Baroness Morgan of Cotes Written Questions

31 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Baroness Morgan of Cotes


Date Title Questioner
13 May 2019, 4:15 p.m. Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to grant veterans access to Stanford Hall for rehabilitation purposes.

Answer (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) mission is to provide sick and injured Service personnel the rehabilitation they require to be able to return to duty or transition back into civilian life, at which point the NHS becomes responsible for their care.

The access policy at the new DMRC Stanford Hall remains unchanged from that previously in place at DMRC Headley Court, in that there is no provision generally for veterans to access the facility. We have, however, in collaboration with the NHS, established a specialist clinic whereby NHS Limb Fitting Centres can refer selected veterans (who are ex-DMRC patients) back to the DMRC for assistance with the management of amputation-related complications.

This Complex Prosthetics Assessment Clinic (CPAC) has also been used to identify suitable candidates (serving and veterans) for the LIBOR-funded MOD/NHS osseointegration surgical pilot. After surgery all these patients (including veterans) are rehabilitated at the DMRC. We are also currently exploring options for a limited expansion of the CPAC eligibility criteria to include those non-amputee patients that have been fitted with medical devices such as offload braces.

13 May 2019, 4:14 p.m. DMRC Headley Court: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans were granted access to Headley Court in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton)

Since 2016, veterans with amputation-related complications can be referred by the NHS to the Complex Prosthetics Assessment Clinic (CPAC) at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which relocated from Headley Court to the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate in 2018. To date, 41 patients have been seen at the CPAC since it began. A breakdown of patients by year is not available.

13 May 2019, 4:14 p.m. DMRC Headley Court: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have been granted access to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre through the Veterans Prosthetic Panel in the last 12 months.

Answer (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

Twelve veteran patients have been seen at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in the last calendar year.

13 May 2019, 4:13 p.m. DMRC Headley Court: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans requested but were refused access to Headley Court in each of the last ten years.

Answer (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

Veteran referrals and requests for DMRC treatment can be received in many different ways, for which there is no central record. Consequently, an answer to this question cannot be provided.

28 Mar 2019, 4:59 p.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ring-fencing Medical Research Council funds for biomedical research on myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in order to ensure that overall research funding for ME is proportional to that spent on research into similarly prevalent health conditions.

Answer (Chris Skidmore)

I refer my rt. hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for North West Norfolk on 20th March 2019 to Question 231931.

27 Mar 2019, 4:35 p.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Training Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with medical training bodies on ensuring that training programs for doctors, nurses and other health professionals include the most up to date guidance on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

There have been no recent discussions between Departmental Ministers and training bodies for doctors, nurses or other health professionals about myalgic encephalomyelitis.

National Health Service employers are responsible for ensuring staff they employ are trained to the required standards to deliver appropriate treatment for patients.

27 Mar 2019, 12:40 p.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the debate of 24 January 2019 on Appropriate ME Treatment, what recent discussions his Department has had with NICE on the potential merits of fast-tracking the release of the revised NICE guideline on myalgic encephalomyelitis due to be published in October 2020.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The Department has had no such discussions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and responsible for developing its guidelines in accordance with its published methods and processes. NICE expects to publish its final updated guideline in October 2020 with a consultation on draft guidance starting in April 2020.

27 Mar 2019, 12:40 p.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the debate of 24 January 2019 on Appropriate ME Treatment, what recent discussions his Department has had with NICE on the potential merits of issuing an interim warning on the potential dangers of graded exercise therapy as a treatment for myalgic encephalomyelitis prior to issuing its revised guideline myalgic encephalomyelitis in October 2020.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The Department has had no such discussions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and responsible for developing its guidelines in accordance with its published methods and processes. NICE expects to publish its final updated guideline in October 2020 with a consultation on draft guidance starting in April 2020.

22 Jan 2019, 1:26 p.m. EU External Trade: Trade Agreements Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which nations that have trade agreements with the EU have agreed to continue those agreements with the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Sir George Hollingbery)

Discussions with all partner countries have demonstrated a commitment to finding a pragmatic way to ensure continuity of our existing international agreements.

As part of the Withdrawal Agreement, the EU agreed to notify its treaty partners that the UK be treated as a Member State for the purposes of EU international agreements during the Implementation Period (IP). This includes trade agreements.

A number have already publicly welcomed this approach (Library deposit of 13 September DEP2018-0926 provides a list of countries). Others are, understandably, waiting for the notification to be issued before responding formally.

