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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 19 March 2020
Department for Education
Pupils: Attendance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the circumstances in which it is appropriate to prosecute a parent under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.
A
Answered by: Vicky Ford
Answered on: 01 April 2020
Holding answer received on 24 March 2020

From Friday 20 March, schools, colleges and early years settings have been closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

We have asked local authorities to suspend any penalty notice action or prosecutions for COVID-19 related absence with immediate effect. Local authorities should update their Code of Conduct for issuing penalty notices to make this clear. New cases should not be taken forward and any cases from 16 March should be withdrawn. This approach should also be applied to prosecutions for non-attendance.

Guidance has been issued on providing support for vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, during the current period of school closures. Schools, colleges, other training providers and local authorities will need to work with parents to make a risk assessment for each child and young person with an education, health and care plan and decide whether their needs should be met though the continuation of provision in their educational setting, or they are able to have their needs met at home.

The latest guidance for schools and other education settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

Grouped Questions: 32174
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 19 March 2020
Department for Education
Pupils: Attendance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that parents whose children are (a) unable to and (b) choose not to attend school because of (i) special educational needs and (ii) a disability during the covid-19 outbreak are not prosecuted under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.
A
Answered by: Vicky Ford
Answered on: 01 April 2020
Holding answer received on 24 March 2020

From Friday 20 March, schools, colleges and early years settings have been closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

We have asked local authorities to suspend any penalty notice action or prosecutions for COVID-19 related absence with immediate effect. Local authorities should update their Code of Conduct for issuing penalty notices to make this clear. New cases should not be taken forward and any cases from 16 March should be withdrawn. This approach should also be applied to prosecutions for non-attendance.

Guidance has been issued on providing support for vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, during the current period of school closures. Schools, colleges, other training providers and local authorities will need to work with parents to make a risk assessment for each child and young person with an education, health and care plan and decide whether their needs should be met though the continuation of provision in their educational setting, or they are able to have their needs met at home.

The latest guidance for schools and other education settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

Grouped Questions: 32173
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 16 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department plans to provide to healthcare providers on the proper use and preparation of personal protective equipment during the covid-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 26 March 2020
Holding answer received on 19 March 2020

Public Health England have produced written guidance and demonstration videos for all health and social care staff on the proper use and preparation of personal protective equipment. The written guidance and videos are available on GOV.UK at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control#PPE

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 16 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procurement guidance his Department provides to (a) NHS trusts and (b) other primary healthcare providers on ensuring the adequacy of supply of personal protective equipment in every hospital required to treat patients with covid-19.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 25 March 2020
Holding answer received on 19 March 2020

National Health Service trusts will access supplies using existing routes. As part of our normal emergency arrangements we already stockpile personal protective equipment.

Personal protective equipment was distributed to general practices across the country last week. The packs include facemasks, aprons and gloves.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 March 2020
Department for Transport
Taxis: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to support taxi drivers unable to renew their licences due to the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Rachel Maclean
Answered on: 23 March 2020

The Department for Transport is aware of concerns raised by the industry over potential delays to the renewal of taxi and private hire vehicle licences and will be looking at this further.

Those that are self-employed or earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week and have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or new style Employment and Support Allowance. There is also a monthly advance available.

Those self-employed or who own a business and are concerned about not being able to pay tax bills because of COVID-19, they may be eligible for support through HMRC’s Time to Pay service.

For small companies who are eligible for Small Business Rates Relief who could provide relief; funding for the scheme will be provided to local authorities by government in early April.

Grouped Questions: 31626
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 March 2020
Department for Transport
Taxis: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to issue guidance for local authorities on supporting taxi drivers who cannot renew their licences during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Rachel Maclean
Answered on: 23 March 2020

The Department for Transport is aware of concerns raised by the industry over potential delays to the renewal of taxi and private hire vehicle licences and will be looking at this further.

Those that are self-employed or earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week and have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or new style Employment and Support Allowance. There is also a monthly advance available.

Those self-employed or who own a business and are concerned about not being able to pay tax bills because of COVID-19, they may be eligible for support through HMRC’s Time to Pay service.

For small companies who are eligible for Small Business Rates Relief who could provide relief; funding for the scheme will be provided to local authorities by government in early April.

