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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
Asked on: 19 December 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Social Mobility
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to improve social mobility in each of the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

One of the Government’s key priorities is tackling social mobility. Individuals in our society should be able to progress as far as their talents will take them.

The Home Office plays its part in achieving this by working to create a safe and prosperous environment in the UK, through working to cut crime and the harm that it causes, and by protecting vulnerable people and communities, so that individuals are not prevented from realising their potential.

Full details of our goals and how we are working to achieve them are in our Single Departmental Plan which is available on Gov.uk.

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Asked by Gareth Snell
(Stoke-on-Trent Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 27 April 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Caribbean
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions Windrush records were used to confirm the immigration status of UK citizens in advance of the disposal of those records; and which (a) agencies of her Department and (b) Ministers of her Department received that information on immigration status.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

No decision was taken to destroy ‘Windrush records’ specifically and records were not categorised as being related to a ‘Windrush migrant’ or the ‘Windrush generation’. Any Windrush papers would have been destroyed in line with the retention and disposal periods set for the wider records collections in which they were located.

When making immigration decisions, officials will have regard to a wide range of information and evidence. It is not possible to assess the full range of information considered in a case without an examination of each paper file (where these are available). This could only be done at disproportionate cost.

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Asked by Gareth Snell
(Stoke-on-Trent Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 May 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Questions 139023, 139024, 139025, 139026 and 139027, on immigrants: Caribbean, tabled on 26 April 2018.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

UIN 139023 was answered on the 19th June 2018, UINs 139024, 139025 and 139027 were answered on the 18th June 2018 and UIN 139026 was answered on the 22nd June 2018.

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Asked by Sandy Martin
(Ipswich)
Asked on: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Deportation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who were resident in Ipswich constituency have been deported from the UK since 2011.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

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

The Home Secretary has committed to regularly updating the Home Affairs Select Committee on the results of the Department's review of all removals and immigration detentions, dating back to 2002, of Caribbean nationals now aged over 45 (i.e. born before 1.1.73), to establish whether any could have entered the UK prior to 1973 and therefore might be protected by the 1971 Act.

Grouped Questions: 147988 | 147989
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Asked by Sandy Martin
(Ipswich)
Asked on: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Deportation: Commonwealth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the people deported from Ipswich constituency since 2011 were deemed to be citizens of other Commonwealth countries.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

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

The Home Secretary has committed to regularly updating the Home Affairs Select Committee on the results of the Department's review of all removals and immigration detentions, dating back to 2002, of Caribbean nationals now aged over 45 (i.e. born before 1.1.73), to establish whether any could have entered the UK prior to 1973 and therefore might be protected by the 1971 Act.

Grouped Questions: 147987 | 147989
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Asked by Sandy Martin
(Ipswich)
Asked on: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Deportation: Commonwealth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those Commonwealth citizens deported from Ipswich constituency since 2011 are now covered by the Government’s assurances in respect of the Windrush generation.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

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

The Home Secretary has committed to regularly updating the Home Affairs Select Committee on the results of the Department's review of all removals and immigration detentions, dating back to 2002, of Caribbean nationals now aged over 45 (i.e. born before 1.1.73), to establish whether any could have entered the UK prior to 1973 and therefore might be protected by the 1971 Act.

Grouped Questions: 147987 | 147988
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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Question 142891, tabled on 10 May 2018, by the hon. Member for Edinburgh East; and what proportion of named day questions his Department has not answered by the due date in the last 12 months.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

UIN 142891 was responded to on the 14th June 2018.

The latest departmental figures on response rate to parliamentary questions is published by the Procedure Committee, the latest publication can be found here:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/procedure-committee/publications

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Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 05 June 2018
Home Office
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Doctors
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many doctors from India with job offers at Warrington & Halton NHS Trust have (a) applied for and (b) been granted visas in the past 12 months.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The available information on applications and outcomes (i.e. grants, refusals, withdrawn and lapsed cases) of entry clearance visas in the ‘Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent’ category are published quarterly in ‘Immigration Statistics’, Visas data tables volume 1, table vi_01_q, latest edition at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2018/list-of-tables#visas.

Neither a breakdown by profession, or applications and outcomes by region of employment, or by employer/sponsor is available in the published statistics.

