Mrs Sharon Hodgson Written Questions

281 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Mrs Sharon Hodgson


Date Title Questioner
29 May 2020, 11:12 a.m. Veterans: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the future need of veterans as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Johnny Mercer)

This Government is committed to making sure the United Kingdom is the best place to be a veteran anywhere in the world. We recognise that COVID-19 will present new and particular challenges to veterans. Ministers and officials, in the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, the Ministry Of Defence and other departments, have regular engagement with veterans and the Armed Forces charity sector and this has continued during COVID 19. The Government is currently developing its understanding of how COVID 19 has changed the needs of veterans and how we can meet those requirements. This will guide future iterations of the Government's Strategy for our Veterans.

27 May 2020, 11:16 a.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of schools that have not taken up the free school meal voucher scheme during the covid-19 outbreak; and what provisions those schools are putting in place as an alternative to that scheme.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

As both my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance for schools is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

During this period, we are asking schools to support children who are eligible for and claiming benefits-related free school meals, by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. We know that many schools are successfully delivering food parcels or arranging food collections for eligible children, and we encourage this approach where it is possible.

However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why on 31 March we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Schools are best placed to make decisions about the most appropriate arrangements for eligible pupils, and this can include food parcel arrangements, alternative voucher arrangements or provision through the national voucher scheme. Some schools may apply a combination of these approaches. We do not hold details of the arrangements each individual school is making outside of the national voucher scheme.

Our national voucher scheme supplier, Edenred has reported that over £101.5 million worth of voucher codes has been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families through the scheme as of Friday 22 May. Edenred has also reported that 17,000 schools had placed orders for the scheme as of Tuesday 12 May.

We do not collect data at pupil or family level about local arrangements for free school meals provision during this period. We therefore do not hold information on the number of children that have been fed via school collection and distribution models or other means since school closures.

Schools should provide meal options for all children who are in school, and meals should be available free of charge where pupils meet the benefits-related free school meal eligibility criteria and to all infant pupils. Under normal circumstances, schools do not provide free school meals to eligible children who are not in school. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak we expect schools to continue supporting children eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are at home.

27 May 2020, 11:16 a.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many families of children who are eligible for free school meals are receiving a financial support for purchasing food during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

As both my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance for schools is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

During this period, we are asking schools to support children who are eligible for and claiming benefits-related free school meals, by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. We know that many schools are successfully delivering food parcels or arranging food collections for eligible children, and we encourage this approach where it is possible.

However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why on 31 March we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Schools are best placed to make decisions about the most appropriate arrangements for eligible pupils, and this can include food parcel arrangements, alternative voucher arrangements or provision through the national voucher scheme. Some schools may apply a combination of these approaches. We do not hold details of the arrangements each individual school is making outside of the national voucher scheme.

Our national voucher scheme supplier, Edenred has reported that over £101.5 million worth of voucher codes has been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families through the scheme as of Friday 22 May. Edenred has also reported that 17,000 schools had placed orders for the scheme as of Tuesday 12 May.

We do not collect data at pupil or family level about local arrangements for free school meals provision during this period. We therefore do not hold information on the number of children that have been fed via school collection and distribution models or other means since school closures.

Schools should provide meal options for all children who are in school, and meals should be available free of charge where pupils meet the benefits-related free school meal eligibility criteria and to all infant pupils. Under normal circumstances, schools do not provide free school meals to eligible children who are not in school. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak we expect schools to continue supporting children eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are at home.

27 May 2020, 11:16 a.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that families of children entitled to free school meals receive financial support in cases where they have not received either free school meal vouchers or an alternative during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

As both my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance for schools is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

During this period, we are asking schools to support children who are eligible for and claiming benefits-related free school meals, by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. We know that many schools are successfully delivering food parcels or arranging food collections for eligible children, and we encourage this approach where it is possible.

However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why on 31 March we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Schools are best placed to make decisions about the most appropriate arrangements for eligible pupils, and this can include food parcel arrangements, alternative voucher arrangements or provision through the national voucher scheme. Some schools may apply a combination of these approaches. We do not hold details of the arrangements each individual school is making outside of the national voucher scheme.

Our national voucher scheme supplier, Edenred has reported that over £101.5 million worth of voucher codes has been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families through the scheme as of Friday 22 May. Edenred has also reported that 17,000 schools had placed orders for the scheme as of Tuesday 12 May.

We do not collect data at pupil or family level about local arrangements for free school meals provision during this period. We therefore do not hold information on the number of children that have been fed via school collection and distribution models or other means since school closures.

Schools should provide meal options for all children who are in school, and meals should be available free of charge where pupils meet the benefits-related free school meal eligibility criteria and to all infant pupils. Under normal circumstances, schools do not provide free school meals to eligible children who are not in school. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak we expect schools to continue supporting children eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are at home.

27 May 2020, 11:16 a.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools not partaking in the free school meal voucher scheme during the covid-19 outbreak provide suitable alternatives to those families of children eligible for free school meals.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

As both my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance for schools is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

During this period, we are asking schools to support children who are eligible for and claiming benefits-related free school meals, by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. We know that many schools are successfully delivering food parcels or arranging food collections for eligible children, and we encourage this approach where it is possible.

However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why on 31 March we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Schools are best placed to make decisions about the most appropriate arrangements for eligible pupils, and this can include food parcel arrangements, alternative voucher arrangements or provision through the national voucher scheme. Some schools may apply a combination of these approaches. We do not hold details of the arrangements each individual school is making outside of the national voucher scheme.

Our national voucher scheme supplier, Edenred has reported that over £101.5 million worth of voucher codes has been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families through the scheme as of Friday 22 May. Edenred has also reported that 17,000 schools had placed orders for the scheme as of Tuesday 12 May.

We do not collect data at pupil or family level about local arrangements for free school meals provision during this period. We therefore do not hold information on the number of children that have been fed via school collection and distribution models or other means since school closures.

Schools should provide meal options for all children who are in school, and meals should be available free of charge where pupils meet the benefits-related free school meal eligibility criteria and to all infant pupils. Under normal circumstances, schools do not provide free school meals to eligible children who are not in school. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak we expect schools to continue supporting children eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are at home.

21 May 2020, 6:11 p.m. Armed Forces: Charities Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish his Department’s plan to support armed forces charities during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Johnny Mercer)

Armed Forces charities play a significant role in supporting our serving personnel, veterans and their families, no more so than at this time. That is why I announced a £6 Million COVID-19 Impact Fund for the Armed Forces Charity Sector on 12 May 2020 (Official Report: Column 127). This Fund is being administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Veterans' Affairs within the Cabinet Office. Applications to it are now open with decisions on awards expected to be made on 15 June 2020.

Details on how to apply to the fund and the full eligibility criteria can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website:

https://covenantfund.org.uk/2020/05/12/emergency-funding-for-frontline-armed-forces-charities-working-with-armed-forces-communities/.

In addition, Armed Forces charities are also able to apply to the £370 Million National Lottery Community Fund announced by the Chancellor on 8 April 2020 and utilise other COVID-19 financial support mechanisms including the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme.

21 May 2020, 6:11 p.m. Armed Forces: Charities Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when armed forces charities will receive Government funding during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Johnny Mercer)

Armed Forces charities play a significant role in supporting our serving personnel, veterans and their families, no more so than at this time. That is why I announced a £6 Million COVID-19 Impact Fund for the Armed Forces Charity Sector on 12 May 2020 (Official Report: Column 127). This Fund is being administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Veterans' Affairs within the Cabinet Office. Applications to it are now open with decisions on awards expected to be made on 15 June 2020.

Details on how to apply to the fund and the full eligibility criteria can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website:

https://covenantfund.org.uk/2020/05/12/emergency-funding-for-frontline-armed-forces-charities-working-with-armed-forces-communities/.

In addition, Armed Forces charities are also able to apply to the £370 Million National Lottery Community Fund announced by the Chancellor on 8 April 2020 and utilise other COVID-19 financial support mechanisms including the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme.

21 May 2020, 10:19 a.m. Veterans: Suicide Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of veterans who have died from suicide in the (a) most recent year for which information is available and (b) last five years.

Answer (Johnny Mercer)

The Government takes the welfare of Service personnel and veterans very seriously. Whilst we recognise that suicide affects wider society, not just the Armed Forces, any such death is one too many and a tragedy for all concerned.

Suicide data for veterans of the UK Armed Forces is not currently captured by the Government. However, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), alongside the Office for Veterans Affairs within the Cabinet Office, are working to improve data collection of the veteran community, as envisioned by the ‘Strategy for our Veterans’.

The MOD has commissioned a new study to investigate causes of death, including suicide, amongst all those who served in the UK Armed Forces between 2001 and 2014, covering combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, encompassing veterans and those still serving:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-study-into-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-launched. MOD officials are continuing to work with colleagues in NHS Digital, the Health Research Authority and National Records Scotland to overcome challenges and are hopeful that the initial report will be published later this year.

The MOD also publishes studies on the causes of death, including suicide, of veterans from the 1982 Falklands war: (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/causes-of-deaths-among-the-uk-armed-forces-veterans-of-the-1982-falklands-campaign) and from the 1990/91 Gulf war: (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/causes-of-deaths-that-occurred-among-the-uk-veterans-of-the-199091-gulf-conflict). Both studies show that the suicide rates amongst veterans were lower than comparative rates in the civilian population.

21 May 2020, 10:19 a.m. Armed Forces: Death Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to publish the preliminary findings of the study into causes of death of military personnel who were deployed to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014.

Answer (Johnny Mercer)

The Government takes the welfare of Service personnel and veterans very seriously. Whilst we recognise that suicide affects wider society, not just the Armed Forces, any such death is one too many and a tragedy for all concerned.

Suicide data for veterans of the UK Armed Forces is not currently captured by the Government. However, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), alongside the Office for Veterans Affairs within the Cabinet Office, are working to improve data collection of the veteran community, as envisioned by the ‘Strategy for our Veterans’.

The MOD has commissioned a new study to investigate causes of death, including suicide, amongst all those who served in the UK Armed Forces between 2001 and 2014, covering combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, encompassing veterans and those still serving:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-study-into-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-launched. MOD officials are continuing to work with colleagues in NHS Digital, the Health Research Authority and National Records Scotland to overcome challenges and are hopeful that the initial report will be published later this year.

The MOD also publishes studies on the causes of death, including suicide, of veterans from the 1982 Falklands war: (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/causes-of-deaths-among-the-uk-armed-forces-veterans-of-the-1982-falklands-campaign) and from the 1990/91 Gulf war: (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/causes-of-deaths-that-occurred-among-the-uk-veterans-of-the-199091-gulf-conflict). Both studies show that the suicide rates amongst veterans were lower than comparative rates in the civilian population.

19 May 2020, 11:45 a.m. Crowdfunding Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he is providing to Peer2Peer lending platforms.

Answer (John Glen)

The Government monitors the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sector on an ongoing basis and engages regularly with P2P platforms and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who are responsible for the regulation of the sector.

The Government believes that P2P providers deliver innovative forms of finance for both consumers and business, and can provide healthy competition in the financial services market and, as such, is keen to see the sector continue to grow and evolve.

P2P platforms are eligible to access finance under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), where they can access loans up to £50 million under the latter, depending on the size of the platform. Under CLBILS, borrowers can apply for finance facilities, including overdrafts, of up to £25 million for businesses with a turnover between £45 million and £250 million, and up to £50 million to businesses with a turnover of over £250 million.

Those P2P platforms that facilitate loans to businesses can also apply to become accredited lenders under these schemes. More information on eligibility criteria and registering to become an accredited lender, can be found on the British Business Bank’s website here: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils-2/become-a-cbils-accredited-lender/

22 Apr 2020, 5:33 p.m. Food Supply: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the national plan for delivering food assistance is.

Answer (Victoria Prentis)

The Government is working to ensure that up to 1.5 million people in England identified by the NHS as being at higher risk of severe illness if they contract Coronavirus have access to the food they need. The Government continues to contact this cohort of shielded individuals and ask them to register via the online NHS webportal or via the phone if they need help accessing food.

In partnership with industry, the Government started to deliver Shielding Packages in late March, to those that are clinically extremely vulnerable and have requested this support These packages consist of essential supplies and food. Supermarkets are also prioritising online delivery slots for those that are most in need and have expanded their capacity for home deliveries.

We are also working quickly to support people who do not fall into the category of being clinically extremely vulnerable, but still need help getting essential food supplies. This includes those who are elderly, disabled or have health conditions that make it difficult for them to get the food they need. We are speaking to food retailers, delivery organisations and volunteer groups to help prioritise those individuals to access essential food. Wherever possible, people should continue to rely on friends, family and wider community support.

Over 750,000 people across England signed up as NHS Volunteer Responders via the mobile app GoodSam. Over 600,000 volunteers have been verified as NHS Volunteer Responders via the Good Sam platform, and can now receive tasks to help those in their communities, including through shopping for vulnerable people for food and essential supplies.

21 Apr 2020, 6:10 p.m. Food Supply: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will require food assistance during the covid-19 outbreak; what proportion of those people (a) were vulnerable before the outbreak and (b) are newly vulnerable.

Answer (Victoria Prentis)

The Government has been and remains in close contact with representatives across the food supply chain and civil society to ensure that vulnerable groups have access to the food and products that they need.

We initially estimated that 1.5 million people would fall into the clinically extremely vulnerable group. We have put in place measures to ensure that those identified by the NHS as being extremely clinically vulnerable and who are without a support network of friends and family receive basic food and essential supplies when requested via the online NHS webportal or via the phone. Packages of essential supplies are being delivered across England within seven days of a request for support, as soon as their status as a shielded person is verified, and supermarkets are putting these customers at the front of the queue for online delivery slots.

Over 750,000 people across England signed up as NHS Volunteer Responders via the mobile app GoodSam. Over 600,000 volunteers have been verified as NHS Volunteer Responders via the Good Sam platform, and can now receive tasks to help those in their communities. These volunteers will help vulnerable people in England who are at most risk from coronavirus to stay well, including through shopping for vulnerable people for food and essential supplies.

We are working quickly to support people who do not fall into the category of being clinically vulnerable, but still need help getting essential food supplies. Government is working with industry, charities, other government departments and Devolved Administrations to ensure whatever support is needed is delivered in a coordinated and consistent manner. We welcome measures that supermarkets have put in place to support the elderly and other vulnerable groups.

We have been working closely with the third sector to understand the impacts the outbreak has had on food aid organisations, and how best to ensure that those who are financially vulnerable still have access to essential supplies. Food redistribution organisations across England are benefiting from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock.

21 Apr 2020, 4:32 p.m. Food Supply: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has for securing the food supply for key workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Victoria Prentis)

The Government has well-established ways of working with the food industry during disruption to supply situations. Our retailers already have highly resilient supply chains and they have adapted quickly to these changes in demand to ensure people have the food and products they need. Food supply into and across the UK is resilient.

To help the industry to respond to this unprecedented demand we have introduced new measures to support businesses to keep food supply flowing on to shelves and into homes. These include temporary relaxation of competition laws to allow supermarkets to work together, extending delivery hours to supermarkets and flexing rules on drivers’ hours to allow a higher frequency of deliveries to stores to ensure shelves are being replenished more quickly.

Supermarkets are already protecting shopping time for certain key workers. For example, several supermarkets have priority shopping hours for NHS staff and social care workers. We remain in close contact with industry on how they can support keyworkers.

15 Apr 2020, 11:50 a.m. Coronavirus: Disease Control Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish sex-disaggregated data on covid-19 (a) infection and (b) mortality.

Answer (Ms Nadine Dorries)

The Government currently publishes cases by region at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases

We do not currently publish sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19 infection and mortality. We are keeping the what information we publish under regular review.

25 Mar 2020, 2:33 p.m. Bank Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Leader of the House on allocating parliamentary time for legislative proposals on dormant assets.

Answer (John Glen)

As you may be aware, the Government recently launched a consultation on expanding the dormant assets scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include a wider range of financial assets. The Government is committed to this expansion, unlocking substantial sums of unclaimed assets for good causes while maintaining and improving consumer protection.

It is right and proper that the feedback from this consultation shapes any future dormant assets legislation. The Government will engage with the Leader of the House on the introduction of this legislation when appropriate.

25 Mar 2020, 11:53 a.m. Bank Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to review the purposes for which funds raised under the dormant assets scheme can be committed.

Answer (John Glen)

As you may be aware, the Government recently launched a consultation on expanding the dormant assets scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include a wider range of financial assets. That consultation set out the way that money from dormant assets is distributed, in line with the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008.

The Act specifies that funds in England must be used for causes related to youth, financial capability and inclusion, or social investment. The scheme’s focus on creating impact in these three areas was agreed through a public consultation at its inception. It enables the scheme to create a lasting legacy, driving systemic change to address entrenched social issues and protects this impact from being diluted.

The scheme is based on voluntary industry participation and enjoys widespread support from the banks and building societies who continue to contribute to it. The Government currently has no plans to change how the distribution of dormant assets funding functions. This includes the causes to which the funds are directed.

25 Mar 2020, 11:53 a.m. Third Sector: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will create a community wealth fund dedicated to improving outcomes for the most deprived neighbourhoods over the long term into which all new assets listed under the proposed expanded dormant assets scheme must be paid.

Answer (John Glen)

As you may be aware, the Government recently launched a consultation on expanding the dormant assets scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include a wider range of financial assets. That consultation set out the way that money from dormant assets is distributed, in line with the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008.

The Act specifies that funds in England must be used for causes related to youth, financial capability and inclusion, or social investment. The scheme’s focus on creating impact in these three areas was agreed through a public consultation at its inception. It enables the scheme to create a lasting legacy, driving systemic change to address entrenched social issues and protects this impact from being diluted.

The scheme is based on voluntary industry participation and enjoys widespread support from the banks and building societies who continue to contribute to it. The Government currently has no plans to change how the distribution of dormant assets funding functions. This includes the causes to which the funds are directed.

24 Mar 2020, 5:52 p.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the vouchers offered during school closures to children eligible for free school meals will cover the costs of breakfast.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

While schools are closed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, they will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops for families. The government has confirmed that the total value of vouchers offered to each eligible child per week will exceed the rate it pays to schools for free school meals.

In addition to this, we are working to consider options to support children who receive a free breakfast through our contracts with Family Action and Magic Breakfast.

We are continuing to work on a national approach to supporting free school meal pupils and will announce further details and relevant dates in due course.

24 Mar 2020, 5:52 p.m. Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to launch the national voucher system for free school meals.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

While schools are closed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, they will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops for families. The government has confirmed that the total value of vouchers offered to each eligible child per week will exceed the rate it pays to schools for free school meals.

In addition to this, we are working to consider options to support children who receive a free breakfast through our contracts with Family Action and Magic Breakfast.

We are continuing to work on a national approach to supporting free school meal pupils and will announce further details and relevant dates in due course.

23 Mar 2020, 4:31 p.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools will provide access to free school meals to eligible pupils during any closures in relation to covid-19.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

The continuing provision of free school meals to children from out of work families or those on low incomes is of the utmost importance to this government. No child who would ordinarily receive a free school meal should go without this due to school closures or having to self-isolate at home.

Guidance for schools on the action to be taken has been published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance.

23 Mar 2020, 3:24 p.m. Colorimetry: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the health and wellbeing of students in higher education with visual stress of the removal of colorimetry funding for those students.

Answer (Michelle Donelan)

The department is in discussion with the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education as to whether any additional types of assistance would be appropriate for students with a diagnosis of visual stress.

23 Mar 2020, 3:19 p.m. Disabled Students' Allowances Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the health and wellbeing of students in higher education with brain injuries of the change in the level of disabled student allowance funding for mentoring those students.

Answer (Michelle Donelan)

There has been no change to the level of funding available through Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) for mentoring support. All students who are eligible for DSAs, including those with brain injuries, are assessed in respect of the type and level of support they specifically require.

10 Mar 2020, 10:57 a.m. Access to Work Programme: GovTech Fund Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to publicise the availability of the Tech Fund for employees applying for Access to Work to (a) organisations and (b) disabled people.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

The Access to Work Tech Fund is only available for people applying for Access to Work where assistive technology replaces existing or proposed human support.

Since its announcement in Spring 2018, take up of Tech Fund has been low (fewer than 10 applicants). As a result, we are currently reviewing this and engaging with stakeholders to further understand the issues that they may be facing or those preventing them from benefiting from the Tech Fund. We are keen to find new ways of helping Access to Work recipients to become aware of, and benefit from, the latest assistive technology that best meets their needs, and would welcome further views on this.

Access to Work has not undertaken any publicising of the Tech Fund specifically. Access to Work continues to undertake targeted marketing and awareness raising activities. For example, the scheme is promoted to benefit claimants through Jobcentre Plus and to a range of business leaders through the Disability Confident scheme. We have also worked with a variety of stakeholder organisations to market Access to Work to their clients, including sharing information about how individuals can apply for support.

10 Mar 2020, 10:57 a.m. Disability: GovTech Fund Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people have (a) applied for and (b) received funding for technology through the Tech Fund.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

The Access to Work Tech Fund is only available for people applying for Access to Work where assistive technology replaces existing or proposed human support.

Since its announcement in Spring 2018, take up of Tech Fund has been low (fewer than 10 applicants). As a result, we are currently reviewing this and engaging with stakeholders to further understand the issues that they may be facing or those preventing them from benefiting from the Tech Fund. We are keen to find new ways of helping Access to Work recipients to become aware of, and benefit from, the latest assistive technology that best meets their needs, and would welcome further views on this.

Access to Work has not undertaken any publicising of the Tech Fund specifically. Access to Work continues to undertake targeted marketing and awareness raising activities. For example, the scheme is promoted to benefit claimants through Jobcentre Plus and to a range of business leaders through the Disability Confident scheme. We have also worked with a variety of stakeholder organisations to market Access to Work to their clients, including sharing information about how individuals can apply for support.

10 Mar 2020, 10:57 a.m. Dyslexia: GovTech Fund Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with dyslexia (a) applied for and (b) received funding for technology through the Tech Fund.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

The Access to Work Tech Fund is only available for people applying for Access to Work where assistive technology replaces existing or proposed human support.

Since its announcement in Spring 2018, take up of Tech Fund has been low (fewer than 10 applicants). As a result, we are currently reviewing this and engaging with stakeholders to further understand the issues that they may be facing or those preventing them from benefiting from the Tech Fund. We are keen to find new ways of helping Access to Work recipients to become aware of, and benefit from, the latest assistive technology that best meets their needs, and would welcome further views on this.

Access to Work has not undertaken any publicising of the Tech Fund specifically. Access to Work continues to undertake targeted marketing and awareness raising activities. For example, the scheme is promoted to benefit claimants through Jobcentre Plus and to a range of business leaders through the Disability Confident scheme. We have also worked with a variety of stakeholder organisations to market Access to Work to their clients, including sharing information about how individuals can apply for support.

10 Mar 2020, 10:57 a.m. GovTech Fund Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Tech Fund is available to people that do not receive human support funded through (a) Access to Work and (b) other funding streams.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

The Access to Work Tech Fund is only available for people applying for Access to Work where assistive technology replaces existing or proposed human support.

Since its announcement in Spring 2018, take up of Tech Fund has been low (fewer than 10 applicants). As a result, we are currently reviewing this and engaging with stakeholders to further understand the issues that they may be facing or those preventing them from benefiting from the Tech Fund. We are keen to find new ways of helping Access to Work recipients to become aware of, and benefit from, the latest assistive technology that best meets their needs, and would welcome further views on this.

Access to Work has not undertaken any publicising of the Tech Fund specifically. Access to Work continues to undertake targeted marketing and awareness raising activities. For example, the scheme is promoted to benefit claimants through Jobcentre Plus and to a range of business leaders through the Disability Confident scheme. We have also worked with a variety of stakeholder organisations to market Access to Work to their clients, including sharing information about how individuals can apply for support.

4 Mar 2020, 12:08 p.m. Pelvic Health Clinics Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of potential demand for pelvic health clinics.

Answer (Ms Nadine Dorries)

NHS England advise that academic research indicates that a significant number of women experience incontinence and other pelvic floor conditions following pregnancy. Through feedback from National Health Service staff and patient representatives, NHS England have assessed that there is a need for the NHS to do more to help women recover from the physical impact of pregnancy.

