Douglas Carswell

Independent - Former Member for Clacton

Douglas Carswell is not a member of any APPGs
2 Former APPG memberships
Democratic Participation, Isle of Man (Manx)
Public Accounts Committee
9th Feb 2009 - 6th May 2010
Children, Schools and Families
9th Nov 2007 - 6th May 2010
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
12th Jul 2005 - 13th Oct 2008
Education & Skills
16th Jan 2006 - 8th Nov 2007


Division Voting information

Douglas Carswell has voted in 1546 divisions, and 77 times against the majority of their Party.

15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 193 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 25 Noes - 440
5 Mar 2014 - Judgments - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 360 Noes - 104
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of Births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 124 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 363 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 84 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 365 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 79 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 368 Noes - 98
10 Feb 2014 - Children and Families Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 99 Conservative No votes vs 127 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 376 Noes - 107
27 Jan 2014 - European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 202 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 37 Noes - 243
27 Jan 2014 - European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 199 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 36 Noes - 240
27 Jan 2014 - European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 25 Conservative No votes vs 202 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 246 Noes - 28
13 Jan 2014 - European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 207 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 30
22 Nov 2013 - European Union (Referendum) Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 244 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 15 Noes - 249
30 Oct 2013 - enterprise - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 218 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 22
9 Oct 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 259 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 298
9 Oct 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 312
9 Oct 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 262 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 260
8 Oct 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (Programme) (No. 2) - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 263 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 249
10 Sep 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 246 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 260
3 Sep 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 267 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 309 Noes - 247
3 Sep 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Conservative No votes vs 263 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 0 Noes - 0
5 Feb 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 499 Noes - 55
6 Nov 2012 - Banking Union and Economic and Monetary Union - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Conservative Aye votes vs 221 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 33 Noes - 273
31 Oct 2012 - Multiannual Financial Framework - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 51 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 307 Noes - 294
17 Oct 2012 - Oral Health Services - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 227 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 479 Noes - 33
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 87 Conservative No votes vs 142 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 93 Conservative Aye votes vs 139 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
19 Apr 2012 - Finance (No. 4) Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 243 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 240 Noes - 283
18 Apr 2012 - Finance (No. 4) Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 250 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 262 Noes - 287
18 Apr 2012 - Finance (No. 4) Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 252 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 258 Noes - 293
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 40 Conservative Aye votes vs 141 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 105 Noes - 186
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative Aye votes vs 134 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 101 Noes - 166
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 29 Conservative No votes vs 132 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 203 Noes - 82
5 Dec 2011 - Ministerial Statements - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 195 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 119 Noes - 228
24 Oct 2011 - National Referendum on the European Union - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative Aye votes vs 209 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 483
11 Oct 2011 - Delegated legislation - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative No votes vs 217 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 271 Noes - 22
11 Jul 2011 - Business without Debate - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 274 Noes - 246
28 Jun 2011 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative Aye votes vs 227 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 23 Noes - 473
24 May 2011 - Eurozone Financial Assistance - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Conservative No votes vs 220 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 46
27 Apr 2011 - Press Self-regulation - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 238 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 287 Noes - 20
23 Mar 2011 - Section 6 of the european union (amendment) act 2008 - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative No votes vs 247 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 310 Noes - 29
9 Feb 2011 - Domestic Heating Oil - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 234 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 45
9 Feb 2011 - Domestic Heating Oil - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 241 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 223
1 Feb 2011 - European Union Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Conservative Aye votes vs 249 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 26 Noes - 295
26 Jan 2011 - European Union Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 254 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 26 Noes - 313
24 Jan 2011 - European Union Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative Aye votes vs 257 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 239 Noes - 310
11 Jan 2011 - European Union Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 25 Conservative Aye votes vs 255 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 39 Noes - 314
15 Dec 2010 - Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time) - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 246 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 293 Noes - 22
15 Dec 2010 - Loans to Ireland Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 25 Conservative Aye votes vs 246 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 301
15 Dec 2010 - Water Supplies (Developing World) - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 267 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 221
10 Nov 2010 - European Union Economic Governance - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Conservative No votes vs 243 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 296 Noes - 40
25 Oct 2010 - Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative Aye votes vs 245 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 293
13 Oct 2010 - Draft EU Budget 2011 - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative Aye votes vs 204 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 42 Noes - 252
13 Sep 2010 - Fixed-term Parliaments Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative No votes vs 255 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 23
6 Sep 2010 - Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 272 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 324 Noes - 272
14 Jul 2010 - European External Action Service - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 255 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 321 Noes - 12
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 75 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
4 Mar 2010 - Chair (Terminology) - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative No votes vs 74 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 106 Noes - 221
6 Jan 2010 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 27 Conservative Aye votes vs 27 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 78 Noes - 254
29 Oct 2008 - Manchester City Council Bill [Lords] (By Order) - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 52 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 24
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 51 Conservative No votes vs 93 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 111 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 107 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 39 Conservative No votes vs 101 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 46 Conservative Aye votes vs 82 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 129
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Conservative No votes vs 77 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative No votes vs 110 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 50 Conservative No votes vs 80 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 30 Conservative No votes vs 98 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 149 Noes - 318
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 79 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 342
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 103 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
12 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative Aye votes vs 44 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 340 Noes - 78
6 May 2008 - Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 48 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 0 Noes - 0
14 Nov 2007 - The Economy and Pensions - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 145 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 464
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 75 Conservative Aye votes vs 96 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 267
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 55 Conservative Aye votes vs 121 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 337 Noes - 224
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Douglas Carswell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 106 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 391 Noes - 111
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Latest EDMs signed by Douglas Carswell

1st February 2017
Douglas Carswell signed this EDM on Wednesday 8th February 2017

CST ANTISEMITIC INCIDENT FIGURES

Tabled by: Lord Mann (None - Bassetlaw)
That this House notes the 2016 incidents report by the Community Security Trust (CST); further notes that the report details the highest annual total of antisemitic incidents that CST has ever recorded of 1,309 cases, an increase of 36 per cent from the 2015 total; is concerned that the pattern …
25 signatures
(Most recent: 9 Mar 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Independent: 4
Conservative: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Non-affiliated: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
18th January 2017
Douglas Carswell signed this EDM on Wednesday 8th February 2017

ADOPTION OF A FORMAL DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM

Tabled by: Lord Mann (None - Bassetlaw)
That this House welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement of 12 December 2016 that Britain will adopt a formal definition of antisemitism in response to the work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA); recognises that a recommendation formally to adopt a definition was first made in the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry …
59 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Mar 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 21
Scottish National Party: 16
Independent: 7
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Conservative: 4
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Ulster Unionist Party: 2
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Non-affiliated: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Douglas Carswell has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Douglas Carswell

Wednesday 4th March 2015

3 Bills introduced by Douglas Carswell


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and related legislation; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th June 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the Currency and Banknotes Act 1954 to allow banknotes in addition to those issued by the Bank of England to be legal tender; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 6th September 2011

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to prohibit banks and building societies lending on the basis of demand deposits without the permission of the account holder; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 15th September 2010

Douglas Carswell has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


295 Written Questions

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21 Other Department Questions
15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the workforce in Clacton constituency are in receipt of the national living wage.

2.9 million workers are expected to directly benefit from the National Living Wage by 2020, 11 per cent of which are located in the East of England. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has made no detailed assessment of the beneficiaries of the National Living Wage at local authority level.

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her policy to renegotiate with EDF the strike price for Hinkley Point C power station.

Hinkley Point C is a good deal for consumers – it will provide reliable energy at an affordable cost, powering nearly six million homes for around 60 years and creating more than 25,000 jobs.

Today nuclear provides around 16% of our electricity but these ageing plants won’t go on forever. Therefore the Government is committed to our policy of building new nuclear in the interest of energy security, decarbonisation and keeping costs down for the consumer.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the cessation of downstream steel operations at Llanwern on further redundancies in that region.

The Government recognises the considerable impact that a closure of Tata Steel UK’s facilities at Llanwern would have on its employees, their families and the communities in which they live. That is why we are working closely with Tata to find a credible buyer for their entire UK operation. Our interests are to support Tata Steel and the wider industry, secure as many jobs as we can and deliver a sustainable future.

On 21 April, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that a package of support worth hundreds of millions of pounds would be made available to potential buyers on commercial terms to support the ongoing operation and deliver long term investment in the future of the business. We will also consider support in other areas such as plant, pensions and power supply, and any other areas that potential buyers believe the Government can provide support.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has made to the World Trade Organisation to request that anti-dumping measures are taken against the People's Republic of China.

The World Trade Organisation does not have a role in conducting anti-dumping investigations. Responsibility for anti-dumping investigations and imposing anti-dumping measures against imports into the EU and the UK lies with the European Commission. These investigations are driven by requests from EU producers.

The Government makes regular representations to the Commission concerning allegations of dumping of steel. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister pressed for more action on dumping of steel at European Council on 17 and 18 March. The government judges each anti-dumping case on its merits, based on the evidence presented by the Commission and on representations from interested parties, including producers, users and importers, but is strongly in favour of effective trade defences to tackle unfair trade practices where justified. We have voted in favour of anti-dumping measures on several steel products since July, including the imposition of provisional anti-dumping measures on reinforcing bar in January, an investigation for which we lobbied the Commission successfully, and on cold-rolled flat steel products in February.

We have supported industry calls for higher duties on specific cases where this is justified by the evidence. For example, in the reinforcing bar case we have raised the steel industry’s concerns that the provisional duties were too low with the Commission. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills spoke with Trade Commissioner Malmström about this and received assurances that the Commission will reconsider this during the definitive stage of the investigation, if industry can provide the necessary evidence.

We also welcomed the opening of four new anti-dumping investigations involving steel products earlier this year.

The Government continues to push the Commission for faster, more effective action to deal with dumping of steel. This was one of the conclusions of the Extraordinary Competitiveness Council on Steel in November, a meeting which my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was instrumental in convening. In advance of the Commission’s energy-intensive industry stakeholder’s summit on 15 February – another key action from the Competitiveness Council – the government and several other EU Member States sent a joint letter to the Commission, pressing it to make full and timely use of all trade defence instruments to tackle unfair trade. I played an active role at this summit. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has also raised these issues in discussions with Commissioner Malmström, most recently at the OECD conference on the challenges facing the steel industry on 18 April. My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Intellectual Property) reiterated the need for faster and more effective action on dumping at the Competitiveness Council held on 29 February and the Presidency conclusions of that Council reflected this message. I did likewise at the European Steel Day on 21 April. Officials also have regular discussions about anti-dumping cases with Commission officials and officials from other EU Member States.

The Government is also supporting a robust discussion of the issue of overcapacity through the EU’s ongoing dialogue with the Chinese and other governments, including at the OECD conference. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister has discussed this issue directly with President Xi and was told that China will take steps to reduce its overcapacity. My Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer also raised it during his visit to China in February and my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills raised it with his counterpart in February. Similarly, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised it during his visit to China in April.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many metric tonnes of Chinese rebar steel have been imported into the UK in each of the last five years.

The volume of rebar steel imported to the UK from China during the period 2011-2015 was as follows:

Year Metric Tonnes

2011 6

2012 2

2013 47,803

2014 254,584

2015 365,449

Source:HMRC

For 2016, data from the EU’s Steel Surveillance 2[1] Monitoring System indicates that 43 tonnes were imported to the UK during the first quarter.

[1] The Surveillance 2 system collects data directly from import customs declarations. This data relates to the reference of the customs declaration, the nature of the goods, their origin, their volume, their value and their date of acceptance by the customs administration (actual import date). Records are sent daily by the central systems of the customs administrations of the EU Member States. It is based on article 308d of the implementing provisions of the Custom Code (Regulation 2454/93

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the UK has taken to support increased tariffs on artificially cheap steel imports to the EU.

The World Trade Organisation does not have a role in conducting anti-dumping investigations. Responsibility for anti-dumping investigations and imposing anti-dumping measures against imports into the EU and the UK lies with the European Commission. These investigations are driven by requests from EU producers.

The Government makes regular representations to the Commission concerning allegations of dumping of steel. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister pressed for more action on dumping of steel at European Council on 17 and 18 March. The government judges each anti-dumping case on its merits, based on the evidence presented by the Commission and on representations from interested parties, including producers, users and importers, but is strongly in favour of effective trade defences to tackle unfair trade practices where justified. We have voted in favour of anti-dumping measures on several steel products since July, including the imposition of provisional anti-dumping measures on reinforcing bar in January, an investigation for which we lobbied the Commission successfully, and on cold-rolled flat steel products in February.

We have supported industry calls for higher duties on specific cases where this is justified by the evidence. For example, in the reinforcing bar case we have raised the steel industry’s concerns that the provisional duties were too low with the Commission. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills spoke with Trade Commissioner Malmström about this and received assurances that the Commission will reconsider this during the definitive stage of the investigation, if industry can provide the necessary evidence.

We also welcomed the opening of four new anti-dumping investigations involving steel products earlier this year.

The Government continues to push the Commission for faster, more effective action to deal with dumping of steel. This was one of the conclusions of the Extraordinary Competitiveness Council on Steel in November, a meeting which my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was instrumental in convening. In advance of the Commission’s energy-intensive industry stakeholder’s summit on 15 February – another key action from the Competitiveness Council – the government and several other EU Member States sent a joint letter to the Commission, pressing it to make full and timely use of all trade defence instruments to tackle unfair trade. I played an active role at this summit. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has also raised these issues in discussions with Commissioner Malmström, most recently at the OECD conference on the challenges facing the steel industry on 18 April. My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Intellectual Property) reiterated the need for faster and more effective action on dumping at the Competitiveness Council held on 29 February and the Presidency conclusions of that Council reflected this message. I did likewise at the European Steel Day on 21 April. Officials also have regular discussions about anti-dumping cases with Commission officials and officials from other EU Member States.

The Government is also supporting a robust discussion of the issue of overcapacity through the EU’s ongoing dialogue with the Chinese and other governments, including at the OECD conference. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister has discussed this issue directly with President Xi and was told that China will take steps to reduce its overcapacity. My Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer also raised it during his visit to China in February and my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills raised it with his counterpart in February. Similarly, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised it during his visit to China in April.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the dumping of Chinese steel in the UK at below-market prices.

Responsibility for anti-dumping investigations and imposing anti-dumping measures against imports into the EU and the UK lies with the European Commission. These investigations are driven by requests from EU producers.

The Government makes regular representations to the Commission concerning allegations of dumping of steel. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister pressed for more action on dumping of steel at European Council on 17 and 18 March. The government judges each anti-dumping case on its merits, based on the evidence presented by the Commission and on representations from interested parties, including producers, users and importers, but is strongly in favour of effective trade defences to tackle unfair trade practices where justified. We have voted in favour of anti-dumping measures on several steel products since July, including the imposition of provisional anti-dumping measures on reinforcing bar in January, an investigation for which we lobbied the Commission successfully, and on cold-rolled flat steel products in February.

We have supported industry calls for higher duties on specific cases where this is justified by the evidence. For example, in the reinforcing bar case we have raised the steel industry’s concerns that the provisional duties were too low with the Commission. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills spoke with Trade Commissioner Malmström about this and received assurances that the Commission will reconsider this during the definitive stage of the investigation, if industry can provide the necessary evidence.

We also welcomed the opening of four new anti-dumping investigations involving steel products earlier this year.

The government continues to push the Commission for faster, more effective action to deal with dumping of steel. This was one of the conclusions of the Extraordinary Competitiveness Council on Steel in November, a meeting which my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was instrumental in convening. In advance of the Commission’s energy-intensive industry stakeholder’s summit on 15 February – another key action from the Competitiveness Council – the government and several other EU Member States sent a joint letter to the Commission, pressing it to make full and timely use of all trade defence instruments to tackle unfair trade. I played an active role at this summit. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has also raised these issues in discussions with Commissioner Malmström, most recently at the OECD conference on the challenges facing the steel industry on 18 April. My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property reiterated the need for faster and more effective action on dumping at the Competitiveness Council held on 29 February and the Presidency conclusions of that Council reflected this message. I did likewise at the European Steel Day on 21 April. Officials also have regular discussions about anti-dumping cases with Commission officials and officials from other EU Member States.

The Government is also supporting a robust discussion of the issue of overcapacity through the EU’s ongoing dialogue with the Chinese and other governments, including at the OECD conference. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister has discussed this issue directly with President Xi and was told that China will take steps to reduce its overcapacity. My Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer also raised it during his visit to China in February and My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills raised it with his counterpart in February. Similarly, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised it during his visit to China in April.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has made to the EU on the dumping of cheap Chinese steel in western European markets.

Responsibility for anti-dumping investigations and imposing anti-dumping measures against imports into the EU and the UK lies with the European Commission. These investigations are driven by requests from EU producers.

The Government makes regular representations to the Commission concerning allegations of dumping of steel. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister pressed for more action on dumping of steel at European Council on 17 and 18 March. The government judges each anti-dumping case on its merits, based on the evidence presented by the Commission and on representations from interested parties, including producers, users and importers, but is strongly in favour of effective trade defences to tackle unfair trade practices where justified. We have voted in favour of anti-dumping measures on several steel products since July, including the imposition of provisional anti-dumping measures on reinforcing bar in January, an investigation for which we lobbied the Commission successfully, and on cold-rolled flat steel products in February.

We have supported industry calls for higher duties on specific cases where this is justified by the evidence. For example, in the reinforcing bar case we have raised the steel industry’s concerns that the provisional duties were too low with the Commission. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills spoke with Trade Commissioner Malmström about this and received assurances that the Commission will reconsider this during the definitive stage of the investigation, if industry can provide the necessary evidence.

We also welcomed the opening of four new anti-dumping investigations involving steel products earlier this year.

The government continues to push the Commission for faster, more effective action to deal with dumping of steel. This was one of the conclusions of the Extraordinary Competitiveness Council on Steel in November, a meeting which my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was instrumental in convening. In advance of the Commission’s energy-intensive industry stakeholder’s summit on 15 February – another key action from the Competitiveness Council – the government and several other EU Member States sent a joint letter to the Commission, pressing it to make full and timely use of all trade defence instruments to tackle unfair trade. I played an active role at this summit. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has also raised these issues in discussions with Commissioner Malmström, most recently at the OECD conference on the challenges facing the steel industry on 18 April. My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property reiterated the need for faster and more effective action on dumping at the Competitiveness Council held on 29 February and the Presidency conclusions of that Council reflected this message. I did likewise at the European Steel Day on 21 April. Officials also have regular discussions about anti-dumping cases with Commission officials and officials from other EU Member States.

The Government is also supporting a robust discussion of the issue of overcapacity through the EU’s ongoing dialogue with the Chinese and other governments, including at the OECD conference. My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister has discussed this issue directly with President Xi and was told that China will take steps to reduce its overcapacity. My Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer also raised it during his visit to China in February and My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills raised it with his counterpart in February. Similarly, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised it during his visit to China in April.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make a comparative assessment of energy costs for heavy industry in the UK and in other EU countries.

