Siobhain McDonagh Written Questions

159 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Siobhain McDonagh


Date Title Questioner
16 Jun 2020, 9:30 a.m. Multiple Occupation: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

What steps the Government is taking to support tenants in (a) multiple occupancy dwellings and (b) buildings with multiple residences during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Christopher Pincher)

All tenants benefit from our unprecedented support package and protection from eviction. This is supported by guidance, including to tenants who are shielded or in accommodation with shared facilities. Tenants are spending more time at home so we’re clear that inspections and repairs to remedy direct risks should take place in all rented properties, in line with social distancing requirements.

10 Jun 2020, 5:06 p.m. Self-employment Income Support Scheme Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people with annual trading profits from £50,000 to £60,000 are not eligible to access support under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

The SEISS, including the eligibility requirement that an individual’s trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to their non-trading income, is designed to target those who most need it, and who are most reliant on their self-employment income.

Those with average profits above £50,000 may still benefit from other support, and individuals may have access to a range of grants and loans depending on their circumstances. The SEISS supplements the significant support already announced for UK businesses, including the Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small businesses, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and the deferral of tax payments.

Applications for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened on 13 May. By midnight 31 May 2020, HMRC had received 2.5m claims representing a total of £7.2bn claimed.

SEISS is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will update in due course on the types of data available and timescales for publication.

8 Jun 2020, 4:04 p.m. Self-employment Income Support Scheme Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of the £50,000 annual trading profit threshold for determining an applicant's eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) helps those adversely affected by COVID-19. Individuals can at present claim a taxable grant under the SEISS worth 80 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

The extension of the SEISS announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 29 May 2020 means that eligible individuals whose businesses are adversely affected by COVID-19 will be able to claim a second and final grant when the scheme reopens for applications in August. This will be a taxable grant worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.

The SEISS, including the £50,000 threshold for average trading profits, is designed to target those who most need it, and who are most reliant on their self-employment income. The self-employed are very diverse and have a wide mix of turnover and profits, with monthly and annual variations even in normal times, and in some cases with substantial alternative forms of income too: for example, those who had more than £50,000 from trading profits in 2017-18 had an average total income of more than £200,000. Some 95 per cent of those with more than half their income from self-employment in 2018-19 could be eligible for this scheme.

Those with average trading profits above £50,000 may still be eligible for other elements of the unprecedented financial support package made available by the Government. These measures include Bounce Back Loans, tax deferrals, rental support, increased levels of Universal Credit, mortgage holidays, and other business support grants.

21 May 2020, 4 p.m. Care Homes: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made for the implications for his policy on the personal protective equipment (PPE) to care homes of the Alzheimer’s Society survey, published 13 May 2020, that found 43 per cent of care homes reported that they did not have adequate supplies of PPE.

Answer (Helen Whately)

Supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the care sector is fundamental for both the good care of individuals with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 and equally vital to protect the care workers in social care settings.

To address this, the Government has stepped up support, supply and distribution of PPE to the care sector. As of 8 May, we have released 60.9 million items of PPE to designated wholesalers for onward sale to social care providers. In addition, between 6 April and 12 May, we have delivered over 94 million items of PPE across 38 Local Resilience Forums to respond to spikes in need.

Working with care sector representative bodies, PHE published tailored guidance: ‘COVID-19 How to work safely in care homes’ on 17 April, as well as a specialised training video demonstrating the donning and doffing of PPE in care home settings. The PHE guidance also provides tables on when and which PPE to use.

15 May 2020, 2:46 p.m. Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) cost to the public purse is each week and (b) average weekly cost is per child of the free school meal voucher scheme.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

Where possible, schools are encouraged to work with their existing suppliers to provide meals or food parcels to free school meal-eligible children currently at home due to school closures. Where this is not possible, the national voucher scheme is available to support schools with this process.

The scheme allows schools to place orders for supermarket gift cards on behalf of parents and carers. These are worth £15 a week per child. Thousands of schools have already accessed the scheme, and many hundreds of thousands of families are already redeeming vouchers. Edenred has reported that over £70 million worth of voucher codes has been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families through the scheme as of Tuesday 12 May.

14 May 2020, 2:09 p.m. Death: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people who have died from covid-19 in the UK had underlying health conditions.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

14 May 2020, 2:09 p.m. Death: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the most common underlying health conditions are for people who have died from covid-19 in the UK.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

28 Apr 2020, 2:56 p.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what rate of commission Edenred is charging for its service to provide free school meal vouchers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

The contract for the national free school meals voucher scheme was let against Crown Commercial Service framework RM6133. The successful provider is the sole provider on the framework and direct awards are permitted action. The department does not comment on the commercial arrangements of third parties but can confirm that we are only paying for the face value of goods delivered – in this case, vouchers.

The vouchers can currently be spent in a variety of supermarkets. Initially, the scheme includes supermarkets that already have e-gift card arrangements in place with Edenred, including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S and Waitrose. On 21 April, we were pleased to confirm that Aldi will be added to the list of supermarkets from the week commencing 27 April. We are working to see if additional supermarkets can be added to this list as soon as possible. Where families are unable to access any of these supermarkets, schools are able to buy vouchers for other retailers and we have published guidance setting out how we will compensate schools who incur additional costs in providing free school meals or vouchers to pupils affected by COVID-19.

28 Apr 2020, 2:56 p.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what process his Department used to select the provider for the free school meal voucher programme during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

The contract for the national free school meals voucher scheme was let against Crown Commercial Service framework RM6133. The successful provider is the sole provider on the framework and direct awards are permitted action. The department does not comment on the commercial arrangements of third parties but can confirm that we are only paying for the face value of goods delivered – in this case, vouchers.

The vouchers can currently be spent in a variety of supermarkets. Initially, the scheme includes supermarkets that already have e-gift card arrangements in place with Edenred, including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S and Waitrose. On 21 April, we were pleased to confirm that Aldi will be added to the list of supermarkets from the week commencing 27 April. We are working to see if additional supermarkets can be added to this list as soon as possible. Where families are unable to access any of these supermarkets, schools are able to buy vouchers for other retailers and we have published guidance setting out how we will compensate schools who incur additional costs in providing free school meals or vouchers to pupils affected by COVID-19.

28 Apr 2020, 2:56 p.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department made an assessment of the accessibility of all retailers when designing the free school meal voucher scheme during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

The contract for the national free school meals voucher scheme was let against Crown Commercial Service framework RM6133. The successful provider is the sole provider on the framework and direct awards are permitted action. The department does not comment on the commercial arrangements of third parties but can confirm that we are only paying for the face value of goods delivered – in this case, vouchers.

The vouchers can currently be spent in a variety of supermarkets. Initially, the scheme includes supermarkets that already have e-gift card arrangements in place with Edenred, including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S and Waitrose. On 21 April, we were pleased to confirm that Aldi will be added to the list of supermarkets from the week commencing 27 April. We are working to see if additional supermarkets can be added to this list as soon as possible. Where families are unable to access any of these supermarkets, schools are able to buy vouchers for other retailers and we have published guidance setting out how we will compensate schools who incur additional costs in providing free school meals or vouchers to pupils affected by COVID-19.

27 Apr 2020, 5:30 p.m. Free School Meals: Coronavirus Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools will be reimbursed if they bought free school meals vouchers from another retailer due to being unable to access the Edenred scheme during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Vicky Ford)

To provide free school meals for pupils not attending school we are encouraging schools to speak to their catering team or provider in the first instance to see if they can prepare meals or food parcels that could be delivered to, or collected by, families. Where this is not possible, we have developed a national voucher scheme to enable schools to provide supermarket vouchers.

We are providing extra funding to schools, on top of existing budgets, to cover unavoidable costs incurred due to the coronavirus outbreak that cannot be met from their existing resources. This includes local free school meal arrangements set up by schools to support eligible children, where our national voucher scheme is not appropriate or before it was introduced. The guidance on this additional funding is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-schools.

9 Mar 2020, 4:39 p.m. Planning Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the publication of the Accelerated Planning White Paper.

