Ian C. Lucas Portrait

Ian C. Lucas

Labour - Former Member for Wrexham

DCMS Sub-Committee on Disinformation
12th Mar 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
European Statutory Instruments Committee
18th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Procedure Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 7th Nov 2016
Shadow Minister (Defence)
20th Oct 2014 - 18th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
7th Oct 2011 - 20th Oct 2014
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (Business and Regulatory Reform)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Business and Regulatory Reform)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
5th Oct 2008 - 9th Jun 2009
Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (Joint Committee)
1st May 2008 - 22nd Jul 2008
Public Accounts Committee
4th Jun 2007 - 8th Nov 2007
Transport Committee
13th Jan 2003 - 12th Jul 2005
Environmental Audit Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 20th Oct 2003
Procedure Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 24th Jun 2002


Division Voting information

Ian C. Lucas has voted in 2397 divisions, and 11 times against the majority of their Party.

29 Oct 2019 - Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 127 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 438 Noes - 20
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 111 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 184 Noes - 293
20 Mar 2019 - Amendments Relating to the Provision of Integrated Care Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 248) - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 5 Labour No votes vs 205 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 216 Noes - 317
12 Dec 2018 - Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 221 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 513 Noes - 13
7 Sep 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 13 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 64 Noes - 314
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
21 Jul 2010 - Use of the chamber (united kingdom youth parliament) - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 193 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 499 Noes - 21
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Labour Aye votes vs 57 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Ian C. Lucas voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
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Sparring Partners
John Bercow (Speaker)
(58 debate interactions)
David Jones (Conservative)
(50 debate interactions)
David Cameron (Conservative)
(47 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(150 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(133 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(121 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Ian C. Lucas

30th October 2019
Ian C. Lucas signed this EDM on Monday 4th November 2019

Into Film

Tabled by: Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
That this House recognises the achievements of Into Film in giving every child and young person aged 5 to 19 in the UK the chance to experience film creatively; commends the organisation's ability to develop a passion for cinema in children through the creation of film clubs and stimulating discussion; …
17 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Scottish National Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
16th October 2019
Ian C. Lucas signed this EDM on Thursday 17th October 2019

Voter ID requirements at polling stations

Tabled by: Faisal Rashid (Labour - Warrington South)
That this House expresses deep concern at the Government’s announced plans to prevent people from voting unless they can provide photographic identification at the next election; notes that of the 44.6 million votes cast in 2017, there were just 28 allegations of in-person voter fraud and one conviction; recognises that …
71 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 52
Scottish National Party: 10
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Ian C. Lucas, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Ian C. Lucas has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Ian C. Lucas has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Ian C. Lucas


A Bill to make provision about the greater accessibility of sports grounds; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th January 2016

A Bill to require local authorities to impose mandatory use of plastic glasses and bottles in licensed premises; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 4th September 2012
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

531 Written Questions

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25 Other Department Questions
6th Sep 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, when she plans to respond to the letter sent by the Hon. Member for Wrexham on 21 February 2018 reference ZA21109 on modern slavery.

A reply has been sent by my Hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and Minister for Women.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will place in the Library the most recent submissions made by the parties involved in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.

The European Commission has published a large number of documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on its website, including EU proposals for legal text, position papers and factsheets.

The Commission and the US have agreed that national parliamentarians should have access to classified TTIP documents, including consolidated texts, via reading rooms in national ministries. Restrictions placed on these rooms include that they are only accessible to officials of Member State central governments and Members of Member State national Parliaments.

The UK intends to establish such a reading room in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This will give equivalent access to documents for Members of both Houses to that afforded to Members of the European Parliament. Members of both Houses will be informed of the process and details of how to access the room shortly, once these have been finalised.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the findings of the Committee on Climate Change's 2014-15 Annual Report, what steps she is taking to achieve the necessary strengthening of policies identified to meet future carbon budgets.

We will respond to the Committee on Climate Change’s Annual Progress Report by the 15th October. This will set out our response to each of the Committee’s recommendations.

In addition to this Government response, we will bring forward further proposals on how we plan to meet carbon budgets over the course of next year.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the likely annual saving on average household energy bills from the proposed early closure of the solar renewables obligation.

As stated in the impact assessment accompanying the consultation paper, the likely annual saving on average household electricity bills from the proposed early closure of the renewables obligation to solar PV at 5MW and below is £0.80 in 2020/21 on the medium deployment scenario, with a range from £0.50 to £1.20. These bill impact figures are in 2014 prices.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has paid in damages in connection with the judgment in Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change v Friends of the Earth and Others, [2012], EWCA Civ 28 to date.

To date there has been no award of damages and litigation is ongoing.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2025.

The Government is committed to meeting its targets for carbon emission reductions. The steps we are taking to achieve these targets include:

• helping consumers and businesses to save money on their energy bills;

• making buildings more energy efficient;

• helping consumers to take control of their energy use with smart meters, and

• decarbonising the power sector in the most cost effective way.

We will shortly be publishing our response on the Committee on Climate Change’s Annual Progress Report. This will outline in more detail the steps we are taking. In addition, we will bring forward further proposals on how we plan to meet our carbon targets over the course of next year.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of shale gas extraction on delivery of the (a) second and (b) third Carbon Budget.

The Government’s independent advisory body on climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), has considered the role of shale gas in previous reports about carbon budgets to 2027[1]; this included the second and third carbon budgets. They concluded that UK shale gas production can be consistent with meeting our carbon targets.

The Infrastructure Act 2015 places a new requirement on the Secretary of State to seek advice from the CCC on the likely impact of onshore oil and gas production (including shale gas) on meeting our carbon budgets and our 2050 80% emission reduction target. The first CCC report is due by 1 April 2016.

[1] For an overview of the CCC work on shale gas please see also http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/environmental-audit/EAC-Shale-gas-letter.pdf .

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish a plan to phase out all unabated coal power.

Coal accounted for 40% of total UK electricity generation in 2012, falling to 29% in 2014. We expect the role of unabated coal generation to decline further as a result of deployment of low carbon alternatives, the cost of generation and the investment needed to meet new pollution abatement standards. The Department’s analysis (central scenario) shows that unabated coal is expected to account for around 1% of total UK generation by 2025.

The Government’s planning policy prevents the building of new coal power plants without carbon capture and storage.

Source: DECC Updated energy and emissions projections 2014 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/368021/Updated_energy_and_emissions_projections2014.pdf

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many domestic solar PV installations were made in the UK in each of the last five years for which records are available.

The table below provides the number of domestic solar PV installations in the UK from 2010 to 2015 (data up to June for 2015). Data for Great Britain are for installations supported by the Feed in Tariff, designated as being for domestic use. For Northern Ireland, there is no breakdown of sector available, but all installations are less than 50 kW, and are all included here.

Year

GB

NI

UK

2010

21,044

41

21,085

2011

189,280

155

189,435

2012

148,483

775

149,258

2013

88,570

3,779

92,349

2014

113,080

6,634

119,714

2015

39,118

2,830

41,948

Source:

GB data from the Central Feed-in Tariff Register, as at end of June 2015. A snap shot of cumulative installations as at the end of June 2015 is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/sub-regional-feed-in-tariffs-confirmed-on-the-cfr-statistics

Data for Northern Ireland from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (and Renewables Obligation), also available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-photovoltaics-deployment.

14th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what criteria were used to select the next generation digital economy centres announced in the Summer Budget 2015.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 July 2015 to UIN 6470.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the reform of the Electronic Communication.

I and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport have regular discussions on a wide range of issues.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the availability of finance for entrepreneurs who are discharged bankrupts.

Entrepreneurs who are discharged bankrupts can encounter difficulties in accessing finance because their credit history is affected for several years after a bankruptcy.

There are no targeted support schemes for entrepreneurs who are discharged bankrupts. However, they are still able to apply for finance from commercial sources and steps have been taken to improve the ability of all entrepreneurs to find the finance they need to start and expand a business. There is, for example the 'Finance Finder' tool on the gov.uk website. This is a searchable database of publicly-backed sources of finance. The tool helps to explore the full range of options available, from Government grants through to investment types of finance available from Business Angels and Venture Capitalists. In addition, the British Business Bank has recently published “The Business Finance Guide: A journey from Start-Up to Growth”. This is a unique guide that outlines sources of finance available to businesses. It is available on the British Business Bank website. Details of a wide range of private sector lenders, searchable by location and firm type can also be found at the Better Business Finance website.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will assess the effect of discharged bankruptcy on the ability of entrepreneurs to set up new businesses.

Current bankruptcy provisions in the UK give a fresh start to a debtor after 12 months when he or she is discharged from the bankruptcy. In 2014, the EU Commission published its recommendation calling for a maximum 3 year discharge period across Europe in order to encourage entrepreneurship. I am pleased to note that we are already well within that recommendation. There are no plans to assess these provisions at present.

Once bankruptcy is discharged, there is no formal bar to an individual setting up a new business.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what criteria were applied in selecting the next generation digital economy centres announced in the Summer Budget 2015.

The Digital Economy Centres were funded through the Research Council UK’s (RCUK) Digital Economy (DE) research programme. This theme has already invested over £170 million in applied multidisciplinary research across the Digital Economy - from societal challenges to technological solutions.

The Next Generation DE Centres will operate over a five-year period and will draw substantially on the knowledge and successes of previous RCUK Digital Economy investments. We have funded six centres and will continue to monitor the impact of the programme as these centres become operational.

There have been no ministerial or official level discussions with the Welsh Government on this issue. The Research Councils support academic research throughout the UK. The Centre based in Swansea is partnering with the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust and South Wales Police, amongst other partners.

The DE Centres were awarded as part of a peer reviewed competition during 2014/15. All applications were considered according to the RCUK standard peer review processes with research excellence as the primary criterion. Additional secondary assessment criteria such as evidence of co-creation with end-users, and clear plans to develop the UK Digital Economy community, were also considered. The Centres were also required to demonstrate how they would train skilled researchers and innovators.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the establishment of next generation digital economy centres in Wales.

The Digital Economy Centres were funded through the Research Council UK’s (RCUK) Digital Economy (DE) research programme. This theme has already invested over £170 million in applied multidisciplinary research across the Digital Economy - from societal challenges to technological solutions.

The Next Generation DE Centres will operate over a five-year period and will draw substantially on the knowledge and successes of previous RCUK Digital Economy investments. We have funded six centres and will continue to monitor the impact of the programme as these centres become operational.

There have been no ministerial or official level discussions with the Welsh Government on this issue. The Research Councils support academic research throughout the UK. The Centre based in Swansea is partnering with the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust and South Wales Police, amongst other partners.

The DE Centres were awarded as part of a peer reviewed competition during 2014/15. All applications were considered according to the RCUK standard peer review processes with research excellence as the primary criterion. Additional secondary assessment criteria such as evidence of co-creation with end-users, and clear plans to develop the UK Digital Economy community, were also considered. The Centres were also required to demonstrate how they would train skilled researchers and innovators.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what process his Department plans to bring forward proposals for the establishment of further next generation digital economy centres.

The Digital Economy Centres were funded through the Research Council UK’s (RCUK) Digital Economy (DE) research programme. This theme has already invested over £170 million in applied multidisciplinary research across the Digital Economy - from societal challenges to technological solutions.

The Next Generation DE Centres will operate over a five-year period and will draw substantially on the knowledge and successes of previous RCUK Digital Economy investments. We have funded six centres and will continue to monitor the impact of the programme as these centres become operational.

There have been no ministerial or official level discussions with the Welsh Government on this issue. The Research Councils support academic research throughout the UK. The Centre based in Swansea is partnering with the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust and South Wales Police, amongst other partners.

The DE Centres were awarded as part of a peer reviewed competition during 2014/15. All applications were considered according to the RCUK standard peer review processes with research excellence as the primary criterion. Additional secondary assessment criteria such as evidence of co-creation with end-users, and clear plans to develop the UK Digital Economy community, were also considered. The Centres were also required to demonstrate how they would train skilled researchers and innovators.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223288, what steps he is taking to encourage institutions of further and higher education to put in place financial protection for overseas students.

The Government commitment to protecting the interests of overseas students coming to the UK is highlighted in the International Education Strategy published July 2013. The International Education Council has been established to drive the implementation of this strategy. As part of their work they have formed a sector led working group which has been looking a range of issues which shape the overall International Student Experience - including financial protection.

4th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department or other Ministers in her Department on the establishment of a national financial protection scheme for international students.

Policy for further and higher education is a devolved matter and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is responsible for England. Institutions of Further and Higher Education are autonomous independent organisations and as such, they are themselves responsible for their policies and procedures and the management of their operations. The Government encourages the sector to take student welfare seriously, including the welfare of international students.

Officials in BIS regularly meet with Home Office officials and education sector representatives to discuss a range of issues affecting international students. Both my R thon Friend the Secretary of State for BIS and I also regularly meet with bodies who represent or are otherwise concerned with international students.

4th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last met international students' representatives to discuss issues affecting international students in the UK.

Policy for further and higher education is a devolved matter and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is responsible for England. Institutions of Further and Higher Education are autonomous independent organisations and as such, they are themselves responsible for their policies and procedures and the management of their operations. The Government encourages the sector to take student welfare seriously, including the welfare of international students.

Officials in BIS regularly meet with Home Office officials and education sector representatives to discuss a range of issues affecting international students. Both my R thon Friend the Secretary of State for BIS and I also regularly meet with bodies who represent or are otherwise concerned with international students.

4th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on the Tuition Protection Scheme for international students in Australia.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) received a letter from the National Union of Students dated 15 July 2014 which asked BIS to lead in ensuring the creation of a scheme to protect legitimate international students.

As part of his visit to Australia in February 2014, my predecessor the Rt. hon Friend the Member for Havant (David Willetts) was keen to learn more about their Tuition Protection Scheme and officials also liaised with Tuition Protection Scheme officials in Australia to understand the design and management of this scheme.

4th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on the establishment of a national financial protection scheme for international students studying in the UK.

Policy for further and higher education is a devolved matter and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is responsible for England. Institutions of Further and Higher Education are autonomous independent organisations and as such, they are themselves responsible for their policies and procedures and the management of their operations. The Government encourages the sector to take student welfare seriously, including the welfare of international students.

Officials in BIS regularly meet with Home Office officials and education sector representatives to discuss a range of issues affecting international students. Both my R thon Friend the Secretary of State for BIS and I also regularly meet with bodies who represent or are otherwise concerned with international students.

4th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on the establishment of a national financial protection scheme for international students.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) received a letter from the National Union of Students dated 15 July 2014 which asked BIS to lead in ensuring the creation of a scheme to protect legitimate international students.

As part of his visit to Australia in February 2014, my predecessor the Rt. hon Friend the Member for Havant (David Willetts) was keen to learn more about their Tuition Protection Scheme and officials also liaised with Tuition Protection Scheme officials in Australia to understand the design and management of this scheme.

4th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many international students applied to study in UK universities in each of the last five years.

Final figures for the years up to 2014 are shown in the table.

The latest information for the 2015 application cycle shows that, as at January 15th, applicants via UCAS from EU and non-EU countries were up by 7% and 3% respectively, compared to the same point last year. The UCAS deadline for the receipt of applications from non-EU applicants is the end of June; normally, only around two thirds of non-EU applicants apply by mid-January.

These figures only cover applicants to full-time undergraduate courses. Information on applicants to part-time undergraduate courses, and all postgraduate courses, is not held centrally. Only just over half of all non-EU overseas entrants to full-time courses apply via UCAS, the rest apply directly to institutions.

Applicants via UCAS from EU and non-EU countries to full-time undergraduate courses at UK institutions

Final end of cycle figures

Year of entry

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Domicile:

EU (excluding UK)

47,320

49,275

43,150

44,835

46,830

Non-EU

64,730

63,020

67,150

70,555

74,560



9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the importance of transparency in the extractive industries.

The Coalition Government believes strongly that transparency in the extractives sector is essential to ensure that citizens in resource-rich countries can benefit from the wealth generated from the extraction of their natural resources. This is why we supported the EU's proposal to require large and listed extractive industries companies to report on the payments they make to governments; and why the UK has signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

The Government continues to raise awareness of the importance of transparency in the extractive industries. Over the past year key steps have been taken to raise awareness of the UK's commitment to become EITI-compliant. This includes the launch event in July 2013 held at BIS with 130 attendees from industry, civil society and government. The Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) has been formed which plays a key part in making the decisions on UK implementation. A website for the UK's EITI has been developed, a link can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-extractive-industries-transparency-initiative-multi-stakeholder-group

My hon Friend the Member for Dunbartonshire East (Jo Swinson) published an article in the EITI Telegraph supplement on Sunday 6th October 2013, explaining the UK's rationale for committing to EITI. Most recently, the Prime Minister in an article dated 4 June and published in the Wall Street Journal, called on government leaders to work towards a global standard in transparency reporting.

I spoke at the EITI mining event which tookplace at the Institute for Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM) on the 12 June. This event was directed at key mining stakeholders who we need to engage in EITI.

During the consultation period of Chapter 10 of the Accounting Directive my department held familiarisation sessions with stakeholders which provided an opportunity to learn more about the reporting requirements of the Directive and explain the UK's proposed approach to implementation. The consultation closed on Friday 16 May and officials are currently analysing the responses received.

The Government will take every opportunity to drive forward this important agenda.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Attorney General, how many sexual offences leading to prosecution there have been in (a) North Wales and (b) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of defendants whose prosecution was completed and where the principal offence at finalisation is categorised as a sexual offence.

During each of the last ten years the number of defendants prosecuted, in (a) North Wales and (b) England & Wales, whose principal offence was identified as a sexual offence, is as follows:

North Wales

England & Wales

2005-2006

113

11,481

2006-2007

118

11,129

2007-2008

106

11,099

2008-2009

125

10,878

2009-2010

99

11,174

2010-2011

162

12,472

2011-2012

125

11,735

2012-2013

124

11,002

2013-2014

145

12,040

2014-2015

225

13,778

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

It is not possible to disaggregate figures to show separately the volume and outcome of proceedings for individual offences within the Sexual Offences Category. A single defendant may be charged with more than one offence.

27th Nov 2014
To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions have been brought in relation to fraud in English language tests at universities revealed in the BBC's Panorama investigation broadcast in February 2014.

The Specialist Fraud Division of the Crown Prosecution Service is currently prosecuting four individuals in one case, arising out of the BBC’s Panorama investigation broadcast on 10 February 2014. That investigation highlighted alleged irregularities in the administration of English language examinations at two educational establishments (not universities) operating under the names Bright Consultant Services Ltd (London) and Universal Training Centre (Watford). The matter is sub judice to secure a fair trial.

4th Nov 2014
To ask the Attorney General, how many cyber-crime cases the Crown Prosecution Service has prosecuted since 2012.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given by the Attorney General on the 6th November to question 213370 from the Hon. Member for Bolton West.

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister and his advisers concerning centralisation of data collection in Government.

The details of meetings between Ministers and their advisers are confidential.

Having a comprehensive anonymised view of how people interact with government services online is an important part of developing services which provide information in a way users understand.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in his Department on (a) reform of electoral law and (b) data protection.

The Cabinet Office is taking a cross-Government approach to the safeguarding of our electoral processes through the Defending Democracy programme and we continue to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This work is led within the Cabinet Office by the Minister for the Constitution, under the oversight of the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The Government remains committed to ensuring our electoral law is fit for purpose, now and into the future. In May this year, the Government announced we would be launching a consultation on electoral integrity. As part of that, we are considering measures to strengthen the regulatory framework around elections and ensure they are fully up to date for a modern electoral system. We are also awaiting the publication of the final report from the Law Commission on their review of electoral law, which we understand will be published early next year, and will look at their recommendations and comments with interest.

DCMS is responsible for data protection policy and sponsors the independent regulator of the Data Protection Act 2018, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO are consulting on a draft framework code of practice for the use of personal data in political campaigning, which concluded on 04 October.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on (a) data protection and (b) electoral reform.