UK industrial gas prices are among the lowest in Europe, while electricity prices are among the highest. Industrial energy use overall is split relatively evenly between electricity, gas and other fuels.

We are addressing the fundamental causes of the UK’s relatively high electricity costs, through:

  • Short-term cost control measures, including the Levy Control Framework actions on solar and onshore wind, announced in summer 2015;

  • Longer term measures including investment in new energy infrastructure (such as nuclear); and interconnection with French, Belgian and Norwegian networks which should help to reduce the difference between the electricity prices here and in Continental Europe.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department were in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and what the cost to his Department was of providing that allowance for staff based (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas in each such year.

Continuity of Education Allowances are not paid to any staff in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills at present or in the past.

4th Mar 2016
To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether Government spending in support of the remain campaign for the EU referendum is counted towards the total campaign spending for that campaign.

During the referendum period ahead of the EU Referendum, which will run from 15 April to 23 June 2016, there are rules that campaigners must follow on spending, donations and reporting. These are set out under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA). Spending from public funds is not covered by these rules.

Section 125 of PPERA does place restrictions on the publication of promotional material by UK and devolved governments and Ministers during the 28 day period before a referendum. Publishing information and arguments for or against the UK remaining or leaving the EU or materials designed to encourage people to vote a certain way are covered by these restrictions. These restrictions will apply between 27 May and 23 June 2016.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether her Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Office is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's view is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

The civil service is working full-time to support the Government’s position. A document setting out the principal alternatives to our membership of the EU will be published shortly.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has for implementation of the ruling of the European Court of Justice in case C-266/14 of 10 September 2015, on justice and citizens' rights.

This judgment of the European Court of Justice automatically became part of UK law on the date of its publication. It is not necessary to amend UK domestic legislation to implement the judgment.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that cost overruns similar to those incurred in the building of the Flamanville nuclear power station do not occur in EDF's construction of Hinkley Point C.

The UK Government and EDF are working together to finalise the documentation for the Hinkley Point C project. The deal is subject to approval by Ministers.

It is for the developer to ensure that construction is delivered within budget and to schedule. Should construction costs overrun beyond the maximum cost provided for in any Contracts for Difference (CfD) that is offered, the costs of those overruns would not be remunerated.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to ensure that the strike price per megawatt hour of production from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station (a) reflects the market rate and (b) is not subsidised from public funds.

The UK Government and EDF are working together to finalise the documentation for the Hinkley Point C project. The deal is subject to approval by Ministers and must represent value for money.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to ensure that the strike price per megawatt hour of production at the proposed Sizewell and Bradwell nuclear power stations (a) reflects the market rate and (b) is not subsidised from public funds.

Our electricity market reforms have set the right conditions for necessary investment in our energy market, and support low-carbon generation in nuclear as well as in other generating sectors. No applications for development consent to build new nuclear power stations at Sizewell and Bradwell have been made and it is too soon to say what the funding arrangements might be for these projects.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to implement the conclusions of the Equality Strategy - Building a Fairer Britain, published in December 2010, particularly those in Section 3 of that strategy involving the devolution of power to local authorities.

A progress report on the Equality Strategy was published on 22 May 2012. In relation to Section 3 of that strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government is undertaking a number of initiatives in support of this aim. These include the Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods programme, which is providing 24 local authorities with grants to redesign services so that they are delivered at neighbourhood level, and the Our Place programme, which is putting the local community at the heart of decision making by bringing together local councillors, public servants, businesses and the community to revolutionise the way the neighbourhood works.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of his policies to support small and medium-sized enterprises on businesses in Clacton constituency.

Small businesses are vital to our economy and our small business owners have driven this economic recovery. The Clacton constituency has benefitted from a number of support schemes. The Business Bank’s Start-Up Loan programme has already provided 26 loans, with a value of £99,230 to people starting a business in Clacton. And since May 2010, the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme has supported 14 loans in the area with a total value of £1.8m.

We are committed to making Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business, and are doing this in a number of ways:

  • A more stable economic environment.
  • £10 billion of financing will be unlocked for smaller business over the next 5 years by our British Business Bank;
  • Government grants of up to £3,000 for better internet connectivity are available to small businesses;
  • The Business Support Helpline is available to provide bespoke information and advice;
  • Cuts to corporation tax from 28% to 21%; and
  • £2,000 cut from the National Insurance bills of small firms from the new Employment Allowance.

9th Feb 2016
To ask the Attorney General, what planning his Department has undertaken in the event of the UK voting to leave the EU.

At the February European Council the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's view is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Attorney General, if he will make it his policy to enable a Select Committee to hold a confirmation hearings for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions.

The post of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is a Civil Service appointment. The process is conducted by the independent Civil Service Commission in line with statute and the Government has no plans to change this. The Commission appoints a panel to carry out the process. In recent competitions, the panel has consisted of the Cabinet Secretary, a senior Civil Service Commissioner, a non-executive director from the relevant department and an external stakeholder - which in the case of the DPP might be a Court of Appeal judge.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish a list of its special advisers in post.

A full list of Government special advisers will be published in due course, in the usual way.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency planning the Government undertook in the event of a vote to leave the EU.

The Government had a clear position on the referendum and it was right for the civil service to work in support of that. We now have clear instructions from the British people and Government will of course work to take those instructions forward.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much UK public money has been used to purchase steel from loss-making state-owned Chinese steel making companies (a) through the Crown Commercial Service and (b) in total in the last 10 years.

The Crown Commercial Service has not awarded any contracts for the procurement of steel.

Information on departmental spend on steel is not held centrally.

All departments are now required to implement new guidelines, which we published on 30 October last year, on how government buyers should source steel for major projects so that the true value of UK steel is taken into account in major procurement decisions.

13th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants from across all Government departments and at what grade have been seconded to the Cabinet Office Referendum Unit.

I refer my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden and the hon. Member for Clacton to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for St Albans on 18 April 2016 to UIN: 32678.

The cost of the secretariat, including the Referendum Unit, will be accounted for in the Department’s annual report and accounts.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the press release, Government response to public desire for EU facts, published on 6 April 2016, how much and in what areas the Government has spent on the production of its leaflet on the EU referendum; and from which departmental budget that funding has been obtained.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 14 April 2016, to the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex.

All leaflets will be delivered in advance of the 28 day restricted period, beginning on 27 May 2016. The costs of the leaflet will be met from the Cabinet Office budget.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost has been to the public purse of independent policy advisers across all government departments since May 2010.

Independent policy advisers is not a category of staff or profession that is recognised in the Civil Service. Departments may commission policy advice externally including through the Contestable Policy programme. Comprehensive details are not held centrally.

8th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises in accessing extended credit terms.

Extended credit terms from suppliers can help businesses to meet their working capital needs, as can prompt payment from customers. While payment terms are a matter for each business to negotiate with their trading partners, the Government is committed to ensuring that all businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK are able to access the finance and support they need to grow and have the right conditions to invest long-term, as set out in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper.

2nd Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what due consideration was given to alternatives to the Unified Patent Court before the announcement of the proposed ratification of the UK's membership of the Unified Patent Court.

The Government considered its announcement to become a signatory of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court very carefully, in the light of the benefit to business in being able to protect their patent rights across Europe in a more streamlined way and the value of having a division of the court in London.

The announcement should not be seen as pre-empting the UK’s objective in the forthcoming negotiations with the EU and is without prejudice to the UK’s future position on the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the UK has left the EU. The Unified Patent Court is established by a non-EU Intergovernmental Agreement which is currently only open to EU member states.

The announcement demonstrates that the UK will continue our approach of constructive engagement as long as we remain a member of the EU.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to renegotiate the strike price per megawatt hour for Hinkley Point C; and if he will assess the potential merits of imposing a limit on the taxpayer subsidy to EDF.

Hinkley Point C is a good deal for consumers – it will provide reliable energy at an affordable cost, powering nearly six million homes for around 60 years and creating more than 25,000 jobs.

Today nuclear provides around 19% of our electricity but these ageing plants won’t go on forever. Therefore the Government is committed to our policy of building new nuclear in the interest of energy security and decarbonisation, and keeping costs down for the consumer.

Consumers will only pay when Hinkley is up and running.

13th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the long-term financial viability of print journalism and the newspaper industry.

The government is aware of the current challenges facing print journalism and the newspaper industry as the market adapts to the changing media landscape. We engage closely with the industry on this issue.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises in Essex that will have access to superfast broadband by completion of phase two of the superfast broadband programme.

By the end of phase two of the Superfast Broadband Programme approximately 93% of homes and businesses in Essex will have access to superfast broadband.
20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the BBC has received from the EU in the last five years; and what conditions were attached to the use of such funding.

The Department does not hold this information. Under government accounting guidelines organisations are required to publish all income received, however they are not required to publish individual grants unless they are significant for their own accounts. Under the terms of the Royal Charter and Agreement, the BBC is able to seek alternative sources of funding, within a strict framework which is set and administered by the BBC Trust.

15th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that bookmakers operate B2 and B3 gaming machines on an equal basis with amusement arcades.

I have no plans to allow B2 gaming machines in amusement arcades. In April 2014 the previous Government announced action which included £50 staking measures on B2 gaming machines in bookmakers which came into force in April 2015. I think we need to give time for these regulations to bed in before we consider further legislative options. I will also want to consult with a wide range of stakeholders on this issue before thinking about next steps.

24th Nov 2014
BBC
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has made of the next BBC licence fee settlement.

The Government has no plans currently. The Government has said that the right time to consider these questions is as part of the Charter Review; this will not be starting in advance of the Election in 2015.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether her Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to (a) remove free school meals for children in primary school and (b) alter the provision of free school meals for children under the compulsory school age in England and Wales.

The continuation of universal infant free school meals was a commitment in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto. The government is currently conducting a Spending Review across all its programmes in England.

Policy on free school meals in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Government.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that foster care is of the highest possible standard.

Ofsted is responsible for the regulation and inspection of all independent fostering services and includes local authority fostering services within their wider inspection protocol.

In 2013, the government streamlined and strengthened the assessment and approval process for foster carers. All foster carers continue to undergo a full and comprehensive assessment before they are approved by a fostering service. Supporting the recruitment and retention of foster carers is a priority - it is through the skills and dedication of these foster carers and those who work with them that we will improve outcomes for looked-after children. From 2013 to 2015, the government also invested £750,000 to support four local authority regional consortia to develop innovative strategies to help them recruit and retain the foster carers they need in their local area. In April 2015, the government also amended regulations to introduce ‘long term foster care’ as a distinct placement type. In cases such as these, statutory guidance is clear that the local authority should assess the ability of the identified foster carer to care for the child (this may be the foster carers currently looking after the child, or new carers who are best able to meet the child’s needs).

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state-maintained primary schools in England have no male teachers on their permanent staff.

In November 2014, there were 3,516 state funded primary schools in England that reported having no male teachers in their service.[1]

[1] Source: School Workforce Census 2014: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2014

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to review (a) standards of foster care and (b) criteria for becoming a foster carer.

Ofsted is responsible for the regulation and inspection of all independent fostering services and includes local authority fostering services within their wider inspection protocol.

In 2013, the government streamlined and strengthened the assessment and approval process for foster carers. All foster carers continue to undergo a full and comprehensive assessment before they are approved by a fostering service. Supporting the recruitment and retention of foster carers is a priority - it is through the skills and dedication of these foster carers and those who work with them that we will improve outcomes for looked-after children. From 2013 to 2015, the government also invested £750,000 to support four local authority regional consortia to develop innovative strategies to help them recruit and retain the foster carers they need in their local area. In April 2015, the government also amended regulations to introduce ‘long term foster care’ as a distinct placement type. In cases such as these, statutory guidance is clear that the local authority should assess the ability of the identified foster carer to care for the child (this may be the foster carers currently looking after the child, or new carers who are best able to meet the child’s needs).

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff employed by the Environment Agency earn salaries of more than £100,000 per year.

This information is published annually as part of the government’s transparency agenda at: https://data.gov.uk/dataset/staff-organograms-and-pay-environment-agency

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has paid in fines for what reasons to the EU in each of the last five years.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Newton Abbott, Anne Marie Morris, to PQ UIN 31252 on 21 March 2016.

As from financial year 2010/11 Defra has accrued £336m for disallowance following the conclusion of EU audits, broken down by financial year as shown in the table below. This relates to a number of different Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Schemes over a number of historical scheme years as disallowance is paid in arrears. These are the only fines that have been imposed on Defra by the EU since 2010.

Disallowance (*) £m

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

181

42

2

30

81

(*) Reflects the sums the European Commission have ruled cannot be reimbursed (i.e. the amounts they have “disallowed”).

Disallowance is applied when we are considered to not have adequate controls in place to protect CAP expenditure, for example, where our inspection processes or the quality of our mapping have been deemed to be insufficient.

We are making a significant investment to improve the quality and currency of our mapping data, which is historically our biggest disallowance risk.

Other key sources of historic disallowance include failures to adequately control cross compliance, the Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organisation scheme and some of the Rural Development schemes.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether her Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

The Government's view is that the UK should remain in the EU and the civil service is working full time to support the Government’s position.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
28th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the EU Water Framework Directive on the level of water available in London.

The Water Framework Directive aims to protect and improve surface waters and groundwater and promote sustainable water use so that we have a sufficient supply of good quality water for people and the environment. Actions to achieve this are set out in river basin management plans every 6 years.

On the 30th October, the Environment Agency published proposed updated plans which they submitted to the Secretary of State for approval, including the Thames plan which covers London. The preparation of the proposed plan has involved an assessment of current and future water availability in the Thames river basin.

28th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on creating a North-South water pipeline to bring water to London.

The Government is currently not considering any specific proposals to create a North-South water pipeline. Though we do recognise that increasing interconnection in our water supply system to allow water to be traded and moved will help improve long-term resilience, water is heavy and expensive to move over long distances and its transfer can also have adverse environmental impacts. In the short-term, the transfers that are most likely to be beneficial are strategic interconnection projects to join up water supply zones within, and between, water company networks.

In the longer-term, greater join-up between these networks could allow for the more strategic management of water transfers over a wider area. With the industry, we are exploring ways to increase cross-company collaboration over the next water resources planning period.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help implement United Utilities' proposed North-South water pipeline alongside the currently proposed High Speed 2 route.

United Utilities did not approach the Department to discuss such a project during the preparations for its water resources management plan, 2015 – 2040, and did not include it in the final submission to the Secretary of State before publishing its final plan.

Defra and the Environment Agency are now working with all water companies to ensure that they consider the range of options for balancing future supply and demand in their next update to their plans to be published in 2019. This includes looking at bulk transfers between companies.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to lower the level of air pollution in the area of Oxford Street in London.

The Mayor of London is responsible for air quality standards in London. He has set up a Low Emission Zone and has announced the introduction of an Ultra-Low Emission Zone Scheme to ensure that all vehicles driving in the centre of London will be zero or low emission by 2020. A plan to deliver cleaner taxis across London has also been announced to help support London taxi driver’s transition to zero emission capable taxis. Defra’s air quality grant scheme has awarded funding to support the Mayor’s Breathe Better Together public awareness campaign to encourage behaviour change and tackle air pollution. Defra awarded a separate grant to Westminster City Council for on-street electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The Government is currently consulting on plans for how towns and cities can reduce emissions, alongside a national framework that seeks to bring the UK into compliance with limits for nitrogen dioxide in a number of areas by 2020 and in London by 2025.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make representations to the European Commission on overturning the ban on the herbicide Asulam.

Despite UK opposition, asulam was withdrawn from the market at the end of 2012 following an EU review. Asulam is a valuable resource for land managers needing to control bracken. Therefore, in line with EU rules, limited and controlled use has been allowed to continue in the UK where alternative control measures would not be effective.

A new application for EU approval has been submitted and is currently being examined by the Health and Safety Executive. Their assessment will be completed later this year and will be peer reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which will issue its own conclusions. The European Commission will then decide whether to approve asulam for use. If approval is granted, Member States can consider applications to authorise products containing asulam.

The Government believes that decisions on the approval and authorisation of pesticides should be taken on the basis of a scientific assessment of risk. If the assessment shows that asulam can be used without unacceptable risk, this should be permitted.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will ensure that the Basic Payment Scheme is in operation by December 2015.

The Basic Payment Scheme came into effect from 1 January 2015 and the Rural Payments Agency has said it will be making full payments as early as possible in the payment window, which runs from December to June.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations her Department has made to the Council of the European Union on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy.

I welcome Commissioner Hogan’s commitments to simplifying the CAP and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has already set out her priorities to reduce red tape, in particular an immediate review of the Greening measures.

UK Ministers attend the monthly Council of European Agriculture Ministers, where we are committed to working with the European Commission and other Member States to secure the most ambitious action on CAP simplification. My officials are currently engaging with stakeholders across the UK on this agenda, and their views will be incorporated into my Department’s response to Commissioner Hogan later this month.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to provide financial assistance to the North Devon fishing community affected by the recent Appledore fishery closure; and if she will take steps to end the ray and skate quota in that area.

The Government has received strong representations from the Hon Member for Torridge and West Devon and asked the MMO to redouble its efforts to try to identify additional skates and rays quota through international swaps. While it has not proved possible to identify surplus quota, the fishery will re-open on 1 January. The Government will be resisting proposals for a cut in skate and ray quota in the Bristol channel at the December Fisheries Council to ensure that the Appledore Fishery maintains its fishing opportunities in 2015.


George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Marine Maritime Organisation has sufficient resources accurately to measure fishing stocks.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) continuously monitors the level of uptake of all quota stocks to ensure they are being managed effectively. This includes acting to close fisheries where data shows that quota is likely to be exhausted. The Government is confident that the MMO continues to be suitably resourced to fulfil this role.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make it his policy in immigration negotiations with the EU that (a) there is no discrimination between applicants on the basis of their country of origin and (b) no preferential access is granted for citizens of EU member states.

The Department for Exiting the European Union is working closely with the Home Office to consider the range of options as to how migration of EU nationals might work once we have left. We are assessing the pros and cons of each potential option, including how EU nationals might be treated compared to others under these options.


Our ambition is to create an immigration system that allows us to control numbers and encourage the brightest and the best to come to this country, as part of a stable and prosperous future with the EU and our European partners.



24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made in its programme to increase the use of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets among children under five years of age and pregnant women in Uganda.

Results from the 2014-15 internationally recognised Malaria Indicator Survey indicate that the proportion of children under five in Uganda who slept under treated nets had gone up from 42% in 2009 to 74%; and that the proportion of pregnant women who slept under a treated net had gone up from 47% in 2009 to 75%. The UK has been a significant contributor to bed nets in Uganda. We have funded procurement and distribution of 5 million bed nets and distributed an additional 4.5 million bed nets.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcomes have been of her Department's programme of post-conflict development in Northern Uganda.

