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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: 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.
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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)
[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: 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.
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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)
[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 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.
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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)
[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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(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: 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.
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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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(Stockton South)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 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.
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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)
[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: 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)
[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: 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.
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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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(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: 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]
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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.
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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

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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: 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.
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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.

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(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.
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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.

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(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
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(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.
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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.
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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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(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)
Grouped Questions: 188254 | 188256
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(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.
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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
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(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.
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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

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(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.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 09 November 2018

The information is not available in the format requested.

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