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Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Education
Free School Meals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils would have been entitled to free school meals in 2022 under the previous system of benefits-based eligibility; and how many pupils will be entitled under the system of eligibility based on receipt of Universal Credit.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested in not held centrally.

The department’s modelling estimates the difference in those eligible and claiming under the new government regulations compared to those eligible and claiming under the previous benefits system.

From the modelling, we estimate that by 2022, around 50,000 more children will benefit from free school meals compared to the previous benefits system.

The government is committed to reviewing the level of the threshold in order to ensure that the children in need of free school meals the most will continue to receive.

Grouped Questions: HL6346
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Education
Free School Meals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils will be entitled to free school meals for each year from 2022 to 2030.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested in not held centrally.

The department’s modelling estimates the difference in those eligible and claiming under the new government regulations compared to those eligible and claiming under the previous benefits system.

From the modelling, we estimate that by 2022, around 50,000 more children will benefit from free school meals compared to the previous benefits system.

The government is committed to reviewing the level of the threshold in order to ensure that the children in need of free school meals the most will continue to receive.

Grouped Questions: HL6345
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Education
Free School Meals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children previously ineligible for free school meals will now become eligible as a result of the adoption of the new earnings threshold of £7,400 excluding benefits.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The department estimates that by 2022, around 50,000 more children will benefit from a free school meal compared to the previous benefits system.

Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Education
Free School Meals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pupils transferring from primary school to secondary school who are currently entitled to free school meals will carry with them a continuing entitlement under the new arrangements; and if that entitlement ceases, how many children will be affected in each year to 2027.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 20 April 2018

Pupils eligible for free school meals will retain eligibility when transferring from primary to secondary school under the new system.

During the period of Universal Credit (UC) rollout, those who claim free school meals will retain their eligibility even if their income rises above £7,400, because of the protections the government has put in place. At the end of UC rollout, those children who were protected – if they are still in school – will continue to be protected until the end of their phase of education (such as primary or secondary school).

The department has not produced forecasts of the number of children receiving free school meals, protected or otherwise, that transition between primary and secondary school.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 19 March 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £26.2 million in EU exit funding for his Department will be allocated.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 20 April 2018

DCMS has been allocated £26.2m in 2018/19 to fund preparations for leaving the EU. This is designed to cover essential EU exit spending for staff working on the department’s critical areas.

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(Bridgend)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Parkinson's Disease
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time people with Parkinson’s disease to (a) be assessed for deep brain stimulation and (b) receive deep brain stimulation treatment, in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 20 April 2018

Information regarding the average waiting time people with Parkinson’s disease to be assessed for deep brain stimulation is not collected. The following table shows the number of finished admission episodes (FAEs) for patients with a primary diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and a main procedure of deep brain stimulation and the mean elective wait for the procedure in the financial years between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

Financial year

FAEs

Mean waiting time (days)

2014-15

135

53.64

2015-16

189

69.62

2016-17

264

107.47

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital.

Note:

An FAE is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year or month in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.

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(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that recalled electrical goods are not offered for sale; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 20 April 2018

Electrical products intended for use by consumers, are regulated under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations. The Government is clear that when a safety issue is identified in a product already on the market, corrective action should be taken swiftly and with sufficient resource to ensure it is effective.

Retailers, including retailers of second-hand goods, also have a duty to ensure that any products they sell meet the legal safety requirements and are not subject to relevant corrective action.

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(Romford)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Treasury
Debts: Sovereignty
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the sovereignty and independence of states of high levels of debt.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recently reported that almost 40% of Low Income Countries (LICs) now face significant debt-related challenges, up from 21% in 2013. The Government recognises that rising sovereign debt levels have led to increased debt vulnerabilities in many LICs.

Though the Government has not made its own assessment of the effect of high debt levels on the sovereignty and independence of states, high levels of debt can leave countries exposed to adverse exogenous shocks, like fluctuating commodity prices. Given the complex international nature of LIC sovereign debt, we continue to believe that internationally-agreed assessments and coordinated approaches to tackle debt vulnerability are most effective. The UK will continue to work through fora such as the IMF, World Bank, G20, and the Paris Club to promote LIC debt sustainability.

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(Clwyd South)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
S4C
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish the report relating to the funding of Welsh language channel S4C.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 20 April 2018

DCMS ministers and officials regularly meet with a range of stakeholders, including the Press Recognition Panel, to discuss a range of issues.

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Asked by Luke Graham
(Ochil and South Perthshire)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Mobile Phones: Motorways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's timescale is for eliminating mobile phone not-spots on motorways.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The action taken by mobile operators as a result of the 2014 agreement with Government, has helped to improve coverage on the UK's roads. We recognise that there is further to go, which is why the Government has a Manifesto commitment to deliver full and uninterrupted mobile phone signal on all major roads by 2022.

Grouped Questions: 134701
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Asked by Luke Graham
(Ochil and South Perthshire)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Mobile Phones: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's timescale is for eliminating mobile phone not-spots on A and B roads in Scotland.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The action taken by mobile operators as a result of the 2014 agreement with Government, has helped to improve coverage on the UK's roads. We recognise that there is further to go, which is why the Government has a Manifesto commitment to deliver full and uninterrupted mobile phone signal on all major roads by 2022.

Grouped Questions: 134700
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Asked by Lucy Allan
(Telford)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
New Businesses: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of business start-ups in (a) the Telford constituency, (b) Telford and Wrekin borough, (c) Shropshire and (d) the West Midlands in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The Office for National Statistics’ Business Demography survey details the change in number of UK businesses.

When looking at business start-ups we look at business births. The Office of National Statistics defines business births as new business registrations.

The following table gives the number of business births in the Telford Constituency, Telford and Wrekin Borough, Shropshire and the West Midlands from 2010 to 2016.

Business Births

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Telford

235

255

285

365

335

340

385

Telford and Wrekin Borough

430

470

505

640

625

635

670

Shropshire

1,020

1,105

1,060

1,380

1,315

1,350

1,290

West Midlands

17,805

19,555

19,650

25,735

25,745

29,350

34,700

Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2013 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is in vitro fertilisation treatment or egg share

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018.

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134759 | 134761 | 134762 | 134764 | 134771
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2014 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is in vitro fertilisation treatment or egg share

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018.

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134756 | 134761 | 134762 | 134764 | 134771
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2015 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is in vitro fertilisation treatment or egg share

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018.

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134756 | 134759 | 134762 | 134764 | 134771
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2016 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is in vitro fertilisation treatment or egg share

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018.

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134756 | 134759 | 134761 | 134764 | 134771
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2017 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is in vitro fertilisation treatment or egg share

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018.

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134756 | 134759 | 134761 | 134762 | 134771
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 30 eggs were collected in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134766 | 134768 | 134769 | 134770
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 40 eggs were collected in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134765 | 134768 | 134769 | 134770
Q
(Mitcham and Morden)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
In Vitro Fertilisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 50 eggs were collected in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 April 2018

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Register. Data as at 22 January 2018

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

Grouped Questions: 134765 | 134766 | 134769 | 134770
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