Answer (Christopher Pincher)

The Government will publish a Planning White Paper shortly. It will set out our ambitious agenda for planning reform over this Parliament to make the planning system clearer, more accessible and more certain for all users.

9 Sep 2019, 5:26 p.m. Palliative Care: Children Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money NHS England has budgeted in the 2019-20 financial year for specialised paediatric palliative care as defined by E03/S/H 2013/14 NHS Standard Contract For Paediatric Medicine: Palliative Care.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The NHS England Personalised Care Group is reviewing the commissioning, service models, contracting and pricing structure for children and young people’s palliative and end of life care. Within that context, work is underway to develop a national service specification for all aspects of end of life care covering community, hospital, hospice and tertiary care.

As part of the review of the specialised service specification, the End of Life Care Sub group is also reviewing the current contracting and funding arrangements with hospitals providing tertiary level palliative care services.

9 Sep 2019, 5:22 p.m. NHS: Vacancies Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS People Plan will consider potential workforce shortages for health and care services provided by the voluntary sector.

Answer (Jo Churchill)

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

9 Sep 2019, 4:41 p.m. Social Services: Children Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will allocate additional funding to local authorities for the social care needs of disabled children and their families.

Answer (Luke Hall)

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

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) schools and (b) children are participating in the National School Breakfast Programme each day.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children the National School Breakfast Programme (a) was projected to reach and (b) has reached.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to maintain funding for the National School Breakfast Programme.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timeframe is for his Department's decision on funding for the National School Breakfast Programme in 2020-2022.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the National School Breakfast Programme on social mobility.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of effectiveness of the National School Breakfast Programme.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Pupils: Food Poverty Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking in response to the finding of the National Association of Head Teachers Report that four out of five school leaders have seen a rise in the number of pupils arriving at school hungry in the last five years.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. Breakfast Clubs Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Treasury new story of 5 April 2018, Soft Drinks Industry Levy comes into effect, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy on the number of children starting the day with a healthy breakfast.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have both been named as the leading charities responsible for running the Breakfast Club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria.

We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes including the number of children attending.

In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme. The contract for the National Schools Breakfast Programme required the contractor Family Action to provide breakfast provision to at least 1,500 schools across England. This has now been surpassed by Family Action and Magic Breakfast by who have recruited more than 1,700 schools.

Decisions about any funding beyond March 2020 will be taken as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

13 Jun 2019, 1:55 p.m. Soft Drinks: Taxation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy was spent in 2018-2019.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The revenue raised from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has been allocated to the Department for Education by HM Treasury. Over 2018/19 the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund has spent £100 million. The PE and Sport Premium has spent £160 million. The Essential Life Skills programme has spent £13.85 million. Up to £26 million has been allocated to the National Schools Breakfast Programme over 2018-20.

12 Jun 2019, 2:13 p.m. Academies Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies do not have a sponsor.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

​As at 1 June 2019 there are 8,678 open academies and free schools. 2,631 of these do not have a sponsor. The majority of these are converter academies where there is no requirement for a sponsor. There is also a small number who were formerly sponsored but no longer have a sponsor.

There are 161 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy. Of these 161 schools, 83 (52%) have no sponsor assigned to them; some of these, will be early in the conversion process.

Schools can draw on their reserves for a range of planned and sensible reasons. This is not an issue in and of itself, unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit. Cumulative deficit and surplus positions are a more reliable overall measure of financial health. In-year spending often presents an inconsistent picture.

Of the 2,631 academies without a sponsor, 1,243 are recorded as having expenditure that exceeded income in 2017/18. This can often be planned expenditure using reserves strategically. There were 182 with a cumulative deficit. If the sums are significant, the trust may, as appropriate, be subject to scrutiny or intervention by ESFA. Of the 83 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy, 50 had expenditure that exceeded income, while 28 had a cumulative deficit.

When a local authority maintained school with a deficit becomes a sponsored academy, the deficit remains with the local authority, in line with our published guidance. Likewise, when an academy with a deficit is in scope to transfer to a new trust, any deficit at the academy at the point of transfer would ordinarily remain with the outgoing trust in line with our published guidance.

12 Jun 2019, 2:13 p.m. Academies Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies without a sponsor have a budget deficit.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

​As at 1 June 2019 there are 8,678 open academies and free schools. 2,631 of these do not have a sponsor. The majority of these are converter academies where there is no requirement for a sponsor. There is also a small number who were formerly sponsored but no longer have a sponsor.

There are 161 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy. Of these 161 schools, 83 (52%) have no sponsor assigned to them; some of these, will be early in the conversion process.

Schools can draw on their reserves for a range of planned and sensible reasons. This is not an issue in and of itself, unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit. Cumulative deficit and surplus positions are a more reliable overall measure of financial health. In-year spending often presents an inconsistent picture.

Of the 2,631 academies without a sponsor, 1,243 are recorded as having expenditure that exceeded income in 2017/18. This can often be planned expenditure using reserves strategically. There were 182 with a cumulative deficit. If the sums are significant, the trust may, as appropriate, be subject to scrutiny or intervention by ESFA. Of the 83 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy, 50 had expenditure that exceeded income, while 28 had a cumulative deficit.

When a local authority maintained school with a deficit becomes a sponsored academy, the deficit remains with the local authority, in line with our published guidance. Likewise, when an academy with a deficit is in scope to transfer to a new trust, any deficit at the academy at the point of transfer would ordinarily remain with the outgoing trust in line with our published guidance.

12 Jun 2019, 2:13 p.m. Academies Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies do not have a sponsor because they have a budget deficit.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

​As at 1 June 2019 there are 8,678 open academies and free schools. 2,631 of these do not have a sponsor. The majority of these are converter academies where there is no requirement for a sponsor. There is also a small number who were formerly sponsored but no longer have a sponsor.

There are 161 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy. Of these 161 schools, 83 (52%) have no sponsor assigned to them; some of these, will be early in the conversion process.

Schools can draw on their reserves for a range of planned and sensible reasons. This is not an issue in and of itself, unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit. Cumulative deficit and surplus positions are a more reliable overall measure of financial health. In-year spending often presents an inconsistent picture.

Of the 2,631 academies without a sponsor, 1,243 are recorded as having expenditure that exceeded income in 2017/18. This can often be planned expenditure using reserves strategically. There were 182 with a cumulative deficit. If the sums are significant, the trust may, as appropriate, be subject to scrutiny or intervention by ESFA. Of the 83 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy, 50 had expenditure that exceeded income, while 28 had a cumulative deficit.

When a local authority maintained school with a deficit becomes a sponsored academy, the deficit remains with the local authority, in line with our published guidance. Likewise, when an academy with a deficit is in scope to transfer to a new trust, any deficit at the academy at the point of transfer would ordinarily remain with the outgoing trust in line with our published guidance.

20 May 2019, 2:45 p.m. Green Belt Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what analysis his Department has undertaken to identify green belt land close to train stations.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

Analysis of green belt land within half a mile of train stations, not including national parks, Areas Of Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, was produced using publicly available datasets; it showed that there were just over 57,100 hectares of such land in England. However, the analysis does not indicate how much of this land is suitable for housing developments, or how much of that land is currently in use.

20 May 2019, 2:45 p.m. Green Belt Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what analysis his Department has undertaken to identify green belt land close to train stations and within an hour's travel time of London.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

Analysis of green belt land within half a mile of train stations, not including national parks, Areas Of Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, was produced using publicly available datasets; it showed that there were just over 57,100 hectares of such land in England. However, the analysis does not indicate how much of this land is suitable for housing developments, or how much of that land is currently in use.

1 May 2019, 11:18 a.m. Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help promote the right to freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka.

Answer (Mark Field)

The UK is committed to supporting government and civil society efforts to improve human rights, including freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka. We fund a range of projects in support of this through £8.3 million of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund funding. This includes projects that promote interfaith dialogue and increase awareness; encourage greater public debate and advocacy on issues concerning Freedom of Religion or Belief in Sri Lanka; and that counter youth radicalisation in areas prone to inter-religious conflict. Tackling inter-communal tensions will continue to remain among our priorities this year.

