Sir Edward Davey Written Questions

120 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Sir Edward Davey


Date Title Questioner
16 Mar 2020, 12:03 p.m. Wind Power: Seas and Oceans Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using low-order underwater unexploded ordnance disposal technology in preparation for construction of offshore wind farms.

Answer (Kwasi Kwarteng)

The Department does not assess or licence the clearance of unexploded ordnance for offshore windfarms. Licenses for the removal of unexploded ordnance are issued by the Marine Management Organisation which sits in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). As part of their licensing process they assess environmental and other issues related to the proposed clearance.

As part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, published on 7 March 2019, the department and Defra are working closely with the sector and wider stakeholders to address strategic deployment issues associated with offshore wind.

16 Mar 2020, 12:03 p.m. Wind Power: Seas and Oceans Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the (a) economic and (b) environmental effect of using low order underwater unexploded ordnance disposal technology to clear the seabed in preparation for construction of offshore wind farms.

Answer (Kwasi Kwarteng)

The Department does not assess or licence the clearance of unexploded ordnance for offshore windfarms. Licenses for the removal of unexploded ordnance are issued by the Marine Management Organisation which sits in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). As part of their licensing process they assess environmental and other issues related to the proposed clearance.

As part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, published on 7 March 2019, the department and Defra are working closely with the sector and wider stakeholders to address strategic deployment issues associated with offshore wind.

13 Mar 2020, 11:41 a.m. Seabed: Bomb Disposal Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued to the Marine Management Organisation on removal of unexploded ordnance from the seabed using low order disposal technology; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

Defra recognises the significant impact underwater noise from ordnance clearance and other activities can have on vulnerable marine species. We are working closely with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), other Government departments including the Ministry of Defence, statutory nature conservation bodies and marine industries to manage and reduce underwater noise.

The underwater noise impact of using low order deflagration techniques for unexploded ordnance detonations is currently being researched by Hartley Anderson on behalf of the Defra Group. The MMO is an active member of the Steering Group which is helping to progress this research. Closed water trials took place in 2019 and sea trials of the technology are planned for 2020. Defra does not expect to issue formal guidance on the use of low-order deflagration techniques until this research has been completed.

13 Mar 2020, 11:41 a.m. Seabed: Bomb Disposal Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) high and (b) low order unexploded ordnance disposal on marine wildlife; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

Defra recognises the significant impact underwater noise from ordnance clearance and other activities can have on vulnerable marine species. We are working closely with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), other Government departments including the Ministry of Defence, statutory nature conservation bodies and marine industries to manage and reduce underwater noise.

The underwater noise impact of using low order deflagration techniques for unexploded ordnance detonations is currently being researched by Hartley Anderson on behalf of the Defra Group. The MMO is an active member of the Steering Group which is helping to progress this research. Closed water trials took place in 2019 and sea trials of the technology are planned for 2020. Defra does not expect to issue formal guidance on the use of low-order deflagration techniques until this research has been completed.

13 Mar 2020, 11:41 a.m. Seabed: Bomb Disposal Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken in response to the recommendations of the SRUC Wildlife Unit's report of the Investigation into long-finned pilot whale mass stranding event, Kyle of Durness, 22 July 2011, published in 2015, on unexploded ordnance disposal; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

Defra recognises the significant impact underwater noise from ordnance clearance and other activities can have on vulnerable marine species. We are working closely with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), other Government departments including the Ministry of Defence, statutory nature conservation bodies and marine industries to manage and reduce underwater noise.

The underwater noise impact of using low order deflagration techniques for unexploded ordnance detonations is currently being researched by Hartley Anderson on behalf of the Defra Group. The MMO is an active member of the Steering Group which is helping to progress this research. Closed water trials took place in 2019 and sea trials of the technology are planned for 2020. Defra does not expect to issue formal guidance on the use of low-order deflagration techniques until this research has been completed.

3 Mar 2020, 3:33 p.m. Social Services: Vacancies Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle the 122,000 job vacancies in the social care sector identified by Skills for Care in October 2019.

Answer (Helen Whately)

The Government recognises that adult social care employers can struggle to recruit and retain the right number of staff, with the right values and skills, and that vacancy and turnover rates across the sector are high. We are working alongside stakeholders in adult social care to support a growing workforce, with the values and skills to deliver high quality, compassionate care.

The Department has invested £7 million over the past two years in a national recruitment campaign designed to raise the profile of adult social care, encourage potential applicants to apply for job vacancies, and highlight opportunities for career development and progression. Through our continued funding of Skills for Care we have also provided a range of resources and practical toolkits for providers to help attract, train and retain staff.

2 Mar 2020, 5:36 p.m. Andrew Sabisky Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Andrew Sabisky's (a) role, (b) title and (c) salary was during his employment as a special adviser.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

Further to the answer given by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions on 26 February 2020 (Official Record, Vol.672, Col 313), and the answers given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and myself to Oral Questions and Topical Questions on 27 February 2020 (Official Record, Vol.672, Col 456-457, 461-466), Andrew Sabisky was hired as a contractor between 10 and 17 February, and not as a Special Adviser.

Contractors are subject to the principles of the Civil Service Code. Information about the numbers of contingent labour workers in the Cabinet Office, which also covers 10 Downing Street, is published annually.

Government contractors are paid for from departmental budgets. The Government does not normally comment on individual personnel matters such as pay, or recruitment processes. The Government also does not normally disclose the names of individual line managers.

It has been the practice of successive administrations that the Government does not disclose details of internal meetings. Classified information is made available only to those with appropriate security clearance and whose responsibilities require it.

It would be inappropriate to comment further on the vetting status, checks or contractual arrangements of any individual.



2 Mar 2020, 5:36 p.m. Ministerial Policy Advisers Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many advisers have been hired under the same arrangements as Andrew Sabisky.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

Further to the answer given by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions on 26 February 2020 (Official Record, Vol.672, Col 313), and the answers given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and myself to Oral Questions and Topical Questions on 27 February 2020 (Official Record, Vol.672, Col 456-457, 461-466), Andrew Sabisky was hired as a contractor between 10 and 17 February, and not as a Special Adviser.

Contractors are subject to the principles of the Civil Service Code. Information about the numbers of contingent labour workers in the Cabinet Office, which also covers 10 Downing Street, is published annually.

Government contractors are paid for from departmental budgets. The Government does not normally comment on individual personnel matters such as pay, or recruitment processes. The Government also does not normally disclose the names of individual line managers.

It has been the practice of successive administrations that the Government does not disclose details of internal meetings. Classified information is made available only to those with appropriate security clearance and whose responsibilities require it.

It would be inappropriate to comment further on the vetting status, checks or contractual arrangements of any individual.



16 May 2019, 1:49 p.m. Knife Crime Community Fund: Greater London Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects by London Borough have received funding from the anti-knife crime Communication Fund as set out in in the Serious Violence Strategy announcement on 9 April 2018.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Lists of all London-based projects that have received funding from the anti-knife crime Community Fund in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years may be found in the attached tables.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/707629/successful_bids_knife_crime.csv/preview

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734836/anti_knife_fund.csv/preview

16 May 2019, 1:34 p.m. Early Intervention Youth Fund: Greater London Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects by London Borough have received funding for the Early Intervention Youth Fund as set out in in the Serious Violence Strategy announcement on 9 April 2018.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

We have awarded over £4.1m from the £22m Early Intervention Youth Fund to fund ten projects in London. Details on the projects are at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-intervention-youth-fund-successful-bids.

