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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: 22 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers: Criminal Injuries Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have made applications under the criminal injury compensation scheme in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 29 July 2019

The information requested is not available.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority does not ask an applicant to provide their occupation when applying for compensation.

Grouped Questions: 280250 | 280251
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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: 22 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers: Criminal Injuries Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were awarded compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 29 July 2019

The information requested is not available.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority does not ask an applicant to provide their occupation when applying for compensation.

Grouped Questions: 280249 | 280251
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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: 22 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers: Criminal Injuries Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total amount awarded was each year to prison officers under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 29 July 2019

The information requested is not available.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority does not ask an applicant to provide their occupation when applying for compensation.

Grouped Questions: 280249 | 280250
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[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: 24 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Offences Against Children: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266816 on Offences against Children: Compensation, what estimate his Department has made of the number of private prosecutions brought by victims of child sexual abuse in the week commencing 2 January 2017.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 17 July 2019

Centrally held information does not identify whether or not prosecutions were brought forward privately by victims of child sex abuse. To identify whether the relevant cases would require manual searching of court records, which would be of disproportionate cost.

Officials within my Department would be happy to extend an invitation to my Honourable Friend, the Member for Burton and Uttoxeter, to discuss what data is available and its limitations.

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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 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cannabis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2019 to Question 266815 on Cannabis: Medical Treatments, how many prescriptions for the use of medicinal cannabis were issued in each of the last 12 months for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 02 July 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement are 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 and NHS Improvement Controlled Drug Accountable Officers are also collecting local intelligence in both the National Health Service and independent sector.

The NHS Business Services Authority is only able to provide information on prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines that have been dispensed and submitted to the NHS Business Services Authority. The NHS Business Services Authority does not hold information on prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines which have been issued but not fulfilled.

The following table shows the number of items for Nabilone and Sativex (licensed cannabis-based medicines) and unlicensed cannabis-based medicines that were prescribed on an NHS prescription, dispensed in the community and submitted to the NHS Business Services Authority for reimbursement since May 2018.

Month

Nabilone

Sativex

Unlicensed cannabis-based medicines

May 2018

45

183

June 2018

42

157

July 2018

48

170

2*

August 2018

54

161

September 2018

45

172

1*

October 2018

50

164

November 2018

46

175

2

December 2018

49

181

1

January 2019

44

167

2

February 2019

36

159

1

March 2019

51

171

2

April 2019

49

156

0

May 2019

Data not yet available

Data not yet available

2

Note: * These figures represent prescribing of unlicensed cannabis-based medicines imported on a Home Office licence.

The following table shows the same products listed above covering the same time period but this data relates to private prescribing on an FP10PCD where the forms have been submitted to the NHS Business Services Authority for reporting and monitoring purposes only.

Month

Nabilone

Sativex

Epidiolex

Unlicensed cannabis-based medicines

May 2018

0

1

0

Jun 2018

0

3

0

July 2018

0

2

0

August 2018

0

1

0

September 2018

0

3

0

October 2018

0

3

0

November 2018

0

1

0

0

December 2018

0

6

0

0

January 2019

0

5

0

4

February 2019

0

3

1

2

March 2019

0

3

0

3

April 2019

1

2

0

0

May 2019

Data not yet available

Data not yet available

Data not yet available

1

Unlike NHS primary care where all dispensed prescriptions are processed centrally, this is not the case for secondary care. This information is collected by a third party and not routinely published.

Intelligence from NHS England and NHS Improvement Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers is that, up until the end of March 2019, five patients have had private prescriptions issued for a cannabis-based product for medicinal use in independent secondary/tertiary care in England.

145 patients have accessed Epidiolex though GW Pharma’s early access programmes ahead of a licensing decision by the European Medicines Agency.

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(Burton)
Asked on: 19 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cannabis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many licences have been issued for the prescription of medicinal cannabis.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 27 June 2019

The law stipulates that any doctor on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register can prescribe cannabis-based products for medicinal use. No licences are required to prescribe.

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(Burton)
[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 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Offences Against Children: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260612 on Offences Against Children: Compensation, if he will name the judge in each of the 26 cases.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 25 June 2019

The judiciary are statutorily obliged to consider making a compensation order in all appropriate cases and this obligation is outlined in sentencing guidelines which are set by the Sentencing Council. The judiciary must give reasons where no such order is made. However, both the imposition of compensation orders, and decisions as to amount, are at judicial discretion. The separation of powers and judicial independence are key to upholding the rule of law therefore it would be inappropriate for MPs and Ministers (as members of the legislative and executive branches) to seek to influence the judiciary in the exercise of their powers. Therefore, it is not appropriate to provide the names of the judges in relation to each of the 26 cases

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(Burton)
[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: 19 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Offences against Children: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of private prosecutions brought for compensation for victims of child sexual abuse in January 2017.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 24 June 2019

It is not possible to identify private prosecutions in the courts proceedings database; this would require a manual search of court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

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(Burton)
[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: 05 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Offences Against Children: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2019 to Question 220844 on Offences Against Children: Compensation, (a) what the conviction was for and (b) how much was awarded in compensation in each of the 26 cases where a criminal compensation order was issued.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 10 June 2019

The amount of compensation awarded for child sexual abuse offences where a criminal compensation order was issued in 2017 can be viewed in the table attached.

Compensation rarely appears as a primary disposal, it is almost exclusively a secondary disposal and will usually be accompanied by another sentencing outcome such as immediate custody. Data presented in this PQ response is from administrative court records and needs to be considered in the context it is collected. In some court cases especially for the most serious offences, courts may prioritise recording of the primary disposals (such as custody, community sentences etc.).

