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Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Abortion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to publish the numbers of forced abortions by individual NHS trusts.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department has no plans to centrally collect or publish information on the number of forced abortions by individual National Health Service trusts.

Grouped Questions: 284601
Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Defence
Syria: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans are in place to uphold the no-fly zone and de-escalation zone in the province of Idlib, Syria.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The UK was not a party to the agreement to establish de-escalation zones in Syria made by Russia, Turkey and Iran in 2017. We are gravely concerned by the ongoing military action by Russia and the Syrian regime in Idlib, including strikes which have hit civilian infrastructure. All parties should respect the de-escalation zone and agreed ceasefire, abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and act to protect civilians.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Abortion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to collect information on the number of forced abortions by individual NHS trust.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department has no plans to centrally collect or publish information on the number of forced abortions by individual National Health Service trusts.

Grouped Questions: 284421
Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Syria: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the provision of emergency medical to Syrian civilians in Idlib.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 30 July 2019

​British aid continues to support the provision of emergency medical aid in Idlib, where DFID partners are working to support health facilities and establish mobile emergency protection teams. In addition, the UK has announced an additional £32 million aid package to meet emergency humanitarian needs in Idlib and the surrounding areas.

We have also made clear, including at four emergency sessions of the UN Security Council, that attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure are inexcusable. We call on all parties to distinguish between civilians and civilian infrastructure, and military targets.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 28 June 2019
Treasury
Life Insurance: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to life insurance for people with mental health problems.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Government is determined that all insurers should treat customers fairly and firms are required to do so under the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) rules. The FCA has placed access and vulnerability at the core of the its Mission and Business Plan, and plans to consult on guidance for firms on the treatment of vulnerable consumers, including those with mental health conditions, in Summer 2019.

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(Glasgow North West)
[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: 18 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated total cost to the public purse has been of payments made to claimants of universal credit that did not receive the severe disability premium as a result of natural migration.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The requested information is not available.

It is not possible to confirm exactly how many people in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) will receive back payments following their natural migration to Universal Credit. Each case must be individually assessed to determine whether SDP eligibility would have continued following the end of their legacy benefit claim.

On Friday 3 May 2019, the High Court handed down a judgment in relation to Universal Credit and the SDP. We are currently considering the options open to us and will respond in due course.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 18 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of employment support allowance back-payments owed to claimants.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 June 2019

Latest published forecasts of arrears owed to ESA claimants underpaid on conversion from Incapacity Benefit are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esa-underpayments-forecast-numbers-affected-forecast-expenditure-and-progress-on-checking/esa-underpayments-forecast-numbers-affected-forecast-expenditure-and-progress-on-checking

The most recent published information on arrears already paid to claimants affected by underpayments on conversion from Incapacity Benefit is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esa-underpayments-forecast-numbers-affected-forecast-expenditure-and-progress-on-checking/may-2019-esa-underpayments-progress-on-checking

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(Glasgow North West)
[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: 18 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of personal independence back-payments owed to claimants.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department owes in social security benefit back-payments to claimants as a result of errors made by her Department.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department owes in social security benefit back-payments to claimants as a result of tribunals or High Court judgments finding in favour of such claimants.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 09 May 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Special Olympics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support the Special Olympics and (b) ensure that Special Olympics GB receives adequate funding over the next five years.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 20 May 2019

Government recognises the importance of sport and physical activity for disabled people who take part at both the grassroots and the elite level, as set out in the government’s sport and physical activity strategy 'Sporting Future'.

Special Olympics GB (SOGB) received a three year grant from Sport England, the government arm’s length body for grassroots sport in England, totalling £204,363 for its core activities from October 2017 to September 2020. This grant is part of Sport England’s £1.6m grant funding to National Disability Sports Organisations.

SOGB was also granted £43,344 of Commercial Consultancy Support (2018/19) by Sport England. Through this support they are working with Sport Collective, a sports rights and marketing agency, to identify their brand assets and value, identify and target potential partners and develop their sponsorship material.

In addition, Sport England also gave SOGB a further £152,000 of Exchequer investment in December 2018/January 2019. This was to help SOGB engage more volunteers and sponsors, to increase the numbers in their volunteer recruitment programme, and to deliver partnership competitions.