The Post-Conflict Development Programme for Northern Uganda aims to improve service delivery in health, support the most vulnerable and help young people find employment, amongst other activities. This is in line with the new UK Aid Strategy which includes tackling the root causes of instability and conflict. Some of the main achievements include:

  • Training 15,000 youth in vocational skills.
  • Training 14,000 youth in entrepreneurialism.
  • Construction of 1,738 homes for health workers and teachers to allow them to provide vital services in an under-served region, and reduce drivers of instability.
  • Testing 60,992 children under five with high fevers for Malaria and providing treatment for those who were shown to be infected.
  • Providing 10,000 food transfers in return for work to families at risk of malnutrition and unable to access employment opportunities due to the post conflict environment.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of her Department's programmes in the eight districts of the Central Region of Uganda in preventing the spread of malaria.

DFID works with UNICEF in the Central Region of Uganda on a programme to prevent the spread of malaria. As part of this, the Integrated Community Case Management programme is improving access to testing and treatment for children under five with high fever. This is an important intervention in preventing the spread of malaria and reducing deaths related to malaria and other treatable diseases.

Results from the 2014-15 internationally recognised Malaria Indicator Survey showed that the prevalence of malaria in children in the central region where the eight districts are located had reduced from 39.1% in 2009 to 10.5%. This is largely as a result of targeted interventions including the programme funded by DFID and implemented by UNICEF.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcome has been of its programme to improve the effect of public expenditure on the quality of service delivery and poverty reduction in Uganda.

Supporting public financial management is essential in promoting accountability and ensuring the efficient use of public resources to drive poverty reduction, as well as being fundamental in the fight against corruption.

The Financial Management and Accountability Programme (FINMAP) works across the public financial management system. The programme has registered a number of achievements. The Public Finance Act was passed by Parliament in November 2014 thanks to technical support provided by FINMAP. A new Government of Uganda Public Financial Management reform strategy for 2014–2018 was launched in August 2014. The programme has also strengthened the Office of the Auditor General.

2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 24 January 2013 to Question 139167, how many staff in her Department were in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and what the cost to her Department was of providing that allowance for staff based (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas in each such year.

The amount spent on Education Allowance by DFID and the number of HCS staff who have benefited from education continuity payments is provided in the table below.

Year

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Total Number of Employees

43

41

46

Employees in UK

£32,165.55

£8,178.80

£9,337.45

Employees Overseas

£995,609.04

£995,852.61

£1,042,819.56

Cost

£1,027,774.59

£1,004,031.41

£1,052,157.01

7th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2015 to Question 9945, who conducted the independent evaluations of 2007 and 2013; against what criteria the evaluations concluded that the curriculum promoted values of democracy, pluralism and peace; and what sources of information other than those independent evaluations her Department used to assess the quality of the curriculum in Khyber, Pakhtunkwa and Punjab.

The independent evaluations were conducted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the delivery agency of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as part of their regular reporting to the National Education Development Partners Group (NEDPG) in Pakistan.

The NEDPG, which consists of both bilateral and multilateral donors, including the UK, UNESCO, UNICEF, The World Bank, the US, Germany and Australia, has prioritised scrutiny of the curriculum in its dialogue with the government of Pakistan. There is an implicit set of internationally agreed professional norms and standards for all aspects of education, set through the UNESCO Annual Global Monitoring Reports against which conclusions can be drawn.

While GIZ has led evaluation on behalf of the Partners Group, other members carry out reviews of the education sector, including curriculum quality, and these are pooled and used by all. In addition, DFID staff scrutinise the curriculum and its implementation as part of regular monitoring of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education programmes.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the recruitment of doctors to the NHS from developing countries on the health services in those countries.

There are no UK-specific estimates of the impact of international recruitment of health workers.


The UK has signed the World Health Organisation Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. Among its underlying principles is that developing nations who are experiencing shortages of healthcare staff should not be targeted for active recruitment. Adherence to the principles of the code is managed by the NHS Employers organisation.



Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7327, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy of promoting religious tolerance and respect for diversity of the findings on pages 10 and 11 of the report of the US Commission on International Freedom entitled Connecting the dots: education and religious discrimination in Pakistan, published in 2011.

DFID’s education programmes in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces support the implementation of Pakistan’s 2006 reformed curriculum which teaches religious tolerance and respect for diversity.

The UK has worked alongside the Government of Pakistan who have taken significant steps to update textbooks and replace any content that promotes prejudice and discrimination against religious or other minorities.

Independent evaluations in 2007 and 2013 confirmed this curriculum to be based on values of democracy, pluralism and peace aimed at educating students to be able to think critically about these issues.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK Aid resources in Pakistan are not used to purchase educational material for use in classrooms which promote religious intolerance.

DFID’s education programmes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces support the implementation of Pakistan’s 2006 reformed curriculum which teaches religious tolerance and respect for diversity. Independent evaluations in 2007 and 2013 confirmed this curriculum to be based on values of democracy, pluralism and peace aimed at developing critical thinking students.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the provision of humanitarian assistance to Greece.

We have not received a request from the Greek government for assistance. If we do, we will assess this on the basis of need. Greece is not eligible to receive Official Development Assistance as it has a GNI per capita of around $22,000. The maximum GNI per capita for a country to be ODA eligible is around $13,000. In the short to medium term it is therefore unlikely we could provide support through the aid budget.

8th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the Secretary-General of the World Trade Organisation on commencing work on trade agreements.

In conversations with the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has discussed our on-going membership of the WTO and the future of the multilateral trading system. Both agree that the UK has an important role to play in promoting global free trade.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that Abellio Greater Anglia meets its franchise commitments related to performance; and if he will make it his policy to use his enforcement powers as the franchising authority in the event that those commitments are not met.

The Department monitors each train operator’s overall performance and there are clear actions set out in the franchise agreement should performance drop below what is expected. This regular monitoring includes monthly meetings between my officials and their senior management where performance figures are scrutinised and challenged.

There are a range of enforcement mechanisms available to the Department in the event of non-compliance.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the East Anglia rail franchise has integrated operating teams between train services and infrastructure.

The Secretary of State outlined his vision for the future alignment of track and train in the Written Ministerial Statement laid on 6 December. East Midlands and South Eastern are the first franchises in the franchise pipeline and we will continue to develop this model as further franchises are renewed.

22nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the extension of tolls on the Severn Bridges once his powers to levy tolls under the Severn Bridges Act 1992 expire.

The government has made it clear that after the existing concession finishes, crossing users will continue to pay to use the crossing so that expenses incurred by the taxpayer outside of the concession can be recouped, and maintenance and operating costs of this important asset covered. The government will consult on proposals for the tolls in due course.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the EU's Common External Tariff on the patterns of freight transport in the UK.

The Government has not undertaken a historical analysis of this particular effect. Indeed it would be difficult to separate out the effects of the common customs tariff from the effects of other developments in the economy, such as more complex supply chains and online retail.

As part of its preparations for leaving the EU, the Government is considering the full range of implications for transport, including those arising from the customs regime applying after exit.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to seek compensation for passengers from Abellio Greater Anglia.

All franchised Train Operating Companies are required under their franchise agreement to have in place a Passenger’s Charter which will include arrangements for compensation for passengers.

Abellio Greater Anglia operate the Delay Repay passenger compensation system in their Passenger’s Charter under which all passengers are entitled to claim compensation for each delay of 30 minutes or more which they experience, whatever the cause. The entitlement is 50% compensation of the single fare for delays of 30 to 59 minutes and 100% of the single fare for delays of 60 minutes or more.

4th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the next East Anglia franchise provides more frequent train services to Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

We have already set out the minimum levels of service in the invitation to tender for East Anglia and where bidders see there is an opportunity to offer more than those, they can do so. That tends to be based on whether there is a commercial case for improving services further.

4th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System on rail services in East Anglia.

The impact of introducing the European Rail Traffic Management System is being evaluated first at the national level. Assessments for individual regions will be performed at a later stage.

4th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the next East Anglia franchise delivers greater punctuality and fewer cancellations on train services to Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

In the invitation tender for the East Anglia franchise we have asked bidders to come forward with proposals to improve operational performance and passenger experience during times of disruption across all the franchise services.

4th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the next East Anglia franchise introduces new rolling stock on routes to Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

The specification for the next franchise requires that bidders provide high quality rolling stock in their bids and 30% of the available quality points from the franchise evaluation (the highest level in any franchise) will be awarded for bidders’ plans for rolling stock improvements.

4th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the new East Anglia franchise operator.

I will announce the new East Anglia franchise operator in June, as planned.

4th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to update the Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014, so as to reduce the amount of a drug that can be detected in blood for the purposes of the definition of that offence.

The Department is evaluating the new specified limits drug driving offence and a final report from the researcher is due at the end of 2016. The Department will consider its findings and assess whether there is any requirement to change the legislation, but currently there are no plans to amend the regulations. Thanks to the tougher law, police are catching and convicting more drug drivers.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve major transport links between England and Wales.

The Government has the most ambitious programme of rail upgrades since Victorian times. It will introduce a new fleet of Intercity Express trains, cut journey times, increase the number of seats, and provide a more reliable service for commuters and people in England and Wales. Electrifying the Great Western Main Line from London to Swansea is a UK Government commitment which we will deliver to Cardiff within Control Period 5 and to Swansea as early as possible in Control Period 6.


In addition the Government is providing £10.4m, in support of the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal, to fund the reinstatement of the Halton Curve which will enable passenger services from North Wales and West Cheshire to directly access Liverpool City Centre and Liverpool John Lennon airport for the first time in decades. The Halton Curve rail link will provide large economic benefits to the Liverpool city region and surrounding areas including North Wales.


We are working closely with the Welsh Government on the development of the next Rail Investment Strategy to ensure that relevant English and Welsh priorities for rail investment in Control Period 6 are reflected.


On the strategic road network, Highways England’s Pinch Point Scheme at the junction of the A55 and A483 trunk roads between Chester and Wrexham was completed in June 2015.This addresses significant traffic congestion problems at this junction near the border with Wales and related road safety problems, especially during peak periods, and will help to stimulate economic growth.


The Government’s first ever Road Investment Strategy has committed £15.2 billion investment for the strategic road network in England from 2015 to 2021. The next iteration of route strategies will inform investment decisions for the next Road Investment Strategy and Highways England will engage with stakeholders to identify future investment priorities.

2nd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that the bidding process for the Great Eastern Main Line franchise includes increased service frequency and improved train capacity.

As with all competitions, after running a public consultation to help specify services, we have published the Invitation To Tender which sets out the minimum service specifications for the next East Anglia franchise. This asks bidders to set out detailed proposals on what improvements for passengers they will deliver. This approach allowsbidders the flexibility to design the best way of delivering or exceeding those specifications.


30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to increase the frequency of train services to north-east Essex along the Great Eastern Main Line.

As with all competitions, after running a public consultation to help specify services, we have published the Invitation To Tender which sets out the minimum service specifications for the next East Anglia franchise. This asks bidders to set out detailed proposals on what improvements for passengers they will deliver. This approach allowsbidders the flexibility to design the best way of delivering or exceeding the specifications.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of debt that will remain outstanding after the current concession for operating the Severn Bridge expires; and between which bodies that debt will be distributed.

The current estimate of the Department for Transport is that the level of the outstanding debt following the end of the Severn River Crossings concession will be £88 million. This money is due to be repaid to the consolidated fund.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to end Operation Stack; and whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of that operation on the UK balance of trade.

Operation Stack is the appropriate contingency arrangement to put in place when there is disruption to cross-channel traffic and is led by the Kent Police. It remains a last, not first, resort. The Department has not made any assessment of the effect of Operation Stack on the UK balance of trade, as any impact stems from the disruption to services – which this Government is determined to see resolved as soon as possible.

European Gateway Group is reviewing short and longer term solutions to traffic management in Kent, including Operation Stack, and will report back to the Department. When this review is completed the Department will analyse their findings and decide how to respond to their recommendations.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to complete the electrification of the Great Western mainline to (a) Bristol, (b) Newport, (c) Cardiff and (d) Swansea.

The Secretary of State announced on the 25th June 2015 that Great Western was his top priority for delivery. The Secretary of State also described some of the challenges Network Rail is facing. That is why he has asked the new chair of Network Rail to put forward proposals for replanning the enhancement programme.  The chair is due to report to the Secretary of State in the Autumn and the Secretary of State is not going to pre-empt the outcome of this report.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether central government funding has been made available to Clacton constituency for the repair of potholes.

Essex County Council is responsible for the maintenance of local roads in Clacton including repairing potholes. However, potholes are a menace to all road users and that is why this Government has taken action.

The Government announced in December 2014 that we are allocating just under £6 billion for councils in England to tackle potholes and improve local road conditions over the next six years. This includes allocating over £128 million, based on a needs formula, to Essex County Council.

I am aware that the leader of the County Council has recently pledged to spend £5 million of this funding on pothole repairs in the Jaywick area of the Clacton constituency over the next two years.

This funding is on top of the £4.7 billion we have provided to highway authorities for maintenance in England since 2010, which is £1billion more than was spent in the previous Parliament, including over £118 million to Essex.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will direct Network Rail to limit the amount of weekend track improvement work on the London Liverpool Street to Clacton line.

No, this is an operational decision for Network Rail.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to improve Clacton railway station.

Any such improvements would be for the station operator to suggest. The Government believes that operators are better placed than central Government to react to the demands of their customers.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to Network Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia on introducing a higher frequency of train services on the line between London Liverpool Street and Clacton, particularly at weekday peak travel times.

The Hon Member is aware that the Department is currently running a public consultation to help inform how we specify the next East Anglia franchise, which is due to commence in October 2016. All of the responses will be carefully considered before any decisions are taken and we will publish a stakeholder briefing document summarising the views represented to us and the consultation’s conclusions when we issue the invitation to tender for the franchise. The Hon Member is invited to submit his representations to the consultation.

6th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of fatalities at level-crossings.

We must not be complacent about level crossing safety. An industry safety framework is in place to manage risks.

As the relevant safety duty holder, Network Rail is best placed to assess the risks at level crossings and ensure that the most appropriate infrastructure is in place given local circumstances.

Having already reduced risk significantly across the network, the company has set further challenging targets for risk reduction at level crossings by 2019. The Department is supporting this work through a dedicated £109 million ring-fenced fund which aims to close around a further 500 level crossings and improve safety at hundreds more of the highest risk crossings.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the introduction of driverless cars on British roads and urban spaces.

The Government has a progressive approach to these advanced technologies and the Department for Transport is working with other government departments to establish demonstrator projects that will provide valuable understanding of the use of driverless vehicles. The Department will implement a road user behavioural study to run in parallel to trials and is planning to publish a review of regulations to facilitate the use of driverless vehicles in the UK.

8th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Clause 4, Part 2 of the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013.

The assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is designed to treat people as individuals, considering the impact of their impairment or health condition on their everyday life and how each claimant has personally adapted to living with a disability. Since its inception, the system of assessing claimants’ eligibility for PIP has been continually reviewed and refined in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. We continue to work extensively with PIP assessment providers and disability representatives to make improvements to guidance, training and audit procedures in order to ensure a quality service is maintained.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential cost savings arising from the cessation of benefit payments to EU nationals after the UK has left the EU.

We're currently preparing for a smooth and orderly exit from the EU and by working together with our European neighbours we are confident we will be able to secure a deal that works in the mutual interests of both the UK and the rest of the European Union. We are considering various policy options and it would be wrong to set out further positions at this stage.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

On 19 February, the Prime Minister set out the Government's view on remaining in the European Union.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
21st Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether targets have been set for Centre for Health and Disability Assessment staff on the number of people to take off personal independence payments.

The Centre for Health and Disability Assessments delivers Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit claimants. They do not carry out assessments of Personal Independence Payment claimants which are delivered by Atos Healthcare and Capita.

21st Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of personal independence payments at the time of the introduction of the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments system have been subsequently taken off those payments; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of current claimants of that payment who will be taken off over the next six months.

The Centre for Health and Disability Assessments delivers Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit claimants. They do not carry out assessments of Personal Independence Payment claimants which are delivered by Atos Healthcare and Capita.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13828, what other benefits will be available to Syrian immigrants; and what assessment he has made of the effect the payment of such benefits will have on local authorities (a) in general and (b) with regards to the housing of Syrian migrants under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

Syrians entering the United Kingdom under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme receive an initial 12 month support package, including accommodation, integration support and English language tuition. Local Authorities are actively engaged in this process. Those participating in the scheme will be able to work and will have access to some benefits (depending upon their individual circumstances and the eligibility criteria for those benefits).

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
28th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the benefits cap applies to Syrian migrants.

Syrians entering the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme are able to work and have access to some benefits on arrival. Like other claimants they will be subject to the benefit cap.

21st Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will reduce the benefit cap further.

The level of the benefit cap was recently reviewed as part of the annual up-rating process and the level is not being changed for 2015/16. The rates of benefits and pensions for 2015/16, including the cap, were announced at the time of the Autumn Statement and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/proposed-benefit-and-pension-rates-2015-to-2016.

The Government will continue to regularly review the level of the benefit cap and a future Conservative government would, as announced by the Chancellor at the 2014 Conservative Party conference, lower the cap to £23,000.

20th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 15 March 2017, Official Report, column 144WH, if the proposed creation of super-hubs in rural areas means the closure of local practice buildings to be replaced with new larger buildings.

Hubs are not about surgery closures — that has never been this Government's policy intention and we are supporting general practice with a 14% real terms increase in funding. Many general practices are already working together to support larger populations and in the future there will be even more opportunities for collaboration so that practices can work at scale when necessary, while maintaining their location within communities and relationships with patients.

17th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of closing Clacton Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit on GP provisioning in North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

These are matters for the local National Health Service. No such assessments have therefore been made by the Department.

All service changes should be based on clear evidence that they will deliver better outcomes for patients. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.

Changes must meet the four tests for service change: they must have support from general practitioner commissioners, be based on clinical evidence, demonstrate public and patient engagement, and consider patient choice.

We understand that North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently consulting local people on the future provision of local urgent care services.

The CCG has liaised with the local Service Resilience Operational Group to assess the impact of all the potential options.

17th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of closing Clacton Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit on accident and emergency provision at Colchester General Hospital.

These are matters for the local National Health Service. No such assessments have therefore been made by the Department.

All service changes should be based on clear evidence that they will deliver better outcomes for patients. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.

Changes must meet the four tests for service change: they must have support from general practitioner commissioners, be based on clinical evidence, demonstrate public and patient engagement, and consider patient choice.

We understand that North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently consulting local people on the future provision of local urgent care services.

The CCG has liaised with the local Service Resilience Operational Group to assess the impact of all the potential options.

17th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of GP coverage in North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

NHS England is responsible for the provision of primary medical services in England. As such, NHS England ensures that patients in all areas have access to general practitioner (GP) services.

Improvement in primary care access is needed in North East Essex. North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans new hubs to accommodate teams of health professionals such as GPs, nurse practitioners, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and social care professionals.