2 May 2019, 3:17 p.m. Police: Standards Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) (i) staff employed by, (ii) vacancies as of 31 December in and (iii) investigations conducted by each professional standards department in each police authority in England and Wales and (b) investigations into each such department in each such authority by an external oversight body in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of staff employed or vacancies within professional standards departments. We do collect and publish information on investigations conducted by these departments, found in the misconduct section of the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ sta-tistical bulletin:


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-30-september-2018

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of investigations into professional standards departments by an external oversight body.

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Police: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints the Independent Police Complaints Commission (a) received, (b) opened investigations into and (c) concluded investigations and reported on in each year between 2005 and 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Police: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints the Independent Office for Police Conduct (a) received, (b) opened investigations into (c) concluded investigations and have yet to report and (d) concluded investigations and reported on since its establishment in January 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Independent Office for Police Conduct: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints against the actions of the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been made since its inception in January 2018.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

2 May 2019, 3:12 p.m. Independent Police Complaints Commission: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints against the actions of the Independent Police Complaints Commission were made in each year between 2005 and 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The information you requested is available on the IOPC’s website, published via their annual reports. The 2017/18 report can be accessed:

https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Who-we-are/accountability-performance/IOPC_annual_report_and_accounts_2017-18.pdf

With previous reports available:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/who-we-are/accountability-and-performance/annual-report-and-plans

25 Apr 2019, 2:40 p.m. Crimes of Violence Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many analyses his Department has made since 2015 of the effect of decreased funding for the police on levels of serious violence; and what the conclusions of those analyses were.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy published in April last year sets out our analysis of the trends and drivers of rises in violent crime. The strategy is clear that there are a range of factors driving increases in serious violence most notably changes in the drugs market. The focus of the strategy is on early intervention and prevention, together with a robust law enforcement response. The action delivered includes:

• Our Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22m which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales to deliver interventions to young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and county lines
• A new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to tackle violent and exploitative criminal activity associated with county lines
• The new Offensive Weapons Bill to strengthen legislation on fire-arms, knives and corrosive substances which has now completed its passage through Parliament
• Delivering our national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime
On 2 October 2018 the Home Secretary announced further measures to address violent crime in the UK including:
• The new £200 million Youth Endowment Fund which will be delivered over 10 years and will support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, and which started this month.
• An Independent Review of Drug Misuse, to be chaired by Dame Carol Black, which will look into ways in which drugs are fuelling seri-ous violence
• A consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence. This consultation launched on 1 April 2019.
On 13 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further funding of £100 million in 2019/20 to help tackle the rise in serious violence. Two thirds of the funding will enable priority forces to immediately begin planning to put in place the additional capacity they need and the other third of the funding will be invested in Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies to develop a multi-agency approach in preventing serious violence altogether. The initial allocation to forces of £51 million was announced on 17 April.

In addition to this funding, in 2019/20, total police funding will increase by around £970m including council tax precept, additional pensions funding and national investment, the most substantial investment in policing since 2010. The settlement for local government for 2019/20 will also mean that core spending power increases from £45.1bn in 2018/19 to £46.6bn in 2019/20. This settlement sees a real-terms increase in resources available to local authorities.

25 Apr 2019, 2:40 p.m. Crimes of Violence Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many analyses his Department has made since 2015 of the effect of decreased funding for youth services on levels of serious violence; and what the conclusions of those analyses were.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy published in April last year sets out our analysis of the trends and drivers of rises in violent crime. The strategy is clear that there are a range of factors driving increases in serious violence most notably changes in the drugs market. The focus of the strategy is on early intervention and prevention, together with a robust law enforcement response. The action delivered includes:

• Our Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22m which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales to deliver interventions to young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and county lines
• A new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to tackle violent and exploitative criminal activity associated with county lines
• The new Offensive Weapons Bill to strengthen legislation on fire-arms, knives and corrosive substances which has now completed its passage through Parliament
• Delivering our national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime
On 2 October 2018 the Home Secretary announced further measures to address violent crime in the UK including:
• The new £200 million Youth Endowment Fund which will be delivered over 10 years and will support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, and which started this month.
• An Independent Review of Drug Misuse, to be chaired by Dame Carol Black, which will look into ways in which drugs are fuelling seri-ous violence
• A consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence. This consultation launched on 1 April 2019.
On 13 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further funding of £100 million in 2019/20 to help tackle the rise in serious violence. Two thirds of the funding will enable priority forces to immediately begin planning to put in place the additional capacity they need and the other third of the funding will be invested in Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies to develop a multi-agency approach in preventing serious violence altogether. The initial allocation to forces of £51 million was announced on 17 April.

In addition to this funding, in 2019/20, total police funding will increase by around £970m including council tax precept, additional pensions funding and national investment, the most substantial investment in policing since 2010. The settlement for local government for 2019/20 will also mean that core spending power increases from £45.1bn in 2018/19 to £46.6bn in 2019/20. This settlement sees a real-terms increase in resources available to local authorities.

25 Apr 2019, 2:32 p.m. Serious Violence Taskforce Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the serious violence taskforce has met since its creation in April 2018; and how many members of the taskforce attended each meeting.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Serious Violence Taskforce was established to oversee and drive im-plementation of Serious Violence Strategy launched in April 2018. The Taskforce has met nine times, on 26 April, 11 June, 17 July, 22 October, 21 November, 9 January 2019, 11 February, 26 March and 24 April.

Chaired by the Home Secretary, the Taskforce brings together Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Director General of the National Crime Agency, other senior police leaders, and public sector and voluntary sector chief executives.

25 Apr 2019, 2:28 p.m. Home Office: Newspaper Press Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the past year he has (a) been interviewed by and (b) written an op-ed for (i) The Times and The Sunday Times, (ii) The Daily Telegraph, (iii) The Guardian, (iv) The Sun, (v) The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, (vi) The Mirror, (vii) The Daily Express, (viii) The Evening Standard and (ix) the Metro.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Over the last 12 months, the Secretary of State for the Home Department has been interviewed by the following publications on one occasion.

The Times/The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Metro, the Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday.

He has not been interviewed by the Guardian, Sun, Mirror, Daily Express or Evening Standard.

He has written opeds for the following publications on the following number of occasions.

The Times/The Sunday Times: 2
The Daily Telegraph: 5
The Guardian: 1
The Sun: 1
The Daily Mail/ Mail on Sunday: 2
The Daily Express: 4

He was not written any opeds for the Evening Standard, The Mirror or Metro.

25 Apr 2019, 12:42 p.m. Crimes of Violence Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) Police and Crime Commissioners and (b) Chief Constables have informed him in the last year that they require more funding to tackle serious violent crime.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Secretary has regular meetings with senior police officers and Police and Crime Commissioners in which they discuss a range of issues, including serious violence.

We have engaged closely with the police about the additional complex demands they face, including from serious violence. In response, we increased funding for policing by over £1 billion this year, including the £100 million announced at Spring Statement to tackle serious violence which includes £80m of new funding from the Treasury.

This additional funding follows the Home Secretary’s roundtable on 6 March with senior police officers from Metropolitan Police, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, where they discussed what more can be done to tackle serious violence and the resources they needed to fight violent crime.

The majority of this additional investment will go towards supporting police forces where violent crime is impacting the most, to take immediate action to suppress the violence we are seeing, to make our streets safer. Officials are engaging with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners in relation to this funding.

Last year we also provided £4.6m of Special Grant funding to Bedfordshire Police to support Operation Boson, the force’s specialist response to gang, gun and knife crime.

7 Mar 2019, 12:17 p.m. Accident and Emergency Departments: Disclosure of Information Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospitals with A&E Departments are not fully co-operating with the Information Sharing to Tackle Violence scheme.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

This information is not held centrally.

6 Mar 2019, 5:36 p.m. Railways: Autism and Learning Disability Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that train companies have effective accessibility plans for passengers with (a) learning disabilities and (b) autism.

