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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
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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: 13 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, what plans his Department has to improve the 2014 duty of candour for all NHS professionals.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 12 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has taken to conduct a national review of the provision of maternity care and paediatrics in (a) rural areas, (b) areas that are difficult to recruit to or (c) isolated areas.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 12 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that regulatory bodies for healthcare professionals issue guidance on (a) the duty of staff to report (i) patient safety and (ii) other concerns about clinical services and (b) the mechanism for reporting those concerns.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 12 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has taken to (a) establish national standards of the professional duties and expectations of (i) clinical directors, (ii) clinical leads, (ii) heads of service, (iii) medical directors and (iv) nurse directors and (b) ensure that NHS trusts provide evidence of their policies and training to the Care Quality Commission on meeting those national standards.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 12 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has taken to (a) publish national standards setting out the responsibilities for (i) clinical quality of managers, (ii) executive directors, (iii) middle managers and (iv) non-executives and (b) ensure that NHS Trusts provide evidence to the Care Quality Commission to ensure that standards are met.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 February 2020
Home Office
Radicalism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on implementing the 2015 counter-extremism strategy; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 11 February 2020

The Government is committed to tackling all forms of extremism under its Counter-Extremism Strategy published in October 2015. The strategy sets out a programme of action to build our understanding of extremism, to challenge extremism and disrupt extremist activity and to strengthen communities and institutions so that they are better able to resist extremist narratives by building partnerships with all those opposed to extremism.

Three examples of progress we have made in implementing the 2015 strategy are as follows. This list is not exhaustive;

  1. Strengthened communities and challenged extremist narratives and ideologies through our Building a Stronger Britain Together programme. An evaluation of the programme was published in October 2019;
  2. Strengthened institutions, including working with the Charity Commission and local authorities to make it much harder for extremists to exploit charities and gain a foothold in communities;
  3. Published an independent Sharia review in February 2018 and an extremism funding review in July 2017.

The independent Commissioner for Countering Extremism has assessed that the Government has delivered the majority of commitments in the 2015 Strategy in her report published on 7 October 2019. The Government will publish a final assessment of the strategy when it comes to an end.

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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 06 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals were rated (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires improvement and (d) inadequate after the first cycle of CQC inspections completed in 2015.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 11 February 2020

The data requested is attached.

pq13443 table (Word Document, 23.63 KB)
Grouped Questions: 13444 | 13445 | 13446
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
Asked on: 06 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
General Practitioners: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices were rated (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires improvement and (d) inadequate after the first cycle of Care Quality Commission inspections completed in 2015.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 11 February 2020

The data requested is attached.

pq13443 table (Word Document, 23.63 KB)
Grouped Questions: 13443 | 13445 | 13446
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 06 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals are rated (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires improvement and (d) inadequate by the CQC.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 11 February 2020

The data requested is attached.

pq13443 table (Word Document, 23.63 KB)
Grouped Questions: 13443 | 13444 | 13446
Q
Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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: 06 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
General Practitioners: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices are rated (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires improvement and (d) inadequate by the CQC.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 11 February 2020

The data requested is attached.

pq13443 table (Word Document, 23.63 KB)
Grouped Questions: 13443 | 13444 | 13445
Q
Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what step has his department taken to introduce a clear national policy on whistleblowing that ensures a systematic and proportionate response is made by Trusts to concerns identified.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department have taken to review the NHS complaints system to (a) strengthen local resolution and improve timeliness, (b) introduce external scrutiny of local resolution and (c) reduce reliance on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to intervene in unresolved complaints.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has taken to reform the Local Supervising Authority system for midwives.
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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his department has taken to improve recording systems for perinatal deaths.
Q
Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, The Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation, published in March 2015, what steps he has taken to extend the medical examiners system to (a) stillbirths and (b) neonatal deaths to ensure that appropriate recommendations are made to coroners on the occasional need for inquests in individual cases.
Q
Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the development of Joint Force 2025; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Answered on: 06 February 2020

In 2015 we set out a step change in our ambition for UK Defence; the ambition to be able to war-fight at scale by 2025. Our headmark for this is Joint Force 2025, a highly capable deployable force of around 50,000 personnel drawn from all services. We have made significant progress in delivering the Maritime Task Group, Army Division, Air Group and Joint Forces that make up this deployable force. But there are still challenges. We know the threat picture for the UK has evolved since 2015, this was acknowledged in our Modernising Defence Programme, and there is still work to be done to ensure we are on track for delivery by 2025. The forthcoming Integrated Review on Security, Defence and Foreign Policy and the Comprehensive Spending Review provide us a unique opportunity to refresh our plans for Defence to make sure that we are delivering the right capability to keep the country safe now and in decades to come.

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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Property Transfer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's built estate has been released to the public sector for development; what the reduction to the size of that estate has been as a result of the release; and how many properties have been built on land previously owned by his Department in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: James Heappey
Answered on: 06 February 2020

Since 2015, the Ministry of Defence's built estate has reduced in size by 1.3% and is currently 73,900 hectares.

The Ministry of Defence releases land for a mix of housing, economic growth and job creation uses. Since 2010, the Department has released land with a Housing Unit Potential of up to 8,321 houses.

The Department holds no information on the number of properties built on land sold for development as this would be a matter for the new owner of the land and local planning authorities.

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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[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 February 2020
Cabinet Office
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much additional funding has been allocated to protect the UK from cyber attacks.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 06 February 2020

The National Cyber Security Strategy, supported by a £1.9 billion investment, is delivering transformational change, building new capabilities and intervening to protect the UK from cyber attacks. This is an increase on the first National Cyber Security Strategy which ran from 2011-2015 with an investment of £650 million.

Our manifesto has committed to investing more in cyber security, embracing new technologies and legislating to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.

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Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
Asked on: 29 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many maritime patrol aircraft his Department has purchased since 2015.
A
Answered by: James Heappey
Answered on: 04 February 2020

The Ministry of Defence has ordered nine P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the US Government by Foreign Military Sale. Of these, the purchase of one aircraft was completed in October 2019, with a second purchase due for completion imminently.

Q
Asked by Jeremy Hunt
(South West Surrey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 30 January 2020
Home Office
Civil Service Agencies: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional security and intelligence staff have been employed across all Government agencies since 2015.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 04 February 2020

Cutting crime is a priority for this Government and we recognise that there are strong links between drug misuse and crime. Tough enforcement is a fundamental part of our approach to tackling drugs and we are working across Government to address the drivers behind drug-related crime and help prevent further substance misuse and offending.

We continue to surge law enforcement action to tackle county lines and its associated violence and exploitation. The Home Secretary has announced £25m of targeted investment across 19-20 and 20-21 to significantly increase law enforcement’s response to the issue. The Home Office has also announced that a UK Drugs Summit will take place on 27 February, which will bring together all four nations of the United Kingdom, to consider the challenges we are facing and to reflect on what more can be done to address drug supply and reduce drug harms.

The Prime Minister has also established a Cabinet committee on crime which will help to drive cross-Government action in this area.

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