The Cabinet Office is taking a cross-Government approach to the safeguarding of our electoral processes through the Defending Democracy programme and we continue to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This work is led within the Cabinet Office by the Minister for the Constitution, under the oversight of the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The Government remains committed to ensuring our electoral law is fit for purpose, now and into the future. In May this year, the Government announced we would be launching a consultation on electoral integrity. As part of that, we are considering measures to strengthen the regulatory framework around elections and ensure they are fully up to date for a modern electoral system. We are also awaiting the publication of the final report from the Law Commission on their review of electoral law, which we understand will be published early next year, and will look at their recommendations and comments with interest.

DCMS is responsible for data protection policy and sponsors the independent regulator of the Data Protection Act 2018, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO are consulting on a draft framework code of practice for the use of personal data in political campaigning, which concluded on 04 October.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) meetings and (b) subject matter of each such meeting he has attended on matters relating to his ministerial responsibilities since his appointment.

Details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations are published quarterly in arrears on GOV.UK.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
4th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the net change in the number of people in the working age population as a result of ageing demographic trends in the UK and excluding in-year migrants in the (a) last five years and (b) next five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Nov 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department employed after 24 June 2016 hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

EU Exit is an all-of-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning.

Members of staff across the Department may at times be required to provide advice and analysis on EU Exit issues as required. Since there is extensive crossover between EU exit work and the Department’s other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people in Wrexham constituency worked in the public sector in each of the last five years for which data is available.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions have taken place between Ministers in his Department and Google on IT systems used by the Government in the last five years.

As part of my Department's transparency programme, details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on the Cabinet Office website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-transparency-publications.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts for delivery of IT services have been concluded between the Government and Google in the last five years.

Since January 2011, as part of the Government’s transparency programme, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Since 1 April 2015, wider public sector bodies, including local authorities, have also been required to publish details of contracts above the value of £25,000 on Contracts Finder.

Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: http://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive

Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on reform of the Electronic Communications Code.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of ministerial discussions are not normally disclosed.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in each parliamentary constituency have been employed on zero-hours contracts in each month since May 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

30th Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by what process the Government quantifies the severity of cyber-attacks; and what criteria the Government employs to determine its response to such attacks.

CERT-UK, the UK’s national Computer Emergency Response Team assesses the severity of cyber attacks against the UK and coordinates the UK’s response to such incidents working with HM Government, Law Enforcement, private industry and overseas partners as the need arises. The UK’s approach to the management of cyber incidents is in line with the wider UK management of national emergencies of any cause and is drawn from the Central Government Arrangements for Responding to an Emergency: Concept of Operations (CONOPS) available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-central-governments-s-concept-of-operations.

The assessment of and response to incidents is considered on a case by case basis in line with the principles in the CONOPS and will depend on the actual or potential impact that might be caused.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the report by Sir John Jenkins on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Work is underway across Government to consider the findings of the Muslim Brotherhood review. We will make the main findings of the review public in due course.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the report by Sir John Jenkins on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Work is underway across Government to consider the findings of the Muslim Brotherhood review. We will make the main findings of the review public in due course.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed in the (a) commerce and (b) manufacturing sectors in (i) Wrexham constituency, (ii) Wales and (iii) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in median gross weekly earnings for (a) men and (b) women in Wrexham constituency since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers over the age of (a) 50 and (b) 60 in (i) Wrexham constituency, (ii) Wales and (iii) the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in median gross pay for women in Wrexham constituency since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of children living in households in Wrexham constituency where one or both parents are (a) working-part-time because they are unable to find full-time work and (b) employed on a zero-hours contract.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

It is not possible to estimate the proportion of staff time dedicated to EU exit due to the interdependencies and synergies between EU exit and the Department’s other priorities. Teams across the Department are working on delivering a successful EU exit. This includes full-time staff in central coordination teams, and dedicated resource embedded in policy and delivery teams. The Department will continue to ensure there is an appropriate level of resource to deliver its EU exit programme.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people in Wrexham constituency who will be covered by the Government's latest proposals to safeguard customers on the poorest value energy tariff.

Ofgem is considering options to protect vulnerable consumers and has yet to announce a formal proposal. Alongside this Ofgem has announced a package of measures to help consumers move away from poor value tariffs.

16th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has had discussions with Post Office officials on locating current and future post offices on non-ground floor premises.

The provision and location of post offices is the operational responsibility of the Post Office. The Department does not play a role in operational decisions which are for the businesses to take.

Prior to any post office relocation, the Post Office conducts a six week local consultation before making any final decision. This is to let customers and interested stakeholders know the detail of its proposal and to seek feedback.

Post Office ensures that all of its agency and franchise branches are aware of the requirements and importance if the Equality Act 2010. The Post Offices approach to accessibility is endorsed by Disability Rights UK.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which post offices in each constituency have moved to premises shared with private sector organisations; and which organisations each such post office is sharing with.

The provision and location of post offices is the operational responsibility of Post Office Limited.

I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which post offices in each constituency have moved from ground floor to first floor premises in the last two years.

The provision and location of post offices is the operational responsibility of Post Office Limited.

I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.

28th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her timescale is for responding to the Ofcom recommendations in the report entitled Making on-demand services accessible: What should regulations look like?, published in December 2018.

As part of a digitally inclusive society, television content should be accessible for all UK audiences. That is why in December 2017, DCMS asked Ofcom to provide recommendations on making on-demand services more accessible. This is part of the implementation of the new power given to the Secretary of State to impose accessibility requirements on on-demand service providers.

Ofcom published its report in December 2018 and my department has been considering the report and engaging with stakeholders to develop the future legislative framework. We will set out next steps in due course.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library the correspondence between the BBC and his Department from the date of the 2017 General Election on the Conservative Party's Election Manifesto pledge to maintain pensioner benefits and the policy of transferring responsibility for free TV licences for over 75s to the BBC.

There is no plan to place such correspondence in the library but the Government is clear that the future of the over 75 licence fee concession is the responsibility of the BBC.

The Government is disappointed with the BBC’s decision. People across the country value television as a way to stay connected, and the Government has asked the BBC to look at further ways to support older people.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) steps he is taking and (b) funds he is allocating to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the design sector.

Under its creative industries sector deal, the government has recently launched the £14million Creative Careers Programme, which is designed to raise awareness of the range of careers available across the creative industries, as well as launching the £4 million Creative Scale-Up investment readiness programme aimed at increasing the profitability, scalability and productivity of creative industries businesses. Design companies will be able to access both these programmes with obvious benefits for the wider sector in creating a pipeline of future talent.

16th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support UK museums that are not in receipt of grant-in-aid funding; and whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of those museums that are not in receipt of such funding.

DCMS directly supports 15 museums and galleries, comprising 37 sites across the country, with grant-in-aid funding. The Ministry of Defence supports three service museums with grant-in-aid. In addition to this, there are around 2500 museums in England, 1,322 of which are accredited, which do not receive grant-in-aid but are supported by government by at least one of 16 different sources of public funding worth over £800 million per year, as outlined in the Mendoza Review: an independent review of museums in England published in November 2017. This includes the Arts Council England, an arm’s-length body of the department, which is the development agency for museums in England and supports museums in several ways including through its National Portfolio programme. Around half of the Accredited sector in England is independent museums with varied sources of income.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the (a) correspondence and (b) minutes of meetings between (a) himself, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department and Sir Brian Leveson on (A) the commencement of Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry and (B) Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

The Government's correspondence with Sir Brian on the future of the Leveson Inquiry has been published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-leveson-inquiry-and-its-implementation. There is no correspondence relating to section 40 as it would not be appropriate for Sir Brian, as a serving judge, to express a view on the legislative proposals of government. DCMS and Home Office ministers have met with Sir Brian numerous times since the Inquiry was established to discuss a range of issues, and his views have been set out in the Government response to the consultation.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in her Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

Exit is an all-of-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepared for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning. Staff within the DCMS EU Team lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues. Members of staff across the Department also provide advice and analyses on EU Exit issues as required. Given the interactions between EU exit work and the Department's other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the equity of regional and national trends in the award of National Lottery grants over the last three years.

National Lottery good cause money is allocated by expert bodies at arm's length from Government, taking account of their own priorities and the need for equitable distribution.

Policy directions are set by DCMS or the devolved administrations as relevant. The Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Sport England and British Film Institute are all required to take equality of access into account in developing programmes and considering grant allocations. This requirement does not apply to UK Sport's as their funding targets elite athletes.

Each distributor takes account of a variety of considerations including geographical spread of funding, deprivation data and participation rates when determining priorities and allocating budget. Distributors run specific programmes designed to encourage applications from less well-represented areas.

Information on projects in receipt of a Lottery award can be found on the National Lottery Grants Database at the following link: http://www.lottery.culture.gov.uk and from Lottery Distributors' own websites. The grants database can be sorted on a national, regional, local authority and constituency level.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the recommendations on fixed-odds betting terminals of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and the Gambling Commission.

We hope to make an announcement on the Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures shortly.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for National Lottery funding have been made by parliamentary constituency in each of the last three years.

The department does not hold information on applications for funding from National Lottery distributing bodies. The department does maintain a database for all grants that have been awarded, which can be searched by constituency level. This database can be found at: www.lottery.culture.gov.uk.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the compliance by Premier League football clubs with regulations to facilitate access to their grounds for disabled people.

I expect all sports and all clubs to take the necessary action to fulfil their legal obligations under the Equality Act of 2010 so that disabled people are not placed at a substantial disadvantage when accessing sports venues. We are expecting a final report from the Premier League this autumn on whether clubs have met their pledge to meet a number of agreed measures to improve accessibility for disabled spectators. The measures include all clubs to achieve compliance with the Accessible Stadia guide by August 2017, and for all clubs to ensure the appropriate number of wheelchair bays are located in their away sections (10% of their home provision).

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the body responsible for enforcing the Equality Act 2010. Following the EHRC's call for evidence from Premier League clubs to assess their adherence to the terms of the Equality Act, if the EHRC suspect or believe that individual clubs are in breach of the 2010 Act, they will consider the use of their statutory powers in order to achieve compliance. All clubs failing to meet the minimum requirements were given a deadline of September to publish their plan of action and timetable for improvement or face an investigation. I support the EHRC's work to enforce the legislation and improve access for disabled people to sports grounds.

7th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the National Lottery received from the sale of lottery tickets in each constituency in Wales in each of the last three years.

National Lottery good cause money is allocated by expert bodies at arm's length from Government, taking account of their own priorities and the need for equitable distribution. It is not linked to sales distribution and Government does not collate this information.

Data on ticket sales is a matter for Camelot, the National Lottery operator. Camelot releases detailed national sales information which can be found online at: http://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting. Camelot does not release more granular sales data due to its commercially sensitive nature.

Information on projects in receipt of a Lottery award can be found on the National Lottery Grants Database at the following link; http://www.lottery.culture.gov.uk and from Lottery Distributors' own websites.

5th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral evidence by the Chair of Ofcom to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 22 November 2016, on the outstanding range of recommendations made for appointment to the board of Channel 4, for what reason she rejected one of those recommendations.

Non-executive members of the Channel 4 Corporation board are appointed by Ofcom with the approval of the Secretary of State. Ofcom advertised for four vacancies for candidates with specific sector skills and experience. The Secretary of State approved the four candidates on the basis that they met the skills and experience set out in the advertised job descriptions.

30th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she applies when making a decision on recommendations by Ofcom for appointments to public bodies.

The Secretary of State uses the criteria set out in the advertised job descriptions.

30th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account she takes of diversity when deciding on recommendations from Ofcom on individual appointments to the board of Channel 4.

As with all public appointments, the Secretary of State focused on the criteria set out in the advertised job description when making her decision on appointments to the board of Channel 4, to ensure that the candidates had the specific skills and experiences required.

We are strongly committed to ensuring diversity in all public appointments. For example in the first half of 2016/17, 50% of new DCMS appointments went to women and 18% to BAME candidates.

Diversity in all its forms is an important factor taken into account when all public appointments are made.

14th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he met the Minister for the Cabinet Office to examine the options for extracting greater public value from Channel 4 between 4 September 2015 and 24 September 2015.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport did not meet with the Minister for the Cabinet Office to discuss Channel 4 between 4 September 2015 and 24 September 2015.

2nd Feb 2016
S4C
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ensure that he consults with S4C before any future agreement is reached with any third party affecting that company's budget.

The Government is committed to supporting S4C and values its service to Welsh speaking audiences. In order for S4C to continue to provide a first-class service and have a sustainable future, the Government announced (on Wednesday 3rd February) an extra £400,000 funding for 2016/17 and the intention to carry out a comprehensive review in 2017.

15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 12762, on broadband, whether the sum to be paid to local authorities and devolved administrations from the funding returned by BT will be linked to the take-up of broadband within that authority or administration's area.

The £129m funding returned by BT to each project is based on an assumption by BT that take-up will reach 30% of premises passed to date in each respective project area.

15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 12762, on broadband, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of repaying a proportion of the returned funds to the BBC which made an initial contribution to the project.

The clawback funding identified by BT remains available for investment by the local authorities and devolved administrations in further broadband coverage within their respective project areas. This funding has not been returned to DCMS.

15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 12762, on broadband, how the £129 million to be repaid to local authorities and the devolved administrations will be divided between those bodies; and how the allocation of that funding will be calculated.

The clawback funding identified by BT remains available for investment by the local authorities and devolved administrations in further broadband coverage within their respective project areas. The funding amounts are based on an assumption by BT that take-up will reach 30% of the premises covered to date.

9th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of Government funding of free TV licenses from the over 75 on future availability of such free licences.

The Government is committed to protecting pensioner benefits for the entire period of this Parliament, and the agreement to transfer responsibility for over-75s TV licences to the BBC makes no change to that commitment. People who are over 75 will still receive a free TV licence under the terms of this.


4th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the Government plans to implement Lord Leveson's recommendation that regulatory authorities should be able to impose structural remedies and remedies which will change behaviour which can relate, if appropriate, to editorial independence and journalistic standards.

In response to Lord Leveson's recommendations on media plurality we asked Ofcom to consider how we measure media plurality in the UK. Ofcom published a framework for measurement on the 5th November. We will need to consider that framework and how we make a baseline assessment before we consider any further work in this area.

4th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when Ofcom plans to publish its report on measuring frameworks for media plurality.

Ofcom published its report on a framework for media plurality on 5th November.

4th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will assess the potential merits of arms-length funding to support community journalism and independent news start-ups to promote informed citizenship.

This Government believes local media has a vital role to play in local communities and in local democracy.There are no current plans for a Government investigation into the merits of arms-length funding for community journalism, but we would welcome evidence from the sector to support this.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the privatisation of Channel 4 on the independent production sector in the UK.

No decisions have been made on the future of Channel 4. The Government is considering how best to ensure Channel 4's future sustainability, while maintaining its ability to deliver against its remit. It will also be important to consider the impacts of any possible changes to Channel 4 on the independent UK production sector.


3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he has held discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on privatisation of Channel 4 in the last 12 months.

The Secretary of State meets regularly with the Chancellor to discuss matters relating to DCMS policy. The government has made no decisions regarding reform of Channel 4.The government is considering a range of options as to how best to ensure Channel 4's future sustainability while maintaining its ability to deliver against its remit, including options put forward by Channel 4.


3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office on privatisation of Channel 4 in the last year.

The Secretary of State meets regularly with the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office to discuss matters relating to DCMS policy. The government has made no decisions regarding reform of Channel 4. The government is considering a range of options as to how best to ensure Channel 4's future sustainability while maintaining its ability to deliver against its remit, including options put forward by Channel 4.


3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with Ministers from the Cabinet Office at which the privatisation of Channel 4 was discussed in August and September 2015.

The Secretary of State meets regularly with Ministers from the Cabinet Office to discuss matters relating to DCMS policy. The government has made no decisions regarding reform of Channel 4. The government is considering a range of options as to how best to ensure Channel 4's future sustainability while maintaining its ability to deliver against its remit, including options put forward by Channel 4.


12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions took place between the Government and the BBC on free television licences for people over 75 before the decision was made that the BBC would fund such licences; and when such discussions took place.

The decision to transfer of thecost of providing free television licences for over-75s to the BBC was an agreement reached by the Government and the BBC. The Governmentmet both the BBC Executive and the BBC Trust to discuss thison a number of occasions ahead of the announcement.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with age-related third sector or charity organisations on the withdrawal of Government funding for free television licences for people over 75.

The over 75’s continue to receive free TV licenses, following agreements between the BBC and Government that the BBC would assume responsibility for the over 75s television licence concession.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with mobile network operators on (a) digital infrastructure and inclusion and (b) reform of the Electronic Communications Code since May 2015.

The Secretary of State regularly meets with all stakeholders across the telecoms industry to discuss a variety of relevant issues including the reform of the Electronic Communications Code. The Government is committed to reforming the current Code in ways that will promote network connectivity, expand coverage and take into account the legitimate interests of all parties. By enabling the rollout of telecommunications infrastructure, Code reform will provide more consumers across the country with a range of high quality digital services.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the mobile network operators on (a) digital infrastructure and inclusion and (b) reform of the Electronic Communications Code since May 2015.

The Secretary of State regularly meets with all stakeholders across the telecoms industry to discuss a variety of relevant issues including the reform of the Electronic Communications Code. The Government is committed to reforming the current Code in ways that will promote network connectivity, expand coverage and take into account the legitimate interests of all parties. By enabling the rollout of telecommunications infrastructure, Code reform will provide more consumers across the country with a range of high quality digital services.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects in Wales have been (a) considered and (b) chosen for local television licences since 2010.

In developing a framework for licensing local television, Ofcom assessed the technical feasibility of transmitting local television services at a number of locations in Wales. Illustrative technical plans were produced for six suitable locations: Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, Mold, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest. The choice of locations was governed by the position of television transmitter masts and the availability of spectrum at each location. Given these constraints, it is not possible to provide local TV services via terrestrial TV everywhere in Wales – the same situation exists in England Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Ofcom advertised licences for local television services in four locations: Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor and Mold. Ofcom received no expressions of interest from any parties wishing to launch a service in either Haverfordwest or Carmarthen. Licences have been awarded for Cardiff, Swansea and Mold and statements of these licence awards are published on Ofcom’s website. Ofcom decided not to award the local TV licence to the sole bidder for Bangor licence.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who selected which towns and cities are eligible for Broadband Connection Vouchers.

DCMS set the eligibility criteria for those cities announced by the Chancellor at the Budget in March. The 50 cities invited to participate were 1) the 22 existing Super Connected cities, 2) cities that applied or were eligible to apply to the Super Connected Cities Programme, and 3) cities already participating in the City Deal programme (or related programme in the home nations).

The participating cities set their own intervention areas based on their economic priorities.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2015 to Question 225228, what criteria his Department uses to decide on which regional commercial radio stations to advertise superfast broadband.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has advertised on radio as part of its £8 million national broadband awareness campaign. The awareness campaign also includes TV, posters, press adverts and online advertising. For radio advertising, as with all media used, we select the radio stations which will reach our target audience as efficiently as possible basing our decision on data such as listener figures, audience demographics and reach of each radio station.
24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on advertising on Classic FM in each of the last 12 months.

The release of this information would prejudice commercial interests.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on advertising on regional commercial radio stations in each of the last 12 months.

The Department has spent £569,000 on advertising on regional commercial stations broken down as follows:

£269,000 to promote broadband connection vouchers in eligible cities (November-December 2014)

£300,000 as part of the government’s £8 million superfast broadband awareness campaign (February 2015)

2nd Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will carry out an assessment of the adequacy of mobile telephone coverage in Wrexham town centre.

