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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: 12 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to reduce waiting times for autism assessments for adults.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 July 2019

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

Grouped Questions: 276606 | 276607
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(Stockton South)
[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: 12 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps with NHS England to implement a waiting time standard for autism diagnosis in the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework in order to tackle regional differences.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 July 2019

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

Grouped Questions: 276605 | 276607
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(Stockton South)
[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: 12 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to work with NHS England to establish autism diagnosis waiting times standards for each (a) sustainability and transformation partnership and (b) integrated care system.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 July 2019

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

Grouped Questions: 276605 | 276606
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(Stockton South)
[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 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in The evaluation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol report, published by NHS Scotland in June 2019, that alcohol sales in Scotland have dropped during the last year, while they have risen in England and Wales.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Government takes the harms associated with alcohol abuse very seriously and overall consumption of alcohol in England and Wales is on the decline.

There are currently no plans to implement minimum unit pricing in England. However, we will keep this under review as evidence emerges from Scotland.

Grouped Questions: 272937
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(Stockton South)
[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 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2018 to Question 169474 on Alcoholic Drinks: minimum unit pricing, when Public Health England’s review into the impact of minimum unit pricing of alcohol will be published.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Government takes the harms associated with alcohol abuse very seriously and overall consumption of alcohol in England and Wales is on the decline.

There are currently no plans to implement minimum unit pricing in England. However, we will keep this under review as evidence emerges from Scotland.

Grouped Questions: 272936
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(Stockton South)
[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 July 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many properties have been procured by the new asylum accommodation provider Mears in the North East; how many service users can be accommodated in those properties; and how many service users there are in the North East for whom new accommodation has not yet been procured.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The provider of asylum accommodation under the forthcoming Asylum Accommodation and Support Contract (AASC) in the North East Yorkshire Humber region is working closely with local authorities to ensure there is suitable and sufficient accommodation available to ensure a smooth transition of services before the current COMPASS contracts end in September 2019.

Mears continue in commercial discussion with their potential supply chain, sub-contractors and landlords; including on planned upgrades to the existing estate alongside the provisional acquisition of potential new properties that may also be brought in use during the AASC contract.

Mears are working closely with the Home Office, COMPASS provider and local authorities in the region to ensure all parties are kept informed of progress and disruption to service users is minimised. Details regarding the number of new properties and service users moves will be communicated, pending the conclusion of ongoing commercial discussions and progression of property acquisition.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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 July 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans his Department has made in the event that the asylum accommodation provider in the North East is unable to procure sufficient housing stock to accommodate service-users in the region.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Home Office has dedicated staff managing the transition to the new Asylum Accommodation and Support Contract (AASC) which includes rigorous transition governance structures which tracks progress against provider plans. The new provider, Mears, in the North East region has undertaken due diligence activity across all current properties to assess their ongoing suitability and this activity continues to inform their commercial negotiations with their property supply chain.

Due to the on-going commercial sensitivities around these matters we will communicate details further in due course. The Home Office will continue to monitor and manage all Providers closely to ensure sufficient suitable accommodation is secured to deliver an effective transition of services.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 20 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between reductions in public health funding and increases in rates of (a) syphilis and (b) gonorrhoea.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 25 June 2019

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

Grouped Questions: 267311 | 267312 | 267313
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(Stockton South)
[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: 20 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for sexual health services in England to tackle the increase in sexually transmitted infections since 2017.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 25 June 2019

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

Grouped Questions: 267310 | 267312 | 267313
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 20 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what effect the 25 per cent reduction in sexual health budgets since 2014 has had on the rates of (a) syphilis, (b) gonorrhoea and (c) chlamydia.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 25 June 2019

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

Grouped Questions: 267310 | 267311 | 267313
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 20 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Genito-urinary Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of the demand for sexual health services as set out in the sexual health statistics released by Public Health England on 4 June.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 25 June 2019

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

Grouped Questions: 267310 | 267311 | 267312
Q
(Stockton South)
[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 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Illness: Parents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to record the number of children of parents with mental health problems.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 06 June 2019

There are no plans to record this information.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 23 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Neurofibromatosis: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to add a body map insert page to the Personal Child Health Record to improve recognition of neurofibromatosis.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 June 2019

The content of the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) is overseen by a multi-disciplinary group hosted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). The inclusion of a body map in the paper-based version of the PCHR to help improve recognition of conditions such as neurofibromatosis has previously been discussed.

Whilst it is recognised that some areas choose to include a body map in the paper-based version of the PCHR they issue to new parents/carers at a child’s birth, the RCPCH hosted committee rejected a request for it to be included universally. The matter has subsequently been referred to the UK National Screening Committee for further consideration.

An electronic version of the PCHR is being piloted and will be further developed. Access to information on neurofibromatosis and other conditions which can be accessed by parents, carers or health professionals will be considered as part of this process.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 23 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an update on progress towards recommendation 54 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health on introducing the regulation of psychological therapy services.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 05 June 2019

Recommendation 54 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health states that this Department should consider how to introduce the regulation of psychological therapy services, which are not currently inspected unless they are provided within secondary mental health services.

The Government has accepted all of the recommendations in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, including Recommendation 54. We are currently considering how to implement this recommendation.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 08 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Care of 8 May 2019, Official Report, column 432, when the data on autism diagnosis waiting times will be published.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 13 May 2019

The Department is determined to drive up performance on autism diagnosis nationally. To support this NHS Digital began formally collecting autism diagnosis waiting time data from mental health provider trusts for the first time through the Mental Health Services Data set in April 2018. Data is submitted on behalf of autism diagnostic services, in line with issued guidance. We expect to publish a report after a year’s data has been collected and analysed, this autumn. As this is the first time this data is being submitted some work to improve its quality may be necessary.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 25 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cervical Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many CCGs (a) achieved and (b) did not achieve the turnaround target of 98 per cent of patients receiving their cervical screening results within 14 days of having a test in the last month for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 30 April 2019

Data is reported by local authority and published annually by NHS England, with the most recent information available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/cervical-screening-programme/england---2017-18

However, data by clinical commissioning group (CCG) was published by the National Audit Office (NAO) Investigation into the Management of Health Screening and is available at the following link:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/investigation-into-adult-health-screening/

The data published by the NAO shows the target for delivering cervical screening results letters within 14 days was not met in 189 out of 207 CCGs in 2017-18.