Grouped Questions: 31625
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2020
Ministry of Justice
Jury Service: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether front-line staff working in (a) the NHS, (b) education, (c) the police and (d) the food supply chain will be exempt from mandatory jury service during the covid-19 pandemic.
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Peru: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether British citizens being repatriated from Peru as a result of the covid-19 outbreak will have their travel costs reimbursed.
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Cleaning Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on whether cleaning staff are classed as key workers during the covid-19 response.
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 04 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS 111: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 20040, NHS 111: Staff, how many (a) NHS staff, (b) contract staff and (c) volunteers his Department plans to recruit to the NHS 111 service to help mitigate the impact of covid-19.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 12 March 2020
Holding answer received on 09 March 2020

The National Health Service will be given the resources it needs to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Around 500 additional call handlers have already been trained to staff the NHS 111 service, representing an increase of 20%. In addition, the new NHS 111 online service is also available to provide advice and will free up call handlers’ time, so they are able to prioritise those experiencing symptoms.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 03 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Addictions: Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that homeless people with (a) alcohol- and (b) drug-related conditions are able to access the support they need.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 11 March 2020

The Government is aware that homeless people suffer disproportionate harms from drugs and alcohol misuse and has committed to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.

To support this commitment, in the spring Budget the Government has announced £262 million of funding over four years for substance misuse treatment and recovery services for people experiencing rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping.

We are also providing £2 million in funding to test ways to improve access to health services for people with co-occurring mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are currently, or at risk of returning to, sleeping rough.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 05 March 2020
Treasury
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding from the public purse his Department plans to allocate to (a) preparations for a response to covid-19 and (b) research into a vaccine against that virus.
A
Answered by: Steve Barclay
Answered on: 10 March 2020

Public safety is our top priority in our response to COVID-19. The UK is well prepared and the government is taking firm and comprehensive action to support families, businesses and public services. The government has already pledged £91m, of which £65m is for research to support the response to Coronavirus and other epidemic diseases, including vaccine research.

The government continues to look at a range of scenarios to ensure we can respond appropriately. The Budget on Wednesday will set out further details of HM Treasury’s response.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 05 March 2020
Home Office
Visas: Overseas Visitors
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visitor visa applications from (a) Iran, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Pakistan, (d) Bangladesh and (e) South Africa have been rejected since 2015.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 10 March 2020

The Home Office publishes data on visitor visas in the. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

Data on refusals of visit visas by nationality are published in table Vis_D02 of the https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets#entry-clearance-visas-granted-outside-the-uk

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to year ending December 2019. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data in the https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2019/list-of-tables#entry-clearance-visas

The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on entry clearance visas.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 03 March 2020
Department for Education
Erasmus+ Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the statement that the UK will consider options for participation in elements of Erasmus+ on page 21 of the paper entitled, The future relationship with the EU: the UK’s approach to negotiations, CP 211, whether the Government plans to seek (a) partner or (b) programme country status within Erasmus+ after 2021.
A
Answered by: Michelle Donelan
Answered on: 09 March 2020

As we set out in the UK’s approach to negotiations, we remain open to the UK participating in elements of the Erasmus+ programme, on a time-limited basis, provided the terms are in the UK’s interest.

The specific terms under which the UK could participate in the programme are subject to the future negotiations with the EU, which we hope to conclude as soon as possible.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 05 March 2020
Home Office
EU Nationals: Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-EU citizens with pre-settled status have been detained by border police and subsequently released.
Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 28 February 2020
Department for Education
Erasmus+ Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 21 of the paper entitled, The future relationship with the EU: the UK’s approach to negotiations, CP211, if it is his policy to develop an alternative student mobility scheme after the end of the time-limited participation in Erasmus+.
A
Answered by: Michelle Donelan
Answered on: 04 March 2020

As we have set out in the UK’s approach to negotiations, we remain open to the UK participating in elements of the Erasmus+ programme on a time-limited basis provided that the terms are in the UK’s interest.

In parallel with the ongoing negotiations, we continue to develop a domestic alternative scheme as part of preparing for every eventuality.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department for Transport
A39: Bypasses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to make an announcement on the proposed construction of an A39 Camelford bypass.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 03 March 2020

The A39 Camelford bypass scheme proposal has been submitted for consideration under the Major Road Network and Large Local Majors programme.

Officials are working with the Local Authority to support them as they develop the scheme. A decision regarding the scheme’s further development is due shortly.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department for Education
Pupil Exclusions: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children that were excluded in each London borough were (a) male and (b) BAME.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 03 March 2020

The National Statistics release ‘Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England 2017 to 2018’ includes information on the number and rate of permanent and fixed period exclusions.