An assessment of mobile telephone coverage of the whole of the UK, including Wrexham and West Cheshire and Chester, has been carried out by Ofcom and is publicly available on the Regulator’s web site: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-services/ The information provided goes down to the level of an appropriate administrative area – such as Wrexham. It is not possible to identify data separately for Wrexham town centre

This covers both 2G and 3G networks and may be consulted on the basis of geographical area or premises. Coverage in each area is ranked from 1 to 5 on the level of mobile coverage (1= 95% or more; 2= 90% - less than 95%; 3= 80% - less than 90%; 4= 60% - less than 80%; 5= less than 60%). It is also possible to download the data in tabular form. The data was last up-dated on 13 December 2013. More information may be found in Ofcom’s 2013 up-date to its Infrastructure Report, also available to download at: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-services/

2nd Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative assessment he has made of the adequacy of mobile telephone coverage in (a) Wrexham and (b) West Cheshire and Chester.

An assessment of mobile telephone coverage of the whole of the UK, including Wrexham and West Cheshire and Chester, has been carried out by Ofcom and is publicly available on the Regulator’s web site: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-services/ The information provided goes down to the level of an appropriate administrative area – such as Wrexham. It is not possible to identify data separately for Wrexham town centre

This covers both 2G and 3G networks and may be consulted on the basis of geographical area or premises. Coverage in each area is ranked from 1 to 5 on the level of mobile coverage (1= 95% or more; 2= 90% - less than 95%; 3= 80% - less than 90%; 4= 60% - less than 80%; 5= less than 60%). It is also possible to download the data in tabular form. The data was last up-dated on 13 December 2013. More information may be found in Ofcom’s 2013 up-date to its Infrastructure Report, also available to download at: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-services/

2nd Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of mobile telephone coverage in Wrexham County Borough.

An assessment of mobile telephone coverage of the whole of the UK, including Wrexham and West Cheshire and Chester, has been carried out by Ofcom and is publicly available on the Regulator’s web site: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-services/ The information provided goes down to the level of an appropriate administrative area – such as Wrexham. It is not possible to identify data separately for Wrexham town centre

This covers both 2G and 3G networks and may be consulted on the basis of geographical area or premises. Coverage in each area is ranked from 1 to 5 on the level of mobile coverage (1= 95% or more; 2= 90% - less than 95%; 3= 80% - less than 90%; 4= 60% - less than 80%; 5= less than 60%). It is also possible to download the data in tabular form. The data was last up-dated on 13 December 2013. More information may be found in Ofcom’s 2013 up-date to its Infrastructure Report, also available to download at: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-services/

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in her Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

The Department for Education does not hold this information. Preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union has an impact on a wide range of departmental business and is embedded within different policy functions.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

Over 80% of Defra’s agenda is affected by the UK’s departure from the European Union and as a result, many roles across the Defra group are now supporting work related to the UK’s departure from the EU, either directly or indirectly. We continue to keep our resourcing plans under review, focusing both on recruitment and increasing the capability of new and existing staff.

Defra has recruited over 550 additional staff, comprising both policy generalists and specialists of whom around 400 have already taken up post. The majority of these new staff are employed in the central department where they are working on a range of projects to enable a successful withdrawal from the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
25th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the European Food Safety Authority's review on the evidence on the impact of neonicotinoids; and what representations she has made to that Authority on that review.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) review on the evidence on the impact of neonicotinoids is an important opportunity to produce an up-to-date assessment of this issue. EFSA has just completed the data collection phase and the UK will contribute fully to the review as it progresses.


George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Adaptation Sub-Committee Progress Report 2014, what steps she is taking to minimise the risks to the well-being of UK citizens identified in that report.

The National Adaptation Programme report sets out over 370 actions that are being taken to address the risks identified in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, many of which impact on the well-being of UK citizens. The Government is committed to continue implementing the National Adaptation Programme, working across Government and with business, councils, civil society and academia.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the final version of her Department's report, Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts.

The full version of the draft rural economy impacts paper was released on 1 July and is available on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-shale-gas-rural-economy-impacts-paper. The draft paper was intended as a rapid review of existing literature; it is not analytically robust. Work on this paper was discontinued and we have no plans to update it.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

The Department for Exiting the European Union is responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU. As such all staff in the Department are dedicated to planning or supporting the work on EU exit. All departments are equipping themselves with the resources they need to get the best deal for the UK. The Department for Exiting the European Union now has just over 500 staff.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in her Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

To support work on the UK leaving the EU, DFID’s Europe Department has increased its staffing by 5.

6th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the development of relations between schools in the UK and in Africa.

Developing connections between schools in the UK and in poorer countries can bring benefits to all the children involved. Through our Connecting Classrooms programme we are giving British children the chance to act as Global Britain's ambassadors, to build international partnerships and to shape the world they want to live in.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on achieving the goals of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The UK Government is fully committed to global polio eradication and is the third largest donor to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, providing £300 million for 2013 to 2019.


UK funding has contributed, as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to a greater than 99% decrease in polio cases since 1988, with no cases reported in Africa for over a year. Only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are now reporting cases of wild polio, meaning we are now closer than ever to global eradication.

11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department is providing to the least developed countries to tackle climate change and its effects.

DFID is committed to supporting Climate Smart Development which tackles climate change and reduces poverty in developing countries. Our programmes aim to increase the ability of poor people to cope with the impacts of climate-related shocks, including droughts, floods and storms, and to build their resilience to future changes in climate. The International Climate Fund (ICF) is the UK Government’s vehicle for delivering climate finance assistance and other forms of support, such as technical assistance. Through the ICF the UK government is providing £3.87bn in support between 2011/12 and 2015/16.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
11th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure funding disbursed by her Department does not contribute to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

DFID is committed to supporting Climate Smart Development which tackles climate change and reduces poverty. This approach focuses on building the resilience of people in developing countries to the impacts of climate change, supporting economic development through low carbon growth, and promoting good governance of natural resources. A key part of this approach is to ensure that DFID programmes help address climate change, including reducing emissions.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
9th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Afghan civil society organisations attended the London Conference on Afghanistan and associated events.

Over 50 Afghan civil society representatives were elected to attend the London Conference on Afghanistan through a process led by the UN-supported Civil Society-Joint Working Group (CS-JWG) in Kabul. The full list of organisations represented is below.

Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA)

Eastern Region Civil Society Organizations Council (ERCSOC)

Afghan Women Educational Center (AWEC)

Afghanistan in Social Society

Waqt-e-Far Cultural and Social Organization (WFCSO)

Youth Unity Educational Cultural and Social Association (YUECSA)

Uruzgan Youth and Culture Society

Reshad Organisations

Eshanch Associaton

Peace Window for Women’s Rehabilitation Organization of Afghanistan (PWWROA)

Green Wish for Afghanistan Educational & Service Organization

Afghan Women News Agency

Feminine Solidarity for Justice Org (FSJO)

Open Asia

Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN)

Afghan Civil Society Forum-organization

7 TV / Organization of Afghan Alumni

Human Rights Focus Organisation (HRFO)

Cooperation Center for Afghanistan (CCA)

Youth Coordination Center (YCC)

Afghanistan Youth National Development & Social Organisation (AYNDSO)

Khost Women Cultural and Social Society

Awoshtoon Cultural Society Paktya

Sabawoon Radio & Television

Viyar

Naway Sahar

Mediothek

Cooperation Organization for Disabled and Poor People of Afghanistan (CODPPA)

Naji Development Welfare Organization (NDWO)

Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS)

Sanayee Development Organization (SDO)

Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS)

WADAN

Rural Rehabilitation Association for Afghanistan (RRAA)

Da Qanoon Ghushtonky

Development and Ability Organisation

Public Awareness Time Hour (PATH_O)

Afghan Women's Network

Marefat Civil Capacity Building Organization (MCCBO)

Afghan Women Skills Development Center

Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan

Women & Society- general director

Ertebat Organization

Empowerment Centre for Women (ECW)

Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA)

Afghan Community Rehabilitation Unit (ACRU)

Mediothek Afghanistan

ATRC / CSCC (Civil Society Coordination Center)

Afghan Public Welfare Organization (APWO)

OHRA (Organisation for Harm Reduction in Afghanistan)

10th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of EU aid to Angola is spent on improving the food supply.

Of the €210 million indicative EU budget for Angola to 2020, €84 million is earmarked to support sustainable agriculture to improve food and nutrition security, a proportion of 40%.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether there are any plans for beacons associated with airport construction on St Helena to be located within national conservation areas on the island.

Navigational lights will be installed on natural obstacles within the national conservation areas on the island.

The navigational lights will be located at The Barn, Great Stone Top, Horse Point, Bencoolen, and King and Queen’s Rocks. All of these areas are within the Airport Development Area agreed by St Helena Government.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many biosecurity breaches have been reported in (a) Rupert's Valley and (b) Prosperous Bay Plain in each year since the start of the airport construction process in St Helena.

(a) 1; (b) 1

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the known habitat of the mole spider is estimated to have been destroyed during the construction of the airport on St Helena.

When construction started at the airport site there were three known mole spider communities within the Airport Development Area. One community lost 0.1% of its habitat, one community’s habitat remained untouched and the final community lost 90% of its habitat. Mitigation measures were implemented to reduce the effects of the losses on this last community. This included the creation of similar habitat where subsequent monitoring shows that the mole spider has successfully migrated into this and adjacent areas.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the current cost is of transporting a container of goods to St Helena; and what estimate her Department has made of such a cost once the RMS St Helena is decommissioned.

Costs of transportation depends on volume and place of origin. Expressions of interest for ocean freight services are currently being reviewed by the Saint Helena Government.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library a copy of the audit of the accounts of the St Helena airport construction project in each of the last three years.

The St Helena airport project is monitored on a regular basis by its project board and is also subject to additional scrutiny by the Major Projects Authority (MPA).

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the new airport terminal on St Helena will be equipped with (a) a biosecurity scanner and (b) a secure biosecurity facility.

The Department for International Development is currently considering proposals from the St Helena Government on biosecurity management at the new airport terminal building, including the use of a biosecurity scanner and any associated facilities.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to protect the mole spider population at Bradleys in the airport development area of St Helena.

No construction work is planned within the mole spider habitat at Bradley’s and the area is protected from any construction-related activity. Environmental officers carry out checks to ensure compliance.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what change there has been in energy prices on St Helena in each of the last four years; and what estimate she has made of changes in such prices in each of the next three years.

From April 2010 to April 2014 the unit price of electricity per kilowatt hour in St Helena increased by 2.5p, 1.75p, 1.9p and 0.8p in each respective financial year: increasing the unit price for median consumption rates over this period from 15p to 22p per kilowatt hour.

Future energy prices on St Helena will be decided by the island’s private utility company and regulator.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Burundi.

Burundi is affected by food insecurity, although harvests were above average in 2013. Burundi is also currently host to 121,560 refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) as well as 33,000 Burundian returnees who came back from Mtabila camp in Tanzania following its closure at the end of 2012. Burundi's high population density creates a challenge for the Government of Burundi to find durable solutions for reintegration of IDPs and returnees. DFID will continue to monitor the humanitarian situation and in particular rainfall levels in the north of the country.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her US counterpart on conditionality of future US development aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo on adherence to constitutional term limits in that country.

UK ministers have discussions with their counterparts on a wide range of issues. The terms of US development aid is a matter for the US government.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department has in Lesotho.

Lesotho does not receive any direct development funding from the UK, but does benefit through DFID's Southern Africa Regional programmes. UK support to Lesotho is mainly delivered through Civil Society Organisations such as Gender Links, Commonwealth Business Council and Common Ground Initiative, a joint fund with Comic Relief.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

I refer the hon Member for Wrexham to the answer I gave to the Rt hon Member for Tottenham on 17 October: UIN 106579.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans on taking to reduce the number of disruptive passenger incidents (a) at airports and (b) onboard commercial airlines.

There should be zero tolerance for disruptive passenger behaviour on flights, whether or not it is caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

The Government welcomes the industry’s approach to this issue through the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers, with initiatives such as the ‘One Too Many’ campaign to raise awareness of the penalties of drunken behaviour, and the introduction of tamper-proof bags for duty free alcohol sales.

However, the Government also continues to work with the Civil Aviation Authority, airports and airlines to find other ways to tackle this problem, as part of its consultation on the new UK Aviation 2050 Strategy. The Home Office launched a Call for Evidence on 1 November 2018 to assess the impact which the Licensing Act 2003 could have on reducing alcohol-related passenger disruptions if applied to airside premises at international airports in England and Wales. The Call for Evidence closed on 1 February, and the responses are currently being analysed. Any recommendations will be considered as part of the development of the Aviation 2050 Strategy.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

It is not possible to estimate the proportion of staff time dedicated to EU exit due to the interdependencies and synergies between EU exit and the Department’s other priorities. The Department will continue to ensure there is an appropriate level of resource to deliver its EU exit programme.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to invest in cross-border road and rail infrastructure between north-east Wales and north-west England.

We are already investing in major signalling renewals on the North Wales line; in the Halton Curve to improve rail connectivity between North Wales, West Cheshire and Liverpool City Region; and our National Productivity Investment Fund will support local authority investment on the A483 corridor between Chester and Wrexham. In developing our future investment priorities for both rail and road we will continue to consider the importance of cross border connectivity and integration.

16th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Government funding has been allocated to rail capital investment projects in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each of the last 10 years.

Government capital expenditure on rail from 2006-07 to 2015-16 for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is shown in the tables below.

Table 1. Government capital expenditure on rail by country

Figures are in £000’s

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

UK

2006-07

4,509,356

612,948

113,618

1,579

5,237,501

2007-08

4,521,593

674,355

95,782

27,372

5,319,102

2008-09

5,353,780

502,012

148,576

39,050

6,043,418

2009-10

4,893,167

530,574

195,917

35,722

5,655,379

2010-11

4,850,424

444,991

185,986

-1,400

5,480,001

2011-121

5,865,380

461,923

209,568

92,066

6,628,937

2012-13

6,165,214

445,936

221,883

41,106

6,874,139

2013-14

6,275,501

453,321

209,579

16,228

6,954,629

2014-15

7,191,562

584,511

238,269

26,701

8,041,043

2015-162

10,154,191

199,705

320,379

39,422

10,713,697

Notes:

1. Local Government capital expenditure (made up mostly of Crossrail Ltd.) was introduced into the statistics from 2011-12, which caused a substantial increase in the overall spending level.

2. The step change in capital spending between 2014-15 and 2015-16 is mainly due to a change in the reporting of Network Rail finances following its reclassification as a public body. The allocation of Network Rail expenditure has also changed following its reclassification as a public body, resulting in a series break in 2015-16. As a result, expenditure by country in 2015-16 is not directly comparable with previous years.

Table 2. Government capital expenditure on rail by country;

2015-16 prices

Figures are in £000’s

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

UK

2006-07

5,253,001

714,030

132,355

1,840

6,101,225

2007-08

5,142,734

766,992

108,940

31,132

6,049,799

2008-09

5,928,161

555,870

164,516

43,239

6,691,787

2009-10

5,344,582

579,522

213,991

39,018

6,177,112

2010-11

5,202,742

477,314

199,495

-1,502

5,878,049

2011-121

6,205,251

488,689

221,711

97,401

7,013,053

2012-13

6,388,318

462,073

229,912

42,594

7,122,897

2013-14

6,397,092

462,104

213,640

16,542

7,089,379

2014-15

7,223,269

587,088

239,319

26,819

8,076,495

2015-162

10,154,191

199,705

320,379

39,422

10,713,697

Real terms figures are the nominal figures adjusted to 2015-16 prices using GDP deflators from the Office for National Statistics (released 30 September 2016).

Notes:

1. Local Government capital expenditure (made up mostly of Crossrail Ltd.) was introduced into the statistics from 2011-12, which caused a substantial increase in the overall spending level.

2. The step change in capital spending between 2014-15 and 2015-16 is mainly due to a change in the reporting of Network Rail finances following its reclassification as a public body. The allocation of Network Rail expenditure has also changed following its reclassification as a public body, resulting in a series break in 2015-16. As a result, expenditure by country in 2015-16 is not directly comparable with previous years.

1st Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the runway capacity was for each UK airport in each of the last 10 years.

UK Aviation Forecasts (Department for Transport, January 2013), Table 3.10 gave estimates of annual runway and passenger capacities for the 31 principal UK airports in 2008. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223839/aviation-forecasts.pdf.

Strategic Fit Forecasts (Airports Commission, July 2015), Table 3.2 gave estimates of annual runway and passenger capacities for the 31 principal UK airports in 2011. See

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439687/strategic-fit-updated-forecasts.pdf.

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the runway capacity was for each UK airport in the last 10 years.

UK Aviation Forecasts (Department for Transport, January 2013), Table 3.10 gave estimates of annual runway and passenger capacities for the 31 principal UK airports in 2008. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223839/aviation-forecasts.pdf .

Strategic Fit Forecasts (Airports Commission, July 2015), Table 3.2 gave estimates of annual runway and passenger capacities for the 31 principal UK airports in 2011. See

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439687/strategic-fit-updated-forecasts.pdf

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers travelled by (a) road and (b) train to (i) Manchester and (ii) Liverpool Airport in the last 10 years.

The total number of (a) road passengers travelling in the 10 year period 2006-2015 to and from (i) Manchester Airport was 176 million, and to and from (ii) Liverpool Airport it was 45 million. The total number of (b) rail passengers in the same period to and from (i) Manchester Airport was 23 million, and to and from (ii) Liverpool Airport it was 1 million.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to close the driving test centre in Wrexham.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has no plans to close the driving test centre at Birchall House, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham that provides car practical tests. The DVSA currently provides LGV vocational testing at our site at Llay Road, Wrexham. The DVSA is looking to move testing from this site. The site will not be closed until a suitable alternative for the delivery of LGV vocational testing in the Wrexham area has been secured.

29th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to maintain funding for a Driving Test Centre in Wrexham.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) plans to maintain its funding obligations in relation to Wrexham Driving Test Centre.

20th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20950, how many other rail franchises his Department has commented on to the Office of Rail and Road in relation to track access when new additional paths are created.

The Department does on occasion offer comments to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) on track access applications that could affect the Department’s franchised train operations, in order to ensure that the ORR is aware of the potential implications of such applications for the Department’s financial and policy position. During the course of 2015 the Department offered comments in response to applications from Arriva Trains Wales, Crossrail (MTR), Hull Trains, Grand Central, Alliance Rail (GNWR) & (GNER) and Heathrow Express.


20th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20950, which routes would offer greater benefits from the additional paths referred to in that answer than the proposal from Arriva Trains Wales.

The successful bidder for the new Northern franchise has proposed new direct links between Manchester Airport and Bradford (via Rochdale, Halifax and the Calder Valley), and between Manchester Airport and Liverpool (via Warrington Central). It will be for the Office of Rail and Road to determine the allocation of scarce capacity to/from Manchester Airport between the competing potential uses.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20298, if he will publish the letter the Department wrote to the Office of Rail and Road in connection with the application from Arriva Trains Wales for additional train paths to and from Manchester Airport.

A copy of the letter is attached. Please note that names and details of officials below the level of Senior Civil Servant, and those of non-government officials, have been redacted.

15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has made to the Office of Road and Rail on the allocation of rail paths to Manchester Airport in the last five years.

The Department has monthly trilateral (Department for Transport, Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and Network Rail) meetings in order to deliver the existing requirements of the current franchise agreements throughout the last 5 years, especially in connection with the bi-annual timetable changes.


Last month, the Department wrote to the ORR in connection with the application from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) for additional train paths to and from Manchester Airport. The letter acknowledged that the ATW proposal offered passenger benefits but also noted that, on conclusion of the Northern and TPE franchise competitions, there were likely to be other competing pressures for train paths on the route between central Manchester and the Airport. The purpose of the letter was to draw ORR’s attention to the likelihood of such pressures emerging, and to observe that ATW’s application should be considered alongside the proposals from the successful Northern and TPE bidders to ensure that maximum passenger benefit is obtained from the train paths available.


9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what response his Department has made to requests for more rail travel paths from North Wales to Manchester Airport.

The allocation of train paths is a matter for the independent Office of Road and Rail to decide, not the Department for Transport.

9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on rail paths from North Wales to Manchester Airport.