Answer (Ms Nusrat Ghani)

All train operating companies (TOCs) are required as part of their licence condition to have in place a Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) which sets out their plans to make sure disabled passengers, including those with learning disabilities and autism, are able to use the rail network.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is responsible for monitoring TOCs’ compliance with their DPPPs. ORR has the powers to take enforcement action where there are breaches of licence conditions, and the Department has encouraged them to do so. The Department is working closely with the ORR as they review the requirements in the DPPP guidance.

In the Inclusive Transport Strategy published in 2018, the Department set out the actions it will take to make the rail network more accessible for people with all disabilities, for example requiring train operators to provide enhanced disability awareness training covering a range of disabilities including non-visible disabilities such as learning disabilities and autism to all staff. The strategy can be found on the Gov.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy.

The Williams Rail Review is considering the needs and priorities of disabled passengers in its work, and identifying how accessibility can be improved for everyone.

4 Mar 2019, 5:24 p.m. Accident and Emergency Departments: Disclosure of Information Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether the Information Sharing to Tackle Violence scheme is fully compliant with data protection legislation.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Individuals cannot be identified either directly or indirectly from the information that is shared and because the scheme does not involve the sharing of personal data or confidential patient information, the scheme is fully compliant with data protection legislation. Anonymous information is not covered by the General Data Protection Regulation or Data Protection Act 2018.

29 Jan 2019, 12:49 p.m. Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities with the enforcement of anti-idling legislation.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

Local Authorities are able to issue fixed penalty notices under The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002. As set out in the Government’s response to the Joint Committee on Air Quality we are modernising the guidance on use of these powers, which will then be re-issued.

28 Jan 2019, 5:37 p.m. Tax Avoidance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people subject to the 2019 Loan Charge were contractors who were contracted to (a) HMRC, (b) a Government Department, (c) a local authority and (d) another public sector body for some or all of the period of the contract the renumeration for which is now subject to the Loan Charge.

Answer (Mel Stride)

The 2019 loan charge is targeted at artificial tax avoidance schemes where earnings were paid via a third party in the form of ‘loans’ which in reality were never repaid, ‘disguised remuneration’ (DR) schemes.

HMRC has never endorsed or participated in disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes. It is possible for contractors to use disguised remuneration without the participation or knowledge of their engager. As a contracting authority, the majority of HMRC’s contracts are via an agency and use the Crown Commercial Service’s framework contracts, or service contracts with contracted suppliers. Any contractor identified in the course of HMRC’s compliance work as using a tax avoidance scheme would be investigated in the same way as any other contractor.

The Government estimates that up to 50,000 individuals will be affected by the 2019 loan charge. The loan charge applies to all users of DR tax avoidance schemes. It does not single out a specific group or industry. Further information on who the charge affects can be found in HMRC’s issue briefing at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmrc-issue-briefing-disguised-remuneration-charge-on-loans.

The data requested is not available.

11 Jan 2019, 12:43 p.m. Home Office: Brexit Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Home Office has a duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them, and to advise on the steps they may need to take to prepare for EU Exit.

Home Office is part of the cross-departmental public information campaign to help achieve this, including campaign activity focused on passport renewal and EU citizens’ rights. Over the coming weeks, we will be using a range of channels to direct UK citizens, businesses, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/euexit.

Information on the costs associated with this campaign will be released in due course as part of normal data transparency releases.

11 Jan 2019, 10:11 a.m. Ministry of Justice: Brexit Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The Government has a duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them, and to advise on the steps they may need to take to prepare for EU Exit.

Cabinet Office has developed a cross-departmental public information campaign to help achieve this. Over the coming weeks, departments will be using a range of channels to direct UK citizens, businesses, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/euexit


Information on the costs associated with this campaign will be released in due course as part of normal data transparency releases

23 Jul 2018, 4:30 p.m. Extradition: EU Countries Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extraditions were successfully completed from each of the other EU countries in each of the last five years following the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant to (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland; and if he will publish a list of those extraditions by the category of crime committed.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

However, statistics on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) are published by the National Crime Agency each year. These figures are published at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/european-arrest-warrant-statistics

23 Jul 2018, 4:28 p.m. Extradition: EU Countries Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extraditions were successfully completed from each of the other EU countries in each of the five years prior to the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant to (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland; and if he will publish a list of those extraditions by the category of crime committed.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

This information is not routinely published.

However, some of the information is available in the Review of the United Kingdom’s Extradition Arrangements published in October 2011:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-the-united-kingdoms-extradition-arrangements

13 Jul 2018, 3:38 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department has allocated to the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Lost Documents Working group is led by the UKVI Improvement Team, who deploy resources when required to support business areas with process improvements. When funding is required by the team, they will be supported by UKVI.

13 Jul 2018, 3:34 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UKVI Lost Documents Group established in November 2017 is the first such lost documents working group in (a) this government or (b) any previous government.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The loss of documents is, and has always been taken very seriously by the Home Office. The UKVI Lost Documents Working Group focuses on the prevention and improvement of lost documents within UKVI today. However, the loss of documents within UKVI has been covered by other initiatives in the past including the creation of a Valuable Documents Guidance (01st August 2013)

It is the responsibility of all those handling documents to ensure processes are followed and adhered to as well as the Lost Documents Working Group

10 Jul 2018, 3:20 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the (a) dates and (b) attendees of each meeting of the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group since November 2017.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Lost Documents Group was formed in January 2018 as a response to an MPs Event in which the loss of documents within UKVI was discussed. The group is comprised of representatives from each document-handling department within UKVI, and they meet on a monthly basis to discuss improvement suggestions and issues with the Lost Documents processes within UKVI.

10 Jul 2018, 3:19 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Officials in his Department are working (a) full-time and (b) part-time on the UKVI Lost Documents Working Group; and what the (i) grade and (ii) salary range is of those officials.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The loss of documents is taken very seriously by the Home Office and is the responsibility of all those handling documents to ensure processes are followed to deliver the work of the Lost Documents Working Group. It is therefore not possible to provide the information requested

10 Jul 2018, 3:16 p.m. UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group plans to publish a report of its findings; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The terms and conditions of the work of the Lost Documents Working Group is being finalised and the Home Office will report back on progress of the group’s activities and the improvements being made.

13 Jun 2018, 3:22 p.m. Drugs: Crime Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for a suspected (i) drug trafficking or (ii) drug supply offence in each of the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The latest available data are published in the Police recorded crime open data tables, available here:https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of people that have been prosecuted and convicted. This information should be requested from the Ministry of Justice.

13 Jun 2018, 3:19 p.m. Offensive Weapons: Railways Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents there were involving an offensive weapon (a) on trains and (b) at rail stations in each region in each of the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument and possession of a weapon, on trains and within stations grounds are recorded by the British Transport Police. The Home Office collects this data, but it is not possible to tell from this information whether the offence occurred on a train or a rail station or what region the offence occurred.

Data on offences involving firearms are not collected centrally by the Home Office for British Transport Police.

Data for British Transport Police can be found in published open data tables available here:

Offences involving knives or sharp instruments up to December 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706368/prc-knife-open-data-march2009-onwards-tables.ods

Possession of a weapon up to December 2017:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/701926/prc-pfa-mar2013-onwards-tables.ods

30 Apr 2018, 3 p.m. Immigrants: Bank Services Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of bank accounts incorrectly closed as a result of the hostile environment immigration policy between January 2016 and January 2018.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Immigration Act 2016 banking measures, which provide for the power to close existing bank accounts of known immigration offenders, came into force on 30 October 2017. However, banks and building societies had until 31 March 2018 to conduct their initial checks on all personal current accounts against Home Office disqualified persons data.

Under the 2016 Act, no bank accounts were closed between January 2016 and January 2018.