Local Maternity Systems have all been asked to develop a local plan to improve postnatal care and they have been specifically asked to consider pelvic health as part of this. In addition, the NHS Long Term Plan commits investment to ensure that women have access to multidisciplinary pelvic health clinics and pathways. These clinics will be available in limited areas from 2020/21 and rolled out across the country by 2023/24.

NHS England and the British Medical Association have agreed a 6-8 week postnatal maternal check for all mothers from 1 April. This will including a focus on pelvic health, which should help improve rates of detection postnatally.

3 Mar 2020, 3:21 p.m. Kenya: Civil Servants Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions officials of his Department have had with (a) representatives of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and (b) the Head of the Pensions Department in the Kenyan National Treasury on the non-payment of pensions to former Kenyan civil servants.

Answer (James Duddridge)

This matter is the responsibility of the Kenyan authorities. However, the British High Commission in Nairobi has written to the Kenyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Head of the Department for Pensions in the Kenyan National Treasury seeking an explanation for non-payment of pensions to former Kenyan civil servants and the lack of increase in line with inflation. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is now helping the Kenyan National Treasury to contact Crown Agents Bank (the bank chosen to make the pension payments) in the UK to expedite the reinstatement of the pensions.

2 Mar 2020, 5:01 p.m. Tickets: Touting Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will increase the funding available for National Trading Standards investigations into secondary ticket abuse.

Answer (Paul Scully)

The Government is committed to tackling fraudulent practices in secondary ticketing. The department works closely with National Trading Standards to ensure they have adequate funding to tackle consumer detriment in the secondary ticketing market.

As a result of this work, earlier this month two individuals from London were found guilty of fraudulently and dishonestly buying and reselling tickets for high-profile music and entertainment events. They have now been sentenced to a combined six and a half years in jail. This landmark case marks the first successful prosecution against the fraudulent reselling of tickets on a large scale. This is directly a result of the work of National Trading Standards, North Yorkshire County Council, and City of York Council.

2 Mar 2020, 3:39 p.m. Flour: Folic Acid Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the consultation on the fortification of flour.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden MP) on 4 February 2020 to Question 10331.

2 Mar 2020, 3:37 p.m. Energy Drinks: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to restrict the sale of energy drinks to people aged under 16.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The Government confirmed it will end the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16 in chapter three of the childhood obesity plan, published in July 2019 as part of ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’. We will be setting out the full policy in our consultation response as soon as possible.

2 Mar 2020, 3:16 p.m. Incinerators: Taxation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a tax on waste incineration.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

At Budget 2018, the Government announced that a tax on the incineration of waste would not be taken forward at that point. All taxes remain under review.

2 Mar 2020, 1:26 p.m. Recycling Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities increase their recycling rates.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

The Government is committed to increasing both the quality and quantity of materials collected for recycling and making recycling easier for everyone. The Environment Bill, which has been introduced in Parliament, introduces legislation so that from 2023, all collectors of waste must collect a core set of materials from households, businesses and other organisations such as schools. The core set will be plastic, glass, metal, paper and card, food and garden waste. By collecting the same core set of materials there will be less confusion among householders and others about what they can put in their recycling bins. As a result, the amount of materials that local authorities collect for recycling will increase.

We want to work closely with local authorities to help them improve their recycling performance. We will therefore provide guidance and examples of good practice. We also work with them on developing a framework of non-binding performance indicators to help identify which local authorities require extra support to improve their recycling performance.

2 Mar 2020, 12:11 p.m. Soft Drinks: Taxation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how his Department plans to allocate the £455m from the soft drinks industry levy to fund children’s (a) health and (b) access to healthy food.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

As indicted on page 175 in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2019 Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the government is forecast to receive around £340 million from the soft drinks industry levy in 2020-21. The March 2019 report on Economic and Fiscal Outlook can be found here:

https://obr.uk/efo/economic-fiscal-outlook-march-2019/.

The department will provide details of how our share of funding will be allocated to specific programmes in due course. Previously we have used funding from the levy to fund programmes that improve children’s health such as the PE and Sport Premium for primary schools and the national breakfast clubs programme.

13 Feb 2020, 1:11 p.m. Pre-school Education: : Primary Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains his Department's policy to fund universal infant free school meals; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Michelle Donelan)

We are making a significant investment in free school meals for children. Nutritious food in schools helps ensure pupils are well nourished, develop healthy eating habits and can concentrate and learn. We ensure that the most disadvantaged children receive a free healthy lunch at school and in 2019, around 1.3 million disadvantaged children benefitted from this important provision, saving families roughly £400 a year.

Free meals were also extended to disadvantaged further education students in September 2014. In addition, universal infant free school meals were introduced in 2014, and the department spends around £600 million each year ensuring 1.4 million infants receive a free meal through this programme. We have confirmed the funding arrangements for this provision for the current academic year, and arrangements for 2020/21 will be confirmed in due course.

10 Feb 2020, 5:47 p.m. Pupils: Injuries Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the health and wellbeing of pupils with brain injury of the change in the level of funding for mentoring those pupils.

Answer (Michelle Donelan)

No child or young person should be held back from reaching their potential, including those with complex special needs and disabilities such as an Acquired Brain Injury. This is why we have announced £780 million of additional high needs funding for next year (2020-21), which is an increase of 12% compared to this year, bringing the total amount for supporting those with the most complex needs to £7.2 billion. This will be the largest year-on-year increase since the high needs funding block was created in 2013.

Every local authority will see an increase in high needs funding of at least 8% per head of population aged 2 to 18. Sunderland will receive £28.4 million in high needs funding. This will provide valuable extra resources so that support is in place to make sure that no pupil or student is left behind.

When deciding on the provision to be made for a particular child or young person with a special educational need or disability (SEND), schools and local authorities must have regard to the SEND Code of Practice. The SEND Code of Practice is clear that professionals working with children and young people with SEND should involve the parents or the young person at every stage of planning and reviewing support and take account of their wishes, feelings and perspectives.

If a child or young person has an Education, Health and Care plan, the plan should set out exactly what support they should be receiving.

Every school is also required to have a policy in place to support pupils with medical conditions and this should be easily accessible for school staff and parents or carers. Governing bodies have a duty to ensure that arrangements are put in place.

The SEND system focuses on what works to meet a child’s need rather than the starting point of what condition does this child have.

10 Feb 2020, 4:56 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Males Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the level of risk of (a) HPV infection and (b) HPV-caused diseases among boys aged 14-15 compared with boys aged 12-13.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

Public Health England does not hold information on the level of risk of either human papillomavirus (HPV) infection or HPV-caused diseases among boys aged 14-15 compared with boys aged 12-13.

The latest data on HPV infection in young 16-18-year-old women has shown HPV 16 and 18 infections to be less than 2%. Infection rates in their male sexual partners are expected to be correspondingly low. Data to the end of 2018 can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hpv-prevalence-in-sexually-active-young-females-in-england

10 Feb 2020, 4:09 p.m. Free School Meals Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase the allowance for free school meals.

Answer (Michelle Donelan)

As part of the increased funding for schools, announced by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, on 30 August 2019, the benefits-related free school meals factor in the national funding formula will be increased in line with inflation.

For universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), schools receive funding through a separate grant and the provisional allocations were confirmed for the 2019/20 academic year last June. We have not taken decisions on future rates for UIFSM rates yet.

10 Feb 2020, 3:46 p.m. Atezolizumab and Nab-paclitaxel Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of atezolizumab with nab-paclitaxel on the NHS for breast cancer patients with PDL1 positive metastatic triple negative breast cancer.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

Atezolizumab is not currently routinely available on the National Health Service for breast cancer patients with PD-L1-positive, triple-negative, advanced breast cancer. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing recommendations on the use of atezolizumab for this indication through its appraisal programme and published its draft guidance for consultation in October 2019. NICE’s appraisal has been delayed while commercial discussions with the company, Roche, are ongoing. NICE will aim to publish its guidance on the use of atezolizumab as soon as possible following the completion of their commercial discussions. If NICE is able to recommend use of the drug following the commercial discussions, atezolizumab will be eligible for funding through the Cancer Drugs Fund from the point of NICE’s draft guidance. If NICE is able to recommend use of atezolizumab it will be routinely funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement for NHS patients in line with NICE’s recommendations.

10 Feb 2020, 3:45 p.m. Breastfeeding Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote the health benefits of exclusively breastfeeding babies; and what steps his Department is taking to enable babies born prematurely to receive a human milk based diet.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The Government is committed to supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies where possible, especially during the first six months. We would like to see more mothers breastfeeding and doing so for longer and are working with our partners including Public Health England (PHE), NHS England, UNICEF and others to achieve this goal.

Support and information, including on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, is provided through various sources. Examples include NHS Choices, the National Breastfeeding Helpline, PHE’s Start4life, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and local peer support parents. The PHE interactive Breast-Feeding Friend voice product ‘chatbot’ is now available through Facebook Messenger, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and provides live breastfeeding support to new mums at any time of day.

The promotion of breastfeeding is one of the six high-impact areas for health visiting. The mandated contact points are an opportunity for health visitors to support parents around infant feeding. Contact takes place antenatally, at 10 to 14 days and six to eight weeks after birth. Further information on ‘Early years high impact area three: Breastfeeding’ can be viewed at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/754791/early_years_high_impact_area_3.pdf

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines on postnatal care and neonatal care sets out standards for supporting women to breastfeed whether their babies are born at term or preterm, including being supported to express milk.

The Department’s Toolkit for High-Quality Neonatal Services states that as a standard maternity and neonatal services should encourage breastfeeding and the expression of milk through the provision of information and dedicated support.

The ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ consultation, invited views on how we can do more to support mothers to breastfeed. The consultation closed in October 2019. We will set out our response to the consultation by spring 2020.

10 Feb 2020, 3:44 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the WHO recommendation that member states temporarily suspend HPV vaccination programmes for boys.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The implications of the World Health Organization’s advice on temporarily suspending human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programmes for boys are due to be discussed at the next meeting of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in February 2020. The Department does not currently have plans to suspend the HPV vaccination programme for boys in England, but will take account of the JCVI’s advice in any future review of its policy on this issue.

10 Feb 2020, 3:43 p.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, of 28 January 2020, Official Report column 658, when the additional allocation of funds will be made available to cover the routine commissioning of PrEP ; and from what funding stream that money will be allocated.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The Department is continuing to work closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and local authorities to plan for routine commissioning of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from April 2020. NHS England and NHS Improvement have already agreed to fund the on-going costs of drugs for PrEP going forward. We will provide information on how other elements of the programme will be funded shortly.

10 Feb 2020, 3:43 p.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding mechanism he plans to use for the routine commissioning of PrEP.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The Department is continuing to work closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and local authorities to plan for routine commissioning of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from April 2020. NHS England and NHS Improvement have already agreed to fund the on-going costs of drugs for PrEP going forward. We will provide information on how other elements of the programme will be funded shortly.

10 Feb 2020, 3:43 p.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from which budget he plans to fund the non-drug costs of the routine commissioning of PrEP.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The Department is continuing to work closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and local authorities to plan for routine commissioning of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from April 2020. NHS England and NHS Improvement have already agreed to fund the on-going costs of drugs for PrEP going forward. We will provide information on how other elements of the programme will be funded shortly.

10 Feb 2020, 3:39 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a catch-up HPV vaccination programme for males and females up to the age of 26.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys aged 12-13 was rolled out nationally in September 2019. There are no plans for a catch-up HPV immunisation programme for older males as evidence suggests that they are already benefitting greatly from the indirect protection, known as herd protection, that has built up from 10 years of the girls’ HPV vaccination programme. The priority is to make sure that as many eligible 12-13-year-old boys and girls as possible are offered protection from HPV infection from the 2019-20 school year.

10 Feb 2020, 3:37 p.m. Atezolizumab and Nab-paclitaxel Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings representatives of (a) NICE and (b) NHS England have had with Roche on atezolizumab with nab-paclitaxel for breast cancer patients since the publication of NICE's draft guidance on that drug in October 2019.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

NHS England and NHS Improvement has advised that it has met with Roche to discuss potential commercial arrangements for atezolizumab with nab-paclitaxel for breast cancer patients.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that it held a telephone call with Roche on 23 January 2020 regarding atezolizumab with nab-paclitaxel for breast cancer patients and that it has been in contact with Roche by email since the publication of NICE's draft guidance in October 2019.

10 Feb 2020, 3:36 p.m. Atezolizumab and Nab-paclitaxel Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the publication of the NICE draft guidance on atezolizumab with nab-paclitaxel for certain breast cancer patients on 3 October 2019, what the timetable is for (a) a second committee meeting and (b) issuing final guidance on that drug.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that it does not yet have a confirmed date for the second appraisal committee meeting or for the publication of final guidance.

Under NICE’s processes, if the outcome of the committee meeting is the publication of a final appraisal document, final guidance would be expected 80 days later, unless NICE receives an appeal against the document.

NICE’s appraisal is currently delayed while commercial discussions between the company, NHS England and Roche, are ongoing. NICE will aim to publish its guidance on the use of atezolizumab as soon as possible following the completion of commercial discussions.

10 Feb 2020, 3:35 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of a HPV vaccination programme for boys too old to be eligible for the universal programme; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys aged 12-13 was rolled out nationally in September 2019. There are no plans for a catch-up HPV vaccination programme for older males as evidence suggests that they are already benefitting greatly from the indirect protection, known as herd protection, that has built up from 10 years of the girls’ HPV vaccination programme. The priority is to make sure that as many eligible 12-13-year-old boys and girls as possible are offered protection from HPV infection from the 2019-20 school year.

In April 2018, the HPV vaccination programme was extended to include men who have sex with men offering protection for males at particularly high risk up to the age of 45.

The current United Kingdom approach is supported by the best available evidence and by recommendations from our independent experts, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

10 Feb 2020, 3:09 p.m. Soft Drinks: Taxation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the soft drinks industry levy has been spent on since that levy was introduced.

Answer (Mr Simon Clarke)

The 2016 Budget announced funding for a number of programmes linked to the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The funding has been allocated to a number of programmes to support pupil health and wellbeing which include:

Doubling funding for the primary physical education and Sport Premium to £320 million a year from 2017.

Providing £100 million in 2018/19 for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund.

10 Feb 2020, 8:54 a.m. Disabled Students' Allowances Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will undertake an equality impact assessment of transferring to higher education providers responsibility for (a) administering and (b) setting the level of disabled students' allowance.

Answer (Chris Skidmore)

​The levels of Disabled Students’ Allowances available to students are set in the Education (Student Support) Regulations. The department undertakes, and publishes, an Equality Analysis each time it lays amendments to these Regulations.

​No decision has been made to transfer the administration of Disabled Students’ Allowances to Higher Education Providers.

8 Oct 2019, 3:57 p.m. Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the findings of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Motor Industry Facts 2019 report that in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal 52.6 per cent of UK produced cars are exported to the EU, what steps the Government plans to take to support the automotive industry in the event that the UK leave the EU without a deal and exports of those cars are subject to a 10 per cent tariff in line with WTO rules.

Answer (James Duddridge)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

8 Oct 2019, 10:50 a.m. Access to Work Programme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training on the Access to Work scheme is provided to work coaches or advisors who support disabled young people receiving employment and support allowance.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

Work Coaches are supported by Disability Employment Advisers (DEA’s) who provide coaching and mentoring to Work Coaches on disability issues. Technical learning for DEA’s includes a workshop on Provision and Support for claimants with a disability, this learning covers the Access to Work Scheme.

The topic of the Access to Work scheme is covered in a number of learning products for Access to Work advisors who support applicants, some of whom may be in receipt of ESA, through the Access to Work process. This learning includes an Access to Work Workshop. There is also an Access to Work Disability Awareness Workbook which details how Access to Work can help a disabled person.

In addition, each member of staff in the DWP, including work coaches, has regular performance conversations with their line manager. These conversations include identifying any learning needs particular to their role, including Access to Work if appropriate.

8 Oct 2019, 9:40 a.m. Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the Government's level of preparedness within the automotive industry in September 2019 compared to March 2019; and what plans the Government has put in place to protect the automotive industry's just-in-time supply chain.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK automotive industry remains one of our great success stories, and we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive after we leave the European Union. The Government is in regular dialogue with businesses in the automotive sector, including those in the supply chain.

We recognise that adapting to new regulatory requirements takes time, so the Government will provide continuity in goods regulation for a temporary period after exit day. If UK manufacturers, distributors and importers continue to meet EU requirements, their goods can still be placed on the EU market.

Since March 2019 the Government has updated technical notices on placing manufactured goods on the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-uk-market-if-theres-no-brexit-deal#non-harmonised-goods and EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-eu-internal-market-if-theres-no-deal markets after Brexit. There also exists dedicated, tailored advice available for the automotive sector. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-automotive-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

In the event of a no deal exit, tariffs will not apply to car parts. Furthermore, the Government will continue to apply zero tariffs to steel imports, ensuring the continuation of supply of a key material for UK automotive production.

7 Oct 2019, 3:28 p.m. Vocational Guidance: Disability Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what means of redress is available to disabled young people who haven’t received independent careers advice.

Answer (Michelle Donelan)

We want all children and young people, no matter what their special educational need or disability (SEND), to reach their full potential and receive the right support to succeed in their education and in their transition to adult life. The SEND Code of Practice explicitly states that all children and young people with SEND should be prepared for adulthood and that this preparation should start early.

Governing bodies must ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13 and every school must publish details of their careers programme for young people and their parents. The department has published statutory guidance for schools to help them meet this duty: www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-guidance-provision-for-young-people-in-schools.

In the event of suspected non-compliance with the duties and statutory guidance, parties involved should first try to resolve the matter and if a complaint remains unresolved, the department’s officials have the power to intervene.

3 Oct 2019, 3:12 p.m. Sports: Tickets Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

What recent assessment she has made of the effect on spectators of ticket touting for sporting events.

Answer (Helen Whately)

We are committed to cracking down on unacceptable behaviour in the ticketing market and improving sports fans’ chances of buying tickets at a reasonable price.

We have strengthened legislation in this area, and support the work of the enforcement agencies in going after those who seek to flout the law.

Through the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill we are also seeking to ban unauthorised touting of tickets for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

30 Sep 2019, 5 p.m. Nutrition: Health Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Eatwell Guide of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

No assessment has been made of the potential effect on the Eatwell Guide if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal. The Eatwell Guide is based on the best available scientific evidence and would only be reviewed if the evidence underpinning it changed.

9 Sep 2019, 4:54 p.m. Schools: Drinking Water Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of free drinking water in schools.

Answer (Kemi Badenoch)

Legislation already states pupils must have access at all times to free, fresh drinking water. Schools are best placed to decide how to offer this. If water is not available parents should raise this through the school’s complaints policy. No teacher should be refusing a child water. If the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West is aware of any situation where this is taking place I would encourage her to write to the department.

30 Jul 2019, 3:26 p.m. Pupils: Literacy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the fall in the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading at Key Stage 2.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Government is committed to continuing to raise literacy standards and ensuring all children can read fluently and with understanding.

Ofsted’s inspection framework, published in May 2019, puts a greater focus on how well schools are teaching their pupils to read: inspectors listen to children reading aloud, watch phonics classes and check how schools help weaker readers to improve.

In addition, the Department have launched a £26.3 million English Hubs Programme. The Department has appointed 34 primary schools across England as English Hubs, who are taking a leading role in supporting nearly 3000 schools to improve their teaching of reading through systematic synthetic phonics, early language development, and reading for pleasure.

This network of schools will work to increase reading standards across the country and to improve educational outcomes for the most disadvantaged children, particularly in underperforming schools.

30 Jul 2019, 3:16 p.m. Pupils: Literacy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will increase the time available for pupils sitting the Key Stage 2 reading assessment to reflect the increase in the number of words included in that test since 2014.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

A new curriculum was introduced in 2014. Tests reflecting that curriculum were introduced in 2016. Since then the time allowed for the Key Stage 2 reading assessment has not changed. The test framework for the English reading test places a limit on the number of words that can be included in the texts and this limit has not been breached.

Assessments go through a rigorous test development process lasting three years. Thorough trialling of the materials, with the texts in the combinations they will appear in a final test, allows test developers to ensure the reading booklets are suitable and that the standard is maintained.

8 Jul 2019, 4:18 p.m. Food: Japan Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment has been made of the safety of potential food imports from Fukushima in Japan.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for protecting United Kingdom consumers from the risk of radioactively contaminated food being imported from Fukushima in Japan. The FSA oversees risk-based controls to ensure food is safe, and regularly assesses safety data on radiation levels to ensure UK consumers are protected. The FSA is satisfied that the current risk is very low and the controls are effective.

14 Jun 2019, 1:43 p.m. Dietetics Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce waiting times for dietetic services in the NHS.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for assuring timely access to dietetic services, both in hospitals and community settings.

In addition, the NHS Long Term Plan makes several direct commitments to support timely intervention for specific conditions such as weight management services in primary care for people with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or hypertension with a Body Mass Index of 30+ (adjusted appropriately for ethnicity), where it is known that significant impact can be made on improving health, reducing health inequalities and reducing costs.

The Long Term Plan commits to test a National Health Service programme supporting very low-calorie diets for obese people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, the Long Term Plan commits to fund a doubling of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme over the next five years, including a new digital option to widen patient choice and target inequality.

Nutrition training, and an understanding of what is involved in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, varies between medical schools. The Long Term Plan commits to working with academic institutes to increase focus across the professional bodies and universities to ensure nutrition has a greater place in professional education and training.

Additionally, NHS England’s nutrition quality improvement collaborative programme, 41 NHS provider organisations have focussed on gaining improvements in the accuracy of nutritional screening and subsequent appropriateness of nutritional care. These organisations have introduced a range of interventions to directly improve care locally.

14 Jun 2019, 1:41 p.m. Sexually Transmitted Infections Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what urgent steps the Government will take to tackle increases in rates of (a) gonorrhoea and (b) syphilis.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

In June 2019, Public Health England (PHE) published a Syphilis Action Plan to improve the detection, surveillance and clinical management of syphilis at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/syphilis-public-health-england-action-plan

To reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhoea and syphilis, PHE launched the ‘Protect Against STIs’ health promotion campaign in 2017/18 to promote condom use and positive sexual relationships among 16 to 24-year olds. This campaign can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/protect-against-stis-use-a-condom/home

Additionally, HIV Prevention England has been contracted to deliver a HIV prevention programme aimed at gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men; black Africans; and other groups in whom there is a higher or emerging burden of infection. This programme promotes, among other behaviours, condom use and awareness of STIs including gonorrhoea and syphilis. More information on this programme can be found at the following link:

http://www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk/

14 Jun 2019, 1:38 p.m. Gonorrhoea: Drug Resistance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk to public health of drug resistant gonorrhoea.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

Drug resistance in gonorrhoea increases the likelihood of treatment failure and ongoing transmission. There have been three documented treatment failures in England reported to date and all were eventually cured successfully. Public Health England (PHE) undertakes comprehensive surveillance through the gonococcal resistance to antimicrobials surveillance programme to enable early detection and management of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea. It uses this intelligence to advise on national gonorrhoea treatment guidelines ensuring they remain effective. PHE also investigates outbreaks and individual cases of extensively drug resistant gonorrhoea and potential treatment failures to ensure effective management and control spread. Further information can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gonococcal-resistance-to-antimicrobials-surveillance-programme-grasp-report

14 Jun 2019, 12:59 p.m. Sexually Transmitted Infections Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Public Health England sexually transmitted infection data, published June 2019; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

It is concerning to see the increase in sexually transmitted infections, and we would encourage people to practice safe sex by using condoms and to access their free, local sexual health services if they consider themselves to be at risk of infection. Local authorities have been mandated to commission comprehensive open access sexual health services and are best placed to understand and meet the public health needs of their local communities.

Data published by Public Health England show that more people are accessing sexual health services, with attendances increasing by 7% between 2017 and 2018. This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, online services are increasingly being commissioning to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services also have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

14 Jun 2019, 12:59 p.m. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) local and (b) national services for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of sexually transmitted infections are delivered to those groups with greatest sexual health needs.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

It is concerning to see the increase in sexually transmitted infections, and we would encourage people to practice safe sex by using condoms and to access their free, local sexual health services if they consider themselves to be at risk of infection. Local authorities have been mandated to commission comprehensive open access sexual health services and are best placed to understand and meet the public health needs of their local communities.