1 May 2019, 11:16 a.m. Sri Lanka: Buddhism Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of impunity for Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka.

Answer (Mark Field)

​The UK regularly raises human rights concerns with the Sri Lankan government, including the importance of religious tolerance and protecting the rights of all its citizens to practice their faith. We are aware of reports of Buddhist extremism and our High Commission in Colombo regularly meets with faith groups to understand this.

29 Mar 2019, 2:32 p.m. Preventive Medicine Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s Green Paper on prevention will be published in the current session of Parliament.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member the former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care (Steve Brine MP) to the answer gave to the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on 16 January 2019 to Question 206879.

6 Mar 2019, 11:40 a.m. Department of Health and Social Care: Public Consultation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent by (a) his Department, (b) Clinical Commissioning Groups and (c) NHS Trusts in each of the last 10 years on public engagements or consultations.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

This information is not held centrally by the Department, NHS England or NHS Improvement.

6 Mar 2019, 11:40 a.m. Department of Health and Social Care: Public Consultation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent by (a) his Department, (b) Clinical Commissioning Groups and (c) NHS Trusts in each of the last 10 years on public engagements or consultations on the future of hospital services.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

This information is not held centrally by the Department, NHS England or NHS Improvement.

6 Mar 2019, 11:40 a.m. Department of Health and Social Care: Public Consultation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent by (a) his Department, (b) Clinical Commissioning Groups and (c) NHS Trusts in each of the last 10 years on public engagements or consultations on the future of acute hospital services.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

This information is not held centrally by the Department, NHS England or NHS Improvement.

1 Mar 2019, 4:02 p.m. Home Office: Urdu Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Urdu speakers are employed at the (a) British high commission in Islamabad and (b) Home Office to investigate the background of people applying for entry clearance.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

UKVI human resources do not compile information on the number staff employed in the British High Commission in Islamabad, or at the Home Office, who assess entry clearance applications and who speak Urdu.

In assessing applications for entry clearance, UKVI complies with the Home Office policy for the use of translators.

1 Mar 2019, 4:02 p.m. Home Office: Urdu Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed as Urdu translators at the (a) British high commission in Islamabad and (b) Home Office to investigate the background of people applying for entry clearance.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

UKVI human resources do not compile information on the number staff employed in the British High Commission in Islamabad, or at the Home Office, who assess entry clearance applications and who speak Urdu.

In assessing applications for entry clearance, UKVI complies with the Home Office policy for the use of translators.

28 Feb 2019, 11:55 a.m. Cancer: Health Services Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2019 to Question 218743 on Cancer: Health Services, how the funding arrangement for sustainability and transformation plans (STP) will operate where a Cancer Alliance is aligned with more than one STP or integrated care system.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Cancer Alliances will work with their sustainability and transformation plans/integrated care systems (STP/ICSs) to develop local plans that set out how they will direct funding locally to address the cancer service transformation priorities for their local populations. Where a Cancer Alliance aligns with more than one STP or ICS, the Alliance is responsible for working with all stakeholders to agree the strategy for cancer across the Alliance geography, including allocation of funds for each of the local systems.

The vast majority of Cancer Alliances are already coterminous with one or more sustainability and transformation plans/integrated care systems (STP/ICSs). The NHS Cancer Programme is working closely with regional and Cancer Alliance colleagues in the few areas where STP/ICS are not yet coterminous to carry out robust assessment of the options available. This work is under way and proposed changes will be reviewed and agreed in the coming months.

28 Feb 2019, 11:55 a.m. Cancer: Health Services Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Cancer Alliance footprints will change in order to align with sustainability transformation plans and integrated care systems as stated in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Cancer Alliances will work with their sustainability and transformation plans/integrated care systems (STP/ICSs) to develop local plans that set out how they will direct funding locally to address the cancer service transformation priorities for their local populations. Where a Cancer Alliance aligns with more than one STP or ICS, the Alliance is responsible for working with all stakeholders to agree the strategy for cancer across the Alliance geography, including allocation of funds for each of the local systems.

The vast majority of Cancer Alliances are already coterminous with one or more sustainability and transformation plans/integrated care systems (STP/ICSs). The NHS Cancer Programme is working closely with regional and Cancer Alliance colleagues in the few areas where STP/ICS are not yet coterminous to carry out robust assessment of the options available. This work is under way and proposed changes will be reviewed and agreed in the coming months.

18 Feb 2019, 5:16 p.m. Cancer: Health Services Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has made an assessment of the level of funding required by Cancer Alliances to deliver the policies set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Cancer Alliances will work with their sustainability and transformation plans/integrated care systems to develop local plans that set out how they will direct local funding to deliver the cancer ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan. Cancer Alliances will receive funding to support the transformation required to address the priorities for their local populations.

11 Feb 2019, 3:16 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 1-4 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from stimulated IVF cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate per egg collection: eggs collected in stimulated cycles and frozen embryos were subsequently transferred

Year of treatment

1 to 4 eggs collected

5-9 eggs collected

2013

35.47

53.88

2014

37.97

52.34

2015

33.55

47.01

2016

25.84

40.21

2017

17.74

24.28

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 5 February 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

11 Feb 2019, 3:16 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 5-9 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from stimulated IVF cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate per egg collection: eggs collected in stimulated cycles and frozen embryos were subsequently transferred

Year of treatment

1 to 4 eggs collected

5-9 eggs collected

2013

35.47

53.88

2014

37.97

52.34

2015

33.55

47.01

2016

25.84

40.21

2017

17.74

24.28

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 5 February 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

11 Feb 2019, 3:15 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 1-4 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred from stimulated IVF cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate per embryo transfer: eggs collected in a stimulated cycle and fresh embryos were transferred

Year of treatment

1 to 4 eggs collected

5-9 eggs collected

2013

17.52

29.30

2014

17.61

29.98

2015

18.90

29.85

2016

19.07

30.01

2017

18.09

28.37

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 5 February 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

11 Feb 2019, 3:15 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 5-9 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred from stimulated IVF cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate per embryo transfer: eggs collected in a stimulated cycle and fresh embryos were transferred

Year of treatment

1 to 4 eggs collected

5-9 eggs collected

2013

17.52

29.30

2014

17.61

29.98

2015

18.90

29.85

2016

19.07

30.01

2017

18.09

28.37

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 5 February 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

11 Feb 2019, 3:13 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and who had fresh embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question PQ205111.

11 Feb 2019, 3:12 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and who had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question 205126.

11 Feb 2019, 3:10 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the median age of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and who had fresh embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question PQ205112.

11 Feb 2019, 3:04 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the median age of women undergoing IVF who had 15-20 eggs collected and who had fresh embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question PQ205113.

11 Feb 2019, 3:01 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and who had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question 205123.

11 Feb 2019, 2:58 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 15-20 eggs collected and who had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question 205125.

11 Feb 2019, 2:56 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and who had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question 205124.

11 Feb 2019, 2:53 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and who had fresh embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019 to Question PQ205114.

