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Asked by Nic Dakin
(Scunthorpe)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Cancer
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with (a) leukaemia, (b) myeloma, (c) Hodgkin's lymphoma and (d) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have (i) been reassessed from disability living allowance to personal independence payment and (ii) received reduced rates of award.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has different eligibility criteria to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), and takes a more holistic view of a person’s health condition or disability and the impact it has on their ability to live an independent life. Therefore, when a DLA claimant is invited to claim PIP and is reassessed, the level of their award may stay the same, go up, down or cease altogether depending on their assessed level of need. It is important to note that the claimant may no longer have the condition recorded in the DLA system when they apply for PIP.

We introduced PIP to replace the outdated DLA system. PIP is a fairer benefit, which takes a much wider look at the way an individual’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis. Under PIP, 30 per cent of claimants are receiving the highest possible support, compared with just 15 per cent under DLA.

3,480 DLA claimants with Leukaemia have been reassessed from DLA to PIP and of this 1,080 received a reduced award amount on PIP compared to DLA, 840 were disallowed PIP post referral to the Assessment Provider and 140 were disallowed PIP pre-referral to the Assessment Provider.

520 DLA claimants with Myeloma have been reassessed from DLA to PIP and of this 200 received a reduced award amount on PIP compared to DLA, 70 were disallowed PIP post referral to the Assessment Provider and 10 were disallowed PIP pre-referral to the Assessment Provider.

300 DLA claimants with Hodgkin's lymphoma have been reassessed from DLA to PIP and of this 100 received a reduced award amount on PIP compared to DLA, 90 were disallowed PIP post referral to the Assessment Provider and 20 were disallowed PIP pre-referral to the Assessment Provider.

660 DLA claimants with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have been reassessed from DLA to PIP and of this 240 received a reduced award amount on PIP compared to DLA, 160 were disallowed PIP post referral to the Assessment Provider and 20 were disallowed PIP pre-referral to the Assessment Provider.

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  • The category “Leukaemia” includes 6 categories under the DLA computer system - Leukaemia - myelogenous (myeloid) acute, Leukaemia - lymphoblastic – acute, Leukaemia - myeloid - chronic, Leukaemia - lymphocytic – chronic, Leukaemias - Other / type not known, Cancer and Leukaemia.
  • The PIP Reassessment outcome is the outcome of the first DWP decision on each reassessment claim (i.e. prior to any reconsideration, appeal action and award review), where that decision was made between 1st October 2013 and 31st October 2017.
  • Claimants that withdrew their claim to PIP are excluded.
  • DLA Entitlement is the DLA award at the time of PIP reassessment registration.
  • Reassessment outcomes are for individuals who were aged 16 to 64 on 8th April 2013.
  • Data includes PIP claims made under both Normal Rules and Special Rules for the Terminally Ill. However, under DLA a claimant can be recorded as “Terminally Ill” rather than as having a named disability. Therefore, such cases are excluded from the above figures.
  • The statistics provided relate to DLA award levels so primary disabling condition is reported as recorded on the DLA computer system. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which the decision is based but only the primary condition is shown in these statistics.
  • Primary disabling condition may be recorded differently on the PIP and DLA computer systems.
  • Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
  • Great Britain only.
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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
Asked on: 01 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Third Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to incorporate (a) big society and (b) civic society considerations into its policy formulation process.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 12 November 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 8th November to Question 186968:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-11-01/186968/

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Asked on: 01 November 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Seafood: Imports
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend seafood products from Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands to be exempt from physical checks at UK borders following Brexit.
A
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The Government has consistently made clear that we want to preserve continuity in trade with our European neighbours, including non-EU member states such as Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The means by which we deliver this will be the subject of negotiations between the UK and those countries.

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(Hendon)
Asked on: 02 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jeremy Corbyn
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential implications for democracy in the UK of the US imposing sanctions on the official leader of the UK opposition.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 12 November 2018

As far as we are aware no US sanctions are being considered against the Leader of the Opposition.

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(Hendon)
Asked on: 02 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Visits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of closed-contact visits in prisons to prevent smuggling.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Visits play an important part of reducing reoffending as good relationships with family and friends is proved to reduce risk of reoffending.

The management and guidance for the use of closed visits is within Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 15/2011. The PSI specifies that closed visits should be imposed where there is an identified risk of smuggling prohibited items.

We recognise the benefits that Internet Based Video Services (IBVS) can provide in assisting prisoners with maintaining family ties. At present, however, prisoners are not allowed to use an IBVS as a way of communicating, due to operational concerns about the control measures available to safeguard the use of such communications. Work is currently underway to explore the options for the use of IBVS in establishments with strict safeguards in place, and the possibility of making greater use of such within prisons in the near future.