Sport England will be meeting SOGB and other National Disability Sport Organisations later this year to discuss the potential and process for further investment post-October 2020.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 15 May 2019
Wales Office
Origin Marking: Wales
Commons
What recent assessment the Government has made of the economic effect on producers of protected geographical indications for Welsh products.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 15 May 2019

I recognise the economic and cultural importance of geographical indications to all parts of the United Kingdom. There are 16 current Welsh products covered by the scheme, ranging from Halen Môn sea salt to Welsh lamb.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 29 April 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Fracking: Planning
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help ensure the (a) interests and (b) safety of local communities is fully considered in decisions on planning for shale gas fracking; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 May 2019

The Government is firmly committed to ensuring that local communities are fully involved in planning decisions that affect them. Planning applications for shale development proposals require consultation with local communities, ensuring that planning concerns about potential impacts raised by local people are taken into account in the determination of such applications.

The Government takes the safety of the public and environmental protection very seriously and are confident we have a robust regulatory framework in place. We have been clear that shale gas exploration development must be safe and environmentally sound. The UK has world-class regulation to ensure that shale gas exploration can happen safely, respecting local communities and safeguarding the environment. National planning policy makes clear that in considering planning applications, mineral planning authorities should ensure that there are no unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment or on human health.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 30 April 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the impact assessment on the European temporary leave to remain scheme included an assessment of the effect of that scheme on the differentiated system of academic courses across the UK.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249331 | 249332 | 249333
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 May 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation the Government has had with EU students in Scotland on the European temporary leave to remain scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249330 | 249332 | 249333
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 30 April 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to prepare for a potential increase in applications for Tier 4 visas from students as a result of the European temporary leave to remain scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249330 | 249331 | 249333
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 30 April 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation she has had with her counterpart in the Scottish Government on the potential increase in applications for Tier 4 visas as a result of the European temporary leave to remain scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249330 | 249331 | 249332
Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 24 April 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fracking: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review the traffic light monitoring system for regulating fracking-induced seismicity.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 01 May 2019

The Traffic Light System for monitoring induced seismicity was introduced after consideration of advice from three scientists, following operations at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall site in 2011. The level of magnitude 0.5 at which operators must pause operations, was set in consultation with industry as an appropriate precautionary measure. These regulations have been working as intended and there are no plans to review the Traffic Light System.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 11 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans are claimants of universal credit.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 24 April 2019

The information requested is not held.

The Department continues to consider opportunities to improve our understanding of those claiming Universal Credit, including ways in which we might identify claims from veterans.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 11 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans are owed back-payments for employment and support allowance as a result of historical errors from her Department.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 April 2019

The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The Department only collects data which determines benefit entitlement or which contributes to the good management of a claim.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 11 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans are owed-back payments of personal independence payment as a result of the the High Court ruling of 21 December 2017 on RF v Secretary of State for Work And Pensions [2017] EWHC 3375.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 April 2019

Information on owed-back payments of Personal Independence Payment to veterans as a result of High Court rulings is not held as the Department does not collect information on whether claimants on Personal Independence Payment are veterans.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 11 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants are owed compensation for losing their Severe Disability Premium as a result of natural migration, and how many of those claimants are veterans.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 23 April 2019

I refer the Hon. Member to the response to Question 215614, answered on 6th February 2019.

The Department does not hold information regarding the number of Universal Credit claimants that are veterans.

The Department continues to consider opportunities to improve our understanding of those claiming Universal Credit, including ways in which we might identify claims from veterans.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 27 March 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the affordability of the Indefinite Leave to Remain application fee.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 04 April 2019

An assessment of the impact of all border, immigration and citizenship (BIC) fees was published as an associated document to the Immigration and
Nationality Fees (Regulations) 2018. Whilst the assessment doesn’t focus on affordability, which would be a very subjective matter, it does include estimates of price elasticity.

The relevant information can be found via the following link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2018/59/pdfs/ukia_20180059_en.pdf

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 27 March 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Afghanistan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons a waiver from Indefinite Leave to Remain fees was granted to the 150 Afghan Interpreters who aided the British Army during Operation Herrick.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 04 April 2019

In May 2018, the Home Secretary announced that Afghan interpreters, who worked alongside British Forces in Afghanistan, and their family members who relocate to the UK can apply for settlement free of charge after five years’ residence here.

