoing and increasing violence in the West Bank. We condemn the recent terrorist attacks in the Old City of Jerusalem and in the West Bank. The continued incitement against Israel by Hamas and other actors is deeply concerning. The calls for the murder of Palestinian politicians are unacceptable. President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to non-violence and a negotiated two-state solution. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in, or encouraging, any type of action or language that makes it more difficult to achieve a culture of peaceful coexistence and a negotiated solution to the conflict.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 December 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Broadband: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of access to superfast fibre broadband in (a) Birmingham Northfield, (b) Birmingham and (c) the West Midlands; and what steps he is taking to improve such access.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 20 December 2018

According to Thinkbroadband (http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/england), 96.8% of premises in Birmingham Northfield constituency currently have access to Superfast Broadband. Similarly, 96.8% of premises in the city of Birmingham has access to Superfast broadband.

The West Midlands area is slightly higher with 97% of premises having this access. This is up from 60% in 2010. All three areas currently sit above the UK average.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 December 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Broadband
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of using alternative and emerging technologies such as G.fast to support the roll-out of superfast and ultrafast broadband.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 20 December 2018

The UK has good digital connectivity to meet the needs of today’s consumers. This includes G.fast technology, which is used by Openreach to deliver ultrafast speeds of more than 100 Mbps, using their existing part-copper infrastructure.

However, the Government is clear that demand for faster, more reliable and resilient broadband will rise and that the UK needs to increase the number of full fibre connections to deliver a nationwide gigabit capable broadband network by 2033. Our Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR), published in July 2018, set out a strategy for delivering that ambition. This includes direct investment into full fibre through the £190 million Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund and the £67 million Gigabit Voucher Scheme. At Budget, the Chancellor announced a further £200 million from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to pilot innovative approaches to deploying full fibre in rural areas.

The Government is also working to improve mobile broadband. We are committed to extending geographic coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022, and to becoming a world leader in 5G, with the majority of the population covered by a 5G signal by 2027. As part of this, Government is investing £200 million in a 5G Testbeds and Trials programme.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 11 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Israel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on allegations that Israeli security forces impersonated humanitarian workers while conducting a military operation inside the Gaza Strip in November 2018; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 December 2018

Whilst we have not discussed this specific issue, officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv are in regular discussions with the Israeli authorities on the situation in Gaza, most recently on 4 December.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 December 2018
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes to levels of funding on the adequacy of provision of special needs education.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 19 December 2018

We have listened to the concerns of local authorities and others about high needs cost pressures. That is why we will provide additional high needs funding allocations for all local authorities, totalling £250 million over 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. This brings the total allocated for high needs this year to £6.1 billion and £6.3 billion in 2019 to 2020. We recognise that the high needs budget faces significant pressures and this additional investment will help local councils to manage those pressures.

Of course, extra funding cannot be our only response and we have also set out plans to support local authorities in their role of providing strategic leadership and oversight of the provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We will continue engaging with local authorities, health providers, families, schools and colleges to build our understanding of what is driving the cost pressures on high needs budgets and to work with the sector to help manage them.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on average waiting times for access to psychological therapies for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 18 December 2018

The information requested is attached. It is taken from the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) dataset held by NHS Digital.

The data shows that waiting times for IAPT services for people with post-traumatic stress disorder are decreasing both nationally and in West Midlands clinical commissioning groups.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a National Health Service programme that offers a range of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence-approved therapies for treating people with depression or anxiety.

All historical IAPT publications, including annual data, are available at the following link:

http://www.digital.nhs.uk/iaptreports

Further information about the IAPT dataset is available at the following link:

http://www.digital.nhs.uk/iapt

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Grouped Questions: 201573
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in waiting times for access to psychological therapies for people with post-traumatic stress disorder in (a) Birmingham and (b) England.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 18 December 2018

The information requested is attached. It is taken from the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) dataset held by NHS Digital.

The data shows that waiting times for IAPT services for people with post-traumatic stress disorder are decreasing both nationally and in West Midlands clinical commissioning groups.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a National Health Service programme that offers a range of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence-approved therapies for treating people with depression or anxiety.