Data published by Public Health England show that more people are accessing sexual health services, with attendances increasing by 7% between 2017 and 2018. This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, online services are increasingly being commissioning to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services also have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

14 Jun 2019, 12:55 p.m. Chlamydia: Screening Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason chlamydia testing rates have reduced by 22 per cent since 2014.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

Local authorities monitor the performance of local sexual health contracts. This information is not collected by Public Health England (PHE).

It is the responsibility of local authorities to ensure ease of access to chlamydia screening. PHE supports local areas through facilitated chlamydia care pathway workshops. These workshops enable local commissioners and providers to explore and review local chlamydia activities, and create data driven action plans to improve service provision and outcomes.

14 Jun 2019, 12:55 p.m. Chlamydia: Screening Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure ease of access to chlamydia screening services.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

Local authorities monitor the performance of local sexual health contracts. This information is not collected by Public Health England (PHE).

It is the responsibility of local authorities to ensure ease of access to chlamydia screening. PHE supports local areas through facilitated chlamydia care pathway workshops. These workshops enable local commissioners and providers to explore and review local chlamydia activities, and create data driven action plans to improve service provision and outcomes.

14 Jun 2019, 10:20 a.m. Dietetics: Recruitment Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take as part of the interim NHS People’s Plan to increase the number of dietetic posts with the (a) primary care and (b) the NHS.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The NHS Long Term Plan set out the next step in our mission to make the National Health Service a world class employer and deliver the workforce the NHS needs. To deliver on these commitments the NHS published a new interim People Plan on 3 June. The interim Plan sets out a shared vision and plan of action to put NHS people at the heart of NHS policy and delivery.

The interim People Plan sets out the action we will take now and over the long term to meet the challenges of supply, reform, culture and leadership. The development of the dietetic workforce was central to the Allied Health Profession programme for the plan and was developed by engaging widely with staff, patients, employers, professional organisations, regulatory bodies, voluntary sector, academia and other experts.

A final people plan will be published later this year, when there is further clarity on education and training budgets.

29 May 2019, 2:24 p.m. Child Rearing Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to invest in evidence-based parenting support.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

8 May 2019, 11:05 a.m. Health Services: Immigrants Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the (a) equity and (b) effectiveness of the immigration health surcharge.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

The immigration health surcharge applies to non-European Economic Area nationals subject to immigration control coming to live, work and study in the United Kingdom and is payable as part of their visa application. The surcharge provides comprehensive access to NHS services regardless of the amount of care needed during a person’s time in the UK, and includes treatment for pre-existing conditions. This represents excellent value when compared to the alternatives and ensures that individuals do not need to worry about insurance or pay for unexpected treatment whilst they are here. The surcharge also reduces the administrative burden on the NHS frontline associated with identifying chargeable patients and recovering charges.

Whilst the Government fully recognises the contribution that international professionals make to the UK and to our health service, it is only right that all those who come to the UK to live, work and study should contribute to the running of the NHS.

8 May 2019, 11:05 a.m. Health Services: Immigrants Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of exempting doctors from the immigration health surcharge; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

The immigration health surcharge applies to non-European Economic Area nationals subject to immigration control coming to live, work and study in the United Kingdom and is payable as part of their visa application. The surcharge provides comprehensive access to NHS services regardless of the amount of care needed during a person’s time in the UK, and includes treatment for pre-existing conditions. This represents excellent value when compared to the alternatives and ensures that individuals do not need to worry about insurance or pay for unexpected treatment whilst they are here. The surcharge also reduces the administrative burden on the NHS frontline associated with identifying chargeable patients and recovering charges.

Whilst the Government fully recognises the contribution that international professionals make to the UK and to our health service, it is only right that all those who come to the UK to live, work and study should contribute to the running of the NHS.

8 May 2019, 11:02 a.m. Health Services: Immigrants Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report: An Inspection of the Home Office Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System’s policies and practices relating to charging and fees.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

The Department will consider the implications of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s report: ‘An Inspection of the Home Office Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems’ as part of its ongoing commitment to keep the charging regulations under review and will take any action it deems necessary.

7 May 2019, 4:50 p.m. Infant Foods Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) attendees and (c) topics of meetings his Department has had with representatives of the formula milk industry in 2018 and 2019 to date.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

The Department has provided details of meetings between Departmental officials with representatives of the formula milk industry. Meetings organised by executive agencies or the Food Standards Agency have not been included. We have not disclosed details of staff attending as they were not Senior Civil Service grade. The information is shown in the following table.

Date

Organisation

Discussion

26 February 2018

Nestle

Presentation on action on sustainable diets

26 March 2018

Nestle

Phone call

25 April 2018

Danone and Nutrica

Early Years Nutrition Partnership

6 June 2018

British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA), Nestle, Nutrica

Notifications for Foods for Special Medical Purposes

22 June 2018

Nestle

Planning for visit

4 July 2018

Nestle

Visit

11 July 2018

Danone

Aptamil

30 July 2018

Danone

Childhood Obesity Chapter 2

14 August 2018

Nestle

Childhood Obesity Chapter 2

22 August 2018

BSNA

Phone meeting

10 September 2018

Danone and Nestle

Advertising roundtable

14 November 2018

BSNA

Nutrition legislation meeting

15 November 2019

Danone

Reformulation, Brexit pressure, and Chapter

22 November 2019

BSNA

Forthcoming CODEX CCNFSDU40

30 Apr 2019, 4:03 p.m. Literacy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for learners with literacy difficulties; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Government is committed to continuing to raise literacy standards, ensuring all children can read fluently and with understanding.

Building on the success of the phonics partnerships and phonics roadshows programmes, in 2018 the Department launched a £26.3 million English Hubs Programme. The Department has appointed 34 primary schools across England as English Hubs, who are taking a leading role in supporting nearly 3000 schools to improve their teaching of reading through systematic synthetic phonics, early language development, and reading for pleasure.

The Department gives schools a catch-up premium, totalling around £50 million a year nationally, for Year 7 pupils who have not achieved the expected standard in reading by the end of key stage 2. This enables schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.

For pupils with specific types of SEND, including speech, language and communication needs, the Department has invested heavily since 2010 in the development of resources and training to ensure that teachers are equipped to support all pupils.

A range of free, quality assured resources and training materials for schools to use in supporting pupils with SEND is available via the National Association for Special Educational Needs. The link is available here: https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/.

The Department introduced the light touch phonics screening check for Year 1 pupils. Phonics performance is improving; in 2018, 163,000 more six year olds were on track to become fluent readers, compared to 2012. This represented 82% of pupils meeting the expected standard, compared to 58% in 2012 when the check was introduced.

30 Apr 2019, 3:56 p.m. Literacy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to include teaching learners with literacy difficulties in early career framework curricula and training materials.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department has worked closely with the teaching profession to develop the early career framework. Teachers and academics with expertise in supporting special educational needs and disabled (SEND) pupils were closely involved in the design of the early career framework (ECF). The framework has, at its centre, approaches that support the needs of all pupils, including those pupils with the four areas of need set out in the SEND Code of Practice. Drawing on the ECF, the Department intends to procure the development of high-quality curricula and materials which can help schools to put in place effective support and training for the early career teachers. The curricula and materials will be designed to meet the needs of all early career teachers.

The Department will continue to engage the sector as our plans develop to ensure the policy is delivered successfully.

30 Apr 2019, 3:53 p.m. Literacy and Special Educational Needs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to establish new national professional qualifications on SEND and literacy.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

As set out in the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Department has committed to develop new specialist National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). The focus of the specialist NPQs is yet to be finalised but they will be linked to the core areas in which teachers receive training at the start of their career. This includes: assessment; behaviour management; subject and curriculum expertise; and pedagogy. The Department will continue to work with the education sector, including SEND stakeholders, as these qualifications are developed and we will release further details in due course.

30 Apr 2019, 3:51 p.m. Teachers: Training Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of initial teacher training on (a) SEND and (b) literacy difficulties.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

To complete teacher training and achieve qualified teacher status, trainees must meet the Teachers’ Standards (2011). The Standards require trainees to have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs, and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them. It also requires them to demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge, including taking responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject.

The Department published further guidance in July 2016, the Framework of core content for ITT, which provides additional advice for providers to ensure their courses support trainees to meet the above expectations.

It is Ofsted’s responsibility to inspect the quality of teacher training and at their most recent inspection, 99% of all ITT providers were rated good or outstanding[1].

In the Recruitment and Retention Strategy, published in January 2019, the Department committed to reviewing ITT content guidance, to ensure the new Early Career Framework builds on and complements ITT.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/initial-teacher-education-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-30-june-2018.

3 Apr 2019, 11 a.m. Children: North East Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data his Department collects in relation to the effectiveness of early years early intervention strategies in (a) Sunderland and (b) the North East.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

I refer the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West and the hon. Member for Manchester Central to the answer I gave on 01 April 2019 to question 237114.

27 Mar 2019, 3:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the expansion of the PrEP Impact Trial outside of London as soon as possible.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

NHS England announced on 28 February that the PrEP Impact Trial will be expanded and that new trial places will begin to be released following agreement at the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Oversight Board. Information on the trial is available to view at the following links:

www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/02/prep-impact-trial-to-be-expanded/

Before finalising arrangements and releasing places, participating clinics and local authority commissioners were asked to confirm if they had the capacity to take on additional places. Around 80% of participating clinics have confirmed they have the capacity to accept additional trial places and most of these sites have also received approval from their local authority commissioners to proceed.

In the meantime, for trial sites outside of London, the research team will now make rapid arrangements to release the extra places when all necessary approvals have been obtained.

26 Mar 2019, 5:22 p.m. HIV Infection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has assessed the effect on patients of differences in the way that demographic groups receive care for HIV.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Public Health England routinely collects data on people accessing HIV care in the United Kingdom. The clinical outcomes of people in HIV care, including anti-retroviral treatment uptake and viral suppression are summarised in the annual HIV surveillance data tables, available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hiv-annual-data-tables

Data are presented by key variables including gender, age, ethnicity, country of birth, region of residence and route of probable HIV exposure, to explore outcomes across different population groups. An assessment of the data is available in the annual national HIV surveillance report, at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hiv-in-the-united-kingdom

26 Mar 2019, 5:20 p.m. Obesity: Surgery Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the poor uptake of bariatric surgeries in the UK compared with other developed countries.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

There has been no central assessment of the uptake of bariatric surgeries in the United Kingdom compared to other developed countries.

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning diabetes services for their local population, including for those patients who require metabolic or bariatric surgery. It is for clinicians to decide when surgery is appropriate based on the need of the patient and in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance.

26 Mar 2019, 5:20 p.m. Diabetes: Surgery Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to support an increase in the use of metabolic surgery for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

There has been no central assessment of the uptake of bariatric surgeries in the United Kingdom compared to other developed countries.

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning diabetes services for their local population, including for those patients who require metabolic or bariatric surgery. It is for clinicians to decide when surgery is appropriate based on the need of the patient and in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance.

22 Mar 2019, 8:39 a.m. Sugar: Taxation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to extend financial levies on sugar in food and drink to more food and drink categories.

Answer (Robert Jenrick)

There are no current plans to extend the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to other food or drink categories. As set out in Phase 2 of the Childhood Obesity Strategy, HMT will review the Soft Drinks Industry Levy exemption for milk-based drinks in 2020.

22 Feb 2019, 1:02 p.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many grant applications have been made to the Medical Research Council for ME/CFS related research since 2010; how many of those applications have been awarded funding; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Chris Skidmore)

Since 2009/10, the Medical Research Council (MRC) has received 32 research proposals relating to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), seven of which have been funded.

The MRC supports research in response to proposals from the research community. High quality applications on any aspect of human health are always welcomed and awards are made according to their scientific quality and importance to human health.

22 Feb 2019, 8:01 a.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to ME/CFS for biomedical research in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

We do not hold the information requested on funding for myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research according to biopsychological, biopsychosocial and biomedical research.

The following table shows information provided by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) on Departmental programme research funding for ME/CFS, per year, since financial year 2010-11. Further information on this research is available through the NIHR Journals Library at the following link:

https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/

Financial Year

£

2010-11

189,438

2011-12

381,874

2012-13

501,461

2013-14

561,950

2014-15

426,055

2015-16

475,676

2016-17

554,785

2017-18

464,902

The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including ME/CFS; it is not usual practice to ring-fence funds for particular topics or conditions. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality.

22 Feb 2019, 8:01 a.m. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to ME/CFS for (a) biopsychological and (b) biopsychosocial research in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

We do not hold the information requested on funding for myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research according to biopsychological, biopsychosocial and biomedical research.

The following table shows information provided by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) on Departmental programme research funding for ME/CFS, per year, since financial year 2010-11. Further information on this research is available through the NIHR Journals Library at the following link:

https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/

Financial Year

£

2010-11

189,438

2011-12

381,874

2012-13

501,461

2013-14

561,950

2014-15

426,055

2015-16

475,676

2016-17

554,785

2017-18

464,902

The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including ME/CFS; it is not usual practice to ring-fence funds for particular topics or conditions. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality.

20 Feb 2019, 5:40 p.m. HIV Infection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2018 to Question 215129 on HIV infection and with reference to his Department's goal of ending HIV transmission in England by 2030, what funding his Department plans to allocate to achieve that goal; and whether his Department plans to collaborate with other Government departments on achieving that goal.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The issue of whether additional funding will be needed to achieve the goal of ending HIV transmission in England by 2030 will be considered as this work develops. The Department will work with a wide range of stakeholders, including other Government Departments, to achieve this goal.

20 Feb 2019, 5:35 p.m. HIV Infection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

Answer (Steve Brine)

When diagnosed early and with access to antiretroviral therapy the majority of people with HIV in England can expect a near normal life expectancy.

The National Health Service continues to provide world class treatment and care for people living with HIV. NHS England is responsible for commissioning high quality HIV treatment and care and has published related service specifications and policies. The aim is to provide specialist assessment and ongoing management of HIV and associated conditions in order to support patients to stay well reducing mortality and morbidity and to reduce the risk of onward transmission of HIV. The service aims to ensure that the outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life of people living with HIV are maximised. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/npc-crg/blood-and-infection-group-f/f03/

As set out in the Long Term Plan, all health systems will be expected to set out during 2019 how they will specifically reduce health inequalities by 2023/24 and 2028/29.

20 Feb 2019, 5:35 p.m. HIV Infection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include policies to improve care for people living with HIV in the Implementation Framework for the NHS Long Term Plan.

Answer (Steve Brine)

When diagnosed early and with access to antiretroviral therapy the majority of people with HIV in England can expect a near normal life expectancy.

The National Health Service continues to provide world class treatment and care for people living with HIV. NHS England is responsible for commissioning high quality HIV treatment and care and has published related service specifications and policies. The aim is to provide specialist assessment and ongoing management of HIV and associated conditions in order to support patients to stay well reducing mortality and morbidity and to reduce the risk of onward transmission of HIV. The service aims to ensure that the outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life of people living with HIV are maximised. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/npc-crg/blood-and-infection-group-f/f03/

As set out in the Long Term Plan, all health systems will be expected to set out during 2019 how they will specifically reduce health inequalities by 2023/24 and 2028/29.

8 Feb 2019, 12:42 p.m. HIV Infection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the barriers that may prevent England reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030.

Answer (Steve Brine)

An expert group is to be established to develop an ‘Ending HIV transmission in England Action Plan’ by the autumn of 2019 that will set out the key policies and activities to achieve the goal of ending HIV transmission in England by 2030. An important aspect of this will be identifying the barriers to individualised risk assessment and prevention advice, testing and early treatment, focusing on high-risk groups, particularly gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs and black and minority ethnic group populations.

7 Feb 2019, 1:47 p.m. Kidney Cancer: Screening Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will support the call by Kidney Cancer UK to fund research on a national screening programme for kidney cancer.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises ministers and the National Health Service in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. Using research evidence, pilot programmes and economic evaluation, it assesses the evidence for programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria.

The UK NSC has not reviewed the evidence for a national screening programme for kidney cancer, however, the Committee welcomes new topic proposals via its annual call for topics which opens each year from September - December.

Ministers carefully consider all recommendations made by the UK NSC.

6 Feb 2019, 5:28 p.m. Medical Equipment Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether cryoablation needles will remain available through the High Cost Tariff Excluded Device List with no changes to current funding arrangements in each of the next five years.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

The consultation for the 2019/20 national tariff is currently live and information can be found at the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/national-tariff-1920-consultation/

It is proposed that radiofrequency, cryotherapy and microwave ablation probes and catheters should remain on the list.

The current proposals are for a one year tariff and no decisions have been made on the composition of the high cost excluded device list for future years.

6 Feb 2019, 3:23 p.m. Kidney Cancer Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of allocating funding to research into the development of a national screening programme for kidney cancer; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises ministers and the National Health Service in all four nations about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. Using research evidence, pilot programmes and economic evaluation, it assesses the evidence for programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria.

The UK NSC has not reviewed the evidence for a national screening programme for kidney cancer. Therefore an assessment of the potential merits of allocating funding for research has not been made.

Nevertheless, Public Health England has funded a Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in pee’ campaign which ran across England from July to September 2018, which aimed to raise awareness and improve early diagnosis of bladder and kidney cancer.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January, sets out a comprehensive package of measures that will transform cancer diagnosis and treatment across the country over the next 10 years; a decade in which patients can expect to see huge improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The aim is to see 55,000 more people surviving cancer for five years in England each year from 2028.

6 Feb 2019, 3:17 p.m. Cancer Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis was for his Department's target of diagnosing 75 per cent of cancers at stage one or stage two by 2028 and if he made an assessment of the feasibility of setting that target at 2025.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The NHS Long Term Plan included an ambition that 55,000 more people who are diagnosed with cancer in 2028 will survive for five years. Early diagnosis is a major determinant of cancer survival and NHS England have deliberately set the early diagnosis ambition – to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage 1 and 2 by 2028 - at a level which, under most scenarios, would be more than sufficient to meet the survival ambition. During the development of the plan, clinicians and stakeholders agreed that we should set a stretching ambition to ensure we improve the rate of diagnosis across all cancers, so many more people will survive.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a number of key steps to achieve this ambition, including through raising greater awareness of symptoms of cancer, accelerating access to diagnosis and treatment and maximising the number of cancers that we identify through screening. Meeting this ambition will also require the National Health Service to harness new technological advances to target at risk patients more effectively; directing our research and innovation effort to the areas where the data tells us we can have the biggest impact; and mobilising the NHS so that we can adopt proven new approaches more quickly.

6 Feb 2019, 3:17 p.m. Cancer Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, what recent steps he has taken to implement the target of diagnosing 75 per cent of cancers at stage one or stage two by 2028; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The NHS Long Term Plan included an ambition that 55,000 more people who are diagnosed with cancer in 2028 will survive for five years. Early diagnosis is a major determinant of cancer survival and NHS England have deliberately set the early diagnosis ambition – to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage 1 and 2 by 2028 - at a level which, under most scenarios, would be more than sufficient to meet the survival ambition. During the development of the plan, clinicians and stakeholders agreed that we should set a stretching ambition to ensure we improve the rate of diagnosis across all cancers, so many more people will survive.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a number of key steps to achieve this ambition, including through raising greater awareness of symptoms of cancer, accelerating access to diagnosis and treatment and maximising the number of cancers that we identify through screening. Meeting this ambition will also require the National Health Service to harness new technological advances to target at risk patients more effectively; directing our research and innovation effort to the areas where the data tells us we can have the biggest impact; and mobilising the NHS so that we can adopt proven new approaches more quickly.

6 Feb 2019, 3:09 p.m. Kidney Cancer Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of incidences of misdiagnosis of kidney cancer.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the steps to improve the diagnosis of all cancers, including kidney cancer. This includes the establishment of Rapid Diagnostic Centres across the country to upgrade and bring together the latest diagnostic equipment and expertise. The Centres build on the 10 models being piloted through the Accelerate, Coordinate and Evaluate programme, which have focussed on diagnosing cancers where patients often present with non-specific symptoms and may go to their general practitioner (GP) many times before being sent for tests.

The NHS Long Term Plan also reaffirms that all GPs should use the latest evidence-based guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to identify adults at risk of cancer. The NICE NG12 referral guidelines for suspected cancer recommend that GPs refer those aged over 45 with visible hematuria who do not have a urinary tract infection for investigative tests and are available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng12/chapter/1-Recommendations-organised-by-site-of-cancer#urological-cancers

Over the last two financial years, over £200 million funding has been provided through our Cancer Alliances to transform earlier diagnosis and personalised care.

6 Feb 2019, 3:09 p.m. Kidney Cancer Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take in the next five years to reduce the number of patients with kidney cancer who are misdiagnosed; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the steps to improve the diagnosis of all cancers, including kidney cancer. This includes the establishment of Rapid Diagnostic Centres across the country to upgrade and bring together the latest diagnostic equipment and expertise. The Centres build on the 10 models being piloted through the Accelerate, Coordinate and Evaluate programme, which have focussed on diagnosing cancers where patients often present with non-specific symptoms and may go to their general practitioner (GP) many times before being sent for tests.

The NHS Long Term Plan also reaffirms that all GPs should use the latest evidence-based guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to identify adults at risk of cancer. The NICE NG12 referral guidelines for suspected cancer recommend that GPs refer those aged over 45 with visible hematuria who do not have a urinary tract infection for investigative tests and are available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng12/chapter/1-Recommendations-organised-by-site-of-cancer#urological-cancers

Over the last two financial years, over £200 million funding has been provided through our Cancer Alliances to transform earlier diagnosis and personalised care.

5 Feb 2019, 3 p.m. Tobacco: Sales Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, whether products produced before the UK leaves the EU will still be legal to sell after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Steve Brine)

In the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal, the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 allow for tobacco products produced before exit day, with EU picture warnings, to be sold for 12 months after exit day. Any products manufactured after exit day will need to include the new picture health warnings which are introduced by the above legislation.

Tobacco products and e-cigarettes which have been notified via the EU notification system prior to exit day will not need to be notified again after exit day, unless there are substantive change to products.

28 Jan 2019, 3:38 p.m. Employment: Parents Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has consulted (a) parents, (b) employers and (c) other organisations as part of its internal review of workplace provision for parents of premature babies.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

The Department is conducting a short, focussed internal review of the provisions for parents of premature and sick babies and those that experience multiple births. The purpose of this work is to obtain a high-level understanding of the barriers to participating in the labour market that these parents can face.

BEIS officials are working with organisations who represent the interests of these parents (The Smallest Things, Bliss, and TAMBA) to better understand the issues that parents can face and have also held focus groups with a small number of parents themselves.

We are also considering options for addressing other information gaps – including those that are attributable to regional variations in provision and experiences of parents.

28 Jan 2019, 3:38 p.m. Employment: Parents Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's internal review of workplace provision for parents of premature babies, what steps his Department is taking to understand the experiences of those parents who live outside of London.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

The Department is conducting a short, focussed internal review of the provisions for parents of premature and sick babies and those that experience multiple births. The purpose of this work is to obtain a high-level understanding of the barriers to participating in the labour market that these parents can face.

BEIS officials are working with organisations who represent the interests of these parents (The Smallest Things, Bliss, and TAMBA) to better understand the issues that parents can face and have also held focus groups with a small number of parents themselves.

We are also considering options for addressing other information gaps – including those that are attributable to regional variations in provision and experiences of parents.

28 Jan 2019, 3:38 p.m. Employment: Parents Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's internal review of workplace provision for parents of premature babies, what steps his Department is taking to understand the experiences of employed fathers with babies receiving neonatal care.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

The Department is conducting a short, focussed internal review of the provisions for parents of premature and sick babies and those that experience multiple births. The purpose of this work is to obtain a high-level understanding of the barriers to participating in the labour market that these parents can face.

BEIS officials are working with organisations who represent the interests of these parents (The Smallest Things, Bliss, and TAMBA) to better understand the issues that parents can face and have also held focus groups with a small number of parents themselves.

We are also considering options for addressing other information gaps – including those that are attributable to regional variations in provision and experiences of parents.

16 Jan 2019, 5:55 p.m. Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the spare room subsidy on trends in the level of empty properties.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

Statistics on vacant dwellings in England and in each local authority district are published in the Department's live table 615, which is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants.