The release is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/permanent-and-fixed-period-exclusions-in-england-2017-to-2018.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 03 March 2020
Home Office
Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of minimum unit pricing on alcohol policy in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales; and what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a similar policy for England.
Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 21 February 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Aviation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many air miles were accumulated by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department in (i) the last six months and (ii) each calendar year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Victoria Prentis
Answered on: 02 March 2020

The Department has flown 1,203,364 miles in the last six months (based on the date flights were invoiced).

The table below shows the number of miles by calendar year since 2015 (based on the date the flights were invoiced).

Year

Mileage

2015

1,523,505

2016

1,239,659

2017

1,892,968

2018

3,312,017

2019

3,329,349

2020 (to date)

160,695

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 21 February 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Aviation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many air miles were accumulated by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department in (i) the last six months and (ii) each calendar year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 02 March 2020

All air flights for the Department must be booked through the Crown Commercial travel management system and do not provide personal rewards. The Departmental expenses policy, which applies to special advisers as well as civil servants, sets out that air miles and similar benefits earned through official travel should not be used for private purposes.

Similar arrangements for Ministers are set out in the Ministerial Code; if it is impractical to use benefits for Government travel, Ministers may donate air miles to charity if permissible under the terms of the airline’s scheme and the charity is chosen by the airline.

Information on accumulated air miles is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 25 February 2020
Ministry of Justice
Vagrancy Act 1824: Prosecutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have been made under the Vagrancy Act 1824 in (a) England and (b) Wales in each calendar year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Alex Chalk
Answered on: 02 March 2020

Prosecutions, convictions and sentencing outcomes in England & Wales up to the year ending December 2018 are available in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code data tool’, available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/804510/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2018.xlsx

To identify prosecutions, convictions and sentences for offences under the Vagrancy act 1824, filter ‘Offence code’ by ‘10431’, ‘13900’, ‘18200’, ‘18300’, ‘18501’, ‘18801’, ‘18805’.

The number of individuals prosecuted and convicted for these offences can be found in the resulting pivot table in rows 31 and 32, respectively.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 25 February 2020
Home Office
Vagrancy Act 1824: Arrests
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made under the Vagrancy Act 1824 by each police force in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 02 March 2020

The Home Office does not centrally hold the information requested as only data on arrests for notifiable offences are collected and offences under the Vagrancy Act are not notifiable.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS 111: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) NHS staff and (b) contract staff are employed to deliver the NHS 111 service; and how many such staff in each of those categories have been employed to deliver that service in each calendar year since that service has been established.
A
Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 27 February 2020

The Department does not hold the information requested.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS 111: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the NHS 111 service is adequately prepared to deal with the potential effect of a future escalation of COVID-19 cases in the UK.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 27 February 2020

The United Kingdom is extremely well prepared for this type of outbreak – we are one of the first countries in the world to develop a test for the new virus.

The National Health Service is always ready to provide world class care to patients whether they have a common illness, or an infectious disease never seen here before.

A process has been worked through between NHS 111 and Public Health England to provide self-isolation advice, collect and share contact details for anyone who calls and is asymptomatic and reports returning from specific areas with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 within the previous 14 days. NHS 111 has continued to update their algorithms and processes when changes to the case definition have been made.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 21 February 2020
Department for Education
Home Education: Public Consultation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans publish a response to his Department’s consultation on children not in school, which closed in June 2019.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 26 February 2020

In spring 2019, a consultation was held on proposals for a mandatory register of children not attending state or registered independent schools to help local authorities carry out their responsibilities in relation to children not in school.

Almost 5000 responses were received to the consultation which closed in June 2019. They have now been considered and a formal government response document setting out next steps will be issued in due course.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 February 2020
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Rents and Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made to the cost of the public purse of the (a) staffing and (b) rent of (i) DIT East of England, (ii) DIT North East, (iii) DIT South West, (iv) DIT East Midlands, (v) DIT North West, (vi) DIT West Midlands, (vii) DIT London, (viii) DIT South East, and (ix) DIT Yorkshire and the Humber.
A
Answered by: Conor Burns
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) staff across the UK operate in a nine-region structure across England, as well as having a presence in Scotland, all of which work to support businesses across the whole of the UK to export and grow overseas, as well as to attract Foreign Direct Investment. The current forecast staff pay costs for these teams in 2019-20 are set out below.