The 2016 announcement of the planned introduction of human papillomavirus primary screening and planned reconfiguration of laboratories has impacted on cytology workforce retention and recruitment rates. This led to an increase in the turnaround times of cervical screening samples in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

NHS England is taking steps to make sure the delivery, performance and oversight of screening services meet the high standard NHS patients rightly expect. This includes moving samples around the country to reduce the burden on those laboratories most under pressure. Professor Sir Mike Richards has also been commissioned to undertake a major review of cancer screening as part the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed drive to improve care and save lives.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 24 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the reported arrest of the Member of the Ugandan Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 29 April 2019

Our High Commission in Kampala are aware of this incident and continue to monitor developments closely and raise concerns regarding Kyagulanyi's treatment with the Ugandan government. The UK supports freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and maintains that it is an essential quality of any functioning democracy. We regularly raise any concerns around civic and political issues directly with the Ugandan government

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Examiners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement proposed Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009 before 2020-21.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

Grouped Questions: 245987 | 245988
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Examiners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to amend regulations in relation to cremation fees to enable the implementation of the Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

Grouped Questions: 245986 | 245988
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Examiners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the changes required to cremation fee regulations to enable the implementation of the Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

Grouped Questions: 245986 | 245987
Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Gender Recognition: North East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of state for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of waiting times to access NHS specialised gender services in the North East.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 25 April 2019

NHS England has launched an ambitious programme to tackle waiting times, overseen by a Programme Board for Gender Identity Services. NHS England agreed new service specifications for gender dysphoria services in 2018 following a process of extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation.

In April 2019 NHS England began a process of national procurement that will determine which organisations are best able to deliver specialist gender services in the future against the new service specifications, and this process is open to new providers. NHS England has also announced plans to establish for evaluation new gender services in primary care settings and other community care settings which if positively evaluated could be rolled out nationally, thereby helping to increase clinical capacity.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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 Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 237709 on Uganda: Military Aid, what indirect support the UK Government provides to Uganda’s Special Forces Command.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 08 April 2019

It is possible that a small number of Ugandan People's Defence Force personnel, who were given initial officer training in leadership, command and professional standards at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, may have been posted into the Special Forces Command at a later stage in their career.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the prevention Green Paper will include evidence-based parenting support as a key prevention and early intervention solution for supporting young people and their families.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 April 2019

The Prevention Vision confirmed there is a strong case for acting early with good pre-conception care, fit and healthy parents and taking a ‘whole family’ approach when responding to problems. Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development. The Prevention Green Paper will set out our thoughts in more detail.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

Grouped Questions: 239312
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Asked on: 01 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Behaviour Disorders: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to parenting support to prevent and treat conduct disorders and behavioural issues.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 April 2019

The Prevention Vision confirmed there is a strong case for acting early with good pre-conception care, fit and healthy parents and taking a ‘whole family’ approach when responding to problems. Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development. The Prevention Green Paper will set out our thoughts in more detail.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

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Asked on: 01 April 2019
Treasury
Parents: Education
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government commitment to take a cross-departmental approach to supporting children in the early years, if he will invest in evidence-based parenting support in the forthcoming Spending Review.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 04 April 2019

All further decisions on public spending will be taken at the Spending Review this year, when the Chancellor will set out his approach for the future and will ensure that policy issues are considered across departmental boundaries.

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Asked on: 27 March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the UK Government provides to Uganda’s Special Forces Command.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 01 April 2019

The Ugandan Special Forces Command is not provided with direct support by HM Government.

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[N]
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Asked on: 27 March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176667 on Uganda: Military Aid, which Ugandan units the UK Government provided support to in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019; and whether any of those units are part of the Ugandan Special Forces Command.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 01 April 2019

Her Majesty's Government has provided military support to the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) during 2017 - 2019, and to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Police Force in 2017 and 2018. Support to the Wildlife Authority and Police was in countering the illegal wildlife trade, and the Police also received training in countering improvised explosive devices.

Support to the UPDF consisted of activity with several different units; none of these units is part of the Ugandan Special Forces Command.

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Asked on: 22 March 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities are maintaining Education, Health and Care plans por young people up to the age of 25.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 27 March 2019

All local authorities are maintaining education, health and care (EHC) plans for young people up to the age of 25. The number of pupils with a statement or EHC plan, based on where the child attends school by local authority can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2018.

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Asked on: 22 March 2019
Ministry of Justice
Special Educational Needs: Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population have (a) a learning disability, (b) autism and (c) other special educational need.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 27 March 2019

Data on offender learning participation, and learner characteristics, is published by the Department for Education.

Data on learning difficulties and/or disabilities amongst those prisoners who engage in prison education is at: OLASS: participation and achievement by equality and diversity & English and maths level: 2010/2011 to 2017/18. Self-declared data on learning difficulties and/or disabilities gathered as part of the assessment of prisoners’ levels of maths and English on reception is at: OLASS English and maths assessments by ethnicity and learners with learning difficulties or disabilities: participation 2014/2015 to 2017/2018. The data consistently show that around one third of prisoners have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

In April 2016, the Department for Education published a breakdown of the type of learning difficulty and type of learning disability amongst prisoner learners for academic years 2011/12 to 2014/15. That data is at: Offender Learning breakdown by disability and learning difficulty 2011/12 to 2014/15.

From 1 April, prison governors will arrange for all new prisoners to be screened for learning difficulties and/or disabilities on reception. Following this, for those who go into learning and where screening indicates an issue, education suppliers will assess them to ensure the right adaptations and support arrangements are put in place.

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Asked on: 22 March 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Unemployment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment and training have a special educational need.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 27 March 2019

The information requested is not held centrally. Information on the number of young people who are not in education, employment and training and who have an education, health and care plan is currently being collected from local authorities for the first time and will be published in May 2019 within the “Statements of SEN and EHC plans: January 2019” publication.

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Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Care Leavers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of care and support offered to care leavers.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 March 2019

The quality of support provided for care leavers is assessed under Ofsted’s framework for the inspection of local authority children’s services. In its annual report (2017-18) Ofsted reported that care leaver services were improving, saying “We have continued to explore the experience of care leavers in different local authorities and have been pleased to find an increasing number of local authorities providing high-quality services for them”. The latest Ofsted report for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council rated its leaving care service as ‘outstanding’. A copy of the report is available at: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2761258.

Department for Education has appointed Mark Riddell MBE as the national improvement adviser for care leavers. Mark was previously the manager of Trafford leaving care service, which was the first to be judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Mark has worked with over 40 local authorities to help them implement new duties introduced in 2018, which require local authorities to publish their ‘local offer’ for care leavers; and offer support from a Personal Adviser to all care leavers to age 25 (previously support ended at age 21 for most care leavers). Mark has published an annual report highlighting best practice in leaving care services, a copy of which is available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-implementation-adviser-for-care-leavers-first-year-report.

However, care leavers’ outcomes remain significantly worse than their peers in the general population and the government is determined to further improve the support care leavers receive as they make the challenging transition from care to independence. In addition to the new duties on local authorities mentioned above, government has introduced a range of measures to improve care leavers’ outcomes, including:

  • Launching 3 care leaver social impact bonds, which will use ‘payment by results’ contracts to support care leavers to engage in education, employment or training;

  • Establishing 8 ‘Staying Close’ pilots, which are testing an enhanced support offer for young people leaving residential care;

  • Providing additional funding for 47 local authorities, to enable them to work intensively with small caseloads of care leavers at highest risk of homelessness – as part of the cross-government rough sleeping strategy;

  • Introducing a £1,000 bursary for care leavers starting an apprenticeship (local authorities are already required to provide a £2,000 bursary for care leavers who go to university; and care leavers are a priority group for receipt of a 16-19 bursary if they are in further education).

