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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Fracking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of whether there is a link between fracking and the production of non-degradable plastics.
A
Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 15 June 2018

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to PQ 146306.

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Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 12 June 2018
Department for Education
Schools: South Yorkshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for schools in South Yorkshire.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Funding for schools is at a record high. Per pupil funding is 50% more in real-term than in 2000.

The introduction of the national funding formulae is supported by significant extra investment of £1.3 billion across 2018-19 and 2019-20, over and above the budget announced at the 2015 spending review. Core funding for schools and high needs will rise from almost £41 billion in 2017-18 to £42.4 billion this year and £43.5 billion in 2019-20. This will allow us to maintain school and high needs funding in real terms per pupil for the next two years, and figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies show that real terms per pupil funding in 2020 will be at least 50% higher than in 2000.

The following table shows the impact of the fully implemented national funding formula for the four metropolitan boroughs in South Yorkshire. These figures are calculated as if the national funding formula had been implemented in full in 2017-18, with no transitional arrangements.

Average per pupil funding in 2017-18

Average per pupil funding under the full national funding formula

% gain

Barnsley

£4,438

£4,839

9.0%

Doncaster

£4,515

£4,679

3.6%

Rotherham

£4,676

£4,810

2.9%

Sheffield

£4,406

£4,696

6.6%

National average

£4,499

£4,657

3.5%

The Government recognises that many schools have worked hard to manage the impact of cost pressures on their budgets up to this point. The department provides support, guidance and tools to help schools get the best value from their resources, further details of which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency.

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(Putney)
[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: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 5 June 2018 on Airports National Policy Statement, Official Report, column 169, whether there are any existing (a) legal mechanisms and (b) legally contracted agreements in place with Heathrow Airport Limited to enable the ringfencing of slots on a new runway at Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Slots at Heathrow are currently allocated by the independent slot coordinator Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) in accordance with the EU slot regulations. Government will take action, where appropriate, to secure routes through the use of Public Service Obligations. This includes the ring-fencing of appropriately timed slots.

The Government has no legally contracted agreements in place with Heathrow Airport Limited to enable the ring-fencing of slots but the proposed Airports National Policy Statement sets out an expectation that expansion at Heathrow will deliver an additional six domestic routes and this will be examined as part of any Development Consent Order application. The Secretary of State also has a clear ambition for about 15 per cent of slots made available from a new runway to be used for domestic routes.

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(Putney)
[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: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government can designate a new Public Service Obligation route from a regional airport to a city airport in addition to an existing route operating to that city.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 15 June 2018

EU Regulation 1008/2008 sets out that Public Service Obligations (PSOs) can be considered on an airport to airport basis. Where an existing route is already operating to that destination city, a PSO can still be considered, provided the criteria set out in the Regulation are met.

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(Putney)
[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: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport Limited
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had meetings with Heathrow Airport Limited since June 2017; and if he will place a copy of the minutes of those meetings in the Library.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Ministers and officials have met regularly with Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) since June 2017 to discuss a wide range of issues relating to the operation of the UK’s largest airport, as well as the potential delivery of its proposed expansion. These meetings are governed by propriety arrangements set out in the Statement of Approach, which is published online:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/653867/engaging-with-stakeholders-statement-of-approach-revised-draft-airports-nps.pdf

The minutes of such meetings include material relating to HAL’s private business operations. The release of this information would be likely to prejudice their commercial interests. Given that the amount of information in question is substantial, redacting and preparing the records for release would have a disproportionate cost.

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(Putney)
[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: 12 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have met with the (i) Department for Transport and (ii) Heathrow Airport Limited to discuss air pollution since June 2017; and if he will place copies of the minutes of those meetings in the Library.
A
Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Defra Ministers and officials have frequent, ongoing engagement with DfT counterparts in relation to air pollution, particularly through the work of the Dft-Defra Joint Air Quality Unit and the recent development of the Clean Air Strategy, as well as in relation to Heathrow. The honourable Member for Putney has made a Freedom of Information request asking for similar information. My department will respond to that request by the deadline provided.

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Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[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: 12 June 2018
Treasury
Help to Buy Scheme
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of households assisted under the Help to Buy scheme earned within 10 per cent of the national average household income.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 15 June 2018

The Treasury operates two Help to Buy schemes – the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee and the Help to Buy: ISA. The mortgage guarantee has now closed and was a product offered to lenders to encourage higher loan to value (LTV) lending. Help to Buy: ISAs are offered to the public by 28 banks and building societies directly - the Treasury therefore does not hold information on individual savers.

Q
(Leeds East)
[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: 12 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Werrington Young Offender Institution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in HMYOI Werrington have accumulated in total (a) 1-24, (b) 25-49, (c) 50-74, (d) 75-99, (e) 100-149 and (f) 150 or more additional days of imprisonment imposed as punishment since their arrival.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe, decent and rehabilitative custodial environment. They require adjudications to be conducted lawfully, fairly and justly. Only Independent Adjudicators, who are District Judges or Deputy District Judges can, in cases deemed to be sufficiently serious, make an award of additional days. All prisoners have a full opportunity to hear what is alleged against them and to present their case. Young or vulnerable prisoners, who may lack experience of adjudications, are encouraged to request help from an advocate. The most serious offences are referred to the police.