All historical IAPT publications, including annual data, are available at the following link:

http://www.digital.nhs.uk/iaptreports

Further information about the IAPT dataset is available at the following link:

http://www.digital.nhs.uk/iapt

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Grouped Questions: 201564
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 December 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of trains that are (a) delayed, (b) cancelled and (c) subject to incomplete journeys.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 18 December 2018

Analysis is undertaken by industry with Network Rail being responsible for rail performance. Franchised operators have benchmarks for delays (Delay Minutes), cancellations and part cancellations (combined as Cancellations) within the Franchise Agreement. Franchised operators provide industry period (4-weekly) results to the Department against the FA benchmarks that set Moving Annual Average targets (13 rolling periods), these are monitored by the Department.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 11 December 2018
Department for International Development
Gaza: Immigration Controls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department supports to better facilitate health-related exit permits and medical delegations in Gaza.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 December 2018

In 2018 the Department for International Development provided £1.5 million to the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) appeal which includes support to the capacity of eleven hospitals in Gaza. The ICRC has sent surgeons, nurses, and physiotherapists to Gaza to help the healthcare sector meet pressing health needs, including the large increase in injuries following the rise in violence since March.

The UK government also supports Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Global Britain Fund. PHRI advocate for Palestinian patients who require access for medical care. Other activities include medical delegations to Gaza with specialists, supplying medical services and supplies to the population and the health authorities and performing essential surgeries. The delegations provide a wide range of medical services, and also joint training and seminars with medical professionals in the hospitals and health centers for Palestinian medical professionals in Gaza and Israel.

The movement restrictions and the serious constraints imposed on Gaza impact the health of the population as well as the further development of quality health services. The UK Government regularly raises the matter of medical permits and access with the Israeli authorities.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November to Question 191273 on Palestinians: Females, for what reason her Department discontinued funding for the Arab Women's Enterprise Fund in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 10 December 2018

From 2016-2017 DFID undertook a full examination of its programmes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) to ensure that aid was being used in the most effective way, providing the best value for money to the UK taxpayer. One of the conclusions of the examination was to develop a stronger focus on the bilateral programme in-country over programmes managed from the UK, to ensure rigorous oversight of programme delivery and risk management, and to avoid duplication with existing bilateral programmes. In line with this decision, the AWEF component in the OPTs was recommended for closure.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 14 November 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is supporting the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund initiative in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 November 2018

DFID funded the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) between October 2015 and March 2018, and currently funds the programme in Jordan and Egypt. DFID continues to monitor the sustainability and impact of AWEF in the OPTs.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the governments of (a) Bangladesh and (b) Myanmar on agreement between those countries on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 12 November 2018

​I spoke with the both Bangladeshi State Minister of Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Burmese Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin on 1 November to stress the UK's serious concern at their Governments' announcement on 30 October that refugee repatriation would commence in mid-November. The UK will continue to make representations underlining the importance of a safe, voluntary and dignified return for refugees.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Palestinians: Recognition of States
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preconditions his Department has set for the UK to recognise the State of Palestine.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 November 2018

​The UK will recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the objective of peace. The UK continues to support efforts towards peace. We are clear that we want to see the creation of a sovereign, independent, contiguous, and viable Palestinian state - living in peace and security, side by side with Israel. Bilateral recognition in itself cannot end the occupation; without a negotiated settlement the occupation and the problems that come with it will continue.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Visits Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on facilitating visits to Gaza for hon. Members.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 November 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Gaza. Entry to, and exit from, Gaza can be very difficult. Permission to access Gaza is granted by either the Israeli or Egyptian authorities. Any specific request from Members of Parliament for assistance from the Government would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Palestinians: Peace Negotiations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the proposal for the Palestinian reconciliation process to be overseen by the Egyptian Government.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 November 2018

​On 14 October, I discussed the Middle East Peace Process, including reconciliation efforts, with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, in Cairo. The UK is supportive of Egyptian efforts to facilitate the return of the legitimate Palestinian Authority to Gaza.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the resumption of substantive negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 November 2018