14 Jan 2019, 2:50 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

31

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:50 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

31

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:50 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 15-20 eggs collected and who had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

31

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:50 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and had frozen embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

31

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:48 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the median age of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and had fresh embryos transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

33

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:48 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the median age of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and had fresh embryos transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

33

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:48 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 15 to 20 eggs collected and had fresh embryos transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

33

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:48 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and had fresh embryos transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

33

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:43 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and had fresh embryos that were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

34

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:43 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and had fresh embryos that were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

34

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:43 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 15-20 eggs collected and had fresh embryos that were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

34

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:43 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and had fresh embryos that were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

36

34

34

33

2014

36

34

33

33

2015

36

34

33

33

2016

36

34

34

33

2017

36

35

34

33

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:40 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and had frozen embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

32

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:40 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and had frozen embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

32

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:40 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 15-20 eggs collected and had frozen embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

32

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:40 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median age has been of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and had frozen embryos transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

33

32

2014

34

33

33

32

2015

35

34

33

32

2016

35

34

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:38 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of IVF cycles where 1-9 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

19,973

10,857

5,995

2,113

2014

20,108

10,636

5,791

1,948

2015

19,679

10,401

5,530

1,926

2016

19,813

9,832

5,088

1,753

2017

18,963

9,714

5,150

1,765

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:38 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of IVF cycles where 10-14 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

19,973

10,857

5,995

2,113

2014

20,108

10,636

5,791

1,948

2015

19,679

10,401

5,530

1,926

2016

19,813

9,832

5,088

1,753

2017

18,963

9,714

5,150

1,765

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:38 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of IVF cycles where 15-20 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

19,973

10,857

5,995

2,113

2014

20,108

10,636

5,791

1,948

2015

19,679

10,401

5,530

1,926

2016

19,813

9,832

5,088

1,753

2017

18,963

9,714

5,150

1,765

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:38 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of IVF cycles where 21 or more eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred in fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

19,973

10,857

5,995

2,113

2014

20,108

10,636

5,791

1,948

2015

19,679

10,401

5,530

1,926

2016

19,813

9,832

5,088

1,753

2017

18,963

9,714

5,150

1,765

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:36 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken in which 1-9 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of Egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

2,617

3,316

2,634

1,813

2014

2,959

3,328

2,686

1,735

2015

3,319

3,806

2,943

2,093

2016

3,668

3,735

2,824

2,227

2017

3,459

3,551

2,719

2,258

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:36 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken in which 10-14 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of Egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

2,617

3,316

2,634

1,813

2014

2,959

3,328

2,686

1,735

2015

3,319

3,806

2,943

2,093

2016

3,668

3,735

2,824

2,227

2017

3,459

3,551

2,719

2,258

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:36 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken in which 15 - 20 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of Egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

2,617

3,316

2,634

1,813

2014

2,959

3,328

2,686

1,735

2015

3,319

3,806

2,943

2,093

2016

3,668

3,735

2,824

2,227

2017

3,459

3,551

2,719

2,258

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:36 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken in which 21 or more eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of Egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

2,617

3,316

2,634

1,813

2014

2,959

3,328

2,686

1,735

2015

3,319

3,806

2,943

2,093

2016

3,668

3,735

2,824

2,227

2017

3,459

3,551

2,719

2,258

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:34 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles have been undertaken in which 10-14 eggs were collected when fresh embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

13,208

10,371

6,076

2,460

2014

13,850

10,417

6,131

2,569

2015

13,908

10,651

6,166

2,908

2016

14,341

10,398

5,941

3,046

2017

14,437

10,435

6,214

3,212

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:34 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles have been undertaken in which 15-20 eggs were collected when fresh embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

13,208

10,371

6,076

2,460

2014

13,850

10,417

6,131

2,569

2015

13,908

10,651

6,166

2,908

2016

14,341

10,398

5,941

3,046

2017

14,437

10,435

6,214

3,212

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:34 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles have been undertaken in which 21 or more eggs were collected when fresh embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

13,208

10,371

6,076

2,460

2014

13,850

10,417

6,131

2,569

2015

13,908

10,651

6,166

2,908

2016

14,341

10,398

5,941

3,046

2017

14,437

10,435

6,214

3,212

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:34 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles have been undertaken in which 1-9 eggs were collected when fresh embryos allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

13,208

10,371

6,076

2,460

2014

13,850

10,417

6,131

2,569

2015

13,908

10,651

6,166

2,908

2016

14,341

10,398

5,941

3,046

2017

14,437

10,435

6,214

3,212

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:33 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 1-9 eggs collected and have embryos in storage following fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and have embryos in storage

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

32

32

2014

34

33

32

32

2015

34

33

33

32

2016

35

33

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:33 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 10-14 eggs collected and have embryos in storage following fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and have embryos in storage

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

32

32

2014

34

33

32

32

2015

34

33

33

32

2016

35

33

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:33 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 15-20 eggs collected and have embryos in storage following fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and have embryos in storage

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

32

32

2014

34

33

32

32

2015

34

33

33

32

2016

35

33

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:33 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the median age was of women undergoing IVF who had 21 or more eggs collected and have embryos in storage following fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Median age of woman: eggs collected and have embryos in storage

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

34

33

32

32

2014

34

33

32

32

2015

34

33

33

32

2016

35

33

33

32

2017

35

34

33

32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:22 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 1-9 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of ggg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

25.76

35.41

39.35

38.29

2014

26.19

37.38

40.34

41.17

2015

26.54

37.17

40.92

43.25

2016

26.48

37.21

39.9

40.05

2017

24.89

35.33

38.37

37.62

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from fresh embryo transfers as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

14 Jan 2019, 2:22 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 10-14 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of ggg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

25.76

35.41

39.35

38.29

2014

26.19

37.38

40.34

41.17

2015

26.54

37.17

40.92

43.25

2016

26.48

37.21

39.9

40.05

2017

24.89

35.33

38.37

37.62

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from fresh embryo transfers as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

14 Jan 2019, 2:22 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 15-20 eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of ggg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

25.76

35.41

39.35

38.29

2014

26.19

37.38

40.34

41.17

2015

26.54

37.17

40.92

43.25

2016

26.48

37.21

39.9

40.05

2017

24.89

35.33

38.37

37.62

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from fresh embryo transfers as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

14 Jan 2019, 2:22 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 21 or more eggs were collected and fresh embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and fresh embryos transferred

Year of ggg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10-14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

25.76

35.41

39.35

38.29

2014

26.19

37.38

40.34

41.17

2015

26.54

37.17

40.92

43.25

2016

26.48

37.21

39.9

40.05

2017

24.89

35.33

38.37

37.62

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from fresh embryo transfers as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

14 Jan 2019, 2:20 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken where 1-9 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

826

1,126

1,000

997

2014

699

880

811

661

2015

657

823

700

695

2016

568

699

571

548

2017

430

533

487

479

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:20 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken where 10-14 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

826

1,126

1,000

997

2014

699

880

811

661

2015

657

823

700

695

2016

568

699

571

548

2017

430

533

487

479

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:20 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken where 15-20 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

826

1,126

1,000

997

2014

699

880

811

661

2015

657

823

700

695

2016

568

699

571

548

2017

430

533

487

479

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:20 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many IVF cycles were undertaken where 21 or more eggs were collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of in vitro fertilisation cycles: eggs collected and frozen embryos were allowed to perish

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

826

1,126

1,000

997

2014

699

880

811

661

2015

657

823

700

695

2016

568

699

571

548

2017

430

533

487

479

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

14 Jan 2019, 2:18 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 1-9 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

51.85

61.46

68

72.2

2014

50.59

63.97

66.57

69.63

2015

44.47

54.68

60.24

64.26

2016

37

46.35

50.64

58.33

2017

21.39

25.06

30.42

36.32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from egg collections where embryos were stored and subsequently transferred as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

This is a cumulative birth rate over the course of any frozen transfers resulting from the initial egg collection. This is why there is a higher birth rate for frozen cycles which took place in 2013: there have been around five years in which frozen embryo transfers could have resulted in a birth, compared to only one year for egg collections which took place in 2017.

14 Jan 2019, 2:18 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 10-14 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

51.85

61.46

68

72.2

2014

50.59

63.97

66.57

69.63

2015

44.47

54.68

60.24

64.26

2016

37

46.35

50.64

58.33

2017

21.39

25.06

30.42

36.32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from egg collections where embryos were stored and subsequently transferred as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

This is a cumulative birth rate over the course of any frozen transfers resulting from the initial egg collection. This is why there is a higher birth rate for frozen cycles which took place in 2013: there have been around five years in which frozen embryo transfers could have resulted in a birth, compared to only one year for egg collections which took place in 2017.