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(Coventry South)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 07 June 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of FTE staff in his Department in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Home Office figures are published annually on gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ho-annual-reports-and-accounts

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Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 07 June 2018
Home Office
Female Genital Mutilation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the latest NHS Female Genital Mutilation Experimental Statistics Report, published on 6 March 2018, how many (a) police investigations, (b) arrests and (c) convictions have resulted from, or have been pursued in light of data published in that report.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and it is child abuse. The Government is clear that we will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong suffering to women and girls.

The FGM Enhanced Dataset is published quarterly and annually by NHS Digital and provides information on the number of women and girls with FGM who are being cared for by the NHS in England. The most recent set of annual statistics were published in July 2017 and quarterly statistics were published in June 2018. A detailed breakdown of these statistics by local authority, age at which FGM was carried out and country where FGM was undertaken is available online at https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/female-genital-mutilation. These statistics demonstrate that a very high majority of cases are identified in adult women who were born in Africa or Asia who also underwent the practice in their country of birth.

In addition, in 2015 the Government introduced a new FGM Mandatory Reporting Duty requiring all regulated health, social care and teaching professionals to report known cases of FGM in under 18s directly to the police. Whilst we do not currently collect data centrally on the number of reports made to the police under the FGM Mandatory Reporting Duty, we are considering how this data could be collected in future as part of the police Annual Data Requirement.

Information on police investigations, arrests and convictions resulting from the publication of the FGM Enhanced Dataset is not collected centrally.

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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Railways
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why their Framework for the UK–EU Partnership: Transport, published on 7 June, does not cover the rail sector to the same level of detail as the air and road sectors; and what action they intend to take to remedy this omission.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 22 June 2018

As the UK slides on the Framework for the UK-EU Partnership on Transport make clear, we will pursue bilateral agreements with the relevant Member States to facilitate the continued smooth functioning of cross-border rail services operating through the Channel Tunnel and on the island of Ireland.

The cross-border services that link us with the EU have greatly benefited citizens and businesses in both the UK and the EU. We want to see these services continue without disruption, and it is in the interests of all parties to ensure this through these bilateral agreements.

The government is considering the full range of rail issues as we further discuss the shape of our future economic partnership with the EU. We will continue to work closely with the rail industry and passengers to ensure that we secure an agreement that works for the entire UK rail sector.

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(Wantage)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to its consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

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Asked by Chris Elmore
(Ogmore)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

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Asked by Alex Chalk
(Cheltenham)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Licensed Premises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to (a) eliminate discrimination and (b) advance equality of opportunity when considering restaurant, entertainment and alcohol licensing applications and re-applications.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The Public Sector Equality Duty, enshrined within the Equality Act 2010, requires all public bodies, including local authorities, to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and advance equality of opportunity in respect of all of the protected characteristics established by the 2010 Act. It is for each public body to demonstrate that they have fulfilled this duty and have considered the impact of their policies on each of the protected characteristics. Anyone with concerns that public bodies are not fulfilling this duty should, in the first instance, contact the relevant authority directly.

The Government is sympathetic to issues in relation to accessibility to licensed premises for disabled people and with ensuring businesses and service providers comply with the requirements in the 2010 Act. The Government has previously announced it will consult relevant organisations to better understand the extent of the problem. We will also work with the National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers and representatives of the licensed trade to explore what practical measures can be taken to ensure significant improvements.

Grouped Questions: 152247
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Asked by Alex Chalk
(Cheltenham)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Licensed Premises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers are available to local authorities to (a) investigate and (b) record breaches of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to licensed premises.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The Public Sector Equality Duty, enshrined within the Equality Act 2010, requires all public bodies, including local authorities, to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and advance equality of opportunity in respect of all of the protected characteristics established by the 2010 Act. It is for each public body to demonstrate that they have fulfilled this duty and have considered the impact of their policies on each of the protected characteristics. Anyone with concerns that public bodies are not fulfilling this duty should, in the first instance, contact the relevant authority directly.

The Government is sympathetic to issues in relation to accessibility to licensed premises for disabled people and with ensuring businesses and service providers comply with the requirements in the 2010 Act. The Government has previously announced it will consult relevant organisations to better understand the extent of the problem. We will also work with the National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers and representatives of the licensed trade to explore what practical measures can be taken to ensure significant improvements.