This table shows the annual total numbers of empty homes and those vacant longer than six months and also vacants in the local authority, housing association and other public sector tenures


The number of long-term vacant dwellings across England remains lower than when records began.

15 Jan 2019, 4:14 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure education for young adults on HPV vaccination and cervical screening.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Public Health England (PHE) developed a range of materials targeted at teenagers and their parents to provide information about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to help them make an informed choice. Local immunisation providers should share this information and signpost teenagers and their parents to these materials when the offer of HPV vaccination is underway in schools. PHE also provides information and training materials for health professionals to ensure they can adequately respond to queries or concerns.

In March 2019, PHE will launch a national campaign to highlight the risks of cervical cancer to encourage all eligible women to attend their cervical screening appointment.

In addition, PHE has also worked closely with a number of charities such as Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust to develop lesson plans for schools to use to teach young people about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine.

15 Jan 2019, 12:30 p.m. Palliative Care: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will provide guidance to local commissioners to encourage the commissioning of support for the siblings of children with life-threatening and terminal conditions.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

In December 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published the guideline ‘End of Life Care for Infants, Children and Young People: Planning and Management’.

This guidance emphasises the need to be aware that siblings will need support to cope with their brother's or sister's condition and death and the effects of their parents' or carers' grieving. This may include social, practical, psychological and spiritual support.

To support implementation of the guidance NHS England commissioned Together for Short Lives, a leading children’s end of life care charity, to examine services across the country to identify best practice in implementation of the guidance, as well as barriers, through interviews with local NHS services. More information about this work and a copy of the NICE guidance can be found at the following links:

www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/changing-lives/supporting-care-professionals/introduction-childrens-palliative-care/nice-guidelines/

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng61

Hospices providing children and young people’s palliative care can also provide important support to the families of those caring for children with life limiting conditions. NHS England has recently announced plans to increase funding for children’s hospices to as much as £25 million a year over the next five years, as part of the NHS long term plan.

15 Jan 2019, 12:30 p.m. Palliative Care: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding is available to support the siblings of children with palliative care needs.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

In December 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published the guideline ‘End of Life Care for Infants, Children and Young People: Planning and Management’.

This guidance emphasises the need to be aware that siblings will need support to cope with their brother's or sister's condition and death and the effects of their parents' or carers' grieving. This may include social, practical, psychological and spiritual support.

To support implementation of the guidance NHS England commissioned Together for Short Lives, a leading children’s end of life care charity, to examine services across the country to identify best practice in implementation of the guidance, as well as barriers, through interviews with local NHS services. More information about this work and a copy of the NICE guidance can be found at the following links:

www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/changing-lives/supporting-care-professionals/introduction-childrens-palliative-care/nice-guidelines/

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng61

Hospices providing children and young people’s palliative care can also provide important support to the families of those caring for children with life limiting conditions. NHS England has recently announced plans to increase funding for children’s hospices to as much as £25 million a year over the next five years, as part of the NHS long term plan.

15 Jan 2019, 12:20 p.m. Palliative Care: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the needs of siblings of children with palliative care needs as part of the programme of work to deliver the Carers Action Plan.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The Government is committed to making sure young carers are not left behind. While some caring can be rewarding for young carers, they can experience poorer mental and physical health and miss out on opportunities in education and employment. We want to make sure that all young carers receive the support that they need.

The Carers Action Plan aims to do this by focusing on improving the identification of young carers; improving their educational opportunities and outcomes; providing support to young carers, particularly to vulnerable children; and improving access to services.

In December 2016 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published the guideline ‘End of Life Care for Infants, Children and Young People: Planning and Management’. The guidance emphasises the need to be aware that siblings will need support to cope with their brother's or sister's condition and death the effects of their parents' or carers' grieving. This may include social, practical, psychological and spiritual support.

14 Jan 2019, 4:22 p.m. Cervical Cancer Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2019.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with the charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, who lead on Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and we will be supporting them by our own social media activity. The Department will be supporting PHE’s activity.

NHS England plans to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week this year with proactive social media activity, including support for Jo’s Trust’s #SmearforSmear campaign to help reinforce the importance of women attending their regular check-ups.

In March 2019, PHE will launch a national campaign to highlight the risks of cervical cancer to encourage women to attend their cervical screening appointment.

9 Jan 2019, 5:45 p.m. Sex and Relationship Education: Human Papillomavirus Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will include learning about the HPV vaccination in the new sex education curriculum.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The current Sex and Relationship Education guidance, published in 2000, and the draft guidance for the new subjects of relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education include teaching about sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing. The new guidance, which will be mandatory from September 2020, also covers how different sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are transmitted and key facts about prevention and treatment. Teachers are free to use teaching in this area of the curriculum as an opportunity to inform pupils about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination.

Schools may also teach about cancer awareness, including HPV, in other areas of the curriculum. For example, the secondary science national curriculum and GCSEs include content about STIs and non-communicable diseases, such as cancer.

9 Jan 2019, 3:10 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the men who have sex with men (MSM) vaccination programme on the incidence of HPV-related diseases in MSM.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for men who have sex with men (MSM) began on 1 April 2018 and is being introduced via a phased roll out in all sexual health and human immunodeficiency virus clinics across England. As this programme can span up to two years, and some HPV-related diseases (i.e. cancers) take years to develop following infection, the full impact of this vaccination programme on the incidence of diseases will not be fully seen for many years. However, data is being collected to monitor the impact on diagnoses of anogenital warts and on the prevalence of HPV infection in MSM. It is expected that this will provide the earliest assessment of the initial effects of the programme in 2019/20.

18 Dec 2018, 6:46 p.m. Schools: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2018 to Question 198194 on Schools: Food, (a) what the timetable is for his Department's interaction with stakeholders and schools and (b) from which industries his Department plans to identify stakeholders.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

We remain committed to delivering the healthy schools rating scheme in a way that makes the most of existing resources available to schools. We have met with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as a number of interested suppliers, to discuss the best way to deliver the scheme. We are preparing our scheme based on testing and stakeholder feedback, and will continue to work with stakeholders across government, the food sector and charitable organisations. We will share more information shortly.

18 Dec 2018, 5:16 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the HPV vaccination is planned to be available in sexual health clinics across England for men who have sex with men; and in how many sexual health clinics that vaccination is planned to be available in.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The phased roll out of the national human papillomavirus vaccination programme for men who have sex with men began on 1 April 2018. It is anticipated this will be completed in all sexual health and HIV clinics across England by April 2019.

18 Dec 2018, 5:15 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure take-up of the HPV vaccination by men who have sex with men.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The national human papillomavirus vaccination programme for men who have sex with men began on 1 April 2018 with a phased rollout into all sexual health and human immunodeficiency virus clinics across England. A range of resources about the programme to facilitate vaccination uptake were produced for healthcare professionals and clinic attendees. These included clinical and operational guidance, a training slide set and poster, information leaflet and vaccination record card. These resources are available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hpv-vaccination-for-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-programme

The service is now part of the public health functions agreement, and NHS England is monitoring the progress of rollout. As of November 2018 data collection, almost 50% of services will be fully rolled out.

18 Dec 2018, 5:14 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the number is of gay and bisexual men who participated in the pilot HPV vaccination programme available in sexual health clinics who were aged (a) under 25, (b) 25 to 35, (c) 35 to 45, (d) 45 to 55 and (e) 55 and over.

Answer (Steve Brine)

An evaluation of the first year (2016/17) of the pilot has been carried out. The following table shows the number of eligible men who have sex with men (MSM), up to age 45, who participated in the pilot human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme available in sexual health clinics.

MSM over the age of 45 years were not eligible for the HPV MSM vaccination pilot.

The number of eligible MSM, up to age 45, participating in the HPV vaccination trial

Under 25 years

26-30 years

31-35 years

36-40 years

41-45 years

Vaccinated with first dose

2,323

1,965

1,748

1,399

1,145

Source: Human papillomavirus vaccination for Men who have sex with Men, 2016/17 pilot evaluation https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678987/HPV_msm_year1_evaluation_report.pdf

18 Dec 2018, 5:13 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the results of the pilot HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men.

Answer (Steve Brine)

In February 2018, Public Health England published an evaluation of the 2016/17 pilot human papillomavirus vaccination programme for men who have sex with men. The report is available to view at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678987/HPV_msm_year1_evaluation_report.pdf

18 Dec 2018, 4:50 p.m. Alcoholic Drinks Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings Ministers of his department have had with representatives of (a) the alcohol industry and (b) organisations working to reduce alcohol-related harm in 2018; and if he will publish the (i) dates, (ii) attendees and (iii) topics of each of those meetings.

Answer (Robert Jenrick)

Details of all ministerial meetings are routinely published on the Gov.UK website, details can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel

Ministers and officials regularly meet with stakeholders to discuss alcohol duty and related issues, including the health impacts of alcohol.

18 Dec 2018, 10:45 a.m. Palliative Care: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2018 to Question 197449 on Palliative Care: Children and Young People, whether Health Education England is taking steps to develop staff to fulfil the end of life choice commitment for children as set out in its mandate from the Government; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

The Government’s mandates to Health Education England (HEE) since 2014/15 contained an overall goal by 2020 of ensuring all staff delivering end of life care are appropriately trained, especially in the five priorities for care of the dying person and the Ambitions Framework. Working in partnership with stakeholders across the system, HEE has delivered the following:

- publication of End of Life Care Core Skills Education and Training Framework;

- collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council and Health and Care Professions Council to influence curricula on end of life care;

- over 160 highly interactive e-learning materials for end of life care; and

- work with Community Education Partnership Networks to support inclusion of asset based work in local End of Life Care plans - recognising the value of individuals and communities in supporting individuals in end of life care - and published a ‘How to’ guide on asset based approaches.

11 Dec 2018, 4:22 p.m. Schools: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 189628, whether the healthy rating scheme will (a) be linked to Ofsted ratings and (b) apply to primary and secondary schools.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

It is critical that we reflect carefully on the feedback we have received on the healthy school rating scheme, to ensure we support schools as effectively as possible. The details of how the scheme will interact with stakeholders and schools will be announced shortly.

7 Dec 2018, 12:56 p.m. Cancer: Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the progress report for 2017-18 on Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England is currently working on the third progress report into the delivery of the five-year cancer strategy for England. While reporting on the progress that has been made, the report will also look to the future and the fit between the cancer strategy and the long-term plan for the National Health Service. The report will be published in due course.

5 Dec 2018, 2 p.m. Palliative Care: Children and Young People Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s mandate to Health Education England will specify the need for a health and care workforce which can meet the end of life care choice commitment for babies, children and young people.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Developing staff to fulfil the end of life choice commitment for children and adults has been included with the Government’s mandates to Health Education England since 2014/15 and we expect that will remain the case for 2018/19.

29 Nov 2018, 4:42 p.m. Healthy Pupils Capital Fund Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to publish a report on how the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund has been spent by schools.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

Existing mechanisms for school condition funding are being used to report on Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) expenditure. We plan to collect data on HPCF spend during 2018/19 in 2019 and include it in our published report on capital spend by local authorities and multi- academy trusts on the school estate, which will be published in 2020.

Successful HPCF projects funded through the Condition Improvement Fund 2018-19 have been published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/condition-improvement-fund-2018-to-2019-outcome.

29 Nov 2018, 1:49 p.m. Multiple Births Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer on 23 October to Question 179160 on Perinatal Mortality, whether the expert oversight group (a) noted that twins and triplets are at a higher risk than other populations of stillbirth and neonatal death and (b) made an assessment of the effect of its decision not to include twin-specific recommendations in the Saving Babies' Lives Care Bundle on the NHS' ability to carry out its legal duty to have regard to reducing inequalities in outcomes from health services.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle is undergoing review by an oversight group consisting of nationally recognised experts, including representatives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society. The expert oversight group did note that twins and triplets are at a higher risk of stillbirth and neonatal death compared with other populations.

The Maternity Transformation Programme is addressing safety in maternity services, including reducing inequalities in outcomes regarding twin and multiple births through other channels in addition to the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle. The programme is supporting Local Maternity Systems to implement best practice care by working with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, which has developed the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool to support standardised perinatal mortality reviews across National Health Service maternity and neonatal units in England, Scotland and Wales.

All trusts in England are now using the tool to identify the factors associated with stillbirth and neonatal death, including within multiple pregnancies. Furthermore, NHS England encourages Local Maternity Systems to follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, including CG129 on the management of antenatal care for twin and triplet pregnancies.

30 Oct 2018, 1:34 p.m. Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Warwickshire County Council’s practice guidance Teaching children and young people with literacy difficulties, published in February 2018, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies on the definition of dyslexia used in assessments for the diagnosis and support of that condition.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department have not made any formal assessment of this report. We are continuing to improve standards on literacy and to support schools and parents on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including dyslexia.

Schools are required under the Children and Families Act (2014) and the accompanying SEND Code of Practice to identify and address the special educational needs (SEN) of the pupils or students they support. Maintained schools are given notional SEN budgets and should use this to pay for support to children with dyslexia where required. Schools must use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEN gets the support they need - this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEN.

The Equality Act (2010) is clear that a person (P) has a disability if - (a) P has a physical or mental impairment, and (b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on P's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. All schools have duties under the Equality Act (2010) towards individual disabled children and young people.

25 Oct 2018, 11:59 a.m. Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s consultation on calorie labelling for food and drink served outside the home includes alcoholic drinks.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The consultation on mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector was launched as part of a package of measures with the primary aim of reducing childhood obesity. We welcome and will consider all responses to the consultation, including whether this policy should be extended to alcoholic drinks. However, our intention at this stage is focused on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

23 Oct 2018, 1:55 p.m. Energy: Waste Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with Rolton Kilbride on its application for a gasification plant at Hillthorn Farm in Washington and Sunderland West; and what the purpose was of the meetings that he has had.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

The Secretary of State has not met Rolton Kilbride Limited about its application for the construction and operation of a Renewable Energy Centre for the recovery of energy from non-hazardous residual waste at Hillthorn Farm, Washington, and has no plans to do so. He is currently considering requests to call in this application and propriety considerations prevent him meeting any parties with an interest in the proposal, as this may be prejudicial.

23 Oct 2018, 11:32 a.m. Perinatal Mortality Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the updated version of the NHS Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle will be published; and whether that update will include explicit recommendations on reducing stillbirths in twin pregnancies.

Answer (Matt Hancock)

The Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle is undergoing review by an oversight group consisting of nationally recognised experts, including representatives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society. Upon completion of the review, and subject to necessary approvals, NHS England aims to publish an updated version of the Care Bundle.

There are no plans to include a new, specific element relating to multiple pregnancies in the updated version of the Care Bundle. The oversight group concluded that inclusion of an additional element specifically focusing on multiple pregnancies would and add little benefit beyond compliance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance.

22 Oct 2018, 4:30 p.m. Usher Syndrome: Health Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the (a) availability and (b) adequacy of health services for patients with Usher Syndrome.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Patients with Usher syndrome have a wide range of needs, with many services being commissioned by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). NHS England commissions more specialist services such as cochlear implants (which are suitable for some patients with Usher syndrome). NHS England also commissions the complex genetic analysis associated with Usher syndrome.

Whilst NHS England is considering a number of new interventions for some patients with retinitis pigmentosa, some of these interventions are not suitable for patients who are also deaf or have selective frequency hearing loss because they prevent the hearing of device alarms and alerts.

CCGs are also responsible for working with their local communities to understand the needs of the local populations and make decisions about how best to commission services that meet those needs, in partnership with other local commissioners and organisations and taking into account any relevant guidance.

22 Oct 2018, 4:16 p.m. Disability: Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the (a) availability and (b) adequacy of the health services provided to deafblind people.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

NHS services must ensure that people with a sensory impairment receive information that they can access and understand, for example braille, and professional communication support, if they need it, to meet the Accessible Information Standard. The Care Quality Commission, when inspecting the quality of care delivered by providers looks at how services implement the Accessible Information Standard.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, children and young people who are deafblind may be eligible for special educational support, and health, education and social care services should work together to assess and plan to deliver this. The Care Quality Commission is inspecting all local areas over five years to assess the quality of these local arrangements for special educational need (in addition to the routine inspection of providers of health and social care).

13 Sep 2018, 1:12 p.m. Gay Conversion Therapy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

When she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to end the practice of gay conversion therapy.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

Conversion therapy is wrong and we are not willing to let it continue. That is why we are committed to bringing forward proposals to end this abhorrent practice in the UK. We recognise this is a complex issue that we need to get right. Officials in the Government Equalities Office are working with stakeholders to consider all legislative and non-legislative options and will announce further detail on the matter in due course.

19 Jul 2018, 3:11 p.m. Alcoholic Drinks: Industry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2018 to Question 160717 on Alcoholic Drinks: Industry, if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) attendees and (c) topics of each of those meetings.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The attached table sets out the dates on which, according to the Department’s records, Department of Health and Social Care officials responsible for alcohol policy met representatives of the alcohol industry in 2017 and 2018. The table also identifies the topic or topics of each meeting. Senior civil servants and chief executive officers have been identified by name, otherwise only the organisation is listed.

12 Jul 2018, 2:36 p.m. Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the Government's cross-departmental alcohol strategy.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government is currently working closely with a range of partners to develop a new alcohol strategy which we aim to publish early next year.

12 Jul 2018, 2:27 p.m. Alcoholic Drinks Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings his Department had with representatives of the alcohol industry in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government considers it important to meet with all stakeholders in working to tackle alcohol-related harms. Home Office officials regularly meet with representatives of the alcohol industry. In developing a new alcohol strategy officials will continue to meet with representatives of the alcohol industry and with many other stakeholders.

11 Jul 2018, 12:54 p.m. Alcoholic Drinks: Industry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings his Department had with representatives of the alcohol industry in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Officials from the Department have met alcohol industry representatives on a number of occasions in 2017 and 2018 to discuss areas of common interest relating to alcohol and related harms. Topics for discussion have included the recent low alcohol labelling consultation, the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk alcohol guidelines, international discussions on alcohol and promotion of lower and zero alcohol products.

10 Jul 2018, 2:03 p.m. Ticketmaster: Data Protection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Information Commissioners Office has plans to undertake an investigation into the data breach by Ticket Master.

Answer (Margot James)

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have been made aware of an issue concerning Ticketmaster and I can confirm that the Information Commissioner is making enquiries with the company. The ICO is looking at when the incident happened and when it was discovered as part of their work and this will inform whether it is dealt with under the 1998 or 2018 Data Protection Acts.

10 Jul 2018, 2:01 p.m. Ticketmaster: Data Protection Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that (a) the recent data breach of Ticketmaster and (b) other data breaches do not reoccur; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Margot James)

The Government takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. The Data Protection Act 2018 makes our data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed and empowers people to take control of their data.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued a statement on the Ticketmaster breach on 27th June and guidance for customers was issued on its website on the 28th June. The National Crime Agency and NCSC continue to investigate this incident as a priority, including working with all parties to ascertain the full scale of the incident and to provide ongoing remediation advice. As part of this and broader mitigation advice, the NCSC and Information Commissioner’s Office have issued a set of General Data Protection Regulation Security Outcomes in order to ensure the appropriate security of personal data.

The NCSC supports the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry and SMEs. This include the provision of freely available guidance on its website which, if followed, enables institutions and companies to put measures in place to help protect themselves from cyber attacks. When incidents do occur, the NCSC provides effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future.

3 Jul 2018, 3:10 p.m. Public Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether activities funded under section 7A of the public health functions agreement are included as part of the multi-year NHS England funding announced by the Prime Minister on 18 June 2018.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Funding for activities specified under the National Health Service public health functions agreement (made under section 7A of the NHS Act 2006) are included within the 2018-19 baseline for the multi-year NHS England funding agreement on NHS England resource budgets, under which the NHS budget will grow by over £20 billion, in real terms, by 2023-24.

No decision has yet been taken on the share of funds to be allocated to public health functions under the multi-year financial settlement. Decisions on investment in public health functions from this settlement are subject to the development of the long-term NHS plan, which will be brought forward through close working between the NHS and the Government, in consultation with patients and the public.

28 Jun 2018, 3:02 p.m. Healthy Start Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money was spent from the public purse on the Healthy Start scheme in the UK in (a) 2016-2017 and (b) 2017-2018.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The spend for the Healthy Start scheme, which is made up of the Healthy Start scheme and the Nursery Milk scheme, was £112.6 million in 2016-2017. The figures for 2017-18 are not yet available.

28 Jun 2018, 2:59 p.m. Healthy Start Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether eligibility for the Healthy Start scheme for a family with children under four years of age receiving universal credit and on an earned income of less than £408 a month is linked to eligibility for (a) tax credits or (b) child benefit.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Healthy Start eligibility is for pregnant women (at least 10 weeks into pregnancy) and families with a child under four years old, if they are claiming any of the following benefits:

- Income Support;

- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance;

- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;

- Child Tax Credit (with an annual family income of £16,190 or less); and

- Universal Credit (with family take-home pay of less than £408 per month).

All pregnant women aged under 18 are also eligible for Healthy Start, regardless of whether they receive any of the above benefits.

22 Jun 2018, 10:23 a.m. Obesity: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the childhood obesity plan will be published; and whether it will include plans to increase the (a) promotion and (b) marketing of fruit and vegetables.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Chapter two of our world-leading childhood obesity plan will set out ambitious actions that we believe will make a real difference. We will be in a position to say more shortly.

20 Jun 2018, 4:23 p.m. Universal Credit Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that after the full roll-out of universal credit no person has their benefits sanctioned in the event that they (a) reduce their earnings to claim entitlement to free school meals or (b) decide not to increase their earnings in order to avoid losing entitlement to free school meals and either option leaves them better off overall.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The conditionality requirements and support available to claimants are designed to be flexible, personalised and responsive to their needs. Imposing a sanction when someone has not met their requirements is not something we do lightly. When considering whether a sanction is appropriate, a Decision Maker will take into account all the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or childcare responsibilities and any evidence of good reason, before deciding whether a sanction is warranted.

20 Jun 2018, 11:04 a.m. Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients with sight and hearing impairments are able to access NHS services.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

It is the responsibility of local providers and commissioners of NHS services to make the reasonable adjustments required by the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that disabled people, including those with sight and hearing impairments, are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people.

Additionally, under the NHS Constitution, National Health Service organisations are required to provide high quality comprehensive services, based on clinical need, which do not discriminate between patients on the basis of disability, including sight and hearing impairments.

In order to reduce the unacceptable variation in the provision of accessible information and communication support to disabled people, all organisations that provide NHS care or publicly-funded adult social care have been legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard since 1 August 2016. This ensures that people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information they can easily read or understand, with support, so they can communicate effectively with services. This will help ensure that they receive an improved standard of care and be more involved in how that care is delivered.

19 Jun 2018, 3:42 p.m. School Meals Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on the School Food Plan.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The government encourages students to have a healthy, balanced diet and adopt healthy life choices through the provision of school funding, legislation and guidance.

The School Food Plan (July 2013), has helped to bring about improvements in the provision of school food. We have since launched the new school food standards in January 2015 and they have been widely welcomed by schools. The standards severely restrict foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, as well as low quality reformed or reconstituted foods. They ban crisps, confectionery and high-sugar drinks. The standards apply to all food and drink provided to pupils in schools.

19 Jun 2018, 12:27 p.m. Free School Meals Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that after the full roll-out of universal credit no child loses their entitlement to free school meals as a result of fluctuating earnings when their overall earnings are under £7,400 in a given year.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

We recognise that some households see their earnings fluctuate from month to month. To address this, we will ensure that a claimant’s earnings can be checked over a period lasting up to three months (where this data is available), rather than taking only the most recent month of earnings into consideration.

18 Jun 2018, 4:35 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s meeting on 6 June 2018, whether his Department has received a recommendation on HPV vaccination for adolescent boys.

Answer (Steve Brine)

As of 18 June 2018, the Department has not received the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s final advice on human papillomavirus vaccination for adolescent boys. The Department expects to receive this advice soon and will consider this as a matter of priority.

14 Jun 2018, 11:12 a.m. Obesity: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that the new childhood obesity plan includes steps to increase the promotion and marketing of fruit and vegetables.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Chapter two of our world-leading childhood obesity plan will set out ambitious actions that we believe will make a real difference. We will be in a position to say more shortly.