14 Jan 2019, 2:18 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 15-20 eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

51.85

61.46

68

72.2

2014

50.59

63.97

66.57

69.63

2015

44.47

54.68

60.24

64.26

2016

37

46.35

50.64

58.33

2017

21.39

25.06

30.42

36.32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from egg collections where embryos were stored and subsequently transferred as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

This is a cumulative birth rate over the course of any frozen transfers resulting from the initial egg collection. This is why there is a higher birth rate for frozen cycles which took place in 2013: there have been around five years in which frozen embryo transfers could have resulted in a birth, compared to only one year for egg collections which took place in 2017.

14 Jan 2019, 2:18 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the live birth rate was under IVF when 21 or more eggs were collected and frozen embryos were transferred from fresh stimulated cycles in each year since 2013.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Live birth rate: eggs collected and frozen embryos transferred

Year of egg collection

1 to 9 eggs collected

10 to 14 eggs collected

15 to 20 eggs collected

21 or more eggs collected

2013

51.85

61.46

68

72.2

2014

50.59

63.97

66.57

69.63

2015

44.47

54.68

60.24

64.26

2016

37

46.35

50.64

58.33

2017

21.39

25.06

30.42

36.32

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 8 January 2019. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time.

The live birth rate reported is the number of births that resulted from egg collections where embryos were stored and subsequently transferred as a proportion of the number of egg collections.

This is a cumulative birth rate over the course of any frozen transfers resulting from the initial egg collection. This is why there is a higher birth rate for frozen cycles which took place in 2013: there have been around five years in which frozen embryo transfers could have resulted in a birth, compared to only one year for egg collections which took place in 2017.

10 Jan 2019, 1:48 p.m. Maternity Services Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has allocated to NHS midwifery services in each of the last 10 years; and how that funding was spent by those services.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

NHS England does not allocate funding directly to midwifery services, therefore the information requested is not centrally held. Commissioning decisions are made locally by clinical commissioning groups.

10 Jan 2019, 1:43 p.m. Radiology Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many newly qualified radiologists there have been in each of the last five years.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

The number of doctors who received certificates of completion of training in radiology are shown in the following table.

Number of newly qualified radiologists in England between 2014 and 2018

Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Radiologist qualifiers

176

162

168

171

166

Source: Health Education England

20 Dec 2018, 5:30 p.m. Slavery: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2018 to Question 196679 on Slavery: Victim Support Schemes, whether he plans to adopt directly the Human Trafficking Foundation’s slavery and trafficking survivor care standards or introduce standards based on those produced by the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government is committed to ensuring minimum standards of care in the new victim care contract. Compliance with a minimum standard of care will be monitored using an inspection regime, which will be based on the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards.

20 Dec 2018, 5:29 p.m. Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2018 to Question 196680 on Human trafficking: victim support schemes, whether there will be a public consultation on any future decisions on subsistence rates paid to people supported through the Victim Care Contract.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)


Government is committed to ensuring that potential victims of modern slavery receive the right amount of financial and material support to meet their needs during their reflection and recovery period.

There are no current plans to do a public consultation on the future subsistence rates.

11 Dec 2018, 4:43 p.m. Paramedical Staff: Pensions Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for how many years on average paramedics contribute to their employee pensions.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

We do not hold data on average length of pension scheme membership for paramedics as a staff group. NHS Pension Scheme records are held at individual level and for whole scheme membership, but we do not isolate individual staff groups to make assessments of their scheme membership behaviours.

7 Dec 2018, 12:45 p.m. Slavery: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to provide additional funding to ensure the 2020 modern slavery victim care contract complies with the Human Trafficking Foundation's slavery and trafficking survivor care standards.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Government is committed to introducing minimum standards of care in the new victim care contract.

These standards will be monitored using an inspection regime, based on the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards. The tender of the new contract will include the standards and any costs associated will be incorporated as part of the contact procurement process.

7 Dec 2018, 11:35 a.m. Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Home Office's national referral mechanism reform guidance published in October 2018 and the High Court judgement on AM & K versus SSHD, whether the plans to make the cuts proposed as part of the national referral mechanism reforms will still go ahead in February and March 2019.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

The Home Office has paused the staged implementation of the alignment of subsistence rates for potential victims of modern slavery with those received by asylum seekers, which was due to start in February 2019, whilst it considers the implication of the judgment in AM and K vs SSHD.

We will work through the implications of the judgment in respect to our future approach to financial support, and will share further details as soon as we are able. The Home Office has immediately reinstated the top up paid to those in the Victim Care Contract who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, so that they receive a total of £65 per week whilst this work is carried out.

We are committed to reforming the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that as many victims of modern slavery as possible

29 Nov 2018, 5:33 p.m. Human Trafficking Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether transport and other expenses payments which his Department introduced on 1 November 2019 for all potential victims of trafficking in the adult victim care contract have started in all safe houses.

Answer (Victoria Atkins)

In light of the judgment in K and AM, the Home Office has immediately reinstated the top up paid to those in the Victim Care Contract who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, so that they receive a total of £65 per week.

In consequence of the reinstatement of the top up paid to potential victims who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, the staged introduction of the scheme for further financial assistance and assistance with travel costs within the Victim Care Contract has been paused. These changes were intended to come into operation on 1 November 2018 for potential victims who were also receiving support from the asylum support system, and on 1 February 2019 for others in the Victim Care Contract.

We will work through the implications of the judgment in respect to our future approach to financial support. We are committed to reforming the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that as many victims of modern slavery as possible get the support they need.

1 Nov 2018, 4:07 p.m. Thailand: Ahmadiyya Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Thai counterpart on the arrest of 113 Ahmadi Muslims in that country.

Answer (Mark Field)

We are following closely the recent detention in Thailand of approximately 100 people, mainly from Pakistan, whom the Thai authorities consider illegal immigrants. This follows arrests of Cambodian and Vietnamese nationals at the end of August. We understand approximately 200 people who claim refugee and asylum status are currently in immigration detention, and that some of these are registered with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). We believe that the recent orders are not aimed at any specific group or groups but apply to anyone whom the Thai authorities deem an illegal visa over-stayer, as part of a general tightening of immigration enforcement. In September a senior official from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office raised our concerns about the treatment of those in immigration detention with the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our Embassy in Bangkok repeated the UK’s concerns on the matter with the Thai National Security Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister on 18 October. We are also working with the Thai authorities to improve conditions of detention.

29 Oct 2018, 5:14 p.m. NHS: Capital Investment Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of local and primary care building projects under the NHS LIFT programme that have been put on hold in the last year because of concerns about the economic outlook for the UK.

Answer (Steve Barclay)

The Department is not aware of any primary care building projects under the National Health Service Local Improvement Finance Trust programme that have been put on hold in the last year because of concerns about the economic outlook for the United Kingdom.

17 Jul 2018, 4:51 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many embryos (a) have been transferred, (b) are still in storage and (c) have been destroyed from IVF cycles in which fewer than 10 eggs were collected for each year from 2014 to 2017.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following tables:

All cycles, both Stimulated and Unstimulated

Where less than 10 eggs were collected in the originating cycle

Year of fresh Egg Collection / originating cycle

Embryos Created from cycles where less than 10 and greater than 0 eggs were collected

Number of embryos transferred

Number of embryos still in storage

Number of embryos allowed to perish

2014

80,013

38,744

5,245

35,977

2015

80,545

37,501

7,248

35,622

2016

83,084

36,510

9,657

36,778

2017

80,134

31,620

12,875

35,558

All cycles, both Stimulated and Unstimulated

Where less than 15 eggs were collected in the originating cycle

Year of fresh Egg Collection / originating cycle

Embryos Created from cycles where less than 15 and greater than 0 eggs were collected

Number of embryos transferred

Number of embryos still in storage

Number of embryos allowed to perish

2014

162,538

62,369

13,615

86,433

2015

164,741

60,522

18,230

85,756

2016

166,175

57,492

23,532

84,990

2017

162,150

48,972

31,414

81,637

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Notes:

Data held on the HFEA register as at 11 July 2018.

The information provided does not include a small number of embryos, under 2%, which move between clinics.

“All cycles” includes all reasons for the in vitro fertilisation cycle taking place, including treatment, egg share, donation, research, egg storage, embryo storage and undefined reasons.

