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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 10 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of vulnerability of NHS Microsoft operating systems to cyber attack.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 May 2019

We are supporting National Health Service organisations to upgrade their existing Microsoft Windows operating systems, allowing them to reduce potential vulnerabilities and increase cyber resilience.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 10 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the effect of Iranian water policies on the Ahwazi Arab population in that country.
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Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 16 May 2019

​No representations have been made on the topic of Iranian water policies towards the Ahwazi Arab population. However, we are concerned by the substantial violations of the rights of ethnic minorities and their defenders in Iran and therefore, we continue to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran in monitoring and reporting on the rights of ethnic minorities in the country.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 07 May 2019
Home Office
Visas: Ministers of Religion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 5 temporary religious worker visas were (a) made and (b) granted in the last five years.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 May 2019

Information on ‘Tier 5 – Religious Workers’ entry clearance visa applications and outcomes (granted, refused, withdrawn, lapsed) is published on a quarterly basis in the Home Office’s ‘Immigration Statistics’, Visas data tables volume 1, table vi_01_q, latest edition at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2018/list-of-tables#visas.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Parking: Cycleways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to introduce legislation to permit the use of approved camera devices for the enforcement by local authorities of parking restrictions in mandatory cycle lanes.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 26 April 2019

The Government response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review Call for Evidence committed to allow local councils to use cameras to enforce parking restrictions in mandatory cycle lanes within the next two years. Work is under way to introduce the relevant legislation within this timeframe.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
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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: 18 April 2019
Home Office
Religious Buildings: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Security and Economic Crime on 18 March 2019, Official Report, column 793, whether he has reviewed the funding for protected security measures for mosques.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 25 April 2019

On 19 March 2019, the Home Secretary announced a boost in funding for the hate crime Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme to £1.6 million for 2019/20 (including for Mosques). This is double the amount awarded in 2018/19. £5 million over three years has also been committed to providing security training to places of worship in England and Wales. This will enable staff and volunteers to develop the security understanding necessary to make physical security measures work effectively.

In addition to this, the Home Office announced on 19 April 2019 that it is supporting Faith Associates to provide security training and advice to Muslim places of worship in advance of Ramadan. This short-term, two-month project sits alongside the wider £5m fund for security training.

More widely, the Home Secretary has committed to consulting with faith communities to understand what more could and should be done to help protect faith communities at their places of worship. We are working with groups such as the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Tell Mama and those representing other faiths as part of this consultation.

This increase in funding marks a significant change in our funding for protective security for Mosques and other places of worship. If the threat changes or there is a sense that more money is needed, we will always look at how we should respond.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Blue Badge Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 218834 on Blue Badge Scheme, on what date the guidance to local authorities on changes to the Blue Badge scheme extending eligibility to those with less visible conditions will be issued.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 24 April 2019

The guidance necessary for local authorities to assess applications under the expanded eligibility criteria for non-physical and hidden disabilities is currently being finalised. The Department for Transport is hoping to publish the guidance at the end of May.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 10 April 2019
Department for Transport
Level Crossings: Greenwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the proposed closure of the Angerstein pedestrian level crossing as a result of upgrade works.
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Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 15 April 2019

The Secretary of State for Transport has not had any discussions with Network Rail on the proposed closure of Angerstein pedestrian level crossing.

The management of level crossings on the UK rail network is an operational matter for Network Rail, who are the infrastructure managers of Britain’s railways.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 09 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Sickle Cell Diseases: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December to Question 198332 on Sickle Cell Diseases: Prescriptions, what assessment he has made of the effect on BAME patients of his policy not to include sickle cell anaemia in the list of conditions for which a medical exemption certificate can be obtained.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 12 April 2019

The Department has made no assessment. This is because there are extensive arrangements in place to ensure that people can access affordable prescriptions. To support those with the greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption, prescription prepayment certificates are available.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 April 2019
Treasury
Mortgages: Islam
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March to Question 229779, which four high street banks offer Sharia-compliant home purchase plans.
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Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 April 2019

The four banks serving the UK which offer Sharia-compliant home purchase plans are: Al Rayan Bank, United National Bank, Ahli United Bank and ABC International Bank.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 11 March 2019
Department for Education
John Roan School: Inspections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when Ofsted plans to carry out a monitoring inspection of the John Roan secondary school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 19 March 2019

This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Pharmacy: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in Category M prices and the single activity fee on the financial sustainability of community pharmacies.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 March 2019

The overall funding for the community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) has not been reduced since 2017/18 and remains at £2.592 billion for 2018/19. The Department ensures delivery of this amount by adjusting the fees paid for services and the reimbursement paid for products throughout the year. Where there is over or under payment we make appropriate adjustment to either fees or product reimbursement (typically those in Category M) to address the difference. The impact assessment for the current CPCF funding is at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-pharmacy-reforms

The current recovery of excess medicine margin at £10 million per month, as agreed by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, ceases at the end of March 2019.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Treasury
Mortgages: Islam
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many high street banks offer Islamic mortgage services.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 14 March 2019

The Government is committed to the availability of Islamic finance in the UK to ensure that no one is denied access to competitive financial products for reasons of faith.