Grouped Questions: 187327
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(Hendon)
Asked on: 02 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Video Conferencing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the merits of using video technology to allow relatives and friends to speak to convicted prisoners at appointed times.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Visits play an important part of reducing reoffending as good relationships with family and friends is proved to reduce risk of reoffending.

The management and guidance for the use of closed visits is within Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 15/2011. The PSI specifies that closed visits should be imposed where there is an identified risk of smuggling prohibited items.

We recognise the benefits that Internet Based Video Services (IBVS) can provide in assisting prisoners with maintaining family ties. At present, however, prisoners are not allowed to use an IBVS as a way of communicating, due to operational concerns about the control measures available to safeguard the use of such communications. Work is currently underway to explore the options for the use of IBVS in establishments with strict safeguards in place, and the possibility of making greater use of such within prisons in the near future.

Grouped Questions: 187326
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Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
[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: 02 November 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: ICT
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) timetable, (b) cost and (c) estimated savings are for the Foxhound IT programme.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 12 November 2018

FOXHOUND is a Cabinet Office-led, cross-government IT programme to develop and deploy a new secure capability for managing sensitive information, including that which is classified up to and at SECRET. The aim is to bear down on the growing information and cyber risk, whilst improving scope for collaboration across the National Security community. The single platform this capability offers will enable some security related savings to be made and an outline Programme timetable and costs are published in Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) annual reports on Major Projects (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721978/IPA_Annual_Report_2018__2_.pdf and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/infrastructure-and-projects-authority-annual-report-2018)

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Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
[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: 02 November 2018
Cabinet Office
Public Sector: ICT
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of the Public Services Network; and what estimate he has made of the savings to be accrued to the public purse of that Network.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Each government department or organisation connected to the PSN is responsible for procuring its own connectivity services separately from a group of approved providers. Since almost 700 public sector organisations across central government, local government and other public agencies and bodies use the PSN, it is not possible for Cabinet Office to report on the total cost to the public purse.

The National Audit Office 2016 “Protecting information across government” report reported that the project saved £406 million across government over the 4 years between 2011/12 and 2014/15.

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Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
[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: 02 November 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the successful bids to the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund for each region.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Details of the seven initiatives supported through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) pilot are published on the CSIIF gov.uk page. Initiatives are based in London, Leeds, Bristol, Worcester, Salford and Essex. A number of these initiatives have a national reach, including online platforms that can be accessed by individuals across the UK.

Approximately 170 individuals were either participating or had been identified to take part in the seven CSIIF pilot initiatives as of end of October 2018. Five of those initiatives have commenced in full and two continue to identify participants. The full level of participation and an assessment of employment outcomes of all seven pilot initiatives will be considered as part of an independent evaluation in 2019.

Grouped Questions: 187359
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Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
[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: 02 November 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184409 on Cybercrime, how many of the 170 individuals have been (a) participating and (b) identified to take part.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Details of the seven initiatives supported through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) pilot are published on the CSIIF gov.uk page. Initiatives are based in London, Leeds, Bristol, Worcester, Salford and Essex. A number of these initiatives have a national reach, including online platforms that can be accessed by individuals across the UK.

Approximately 170 individuals were either participating or had been identified to take part in the seven CSIIF pilot initiatives as of end of October 2018. Five of those initiatives have commenced in full and two continue to identify participants. The full level of participation and an assessment of employment outcomes of all seven pilot initiatives will be considered as part of an independent evaluation in 2019.

Grouped Questions: 187358
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Asked by Anna Turley
(Redcar)
[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: 02 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
INEOS: Tees Valley
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government plans to provide to Ineos for choosing the South Tees Development Corporation site as the manufacturing location of that company’s Projekt Grenadier 4x4 vehicles.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Government has a long-standing programme of support to maintain the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector. This includes the Automotive Sector Deal. This is a joint strategic vision for how government and industry will work together to respond to the Grand Challenges of the Industrial Strategy, such as Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility.

The Department has maintained close engagement with INEOS throughout their process and has met with the company and members of the South Tees Development Corporation on several occasions. We continue to promote UK options with INEOS, and stand ready to support in any way we can.

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Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
[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: 02 November 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many data breaches were reported by each Government department to the Government Security Group in each of the last four years.
A
Answered by: Mr David Lidington
Answered on: 12 November 2018

Cabinet Office does not require central reporting of data breaches by government departments.

The minimum cyber security standard outlines the communications required by a department when there is a security incident that impacts on sensitive information or key operational services.

The Government Security Group would be involved in the response to a category one or two

cyber security incident impacting a central government department(s), however to date an incident of this type has not occurred.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s Annual Report (2018) provides the total number of incidents it has dealt with over the past year.