Grouped Questions: 152246
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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
[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 June 2018
Home Office
Serious Violence Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the announcement entitled New Taskforce to Take Action Against Violent Crime, published on 26 April 2018, (a) what the frequency of meetings of the taskforce will be and (b) what the programme of work for the taskforce will be in the next 12 months.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The Serious Violence Taskforce has been established to oversee and drive implementation of the strategy. The Taskforce is chaired by the Home Secretary and brings together Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Director General of the National Crime Agency, other senior police leaders, and public sector and voluntary sector chief executives.

The Taskforce met for the first time on 26 April and agreed a forward look programme of work for the first four meetings. At the first meeting in April the Taskforce looked at action underway to tackle county lines. The Taskforce has just met again on 11 June for the second time and focused on violent content available via social media. The Taskforce will meet in July to discuss the Early Intervention Youth Fund and again in September to consider local partnerships and engaging communities. At the September meeting, the Taskforce will also review and agree its forward look for the next sequence of meetings based on the actions underway and key areas of challenge. It is intended that meetings of the Taskforce will be on a regular basis.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

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Asked by Jeff Smith
(Manchester, Withington)
[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 June 2018
Home Office
Drugs: Festivals and Special Occasions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department has held discussions with on the consumption of illegal drugs at UK music festivals since April 2018.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Home Office officials are in regular contact with the National Policing Lead regarding the consumption of illegal drugs at UK music festivals.

No illegal drug-taking can be assumed to be safe and there is no safe way to take them.

While operational decisions are a matter for Chief Constables, the Government and the public expect the police to enforce the law.

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Asked by Jeff Smith
(Manchester, Withington)
[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 June 2018
Home Office
Heroin: Glasgow
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the letter from his Department to Glasgow City Council published on 4 June 2018 on drug consumption rooms, what steps his Department is taking to protect heroin users in Glasgow against HIV infection.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Health is a devolved matter, and as such is wholly the responsibility of the Scottish Government.

However, the Government support a range of evidenced-base approaches to reduce the health-related harms associated with drug misuse. For example, availability of injecting equipment through needle and syringe programmes to prevent blood borne infections including HIV.

We have also amended the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to permit needle exchange programmes to distribute foil for heroin smoking and we are committed to widening the availability of Naloxone to prevent drug-related deaths.

We also recognise that, for many people who become dependent on heroin, opioid substitution therapy (OST) will be an important part of their pathway to recovery. For those where opioid substitutes have not been effective, Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) provides an alternative and effective way of treating individuals.

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Asked by David Simpson
(Upper Bann)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he last met with representatives of the RSPCA to discuss animal welfare.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Ministers meet the RSPCA regularly to discuss animal welfare issues. Most recently, Lord Gardiner met them on 11 June 2018. I also attended their parliamentary drop-in on 13 June 2018.

Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU Budget: Contributions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that any dispute regarding the UK's payment of its share of EU liabilities upon departure from the EU will be adjudicated upon by the European Court of Justice.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 22 June 2018

We have made rapid progress in reaching agreement on the financial settlement text of the Withdrawal Agreement. As part of this agreement, the UK will continue to participate in the current budget plan up to 2020, and pay its fair share of liabilities, principally EU pensions, accrued by the end of that period. In return, the UK will receive a share of funds paid into the EU budget, and benefit from its share of relevant EU assets.

For specific areas of the financial settlement, existing enforcement mechanisms will apply, namely to our participation in programmes funded by the 2014-20 EU budget plan and to our contributions to the 2019-2020 budgets which are subject to the applicable EU rules.

Any disputes concerning the Withdrawal Agreement will be dealt with through the dispute resolution provisions agreed as part of that Withdrawal Agreement. These are subject to ongoing negotiation.

Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Regulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) public, (2) private, (3) self-regulatory, and (4) other bodies have regulatory responsibility for companies, company law, corporate governance, accounting standards, audit and auditors.
A
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The following UK bodies have regulatory responsibility for companies, company law, corporate governance, accounting standards, audit and auditors:

Public Bodies (under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000):

Bank of England (including the Prudential Regulation Authority)

Companies House

Financial Conduct Authority

Financial Reporting Council

Insolvency Service

Other:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Association of International Accountants

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Takeover Appeal Board

Takeover Panel

This answer does not consider obligations on companies and other businesses generally such as employment regulation, environmental regulation or for reasons of public safety, or those bodies that have general responsibilities in respect of criminal investigations and prosecutions. The categorisation of bodies reflects the categorisation used for government accounting purposes and the application of the requirements of managing public money.

Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Regulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which non-statutory bodies, including the Takeover Panel and Financial Reporting Council, have been given statutory powers under the Companies Act 2006 and other financial services legislation; and which bodies perform comparable functions voluntarily.
A
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 22 June 2018

In addition to the Takeover Panel and the Financial Reporting Council, the following non-statutory bodies have statutory powers or functions under the Companies Act 2006 or perform comparable voluntary functions:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Association of International Accountants

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Takeover Appeals Board

There are no non-statutory bodies that have powers under financial services legislation.

Asked on: 13 June 2018
Cabinet Office
Absent Parents: Suicide
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of suicides since 2000 of separated fathers compared to those of separated mothers.
A
Corrected answer by: Lord Young of Cookham
Corrected on: 22 June 2018
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 20 June 2018.
The correct answer should have been:

​The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply. and I will place the response in the Library of both houses.

Letter from John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, to The Lord Pearson of Rannoch, dated 15 June 2018.

Dear Lord Pearson,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am replying to your Parliamentary Question asking about the number of suicides since 2000 of separated fathers compared to those of separated mothers (HL8615).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes suicide rates for the UK, constituent countries, regions and local authorities in England and Wales in an annual bulletin[1].

The information we hold on deaths is limited to what is recorded on the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death by a doctor, provided to the registrar by the informant at the time of death registration, or recorded by a coroner following their inquest into the cause and circumstances of the death. We can provide the number of suicides per year by legal marital status, but we have no available information on whether the deceased was (a) separated at the time of death, that is, living apart from their partner; or (b) was a father or mother.

Table 1 attached provides the numbers and crude rates per 100,00 persons of deaths due to suicide, by sex, for each year between 2000 and 2016 in England and Wales. The rates are broken down by marital status recorded at death. A copy has been placed in the House of Lords Library.

Yours sincerely,

John Pullinger

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2016registrations

A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 20 June 2018

​The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply. and I will place the response in the Library of both houses.

Letter from John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, to The Lord Pearson of Rannoch, dated 15 June 2018.

Dear Lord Pearson,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am replying to your Parliamentary Question asking about the number of suicides since 2000 of separated fathers compared to those of separated mothers (HL8615).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes suicide rates for the UK, constituent countries, regions and local authorities in England and Wales in an annual bulletin[1].

The information we hold on deaths is limited to what is recorded on the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death by a doctor, provided to the registrar by the informant at the time of death registration, or recorded by a coroner following their inquest into the cause and circumstances of the death. We can provide the number of suicides per year by legal marital status, but we have no available information on whether the deceased was (a) separated at the time of death, that is, living apart from their partner; or (b) was a father or mother.

Table 1 attached provides the numbers and crude rates per 100,00 persons of deaths due to suicide, by sex, for each year between 2000 and 2016 in England and Wales. The rates are broken down by marital status recorded at death. A copy has been placed in the House of Lords Library.

Yours sincerely,

John Pullinger

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2016registrations

Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
New Businesses: Females
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make it easier for female entrepreneurs to secure capital.
A
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 22 June 2018

This Government is committed to ensuring that all businesses and business owners have the right support. There are now approximately 1.2 million women-led small and medium-sized businesses in the UK.

The Government-backed British Business Bank’s Start-Up Loans provide funding and support to new entrepreneurs, of which 39% have been issued to women. The British Business Bank is also conducting research to identify ways to overcome the specific barriers faced by female-led businesses in accessing venture capital. In collaboration with the Enterprise Research Centre they are gathering data from over 50 VC firms, and are now commissioning behavioural research in this area.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Non-governmental Organisations: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to set up an alternative fund or to increase existing funding made available to UK registered non-governmental organisations working in the field of democracy and human rights to replace funding from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights 2014-2020 after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 22 June 2018

​Future spending decisions on UK priorities when we leave the European Union, - including human rights and democracy - are yet to be made and will depend on future circumstances.