Region

Staff Costs (2019-20)

East of England

£273,867

North East

£265,428

South West

£222,869

East & West Midlands*

£1,374,359

North West

£637,337

London and Scotland**

£507,155

South East

£374,511

Yorkshire and Humber

£420,829

Grand Total

£4,076,355

* Staff costs are recorded against the Midlands as a whole and are not separated between East and West Midlands

** Staff costs for staff who support London and staff who support Scotland are reported together and can not be separated.

Other functions at DIT are not organised into English regions.

The 2019-20 full year forecast staff costs of all civil servants and other staff working in the UK is £139,114,653.

The annual property rental costs in 2019-20 of all DIT’s buildings by English region are:-

Region

Property Rental Costs (2019-20)

East of England

£32,000

North East

£24,000

South West

£20,000

East Midlands

£40,000

West Midlands

£45,692

North West

£39,649

London

£8,973,578

South East

£298,711

Yorkshire and the Humber

£42,695

Grand Total

£9,516,325

These buildings accommodate staff from a number of different teams from across DIT. It is not possible to identify the rental costs of space in these buildings occupied solely by the regional teams supporting businesses to export.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 February 2020
Department for International Trade
Exports: Marketing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260105, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the (a) operation, (b) maintenance and (c) promotion of her Department's export hub truck (i) in this financial year to date, (ii) over the last six months and (iii) this calendar year to date.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The Export Hub is a mobile outreach platform that hosts workshops and advice sessions so that businesses across the UK can access Department for International Trade export services on their doorstep. It is available for use by Members of Parliament to help boost exports in their constituencies.

The spend on the Export hub is as follows:

  • In this financial year to date: £1,195,253.34
  • Over the last six months (August 2019 to January 2020): £1,009,189.32
  • This calendar year to date: £100,799.19

We are not able to break these costs down by operation, maintenance and promotion.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 February 2020
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Publications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the printing and postage of the document entitled Exporting: A Toolkit for MPs.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The printing cost of the updated ‘Exporting: A Toolkit for MPs’ that was distributed on 22 January 2019 was £901.56. There were no postage costs incurred.

The Exporting Toolkit has been sent to all Members of Parliament. Those interested in working with the Exporting is GREAT campaign and the Department for International Trade can use the toolkit to help inform businesses in their constituency about international trade and the support available to take advantage of export opportunities.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department for Transport
Great Western Railway: easitNETWORK
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the decision by Great Western Railway to withdraw from the easitNETWORK scheme on (a) traffic congestion, (b) air quality and (c) carbon emissions in (i) Oxfordshire and (ii) other counties.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The franchise agreement allows train operators to participate at their discretion in a wide range of schemes of benefit to passengers without seeking Secretary of State consent, but does not mandate non-national schemes.

We are committed to taking decisive action on the recommendation of the Williams Rail Review this year. Fare transformation is already underway in the form of a single-leg fares trial on LNER and the announcement of flexible season ticket trial for passengers travelling on certain routes with GTR, due to launch later this year. We have also established a new ‘fares trials fund’, to kick start further trials this year across the country. These will save thousands of passengers money, and provide the foundations for reform of the whole fares system.

Grouped Questions: 15076 | 15077 | 15078
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department for Transport
Great Western Railway: easitNETWORK
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to Great Western Railway on their decision to withdraw from the easitNETWORK scheme.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The franchise agreement allows train operators to participate at their discretion in a wide range of schemes of benefit to passengers without seeking Secretary of State consent, but does not mandate non-national schemes.

We are committed to taking decisive action on the recommendation of the Williams Rail Review this year. Fare transformation is already underway in the form of a single-leg fares trial on LNER and the announcement of flexible season ticket trial for passengers travelling on certain routes with GTR, due to launch later this year. We have also established a new ‘fares trials fund’, to kick start further trials this year across the country. These will save thousands of passengers money, and provide the foundations for reform of the whole fares system.

Grouped Questions: 15075 | 15077 | 15078
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department for Transport
Great Western Railway: easitNETWORK
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support schemes such as the easitNETWORK scheme that operates on Great Western Railway to encourage more people to use public transport instead of their car.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The franchise agreement allows train operators to participate at their discretion in a wide range of schemes of benefit to passengers without seeking Secretary of State consent, but does not mandate non-national schemes.