Sharia-compliant home purchase plans are enabled by regulations overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). They are currently offered by four UK banks.

Beyond the requirements set out in the FCA regulations, decisions around the pricing and availability of individual mortgage loans remain commercial decisions for lenders, and the Government does not seek to intervene in these decisions.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 08 February 2019
Department for Transport
Blue Badge Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on changes to the Blue Badge scheme extending eligibility to those with less visible conditions.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 13 February 2019

The Department for Transport is currently developing guidance, drawing on expertise from medical and healthcare professionals, as well as various disability organisations and local authorities, so that authorities will be able to assess applications under the expanded eligibility criteria for non-physical and hidden disabilities. The guidance will be published to coincide with a forthcoming revision of the statutory regulations, planned for the end of April.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 February 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 14 January 2019 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 Technical Group.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 12 February 2019

A response to the letter was sent on 6 February.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Treasury
Mortgages: Islam
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of Sharia-compliant home purchase plans.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 12 February 2019

The Government is committed to the availability of Islamic finance in the UK to ensure that no one is denied access to competitive financial products for reasons of faith. We are doing this by working to ensure that Sharia-compliant financial products can be supplied on the same terms and at the same standard as conventional financial products. The UK is already the western leader in Islamic finance, however we continue to explore areas where Islamic finance can be developed further.

Home purchase plans are enabled by regulations overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the independent regulator set up by the Government to ensure consumers are receive appropriate protection.

Beyond the requirements set out in the FCA regulations, decisions around the pricing and availability of individual mortgage loans remain commercial decisions for lenders, and the Government does not seek to intervene in these decisions.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Social Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on children receiving social care of the decision to distribute the social care support grant via the adult social care relative needs formula rather than the children’s services relative needs formula.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 11 February 2019

At Autumn Budget 2019, the Chancellor made available £410 million in 2019/20 for social care services in local authorities – both adult and children’s social care. We proposed in the provisional local government finance settlement to distribute these resources based on the existing Adult Social Care relative Needs formula, as the best available method. Consultation responses overwhelmingly supported this approach which was confirmed at final settlement. Local authorities have welcomed the additional funding and the discretion to spend in a way which best fits their community’s needs.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 22 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Trusts: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 January 2019, Official Report, column 84, on NHS Long Term Plan, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich with further details of the effect of changes to the market forces factor on funding for NHS Trusts in London to be allocated as part of the Plan.
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Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 28 January 2019

NHS England is responsible for decisions on the weighted capitation formula used to allocate resources between clinical commissioning group (CCGs). NHS England take advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, a group of academics and other experts. This process is independent of Government.

The CCG allocation formula takes account of unavoidable cost differences between areas by applying the Market Forces Factor (MFF) to all services except for prescribing.

The MFF has not been updated in nearly ten years so it was right that this has been reviewed as part of the changes made in the Long Term Plan. NHS England and Improvement are responsible for updating the methodology and underlying data used to calculate the MFF.

The proposed changes would result in changes in income and allocations for some providers and commissioners. Changes would be implemented over five years to phase the impact on providers.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Grouped Questions: 211307
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 22 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the market forces factor on future funding for NHS Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups in London.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 28 January 2019

NHS England is responsible for decisions on the weighted capitation formula used to allocate resources between clinical commissioning group (CCGs). NHS England take advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, a group of academics and other experts. This process is independent of Government.

The CCG allocation formula takes account of unavoidable cost differences between areas by applying the Market Forces Factor (MFF) to all services except for prescribing.

The MFF has not been updated in nearly ten years so it was right that this has been reviewed as part of the changes made in the Long Term Plan. NHS England and Improvement are responsible for updating the methodology and underlying data used to calculate the MFF.

The proposed changes would result in changes in income and allocations for some providers and commissioners. Changes would be implemented over five years to phase the impact on providers.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Grouped Questions: 211306
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 10 January 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether all international treaty and non-treaty arrangements in which the UK participates through membership of the EU will be replicated by 29 March 2019.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 16 January 2019

We are committed to maintaining the relationships and cooperation we currently enjoy with third countries and international organisations as we exit the EU. This is why we have agreed with the EU that they will notify treaty partners that the UK is treated as a Member State for the purposes of its international agreements with third countries during the Implementation Period. This provides a basis for continuity during this period.

We are also working with third countries to put in place new arrangements that replicate the effects of existing agreements, as far as possible and where relevant, and which would come into force either on exit in the event of ‘no deal’ or at the end of the Implementation Period.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 December 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Industrial Health and Safety: Funerals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the implementation of EU Directive 2004/37/EC on the funeral sector.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 08 January 2019

The Government is aware of the concerns that the funeral sector has raised about a new occupational exposure limit value for Formaldehyde in the latest proposed amendment to EU Directive 2004/37/EC. Officials have liaised with representatives of the sector to gather information to inform the continuing negotiations at EU level. The UK will continue to represent the concerns of the funeral sector as part of those negotiations.

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