The Government will continue to do the responsible thing and prepare for all eventualities with partner countries, including a ‘no deal’ scenario. However, when we reach agreement will depend on the progress of these ongoing discussions. The Government will inform Parliament and the public when agreements are signed.

28 Nov 2018, 2:16 p.m. Palliative Care: Children Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has taken steps to encourage Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities to jointly commission (a) short breaks for respite and (b) other children’s palliative care services.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

NHS England and the Department expects clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities to work collaboratively to commission appropriate respite and palliative care services for children with life-limiting conditions, to make the most efficient and effective use of health and social care funding.

NHS England’s ‘Choice Commitment for end of life care’ document recognises that children’s palliative care is particularly dependent on this good collaboration between clinical and non-clinical services across a variety of settings. NHS England has also provided support to CCGs in this area in the form of a joint NHS 10 Point Efficiency Plan with NHS Improvement.

NHS England is also working with colleagues across the National Health Service and local authorities to ensure the health and care needs of specific patient groups, including children’s palliative care services, are planned collaboratively where appropriate. This includes working with commissioners, clinicians, voluntary, community and social enterprises, local authorities and people with lived experience to refresh the children’s palliative and end of life care service specification and the commissioning pathway to reflect collective responsibilities across health and social care. Work will continue on this until spring 2019.

6 Nov 2018, 5:29 p.m. Refugees: Families Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2018 to Question 173568 on Refugees: Families and with reference to table as_21_q of the Home Office Asylum tables volume 5, how many of the refugee family reunion visas that were granted in 2017 were subsequently used.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The information requested is not published. The available information relates to refugee family reunion visa granted, published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release .

6 Nov 2018, 5:27 p.m. Refugees: Families Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2018 to Question 173569 on Refugees: Families and with reference to the Figure 4 of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report entitled A re-inspection of the family reunion process, focusing on applications received at the Amman Entry Clearance Decision Making Centre November 2017 – April 2018 published in September 2018, how many of the 81 family reunion applications referred for consideration for leave outside the rules in 2017 were subsequently granted.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The information requested is not available. The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report did not publish full data on the number of cases referred for consideration of leave outside the rules which were subsequently granted and this information does not form part of published immigration statistics.

Published Home Office statistics relating to family reunion applications can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2018/list-of-tables#asylum

31 Oct 2018, 12:16 p.m. Primary Education: LGBT People Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all primary schools are required to deliver an LGBT-inclusive curriculum.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The national curriculum is designed to be accessible and relevant to all pupils. Schools are expected to ensure that teaching is inclusive of the needs of all pupils and must comply with the Equality Act.

The Department is making Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools and Health Education compulsory in all state-funded primary schools. The Department has launched a public consultation on the draft regulations and guidance for these subjects. The draft guidance is clear that all pupils should feel that the content is relevant to them and that there should be an opportunity to explore the features of stable and healthy same-sex relationships.

The consultation, which closes on 7 November, can be found here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/pshe/relationships-education-rse-health-education/.

Independent schools are already required by the independent school standards to provide personal, social, health and economic education to all pupils of compulsory school age.

23 Oct 2018, 10:17 a.m. Companies: Disclosure of Information Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many non-disclosure agreements have been signed by (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) individuals in relation to the Government's preparations for the UK leaving the EU without deal.

Answer (Chris Heaton-Harris)

We continue to engage with a wide range of businesses to understand their priorities and issues as we leave the European Union, both to inform our negotiating position, and our preparations in the unlikely event of there being no deal.

The Government has non-disclosure agreements with some private sector organisations. Confidentiality requirements are a common component of contractual obligations and are used by the Department to protect commercial considerations as well as negotiation sensitivities.

18 Oct 2018, 1:45 p.m. Brexit Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has plans to include provisions on the framework for the future relationship with the European Union in the proposals for an EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Answer (Chris Heaton-Harris)

No. The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will only implement the Withdrawal Agreement. However the Bill will only be introduced following Parliament’s approval of the final deal covering both the withdrawal arrangements and the framework for the future relationship.

As the Prime Minister made clear in her Florence speech last year, the EU is not “legally able to conclude an agreement with the UK as an external partner while it is itself still part of the European Union”. Therefore, the Government will introduce further separate legislation where it is needed to implement the future relationship into UK law, ensuring Parliament is fully involved.

