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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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(Stockton South)
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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: 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.
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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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(Stockton South)
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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.
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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: 239311
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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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(Stockton South)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

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

Asked on: 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.
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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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(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 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.
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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)
[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 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.
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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)
[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: 14 February 2019
Department for Transport
Bus Services: Tees Valley
Commons
What steps he is taking to improve bus services in Teesside.
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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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