30 Apr 2018, 2:58 p.m. Driving: Licensing Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of driving licences incorrectly revoked as a result of the hostile environment immigration policy between January 2016 and January 2018.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The Immigration Act 2014 provided the power to revoke driving licences from known immigration offenders.

There are a number of safeguards in place to ensure that individuals can challenge the decision to revoke their driving licence. If required we are able to reinstate driving licences following representations from applicants.

Data held centrally does not record the reason for any subsequent licence reinstatements. Reinstatements can be for a number of reasons.

19 Apr 2018, 10:33 a.m. Pensioners: Support for Mortgage Interest Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in receipt of pension credit and support for mortgage interest have applied for the replacement loan when support for mortgage interest ends in April 2018.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

At 28 March 2018, around 4630 Pension Credit households have stated their intention to take up the offer of an SMI loan.

19 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working-age households have been contacted with respect to the change in Support for Mortgage Interest.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

At 28 March 2018, around 52,500 working age households currently in receipt of SMI Benefit have been contacted about the introduction of SMI loans.

19 Apr 2018, 10:13 a.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households remain to be contacted with respect to the change in Support for Mortgage Interest.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

Departmental Management Information shows that as at 4 April 2018 all existing SMI claimants have been contacted about SMI loans. All claimants will be given at least 6 weeks from their loan offer date to consider their options and make a decision whether to take the offer of an SMI loan.

4 Apr 2018, 3:18 p.m. Ministry of Justice: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department have held meetings with (i) representatives of (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL Group and (c) Global Science Research and (ii) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The Secretary of State for Justice and the Ministers of his department have not met with any representatives of Cambridge Analytica, SCL Group and Global Science Research or Alexander Nix.

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. These can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/moj-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings#2017

As well as ministerial meetings, departmental officials meet external organisations on a regular and ongoing basis.

3 Apr 2018, 2:59 p.m. Ministry of Defence: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings (a) he, (b) ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have had with (i) representatives of (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL and (c) Global Science Research and (ii) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Guto Bebb)

The records show that there have been no meetings between Ministers in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Cambridge Analytica, SCL Group, Global Science Research or Alexander Nix.


As with all Government Departments, the MOD publishes quarterly details of Ministers' meetings with external organisations on gov.uk. These can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-with-external-organisations-in-the-ministry-of-defence.

A list of meetings with officials can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

3 Apr 2018, 1:08 p.m. Home Office: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers of her Department and (c) officials in her Department have held (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL, (c) Global Science Research and (d) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

No records have been found of meetings between the (a) the Secretary of State of the Home Department; (b) Ministers of her Department; or (c) officials in her Department and (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL, (c) Global Science Research and (d) Alexander Nix.

3 Apr 2018, 12:33 p.m. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department have held with representatives of (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL Group, (c) Global Science Research and (d) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Margot James)

None.

28 Mar 2018, 3:10 p.m. Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department have held with representatives of (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL Group, (c) Global Science Research and (d) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Sir Alan Duncan)

I, the Foreign Secretary, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials in London, Washington and New York met representatives, including Alexander Nix, from Cambridge Analytica, in 2016-17. This was part of the government’s work to better understand the 2016 US presidential election, the political environment that followed and to build relationships with the Trump Presidential campaign and transition team. This outreach was part of normal diplomatic business.

In addition the FCO has identified: one former project from 2008-2009 with Strategic Communications Laboratories Group Limited (SCL) involvement; that SCL attended a conference organised by the FCO at Wilton Park on ‘Diplomacy in the Information Age’ in February 2017; and an official dialled into a general briefing of the outcome of a SCL research study on counter extremism campaigns in March 2018. The FCO is not planning any further contact with that organisation or those linked to it.

28 Feb 2018, 1:10 p.m. UK Border Agency Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Border Office staff have been employed in each of the last five years; and what the (a) staffing cost and (b) total cost of the Border Agency has been in each of those years.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to the Hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale on the 7th February 2017, UIN 60627.

26 Feb 2018, 4:29 p.m. Trade Agreements: Sri Lanka Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to negotiate a trade agreement with Sri Lanka that replicates the existing agreement between that country and the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Greg Hands)

Sri Lanka exports to the UK under the EU's unilateral trade arrangement, the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). The Government intends to provide continuity and stability whilst leaving the EU, which includes maintaining the effects of our trading relationships as we leave. This includes the EU's GSP scheme, and our trading terms with Sri Lanka, including on human rights. When the UK has left the EU, we can look to improve on those trading agreements.

26 Feb 2018, 4:29 p.m. Trade Agreements: Sri Lanka Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans for human rights monitoring and co-operation to form part of any future trade agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Greg Hands)

Sri Lanka exports to the UK under the EU's unilateral trade arrangement, the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). The Government intends to provide continuity and stability whilst leaving the EU, which includes maintaining the effects of our trading relationships as we leave. This includes the EU's GSP scheme, and our trading terms with Sri Lanka, including on human rights. When the UK has left the EU, we can look to improve on those trading agreements.

23 Feb 2018, 1:07 p.m. Gaming: Internet Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help inform children and their parents on the safe-guarding dangers of gaming apps; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Margot James)

We want to make Britain the safest place in the world to be online for all users, including children.

The market for games produced and delivered specifically for mobile devices is global and protections focus on self-regulation by industry providers. We welcome the increasing use of PEGI age ratings by games developers, publishers and platforms including through the International Age Rating Coalition which ensures games and apps available through many online and mobile storefronts (such as Google Play and Microsoft Windows) have PEGI age ratings. These provide vital information for consumers and can be linked to parental controls.

Our Internet Safety Strategy green paper consulted on what steps we should take to build on existing online safety arrangements for children and young people, including in relation to video game apps. The Government response to the Strategy consultation will be published in the spring.

21 Feb 2018, 10:40 a.m. Midwives: Complaints Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what timescales and processes are for investigating outstanding and unresolved complaints on midwifery malpractice in the NHS.

Answer (Steve Barclay)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator of nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom. If a complaint is made to the NMC about a registered midwife who may not meet the professional standards required to practise in the UK, the NMC has a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to safeguard the health and well-being of the public.

20 Feb 2018, 5:10 p.m. Firearms: Licensing Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the consistency of adherence to relevant medical guidelines on firearms licensing across the UK.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

We know that there is significant variation in how GPs respond to this request. We have been in discussions with the police, the relevant medical bodies and representatives of shooting organisations about how greater consistency can be achieved across police force areas in England and Wales.

20 Feb 2018, 4:44 p.m. Supply Teachers Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing (a) a code of conduct for teacher supply agencues, (b) licenses for teacher supply agencies and (c) routine inspection of supply teaching.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is working with the Crown Commercial Service to develop a commercial agreement for supply teachers, which is expected to be available for schools to use from September 2018. The contract will require suppliers to accept new terms and conditions developed in line with best practice recruitment in the education sector.

It is for schools to ensure they are satisfied with the quality of the supply teachers they use. Ofsted inspects the quality of education, including teaching, pupil attainment and assessment in a school.

13 Feb 2018, 2:45 p.m. Immigration Bail Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect the repeal of section 4(1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 will have on the number of people who are released from immigration detention on immigration bail.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

The repeal of section 4(1) is not expected to have any discernible effect on the number of people released from immigration detention on immigration bail

Paragraph 9 of Schedule 10 to the 2016 Act contains powers to provide accommodation to people released from detention on bail and to those who require it in order to avoid a breach of their Article 3 rights. Additionally, individuals granted immigration bail who are asylum seekers or failed asylum seekers can access support provided under sections 95 or 4(2) of the 1999 Act if they would otherwise be destitute and meet the normal eligibility criteria.


Immigration offenders who can leave the UK to avoid a breach of their human rights are expected to do so.