13 Jun 2018, 2:58 p.m. Probation: Pay Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reform the pay of probation staff.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We recognise the significant role that probation officers play within the criminal justice system, implementing the orders of the courts, rehabilitating offenders and protecting the public.

Officials from HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) have held constructive and exploratory talks on pay with the National Association for Probation Officers (NAPO) (the trade union for probation officers), Unison and GMB SCOOP over pay and working conditions. However there have not been the substantive talks which can result in agreement at this stage.

We are working to progress a case, consistent with the Government’s approach to public sector pay, which can be agreed with HM Treasury Ministers at the earliest opportunity.

8 Jun 2018, 11:10 a.m. LGBT People: Surveys Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2018 to Question 146160 on LGBT People: Surveys, whether she plans to include legislative proposals on gay conversion therapy in her Department’s LGBT Action Plan.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

This Government firmly believes that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is not an illness to be cured. We are not prepared to see such activity continue either in the regulated professional sector or outside of it and have taken action to stamp out this bogus treatment.

We have previously worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, including the UK Council for Psychotherapy, to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to put a stop to this practice.

One major hurdle to tackling this issue is the lack of robust evidence on conversion therapy in the UK. We believe that an effective policy response must be built on a solid evidence base. That is why we included questions on conversion therapy in the National LGBT Survey, which received over 100,000 responses.

Officials in the Government Equalities Office are analysing the results of the survey, including those on conversion therapy. These results will be published shortly. As the Prime Minister announced last month, the Government will also publish an action plan setting out steps Government will take to address the survey findings.

5 Jun 2018, 2:05 p.m. Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to question 136542 on health: finance, how much funding from the public purse allocated to activities funded under the section 7A of the public health functions agreement was spent; and what other expenditure reported by NHS England on section 7A services in addition to the ring-fenced sum was spent in each of the last five years.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England publishes its annual accountability statements online each year which set out their additional reported expenditure outside the Section 7A ring-fenced funding.

Ring-fenced funding and expenditure pursuant to the agreement for the last five years are shown in the following table.

National Health Service public health functions agreement funding and expenditure

Financial year

2013/14

2014/15

2015/161

2016/17

2017/18

Ring-fenced funding (£ million)

1,843

1,929

1,376

1,069

1,152

Additional reported NHS England expenditure outside the ring-fence (£ million)

-2

69

85

88

(Not yet available)

Expenditure outturn (£ million)2

1,841

1,998

1,461

1,157

(Not yet available)

These figures do not include central procurement of adult and childhood vaccines which are administered within programmes under the NHS public health functions agreement as disaggregated figures are not available.

Notes:

1Figures from 2015/6 are not comparable with previous years as a result of:

- the transfer of responsibility for commissioning 0-5 year old children’s services to local government from 1 October 2015; and

- inclusion in 2013/14 and 2014/15 £169 million of public health-related Quality Outcomes Framework payments, which are accounted for separately from 2015/16.

2Includes other expenditure reported by NHS England on section 7A services in addition to the ring-fenced sum.

4 Jun 2018, 12:54 p.m. Taiwan: World Health Organisation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to facilitate Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organisation to safeguard global health security.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a critical role in protecting the world’s health and strengthening global health security. The WHO has an agreed process for engagement with Taiwan including on Global Health security and health emergencies. The UK continues to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organisations where statehood is not a prerequisite and where Taiwan can make a valuable contribution.

1 Jun 2018, 10:41 a.m. Food: Advertising Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a 9.00pm watershed for TV advertisements for food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt.

Answer (Margot James)

As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan, the Government is investing millions in the National Institute for Health Research Obesity Policy Research Unit (OPRU) to look at evidence on how all forms of marketing affect children’s food preferences and consumption to help inform further thinking on this. The OPRU will begin publishing their findings later this year.

24 May 2018, 3:18 p.m. LGBT People: Surveys Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish the outcome of the national LGBT survey; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

We will publish the results of the national LGBT survey ahead of Summer Recess. We are currently considering how we will update Parliament on the outcome of the survey. Having received an unprecedented number of over 100,000 responses to the LGBT survey, analysing the results is a significant undertaking that we want to get right.

These results will be used to inform plans to further LGBT equality in the UK, including our LGBT Action Plan.

21 May 2018, 2:20 p.m. Joint Committee On Vaccination and Immunisation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what time timetable for the agenda of the next meeting of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to be published is.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) code of practice states that the agenda for a JCVI meeting is published about one week before the meeting. The next meeting will be held on 6 June 2018.

The JCVI code of practice is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation

17 May 2018, 3:22 p.m. Sunderland and Gateshead Community Acquired Brain Injury Service Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the Community Acquired Brain Injury Service on patients in (a) Sunderland and (b) Gateshead.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as lead commissioner, and Newcastle Gateshead CCG as associate to the contract, have recently conducted a full service review to identify areas for improvement and ensure sustainability for the future. The review was completed in consultation with the current provider, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW).

The current contract for the service is due to expire on 30 June 2018, following this the CCG expects to retain a contract with NTW from 1 July 2018 which will continue to provide services for patients with severe head injuries, the group for whom the service was originally established. Patients who have a minor or mild head injury will be treated in more suitable local community services.

Commissioners intend to review these services over the coming months, and look forward to engaging with patients and other stakeholders as part of this work.

17 May 2018, 3:17 p.m. Energy: Housing Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help consumers save domestic household energy.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Clean Growth Strategy (the Strategy), sets out Government’s aspiration that as many homes as possible will be upgraded to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C by 2035, where practical, cost-effective and affordable. To meet this aspiration, several policies and proposals, which will also help consumers to save domestic household energy, have been outlined in the Strategy, including:

1) Developing a long-term trajectory to improve the energy performance standards of privately rented homes, with the aim of upgrading as many homes as possible to EPC Band C by 2030 where practical, cost-effective and affordable. We will consider options by consulting on this in 2018 and looking at how social housing can meet equivalent standards over the same period.

2) Seeking evidence on building a market for energy efficiency, including additional measures to improve energy performance of owner occupied homes through a Call for Evidence published alongside the Clean Growth Strategy. This Call for Evidence closed on 9 January 2018. Following an evaluation of the responses, we will publish an action plan on additional market-based measures later in 2018.

3) Following the outcome of the independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety, and subject to its conclusions, consulting on strengthening energy performance standards for new and existing homes under Building Regulations, including futureproofing new homes for low carbon heating systems.

4) We have recently consulted on reforms to ECO which would focus the whole scheme on low income and vulnerable households whilst encouraging more innovation so bring down the long-term costs of energy efficiency.

5) This proposal and our commitment to extend support for home energy efficiency improvements until 2028 at the current level of ECO funding, will support over £6 billion of investment over the next decade.

The Government has also committed to ensuring that every home and small business in the country is offered a smart meter by the end of 2020. Smart meters will enable customers to take control of their energy use, save money on bills and reduce their household energy.

9 May 2018, 12:56 p.m. Employment and Support Allowance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 15 March 2018, on Employment and Support Allowance, whether her Department has recruited the 400 new members of staff to assist with correcting underpayments that may have occurred as a result of how a proportion of Incapacity Benefit claims were transitioned to Employment and Support Allowance between 2011 and 2014.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

There are currently 400 people deployed on delivering the Incapacity Benefit Reassessment Legal Entitlements and Administrative Process (IBR LEAP) work within the Employment and Support Allowance division.

26 Apr 2018, 10:17 a.m. Relationship and Sex Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education in advance of the publication of guidance issued to schools to support the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education lessons; and what public health content is planned to feature in that guidance.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Secretary of State has met the Secretary of State for Education to discuss a range of issues of mutual interest.

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England are members of the cross-Government group convened by the Department for Education (DfE) to inform this guidance to support the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education and will continue to provide expert advice through the development and consultation of the guidance. Officials have met DfE colleagues to provide up-to-date international evidence for effective relationships and sex education, and to discuss public health priorities for the statutory guidance.

The guidance will support schools to teach young people the knowledge they need to stay safe, have healthy relationships and thrive in the modern world. Ministers are currently considering the evidence gathered during the recent call for evidence, with draft guidance due to be published for consultation later in the year.

26 Apr 2018, 10:09 a.m. Public Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the public purse was allocated to activities funded under the section 7A of the public health functions agreement, and how much of that funding was spent in each of the last five years.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The National Health Service public health functions agreement sets out the arrangements under which responsibility for certain elements of the Secretary of State’s public health functions is delegated to NHS England. The agreement is made under section 7A of the National Health Service Act 2006.

Ring-fenced funding and expenditure pursuant to the agreement for the last five years are shown in the following table.

NHS public health functions agreement funding and expenditure

Financial year

2013/14

2014/15

2015/161

2016/17

2017/18

Ring-fenced funding (£ million)

1,843

1,929

1,376

1,069

1,152

Expenditure outturn (£ million)2

1,841

1,998

1,461

1,157

(Not yet available)

These figures do not include central procurement of adult and childhood vaccines which are administered within programmes under the NHS public health functions agreement as disaggregated figures are not available.

Notes:

1Figures from 2015/6 are not comparable with previous years as a result of:

- the transfer of responsibility for commissioning 0-5 year old children’s services to local government from 1 October 2015; and

- inclusion in 2013/14 and 2014/15 £169 million of public health-related Quality Outcomes Framework payments, which are accounted for separately from 2015/16.

2Includes other expenditure reported by NHS England on section 7A services in addition to the ring-fenced sum.

25 Apr 2018, 11:04 a.m. Plastics: Recycling Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's plastic deposit return scheme on small retailers.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government has confirmed that it will introduce a DRS in England, subject to consultation later this year. The consultation (accompanied by an impact assessment) will look at the details of how such a scheme would work, alongside other measures to increase recycling rates. Building on the working group’s call for evidence, we will be seeking further views on the potential impacts of a DRS on small retailers when we consult on this policy.

24 Apr 2018, 11:11 a.m. Incapacity Benefit Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference the Written Statement of 15 March 2018, Employment and Support Allowance, HCWS 549, which external organisations her Department has been engaging with that provide support and advice to claimants in order to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of corrections that may be necessary as a result of underpayments that may have occurred due to how a proportion of Incapacity Benefit claims were transitioned to Employment and Support Allowance between 2011 and 2014.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

We held a stakeholder meeting on 26/02/2018:

The following stakeholders were invited -

  • Child Poverty Action Group
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • Disability Rights UK
  • MIND
  • Scope
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Mencap
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Association of Welfare Rights Advisors
  • The Disability Benefits Consortium

The following stakeholders attended -

  • Disability Rights UK
  • The National Association of Welfare Rights Advisors
  • Scope
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • The Disability Benefits Consortium

Further stakeholder engagement took place on 06/03/18 through the DWP Operational Stakeholder Engagement Forum

The following external stakeholders attended -

  • Independent Age
  • Homeless Link
  • BLESMA
  • LASA
  • Thomas Pocklington Trust
  • HMRC
  • LGA Social Security Adviser Group
  • RNIB
  • Gingerbread
  • SSAC
  • Refuge
  • LITRG
  • MIND
  • DRUK
  • Age UK
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • NHF
  • Mencap
  • LWROG
  • The Big Issue
  • CAP
  • Turn2Us
  • MS Society
  • Help for Heroes
  • Trussell Trust
  • Scope

We supported the Money Advice Service by fact checking the draft guidance they produced for their contact centres.

17 Apr 2018, 3:35 p.m. Diabetes: Podiatry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129469, what assessment he has made of the level of variation in practice since the publication of the NICE guideline of August 2015, Diabetic foot problems: prevention and management.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Clinical Audit and Registries Management Service at NHS Digital publishes the following information relating to variations in practice in diabetic foot care:

- The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit is a continuous audit of diabetic foot disease in England and Wales and is available at the following link:

https://www.digital.nhs.uk/footcare

- The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit is a snapshot audit of diabetes inpatient care in England and Wales and is available at the following link:

https://www.digital.nhs.uk/diabetesinpatientaudit

- The core National Diabetes Audit measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards, in England and Wales. The audit is available at the following link:

https://www.digital.nhs.uk/nda

17 Apr 2018, 3:29 p.m. Chiropody Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129467, if he will take steps to encourage podiatrists to seek leadership positions in foot protection services.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The National Health Service is committed to providing targeted development opportunities for staff through its range of leadership programmes delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy. These programmes encourage multi-professional representation at leadership level. Further information can be found at:

https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/programmes/

Podiatrists are further encouraged to take up leadership positions by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance 19 to commissioners and providers, which states that the foot protection service should be led by a podiatrist. The NICE Clinical Guidance 19 can be found at:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng19/resources/shared-learning

Additionally, Health Education England (HEE) is working in partnership with the College of Podiatry and the profession to raise its confidence, capacity and the recognition of its contribution across all aspects of podiatry, which includes foot protection. Last year HEE

worked with the College to raise the profile of the workforce including podiatrists in foot protection roles. Further information can be found at:

https://www.improvingdiabeticfootcare.com/

17 Apr 2018, 1:15 p.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of places in the PrEP Impact Trial are currently filled.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Since opening in October 2017, the trial has recruited just over 5,400 participants, which represents 54% of the 10,000 places available nationally.

Over 115 sites have been opened in the past six months and the remaining sites are actively preparing to open. The trial team, consisting of a dedicated trial manager at St Stephen’s Clinical Research as well as representatives from Public Health England that include sexual health clinicians and public health experts, is providing additional support with the intention that all participating clinics are live by the end of April 2018.

17 Apr 2018, 1:15 p.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for all sites participating in the PrEP Impact Trial to be live.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Since opening in October 2017, the trial has recruited just over 5,400 participants, which represents 54% of the 10,000 places available nationally.

Over 115 sites have been opened in the past six months and the remaining sites are actively preparing to open. The trial team, consisting of a dedicated trial manager at St Stephen’s Clinical Research as well as representatives from Public Health England that include sexual health clinicians and public health experts, is providing additional support with the intention that all participating clinics are live by the end of April 2018.

17 Apr 2018, 1 p.m. Diabetes: Podiatry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129467, if he will mandate that the 2018 National Diabetes Footcare Audit commissioner survey includes questions on adherence to each aspect of NICE Clinical Guidance 19.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Adherence to parts of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance 19 is assessed by the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NFDA) Care Structures Survey, which asks commissioners in England (National Health Service trusts) and Wales (local health boards) whether the following NICE-recommended care structures (NG19) are in place for the management of diabetic foot disease:

- Training for routine diabetic foot examinations (Relating to NG19 recommendations 1.3.3-7);

- An established Foot Protection Service pathway (Relating to NG19 recommendations 1.3.8); and

- An established Foot Disease pathway for new referrals – if needed – for an assessment within 24 hours (Relating to NG19 recommendations 1.4.1-2).

There are presently no plans to add questions to the NDFA Care Structures Survey.

Notes:

NG19: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng19

NDFA: https://www.digital.nhs.uk/footcare

5 Apr 2018, 3 p.m. Employment and Support Allowance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reimburse people who received incorrect employment and support allowance payments.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

Please see below a link to the latest ministerial statement regarding ESA underpayments, made in the House of Lords on 15 March 2018:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-15/HCWS549/

5 Apr 2018, 2:49 p.m. Youth Courts: South Tyneside Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to provide financial support to families and victims from Sunderland who now have to travel to South Tyneside to attend the Youth Court.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

We do not currently provide financial support for families and victims attending the youth court but we do endeavour to list any hearings required following the first hearing at South Tyneside at the most convenient location for victims and families. There are regular and affordable public transport options available for travel between Sunderland and South Tyneside ensuring the journey is both reasonable and practical.

5 Apr 2018, 11:56 a.m. Carers: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that kinship carers receive adequate financial support.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The government issued statutory guidance in 2011 for local authorities about supporting family and friends providing care for children who cannot live with their parents. The guidance makes it clear that children and young people should receive the support that they and their carers need to safeguard and promote their welfare. It explains that support, including financial support, can be provided under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. There is no limit on the level of support, including financial support, that local authorities can provide. The local authority should have in place clear eligibility criteria in relation to the provision of support services.

3 Apr 2018, 2:57 p.m. Youth Courts: South Tyneside Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of moving the Sunderland Youth Court to South Tyneside for victims, families and young people in Sunderland.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

No assessment has been made by the Secretary of State. The decision followed a local public consultation in spring 2017 which assessed and considered the merits of moving the Sunderland Youth Court work to South Tyneside Court.

28 Mar 2018, 12:46 p.m. Healthy Start Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on take-up rates for healthy start benefits among families in receipt of universal credit.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Healthy Start vouchers are available to Universal Credit claimants with earnings at or below £408 per month, who are at least 10 weeks pregnant or who have at least one child under four years old.

Arrangements are in place to support Healthy Start beneficiaries who are transitioning to Universal Credit, and those who are applying for Universal Credit for the first time.

27 Mar 2018, 3:45 p.m. Foreign Relations Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on continued foreign policy co-operation after the UK has left the EU.

Answer (Boris Johnson)

I regularly discuss future and existing foreign policy cooperation with my EU counterparts, including at the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday 19 March.

20 Mar 2018, 5:39 p.m. Music: GCSE Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in England offered GCSE Music in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The information requested is not held centrally. The Department does not collect information about which subjects are offered by individual schools. Instead, the Department holds information on each exam entry taken in a school, in each subject, which provides a proxy[1] for the subjects offered by that school.

The number of schools[2], with pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 who sat an exam in music[3] in 2010 and 2017 were:

Academic year

Schools with at least one exam entry in music

2009/10

3,127

2016/17

2,975

[1] In any given year, a pupil may sign up to a subject but not sit any exams in it, leading to that subject not being counted. Also, a school may offer a subject, but have no pupils signed up to take the course, or sit an exam in it for that year.

[2] Includes all schools, except further education sector institutions, converter academy (alternative provision) and sponsor led academy (alternative provision).

[3] Only includes entries that were eligible for inclusion in performance tables, were full GCSE courses, that were not discounted (in 2010, the pupil’s best entry was included, all others were discounted. In 2017, the pupil’s first entry is included, all others are discounted: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-4-qualifications-discount-codes-and-point-scores). This means that a pupil may study music and enter an exam in either 2010 or 2017, but the entry won’t be included as part of these figures as the entry was discounted. This is in line with performance tables methodology and enables comparison to published figures.

20 Mar 2018, 5:25 p.m. Music: Primary Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Primary Schools in England did not employ a specialist music teacher in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The information requested is not held centrally.

5 Mar 2018, 3:47 p.m. Arthritis: Podiatry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that provision is made available for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to receive an annual assessment by a podiatrist.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Provision of podiatry service is a local matter. The guideline ‘Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management’, updated by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2015, recommends that all people with rheumatoid arthritis who have foot problems should have access to a podiatrist for assessment and periodic review of their foot health needs. We expect commissioners to take NICE guidance into account when planning services for local populations. The guideline can be found at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg79

5 Mar 2018, 3:46 p.m. Podiatry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure greater uptake of the recommendation in NICE Clinical Guidance 19 that podiatrists with specialist training should lead foot protection services.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance to commissioners and providers states that the foot protection service should be led by a podiatrist with specialist training in diabetic foot problems, and should have access to healthcare professionals with skills in Diabetology, Biomechanics and Orthoses and wound care.

The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s team is working with NICE to increase Allied Health Profession (AHP) submissions to the NICE local practice collection, which showcases examples of best practice in health and social care. There are currently two examples of best practice for NICE Clinical Guidance 19 available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng19/resources/shared-learning

We anticipate the ‘NICE into Action’ awards may generate further examples of how the guidance is being implemented and the impact this is having.

The National Diabetes Footcare Audit (NDFA) requests and collects data from each clinical commissioning group on whether or not they have in place an established foot protection service pathway.

For the 2016 NDFA commissioner survey, 83% of respondents had an established foot protection service pathway (response rate of 51.9%). The 2017 NDFA commissioner survey is due to be published in March 2018.

5 Mar 2018, 11:08 a.m. Podiatry Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure Clinical Commissioning Groups commission foot protection services in accordance with NICE recommendations.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a guideline on ‘Diabetic foot problems: prevention and management’ (published in August 2015), which includes advice on establishing foot protection services.

This guideline covers preventing and managing foot problems in children, young people and adults with diabetes. The guideline aims to reduce variation in practice, and includes recommendations on:

- care within 24 hours;

- care across all care settings;

- referral for diabetic foot problems; and

- investigating and managing diabetic foot ulcer, diabetic foot infection and Charcot arthropathy.

NHS England would expect commissioners to take account of NICE guidance, which can be found here at:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng19

27 Feb 2018, 4:25 p.m. Pupils: Disadvantaged Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's consultation, Eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit, which closed on 11 January 2018, if he will provide the total number and proportion of all 8,981 responses, including those left out of the data analysis, who were in favour of the Government’s proposals.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department ran an eight-week consultation from 16 November 2017 to 11 January 2018. Officials analysed all responses received, including those received through campaigns.

We received 8,421 emails as part of the Children’s Society campaign, which asked people to share the Children’s Society’s response to our consultation. These responses have not been included in the data analysis, as they were not received through our formal consultation site. They were, however, clearly referenced in the government’s response to the consultation, and considered in formulating our response. Where copies of the Children's Society's response were received through the formal consultation site, these were included in our data analysis figures.

For further breakdowns, please see a link to our consultation response: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/681210/Government_response_FSM_and_EY_entitlements_under_Universal_Credit.pdf.

27 Feb 2018, 4:25 p.m. Pupils: Disadvantaged Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government's response to the consultation, Eligibility for free school meals, the early years pupil education entitlement for two-year-olds under universal credit, for what reasons the responses from supporters of the Children’s Society were excluded from the overall data analysis; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department ran an eight-week consultation from 16 November 2017 to 11 January 2018. Officials analysed all responses received, including those received through campaigns.

We received 8,421 emails as part of the Children’s Society campaign, which asked people to share the Children’s Society’s response to our consultation. These responses have not been included in the data analysis, as they were not received through our formal consultation site. They were, however, clearly referenced in the government’s response to the consultation, and considered in formulating our response. Where copies of the Children's Society's response were received through the formal consultation site, these were included in our data analysis figures.

For further breakdowns, please see a link to our consultation response: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/681210/Government_response_FSM_and_EY_entitlements_under_Universal_Credit.pdf.

27 Feb 2018, 3:37 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons why the proportion of girls who did not complete the two-dose HPV vaccination course in 2016-17 failed to so do.

Answer (Steve Brine)

In 2017, Public Health England (PHE) commissioned an evaluation of the delivery of the human papillomavirus vaccination programme for adolescent girls to determine service related factors that impact coverage and develop recommendations on how to improve it. The evaluation has been completed and is due for publication later this year.

A survey of attitudes towards vaccination in general amongst teenagers and their parents was commissioned by PHE in 2017. Results should also be published later this year.

27 Feb 2018, 3:36 p.m. Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure a high uptake in the HPV vaccine across all the regions of England; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England works in liaison with Public Health England to deliver the human papillomavirus vaccination for girls, and closely monitors the uptake rates for the programme.

Local NHS England commissioners have access to uptake rates within their area, and work with the providers, schools and healthcare professionals to improve coverage, sharing best practice where relevant.

21 Feb 2018, 4:31 p.m. Special Educational Needs: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how mainstream schools are held to account for the use of SEND funding; and whether the Government plans to ring-fence that funding.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department expects schools to use their full budget to provide the best possible education for all their pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The department believes that headteachers are best placed to make decisions about how to spend their budgets, and have no plans to ring-fence SEN funding. Schools are held to account for the progress their pupils make through the school accountability system and Ofsted inspection.

There is a robust SEN system in place, that has been strengthened still further in recent years. The department has high expectations of schools over the support they should provide to pupils with SEN, and these can be seen for example in the statutory duties on schools to:

  • use their best endeavours to make provision for a pupil’s SEN.
  • have a SEN Co-ordinator with a Masters level specialist qualification.
  • publish a SEN Information Report setting out how they implement their SEN policy.
  • comply with the Equality Act 2010.

The government takes account of the implications for pupils with SEN and disabilities whenever new policies are developed. For example, the introduction of Progress 8 and new primary progress measures have strengthened the expectations on schools to support the progress of all their pupils, thereby adding greater weight to the effectiveness of the support schools provide to their pupils with SEN.