Q
(East Londonderry)
[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: 02 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Myanmar authorities on the Rohingya crisis.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 12 November 2018

​The Foreign Secretary met with Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 20 September in Burma and raised the importance of the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees to Rakhine State, and ensuring those responsible for human rights violations are held to account. I spoke with the Burmese Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin on 1 November to: stress the UK's serious concern at the 30 October announcement of the Governments of Burma and Bangladesh that refugee repatriation would commence in mid-November; and underline that the Commission of Inquiry needs to be independent and credible, draw on all available evidence and lead to a judicial process.

Q
(East Londonderry)
[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: 02 November 2018
Home Office
National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the workforce size of the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland is expected to change in the next six months.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The NCA allocates resources based on priorities in Investigations. Serious and Organised Crime activity in Northern Ireland continues to feature in NCA and PSNI plans.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 02 November 2018
Treasury
Locums: Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the effect on locum doctors and nurses of the 2019 loan charge for disguised remuneration schemes.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 12 November 2018

I refer the Honourable member to my statement made on 5th November 2018, to Parliamentary Question 186276:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-31/186276/

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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 02 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Manufacturing Industries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of manufacturing companies that have (a) shortened their supply chains and (b) relocated their production to the UK from abroad in each of the last five years for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 12 November 2018

No such estimates are available from official sources. Our ambitious Industrial Strategy comprises policies to build an economy fit for the future, helping to foster a competitive environment where businesses can have the confidence to invest in UK manufacturing and thrive.

Around 20% of the 2,072 new inward FDI projects in 2017/18 were in the areas of advanced manufacturing and life sciences. Across the Automotive, Aerospace, and the Advanced Engineering Supply Chain over the same period, DIT supported 320 inward investments into the UK, creating or securing 7,500 jobs in the UK.

Q
(Leeds East)
Asked on: 02 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Criminal Cases Review Commission: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of applicants to the Criminal Cases Review Commission have had legal representation to assist them with their applications in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The proportion of applicants that had legal representation to assist them in their applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), since 2010, is outlined in the table below.

Year

% Applicants

2010-11

27.11% (253 out of 933 applications received)

2011-12

29.80% (310 out of 1,040)

2012-13

25.66% (417 out of 1,625)

2013-14

20.88% (307 out of 1,470)

2014-15

13.63% (218 out of 1,599)

2015-16

15.00% (222 out of 1,480)

2016-17

14.54% (203 out of 1,397)

2017-18

12.71% (183 out of 1,439)

Q
(Leeds East)
[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: 02 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Capital Investment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total additional funding allocated to his Department for capital expenditure in Budget 2018 was.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 12 November 2018

In Budget 2018, the Ministry of Justice received £52m additional funding, for which the allocation between resource and capital will be confirmed within the Supplementary Estimate.

This will fund £30m of further improvements to safety, security and decency, £15 million on the maintenance and security of our court buildings, and another £6.5 million to be invested across the wider justice system, including a further £1.5 million for the Parole Board to boost its operational capacity.

The Treasury have also committed to funding the cost of building a new prison at Glen Parva in Leicestershire.

Grouped Questions: 187365 | 188116
Q
(Leeds East)
[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: 02 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total additional funding allocated to his Department for resource expenditure in Budget 2018 was.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 12 November 2018

In Budget 2018, the Ministry of Justice received £52m additional funding, for which the allocation between resource and capital will be confirmed within the Supplementary Estimate.

This will fund £30m of further improvements to safety, security and decency, £15 million on the maintenance and security of our court buildings, and another £6.5 million to be invested across the wider justice system, including a further £1.5 million for the Parole Board to boost its operational capacity.

The Treasury have also committed to funding the cost of building a new prison at Glen Parva in Leicestershire.

Grouped Questions: 187364 | 188116
Q
(Leeds East)
[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: 02 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Women's Centres
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number places in residential women's centres that were funded by the Government in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The publication of the female offender strategy on 27 June is the start of a new and significant programme of work to deliver better outcomes for female offenders at all points of the justice system. It sets out our vision to see fewer women in custody, especially on short-term sentences, and a greater proportion of women managed in the community successfully.

Our vision for the ‘residential women’s centres’ pilot is the provision of an intensive residential support package in the community for women at risk of, or having served, short custodial sentences. The intention is to divert them from custody where appropriate and support them to address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

We are not aware of any past or existing provision that fully accords with this, therefore we are unable to provide any information about how many places in women’s residential centres were funded by the Government in each year since 2010. However, there are several similar small-scale models such as Willowdene Farm, Anawim and Threshold Housing First, whose experiences and knowledge will be used to inform the work undertaken in the residential women’s centres pilot.

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