12 Feb 2018, 11:33 a.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department was officially informed of the data collected by transport operators at exit checks between April 2015 and April 2016.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Exit checks data in the form of Advance Passenger Information (API) or Travel Document Information (TDI) for outbound travel has been received from all in-scope scheduled commercial international air, sea and rail routes since 8 April 2015.

The available statistics under the Exit Checks programme has previously been published by the Office of National Statistics in August 2016 and August 2017 on the .GOV.UK website and via the library of the House.

1 Feb 2018, 2:38 p.m. Coroners: Working Hours Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendation of the Chief Coroner, set out in his Annual Report 2016 - 2017, that coroner areas should provide an out-of-hours service to meet the needs of those whose faiths require early burial.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

Out of hours services in London are funded and arranged by local authorities and the Metropolitan Police Service. The Government is clear about the importance of out of hours’ coroner services and in recent years it has worked with local authorities and the police to encourage the deployment of additional staff. Last October eight additional members of staff who will work out of hours took up post, recruited and employed by the police, but the Government will continue to work with local authorities and the police on this.

The availability of out of hours services in London will benefit the whole community, not just people of any particular faith.

30 Jan 2018, 5:50 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his Answer of 7 December 2018 to Question 117413 on Schools: Finance, how many disapplication requests for the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant his Department received from local authorities for the financial year 2018-19.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

To date, for the 2018/19 funding year, there have been forty-eight requests to disapply the Dedicated Schools Grant conditions of grant in relation to the movement of funding out of the schools block. Nineteen of these requests have since been withdrawn.

30 Jan 2018, 5:36 p.m. Dedicated Schools Grant: Kingston upon Thames Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to make a decision on whether to grant the request from Kingston Borough Council to disapply guidelines on the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant for the 2018-19 financial year.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already made decisions on some cases and the relevant local authorities have been informed. We are still reviewing the other cases received, and will give local authorities a decision shortly. Each request requires detailed review against the criteria issued in August 2017 and in some cases further information has been needed, on matters such as school forum decisions and local consultation, before a decision can be taken.

Local authorities are required to issue budgets to all their maintained schools by 28 February 2018, and we have committed to ensuring that all decisions on disapplications are communicated in time for local authorities to meet that deadline.

22 Jan 2018, 5:42 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to make a decision on whether to grant the requests he has received from councils to disapply guidelines on the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant for the 2018-18 financial year.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already made decisions on some cases and the relevant local authorities (LA) have been informed. We are still reviewing the other cases received, and will give LA's a decision shortly. Each request requires detailed review against the criteria issued in August 2017 and in some cases further information has been needed, on matters such as school forum decisions and local consultation, before a decision can be taken.

LA's are required to issue budgets to all their maintained schools by 28 February, and we have committed to ensuring that all decisions on disapplications are communicated in time for LA's to meet that deadline.

17 Jan 2018, 1:18 p.m. Passports: Lost Property Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports have been lost abroad in each of the last five years.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

When a customer loses or has a passport stolen while abroad the guidance is that they should report this to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) where it has been lost. These losses and thefts are recorded by the FCO and the information is passed to Her Majesty’s Passport Office who will take necessary action to cancel the passport as appropriate.

Previous figures for UK passports lost & stolen outside the UK between 2008-2013 have been published by the FCO:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foi-release-uk-passports-lost-or-stolen-abroad

Other figures published by the FCO relating to lost and stolen passports abroad by British citizens can be found in the attached links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/passport-statistics

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/helping-british-nationals-abroad-2016

13 Dec 2017, 5:21 p.m. Schools: Census Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress is being made on the review of parents’ right to retract nationality and country of birth data submitted through the school census; and whether parents will still be able to retract this data by responding that they refused in the Spring census.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

Parents will remain able to retract nationality and country of birth information previously submitted through the school census for the remainder of the current academic year.

13 Dec 2017, 5:20 p.m. Pupils: Nationality Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Home Office published in December 2015, whether nationality data is used in the data-matching process that matches her Department's records with Home Office records submitted to it.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

Nationality data is not used in the data matching process that matches Department for Education data with the Home Office.

The current Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and the Home Office, which was revised in October 2016, is in the House Library.

12 Dec 2017, 5:36 p.m. Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had their data shared by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority with her Department for immigration enforcement purposes since that authority was established.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Since the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (formerly the Gangmasters Licensing Authority) became operational in 2006, it has passed 653 intelligence reports to the Home Office relating to persons, businesses or general information where there may be an immigration interest.

This information is only shared in relation to those suspected of committing a labour market offence and does not include details of victims.

12 Dec 2017, 5:35 p.m. Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a Memorandum of Understanding or similar document is in place for the sharing of data obtained by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority with her Department; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Section 19 of the Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004 makes provision for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to share information relating to gangmasters with any person for the purposes of, or for any purpose connected with the exercise of its functions under the Act.

This power is also underpinned by operational protocols that have been developed between relevant departments and agencies.

8 Dec 2017, 11:20 a.m. Public Transport: Disability Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the response to his Department’s consultation on the draft transport accessibility action plan.

Answer (Paul Maynard)

We plan to publish the Government response in early 2018, following careful analysis of the responses received to the consultation which closed on Wednesday 22 November.

7 Dec 2017, 5:18 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have requested permission to disapply guidelines on the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant for the financial year 2018-19; and what is the disapplication each wishes to make.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

We are still in the process of collating and categorising requests from local authorities for disapplication from the school finance regulations for the 2018-19 financial year. The information requested by the Rt hon. member for Kingston and Surbiton will not be available until approximately mid-December.

7 Dec 2017, 5:18 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities (a) submitted a request to disapply regulations (b) had a request to disapply regulations granted and (c) disapplied regulations relating to the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant in each of the last three financial years.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

We are still in the process of collating and categorising requests from local authorities for disapplication from the school finance regulations for the 2018-19 financial year. The information requested by the Rt hon. member for Kingston and Surbiton will not be available until approximately mid-December.

7 Dec 2017, 4:25 p.m. Prisons: Civil Disorder Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions Tornado teams have been deployed to prisons since September 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Between September 2010 and November 2017 Tornado teams have been deployed a total of 97 times to provide incident management support to custodial establishments in England and Wales.

Tornado teams are not necessarily launched in response to violent incidents. They can be called on to provide a visible presence when dealing with a large number of prisoners.

4 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether EU citizens who have indefinite leave to remain will be required to apply for settled status.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK will not need to apply for settled status once the UK has left the European Union (EU). Their incumbent rights and privileges will not be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

4 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether EU citizens who have historically been granted indefinite leave to remain will retain the same rights after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK will not need to apply for settled status once the UK has left the European Union (EU). Their incumbent rights and privileges will not be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

4 Dec 2017, 5:41 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens currently have indefinite leave to remain, as opposed to permanent residency, broken down by nationality.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Information on the total stock of those granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, by nationality, is not held by the Home Office. The figure will constantly evolve as some may have died, loss such status, or subsequently applied for and been granted UK citizenship.

27 Nov 2017, 5:54 p.m. British Nationals Abroad: Middle East Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens who have returned to the UK after fighting in Iraq and Syria since 2012 have been prosecuted.

Answer (Mr Ben Wallace)

The Home Office Statistical Bulletin publishes data about convictions quarterly but does not distinguish those which relate to Syria and Daesh. British Citizens who are investigated and charged with offences relating to the conflict in Syria will be prosecuted in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Although official figures do not show how many were Syria or Daesh related, Of the 105 persons charged with a terrorism-related offence in the year ending June 2017, 33 had been prosecuted (as at the time of data provision to the Home Office, 14 July 2017), 32 of which were found guilty. A further 68 were awaiting prosecution.