21 Feb 2018, 4:31 p.m. Special Educational Needs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department takes to ensure that learners on SEND support in mainstream settings are prioritised by school leadership.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department expects schools to use their full budget to provide the best possible education for all their pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The department believes that headteachers are best placed to make decisions about how to spend their budgets, and have no plans to ring-fence SEN funding. Schools are held to account for the progress their pupils make through the school accountability system and Ofsted inspection.

There is a robust SEN system in place, that has been strengthened still further in recent years. The department has high expectations of schools over the support they should provide to pupils with SEN, and these can be seen for example in the statutory duties on schools to:

  • use their best endeavours to make provision for a pupil’s SEN.
  • have a SEN Co-ordinator with a Masters level specialist qualification.
  • publish a SEN Information Report setting out how they implement their SEN policy.
  • comply with the Equality Act 2010.

The government takes account of the implications for pupils with SEN and disabilities whenever new policies are developed. For example, the introduction of Progress 8 and new primary progress measures have strengthened the expectations on schools to support the progress of all their pupils, thereby adding greater weight to the effectiveness of the support schools provide to their pupils with SEN.


21 Feb 2018, 1:21 p.m. Special Educational Needs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve career progression opportunities for special educational needs coordinators and SEND specialists; and whether he plans to include those roles in his Department's consultation, Strengthening qualified teacher status and career progression, published on 15 December 2017.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

Special educational needs Co-ordinators (SENCO)s play an essential role in schools, supporting teaching staff to meet the needs of pupils with Special educational needs (SEN) and ensuring that schools have a clear and effective approach to inclusive education. All maintained mainstream nurseries, schools and academies (including free schools) are required to have a named SENCO who is a qualified teacher. To support their development, SENCOs must undertake the National Award in SEN Coordination award within three years of taking up role. The SENCO has an important role to play with the headteacher and governing body, in determining the strategic development of SEN policy and provision in the school. They will be most effective in that role if they are part of the school leadership team.

As part of the consultation to strengthen Qualified Teacher Status, we have proposed introducing an early career content framework for all newly qualified teachers, and have suggested that SEND could be a key element of this framework. The consultation is currently open and we will use the responses to help understand how to best support those interested in becoming SEND specialists. We aim to publish a response by summer 2018.

21 Feb 2018, 1:10 p.m. Special Educational Needs: Teachers Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that SEND is a fundamental part of strengthening Qualified Teacher Status.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is currently consulting on all aspects of the proposals to strengthen Qualified Teacher Status. As part of this, we have proposed introducing an early career content framework for newly qualified teachers, and have suggested that special educational needs and disabilities could be a key element of this framework. The consultation is currently open and we will aim to publish a response by summer 2018.

21 Feb 2018, 10:48 a.m. Food: Labelling Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make it mandatory for pre-packaged food to contain traffic light labelling on the front of the packaging.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The United Kingdom-wide voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling scheme has been developed to be compliant with European Union legislation and has been voluntarily adopted by most UK food retailers and several manufacturers. The UK’s decision to leave the EU may give us an opportunity to develop greater flexibility, as the exit terms are agreed, to determine what information should be presented and how it should be displayed in the UK.

12 Feb 2018, 3:25 p.m. Gay Conversion Therapy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to criminalise the practice of gay conversion therapy.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

This Government is clear that a person’s sexual orientation is not an illness to be cured and we are not prepared to see such activity continue either in the regulated professional sector or outside of it.

The Government has already taken steps to prevent the practice of gay conversion therapy in the UK. We have worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to put a stop to this bogus treatment.

We do not currently have plans to introduce new criminal offences for practising gay conversion therapy, but we are keeping the issue under close review.

In 2017, the Government Equalities Office carried out a survey of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK, which included several questions about gay conversion therapy. The survey received more than 100,000 responses, making it one of the largest surveys of LGBT people’s experiences ever conducted.

The results of the survey are currently being analysed and the Government’s response will be published later this year. Due to the significant response rate to the survey, we believe this data will give us a much better view of the scale and significance of conversion therapy in the UK, and it will allow us to investigate further the steps that Government as a whole could take to address this issue.

9 Feb 2018, 12:05 p.m. Gay Conversion Therapy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number people who have undertaken gay conversion therapy.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Department does not hold an estimate of the number of people that have undertaken gay conversion therapy. In 2017, the Government Equalities Office carried out a survey of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United Kingdom, which included several questions about gay conversion therapy. Whilst not a statistically representative sample, the survey received over 100,000 responses and will help us improve our understanding of the numbers of people who have undergone, or have been offered, gay conversion therapy. This is an issue the Government is keeping under review and we are constantly working towards improving the evidence base.

The Government rejects utterly the notion that sexuality is something to be cured, and condemns gay conversion therapy. The evidence base is clear that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but is potentially harmful to participants. That is why officials have worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, including the UK Council for Psychotherapy, to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to help put a stop to this bogus treatment.

9 Feb 2018, 12:05 p.m. Gay Conversion Therapy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) psychological (b) emotional effect on people undergoing gay conversion therapy.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Department does not hold an estimate of the number of people that have undertaken gay conversion therapy. In 2017, the Government Equalities Office carried out a survey of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United Kingdom, which included several questions about gay conversion therapy. Whilst not a statistically representative sample, the survey received over 100,000 responses and will help us improve our understanding of the numbers of people who have undergone, or have been offered, gay conversion therapy. This is an issue the Government is keeping under review and we are constantly working towards improving the evidence base.

The Government rejects utterly the notion that sexuality is something to be cured, and condemns gay conversion therapy. The evidence base is clear that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but is potentially harmful to participants. That is why officials have worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, including the UK Council for Psychotherapy, to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to help put a stop to this bogus treatment.

31 Jan 2018, 2:04 p.m. Sapropterin Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pregnant women with phenylketonuria have received Kuvan (sapropterin) treatment since that drug has been licenced for use in the UK; and what is the average duration of the course of that treatment.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is not held centrally.

In 2013, NHS England published a policy on the use of Sapropterin for the management of Phenylketonuria (PKU) during pregnancy:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/e12-p-a.pdf

NHS England has now received a Preliminary Policy Proposal for the use of Sapropterin in the management of PKU for adults and children, as new evidence has now been published to support its use. This was considered by the Clinical Panel this month where it was agreed that NHS England will need to further review the evidence. NHS England will be working with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to agree the best approach to this and whether the policy should subsequently be reviewed. The NHS England process for development of Clinical Policies can be found here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/specialised-commissioning-service-development-policy-and-process/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/methods-national-clinical-policies/

15 Jan 2018, 5:47 p.m. Free School Meals Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of families that will become ineligible for free school meals as a result of proposed changes to the net earnings threshold and how many of those families would benefit financially by reducing their income in order to receive free school meals.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

We are currently consulting on proposals for free school meals eligibility under Universal Credit. We will consider the responses to the consultation carefully and will continue to refine our analysis as our policy on this matter develops.

Currently around 1.1 million of the most disadvantaged children are eligible for and claim a free nutritious meal. This government provides significant funding to ensure the most disadvantaged children receive free school meals. Under our proposals, no existing recipients of free school meals should lose their entitlement following the introduction of new eligibility criteria. We have proposed protection arrangements to ensure that every pupil who is eligible and receiving free school meals at the point at which the criteria are changed (or any claimants who gain free school meals during the rollout of Universal Credit) should be protected against losing their meals whilst Universal Credit is fully rolled out nationally. In addition, any protected pupils who are still receiving free school meals once the Universal Credit transition is complete would continue to receive protection until the end of their current phase of education.

Under our proposed net earnings threshold, we estimate that around 50,000 more children will become entitled to free school meals than at present, enabling us to target support towards a greater number of families on low incomes. It is right that we make sure that free school meals reach children from the most disadvantaged families, and we are consulting on this issue to make sure that this is the case.

11 Jan 2018, 4:09 p.m. Prosperity Fund Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what role his Department plays in the management of the Prosperity Fund.

Answer (Graham Stuart)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) plays a key role in the Fund. Minister Hands represents the department on the Ministerial Board, which sets the strategic direction of the Fund, endorses programme proposals, and ensures programmes are maximising impact and value for money.

11 Jan 2018, 3:25 p.m. Vitamin D: Pregnancy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2017 to Question 111555, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the rise in cases of vitamin D deficiency among pregnant women.

Answer (Steve Barclay)

Pregnant women at risk of vitamin D deficiency are advised to take daily supplements. The current advice on vitamin D is based on the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) following its review of the evidence on vitamin D and health in 2016. SACN recommended a vitamin D intake of 10 micrograms each day.

Advice on taking vitamin D supplements, including both when it might be needed and highlighting the risk of taking too much, is available on the NHS Choices website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

In addition, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that local authorities, primary care, and clinical commissioning groups should ensure health professionals suggest and record vitamin D supplement use among pregnant and breastfeeding women. This could take place during the first contact with someone who is pregnant, antenatal and postnatal appointments, health visitor appointments and developmental checks for infants and children.

11 Jan 2018, 3:20 p.m. Malnutrition Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the cost to the NHS of malnutrition.

Answer (Steve Barclay)

This information is not held centrally.

10 Jan 2018, 2:46 p.m. Healthy Start Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) pregnant women, (b) women with a child under 12 months and (c) children from six months to four years old have received Healthy Start vitamins in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Healthy Start vitamins are offered to pregnant women (at least 10 weeks into pregnancy) and families with a child under four years old are eligible for the Healthy Start scheme, if they are claiming any of the following benefits:

- Income Support;

- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance;

- Child Tax Credit (with an annual family income of £16,190 or less); and

- Universal Credit (with family take-home pay of less than £408/month).

Anyone under 18 and pregnant is also eligible for Healthy Start, regardless of whether they receive any of the above benefits.

The information is not available in the format requested.

10 Jan 2018, 12:26 p.m. Malnutrition Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2017 to Question 111553, what steps the Government is taking to prevent cases of malnutrition.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Government is taking a number of steps to prevent cases of malnutrition and ensure that people, particularly the young, the vulnerable and the elderly, are getting an adequate diet.

Through the Healthy Start programme, the Government provides a nutritional safety net to hundreds of thousands of pregnant women, families and children under four who are from low income households. For example, Healthy Start vitamin vouchers are offered for free to Healthy Start beneficiaries. Vitamin tablets are available to pregnant women and women with a child under one year old, and children’s vitamin drops are available for those between six months and four years old.

Some 1.1 million children get free school meals, and the Government is investing £26 million in breakfast clubs. The School Fruit and Vegetables scheme provides 2.3 million children with a portion of fresh fruit or vegetables each day at school. This contributes towards the recommended five portions a day and helps encourage healthier eating for life. The nursery milk scheme also provides a free daily portion of milk to 1.5 million children and babies.

Important guidance has been published on tackling malnutrition. For example, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence 2012 quality standard 'Nutrition support in adults’ provides advice to the National Health Service to help identify patients who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. NHS England published guidance in 2015 on improving the delivery and commissioning of nutrition and hydration care in acute services and the community.

The Government have provided £500,000 to the charity Age UK’s Malnutrition Taskforce to reduce malnutrition among older people and we will continue to train all health staff so early action can be taken. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 requires care homes to make sure that people have enough to eat and drink to meet their nutrition and hydration needs and receive the support they require to do so. The Care Quality Commission can prosecute breaches.

Government advice on a healthy, balanced diet is encapsulated in the Eatwell Guide. This shows the proportions in which different types of foods are required to have a well-balanced and healthy diet. Further information is at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide

9 Jan 2018, 4:21 p.m. Vitamin D Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2017 to Question 11556, what plans his Department has to promote the uptake of a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D during the autumn and winter months.

Answer (Steve Brine)

There are no plans to further promote the use of vitamin D supplements. Advice on taking vitamin D supplements, including both when it might be needed and highlighting the risk of taking too much, is available on the NHS Choices website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

9 Jan 2018, 4:15 p.m. Vitamin D: Deficiency Diseases Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency in each (a) clinical commissioning group and (b) parliamentary constituency in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The information is not available in the format requested. Instead we have provided counts of finished admission episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency in each clinical commissioning group and parliamentary constituency, 2007-08 to 2016-17.

This information is shown in the attached tables.

9 Jan 2018, 2:11 p.m. Healthy Start Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effect of the Healthy Start scheme on levels of malnutrition among children.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Government has provided nutritional support to certain parts of the population for many years. We are taking a number of steps to prevent cases of malnutrition and ensure that people, particularly the young, the vulnerable and the elderly, are getting an adequate diet.

Healthy Start helps to encourage a healthy diet for more than 332,000 pregnant women, families and children under four from low income households. Healthy Start entitles beneficiaries to one £3.10 voucher every week to spend on milk, fruit, and vegetables. They are also eligible for free Healthy Start vitamins. The Government recommitted to the Healthy Start scheme in the 2016 plan ‘Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action’, showing that improving the health and diets of children is high on Governmental priorities.

8 Jan 2018, 1:32 p.m. Tickets: Sales Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the (a) people and (b) organisations who contributed to informal consultation on implementation of Section 106 of the Digital Economy Act 2017.

Answer (Matt Hancock)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills undertook an informal consultation on the implementation of both S.105 and S.106 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 in August and September 2017. The consultation was sent to over a hundred individuals, organisations and businesses with an interest in the event ticketing market, including cultural and sporting event organisers, consumer groups and primary and secondary ticketing agencies. Most respondents restricted their comments to S.105 issues but the following organisations and individuals responded on the implementation of S.106:

  • FanFair Alliance,

  • Music Managers Forum,

  • Association of Independent Festivals,

  • Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR),

  • Royal Shakespeare Company,

  • Union des Associations Europeennes de Football (UEFA),

  • CreativeArtistsAgency UK Ltd,

  • Society of London Theatre (SOLT),

  • ebay,

  • Professor Waterson.

12 Dec 2017, 2:33 p.m. Waste Disposal: Licensing Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2017 to Question 115795, if he will provide a breakdown of breaches of permits in each of the Environment Agency’s 14 operational areas in each of the last five years.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

This table shows the breaches of waste sites for all 14 16 Environment Agency areas for the last 5 years. Some areas have many more permitted facilities than others and will consequently have more breaches. This table shows the total number of breaches.

Environment Agency Area

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Cambs and Bedfordshire

482

597

994

735

772

Cumbria and Lancashire

303

490

943

691

407

Derbys Notts and Leics

699

1153

1084

673

591

Devon and Cornwall

569

742

1017

761

714

Essex Norfolk and Suffolk

602

781

1035

846

910

Gtr Mancs Mersey and Ches

848

1192

1714

1051

994

Herts and North London

1050

1162

1391

1120

636

Kent and South London

886

1168

1538

1141

935

Lincs and Northants

709

1095

1093

600

446

Northumberland Durham and Tees

482

713

1263

1089

821

Shrops Heref Worcs and Glos

299

407

600

524

432

Solent and South Downs

329

395

485

372

444

Staffs Warks and West Mids

1166

1720

1773

1302

1088

Wessex

497

887

957

703

512

West Thames

726

676

795

718

601

Yorkshire

1459

1862

2268

1891

1361

Total

11106

15040

18950

14217

11664

12 Dec 2017, 1:48 p.m. Railways: Overcrowding Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the safety implications of non-implementation of maximum occupancy limits on trains.

Answer (Paul Maynard)

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), as the health and safety authority for Britain’s railways, is responsible for ensuring that railway companies protect passengers from health and safety risks caused by trains and infrastructure.

The Department for Transport requires train operators to carry out passenger counts as part of their franchise contracts to demonstrate that adequate capacity is being provided. The Department also requires franchisees to consider how the train fleet is matched with the timetable to minimise crowding.

12 Dec 2017, 1:46 p.m. Railways: Overcrowding Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of applying a maximum occupancy limits to trains.

Answer (Paul Maynard)

One of the most popular features of the UK railways is that it’s a walk-on, or turn up and go service. This flexibility is much prized by passengers. The Department believes that setting occupancy limits would substantially disadvantage passengers as such a system would need to either restrict travel to those with prior reservations, or to refuse to allow passengers with valid tickets to travel on a service when its occupancy limit had been reached.

However, the Department for Transport does require train operators to carry out passenger counts as part of their franchise contracts to demonstrate that adequate capacity is being provided.

8 Dec 2017, 6:03 p.m. Waste Disposal: North East Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

Pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2017 to Question 115796, if he will publish the (a) name and address of the six waste transfer sites in the North East which accepted waste in 2016 and were investigated by the Environment Agency and (b) reasons for the investigation of each individual site.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The six formal complaints which the Environment Agency received in relation to waste transfer stations in the North East which accepted waste in 2016 related to three sites. All formal complaints are subject to investigation.

The names and addresses of these sites, and the reasons for investigation, are as follows:

Site Name and Address

Reason for Investigation

Niramax Group Ltd Monument Park Off Pattinson Road Washington Tyne & Wear NE38 8QU

Flies

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd 304 Walker Road Byker Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne & Wear NE6 1AH

Odour

Graphite Resources (DEP) Ltd Derwenthaugh Industrial Estate Derwenthaugh Road Swalwell Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne & Wear NE16 3BQ

Odour

5 Dec 2017, 11:32 a.m. Waste Disposal: North East Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many complaints the Environment Agency received about waste transfer sites that accepted waste in 2016 in the North East on (a) all environmental issues, (b) littering and (c) fly-tipping, and how many sites attracted such complaints.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Environment Agency received 6 complaints relating to waste transfer stations in the North East in 2016. Of these, one complaint related to littering and no complaints related to fly-tipping. These complaints related to 9 sites.

5 Dec 2017, 11:28 a.m. Waste Disposal: North East Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many enforcement measures the Environment Agency implemented in (a) the North East and (b) each other English region in relation to breaches of (a) all environmental permits, (b) littering and (c) fly-tipping.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Environment Agency (EA) identified 821 waste permit breaches in its North East operational area in 2016 which required corrective action to be undertaken by waste site operators. The total number of waste permit breaches in England in 2016 was 11,664. The EA does not record this information according to Office of National Statistics English region boundaries.

The EA does not hold data for permit breaches in relation to littering and fly-tipping which are the responsibility of local authorities.

4 Dec 2017, 6:09 p.m. Waste Disposal: North East Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste transfer sites with an environmental permit in the North East of England have been in breach of the requirements of their permit in the last five years and if he will publish the reasons for the breaches in those permits.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Environment Agency does not record permit breaches in a way which enables it to report on the total number of waste transfer stations which have been in breach of their permit requirements in the last five years.

The table below provides a breakdown of the number of breaches of permits at waste transfer stations in the North East of England in the last five years and the reasons for the breaches to those permits. Poor performing sites may have multiple condition breaches recorded in one visit.

Description of condition breach

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

a1 Specified by permit

10

18

25

28

26

b1 Infrastructure-engineering for prevent. of emissions

4

9

24

20

14

b2 Infrastructure-closure and decommissioning

0

2

0

0

0

b3 Infrastructure-site drainage engineering

13

6

17

7

7

b4 Infrastructure-containment of stored materials

6

16

29

29

29

b5 Infrastructure-plant and equipment

1

1

1

5

2

c1 General Management-staff competency/training

3

10

26

20

19

c2 General Management-management systems

14

44

45

50

46

c3 General Management-materials acceptance

7

12

13

23

27

c4 General Management-storage, handling etc

33

49

65

56

38

d1 Incident Management-security

7

13

13

3

1

d2 Incident Management-accidents/emergency. planning

0

3

1

5

6

e1 Emissions-air

0

6

4

2

e2 Emissions-land and groundwater

0

1

0

1

1

e3 Emissions-surface water

1

0

0

1

0

e4 Emissions-sewer

0

0

0

0

0

e5 Emissions-waste

0

1

1

1

0

f1 Amenity-odour

10

19

9

3

f2 Amenity-noise

0

0

0

0

2

f3 Amenity-dust/fibres/litter etc

6

8

7

15

13

f4 Amenity-pests/birds/scavengers

17

29

7

11

5

f5 Amenity-deposits on road

4

5

3

4

4

g1 Mon & Records-emissions and environment

0

1

0

0

0

g2 Mon & Records-records of activity/site diary/etc

2

1

2

11

10

g3 Mon & Records-maintenance records

0

0

0

0

0

g4 Mon & Records-reporting and notification. to Agency

7

32

226

100

104

Total

145

286

518

395

354

4 Dec 2017, 1:29 p.m. Waste Disposal: North East Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste transfer sites in the North East which accepted waste in 2016 had complaints investigated by (a) the Environment Agency and (b) local authority environment health departments on (I) all environmental issues, (ii) excessive noise, (iii) odour, (iv) dust and (v) fly infestation.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Environment Agency (EA) received 6 complaints relating to waste transfer stations in the North East in 2016. Of these, one complaint related to odour and four complaints related to fly infestation. None of these complaints related to excessive noise or dust. The EA investigates and responds to all formal complaints.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs does not hold data on the number of complaints which have been investigated by local authorities.

1 Dec 2017, 1:02 p.m. Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme providing effective and innovative medicines for patients.

Answer (Steve Brine)

At the start of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS), a forecast of National Health Service spend on new medicines (those launched after 31 December 2013) as a percentage of PPRS spend was agreed with industry for the subsequent years of the scheme. The latest estimate of new medicines as a percentage of measured PPRS spend for 2017 is 9%, which is greater than the agreed forecast for 2017 of just over 5%, suggesting that new medicines make up notably more of PPRS spend than was forecast. This estimate excludes new medicines supplied by members of the statutory branded medicines price regulation scheme.

Use of innovative medicines in England is reported through the innovation scorecard. The most recent publication was in October 2017 and is available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30106

Since 2014, the medicines in the scorecard have changed as new medicines have become available. The scorecard shows that for the 12 months from April 2016 to March 2017, compared to the previous 12 months where comparable data is available, 73% of innovative medicines covered by the scorecard were prescribed more.

1 Dec 2017, 12:59 p.m. Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for negotiation of the next pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.

Answer (Steve Brine)

No decision has been made about the timing of negotiations with industry on medicines pricing arrangements for 2019 onwards. The Department has regular and ongoing dialogue with patient representative groups about medicines pricing and access issues, and all those views will help to inform discussions between the industry and the Department on the new arrangements.

1 Dec 2017, 12:59 p.m. Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to engage with patient groups regarding the next Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

Answer (Steve Brine)

No decision has been made about the timing of negotiations with industry on medicines pricing arrangements for 2019 onwards. The Department has regular and ongoing dialogue with patient representative groups about medicines pricing and access issues, and all those views will help to inform discussions between the industry and the Department on the new arrangements.

30 Nov 2017, 2:35 p.m. Official Cars: Electric Vehicles Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

If he will include Nissan electric vehicles in the Government’s car fleet.

Answer (Sir John Hayes)

Nissan electric vehicles already form part of the Government Car Service Fleet. Currently there are six Nissan electric cars in operation.

29 Nov 2017, 1:34 p.m. Mental Health Services: Staff Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2017 to Question 111078, how many mental health staff have been employed in the NHS in each year 2012-13 excluding support to ST&T staff, senior managers and managers, central functions and hotel, property and estates staff.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows full time equivalent figures for the specified mental health staff groups working in mental health and learning disability trusts in England from 31 August 2012 to 31 August 2013. The staff groups included are: Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) doctors, nurses and health visitors, midwives, ambulance staff, scientific, therapeutic and technical staff, support to doctors, nurses and midwives, support to ambulance staff and unknown.

NHS HCHS: Staff working in the National Health Service at mental health and learning disability trusts or clinical commissioning groups as at 31 August each specified year (full time equivalent (fte)).

August 2012

August 2013

Specified staff employed at Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts (fte)

128,330

130,056


Source: NHS Digital monthly HCHS workforce statistics.

23 Nov 2017, 2:12 p.m. Video Games Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish the findings of his Department's impact assessments relating to the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK video games industry.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Department for Exiting the European Union, working with officials across government, continues to undertake a wide range of analysis to support progress in the negotiations. However, this analysis is not, and nor has it ever been, a series of impact assessments examining the quantitative impact of Brexit on each sector.

The House has previously voted not to release information that would be prejudicial to our negotiating position. As the Written Ministerial Statement laid by the Department for Exiting the EU on 7 November made clear, it will take the Department, working with other departments, time to collate and bring together this information in a way that is accessible and informative for the Committee. The Government is committed to providing the information to the Committee as soon as is possible. As set out in the Written Ministerial Statement, we expect this to be no more than three weeks.