High street pharmacists would also support local people to self-care. In addition, the CCG plans greater use of technology for remote consultations between clinicians and patients , where appropriate.

17th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the retention of GP practices in areas with an elderly demographic.

The Department does not have a specific policy on the retention of general practitioner (GP) practices in areas with an elderly demographic.

NHS England is responsible for the provision of primary medical services in England. As such, it is for NHS England to ensure that patients in all areas have access to GP services. To assess GP service provision in an area, NHS England works with the Care Quality Commission and local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), using data from information sources such as the GP Patient survey and the primary care web tool.

In terms of overall strategy, the provision of primary care will be part of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which is published in each local authority area and reported through the local Health and Well-being Board. The JSNA will identify any gaps and risks in the provision of primary care to the local population which, in turn, will then inform commissioning strategies for that area.

GP Practices as independent contractors are responsible for ensuring that the practice clinical workforce is fit for purpose and able to meet the reasonable needs of population. Where practices are struggling to maintain a clinical workforce with the necessary skillmix, they can seek support from NHS England and their local CCGs. The Department is investing £40 million over four years targeted at supporting practice resilience.

13th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial assistance his Department has provided to the Cavendish Coalition of NHS Employers.

Under its contract with them, the Department funds NHS Employers to support trusts across the National Health Service in England on pay contract negotiations, staff terms and conditions of service and a wide range of advice, guidance and good practice on NHS workforce issues. The Department has not commissioned any work or provided financial support to NHS Employers in relation to the activities of the Cavendish Coalition.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the East of England Ambulance Service improves its response to fluctuations in seasonal demand.

NHS Improvement (NHSI) has been working with East of England Ambulance Service to ensure that its winter plans are robust, with the appropriate level of resource necessary to provide a safe service and cope with the increase in demand. That includes the use of private ambulance services as appropriate.

NHSI has also worked alongside NHS England to ensure that additional funding has been made available from commissioners, as part of a Remedial Action Plan, to secure additional capacity to cope with the increased demand.

8th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of special measures at Colchester General Hospital.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been receiving support from NHS Improvement to address specific issues at the Trust since entering Special Measures in November 2013.

In April 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Improvement agreed that partnership arrangements with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust would be put in place to support improvement. The Chair and Chief Executive of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust have assumed a dual role across both Trusts and have key staff working across the two organisations. Recent actions include the development of a Trust Turnaround programme (the ‘Every Patient Every Day’ programme). A multi-stakeholder Programme Oversight Committee, chaired by NHS Improvement and including the CQC has been established from July 2016, to monitor progress against an agreed set of Key Performance Indicators.

Efficacy of the support arrangements will be assessed by the CQC when it re-inspects in due course.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) modify and (b) remove the 75 per cent target for Red 1 ambulance calls.

In spring 2015, National Medical Director of NHS England Sir Bruce Keogh carried out a review of key National Health Service waiting time measures to ensure they make sense for patients and are operationally well-designed. Following this review and pilots being carried out as part of NHS England’s Ambulance Response Programme, the results will be considered in due course.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase clinical resources for the East of England Ambulance Trust.

It is the responsibility of individual ambulance trusts and their commissioners to decide how clinical resources are used to meet local demand.

NHS Improvement advises that East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is currently working with management consultants Operational Research in Health to remodel its future workforce requirements based on a new operating model and its demand profile. The Trust will discuss any additional funding this will require with its commissioners.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of Public Health England's recent findings that electronic cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful than conventional cigarettes.

The Public Health England (PHE) report is consistent with the Government’s current policy that the best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit smoking and quit for good. Evidence in the United Kingdom indicates that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, with similar or better results than nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum.

E-cigarettes are, however, not harmless and there is a lack of evidence on their effects in long term use. The Department has and will continue to monitor all emerging evidence and consider it in developing policy. PHE has been commissioned to update their evidence report on e-cigarettes annually until the end of this Parliament and to include within its quit smoking campaigns consistent messaging about the safety of e-cigarettes.

There are no current plans to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places in England.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential long-term health effects of trends in the use of electronic cigarettes amongst adult smokers.

The Public Health England (PHE) report is consistent with the Government’s current policy that the best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit smoking and quit for good. Evidence in the United Kingdom indicates that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, with similar or better results than nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum.

E-cigarettes are, however, not harmless and there is a lack of evidence on their effects in long term use. The Department has and will continue to monitor all emerging evidence and consider it in developing policy. PHE has been commissioned to update their evidence report on e-cigarettes annually until the end of this Parliament and to include within its quit smoking campaigns consistent messaging about the safety of e-cigarettes.

There are no current plans to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places in England.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces.

The Public Health England (PHE) report is consistent with the Government’s current policy that the best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit smoking and quit for good. Evidence in the United Kingdom indicates that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, with similar or better results than nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum.

E-cigarettes are, however, not harmless and there is a lack of evidence on their effects in long term use. The Department has and will continue to monitor all emerging evidence and consider it in developing policy. PHE has been commissioned to update their evidence report on e-cigarettes annually until the end of this Parliament and to include within its quit smoking campaigns consistent messaging about the safety of e-cigarettes.

There are no current plans to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places in England.

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department had with (a) Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, (b) NHS Improvement and (c) the Care Quality Commission, prior to the announced merger of Colchester General Hospital and Ipswich Hospital.

The Care Quality Commission’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, and the Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey, decided jointly upon the recommendation for a long-term partnership between Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. A merger has not been announced.

The Department has regular conversations with NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission about trusts in special measures such as Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. I also spoke with the Chair and Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, scheduled at their request, on 15 March 2016.

9th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government plans to make funding available to councils for care homes in addition to the two per cent council tax precept to cover costs arising from the increase in the national minimum wage.

Local authorities are responsible for commissioning adult social care services. Fee levels are agreed by local authorities and social care providers, reflecting local conditions. In setting fee levels, local authorities are obliged to consider the sustainability of their local social care market.

At the Spending Review, the Government made up to £3.5 billion extra available by 2019/20 to local authorities for adult social care through the social care precept and Better Care Fund. This will help give councils more flexibility to meet local priorities as they see fit.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to review the efficacy of the 111 service in ensuring that 999 is not used in medical non-emergencies.

NHS 111 services are commissioned by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that should ensure all the services they commission are effective.

NHS England’s monthly published data for the period April to September 2015 show that 11% of calls handled by NHS 111 resulted in dispatch of an ambulance.

Most recent figures show that nationally 90.4% of NHS 111 users are satisfied with the service they get.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide additional resources to North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to allow GP surgeries in that group's area to take on new patients.

The Department is aware that three general practitioner practices in Clacton have temporarily closed their list to new patients. This is a matter for NHS England.


NHS England advises that it is working with these practices to agree actions needed to re-open their lists in the near future.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the increased spending on the NHS is being used to reduce the £2 billion budget shortfall forecast by the NHS Trust Development Authority for NHS trusts in 2015-16.

The National Health Service budget is entrusted to NHS England, which shares with the Secretary of State for Health the legal duty to promote a comprehensive health service. The Government sets out its priorities for NHS England in “The Mandate: A mandate from the Government to NHS England: April 2015 to March 2016”, and within that document a clear commitment is made to make £2 billion of extra funding available for front line spending.


Progress against this commitment and details of spending on front line services by type of provider and type of service will be made available at the end of 2015-16, in NHS England’s Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16.


The Government is committed to the NHS and will invest an additional £10 billion by the end of this parliament, to fund the NHS's own plan for the future. Next year, in 2016-17 the NHS will receive an extra £3.8 billion allocated in the Spending Review, a first step towards an extra £8 billion by the end of this Parliament.

26th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 17025, what plans he has to increase the borrowing and investing powers of clinical commissioning groups to ensure that employment terms and conditions for GPs encourage employment in areas with (a) an elderly demographic and (b) a high workload.

There are no current plans to increase the borrowing and investing powers of clinical commissioning groups. Responsibility for ensuring all patients have access to NHS primary medical services rests with NHS England.


Those providing services under a contract with NHS England, or clinical commissioning groups acting on their behalf, are independent contractors and not employees of the NHS.


Practices may employ general practitioners to assist them in the provision of services under the contract. Where they do so, they are required to apply, as a minimum, model terms and conditions of service as agreed between NHS Employers and the General Practitioners’ Committee of the British Medical Association.

19th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of GPs; and what steps he is taking to ensure that employment terms and conditions for GPs encourage employment in areas with (a) an elderly demographic and (b) a high workload.

The Government has committed to increasing the primary and community care workforce by 10,000 by 2020, including an additional 5,000 doctors working in general practice. Health Education England, NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners (GPs) and the British Medical Association’s GP Committee are working together on a ten point GP workforce plan to boost recruitment, encourage experienced GPs to remain in the profession and support GPs to return to practice.


GP partners are independent contractors rather than National Health Service employees. However, the funding that practices receive does take account of the age profile of its patients and practice workload.


The Carr-Hill formula calculates the share of funding that each practice receives based on its weighted patient list size adjusted for several factors including age. NHS England is currently reviewing the formula and this is intended to adapt it to better reflect deprivation and other factors of the registered practice profile that impact on practice workload. Additionally, the changes to the GP contract for 2014/15 moved funding from the Quality and Outcomes Framework to core practice funding and a new Avoiding Unplanned Admissions enhanced service, which requires practices to proactively case manage vulnerable patients through developing personalised care plans, including identifying a named accountable GP and care coordinator.


18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors trained in the UK emigrated in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014; and what assessment he has made of the effect such emigration has had on the provision of emergency medicine.

This information is not collected centrally.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of doctors working in hospitals are from non-UK countries.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre collects data on the number of doctors working in National Health Service hospital and community health services in England.


Nationality is a self-reported field within the electronic staff record system and of the 98,894 full time equivalent number of doctors (not including locums) who declared their nationality 25,607 (25.6%) are non-United Kingdom nationals.

29th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of GP retention in the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group area; and what steps he is taking to improve GP retention.

We are advised by NHS England that it commissioned the Essex GP Workforce Audit in autumn 2014 to define the extent of the general practitioner (GP) recruitment and retention problem in Essex, including the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.


In response to the audit’s findings, the Essex Primary Care Inter-Professional Centre for Workforce Development was launched in September. This has been developed by the Essex Workforce Group (comprising NHS England, local CCGs and Health Education England) to address the ongoing difficulty in recruiting, developing and retaining GPs, practice nurses and primary care staff in Essex. The centre will act as a ‘resource, networking and support hub’ and has a website allowing primary care staff to access training opportunities and mentoring opportunities through which they can develop their skills and careers.


Nationally, we understand that NHS England is working with partners, including the Royal College of GPs and Health Education England, to increase GP numbers, reduce bureaucracy and use the skills of other healthcare professionals, such as community pharmacists, to ensure high-quality, and, above all else, safe, patient care.


On 26 January, NHS England announced a £10 million investment to boost the GP workforce. The money will be used to recruit new GPs, retain those who are thinking of leaving the profession and encourage doctors to return to general practice, to better meet the needs of patients now and for the future.


7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness of scleroderma to health professionals and the wider public.

There are between 5,000 and 8,000 rare diseases. Each one affects less than 0.1% of the United Kingdom’s population, but together affect the lives of 3 million people making considerable demands on the resources and capacity of the National Health Service and other care services.

In 2013, the Department published the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases. This is a high-level framework committed to raising awareness about all rare diseases and sets out a strategic vision for improving the lives of all those affected with rare disease. A copy of the Strategy is attached.

The Department also recently collaborated with Health Education England and others to produce two videos about rare diseases, one focusing on healthcare professionals, particularly general practitioners, as the first point of NHS contact, the other providing information for patients and parents about rare diseases. These videos can be viewed on Health Education England’s website at:

http://www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk/rare-disease-and-the-potential-of-genomics/

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of NHS dental services in Clacton constituency.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning dental services. As such, the Department has made no assessment of the adequacy of the provision of NHS dental services in Clacton constituency.

NHS England advises that it believes there are sufficient units of dental activity commissioned in the Clacton area to meet oral health needs. NHS England is not aware of any significant complaints in respect of accessing NHS dental provision in this locality.

Nationally, more than 30 million people were seen by an NHS dentist in the 24 month period ending 31 December 2014. Almost 1.6 million more people have been seen by an NHS dentist since May 2010. The Government is committed to working with NHS England to increase access to NHS dentistry.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the response time performance was of the East of England Ambulance Service in the last six months.

Ambulance response time data is published monthly and can be found on the NHS England website using the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ambulance-quality-indicators/ambulance-quality-indicators-data-2014-15/

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what alternative provision his Department is offering to the users of the Epping Chase Surgery, Clacton for access to primary care in response to that surgery's closure.

The provision of primary medical services is a matter for NHS England.

NHS England’s Essex Area Team advises that, since February 2014, the Epping Close Surgery has been temporarily relocated on Kennedy Way, Clacton, following a serious water leak at its original premises.

To date, there have been no complaints from patients about the relocation, which has enabled the practice to continue to provide healthcare to patients.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to reduce waiting times for diagnostic tests at Clacton Hospital.

The provision of local health services is a matter for local National Health Service organisations. NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) advises that Clacton Hospital provides some diagnostic testing for the local population, but the variety of tests that can be effectively provided is limited. More specialised diagnostic tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging or invasive tests such as angiography or endoscopy, have to be carried out at Colchester Hospital. They are not available at Clacton Hospital either because of a lack of physical space for the facilities within the hospital or because it is not clinically appropriate for the tests to be carried out in a community hospital. Clacton Hospital has no clinical theatre space. No emergency medical cover is available should a patient become seriously unwell following an invasive diagnostic test.

The CCG states that demand for diagnostic services is exceptionally high and it is considering how they could be provided within community settings to reduce waiting times. This might include direct access to some tests through general practitioner (GP) referral. This would enable the GP to receive a definitive test result for the patient, before referring on to secondary care where necessary. The CCG believes this would help to reduce waiting times and make access to the service easier for local people.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that more diagnostic tests are carried out at Clacton Hospital.

The provision of local health services is a matter for local National Health Service organisations. NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) advises that Clacton Hospital provides some diagnostic testing for the local population, but the variety of tests that can be effectively provided is limited. More specialised diagnostic tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging or invasive tests such as angiography or endoscopy, have to be carried out at Colchester Hospital. They are not available at Clacton Hospital either because of a lack of physical space for the facilities within the hospital or because it is not clinically appropriate for the tests to be carried out in a community hospital. Clacton Hospital has no clinical theatre space. No emergency medical cover is available should a patient become seriously unwell following an invasive diagnostic test.

The CCG states that demand for diagnostic services is exceptionally high and it is considering how they could be provided within community settings to reduce waiting times. This might include direct access to some tests through general practitioner (GP) referral. This would enable the GP to receive a definitive test result for the patient, before referring on to secondary care where necessary. The CCG believes this would help to reduce waiting times and make access to the service easier for local people.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to increase the number of GPs in North East Essex.

There are now 36,294 full-time equivalent general practitioners (GPs) working and training in the National Health Service, an increase of 1,051 (3.0%) since September 2010 and a commitment to train and retain 5,000 additional GPs by 2020.

NHS England has commissioned a project specifically for the Tendring area to review the current local workforce capacity and options to correct any deficiencies in GP workforce capacity.

NHS England, Health Education England (HEE), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP committee are working together nationally to ensure that we have a skilled, trained and motivated workforce in general practice. In January, NHS England announced a further £10 million investment to expand the general practice workforce.

HEE is also working with NHS England, the BMA and RCGP to standardise a funded scheme which allows GPs to return to United Kingdom general practice following a career break. We expect this to be launched nationally at the end of March 2015. 43 doctors have already completed this scheme.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to increase the number of practice staff working in GP surgeries in North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

There are now 36,294 full-time equivalent general practitioners (GPs) working and training in the National Health Service, an increase of 1,051 (3.0%) since September 2010 and a commitment to train and retain 5,000 additional GPs by 2020.

NHS England is working with the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, and Health Education East Of England to increase the number of practice staff working in GP surgeries across north east Essex.

NHS England is also working with the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the British Medical Association nationally to produce a 10 point action plan to increase the size of the general practice workforce, which this Government has supported with £10 million of funding.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the long-run sustainability of the maternity unit at Clacton Hospital.

Between May 2010 and November 2014, the number of midwives in England rose by 2,231 or 11.1% and the number of midwives in the East of England area rose by 380 or 20.5%.

The provision of local health services is a matter for local National Health Service organisations. NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in collaboration with Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, undertook a public consultation on the provision of maternity services locally, including the maternity unit at Clacton Hospital, from 15 October to 10 December 2014.

The purpose of the consultation, called Right Start, is to improve upon the good care already provided and deliver services that are safe, clinically effective and provide a good patient experience. An independently chaired panel will meet on 27 February 2015 to receive the consultation analysis report and make a recommendation to the CCG and Trust boards. Whatever outcome is reached, the CCG and Trust aim to ensure women have a choice of where to have their babies.

All NHS service changes should be led by clinicians and be in the best interests of patients, not driven from the top down. The Government has set out strengthened criteria that we expect any significant changes to NHS services to meet. Proposals should demonstrate support from clinical commissioners, strengthened public and patient engagement, clarity on the clinical evidence base and support for patient choice.

21st Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on whether Pauline Cafferkey told any member of the medical team on the returning aeroplane from Sierra Leone that she felt unwell.

The Department does not hold any such information. Save the Children is conducting an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the United Kingdom nurse’s contraction of Ebola virus disease. This will be published shortly.

21st Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Ministers or officials in his Department has identified cause to refer for investigation the conduct of any UK medical staff returning from West Africa.

The Department has not identified cause to refer for investigation the conduct of any United Kingdom clinical staff returning from West Africa.

21st Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the medical questionnaire completed by Pauline Cafferkey on her return to the UK from Sierra Leone asked whether aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen had been taken prior to her temperature being tested.

Before 31 December 2014 the medical questionnaire used by Public Health England (PHE) did not routinely ask about whether aspirin, paracetamol, or ibuprofen had been taken. The questionnaire now includes a question to this effect and will be kept under review as the Secretary of State for Health explained in his statement to the house on 5 January.

6th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase HIV screening.

The Department has asked the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) to commission a review of the evidence for a universal HIV screening programme in adults. The UK NSC plan to consult on their review in spring 2015.

The Department’s A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England (2013) sets out how we will continue to tackle HIV through prevention and increased access to testing to enable early diagnosis and treatment. Also, reducing the proportion of people with HIV diagnosed late is included as an indicator for local authorities in the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

11th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure improved out-of-hours GP provision in Tending.

Out of hours general practitioner (GP) provision in Tendring is commissioned by North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of the out of hours service for the north east Essex district. The CCG advises that to assist in meeting the high demand for the service, the number of advanced nurse practitioners has been increased to complement and enhance GP cover. The out of hours service is currently running effectively, meeting 19 of the 20 performance targets around timing and ease of access to the service. The provider is narrowly missing the required standard for assessing urgent cases within 60 minutes, but it is implementing a detailed action plan to meet this target, which is being monitored by the CCG.