Information on the number of individual prisoners who were subject to punishments for disciplinary misconduct is not routinely extracted from the adjudications database as the primary purpose is to report on the volume of punishments imposed. However, a new methodology was designed to capture unique offenders only, in order to extract the information on the number of prisoners that have accumulated additional days following proven adjudications. The tables attached provide statistics between 2013 and 2017 for each specific prison.

Tables 1-4 (Excel SpreadSheet, 12.45 KB)
Grouped Questions: 152818 | 152819 | 152820
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: 12 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Wetherby Young Offender Institution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in HMYOI Wetherby have accumulated in total (a) 1-24, (b) 25-49, (c) 50-74, (d) 75-99, (e) 100-149 and (f) more than 150 additional days of imprisonment imposed as punishment since their arrival.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe, decent and rehabilitative custodial environment. They require adjudications to be conducted lawfully, fairly and justly. Only Independent Adjudicators, who are District Judges or Deputy District Judges can, in cases deemed to be sufficiently serious, make an award of additional days. All prisoners have a full opportunity to hear what is alleged against them and to present their case. Young or vulnerable prisoners, who may lack experience of adjudications, are encouraged to request help from an advocate. The most serious offences are referred to the police.

Information on the number of individual prisoners who were subject to punishments for disciplinary misconduct is not routinely extracted from the adjudications database as the primary purpose is to report on the volume of punishments imposed. However, a new methodology was designed to capture unique offenders only, in order to extract the information on the number of prisoners that have accumulated additional days following proven adjudications. The tables attached provide statistics between 2013 and 2017 for each specific prison.

Tables 1-4 (Excel SpreadSheet, 12.45 KB)
Grouped Questions: 152817 | 152819 | 152820
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: 12 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Feltham Young Offender Institution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) children and (b) young adults in HMYOI Feltham have accumulated in total (a) 1-24, (b) 25-49, (c) 50-74, (d) 75-99, (e) 100-149 and (f) more than 150 additional days of imprisonment imposed as punishment since their arrival.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe, decent and rehabilitative custodial environment. They require adjudications to be conducted lawfully, fairly and justly. Only Independent Adjudicators, who are District Judges or Deputy District Judges can, in cases deemed to be sufficiently serious, make an award of additional days. All prisoners have a full opportunity to hear what is alleged against them and to present their case. Young or vulnerable prisoners, who may lack experience of adjudications, are encouraged to request help from an advocate. The most serious offences are referred to the police.

Information on the number of individual prisoners who were subject to punishments for disciplinary misconduct is not routinely extracted from the adjudications database as the primary purpose is to report on the volume of punishments imposed. However, a new methodology was designed to capture unique offenders only, in order to extract the information on the number of prisoners that have accumulated additional days following proven adjudications. The tables attached provide statistics between 2013 and 2017 for each specific prison.

Tables 1-4 (Excel SpreadSheet, 12.45 KB)
Grouped Questions: 152817 | 152818 | 152820
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: 12 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Aylesbury Young Offender Institution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young adults in HMYOI Aylesbury have accumulated in total (a) 1-24, (b) 25-49, (c) 50-74, (d) 75-99, (e) 100-149 and (f) more than 150 additional days of imprisonment imposed as punishment since their arrival.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe, decent and rehabilitative custodial environment. They require adjudications to be conducted lawfully, fairly and justly. Only Independent Adjudicators, who are District Judges or Deputy District Judges can, in cases deemed to be sufficiently serious, make an award of additional days. All prisoners have a full opportunity to hear what is alleged against them and to present their case. Young or vulnerable prisoners, who may lack experience of adjudications, are encouraged to request help from an advocate. The most serious offences are referred to the police.

Information on the number of individual prisoners who were subject to punishments for disciplinary misconduct is not routinely extracted from the adjudications database as the primary purpose is to report on the volume of punishments imposed. However, a new methodology was designed to capture unique offenders only, in order to extract the information on the number of prisoners that have accumulated additional days following proven adjudications. The tables attached provide statistics between 2013 and 2017 for each specific prison.

Tables 1-4 (Excel SpreadSheet, 12.45 KB)
Grouped Questions: 152817 | 152818 | 152819
Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[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
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Housing: Multiple Occupation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses in multiple occupation there have been in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 15 June 2018
Holding answer received on 15 June 2018

An estimate of houses in multiple occupation in England is publicly available in the Local Authority Housing Statistic (LAHS) return Section F Question 8 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-housing-data.

These are estimated figures for the number of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England only, information relating to other parts of the United Kingdom is the responsibility of the relevant devolved administration.