It was never our intention to expect Afghan local staff who relocated to the UK to return to Afghanistan. The changes to the Immigration Rules pro-vide reassurance that they can continue to build their lives and future in the UK. In addition, given the risks that Afghan interpreters faced, includ-ing threats to safety, as a direct result of their work alongside UK forces on the front line, we believe it was appropriate to provide a fee exemption.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 27 March 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's implementation, management and monitoring of marine protection areas; what assessment he has made of the potential merits of doubling the size of the area under marine protection; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 02 April 2019

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.

Defra recently laid a report in Parliament setting out progress towards establishing an MPA network (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/marine-protected-areas-network-report-2012-to-2018). This report includes progress that has been made in implementing, managing and monitoring MPAs.

To date, 36% of English waters are protected in MPAs. On its own, the total area of MPAs is not a good measure of the effectiveness of the network. We have published a comprehensive set of ecological network targets that we are working towards:

http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/100705_ENG_v10.pdf

and

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/492784/mcz-update-jan-2016.pdf

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 27 March 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Seafood: Nature Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has commissioned on the threats of changes to the (a) temperature, (b) pH and (c) level of carbonate ions in the sea to (i) shellfish and (ii) finfish.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 02 April 2019

The Department has commissioned and contributed towards a range of research on the threats of changes to temperature, pH and carbonate ions in the sea. This includes:

The UK Ocean Acidification research programme (UKOA), which DEFRA contributed towards, and which investigated the threats of ocean acidification through experimental studies and modelling for several finfish and shellfish species.

We commissioned the ‘Placing Ocean Acidification in a wider Fisheries Context’ (PLACID) project which has included studies on commercially important shellfish and finfish. We also commissioned a study on Impacts from Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Fisheries and Marine Biodiversity. Most recently our contribution to the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme further extends the field work of UKOA and PLACID. Further information on the research we commission is available of the Defra Science Search website.

The UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership provides co-ordinated information on threats and research and has included specific report cards on key shellfish and finfish species, as well as ocean acidification.

We also recognise the importance of global research collaboration and have recently supported the establishment of a North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification Hub to co-ordinate and share data, as well as our continued work with the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment (OSPAR) Ocean Acidification group.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 07 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of full service universal credit claimants who have had their claims stopped re-apply the following month, in the latest period for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 28 February 2019
Holding answer received on 12 February 2019

The table below shows the number Universal Credit reclaims in the month following a claim closure. It includes claims that are closed at any stage of the claim and includes those that fall within the re-claim process. This is where claimants who meet certain conditions and return to Universal Credit within 6 months of their previous award ending, can make a claim under an easier reclaim process.

The majority of the reclaims in August 2018, had their initial claim closed because of a split in a couple claim (28%); the claimant making an additional claim linked by National Insurance Number resulting in the original claim being closed (26%); and because the Claimant did not accept their Claimant Commitment (22%).

Closure month

Claimants re-applying within 30 days

Proportion of closed claims

July-2018

16,400

21%

August-2018

19,000

21%

  • Figures have been rounded to nearest 100 and 1%.
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Innovation and Science
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2018 to Question 203356 on Innovation and Science, and a subsequent Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214098, what steps are required to be taken before that report can be published.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 February 2019

Officials are currently working to arrange publication of the Wave 3 Science and Innovation reports and expect an announcement to be made in due course.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 07 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of full service universal credit claimants have had their claims stopped each month due to a zero award.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 13 February 2019
Holding answer received on 12 February 2019

Below are the number/proportion of Universal Credit Full Service claims by the month of closure:

Closure Month

Number of claims closed due to zero award

As percentage of monthly caseload

September 2018

9,300

1.0%

October 2018

11,800

1.1%

Notes:

Claim closed count rounded to the nearest 100 and the percentages to nearest 0.1%

Where the claimant had not confirmed their address prior to the case being closed, it has not been possible to exclude a small number of UC cases from Northern Ireland.