  • Launching the care leaver covenant, which provides a way for organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors to show their commitment to care leavers, through providing concrete offers of support;

  • Launching the next recruitment round for the Civil Service care leaver internship scheme, which provides 12-month paid internships for care leavers across government. For this intake we are hoping to place 100 care leavers in government departments across the country;

  • Publishing guidance to universities on how they can improve the support they offer to care leavers.
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Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Care Leavers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers that have (a) been homeless, (b) had diagnosed mental health needs, and (c) entered the criminal justice system in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 March 2019

The department publishes data annually on the activity and accommodation status of care leavers aged 19-21. It has also published experimental statistics for 17 and 18-year-olds. These data are available in tables F1 to F4 at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018.

Data show care leavers’ activity/accommodation status on or around their birthday, so do not provide answers to the questions in the form they have been asked. However, the latest data for the year ending March 2018 show that of the 28,510 care leavers aged 19 to 21:

  • 1% (320 young people) were reported to be homeless or no fixed abode; and

  • 4% (1,080 young people) were reported to be in custody.

The department does not hold data on the number of care leavers who had diagnosed mental health needs.

The department has recently provided funding of £4.8 million to local authorities to enable them to provide additional support to care leavers at risk of rough sleeping – as part of the cross government rough sleeping strategy.

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Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Care Leavers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the (a) homeless and (b) prison populations that are care leavers.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 March 2019

The information requested is not held centrally. However, statistics on the number of 17 to 21 year old care leavers who are in custody are published at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018 as part of our regular National Statistics on looked after children.

Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service collects management information on care leavers. These figures cover England and Wales and are believed to be self-reported meaning they will not be comparable with Department for Education figures. It should be noted that it is not mandatory to record information on care leavers, and therefore no information will be held in respect of some prisoners.

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Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Care Leavers: Unemployment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers aged 16-24 that are not in education, employment or training.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 March 2019

Information on care leavers aged 16 or aged 22 and over is not held centrally. Of the care leavers aged 17 to 21 in the year ending 31 March 2018, 14,370 were not in education, employment or training. Further information on care leavers can be found 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 on: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of post-18 care and support provided to young people with special educational needs.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 March 2019

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged over 18, who continue in education, are entitled to care and support through their Education, Health and Care plans where it contributes to meeting specified outcomes. We have introduced local area SEND inspections by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) covering education, health and care. These look at implementation of the Children and Families Act reforms, including provision for young people with SEND post-18, moving into adulthood.

The Care Act 2014 requires that where an adult or carer appears to have care and support needs the local authority must carry out an assessment. It must then decide if the person has eligible needs by considering the outcomes the person wants to achieve, what needs they have, and how these impact on their wellbeing. The CQC inspects services to make sure they meet quality and safety standards – in March 2019, 83% of providers of adult social care were rated as good or outstanding.

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Asked on: 12 February 2019
Leader of the House
Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support
Commons
To ask the Leader of the House, on what date the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support last met.
A
Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 18 February 2019

The Early Years Family Support Ministerial Group last met on 6 February 2019.

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Asked on: 12 February 2019
Leader of the House
Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support
Commons
To ask the Leader of the House, which members of the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support were attended the most recent meeting of the group.
A
Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 18 February 2019

The Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support is chaired by myself, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons. The following Ministers sit on the group:

  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury - The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance - Justin Tomlinson MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families - Nadhim Zahawi MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities - Jackie Doyle-Price MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government) - Rishi Sunak MP

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability - Victoria Atkins MP

All members of the group are actively involved in progressing the work of the group. At the last meeting, the only members who could not attend were the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

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Asked on: 12 February 2019
Leader of the House
Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support
Commons
To ask the Leader of the House, whether (a) she and (b) members of the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support have held meetings with Cabinet colleagues.
A
Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 18 February 2019

All members of the Early Years Family Support Ministerial Group, including myself, regularly have meetings with other government Ministers including Cabinet colleagues. This is an integral part of our varied roles in government.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 12 February 2019
Leader of the House
Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support
Commons
To ask the Leader of the House, what progress the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support has made on (a) identifying gaps in available provision and (b) recommendations on how coordination across Departments can be improved; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 18 February 2019

The Early Years Family Support Ministerial Group will make recommendations to the relevant Secretaries of State on how the Government can further improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness of early years family support, and identify gaps in available provision, in due course.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 14 February 2019
Department for Transport
Bus Services: Tees Valley
Commons
What steps he is taking to improve bus services in Teesside.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 14 February 2019

The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need to improve local bus services. Bus Open Data powers in the Act will require bus operators in England to open up information about routes, timetables, fares and tickets in real time for passengers by 2020. These improvements aim to improve journey planning and help passengers secure best value tickets.

We are working with interested local authorities to determine which of the powers provided are best able to support bus networks in their areas.

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Asked on: 07 February 2019
Home Office
Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 12 February 2019

The introduction of minimum unit pricing in England remains under review.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 05 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214641 on Personal Independence Payment: Appeals, what estimate she has made of the clearance times for mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payments (a) nationally and (b) in the North East of England in (i) November 2018, (ii) December 2018 and (iii) January 2019.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 08 February 2019

Data on clearance times for mandatory reconsiderations for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is currently available up to October 2018 as provided in the response to Question 214641 on 4 February 2019.

Information for the period November 2018 to January 2019 will be available once the data processing and quality assurance is complete for the next release of the PIP Official Statistics on 19 March 2019. Until then the information requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 01 February 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Pregnancy: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Question 213465 on Pregnancy: Mental Health Services, what steps is he taking to develop proposals for a six week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 06 February 2019

NHS England is undertaking further work to establish a clear picture of current practice in this area. The potential for a six week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers is subject to this work. If taken forward, the check could be introduced from April 2020.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 31 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Entertainments and Music
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January to Question 212672 on Uganda: Entertainments and Music, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the proposed regulations to the Ugandan music and entertainment industry in that country.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 05 February 2019

​The Ugandan Government continues to consult with representatives from the Ugandan music and entertainment industry on the proposed regulations. We await the outcome of these consultations. The UK position is that legislation should not be used to enable censorship; and we continue to raise directly with the Ugandan Government the importance of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.

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Asked on: 30 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, what estimate she has made of the clearance times for mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payments (a) nationally and (b) in the North East of England.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The median clearance time, in calendar days, for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) to be cleared was 34 days for both Great Britain and the North East of England in the period April to October 2018.

This data on MR clearance times is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision. Data has been provided for the period to October 2018 to be consistent with the latest official statistics that have been published on MR clearance volumes.

MR is a key element of the decision making process for both the Department and claimants, and whilst ensuring they make quality decisions, decision makers work hard to clear applications without delay. Gathering the right evidence is critical at the MR stage if decisions are not to go to appeal; and we are reviewing our processes to not only obtain this, but to do so whilst continuing to make decisions timeously.

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Asked on: 30 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on recent developments in the Apaa land conflict; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 04 February 2019

​We are aware of the ongoing land disputes in Northern Uganda and concerned by the recent related reports of violence. We are following the ongoing Ugandan government-led mediation process closely.