24 Nov 2017, 1:19 p.m. Paternity Pay Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were in receipt of Statutory Paternity in each of the last five years.

Answer (Elizabeth Truss)

The number of people in receipt of Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (OSPP) and Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (ASPP) in each of the last five years can be found in the following table:

Tax Year

Numbers in receipt of OSPP

Numbers in receipt of ASPP

2013-14

205,700

2,100

2014-15

211,200

2,800

2015-16

214,500

Not held

2016-17

218,600

Notes:

  1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 individuals

  2. 2014-15 figures onwards from HMRC Real Time Information

  3. 2013-14 figures estimated from a 10% sample of annual P14 returns to HMRC

  4. ASPP is not available for children born after 5 April 2015

  5. In 2015-16 tax year, those receiving ASPP for children born before 6 April 2015 cannot be distinguished from those claiming Shared Parental Pay within RTI data.

  6. Some individuals could claim both OSPP and ASPP, so would appear in both columns above.

  7. 2017-18 figures not yet complete

24 Nov 2017, 12:10 p.m. Schools: Greater London Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the finding in the London Councils' Ask the Parents: the Fifth Year Survey, published in November 2017, that 35 per cent of parents in London have been asked to make financial contributions to their school.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

In July 2017 we announced an additional £1.3 billion for schools and high needs across 2018-19 and 2019-20, in addition to the schools budget set at Spending Review 2015. This means funding per pupil for schools and high needs will be maintained in real terms for the next two years.

Nothing in legislation prevents a school from asking for voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or any school activities and this is a matter for schools. However, no parent is required to make a contribution to their child’s education. The rules are clear and no policies have been introduced by this government to allow schools to charge for education provided during school hours and this includes the supply of any materials or equipment.

24 Nov 2017, 10:05 a.m. Parental Pay: Adoption Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of Statutory Adoption Pay has been to the public purse in each of the last five years.

Answer (Mel Stride)

The value in £m of Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) received by employees in each of the last five years can be found in the table below:

Tax year

Value (£m) of SAP received by employees

2013-14

16.4

2014-15

16.8

2015-16

23.5

2016-17

23.8

2017-18 (April-September 2017 inclusive)

11.4

Notes:

  1. 2014-15 figures onwards from HMRC Real Time Information

  2. 2013-14 figures estimated from a 10% sample of annual P14 returns

  3. 2017-18 figures not yet complete

21 Nov 2017, 1:37 p.m. Maternity Allowance and Maternity Pay Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance has been to the public purse in each of the last five years.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Answers to both the cost and how many women were in receipt of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance in each of the last five years can be found in the “Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2017”.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2017

For what the cost of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance has been to the public purse in each of the last five years please refer to Table 1a, Expenditure by benefit (nominal terms) or Table 1b, Expenditure by benefit (real terms prices).

For how many women were in receipt of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance in each of the last five years please refer to Table 1c, Caseloads by benefits.

21 Nov 2017, 1:37 p.m. Maternity Allowance and Maternity Pay Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women were in receipt of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance in each of the last five years.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Answers to both the cost and how many women were in receipt of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance in each of the last five years can be found in the “Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2017”.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2017

For what the cost of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance has been to the public purse in each of the last five years please refer to Table 1a, Expenditure by benefit (nominal terms) or Table 1b, Expenditure by benefit (real terms prices).

For how many women were in receipt of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance in each of the last five years please refer to Table 1c, Caseloads by benefits.

20 Nov 2017, 3:28 p.m. Crossrail 2 Line Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to release the business case which has been put to Transport for London on the future of Crossrail 2.

Answer (Paul Maynard)

The Government is currently considering the Crossrail 2 Strategic Outline Business Case submitted by Transport for London to ensure it is a robust scheme, as with all transport scheme proposals. Once this is completed, we will consider plans for any publication.

20 Nov 2017, 12:32 p.m. Bubonic Plague: Madagascar Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS is planning to take any steps in response to the outbreak of plague in Madagascar; and what assessment his Department has made of potential risks to public health in the UK related to that outbreak.

Answer (Steve Brine)

At the start of the outbreak Public Health England undertook a comprehensive assessment of the risk to the United Kingdom, which it considered to be very low. The assessment was shared with the National Health Service who is monitoring the situation. The report is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/654174/Plague_in_Madagascar_Risk_Assessment.pdf

The UK Government deployed the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) to Madagascar in the early stages of the outbreak. The UK-PHRST provided expertise in epidemiological surveillance (case identification, contact tracing), organisation of case management, and infection prevention and control measures. The team have now returned as the outbreak has tailed off and the response has moved from acute outbreak to more steady state.

16 Nov 2017, 5:01 p.m. Madagascar: Bubonic Plague Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what travel and health advice his Department is providing to British citizens visiting Madagascar since the outbreak of plague on that island.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

FCO travel a​dvice was updated on 4 October to reflect the recent outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague in Madagascar. We​ continue to monitor the situation closely.​​​

16 Nov 2017, 2:33 p.m. Madagascar: Bubonic Plague Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has offered to the Government of Madagascar since the outbreak of plague on that island.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

DFID has helped the Government of Madagascar monitor and respond to the plague outbreak through our support to the World Health Organisation (WHO). This has included sending 114 experts, mobilising 1.2 million doses of antibiotics, and establishing nine specialist treatment centres. Protocols on clinical management, safe burials, and airport screenings have been developed and are being implemented. DFID and the FCO have been closely monitoring the outbreak response in Madagascar, including during a visit by DFID officials.

In addition, the Department of Health deployed the ODA funded UK Public Health Rapid Support Team to Madagascar in the early stages of the outbreak, which provided expertise in epidemiological surveillance, case management, infection prevention and control measures. The team have now returned to the UK as the outbreak has tailed off and the response has moved to a more steady state.

15 Nov 2017, 5:34 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools have spent on advertising for teacher posts in each of the last five years.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department does not have the specific data requested but it is committed to helping schools recruit teachers as efficiently as possible. We have therefore begun to develop a teacher vacancy site that will enable schools to recruit teachers without paying for advertising.

15 Nov 2017, 5:34 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) schools and (b) colleges have spent on private sector recruitment and search agencies for teacher recruitment in each in each of the last five years.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department does not have the specific data requested but it is committed to helping schools recruit teachers as efficiently as possible. We have therefore begun to develop a teacher vacancy site that will enable schools to recruit teachers without paying for advertising.

15 Nov 2017, 5:34 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, published in March 2016, what the timetable is for the launch of the national teacher vacancy website; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is undertaking user research with head teachers, school business managers and recruitment staff as well as returning, aspiring and newly qualified teachers, to strengthen its understanding of the issues schools face when advertising teacher vacancies and the challenges teachers have finding and applying for jobs. The Department is using this information in the development and design of a new national teacher vacancy service. We are currently at an early stage of prototyping the new service and testing, to ensure the service meets the needs of users. Depending on the outcome of this development phase, we could expect to start building a service early in 2018. We will provide further details in due course.

15 Nov 2017, 5:29 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department has provided to local authorities to aid recruitment of teachers and temporary supply teachers.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is in the planning stage of a new commercial framework designed to help schools with the sourcing of supply teachers. The framework will be aimed at providing improved terms and conditions, promoting better agency conduct and offering improved pricing for schools. As part of the development of the framework we have engaged with a variety of stakeholders, including schools and local authorities. It is anticipated that the new supply teacher framework will be available in September 2018.

15 Nov 2017, 10:38 a.m. Immigration Controls Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken at UK borders to prevent any dangers to public health relating to the outbreak of plague in Madagascar.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Border Force Officers will refer any passengers that require medical attention in accordance with established procedures and advice from Public Health England.