Grouped Questions: 218335
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 07 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full service universal credit claimants have had their claims stopped each month due to a zero award.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 13 February 2019
Holding answer received on 12 February 2019

Below are the number/proportion of Universal Credit Full Service claims by the month of closure:

Closure Month

Number of claims closed due to zero award

As percentage of monthly caseload

September 2018

9,300

1.0%

October 2018

11,800

1.1%

Notes:

Claim closed count rounded to the nearest 100 and the percentages to nearest 0.1%

Where the claimant had not confirmed their address prior to the case being closed, it has not been possible to exclude a small number of UC cases from Northern Ireland.

Grouped Questions: 218334
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 07 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons her Department's policy changed from live service universal credit to full service universal credit to end a claim after one month of zero award.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 13 February 2019
Holding answer received on 12 February 2019

In both Live Service and Full Service, if a Universal Credit award is reduced to zero, for example as a result of increased earnings, then the Universal Credit award will end.

However, on Live Service if a claimant’s Universal Credit ended because earnings had reduced their award to zero and they subsequently had a change of circumstances that meant Universal Credit would become payable e.g. their earnings dropped, they would return to the same assessment period without having to make a new claim. This is as long as they made contact within 6 months of their previous award ending.

On Full Service, if a claimant’s Universal Credit award ended and they met certain conditions, they will also return to the same assessment period, however, they will need to make a new Universal Credit claim within 6 months of their previous award ending. This new claim is quicker and easier than the one they originally made, as they will only have to tell the department about any changes of circumstances which they have experienced since their previous award ended.

Claimants who become unemployed in a Full Service area also have to make a new claim within 7 days of their job ending (or have a good reason for not doing so) in order for them to be paid for the whole of the assessment period to which they return. If they do not, they will only receive a payment from the point they made their Universal Credit claim until the end of that assessment period.

The changes between Live and Full Service were made for a variety of reasons including:

  • to simplify the process and allow the vast majority of claimants who have short term breaks in entitlement to Universal Credit to return to the same assessment period rather than just those whose Universal Credit had ended because they had entered work;
  • to reduce the possibility of overpayments being made; and
  • to ensure claimants re-engage with conditionality as quickly as possible after their job has ended.

An equality analysis was produced for this change.

Grouped Questions: 218338
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Asked on: 07 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has conducted an impact assessment on the change in policy from live service universal credit to full service universal credit on the automatic ending of claims after a zero award.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 13 February 2019
Holding answer received on 12 February 2019

In both Live Service and Full Service, if a Universal Credit award is reduced to zero, for example as a result of increased earnings, then the Universal Credit award will end.

However, on Live Service if a claimant’s Universal Credit ended because earnings had reduced their award to zero and they subsequently had a change of circumstances that meant Universal Credit would become payable e.g. their earnings dropped, they would return to the same assessment period without having to make a new claim. This is as long as they made contact within 6 months of their previous award ending.

On Full Service, if a claimant’s Universal Credit award ended and they met certain conditions, they will also return to the same assessment period, however, they will need to make a new Universal Credit claim within 6 months of their previous award ending. This new claim is quicker and easier than the one they originally made, as they will only have to tell the department about any changes of circumstances which they have experienced since their previous award ended.

Claimants who become unemployed in a Full Service area also have to make a new claim within 7 days of their job ending (or have a good reason for not doing so) in order for them to be paid for the whole of the assessment period to which they return. If they do not, they will only receive a payment from the point they made their Universal Credit claim until the end of that assessment period.

The changes between Live and Full Service were made for a variety of reasons including:

  • to simplify the process and allow the vast majority of claimants who have short term breaks in entitlement to Universal Credit to return to the same assessment period rather than just those whose Universal Credit had ended because they had entered work;
  • to reduce the possibility of overpayments being made; and
  • to ensure claimants re-engage with conditionality as quickly as possible after their job has ended.

An equality analysis was produced for this change.

Grouped Questions: 218337
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Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Innovation and Science
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2018 to Question 203356 on Innovation and Science, what the reason is for the delay in publication of the third wave of Science and Innovation Audits.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The wave three reports were completed in late summer and the consortia are already using them, for example in helping to develop the Local Industrial Strategies. They will be published in due course.

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Asked on: 04 January 2019
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made of the variations in national average salaries in advance of setting a £30,000 salary threshold for skilled workers.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 09 January 2019

In their report, EEA migration in the UK, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended “maintaining the existing salary threshold for all migrants in Tier 2”. The Government will engage businesses and employers as to what salary threshold should be set.

