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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
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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: 12 June 2018
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether migrants who are working on tier 2 visas can exclude strike or industrial action from the 20-day limit on unpaid leave from work.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Paragraph 323AA of the Immigration Rules defines circumstances where a Tier 2 migrant’s leave may be curtailed. This includes absences from work without pay for four weeks or more during any calendar year. There is no specified exemption for strike or industrial action. The Home Office does however consider the circumstances before deciding whether to take curtailment action.

Grouped Questions: 152861
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds 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: 12 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Insects: Yorkshire and the Humber
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the health of wild pollinating insects in Yorkshire and the Humber.
A
Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 15 June 2018

The UK Government collates data and publishes indicators showing trends in abundance and distribution of pollinating insects at national scale on an annual basis. These are available at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-6851. We have not assessed the size or health of wild pollinator populations at county level.

Data collected by volunteers on the status of wild species locally is available through the websites of various National Schemes and Societies or through the Biological Records Centre, which is supported by public bodies including the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Research Councils.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Doctors
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests for a visa by overseas doctors have been rejected since January 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Information on Tier 2 entry clearance visa applications broken down by outcome (grants, refusals, withdrawals, lapsed) is published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics Visas volume 1 table vi_01_q at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2018.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds 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: 12 June 2018
Department for Education
Personal Care Services: Apprentices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the professional apprenticeship standard for beauty therapy to be published.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 15 June 2018

This is a matter for the Institute for Apprenticeships. I have asked its Chief Executive, Sir Gerry Berragan, to write to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds 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: 12 June 2018
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether migrants working on a tier 2 Skilled worker visa are able to include strike or industrial action as exceptions to the limit of 20 days of unpaid leave from work.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Paragraph 323AA of the Immigration Rules defines circumstances where a Tier 2 migrant’s leave may be curtailed. This includes absences from work without pay for four weeks or more during any calendar year. There is no specified exemption for strike or industrial action. The Home Office does however consider the circumstances before deciding whether to take curtailment action.

Grouped Questions: 152855
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Re-employment
Commons
Can the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff made redundant by his Department between January and March 2017 have been reemployed by his Department on (a) permanent, (b) agency or (c) contractor contracts.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Vacancies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the number of job vacancies in his Department is.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Water
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to decrease water wastage.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Pesticides
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to use its consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment to reduce the use of toxic pesticides in British farming practice.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the provision of humanitarian assistance, and in particular food, to Yemen.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Probation Hostels: West Yorkshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of beds available in probation hostels in West Yorkshire.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners' Release: West Yorkshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison leavers in West Yorkshire were staying in detention centres awaiting hostel beds during April 2018.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Trees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trees have been felled alongside rail lines since June 2017.
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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 11 May 2018
Department for Education
Education: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the attainment gap between students from the North and South of England.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 11 June 2018
Holding answer received on 21 May 2018

The department is working to improve education standards right across the country. 1.9 million more children are in good or outstanding schools than in 2010, record numbers of young people are in education or training and more disadvantaged pupils are going to university. Furthermore, the attainment gap between 16-year-olds who are disadvantaged and those who are not has closed by 10% since 2011.

There is more to do, which is why the government’s Northern Powerhouse Strategy is investing over £70 million in education outcomes in the north. This includes £12 million as part of a commitment to establish a national network of English Hubs with a specific focus on improving early language and literacy, expanding the reach of the Maths Hubs network to spread excellence in maths teaching and a £5 million scheme trialling projects to provide practical tools and advice to help parents improve children’s vocabulary.

Furthermore, through the £72 million Opportunity Areas programme, the department is targeting local and national resource in five areas in the north - Blackpool, Bradford, Doncaster, North Yorkshire Coast and Oldham - facing social mobility challenges to drive improved outcomes for children and young people.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 24 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Pain: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were prescribed GnRH analogue treatment by the NHS in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 07 June 2018

The following table provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA), shows the number of people prescribed GnRH analogue treatment by the National Health Service in England in a primary care setting. Figures are provided for the last three years as patient information for prescribing is only available from April 2015 onwards.

Number of patients receiving prescriptions for drugs identified as "GnRH Analogue Treatment

Financial Year

Number of identified patients

Proportion of prescription items where the patient could be identified

April 2015 - March 2016

128,524

94.88%

April 2016 - March 2017

130,238

95.75%

April 2017 - March 2018

131,178

96.33%

Note:

Care should be taken when interpreting the patient counts as some patients could appear in the results for multiple time periods. Therefore, the patient numbers should not be combined and reported at any other levels than as provided in the dataset.

NHS numbers are not captured for every prescription and hence the NHS BSA has included the number of patients who could be identified along with the proportion of applicable prescription items for which the patient data could be identified.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds 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: 22 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to guarantee the state subsidy of rent to tenants in Service Family Accomodation after 2021 notwithstanding the outcome of negotiations with Annington.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 June 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 16 May 2018 to Question 143233.

Q
Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds 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: 22 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Russia: Football
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether extra support is to be offered by the Government to England fans who are travelling to the World Cup in Russia as a result of tensions between the UK and Russian Governments; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 04 June 2018

British Government planning for the tournament began two years ago. We will have consular staff based in every city that England will play in, in addition to the British Embassy in Moscow and Consulates in St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg. We are working closely with The Football Association, supporters group, and the local authorities to get the most accurate data on fan numbers and fan movements to ensure we have sufficient numbers of Embassy staff to support them. We encourage fans attending the tournament to stay up to date by following our Travel Advice and to subscribe to our 'Be on the Ball' alerts.

Q
Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds 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: 22 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Antibiotics: Drug Resistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase public awareness of antimicrobial resistance.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 04 June 2018

Public Health England (PHE) has developed a number of initiatives which support the Government’s ambition to halve inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by 2020.

PHE launched a major new national campaign, ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’, in October 2017 following a successful pilot in the North West, to alert the general public to the issue of antibiotic resistance, with the aim of reducing patient pressure on general practitioners to prescribe. The mass-media campaign targets all adults with a focus on groups most likely to use antibiotics: older adults and women aged 20-45 years old, who typically have primary responsibility for family health as younger children are heavy users of antibiotics. The campaign is advertised through a numbers of mediums including television, radio and social media. There is also extensive partner support from health care professionals and local authorities in local communities.

The United Kingdom-wide Antibiotic Guardian campaign, now in its fourth year, aims to stimulate behaviour change and increase engagement to tackle antimicrobial resistance by healthcare professionals and engaged members of the public.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 22 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Antibiotics: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken to prevent the over-prescription of antimicrobials.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 31 May 2018

The Government’s ambition in response to Lord O’Neill’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance is to halve inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by 2020/21. The English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance has shown that the number of antibiotic prescriptions in primary care decreased by 13% between 2012 and 2016.

To support the Government’s ambition, NHS England and Public Health England are leading a range of measures to optimise the prescribing of antibiotics, including education and training, financial incentives and raising awareness. The measures include:

- A Quality Premium focused on driving down inappropriate prescribing in primary care;

- A Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) scheme to incentivise providers to reduce antibiotic consumption in secondary care; and

- A national awareness campaign launched by Public Health England to increase patient awareness about inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics.

In addition, the NHS England Chief Pharmaceutical Officer will be reinforcing what constitutes inappropriate prescribing (as recently defined by the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection) in direct communications to trusts.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 22 May 2018
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to establish a public information campaign to encourage non-UK EU citizens to take part in the registration process for when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 30 May 2018

We have launched a targeted communications campaign to maximise awareness and reassure EU citizens of our commitment to protect their rights and entitlements. Activity will increase as we approach the launch of the scheme before the end of this year.

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