As part of our dialogue with the Government of Uganda on all aspects of democratic governance and human rights, we continue to outline the importance of resolving land disputes fairly, peacefully and with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

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Asked on: 28 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Pregnancy: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to his oral contribution of 15 January 2019, Official Report, column 1005, what steps he is taking in relation to the GP Contract negotiations to improve the six-week perinatal mental health check for new mothers.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 31 January 2019

The potential for a six week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers was included in the negotiating remit for the 2019/20 general practitioner (GP) contract. Discussions were held with the GP profession and it was agreed that proposals should be developed outside of the contract process.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 25 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Elections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Africa, of 8 January 2019, Official Report, column 117WH, what (a) analysis and (b) evaluation his department has completed of the UK’s work with the international community to support the electoral environment in Uganda during the 2016 presidential election.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 30 January 2019

The majority of UK funding in support of the electoral environment in Uganda in 2016 was channelled through the multi-donor Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). The DGF provided support to work covering voter education, training for women and youth political candidates, media training for journalists, inter-party dialogue, election monitoring and support to the electoral commission. Our funding helped promote the discussion and adoption of meaningful electoral reforms; improvements in citizen participation and engagement in the electoral process; and the identification and mitigation of risks of violence related to the electoral process. Evaluations carried out across each of these strands found evidence of significant positive impact and will be used to inform future programmatic and project support.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 25 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Elections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Africa, of 8 January 2019, Official Report, column 117WH, what steps he is taking to support the electoral environment in Uganda at the next presidential election.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 30 January 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development in Kampala are currently working alongside international partners to identify how best to support the electoral environment up to and including the next election in 2021. We are using the Ugandan Electoral Commission's recently launched 'election road map' to help assess how best to target UK support.

Since 2014, the UK has provided £30 million of programmatic to strengthen institutions in Uganda to uphold democratic freedoms and advocate for the equal treatment of all Ugandans according to the terms of the Ugandan Constitution and laws.

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Asked on: 25 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Entertainments and Music
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the Ugandan Government’s proposals to regulate the music and entertainment industry by requiring artists to submit (a) lyrics for songs and (b) scripts for film and stage performances for approval.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 30 January 2019

We are aware of the proposed regulations to the Ugandan music and entertainment industry that are currently being consulted on and are yet to be approved by the Cabinet. The UK's position is that such regulations must not be used as a means of censorship. The UK supports freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and, alongside freedom of the media, maintains that it is an essential quality of any functioning democracy. We continue to raise any concerns around civic and political issues directly with the Ugandan government.

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(Stockton South)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 20 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent in the main categories of NHS commissioner spending as recorded centrally by NHS England for (a) acute, (b) mental Health, (c) community care, (d) continuing care and (e) primary care by clinical commissioning group in (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 14 January 2019

The following table is a summary of the aggregated amount spent in the main categories of National Health Service commissioner spending, as recorded centrally by NHS England, for acute, mental health, community care, continuing care and primary care in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The data was provided by NHS England. NHS England do not hold clinical commissioning group (CCG) level spending data across all of these categories for all CCGs.

Type of Care

Amount Spent 2015-16

Amount Spent 2016-17

Amount Spent 2017-2018

Acute

£38,247 million

£40,107 million

£41,411 million

Mental health

£7,301 million

£7,627 million

£8,053 million

Community

£7,088 million

£7,115 million

£7,348 million

Continuing

£4,297 million

£4,582 million

£4,547 million

Primary

£12,124 million

£13,870 million

£16,474 million

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 09 January 2019
Department for International Development
Uganda: Politics and Government
Commons
What recent steps her Department has taken to help strengthen governance and security in Uganda.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 09 January 2019

Since 2014 DFID has invested £30 million to improve the governance and security environment in Uganda. We are working with the Ugandan government and non-government actors to strengthen anti-corruption, build local governance capacity, increase accountability, and support public financial management reforms.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 14 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 12 December 2018 on the review of amendments made to the NHS Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in 2017, HLWS1142, if he will publish the full text of that review.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 20 December 2018

The Department has no plans to produce and publish a formal review document or the evidence collected as part of it. In undertaking the review, the Department called for evidence from interested stakeholders which included several confidential individual case studies from organisations who have not permitted the Department to share these within the public domain. A summary of the findings will be shared with contributors to the review and we will continue to keep the impact of the regulations under close review, working closely with our stakeholders.

National guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the regulations.

Grouped Questions: 202323 | 202325
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 14 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 12 December 2018 on the review of amendments made to the NHS Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in 2017, HLWS1142, if he will publish the evidence collected for that review.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 20 December 2018

The Department has no plans to produce and publish a formal review document or the evidence collected as part of it. In undertaking the review, the Department called for evidence from interested stakeholders which included several confidential individual case studies from organisations who have not permitted the Department to share these within the public domain. A summary of the findings will be shared with contributors to the review and we will continue to keep the impact of the regulations under close review, working closely with our stakeholders.

National guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the regulations.

Grouped Questions: 202322 | 202325
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 14 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Maternity Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 12 December 2018 on the review of amendments made to the NHS Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in 2017, HLWS1142, what information his Department holds on the effect of NHS charging on access to maternity services by vulnerable pregnant migrant women.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 20 December 2018

The Department has no plans to produce and publish a formal review document or the evidence collected as part of it. In undertaking the review, the Department called for evidence from interested stakeholders which included several confidential individual case studies from organisations who have not permitted the Department to share these within the public domain. A summary of the findings will be shared with contributors to the review and we will continue to keep the impact of the regulations under close review, working closely with our stakeholders.

National guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the regulations.

Grouped Questions: 202322 | 202323
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October to Question 176664 on Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust, for what reason it was decided that Public Health England would not consult its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 November 2018

The Alcohol Leadership Board meets every three months. Public Health England (PHE) did not consult with its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware because the timing of the campaign was such that the Alcohol Leadership Board was informed at the first opportunity once there was certainty about the collaboration.

A copy of the terms of reference for the PHE Alcohol Leadership Board is attached.

PHE will be commissioning an independent evaluation of the ‘Drink Free Days’ campaign, which will include an assessment of the impact on PHE’s reputation. The evaluation and subsequent peer review of the Drink Free Days campaign will be complete by May 2019. Initial indications are that the campaign has been well received by the public.

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Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcohol Leadership Board
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of reference for the Public Health England Alcohol Leadership Board.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 November 2018

The Alcohol Leadership Board meets every three months. Public Health England (PHE) did not consult with its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware because the timing of the campaign was such that the Alcohol Leadership Board was informed at the first opportunity once there was certainty about the collaboration.

A copy of the terms of reference for the PHE Alcohol Leadership Board is attached.

PHE will be commissioning an independent evaluation of the ‘Drink Free Days’ campaign, which will include an assessment of the impact on PHE’s reputation. The evaluation and subsequent peer review of the Drink Free Days campaign will be complete by May 2019. Initial indications are that the campaign has been well received by the public.