​​At this highly sensitive time in the region, there is an urgent need to restart the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. We regularly press both parties to resume direct negotiations towards a two-state solution. I discussed the issue of the Middle East Peace Process with the Israeli Ambassador to the UK on 11 October. We continue to encourage the US Administration to bring forward detailed proposals for a viable peace agreement that addresses the legitimate concerns of both parties.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Department for International Development
Gaza: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to introduce a new economic development package in Gaza to (a) increase trade (b) support job creation and (c) enhance the supply of electricity and clean water.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 November 2018

In July 2018 the UK committed to provide up to £38 million over five years (2018-2023) to support economic development in Gaza and the West Bank. Through this programme we will increase trade and job creation across Gaza and the West Bank by helping to enable greater movement and access for people and goods. We will also provide support to facilitate the construction of the Gaza Central Desalination Plant, which will increase access to clean piped water and help replenish the Gaza aquifer, and in turn help Gazans access clean water. In addition, this UK aid programme will help to install solar panels for hospitals, businesses and households, increasing the availability of electricity in Gaza.

Since July 2018, we have been undertaking routine design and early-implementation stage activities, such as assessing implementing partners to ensure they meet DFID’s delivery standards, clarifying and agreeing roles and responsibilities, and setting out expected outcomes, results and timelines.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the (a) progress, (b) independence and (c) transparency of investigations into (i) the use of live fire and (ii) related deaths on the Gaza border in 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 November 2018

​As the Prime Minister made clear to the Israeli Prime Minister in June, the UK believes there is a need for Israel to carry out a transparent, independent inquiry into protests in Gaza. During my visit to Israel in May, I also stressed the need for an independent investigation with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely and Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation Hanegbi. Our Ambassador to Israel regularly discusses the situation in Gaza with Israeli officials, urging action to improve the situation. We welcome news that Israel has opened a criminal investigation into the case of Razan al Najjar.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage all parties to engage with the UN Human Rights Council commission of inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 November 2018

​Our position on the need for an independent and transparent investigation into events in Gaza is clear. The UK continues to call on all parties to engage constructively with the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 01 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of international involvement in Israeli investigations on the use of live fire and related deaths on the Gaza border in 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 November 2018

​We have not made an assessment of this matter. The UK has encouraged Israel to carry out a transparent inquiry into the Israel Defence Forces' conduct at the border fence, and to demonstrate how this will achieve a sufficient level of independence.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
USA: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on the decision to close the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The US' decision to close the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington is a matter for the US authorities.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Occupied Territories
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the work of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in examining recent events in the West Bank and Gaza.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The International Criminal Court Prosecutor has been conducting a Preliminary Examination into the situation in Palestine since 2015. We respect her independence in this matter.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Middle East: Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the (a) definition and (b) status of refugees in the Middle East.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The Foreign Secretary maintains a regular dialogue with his US counterpart on Middle East issues, and discussed the US plan to withdraw funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) with the Special Advisor to the US President, Jared Kushner, on 22 August. I also discussed these concerns with the US President’s Middle East Envoy, Jason Greenblatt, on 28 September. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials routinely discuss with their US counterparts the status of refugees in the Middle East. The UK is clear that there needs to be a just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for Palestinian refugees.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
USA: International Criminal Court
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the US Administration’s relationship with the International Criminal Court on the work of that institution; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 22 October 2018

​On 10 September US National Security Advisor, John Bolton delivered a speech concerning the International Criminal Court's (ICC) Preliminary Examination into the situation of Afghanistan. On 12 September the ICC issued a statement saying it will continue its independent and impartial work, undeterred. The UK has always been clear that the ICC can play an important role in ending impunity for the most serious international crimes. It has our full support in pursuing the mandate it was given under Rome Statute.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Bedouin
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Israel on the demolition order against Khan al Ahmar village in the West Bank since the beginning of September; and (a) on what dates and (b) to whom those representations were made.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 October 2018

I raised our concerns about the proposed demolition of Khan al-Ahmar with the Israeli Ambassador to the UK on 11 October. ​Our Ambassador to Israel raised the issue with the Israeli authorities on 3 October. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised our concerns with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 6 September.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the levels of care and support available for women with breast cancer in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 10 September 2018

Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, advises that breast cancer patients in Birmingham have support from a clinical nurse specialist and have a health needs assessment, which can refer patients for services including prosthesis fitting, wig referral, psychology service and lymphoedema service. In addition, there are several third sector organisations that provide a range of support to breast cancer patients across the area.