We are aware that Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), and other operators, are seeking to introduce additional services to Manchester Airport; however, capacity through central Manchester and at the Airport is limited. Infrastructure investment to deliver the Northern Hub (including the recently-opened fourth platform at the Airport) will improve the situation, but there are more aspirations for direct services to the Airport than even the post-Hub infrastructure will be able to accommodate.


Please note that it is the Independent Office of Road and Rail which is responsible for the allocation of train paths and not the Department and it is therefore for the Office of Road and Rail to consider ATW’s application alongside other requests submitted for use of the limited available capacity for additional rail services to/from Manchester Airport.

9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will estimate the number of passengers from North Wales and Cheshire who are projected to use Manchester Airport in (a) 2015, (b) 2020 and (c) 2025.

The last aviation forecasts made by the Department for Transport were produced in January 2013. These gave the following forecasts of passengers using Manchester Airport who began or ended their journeys in North Wales or Cheshire in the central demand case:

(a) 2015 : 2.46 million

(b) 2020 : 2.74 million

(c) 2025 : 3.05 million

9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of passengers using Manchester Airport in (a) 2015, (b) 2020 and (c) 2025.

The last aviation forecasts made by the Department for Transport were produced in January 2013. These gave the following forecasts of passengers using Manchester Airport for the central demand case:

(a) 2015 : 19.5 million

(b) 2020 : 22.1 million

(c) 2025 : 25.0 million


9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will estimate the number of passengers from North Wales and Cheshire who are projected to use Liverpool Airport in (a) 2015, (b) 2020 and (c) 2025.

The last aviation forecasts made by the Department for Transport were produced in January 2013. These gave the following forecasts of passengers using Liverpool Airport who began or ended their journeys in North Wales or Cheshire in the central demand case:

(a) 2015 : 0.81 million

(b) 2020 : 0.78 million

(c) 2025 : 0.82 million.

9th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make a comparative assessment of rail links to (a) Cumbria and (b) North Wales from Manchester Airport.

We are aware that Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), and other operators, are seeking to operate additional services to Manchester Airport; however, capacity through central Manchester and at the Airport is limited, though infrastructure investment to deliver the Northern Hub (including the recently-opened fourth platform at the Airport) will improve this situation.


Please note that it is the Independent Office of Road and Rail which is responsible for the allocation of train paths and not the Department, and it is therefore for the Office of Road and Rail to consider ATW’s application alongside other potential uses of the limited available capacity for additional rail services to/from Manchester Airport. Detailed information regarding these rail links is publicly available.

22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of automotive emissions on climate change in the next five years.

Cars, vans and heavy good vehicles emit greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, which contribute to climate change.

Each year the Government publishes updated energy projections analysing and projecting future greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

The last set of data was published in September 2014 and projects a reduction in road transport emissions over the period 2015 to 2020 from 108 Mt CO2 to 99 Mt CO2, based on current committed policy.

The UK has some of the most stretching carbon targets in the world which will see a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 compared to 1990 levels, on a path towards an 80% reduction by 2050.

1st Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2015 to Question 225319, for what reasons the A483 upgrade project missed its extended deadline.

Highways England has rescheduled the scheme completion date to 28 June 2015 after further problems were uncovered during the strengthening works to the western bridge which required revised designs and approvals which had subsequent impacts on the available work areas resulting in an overall programme delay.

1st Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is satisfied with the quality of the information that his Department has given to motorists during the A55/A483 upgrade project.

I am satisfied that Highways England has provided information of the appropriate quality for motorists. Prior to construction work starting, a public exhibition was held on 5 September 2014, with a further public exhibition on 11 December 2014.

Throughout the project, other information has been provided for motorists via:

· Local radio messages, live radio interviews advising motorists to use alternative routes;

· On-site visitor centre;

· Temporary roadside signs;

· Portable electronic message signs on the M56 Motorway just before the junction with the M53 (the M53 continues as the A55);

· Press releases and Twitter feed updates.

1st Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had about the economic effect of the delays to the A55/A483 upgrade project on the area with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

I and my Ministerial colleagues have regular discussions with HM Treasury and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Ministers, though there has been no specific discussion on this issue.

1st Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the cost of the delays to the A55/A483 upgrade project to (a) the public purse and (b) businesses within 10 miles of the project.

An accurate estimate of the costs can only be determined when the scheme is completed and the final accounts calculated.

1st Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from local (a) authorities and (b) businesses on delays to the A55/A483 upgrade project.

The Secretary of State has not received representations.

1st Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last discussed the progress of the A483 upgrade with Highways England; and what the outcome of that discussion was.

There have been no discussions on the A483 upgrade. Progress on the A55/A483 pinch point scheme was discussed with Highways England in February 2015. The outcome of the discussion was that the completion date for the scheme would be rescheduled to 10 May 2015, as set out in the answer of 2 March (UIN 225319). The scheme completion date has since been rescheduled to 28 June 2015.

25th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) original and (b) revised timetable is for works carried out at the junction of the A483 and A55 roads in West Cheshire.

The original timetable for the works had a programmed completion date of 31 March 2015. In the current timetable this date has been revised to 10 May 2015. This slippage is due to adverse weather, and problems encountered with drainage and bridge strengthening works. The Agency has been assessing with its contractors how the remaining work can be completed to the original programme and will make every effort to complete the works as soon as possible.

25th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will carry out an urgent assessment of the quality of the work carried out at the junction of the A483 and A55 supervised by the Highways Agency.

The Highways Agency holds regular review meetings and challenges all aspects of project delivery of the scheme at the junction of the A483 and A55 including such aspects as programme and quality.

The scheme is supervised on the ground by the Agency’s maintenance contractor who ensures quality standards are achieved and supervisors check and challenge all aspects of the works to ensure that workmanship, materials and methods of construction meet the required Agency standards.

The Agency requires its contractors to operate under a quality management system that complies with ISO9001 and any defects or failures in quality will be addressed under this process.

5th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Phase 1 and 2 modular rail signalling upgrade in North Wales will proceed in 2015.

I have been advised by Network Rail that the North Wales Coast Line re-signalling scheme will be delivered in 2 phases.

Phase 1 between Rockliffe Hall and Llandudno is planned for completion in summer 2016.

Phase 2 between Llandudno and Holyhead is planned for completion in CP6 (2019-24).

5th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is of the Phase 1 and 2 modular rail signalling improvement planned to take place in North Wales in 2015.

I have been advised by Network Rail that the costs of the Phase 1 improvements between Rockliffe Hall and Llandudno is planned for completion in summer 2016 at a cost of £45-50m.

Phase 2 between Llandudno and Holyhead is planned for completion in CP6 (2019-24). The scheme is in the early development stages and details about cost and delivery dates will be established up on completion of this development work.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Welsh Government and (b) Secretary of State for Wales on improving rail connectivity with north Wales utilising the Halton Curve.

The Secretary of State for Transport met with Edwina Hart the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, National Assembly for Wales on 16th July 2014, to discuss the rail connectivity in North Wales which included Halton Curve.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on rail journeys in (a) Wales and (b) the North West of the upgrade of the Halton Curve.

The exact service patterns have not yet been determined by Network Rail and stakeholders. Further announcements expected 2016/17.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what works will be undertaken as part of the upgrade of the Halton Curve.

This scheme involves the installation of new crossovers at Halton and Frodsham with a track upgrade enabling trains to operate in both directions. This work reinstates a rail link which will enable passenger services from North Wales and West Cheshire to directly access Liverpool City Centre and Liverpool John Lennon airport. Further details of the work to be provided by Network Rail early next year.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timescale the upgrade of the Halton Curve will follow.

The Government is providing £10.4m, in support of the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal, to fund the reinstatement of the Halton Curve. The scheme is currently being developed by Network Rail and detailed proposals are expected to be available early next year. Final sign off of funding for the scheme will be for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and delivery is expected in 2016/17.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average wait is for mandatory reconsideration of (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment support allowance claims in each of the last three years in Wrexham constituency.

The requested information can be found below:

A) Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Statistics on Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) clearance times for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims by parliamentary constituency are planned to be published on 11th June 2019 in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. The figures requested will be included within the PIP Official Statistics publication.

It should be noted that the Department’s decision makers are, in relation to PIP, now proactively engaging with claimants at the MR stage to ensure that they have all material evidence before they make their decision. Early indications are that this is helping decision makers.

B) Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

The available information on the average waiting time for MRs of ESA work capability assessments is published and can be found in table 16 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-including-mandatory-reconsiderations-and-appeals-march-2019

It is the intention to produce further geographical breakdowns of these statistics in the future.

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of her Department's work coaches have referred people to the Work and Health programme.

Statistics on the Work and Health Programme referral figures by contract package area are published and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/work-and-health-programme-experimental-statistics-to-november-2018.

All Work Coaches have the ability to refer people to the Work and Health Programme; however, on the question of how many work coaches have referred people - this information requested is not available.

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people have been referred to Remploy through her Department's Work and Health programme.

Statistics on the Work and Health Programme referral figures by contract package area are published and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/work-and-health-programme-experimental-statistics-to-november-2018.

All Work Coaches have the ability to refer people to the Work and Health Programme; however, on the question of how many work coaches have referred people - this information requested is not available.

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been referred onto the Work and Health programme by her Department's work coaches.

Statistics on the Work and Health Programme referral figures by contract package area are published and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/work-and-health-programme-experimental-statistics-to-november-2018.

All Work Coaches have the ability to refer people to the Work and Health Programme; however, on the question of how many work coaches have referred people - this information requested is not available.

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by her Department through its Dynamic Purchasing System for employment by each constituency in north Wales in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not centrally collated in a format that can be easily disaggregated, and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which organisations were allocated funding through her Department's Dynamic Purchasing System for employment in each of the last five years; and what the value was of that funding so received for each of those organisations.

The Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is used to purchase training provision from a range of providers to help our claimants move into or closer to work.

Expenditure through the DPS is part of the overall expenditure incurred through the Flexible Support Fund (FSF). In any given month there would typically be over 2,000 transactions relating to FSF Training, of which a proportion would have been made via the DPS.

The Hyperion accounting system used to record transactions does not identify DPS transactions separately. Whilst we could provide total expenditure for each supplier that we have contracted to use DPS with, we cannot easily separate out DPS transactions from other expenditure which may have been incurred with that supplier. A manual interrogation of various other systems would be required in order to provide the information requested, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Attached is a list of suppliers who have been awarded Flexible Support Fund DPS call-off contracts from the commencement of the platform in 2016 until 31 December 2018, which was the latest Contracts Finder publication date for contracts valued at over £10K. The values of each awarded contract can be found on contracts finder https://supplierregistration.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

Contracts valued at below £10K are not published on Contracts Finder and are therefore not in the public domain.

25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people aged 16 to 64 by category of disability there are in the Wrexham constituency.

Table 1 below shows the estimated number of people aged 16 to 64 who have a disability in Wrexham. It also shows the disability prevalence, as well as the equivalent figures for the UK.

Estimates for constituencies are based on small sample sizes and are therefore subject to a margin of uncertainty. Therefore, these estimates should be treated with caution. The “confidence interval” of 4 percentage points means that we can be 95% confident that the true value lies between 13% and 20% (calculated using unrounded figures).

Sample sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates of categories of disability by constituency.

Table 1: the number and percentage of disabled people, aged 16 to 64, in Wrexham, and the UK, July 2016 to June 2017

Number of disabled people

Total population

Disability Prevalence (%)

Confidence Interval (percentage points)

Wrexham

7,000

44,000

17

4

United Kingdom

7,386,000

41,081,000

18

Source: Annual Population Survey, available at: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/

Notes:

  1. The Annual Population Survey was used to provide a larger sample size to provide constituency breakdowns. Therefore, estimates for the UK will not exactly match estimates from the Labour Force Survey published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in their UK Labour Market statistics bulletin.
  2. Estimates are provided for the period July 2016 to June 2017 which is the latest period published by ONS without health warnings. More recent estimates remain subject to health warnings while ONS complete their investigations into an unexpected increase in reporting of disability in July to September 2017.
  3. In summary, the disability definition covers people who report:
  • (current) physical or mental health condition(s) or illnesses lasting or expected to last 12 months or more
  • the condition(s) or illness(es) reduce their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
  1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 1000. Percentages are rounded to one percentage point.
  2. Estimates are subject to sampling variation and are therefore subject to a margin of uncertainty. The ‘confidence interval’ measures this uncertainty, such that we can be 95% confident that the true disability prevalence falls within that distance of the estimate.
13th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households occupied by at least one person over 75 were in receipt of a free television licence by constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not hold data on the number of households in receipt of a free television license broken down by Parliamentary constituency.

The number of households in receipt of winter fuel payment (aged 75 and over) by Parliamentary constituency can be used as a proxy for television license (assuming those in receipt of winter fuel payment have a television) and can be found in the dataset ‘Households by Parliamentary constituency and age, Winter Fuel Payment, 2017 to 2018 via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/winter-fuel-payment-recipient-and-household-figures-2017-to-20178

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which job centres have closed since 2010.

In March 2018, the 20-year contract covering the majority of DWP’s current estate of over 900 sites came to an end. This presented a significant opportunity to re-evaluate what we needed from our estate, taking into account the impact of Universal Credit, the increased use of online services and the improving employment rates.

Given this, it is right that we reconfigure our Jobcentre estate and make the jobcentres fit for the 21st century. This is not about reducing services, but about taking the opportunity to stop spending money on empty space so we can spend more on supporting those in need.

Since 1 February 2010 through to 31 March 2018, 211 buildings through which Jobcentre Plus services were delivered have been closed. However, staff and service delivery have been relocated to alternative DWP or partner organisation buildings in order to maintain delivery of services to customers.

A full list of the buildings that have been closed is included in the attached pdf.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

The Department’s EU exit work is being centrally co-ordinated but the breadth of issues to be considered, and the interactions between EU exit work and the Department’s other priorities, mean that it is not possible to provide an estimate of how many staff have an element of their work in this area.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
1st Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to amend the Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Service etc) Regulations 2012 to enable data-sharing on employment and training between his Department and the Welsh Government.

I can confirm that the amendments have been made to the aforementioned Regulations and were laid before Parliament on 23 October.

They are due to come into force on the 15th November 2017 and will be known as “The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2017”.

These amendments will allow the Department for Work and Pensions to provide information on people aged between 18 and 25 who are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit to Careers Wales (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government) and to allow Careers Wales to hold such information to allow them to provide advice, assistance and support to such persons.

26th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former recipients of financial support from the Independent Living Fund in England received (a) improved or equal financial support or (b) reduced such package from local authorities administering the successor scheme.

This information is not collated centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2017 to Question 108912, on Department for Work and Pensions: telephone services, where the income from telephone services referred to in that Answer is applied.

As mentioned in my previous answer to 108912, DWP does not receive any income from any of its telephone lines including 0345.

20th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what income his Department derived from telephone helplines for benefits in each of the last five years.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not receive any income from any of its Telephone lines including 0345.

20th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the numbers and subjects covered by telephone helplines for benefits provided by his Department.

The current Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) position is that all calls should be free to our 0800 numbers to apply for benefit, including the following:

0800 731 7898 State Pension,

0800 991 234 Pension Credit,

0800 055 6688 Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS), & Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

0800 917 2222 Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The Department uses 0345 telephone numbers where its customers call for other reasons, as these are calls that typically take less time to resolve. If a customer raises concerns over the cost of a call, we will offer to call them back.

The majority of the calls received by the Department are managed through the 0345 numbers available below in order of most frequently used lines.

0345 608 8545

Legacy Benefit Enquiry Line (ESA, JSA, & IS)

0345 600 0723

Universal Credit Helpline

0345 850 3322

Personal Independence Payment Enquiry Line

0345 603 6967

Social Fund Enquiry Line

0345 266 8792

Child Maintenance 2012 Enquiry Line

0345 606 0265

State Pension & Pension Credit Enquiry Line

0345 604 3719

Jobcentre Enquiry Line

0345 600 4272

Universal Credit Digital Service Centre

0345 712 3456

Disability Living Allowance Enquiry Line

0345 600 0643

National Insurance Number Appointments

0345 608 4321

Carer's Allowance

0345 850 0293

Debt Management Enquiries

0345 605 6055

Attendance Allowance

0345 300 0168

Future Pensions Enquiry Line

0345 601 0008

International Pensions Enquiry Line

0345 600 1011

The Pensions Regulator Enquiry Line

0345 608 8610

Maternity Allowance Enquiry Line

0345 609 0082

Child Support Helpline - North West

0345 609 0062

Child Support Helpline - Midlands

0345 609 0042

Child Support Helpline - Northern

0345 600 0685

Debt Management Employer Helpline

0345 604 4015

Provider Direct Enquiry Line

0345 609 0052

Child Support Helpline - South East

0345 609 0072

Child Support Helpline - South West

0345 915 1515

Winter Fuel for non-benefit customers

0345 609 0092

Child Support Helpline - East England

0345 604 3349

DWP Online Helpdesk (Technical helpdesk)

0345 268 8489

Access to Work Enquiry Line

0345 601 2001

Employer Direct / Universal Jobmatch Enquiry Line

0345 713 3133

Child Support General Enquiry Line

0345 608 8601

Bereavement Support Payment / Bereavement Benefit Enquiry Line

0345 850 0051

Debt Management Enquiries

0345 641 5008

National Insurance Number Enquiry Line 1

0345 266 8978

Child Maintenance 2012 - Northern Ireland Enquiry Line

0345 600 2475

The Pensions Regulator Enquiry Line

0345 758 5433

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Enquiry Line

0345 603 9439

Warm Home Discount Scheme Enquiry Line

0345 266 0041

Universal Credit Housing Escalation Enquiry Line

0345 266 9658

Child Maintenance 2012 - Employer Enquiry Line

0345 600 0707

The Pensions Regulator Enquiry Line

0345 600 2537

Pension Tracing Service

0345 605 7064

Benefit Cap Enquiry Line

0345 608 0022

Child Support Helpline - Northern Ireland

0345 301 3011

State Pension Enquiry Line

0345 713 6010

Child Support - Employer Enquiry Line

0345 600 5666

The Pensions Regulator Enquiry Line

0345 606 9970

Universal Credit Live Digital Enquiry Line

0345 600 1063

Child Maintenance 2012 - Belfast

0345 602 7301

Department for Communities - Northern Ireland - ESA Enquiry Line

0345 603 0526

National Insurance Number Enquiry Line 2

0345 600 2859

Payment Resolution Service - Third Party Payments

Following a recent announcement all 0345 DWP telephone numbers will move to 0800 Freephone numbers by the end of the calendar year starting with Universal Credit in November 17.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list examples of co-operation between his Department and charitable or private sector providers on personal independence payments or employment and support allowance by parliamentary constituency.

The Department works with many charitable and private sector providers.

Examples within each parliamentary constituency could only be provided at disproportionate costs

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to revise the criteria for determining applications for personal independence payments and employment and support allowance for people with Crohn's disease.

The assessment criteria for Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment are intended to treat all health conditions and disabilities fairly and measure the functional impact of a person’s health condition or impairment on their ability to work or manage daily living and mobility activities rather than focusing on the health condition or disability itself.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls to his Department's helplines have been made in Wrexham constituency in each month in each of the last five years.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not hold this data.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of calls to his Department's helplines has been by people in Wrexham constituency in each of the last five years.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not hold this data.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Wrexham constituency were categorised as lifelong recipients of Disability Living Allowance and have subsequently been judged ineligible for Personal Independence Payments in each year for which data is available.

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Wrexham constituency have had their original personal independence payments overturned as a result of (a) mandatory reconsideration and (b) an appeal hearing in each year for which data is available.

The latest available data on personal independence payment (PIP) clearances split by type of clearance (i.e. whether the claim was awarded, disallowed or withdrawn) can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

The table below shows the number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsideration decisions and appeal decisions where the award was changed by year of each decision since the introduction of PIP in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Cardiff Central, Swansea East, Ogmore, Wrexham and Neath

Number of Initial decisions and Mandatory Reconsiderations decisions where the award changed by year of decision.

