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(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Abortion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to publish the numbers of forced abortions by individual NHS trusts.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department has no plans to centrally collect or publish information on the number of forced abortions by individual National Health Service trusts.

Grouped Questions: 284601
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(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Defence
Syria: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans are in place to uphold the no-fly zone and de-escalation zone in the province of Idlib, Syria.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The UK was not a party to the agreement to establish de-escalation zones in Syria made by Russia, Turkey and Iran in 2017. We are gravely concerned by the ongoing military action by Russia and the Syrian regime in Idlib, including strikes which have hit civilian infrastructure. All parties should respect the de-escalation zone and agreed ceasefire, abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and act to protect civilians.

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(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Abortion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to collect information on the number of forced abortions by individual NHS trust.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department has no plans to centrally collect or publish information on the number of forced abortions by individual National Health Service trusts.

Grouped Questions: 284421
Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Syria: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the provision of emergency medical to Syrian civilians in Idlib.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 30 July 2019

​British aid continues to support the provision of emergency medical aid in Idlib, where DFID partners are working to support health facilities and establish mobile emergency protection teams. In addition, the UK has announced an additional £32 million aid package to meet emergency humanitarian needs in Idlib and the surrounding areas.

We have also made clear, including at four emergency sessions of the UN Security Council, that attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure are inexcusable. We call on all parties to distinguish between civilians and civilian infrastructure, and military targets.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 28 June 2019
Treasury
Life Insurance: Mental Illness
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to life insurance for people with mental health problems.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Government is determined that all insurers should treat customers fairly and firms are required to do so under the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) rules. The FCA has placed access and vulnerability at the core of the its Mission and Business Plan, and plans to consult on guidance for firms on the treatment of vulnerable consumers, including those with mental health conditions, in Summer 2019.

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(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated total cost to the public purse has been of payments made to claimants of universal credit that did not receive the severe disability premium as a result of natural migration.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The requested information is not available.

It is not possible to confirm exactly how many people in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) will receive back payments following their natural migration to Universal Credit. Each case must be individually assessed to determine whether SDP eligibility would have continued following the end of their legacy benefit claim.

On Friday 3 May 2019, the High Court handed down a judgment in relation to Universal Credit and the SDP. We are currently considering the options open to us and will respond in due course.

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(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of employment support allowance back-payments owed to claimants.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 June 2019

Latest published forecasts of arrears owed to ESA claimants underpaid on conversion from Incapacity Benefit are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esa-underpayments-forecast-numbers-affected-forecast-expenditure-and-progress-on-checking/esa-underpayments-forecast-numbers-affected-forecast-expenditure-and-progress-on-checking

The most recent published information on arrears already paid to claimants affected by underpayments on conversion from Incapacity Benefit is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esa-underpayments-forecast-numbers-affected-forecast-expenditure-and-progress-on-checking/may-2019-esa-underpayments-progress-on-checking

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(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of personal independence back-payments owed to claimants.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department owes in social security benefit back-payments to claimants as a result of errors made by her Department.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department owes in social security benefit back-payments to claimants as a result of tribunals or High Court judgments finding in favour of such claimants.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 24 June 2019

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 09 May 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Special Olympics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support the Special Olympics and (b) ensure that Special Olympics GB receives adequate funding over the next five years.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 20 May 2019

Government recognises the importance of sport and physical activity for disabled people who take part at both the grassroots and the elite level, as set out in the government’s sport and physical activity strategy 'Sporting Future'.

Special Olympics GB (SOGB) received a three year grant from Sport England, the government arm’s length body for grassroots sport in England, totalling £204,363 for its core activities from October 2017 to September 2020. This grant is part of Sport England’s £1.6m grant funding to National Disability Sports Organisations.

SOGB was also granted £43,344 of Commercial Consultancy Support (2018/19) by Sport England. Through this support they are working with Sport Collective, a sports rights and marketing agency, to identify their brand assets and value, identify and target potential partners and develop their sponsorship material.

In addition, Sport England also gave SOGB a further £152,000 of Exchequer investment in December 2018/January 2019. This was to help SOGB engage more volunteers and sponsors, to increase the numbers in their volunteer recruitment programme, and to deliver partnership competitions.

Sport England will be meeting SOGB and other National Disability Sport Organisations later this year to discuss the potential and process for further investment post-October 2020.

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(Glasgow North West)
[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: 15 May 2019
Wales Office
Origin Marking: Wales
Commons
What recent assessment the Government has made of the economic effect on producers of protected geographical indications for Welsh products.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 15 May 2019

I recognise the economic and cultural importance of geographical indications to all parts of the United Kingdom. There are 16 current Welsh products covered by the scheme, ranging from Halen Môn sea salt to Welsh lamb.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 29 April 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Fracking: Planning
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help ensure the (a) interests and (b) safety of local communities is fully considered in decisions on planning for shale gas fracking; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 May 2019

The Government is firmly committed to ensuring that local communities are fully involved in planning decisions that affect them. Planning applications for shale development proposals require consultation with local communities, ensuring that planning concerns about potential impacts raised by local people are taken into account in the determination of such applications.

The Government takes the safety of the public and environmental protection very seriously and are confident we have a robust regulatory framework in place. We have been clear that shale gas exploration development must be safe and environmentally sound. The UK has world-class regulation to ensure that shale gas exploration can happen safely, respecting local communities and safeguarding the environment. National planning policy makes clear that in considering planning applications, mineral planning authorities should ensure that there are no unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment or on human health.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 30 April 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the impact assessment on the European temporary leave to remain scheme included an assessment of the effect of that scheme on the differentiated system of academic courses across the UK.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249331 | 249332 | 249333
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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: 01 May 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation the Government has had with EU students in Scotland on the European temporary leave to remain scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249330 | 249332 | 249333
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 April 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to prepare for a potential increase in applications for Tier 4 visas from students as a result of the European temporary leave to remain scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249330 | 249331 | 249333
Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 April 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation she has had with her counterpart in the Scottish Government on the potential increase in applications for Tier 4 visas as a result of the European temporary leave to remain scheme.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The transitional arrangements under European Temporary Leave to Remain will only be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains our top priority.

The Government has regular contact with representatives of the education sector, and the Scottish Government, and will continue to consult with the relevant stakeholders during the course of our 12 month engagement with stakeholders on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system.

As we move towards the future system, the Government will continue to consult with internal stakeholders to ensure that operational capability is given due consideration as we build an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK, including the education sector.

Grouped Questions: 249330 | 249331 | 249332
Q
(Glasgow North West)
Asked on: 24 April 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fracking: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review the traffic light monitoring system for regulating fracking-induced seismicity.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 01 May 2019

The Traffic Light System for monitoring induced seismicity was introduced after consideration of advice from three scientists, following operations at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall site in 2011. The level of magnitude 0.5 at which operators must pause operations, was set in consultation with industry as an appropriate precautionary measure. These regulations have been working as intended and there are no plans to review the Traffic Light System.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans are claimants of universal credit.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 24 April 2019

The information requested is not held.

The Department continues to consider opportunities to improve our understanding of those claiming Universal Credit, including ways in which we might identify claims from veterans.

Q
(Glasgow North West)
[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 April 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans are owed back-payments for employment and support allowance as a result of historical errors from her Department.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 24 April 2019

The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The Department only collects data which determines benefit entitlement or which contributes to the good management of a claim.

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