We are committed to taking decisive action on the recommendation of the Williams Rail Review this year. Fare transformation is already underway in the form of a single-leg fares trial on LNER and the announcement of flexible season ticket trial for passengers travelling on certain routes with GTR, due to launch later this year. We have also established a new ‘fares trials fund’, to kick start further trials this year across the country. These will save thousands of passengers money, and provide the foundations for reform of the whole fares system.

Grouped Questions: 15075 | 15076 | 15078
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department for Transport
Great Western Railway: easitNETWORK
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will host a meeting between representatives of (a) Great Western Railway, (b) easitNETWORK and (c) Honourable Members who represent constituents who use the easitNETWORK scheme to discuss how Great Western Railway could continue to participate in that scheme.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The franchise agreement allows train operators to participate at their discretion in a wide range of schemes of benefit to passengers without seeking Secretary of State consent, but does not mandate non-national schemes.

We are committed to taking decisive action on the recommendation of the Williams Rail Review this year. Fare transformation is already underway in the form of a single-leg fares trial on LNER and the announcement of flexible season ticket trial for passengers travelling on certain routes with GTR, due to launch later this year. We have also established a new ‘fares trials fund’, to kick start further trials this year across the country. These will save thousands of passengers money, and provide the foundations for reform of the whole fares system.

Grouped Questions: 15075 | 15076 | 15077
Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 10 February 2020
Department for Education
Erasmus+ Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether undergraduate students wanting to study abroad in the (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 academic year will be able to do so through the Erasmus+ scheme.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 13 February 2020

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-20) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. We expect Higher Education mobilities being bid for in 2020 will include some mobilities for academic year 2020-21 and academic year 2021-22, depending on the specific details of individual projects.

The shape and content of EU Programmes post-2020, including Erasmus+, are currently being negotiated within the EU institutions and have not yet been finalised. These EU programmes must be adopted by the EU before any potential formal negotiations on association could begin. The UK is ready to consider participation in certain EU programmes, once the EU has agreed the baseline in its 2021-27 Multiannual Financial Framework, and taking into account the overall value to the UK of doing so.

The Department for Education is the national authority for the Erasmus+ programme in the UK. The Department oversees the work of the UK National Agency, which is responsible for the management and delivery of the programme across the UK. The UK National Agency have been issuing guidance to UK universities with the support of the Department for Education.

The UK government is preparing for every eventuality and is considering a wide range of options with regard to the future of international exchange and collaboration in education and training, including potential domestic alternatives.

Grouped Questions: 14740
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 10 February 2020
Department for Education
Educational Exchanges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has provided to UK universities on preparing student and staff exchanges for the (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 academic year.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 13 February 2020

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-20) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. We expect Higher Education mobilities being bid for in 2020 will include some mobilities for academic year 2020-21 and academic year 2021-22, depending on the specific details of individual projects.

The shape and content of EU Programmes post-2020, including Erasmus+, are currently being negotiated within the EU institutions and have not yet been finalised. These EU programmes must be adopted by the EU before any potential formal negotiations on association could begin. The UK is ready to consider participation in certain EU programmes, once the EU has agreed the baseline in its 2021-27 Multiannual Financial Framework, and taking into account the overall value to the UK of doing so.

The Department for Education is the national authority for the Erasmus+ programme in the UK. The Department oversees the work of the UK National Agency, which is responsible for the management and delivery of the programme across the UK. The UK National Agency have been issuing guidance to UK universities with the support of the Department for Education.

The UK government is preparing for every eventuality and is considering a wide range of options with regard to the future of international exchange and collaboration in education and training, including potential domestic alternatives.

Grouped Questions: 14739
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 February 2020
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Mobile Phones
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) mobile phones and (b) SIM cards were discovered in each prison in (i) England and (ii) Wales in 2019.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 13 February 2020

The HMPPS Annual Digest 2018 to 2019 provides information on the number of incidents where mobile phones and SIM cards were found in each prison in the 12 months to March 2019: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-annual-digest-2018-to-2019. The figures for the period to March 2020 will be published on 30 July 2020.

Overall, in the 12 months to March 2019, there were 11,448 incidents where mobile phones were found in prisons and 5,377 incidents where SIM cards were found. This is an increase of 8% and 14% respectively, compared with the previous 12-month period.

We are investing £100m in prison security to stop contraband such as mobile phones from entering prisons. This includes X-ray baggage scanners and metal detection equipment to enhance searching of visitors and staff and the recently announced X-ray body scanners to detect prisoners concealing contraband inside their body.