Year of Mandatory Reconsideration

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017 (to April)

Total

Number of Awards Changed at Mandatory Reconsideration

Cardiff Central

#

40

70

50

20

180

Swansea East

#

40

90

230

40

390

Ogmore

#

30

90

70

30

230

Wrexham

#

20

70

190

30

300

Neath

#

30

100

180

60

360

Year of Appeal Decision

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017 (to April)

Total

Number of Awards Changed at Appeal

Cardiff Central

#

10

70

60

20

160

Swansea East

#

10

120

150

130

400

Ogmore

#

#

100

90

20

210

Wrexham

#

#

20

70

50

140

Neath

#

10

100

140

100

350

# is used for instances where there are less than 5 cases to avoid the release of confidential data.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of children the Government classified as living in poverty in Wrexham in each of the last 10 years for which data is available.

National statistics on the number of children in relative low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. The number and proportion of children in relative low income is not available at local authority or constituency level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography.

Latest 3-year estimates for Wales of the proportion and number of children in low income are available in Table 4.16ts and Table 4.17ts in the file “4_children_timeseries_risk” from this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/599136/hbai-2015-2016-supporting-ods-files.zip

29th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times his Department has appealed against a tribunal decision reinstating a personal independence payment award in the last 12 months.

Appeals generally are against the original award decision and in many cases would be to adjust a successful award to a higher level rather than being against a nil decision.

Appeals to the Upper Tribunal can only be made where a decision is believed to be erroneous in law; appeals cannot be made solely on the facts.

From 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016 the Department made 215 applications to appeal a First-tier Tribunal decision relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to the Upper Tribunal.

During that period, 69 of the Department’s applications for appeal on PIP were successful, resulting in the decision being remitted to another First-tier Tribunal hearing.

The Department’s applications are submitted in line with The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008, Rules 34(4) and 38(3)(a). The Department has one month to request the Statement of Reasons following the issue of a Tribunal decision. Following the issue of the Statement of Reasons the Department then has a further month to consider whether to make an application to appeal against the First Tier decision.

Information relating to average time taken for a decision on whether to appeal a tribunal decision to award PIP is not held and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
29th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals made by his Department against a tribunal decision awarding personal independence payment have been successful in the last 12 months.

Appeals generally are against the original award decision and in many cases would be to adjust a successful award to a higher level rather than being against a nil decision.

Appeals to the Upper Tribunal can only be made where a decision is believed to be erroneous in law; appeals cannot be made solely on the facts.

From 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016 the Department made 215 applications to appeal a First-tier Tribunal decision relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to the Upper Tribunal.

During that period, 69 of the Department’s applications for appeal on PIP were successful, resulting in the decision being remitted to another First-tier Tribunal hearing.

The Department’s applications are submitted in line with The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008, Rules 34(4) and 38(3)(a). The Department has one month to request the Statement of Reasons following the issue of a Tribunal decision. Following the issue of the Statement of Reasons the Department then has a further month to consider whether to make an application to appeal against the First Tier decision.

Information relating to average time taken for a decision on whether to appeal a tribunal decision to award PIP is not held and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
29th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken was by his Department for a decision on whether to appeal a tribunal decision to award personal independence payment.

Appeals generally are against the original award decision and in many cases would be to adjust a successful award to a higher level rather than being against a nil decision.

Appeals to the Upper Tribunal can only be made where a decision is believed to be erroneous in law; appeals cannot be made solely on the facts.

From 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016 the Department made 215 applications to appeal a First-tier Tribunal decision relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to the Upper Tribunal.

During that period, 69 of the Department’s applications for appeal on PIP were successful, resulting in the decision being remitted to another First-tier Tribunal hearing.

The Department’s applications are submitted in line with The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008, Rules 34(4) and 38(3)(a). The Department has one month to request the Statement of Reasons following the issue of a Tribunal decision. Following the issue of the Statement of Reasons the Department then has a further month to consider whether to make an application to appeal against the First Tier decision.

Information relating to average time taken for a decision on whether to appeal a tribunal decision to award PIP is not held and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
3rd Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people currently carrying out personal independence payment assessments are healthcare professionals.

All Personal Independence Payment assessments are carried out by a fully qualified Health Professional.

3rd Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive on the introduction of personal independence payments in Northern Ireland.

The introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and is the responsibility of the Department for Communities. Ministers and officials maintain regular contact with their Northern Ireland counterparts on social security matters, for example by introducing the recently updated Reciprocal Arrangements.

3rd Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what medical qualifications are required for people carrying out assessments for personal independence payments.

I refer my hon. Member to the reply I gave the Member for Caerphilly, Wayne David, Official Report, 9 May 2016.

3rd Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the timetable by area of planned migration of benefits for people in receipt of disability living allowance to personal independence payments.

Since October 2013, we have been inviting existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants with fixed term awards, those reaching age 16 or where there has been a change in circumstances, to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Roll out of this activity was introduced in a controlled way and became national across Great Britain from July 2015.

We started full PIP roll out in July 2015 in a controlled way in specific postcode areas and extended to all postcodes in Great Britain from October 2015. Full PIP roll out involves inviting those with long-term or indefinite awards of DLA to claim PIP on a random basis. We will continue to roll out in a safe and controlled manner ensuring there is sufficient capacity in place to proceed.

Information on the number of claimants who have claimed PIP as a result of this activity, by a range of geographic breakdowns including parliamentary constituency, is available from Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/. Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html.

3rd Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which parliamentary constituencies individuals reside who have been subject to migration of benefits from disability living allowance to personal independence payments.

Since October 2013, we have been inviting existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants with fixed term awards, those reaching age 16 or where there has been a change in circumstances, to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Roll out of this activity was introduced in a controlled way and became national across Great Britain from July 2015.

We started full PIP roll out in July 2015 in a controlled way in specific postcode areas and extended to all postcodes in Great Britain from October 2015. Full PIP roll out involves inviting those with long-term or indefinite awards of DLA to claim PIP on a random basis. We will continue to roll out in a safe and controlled manner ensuring there is sufficient capacity in place to proceed.

Information on the number of claimants who have claimed PIP as a result of this activity, by a range of geographic breakdowns including parliamentary constituency, is available from Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/. Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html.

10th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in supplementary payments he estimates will be paid to disability living allowance claimants in Northern Ireland refused personal independence payments on reassessment who successfully appeal that refusal in the next three years.

Social Security is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and is the responsibility of the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.

20th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many motability vehicles were held by people in (a) Wrexham, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in receipt of the enhanced mobility component of personal independence payments in each of the last six months for which records are available.

The Department does not hold this information. Motability is an independent charitable organisation that is wholly responsible for the administration of the Motability scheme. Whilst the Department meets regularly with Motability to discuss scheme performance, questions relating to the details of the scheme’s operation should be directed to Motability itself.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how access to pension provision at the age of 55 affects eligibility for benefits.

The rules relating to the treatment of pension funds in means-tested benefits have not changed. How someone’s (or their partner’s) pension fund is treated depends on whether they have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit, and the way in which they have accessed the fund (released money can be treated as either income or capital). Each case is decided on its own circumstances.

Information is available in terms of how income and capital are treated in the means-tested benefits. A factsheet on this subject can be found at

www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-flexibilities-and-dwp-benefits.

Further information can also be found in the decision-making guidance at www.gov.uk.

26th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of benefit fraud that led to convictions were prosecuted in (a) Wales and (b) Wrexham in each of the last five years.

The table below represents the number of successful convictions in Wales since April 2012.


Year

No of Convictions

2012 – 2013

1616

2013 – 2014

1512

2014 – 2015

992


The data held for the number of convictions prior to 2012 is not available for publication.


The information requested for Wrexham is not readily available. This is because the data is not collated in a format for Wrexham only. This information could only be provided by examining individual investigation files. This could only be conducted at disproportionate time and cost.


13th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of television licences for people over the age of 75 in each of the last three years.

DWP’s expenditure figures on TV licences for the over 75s can be found in table 1a of the ‘summer budget’ link https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2015

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for jobseeker's allowance were made in Wrexham (a) by telephone and (b) online in each of the last 24 months.

The information requested is not available.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many application forms for jobseeker's allowance were given out by Wrexham Jobcentre in each of the last 24 months.

The information requested is not available.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
5th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost is of (a) a reconsideration of and (b) an appeal against a decision on an employment and support allowance claim.

The Information requested is not available for Personal Independence Payment.

For Employment Support Allowance the average cost of processing

a Mandatory Reconsideration is: £108

an appeal to the Department for Work and Pensions is: £135

The average cost of processing an appeal to the Tribunals Service is £214.

5th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost is of (a) a reconsideration of and (b) an appeal against a decision on a personal independence payment.

The Information requested is not available for Personal Independence Payment.

For Employment Support Allowance the average cost of processing

a Mandatory Reconsideration is: £108

an appeal to the Department for Work and Pensions is: £135

The average cost of processing an appeal to the Tribunals Service is £214.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wrexham constituency have been unsuccessful in an application for personal independence payments since June 2013.

The available information on registrations, clearances and awards for claims to Personal Independence Payment, at parliamentary constituency and regional level, have been published in the data tables accompanying the latest, quarterly statistical release: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-april-2013-to-october-2014.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have waited more than six months for a personal independence payment application to be determined in (a) Wrexham constituency and (b) Wales in each of the last three years.

The available information on outstanding claims to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has been released as an ad hoc publication on 28 January and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-new-claims-ad-hoc-statistics.We intend to release PIP clearance times and waiting/outstanding times statistics for the first time on 18 March and have pre-announced this in line with UK Statistics Authority release protocols.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment applications are awaiting determination in (a) Wrexham constituency and (b) Wales.

The available information on registrations, clearances and awards for claims to Personal Independence Payment, at parliamentary constituency and regional level, have been published in the data tables accompanying the latest, quarterly statistical release: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-april-2013-to-october-2014.

25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former employees of Remploy in Wrexham were made redundant in each of the last four years for which figures are available.

11 disabled Remploy Wrexham Factory employees applied and were accepted under Remploy’s voluntary redundancy scheme in 2011/12. No information is held by the Department on these former employees.

41 Remploy Wrexham Factory employees, including 40 disabled people, were made redundant in 2012/13.

Our latest figures show that 34 disabled former Remploy Wrexham employees are choosing to work with our Personal Case Workers to find another job. Of these 14 are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance and 16 are currently in work. Our records of former Remploy disabled employees currently in work only show individuals who are in employment of 16 hours or more and does not indicate the type of employment, or whether it is permanent, fixed term, temporary or voluntary.

For all disabled former Remploy workers made redundant as a result of factory closures, the Government put in place the £8 million guaranteed People Help and Support Package (PHSP). The support package provides help to each affected disabled former employee for up to 18 months from the date they left Remploy.

As part of this support package the Department also asked all disabled former employees made redundant from Remploy to give permission to be tracked, and can only monitor the progress and outcomes of those individuals that have given permission.

25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former employees of Remploy in Wrexham made redundant in the last four years are now in (a) part-time and (b) full-time employment.

11 disabled Remploy Wrexham Factory employees applied and were accepted under Remploy’s voluntary redundancy scheme in 2011/12. No information is held by the Department on these former employees.

41 Remploy Wrexham Factory employees, including 40 disabled people, were made redundant in 2012/13.

Our latest figures show that 34 disabled former Remploy Wrexham employees are choosing to work with our Personal Case Workers to find another job. Of these 14 are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance and 16 are currently in work. Our records of former Remploy disabled employees currently in work only show individuals who are in employment of 16 hours or more and does not indicate the type of employment, or whether it is permanent, fixed term, temporary or voluntary.

For all disabled former Remploy workers made redundant as a result of factory closures, the Government put in place the £8 million guaranteed People Help and Support Package (PHSP). The support package provides help to each affected disabled former employee for up to 18 months from the date they left Remploy.

As part of this support package the Department also asked all disabled former employees made redundant from Remploy to give permission to be tracked, and can only monitor the progress and outcomes of those individuals that have given permission.

25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of Remploy in Wrexham made redundant in the last four years are currently in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

11 disabled Remploy Wrexham Factory employees applied and were accepted under Remploy’s voluntary redundancy scheme in 2011/12. No information is held by the Department on these former employees.

41 Remploy Wrexham Factory employees, including 40 disabled people, were made redundant in 2012/13.

Our latest figures show that 34 disabled former Remploy Wrexham employees are choosing to work with our Personal Case Workers to find another job. Of these 14 are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance and 16 are currently in work. Our records of former Remploy disabled employees currently in work only show individuals who are in employment of 16 hours or more and does not indicate the type of employment, or whether it is permanent, fixed term, temporary or voluntary.

For all disabled former Remploy workers made redundant as a result of factory closures, the Government put in place the £8 million guaranteed People Help and Support Package (PHSP). The support package provides help to each affected disabled former employee for up to 18 months from the date they left Remploy.

As part of this support package the Department also asked all disabled former employees made redundant from Remploy to give permission to be tracked, and can only monitor the progress and outcomes of those individuals that have given permission.

25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of Remploy in Wrexham made redundant in the last four years are now self-employed.

11 disabled Remploy Wrexham Factory employees applied and were accepted under Remploy’s voluntary redundancy scheme in 2011/12. No information is held by the Department on these former employees.

41 Remploy Wrexham Factory employees, including 40 disabled people, were made redundant in 2012/13.

Our latest figures show that 34 disabled former Remploy Wrexham employees are choosing to work with our Personal Case Workers to find another job. Of these 14 are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance and 16 are currently in work. Our records of former Remploy disabled employees currently in work only show individuals who are in employment of 16 hours or more and does not indicate the type of employment, or whether it is permanent, fixed term, temporary or voluntary.

For all disabled former Remploy workers made redundant as a result of factory closures, the Government put in place the £8 million guaranteed People Help and Support Package (PHSP). The support package provides help to each affected disabled former employee for up to 18 months from the date they left Remploy.

As part of this support package the Department also asked all disabled former employees made redundant from Remploy to give permission to be tracked, and can only monitor the progress and outcomes of those individuals that have given permission.

14th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the purpose was of his visit to Wrexham Benefit Centre on 7 July 2014.

When the Secretary of State is visiting a region, if his diary allows, he also likes to visit local DWP staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the payment of pensions into post office card accounts.

The Department pays benefits and pensions by Direct Payment into a bank, building society, credit union or Post Office card account.

The Post Office card account is a very simple account with limited functionality. Our policy has always been clear that the best option, especially for people of working age, is an account that can accept payments from employers and has transactional facilities such as direct debits for the payment of bills and housing costs.

The Department is currently in discussions with Post Office Ltd and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to consider the future needs of customers beyond 2015.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Executive on the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

The devolved administrations in Wales and Scotland have been informed of the decision to close the Independent Living Fund on 30 June 2015. I will be writing to Ministers with further details shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the payment of benefits into post office card accounts.

The Department pays benefits and pensions by Direct Payment into a bank, building society, credit union or Post Office card account.

The Post Office card account is a very simple account with limited functionality. Our policy has always been clear that the best option, especially for people of working age, is an account that can accept payments from employers and has transactional facilities such as direct debits for the payment of bills and housing costs.

The Department is currently in discussions with Post Office Ltd and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to consider the future needs of customers beyond 2015.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households occupied by at least one person over 75 were in receipt of a free television licence by constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not hold data on the number of households in receipt of a free television license broken down by Parliamentary constituency.

The number of households in receipt of winter fuel payment (aged 75 and over) by Parliamentary constituency can be used as a proxy for television license (assuming those in receipt of winter fuel payment have a television) and can be found in the dataset ‘Households by Parliamentary constituency and age, Winter Fuel Payment, 2017 to 2018 via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/winter-fuel-payment-recipient-and-household-figures-2017-to-20178

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria is by which his Department determined the successful bidders for management of the administration of the personal independence payments contracts.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Providers were selected following a fair and open competition.

Tenders were assessed against a detailed set of criteria which covered key aspects of PIP service delivery. A wide range of areas were assessed but particular weighting was given to bidders' management of the claimant journey, staff recruitment, delivering assessments by Health Professionals, performance management, estates and overall implementation.

Providers were selected on the basis of the most economic advantageous tender which overall assessed a combination of qualitative, risk and financial factors to determine the preferred supplier for each contract to be awarded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients there are of disability living allowance, by parliamentary constituency.

The information requested is already published and can be found at:

http://83.244.183.180/100pc/dla/ccparlc/ccsex/a_carate_r_ccparlc_c_ccsex_aug13.html

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many concluded applications for personal independence payment there have been to date, by parliamentary constituency.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to the hon Member for Liverpool, West Derby and the hon Member for Airdrie and Shotts, official report, 5 March, column 850W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been made for the personal independence payment to date, by parliamentary constituency.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to the hon Member for Liverpool, West Derby and the hon Member for Airdrie and Shotts, official report, 5 March, column 850W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been in receipt of out-of-work benefits for (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) three years or more in (i) Wrexham constituency, (ii) Wales and (iii) the UK in each of the last three years.

The information we can provide is shown in the table below:

Out of work benefit claimants by statistical group and duration of oldest claim, for Great Britain, Wales and Wrexham constituency: August 2011- August 2013

All

Up to 1 year

1 to 2 years

2 to 3 years

3 years and over

August 2011

Great Britain

4,842,010

1,937,380

503,230

290,240

2,111,170

Wales

296,370

105,870

27,670

18,030

144,790

Wrexham

6,350

2,370

620

420

2,930

August 2012

Great Britain

4,721,460

2,138,490

649,290

313,940

1,619,740

Wales

286,820

124,910

35,260

17,320

109,320

Wrexham

6,090

2,850

660

380

2,200

August 2013

Great Britain

4,395,860

2,051,340

881,810

389,270

1,073,440

Wales

267,890

121,960

53,400

21,180

71,340

Wrexham

5,710

2,740

1,160

400

1,400

Where a claim has converted to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) from Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance or Income Support the data reflects the duration from the start of ESA claim. Most of these re-assessments have occurred since April 2011 when the re-assessment process commenced.

Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten and totals may not sum due to rounding.

2. Out of work benefits which are included in this analysis are:-

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance (IB/SDA)

Income Support (IS).

3. Incapacity Benefit and IS on incapacity grounds were replaced by Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for new claims from October 2008.

4. The duration of claim reflects the longest out-of-work benefit claim for each person.

5. Where a claim has converted to ESA from IB/SDA or IS data reflects duration from start of ESA claim.

6. Great Britain data have been provided as the information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to introduce statutory time limits on claims for personal independence payments.

In line with other benefits, there are no statutory time limits on processing times to claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and we have no plans to change that position.

We are taking the necessary action to improve the processing times, including working with the providers.

25th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for NHS England to respond to its service review on specialist spinal cord injury services; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that review.

In September 2017 the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group at NHS England approved the recommended Case for Change for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) services. Recommendations include improvements in efficiency and standardisation within the current eight SCI centres, and an increase in SCI service provision. No timeline has yet been determined by NHS England for implementation.

14th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) his Department and (b) NHS England plans to undertake a review of the outcomes of decision support tool assessments to ensure that eligibility decisions made are lawful and in line with the provisions of the Care Act 2014 and the Coughlan and Grogan court judgments.

NHS Continuing Healthcare eligibility decisions are taken following the completion of the NHS Continuing Healthcare Decision Support Tool by a multidisciplinary team, in accordance with the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care.

NHS England has assurance mechanisms in place to understand clinical commissioning group compliance with the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care. NHS Continuing Healthcare has been part of NHS England’s mainstream assurance processes since 2016/17 and is included in the Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the timetable for the beds being used by non-spinal cord injured patients in the (a) National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville and (b) Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Pinderfields to be returned to use by spinal cord injured patients.

NHS England commissions specialised spinal care from eight centres in England for patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury, totalling 374 beds. The service is managed locally and delivered by spinal cord injury specialists, both within the spinal cord injury centres and as outreach to acute hospitals and following discharge for transition and reintegration into the community.