17 Jul 2018, 4:51 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many embryos (a) have been transferred, (b) are still in storage and (c) have been destroyed from IVF cycles in which fewer than 15 eggs were collected for each year from 2014 to 2017.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following tables:

All cycles, both Stimulated and Unstimulated

Where less than 10 eggs were collected in the originating cycle

Year of fresh Egg Collection / originating cycle

Embryos Created from cycles where less than 10 and greater than 0 eggs were collected

Number of embryos transferred

Number of embryos still in storage

Number of embryos allowed to perish

2014

80,013

38,744

5,245

35,977

2015

80,545

37,501

7,248

35,622

2016

83,084

36,510

9,657

36,778

2017

80,134

31,620

12,875

35,558

All cycles, both Stimulated and Unstimulated

Where less than 15 eggs were collected in the originating cycle

Year of fresh Egg Collection / originating cycle

Embryos Created from cycles where less than 15 and greater than 0 eggs were collected

Number of embryos transferred

Number of embryos still in storage

Number of embryos allowed to perish

2014

162,538

62,369

13,615

86,433

2015

164,741

60,522

18,230

85,756

2016

166,175

57,492

23,532

84,990

2017

162,150

48,972

31,414

81,637

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Notes:

Data held on the HFEA register as at 11 July 2018.

The information provided does not include a small number of embryos, under 2%, which move between clinics.

“All cycles” includes all reasons for the in vitro fertilisation cycle taking place, including treatment, egg share, donation, research, egg storage, embryo storage and undefined reasons.

10 Jul 2018, 3:33 p.m. Pakistan: Education Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the prevalence of (a) religious bias in education policy and (b) religious hate material in textbooks in Sindh and Punjab states in Pakistan; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID does not hold information on the prevalence of religious bias in education policy. However, respect for human rights, including the provisions of non-discrimination and protection for freedom of religion is one of the four Partnership Principles that guide the DFID Pakistan programme, and which are also set out in Pakistan’s constitution. A Partnership Principles Assessment provides the basis for regular bilateral assistance talks between the UK and Pakistan and is regularly reviewed.

While DFID has not carried out a general review of textbooks in Sindh, we have reviewed textbooks used in DFID supported non-government primary schools in Sindh. DFID has carried out an internal review of textbooks used in the public sector in Punjab and KP.

6 Jul 2018, 12:54 p.m. Pakistan: Education Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to address biased or hate material in textbooks and curricula as part of her Department's sponsored education support programmes in (a) Punjab, (b) Sindh and (c) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces in Pakistan.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID has supported the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in Pakistan to revise specific textbooks including replacing any content that promotes prejudice and discrimination against religious or other minorities. In KP the subjects covered are English, mathematics, general knowledge and science. In Punjab, the focus is on English, Urdu, science and mathematics. DFID technical assistance to both provincial governments is also increasing the capability of the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board and the KP Textbook Board to carry out this work. In Sindh, DFID only supports education through non-state sector schools run by BRAC, The Citizen’s Foundation and Family Educational Services Foundation. An internal DFID review of texts books used in these schools in 2017 did not identify concerns.

6 Jul 2018, 12:52 p.m. Pakistan: Textbooks Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to review and monitor the content of textbooks in states throughout Pakistan for material which is biased and discriminatory towards religious minorities.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID’s technical assistance teams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab regularly report on efforts to reduce the gender gaps and biases with respect to religion, regions, race, and ethnicity in school textbooks. In 2017 DFID carried out an internal review of official provincial government primary textbooks in KP and Punjab and of books used in non-government primary schools supported by DFID in Sindh, which did not find content inciting religious hatred or promoting intolerance. We continue to monitor progress and lobby provincial governments at senior levels to prioritise inclusion and religious tolerance.

28 Jun 2018, 3:03 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have been administered (a) intra-lipids, (b) intravenous immunoglobulins and (c) other off-label medications from licensed IVF clinics in each year since 2014.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have advised that this information is not collected centrally.

21 Jun 2018, 2:38 p.m. Pakistan: Textbooks Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on funding textbooks in Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID does not fund the production of any textbooks in Pakistan.

21 Jun 2018, 2:37 p.m. Pakistan: Education Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on education projects in Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

In the last ten years, DFID has spent the following on educational projects in Pakistan:

17/18

£110.5m

12/13

£64.5m

16/17

£112.6m

11/12

£41.2m

15/16

£78.9m

10/11

£38m

14/15

£101.8m

09/10

£19.5m

13/14

£90.9m

08/09

£14.95m

21 Jun 2018, 2:37 p.m. Pakistan: Overseas Aid Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

A breakdown of each financial year is as follows:

17/18

To be published in the DFID Annual Report in July.

16/17

£422.1m

15/16

£336.3m

14/15

£255.4m

13/14

£253.0m

12/13

£203.1m

11/12

£215.8m

10/11

£205.6m

09/10

£138.7m

08/09

£119.9m

18 May 2018, 2:43 p.m. Breast Cancer: Screening Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost on the public purse in compensation for the next of kin of women who died from breast cancer after not being sent an appointment for routine breast screening.

Answer (Steve Brine)

No estimate has been made to date of the cost to the public purse for compensation for the next of kin of women who may have subsequently died of breast cancer due to a missed scan.

Public Health England will be undertaking a case review over the coming months.

1 May 2018, 3:45 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many IVF cycles where 20 or more eggs were collected fresh embryo transfers were carried out in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016 and (e) 2017.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following tables:

Stimulated and non-stimulated cycles

20 or more fresh eggs were collected1

15 or more fresh eggs were collected

Total number of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

Total number of IVF cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

2013

3,938

2,728

10,118

8,130

2014

3,872

2,519

10,148

7,748

2015

4,319

2,452

10,677

7,467

2016

4,391

2,226

10,560

6,848

2017

4,724

2,267

11,089

6,895

Stimulated cycles only

20 or more fresh eggs were collected1

15 or more fresh eggs were collected

Total number of IVF cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

Total number of IVF cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

2013

3,927

2,720

10,094

8,112

2014

3,871

2,519

10,141

7,747

2015

4,316

2,450

10,670

7,463

2016

4,388

2,224

10,555

6,844

2017

4,719

2,264

11,080

6,888

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

Notes:

1The figures for 20 or more eggs collected are also included in the figures given for 15 or more eggs collected.

2Includes all reasons for the IVF cycle taking place, including treatment, egg share, donation, research, egg storage, embryo storage and undefined reasons.

1 May 2018, 3:45 p.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many IVF cycles where 15 or more eggs were collected were fresh embryo transfers were carried out in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016 and (e) 2017.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following tables:

Stimulated and non-stimulated cycles

20 or more fresh eggs were collected1

15 or more fresh eggs were collected

Total number of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

Total number of IVF cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

2013

3,938

2,728

10,118

8,130

2014

3,872

2,519

10,148

7,748

2015

4,319

2,452

10,677

7,467

2016

4,391

2,226

10,560

6,848

2017

4,724

2,267

11,089

6,895

Stimulated cycles only

20 or more fresh eggs were collected1

15 or more fresh eggs were collected

Total number of IVF cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

Total number of IVF cycles2

IVF cycles where embryos were transferred

2013

3,927

2,720

10,094

8,112

2014

3,871

2,519

10,141

7,747

2015

4,316

2,450

10,670

7,463

2016

4,388

2,224

10,555

6,844

2017

4,719

2,264

11,080

6,888

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

Notes:

1The figures for 20 or more eggs collected are also included in the figures given for 15 or more eggs collected.

2Includes all reasons for the IVF cycle taking place, including treatment, egg share, donation, research, egg storage, embryo storage and undefined reasons.

20 Apr 2018, 11:10 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority places limitations on the number of times an egg donor can be stimulated with drugs to donate eggs in each year.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that it does not currently place a limitation on the number of times an egg donor can be stimulated with drugs to donate eggs in each year or during her lifetime. The number of times and frequency at which a woman can donate is a clinical decision, which can vary from woman to woman.

