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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fish: Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to help preserve juvenile cod fishing stocks after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 30 July 2018

The UK has been working with the EU to agree Multi-Annual Plans (MAPs) for the North Sea and Western Waters which will deliver sustainable management of mixed fisheries including the provision of better protection for juvenile stocks such as cod. For example, MAPs will provide the framework for optimum recovery measures including limitations in certain areas to protect spawning and juvenile fish. MAPs will be an important tool for our future bilateral co-operation with the EU.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Home Office
Anti-slavery Day
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to commemorate Anti-slavery Day on 18 October 2018.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 30 July 2018

Anti-slavery Day is marked by the UK annually to raise awareness of the horrific crime of modern slavery. I will announce my own plans for a range of events to mark the day in due course.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Home Office
Unmanned Air Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle the use of drones over (a) power plants and (b) prisons.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 30 July 2018

We are taking decisive steps to tackle the use of drones by criminals to convey contraband into prisons. Last year saw the launch of Operation Trenton, a joint team of specialist police and prison investigators, working together to intercept drones and track down the criminals behind them. To date, there have been at least 30 convictions related to drone activity, with those sentenced serving a total of more than 100 years in prison.

Government and industry take the protective security of all energy infrastructure very seriously. As the lead department for energy, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy works with industry partners to review and assess all risks to ensure that energy networks are resilient to disruption, be that from malicious attack or hazards such as adverse weather conditions. The Government has outlined plans to explore options related to 'No Drone Flying Zones' around national infrastructure sites including power stations.

Government introduced The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018 on 30 May, which when fully implemented in 2019, will create a mandatory registration scheme for drone operators. The legislation will also require drone operators to obtain an acknowledgement of competency from the Civil Aviation Authority.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Water: Consumption
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has been taking to reduce water consumption since May 2018.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 July 2018

The Government is working with the water industry to agree an ambitious average target for per capita consumption and to identify and implement the most cost-effective and impactful measures needed to meet it, as set out in the 25 year environment plan.

The Government expects water companies to enhance their activities promoting water efficiency in areas affected by the dry weather, in line with their statutory drought plans. For example, through increasing capacity to fix leaks more quickly and through sharing water saving messages.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Retail Trade: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the of the effect the implementation of self-service checkouts by retailers on levels of employment.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 26 July 2018

Government monitors employment in the retail sector through statistics provided annually by the Office for National Statistics, which show that over the last 10 years retail employment has remained broadly consistent at between 3.2 and 3.3 million.

We are working to make skills training available for those whose jobs may be affected by new technologies. Both our Industrial Strategy and the AI Sector Deal set out how we are helping people develop the skills needed for the jobs of the future, including retraining and researching the impact of automation across sectors.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Shoplifting: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for thefts relating to self-service checkouts in the (a) Lancashire Constabulary, (b) Greater Manchester Police and (c) Merseyside Police areas in the latest period for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 26 July 2018

It is not possible to identify from centrally held data the number of defendants prosecuted for theft relating to self-service checkouts as these particular offences cannot be disaggregated from the broader offence of ‘theft from shops’. The information requested could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Toys and Games: Boron
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that boron is not included in play slime.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 26 July 2018

The UK has strict legal safety requirements for toys. Under the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 manufacturers or distributers must ensure that any toys placed on the UK market are safe. This includes not exceeding maximum migration limits for boron in liquid or sticky toy materials.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Glitter
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban glitter.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 26 July 2018

Under product safety legislation, manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility to only place safe products on the market.

Legislation banning the manufacture and sale of rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads has been introduced in England under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Under this legislation, the manufacture and sale of rinse-off personal care products containing glitter which falls within the definition of a plastic microbead is banned.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Football: Sponsorship
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Football Association to discourage football clubs from accepting betting companies as their shirt sponsor.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 25 July 2018

As with gambling advertising, gambling sponsorship arrangements must be socially responsible and must never be targeted at children. The gambling industry code for socially responsible advertising requires that gambling logos must not appear on any merchandising designed for children, including replica shirts in children’s sizes. Sports themselves also have a responsibility to ensure their audiences are protected and we encourage all organisations who benefit from gambling advertising or sponsorship, including football clubs, to look at how they can contribute to raising awareness of the potential risks associated with gambling.

Gambling adverts are already banned on under-18 team shirts and last year the Football Association voluntarily decided to end its sponsorship partnerships with betting companies to avoid conflict with its role in enforcing rules on betting.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Malnutrition: Older People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pensioners were admitted to hospital with malnutrition in (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (b) East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 25 July 2018

NHS Digital has provided a count of finished admission episodes (FAEs)1 for patients aged 60 years and over with a primary or secondary diagnosis2 of malnutrition3 to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust4 in 2016/175. This information is provided in the following table.