NHS England’s national team has advised that it is not aware of any intelligence to suggest that a spinal cord injury patient has been denied a specialist bed during the winter period due to its use by a non-spinal cord injury patient.

Information concerning the number and proportion of spinal cord injured patients who are treated in a specialist spinal cord injury centre for their initial rehabilitation relative to those who receive that rehabilitation in a different clinical or other setting is not held centrally.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number and proportion of spinal cord injured patients who are treated in a specialist spinal cord injury centre for their initial rehabilitation relative to those who receive that rehabilitation in a different clinical or other setting (a) nationally, (b) by country and (c) by region.

NHS England commissions specialised spinal care from eight centres in England for patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury, totalling 374 beds. The service is managed locally and delivered by spinal cord injury specialists, both within the spinal cord injury centres and as outreach to acute hospitals and following discharge for transition and reintegration into the community.

NHS England’s national team has advised that it is not aware of any intelligence to suggest that a spinal cord injury patient has been denied a specialist bed during the winter period due to its use by a non-spinal cord injury patient.

Information concerning the number and proportion of spinal cord injured patients who are treated in a specialist spinal cord injury centre for their initial rehabilitation relative to those who receive that rehabilitation in a different clinical or other setting is not held centrally.

1st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure the planned efficiency savings of £855 million from the NHS Continuing Healthcare budget will be achieved without restricting access to care.

NHS England’s NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Strategic Improvement Programme (SIP) aims to provide fair access to NHS CHC in a way which ensures better outcomes, better experience, and better use of resources.

The SIP will not change the threshold for eligibility for NHS CHC, which is based on a multidisciplinary assessment of needs as set out in the National Framework for NHS CHC and NHS-funded Nursing Care, together with secondary legislation to give statutory effect to the eligibility criteria and the decision-making processes.

There should be no quota or cap on access to CHC funding and the programme does not aim to reduce spending on NHS CHC, but to reduce the rate of growth of expenditure. The projection is for spending on NHS CHC to increase by over 20% by 2020/21, or an average of approximately 3.9% per year. NHS England understands that there is variation on how individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are commissioning these services, and SIP will be developing a range of commissioning tools to support CCGs in this role to deliver more efficient services.

Actions such as these and the Department’s recent review of the National Framework will ensure that we can deliver efficiency savings in our administration of CHC without restricting access to care.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that the new National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care will require Care Commissioning Groups to continue to fund packages of care for people during the appeals process.

The Department is currently working to update the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and National Health Service-funded nursing care. This has included a structured engagement process with partners in NHS England and local government, as well as interested stakeholders, charities and service users on our proposed changes to the National Framework.

This update is intended to provide greater clarity for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities on a number of elements of the CHC process. The updated National Framework will be published shortly.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussion she has had with the Continuing Healthcare Alliance on care package funding arrangements for people with NHS continuing health care funding who had their eligibility for that funding withdrawn are enter the local resolution process.

The Department is currently working to update the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and National Health Service-funded nursing care. This has included a structured engagement process with partners in NHS England and local government, as well as interested stakeholders, service users and charities on proposed changes to the National Framework. The CHC Alliance were included in this engagement process and raised this particular issue.

The update to the National Framework is intended to provide greater clarity for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities on a number of elements of the CHC process. The updated National Framework will be published shortly.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the process is for payment of general practitioners dealing with NHS prescriptions.

Where general practitioners (GPs) write a prescription which is dispensed in the practice, or provide a drug or medicine which is immediately necessary, the practice is reimbursed under provisions set out in the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE).

Once dispensed, prescriptions are sent to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) with a claim for payment. The SFE requires NHS England to make a payment, at the beginning of the month following the claim, equal to 80% of the estimated amount due to the GP practice. Once the claim has been verified by the NHS BSA, they will advise NHS England who then pay the balance of the amount due.

Payments to GPs for dispensing drugs include the basic price of the drug, an appropriate dispensing fee and an allowance to cover the VAT payable on the purchase of any drugs or medicines which are personally administered.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

Exiting the European Union is a cross-Government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is working closely with all Departments to prepare for negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning.

A central team within the Global and Public Health Directorate of this Department coordinates the provision of advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues. All affected policy teams within the Department are involved with this work and they are assessing the implications of the United Kingdom leaving the EU on their policy area.

Given the interactions between EU exit work and the Department’s other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure.

The resources available are kept under constant review and the Department is equipping itself with the resources it needs to get the best deal for the UK.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with GPs and medical defence organisations on providing appropriate funding to meet additional costs incurred following changes to the discount rate in February 2017.

The Department is aware that the rise in the cost of indemnity as a result of the change in the personal discount rate announced by the then Lord Chancellor (Rt. hon. Elizabeth Truss MP) in February 2017 is an area of concern for general practitioners (GPs).

The Department has been assessing the potential effect of the discount rate change by working closely with GPs and Medical Defence Organisations to ensure that appropriate funding is available to meet the additional costs to GPs, recognising the crucial role they play in the delivery of National Health Service care.

On 12 October 2017, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced that the Department is planning, subject to examination of relevant issues, the development of a state-backed indemnity scheme for general practice in England.

The Department will continue to work with the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Association and other GP representatives to engage with the sector on this issue.

14th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with spinal cord injuries are treated in specialist units.

NHS England commissions specialised spinal care services nationally. All patients needing specialist spinal care following either injury or disease progression should be referred to a specialist centre after initial treatment or assessment at a local hospital.

These services encompass acute care following the injury, rehabilitation and life-long follow-up of people living with spinal cord injury.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of pension freedoms policy on the cost to local authorities of residential care.

The pension freedom reforms are a fundamental change to how people can access their pension savings. The Government believes it is important to monitor these changes to understand their effects on the market and consumers. The impact of people’s pension choice can affect the extent to which they have to contribute to their social care costs.


The Department of Health, working with other Government Departments, assessed the potential effect of the policy on the cost to local authorities of residential care to be small compared to overall expenditure on residential care.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foundation hospitals include on their council of governors elected members from Wales.

Information on the nationality of governors elected to foundation trusts is not held centrally.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in each UK spinal cord injury centre have been ring fenced for the treatment of spinal cord injured readmissions or outpatients in each of the last five years.

NHS England’s Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) service specification clearly sets out what providers must have in place to offer evidence-based, safe and effective services. It sets a core requirement that each specialised SCI Centre (SCIC) can demonstrate they have a minimum of 20 beds dedicated exclusively for the treatment and rehabilitation of SCI patients. Specialised SCI Services encompass all activity for SCI patients provided by the host trust of the SCIC, including any readmission or attendance for SCI-related care, wherever the treatment is located in the trust. A copy of the specification can be found at the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/d13-spinal-cord-0414.pdf

NHS England is aware that a number of beds in one ward at Stoke Mandeville spinal injuries unit are being used as escalation beds by medical specialties to assist with patient flow. It is planned for these beds to re-open as specialist spinal beds from September 2014.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in each UK spinal cord injury centre are ring fenced for the exclusive treatment of spinal cord injured readmissions or outpatients.

NHS England’s Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) service specification clearly sets out what providers must have in place to offer evidence-based, safe and effective services. It sets a core requirement that each specialised SCI Centre (SCIC) can demonstrate they have a minimum of 20 beds dedicated exclusively for the treatment and rehabilitation of SCI patients. Specialised SCI Services encompass all activity for SCI patients provided by the host trust of the SCIC, including any readmission or attendance for SCI-related care, wherever the treatment is located in the trust. A copy of the specification can be found at the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/d13-spinal-cord-0414.pdf

NHS England is aware that a number of beds in one ward at Stoke Mandeville spinal injuries unit are being used as escalation beds by medical specialties to assist with patient flow. It is planned for these beds to re-open as specialist spinal beds from September 2014.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the alleged misallocation of the specialist spinal injury beds at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the use by non-spinal cord injury patients.

NHS England’s Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) service specification clearly sets out what providers must have in place to offer evidence-based, safe and effective services. It sets a core requirement that each specialised SCI Centre (SCIC) can demonstrate they have a minimum of 20 beds dedicated exclusively for the treatment and rehabilitation of SCI patients. Specialised SCI Services encompass all activity for SCI patients provided by the host trust of the SCIC, including any readmission or attendance for SCI-related care, wherever the treatment is located in the trust. A copy of the specification can be found at the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/d13-spinal-cord-0414.pdf

NHS England is aware that a number of beds in one ward at Stoke Mandeville spinal injuries unit are being used as escalation beds by medical specialties to assist with patient flow. It is planned for these beds to re-open as specialist spinal beds from September 2014.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost per night is of a bed in (a) an intensive therapy unit or high dependency unit, (b) a district general hospital, (c) a spinal cord injury centre and (d) a spinal cord injury centre for a ventilated spinal cord injured patient.

Information is not available in the format requested.

Such information as is available is from reference costs, which are the average unit costs to National Health Service trusts and foundation trusts of providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients. Unit costs for inpatient care, including spinal cord injury, requiring the use of a hospital bed for at least one night are submitted per finished consultant episode rather than per night. Only unit costs for inpatient stays beyond the expected length of stay for each treatment are submitted per bed day. Unit costs for critical care, including in an intensive therapy unit or high dependency unit, are submitted per critical care bed day. This information is shown in the following table.

National average unit costs of adult critical care, elective and non-elective care, and spinal cord injury care in England, 2012-13

Unit cost per finished consultant episode4

Unit cost per excess bed day5

Unit cost per critical care bed day6

Adult critical care1

-

-

1,173

Inpatient care2

1,758

273

-

Spinal cord injury care3

7,649

354

-

Notes:

1National average adult critical care costs submitted in reference costs by all NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts that provided patient care in critical care units during 2012-13 give the nearest equivalent to the average cost per night of a bed in an intensive therapy unit or high dependency unit. They relate to parts of the patient’s hospital stay that require organ system support in a designated critical care bed. These are conventionally grouped into critical care areas, such as an intensive therapy unit or high dependency unit, but may include temporary, non-standard locations.

2National average elective and non-elective inpatient costs submitted in reference costs by all NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts that admitted patients during 2012-13 give the nearest equivalent to the average cost per night of a bed in a district general hospital. No attempt has been made to distinguish between district general hospitals and other types of trust, such as specialist or teaching trusts.

3National average elective and non-elective inpatient costs submitted in reference costs against treatment function code 323, spinal injuries, by the following eight trusts providing spinal cord injury centres in England give the nearest equivalent to the average cost per night of a bed in a spinal cord injury centre:

(a) Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

(b) Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

(c) Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

(d) Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(e) South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(f) Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

(g) St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

(h) The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4Reference costs for elective and non-elective inpatient episodes of care distinguish between the inlier unit cost below a statistically derived expected length of stay (known as a trim point) for a given treatment, and an excess bed day cost for each bed day over the trim point. Inlier unit costs cover the costs of active treatment and are submitted per finished consultant episode rather than per bed day.

5Excess bed day costs are used to estimate the cost of an overnight stay in a hospital bed and generally include routine ward costs such as nursing, dressings, and blood tests, although they may also include the costs of active treatment where this continues beyond the trim point, especially for specialised services.

6Adult critical care costs are submitted per critical care bed day.

Source: Reference costs, Department of Health

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken is in each health authority from a person being referred for a NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment to the eligibility decision being made.

The Department does not collect data regarding the time taken for individuals to be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare. The National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care sets out that the time which elapses between completion of the Checklist (or other notification of potential eligibility) being received by the relevant clinical commissioning group, and a funding decision being made should, in most cases, not exceed 28 days.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on wheelchairs and wheelchair vouchers by each clinical commissioning group in each of the last four years.

Information on spending on wheelchairs and wheelchair vouchers by each clinical commissioning group is not held centrally. Information on spending on wheelchairs and wheelchair vouchers by primary care trusts prior to 31 March 2013 is not held centrally.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

​Staff in the Europe Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) lead on providing advice to FCO Ministers on EU and EU-related issues. However, staff in other Directorates in London, as well as staff in our diplomatic missions around the world, also on occasion work on EU-related issues. It is not therefore possible to give precise figures.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the conduct of the election in Uganda on 18 February 2016.

I commend the people of Uganda for turning out in large numbers to cast their vote on 18 February 2016 and for their determination to participate in the electoral process. However, the British Government has raised a series of concerns with the Government of Uganda about the conduct of the elections and the post-election environment. These include serious delays to the opening of polling stations, restrictions on social media access and the continuing harassment and intimidation of members of the opposition and journalists by the Uganda Police Force.

These issues were also reflected in the EU and Commonwealth Election Observation Missions' preliminary statements of 20 February which we fully endorse. I urge the Government of Uganda to comprehensively address all the issues raised in the Election Observation Missions' reports.

With international partners we continue to urge all sides to show restraint in the post election period, to abide by the rule of law and to settle election related disputes through the proper legal channels. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

25th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the extension of democracy in Bahrain.

Governance of Bahrain is a matter for all political parties in Bahrain. We encourage all political parties, to engage constructively in political dialogue in order to reach an inclusive political settlement. Although we were disappointed by the opposition’s decision to boycott the 2014 elections, we commended the participation of a broad range of candidates which saw 14 independent Shia candidates win seats, of which three were women.

We regularly discuss human rights and reform with the Government of Bahrain including at the biannual UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group meeting which was most recently held in November 2015. Reform programme activities delivered through the Causeway Institute have used lessons from Northern Ireland to improve community outreach and communication – particularly to a youth audience.

25th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Bahraini government on Mr Hassan Mushaima receiving appropriate medical treatment while in custody.

We are aware of the case of Hassam Mushiema and we have raised it with the Government of Bahrain. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments and to appropriately address all reports of ill-treatment of detainees. We also encourage all those with concerns about their treatment in detention to report these directly to the Ombudsman.

25th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

We regularly discuss human rights and reform with the Government of Bahrain including at the biannual UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group meeting which was most recently held in November 2015. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to meet its human rights obligations and to honour all conventions to which it is a party. We welcome the progress made by Bahrain on their reform programme particularly in the areas of youth justice, the establishment and increasing effectiveness of the Ombudsman’s office, the Prisoner and Detainees’ Rights Commission and the reformed National Institute of Human Rights. We continue to work with the Government of Bahrain to ensure momentum and progress on its reforms, for the benefit of all Bahrainis.

16th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the sub-group on Freedom of Expression of the Human Rights Advisory Group last met; and when the next meeting of that sub-group is planned.

The Expert Group on Freedom of Expressiom met on 10 March, chaired by Baroness Anelay. There are no further meetings planned before the end of this Parliament.

9th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last raised the inclusion and representation of Assyrians in the (a) Iraqi army and (b) Kurdish peshmerga with the (i) Iraqi government and (ii) Kurdistan regional government.

We have not raised this issue with the current Government of Iraq (GoI) or Kurdistan Regional Government.

We welcome the commitment that Prime Minister Abadi has made to inclusive government and to protecting the rights of all Iraqi citizens.

The recent agreement reached between the GoI and Kurdistan Regional Government on revenue-sharing, and the agreement reached between the GoI and three of the tribes of Anbar province to cooperate in the fight against ISIL, are evidence of the more inclusive approach Prime Minister Abadi is taking.

Likewise, the steps that have been taken to reform the Iraqi Security Forces, including the dismissal of commanders for corruption, and the creation of a National Guard which would bring militia groups under government control, are hopeful signs for the future.
9th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the effect of the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Prime Minister of Iraq on (a) the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi government and (b) the capacity of those governments to lead efforts to combat ISIL.

We welcome Prime Minister Abadi’s commitment to inclusive politics and national reconciliation. Under his tenure relations between the Government of Iraq (GoI) and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have improved significantly, with a landmark deal on oil revenues and budget payments agreed on 2 December. This deal commits the GoI to providing funding to the KRG for the Kurdish Security Forces and will hopefully lay the foundations for increased cooperation between the GoI and KRG in the fight against ISIL.

Prime Minister Abadi has also taken steps to reform and improve the effectiveness of the Iraqi Security Forces, including the dismissal of commanders for corruption, and to create a National Guard force which would bring militia groups under government control.
10th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Angolan counterpart on food supply in that country.

The Angolan government is leading the response to food shortages in provinces in the West of Angola. The UK is supporting this work through multilateral organisations such as the EU and UN. The agricultural sector is one of the areas of focus of the High Level Prosperity Partnership between Angola and the UK that was launched in 2013. Officials from the Angolan Ministry of Agriculture and Trade have recently visited the United Kingdom for discussions about how to develop Angolan wheat production, storage and transport systems.

10th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on the food supply crisis in Angola.

Although the Department for International Development (DfID) no longer has an in-country programme in Angola, it does provide humanitarian oversight and engages with multilateral organisations, such as the UN and EU. FCO and DfID officials are in regular discussions about the international response to food security issues.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French and German counterparts about assistance to the Kurdistan regional government.

We continue to consult closely with other members of the coalition on how to defeat ISIL. The UK, France and Germany have all provided equipment to the Kurds.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security threat to Israel from Hamas.

We have not undertaken a formal assessment of the security threat to Israel from Hamas.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority about reconstruction in Gaza.

Our Consulate-General in Jerusalem met with the Palestinian Prime Minister on 8 September to discuss the issue of reconstruction in Gaza.
17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the (a) planning regulations and (b) environmental policies of the Montserrat government have been followed during the development of the new aquatic and sport centre.

The elected Government of Montserrat has devolved constitutional responsibility for planning regulations and environmental policies. The Montserrat Ministry of Health, Education, Community Services, Sports and Youth has the responsibility for securing the relevant planning permission for the project. The Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) have been sub-contracted to deliver the project. We understand that a planning application has been submitted and construction work will not start before this has been agreed.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many St Helenians are in fuel poverty.

The St Helena Government is reviewing how it might appropriately analyse and report fuel poverty statistics on the island, but currently it does not record this information. The FCO and DFID do not record this information.

DFID assists by contributing to efforts to alleviate the effect of the operating loss of the utilities company and to ensure that user tariffs are maintained.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many St Helenians have emigrated since November 2011.

St Helena Government’s (SHG) Statistics Office has confirmed 148 St Helenians have emigrated since November 2011.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of each of the recommendations in the report, Children in Military Custody, published in June 2012.

The UK has made repeated representations to Israel on their treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child detainees. Since the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded independent report on Children in Military Custody, there has been some limited progress. This includes a pilot to use summons instead of night-time arrests, and steps to reduce the amount of time a child can be detained before seeing a judge. My predecessor wrote to the Israeli Attorney General on 31 March to welcome the steps taken to date and to call for further measures, including the mandatory use of audio-visual recording of interrogations, investigation into continued reports of single hand ties being used, and an end to solitary confinement for children. The British Government has been working with the delegation who compiled the Children in Military Custody report to make a return visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the near future.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he had with his Libyan counterparts about violence in Tripoli.

Since assuming office on 15 July, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) has yet to have direct discussions with the Libyan Foreign Minister. However, through our Embassy in Tripoli, we remain in direct contact with the Libyan Government at the highest levels. We share their concern at the attacks in and around Tripoli International Airport, and condemn all actions which put lives in danger whether in the East or West of the country. We support the Libyan Government’s call for a ceasefire and urgent dialogue.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Tripoli.

We continue to monitor carefully the ongoing security situation in Tripoli and across Libya. We are deeply concerned at the attacks in and around Tripoli International Airport, and condemn actions which put lives in danger whether in the East or West of the country.

We support the Libyan Government’s call for a ceasefire and urgent dialogue. Violence and the threat of violence are unacceptable, and should not be used to pursue political goals. The situation in which armed groups operate outside government control, and without respect for either Libyan or international law, threatens the stability of the state and Libyan people’s aspirations for a secure and prosperous future.

Our travel advice remains current, and is updated as necessary to reflect the situation on the ground.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the newly elected President of the Syrian National Council.

