Anne-Marie Trevelyan Written Questions

46 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Anne-Marie Trevelyan


Date Title Questioner
22 Sep 2020, 2:19 p.m. Teachers: Veterans Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants to the Troops to Teachers scheme were (i) female, (ii) aged under 30, (iii) aged between 30 and 40, (iv) aged between 40 and 50 and (v) aged over 50.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Troops to Teachers programme was closed in 2017 and replaced by a new Troops to Teachers initial teacher training bursary that became available in September 2018. The Department does not hold information centrally on the characteristics of people who are in receipt of the Troops to Teachers bursary.

22 Sep 2020, 2:19 p.m. Teachers: Veterans Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants to the Troops to Teachers scheme were from the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force; and which rank each of those applicants held on leaving service in each year since 2018.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Troops to Teachers programme was closed in 2017 and replaced by a new Troops to Teachers initial teacher training bursary that became available in September 2018. The Department does not hold information centrally on the characteristics of people who are in receipt of the Troops to Teachers bursary.

22 Sep 2020, 2:19 p.m. Teachers: Veterans Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of successful applicants to the Troops to Teachers programme left the course before completion in each year since 2018.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Troops to Teachers programme was closed in 2017 and replaced by a new Troops to Teachers initial teacher training bursary that became available in September 2018. The Department does not hold information centrally on the characteristics of people who are in receipt of the Troops to Teachers bursary.

22 Sep 2020, 2:19 p.m. Teachers: Veterans Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of applications to the Troops to Teachers scheme were successful in each year since 2018.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Troops to Teachers programme was closed in 2017 and replaced by a new Troops to Teachers initial teacher training bursary that became available in September 2018. The Department does not hold information centrally on the characteristics of people who are in receipt of the Troops to Teachers bursary.

4 Sep 2019, 3:26 p.m. Developing Countries: Mining Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of people employed mining rare earth metals in developing countries.

Answer (Andrew Stephenson)

The UK is working tirelessly to promote responsible and safe practices in working environments globally. The UK is fully supportive of the core principles of the Decent Work Agenda as enshrined by the core rights outlined in the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

The UK provides support to initiatives such as the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trade Initiative who work to ensure jobs in global supply chains are high quality ones, where human rights are respected, and health and safety is safeguarded.

The UK is committed to supporting compliance with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. The implementation of this guidance will be made mandatory for the biggest importers in the EU via the EU Regulation on the Responsible Sourcing of Conflict Minerals. This will come into force in January 2021. The UK will continue to implement this regulation after leaving the EU as it will be rolled over into UK Law via the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

25 Jul 2019, 2:36 p.m. Brain: Injuries Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people treated for a head injury by age-group for each of the last 25 years.

Answer (Stephen Hammond)

Data is not available in the format requested.

10 Jul 2019, 3:46 p.m. Northumberland Prison: Mental Health Services Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Independent Monitoring Board annual report on HMP Northumberland, what the timeframe for prisoners accessing inpatient psychiatric treatment will be; and what improvements that prison is working towards.

Answer (Edward Argar)

People who are sentenced by a court to imprisonment after conviction may be assessed by a psychiatrist in prison if it is thought that their mental disorder is of a nature or degree that requires treatment in hospital. Section 47 of the Mental Health Act 1983 is considered when transferring prisoners. Proposed changes are being made to the way in which inpatient secure beds are commissioned with the aim of improving timely allocation. Time scales are monitored by NHS England and include an expectation of 14-day prison transfers. The transfer time starts on completion of the first medical assessment and stops once the prisoner has been admitted to hospital.

HMP Northumberland has a professional and supportive Mental Health team engaged in supporting men with both mental health and complex needs. The Mental Health team, delivered by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust are actively engaged with men who are subject to Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) procedures and those who reside within the Separation and Care (SCU), as well as other men across the site, with a variety of needs.

Through The Gate (TTG) services have created an opportunity for early identification of individuals who may have complex mental health needs and gives a framework for cooperation and joined up working, as well as release planning. A new complex Case Manager has been appointed by G4S (Healthcare provider) with whom the mental health team at HMP Northumberland will work closely with to co-ordinate needs, and ensure the support for individuals is comprehensive.

9 Jul 2019, 7:40 p.m. Prisoners' Release: Housing Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners released from (a) HMP Northumberland and (b) prisons nationally have had permanent accommodation on their release in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Answer (Robert Buckland)

Data on the accommodation status of released prisoners for 2017/18 is published at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-march-2018. Data for 2018/19 is due to be published on 25 July, at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-and-probation-trusts-performance-statistics

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe and secure to live. Having somewhere stable to live acts as a platform for ex-offenders to be able to access the services and support needed to turn their back on crime for good. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) are working collaboratively with other government departments and interested parties to ensure that we meet the accommodation needs for prisoners on their release.