20 Apr 2018, 11:10 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority places limitations on the number of times an egg donor can be stimulated with drugs to donate eggs in her lifetime.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that it does not currently place a limitation on the number of times an egg donor can be stimulated with drugs to donate eggs in each year or during her lifetime. The number of times and frequency at which a woman can donate is a clinical decision, which can vary from woman to woman.

20 Apr 2018, 10:58 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2013 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

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

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:58 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2014 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

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

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:58 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2015 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

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

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:58 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2016 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

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

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:58 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2017 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

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

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:58 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of egg donor cycles in 2013 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Cycles in which 20+ fresh eggs collected

Year

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

Number of cycles where reason for treatment is donation or research

2013

3,553

233

2014

3,284

-

2015

3,362

-

2016

3,201

-

2017

3,357

-

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:52 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 30 eggs were collected in the last five years.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:52 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 40 eggs were collected in the last five years.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:52 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 50 eggs were collected in the last five years.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:52 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 60 eggs were collected in the last five years.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

20 Apr 2018, 10:52 a.m. In Vitro Fertilisation Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 70 eggs were collected in the last five years.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Years

Total number of cycles

Cycles in which 31+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 41+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 51+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 61+ fresh eggs collected

Cycles in which 71+ fresh eggs collected

2013-17

327,941

1,860

259

44

8

Less than 5

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

Note:

Data has only been verified up to June 2015

14 Mar 2018, 3:34 p.m. Eating Disorders Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of time between symptoms of an eating disorder emerging and treatment for that disorder starting.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Information on the reporting of symptoms emerging and treatment beginning is not collected.

The access and waiting time standard for children and young people with eating disorders states that by 2020/21 evidence-based community eating disorder services for children and young people will be in place in all areas, ensuring that 95% of children in need receive treatment within one week for urgent cases, and four weeks for routine cases.

The latest figures show that the waiting time standard for access to treatment for eating disorders is on track to be met as planned:

- 76.9% of patients started urgent treatment within one week in Q3 (October - December 2017); and

- 83.1% of patients started routine treatment within four weeks in Q3 (October - December 2017).

Source: NHS England

A pathway for adults with eating disorders, together with detailed implementation guidance for providers, is being developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. This work will be fully informed by the available evidence and the views of experts by experience.

In parallel to this, a baseline data collection will be undertaken to measure existing levels of investment, capacity and activity across inpatient and community services for adults with eating disorders to assess the feasibility of introducing a mandatory waiting time standard.

12 Mar 2018, 1:24 p.m. Parking: Pedestrian Areas Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent unsafe pavement parking.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

Local authorities in England outside London already have powers to restrict pavement parking using Traffic Regulation Orders. Furthermore, powers exist to take action against vehicles parked so as to cause an obstruction. The Government has no plans to bring in further legislation.

8 Mar 2018, 4:15 p.m. Bank Services: Internet Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate access to online banking for people without internet access.

Answer (Oliver Dowden)

The Government has ensured superfast broadband (speeds of 24 Mbps or more) is available to over 95% of UK premises and is continuing to invest to extend superfast coverage as far beyond 95% as possible. The Government is also introducing a Universal Service Obligation so that by 2020 everyone across the UK will have a clear, enforceable right to request high speed broadband (speeds of 10 Mbps or more). In the period before 2020, the Government has made a commitment to provide every home and business in the UK with access to basic broadband service (speeds of 2Mbps), which should be sufficient for online banking. A subsided broadband installation is available if the home or business cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mbps.

6 Mar 2018, 12:48 p.m. Green Belt Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government intends to revise its local planning guidance for the Green Belt.

Answer (Dominic Raab)

This Government has a clear manifesto commitment to maintain strong protections for Green Belt. This will be carried forward in the revision of the National Planning Policy Framework, which was published for consultation on 5 March 2018. We will review the draft Framework in the light of the consultation responses we receive, before issuing the new Framework later in the year. At the same time we will consider what supporting guidance will be necessary.

29 Jan 2018, 4:32 p.m. Education: Standards Siobhain McDonagh

Question

What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on children's education of living in temporary accommodation.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

Since being appointed, I have not had a chance to discuss this issue with colleagues. However, we know moving into temporary accommodation can mean changing schools, which is strongly associated with poorer attainment. We provide schools with extra resources to ensure all pupils, regardless of their home circumstances, can go as far as their talent and hard work will take them. We have spent almost £2.5 billion this year through the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils.

26 Jan 2018, 1:06 p.m. Egypt: Religious Freedom Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Egyptian Government on the arrest of 25 Ahmadi Muslims in Egypt on the grounds of their religion; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

I refer the Honourable Member for Mitcham and Morden to my answer to her earlier PQ on this matter (121319) on 15 January. We will continue to raise our concerns around the discrimination of religious minorities in Egypt. This includes concerns over the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Egypt. These rights are essential to improving the protection of Freedom of Religious Belief in Egypt.

25 Jan 2018, 5:37 p.m. Egypt: Religious Freedom Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Egyptian Government on the arrest of 25 Ahmadi Muslims in that country on the grounds of their religion; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

​I refer the Honourable Member for Mitcham and Morden to my answer to her earlier PQ on this matter (121319) on 15 January. We will continue to raise our concerns around the discrimination of religious minorities in Egypt. This includes concerns over the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Egypt. These rights are essential to improving the protection of Freedom of Religious Belief in Egypt.

25 Jan 2018, 2:58 p.m. Bank Services: Internet Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of (a) the level of use of online banking and (b) the effect of online banking on the number of charitable donations made by the public.

Answer (Tracey Crouch)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles data on the activities carried out by people that use the internet, including internet banking. This can be found at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/householdcharacteristics/homeinternetandsocialmediausage

The ONS estimates that in Great Britain, in 2017, 90% of households had internet access and 63% of adults over the age of 16 used the internet to bank in 2017.

More and more people want to donate digitally and the Charities Aid Foundation reports that over a quarter of people have given money to charity online.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is providing training with the Foundation for Social Improvement to help civil society organisations to maximise the opportunity from online giving.

The Digital Skills Partnership is also improving digital skills for individuals, charities and businesses to support the UK's ambition to be a world-leading digital economy. Partner organisations have already delivered more than two million free digital skills training opportunities, with a further two million pledged.

23 Jan 2018, 5:45 p.m. Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people between the ages of 25 and 40.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The department does not hold or collate this information

23 Jan 2018, 5:34 p.m. Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people between the ages of 41 and 65.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The department does not hold or collate this information.

23 Jan 2018, 5:30 p.m. Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people over the age of 65.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The department does not hold or collate this information.

15 Jan 2018, 5:51 p.m. Hearing Impairment: Children Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of local authorities provide radio aids hearing technology to assist deaf children in educational settings.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

We do not collect data on the provision by local authorities of radio aids to deaf children in educational settings.

Schools and local authorities are required to provide auxiliary aids as part of the reasonable adjustment duty under the Equality Act 2010. Schools are expected to provide an auxiliary aid or service for a disabled pupil when it would be reasonable to do so and if such an aid would alleviate any substantial disadvantage that the pupil faces in comparison to non-disabled pupils. All such decisions depend on the facts of each individual case. Where there is a centrally organised visual or hearing impairment service it may be reasonable for the local authority to provide more expensive aids or support through that service but not reasonable for an individual school to have to provide them.

Local authorities must have regard to the statutory responsibilities placed upon them by the Children and Families Act 2014 to determine appropriate provision for children and young people with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) in their area and to keep it under review. They are also required to consult children and young people and their families on their published Local Offer of SEND provision. This is especially important for low incidence types of SEND such as hearing impairment.

15 Jan 2018, 5:10 p.m. Egypt: Ahmadiyya Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Egyptian Government on the arrest of 25 Ahmadi Muslims in that country on the grounds of their religion; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

We condemn all discrimination against religious minorities and constraints on their freedom to practise their faith. The Egyptian constitution contains protections for Freedom of Religious Belief and it is important that these rights are respected.

We regularly raise our concerns around the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, which are essential to improving the protection of Freedom of Religious Belief in Egypt.