14 Sep 2018, 4:47 p.m. Refugees: Families Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visas granted in 2017 for refugee family reunion under part 11 of the Immigration Rules were used.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Statistics on refugee family reunion can be found in Home Office Asylum tables volume 5, table as_21_q – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734178/asylum5-jun-2018-tables.ods

Information can also be found in the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration re-inspection of the family reunion process, focusing on applications received at the Amman Entry Clearance Decision Making Centre: :https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/737724/Final_Artwork_Reinspection_Family_Reunion_Amman.pdf

14 Sep 2018, 4:47 p.m. Refugees: Families Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas for refugee family reunion were granted outside the rules in 2017.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Statistics on refugee family reunion can be found in Home Office Asylum tables volume 5, table as_21_q – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734178/asylum5-jun-2018-tables.ods

Information can also be found in the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration re-inspection of the family reunion process, focusing on applications received at the Amman Entry Clearance Decision Making Centre: :https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/737724/Final_Artwork_Reinspection_Family_Reunion_Amman.pdf

3 Jul 2018, 12:20 p.m. Incinerators Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on the incineration of waste.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government’s policy is that incineration should not compete with greater waste prevention, re-use and recycling. As part of the Government’s overall waste policy energy from waste plays a role in meeting the UK’s landfill diversion targets.

The Government is committed to recovering the maximum amount of energy from incinerated waste. It also encourages and supports the utilisation of heat and/or the production of other outputs beyond electricity.

The Resource and Waste Strategy will be published later this year and will set out how we will maximise the value we get from resources and minimise waste. It will set out how we will achieve zero avoidable plastic waste, double the UK’s resource productivity by 2042, and achieve zero avoidable waste of all kinds by 2050.

16 May 2018, 1:07 p.m. Care Homes: Standards Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria the Care Quality Commission uses to determine the closure timeframe for a care home subsequent to a below standard rating and inadequate remedial action since that rating was given.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has provided the following response.

For urgent closures, the CQC’s enforcement policy is in line with the thresholds set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Section 30 where there is a serious risk to a person’s life, health or well-being. The CQC must apply to a Justice of the Peace for an order cancelling the registration of a person as a service provider or manager in respect of a regulated activity.

Closures may also take place on a non-urgent basis. This may be related to the poor quality of a service and/or its lack of capacity or capability to improve. Where a service is rated Requires Improvement overall, but one of the CQC’s five key inspection domains (is the service Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-Led?) is rated Inadequate, the CQC will re-inspect the service within six months. If the service remains rated as Inadequate in any of the five key inspection domains, the service will enter Special Measures. This is the same process for a service rated overall as Inadequate, which enters Special Measures straight away.

For services in Special Measures, the CQC expects the provider to seek appropriate support to improve the quality of the service. The CQC may signpost the provider to improvement support agencies. The CQC will inspect the service again within six months of the date of publication of the inspection report placing it in Special Measures. The CQC will always prioritise and respond to risk, so may re-inspect at any time.

The maximum time for a service to be in Special Measures is usually no more than 12 months. If, at the end of that period, the service still has a rating of Inadequate in any of the five key inspection domains or overall, the CQC will decide whether to cancel or suspend its registration, or vary or impose conditions on its registration.

14 May 2018, 1:27 p.m. Borders: Northern Ireland Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish the outcome of the joint mapping exercise on border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland carried out by those negotiating on behalf of the Government and the EU.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, has written to the Chair of the Exiting the EU Committee, Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, committing to publishing the results of the North-South cooperation mapping exercise as soon as they are available.

Currently, the joint mapping exercise remains part of ongoing negotiations with the EU and further work has been agreed to finalise it.

We are hopeful that we can conclude this soon. We would, of course, seek to coordinate any release of information with the European Commission.

17 Apr 2018, 3:23 p.m. Railways: Tickets Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on introducing a part-time season ticket for rail.

Answer (Joseph Johnson)

The Department has received Parliamentary questions and correspondence from public and Parliamentarians about the introduction of part-time season tickets. We, of course, continue to challenge the rail industry to develop proposals for pricing and delivering more flexible ticketing options for those who work or commute part-time and progress is being made by the industry. c2c have a Flexi-Season on a smart card. Arriva Trains Wales have introduced a Mobile Multi-Flex product for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. In addition both the recently announced South Western and West Midlands franchises include the announcement of a new flexible season ticket which will benefit people working fewer than 5 days a week.

12 Mar 2018, 3:06 p.m. NHS: Translation Services Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on the provision in the NHS of interpretation services for refugees.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The National Health Service should provide appropriate interpreting services to all patients requiring them. Individuals who experience a communications barrier, such as people whose first language is not English and who may need to communicate in another language, may require the provision of interpreting and translation services. This complies with the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and / or other legislative present provisions. In the case of those with a sensory impairment (such as British Sign Language speakers or braille readers), there are explicit obligations to make reasonable adjustments, provided by the Equality Act 2010 and the Accessible Information Standard.