9 Jul 2019, 7:40 p.m. Prisoners' Release: Temporary Accommodation Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners released from (a) prison and (b) HMP Northumberland have had temporary accommodation to go to on their release in each of the last three years.

Answer (Robert Buckland)

Data on the accommodation status of released prisoners for 2017/18 is published at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-march-2018. Data for 2018/19 is due to be published on 25 July, at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-and-probation-trusts-performance-statistics

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe and secure to live. Having somewhere stable to live acts as a platform for ex-offenders to be able to access the services and support needed to turn their back on crime for good. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) are working collaboratively with other government departments and interested parties to ensure that we meet the accommodation needs for prisoners on their release.

9 Jul 2019, 7:40 p.m. Prisoners' Release: Homelessness Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners released from (a) HMP Northumberland and (b) prisons nationally have had no accommodation to go to on their release in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Answer (Robert Buckland)

Data on the accommodation status of released prisoners for 2017/18 is published at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-march-2018. Data for 2018/19 is due to be published on 25 July, at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-and-probation-trusts-performance-statistics

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe and secure to live. Having somewhere stable to live acts as a platform for ex-offenders to be able to access the services and support needed to turn their back on crime for good. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) are working collaboratively with other government departments and interested parties to ensure that we meet the accommodation needs for prisoners on their release.

9 Jul 2019, 3:10 p.m. Type 45 Destroyers Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) time taken and (b) cost incurred to replace a Type 45 destroyer.

Answer (Stuart Andrew)

A decision on whether to acquire a replacement Type 45 destroyer would be taken in light of circumstances at the time. The cost and schedule of doing so would depend on the circumstances that created a requirement for a replacement.

9 Jul 2019, 3:09 p.m. Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it takes and at what cost to replace an F35 fighter jet.

Answer (Stuart Andrew)

A decision on whether or not to acquire a replacement F-35 or Typhoon aircraft would be taken in light of circumstances at the time. The cost and schedule of doing so would depend on the circumstances that created a requirement for a replacement.

9 Jul 2019, 3:09 p.m. European Fighter Aircraft Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it would take and at what cost to replace a Typhoon Eurofighter.

Answer (Stuart Andrew)

A decision on whether or not to acquire a replacement F-35 or Typhoon aircraft would be taken in light of circumstances at the time. The cost and schedule of doing so would depend on the circumstances that created a requirement for a replacement.

9 Jul 2019, 3:08 p.m. Astute Class Submarines Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it would take and at what cost to replace an Astute class submarine.

Answer (Stuart Andrew)

A decision on whether or not to acquire a replacement submarine would be taken in the light of the circumstances at the time. The cost and schedule of doing so would depend on the circumstances that created a requirement for a replacement.

5 Jul 2019, 12:05 p.m. Pension Credit: North East Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are entitled to pension credit but do not receive it in (a) the North East region and (b) Berwick upon Tweed constituency.

Answer (Guy Opperman)

The information requested on the number of pensioners in (a) the North East region and (b) Berwick upon Tweed constituency who are entitled to Pension Credit but do not receive it, is not available at regional or constituency level.

Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017

2 Jul 2019, 4:20 p.m. GCHQ: Staff Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the criteria are for exclusion on medical grounds for recruits to GCHQ.

Answer (Sir Alan Duncan)

​No applicant who passed the selection tests to work at GCHQ would be barred from entry on the basis of health grounds, mental or physical, unless their condition made it impossible for the member of staff to work safely and securely even after reasonable adjustments.

13 Jun 2019, 3:09 p.m. Multiple Occupation: Licensing Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what fees are being charged for HMO Licences by each Council.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Department does not hold information on HMO licence fees being charged by each local authority in England. We would expect details of licence fees to be readily available on local authority websites or upon request.

1 May 2019, 4:04 p.m. Coal: Consumption Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal was used in industry for each of the last three years.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

This data is available in Energy Trends table 2.1 at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-section-2-energy-trends

1 May 2019, 4:04 p.m. Coal: Imports Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal the UK has imported for each of the last three years; and from which countries coal has been imported.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

This information is publicly available in Energy Trends table 2.4 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-section-2-energy-trends

26 Feb 2019, 1:12 p.m. Iran: Press TV Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) budget of Press TV and (b) level of investment it receives from the Iranian State; and what assessment he has made of Press TV's level of editorial independence.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

We assess that Press TV is part of state-controlled Iranian media, and as such it is not independent. We cannot currently assess Press TV’s budget or the level of investment it receives from the Iranian state. Press TV’s license to broadcast in the UK was revoked by Ofcom in 2012.