The CCG and its partners are always looking at opportunities to improve the service further. For example, the service has recently begun to use tablet computers to capture real time feedback from patients on the service they have just received. This feedback is used to identify ways to further improve the GP out of hours provision.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of GPs needed to eliminate any shortfall in primary health care.

The Department set up Health Education England (HEE) to deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England. HEE is responsible for ensuring a secure workforce supply for the future balancing need against demand, taking into account factors such as the age profile of the existing workforce, the impact of technology, and new drugs.

The Department has recognised the need to increase the general practitioner (GP) workforce and between September 2010 and September 2013, the number of full time equivalent GPs has risen by 1,051. Additionally, the Department has included in the HEE mandate a requirement that “HEE will ensure that 50% of trainees completing foundation level training enter GP training programmes by 2016”. This will support future growth in GP numbers.

Further work is being undertaken by HEE to improve applications and fill rate in to GP training to support the mandate target of 3,250 appointments into GP training by 2016 in England. This includes a review of the GP recruitment process, developing a pre-GP year to give exposure to prospective GP applicants of the specialty and careers advice for foundation doctors and medical students.

In recognition of the contribution the GP workforce makes in the National Health Service, HEE will also undertake additional work on GP recruitment and retention, return to practice and reducing attrition rates, all of which will play a part in increasing the GP workforce.

Additionally, the Department commissioned the Centre for Workforce Intelligence to conduct an in-depth review of the GP workforce. The report will be published shortly and will build on the preliminary findings published in March 2013.

The review will assess:

- current workforce numbers to forecast supply;

- key drivers affecting workforce demand; and

- regional variations in demand.

The review will make recommendations for future workforce planning. It will also address issues such as GP workload and the 2016 recruitment target and beyond, as well as wider issues around primary care delivery.

Transforming Primary Care, which was published in April 2014 by the Department and NHS England and set out actions being taken towards the vision of personalised, proactive care. Transforming Primary Care made the following commitment;

To ensure that we have a workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future, we are planning to make available around 10,000 primary and community health and care professionals by 2020, in support of the shift in how care will be provided'.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve out-of-hours primary care provision and to minimise dependence on accident and emergency facilities to provide primary care.

The NHS 111 service is becoming a core part of local urgent care systems and provides a vital service, directing patients to the right place including out of hours general practitioner (GP) services. Recent changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract mean GPs have to oversee the out of hours care their patients get and report any concerns they have. This is intended to drive up the quality of out of hours services.

Through the 2014-15 GMS contract the Government is promoting more personalised and proactive care management. It is intended that, by providing more personalised and proactive care for high risk patients, the number of patients that need to be admitted to hospital and the number of unplanned emergency admissions will be reduced.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from doctors on the reforms in GP contracts needed to increase the number of GPs.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State regularly meets with representatives of the medical profession, including British Medical Association and Royal College of General Practitioners, to discuss a variety of issues, including recruitment.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase GP numbers.

I refer my hon. Friend to the Written Answer I gave him on 23 June 2014, Official Report, column 20W.

16th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure GPs are accessible to patients.

Through the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund, more than 7.5 million people in England will start to be offered increased access to local general practitioner (GP) services, including seven-day opening and appointments outside of office hours. The Fund is supporting over 1,110 practices covering every region as part of a pilot scheme.

The PM Challenge Fund is for one year and patients are expected to see positive changes from services from June/July onwards. An interim evaluation report is due in November this year. The full and final report is expected to be published in the early part of 2015-16. There will be a rolling programme of feedback on the pilots with case studies available from the summer onwards to help spread best practice across the country.

In addition, the new GP contract introduced a new Enhanced Service, which includes a commitment to same day phone consultations with a professional in the GP surgery where necessary for the most at risk in the population.

16th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on the ratio of GPs to patients; and what that ratio is in Tendring.

The Department does not issue guidance on the ratio of general practitioners (GPs) to patients. It is for each GP practice to ensure they are able to provide services to all their patients as set out in their contract with NHS England.

The ratio of GPs to patients in Tendring is not collected centrally. Figures for North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, which includes the district of Tendring, are shown in the following table.

Patients per full time equivalent GP

All GPs full time equivalent per 100,000 population

North East Essex

1,715

60.8

Sources: The Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services Statistics; Office for National Statistics: Mid-Year Population Estimates

16th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to train and recruit more GPs in (a) Linton and Walton and (b) nationally.

The Department set up Health Education England (HEE) to deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England. HEE is responsible for ensuring a secure workforce supply for the future balancing need against demand, taking into account factors such as the age profile of the existing workforce, the impact of technology, and new drugs.

The Department has recognised the need to increase the general practitioner (GP) workforce and between September 2010 and September 2013, the number of full time equivalent GPs has risen by 1,051. Additionally, the Department has included in the HEE mandate a requirement that “HEE will ensure that 50% of trainees completing foundation level training enter GP training programmes by 2016”.

7th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Turkey's accession to the EU.

As and when candidate countries have met the requirements for accession in full, it will be for those countries and European Union members at the time to decide on membership. That point remains some way off.

The UK remains committed to driving reform, embedding stability and addressing shared challenges such as security and migration in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The UK will continue to support countries committed to the accession process in meeting the necessary requirements.

23rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to other EU member states at the Council of the EU on cessation of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance II funding to Turkey in 2014-20.

The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance funding is used to promote political reform and human rights, cut corruption and strengthen the rule of law and to bring Turkey - and other EU accession countries - up to EU standards, economically and politically. It has also been used to help Turkey respond to the migration crisis. It promotes cooperation on issues that matter to the UK, such as the rule of law, organised crime and migration. Improving the business environment in Turkey and other EU accession countries will lead to more commercial opportunities for British goods and investment.

As the Prime Minister has made clear, Turkey’s EU accession is not remotely on the cards for many years to come.

Turkey has to negotiate 35 different chapters. Since EU accession negotiations with Turkey started in 2005, only one chapter has been closed. Decisions to open chapters, to agree that conditions have been met and to close chapters all require the unanimous agreement of EU Member States. Once all chapter negotiations have been completed and closed, there must be another unanimous decision on accession. All 28 Member States then have to ratify an accession treaty, and the European Parliament has to approve the accession. Some EU Member States have already committed to undertake a referendum on Turkey’s accession to the EU. In the case of the UK, under the European Union Act 2011, ratification cannot take place without an Act of Parliament to approve the new accession. We can therefore ensure that our requirements are respected in any future EU enlargement.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Turkey's accession to the EU.

The UK supports Turkey’s EU accession process, which remains the most effective mechanism for continuing reform in Turkey. Turkey’s accession itself is not on the cards for many years to come. Turkey first applied for associate membership of the EEC in 1959, and there remains a very significant amount of detailed work to do before Turkey is ready to join the EU including economic reforms. Every Member State has a veto at every stage. For the UK, the EU Act 2011 requires any Accession Treaty admitting a candidate country to membership to be ratified by Act of Parliament.
23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department were in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and what the cost to his Department was of providing that allowance for staff based (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas in each such year.

The figures requested are attached and as follows:

Number of Staff

Cost CEA Home

Cost CEA Overseas

Total

2012/2013

442

£8,736,957

£6,189,104

£14,926,061

2013/2014

378

£6,727,304

£6,435,519

£13,162,823

2014/2015

370

£7,193,211

£5,749,923

£12,943,134

It is a condition of their employment that members of the diplomatic service must be prepared to serve anywhere in the world at any time during their career, sometimes at very short notice. Those with children have a legal obligation as parents to ensure that their children receive a full-time education from the age of five years. Most parents prefer to take their children with them abroad, but in some of the 168 countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has UK based staff, we do not permit staff to take their children for health or security reasons. In others, local schools of an acceptable standard are not available. It is longstanding practice that the FCO helps staff by providing financial support for their children's education in the UK where staff choose this, or are obliged to do so given local conditions in the country to which they are posted.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what planning the Government has undertaken on the steps necessary for the UK to withdraw from the EU in the event that the outcome of the EU referendum is a vote to leave.

The Government is focused on delivering a successful renegotiation: it believes it can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the EU and campaigning to keep the UK in the EU on that basis. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) is confident of achieving this but has said that if we do not achieve the necessary reforms, he rules nothing out.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plan he has made for if it is viable to secure agreement with his EU counterparts for the introduction of a four-year qualifying period for EU nationals to access in-work benefits in negotiating the UK's membership of the EU.

As the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), said in his speech on 21 May 2015, the Government is concerned that under the current free movement rules, national welfare systems can provide an unintended additional incentive for large migratory movements. Consequently reforming welfare and particularly access to benefits for mobile EU nationals in order to reduce incentives for migration is one of our priorities for the renegotiation. The Prime Minister is working with his European partners to achieve this.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussion his Department has had with the European Commission on campaigns by that institution during the UK referendum campaign.

Ministers and officials regularly meet with the European Commission to discuss a range of subjects, including the referendum on the UK's EU membership and the reforms which the Government is seeking.
15th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to revise the terms of the 1966 Exchange of Notes concerning the Availability for Defence Purposes of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

The British Indian Ocean Territory remains a vital strategic asset for the UK and the US, and a key contributor to our broader bilateral defence relationship. We have consistently said that we want to see the US presence there continue. No decision has yet been made about whether to seek to revise the terms of the Exchange of Notes, but we will have in mind this continuing, shared strategic interest.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the UK next plans to host UN World Press Freedom Day.

Recent events in Paris, and the public demonstrations which followed, have made World Press Freedom Day particularly relevant this year. We fully support the aims of the day, and the focus both on press freedom and the safety of journalists. We have no plans at present to host a future World Press Freedom Day. We do, however, mark the day across our network, hosting events and issuing statements, such as our “Shine a Light” campaign in 2013 which highlighted repression of the media and freedom of expression across the world. Through events and statements we use the day to reaffirm our commitment to a free press, the safety of journalists and freedom of expression which is one of our human rights priorities.
6th Feb 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has he made of the amount of VAT that has been raised in respect of hot takeaway food in each of the last three years.

The information requested is not held.

7th Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue that UK banks and financial institutions receive through passporting rights within the EU since 2000.

Over 5,000 UK firms, including banks, investment firms and insurance companies, hold passports which enable them to provide their financial services and establish branches in other EU Member States. Excluding banks more than three-quarters of all of the firms in the EU that use passporting under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive are based in the UK. However, passporting rights are conferred under several different pieces of EU legislation.

Supervisory authorities record passport notifications, including into which Member State the passport is being used, but there is no detailed record of the type or scale of their use. The Treasury is engaging with business to further understand the issues affecting the financial services industry as the UK prepares for negotiations to leave the EU, including how firms make use of the different passports available to them.

7th Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total amount of remittances by EU A8 citizens resident in the UK since May 2004.

HM Treasury has made no estimate of the number of remittances made since May 2004.

27th Apr 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 22 February 2016, Official Report columns 24-5 whether his Department plans to release further analysis of the economic benefits of the UK staying in a reformed EU.

The Treasury’s document published on the 18th April, was a rigorous and objective assessment of the economic impact of EU membership and the alternative. As stated in this document there will be a further document with an independent assessment of the short term implications of leaving the EU.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice he has received from the Office for Budget Responsibility on the effect on the economy in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

A vote to leave the EU is identified as an economic risk in the OBR’s March 2016 Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which states that it “could usher in an extended period of uncertainty regarding the precise terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. This could have negative implications for activity via business and consumer confidence and might result in greater volatility in financial and other asset markets”.

17th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what planning his Department is undertaking on the collation of block chain data; and what discussions he has had with the Bank of England on that topic.

Digital currencies, and the distributed ledger technology that underpins them, have the potential to bring innovative services and products to UK customers and firms – particularly in areas like international transfers.

The Chancellor announced in March 2015 that the Government will bring digital currency exchange firms into regulation in the UK to help the legitimate industry flourish, and to create a hostile environment for illicit actors. We will publish proposals on this regulatory regime in due course.

As outlined in Deputy Governor, Ben Broadbent’s recent speech, the Bank of England is also exploring this emerging sector and the implications it could have for monetary and financial stability as part of its broader research agenda.

Separately, academics at University College London’s (UCL) digital currency research centre have also been looking at how the distributed ledger technology that underpins digital currencies could be harnessed by central banks. The Government is encouraged to see this research from one of the UK’s world-leading universities. However, this a theoretical paper by an independent institution, separate from the Bank of England’s work and from Government policy.

It is the Government’s ambition to foster the growth of legitimate digital currency firms as part of the wider FinTech ecosystem here in the UK. As part of this, the Government will consider the wider implications of a growing digital currencies sector for the financial services sector and the economy as a whole. Some parts of Government are also looking at how the benefits of distributed ledger technology can be harnessed to deliver greater innovation. However, the Government and the Bank of England do not currently have any plans to introduce a centrally issued digital currency.

The UK has been rated as having the world’s leading FinTech ecosystem in a recent global benchmarking exercise and attracted c. £524mn in investment in 2015.

17th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to implement the University College London RSCoin proposal.

Digital currencies, and the distributed ledger technology that underpins them, have the potential to bring innovative services and products to UK customers and firms – particularly in areas like international transfers.

The Chancellor announced in March 2015 that the Government will bring digital currency exchange firms into regulation in the UK to help the legitimate industry flourish, and to create a hostile environment for illicit actors. We will publish proposals on this regulatory regime in due course.

As outlined in Deputy Governor, Ben Broadbent’s recent speech, the Bank of England is also exploring this emerging sector and the implications it could have for monetary and financial stability as part of its broader research agenda.

Separately, academics at University College London’s (UCL) digital currency research centre have also been looking at how the distributed ledger technology that underpins digital currencies could be harnessed by central banks. The Government is encouraged to see this research from one of the UK’s world-leading universities. However, this a theoretical paper by an independent institution, separate from the Bank of England’s work and from Government policy.

It is the Government’s ambition to foster the growth of legitimate digital currency firms as part of the wider FinTech ecosystem here in the UK. As part of this, the Government will consider the wider implications of a growing digital currencies sector for the financial services sector and the economy as a whole. Some parts of Government are also looking at how the benefits of distributed ledger technology can be harnessed to deliver greater innovation. However, the Government and the Bank of England do not currently have any plans to introduce a centrally issued digital currency.

The UK has been rated as having the world’s leading FinTech ecosystem in a recent global benchmarking exercise and attracted c. £524mn in investment in 2015.

17th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what planning his Department is undertaking in relation to the effect of crypto-currencies on traditional banking models.

Digital currencies, and the distributed ledger technology that underpins them, have the potential to bring innovative services and products to UK customers and firms – particularly in areas like international transfers.

The Chancellor announced in March 2015 that the Government will bring digital currency exchange firms into regulation in the UK to help the legitimate industry flourish, and to create a hostile environment for illicit actors. We will publish proposals on this regulatory regime in due course.

As outlined in Deputy Governor, Ben Broadbent’s recent speech, the Bank of England is also exploring this emerging sector and the implications it could have for monetary and financial stability as part of its broader research agenda.

Separately, academics at University College London’s (UCL) digital currency research centre have also been looking at how the distributed ledger technology that underpins digital currencies could be harnessed by central banks. The Government is encouraged to see this research from one of the UK’s world-leading universities. However, this a theoretical paper by an independent institution, separate from the Bank of England’s work and from Government policy.

It is the Government’s ambition to foster the growth of legitimate digital currency firms as part of the wider FinTech ecosystem here in the UK. As part of this, the Government will consider the wider implications of a growing digital currencies sector for the financial services sector and the economy as a whole. Some parts of Government are also looking at how the benefits of distributed ledger technology can be harnessed to deliver greater innovation. However, the Government and the Bank of England do not currently have any plans to introduce a centrally issued digital currency.

The UK has been rated as having the world’s leading FinTech ecosystem in a recent global benchmarking exercise and attracted c. £524mn in investment in 2015.

17th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Bank of England on utilising the University College London RSCoin proposal as an alternative to Western Union, CHAPS, BACS and the Faster Payment Service.

Digital currencies, and the distributed ledger technology that underpins them, have the potential to bring innovative services and products to UK customers and firms – particularly in areas like international transfers.

The Chancellor announced in March 2015 that the Government will bring digital currency exchange firms into regulation in the UK to help the legitimate industry flourish, and to create a hostile environment for illicit actors. We will publish proposals on this regulatory regime in due course.

As outlined in Deputy Governor, Ben Broadbent’s recent speech, the Bank of England is also exploring this emerging sector and the implications it could have for monetary and financial stability as part of its broader research agenda.

Separately, academics at University College London’s (UCL) digital currency research centre have also been looking at how the distributed ledger technology that underpins digital currencies could be harnessed by central banks. The Government is encouraged to see this research from one of the UK’s world-leading universities. However, this a theoretical paper by an independent institution, separate from the Bank of England’s work and from Government policy.

It is the Government’s ambition to foster the growth of legitimate digital currency firms as part of the wider FinTech ecosystem here in the UK. As part of this, the Government will consider the wider implications of a growing digital currencies sector for the financial services sector and the economy as a whole. Some parts of Government are also looking at how the benefits of distributed ledger technology can be harnessed to deliver greater innovation. However, the Government and the Bank of England do not currently have any plans to introduce a centrally issued digital currency.

The UK has been rated as having the world’s leading FinTech ecosystem in a recent global benchmarking exercise and attracted c. £524mn in investment in 2015.

17th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what planning his Department is undertaking to facilitate private sector investment in the scalability of the proofs-of-work aspects of blockchain technology; and what discussions he has had with the Bank of England on that topic.

Digital currencies, and the distributed ledger technology that underpins them, have the potential to bring innovative services and products to UK customers and firms – particularly in areas like international transfers.

The Chancellor announced in March 2015 that the Government will bring digital currency exchange firms into regulation in the UK to help the legitimate industry flourish, and to create a hostile environment for illicit actors. We will publish proposals on this regulatory regime in due course.

As outlined in Deputy Governor, Ben Broadbent’s recent speech, the Bank of England is also exploring this emerging sector and the implications it could have for monetary and financial stability as part of its broader research agenda.

Separately, academics at University College London’s (UCL) digital currency research centre have also been looking at how the distributed ledger technology that underpins digital currencies could be harnessed by central banks. The Government is encouraged to see this research from one of the UK’s world-leading universities. However, this a theoretical paper by an independent institution, separate from the Bank of England’s work and from Government policy.

It is the Government’s ambition to foster the growth of legitimate digital currency firms as part of the wider FinTech ecosystem here in the UK. As part of this, the Government will consider the wider implications of a growing digital currencies sector for the financial services sector and the economy as a whole. Some parts of Government are also looking at how the benefits of distributed ledger technology can be harnessed to deliver greater innovation. However, the Government and the Bank of England do not currently have any plans to introduce a centrally issued digital currency.

The UK has been rated as having the world’s leading FinTech ecosystem in a recent global benchmarking exercise and attracted c. £524mn in investment in 2015.