This makes it imperative for organisations to provide appropriate language and communication support to ensure that patients are able to communicate effectively and appropriately with clinicians and other health service professionals.

2 Feb 2018, 2:14 p.m. Companies House Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for his Department’s review of Companies House.

Answer (Andrew Griffiths)

In line with Cabinet Office guidance*, the Department will undertake a tailored review of Companies House within this Parliament.

*https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tailored-reviews-of-public-bodies-guidance

22 Jan 2018, 4:58 p.m. Cemeteries Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received from (a) the Burial and Cremation Advisory Group and (b) other stakeholders on the reuse of graves; and whether his Department plans to continue to review the matter of such reuse.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

We continue to keep the issue of burial space under review and to maintain a dialogue about it with the Burial and Cremation Advisory Group - an expert group which meets twice yearly and is chaired by the Ministry of Justice - and other stakeholders.

In addition, as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform, the Law Commission will be undertaking a project to consider the modernisation and streamlining of burial and cremation law, with a view to putting forward a legal framework for the future.

29 Nov 2017, 9:41 a.m. Financial Services Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish a future partnership paper or position paper on (a) services and (b) financial services.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

Over the summer, the Government published a series of papers on the new deep and special partnership the UK wants to build with the EU. These papers represent the hard work and detailed thinking that has been going on behind the scenes across Whitehall since last year’s referendum.

We are continuing a comprehensive programme of engagement with businesses and third party organisations to further inform our thinking. Ministers from the Department for Exiting the EU alone have undertaken a wide-ranging programme of stakeholder engagement in the past year, including attendance at over 50 round tables and over 250 bilateral meetings.

The Government remains committed to securing the best possible deal for the United Kingdom - a deal that works for all sectors of the UK economy. We have been engaging with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy and all regions of the UK in order to inform our negotiations with the EU. The Government will continue to set out its position as appropriate.

16 Oct 2017, 4:49 p.m. Education: Finance Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to make further announcements on funding awards for character education under the character grants programme.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

We want all schools to offer a broad and balanced education consisting of a rigorous academic curriculum supported with activities to develop attributes such as resilience, self-efficacy, character and leadership.

That is why the Department invested £3.5m in the Character Grant scheme, which provided developmental activities to young people. On Monday 9 October the Department announced that the Character Grant programme has closed and replaced with £22 million to fund the development of essential life skills in children and young people in the twelve Opportunity Areas. By directing funding specifically towards disadvantaged children in some of the most deprived parts of the country, we are able to help children who face the greatest difficulties building these life skills.

The web link to the announcement is on Gov.uk, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-launched-to-drive-social-mobility-in-opportunity-areas

20 Sep 2017, 10:23 a.m. Metals: Industry Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from the metals industries on the effect on that sector of the UK leaving the EU.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Ministers and officials have engaged extensively on EU exit with metals companies and representative bodies across the UK. Most recently, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy discussed the trade regime post-EU exit at a meeting of the Steel Council on 7th September. We want to achieve the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership - one that works for UK businesses. We plan to be ambitious in these negotiations and will secure the best possible access for firms to trade with and operate in the European market.

15 Sep 2017, 12:58 p.m. Supported Housing: Finance Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the future funding of supported housing consultation.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Developing a workable and sustainable funding model for supported housing is a priority for the Government. We have been listening to the sector through responses to our consultation and have also been talking stock of the joint DCLG/DWP Select committee report. We will set out further details on our plans in the autumn.

12 Sep 2017, 1:29 p.m. Dogs: Animal Welfare Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the outcome of his Animal Welfare Team's voluntary survey of police forces, local authorities and social landlords on measures to address dog control and to reduce dog attacks in England.

Answer (George Eustice)

My officials are completing their analysis of the results of this survey. Once the analysis is complete later this year, we intend to confirm the results to respondents and publish additional guidance and information on the effective measures that are available to the police and local authorities.

24 Jul 2017, 6:05 p.m. Mathematics: Education Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the publication of the report by Sir Adrian Smith on post-16 mathematics.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s review of post 16 mathematics has been published, alongside a letter from myself, responding to the review. The report and letter responding to the review can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smith-review-of-post-16-maths-report-and-government-response.

14 Jul 2017, 2:52 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's policy paper, entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, published on 26 June 2017, whether EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain in the UK will need to reapply for settled status once the UK has left the EU.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK will not need to appy for settled status once the UK has left the EU.