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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
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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: 18 April 2019
Treasury
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the 10 April 2019 Insurance Age article entitled Citizens Advice slams home insurers in dual pricing report, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the finding that home insurance companies make over half of their profits from people defined by the regulator as potentially vulnerable.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 18 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Belarus Ambassador in London and (b) his counterpart in Belarus on the recent raid of the broadcaster Belsat's Minsk office.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to help ensure cycling in UK cities becomes safer and more child friendly.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the (a) accuracy and (b) integrity of consumer reviews on major retail websites.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the new baseline test on children's (a) confidence and (b) relationships with (i) teachers and (ii) other pupils.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on public health of Walley's Quarry landfill site in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to ensure that diplomats receive training on local faith communities in advance of postings.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of fines issued under regulations 98 and 107 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 in 2018.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to impose limits on the amount of time an engine can be left running if a vehicle is stationary in traffic.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential negative effects of the use of isolation booths on children's education.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact on Northern Ireland of the lack of (a) an independent environmental protection agency and (b) a working Executive.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the implications for Government policies of the conclusions of the report, The Causal Effects of Adolescent School Bullying Victimisation on Later Life Outcomes by the Institute of Labor Economics.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce ageism in the workplace.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
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 increase public understanding of Parkinson's disease.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Bahraini Ambassador to the UK on press freedom and civil liberties.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 09 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Brunei: Homosexuality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to support the suspension of Brunei from the Commonwealth of Nations as a result of that country's legislation to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death.
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Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 17 April 2019

The UK encourages all Commonwealth partners to protect and promote the values in the Commonwealth Charter, including its opposition to all forms of discrimination. We have made clear that nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.

Brunei is one of several Commonwealth countries that imposes corporal and capital punishments. It has now introduced new potential penalties under the Sharia Penal Code.

We have raised our concerns with the Government of Brunei. We will continue to encourage Brunei to remove corporal and capital punishment from its statutes, to pass laws that decriminalise same-sex relations and protect LGBT people from all forms of discrimination.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 10 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cannabis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS prescriptions for medicine in which THC is the dominant ingredient.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 17 April 2019
Holding answer received on 15 April 2019

The Department has made no estimate of the number of National Health Service prescriptions for cannabis-based products in which delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the dominant ingredient.

NHS England is using extant systems to monitor use of the newly rescheduled unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use in England. In England, these systems monitor the number of items dispensed and associated costs in primary care and the volume of products used and associated cost in secondary care. NHS England Controlled Drug Accountable Officers are also collecting local intelligence in both the NHS and independent sector.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 08 April 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Waste
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on banning single-use plastics by 2021.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 15 April 2019

The Government published the Resources and Waste Strategy for England in December last year which sets out our plans to reduce plastic pollution and to move towards a more circular economy.

We have already made good progress, banning microbeads in rinse-off personal care products and removing 15.6 billion plastic bags from circulation with our 5p charge. We have already consulted on banning plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in addition to extending the carrier bag charge. Consultation has also begun on reforming existing packaging waste regulation, introducing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and increasing consistency in the recycling system. Legislative proposals will be developed taking account of the consultation responses.

We will continue to review the latest evidence on problematic products and materials to take a systematic approach to reducing the use of unnecessary single-use plastic products including problematic packaging materials, in line with our commitment to match, and where economically practicable exceed, the ambition of the EU in this regard.

Our ambition is to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste throughout the lifetime of the 25 Year Environment Plan. For the most problematic plastics we are going faster – that is why we commit to work towards all plastic packaging placed on the UK market being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 09 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Asthma: Medical Equipment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of more environmentally-friendly inhalers.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 15 April 2019

The Sustainable Development Unit, a joint NHS England and Public Health England unit, has established a cross sector working group on low carbon inhalers. A cross system approach is now being developed into a system wide implementation plan, with specific actions being delivered by individual members of the group. All actions are supporting progress towards or to exceed the NHS Long Term Plan commitment on low carbon inhalers. This will contribute to the overall National Health Service commitment in the Long Term Plan to reduce carbon emissions in line with the UK Climate Change Act.

On 8 April 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a patient decision aid to help people with asthma, alongside health professionals, to identify which inhalers could meet their needs and control their symptoms. Where several inhalers could be viable options, the decision aid helps clinicians and patients choose the more environmentally friendly option, with a lower carbon footprint. It is co-funded by the SDU.

This is the first time NICE has included climate change impacts in any guidance. The decision aid also highlights the need for used devices to be returned to pharmacies for environmentally safe disposal.

A link to NICE’s decision aid can be found at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng80/resources/inhalers-for-asthma-patient-decision-aid-pdf-6727144573

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 09 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services: Older People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of mental health provision for the elderly.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 15 April 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January 2019, commits the National Health Service to improving the provision of mental health support for older people with a range of needs and diagnoses, including common mental health problems and severe mental illnesses. This improvement applies across all mental and physical health services and settings, including Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), community, crisis and liaison mental health care as well as new models of integrated care for older people living with frailty. The National Implementation Framework, to be published later this spring, will provide further information on how the Long Term Plan will drive improvements in older people’s mental health care.

The Department and NHS England remains committed to increasing older people’s access to psychological therapies via the IAPT programme. Data shows that once older people access psychological therapy in IAPT they achieve positive outcomes. The recovery rate for those people aged 65 and over who access treatment has increased from 57.8% in 2014/15 to 64.9% in 2017/18.

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