19 Feb 2019, 4:33 p.m. International Broadcasting Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in how many media markets do (a) Russia Today, (b) Press TV and (c) BBC World broadcast for 24 hours.

Answer (Margot James)

We do not hold this information. Ofcom, as the UK’s audiovisual regulator, currently licenses BBC World News and Russia Today for the purposes of AVMSD but it does not collect this type of information either. According to BBC’s own audience measurement data, World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and around 454 million households.

31 Jan 2019, 5:43 p.m. Department for Education: Brexit Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Anne Milton)

The government has made good progress in laying the up to 600 statutory instruments required by exit day to ensure a functioning statute book. As of 31 January, the department has laid 3 exit related statutory instruments. All exit related statutory instruments are published in the link below, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title: https://legislation.gov.uk.

31 Jan 2019, 5:43 p.m. Department for International Development: Brexit Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress she has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has not laid any statutory instruments relating to EU Exit preparedness and is not planning on laying any statutory instruments related to EU Exit preparedness. These are not required for our departmental preparations which remain on track.

31 Jan 2019, 5:05 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (David Rutley)

The Government has made good progress in laying the up to 600 statutory instruments required by exit day to ensure a functioning statute book. As of 30 January, my department has laid 92 exit related statutory instruments. All exit related statutory instruments are published on legislation.gov.uk, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title.

31 Jan 2019, 3:04 p.m. Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Chris Heaton-Harris)

The Government has made good progress in laying the up to 600 statutory instruments required by exit day to ensure a functioning statute book. As of 30 January, the Government has laid over 60 per cent of the exit statutory instruments required, and my department has laid 7 of these. All exit related statutory instruments are published on legislation.gov.uk, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title.

17 Jan 2019, 11:58 a.m. Sheep Meat: Northumbria Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to support the Northumbrian lamb industry in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and tariffs on its products are imposed.

Answer (George Eustice)

It is in everyone’s interests to secure a good deal with the EU and that is exactly what we are committed to. Whilst preparing for all outcomes, as any responsible government would, we are also preparing for the possibility of no deal.

We are in close contact with the sheep sector across the UK working to understand and anticipate the effects on the sector of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal. Significant work is already underway to ensure that UK exporters can maintain access to EU markets after March 2019.

17 Jan 2019, 10:01 a.m. Schools: Scotland Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools in Scotland receive funding from his Department for English children who attend those schools.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

Schools in Scotland do not receive funding from the Department to educate English pupils attending there. Similarly, where Scottish pupils attend English schools, the Scottish Government does not pay for this.

Education is a devolved matter. The way funding is allocated to Scottish schools is a matter for the Scottish Government. In England, schools receive funding for the number of pupils attending the school, regardless of where the pupil resides.

7 Jan 2019, 6 p.m. Birds of Prey: Conservation Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hen harrier nests there were on (a) RSPB and (b) non-RSPB reserves in each of the last six years; how many of those nests failed to have any chicks fledge; and what the causes of each of those nest failures were.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has primary control over access to two known hen harrier breeding sites: the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale and United Utilities landholding in the Bowland Fells, a special protection area.

Table 1. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by RSPB

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely reason for failure

2014

Bowland

5 chicks fledged

2014

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Unknown - chicks dead in nest

2015

Bowland

1 chick fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Predation

2015

Geltsdale

Nest failed

Male missing

2016

Geltsdale

1 chick fledged

2018

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2018

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2018

Bowland

5 chicks fledged

Table 2. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by other bodies

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely Reason for failure

2013

County Durham

Nest failed

Female disappeared/deserted

2013

Northumberland

Nest failed

Abnormal eggs

2014

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2014

Peak District

4 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

2 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Likely bad weather - chicks dead in wet nest

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2018

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Desertion

2018

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Desertion

2018

Northumberland

Nest failed

Predation

2018

Northumberland

Nest failed

Predation or deserted

2018

Northumberland

Nest failed

Predated

2018

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2018

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2018

Northumberland

2 chicks fledged

2018

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2018

Cumbria

4 chicks fledged

2018

Yorkshire

4 chicks fledged

19 Dec 2018, 12:47 p.m. Peat Bogs Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its Peat Strategy.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The England Peat Strategy will be published in 2019.