We are in constant contact with the Syrian opposition, including with the newly-elected President of the National Coalition, Hadi al-Bahra. We are increasing our support for them, as they counter the threats from extremists and Assad’s regime. UK Special Representative to Syria, Jon Wilks, met President al-Bahra on 10 and 15 July. In these discussions Mr Wilks stressed the UK’s strong support for the National Coalition’s goal of a transition to peaceful, democratic and inclusive Syria. I look forward to meeting and working with President al-Bahra in due course.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current political situation in Lesotho.

Through our High Commission in South Africa who cover our relations with Lesotho, we are closely monitoring the political situation in the country, following the decision on 10 June by Lesotho's Prime Minister to prorogue parliament for 9 months (until 27 February 2015). The UK supports the South African Development Community's (SADC) call for all parties to follow the constitution.

1st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the reaction of the government of (a) Iran and (b) Turkey to the announcement of the President of Kurdistan that he intends to hold a referendum on independence of the region of Kurdistan from Iraq.

We are aware of reports that the President of the Kurdistan Region has expressed an intention to hold a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region. It is for the people of Iraq to determine the shape of Iraq's future. We continue to urge all Iraqi leaders to work together to tackle the challenges Iraq faces, particularly the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

1st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the source of supply of the arms being used by Jihadi groups fighting in (a) Syria and (b) Iraq.

We believe terrorist groups are likely to have acquired weapons and ammunition from stockpiles captured in fighting with Assad's regime in Syria, and in recent clashes with the Iraqi Security Forces. During his recent visit to Iraq, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) made a statement in which he highlighted the need to intensify international efforts to stem the flow of weapons and fighters to extremist groups.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the committee of legislative reform in Egypt on the proposed new parliamentary elections law in that country.

The new parliamentary elections law was enacted by decree of the former interim President Adly Mansour on 5 June. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not have direct discussions with the committee of legislative reform in Egypt.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the predicted cost of the implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is in each of the next three years.

The National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security was launched at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit and builds on lessons to date, and address some of the challenges in the previous NAP. The NAP's Implementation Plan will be launched later this year.
In line with our UN commitments on women, peace and security we will continue to address violence against women and support women's role in building peace and promote their participation, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Syria.

The aims of the NAP and Implementation Plan are to ensure a more coherent and effective approach to the work on Women, Peace and Security. They provide the frameworks for activities which are funded through existing departmental budgets. Those budgets include: the Conflict Pool (the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund from 2015-16), the Human Rights and Democracy Fund, the Arab Partnership Fund and Official Development Assistance – all of which help to fund the work on women, peace and security across the world.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the details of the new parliamentary elections law in Egypt.

The new parliamentary elections law, enacted by the decree of former interim President Adly Mansour on 5 June, increases the number of parliamentary seats to 567, with 420 seats to be elected by single member constituencies and 120 through party lists. On 3 June, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) issued a statement urging Egypt's leaders to ensure that the transition leads towards accountable and democratic governance, underpinned by strong and accountable institutions.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he had held with his Egyptian counterpart on the new parliamentary elections law in that country.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has yet to meet his new counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri who was sworn in on 17 June. He did raise the issue of parliamentary elections and the need for political inclusiveness with former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on 14 May before the new law was passed.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2014-2017, in what way, as part of the implementation of that plan, women's participation at grassroots level will be measured.

My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary, along with the Secretaries of State for International Development and Defence, launched the 2014-2017 National Action Plan (NAP) at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit earlier this month.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working with Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence, is committed to ensure that the promotion of women's participation in conflict resolution is an integral part of our overseas conflict policy and forms one of the main focuses of the NAP. The NAP outlines several ways we will do this, for example providing financial and capacity building support to civil society organisations promoting women and girls' participation in peacebuilding.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also funded and helped to facilitate workshops in two of the NAP's focus countries (Afghanistan and Burma) with another being held in a third (Somalia) in the next few months. The workshops have been well attended by civil society groups that, in many cases, represent the views of women from the grassroots level.

Measuring participation of women from grassroots level is challenging; there is a lack of baseline and country-level data on women in peace and security issues. With this in mind, the UK has allocated specific funding to the external and independent monitoring and evaluation of this NAP.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, columns 367-8W, on armed conflicts: minerals, which companies have joined or have applied to join the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights initiative.

In the last two years, UK-headquartered companies Tullow Oil and Premier Oil have joined the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. An application from another company based in the UK is currently under consideration by the Steering Committee of the Voluntary Principles Initiative.

25th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, columns 367-8W, on armed conflicts: minerals, which UK companies he has met to discuss the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

I have met the following companies to discuss the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights – Anglo American, BG Group, BP, Dana Petroleum, Dominion Energy, Ophir Energy, Perenco, Premier Oil, Rio Tinto, Shell, Soma Oil and Gas, Stellar Diamonds and Tullow Oil.

12th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the meeting between President Salva Kir and Riek Machar in Addis Ababa on 10 June 2014.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit on 10 June saw President Salva Kir and Riek Machar recommit to their earlier cessation of hostilities agreement, and agree to "expedite and complete dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within 60 days". This is an important step in the peace process. Both leaders must continue to respect the commitments they have made by reining in their fighters on the ground and engaging constructively in the Addis peace talks. The UK, along with our troika (UK, US and Norway) and EU partners, continues to support IGAD efforts to resolve the crisis.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 13 May 2014, Official Report, columns 200-3WH, what representations he has made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the recent acquittal of 14 officers of the armed forces of that country on charges of mass rape and murder.

I welcome efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prosecute perpetrators on charges of mass rape and murder – but more must be done to deliver justice for the victims. I met with the Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the DRC in London last week when he was attending the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. I emphasised to him that ending impunity was fundamental to tackling the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence. He confirmed his Government's commitment to tackling sexual and gender based violence and to ending impunity for the perpetrators.

The British Embassy in Kinshasa sponsors a range of projects to tackle sexual violence in the DRC focusing on security sector reform and improving service provision for survivors. During his visit to eastern DRC in March 2013 the Foreign Secretary announced over £1 million in funding to a range of organisations tackling rape and sexual violence. The UK has supported the deployment of an international expert to build capacity of health and legal professionals to address accountability and the investigation and documentation of sexual violence crimes.

The Foreign Secretary has publicly called on the Congolese authorities to continue in their efforts to seek out and prosecute the remaining perpetrators. Senior officials at our Embassy in Kinshasa have, jointly with EU Heads of Mission and independently, also raised the issue directly with the Government of the DRC.

The International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was field tested in the DRC, was launched at the Global Summit on 12 June. I hope that the Protocol will be deployed widely, helping to ensure that more and more perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence the world over will be brought to justice.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the government of Sudan facilitates the full deployment of UNMISS troops and equipment.

The Governments of both Sudan and South Sudan have now granted the necessary clearances for the transfer of a Rwandan battalion from the UN-Africa Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to UNMISS. We understand that that battalion has now arrived in South Sudan.

We have made clear to the Governments of both Sudan and South Sudan that any actions that impede UNMISS in the delivery of its mandate are unacceptable.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UNMISS protects civilians by (a) regular patrols and consultation with communities and (b) involvement of civilians experts in UNMISS programmes.

As a permanent member of the Security Council, the UK is a leading advocate of ensuring that protection of civilians from violence is prioritised in the mandates of UN Missions working in conflict-affected countries. UN Security Council Resolution 2155 of 27 May 2014, which renewed UNMISS's mandate (and which the UK fully supported) demonstrates that, including through requiring UNMISS troops to conduct regular patrols to safeguard the security of communities within high risk areas. It also provides for civilian expertise to support and complement the work of the military troops and formed police units in monitoring and investigating human rights abuses

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security situation in Burundi.

We are concerned about recent developments in the security situation in Burundi. The situation remains tense with limited political space not conducive to the protection of human rights.

During my visit in April, I heard concerns from Burundians and the international community about the increasing limitations on political space and the resultant challenge that could pose for next year's elections. The UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), which is playing an important role reporting on human rights and bringing stability to Burundi, have warned that as the country approaches elections in 2015, there is a possibility of violence.

I am particularly concerned about the trend of increased violence by the youth wings of political parties. I discussed these issues with the Burundian President Nkurunzia during my visit to Burundi in April. I also emphasised the importance of consolidating peace and democracy and that reconciliation and free and fair elections were key to Burundi's future. Officials, including from our High Commission in Kigali, continue to monitor the situation closely

We welcome the UN Security Council's increased focus on Burundi and our Permanent Representative to the UN emphasised the importance of reconciliation and holding free and fair elections during April's UN Security Council debates on Burundi. We strongly support the resulting Presidential Statement which expressed concern at the violence and the closing down of political space.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to help ensure free, fair and credible elections in Burundi in 2015.

I continue to be concerned about rising political tensions and the closing of political space in Burundi ahead of May's elections. Together with the wider international community, we are working together to encourage Burundi to adhere to the March 2013 UN Roadmap and co-operate with the UN on electoral governance. During my visit to Burundi in April 2015, I highlighted our concerns about rising political tensions, including violence and intimidation by political youth groups, with President Nkurunzia. Robust, comprehensive international monitoring is required both for the elections and this current pre-election period.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to integrate the preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative throughout the Great Lakes region.

The preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative (PSVI) is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office priority. In the Great Lakes region, PSVI focuses on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where the problem of sexual violence in conflict is most acute. The DRC was a focus country for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict that took place in London on 10 to 13 June. At that meeting the high level DRC delegation presented progress on its national action plans to tackle sexual violence in conflict and discussed with the international community how to overcome the challenges.

During his visit to eastern DRC in March 2013 the Foreign Secretary announced over £1 million in funding to a range of organisations tackling rape and sexual violence. Other British Embassies and High commissions in the Great Lakes region run smaller scale projects and raise awareness of sexual violence in conflict and to promote the PSVI agenda. The International Protocol on Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict was launched on 11 June at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. It was field tested in the DRC and Uganda.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals disclosure rule.

The deadline for disclosure under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act was 2 June 2014. It is too soon to measure the overall effectiveness of the legislation.

We continue to encourage all relevant companies to implement the OECD due diligence guidance for responsible supply chains of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in the development of governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Decades of conflict and a lack of accountability and transparency have left the country unstable, lacking infrastructure and social services, and falling well short of its economic potential.

Weak governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also presents many challenges. But after the surrender of the armed group M23 late last year, and recent indications that elements of the FDLR armed group also intend to surrender, 2014 provides an opportunity for greater stability in the Great Lakes.

During my visit to DRC in February, I witnessed the country's potential. I emphasised to the DRC Government including President Kabila the importance of making progress on key areas, including elections; economic reform; the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants; and the reform of the security sector. We discussed how the UK might best support the development and stability of the region through our support for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework, as well as our significant development programme.

DFID expect to spend £72.6million on governance and security in DRC between 2011 to 2015. This support has meant that in 2011, 31 million people registered to vote – of which 52% were women. By 2015, 1,025 communities will be empowered to monitor Local Government performance, 10million citizens will be trained on elections, rights and responsibilities and over 100 civil society organisations will be empowered to monitor government performance and influence government.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the contribution of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 203WH, what steps he is taking to support human rights in Burundi.

We monitor human rights in Burundi closely. When I visited Burundi in April, I lobbied President Nkurunziza about the importance of respecting human and democratic rights. On 29th May I tweeted our concern about the detention of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Burundi's most active human rights defender. My officials are following this case closely. In recent years, my officials at the High Commission in Kigali have funded human rights protection projects in Burundi and specifically, the Burundian Independent Commission of Human Rights. In 2013, officials attended and contributed to Burundi's Universal Periodic Review of its human rights progress.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 201WH, on political and human rights (African Great Lakes), what steps the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights team is taking to encourage companies to participate in voluntary principles concerning supply chains of minerals from conflict-affected areas.

During the debate on 13 May I said that we were encouraging companies and countries to join the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. In the last two years, I have met a range of UK companies to discuss the Voluntary Principles. Three of those companies have joined or have applied to join the initiative. Officials, often working with other member governments of the Voluntary Principles, participate in in-country workshops, projects and other activity to support and encourage the participation of new governments in the initiative. On 11 June I met the Justice Minister of Mozambique to discuss the Voluntary Principles, and in April the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary raised the Voluntary Principles with President Kikwete of Tanzania.

In terms of responsible sourcing of minerals, officials participate in discussions with UK industry, and more broadly with international partners and non-governmental organisations to support responsible sourcing. The focus of these discussions is the OECD due diligence guidance I referred to on 13 May. DfID have provided financial support through the $90m World Bank- DFID ProMines project towards the implementation of the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism, a publicly-available map of armed groups on mining sites through the International Peace Information Service as well as traceability schemes such as the ITRI tin supply chain initiative.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Palestinians and (b) Jews displaced from their country of origin in the Middle East since 1984.

We have not made an estimate on this issue and do not keep records of this type.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2014, Official Report, columns 161-2W, on Syria, on what basis the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was selected as the recipient of £200,000.

The FCO's Human Rights Development Programme Board approved funding to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) based on the strength of their project proposal. WILPF have been active in promoting the participation of Syrian women at the Geneva II peace conference, have developed a strong network of Syrian women activists, and work in close collaboration with other international non-governmental organisations. Their activities support our wider efforts to ensure that Syrian women are fully included in the political process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) male and (b) female (i) HM Ambassadors and (ii) High Commissioners there are from each region of the UK.

We are unable to breakdown the region that each and every one of our Ambassadors and High Commissioners was born in without incurring disproportionate costs. We are able to breakdown by the constituent country within the UK as follows:

Male Female
England 80 22
Scotland 5 1
Wales 3 0
Northern Ireland 1 0
Born outside the UK or not recorded on file 29 7

There is also one post where the Ambassador's role is shared by one male and one female, both from England.

The key principle of all FCO appointments is selection by merit through fair and open competition. Place of birth has no effect on our appointments system. All UK based members of staff have to be British citizens.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the gender balance is of his Department's management board and its sub-committees.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Management Board consists of 8 executive (5 male and 3 female) and 2 non-executive members (1 male and 1 female).

The Management Board is supported by the four Sub-Committees which are each chaired by a member of the Board; they are Audit & Risk Committee, Human Resources (HR) Committee, Operations Committee and Health and Safety Committee.

The gender breakdown of the committees is as follows:

Audit & Risk Committee (ARC): 2 male, 1 female;

HR Committee: 9 male, 10 female; and the 20th position is currently filled by two people (1 male, 1 female) in a job-share;

Operations Committee: 9 male and 8 female; and

FCO Health and Safety Committee: 18 male and 8 female members.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what specific steps the UK has taken to encourage more opposition groups to join the Syrian National Coalition.

We have publicly and repeatedly urged moderate Syrian opposition groups, inside and outside Syria, to join the National Coalition, underlining the importance of a unified, and effective organisation pressing for a democratic and pluralist Syria. We have consistently encouraged the National Coalition to broaden their membership, and they have made strenuous efforts to attract all sections of Syrian society, including ethnic and religious minorities, and women. They have made clear that they stand for all Syrians. We have worked through the London 11 group in support of the National Coalition, as well as providing practical support to develop its capacity.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure women's equal and meaningful participation in the Syrian peace process.

It is vital that Syrian women are able to participate fully in decisions about the future of their country. We continue to raise international awareness of this important issue and the Foreign Secretary has written to the UN Secretary General, the Joint Special Envoy, and a number of Foreign Ministers recommending that Syrian women should be able to participate fully in the peace process. We are providing £200,000 of support to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom to strengthen the capacity of Syrian women's groups to engage in the transition process. The Foreign Secretary was pleased to meet representatives from the Syrian Women's Initiative for Peace and Democracy during Geneva II, and the UK intends to offer further practical support in close coordination with UN Women and donors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Syrian National Coalition.

We have daily discussions with the Syrian National Coalition, most notably with its leadership through the UK Special Representative to Syria, Jon Wilks, but also at Ministerial level. We are in regular touch with the National Coalition representative in London. We have supported the National Coalition since its foundation in 2012 and have consistently encouraged it to reach out to all Syrians as a democratic, inclusive and unified organisation. This has included practical support to the National Coalition, including on strategic communications and design of internal structures and organisation. The UK is a leading member of the “London 11”, the core group of the Friends of Syria, who are the National Coalition's strongest supporters. Most recently we hosted a meeting of senior officials from the London 11 in London on 7 March.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on which actors are currently involved in, or have helped to facilitate, recent violence in Kessab.

We understand that a wide range of groups have been involved in the fighting, including Ansar al-Sham, and Sham al-Islam, as well as the al Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of how representative the Syrian National Council is of all Syrian opposition groups.

The Syrian National Council is one part of the National Coalition. I have called for women, in particular, to be represented more in the National Coalition. I am pleased that the National Coalition has made strenuous efforts to broaden its membership to attract all sections of Syrian society, including ethnic and religious minorities and women, stating that it is a Coalition for all Syrians. The most recent organisation to join its ranks is the Kurdish National Council. We continue to work with the National Coalition in their efforts to deliver more services on the ground through the Interim Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security and humanitarian situation in Kessab.

We remain deeply concerned about the safety of all in Kessab and in all areas affected by the conflict. We believe that the majority of Kessab's inhabitants, including most of the ethnic Armenian population, left the town because of fighting in the area. They join the more than 9 million Syrians of all faiths and ethnicities who have been driven from their homes by the ongoing conflict.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish government on the security and humanitarian situation in Kessab.

We have regular discussions with the Turkish authorities regarding the appalling situation in Syria. We work closely with Turkey to coordinate the substantial humanitarian effort in the region and we welcome their assistance in facilitating aid delivery. Turkey is also a valued security partner of the UK. We work closely with Turkey to restrict the ability of foreign fighters to cross into Syria. We will continue to engage with Turkey on these important topics.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia concerning reports of the confinement of Saudi Arabian princesses in Jeddah.

The UK has longstanding concerns about the restrictions on women's rights in Saudi Arabia. These concerns are clearly set out in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Annual Human Rights Report, most recently updated in April 2014. Ministers and officials often raise women's rights, including the guardianship system, with their Saudi Arabian counterparts, including at the UN and through EU representatives.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with HM Ambassador to Saudi Arabia about reports of the confinement of Saudi Arabian princesses in Jeddah.

The UK has longstanding concerns about the restrictions on women's rights in Saudi Arabia. These concerns are clearly set out in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Annual Human Rights Report, most recently updated in April 2014. Ministers and officials often raise women's rights, including the guardianship system, with their Saudi Arabian counterparts, including at the UN and through EU representatives.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK Government Ministers have visited Lesotho since 2010.

I visited Lesotho in March 2013 as part of a larger tour of the Southern African region. My visit to Lesotho was the first bilateral Ministerial visit to the Kingdom since 2002. I was delighted that the Prime Minister of Lesotho was able to visit the UK between 4-9 April, further strengthening bilateral relations and the ongoing links between our two countries. The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire) and I both enjoyed meeting the Prime Minister of Lesotho during his visit to the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the current whereabouts of the children recently kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria.

Since the abduction of the Nigerian school girls on 14 April we have remained in close contact with the Nigerian authorities about the case. Although the whereabouts of the girls remains unclear, reports in the media and from girls who escaped suggest they are being held in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State. Media reports also suggest the girls may have been taken into Cameroon and Chad. We continue to try and establish the facts in this case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the recent kidnapping of schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) spoke to the Nigerian Foreign Minister on 18 April when he condemned the abductions and offered UK assistance in securing the release of the schoolgirls.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests for assistance the Government has received in connection with the recent kidnappings from Chibok, Nigeria.

Since the abduction of the Nigerian school girls on 14 April, our High Commission in Abuja has remained in close contact with the Nigerian authorities. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) offered our assistance when he spoke to the Nigerian Foreign Minister on 18 April. So far we have not received a formal request for assistance from the Nigerian Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the safety of the Armenian community in Kessab.