As part of the Security Investment Programme we are also investing in cutting-edge detection and blocking technology to find and stop illicit phones working inside our establishments.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 February 2020
Department for Transport
Roads: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with local authorities in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020 on the viability of Ox-Cam Arc housing targets in the event that the Oxford-Cambridge expressway project is cancelled.
A
Answered by: Grant Shapps
Answered on: 13 February 2020

In developing a business case for the expressway, appropriate account has been taken of the housing growth that is already being planned in the area and both the Department and Highways England have engaged with local authorities across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc including about their local plans. We will provide an update on whether the project should continue in due course.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 03 February 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Income: Kingston upon Hull
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to undertake a universal basic income pilot in Kingston upon Hull; and whether she has made an estimate of the timescale for the implementation of such pilots.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 06 February 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions does not have any plans to undertake a pilot of universal basic income (UBI).

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 31 January 2020
Department for Education
Pupil Premium
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 30 January 2020, Schools Funding updates HCWS78, whether funding to increase the pupil premium in line with inflation in 2020-21 is included in the £2.6 billion increase in schools funding in 2020-21 announced in the 2019 Spending Round.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 05 February 2020

Funding to increase the pupil premium in line with inflation in 2020-21 is included in the £2.6 billion increase announced in the 2019 Spending Round.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 31 January 2020
Department for Education
Foster Care: Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities pay foster carers less than the minimum weekly allowance recommended by his Department.
A
Answered by: Michelle Donelan
Answered on: 05 February 2020

The Department for Education does not collect data in relation to the national minimum allowance (NMA).

The National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services are clear that every foster parent should receive an allowance that covers the full cost of caring for a child. Whilst local authorities determine the allowance paid to foster parents in their area, the NMA serves as a baseline to the minimum amount that foster parents can expect to receive per week to cover the cost of a child living in their home. Whilst it is not mandatory in regulations, we expect all fostering services to pay at least this amount.

We are continuing to work with fostering services and others in the sector to ensure that the support offered to foster parents meets their needs.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 30 January 2020
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) designing and (b) promoting the web page entitled View national funding formula allocations for your school: 2020 to 2021 on the Department’s website.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 04 February 2020

The cost of designing the webpage entitled, ‘View national funding formula allocations for your school: 2020 to 2021’, was £112,125.

No specific resource or cost was dedicated to the promotion of the new National Funding Formula website, which formed part of wider communications work that the Department carries out on an ongoing basis.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 30 January 2020
Department for Education
Schools: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of his officials were involved in the (a) design and (b) promotion of the View national funding formula for schools web page on his Department’s website.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 04 February 2020

5.5 full time equivalent digital staff were involved in the design of the 'View national funding formula for schools webpage', with support from a policy official.

No specific resource or cost was dedicated to the promotion of the new National Funding Formula website, which formed part of wider communications work that the Department carries out on an ongoing basis.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 29 January 2020
Department for Education
Post-18 Education and Funding Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to respond to Sir Philip Augar's review of Post-18 Education and Funding.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 03 February 2020

​Philip Augar and his independent panel have made thoughtful recommendations on tuition fee levels and loan repayment, the balance of funding between universities, further education, apprenticeships and adult education, and we will consider all these recommendations carefully.

We are considering the report carefully but have not yet taken decisions with regard to the recommendations put forward.

As my right hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation announced on 20 January at education oral questions, the Government will conclude the review alongside the next Spending Review, providing the sector with clarity about the future of post-18 education and funding.

We want to ensure we have an education system that is accessible to all and encourages the development of the skills we need as a country.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 29 January 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824 before 2021.
A
Answered by: Luke Hall
Answered on: 03 February 2020

The Government is clear that no-one should be criminalised simply for having nowhere to live and we are still committed to reviewing the Vagrancy Act.

This is a complex issue and we know from our engagement with stakeholders that there are diverging views about the necessity and relevance of the Vagrancy Act. That is why the Government believes that a review, rather than wholesale immediate repeal, is the right course of action and we are looking at all options including retention, repeal, replacement or amendment.

At the heart of the review will be the experiences and perceptions of a range of relevant stakeholders including the homelessness sector, the police, local authorities, business representatives, community groups and individuals with lived experience.