Hospital provider

FAEs

RXN

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

20

RXR

East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust

12

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. A FAE is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

  1. The number of episodes where this diagnosis was recorded in any of the 20 primary and secondary diagnosis fields in a HES record. Each episode is only counted once, even if the diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record.

  1. ICD-10 coding

Malnutrition:

E40 Kwashiorkor

E41 Nutritional marasmus

E42 Marasmic kwashiorkor

E43 Unspecified severe protein-energy malnutrition

E44 Protein-energy malnutrition of moderate and mild degree

E45 Retarded development following protein-energy malnutrition

E46 Unspecified protein-energy malnutrition

O25 Malnutrition in pregnancy

The presence of an ICD-10 code of malnutrition on the admission episode indicates that the patient was diagnosed with, and would therefore being treated for malnutrition during the episode of care. The cause of malnutrition is not presented here but may be due to dietary issues, an inability to absorb nutrients normally or another disease affecting the patient’s ability to feed normally.

  1. A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. National Health Service trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

  1. HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Conversely, apparent increases in activity may be due to improved recording of diagnosis or procedure information.

It should be noted that HES include activity ending in the year in question and run from April to March, e.g. 2012-13 includes activity ending between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dogs: Litter
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the growth of bacteria in water as a result of dog fouling.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 25 July 2018

For drinking water, sources are generally protected from any animal access, and where this is not possible, water companies use a multi-barrier approach, including treatment and disinfection to make sure the water is safe.

For bathing water, the 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our commitment to minimise by 2030 the harmful bacteria in our designated bathing waters and to continue to improve the cleanliness of our waters. The Environment Agency (EA) investigates if a bathing water is classified as poor or is deteriorating and works with local authority and other stakeholders to take appropriate measures to reduce pollution.

In addition, local councils have a duty to ensure that public areas are kept clear of litter and refuse. This includes removing dog faeces from certain types of land, including parks, picnic and recreation areas, car parks, pedestrianised shopping streets, and certain leisure beaches and promenades.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Incontinence: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Department for Health has plans to introduce a National Incontinence Strategy.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 25 July 2018

NHS England will shortly publish new Excellence in Continence guidelines that have been produced by a national group. The purpose of the guideline is to provide clinical commissioning groups with a strategic document to enhance the commissioning of continence services.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Malnutrition: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans are in place to prevent malnutrition during the school summer holidays in children eligible for free school meals.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 23 July 2018

We recently announced a £2 million programme of research and pilots across the country that will explore ways of supporting children from disadvantaged families to access free enrichment activities and healthy food during school holidays.

The government has taken significant steps to increase the living standards of low-income families, including introducing the national living wage, raising the personal tax allowance so that no income tax is paid on the first £11,850 of earnings and improving financial incentives to work.

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(Preston)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Dangerous Dogs: Lancashire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how may prosecutions relating to attacks by dogs on private property have been made in Lancashire since the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 20 July 2018

The Ministry of Justice does not collect this data as it is not possible to identify between offences that have taken place on private or public land.

Q
(Preston)
Asked on: 13 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Weather
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many heat-related illnesses have been treated in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to the recent warm weather.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 20 July 2018

Data on treating heat-related illnesses are not available in the format requested and thus Public Health England is not able to make any estimates of the treatment of heat-related illnesses at trust level.

Grouped Questions: 163767 | 163768
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(Preston)
Asked on: 13 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Weather
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of heat-related illnesses treated in Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as a result of recent warm weather.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 20 July 2018

Data on treating heat-related illnesses are not available in the format requested and thus Public Health England is not able to make any estimates of the treatment of heat-related illnesses at trust level.

Grouped Questions: 163764 | 163768
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(Preston)
Asked on: 13 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Weather
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of heat-related illnesses treated in East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust as a result of recent warm weather.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 20 July 2018

Data on treating heat-related illnesses are not available in the format requested and thus Public Health England is not able to make any estimates of the treatment of heat-related illnesses at trust level.

Grouped Questions: 163764 | 163767
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(Preston)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
European Medicines Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK retains its medical scientists after the European Medicines Agency moves from London to Amsterdam.
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(Preston)
[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 July 2018
Department for International Development
South Sudan: Refugees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is planning to send emergency aid to refugees to South Sudan as a result of violence in that region.
Q
(Preston)
[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: 20 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces veterans who have served in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) (LANCS) have received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in the last five years.
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