NHS England is committed to transforming cancer care across England for all cancers, including breast cancer, aiming to reduce inequality and promoting equity of access to services. To support this ambition, NHS England has committed more than £200 million in 2017/18 and 2018/19 to fund Cancer Alliances to accelerate early diagnosis of cancer, improve survival and enhance quality of life.

In February 2018, in partnership with the Department and NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) launched a Be Clear on Cancer Campaign focused on breast cancer in women aged over 70 to raise awareness of specific symptoms and encourage those with symptoms to visit their doctor.

To improve the uptake of screening, NHS England is continuing to invest in initiatives to help ensure equality of access, including through locally targeted interventions. These include text and general practitioner reminders and PHE’s new ‘Breast screening: easy guide’, which helps women decide whether screening is right for them.

NHS England agreed a Commercial Access Agreement with Roche for Kadcyla (trastuzumab emtansine) which brought the confidential purchase price below the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence cost-effectiveness threshold, allowing approval in routine commissioning. This is offering breast cancer patients precious quality time with their families without damaging side effects.

Finally, we are committed to rolling out stratified follow-up pathways for breast cancer patients by 2020, to ensure patients get the right care after treatment, including information and support to spot signs and symptoms of recurrence or secondary cancer. As well as providing a better experience for patients and ensuring they have the information they need, stratified pathways can offer more effective use of resources by freeing up outpatient capacity. They can also ensure that in cases where there is recurrence or secondary cancer, patients are supported to return to care quickly and effectively.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of uptake for Cycle to Work Scheme; and what steps he is taking to encourage uptake of that scheme.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 07 September 2018

The Government has not undertaken any detailed assessment of the levels of uptake of the Cycle to Work Scheme. Bicycles provided under the cycle to work scheme are tax exempt, and so no data is reported to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

The Department for Transport is currently in the process of updating the Cycle to Work Scheme guidance, and plans to make a further announcement later in the year.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department for Transport
Cycling: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Bikeability training places his Department funded in schools in each of the last two academic years.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 07 September 2018

Since the start of the Bikeability training program more than 2.25 million children have been trained. The Department for Transport has provided funding to deliver approximately 350,000 Bikeability training places over the last two academic years.

Details of grant awards and delivery statistics can be found on the Bikeability website: https://bikeability.dft.gov.uk/publication.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
West Bank: Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of violence carried out by settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; and what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on that violence.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 04 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is concerned by reports that settler violence has increased in 2018 compared to 2017. The Government condemns any violence by settlers against Palestinians. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of settler violence with the Israeli authorities on 22 May 2018. We welcome the efforts of Israeli authorities to tackle settler violence, and urge thorough investigation of every instance to bring those responsible to justice. We have also stressed the importance of Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many out-of-area placements there have been for children and adolescents with psychosis in (a) England and (b) Birmingham in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 September 2018

Data is not available in the format requested.

The Department and NHS England are committed to delivering the recommendations of 2016’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. By 2020/21, inpatient stays for children and young people will only take place where clinically appropriate, will have the minimum possible length of stay, and will be as close to home as possible to avoid inappropriate out of area placements.

To support the delivery of these targets, NHS England is funding 150-180 new Tier 4 specialist inpatient beds for children and young people in underserved parts of the country to reduce travel distances for treatment.