25th Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the level of potential exposure to risk transferred to the public purse due to the introduction of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The Treasury publishes annually an assessment of risk from the Government’s financial interventions, including the risk borne by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) due to these interventions. This was most recently disclosed in the Treasury Group 2014/15 Annual Accounts published in July last year.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department had with the International Accounting Standards Board on the effect of conversion to IFRS accounting standards for financial services companies on leverage ratios for those companies.

In the UK, listed companies have been required to use International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) since 2005. Banks who are not required to use IFRS are able to choose between using IFRS or using UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

This Government has not had any discussions with the International Accounting Standards Board around the effect of companies being required to convert to IFRS, though continues to engage with that body and all others involved in setting standards for the financial services sector.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many buildings in London are part of his Department's sukuk bond scheme.

In the Sukuk structure, rental payments provide the income for investors. When the Sovereign Sukuk were issued in July 2014 the profit rate was set at 2.036% in line with the yield on gilts of similar maturity, making the investor return on the Sukuk broadly equivalent to that on conventional gilts of similar maturity.

Three central government properties form the underlying assets which underpin the Sukuk.

The Government was clear at the time of issuance that the Sukuk issuance was not for debt financing purposes. Instead, it was issued to deliver on the government’s commitment to become the western hub for Islamic finance. The issuance showed that the UK is open for business with all parts of the world and provided high quality capital to UK-based Islamic banks.

UK based institutions that offer Islamic finance services are contributing to jobs and growth with assets totalling $4.5bn at the end of 2014.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the rental income generated for investors in his Department's sukuk bond scheme is equivalent to that of the coupon paid from a June 2014 Government five-year gilt.

In the Sukuk structure, rental payments provide the income for investors. When the Sovereign Sukuk were issued in July 2014 the profit rate was set at 2.036% in line with the yield on gilts of similar maturity, making the investor return on the Sukuk broadly equivalent to that on conventional gilts of similar maturity.

Three central government properties form the underlying assets which underpin the Sukuk.

The Government was clear at the time of issuance that the Sukuk issuance was not for debt financing purposes. Instead, it was issued to deliver on the government’s commitment to become the western hub for Islamic finance. The issuance showed that the UK is open for business with all parts of the world and provided high quality capital to UK-based Islamic banks.

UK based institutions that offer Islamic finance services are contributing to jobs and growth with assets totalling $4.5bn at the end of 2014.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department made of the merits of other potential methods of debt insurance before authorising use of government buildings in London as security for the sukuk bonds.

In the Sukuk structure, rental payments provide the income for investors. When the Sovereign Sukuk were issued in July 2014 the profit rate was set at 2.036% in line with the yield on gilts of similar maturity, making the investor return on the Sukuk broadly equivalent to that on conventional gilts of similar maturity.

Three central government properties form the underlying assets which underpin the Sukuk.

The Government was clear at the time of issuance that the Sukuk issuance was not for debt financing purposes. Instead, it was issued to deliver on the government’s commitment to become the western hub for Islamic finance. The issuance showed that the UK is open for business with all parts of the world and provided high quality capital to UK-based Islamic banks.

UK based institutions that offer Islamic finance services are contributing to jobs and growth with assets totalling $4.5bn at the end of 2014.

26th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve the transparency and accountability to (a) Government and (b) Parliament of the UK Debt Management Office.

The UK Debt Management Office’s (DMO) key objectives are required to be met with due regard to the principles of ‘openness, transparency and predictability’, as set out in the annual Debt and Reserves Management Report. The DMO publishes and lays before Parliament its annual Business Plan and Annual Report and Accounts (and also publishes an Annual Review), providing information about its operations in line with these objectives. As an Executive Agency of the Treasury, the Chief Executive of the DMO is accountable to government and parliament, as set out in the DMO’s Executive Agency Framework Document.

19th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households with dependents under the age of 18 that will be affected by the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

This information is not available.


This Government is committed to moving from a high welfare, high tax, low wage economy to a lower welfare, lower tax, higher wage society. As the Chancellor has made clear, the Government will set out at Autumn Statement how we plan to achieve the same goal of reforming tax credits, saving the money we need to save to secure our economy, while at the same time helping in the transition.


Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
19th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account his Department took when preparing the Charter for Budget Responsibility, of the effect of (a) the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union and (b) future EU treaty change in respect of that Treaty.

The UK is not a signatory of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, which is also known as the ‘Fiscal Compact.’ The signatories of the Fiscal Compact have committed to incorporate it into the main EU treaties, within five years of it entering into force. However, it would be premature to speculate on the conclusions of future treaty change negotiations in respect of the Fiscal Compact, which will require unanimous agreement amongst all other Member States, including the UK.

However, the UK does participate in the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact, which sets rules on Member States’ debt and deficits, although, unlike other Member States the UK cannot face any sanction under this process.

The updated Charter for Budget Responsibility, which sets out the government’s fiscal and debt management objectives and the fiscal mandate, states the government must explain in each Budget Report how all significant fiscal policy measures introduced by the government since the last Budget maintain the path of the public finances in a position consistent with the government’s European commitments.

20th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department are engaged in planning steps to secure trade and other beneficial economic exchanges in the event of a vote to leave the EU.

The Government is focused on delivering a successful renegotiation: it believes it can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the EU and campaigning to keep the UK in the EU on that basis. Departments are appropriately resourced to support the Government’s priorities in Europe.

8th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions his Department made about the likely percentage growth of public sector pay in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19, (d) 2019-20 and (e) 2020-21 before announcing the policy of a one per cent cap on public sector pay increases in the Summer Budget 2015.

The Treasury considered OBR’s forecasts of inflation and public sector workforce size before announcing the policy of a one per cent cap on public sector pay increases in the Summer Budget 2015.

The latest OBR forecasts are published alongside the Summer Budget 2015, and are available here: http://budgetresponsibility.org.uk/economic-fiscal-outlook-july-2015/

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the effect on revenue accruing to the Exchequer of restricting the additional nil-rate inheritance band (a) to residences only, (b) to direct descendants only and (c) by tapered withdrawal between £2,000,000 and £2,350,000.

The information requested can be found in table 2.1 of the Summer Budget and is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/443232/50325_Summer_Budget_15_Web_Accessible.pdf

8th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department expects to be raised in VAT on Severn Bridge tolls in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not produce forecasts for future VAT payable on the Severn Bridge Tolls. Even if HMRC was to do so, the information would be based upon previous VAT receipts and so the statutory duty of taxpayer confidentiality would prevent it from being disclosed.

8th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the savings that will accrue to the public purse from capping public sector pay increases at 1 per cent in each of (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19, (d) 2019-20 and (e) 2020-21.

At Summer Budget the government reiterated the need to continue to take tough decisions on public sector pay, in order to improve the public finances while protecting the quality of public services and jobs.

Therefore the government announced that it will fund public sector workforces for an average pay award of 1% for 4 years from 2016-17 onwards. This will save approximately £5 billion by 2019-20.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to change the budget of the Single Intelligence Account in 2015-16.

The budget for the SIA in 2015-16 was set at the Spending Review of 2013. In November 2014, in his response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, the Prime Minister announced an additional £130m over two years to address the increased threat of terrorism, including new funding to enhance our ability to monitor and disrupt self-starting terrorists.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th Jan 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on measures to reduce error in the accounts of the EU to a point at which they will not be qualified by the European Court of Auditors.

Financial management of the EU budget remains a serious concern for this Government. Council discussions are currently taking place on this important issue ahead of the vote on discharge of the 2013 EU budget.

The Government continues to work with like-minded Member States to send a clear signal that financial management must improve and to call on the Commission and the European Court of Auditors to set out a strategy that will allow EU budget expenditure to be granted an unqualified Statement of Assurance.

9th Jul 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs in Germany associated with trade with the UK.

The Treasury has made no such assessment.

The Treasury continues to monitor developments in Germany and other major economies on an on-going basis as part of the normal process of policy development.

25th Jun 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints have been made about HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The table below shows the number of complaints received by HM Revenue and Customs (excluding the VOA) for each of the years 2009/10 – 2013/14. The figure for 2013/14 will be included in the HMRC Annual Report that is due to be published on the 3 July 2014.

Year

Number of complaints

2009/10

71,406

2010/11

76,721

2011/12

74,831

2012/13

67,956

2013/14

64,729

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to introduce new powers for police forces in England and Wales to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives the police and their local partners a range of flexible powers to enable them to respond quickly and efficiently to different forms of anti-social behaviour.

These powers give the police and other local agencies the powers they need to protect victims and to stop anti-social behaviour in public which can spoil the community’s quality of life.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to delay the UK's participation in the European Investigation Order until after the UK's departure from the EU.

The Government is taking the necessary measures to comply with this Directive by 22 May 2017.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 since the introduction of that legislation.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and it is child abuse. The Government will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong physical and psychological suffering to women and girls.

There has been one prosecution brought under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, which was unsuccessful. The police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have highlighted that one reason for the lack of investigations and prosecutions is a lack of referrals. In addition, cultural taboo and the age and vulnerability of the victims may prevent them coming forward.

In 2015 we significantly changed the law to breakdown these barriers. We introduced: extended extra-territorial jurisdiction, lifelong anonymity for victims, a new offence of failure to protect a girl from FGM and a mandatory reporting duty. We have also introduced FGM Protection Orders and latest figures show that 79 have been made to protect girls.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will direct HM Passport Office to design a passport with a blue cover.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Romford on 9th November, UIN 47644.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of knife crime amnesty provisions in England and Wales.

Knife amnesties are an operational matter for chief constables. Tackling knife crime is a priority for the Government and we have encouraged police forces to undertake a series of coordinated weeks of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. Action under Operation Sceptre includes police forces targeting habitual knife carriers, weapon sweeps, test purchases of knives from retailers, and the use of surrender bins. Twenty-five forces took part in the latest week of action in October 2016.

19th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 April 2016 to Question 33257, what the Government's policy is on (a) granting residency to and (b) possible prosecution of people who arrive in the UK as either refugees or asylum seekers who are married to a child under 16 when such marriages were undertaken legally outside the UK and were not performed under duress.

People of any age who are able to establish a protection need will normally be granted asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK irrespective of whether they are married to a child under 16 where the marriage was undertaken legally outside the UK and not under duress.

A person under 18 who seeks asylum as the spouse or civil partner of another asylum seeker will not be allowed to do so and must apply for asylum in their own right as a minor. Any minor seeking asylum or refugee granted leave on this basis who is known to be in a relationship akin to marriage will be referred to the local authority social services at the earliest opportunity, irrespective of the legality of the marriage or whether the marriage is believed to have taken place under duress.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legislative provisions there are to prevent the husband of a child bride bringing that bride into the UK.

Under the family Immigration Rules both an applicant for a spouse visa and their sponsor must be aged 18 or over.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the prosecution of husbands of child brides resident in the UK, who married that bride outside of the UK.

We made forced marriage a criminal offence in 2014 to better protect victims and send a clear message that this abhorrent practice is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the UK. The offence relates to where a UK resident or national forces a child into marriage overseas as well as in the UK.

Our dedicated Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) leads efforts to combat forced marriage both at home and abroad. Where cases involve a minor in the UK, the FMU work with the relevant statutory agencies to provide advice and expertise to ensure that appropriate safeguarding measures are taken. Where a case involves a minor overseas, the FMU work with consular officers overseas and statutory agencies in the UK to ensure safeguarding obligations are fulfilled and appropriate action is taken where necessary.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on unemployed people starting employment of the time taken by the Disclosure and Barring Service to process applications.

In the vast majority of cases, disclosure certificates are issued in a timely manner. Performance data relating to February 2016 indicates that average processing time for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications was 15 days. It is important that checks undertaken are thorough and a proportion of the applications received by the DBS need to be referred to one or more police forces as part of the enhanced disclosure process.

The DBS is reliant on police forces completing their checks in a timely manner. A small number of forces have experienced difficulties in meeting the service level agreements in place between the DBS and each force. Whilst no assessment has been made of the impact of timeliness on unemployed customers, it is recognised that delays may create problems for some people. The DBS is working closely with those forces whose performance does not meet turnaround time targets. We will not compromise when it comes to the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

The number of applications to the DBS from people living in the Clacton constituency that have taken more than 60 days to process in the last 12 months is listed in the table below.

Month

Number of certificates issued by DBS to applicants in Clacton constituency

Applications that took longer than 60 days

March 2015– February 2016

5,707

322

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Disclosure and Barring Service from people in Clacton constituency have taken more than 60 days to process in the last 12 months.

In the vast majority of cases, disclosure certificates are issued in a timely manner. Performance data relating to February 2016 indicates that average processing time for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications was 15 days. It is important that checks undertaken are thorough and a proportion of the applications received by the DBS need to be referred to one or more police forces as part of the enhanced disclosure process.

The DBS is reliant on police forces completing their checks in a timely manner. A small number of forces have experienced difficulties in meeting the service level agreements in place between the DBS and each force. Whilst no assessment has been made of the impact of timeliness on unemployed customers, it is recognised that delays may create problems for some people. The DBS is working closely with those forces whose performance does not meet turnaround time targets. We will not compromise when it comes to the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

The number of applications to the DBS from people living in the Clacton constituency that have taken more than 60 days to process in the last 12 months is listed in the table below.

Month

Number of certificates issued by DBS to applicants in Clacton constituency

Applications that took longer than 60 days

March 2015– February 2016

5,707

322

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the time taken to process Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

In the vast majority of cases, disclosure certificates are issued in a timely manner. Performance data relating to February 2016 indicates that average processing time for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications was 15 days. It is important that checks undertaken are thorough and a proportion of the applications received by the DBS need to be referred to one or more police forces as part of the enhanced disclosure process.

The DBS is reliant on police forces completing their checks in a timely manner. A small number of forces have experienced difficulties in meeting the service level agreements in place between the DBS and each force. Whilst no assessment has been made of the impact of timeliness on unemployed customers, it is recognised that delays may create problems for some people. The DBS is working closely with those forces whose performance does not meet turnaround time targets. We will not compromise when it comes to the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

The number of applications to the DBS from people living in the Clacton constituency that have taken more than 60 days to process in the last 12 months is listed in the table below.

Month

Number of certificates issued by DBS to applicants in Clacton constituency

Applications that took longer than 60 days

March 2015– February 2016

5,707

322

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether her Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make representations to the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner to (a) extend the consultation period for closures of police stations in Essex and (b) ensure frontline policing is not reduced following proposed police station closures.

Decisions about the most effective use of available resources, including numbers of police stations and deployment of frontline resources, are rightly a matter for individual Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables, tailored to the needs of the local community. Data published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary shows that the proportion of frontline roles in Essex Police increased from 88% to 91% between March 2010 and 2015.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used for selection of Syrian refugees to come to the UK, outside the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

Syrians in need of protection are predominantly resettled through the Syrian Resettlement Scheme which has been expanded to resettle up to 20,000 during this Parliament. This is in addition to those resettled through our global resettlement schemes: Gateway and Mandate. Individuals resettled through Gateway and Mandate must be UNHCR recognised refugees who are judged by UNHCR to be in need of resettlement. Individuals resettled under Mandate must have a family member in the UK.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Syrian refugees will qualify for (a) indefinite leave to remain and (b) UK citizenship after five years of residence.

Syrians who are resettled under the Syrian Resettlement Scheme are given a five year humanitarian protection visa. At the end of the 5 years they can apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) and if granted they can apply for UK citizenship 12 months later. Each application for settlement and citizenship is decided in accordance with our guidance for these routes.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to prevent recently arrived Syrian refugees on the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme from relocating to different areas of the UK from where they were originally located by that scheme.

Local authorities provide those resettled under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme with a comprehensive support package which is tailored according to the individuals needs. We encourage refugees to remain where they have been resettled to take advantage of this offer, however, they are free to relocate within the UK if they choose to do so.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what weight will be given to the security situation in Syria at such a time as Syrian refugees who have entered the UK due to the present crisis in that country become eligible for indefinite leave to remain of UK citizenship.

Syrians who are resettled under the Syrian Resettlement Scheme will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain and UK citizenship at the expiration of their five year humanitarian protection visa. Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis in line with our guidance which considers the ongoing need for protection, including the security situation in Syria at the date of decision, as well as the individual’s behaviour.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect of increased cyber-security funding on the numbers of (a) frontline police and (b) police community support officers.

Cyber Security, including combating cyber crime, is a top priority threat to national security. That is why, through the National Cyber Security Programme, we have invested over £90 million under the last Parliament to bolster the law enforcement response, and we will continue to invest. As the Chancellor announced this week, this Government has committed to spending £1.9 billion on cyber security over the next five years, including for cyber crime.

To date, we have funded the development of National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) and of cyber teams within the Regional Organised Crime Unit network; and invested in Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. We are clear that front line policing also needs to adapt with the changing nature of the threat. In partnership with the College of Policing, we have rolled out cyber crime training so that it is available to all police officers and staff, with over 150,000 modules completed so far. We recognise that local policing capabilities in respect of the investigation of digital crime are a particular concern – that is why we are working with the National Policing Lead for Digital Investigations to define the capabilities required to conduct effective digital investigations. This Government has also made a commitment to expand the number of volunteer ‘Cyber Specials’ across policing. This will harness expertise from other sectors to further increase police capability at all levels, including within local forces.

This Government will continue investing at the national, regional and local levels to ensure we have the capacity to deal with the volume and sophistication of online crime. We will continue to boost the capabilities of the NCCU by increasing their ability to investigate the most serious cyber crime, both domestically and internationally. We will increase work with industry to stop cyber attacks reaching the UK, and we will work with industry and the public to help them better protect themselves.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will hold discussions with the National Association of Retired Police Officers on steps to support national security.

Home Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Policy engagement with external organisations is a matter for Chief Constables to take locally in conjunction with their democratically elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to improve parliamentary oversight of the Security Service.

The Justice and Security Act 2013 has already significantly strengthened the Parliamentary oversight of the Security Service and the other intelligence agencies. The Act expanded the powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) by enabling it to oversee operational activities of significant national interest retrospectively, and denying Agency heads the ability to withhold information from the Committee on the grounds of sensitivity. Significant additional resources have also been provided to the ISC.

29th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to stop and search guidelines on the level of knife crime in (a) north east Essex and (b) other areas with a higher than average incidence of such crime.

No assessment has been made of the effect on knife crime or other offences of the amendment to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Code of Practice A which makes clear what ‘reasonable grounds for suspicion’ are and that officers would be subject to conduct or performance procedures as a result of misusing the power. The changes came into force on 19 March 2015. More generally, statistical evidence does not suggest a clear relationship between changes in the use of stop and search and knife crime. The Home Office continues to monitor levels of knife crime but the latest figures show that nationally it is 17% lower than in June 2010, and although it has seen a slight rise of 4% in the last year (to June 2015) it remains close to its lowest level since data was first collected.

20th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage police forces to enable private security firms to provide community security services.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, established by the Police Reform Act 2002, seeks to engage those working in community safety, including private companies, to be involved in reducing crime and disorder alongside the police.