14 Nov 2017, 3:13 p.m. Passports: Lost Property Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports sent out by the Home Office have been lost in the post in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The table below shows the number of UK passports lost during delivery for both the UK and overseas for the last five years.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office records and cancels any passport lost through delivery, and the customer is issued with a new passport at no extra cost.

Year

Losses

Total Volume Printed

% Losses against Printed

2012

312

5,315,465

0.006

2013

265

5,609,530

0.005

2014

278

6,228,867

0.004

2015

375

6,762,898

0.006

2016

472

6,880,927

0.007

3 Nov 2017, 2:55 p.m. Prisons: Civil Disorder Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of training and maintaining Tornado teams has been for each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

We do not hold the information requested because non-pay costs for Tornado training are included within a single yearly National Tactical Resource Group (NTRG) training budget. The associated expenditure reports only demonstrate the total cost of operating all training delivered by NTRG within the two training centres as a whole; all training expenditure is monitored under a single responsibility code.

Additionally we are unable to determine the cost of maintaining Tornado teams as these costs are embedded within individual establishment’s budgets. The amount of budget allocated to tornado delivery differs widely based on the type of establishment, required standing commitment and the number of staff requiring annual or initial training to fulfil their roles.

3 Nov 2017, 2:55 p.m. Prisons: Civil Disorder Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions Tornado teams have been deployed to prisons since September 2016.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Tornado teams are comprised of prison officers based in prison establishments who are trained to an advanced level of control and restraint. We have over 2000 trained staff across the country and they are grouped into Tornado teams made up of 12 officers and two commanders (a unit).

Between 1/9/16 and 30/10/17 – Tornado teams have been deployed on a total of 30 occasions. In the majority of cases, Tornado teams are deployed as a precaution, and the resolution of the incident is provided by local staff.

Tornado Teams can be deployed for a variety of incidents including Concerted Indiscipline, Regime Support following an incident, Assisting in searching and Incidents at Height.

1 Nov 2017, 1:36 p.m. British Nationals Abroad: Middle East Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens have returned to the UK after fighting in Iraq and Syria since 2012.

Answer (Mr Ben Wallace)

Approximately 850 UK linked individuals of national security concern have travelled to engage with the Syrian conflict. We estimate that just under half have returned and approximately 15% are now dead. This number includes all those of national security concern, not just those affiliated with Daesh. Everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq must expect to be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences, and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to our national security.

18 Oct 2017, 2:20 p.m. Immigration: Patients Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements she has placed on the NHS to report on patients' immigration status.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Home Office has not placed any requirements on the NHS to report on patients’ immigration status.

As specified in the Immigration Rules, the Home Office may refuse an immigration application where the applicant has failed to pay an NHS debt of £500 or more in accordance with the relevant NHS regulations on charges to overseas visitors. The Department of Health has put in place arrangements through which the NHS notifies the Home Office of these debts.

17 Oct 2017, 4:12 p.m. Police: Pay Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the one per cent police pay rise will cost each police force in England.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

On 12 September, the Government announced that, for the police pay year 2017-18, police officers up to the rank of Chief Superintendent would receive a one per cent increase to basic pay plus an additional one per cent non-consolidated payment. Chief police officers would receive a one per cent increase to basic pay. The pay award is applied from 1 September.

The total cost of the one per cent increase to basic pay for all officers in England and Wales has already been budgeted for by police forces and amounts to around £65m. The additional one per cent payment is a one off cost of approximately £50m, representing under half of one per cent of annual police force funding.

The total cost to individual police forces will depend on a range of factors including local decisions about staffing and deployment.

16 Oct 2017, 3:46 p.m. Health Services: Foreign Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 on public health.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

Following a detailed public consultation that ran from December 2015 to March 2016, the Government set out in its response to that consultation in February 2017 that it intended to amend the existing Charging Regulations. Over the course of the consultation and decision-making process the Government carefully considered the impact the changes may have on public health and on vulnerable groups.

The amendment regulations maintain the existing exemptions in place for the purposes of protecting the public’s health and do not change our position of ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to free healthcare. The requirement for upfront charging will not apply in the case of treatment that clinicians consider immediately necessary, or otherwise urgent (such that it cannot wait until the overseas visitor can reasonably be expected to return home). This means that chargeable overseas visitors will never have immediately necessary treatment (which includes all maternity treatment), or urgent treatment withheld or delayed pending payment.

16 Oct 2017, 3:46 p.m. Health Services: Foreign Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of up-front charges for healthcare on people not seeking early medical help due to their immigration status or the cost of healthcare.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

Following a detailed public consultation that ran from December 2015 to March 2016, the Government set out in its response to that consultation in February 2017 that it intended to amend the existing Charging Regulations. Over the course of the consultation and decision-making process the Government carefully considered the impact the changes may have on public health and on vulnerable groups.

The amendment regulations maintain the existing exemptions in place for the purposes of protecting the public’s health and do not change our position of ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to free healthcare. The requirement for upfront charging will not apply in the case of treatment that clinicians consider immediately necessary, or otherwise urgent (such that it cannot wait until the overseas visitor can reasonably be expected to return home). This means that chargeable overseas visitors will never have immediately necessary treatment (which includes all maternity treatment), or urgent treatment withheld or delayed pending payment.

16 Oct 2017, 3:06 p.m. Asylum: Medical Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department has started contacting asylum seekers asking them to sign a consent form that would give her Department access to their personal medical records.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The process of obtaining medical information is not a mandatory part of the asylum process nor is it a new process. Before any decision is made on an asylum claim it is vital we are aware of any information that is relevant to the award of any form of leave.

16 Oct 2017, 2:43 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend the Immigration Skills charge to EU citizens when the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk on the 17th of June, UIN 1040

12 Oct 2017, 9:10 a.m. Detainees: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU nationals have received compensation for unlawful detention under Immigration Act powers in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

This information is not available and to collate it would incur disproportionate cost.

10 Oct 2017, 3:16 p.m. Health Services: Homelessness Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department has issued to hospital staff on dealing with homeless people who are seeking treatment but lack the documentation required for mandatory identity checks.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

No assessment has been made by the Department of the effect of mandatory identity checks on access to healthcare for homeless people.

There is no reason why a person of no fixed abode cannot pass the ordinary resident test, as long as they meet the ordinary residence standards. Further information on these standards is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ordinary-residence-pages

A person will be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom when that residence is lawful and adopted voluntarily and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of his or her life for the time being, whether of short or long duration.

Therefore, no guidelines have been issued by the Department to hospital staff on dealing with homeless people who are seeking treatment but lack the documentation required for mandatory ID checks.

NHS England has issued guidance to general practices to clarify that proof of identity is not required to register with a general practitioner – this is available at:

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/NHSGPs.aspx

10 Oct 2017, 3:16 p.m. Health Services: Homelessness Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of mandatory identity checks on access to healthcare for homeless people.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

No assessment has been made by the Department of the effect of mandatory identity checks on access to healthcare for homeless people.

There is no reason why a person of no fixed abode cannot pass the ordinary resident test, as long as they meet the ordinary residence standards. Further information on these standards is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ordinary-residence-pages

A person will be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom when that residence is lawful and adopted voluntarily and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of his or her life for the time being, whether of short or long duration.

Therefore, no guidelines have been issued by the Department to hospital staff on dealing with homeless people who are seeking treatment but lack the documentation required for mandatory ID checks.

NHS England has issued guidance to general practices to clarify that proof of identity is not required to register with a general practitioner – this is available at:

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/NHSGPs.aspx

22 Sep 2017, 10:57 a.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many non-EU international students left the UK on the basis of exit check data collected between April 2015 and April 2016.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Analysis on Exit Checks data was published on 24 August 2017 in the Home Office’s ‘Second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). This is the second report in a programme of work to develop experimental statistics and the first time that it has been possible to present results from the analysis of exit data. However, our understanding of this new data source is still developing and as the report sets out there are a variety of reasons why the data does not yet provide a complete estimate of the number of departures.