In addition, Scotland already has a separate Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and we will invite the Migration Advisory Committee to compile such a list for Northern Ireland and consider whether the composition of the SOL needs to be different for Wales.

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 December 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Innovation and Science
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned publication date is of the third wave of the Science and Innovation Audits.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 07 January 2019

The wave three Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) reports will be published in due course.

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 20 December 2018
Home Office
Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will define a (a) high-skilled, (b) medium-skilled and (c) low-skilled migrant in the context of The UK's future skills-based immigration system White Paper.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 January 2019

As set out in the White Paper, ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration system’, we propose to define high, medium and lower skilled occupation by referring to the national Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) levels. High-skilled roles require skills at degree level or above (RQF 6 and above); medium-skilled require skills between A-Level and Foundation Degree, or equivalent (RQF 3-5) and lower-skilled roles include those at GCSE level or below (below RQF 3).

Occupations falling into each of these skill levels will be set out in codes of practice. The existing codes of practice for our current main immigration work route under Tier 2 can be found at Appendix J of the published immigration rules, available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work

Grouped Questions: 204529
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(Glasgow North West)
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Asked on: 20 December 2018
Home Office
Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what occupations would be considered (a) high-skilled, (b) medium-skilled and (c) low-skilled in the context of The UK's future skills-based immigration system White Paper.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 January 2019

As set out in the White Paper, ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration system’, we propose to define high, medium and lower skilled occupation by referring to the national Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) levels. High-skilled roles require skills at degree level or above (RQF 6 and above); medium-skilled require skills between A-Level and Foundation Degree, or equivalent (RQF 3-5) and lower-skilled roles include those at GCSE level or below (below RQF 3).

Occupations falling into each of these skill levels will be set out in codes of practice. The existing codes of practice for our current main immigration work route under Tier 2 can be found at Appendix J of the published immigration rules, available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work

Grouped Questions: 204528
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(Glasgow North West)
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Asked on: 20 December 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which countries his Department has identified as a high risk of abuse of the immigration system.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 January 2019

We use our immigration system to help mitigate a wide range of threats to the UK. Risk is used and assessed at many places within the immigration system and the risk posed by different countries is determined by looking at the full range of threats to the UK, not just immigration abuse.

Those countries where such risks may be higher will usually be subject to our visa regime and will be visa nationals. All cases are decided on the individual merits of the application.

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Asked on: 20 December 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which countries his Department has identified as a low risk of abuse of the immigration system.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 January 2019

We use our immigration system to help mitigate a wide range of threats to the UK. Risk is used and assessed at many places within the immigration system and the risk posed by different countries is determined by looking at the full range of threats to the UK, not just immigration abuse.

Those countries where such risks may be lower will not usually be subject to our visa regime and will be non-visa nationals. All cases are decided on the individual merits of the application.

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Asked on: 12 December 2018
Department for International Development
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on ending violence against children in the Rohingya.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 December 2018

We remain concerned by the risk of violence to Rohingya children in Bangladesh. Of our latest £70m funding to the Rohingya crisis, up to 18% is devoted to protection of rights for refugees, including prevention and monitoring of exploitation and abuse, support to survivors of sexual and gender based violence and strong safeguarding and referral practices by service providers in the camps. This includes: 30 child friendly spaces to support children with protective services and psychosocial and psychological support; child protection monitoring systems in camps; and support to survivors of violence and trafficking. We have funded improved camp lighting to help keep the most vulnerable Rohingya safer. DFID conducts thorough due diligence processes with all funding and will only work with partners with strong safeguards in place.

Approximately 600,000 Rohingya, including children, are still in Rakhine State and are vulnerable. The UK supports agencies that have access to those that remain, such as International Committee of the Red Cross. The UK continues to press for unhindered humanitarian access to Rakhine State.

