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Asked on: 12 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness: Older People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people over 65 years old that are are homeless in (a) the London Borough of Southwark, (b) London and (c) England.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 November 2018

My Department publishes quarterly statistics on statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief in England and an annual rough sleeping count. These are published at a local authority level. The detailed local authority level response tables in section 1 includes '65-74 years' and '75 & over' age brackets for the applicant of homeless households.

The latest statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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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
Immigration: Windrush Generation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what statute people of the Windrush generation were detained.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 July 2018

Immigration detention decisions are made under powers in Schedules 2 and 3 to the Immigration Act 1971, section 62 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 or section 36 of the UK Borders Act 2007.

All decisions to detain are taken on the basis of a careful consideration of the individual circumstances of the case in question. Published Home Office policy is clear that there is a presumption in favour of liberty. Where a person is detained for the purpose of removal there must be a realistic prospect of removal within a reasonable period of time.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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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: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time between a referral to an Approved Mental Health Professional and a section being carried out under the Mental Health Act 1983 was in (a) the London Borough of Southwark and (b) London in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 July 2018

The information requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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

Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether the availability of inpatient beds in acute psychiatric hospitals in south London has had an effect on the time taken to carry out sections under the Mental Health Act 1983.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 July 2018

NHS England (London) has developed the Mental Health Compact which sets out the minimum expectations for mental health patients requiring an inpatient admission to an acute psychiatric bed. The Compact outlines the roles and responsibilities of individual organisations along patient pathways to admission and details principles for a London-wide approach to capacity management and escalation (when required) to prevent the sometimes, lengthy waits to inpatient beds.

In South London, in particular, work is underway with acute and mental health providers to review activity, service models and pathways to understand recent increasing demand and any system-wide capacity constraints. This is to develop a common understanding of the challenges and enable joint working to improve flow through mental health and emergency care pathways, meet the needs of people presenting with mental health problems and reduce system pressures.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health is clear that everyone should be able to receive the care they need in the least restrictive setting and as close to home as possible. This means a local acute inpatient bed should always be available if required. To support this aim NHS England and NHS Improvement have put in place a clinically-led national programme of support for areas experiencing high bed pressures and consequent reliance on acute mental health out of area placements. The programme supports areas to identify and address the key causes of their capacity pressures, focusing on effective pathway management and the availability of community-based alternatives to inpatient care. South London is one of 16 areas which have received support from this programme to date, and every sustainability and transformation partnership nationally now has a trajectory in place to eliminate acute out of placements due to local bed pressures by 2021.

The Care Quality Commission reported in January on the reasons for the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983. Its report, ‘The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England’, found that changes in mental health service provision and bed management were one reason for the rise, with “delays in admission due to a bed not being available may mean that a patient, who might have consented to be admitted informally at an earlier stage, may deteriorate and become unwilling or unable to agree to an admission, and therefore need to be detained under the MHA”. This report is available at the following link:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20180123_mhadetentions_report.pdf

The Government has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983, to make recommendations on legislation and practice to improve how the Act functions in a modern mental health system. The Independent Review is considering how to address delays in the system and it will report in the autumn. It published an interim report in May, ‘The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act interim reports’, which is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/703919/The_independent_Mental_Health_Act_review__interim_report_01_05_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 161967
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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether the availability of police in south London has had an effect on the time taken to carry out sections under the Mental Health Act 1983.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 July 2018

We have made no such assessment.

The availability of police in local areas is a matter for the Home Department and for regional police and crime commissioners. Police powers under the Mental Health Act 1983 are limited to short term emergency sections under s135 and s136. For formal sections to hospital the police have no role, these are decisions made by Approved Mental Health Professionals on the advice of doctors.

The Government has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983, to make recommendations on legislation and practice to improve how the Act functions in a modern mental health system. The Independent review is considering how to address delays in the system. The Independent Review will report in the autumn. It published an interim report in May, which is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/703919/The_independent_Mental_Health_Act_review__interim_report_01_05_2018.pdf

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time between (a) a section of someone living in the community under the Mental Health Act 1983 being recommended and (b) that section carried out in south London.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 July 2018

NHS England (London) has developed the Mental Health Compact which sets out the minimum expectations for mental health patients requiring an inpatient admission to an acute psychiatric bed. The Compact outlines the roles and responsibilities of individual organisations along patient pathways to admission and details principles for a London-wide approach to capacity management and escalation (when required) to prevent the sometimes, lengthy waits to inpatient beds.

In South London, in particular, work is underway with acute and mental health providers to review activity, service models and pathways to understand recent increasing demand and any system-wide capacity constraints. This is to develop a common understanding of the challenges and enable joint working to improve flow through mental health and emergency care pathways, meet the needs of people presenting with mental health problems and reduce system pressures.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health is clear that everyone should be able to receive the care they need in the least restrictive setting and as close to home as possible. This means a local acute inpatient bed should always be available if required. To support this aim NHS England and NHS Improvement have put in place a clinically-led national programme of support for areas experiencing high bed pressures and consequent reliance on acute mental health out of area placements. The programme supports areas to identify and address the key causes of their capacity pressures, focusing on effective pathway management and the availability of community-based alternatives to inpatient care. South London is one of 16 areas which have received support from this programme to date, and every sustainability and transformation partnership nationally now has a trajectory in place to eliminate acute out of placements due to local bed pressures by 2021.