Chief constables may accredit employees of an organisation that provides community safety and security services with certain powers. Decisions about accreditation are for Chief Constables locally.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to publish the details of commercial arrangements with and training offered by the College of Policing to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The College of Policing sets standards of practice and is the professional body for those working in policing. In common with other organisations, the College does not routinely publish details of commercial contracts and has no plans to do so. In relation to international assistance, the College works closely with the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other partners across government. It provides as much information as possible under the Freedom of Information Act, including the total income it has received from international activity.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to publish the Memorandum of Understanding with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, signed in March 2014.

The Home Office does not publish security co-operation agreements with international partners as to do so would undermine bilateral relations and prejudice our ability to conduct work under these agreements.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) financial implications for her Department and (b) potential risks to Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and the public of proposals to give PCSOs powers of arrest.

The Home Office has no plans to give powers of arrest to police community support officers (PCSOs); we have therefore made no assessment of the consequences of making such a change.

On Wednesday 9 Septemer 2015, my Right Honourable friend the Home Secretary launched a consultation on reforming the powers of police staff and volunteers. The proposals set out in the consultation document seek to make police staff and volunteers more flexible in their roles by enabling Chief Constables to designate them with a wider range of powers, ensuring that they have the police powers necessary to do their job. The consultation also proposes a list of core powers that will be exclusively available to Constables, including Special Constables, and this list includes the power of arrest.

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has under its proposal for a national register of faith leaders to (a) vet faith leaders from outside the UK before or after their arrival in the UK, (b) subject faith leaders already in the UK to the same level of vetting as applies to those entering the UK, (c) exclude teachers or priests from any particular religion or denomination from the requirement to register and (d) deal with faith leaders entering the UK or already resident here who are believed to be a threat to national security.

The Government will publish its Counter-Extremism strategy in the near future. There are no plans for a national register of faith leaders.

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's plans for a proposed national register of faith leaders in countering extremism.

The Government will publish its Counter-Extremism strategy in the near future. There are no plans for a national register of faith leaders.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants who have arrived in the UK in the last 12 months are housed at public expense.

The Home Office only provides housing support to asylum seekers whilst their claim is under consideration and to those failed asylum seekers who meet the specific criteria of Sections 4 and 95 of the Immigration Act.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations her Department has made to member countries of the Schengen Agreement area on the effect of that agreement on the number of irregular migrants to Calais and its environs.

The United Kingdom, whilst being an EU Member State, does not participate in the immigration and border aspects of the Schengen acquis and continues to operate border controls with other EU Member States. Schengen visas are not valid for entry to the UK.

The UK has been a leading voice in recent cross-European efforts to understand and tackle the large flows of illegal migrants across the Mediterranean. That includes participation in European Council and other meetings, as well as bilaterally with key Member States.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Schengen Agreement on the level of illegal migration from Calais into the UK.

The United Kingdom, whilst being an EU Member State, does not participate in the immigration and border aspects of the Schengen acquis and continues to operate border controls with other EU Member States. Schengen visas are not valid for entry to the UK.

The UK has been a leading voice in recent cross-European efforts to understand and tackle the large flows of illegal migrants across the Mediterranean. That includes participation in European Council and other meetings, as well as bilaterally with key Member States.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the vehicles arriving at the Port of Dover are checked on arrival.

100% of freight vehicles arriving at Dover are subject to screening checks at the border controls at the juxtaposed ports of Calais and Dunkirk. Further screening may take place at Dover on an intelligence -led basis.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to increase the number of checks on vehicles arriving through the Port of Dover.

Border Force deployed additional resources to combat the increase in opportunistic migrant activity that followed the strike at Calais by French workers, including deployment of additional sniffer dog and contractor freight searching capability to deal with the anticipated risk of migrants targeting slow moving traffic at the juxtaposed ports in Northern France. We have also deployed additional resource to enable enhanced screening at Dover port of both freight and tourist vehicles.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce levels of domestic violence.

The Government is committed to tackling the appalling crime of domestic violence and abuse. It is actively pursuing ways in which domestic violence and abuse can be prevented in the first place, doing even more to help victims, and
bringing more perpetrators to justice. In September 2013, the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to undertake a comprehensive review on how the police deal with domestic abuse. HMIC published its findings in March 2014 and highlighted serious police failings. In response, the Home Secretary has established a national oversight group to ensure that the police change the way they respond to domestic abuse, and made
clear to all chief constables that every police force must have an action plan in place. All forces have now produced plans that are being reviewed by HMIC.

The Government is also committed to providing the police with the tools they need to tackle domestic violence and abuse, and to ensure victims have the support they need to rebuild their lives. On 8 March, we announced the national
roll-out of Domestic Violence Protection Orders and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme across England and Wales. The Government has additionally recently consulted on whether the law needs to be strengthened by creating a
specific offence of domestic abuse to offer the best possible protection to victims. That consultation has closed and responses are currently being analysed.

We have also ring-fenced £40 million of funding for specialist local support services and national helplines over this Parliament.

Latest data from the Crown Prosecution Service Violence against Women and Girls Crime Report 2013-2014 shows the volume of domestic violence referrals from the police rising to 103,569, the highest level ever. Prosecutions and convictions have risen by over 10% in the last year, with the conviction rate at its highest ever level at 74.6%.

23rd Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex on incidents involving knives in Clacton and the potential effect of stop and search guidelines.

There have been no specific discussions with the Police and Crime Commissioner
for Essex on incidents involving knives in Clacton.

The Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme was announced by the Home Secretary on
30 April 2014, and the intention is to launch the Scheme in the summer. The
Scheme aims to achieve greater transparency and community involvement in the
use of stop and search by the police and support a more intelligence-led
approach leading to better outcomes, particularly improving the stop and search
to arrest ratio.

Only 9% of the 1.2 million stop and searches that took place in 2011/12 led to
an arrest. The adoption of an intelligence-led approach to stop and search by
the Metropolitan Police in January 2012 coincided with a fall of a third in the
number of recorded stop and searches taking place between 2011/12 and 2012/13,
while the proportion of resultant arrests increased from 8% to 12%. Meanwhile
in the same period, offences recorded by the Metropolitan Police involving
knives or sharp instruments fell by 20%.

17th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police and crime commissioners will be able to decide on the applicability of the adoption of her Department's new guidelines on the use of stop and search by police to the area they represent.

It is for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners to make decisions about whether and when to adopt the scheme.

17th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she received from the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner on changes to guidelines for police stop and search.

Essex Police have acknowledged receipt of the Home Secretary's letter sent to Chief Constables on 30th April and have advised that they will submit a formal response in due course.

8th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Chinese DF-21D missile.

The Department regularly updates its assessments of such programmes, but these are not made public.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the threat that underwater drones and distributed netted sensors pose, as part of the risk reduction and demonstration phase for the Dreadnought Class submarines.

The Ministry of Defence places a high priority on assuring the effectiveness of the United Kingdom's independent nuclear deterrent and managing the associated risk.

We dedicate considerable resource to assessing the threats from emerging capabilities and will apply any necessary mitigation throughout the lifetime of the nuclear deterrent to combat these threats.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are currently performing (a) Falkland Islands Patrol Task and (b) Atlantic Patrol Tasking South.

HMS ENTERPRISE is currently assigned to the Falkland Islands Patrol Task, and both HMS PORTLAND and RFA GOLD ROVER are assigned to Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South).

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to increase parliamentary accountability of Defence Equipment and Support.

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) became a bespoke trading entity, an arm's length body of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 1 April 2014. As detailed in the DE&S Framework Document, which sets out the governance arrangements of the organisation, the Secretary of State for Defence is accountable to Parliament for all aspects of DE&S's performance. In addition, the DE&S Chief Executive Officer is designated as an Accounting Officer and is therefore fully accountable to Parliament for the stewardship of DE&S resources.

The Framework Document contains more details about these arrangements and is available on gov.uk at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-equipment-and-support-framework-document.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to increase the number of Departments of Community Mental Health.

The provision of mental healthcare to the Armed Forces is kept under regular review, to ensure that it continues to meet the demands placed on it in the light of changes to the size and location of the UK Armed Forces.

Following a recent review of the Defence Mental Health Services, we are in the process of reshaping the current network of Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) into a "hub and spoke" model. Once implementation is complete, we will have moved from a total of 16 DCMHs in the UK (plus satellite centres overseas), to 11 "hub" DCMHs located in main centres of military population, plus "spoke" Mental Health Teams (MHTs) serving a further eight locations, making 19 sites in total. Regular visiting clinics will also be held at other military centres around the country.

Focussing on fewer but larger DCMHs will enable us to provide greater resilience and a more consistent range of clinical and operational capabilities, while the additional of MHTs will increase accessibility and provide a more robust support for delivery to Cyprus, the North West and Wales, as well as improving access for eligible reservists and veterans.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to seek compensation from Rolls-Royce for the remedial work for the power and propulsion systems of the Type 45 Destroyers.

The decision to procure the Rolls Royce WR21 was taken in November 2000 by the then Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon. In announcing the decision, he accepted this decision “presents a greater degree of risk to the programme.” It was judged that these risks would be outweighed by the system’s long term benefits of greater operational flexibility, as well as long-term savings in maintenance and personnel costs and a lower environmental impact.

As the issues now being addressed result from those earlier decisions, it is appropriate that liability for funding this work now rests with the Ministry of Defence. In terms of the contractual position, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Kirsten Oswald) on 8 February 2016 to Question 25239.

On progress in implementing measures to improve the reliability and resilience of the Power and Propulsion (P&P) system, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) on 8 February 2016 to Question 25165.. The work to date has been carried out under the Type 45 support contract and the associated costs cannot be separately identified.

A copy of the Independent P&P System Performance Review, dated March 2011, redacted in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, was placed in the Library of the House on 13 May 2016.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the remedial work for the power and propulsion systems of the Type 45 Destroyers; and what the total cost has been since the issues were identified.

The decision to procure the Rolls Royce WR21 was taken in November 2000 by the then Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon. In announcing the decision, he accepted this decision “presents a greater degree of risk to the programme.” It was judged that these risks would be outweighed by the system’s long term benefits of greater operational flexibility, as well as long-term savings in maintenance and personnel costs and a lower environmental impact.

As the issues now being addressed result from those earlier decisions, it is appropriate that liability for funding this work now rests with the Ministry of Defence. In terms of the contractual position, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Kirsten Oswald) on 8 February 2016 to Question 25239.

On progress in implementing measures to improve the reliability and resilience of the Power and Propulsion (P&P) system, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) on 8 February 2016 to Question 25165.. The work to date has been carried out under the Type 45 support contract and the associated costs cannot be separately identified.

A copy of the Independent P&P System Performance Review, dated March 2011, redacted in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, was placed in the Library of the House on 13 May 2016.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department will publish the Type 45 Destroyer - Independent Power and Propulsion System Performance Review.

The decision to procure the Rolls Royce WR21 was taken in November 2000 by the then Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon. In announcing the decision, he accepted this decision “presents a greater degree of risk to the programme.” It was judged that these risks would be outweighed by the system’s long term benefits of greater operational flexibility, as well as long-term savings in maintenance and personnel costs and a lower environmental impact.

As the issues now being addressed result from those earlier decisions, it is appropriate that liability for funding this work now rests with the Ministry of Defence. In terms of the contractual position, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Kirsten Oswald) on 8 February 2016 to Question 25239.

On progress in implementing measures to improve the reliability and resilience of the Power and Propulsion (P&P) system, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) on 8 February 2016 to Question 25165.. The work to date has been carried out under the Type 45 support contract and the associated costs cannot be separately identified.

A copy of the Independent P&P System Performance Review, dated March 2011, redacted in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, was placed in the Library of the House on 13 May 2016.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department were in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and what the cost to his Department was of providing that allowance for staff based (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas in each such year.

The requested information is provided in the following table and I have added the figures for 2009-10 for comparison.

Continuity of Education Allowance, Number of Claimants and Cost (UK and Overseas) by Financial Year (FY)

FY 2009-10

FY 2012-13

FY 2013-14

FY 2014-15

UK Claimants

5,020

4,160

3,600

3,230

Overseas Claimants

1,000

790

700

650

Total Claimants

6,020

4,950

4,300

3,880

UK Cost (£ million)

93.2

82.2

74.3

69.4

Overseas Cost (£ million)

18.1

16.4

15.0

15.1

Total Cost (£ million)

111.3

98.7

89.3

84.5

Note: all numbers are rounded

Continuity of Education Allowance was reviewed as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010 since when improvements in governance have achieved a reduction of costs by around £30 million per annum along with an associated reduction in claimants. Work continues to further reduce the cost of the allowance.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army Air Corps pilots have resigned due to his Department's plans to recover over-payment of flying pay; how many of those pilots (a) are currently serving and (b) have retired; what assessment he has made of the effect on (i) staffing levels and (ii) the effectiveness of that corps; whether any of those pilots affected have been subject to disciplinary proceedings due to non-repayment of such over-payments; what the value is of such over payments; over what period such over-payments relate to; and if he will make it his policy to not recover such over-payments.

I refer the hon. Member to the response given by my noble Friend, the Minister of State for Defence, the Rt Hon. Earl Howe, to the noble Lord, the Rt Hon. the Lord Trefgarne, in the House of Lords (Official Report, column 2379). In addition to this I can confirm that an overpayment of recruitment and retention pay amounting to £829,000 in total was made to 146 Army aircrew personnel over a number of years. Of the 146 personnel affected, 97 are still serving. We have apologised and explained the circumstances of the overpayments to all affected. Each individual has the opportunity to object, appeal, and if necessary submit a Service Complaint against recovery action receiving individual and tailored advice as required. Since notification of the recovery action, the Army Air Corps is not aware of any resignations as a direct result. The error was caused by differing interpretations and use of the Recruitment and Retention Pay (Flying) policy across the Army Air Corps. As such there are no disciplinary issues associated with the overpayment.

Although there are manning pressures within the Army Air Corps they are able to meet all current commitments. In recognition of these pressures a Financial Retention Incentive was introduced in 2015 and 81% of the eligible personnel have taken up this offer resulting in a stabilisation of Army Air Corps pilot manning levels.

In accordance with HM Treasury Policy and Guidance, pay has been reverted to the correct levels and recovery action has now begun. This guidance requires that efforts are made to recover incorrect payments in all cases across the public sector. I am satisfied that this is the correct approach to take under these circumstances and reflects the previous recovery of overpayments within the Armed Forces.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February 2016, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Royal Air Force Airbus A400M cost from development and approval to the end of 2015.


Since being approved in 2000, the cost of the UK A400M Atlas acquisition programme to the end of 2015 has been £1,402 million.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the lifetime cost to the public purse of the Royal Air Force Airbus A400M.


The forecast costs of the main elements making up the A400M Atlas aircraft programme, including the acquisition, training and in-service support of the aircraft, is £3.6 billion.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether cost comparisons were made between the Boeing C-17 Globemaster and Airbus A400M prior to approval for procurement of the Airbus A400M.

The business case for the acquisition of A400M was approved in 2000 and, I am advised that in accordance with extant Ministry of Defence policy, it was supported by a series of value for money assessments and comparisons, including with the C-17 aircraft.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the lifetime cost to the public purse of Army Air Corps and Fleet Air Arm Augusta Westland AW159 Wildcat helicopters.

The forecast costs of the AW159 Wildcat aircraft programme, including the development, acquisition, training and in-service support of the aircraft, is £5.2 billion.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Army Air Corps and Fleet Air Arm Augusta Westland AW159 Wildcat helicopters cost from development and approval to the end of 2015.

The accrued costs on the AW159 Wildcat helicopter programme since the main investment decision in June 2006 through to the end of 2015 is £1.5 billion.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals his Department has for further defence integration between the armed forces of EU member states; and whether defence integration will be included in the Government's planned renegotiations of the terms of its membership of the EU.

Her Majesty's Government is focused on delivering a successful renegotiation;we believe we can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the EU and campaigning to keep the UK in the EU on that basis. Although we welcome closer co-operation between the armed forces of EU and NATO member states, this needs to be based on improving defence capabilities across Europe, not creating new institutions. We will not support measures which would undermine member states' competence for their own military forces, or lead to competition and duplication with NATO

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Single Intelligence Account is or will be incorporated into his Department's budget; and whether the Single Intelligence Account is included in calculations of the percentage of the UK's GDP being spent on defence.

The Secret Intelligence Account is not part of the Ministry of Defence's budget, and there are no plans for it to be incorporated.

As announced in the Summer Budget, the spending that supports the Ministry of Defence and the contribution made by the secret intelligence agencies will be included in calculations of Defence spending as a percentage of GDP, in line with NATO guidelines.

11th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the press notice issued by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine on its website on 9 February 2015, whether the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Ukrainian governments will entail the UK Government guaranteeing any possible assistance in the pursuit of Ukrainian independence.

The Memorandum of Understanding, once signed, will provide a framework for our defence engagement with Ukraine.

10th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers of the rank of inspector and above at AWE Burghfield are currently under investigation.

No officer of the rank of Inspector or above stationed at AWE Burghfield is currently under investigation.

3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers were recruited to the Army Reserve between 2011 and 2015.

The available data on recruitment to the Territorial Army (TA) for Financial Year (FY) 2011-12 was provided in an answer given by the then Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) to the hon. Member for Shipley, (Phillip Davies) on 21 May 2012 (Official Report, column 442-443W). The number of recruits to the TA in FY 2011-12 (excluding the Officer Training Corps) was 4,240.

Figures for intake to the Army Reserve have been captured since FY 2012-13 and were 3,960 in 2012-13 and 2,960 in 2013-14.

The year end total for FY 2014-15 will be released in the Quarterly Personnel Report which will be published in May 2015. The intake to the Army Reserve for the first three quarters of FY 2014-15 was 3,600.

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for further reductions to the headcount of the Army.

The Army Command Review was initiated by the Chief of the General Staff with the knowledge of Ministers. There is no intention to change the principles of Army 2020, or to reduce the overall size of the Army.

The purpose of the review was to improve higher command culture and structures and create a clearer distinction between the development of strategy and the delivery of operational capability. To this end, the Army Headquarters in Andover will be streamlined, with posts transferred into one of two new subordinate commands: Field Army and a support command. There will be an amended board and staff structure in the Army Headquarters. A number of cultural improvements will also be made to make the Army more agile, responsive and efficient, and attractive to the widest range of talent.

There are no manpower or financial targets for this initiative, but the Army will look for opportunities during implementation of the review to reduce senior and middle management posts where that will contribute to greater simplicity and transparency and better align responsibility, authority and accountability. The aim is to re-invest any savings in the front line.

The review was conducted over four months by a team of four led by a brigadier. Although the team drew on information from a number of sources, as an internal review there was no formal consultation with other bodies. A slightly expanded team, led by a two-star civil servant, will conduct the more detailed implementation. No additional costs were incurred by conducting the review.