Grouped Questions: 201702
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(Glasgow North West)
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Asked on: 12 December 2018
Department for International Development
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to monitor its spending on ending violence against children in the Rohingya crisis.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 December 2018

We remain concerned by the risk of violence to Rohingya children in Bangladesh. Of our latest £70m funding to the Rohingya crisis, up to 18% is devoted to protection of rights for refugees, including prevention and monitoring of exploitation and abuse, support to survivors of sexual and gender based violence and strong safeguarding and referral practices by service providers in the camps. This includes: 30 child friendly spaces to support children with protective services and psychosocial and psychological support; child protection monitoring systems in camps; and support to survivors of violence and trafficking. We have funded improved camp lighting to help keep the most vulnerable Rohingya safer. DFID conducts thorough due diligence processes with all funding and will only work with partners with strong safeguards in place.

Approximately 600,000 Rohingya, including children, are still in Rakhine State and are vulnerable. The UK supports agencies that have access to those that remain, such as International Committee of the Red Cross. The UK continues to press for unhindered humanitarian access to Rakhine State.

Grouped Questions: 201701
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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 30 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: War Crimes
Commons
Whether he plans to support sanctions on the leaders of the Myanmar armed forces and Government as a result of alleged recent war crimes in that country.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 30 October 2018

The Foreign Secretary visited Burma in September, including Rakhine. The situation is grave. He met Aung San Suu Kyi and told her clear accountability for those responsible for atrocities was critical. The UK initiated the EU’s new sanctions on seven military commanders and a strengthened arms embargo. The Foreign Secretary told the Foreign Affairs Council we would likely need to take further action in response to the UN Fact Finding Mission report. We are now discussing options for further EU sanctions with member states, including whether to sanction the Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy.

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 06 September 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Broadcasting: Finance
Commons
What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding in relation to programming for the nations of the UK.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 06 September 2018

The government is committed to the future of minority language broadcasting.

The BBC Charter, agreed with government, sets out a clear commitment to Welsh and Gaelic language broadcasting.

The BBC must also support the creative economies of each nation and this hugely positive impact can be seen in the world class creative hubs of Glasgow and Cardiff

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 03 July 2018
Scotland Office
Scots Gaelic Language
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 155850, what steps his Department is taking to enable Gaelic speakers to complete official documents for (a) the Department for Work and Pensions and (b) other government departments in their native language.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The Office and wider UK Government would support anyone who requires such assistance on a case-by-case basis.

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 20 June 2018
Scotland Office
Scots Gaelic Language
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to enable Gaelic speakers to complete official Government documents in their native language.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 25 June 2018

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 10 May 2018 (UIN 141353).

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Nuclear Power Stations: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department’s policy to compile a risk register for proposed nuclear power stations.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 20 June 2018

The Department develops and maintains risk registers with respect to specific major projects and programmes, including across the nuclear portfolio.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his policy to use energy policy to increase R&D investment in Scotland.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 18 June 2018

The Government is committed to investing in science, research and innovation across the UK and across the energy sector. The Government is committed to increasing support for R&D as a key pillar of our Industrial Strategy and have committed to raise total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

The Department is investing £505m under our Energy Innovation Programme between 2015/16-2020/21, as part of the Government’s wider £2.5bn clean growth innovation activities that will support projects across the UK. Scottish innovators are eligible to bid into competitions under this programme, alongside all constituent parts of the UK.

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Senior Civil Servants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many senior civil servants (a) are employed and (b) have been employed by his Department and its predecessor Departments in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 18 June 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regularly publishes its workforce management information, by month, including the numbers of staff in Senior Civil Servant grades. March data has yet to be published and that number is 214. The remaining information for BEIS is available here: www.gov.uk/search?q=BEIS+workforce

Where the information is available for each of its immediate predecessors, the Departments for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Energy and Climate Change, including the numbers of staff in Senior Civil Servant grades, it is available here:

www.gov.uk/search?q=bis+workforce

www.gov.uk/search?q=DECC+workforce

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Senior Civil Servants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many senior civil servant vacancies there are in his Department.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 18 June 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is currently advertising the following number of senior civil servant vacancies:

SCS PB3 – 1

SCS PB1 – 5.

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(Glasgow North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wylfa Power Station
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what value for money assessment the Government has conducted on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear project.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 18 June 2018

The Government published a value for money assessment for Hinkley Point C at the time of the deal being signed and will carry out a value for money assessment for any future new nuclear project before a final deal is agreed.

The Government will, at the appropriate time, publish this assessment which would set out the criteria used to determine value for money of the financing arrangements.

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