22 Nov 2017, 5:03 p.m. Video Games Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which stakeholders the Government has consulted with as part of the Government's impact assessment relating to the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK video games industry; and what evidence the Government has gathered as part of that assessment.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Government have committed to providing business and the wider public with as much information as possible without undermining the national interest. We are achieving this through regular engagement with businesses and stakeholders at both a ministerial and official level across Whitehall.

We have looked closely at the UK video games industry as part of our wider analysis. However, as I said in my opening remarks to the House on 1st November, the Government has not produced a series of sectoral impact assessments.

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



21 Nov 2017, 5:52 p.m. Video Games Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the long term success and sustainability of the UK video games industry after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Matt Hancock)

The Government are responsibly preparing for a range of outcomes to ensure we have a smooth exit from the EU. We are engaging with businesses in every sector and region of the UK economy in order to understand the challenges and opportunities that may impact the UK in the coming months and years.

20 Nov 2017, 4:41 p.m. Cultural Heritage Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2017 to Question 108578, on cultural heritage, whether the figures cited include monies for the safeguarding of crafts other than those that contribute to the maintenance or restoration of an existing tangible heritage asset; and whether the Heritage Lottery Fund has set aside a specific sum for securing the continuation of those same crafts not including recording and oral history.

Answer (John Glen)

Heritage Lottery Fund do not have a specific budget allocated for craft-focused projects but there are many open programmes including Sharing Heritage, Our Heritage and Heritage Grants that are designed to be flexible and accommodate applications which meet the varied needs of the heritage sector.

17 Nov 2017, 12:14 p.m. Malnutrition Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital with malnutrition as a (a) primary or (b) secondary condition in (i) England, (ii) each clinical commissioning group and (iii) each parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

A count of people admitted to hospital in England with malnutrition as a primary and secondary condition in each of the last 10 years is provided in the table below.

Year

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Primary Admissions

407

394

479

543

662

682

625

746

754

806

Secondary Admissions

2,318

2,804

3,338

4,167

4,772

4,893

6,078

6,649

7,157

7,652

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics NHS Digital

A count of people admitted to hospital in England with malnutrition as a primary and secondary condition by each clinical commissioning group (CCG) in each of the last 10 years is provided in the attached document. Data for National Health Service primary care trusts (PCTs) for the years between 2007-08 and 2009-10 is provided. CCG data from 2010-11 onwards is provided following their formation as replacement for PCTs. Data is not collected at parliamentary constituency level.

This is a count of hospital attendances resulting in admissions, not individual patients as the same person may have been admitted into a NHS hospital on more than one occasion.

17 Nov 2017, 12:09 p.m. Malnutrition: Children Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were admitted to hospital with malnutrition as a (a) primary or (b) secondary condition in (i) England, (ii) each clinical commissioning group and (iii) each parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

A count of patients aged 0-17 admitted to hospital in England with malnutrition as a primary and secondary condition in each of the last 10 years is provided in the table below.

Year

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Primary Admissions

49

42

55

56

48

52

29

49

42

52

Secondary Admissions

151

200

167

226

209

234

234

233

315

290

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics NHS Digital

A count of patients aged 0-17 admitted to hospital in England with malnutrition as a primary and secondary condition by each clinical commissioning group (CCG) is provided in the attached document. Data is provided for National Health Service primary care trusts (PCTs) for the years between 2007-08 and 2009-10. CCG data is provided from 2010-11 onwards following their formation as replacement for PCTs. Data is not collected at parliamentary constituency level.

This is a count of hospital attendances resulting in admissions, not individual patients as the same person may have been admitted into a NHS hospital on more than one occasion.

16 Nov 2017, 5:07 p.m. Antibiotics: Drug Resistance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) fund research into new antibiotics to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Through the implementation of the United Kingdom’s Five-Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) strategy (2013-18) the Government continues to encourage and invest in research and development of new antimicrobials. The Government also works closely with industry through a Joint Government/Industry AMR working group, with specific focus on appropriate use of existing antibiotics and innovative reimbursement models for new antimicrobials.

An AMR Funders’ Forum, overseen by the Medical Research Council, brings together the principal funders of UK investment into AMR research and development to ensure a coordinated approach. Central Government is represented by several departments (The Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department of International Development), along with arms’ length bodies and other key stakeholders. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funding research themes on antimicrobial resistance and infection of at least £19.1 million (over five years from April 2017) in four NIHR Biomedical Research Centres. NIHR is also providing more than £7 million of funding over five years for two NIHR Health Protection Research Units on antimicrobial resistance related research.

Along with its funding of UK research and development (R&D), the Government is committed to working with the international finance and health security communities to develop global solutions which address the antibiotic market failure and better preserve existing drugs and products. The Department leads the Government’s work with the G7, G20, the European Union, other countries and international organisations to advocate for increased and sustained AMR R&D funding. The UK’s £50 million Global AMR Innovation Fund has been established and aims to focus on global R&D priorities, providing access to finance for those who struggle to access traditional funding sources.

16 Nov 2017, 3:54 p.m. Social Services: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will establish a group of Ministers and officials to discuss proposals for the long-term funding of social care.

Answer (Damian Green)

The Government has already established an Interministerial Group to oversee the development of its Green Paper on Care and Support.

16 Nov 2017, 3:52 p.m. Malnutrition Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in England caused by malnutrition in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Chris Skidmore)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

16 Nov 2017, 1:46 p.m. Prisoners: Mental Illness Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how may prisoners were diagnosed with a mental health condition in each year since 2010.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is not collected centrally.

16 Nov 2017, 1:29 p.m. Prisoners: Mental Illness Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) research and (b) data on incidents of mental health issues in prisons.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Secretary of State for Health meets with many people and organisations to discuss a wide variety of topics. Specific details of these conversations are not available.

It is recognised there is a need to improve both research activity and the quality of data on mental health needs of people in prison. Recent reports from both the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and the National Audit Office have highlighted these issues. The last comprehensive survey of mental health needs in prisons was commissioned by the Department in 1997.

The Department, NHS England and Public Health England are working with the National Institute for Health Research to address this deficit, identifying key research priorities. Recently, NHS England has commissioned research on self-inflicted deaths in prisons as this is a priority issue due to high levels of self-harm and suicide recorded in prisons currently.

Further work is currently underway by the Department, Public Health England, NHS England, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice to improve the quality of health data from prisons with a specific focus on mental health data.

NHS England’s new clinical IT system will facilitate improvements in data quality and reporting on all aspects of healthcare in prisons, including mental health. To support this, NHS England is implementing clinical templates across the secure estate including mental health templates, as well as reviewing the current data set. A new and revised quality indicator set will be reported on from April 2018.

16 Nov 2017, 1:29 p.m. Prisons: Mental Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) HM Prison Service, (b) the Secretary of State for Justice and (c) NHS England on funding for research into the provision of mental health services in prisons.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Secretary of State for Health meets with many people and organisations to discuss a wide variety of topics. Specific details of these conversations are not available.

It is recognised there is a need to improve both research activity and the quality of data on mental health needs of people in prison. Recent reports from both the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and the National Audit Office have highlighted these issues. The last comprehensive survey of mental health needs in prisons was commissioned by the Department in 1997.

The Department, NHS England and Public Health England are working with the National Institute for Health Research to address this deficit, identifying key research priorities. Recently, NHS England has commissioned research on self-inflicted deaths in prisons as this is a priority issue due to high levels of self-harm and suicide recorded in prisons currently.

Further work is currently underway by the Department, Public Health England, NHS England, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice to improve the quality of health data from prisons with a specific focus on mental health data.

NHS England’s new clinical IT system will facilitate improvements in data quality and reporting on all aspects of healthcare in prisons, including mental health. To support this, NHS England is implementing clinical templates across the secure estate including mental health templates, as well as reviewing the current data set. A new and revised quality indicator set will be reported on from April 2018.

15 Nov 2017, 11:17 a.m. Midwives: Training Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for midwifery were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The following table shows the number of commissioned midwifery training places in England by year, for the period 2012-13 to 2016-17 and the actual take up of those places.

Course

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Midwifery (Commissioned)

2,578

2,588

2,899

2,605

2,605

Midwifery (filled)

2,580

2,540

2,535

2,580

2,602

Source: Health Education England since 2013

Financial Information Management System prior to 2013

The reforms for healthcare education funding from August 2017 will mean students will move onto the student loans system; giving universities the flexibility to provide additional places, based on local need and National Health Service clinical capacity. Health Education England will continue to fund the required number of clinical placements to meet the longer-term NHS workforce needs.

15 Nov 2017, 11:14 a.m. NHS: Staff Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 71524, on NHS staff, what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of employing one (a) nurse, (b) midwife, (c) doctor and (d) GP in 2016-17.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The Department’s estimates of the average cost to the National Health Service employing one nurse, midwife, doctor and general practitioner (GP) at a full-time equivalent are set out in the table below. These costs include total earnings, national insurance and pension contributions. The latest data available is for 2016/17. Latest GP data available is for 2015/16.

Staff Group

Estimated Average Paybill per Full-Time Equivalent, 2016/171 2

Qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors

£43,228

Midwives

£47,233

All hospital and community health services doctors

£100,788

GP (Contractor)

£104,900

GP (Salaried)3

£55,900

Notes:

1https://digital.nhs.uk/article/6742/Staff-earnings

2https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30072

3A proportion of salaried GPs are employed on a part-time basis which accounts for the lower average income of £55,900.

15 Nov 2017, 10:56 a.m. Vitamin D: Pregnancy Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pregnant women were admitted to hospital with vitamin D deficiency in each (a) English region and (b) parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The table below provides a count of finished admission episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency complicating pregnancy, by Government Office region of residence, 2007-08 to 2016-17. Data is not reported by parliamentary constituency due to small numbers.

Government Office region of residence

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

North East

-

-

-

-

-

3

-

-

1

1

North West

-

1

1

4

9

12

8

7

2

14

Yorkshire and Humber

-

1

-

2

-

2

3

5

4

21

East Midlands

1

2

1

4

2

3

1

9

6

12

West Midlands

2

1

1

15

8

20

27

29

30

44

East of England

-

-

-

1

2

5

7

5

7

8

London

3

8

24

65

35

42

40

53

78

52

South East

-

1

5

6

3

6

3

11

6

8

South West

-

2

1

2

1

5

1

3

5

4

Foreign (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Unknown

-

-

-

-

3

1

-

1

5

9

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

A finished admission episode is the first period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. They are counted against the year or month in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.

Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage, improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in National Health Service practice.

HES years run from April to March.

14 Nov 2017, 12:18 p.m. Vitamin D Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps Public Health England is taking to promote its guidance on the benefits to people of taking a daily vitamin D supplement in the autumn and winter months; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Public Health England ensured that the media and non-governmental organisations were fully briefed in advance of the publication of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition report on vitamin D in 2016; this helped ensure that the advice was well publicised following publication:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sacn-vitamin-d-and-health-report

Advice continues to be communicated via the NHS Choices website and can be viewed here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

In 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence produced public health guidance (PH56) on increasing vitamin D supplement use among population groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency. The guidance can be viewed here:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph56

14 Nov 2017, 12:05 p.m. Dietary Supplements Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32737, on malnutrition, whether he plans to revise national guidance on food supplements.

Answer (Steve Brine)

There are currently no plans to review national guidance on food supplements.

Most people should be able to get all the nutrients they need from eating a diet consistent with the Eatwell Guide, provided by Public Health England. Supplements, therefore, are only recommended for a small number of population groups and advice is available on the NHS Choices website:

https://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1122.aspx?categoryid=51

13 Nov 2017, 5:39 p.m. Mental Health Services: Staff Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department will take to monitor and publicise progress towards adding 21,000 posts and 19,000 additional mental health staff by 2020.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Health Education England (HEE), in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, is actively working on the developing a dashboard for mental health which will include workforce supply to monitor progress on the delivery of the commitment for 21,000 posts and 19,000 new staff.

The dashboard will be used to monitor progress at the Mental Health and Dementia Programme Board (chaired by Senior Representation Officer) which is scheduled for 1 February 2018.

HEE has established a monthly Mental Health Workforce Delivery Group, membership of which includes arm’s length bodies, the Department and the Cabinet Office Improvement Unit and this group will oversee the development of this work.

13 Nov 2017, 5:28 p.m. Genito-urinary Medicine: Greater London Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when in the last 12 months he has received representations on the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme from (a) MPs and (b) other interested parties; what the content of those representations was; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Department has received one representation from a hon. Member on behalf of a constituent about the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme and its impact on services in their local area. In addition, the National AIDS Trust made representations about this issue in a meeting with me on 17 October.

13 Nov 2017, 5:02 p.m. Genito-urinary Medicine: Greater London Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the delay in the launch of the London sexually transmitted infection testing services on (a) patient access to sexually transmitted infection testing in London and (b) London council's public health budgets.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Public Health England (PHE) has provided specialist advice to the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme on a range of topics, including: best practice, behavioural change approaches, evaluation and the development of service standards. Discussions continue at officer level to support this collaborative approach to commissioning and evaluate its impact.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set out local authorities responsibilities for commissioning open access sexual health services in their area. Decisions about the exact configuration and location of services are therefore taken by London boroughs to best meet their residents’ needs.

In collaborating through the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme boroughs aim to respond in innovative ways to increasing demand for services and to meet population needs. Participating boroughs have recognised the need for change and are committed to open access services that also reflect changing demand for testing. Collaboration by commissioners offers an efficient and effective way forward for ensuring high quality sexual health services.

Phased implementation of an on-line e-service through which testing can be sought has been commissioned for London boroughs by the Programme. This is expected to commence from January 2018. Ahead of this date, interim arrangements for physical or online service delivery are being put in place locally as needed. Any potential impact on local public health budgets arising from this timetable of implementation will vary depending on local needs and arrangements.

PHE has committed to supporting the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Transformation Programme as it is implemented.

13 Nov 2017, 5:02 p.m. Genito-urinary Medicine: Greater London Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions Public Health England has had on the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme; with which parties those discussions have taken place; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Public Health England (PHE) has provided specialist advice to the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme on a range of topics, including: best practice, behavioural change approaches, evaluation and the development of service standards. Discussions continue at officer level to support this collaborative approach to commissioning and evaluate its impact.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set out local authorities responsibilities for commissioning open access sexual health services in their area. Decisions about the exact configuration and location of services are therefore taken by London boroughs to best meet their residents’ needs.

In collaborating through the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme boroughs aim to respond in innovative ways to increasing demand for services and to meet population needs. Participating boroughs have recognised the need for change and are committed to open access services that also reflect changing demand for testing. Collaboration by commissioners offers an efficient and effective way forward for ensuring high quality sexual health services.

Phased implementation of an on-line e-service through which testing can be sought has been commissioned for London boroughs by the Programme. This is expected to commence from January 2018. Ahead of this date, interim arrangements for physical or online service delivery are being put in place locally as needed. Any potential impact on local public health budgets arising from this timetable of implementation will vary depending on local needs and arrangements.

PHE has committed to supporting the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Transformation Programme as it is implemented.

13 Nov 2017, 5:02 p.m. Genito-urinary Medicine: Greater London Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment has been made of the effect on testing rates for sexually transmitted infections of the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Public Health England (PHE) has provided specialist advice to the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme on a range of topics, including: best practice, behavioural change approaches, evaluation and the development of service standards. Discussions continue at officer level to support this collaborative approach to commissioning and evaluate its impact.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set out local authorities responsibilities for commissioning open access sexual health services in their area. Decisions about the exact configuration and location of services are therefore taken by London boroughs to best meet their residents’ needs.

In collaborating through the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme boroughs aim to respond in innovative ways to increasing demand for services and to meet population needs. Participating boroughs have recognised the need for change and are committed to open access services that also reflect changing demand for testing. Collaboration by commissioners offers an efficient and effective way forward for ensuring high quality sexual health services.

Phased implementation of an on-line e-service through which testing can be sought has been commissioned for London boroughs by the Programme. This is expected to commence from January 2018. Ahead of this date, interim arrangements for physical or online service delivery are being put in place locally as needed. Any potential impact on local public health budgets arising from this timetable of implementation will vary depending on local needs and arrangements.

PHE has committed to supporting the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Transformation Programme as it is implemented.

10 Nov 2017, 2:48 p.m. Prisoners: Mental Illness Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has for training prison officers to receive improved training on mental health conditions.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The Government is committed to ensuring that prison officers receive the appropriate training to support prisoners with mental health needs. The Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) course, delivered to new Prison Officers, includes modules on mental health and personality disorders which emphasise the importance of mental health awareness.

The revised “Introduction to Suicide and Self-Harm (SASH) Prevention” training includes a refreshed mental health awareness module. This training is being delivered to all new and existing Prison Officers and non-HMPPS staff who come into contact with prisoners.

A Suicide Prevention Learning Tool has also been developed in partnership with Samaritans to support our suicide prevention and self-harm work. This tool communicates important messages to identify and support prisoners at risk.

8 Nov 2017, 5:53 p.m. Mental Health Services: Staff Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health staff have been employed in the NHS in each year since 2010.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The vast majority of mental health staff are employed by mental health and learning and disability trusts. The table below sets out NHS Digital data on the number of National Health Service staff (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)) working in mental health and learning disability trusts in each year from July 2013 to July 2017. Figures begin in 2012/13 due to the changes in services resulting from the dissolution of primary care trusts in 2012/13.

The figures include all staff employed by mental health and learning and disability trusts, including professionally qualified clinical staff (e.g. doctors, nurses and health visitors and scientific, therapeutic and technical (ST&T) staff) and support to doctors, nurses and midwives, support to ST&T staff, senior managers and managers; central functions and hotel, property and estates staff.

Number of NHS staff in Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts (FTEs)

July 2013

July 2014

July 2015

July 2016

July 2017

162,611

163,006

162,973

164,940

166,905

Source: NHS Digital, Monthly workforce statistics as at July:

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30100

8 Nov 2017, 5:51 p.m. Prisons: Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department is making on linking prison health records to community GPs.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

NHS England signed a contract on 20 October 2017 for an enhanced IT system for prison clinical records. The Health and Justice Information Service (HJIS) will introduce a similar data-sharing approach to that used in the community when a patient changes their general practitioner (GP).

HJIS will enable people in prisons, immigration removal centres and the secure children and young people’s estate (collectively referred to as the “residential estate”) to be registered, via the NHS Spine, with the healthcare service in the residential estate.

In future, once the new functionality is deployed, it will be possible for the patient’s clinical records to be transferred from the community for use in the residential estate, and when they leave, for the updated record to be retrieved in the community when they register again with a community GP.

8 Nov 2017, 5:49 p.m. Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on admissions to acute psychiatric inpatient units made under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year from 2012-13 to 2016-17.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information is not held in the format requested.

8 Nov 2017, 5:48 p.m. Prisoners: Mental Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of prisoners who are waiting no more than 14 days to be admitted to a secure hospital.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Information on how many prisoners waited more than 14 days to be transferred to a secure hospital since 2010 is not available in the format requested.

The Prison Transfer and Remission Guidance, published by the Department in 2011, is currently being reviewed by NHS England. The particular focus of this work is on ensuring that the timescales within the Guidance take into account clinical urgency and need.

8 Nov 2017, 5:48 p.m. Prisoners: Mental Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners waited more than 14 days to be transferred to a secure hospital since 2010.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Information on how many prisoners waited more than 14 days to be transferred to a secure hospital since 2010 is not available in the format requested.

The Prison Transfer and Remission Guidance, published by the Department in 2011, is currently being reviewed by NHS England. The particular focus of this work is on ensuring that the timescales within the Guidance take into account clinical urgency and need.

8 Nov 2017, 5:46 p.m. Prisoners: Mental Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to better identify prisoners who require mental health services.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Basic Custody Screening Tool is an initial questionnaire that is used by the offender management unit within 72 hours of entry into prison and can identify prisoners suitable for referral to mental health services. The information recorded here is not designed to make a clinical assessment of mental health need.

New prisoners are also assessed by healthcare staff on their reception into prison in order to ascertain what urgent needs they may have to keep them safe in their first hours in custody. Every prisoner who is screened as requiring further mental health support will then be referred to the mental health team within the establishment.

Prisoners also receive a further comprehensive assessment within 72 hours which would prompt further assessments or urgent treatment for any physical health, mental health and/or substance misuse needs. Prisoners will then have a second-stage assessment within seven days of their reception, which will assess their needs in more detail.

NHS England is currently working across the entire criminal justice pathway to improve services for offenders with mental health difficulties. In line with the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, and the Strategic Direction for Health and Justice, NHS England is working with partners to intervene at the earliest opportunity to ensure that offenders receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. These specific mental health services will be available to prisoners across the estate where assessment identifies treatment needs.

8 Nov 2017, 5:43 p.m. Mental Health Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the 2016 Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Workforce Census Report.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The 2016 Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Workforce Census Report is currently being verified and analysed by Health Education England. It will be published as soon this has been completed.

8 Nov 2017, 5:12 p.m. Contraceptives Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of rebooking appointments as a result of a refusal to prescribe the contraceptive pill due to a conscientious objection.

Answer (Steve Brine)

This information is not collected centrally.

The General Medical Council advises, in their publication ‘Good Medical Practice’ that doctors must explain to patients if they have a conscientious objection to a particular procedure. Doctors must tell patients about their right to see another doctor and make sure they have enough information to exercise that right to arrange to see another doctor who does not hold the same objection.

The guidance also advises that, if it is not practical for a patient to arrange to see another doctor, arrangements should be made – without delay – for another suitably qualified colleague to advise, treat or refer the patient. Doctors must bear in mind the patient’s vulnerability and act promptly to make sure they are not denied appropriate treatment or services.

8 Nov 2017, 5:12 p.m. Contraceptives Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of GPs who refuse to prescribe the contraceptive pill due to a conscientious objection.

Answer (Steve Brine)

This information is not collected centrally.

The General Medical Council advises, in their publication ‘Good Medical Practice’ that doctors must explain to patients if they have a conscientious objection to a particular procedure. Doctors must tell patients about their right to see another doctor and make sure they have enough information to exercise that right to arrange to see another doctor who does not hold the same objection.

The guidance also advises that, if it is not practical for a patient to arrange to see another doctor, arrangements should be made – without delay – for another suitably qualified colleague to advise, treat or refer the patient. Doctors must bear in mind the patient’s vulnerability and act promptly to make sure they are not denied appropriate treatment or services.

26 Oct 2017, 2:54 p.m. Infectious Diseases: Accident and Emergency Departments Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to hospital who presented at accident and emergency departments with a primary diagnosis of an infectious disease in each month of the (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14, (e) 2014-15 and (f) 2015-16 financial years to the latest period for which figures are available.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

A count of unplanned accident and emergency (A&E) attendances1 resulting in an admission2 and a primary diagnosis of infectious disease3, for the financial years between 2010-11 and 2016-174 is provided in the table below. This is a count of hospital attendances resulting in admissions, not individual patients as the same person may have been admitted into an National Health Service hospital on more than one occasion.

Month

Year

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

April

1,835

2,351

2,591

3,251

3,888

4,916

6,081

May

1,881

2,221

2,702

2,944

3,790

4,556

5,943

June

1,719

1,957

2,434

2,664

3,809

4,198

5,545

July

1,798

2,132

2,563

2,834

4,084

4,086

5,718

August

1,802

2,143

2,412

2,603

3,827

3,977

4,682

September

1,816

2,282

2,457

2,767

3,975

4,306

5,334

October

1,872

2,348

2,783

3,009

4,474

5,380

6,545

November

1,916

2,504

2,883

3,274

5,077

6,262

7,384

December

3,153

2,802

3,748

4,149

6,832

6,966

9,080

January

2,541

2,517

3,283

3,781

5,640

7,014

8,456

February

1,901

2,795

3,129

3,565

4,739

6,918

6,623

March

2,212

2,816

3,598

3,845

5,162

7,429

6,532

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

1The following attendance category codes identify unplanned A&E attendances:

1 = First A&E attendance

3 = Follow-up A&E attendance - unplanned

9 = Not known

2Attendance disposal 01 = Admitted to hospital bed / become a lodged patient of the same health care provider.

3The recording of the diagnosis field within the A&E data set is not mandatory. It is not known to what extent changes over time are as a result of improvements in recording practice.

17 = Infectious disease

4HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Note that HES include activity ending in the year in question and run from April to March, e.g. 2012-13 includes activity occurring between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

26 Oct 2017, 9:06 a.m. Cultural Heritage Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the safeguarding of heritage cultural crafts in the UK.

