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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: 16 July 2018
Home Office
European Arrest Warrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests the UK made to EU partners using the European Arrest Warrant in the last 12 months.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 July 2018

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) are published by the National Crime Agency each year. These figures include a breakdown of the numbers of requests made and received by the UK.

These figures are published at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/european-arrest-warrant-statistics

Grouped Questions: 164476
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(Torfaen)
[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: 16 July 2018
Home Office
European Arrest Warrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests were submitted to the UK by EU partners using the European Arrest Warrant in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 July 2018

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) are published by the National Crime Agency each year. These figures include a breakdown of the numbers of requests made and received by the UK.

These figures are published at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/european-arrest-warrant-statistics

Grouped Questions: 164475
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(Torfaen)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Agency Workers: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of agency workers who are on pay between assignment contracts in Wales.
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Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 19 June 2018

There is limited data available on the number of agency workers on pay between assignment contracts. The Government has previously published research which, building on academic studies, suggested that between 8-20% of the UK’s estimated 1.29 million agency workers are on pay between assignment contracts. However, this estimate was taken from desk research and a small sample of interviews, so we do not consider it representative. There is no breakdown of pay between assignment contracts by geographic area.

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(Torfaen)
[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 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prosthetics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many microprocessor knees have been prescribed by the NHS in England since they were introduced.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 11 June 2018

Since December 2016, when NHS England approved funding for the use of microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees, 350 knees have been prescribed.

In its financial planning and budget allocations, NHS England have assumed an average total cost of £14,400 for each microprocessor controlled prosthetic knee.

The circumstances in which a patient is eligible to be considered for a microprocessor knee is set out in the clinical policy on the NHS England website at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/clin-comm-pol-16061P.pdf

Grouped Questions: 150714 | 150715
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(Torfaen)
[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 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prosthetics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost of a knee prosthetic is to the public purse.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 11 June 2018

Since December 2016, when NHS England approved funding for the use of microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees, 350 knees have been prescribed.

In its financial planning and budget allocations, NHS England have assumed an average total cost of £14,400 for each microprocessor controlled prosthetic knee.

The circumstances in which a patient is eligible to be considered for a microprocessor knee is set out in the clinical policy on the NHS England website at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/clin-comm-pol-16061P.pdf

Grouped Questions: 150713 | 150715
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(Torfaen)
[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 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prosthetics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, under what circumstances microprocessor knees can be prescribed to amputee patients under NHS England guidelines.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 11 June 2018

Since December 2016, when NHS England approved funding for the use of microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees, 350 knees have been prescribed.

In its financial planning and budget allocations, NHS England have assumed an average total cost of £14,400 for each microprocessor controlled prosthetic knee.

The circumstances in which a patient is eligible to be considered for a microprocessor knee is set out in the clinical policy on the NHS England website at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/clin-comm-pol-16061P.pdf

Grouped Questions: 150713 | 150714
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(Torfaen)
[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 June 2018
Home Office
Shoplifting: Torfaen
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the level of shop theft in Torfaen compared with the constituency average in the last year.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 11 June 2018

The Home Office collects recorded crime data for shoplifting from all police forces in England and Wales. These data are published at country, police force area (PFA), and community service partnership (CSP) level.

For the latest year to December 2017, police recorded crime for shoplifting in the most relevant areas were:

Wales: 20,352

Gwent PFA: 3,994

Torfaen CSP: 692

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(Torfaen)
[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 February 2018
Home Office
Counter-terrorism: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding was allocated to the Prevent strand of the counter-terrorism strategy in 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 03 May 2018

This Government is committed to the Prevent programme: Prevent's spend was £37.7 million in 2016-17, and is allocated £45.5 million from 2017-18. Prevent is working and is successful. Prevent has made a significant impact in safeguarding people being drawn into terrorism.

Grouped Questions: 130176
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(Torfaen)
[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 February 2018
Home Office
Counter-terrorism: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been allocated to the Prevent strand of the counter-terrorism strategy in 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 03 May 2018

This Government is committed to the Prevent programme: Prevent's spend was £37.7 million in 2016-17, and is allocated £45.5 million from 2017-18. Prevent is working and is successful. Prevent has made a significant impact in safeguarding people being drawn into terrorism.

Grouped Questions: 130175
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(Torfaen)
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Voluntary Work: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Independent review of Full-Time Social Action, published in January 2018, what plans his Department has to establish a Ministerial group on youth full-time social action.
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Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 27 April 2018

We are considering the recommendations in the Full Time Social Action Review’s report, including the recommendation regarding the establishment of a ministerial group. The Government Response to the Review’s report will be published in due course.

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(Torfaen)
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Voluntary Work: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to make an assessment of the effect of participation in National Citizen Service on the level of young people taking part in youth full-time social action.
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Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 27 April 2018

The NCS Trust’s online Opportunity Hub matches young people who have graduated from the NCS programme to further opportunities, including full time social action opportunities.

DCMS is carefully considering the recommendations made by the recently published independent Review of Full Time Social Action by Young People and will respond in due course.