PQ188254,255,256 attached document (Word Document, 71.09 KB)
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Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent concerns raised by British public health academics on the potential threat to Public Health England’s reputation of partnering with an alcohol industry-funded body.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 November 2018

The Alcohol Leadership Board meets every three months. Public Health England (PHE) did not consult with its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware because the timing of the campaign was such that the Alcohol Leadership Board was informed at the first opportunity once there was certainty about the collaboration.

A copy of the terms of reference for the PHE Alcohol Leadership Board is attached.

PHE will be commissioning an independent evaluation of the ‘Drink Free Days’ campaign, which will include an assessment of the impact on PHE’s reputation. The evaluation and subsequent peer review of the Drink Free Days campaign will be complete by May 2019. Initial indications are that the campaign has been well received by the public.

PQ188254,255,256 attached document (Word Document, 71.09 KB)
Grouped Questions: 188254 | 188255
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Leader of the House
Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support
Commons
To ask the Leader of the House, if she will (a) outline the terms of reference for the cross-departmental ministerial working group on family support from conception to the age of two and (b) confirm the membership of that group.
A
Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 15 November 2018

The terms of references for the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support are 'To make recommendations to relevant Secretaries of State on how the Government can improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness of early years (conception to age 2) family support and identify gaps in available provision’ .

The Membership of this group includes:

  • The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Lord President of the Council, Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)

  • The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

  • Justin Tomlinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance

  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

  • Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities

  • Rishi Sunak MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability

Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leader-of-the-commons-to-chair-ministerial-group-on-family-support-from-conception-to-the-age-of-two

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prescriptions: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of prescriptions were issued to people using a prepayment certificate in England in (a) 2017 and (b) the latest period for which information is available.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 09 November 2018

The information is not available in the format requested.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 29 October 2018
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176667 on Uganda: Military Aid, what training and support the Government offers to (a) Uganda's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and (b) Uganda's Police Rapid Response Unit.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 05 November 2018

I can confirm that members of the Ugandan armed forces have received intelligence training provided by the UK, but it is not our practice to comment in detail on the nature of intelligence relationships with other nations. HM Government provides no support to Uganda's Police Rapid Response Unit. As part of our engagement we emphasise the importance of professional forces operating within the framework of international law.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 19 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of prescription charges on health outcomes.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 29 October 2018

No such assessment has been undertaken.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 19 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prescriptions: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of prescriptions that were paid for by a prepayment certificate in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 29 October 2018

This information is not available for the time period requested.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 19 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prescriptions: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the contribution to the public purse of prescription prepayment certificates.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 29 October 2018

Information provided by the NHS Business Services Authority on the number of Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) purchased in each of the last five calendar years is provided in the following table:

Year

Number of PPCs issued

2013

1,531,016

2014

1,651,977

2015

1,798,037

2016

1,916,220

2017

1,952,425

At present a 3-month PPC costs £29.10 and a 12-month PPC costs £104 to purchase.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134635 on the Department for Work and Pensions: telephone services, how many times her Department has made a referral to the National Trading Standards Board about a website that has failed to publicise the cost of a call to her Department since the introduction of freephone numbers in 2017.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 October 2018

Since the introduction of freephone numbers at the end of 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions has referred 6 websites to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau following concerns about the how the information relating to the cost of calls is displayed.

The referrals were made to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau rather than the National Trading Standards Board due to the nature of the concerns relating to the information on the cost of calls.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what consultation took place between Public Health England and its independent expert advisors on the Alcohol Leadership Board prior to its decision to enter into a partnership with Drinkaware.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 October 2018

There was no consultation between Public Health England (PHE) and its Alcohol Leadership Board before PHE and Drinkaware’s Drink Free Days campaign.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the library a copy of the terms of reference for the partnership between Public Health England and Drinkaware.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 October 2018

There are no terms of reference for the collaboration between Public Health England and Drinkaware.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press release, Public Health England and Drinkaware launch Drink Free Days, published on 10 September 2018, for what reason the decision was taken by Public Health England not to state clearly that Drinkaware is funded by the alcohol industry.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The content of the press release launching the Drink Free Days campaign, which is a collaboration between Public Health England and Drinkaware, focused on communicating to media the campaign’s aim and specifically its simple and pragmatic advice to the public to help them cut back on alcohol consumption by taking more drink free days. The purpose of the press release was to highlight this consumer facing campaign rather than describe the background to either organisation.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military support the Government provides to Uganda.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The majority of UK military support to Uganda is training to prepare Ugandan troops for duty in the African Union Mission to Somalia, which includes training officer cadets at Sandhurst and senior officers at the UK Defence Academy. In addition, we train officers from Uganda and other countries for future peace support operations by the Eastern Africa Standby Force. We also provide legal and staff training to the Ugandan People's Defence Force, and have been supporting the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and Ugandan Police Force in their work to combat the illegal wildlife trade, by providing training and secure facilities for weapons and recovered animal products. In partnership with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Czech Republic and others we have also funded and delivered training for Uganda and other East African Community countries on chemical risk assessment and response planning. All of our support emphasises the importance of professional forces operating within the framework of international law and, wherever appropriate, our training includes elements of International Humanitarian Law, Law of Armed Conflict, and Women, Peace and Security.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Assessments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children eligible for free school meals reached a Good Level of Development at age five in Stockton South constituency in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The requested data is shown in Annex A, which is attached.

The 2016/17 Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results show that the proportion of all children achieving a ‘good level of development’ is improving year on year – in 2017, 71% achieved a good level of development compared to 52% in 2013.

The proportion of children eligible for free school meals (FSM) achieving a good level of development is also increasing year on year. In 2017, 56% achieved a good level of development compared to 36% in 2013. The gap between disadvantaged children (children eligible for FSM) and others achieving a good level of development continues to narrow. It decreased from 19% in 2013 to 17% in 2017.

The department’s ambition is to provide equality of opportunity for every child, regardless of background or where they live. Good early years education is the cornerstone of social mobility and we are making record investment in this area, including providing 15 hours of free early education for disadvantaged two year olds and £100 million of investment through our ambitious social mobility action plan ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 09 October 2018
Home Office
Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the paper by Aveek Bhattacharya entitled How dependent is the alcohol industry on heavy drinking in England? published in August 2018, to what extent the alcohol industry is planned to be consulted as a stakeholder for the updated alcohol strategy, following the finding in that paper that alcohol industry revenue in England would decline by 38 per cent in the event that all consumers drank within the Chief Medical Officer's Low Risk Guidelines.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The Government’s new alcohol strategy will set out targeted action to prevent and reduce harmful drinking, support vulnerable people affected by others’ alcohol misuse and improve the pathways into treatment for people with alcohol dependency.

As we develop measures to include in the strategy, we are consulting widely across government and with a range of stakeholders including representatives of the alcohol industry, the health sector, academics, the voluntary sector and the licensed trade.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 12 September 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Government Departments: Telephone Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he is taking to steps to increase the powers that Ofcom and the Phone-paid Services Authority have to prevent intermediaries charging people to use freephone Government services; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 15 October 2018

Ofcom has a power under the Communications Act 2003 to regulate premium rate services, those higher rate services charged to telephone bills, which it has delegated to the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA).