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(Burton)
[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: 05 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Offences Against Children: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of private prosecutions brought for compensation for the victims of child sexual abuse in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 10 June 2019

It is not possible to identify private prosecutions in the courts proceedings database; this would require a manual search of court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

Q
(Burton)
Asked on: 16 May 2019
Department for Education
Higher Education: Registration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) average length of time and (b) longest time was for a higher education establishment to receive their registration from the Office for Students.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 23 May 2019

There is no meaningful average time for higher education establishments receiving an outcome on their Office for Students (OfS) registration application. This is because the time taken from initial receipt of the application to a final registration decision is dependent on a number of factors. These factors include the completeness of the application initially submitted, the scale of the clarificatory information requested by the assessor during the assessment process and the length of time taken by the provider to respond to such information requests. In addition, other factors include the time taken for the provider’s access and participation plan to be negotiated and approved, the likelihood of the provider to breach its ongoing conditions of registration, including the ways in which that would impact its students. Furthermore, consideration is also given to the overall readiness of the provider to be regulated.

In cases where decisions that have been reached more quickly often relate to circumstances where the provider has submitted a near-complete application or where queries during the assessment have been minimal. In addition, more timely decisions can be made where the risk assessment suggests that the provider is unlikely to breach any of its ongoing conditions of registration. Cases that have taken longer to assess have typically involved several attempts to obtain relevant information from the provider. The risk assessment also suggests either that the provider does not satisfy one or more initial conditions of registration (in which case the provider may make representations against the proposed decision to refuse registration), or that the provider may be at increased risk of breaching one or more of its ongoing conditions of registration once registered. In these cases, the OfS is likely to conclude that the interests of students are best protected by taking regulatory action with which the provider must comply, such as applying specific conditions of registration or enhanced monitoring arrangements. Such occurrences would lengthen the timeframe for a decision on an application.

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(Burton)
[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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology departments in England.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 May 2019

NHS Improvement publishes vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. These vacancy statistics are published for England and at the regional level of North, Midlands and East, London and South.

NHS Improvement does not specifically produce vacancy data for staff working in mammography or breast radiology at national, regional, county, constituency or hospital trust level.

The latest NHS Improvement report can be found in the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/4942/Performance_of_the_NHS_provider_sector_for_the_quarter_ended_31_Dec_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 256288 | 256289 | 256290 | 256291
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[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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology departments in each region.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 May 2019

NHS Improvement publishes vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. These vacancy statistics are published for England and at the regional level of North, Midlands and East, London and South.

NHS Improvement does not specifically produce vacancy data for staff working in mammography or breast radiology at national, regional, county, constituency or hospital trust level.

The latest NHS Improvement report can be found in the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/4942/Performance_of_the_NHS_provider_sector_for_the_quarter_ended_31_Dec_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 256287 | 256289 | 256290 | 256291
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[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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology departments by each county in England.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 May 2019

NHS Improvement publishes vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. These vacancy statistics are published for England and at the regional level of North, Midlands and East, London and South.

NHS Improvement does not specifically produce vacancy data for staff working in mammography or breast radiology at national, regional, county, constituency or hospital trust level.

The latest NHS Improvement report can be found in the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/4942/Performance_of_the_NHS_provider_sector_for_the_quarter_ended_31_Dec_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 256287 | 256288 | 256290 | 256291
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(Burton)
[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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology departments in each parliamentary constituency.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 May 2019

NHS Improvement publishes vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. These vacancy statistics are published for England and at the regional level of North, Midlands and East, London and South.

NHS Improvement does not specifically produce vacancy data for staff working in mammography or breast radiology at national, regional, county, constituency or hospital trust level.

The latest NHS Improvement report can be found in the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/4942/Performance_of_the_NHS_provider_sector_for_the_quarter_ended_31_Dec_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 256287 | 256288 | 256289 | 256291
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(Burton)
[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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology in each hospital trust.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 May 2019

NHS Improvement publishes vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. These vacancy statistics are published for England and at the regional level of North, Midlands and East, London and South.

NHS Improvement does not specifically produce vacancy data for staff working in mammography or breast radiology at national, regional, county, constituency or hospital trust level.

The latest NHS Improvement report can be found in the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/4942/Performance_of_the_NHS_provider_sector_for_the_quarter_ended_31_Dec_2018.pdf

Grouped Questions: 256287 | 256288 | 256289 | 256290
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(Burton)
[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 May 2019
Department for Education
Higher Education: Registration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the expected timeframe is for the Office for Students to complete the registration of a higher education establishment.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 21 May 2019

There is no set timeframe for how long it takes the Office for Students (OfS) to process an application. This is because a final registration decision is dependent on a number of factors. These include the completeness of the application, the scale of the information requested by the assessor during the assessment process and the length of time taken by the provider to respond to such information requests. The time taken for the provider’s bespoke access and participation plan to be negotiated and approved also has an impact on the length of the process.

Q
(Burton)
[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 May 2019
Department for Education
Higher Education: Registration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many higher education establishments (a) received and (b) did not receive their registration within the timeframe expected of the Office for Students.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 21 May 2019

As higher education establishments may choose to apply for registration onto the Office for Students’ (OfS) register at any time, there is no set deadline or timeframe for when they should receive a decision on their applications. To date, 356 higher education establishments have successfully registered with the OfS since the OfS started accepting applications.

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(Burton)
[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: 13 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacancies there are in (a) mammography and (b) breast radiology in each Clinical Commissioning Group.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 16 May 2019

The information is not held in the format requested

Q
(Burton)
[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: 13 February 2019
Ministry of Justice
Offences Against Children: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of successful child sexual abuse prosecutions that resulted in a criminal compensation order in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 18 February 2019

The number of prosecutions, convictions, sentences, compensation orders and average compensation amount for child sex abuse offences in 2017 can be viewed in the table attached.

Court statistics on prosecutions and convictions for 2018 will be published in May 2019.

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