Additional information on international student departures relating to 2015/16 is also contained in ONS’s ‘International student migration research update: August 2017’ report https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/articles/internationalstudentmigrationresearchupdate/august2017

18 Sep 2017, 1:03 p.m. Deportation: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of seniority the Official holds who was responsible for signing-off deportation letters which were erroneously sent by her Department to EU citizens lawfully living in the UK.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

There has been no policy change with regards to EEA citizens living in the UK and the Home Office is absolutely clear that the rights of EEA citizens living in the UK remain unchanged. It is Home Office policy that any person who is not lawfully resident in the UK is liable for removal and may be notified accordingly by the Home Office. I regret that, in this instance, officials made an operational error and issued enforcement letters incorrectly.

The Home Office acted swiftly to correct the error and I have personally written to all those affected to apologise for any stress or concern that this caused.

18 Sep 2017, 1:03 p.m. Deportation: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department erroneously sent deportation letters to EU citizens lawfully living in the UK.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

There has been no policy change with regards to EEA citizens living in the UK and the Home Office is absolutely clear that the rights of EEA citizens living in the UK remain unchanged. It is Home Office policy that any person who is not lawfully resident in the UK is liable for removal and may be notified accordingly by the Home Office. I regret that, in this instance, officials made an operational error and issued enforcement letters incorrectly.

The Home Office acted swiftly to correct the error and I have personally written to all those affected to apologise for any stress or concern that this caused.

18 Sep 2017, 12:49 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a policy decision was taken to send letters to EU citizens lawfully living in the UK asking them to leave.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

There has been no policy change with regards to EEA citizens living in the UK and the Home Office is absolutely clear that the rights of EEA citizens living in the UK remain unchanged. It is Home Office policy that any person who is not lawfully resident in the UK is liable for removal and may be notified accordingly by the Home Office. I regret that, in this instance, officials made an operational error and issued enforcement letters incorrectly.

The Home Office acted swiftly to correct the error and I have personally written to all those affected to apologise for any stress or concern that this caused.

13 Sep 2017, 3:57 p.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what analysis her Department has undertaken of the exit check data collated by her Department between April 2015 and April 2016.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Home Office published on 24 August 2017 a second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). Chapter 1 sets out the operational uses of the exit checks system as well as improvements to immigration control and compliance since 2010.

13 Sep 2017, 3:57 p.m. Borders: Personal Records Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how data from exit checks conducted between April 2015 and April 2016 has been used by her Department.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Home Office published on 24 August 2017 a second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). Chapter 1 sets out the operational uses of the exit checks system as well as improvements to immigration control and compliance since 2010.

12 Sep 2017, 4:38 p.m. Bereavement Support Payment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families without children aged below the school leaving age are in receipt of the bereavement support payment.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. However the Department does monitor requests we receive for new statistics and consider whether we can produce and release analysis that will helpfully inform public debate. The Department is therefore looking at this issue with a view to seeing what statistics could be produced on a regular basis.

12 Sep 2017, 4:05 p.m. Bereavement Support Payment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families with children aged below the school leaving age are in receipt of the bereavement support payment; and how many such families have children below the age of (a) 11 and (b) five.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. However the Department does monitor requests we receive for new statistics and consider whether we can produce and release analysis that will helpfully inform public debate. The Department is therefore looking at this issue with a view to seeing what statistics could be produced on a regular basis.

12 Sep 2017, 3:53 p.m. Bereavement Support Payment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families are in receipt of the new bereavement support payment.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. However the Department does monitor requests we receive for new statistics and consider whether we can produce and release analysis that will helpfully inform public debate. The Department is therefore looking at this issue with a view to seeing what statistics could be produced on a regular basis.

12 Sep 2017, 3:35 p.m. Police: Biometrics Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which independent oversight mechanism is responsible for overseeing the police's use of automated facial recognition technology.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice requires any police use of facial recognition or other biometric characteristic recognition systems to be clearly justified an proportionate in meeting the stated purpose. The retention of facial images by the police is governed by data protection legislation and by Authorised Professional Practice governed by the College of Policing.

12 Sep 2017, 2:48 p.m. Visas Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy for UKVI to give applicants a target date for when their visa applications will be processed.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

UKVI’s published timescale for processing standard visa applications is 12 weeks (60 working days) for straightforward settlement applications, and three weeks (15 working days) for straightforward non-settlement applications.

If an application is complex and expected to take longer than the standard processing timescale, UKVI will write to the customer within the standard processing time and explain what will happen next.

12 Sep 2017, 2:17 p.m. Police: Biometrics Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that automated facial recognition software in use by police forces is independently tested for racial accuracy biases.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

It is an operational decision for police forces as to what testing is carried out of facial recognition software that they use.

12 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. Homelessness Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in England are currently classified as having intentionally made themselves homeless.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

DCLG publishes regular statistics on rough sleeping, statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief. The latest statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

The Government remains committed to combating homelessness and rough sleeping. No one should ever have to sleep rough. That is why we are aiming to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it altogether by 2027.

We also supported the Homelessness Reduction Act which received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017. The Act significantly reforms England’s homelessness legislation, ensuring that more people get the help they need earlier to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place.

12 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. Homelessness Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in England had their application to the main homelessness duty refused in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

DCLG publishes regular statistics on rough sleeping, statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief. The latest statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

The Government remains committed to combating homelessness and rough sleeping. No one should ever have to sleep rough. That is why we are aiming to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it altogether by 2027.

We also supported the Homelessness Reduction Act which received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017. The Act significantly reforms England’s homelessness legislation, ensuring that more people get the help they need earlier to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place.

12 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. Homelessness: Single People Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many single homeless people have accessed the main homelessness duty in England in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

DCLG publishes regular statistics on rough sleeping, statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief. The latest statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

The Government remains committed to combating homelessness and rough sleeping. No one should ever have to sleep rough. That is why we are aiming to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it altogether by 2027.

We also supported the Homelessness Reduction Act which received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017. The Act significantly reforms England’s homelessness legislation, ensuring that more people get the help they need earlier to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place.

11 Sep 2017, 4:55 p.m. Visas Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications have been received by UK Visas and Immigration in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Information on the number of visa applications, grants, refusals, withdrawals and lapsed cases is published quarterly. The latest data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2017/list-of-tables#visas

11 Sep 2017, 4:33 p.m. Police: Biometrics Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Biometrics Strategy, due to be published in 2013, will be released.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Biometrics Strategy will be published in due course.

11 Sep 2017, 4:30 p.m. Visas Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa application cases have taken over (a) six, (b) nine, (c) 12 and (d) 18 months to be processed in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

Data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

11 Sep 2017, 2:04 p.m. Passports: Lost Property Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports sent in to the Passport Office by members of the public have been lost in the post in each of the last five years.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The information requested is not held.

11 Sep 2017, 12:47 p.m. Blue Badge Scheme: Eligibility Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are classed as ineligible for a blue badge disabled parking permit and have been awarded 12 points in the planning and following a journey activity of the personal independence payment.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

The Department for Transport does not hold these figures. People who are ineligible for a badge will not be asked if they have been awarded 12 points under the planning and following a journey activity of Personal Independence Payment.

7 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m. Air Pollution: Dementia Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent analysis his Department has undertaken of scientific evidence linking air pollution to dementia, and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Department secures advice on effects of air pollution on public health from Public Health England, and the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP).

Public Health England continues to keep the evidence under review. COMEAP has been commissioned to further consider the available evidence and will report in due course.