Providers of intermediary connection services, known as information, connection and signposting services (ICSS) are subject to PSA’s strict mandatory Code of Practice if they operate under certain number and price ranges. Ofcom recently consulted on proposals to broaden the scope of the rules so that they would apply to all such services, meaning that all ICSS would be subject to the PSA’s remit. Ofcom aims to publish its decision before the end of 2018.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda on behalf of the thousands of people of Apaa village in Amuru/Adjumani District who have been and are still being forcibly evicted from their land by the Ugandan Army, Police and Wildlife Authority who claim that they are inhabiting a game reserve.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 11 September 2018

As part of our dialogue with the Government of Uganda on all aspects of democratic governance and human rights, we continue to stress the importance of resolving disputes fairly, peacefully and with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. I welcome the Government of Uganda’s 22 August announcement that a committee led by Prime Minister Rugunda, and involving representatives of the affected communities will be constituted to review the Government’s proposals to resolve the land disputes in Apaa.​

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Uganda: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has been in contact with the UN Human Rights Offices in Gulu, northern Uganda, where 250 internally displaced people are camped; and if he will make representations to the Ugandan Government on behalf of those people.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 11 September 2018

We are in regular contact with United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) representatives in Uganda. Those that were camped at the UN OHCHR office in Gulu departed on 16 August and returned to their community.​

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Electronic Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to (a) make the HMRC Gateway service more accessible and (b) enable improved access to Government services for people with no online or digital access.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 05 September 2018

(a) DWP are key stakeholders in the development of the new HMRC Government Gateway Service. HMRC are leading on user research around accessibility with DWP participation via Government Departmental Working Groups.

(b) We are working with partner organisations and with other departments to understand the level of support users of government services need. As part of this programme of work we are looking at the current internet devices we have in our Jobcentre Plus Offices, this includes Digital propensity, Digital Inclusion and the level of support DWP provides. DWP assures all our digital services meet the quality requirements of the Digital Service Standard which, includes both accessibility and assisted digital needs. Face to face appointments’ for claimants and free phone lines are part of the breadth of services we also have available to people without digital access.

Q
(Stockton South)
[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: 23 July 2018
Department for Education
Home Education: Stockton South
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on trends in the number of people being home-schooled in Stockton South constituency.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 04 September 2018

The information requested is not held centrally. A consultation on home education, and call for evidence on the issues of registration, monitoring and support for home educating families, closed on 2 July 2018 and responses are now being considered.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Department for Education
Music: GCE A-level
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many colleges in England offer music at A-Level.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 04 September 2018

The number of further education sector colleges that had at least one student entering A level music, or music technology, in 2016/17 was 103. [1],[2],[3]

[1] Includes: sixth form colleges, general further education colleges, agriculture and horticulture colleges & art, design and performing art colleges.

[2] Only includes colleges with A level students at the end of their 16-18 study in the 2016/17 academic year. Where qualifications taken by a student are in the same subject area and similar in content, ‘discounting’ rules have been applied to avoid double counting qualifications.

[3] The Department publishes this information at the following link: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/download-data. Select the academic year, then ‘All of England’, then ’16 to 18 qualification and subject data’ and then download the Excel file.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 18 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
General Dental Council
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the General Dental Council; and what steps he is taking to hold that body to account.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 24 July 2018

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the healthcare regulatory body responsible for the regulation of dentists and dental care practitioners in the United Kingdom and is independent of the Government.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) annually reviews each professional regulator’s performance against its Standards of Good Regulation and publishes its findings.

The most recent GDC report was published by the PSA in November 2017 and covered the 2016/17 period. It found that the GDC met all but one of the 24 standards of good regulation.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will set a target for the maximum time limit for people to wait for a personal independence payments appeal to be heard.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 20 July 2018
Holding answer received on 20 July 2018

The Ministry of Justice is not planning to set a target for the maximum time limit for people to wait for a Personal Independence Payment appeal to be heard. This is because waiting times fluctuate geographically owing to a number of factors including venue capacity, the volumes of benefit decisions made locally, the complexity of the case and the availability of panel members. Furthermore, the listing of appeals, including consideration of whether a hearing should be expedited, is a function of the Tribunal’s judiciary. We are however working on measures to improve the capacity and performance of the Tribunal, including the appointment of additional judges and panel members.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Cystic Fibrosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to exempt people with Cystic Fibrosis from prescription charges.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 17 July 2018

We have no current plans to review the list of medical conditions which provide for exemption from prescription charges because arrangements exist to ensure that prescriptions are affordable for everyone. A broad range of prescription charge exemptions are in place, for which someone with cystic fibrosis may qualify. To support those with greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption, prescription prepayment certificates are available. A holder of a 12 month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just £2 per week.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Wood-burning Stoves
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120689 on Wood-burning Stoves, what steps he is taking through (a) planning regulations and (b) otherwise to reduce the primary emissions of harmful particulate matter from the use of wood-burning stoves.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Planning is the responsibility of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). My Department is working with MHCLG on their update on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF requires that planning policies should sustain compliance with and contribute towards EU limit values or national objectives for pollutants.

On 22 May, we published our Clean Air Strategy for consultation which aims to cut air pollution and save lives. The strategy includes plans to introduce new environmental legislation which will ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale and only the cleanest stoves will be available to buy and install in England, preventing 8,000 tonnes of harmful particulate matter from entering the atmosphere each year. Cleaner fuels and stoves produce less smoke, less soot and more heat.

We will be launching a further detailed consultation later this year on our proposals to phase out the most polluting domestic fuels.

Ahead of introducing new legislation, my Department has been working with industry sectors to introduce voluntary initiatives. This has seen the introduction of Ecodesign Ready labelling by the stove industry in February 2017 which brings in emission standards ahead of the EU Regulatory deadline of 2022.

We have also worked with the wood fuel industry on the Ready to Burn scheme which was launched in Autumn 2017. The scheme informs consumers about the importance of using clean, quality wood-fuel to improve air quality which will reduce harmful emissions.

In addition, my Department have also been working with other industry sectors, such as chimney sweep organisations to provide advice to consumers in their own homes. This has resulted in an information guide (https://tinyurl.com/y8clbglu) which provides clear advice on the procedures to follow when lighting a stove, to minimise smoke emissions.

Q
(Stockton South)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who is responsible for making a decision on whether a patient qualifies for an exemption under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance; and to what extent clinicians are involved in such decisions.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 13 June 2018

The NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 place a legal obligation on providers of National Health Service-funded secondary care to identify patients who are not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom (‘overseas visitors’) and make and recover charges from them unless an exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the service they access.

The Department has issued guidance to the NHS called ‘Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations’ in which it strongly recommends that trusts appoint a designated Overseas Visitors Manager to oversee the charging regime however all staff including clinicians have a responsibility to ensure that the charging rules work effectively.

Clinicians provide appropriate healthcare for patients and make decisions on their treatment based on their clinical needs. The charging regulations do not change that. However, clinicians will at times, be required to make a decision on whether treatment is urgent or immediately necessary for those patients identified as not eligible for NHS-funded care.