The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have undertaken Command Reviews both to ensure consistency with the principles of Lord Levene's Defence Reform Report and to reflect the nature of command responsibilities for each Service and the contribution they make, like the Army, to Joint and Central Defence leadership.

Reserves were considered as an integral part of each review, reflecting the integrated nature of regulars and reserves in the 'Whole Force' concept.

The Army will report its detailed plans for implementation to the Secretary of State for Defence in May 2015.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress the Ministry Defence Police has made on establishing a strength of 2,400 officers by April 2016.

As at January 2015, the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) strength is 2,490 officers. Since recruitment recommenced in autumn 2013, 166 officers have joined the Force. Recruitment into the MDP will continue throughout 2015 and beyond.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence Police were tasked in support of border controls for the UK Border Agency in northern France during 2013.

A total of 98 Ministry of Defence Police officers were deployed to Northern France at various times during 2013 in support of border controls for the UK Border Force.

18th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Ministry of Defence Police are currently undergoing disciplinary proceedings; and how many such staff underwent such proceedings between 2005 and 2013.

The information requested is as follows:

Financial Year

Number of Officers Who Underwent Disciplinary Proceedings

2005-06

42

2006-07

40

2007-08

45

2008-09

33

2009-10

9 *

2010-11

17

2011-12

17

2012-13

29

2013-14

25

2014 - to date

23

One officer is currently undergoing disciplinary proceedings which have not yet been concluded.

All Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) officers are expected to perform their duties to the highest standard at all times. Any failure in such standards is taken very seriously.

Note: These figures represent disciplinary proceedings that concluded in either a Misconduct Meeting (* post 2009) or a Misconduct Hearing. The figures do not include officers who resigned prior to proceedings commencing nor those who have not yet had proceedings commenced against them.

10th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the cost of the F-35B aircraft procured for the Fleet Air Arm.

The Department does not release details of financial estimates as to do so would undermine its commercial position.

10th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes have been made in the planned capability of the F-35 joint strike fighter because of the time taken to introduce the aircraft.

In line with approvals, the F-35 Lightning programme is on track to enter UK service in 2018 at the planned capability standard.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to give local authorities full financial autonomy for social care funding.

The Department distributes funding to local government through the Local Government Finance Settlement. In addition local government raises its own finance through local taxes. Social care funding is not ring-fenced and local government already has autonomy to determine how best to manage its own finances to ensure it delivers the appropriate level of services for its residents.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
14th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14704, what plans his Department has to review and enhance the powers contained in the Public Order Act 1994 to award local authorities greater ability to remove illegal traveller camps without recourse to the courts.

Local authorities and the police have a range of strong powers that enable them to take action against unauthorised encampments and developments. As my predecessor outlined in the Answer to the Hon. Member dated 9 November 2015 (Question 14704), a summary of these powers was sent to all council leaders, Police and Crime Commissioners and Police Chief Constables in March 2015:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/418139/150326_Dealing_with_illegal_and_unauthorised_encampments_-_final.pdf

The Government is open to suggestions for how enforcement could be strengthened and continues to keep this issue under review.

13th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the consideration of the Greater Essex Combined Authority bid.

We are encouraging all areas to come forward with locally led devolution proposals. If Greater Essex takes the decision to proceed with a combined authority and consults on those proposals, as statue provides, we will consider whether the creation of a combined authority is likely to improve the exercise of statutory functions in that area and lead to more effective and convenient local government.

We look forward to discussing with Greater Essex any proposals they have to form a combined authority.

23rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36275, if he will make it his policy to ensure that disbursements from the Coastal Communities Fund are allocated to the regions of England on the basis of population share.

Our policy is that every coastal community should have the chance to bid for a share of the Coastal Communities Fund to help them with projects that will have a real and lasting impact on their local economy. The 118 Coastal Community Teams (CCTs) in England now provide an important new local context for considering these bids, so that the Fund helps to deliver community-led Economic Plans. Each bid is considered on its merits and allocating the Fund to regions on the basis of their population share would not necessarily ensure best value for money.

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the Coastal Communities Fund will be allocated to the Jaywick Coastal Community Team between 2017 and 2021.

The Coastal Communities Fund awards grants to projects through a competitive bid-led process and is not allocated directly to specific places or Coastal Community Teams (CCTs). Funds are awarded to projects that best meet the programme's aims to promote sustainable growth and jobs.

The Fund's next bidding round (Round 4) for projects in England starting in 2017-18 is expected to open for new applications in early Summer 2016. Full details of how to apply will be available on the Big Lottery Fund’s web site: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ccf

The Economic Plan submitted by Jaywick's CCT earlier this year will provide an important context for considering bids to the Fund from public, private and voluntary/community sector bodies in the area.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to extend the classification criteria of brownfield sites for housebuilding.

Brownfield land is defined as previously developed land in the National Planning Policy Framework. We are consulting on whether it would be beneficial to strengthen national policy on the development of brownfield land for housing. The consultation closes on 22 February.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
2nd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of brownfield land sites in the Essex County Council area have been re-designated as community land trusts in each of the last five years.

The Department does not hold information centrally on the amount or type of land held by Community Land Trusts.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2015 to Question 18488, what amount of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund will be allocated to the Jaywick Coastal Community Team from 2017 to 2021.

Funding from the Coastal Communities Fund is awarded to projects through a competitive bid-led process rather than being allocated directly to specific places or Coastal Community Teams. To date no successful bids have been received from organisations in Jaywick.

Funds are awarded to projects that best meet the programme's aims to promote sustainable growth and jobs. Details of the Fund's next bidding round for projects starting in 2017-18 will be announced in the Spring. The Economic Plan being prepared by Jaywick's Coastal Community Team will provide an important context for considering bids to the Fund from public, private and voluntary/community sector organisations in its area.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning refusals for greenfield sites have been overturned on appeal in each year between 2010 to 2015.

This information is not held centrally by this Department.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
2nd Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11444, when the regeneration strategy for Jaywick will be fully implemented; and if his Department will (a) provide additional resources to improve the (i) standard of housing and (ii) quality of life and (b) liberalise planning rules for house building in Jaywick and Brooklands.

The Jaywick Coastal Community Team are preparing their Economic Plan, to be completed by the end of January 2016. The Plan will outline the key economic issues facing Jaywick, setting out both the short term and longer term priorities for the Coastal Community Team.

The Chancellor confirmed at Autumn Statement last week that the Coastal Communities Fund will be extended from 2017-18 to 2020-21 with at least £90 million of new funding. Details of the next bidding round will be announced in the New Year. The focus of the Fund will remain on support for sustainable jobs and growth.

Tendring Council received £1.8 million in New Homes Bonus in 2015-16 and a total of £5.2 million since the scheme started in 2011-12. All new homes are constructed in accordance with Building Regulations, ensuring they meet minimum standards in respect of health, safety and sustainability.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
4th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to advise local authorities, under Section 62 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which powers are available to remove illegal traveller camps without recourse to the courts.

In March 2015 the Government published a summary of the enforcement powers that enable the police and local councils to remove unauthorised encampments. This includes the powers under sections 61-62 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which give the police discretionary powers to direct trespassers to leave land and remove any property or vehicles they have with them. The Government sent the summary of powers document to all Council Leaders, Police Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners in England and it is published on the Government's website at:


www.gov.uk/government/publications/dealing-with-illegal-and-unauthorised-encampments


Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the 30 September 2015 publication, English Indices of Deprivation, what plans his Department has to introduce specific measures to (a) improve the standard of housing, (b) improve the quality of life and (c) liberalise planning rules for house building in Jaywick.

In March 2015, my Department announced that the Jaywick Coastal Community Team would be one of 12 pilots that bring local community, public and private sector delivery partners together to develop an economic plan for their area to help promote jobs and growth in seaside towns. The Jaywick Team is focusing on three key issues:

  • Addressing housing and poor infrastructure provision for the existing community
  • Supporting the local economy by the location of care and assisted living provision – “Extra Care Village”
  • Creating local apprentice and employment opportunities

My officials meet regularly with Essex County Council and Tendring District Council to discuss the regeneration strategy being prepared for Jaywick.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of social housing in England which is affected by Stachybotrys chartarum and Aspergillus niger; and what steps his Department is taking to tackle incidence of such molds.

The Housing Health & Safety Rating System allows local authorities to assess properties against 29 different hazards, including damp and mould growth. If following an inspection a property is found to contain a serious, “category 1”, hazard, we would expect the local authority to take action in relation to the hazard. The assessment for whether damp is a hazard takes into account factors such as the state of repair of the dwelling, the extent of existing dampness and the effect it could have on mould growth, and the consequent potential for harm.

Since April 2010 the Decent Homes standard has been a regulatory requirement for social landlords. The Decent Homes standard was set as a threshold and the landlord must not allow a home to be below the standard. Most landlords are delivering works that exceed the minimum standard.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families are in the Troubled Families programme; and what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse for each family which has participated in that programme to date.

As was announced on the 22 June 2015, the original Troubled Families Programme (2012-2015) worked with and turned around the lives of 116,654 families. The new and expanded Troubled Families Programme was rolled out nationally in April 2015 and will reach up to a further 400,000 families with multiple problems. Details of how many troubled families are engaged in the new programme, in its first year of implementation, will be published in due course.

Research estimates that the cost to the public purse of the most troubled 120,000 families before engagement with the Troubled Families Programme was £9 billion in total; an average of £75,000 per family (DCLG: ‘The Fiscal Case for Working with Troubled Families’ (2013)). £8 billion of this spend was purely reacting to their problems. Information about the fiscal benefits resulting from that programme will be published in due course.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the number of social homes in London occupied by non-UK residents.

In 2013-14, 15% of social renters in London were non-UK/Irish nationals.

If a tenant is not resident in the UK, we would expect a social landlord to take action to recover the property and allocate it to someone in need on the waiting list.

Statutory guidance for local councils issued in 2013 will ensure that only people who have lived in the area for two years or more are able to put their name down on the housing waiting list.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
20th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consideration was given to including punishment as a purpose of prisons in clause 1(2) of the Prisons and Courts Bill.

The Prisons and Courts Bill is clear that prisons are there to deliver the sentences of the court – depriving people of their liberty to punish them for their crimes. This reflects and underlines the existing principles set out in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which states that one of the purposes of sentencing is the punishment of offenders.

27th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions she has had with the President of the Family Division on the issuance of new guidance on the anonymisation of judgments.

I have discussed this matter with the President of the Family Division, and the next steps are under consideration.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions her Department has had with the Judicial Office on permitting district judges to sit as presiding judges at the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal.

The involvement of judges in outside organisations is covered by the Guide to Judicial Conduct, which is published by the independent judiciary. The guide is publicly available on gov.uk. The Department does not discuss the application of this guidance to individual cases.

12th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions a lie detector test has been used for serious sex offenders as part of their licence conditions, upon completion of their custodial sentence, since August 2014.

Since August 2014 there have been 820 polygraph examinations conducted on sex offenders on licence in the community.
Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
9th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what planning his Department has undertaken for the possibility of the UK voting to leave the EU.

On 19 February, the Prime Minister set out the Government’s position on Europe.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
4th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures the Government plans to take to address the concerns expressed by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in his Annual Report for 2014-15, published on 15 July 2015; and what those measures will be on each of the four assessed outcomes referred to in the introduction to that report.

The Ministry of Justice welcomed the scrutiny brought by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in his annual report published in July 2015. Steps have been taken at each of the prisons inspected during 2014-15 to address the specific recommendations made, and detailed action plans put in place. We are also seeking to address the Chief Inspector’s comments on each of the four outcomes of safety, respect, purposeful activity and resettlement, and we are tackling the risks of increased violence highlighted by the Chief Inspector.

The National Offender Management Service is committed to running safe prisons. We are holding a more violent prison population; the number of people sentenced to prison for violent offences has increased by 30% in the last 10 years. In addition the illicit use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) has been a significant factor in fuelling violence in prisons. This Government has introduced two new offences through the Serious Crime Act 2015 for being in possession of a knife or other offensive weapon within a prison without authorisation, and throwing of items, including NPS over a prison wall without authorisation. This offence will help to control these substances in prison. We are also introducing an offence of possession of NPS in the prison estate.

NOMS also operates a violence reduction project to gain a better understanding of the causes of the current levels of violence in prisons and to ensure that there is strengthened handling of it, in terms of both prevention and response. A joint national protocol between the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), the CPS, and ACPO was published in February 2015 with the purpose of ensuring a nationally consistent approach to the referral and prosecution of crimes in prison.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons found that “respect” (how a prisoner is treated) held up best amongst their four areas of inspection. We are continuing to take forward the strengths he highlighted which included: good staff/prisoner relationships, increased use of prisoner peer mentors and good practice in health care.

We noted the Chief Inspector’s concerns about “purposeful activity”. We want prisons to be places of hard work, rigorous education and high ambition, with incentives for prisoners to learn and for prison staff to prioritise education and work. The hours worked by prisoners in industrial occupations has already risen from 10.6 million hours in 2010/2011 to 14.2 million hours in the 2013-2014.

Finally in relation to resettlement (preparing prisoners for their release into the community) we have put in place an unprecedented nationwide ‘through the prison gate’ resettlement service, meaning most offenders are given continuous support by one provider from custody into the community. Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) launched their ‘Through the Gate’ service on 1 May 2015. This service provides offenders with support to find accommodation and jobs, finance and debt advice, and support for sex workers and victims of domestic violence.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
4th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the location of imprisonment of transgender prisoners.

Prison Service Instruction 07/2011 sets out NOMS policy on the care and management of prisoners who live or propose to live in a gender other than the one assigned at birth. Prisoners are normally placed according to their legally recognised gender. However, the guidelines allow room for discretion and senior prison staff will review the circumstances of every case in consultation with medical and other experts in order to protect the physical and emotional wellbeing of the person concerned along with the safety and wellbeing of other prisoners.


A review of the current policy on transgender and transsexual prisoners began earlier this year and revised policy guidance will be issued to reflect NOMS' responsibilities to transgender offenders in the community as well as in custody. The intention is to implement the guidance early in the New Year.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to publish the Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, signed in September 2014.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has upheld the decision not to publish this Memorandum of Understanding. That correspondence can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2015/1432375/fs_50579089.pdf.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons were for which each emergency protection order was granted to a local authority in England and Wales in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) January to March 2015.

This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons were for each application made by local authorities in England and Wales for emergency protection orders in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) January to March 2015.

This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons were for which each care order was granted to a local authority in England and Wales in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) January to March 2015.

This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons were for each application made by local authorities in England and Wales for care orders in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) January to March 2015.

This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) murders of staff and prisoners, (b) riots, (c) assaults on staff, (d) instances of prisoner self-harm, (e) instances of prisoner suicide, (f) instances of improper mobile telephone use and (g) absconders from open conditions have occurred in prisons in the last 12 months.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is committed to running safe establishments. Violence of any kind in prison is not tolerated and all assaults are treated extremely seriously. Any prisoner who commits an act of violence can expect to have action taken against them.

NOMS has launched a new Violence Reduction project, which has been created to gain better understanding of the causes of the current levels of violence in prisons and to make sure that there is strengthened handling of it, in terms of both prevention and response.


There is no central record of persons having been convicted of Prison staff murders. On 29 June 2015 at Blackfriars Crown Court, Lorraine Barwell, a Serco Prisoner Custody Officer, was assaulted and sadly died of her injuries. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is currently undertaking an investigation into the incident. The NOMS Investigator is working with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that the ongoing Murder investigation is not compromised.

NOMS Incident Reporting does not record riot as an incident type.

Latest published figures on prisoner deaths (homicide and self-inflicted), self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales can be found in the safety in custody publication at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2014-and-annual This publication provides statistics on deaths to the end of March 2015 and assaults and self-harm to the end of December 2014.

Latest published figures on absconds can be found in the prison and probation management information addendum at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-and-probation-trusts-performance-statistics-201314

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many emergency protection orders there were in England between 2010 and 2015; and if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the level of scrutiny for such orders.

The number of Emergency Protection Orders is published as part of the Family Court Statistics Quarterly publication. Data is available from 2011 up to January to March 2015 and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2015.

On 24 June the Prime Minister announced a new Child Protection Taskforce chaired by the Secretary of State for Education. The Prime Minister’s announcement can be found online here: www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-new-taskforce-to-transform-child-protection. The Taskforce will lead work to: extend and accelerate reforms to the quality of social work practice and leadership; develop better multi-agency working between children’s social care, the police, health and other local services; improve local authority performance and promote innovative practice; and strengthen governance and accountability in children’s social care.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of convictions for driving whilst disqualified resulted in an immediate custodial sentence in each year since 2005; and how many people convicted of driving whilst disqualified who had been convicted of the same offence within the previous 10 years received an immediate custodial sentence in each of those years.

Information on sentencing and convictions from 2005-2014 for driving whilst disqualified can be viewed on the Ministry of Justice website and it is available at the following link:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2014

Select and open ‘Motoring data tool: with criminal justice area’.

The table below shows the numbers of offenders sentenced to immediate custody for driving whilst disqualified and the numbers sentenced to immediate custody for the same offence 2005-2014 in England and Wales.

Table 1: Number of offenders1 sentenced to immediate custody for driving whilst disqualified by the number of previous immediate custody received for the same offence in England and Wales, 2005 to 2014

year

Number of offenders1

Previous immediate custody received2

2005

9,925

5,012

2006

7,543

3,839

2007

5,754

2,820

2008

4,705

2,109

2009

3,724

1,590

2010

2,652

1,134

2011

2,309

944

2012

2,030

807

2013

1,847

696

2014

1,654

638

Source:

Ministry of Justice, Police National Computer (PNC)

1. Figures are based on counting the number of occasions an offender was sentenced to immediate custody for driving whilst disqualified in each year. An offender can appear more than once in the totals for each year if the offender was convicted on multiple occasions in a given year.

2. Number of previous immediate custody are counts of the number of separate occasions an offender has previously received an immediate custodial sentence and is calculated from the point of their latest conviction over the period.

3. All data have been taken from the MoJ extract of the Police National Computer. This includes details of all convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings given for recordable offences (see www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2000/1139/schedule/made for definition).

4. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and are subject to revision in future editions.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether her Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
28th Oct 2015
IRA
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to paragraph 13 of the report commissioned by her Department on Paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, published 19 October 2015, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the IRA's Provisional Army Council oversees the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein with an overarching strategy.

Further analysis of intelligence and actions relating as a consequence of the recent report is a matter for the Security Services and the Police. Ministers do not interfere with such operational decisions nor is it the policy of Her Majesty’s Government to comment publicly on such intelligence matters.


Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
26th Feb 2016
To ask the Leader of the House, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Office is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

On 19 February, the Prime Minister set out the Government's view on remaining in the European Union.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department is undertaking planning in the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum.

At the February European Council, the Government negotiated a new settlement, giving the United Kingdom a special status in a reformed European Union. The Government's position, as set out by the Prime Minister to the House on 22 February, is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.