It is unacceptable that anyone should be sleeping on the streets in modern Britain. This does not reflect the country we should be and is why we have committed to ending rough sleeping by the end of this parliament.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 22 January 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jerusalem: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department can take to prevent the (a) eviction of Palestinians from and (b) demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 31 January 2020

​We are gravely concerned by the continued demolition of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities. Demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; call into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution; and, in all but the most exceptional of cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. We have repeatedly made clear to the Israeli authorities our serious concern at the demolitions of Palestinian properties in Area C of the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, most recently on 17 December 2019. We call on them to cease the policy of demolitions and provide a clear, transparent route to construction for Palestinians in Area C. We support Bedouin communities and Palestinians facing demolition or eviction through our legal aid programme. This helps residents challenge decisions in the Israeli legal system and remain in their homes.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 22 January 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Wind Power: Seas and Oceans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that support for the deployment of offshore wind generation capacity to meet net zero emissions targets does not harm international marine species and habitats.
A
Answered by: Rebecca Pow
Answered on: 31 January 2020

We fully support the growth of offshore wind and recognise the essential role it plays in meeting the net zero target. Defra has a significant interest in offshore wind development in terms of its potential to contribute to meeting the Government’s climate change commitments, and we also have a critical role in ensuring the protection of our marine environment, particularly across our network of designated Marine Protected Areas.

We are working with other Government bodies, the Crown Estate, industry and wider stakeholders to mitigate against, and prepare for, any environmental impacts of growth in the offshore wind sector. This programme of measures will enable the responsible and sustainable growth of offshore wind.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 31 January 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Committee of Permanent Representatives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which meetings of (a) the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (COREPER) I and (b) COREPER II were attended by UK officials since 1 October 2019.
A
Answered by: Christopher Pincher
Answered on: 10 February 2020

Meetings of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Union (COREPER) I and COREPER II that were attended by United Kingdom officials since 1 October 2019 are listed below.

COREPER I

COREPER II

9 October 2019

2 October 2019

16 October 2019

9 October 2019

6 November 2019

11 October 2019

13 November 2019

13 October 2019

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(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2020
Department for Education
Erasmus+ Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answers of 21 January 2020 to Questions 4479, 4480 and 4481 on the Erasmus+ Programme, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the proposed Erasmus regulation for 2021-27 as adopted by the European Parliament on 28 March 2019, text number P8_TA(2019)0324.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 30 January 2020

Ministers and officials do not attend trilogues as these are held between the Presidency, the Commission and the representatives from the European Parliament’s CULT committee.

As stated in my answer of 21 January 2020 to Questions 4479, 4480 and 4481, the proposed regulations for the next 2021-27 Erasmus+ programme are still being discussed in the EU and have yet to be finalised.

The government highly values international exchange and cooperation in education and training and, as noted in the Political Declaration, the UK is open to participation in certain EU programmes, such as the next Erasmus+ programme (2021-27), if it is in our interest to do so. Future participation in EU programmes will be a subject of our negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship.

Grouped Questions: 8453
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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: 27 January 2020
Department for Education
Erasmus+ Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have attended (i) trilogues, (ii) meetings of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the EU and (iii) other relevant meetings to determine the response of the Council of Ministers to the proposed Erasmus regulation for 2021-27 adopted by the European Parliament on 28 March 2019; and what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the position taken by the Council to date.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 30 January 2020

Ministers and officials do not attend trilogues as these are held between the Presidency, the Commission and the representatives from the European Parliament’s CULT committee.

As stated in my answer of 21 January 2020 to Questions 4479, 4480 and 4481, the proposed regulations for the next 2021-27 Erasmus+ programme are still being discussed in the EU and have yet to be finalised.

The government highly values international exchange and cooperation in education and training and, as noted in the Political Declaration, the UK is open to participation in certain EU programmes, such as the next Erasmus+ programme (2021-27), if it is in our interest to do so. Future participation in EU programmes will be a subject of our negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship.

Grouped Questions: 8452
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 15 January 2020
Department for Education
Sixth Form Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will introduce a capital expansion fund for sixth form providers.
A
Answered by: Michelle Donelan
Answered on: 24 January 2020

Our ambition is to level up the skills of the entire nation and ensure that post-16 education providers are in a great shape to deliver this. We are considering how best to achieve this ambition and we will announce details of future capital funding in due course. This will build on the significant uplift in recurrent funding for 16-19 education which we are putting in place for the 2020/21 academic year.

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