As part of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, by 2020/21 at least 60% of people with first episode psychosis will start treatment in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service within two weeks of referral, with a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence-recommended package of care focused on recovery.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people in (a) Birmingham and (b) England referred for early intervention in psychosis services received help within two weeks of being referred in the last twelve months.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 September 2018

Data on performance against the two-week waiting time standard for early intervention in psychosis is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/eip-waiting-times/

According to the latest data for England in May 2018, 75.7% of patients referred to Early Intervention in Psychosis services started treatment within two weeks. This performance exceeds our target of 50%. A breakdown for the last 12 months can be found in the following table.

Month

Number of patients started treatment by week since referral

Total number of completed pathways (all)

% within 2 weeks

More than 0-2 weeks

More than 2-6 weeks

More than 6-12 weeks

12 weeks

June 2017

873

193

39

22

1,127

77.50%

July 2017

824

226

36

14

1,100

74.90%

August 2017

816

207

45

16

1,084

75.30%

September 2017

818

187

47

15

1,067

76.70%

October 2017

836

178

50

18

1,082

77.30%

November 2017

787

230

50

22

1,089

72.30%

December 2017

699

198

39

19

955

73.20%

January 2018

722

238

65

17

1042

69.30%

February 2018

807

185

36

24

1,052

76.70%

March 18

795

178

49

26

1,048

75.90%

April 2018

783

204

44

21

1,052

74.40%

May 2018

840

210

47

12

1,109

75.70%

Information for people in Birmingham is not available in the format requested. The number of patients who started treatment for Early Intervention in Psychosis and waited less than 2 weeks are displayed for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that cover Birmingham for last 12 months of published data, which cover June 2017 to May 2018. These CCGs are:

- NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG (until March 2018);

- NHS Birmingham South and Central CCG (until March 2018);

- NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG (since April 2018); and

- NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG (all 12 months).

From April this year there are only two CCGs for Birmingham: NHS Birmingham and Solihull and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCGs.

These figures are attached and can be accessed in the monthly files at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/eip-waiting-times/

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Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Business: Weather
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department issues to businesses on their responsibilities as employers during periods of hot weather.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 04 September 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 April 2018 to Question UIN 136530.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding levels for maintained nursery schools in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 04 September 2018

In recognition of the costs that maintained nursery schools (MNS) experience over and above other providers, we are providing supplementary funding of approximately £60 million per year to MNS.

This is additional to funding received under the Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF). This funding has been provided to enable local authorities to protect the pre-EYNFF funding levels available to MNS until the period 2019 to 2020.

Individual authorities’ allocations of the supplementary funding given to MNS for the period 2018 to 2019 can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2018-to-2019.

MNS make a valuable contribution to improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children. We have commissioned new research on the value offered by MNS, which will be published in the autumn.

Ministers continue to meet a wide variety of early years and MNS sector representatives on a wide variety of topics, including MNS funding.

Grouped Questions: 167860 | 167861
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role of maintained nursery schools in improving educational attainment among children from families living in poverty.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 04 September 2018

In recognition of the costs that maintained nursery schools (MNS) experience over and above other providers, we are providing supplementary funding of approximately £60 million per year to MNS.

This is additional to funding received under the Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF). This funding has been provided to enable local authorities to protect the pre-EYNFF funding levels available to MNS until the period 2019 to 2020.

Individual authorities’ allocations of the supplementary funding given to MNS for the period 2018 to 2019 can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2018-to-2019.

MNS make a valuable contribution to improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children. We have commissioned new research on the value offered by MNS, which will be published in the autumn.

Ministers continue to meet a wide variety of early years and MNS sector representatives on a wide variety of topics, including MNS funding.

Grouped Questions: 167859 | 167861
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received from local authorities on supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools beyond 2020.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 04 September 2018

In recognition of the costs that maintained nursery schools (MNS) experience over and above other providers, we are providing supplementary funding of approximately £60 million per year to MNS.

This is additional to funding received under the Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF). This funding has been provided to enable local authorities to protect the pre-EYNFF funding levels available to MNS until the period 2019 to 2020.

Individual authorities’ allocations of the supplementary funding given to MNS for the period 2018 to 2019 can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2018-to-2019.

MNS make a valuable contribution to improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children. We have commissioned new research on the value offered by MNS, which will be published in the autumn.