Q
Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)
[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
Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill (Draft)
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish the findings of its consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 15 June 2018

I refer the Honourable Member to the reply given to the Honourable Member for Bristol East, on 27 March 2018 PQ UIN 133919.

Q
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: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 150255, for what reasons no reference was made to the average level of local funding for High Speed 2 rail stations in receipt of local funding.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 15 June 2018

All HS2 stations are unique, with differing requirements at each location in terms of; landscape, station construction, and local aspirations and connectivity. These requirements need different amounts of local funding. There is no reportable average because requirements and funding discussions are still evolving.

Q
(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[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
Ministry of Justice
Gov Facility Services: Billing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) number and (b) total volume was of unpaid invoices submitted to Gov Facility Services Limited in each month since it was established.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 15 June 2018

The Ministry of Justice has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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
Ministry of Defence
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department offers to help cover additional childcare costs incurred due to a parent being in the armed forces.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Within the United Kingdom childcare is a devolved responsibility, and the statutory entitlement to free childcare for UK residents (including Service personnel and their dependants) may vary depending on where they are stationed within the UK.

All Service personnel and their dependants are currently able to access the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Childcare Voucher Scheme which enables its recipients to make a dual couple saving of up to £1,866 per year. When this scheme closes to new members in October 2018, those Service personnel wishing to benefit from Income Tax and NI savings (who were not claiming before October 2018) will be eligible to join the new Government Tax Free Childcare Scheme.

In addition to the universal entitlement to 15 hours of free early education and childcare for children from the term after their third birthday, some English local authorities offer free hours of Ofsted registered childcare targeted to Service personnel with children aged two.

A significant number of nurseries are accommodated on the Defence estate at military bases aimed principally at ensuring nursery provision for Service personnel based at the location concerned. Such nurseries are not operated by Defence but are provided so that personnel have provision close to their place of work and close to their homes when accommodated in Service Families Accommodation. The provision may offer an array of benefits to Service personnel ranging from priority placement to preferential rates.

In those overseas locations where Service personnel, entitled civilians and their dependants have no statutory entitlement to access host nation provision, the MOD has committed to mirror as far as is reasonably practicable the statutory provision that would have been available in England. Where MOD-provided overseas childcare facilities have sufficient capacity, the 15 hours (universal) and 30 hours entitlement (for eligible working parents) for three and four-year old children will be provided free of charge. In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided childcare facilities, or such facilities lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of support provided to single parents to cover the cost of childcare in the school holidays.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 15 June 2018

By 2019-20, the government will be spending around £6 billion on childcare support – a record amount - to help with the costs of childcare, including childcare in the school holidays.

A single parent is able to access the 30 hours free childcare entitlement if they are earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week. This entitlement is available across 38 weeks of the year. However, the entitlement can be “stretched” by taking fewer hours per week over more than 38 weeks of the year to cover term-time and the school holidays, for example 23 hours for 48 weeks of the year. Furthermore, parents are able to use Tax-Free Childcare to support them with paying for childcare support during the school holidays.

We have already increased the level of support for childcare within Universal Credit (UC) from 70% to 85% of eligible childcare costs; its highest ever level. This is more generous than the support available to people on legacy benefits.

This gives parents, including single parents, up to a maximum of £646.35 per month for one child and £1108.04 per month for two or more children. UC childcare costs are assessed monthly, meaning that where claimants experience a change in their childcare costs, for example an increase during the school holidays, UC childcare costs can increase (up to the maximum award) to meet the household’s needs.

Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Learning Disability: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has been briefed on the contents of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017, published on 4 May 2018.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 15 June 2018

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, is aware of the findings of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017.

The Government is committed to learning from every avoidable death and the Department has been working with its partners to see how the report’s recommendations may be implemented to support improvements to services and to the quality of care that people with a learning disability receive.

In my Oral Statement on 8 May, Official Report Column 554, I committed to respond to each of the report’s recommendations and will report back to Parliament shortly.

Grouped Questions: 152691 | 152692
Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Learning Disability: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017, published on 4 May 2018.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 15 June 2018

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, is aware of the findings of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017.

The Government is committed to learning from every avoidable death and the Department has been working with its partners to see how the report’s recommendations may be implemented to support improvements to services and to the quality of care that people with a learning disability receive.

In my Oral Statement on 8 May, Official Report Column 554, I committed to respond to each of the report’s recommendations and will report back to Parliament shortly.

Grouped Questions: 152690 | 152692
Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
[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 of Health and Social Care
Learning Disability: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to implement the recommendations of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017, published on 4 May 2018.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 15 June 2018

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, is aware of the findings of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017.

The Government is committed to learning from every avoidable death and the Department has been working with its partners to see how the report’s recommendations may be implemented to support improvements to services and to the quality of care that people with a learning disability receive.

In my Oral Statement on 8 May, Official Report Column 554, I committed to respond to each of the report’s recommendations and will report back to Parliament shortly.

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