It is only a clinician who can make an assessment of whether a patient’s need for treatment is immediately necessary, urgent or non-urgent for patients whose status is unknown or have been identified as being chargeable.

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Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department for Education
Sign Language: GCSE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing British Sign Language as a GCSE qualification.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 11 June 2018

There are no plans to introduce any new GCSEs in this Parliament, to allow schools a period of stability following the recent reforms. The Government is open to considering a proposal for a British Sign Language (BSL) GCSE for possible introduction in the longer term. The Department has indicated this to Signature, the awarding organisation proposing to develop a GCSE in BSL, and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Any new GCSE would need to meet the rigorous expectations for subject content, which are set by the Department. It would also need to meet the expectations for assessment and regulatory requirements, which are set by Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator. The Department and Ofqual will consider carefully the merits of any proposals put forward in due course.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Post Offices: North East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of the £370m investment funding the Department has allocated to Post Office branches has been allocated to (a) the North East and (b) Thornaby Post Office.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 11 June 2018

The Government has provided nearly £2 billion in investment since 2010, and is providing a further £370 million between April 2018 and March 2021. The allocation of funding to specific branches and regions is an operational matter for Post Office Limited. However, branches all over the country have benefited, with the network at its most stable in decades. Over 7,500 branches have been modernised, there are nearly a million additional opening hours per month and over 4,400 branches open on Sunday.

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(Stockton South)
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that exemptions to charging under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance are being applied to qualifying patients.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 11 June 2018

The Department has made information on the rules around entitlement to free National Health Service treatment publicly available for several years. The Department has issued guidance to providers of NHS funded secondary care that sets out the rules and best practice processes to follow to identify chargeable patients where no exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the type of service they are accessing. This guidance is publicly available on Gov.uk.

The rules around charging overseas visitors for NHS care, including the list of exemption categories, are also set out for the public on NHS Choices, so that patients can be aware of their chargeable status prior to accessing NHS care. We continue to work closely with the NHS on best methods of communicating more effectively to patients, including revising guidance, translated letters in foreign languages, tools and support frameworks to support NHS providers and frontline staff, to ensure patients are made aware of the Charging Regulations.

Where an NHS patient is unhappy with the healthcare they have received, it is right that they, or someone on their behalf and with their consent, can use the NHS complaints procedure. Relevant providers need to ensure that they and patients charged for NHS services are aware of the complaints procedure and that there are effective operational links with the organisation’s complaints manager that reflect the extant guidance on managing complaints.

If a patient considers that they have been charged incorrectly, they should collaborate with the overseas visitor manager to discuss on what basis they have been found to be chargeable and whether the provision of further documentary evidence is required. Where there continues to be a disagreement about how the Charging Regulations have been applied to a particular patient, the patient may want to seek the services of the relevant body's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

The NHS complaints procedure can be found at NHS Choices:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/complaints-and-feedback/pages/nhs-complaints.aspx

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(Stockton South)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has (a) implemented a public awareness strategy and (b) issued guidance to ensure that patients eligible for exemptions under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors (Amendment) Regulations 2017 are made aware that they are exempt from such charges.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 11 June 2018

The Department has made information on the rules around entitlement to free National Health Service treatment publicly available for several years. The Department has issued guidance to providers of NHS funded secondary care that sets out the rules and best practice processes to follow to identify chargeable patients where no exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the type of service they are accessing. This guidance is publicly available on Gov.uk.

The rules around charging overseas visitors for NHS care, including the list of exemption categories, are also set out for the public on NHS Choices, so that patients can be aware of their chargeable status prior to accessing NHS care. We continue to work closely with the NHS on best methods of communicating more effectively to patients, including revising guidance, translated letters in foreign languages, tools and support frameworks to support NHS providers and frontline staff, to ensure patients are made aware of the Charging Regulations.

Where an NHS patient is unhappy with the healthcare they have received, it is right that they, or someone on their behalf and with their consent, can use the NHS complaints procedure. Relevant providers need to ensure that they and patients charged for NHS services are aware of the complaints procedure and that there are effective operational links with the organisation’s complaints manager that reflect the extant guidance on managing complaints.

If a patient considers that they have been charged incorrectly, they should collaborate with the overseas visitor manager to discuss on what basis they have been found to be chargeable and whether the provision of further documentary evidence is required. Where there continues to be a disagreement about how the Charging Regulations have been applied to a particular patient, the patient may want to seek the services of the relevant body's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

The NHS complaints procedure can be found at NHS Choices:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/complaints-and-feedback/pages/nhs-complaints.aspx

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(Stockton South)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) complaints and (b) redress procedures are available for patients (i) whose treatment has incorrectly been withheld by a hospital demanding payment for treatment upfront and (ii) who have been billed for treatment under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 11 June 2018

The Department has made information on the rules around entitlement to free National Health Service treatment publicly available for several years. The Department has issued guidance to providers of NHS funded secondary care that sets out the rules and best practice processes to follow to identify chargeable patients where no exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the type of service they are accessing. This guidance is publicly available on Gov.uk.

The rules around charging overseas visitors for NHS care, including the list of exemption categories, are also set out for the public on NHS Choices, so that patients can be aware of their chargeable status prior to accessing NHS care. We continue to work closely with the NHS on best methods of communicating more effectively to patients, including revising guidance, translated letters in foreign languages, tools and support frameworks to support NHS providers and frontline staff, to ensure patients are made aware of the Charging Regulations.

Where an NHS patient is unhappy with the healthcare they have received, it is right that they, or someone on their behalf and with their consent, can use the NHS complaints procedure. Relevant providers need to ensure that they and patients charged for NHS services are aware of the complaints procedure and that there are effective operational links with the organisation’s complaints manager that reflect the extant guidance on managing complaints.

If a patient considers that they have been charged incorrectly, they should collaborate with the overseas visitor manager to discuss on what basis they have been found to be chargeable and whether the provision of further documentary evidence is required. Where there continues to be a disagreement about how the Charging Regulations have been applied to a particular patient, the patient may want to seek the services of the relevant body's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

The NHS complaints procedure can be found at NHS Choices:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/complaints-and-feedback/pages/nhs-complaints.aspx

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Named Day

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Asked on: 06 June 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Discipline
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the use of isolation as a form of discipline in schools on children's mental health.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 11 June 2018

Schools are free to develop their own behaviour policies and strategies for managing behaviour according to their own particular circumstances. To help schools develop effective strategies, the Department has produced advice for schools which covers what should be included in the behaviour policy. This advice can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools.

Schools can adopt a policy which allows disruptive pupils to be placed in isolation away from other pupils for a limited period. If a school uses isolation rooms as a disciplinary penalty, this should be made clear in their behaviour policy. As with other disciplinary penalties, schools must act lawfully, reasonably and proportionately in all cases. The school must also ensure the health and safety of pupils.