28 Nov 2018, 4:39 p.m. Potatoes: Imports Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the level of risk of diseased potato importation into the UK as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Answer (David Rutley)

Our plant health biosecurity arrangements currently protect UK businesses and the environment from pests and diseases, including those related to potatoes, and we will continue to protect the nation’s plant health biosecurity during and after our departure from the EU. Our work to prepare for leaving the EU will ensure that our high biosecurity standards will continue to be met in ways that support trade and the smooth flow of goods.

28 Nov 2018, 2:43 p.m. Potatoes: Sales Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Farmers' Guardian article Major seed potato market could be killed off with no-deal Brexit, published on 13 August 2018, what information his Department holds on the legality of selling sell seed potatoes to EU countries after March 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government is committed to pursuing a negotiated outcome which maintains our ability to export all seed to the EU and recognises that this issue is of particular concern for the seed potato industry. However, it is our duty as a responsible Government to prepare for all eventualities, including no deal, until we can be certain of the outcome of those negotiations.

The EU has stated in its Preparedness Notice for plant reproductive material that, in a no deal scenario, UK seed of all species will be subject to its equivalence requirements for third countries. This means that UK seed will not be marketable in the EU until the EU recognises UK processes as equivalent. Defra, with input from the devolved administrations, has made an initial application to the EU Commission for third country equivalence. More detailed information is being prepared in anticipation of discussion with the EU shortly. If approved, this would allow UK exports of seed potatoes to continue as they do now.

11 Jul 2018, 2:26 p.m. Moorland: Fire Prevention Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the responsible management of heather moorland to minimise the risk of uncontrollable wild fires; and if he will make it his policy to include controlled burning in accordance with the Heather and Grass Burning Code as part of that management.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government and its agencies are working with moorland owners, land managers and their representatives to put in place long term management plans and stewardship agreements to restore the hydrology and vegetation on degraded blanket bogs. Raising water tables and increasing the coverage of sphagnum moss allows the processes of recovery that store carbon and reduce the risk of ignition of these habitats by wildfire. The risk of severe damage by wildfire on a wet, well functioning blanket bog is relatively low. In accordance with the Heather and Grass Burning Code, managed one-off burning or cutting firebreaks may help to reduce the risk of fires starting on other habitats such as dry heath, and reduce the spread of fire around likely ignition points.

19 Mar 2018, 2:20 p.m. Funeral Payments: Children Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for funeral expenses payments for children under (a) two, (b) five and (c) 18 years have been made in each of the last three years.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

5 Mar 2018, 4:06 p.m. Diplomatic Service: United Nations Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who is acting as UK Ambassador to the UN prior to Karen Pierce taking up that post.

Answer (Harriett Baldwin)

Ambassador Jonathan Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, is Charge d'Affaires and Acting Permanent Representative until the arrival of Karen Pierce in Spring 2018.

22 Feb 2018, 1:10 p.m. Trade Agreements: Developing Countries Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of UK trade deals with poorer countries on the economies of those countries.

Answer (Greg Hands)

The UK is proudly committed to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income on Overseas Development Assistance, the first G7 country to honour its promise to do so.

The Cross-Border Trade Bill will allow the UK to put in place a trade preference scheme as we leave the EU. In the future, the Government will also explore options to expand our relationships with developing countries.

31 Jan 2018, 12:09 p.m. Environment Protection Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

What progress has been made on implementing his Department's 25 Year Environment Plan.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government is already implementing commitments in the plan. We recently consulted on proposals to ban UK sales of ivory, are bringing into force rules to reduce water pollution from agriculture and are legislating to set limits on air pollutants emitted from medium sized combustion plants. Since the plan’s publication, several supermarkets and restaurants have pledged to tackle plastic packaging and single-use plastics.

21 Dec 2017, 3:42 p.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much Support for Mortgage Interest has been paid in each of the last five years; and what the maximum individual payment is in any single year.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) expenditure and caseload estimates are provided in DWP Benefit expenditure and caseload tables. The table below shows the estimated expenditure on SMI in the last 5 years:

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

£287m

£256m

£240m

£209m

£205m

The maximum individual payment of SMI over the course of a year is currently £6,240. Within the last 5 years it has been £7,260 (2014/15) in a year.