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Asked by Ian Blackford
(Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Mortgages: Young People
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what specific plans he has to tackle the rise of mortgage debt for young people which take account of the relatively higher level of such debt than in previous generations.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The share of households, including young people, with mortgage debt-servicing-ratios above 40% of income – the level often associated with a higher risk of repayment difficulties – remains low at 1.5%, and well below the levels seen before the financial crisis. Secured debt as a proportion of income was 104% in Q4 2017, down from a peak of 120% in Q1 2008.

The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee’s (FPC) 2014 owner-occupier mortgage market recommendations guard against the risk of a marked loosening in underwriting standards and a significant increase in the number of highly indebted households, including among younger households. These include a limit on lending at high loan-to-income ratios, and the requirement that all new mortgage loans are stress-tested against the effect of a rise in interest rates.

The FPC will continue to monitor risks to UK financial stability from UK household indebtedness and regularly reviews the calibration of its macroprudential tools.

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Asked by Teresa Pearce
(Erith and Thamesmead)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many wholesalers have applied for registration under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme since that scheme was introduced by HMRC on 1 January 2016.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Since the introduction of the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme on 1 January 2016, HMRC has received 9,984 applications for approval. This includes a small number of applications from non-wholesale businesses.

Over the same period, HMRC has rejected 811 applications for approval under the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme. This includes applications from businesses covered by an exemption, such as retailers who make wholesale sales unintentionally.

Grouped Questions: 153805
Q
Asked by Teresa Pearce
(Erith and Thamesmead)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many wholesalers have had their registration application rejected under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme since that scheme was introduced on 1 January 2016.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Since the introduction of the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme on 1 January 2016, HMRC has received 9,984 applications for approval. This includes a small number of applications from non-wholesale businesses.

Over the same period, HMRC has rejected 811 applications for approval under the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme. This includes applications from businesses covered by an exemption, such as retailers who make wholesale sales unintentionally.

Grouped Questions: 153804
Q
(Rotherham)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hong Kong: Rule of Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the rule of law in Hong Kong of the interference in that juristiction's judiciary by mainland China.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The Government's position was set out by the Foreign Secretary in his foreward, “The rule of law and independence of the judiciary is the foundation on which Hong Kong’s success and prosperity is built. This reporting period has seen a large number of cases related to the political system come before Hong Kong’s courts, including the disqualification of a further four legislators. The judiciary in Hong Kong remains in high esteem. It will be vital that the Hong Kong SAR Government is seen to use the system of justice fairly in all cases.

Q
(Glasgow South)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Minimum Wage: Non-payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who have not been paid the national minimum wage are able to access HMRC's online complaints system.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The Government is clear that anyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) should receive it. We have increased the HMRC enforcement budget to £26.3 million for 2018/19, up from £13 million in 2015/16.

Since the introduction of an online complaints system in January 2017, there has been a significant increase in the number of NMW complaints received by HMRC. BEIS has been running a UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the NMW and to encourage individuals who may have been underpaid to make a complaint. Individuals can also call the ACAS helpline (on 0300 123 1100) for free and confidential advice, and to make a complaint.

Q
(Glasgow South)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Members: Unpaid Work
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on how many hon. Members have been contacted by HMRC for advertising unpaid work in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 22 June 2018

HMRC routinely contacts employers who advertise unpaid internships, signposting them to National Minimum Wage guidance to help ensure they are compliant. It has contacted over 1,000 employers in this way over the last year. We do not publish the names of employers involved in HMRC compliance or investigation activities, except where they have been found to be in breach of the law and have repaid all monies owed to workers.

Q
Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Diabetes: Health Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if will place in the Library the (a) outcomes and (b) resulting changes from NHS England’s inquiry into type 1 diabetes structured education.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 June 2018

There has not been a specific inquiry into type 1 structured education, although NHS England is funding an expansion of T1 structured education as part of transformation funding.

Q
Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department for International Trade
Overseas Investment: Treaties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2016 to Question 53832 on Overseas Investment: Treaties, what recent steps he has taken to prepare a framework for future bilateral investment agreements after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The Government is currently reviewing its trade and investment policy. We are considering a range of options in the design of future bilateral trade and investment agreements. Until the UK leaves the EU, we will remain subject to EU trade & investment agreements and policy.

Q
Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to promote musculoskeletal health.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Whilst not all musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are preventable, physical activity can play an important part in reducing risk of developing certain MSK disorders and managing MSK symptoms. Regular physical activity that meets national guidelines on frequency and intensity can reduce an individual’s risk of developing joint and back pain by 25% and can improve symptoms for people with MSK conditions.