12 Jan 2018, 12:45 p.m. Intestacy Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money had been collected and held by the Treasury Solicitor from unclaimed estates in the last five years.

Answer (John Glen)

The net money collected from bona vacantia unclaimed estates in England*, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Treasury Solicitor in the last five financial years is as follows:

2012/13 £3.3 million

2013/14 £-1.3 million

2014/15 £3.2 million

2015/16 £12.3 million

2016/17 £6.4 million

* excluding the Duchies of Lancaster & Cornwall. Estates in the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster are dealt with by Farrer and Co. Solicitors, with monies passed on to charity.

Scotland estates are dealt with by the Ultimus Heares Unit in Glasgow.

24 Nov 2017, 2:28 p.m. Personal Independence Payment: Appeals Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on ensuring its representation at personal independence payment appeals in the last 12 months.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

The information requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

23 Nov 2017, 4:51 p.m. Personal Independence Payment: Appeals Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on representation at personal independent payment appeals in the last six years for which figures are available.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

The information requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

23 Nov 2017, 4:49 p.m. Personal Independence Payment: Appeals Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what proportion of personal independence payment appeals his Department is represented.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

The Department is in the process of recruiting, training and deploying approximately 150 Presenting Officers at Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance Tribunals in order to present the Secretary of State’s case and support the First tier Tribunal in arriving at the right decision.

According to internal data, from April 2017 to date, the PIP Presenting Officers have attended approximately 23 per cent of PIP appeals at the First tier Tribunal. The aim is for the PIP Presenting Officers to attend approximately 50 per cent of all PIP Tribunal hearings.

22 Nov 2017, 3:57 p.m. Personal Independence Payment: Appeals Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what proportion of personal independence payment appeals his Department is represented by barristers.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

It is not common practice for the Department to be represented by barristers at the First-tier Tribunal. The Secretary of State’s representative would normally be a Presenting Officer. A number of the current Presenting Officer team may hold qualifications or work experience in the legal profession; however, this is not a requirement for the job role.

22 Nov 2017, 11:27 a.m. Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes have been made in the criteria for assessment of the mobility component of personal independence payment for those with mental health benefits.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

DWP has made no changes to its policy for assessment of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those experiencing mental health issues. In 2016, a legal judgment altered the way PIP Mobility Activity 1 was interpreted. As a result, the 2017 amending regulations were introduced in order to clarify the criteria and restore the original aim of the policy. In November 2017 the PIP Assessment Guide (the guide used by the Assessment Provider’s Health Professionals), was also updated to clarify this policy following a recommendation by the Social Security Advisory Committee.

21 Nov 2017, 5:28 p.m. Pakistan: Blasphemy Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the case of three Ahmadi Muslims who were sentenced to death in early November 2017 by a court in Pakistan for allegedly breaking that country's blasphemy laws; and whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Pakistan on behalf of those three people.

Answer (Mark Field)

The UK remains firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. We have repeatedly called upon the Government of Pakistan to end capital punishment and, at a minimum, commit to renewing the previously imposed moratorium. We regularly raise our concerns about freedom of religion or belief and the misuse of the blasphemy laws with the Pakistani Government at a senior level. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson), raised religious tolerance and misuse of the blasphemy laws during his visit to Pakistan in November 2016. During my visit to Pakistan earlier this month I raised the death penalty and the treatment of religious minorities, including discrimination and violence against the Ahmadiyya community with Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights.

During the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan on 13 November in Geneva we expressed our concerns about human rights and limits on freedoms of expression and religion or belief, particularly for the Ahmadiyya Muslim and Christian communities. We called for a clear timeline for the review of legislation carrying the death penalty with the aim of limiting the scope of crimes to which it applies.

The Government will continue to urge Pakistan to honour in practice its human rights obligations, including those related to the death penalty and freedom of expression and religion.

21 Nov 2017, 12:23 p.m. Surrogate Motherhood: Parental Orders Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to lay before Parliament an urgent remedial order to allow single parents to apply for a parental order following surrogacy.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

The Government has made a commitment to bring forward a remedial order to allow a single person to apply for a parental order following a surrogacy arrangement and this will be delivered.

We expect to lay a non-urgent order in the House shortly, for scrutiny by the Joint Committee for Human Rights and Parliament.

17 Nov 2017, 9:21 a.m. Immigration: Skilled Workers Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Ministers from other Departments on the value to the UK economy of mid-level skills or those skills at Standard Occupational Classification levels 2 and 3; and what plans her Department has to ensure that any future changes to immigration policy allow businesses to continue to access those mid-level skills necessary for growth and employment in the UK.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

We are considering a range of options for our future immigration arrangements and are clear that we must manage the process properly so that the system serves the national interest.

On 27 July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. As part of this, the MAC has been asked to consider a number of factors including skill level.

They are due to report on their findings in September 2018.

Full details about the MAC commission can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee

17 Nov 2017, 9:21 a.m. Skilled Workers Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what external engagement her Department is engaged in to improve its understanding of the importance to the UK economy of access to mid-skilled labour or labour rated at Standard Occupational Classification skill levels 2 and 3; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

We are considering a range of options for our future immigration arrangements and are clear that we must manage the process properly so that the system serves the national interest.

On 27 July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. As part of this, the MAC has been asked to consider a number of factors including skill level.

They are due to report on their findings in September 2018.

Full details about the MAC commission can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee

17 Nov 2017, 9:21 a.m. Skilled Workers Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the value to the UK economy of mid-level skills or those at Standard Occupational Classification levels 2 and 3; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

We are considering a range of options for our future immigration arrangements and are clear that we must manage the process properly so that the system serves the national interest.

On 27 July 2017, we commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. As part of this, the MAC has been asked to consider a number of factors including skill level.

They are due to report on their findings in September 2018.

Full details about the MAC commission can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committee

16 Oct 2017, 4:36 p.m. Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on care arrangements for stem cell transplant patients after they leave hospital.

Answer (Steve Brine)

Post-transplant care for patients is important. NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning team and Clinical Reference Group for Blood and Marrow Transplants (BMT) are undertaking work to map care needs post-100 days.

There are no current plans to review the responsibilities of services commissioned by NHS England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for BMT at this time. NHS England will be assessing BMT in more detail over the next 18 months and will take the opportunity to further support improved pathway planning and commissioning of services that it and CCGs fund.

16 Oct 2017, 4:34 p.m. Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to clinical nurse specialists for patients recovering from a stem cell transplant.

Answer (Steve Brine)

NHS England’s service specification sets out the requirements for equitable and consistent commissioning of specialised care. This specification describes the elements of care in the pathway, including those which reach beyond those paid for by specialised commissioning. The service specification stipulates that a clinical nurse specialist shall be available to provide support to transplants patients.

The service specifications for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation can be accessed at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/b04-haema-adult.pdf

16 Oct 2017, 3:21 p.m. Transplant Surgery: Stem Cells Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of psychological support on offer to stem cell transplant patients after they leave hospital.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

No particular assessment has been undertaken regarding access to psychological support for stem cell transplant patients. However, NHS England’s work in supporting the roll out of the Recovery Package for cancer, patients including those who received Blood and Marrow Transplants, helps ensure patients have more personal care and support from the point they are diagnosed and once treatment ends.

For patients this means working with their care team to develop a comprehensive plan outlining not only their physical needs, but also other support they may need, such as help at home or financial advice. By 2020 NHS England wants all cancer patients to have access to the Recovery Package and is committed to implementing this in collaboration with charities, professionals and patients themselves.

11 Sep 2017, 4:57 p.m. Algeria: Ahmadiyya Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in Algeria on the arrest and detention of Ahmadi Muslims across Algeria since June 2016 on grounds of practising their faith.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

​We are aware of a number of reports of Ahmadiyya being arrested in Algeria. We have raised this with the Algerian government, who said that the arrests relate to breaches of laws which apply to all religions in Algeria. The Algerian constitution provides freedom of religion and we encourage them to make domestic law fully compatible with that. The promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief for all individuals internationally remains a high priority for the UK.