21 Dec 2017, 3:35 p.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received Support for Mortgage Interest in each of the last five years.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) expenditure and caseload estimates are provided in DWP Benefit expenditure and caseload tables. The table below shows the estimated SMI caseload in the last 5 years:

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

178,000

159,000

136,000

128,000

124,000

21 Dec 2017, 3:32 p.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what functions Serco has been contracted to perform to support the new loan system for the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme from 5 April 2018.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Serco have been contracted through an open competitive tendering exercise to deliver information provision to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) customers who are in receipt of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). This provision takes the form of a telephony based Informed Discussion to ensure customers are fully aware about the upcoming change and the options available to them. At the end of the call customers are offered a loan application pack to complete and send back to the DWP. The service explicitly does not provide advice but does signpost to other organisations that can help customers who may need assistance on reaching a decision.

SMI loans will be paid by the Department in the same way as the SMI benefit is now. The registration of charges on the property and recovery arrangements will be delivered by the Department.

19 Dec 2017, 5:32 p.m. Nurses Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

What plans he has to broaden routes into nursing.

Answer (Philip Dunne)

Health Education England published a draft workforce strategy last week, which emphasised clearly the priority we have to increase the nursing workforce and broaden routes into nursing.

That is why, in England, we have developed the new nursing associate role and Nursing Degree Apprenticeship to open routes into the registered nursing profession for thousands of people from all backgrounds, and allow employers to grow their own workforce from within their local communities.

16 Nov 2017, 3 p.m. Taxation: Young People Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) income tax and (b) National Insurance contributions paid to the public purse by people under the age of 18 in each of the last five years.

Answer (Mel Stride)

is table contains estimates of the total amount of income tax and national insurance liabilities of individuals who are under the age of 18 at the end of the tax year.

Total Income Tax and NICs liabilities for individuals under the age of 18 (£ millions)(1)(2)

Income Tax

NIC's

2012-13

22.6

9.2

2013-14

20.9

8.8

2014-15

34.9

12.0

  1. All counts are presented in millions and rounded to the nearest hundred thousand pounds.

  2. These estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes (SPI) for the years concerned.

    Outturn data for the most recent two tax years (2015-16 and 2016‑17) are yet available. The latest available outturn data in this format is from the Survey of Personal Incomes for 2014‑15.

31 Oct 2017, 5:04 p.m. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Grants Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what taxpayer funded grants including EU funds have been received by the RSPB in the last five years.

Answer (George Eustice)

The department publishes details of all expenditure over £25,000, including grants, at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/financial-transactions-data-defra.

The majority of grants are made under the Darwin/Official Development Assistance (ODA) initiative. The RSPB also receives funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Details of specific grants made under CAP in the 2015 and 2016 European Community financial years (16 October – 15 October) can be found via http://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk.

23 Oct 2017, 4:28 p.m. Developing Countries: Malaria Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on economic growth in countries where malaria is endemic.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The World Health Organisation estimates that the support provided between 2000 and 2015, including that by the UK Government, resulted in a 6.8 million reduction in deaths globally. These life expectancy gains are valued at US$2.040 US$2040 billion which, for comparison, equates to 3.6% of the total gross domestic product (GDP) of malaria affected countries in 2015.

18 Oct 2017, 2:55 p.m. Birds: Conservation Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 11 of the RSPB's Reserves 2012 report, what information his Department holds on the population of priority bird species on RSPB reserves since 2012.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Defra does not hold information on the population of priority bird species on RSPB reserves.

17 Oct 2017, 4:43 p.m. Birds of Prey Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hen harrier nests there were on (a) RSPB and (b) non-RSPB reserves in each of the last five years; how many of those nests failed to have any chicks fledge in each of those years; and what the known causes of each of those nest failures were.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has primary control over access to two known hen harrier breeding sites: the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale and United Utilities landholding in the Bowland Fells, a special protection area.

Table 1. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by RSPB

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely reason for failure

2014

Bowland

5 chicks fledged

2014

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Unknown - chicks dead in nest

2015

Bowland

1 chick fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Predation

2015

Geltsdale

Nest failed

Male missing

2016

Geltsdale

1 chick fledged

Table 2. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by other bodies

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely Reason for failure

2013

County Durham

Nest failed

Female disappeared/deserted

2013

Northumberland

Nest failed

Abnormal eggs

2014

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2014

Peak District

4 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

2 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Likely bad weather - chicks dead in wet nest

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

5 Sep 2017, 10:41 a.m. Lynx: Kielder Forest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential safety risk to the public of reintroducing the Eurasian lynx to the Kielder Forest.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The application to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx to the Kielder Forest will be considered carefully in accordance with international guidelines and taking account of the impacts on affected communities, including public safety and the wider environment.