Answer (John Glen)

We take the protection and promotion of Heritage Crafts seriously. In March 2017 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced that it would spend £10 million training people in heritage skills. The funding aims to train a new and more diverse generation of heritage workers in areas from traditional crafts to digital specialists to address critical shortages in the sector.

In addition, HLF has already invested £47 million into the Skills for the Future programme, which helps organisations deliver paid training placements to meet skills shortages in the heritage sector and to help diversify the workforce, since it launched in 2009.

17 Oct 2017, 4:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Clinical Trials Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS and Public Health England HIV PrEP impact trial, what steps his Department is taking to (a) manage demand to participate in the trial and (b) ensure that no one at risk of HIV is excluded from accessing this treatment.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England will enrol 10,000 participants over three years at clinics across the country in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) IMPACT trial. The trial will provide data on implementation of PrEP and its impact on HIV transmission among high-risk groups, not those at any risk.

Individuals for enrolment to the trial will be assessed against inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to target those at high risk of getting HIV and therefore most likely to benefit. National Health Service funded access to PrEP drugs is only available through the IMPACT trial.

NHS England and Public Health England have been actively supporting the PrEP IMPACT trial sponsor in accelerating ethical approval and trial site recruitment. It was not possible to complete all the necessary steps to achieve a September 2017 start because of the large number of trial sites. Trial sites have to assure the trial co-ordination centre has ethical approval, drug procurement, trial site feasibility assessments, trial site training, local commissioner approval and local research governance approval in place before permission to recruit is given. This is dependent on local processes and is variable. Trial opening dates will be staggered to reflect this.

The first clinics began be enrolling patients in October and a number of clinics will be opening within weeks of each other, both in and outside London. The trial sponsor anticipates that up to 70 sites will be enrolling patients by the end of November. All clinics should be enrolling patients by April 2018.

As the largest single study of its type in the world, the PrEP trial is complex, involving well in excess of 100 organisations ranging from sexual health clinics, local authority commissioners, research bodies, and a drug manufacturer. The aim is to ensure multiple clinics across the country can provide geographical access and avoid surges to individual clinics. As trial sites open, information will be uploaded to the trial website enabling individuals who wish to participate in the trial to identify their nearest local clinic.

Of the 10,000 trial places, an initial 2,000 places are being reserved for groups at high HIV risk other than gay men. The trial co-ordinating team will monitor PrEP uptake and keep this initial ring-fence under review.

Further information on the trial can be found at the following link:

https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/

17 Oct 2017, 4:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Clinical Trials Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS and Public Health England HIV PrEP impact trial, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the revised start date for the trial is not missed.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England will enrol 10,000 participants over three years at clinics across the country in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) IMPACT trial. The trial will provide data on implementation of PrEP and its impact on HIV transmission among high-risk groups, not those at any risk.

Individuals for enrolment to the trial will be assessed against inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to target those at high risk of getting HIV and therefore most likely to benefit. National Health Service funded access to PrEP drugs is only available through the IMPACT trial.

NHS England and Public Health England have been actively supporting the PrEP IMPACT trial sponsor in accelerating ethical approval and trial site recruitment. It was not possible to complete all the necessary steps to achieve a September 2017 start because of the large number of trial sites. Trial sites have to assure the trial co-ordination centre has ethical approval, drug procurement, trial site feasibility assessments, trial site training, local commissioner approval and local research governance approval in place before permission to recruit is given. This is dependent on local processes and is variable. Trial opening dates will be staggered to reflect this.

The first clinics began be enrolling patients in October and a number of clinics will be opening within weeks of each other, both in and outside London. The trial sponsor anticipates that up to 70 sites will be enrolling patients by the end of November. All clinics should be enrolling patients by April 2018.

As the largest single study of its type in the world, the PrEP trial is complex, involving well in excess of 100 organisations ranging from sexual health clinics, local authority commissioners, research bodies, and a drug manufacturer. The aim is to ensure multiple clinics across the country can provide geographical access and avoid surges to individual clinics. As trial sites open, information will be uploaded to the trial website enabling individuals who wish to participate in the trial to identify their nearest local clinic.

Of the 10,000 trial places, an initial 2,000 places are being reserved for groups at high HIV risk other than gay men. The trial co-ordinating team will monitor PrEP uptake and keep this initial ring-fence under review.

Further information on the trial can be found at the following link:

https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/

17 Oct 2017, 4:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Clinical Trials Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS and Public Health England HIV PrEP impact trial, what assessment he has made of the reasons why the target trial start date of September 2017 was not met.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England will enrol 10,000 participants over three years at clinics across the country in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) IMPACT trial. The trial will provide data on implementation of PrEP and its impact on HIV transmission among high-risk groups, not those at any risk.

Individuals for enrolment to the trial will be assessed against inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to target those at high risk of getting HIV and therefore most likely to benefit. National Health Service funded access to PrEP drugs is only available through the IMPACT trial.

NHS England and Public Health England have been actively supporting the PrEP IMPACT trial sponsor in accelerating ethical approval and trial site recruitment. It was not possible to complete all the necessary steps to achieve a September 2017 start because of the large number of trial sites. Trial sites have to assure the trial co-ordination centre has ethical approval, drug procurement, trial site feasibility assessments, trial site training, local commissioner approval and local research governance approval in place before permission to recruit is given. This is dependent on local processes and is variable. Trial opening dates will be staggered to reflect this.

The first clinics began be enrolling patients in October and a number of clinics will be opening within weeks of each other, both in and outside London. The trial sponsor anticipates that up to 70 sites will be enrolling patients by the end of November. All clinics should be enrolling patients by April 2018.

As the largest single study of its type in the world, the PrEP trial is complex, involving well in excess of 100 organisations ranging from sexual health clinics, local authority commissioners, research bodies, and a drug manufacturer. The aim is to ensure multiple clinics across the country can provide geographical access and avoid surges to individual clinics. As trial sites open, information will be uploaded to the trial website enabling individuals who wish to participate in the trial to identify their nearest local clinic.

Of the 10,000 trial places, an initial 2,000 places are being reserved for groups at high HIV risk other than gay men. The trial co-ordinating team will monitor PrEP uptake and keep this initial ring-fence under review.

Further information on the trial can be found at the following link:

https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/

17 Oct 2017, 4:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Clinical Trials Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the potential of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV to help end the transmission of HIV among at-risk populations.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England will enrol 10,000 participants over three years at clinics across the country in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) IMPACT trial. The trial will provide data on implementation of PrEP and its impact on HIV transmission among high-risk groups, not those at any risk.

Individuals for enrolment to the trial will be assessed against inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to target those at high risk of getting HIV and therefore most likely to benefit. National Health Service funded access to PrEP drugs is only available through the IMPACT trial.

NHS England and Public Health England have been actively supporting the PrEP IMPACT trial sponsor in accelerating ethical approval and trial site recruitment. It was not possible to complete all the necessary steps to achieve a September 2017 start because of the large number of trial sites. Trial sites have to assure the trial co-ordination centre has ethical approval, drug procurement, trial site feasibility assessments, trial site training, local commissioner approval and local research governance approval in place before permission to recruit is given. This is dependent on local processes and is variable. Trial opening dates will be staggered to reflect this.

The first clinics began be enrolling patients in October and a number of clinics will be opening within weeks of each other, both in and outside London. The trial sponsor anticipates that up to 70 sites will be enrolling patients by the end of November. All clinics should be enrolling patients by April 2018.

As the largest single study of its type in the world, the PrEP trial is complex, involving well in excess of 100 organisations ranging from sexual health clinics, local authority commissioners, research bodies, and a drug manufacturer. The aim is to ensure multiple clinics across the country can provide geographical access and avoid surges to individual clinics. As trial sites open, information will be uploaded to the trial website enabling individuals who wish to participate in the trial to identify their nearest local clinic.

Of the 10,000 trial places, an initial 2,000 places are being reserved for groups at high HIV risk other than gay men. The trial co-ordinating team will monitor PrEP uptake and keep this initial ring-fence under review.

Further information on the trial can be found at the following link:

https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/

17 Oct 2017, 4:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Clinical Trials Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS and Public Health England HIV PrEP impact trial, what steps he is taking to ensure that people in areas that are not included in that trial can access this treatment.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England will enrol 10,000 participants over three years at clinics across the country in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) IMPACT trial. The trial will provide data on implementation of PrEP and its impact on HIV transmission among high-risk groups, not those at any risk.

Individuals for enrolment to the trial will be assessed against inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to target those at high risk of getting HIV and therefore most likely to benefit. National Health Service funded access to PrEP drugs is only available through the IMPACT trial.

NHS England and Public Health England have been actively supporting the PrEP IMPACT trial sponsor in accelerating ethical approval and trial site recruitment. It was not possible to complete all the necessary steps to achieve a September 2017 start because of the large number of trial sites. Trial sites have to assure the trial co-ordination centre has ethical approval, drug procurement, trial site feasibility assessments, trial site training, local commissioner approval and local research governance approval in place before permission to recruit is given. This is dependent on local processes and is variable. Trial opening dates will be staggered to reflect this.

The first clinics began be enrolling patients in October and a number of clinics will be opening within weeks of each other, both in and outside London. The trial sponsor anticipates that up to 70 sites will be enrolling patients by the end of November. All clinics should be enrolling patients by April 2018.

As the largest single study of its type in the world, the PrEP trial is complex, involving well in excess of 100 organisations ranging from sexual health clinics, local authority commissioners, research bodies, and a drug manufacturer. The aim is to ensure multiple clinics across the country can provide geographical access and avoid surges to individual clinics. As trial sites open, information will be uploaded to the trial website enabling individuals who wish to participate in the trial to identify their nearest local clinic.

Of the 10,000 trial places, an initial 2,000 places are being reserved for groups at high HIV risk other than gay men. The trial co-ordinating team will monitor PrEP uptake and keep this initial ring-fence under review.

Further information on the trial can be found at the following link:

https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/

17 Oct 2017, 4:48 p.m. HIV Infection: Clinical Trials Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NHS and Public Health England HIV PrEP impact trial, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that some trial places are reserved for under-represented groups.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England will enrol 10,000 participants over three years at clinics across the country in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) IMPACT trial. The trial will provide data on implementation of PrEP and its impact on HIV transmission among high-risk groups, not those at any risk.

Individuals for enrolment to the trial will be assessed against inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to target those at high risk of getting HIV and therefore most likely to benefit. National Health Service funded access to PrEP drugs is only available through the IMPACT trial.

NHS England and Public Health England have been actively supporting the PrEP IMPACT trial sponsor in accelerating ethical approval and trial site recruitment. It was not possible to complete all the necessary steps to achieve a September 2017 start because of the large number of trial sites. Trial sites have to assure the trial co-ordination centre has ethical approval, drug procurement, trial site feasibility assessments, trial site training, local commissioner approval and local research governance approval in place before permission to recruit is given. This is dependent on local processes and is variable. Trial opening dates will be staggered to reflect this.

The first clinics began be enrolling patients in October and a number of clinics will be opening within weeks of each other, both in and outside London. The trial sponsor anticipates that up to 70 sites will be enrolling patients by the end of November. All clinics should be enrolling patients by April 2018.

As the largest single study of its type in the world, the PrEP trial is complex, involving well in excess of 100 organisations ranging from sexual health clinics, local authority commissioners, research bodies, and a drug manufacturer. The aim is to ensure multiple clinics across the country can provide geographical access and avoid surges to individual clinics. As trial sites open, information will be uploaded to the trial website enabling individuals who wish to participate in the trial to identify their nearest local clinic.

Of the 10,000 trial places, an initial 2,000 places are being reserved for groups at high HIV risk other than gay men. The trial co-ordinating team will monitor PrEP uptake and keep this initial ring-fence under review.

Further information on the trial can be found at the following link:

https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/

17 Oct 2017, 4:38 p.m. Vegetables: Consumption Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase vegetable consumption.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Chief Medical Officer recommends eating plenty of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy balanced diet. The national food model the Eatwell Guide, provides a visual representation of the types and proportions of the foods needed for a healthy, balanced diet, and depicts a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

The Government’s 5 A DAY campaign which specifically promotes fruit and vegetable consumption and the 5 A DAY message is embedded in the Eatwell Guide. It is communicated alongside other healthy eating advice through, for example the Change4Life campaign, the One You campaign and the NHS Choices website.

In addition the Department runs two schemes which contribute towards increasing vegetable consumption:

- Healthy Start which offers support to (largely unemployed) pregnant women and children under four in families receiving one or more of the qualifying benefits and tax credits. The Healthy Start vouchers can be used for purchasing fruit and vegetables as well as milk; and

- The School Fruit and Vegetable scheme ensures all children in Key Stage 1, regardless of socio-economic background, receive a piece of fruit or vegetable every day.

16 Oct 2017, 5:39 p.m. Pre-school Education: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the voluntary guidelines for food in early-years settings highlighted in the Childhood Obesity Plan will be published.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

Example menus and guidance have been developed as part of the delivery of the Childhood Obesity Plan to support early year’s settings in England. This is to provide meals and snacks in line with current government dietary recommendations for infants and children aged six months to four years. The government will publish the menus and guidance in due course. Separate Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines are already available for early years settings to help them meet the nutritional needs of children aged one to five.

16 Oct 2017, 5:38 p.m. Schools: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the refreshed school food standards highlighted in the Childhood Obesity Plan will be published; and whether those standards will reflect new requirements on dietary fibre.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

The childhood obesity plan, published in August 2016, mentions that we will update the School Food Standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations. We are currently reflecting on the best course of action and further announcements will be made in due course.

11 Sep 2017, 12:25 p.m. Smoking Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding he has allowed for the delivery of the Tobacco Control Plan for England.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Councils will receive £16 billion of public health funding over the Spending Review period to deliver local health priorities tailored to the needs of their populations. Tobacco control is within this remit.

8 Sep 2017, 2:52 p.m. Smoking Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to fund tobacco cessation services during this Parliament.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Smoking cessation services are a key part of the Government’s tobacco control strategy which is outlined in the recently published tobacco control plan. Councils will receive £16 billion of public health funding between 2016 and 2021 to provide vital services for their local population including smoking cessation services. Funding plans beyond 2021 will be the subject of a new Spending Review.

6 Sep 2017, 1:55 p.m. Blood: Contamination Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the people and organisations that those people represent who attended the meeting of 20 July 2017 to discuss setting up an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The following organisations were invited to the meeting on 20 July 2017:

- The Haemophilia Society;

- Haemophilia Wales;

- Haemophilia Scotland;

- The Irish Haemophilia Society;

- The Hepatitis C Trust;

- The Tainted Blood Campaign;

- The Contaminated Blood Campaign; and

- The Birchgrove Group.

21 Jul 2017, 1:46 p.m. Tickets: Sales Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to implement the power to create an offence of breaching limits on internet and other ticket sales contained in section 106 of the Digital Economy Act 2017.

Answer (Matt Hancock)

This offence will be enacted by secondary legislation. We will be consulting industry and consumer interests to help inform the drafting of this legislation before giving the European Commission and Member States requisite notice, as the offence falls under the Technical Standards Directive. We will then seek a legislative opportunity to table the regulation which has to be approved by both Houses.

20 Jul 2017, 3:28 p.m. Baby Care Units Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to ensure co-ordination of the work of the Neonatal Transformation Review and the proposed quality surveillance programme on neonatal care.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The Scottish maternity and neonatal review is a well-conceived document that will be used in the deliberations of the Neonatal Review.

Networks have been formally established in England for 15 years and are now configured as Operational Delivery Networks which provide an important role in coordinating and quality assurance of locally delivered care.

The NHS England Clinical Reference Group is coordinating both the Neonatal Transformation Review and the progress of the Quality Surveillance Team’s Peer Review of Neonatal Services. The results of both have been designed to complement each other and minimise the work required of the local neonatal teams. Both processes will feed into the work of the Local Maternity Systems and Operational Delivery Networks over the next 12 months to ensure that we have a coordinated approach to improving the specialist care available for babies, alongside the initiatives developed by Better Births.

20 Jul 2017, 3:28 p.m. Maternity Services Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account will be taken of Scottish maternity and neonatal review during the neonatal transformation review process.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The Scottish maternity and neonatal review is a well-conceived document that will be used in the deliberations of the Neonatal Review.

Networks have been formally established in England for 15 years and are now configured as Operational Delivery Networks which provide an important role in coordinating and quality assurance of locally delivered care.

The NHS England Clinical Reference Group is coordinating both the Neonatal Transformation Review and the progress of the Quality Surveillance Team’s Peer Review of Neonatal Services. The results of both have been designed to complement each other and minimise the work required of the local neonatal teams. Both processes will feed into the work of the Local Maternity Systems and Operational Delivery Networks over the next 12 months to ensure that we have a coordinated approach to improving the specialist care available for babies, alongside the initiatives developed by Better Births.

20 Jul 2017, 2:42 p.m. Personal Injury: Compensation Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to publish Part 2 of its response to the consultation entitled Reforming the soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims process.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The Government will publish Part 2 of its response in due course.

18 Jul 2017, 4:57 p.m. National Trading Standards Board Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional funding he has provided to the National Trading Standards Board to implement the recommendations of the Waterson Review accepted by the Government in its response on 13 March 2017; and what that funding will be spent on in the current financial year.

Answer (Margot James)

In line with the Government’s response to the Waterson review, National Trading Standards have been tasked with investigating potential enforcement cases against sellers and secondary ticketing websites that do not comply with legislation from within their current and forthcoming annual budgets.

The National Trading Standards Board have allocated £300,000 towards investigation work on ticketing for this current financial year.

18 Jul 2017, 3:15 p.m. Tickets: Sales Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to publish updated guidance on sections 90 to 95 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 on secondary ticketing.

Answer (Margot James)

The Digital Economy Act 2017 amended S90 of the Consumer Rights Act on secondary ticketing. My Department will be consulting industry; stakeholder and consumer interests to help inform an appropriate update of this guidance.

11 Jul 2017, 4:49 p.m. Schools: Admissions Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to update her Department's guidance on summer-born children: school admission.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

We are concerned that some summer born children, whose parents opt to defer entry may be missing the reception year where the essential teaching of early reading and arithmetic takes place. We are giving careful consideration to how we might make any changes. Further information will be available in due course.

7 Jul 2017, 1:55 p.m. Primary Education: Free School Meals Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to review funding for universal infant free school meals.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

My Rt hon. Friend, the Minister of State for School Standards, confirmed on 4 July that infants will continue to receive universal infant school meals.

7 Jul 2017, 1:40 p.m. Schools: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to review and update school food standards.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

The School Food Standards, where they apply, provide the legislative framework to ensure schools provide pupils with healthy food and drink options. In Childhood obesity: a plan for action, published in August 2016, we indicated that we will update the standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations, and we have committed to reviewing the standards to align with the latest scientific advice on sugar.

We are in the process of confirming the timelines for this piece of work and further information will be available in due course.

7 Jul 2017, 1:31 p.m. Pre-school Education: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the new early years menus for childcare settings; and what plans she has to publicise those menus.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

The new example menus for early years settings are to be published in due course. We will set out our plans for publicising the menus at that time.

7 Jul 2017, 1:31 p.m. Healthy Schools Rating Scheme Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on the introduction of the healthy schools rating scheme.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

Childhood obesity: a plan for action, published in August 2016, included a commitment to introduce a new voluntary healthy rating scheme for primary schools to recognise and encourage their contribution to preventing obesity

We are now reflecting on the feedback received from interested parties and we will come forward with proposals to take the scheme forward in due course. . The Department for Education published a prior information notice on 20 December 2016, which gave potential suppliers an overview of the type of services required by this scheme. In spring 2017, the department held meetings with interested suppliers to discuss the scheme.

4 Jul 2017, 11:20 a.m. Tobacco Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission Public Health England to review heat-not-burn tobacco products in the same way that it has reviewed vaping products.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Government has asked the Committee on Toxicology to look at the data submitted by companies and to give an opinion based on this research on the absolute and relative risk of the products concerned, and to indicate the strength of the evidence on which their opinion is based. Public Health England has been commissioned to review this opinion and the available evidence on novel tobacco products, and to provide advice to the Government on this issue.

3 Jul 2017, 4:35 p.m. Schools: Food Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Minister in her Department will have responsibility for school food.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

As announced on 03 July 2017, I am the minister with responsibility for school food.

30 Jun 2017, 9:59 a.m. Department of Health: Departmental Responsibilities Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the full list of ministerial responsibilities for his Department.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The list of ministerial responsibilities is available on GOV.uk.

30 Jun 2017, 8:11 a.m. Home Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many interventions under section 437(1) of the Education Act 1996, for home schooling, have been made by local authorities in the last five years.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

I am sorry, but data on these matters are not collected centrally by the Department for Education. Each local authority maintains its own records of such interventions.

30 Jun 2017, 8:11 a.m. Home Education Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many interventions have been made by social services relating to home schooling in the last five years.

Answer (Mr Robert Goodwill)

I am sorry, but data on these matters are not collected centrally by the Department for Education. Each local authority maintains its own records of such interventions.

27 Jun 2017, 10:35 a.m. HIV Infection: Drugs Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis impact trial will begin; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England and Public Health England announced in December 2016 that up to £10 million is to be made available to run a three year trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis to answer outstanding questions about future access and implementation. Work continues to ensure a robust trial starting as quickly as possible. Following the drug procurement, NHS England expects to be able to confirm the award of the final contract no later than the first week of August, meaning trial drugs could be available from early August, in readiness for the trial to begin once ethics approval is received and trial sites are prepared.

27 Jun 2017, 10:34 a.m. Public Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold discussions with representative organisations in public health on the mandated public health duties of local authorities in light of the Government's plan to devolve the public health grant.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

27 Jun 2017, 10:34 a.m. Public Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold discussions with representative organisations in sexual health, drugs and alcohol services on the mandated public health duties of local authorities in light of the Government's plan to devolve the public health grant.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

27 Jun 2017, 10:34 a.m. Public Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to extend the period of the ring fence on the public health grant until plans to fund local authorities through 100 per cent business rates retention are implemented after 2020.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

27 Jun 2017, 10:34 a.m. Public Health: Finance Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Communities and Local Government on the future administration of the public health grant.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Since the announcement in 2015 of the intention to allow local authorities (LAs) to retain 100% of their income from business rates, officials at the Department of Health have held regular discussions on the implications for LA public health funding and services with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government and with representative bodies. We expect these discussions to continue and have already confirmed that the ring-fenced public health grant for LAs will stay in place for the remainder of 2017/18 and for 2018/19. Any proposed changes to the regulations prescribing particular services or steps will be subject to public consultation.

27 Jun 2017, 10:33 a.m. Pregnancy: Smoking Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce smoking amongst pregnant women.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Government is committed to reducing smoking prevalence in pregnant women and will be publishing its new Tobacco Control Plan for England shortly. This will aim to reduce smoking prevalence generally and includes actions to reduce smoking during pregnancy.

Public Health England continues to work closely with NHS England to increase the number of women having a smoke-free pregnancy through a variety of initiatives. This is a key priority within NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme and a key action to reduce stillbirths and meet the Secretary of State’s ambition to halve the number of stillbirths by 2030, and to reduce stillbirths by 20% by 2020.

27 Jun 2017, 10:23 a.m. Nutrition Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the timescales on the new nutrient profile model will be published; and for what reasons the publications of those timescales has been delayed.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The revised timeline for the review of the nutrient profiling model was published on gov.uk on 30 March 2017 and is available to view here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/review-of-the-nutrient-profiling-model

The revised timescales are set to ensure that the options for the review of the nutrient profiling model are fully considered through a transparent process and will uphold the latest government recommendations for sugar and fibre.

The review of the nutrient profiling model is due to be completed by June 2018.

26 Jun 2017, 2:01 p.m. Tobacco Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the updated Tobacco Control Plan; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Government is developing a new tobacco control plan, which will be published shortly.

26 Jun 2017, 1:21 p.m. Abortion Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on changing the law on abortion in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

As with other matters of conscience, abortion is an issue on which the Government adopts a neutral stance and allows Members to vote according to their moral, ethical or religious beliefs.

The Abortion Act does not apply to Northern Ireland. Health, and by extension abortion law in Northern Ireland, is a transferred matter and is the responsibility of Northern Ireland Executive Ministers.