Ministers continue to meet a wide variety of early years and MNS sector representatives on a wide variety of topics, including MNS funding.

Grouped Questions: 167859 | 167860
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 18 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Gaza
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps is he taking to obtain a full response from the Government of Israel that the investigation into that country’s use of force against demonstrators in Gaza includes an independent element; and what steps he is taking to promote accountability for potential violations of international law should a suitable independent element not be found.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 July 2018

​The Prime Minster stressed the need for Israel to carry out a transparent, independent inquiry into recent protests in Gaza when she met Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in London on 6 June. We have called for this investigation to include international members.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the creation of the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary for tackling (a) over-fishing, (b) plastic pollution and (c) climate change.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 27 July 2018

The UK is a global leader on Antarctic marine protection issues, including within the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). At its next meeting in October, CCAMLR will consider UK co-sponsored proposals for establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the East Antarctic and Weddell Sea. CCAMLR ensures that fish stocks in the Southern Ocean are sustainably managed, as well as having committed to the development of a network of MPAs. There is currently no commercial fishing activity in the Weddell Sea; only small-scale, fully monitored, research fishing activities. Ocean plastic pollution is a global problem which the UK Government is actively working to reduce. Plastic pollution is monitored at a number of stations around Antarctica and through dedicated surveys. Plastic pollution is mainly arriving in Antarctica from outside of the region. Nevertheless, in addition to strict marine pollution regulations around Antarctica, UK flagged fishing vessels operating within the CCAMLR Convention Area have implemented measures to reduce or eliminate plastic microbeads from waste water. While MPAs will not tackle global climate change, one of the objectives for the Weddell Sea MPA proposal is to establish scientific reference areas to monitor the effects of climate change and to study, in particular, representative, rare, unique and/or endemic examples of marine ecosystems, as well as biodiversity and habitats.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Home Office
Refugees: Eritrea
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the yearly variation in the number of applications granted for refugee status from refugees from Eritrea in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 27 July 2018

The Government takes its international responsibilities seriously and grants protection to those who qualify. In assessing claims decision makers must still consider the individual facts and merits of a particular case aswell as the objective country information.

The table below is taken from published statistics and shows that the grant rate in 2015 and 2016 fell. This was due to a change to the Country Guidance advice over that time.


Year Claims Decisions Grants Grant Rate
2013 1387 960 787 82%
2014 3233 2463 2155 87%
2015 3695 3191 1531 48%
2016 2230 1838 1237 67%
2017 1093 1415 1145 80%


The full set of published statistics can be found at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2018-data-tables

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on development plans to tackle the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 25 July 2018

I discussed plans to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza with the US Administration, during my visit to Washington D.C. on 12-13 July.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Palestinian Authority on development plans to tackle the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 25 July 2018

​The former Foreign Secretary spoke to President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) on 16 May and raised his concerns about the humanitarian and political situation in Gaza, particularly in relation to protests taking place along the Gaza/Israel security fence. He noted that calm and restraint was required from all sides. Our Consul General in Jerusalem routinely discusses the humanitarian situation in Gaza with PA ministers, doing so most recently with the Minister of Health on 19 July.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Housing First: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people who (a) have received and (b) will receive support through the Housing First scheme in (i) the West Midlands, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) Birmingham Northfield constituency.
A
Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 25 July 2018

The £28 million Housing First pilots will support around 1000 individuals over three years in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and the Liverpool City Region. The first people to be helped will move into their homes from the Autumn. We will ensure that the pilots help those in the greatest need.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Department for Education
Pupils: LGBT People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure there are adequate levels of support in schools for LGBT+ pupils.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 25 July 2018

The public sector equality duty requires all schools to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) pupils and those who do not share those protected characteristics. It is up to schools to decide how to support LGBT pupils and the Government is taking steps to support them.

Research shows that individuals who are, or are perceived to be, LGBT are disproportionately affected by bullying. That is why the Government Equalities Office is funding school programmes aimed at building schools’ knowledge and capacity to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The Government Equalities Office has also provided this guidance and links to support and services for LGBT individuals, including support for children and young people: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-and-support-for-lgbt-people#children-and-young-people-up-to-the-age-of-19.