MSK health is a priority for Public Health England (PHE) and a number of tools and resources have been produced to raise awareness of the risk factors associated with MSK health and the evidence based interventions to prevent, detect and treat MSK conditions. Information has been aimed at the public and the National Health Service/public health workforce through marketing campaigns such as One You, Making Every Contact Count and through the PHE Health Matters blog available at the following links:

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

www.makingeverycontactcount.co.uk/

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/public-health-matters/

The Department works with PHE, NHS England and local authorities to promote physical activity. The ‘Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions’ report, published in March 2017 is the result of collaboration between Arthritis Research UK, PHE, NHS England and the Department. The report reviews the benefits of physical activity both for people with MSK conditions and wider society and provides a framework that supports a tiered approach to intervention. More information can be found at the following link:

www.arthritisresearchuk.org/policy-and-public-affairs/policy-reports/physical-activity-report.aspx

Q
Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Deficiency Diseases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the proportion of people who are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 June 2018

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) provides information on intakes of vitamins and minerals and blood indicators of status.

Latest NDNS data (2014/15-2015/16) show that mean vitamin D intakes were a fifth to a third of the recommended amount in all age groups, and low blood vitamin D levels were seen in 26% of older children (11-18 years) and 17% of adults (19-64 years).

Low blood folate levels, indicating risk of anaemia, were found in 28% of older girls, 15% of older boys and 7% of adults.

54% of older girls and 27% of adult women had low iron intakes, and iron deficiency based on blood samples was found in 9% of older girls and 5% of adult women.

There was also evidence of low intakes of vitamin A, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, potassium and selenium in some age groups.

Results of the NDNS are available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-diet-and-nutrition-survey

Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 14 June 2018
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) children and (b) adults referred to the National Referral Mechanism are currently waiting for a (a) reasonable grounds and (b) conclusive grounds decision.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Data on the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) are published regularly by the National Crime Agency, available via the following link:
http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/national-referral-mechanism-statistics The 2017 Annual Report of NRM statistics includes data on the outcomes of NRM decisions.

Q
Asked by Ben Lake
(Ceredigion)
[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: 14 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fisheries: Quotas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to review the UK's fishing quotas.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Leaving the EU provides an opportunity to secure a fairer share of the fish in our waters. We have instigated a comprehensive programme of research to inform this process.

We will set out our vision for sustainable fisheries management in a fisheries White Paper shortly and introduce a Fisheries Bill later this session.

Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Liability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department has been unable to notify Parliament of the particulars of a liability and thus fulfil the required 14 days’ notice prior to that liability going live in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 June 2018

During the past twelve months, the Department was unable to give full Parliamentary notification prior to a contingent liability going live on two occasions, as follows:

  • Indemnity and loan facility to the administrators of Monarch Airlines, to support the repatriation of UK passengers stranded overseas when the airline collapsed. This liability was created shortly after Monarch entered administration in the early hours of Monday 2 October 2017. As Monarch was still trading up until this date, which fell during a Parliamentary recess, there was no possibility of giving the House advance notice of the liability. The Secretary of State gave an oral statement to the House on Monday 9 October 2017 (the first sitting day thereafter) and letters detailing the liability, which was commercially sensitive at the time, were sent to the chairs of the Transport and Public Accounts committees subsequently.

  • Undertakings given to Great Western Railways relating to the future operations of Heathrow Express, where due to the highly commercial and confidential nature of the negotiations with Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) and First Greater Western Limited (FGW) and the need to conclude the deal quickly it was not possible to notify Parliament prior concluding the agreements and the liabilities going live. The liabilities were necessary in order to secure the deal that delivers significant benefits to the Department, such as the savings generated from not building a replacement depot for Heathrow Express rolling stock at Langley as part of the HS2 scheme. The Secretary of State gave a written statement to the House (HCWS748) on the matter on 11 June 2018.
Q
Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 14 June 2018
Home Office
Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of modern slavery have had their weekly allowance reduced from (a) £65 to £37.75 and (b) £65 to £17.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Currently, potential victims of modern slavery who are supported through the Adult Victims of Modern Slavery Care Contract usually receive £65 per week to cover their subsistence needs.