The Care Quality Commission reported in January on the reasons for the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983. Its report, ‘The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England’, found that changes in mental health service provision and bed management were one reason for the rise, with “delays in admission due to a bed not being available may mean that a patient, who might have consented to be admitted informally at an earlier stage, may deteriorate and become unwilling or unable to agree to an admission, and therefore need to be detained under the MHA”. This report is available at the following link:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20180123_mhadetentions_report.pdf

The Government has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983, to make recommendations on legislation and practice to improve how the Act functions in a modern mental health system. The Independent Review is considering how to address delays in the system and it will report in the autumn. It published an interim report in May, ‘The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act interim reports’, which is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/703919/The_independent_Mental_Health_Act_review__interim_report_01_05_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 161964
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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 17 April 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were granted entry to reside in the UK on the basis of ties to a family member in the UK in each of the last seven years; how many of those people were under the age of 25; and how many applications were made on that basis in that same period.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 23 April 2018

Statistical information on people coming to the UK for family reasons is published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics, in the section “Why do people come to the UK? (4) For family reasons” at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-october-to-december-2017/why-do-people-come-to-the-uk-4-for-family-reasons

The available information relates to entry clearance visa applications and grants by category and applicant type, published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics, Visas data tables Volume 1, table vi_01_q, latest edition at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-october-to-december-2017/list-of-tables#visas.

Neither an age breakdown nor the underlying reasons for an application are available in the published entry clearance visa data.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 26 March 2018
Home Office
Police Custody: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children living in the London Borough of Southwark spent time in a police station as a place of safety as a result of a mental health condition, in each of the last 7 years.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 29 March 2018

The information requested is not held by the Home Office.

Data published by the Home Office in relation to section 135 and 136 detentions by the police in 2016/17 is collated by police force area (Police Powers and Procedures England and Wales year ending 31 March 2017 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2017).

This indicates that one person under the age of 18 was taken to a police station as a place of safety in the Metropolitan Police area in 2016/17. Figures published by the National Police Chiefs Council indicate that one person under the age of 18 was detained in a police station as a place of safety in the Metropolitan Police area in each of 2014/15 and 2015/16.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 December 2017
Cabinet Office
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office , whether the inquiry led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick into the Grenfell Tower fire considered the socio-economic duty in Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of Section 1 of that Act in relation to what happened at Grenfell Tower.
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Answered by: Mr David Lidington
Answered on: 06 March 2018

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is considering a range of issues in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire. It hopes to complete its initial report, focussing on the events of the night of 14 June 2017, in autumn 2018.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 20 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2017 to Question 117911, how many of the cases selected by the CPS to assess the frequency and outcome of applications seeking to introduce into rape proceedings evidence of the complainant's sexual history under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 involved guilty pleas.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The audit case questionnaire completed by the individual CPS areas did not capture information with regards to plea.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, what the cost to the public purse of the review to assess the frequency and outcome of applications to introduce a complainant’s sexual history under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, published on 14 December 2017 was.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 08 January 2018

In addition to deploying policy resource, the Ministry of Justice paid the Crown Prosecution Service £11,243.00 to resource this review.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 9826 on rape: trials, in which Crown Courts those applications were made; and in how many case files from each of those Crown Courts were put into the sample of case files selected by the Crown Prosecution Service to assess the frequency and outcome of applications seeking to introduce into rape proceedings evidence of the complainant's sexual history under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The cases were selected for review by CPS area not Crown Court centre. Of the 40 Section 41 applications made 7 were received by CPS North West, 7 by CPS Thames & Chiltern, 4 by CPS North East, 3 by CPS London North, 3 by CPS Eastern, 3 by CPS East Midlands, 3 by CPS Wales, 3 by CPS West Midlands, 2 by CPS South West, 2 by CPS South East, 2 by CPS Mersey-Cheshire and 1 by CPS Yorkshire & Humberside.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 9826 on rape: trials, over what time period the Crown Prosecution Service selected the court cases which constituted the sample of case files to assess the frequency and outcome of applications seeking to introduce into rape proceedings evidence of the complainant's sexual history under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The files selected for review were all cases flagged as ‘rape’ on the Case Management System which had been finalised during the calendar year 2016. This included cases which proceeded to trial and cases which resulted in guilty plea.

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

Asked on: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 9826, what the total number of rape and sexual assault trials heard in the Crown Courts was during the same time period over which the sample of case files was selected by the Crown Prosecution Service to assess the frequency and outcome of applications seeking to introduce into rape proceedings evidence of the complainant's sexual history under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The number of finalised contest outcomes (inclusive of mixed pleas) for cases flagged as ‘rape’ on the Case Management System in 2016 was 2,929.

The number of finalised contest outcomes (inclusive of mixed pleas) for cases flagged as ‘sexual offences excluding rape’ on the Case Management System in 2016 was 3,348.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 06 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 9826 on rape: trials, what national and local data on applications under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 was being recorded by the Crown Prosecution Service at the time when the sample cases were selected.
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Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The CPS does not currently routinely record data relating to Section 41 applications at a local or national level.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 11 September 2017
Attorney General
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Government's review of subsection 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, (a) what exercises were carried out to collate that information, (b) from what source the information has been obtained and (c) when his Department plans to publish the review.
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Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 14 September 2017

The work on section 41 has been led by officials in my Office and at the Ministry of Justice. They have sought a range of views from those familiar with how the legislation operates in practice as well as those who provide support to victims of sexual violence. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has reviewed a sample of finalised rape prosecution files to assess the frequency and outcome of applications to introduce a complainant’s sexual history under section 41.

The Lord Chancellor and I will give our response to that work as soon as we can.

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