The Department is currently refreshing its guidance on pupil behaviour and mental health in schools, which will be published later this year. It will emphasise the importance of setting clear routines and expectations for the school as a whole. It will also support schools to consider the mental health needs of their pupils and to provide an appropriate response that helps pupils to improve their behaviour.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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Asked on: 06 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Children: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has discussed with the Secretary of State for Education the potential effect of the use of isolation as a form of punishment in schools on children's mental health.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 11 June 2018

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has not a specific discussion with the Secretary of State for Education around the potential effect of the use of isolation as a form of punishment in schools on children’s mental health.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 10 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2016 to Question 139056 on Health Services: Finance, how much and what proportion of the £1.6 billion announced in Autumn Budget 2017 for allocation in 2018-19 has been used to commission services by (a) NHS Trusts and (b) independent healthcare providers.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 17 May 2018

In addition to the announcement in the autumn budget of an extra £1.6 billion of funding for the National Health Service, the Department added a further £540 million to bring the total to £2.14 billion which was allocated to the NHS as follows:

- £650 million is added to the Provider Sustainability Fund (previously the Sustainability and Transformation Fund) and so will be paid directly to NHS providers; and

- £1.49 billion has been allocated to NHS commissioners, predominantly for the purchase of secondary care activity and mental health services.

Commissioners are required to detail the total amount of planned expenditure for a given year but are not required to separately account for how the increase in the allocation from the previous year has been allocated, so it is not possible to identify how much of the additional money has been allocated to independent sector providers.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Nurses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which his Department plans to respond to the Second Report of the Health and Social Care Committee, Nursing Workforce, HC353, published on 29 January 2018.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 15 May 2018

The Government is considering carefully the important issues raised in the Second Report of the Health and Social Care Committee, Nursing Workforce HC353 and plans to publish its response in the coming weeks.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £1.6 billion announced in Autumn Budget 2017 for allocation in 2018-19 has been used to commission services from (a) NHS Trusts and (b) independent healthcare providers.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 02 May 2018

The information requested is not available.

Clinical commissioning groups can commission any service provider that meets National Health Service standards and costs. These can be NHS hospitals, social enterprises, charities or private sector providers. However, they must be assured of the quality of services they commission, taking into account both National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines and the Care Quality Commission's data about service providers. We are clear that patients should be able to access the best possible treatments based on quality of care not the provider.

The £1.6 billion for 2018-19 will increase funding for emergency and urgent care, and elective surgery.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 13 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Paramedical Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include paramedics in the list of healthcare students eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The NHS Learning Support Fund was developed in recognition of the compulsory clinical placement hours that student nurses, midwives and allied health professions within the scope of the reforms implemented in August 2017 need to complete in order to graduate from their courses.

The route into paramedicine currently has various education and funding models. Therefore, paramedic training was not included in the scope of the reforms implemented in 2017.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 13 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Housing: Broadband
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to incentivise housing developers to ensure that all new homes can receive fast broadband.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is strongly committed to ensuring new build developments have high quality, reliable and future-proof connectivity.

In early 2016, DCMS brokered an agreement between Openreach and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) so that all new build developments would be offered with Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) for free, or as part of a co-funded initiative. In November 2016, Openreach announced that it would provide FTTP to all new developments with more than 30 plots for free. Virgin Media and GTC, another infrastructure provider, have similar agreements with the HBF.

My Department’s Barrier Busting Task Force are exploring how we can build on this to ensure that all residents of new build developments receive the connectivity they deserve.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 13 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the ban on below-cost sales of alcohol on alcohol-related hospital admissions since the introduction of that ban.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The Department commissioned an evidence review from Public Health England (PHE) on the public health burden of alcohol, which was published in 2016. This report was a comprehensive review of available evidence, which included the availability of alcohol and its impact on various socioeconomic groups. The report is available to view online at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583047/alcohol_public_health_burden_evidence_review.pdf

No specific assessment has been made on the effect of the ban on below-cost sales of alcohol on alcohol-related hospital admissions since its introduction. However the PHE review estimated that the ban has prevented 14 deaths and 500 alcohol-related admissions to hospital per annum.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 April 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 launching a new scheme, similar to Project Lightning, to ensure that more homes can provide usable broadband.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The Department welcomes commercial investment in UK digital infrastructure such as Virgin Media’s Project Lightning and is working to encourage further investment through policies and funding. These include Business Rates Relief for fibre investment and the £200m Local Full Fibre Networks programme to fund locally-led projects that leverage commercial investment in full fibre broadband connections. For alternative network providers, £400 million of public funding has also been made available for fibre connectivity through the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which will unlock approximately £1 billion of private investment.

Looking further ahead, the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review is currently assessing what market models can best support broadband infrastructure investment in different areas of the UK.

The Government’s existing £1.7bn Broadband Delivery UK programme reached 95% of premises in December 2017 and is continuing with at least a further 2% likely to be achieved, ensuring that over 97% of premises in the UK can receive superfast broadband.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 13 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role Public Health England will play in monitoring the effect of the implementation of a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland to inform any decision on that policy in England.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The Department commissioned an evidence review from Public Health England on the public health burden of alcohol, which was published in 2016. This report was a comprehensive review of available evidence, which included the availability of alcohol and its impact on various socioeconomic groups. The report is available to view online at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583047/alcohol_public_health_burden_evidence_review.pdf

The Government will continue to review what further evidence is required to understand the impact of minimum unit pricing to inform future policy decisions, drawing upon the expertise of Public Health England.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 19 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Diabetes: Podiatry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding will be made available for multidisciplinary foot care teams through the Diabetes Transformation Fund in each of the next financial years for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 March 2018

NHS England plans to make £9.93 million from the Diabetes Transformation Fund available for multidisciplinary footcare teams in the financial year 2018-19. Figures for later financial years are not available.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 15 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bangladesh: Elections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Government of Bangladesh on the disqualification of the leader of the opposition from participation in parliamentary elections in that country.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 23 March 2018

On 8 February 2018, Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was convicted of corruption charges relating to misappropriation of funds. She was sentenced to a five year prison term. It would not be appropriate for the Government to seek to interfere in the judicial processes of another country.

I remain concerned about the political unrest in Bangladesh and the absence of dialogue among Bangladesh's political parties. The UK is committed to supporting democracy in Bangladesh. The Foreign Secretary met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Ali during his visit to Bangladesh from 9 to 10 February. In public and in private he stressed the importance of free and fair elections and affording political space to the opposition. The UK, together with international partners, will continue to encourage a peaceful way forward, and dialogue, between political parties in Bangladesh.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 19 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Orthopaedics : Cardiovascular System and Diabetes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many lower limb amputations associated with peripheral arterial disease and diabetes have taken place in the NHS in each year since 2008-09; and how many of those amputations have taken place in each (a) strategic health authority area prior to 2012-13 and (b) clinical commissioning group area since 2012-13 .
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 March 2018

NHS Digital have provided us with data that detail a count of finished consultant episodes, with a primary diagnosis of diabetes or peripheral arterial disease and a main procedure of lower limb amputation. These are tabulated by strategic health authority area for the financial years between 2008-09 and 2011-12 and clinical commissioning group for treatment for the financial years between 2012-13 and 2016-17.

The Clinical Coding team have advised that I73.9 - Peripheral vascular disease unspecified includes but is not limited to peripheral arterial disease.

Tables and data are attached.

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