The Department is developing a resource to help schools to create Respectful School Communities, which aims to reduce bullying behaviour both offline and online. This work will help schools deliver their equalities, behaviour, bullying and safeguarding duties in a way that minimises the burdens upon them. Sex and Relationship Education also helps to provide pupils with key knowledge and skills to ensure that they can develop healthy and positive relationships, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Department for Education
Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to increase the availability of pastoral support in primary and secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 25 July 2018

It is for schools to decide what pastoral support to put in place, based on the needs of their pupils. Many schools build pastoral support around their relationships and health education provision.

To support all schools to deliver high quality Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, the Government is consulting on new statutory guidance and regulations for schools. Following this consultation, updated guidance and regulations will be laid in both houses for debate.

In addition, the Government has provided guidance in several areas to enable schools to put pastoral support in place. ‘Preventing and Tackling Bullying’, which was updated in July 2017, provides links to sources of support for pastoral activity with different groups of pupils: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/623895/Preventing_and_tackling_bullying_advice.pdf.

‘Counselling in Schools’ provides advice on how to set up high quality support for those experiencing problems: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counselling-in-schools.

The ‘Peer Support for Children and Young People’s Mental Health’ programme is supporting schools to set up peer support programmes, engaging pupils as part of a whole school approach to pastoral support. The Department will share the evidence and impact of the programme nationally to help schools understand what is needed to establish and maintain good practice.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's monitoring of the disposal of plastic exported to China for recycling.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 25 July 2018

Businesses involved in the shipment of wastes are required to take all necessary steps to ensure that the waste they ship is managed in an environmentally sound manner throughout its shipment and during its recycling.

The UK environmental regulators take an intelligence-led approach to checking compliance with these obligations, focusing on specific problematic wastes. The regulators intervene at source to stop illegal exports taking place. Enforcement activity also occurs in transit, at roadsides and at ports.

Last year the Environment Agency issued 130 stop notices prohibiting the export of unsuitable waste. It also stopped 4,565 tonnes of waste destined for illegal export at ports and intervened further upstream to prevent a further 15,113 tonnes of waste from reaching ports. This work ensures we are not exporting our problem wastes for unsuitable treatment or disposal.

There is a system of international rules on waste shipments which must be followed by both Chinese and UK authorities to ultimately ensure the environmentally sound management of waste.

Our ambition is to handle more of our waste in the UK. While there has been a significant increase in recycling over the last 10 years, there is more that needs to be done and we will set out proposals in our forthcoming Waste and Resources Strategy.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 16 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on instances of Israeli authorities using equipment from UK-based companies in demolishing or assisting with demolishing structures in the West Bank.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 24 July 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is aware of media reports that highlight possible instances of Israeli authorities using equipment from UK-based companies to demolish or assist with demolishing structures in the West Bank. We continue to raise concerns with the Israeli authorities about demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes, which cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, calls into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution, and, in all but the most exceptional cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The Government is fully committed to the promotion of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines, and to encouraging and fostering respect for human rights among UK business. Where a company decides to trade is a decision for each company taking account of the legal and regulatory environment, including international human rights law.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability and waiting times for therapeutic services for mental health conditions in (a) the UK and (b) Birmingham.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 24 July 2018

The Government is committed to reducing waiting times for mental health therapies across England.

Performance against Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) waiting time standards continues to improve and we are consistently exceeding the targets. According to the latest data from April 2018, 98.9% of those people completing treatment waited less than 18 weeks for their treatment to start in England against a target of 95%, and 89.4% of people completing treatment waited less than six weeks against a target of 75%.

By 2020/21, we have set a target that at least 25% of adults with common mental health conditions will access IAPT services each year.

Updates on clinical commissioning group (CCG) performance against waiting times and access targets, including for Birmingham CCGs, are published on the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Dashboard.

Source: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/mental-health-five-year-forward-view-dashboard/

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