Some modern slavery victims are also asylum seekers and in normal circumstances, this group is supported under separate arrangements provided for in Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Asylum seekers receiving support under these arrangements usually receive £37.75 per week to cover their essential needs, the amount provided for in the Asylum Support Regulations 2000.

No published figures are available, but a single person with no dependants, previously supported under the Care Contract but who has transferred to support under Part 6 of the 1999 Act, is likely to be receiving £37.75 per week. Lower amounts are provided only if the person has access to other income or assets liable to be taken into consideration under the 2000 Regulations.

Plans to fully harmonise the subsistence rates provided to modern slavery victims with the rates provided to asylum seekers were announced in October last year and the implementation plans are currently being developed. The changes will result in reductions to the rates for adults, but increases for their dependent children and additional support for those leaving the support system after final confirmation of whether they are victim of modern slavery.

Victims will also continue to receive other support separately, including legal aid, counselling, NHS medical and dental service.

Q
(North Swindon)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Obesity: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the second chapter of the childhood obesity strategy.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Chapter two of our world-leading childhood obesity plan will set out ambitious actions that we believe will make a real difference. We will be in a position to say more shortly.

Grouped Questions: 153819 | 153783
Q
(North Swindon)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Obesity: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the second chapter of the childhood obesity strategy will include recommendations to improve children’s physical health.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Chapter two of our world-leading childhood obesity plan will set out ambitious actions that we believe will make a real difference. We will be in a position to say more shortly.

Grouped Questions: 153818 | 153783
Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Obesity: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the childhood obesity plan will be published; and whether it will include plans to increase the (a) promotion and (b) marketing of fruit and vegetables.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Chapter two of our world-leading childhood obesity plan will set out ambitious actions that we believe will make a real difference. We will be in a position to say more shortly.

Grouped Questions: 153818 | 153819
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to terminate community rehabilitation company contracts in 2020.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

Grouped Questions: 153763 | 153764 | 153765 | 153768
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of community rehabilitation company contracts and the effect of those contracts on re-offending rates.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

We closely monitor Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) performance and hold providers to account for meeting their contractual obligations.

Although adjustments made to contracts in 2017 to better reflect the cost of delivering services increased the potential value of CRC contracts by up to £277m, our total spend on CRCs is still expected to be substantially less than the c.£3.7bn originally forecast.

Since contracts began, CRCs have reduced the number of people reoffending by two percentage points. Nevertheless, we recognise that CRC performance needs to improve. We are currently in commercial discussions with providers to make sure we secure the quality of services we need, and have been clear that that all options to manage performance, including contract termination, remain under consideration.

Grouped Questions: 153766
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with community rehabilitation companies on their future role in providing probation services.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

Grouped Questions: 153761 | 153764 | 153765 | 153768
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ending contracts with community rehabilitation companies early in 2020; and what estimate he has made of the cost of early termination of each such contract.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

Grouped Questions: 153761 | 153763 | 153765 | 153768
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the potential merits and (b) cost of bringing back in-house the services provided by community rehabilitation companies when contracts with those companies end.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

Grouped Questions: 153761 | 153763 | 153764 | 153768
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of community rehabilitation companies.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

We closely monitor Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) performance and hold providers to account for meeting their contractual obligations.

Although adjustments made to contracts in 2017 to better reflect the cost of delivering services increased the potential value of CRC contracts by up to £277m, our total spend on CRCs is still expected to be substantially less than the c.£3.7bn originally forecast.

Since contracts began, CRCs have reduced the number of people reoffending by two percentage points. Nevertheless, we recognise that CRC performance needs to improve. We are currently in commercial discussions with providers to make sure we secure the quality of services we need, and have been clear that that all options to manage performance, including contract termination, remain under consideration.

Grouped Questions: 153762
Q
Asked by David Hanson
(Delyn)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Community Rehabilitation Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community rehabilitation companies have submitted evidence to his Department citing financial difficulties in providing rehabilitation services.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 22 June 2018

We work closely with probation providers to make sure they meet their contractual obligations and understand any barriers to delivery.

Following discussions with Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and their parent companies, in 2017 we made changes to contracts so that payments to them more accurately reflect the costs of delivering services. This was set out in a written statement to Parliament in July last year.

We have been clear that CRC performance needs to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to make sure we secure the quality of services we need.

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