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(Torfaen)
[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: 16 April 2018
Treasury
Financial Ombudsman Service
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the review of the Financial Ombudsman Service to begin.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 April 2018

Channel 4’s Dispatches programme raised several concerns regarding the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS has made clear that its priority is to reassure its customers and stakeholders that they can trust the rigour and fairness of its decisions.

The FOS has committed to appoint an independent reviewer to look into all the allegations made by the programme.

The FOS is an independent non-governmental body. The Treasury has no role in appointing the independent reviewer, setting their terms of reference, including the scope of the review, or in setting the timeline for the review. This is the role of the FOS’s Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Grouped Questions: 136016 | 136019 | 136020
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(Torfaen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 16 April 2018
Treasury
Financial Ombudsman Service
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will chair the independent review of the Financial Service Ombudsman; and what steps he plans to take to ensure the independence of the Chair of that review.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 April 2018

Channel 4’s Dispatches programme raised several concerns regarding the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS has made clear that its priority is to reassure its customers and stakeholders that they can trust the rigour and fairness of its decisions.

The FOS has committed to appoint an independent reviewer to look into all the allegations made by the programme.

The FOS is an independent non-governmental body. The Treasury has no role in appointing the independent reviewer, setting their terms of reference, including the scope of the review, or in setting the timeline for the review. This is the role of the FOS’s Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Grouped Questions: 136015 | 136019 | 136020
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(Torfaen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 16 April 2018
Treasury
Financial Ombudsman Service
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the scope is of the independent review into the Financial Ombudsman Service.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 April 2018

Channel 4’s Dispatches programme raised several concerns regarding the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS has made clear that its priority is to reassure its customers and stakeholders that they can trust the rigour and fairness of its decisions.

The FOS has committed to appoint an independent reviewer to look into all the allegations made by the programme.

The FOS is an independent non-governmental body. The Treasury has no role in appointing the independent reviewer, setting their terms of reference, including the scope of the review, or in setting the timeline for the review. This is the role of the FOS’s Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Grouped Questions: 136015 | 136016 | 136020
Q
(Torfaen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 16 April 2018
Treasury
Financial Ombudsman Service
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the independent review of the Financial Service Ombudsman to report.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 April 2018

Channel 4’s Dispatches programme raised several concerns regarding the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS has made clear that its priority is to reassure its customers and stakeholders that they can trust the rigour and fairness of its decisions.

The FOS has committed to appoint an independent reviewer to look into all the allegations made by the programme.

The FOS is an independent non-governmental body. The Treasury has no role in appointing the independent reviewer, setting their terms of reference, including the scope of the review, or in setting the timeline for the review. This is the role of the FOS’s Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Grouped Questions: 136015 | 136016 | 136019
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(Torfaen)
Asked on: 16 March 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of its support for internally displaced people; and whether her Department plans to take any steps to improve the effectiveness of that support.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2018

DFID has many programmes which address the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), all of which are subject to regular review of their effectiveness. At a global level, the UK is supportive of the idea of a UN High Level Panel on IDPs to assess the effectiveness of the current response to internal displacement and galvanise further political and operational action. We are discussing this closely with other interested States and UN agencies.

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(Torfaen)
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for International Development
International Assistance: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking with foreign governments to help internally displaced people overseas.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 March 2018

The UK is committed to meeting the needs of displaced populations, including internally displaced persons (IDPs). 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the International Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and we hope to see a step up in global attention on this issue. In particular, the UK is supportive of the idea of a UN High Level Panel on IDPs to galvanise political and operational action and we are discussing this closely with other interested States and UN agencies.

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(Torfaen)
Asked on: 27 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 07 March 2018

The Government has consistently urged the Government of Burma the risks in Rakhine since they came to power in April 2016, and urging them to address the underlying issues in Rakhine, including discrimination against the Rohingya people. The UK has supported the Rakhine Advisory Commission (RAC), established by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to look at these underlying issues. The UK believes that full implementation of the RAC recommendations are the best opportunity to achieve a long-term and sustainable settlement in Rakhine State which includes the Rohingya.

The Foreign Secretary visited Burma on 10-11 February and spoke with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi about finding a peaceful solution to the humanitarian crisis and for the Rohingya to be able to return to Rakhine province. The Foreign Secretary continues to raise the plight of the Rohingya in his discussions with his counterparts in other countries, as well as in discussions at the EU and UN.

Q
(Torfaen)
Asked on: 27 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nuclear Disarmament
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, whether the Government plans to attend the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament in May.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 07 March 2018

We do not believe the UN High Level Conference in May 2018 will lead to effective progress on nuclear disarmament. It will not address the serious threats to international peace and security posed by nuclear proliferation nor will it take account of the international security environment. We will consider our approach to the Conference closer to the time.

Q
(Torfaen)
Asked on: 27 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nuclear Disarmament
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, what steps the Government is taking to support gradual multilateral nuclear disarmament.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 07 March 2018

​I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 23 January to PQ 124479.

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