We remain deeply concerned about the safety of Armenians and members of all other minority groups in Syria. We believe that the majority of Kessab's inhabitants, including most of the ethnic Armenian population, left the town because of fighting in the area. Our understanding is that they have mainly joined other Armenian communities in Syria and neighbouring countries. They join the more than 9 million Syrians of all faiths and ethnicities who have been driven from their homes by the ongoing conflict.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the composition of the different groups which comprise the combatants in Kessab.

We understand that a wide range of groups have been involved in the fighting, including Ansar al-Sham, and Sham al-Islam, as well as the al Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front.

22nd May 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2019 to Question 220074 on Football Pools: Excise Duties, what evidence his Department has to make an assessment of the effect of product switching if pools betting duty were to be reduced to 10 per cent.

Pool Betting Duty extends beyond the Football Pools to bets made not at fixed odds (other than horse or dog racing). This means that a range of products are currently subject to the Duty and there is potential for products to be developed in future to come within its scope in order to benefit from a lower rate.

16th May 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the appropriateness of the level of tax on the football pools industry.

Pool Betting Duty raises around £5m in revenue for the Exchequer per annum. Reducing the level of taxation is likely to have a negligible effect on the football pools.

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 210499 on Capital Investment, if he will itemise the total cost for each capital project in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019 whether fully or partially funded by central government.

As previously set out, HM Treasury and IPA do not centrally hold a complete set of funding allocations and cost data for individual capital projects, whether funded by central government or by the Devolved Administrations, or jointly. By the same token, HM Treasury and IPA do not have data on what proportion of funding for projects in the Devolved Administrations comes from central government and DAs’ own capital budgets. However, HM Treasury and IPA do publish aggregate capital spending allocations for departments and the Devolved Administrations, as well as more granular detail on infrastructure investment, for example in the recent Interim Response to the National Infrastructure Assessment at Budget 2018 and the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline in November 2018.

Aggregate capital spending allocations to departments and the Devolved Administrations in past years are published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2018 (p.26). Further regional breakdowns of capital spending by economic category, including for the Devolved Administrations, are published in Chapter 9 of the same document.

Aggregate capital spending allocations for future years to 2020-21 are published in the Budget 2018 document (p.23). The Government will set capital budgets beyond 2020-21 at the Spending Review. The Government will also publish further, more detailed information on infrastructure in the full response to the National Infrastructure Assessment later this year.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 210499 on Capital Investment, with reference to capital projects part funded by central government in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018 and (iii) 2019, how much and what proportion of the total funding for such projects was from central government.

As previously set out, HM Treasury and IPA do not centrally hold a complete set of funding allocations and cost data for individual capital projects, whether funded by central government or by the Devolved Administrations, or jointly. By the same token, HM Treasury and IPA do not have data on what proportion of funding for projects in the Devolved Administrations comes from central government and DAs’ own capital budgets. However, HM Treasury and IPA do publish aggregate capital spending allocations for departments and the Devolved Administrations, as well as more granular detail on infrastructure investment, for example in the recent Interim Response to the National Infrastructure Assessment at Budget 2018 and the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline in November 2018.

Aggregate capital spending allocations to departments and the Devolved Administrations in past years are published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2018 (p.26). Further regional breakdowns of capital spending by economic category, including for the Devolved Administrations, are published in Chapter 9 of the same document.

Aggregate capital spending allocations for future years to 2020-21 are published in the Budget 2018 document (p.23). The Government will set capital budgets beyond 2020-21 at the Spending Review. The Government will also publish further, more detailed information on infrastructure in the full response to the National Infrastructure Assessment later this year.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 210499 on Capital Investment, if he will itemise the amount of money allocated by central government for each capital project it has either fully or partially funded in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019.

As previously set out, HM Treasury and IPA do not centrally hold a complete set of funding allocations and cost data for individual capital projects, whether funded by central government or by the Devolved Administrations, or jointly. By the same token, HM Treasury and IPA do not have data on what proportion of funding for projects in the Devolved Administrations comes from central government and DAs’ own capital budgets. However, HM Treasury and IPA do publish aggregate capital spending allocations for departments and the Devolved Administrations, as well as more granular detail on infrastructure investment, for example in the recent Interim Response to the National Infrastructure Assessment at Budget 2018 and the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline in November 2018.

Aggregate capital spending allocations to departments and the Devolved Administrations in past years are published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2018 (p.26). Further regional breakdowns of capital spending by economic category, including for the Devolved Administrations, are published in Chapter 9 of the same document.

Aggregate capital spending allocations for future years to 2020-21 are published in the Budget 2018 document (p.23). The Government will set capital budgets beyond 2020-21 at the Spending Review. The Government will also publish further, more detailed information on infrastructure in the full response to the National Infrastructure Assessment later this year.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
29th Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 210500 on Local Growth Deals, how much funding from the public purse was allocated to each (a) city and (b) growth deal announced in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018 and (iii) 2019 in (A) Northern Ireland, (B) Wales and (C) Scotland.

HM Treasury’s annual publication of a breakdown of the changes in the devolved administrations’ block grant funding includes funding allocated for city and growth deals.

The block grant transparency work is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/block-grant-transparency-december-2018

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
21st Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individual capital projects were awarded to (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018 and (iii) 2019 to date by the Government; and what was the value of those projects.

HM Treasury does not centrally hold information on all individual capital projects approved in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.

Capital projects in the Devolved Administrations are not funded through a single mechanism, nor is there a single decision-making body. In devolved policy areas funding comes from either i) central government, as in the case of the Belfast City Regional Deal at Autumn Budget 2018; or ii) from Devolved Administrations’ own capital budgets, which are set per the Barnett formula. Projects in reserved policy areas, such as Defence, are funded through central government. Because there is no central funding source or decision-making body, we do not hold a complete record of individual capital projects approved in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018 and (iii) 2019.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
21st Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Government's Growth Deal announcements in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019 that included allocated funding for (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Wales and (iii) Scotland.

The government has agreed six City and Growth Deals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2017.

In 2017 the government announced the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal and Swansea City Deal. In 2018 the government announced the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal, Tay Cities Deal, North Wales Growth Deal and Belfast City Region Deal.

The government has committed to agree Growth Deals for the Borderlands, Ayrshire, Moray, Mid Wales and Derry/Londonderry City Region.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
8th May 2018
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which HM Revenue and Customs offices have closed since 2010.

Since 2010, HM Revenue and Customs have closed 237 offices. These are detailed in the attached table.

14th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what income the Exchequer has received from duty on (a) online gambling and (b) betting shop income in each of the last five years.

Total receipts from Betting and Gaming duties are published here:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/Pages/TaxAndDutybulletins.aspx

A breakdown of revenue for General Betting Duty, Machine Games Duty and Remote Gaming Duty is included in this publication.

6th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

This information is not held. Provision of the information would be at disproportionate cost.

8th Dec 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many additional staff have been allocated to assist with the implementation of the new EU Customs Code which was introduced on 1 May 2016.

The transition period for full implementation of the Union Customs Code runs to the end of 2019. HM Revenue and Customs is carrying out this work without the need for additional resources as part of its business as usual activities.

8th Dec 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications made pursuant to the implementation of the new EU Customs Code have been processed.

The Union Customs Code (UCC) provides for a transition arrangement for re-authorising the customs facilitations for traders through to 2019. To date HM Revenue and Customs has processed 291 UCC Authorised Economic Operator applications which is the major trade facilitation measure within the UCC.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the average annual household insurance premiums paid by (a) existing customers and (b) new customers in each of the last five years.

The Government does not hold information on average annual household and motor insurance premiums. There are a range of estimates of the cost of insurance published by industry, including the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the AA and Confused.com. The ABI’s data is available at: https://www.abi.org.uk/News/Industry-data-updates.

The Government encourages consumers to shop around for the most suitable cover at the best price. To this end, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently published rules and guidance requiring insurers to disclose the previous year’s premium on renewal notices for general insurance products including motor and home insurance. The measures also require insurers to identify consumers who will be renewing with them for the fourth consecutive time and give them a prescribed shopping around message. The rules will come into force in April 2017.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the average car insurance premiums paid by (a) existing customers and (b) new customers in each of the last five years.

The Government does not hold information on average annual household and motor insurance premiums. There are a range of estimates of the cost of insurance published by industry, including the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the AA and Confused.com. The ABI’s data is available at: https://www.abi.org.uk/News/Industry-data-updates.

The Government encourages consumers to shop around for the most suitable cover at the best price. To this end, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently published rules and guidance requiring insurers to disclose the previous year’s premium on renewal notices for general insurance products including motor and home insurance. The measures also require insurers to identify consumers who will be renewing with them for the fourth consecutive time and give them a prescribed shopping around message. The rules will come into force in April 2017.

8th Apr 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultation took place with mesothelioma charities and other organisations before the announcement of the establishment of the National Mesothelioma Centre in Budget 2016.

The National Mesothelioma Centre will be a collaboration between four leading institutions who have a major interest in the treatment of mesothelioma: National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College; Royal Brompton Hospital; Institute of Cancer Research (ICR); and Royal Marsden Hospital. This collaboration will form the hub of the Centre which will engage with all other hospitals in the UK to which mesotheliomas are referred and treated.

Professor Sir Anthony Newton Taylor, Head of Research & Development at the National Heart & Lung Institute, who made the application for support from LIBOR fines, is working closely with the British Lung Foundation and other charities in order to ensure that experts from across the lung and cancer research community are able to contribute to this important enterprise.

The £5 million grant, which is intended as seed funding, has been profiled over 4 years and will be paid to the National Mesothelioma Centre, once established. The funding will be subjected to standard Grant Terms and Conditions, including a feedback and reporting mechanism, and audit.


Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Apr 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.15 of Budget 2016, what criteria were or will be applied in the selection of organisations to participate in the National Mesothelioma Centre.

The National Mesothelioma Centre will be a collaboration between four leading institutions who have a major interest in the treatment of mesothelioma: National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College; Royal Brompton Hospital; Institute of Cancer Research (ICR); and Royal Marsden Hospital. This collaboration will form the hub of the Centre which will engage with all other hospitals in the UK to which mesotheliomas are referred and treated.

Professor Sir Anthony Newton Taylor, Head of Research & Development at the National Heart & Lung Institute, who made the application for support from LIBOR fines, is working closely with the British Lung Foundation and other charities in order to ensure that experts from across the lung and cancer research community are able to contribute to this important enterprise.

The £5 million grant, which is intended as seed funding, has been profiled over 4 years and will be paid to the National Mesothelioma Centre, once established. The funding will be subjected to standard Grant Terms and Conditions, including a feedback and reporting mechanism, and audit.


Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Apr 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.15 of Budget 2016, (a) to which organisations and (b) when the £5 million allocated to a National Mesothelioma Centre will be paid.

The National Mesothelioma Centre will be a collaboration between four leading institutions who have a major interest in the treatment of mesothelioma: National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College; Royal Brompton Hospital; Institute of Cancer Research (ICR); and Royal Marsden Hospital. This collaboration will form the hub of the Centre which will engage with all other hospitals in the UK to which mesotheliomas are referred and treated.

Professor Sir Anthony Newton Taylor, Head of Research & Development at the National Heart & Lung Institute, who made the application for support from LIBOR fines, is working closely with the British Lung Foundation and other charities in order to ensure that experts from across the lung and cancer research community are able to contribute to this important enterprise.

The £5 million grant, which is intended as seed funding, has been profiled over 4 years and will be paid to the National Mesothelioma Centre, once established. The funding will be subjected to standard Grant Terms and Conditions, including a feedback and reporting mechanism, and audit.


Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to provide funding to the Welsh Government until the end of the Parliament for payments under the Independent Living Fund.

Following the closure of the Independent Living Fund, £30 million was transferred to Welsh Government budgets to reflect the ILF’s previously-forecast expenditure in Wales. The Welsh Government is responsible for the allocation of this funding, in line with its devolved responsibilities. This funding was subsequently included in the Welsh Government’s Spending Review 2015 allocation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Google operating systems are used by HM Revenue and Customs; and when use of those systems commenced.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses two Google operating systems.

HMRC uses the Android Operating system in a small number of mobile phone handsets, equating to less than 4% of its mobile phone estate. This Operating System was first used in 2012 in a small number of handsets, before being rolled out more widely in 2014.

HMRC also uses the Google Chrome Operating System in our video conference units. The Department started using this operating system for its video conferencing facilities in March 2014.

1st Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) other parts of the Government have had with Google on systems for collection of tax in the UK.

HM Revenue and Customs have had no discussions with Google on systems for collection of tax in the UK.

The Department does not hold information on whether other parts of Government have had discussions with Google.

26th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in the incidence of failure by employees to pay appropriate tax and National Insurance.

The estimated proportion of small- and medium-sized enterprise employers failing to fully meet their obligations in respect of operating Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is published in ‘Measuring Tax Gaps; 2015 edition' (table 6.8, p.53).


Comparable figures for large employers are not available, but an estimate of the tax gap for large employers can be found on table 6.9, also on p.53.


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/measuring-tax-gaps


26th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of payments of (a) income tax and (b) National Insurance by employees (i) within and (ii) outside the UK were made correctly in each of the last three years.

Estimates of the proportion of payments of (a) income tax and (b) National Insurance by employees (i) within and (ii) outside the UK that were correctly made are not available.


Estimates of the value of under-declared income tax and national insurance liabilities resulting from incorrect returns are published in chapter 6 of ‘Measuring Tax Gaps 2015.’ These are produced for both small and medium enterprise (SME) employers (table 6.7) and large employers (table 6.9).


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/measuring-tax-gaps

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices staff will be redeployed to the proposed new Liverpool HMRC office.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced the planned locations of its future Regional Centres based on a number of key principles that will enable it to deliver more for less. In addition to cost, HMRC has taken account of the quality of local transport links, the local labour market and future workforce supply, and the need to retain the staff and skills it requires to continue its transformation. These changes will reduce HMRC’s estates costs by around £100 million a year by 2025.


HMRC estimates that Liverpool will be home to between 2,800 and 3,100 full time equivalent employees. Consolidation into the Regional Centre is expected to begin in 2019-20. HMRC plans to open the Regional Centre in Cardiff in 2019-20. It is likely that the office at Plas Gororau in Wrexham will close in 2020-21. HMRC will be holding one-to-one discussions with each of its people to discuss the next steps.

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the size of the Liverpool HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office will be at the end of the period of reorganisation of HMRC offices.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced the planned locations of its future Regional Centres based on a number of key principles that will enable it to deliver more for less. In addition to cost, HMRC has taken account of the quality of local transport links, the local labour market and future workforce supply, and the need to retain the staff and skills it requires to continue its transformation. These changes will reduce HMRC’s estates costs by around £100 million a year by 2025.


HMRC estimates that Liverpool will be home to between 2,800 and 3,100 full time equivalent employees. Consolidation into the Regional Centre is expected to begin in 2019-20. HMRC plans to open the Regional Centre in Cardiff in 2019-20. It is likely that the office at Plas Gororau in Wrexham will close in 2020-21. HMRC will be holding one-to-one discussions with each of its people to discuss the next steps.

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria his Department used to select sites for HM Revenue and Customs regional offices.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced the planned locations of its future Regional Centres based on a number of key principles that will enable it to deliver more for less. In addition to cost, HMRC has taken account of the quality of local transport links, the local labour market and future workforce supply, and the need to retain the staff and skills it requires to continue its transformation. These changes will reduce HMRC’s estates costs by around £100 million a year by 2025.


HMRC estimates that Liverpool will be home to between 2,800 and 3,100 full time equivalent employees. Consolidation into the Regional Centre is expected to begin in 2019-20. HMRC plans to open the Regional Centre in Cardiff in 2019-20. It is likely that the office at Plas Gororau in Wrexham will close in 2020-21. HMRC will be holding one-to-one discussions with each of its people to discuss the next steps.

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of capacity on travel routes from Wrexham to Liverpool for HM Revenue and Customs staff redeployed from Wrexham to Liverpool.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced the planned locations of its future Regional Centres based on a number of key principles that will enable it to deliver more for less. In addition to cost, HMRC has taken account of the quality of local transport links, the local labour market and future workforce supply, and the need to retain the staff and skills it requires to continue its transformation. These changes will reduce HMRC’s estates costs by around £100 million a year by 2025.


HMRC estimates that Liverpool will be home to between 2,800 and 3,100 full time equivalent employees. Consolidation into the Regional Centre is expected to begin in 2019-20. HMRC plans to open the Regional Centre in Cardiff in 2019-20. It is likely that the office at Plas Gororau in Wrexham will close in 2020-21. HMRC will be holding one-to-one discussions with each of its people to discuss the next steps.

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with education and training providers in (a) Wrexham and (b) Cardiff on future capacity to train HM Revenue and Customs staff.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced the planned locations of its future Regional Centres based on a number of key principles that will enable it to deliver more for less. In addition to cost, HMRC has taken account of the quality of local transport links, the local labour market and future workforce supply, and the need to retain the staff and skills it requires to continue its transformation. These changes will reduce HMRC’s estates costs by around £100 million a year by 2025.


HMRC estimates that Liverpool will be home to between 2,800 and 3,100 full time equivalent employees. Consolidation into the Regional Centre is expected to begin in 2019-20. HMRC plans to open the Regional Centre in Cardiff in 2019-20. It is likely that the office at Plas Gororau in Wrexham will close in 2020-21. HMRC will be holding one-to-one discussions with each of its people to discuss the next steps.

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a comparative assessment of commercial rents for possible HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Wrexham and (b) Cardiff.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced the planned locations of its future Regional Centres based on a number of key principles that will enable it to deliver more for less. In addition to cost, HMRC has taken account of the quality of local transport links, the local labour market and future workforce supply, and the need to retain the staff and skills it requires to continue its transformation. These changes will reduce HMRC’s estates costs by around £100 million a year by 2025.


HMRC estimates that Liverpool will be home to between 2,800 and 3,100 full time equivalent employees. Consolidation into the Regional Centre is expected to begin in 2019-20. HMRC plans to open the Regional Centre in Cardiff in 2019-20. It is likely that the office at Plas Gororau in Wrexham will close in 2020-21. HMRC will be holding one-to-one discussions with each of its people to discuss the next steps.

27th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people claimed tax credits in each lower super output area in (a) Wrexham County Borough Council and (b) Wrexham constituency.

A geographical breakdown of tax credits claimants can be found in the 2013-14 finalised award published statistics, at this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/462398/LSOA_2013_-_W_-_Wales.xls

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
29th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the geographical location is of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employees and contractors used to staff HMRC helplines.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has over 500 helplines which are based in locations throughout the United Kingdom.

Contact details can be found on GOV.UK.

29th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average length of time is taken to provide an initial answer to callers to an HM Revenue and Customs helpline.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) handles around 50 million telephone calls annually and regularly publishes general performance reports on GOV.UK.

29th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on charging for calls to HM Revenue and Customs helplines.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and its supplier, Kcom, do not charge customer for calls to its historic 0845 or current 03000 numbers.

29th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Revenue and Customs sites there are in Wales; and how many people are employed at each such site.

There are currently seven HMRC locations in Wales: Cardiff, Carmarthen, Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil, Porthmadog, Swansea, and Wrexham. The table below shows the numbers of staff based at each of these locations at 30 June 2015.

Cardiff

2811

Carmarthen

15

Colwyn Bay

9

Merthyr Tydfil

10

Porthmadog

20

Swansea

235

Wrexham

369

Carmarthen, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil will close in 2015 as part of HMRC’s future location plans. HMRC is working closely with the staff based at these offices to identify redeployment options.

29th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average length of time is taken for a call to an HM Revenue and Customs helpline from initial answer to conclusion of inquiry.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not have this information and it could only be made available at disproportionate cost.

1st Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228104, on which occasions he or other representatives of his Department met staff from the Wrexham HM Revenue and Customs office to discuss the future of that office; and what the outcomes were of those meetings.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are continuing to discuss with their staff the locations of the future Regional Centres. They have however, told them how in-principle decisions will be made.

For Wales, HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

In October 2014, HMRC shared the main elements of the Building our Future vision with MPs and Assembly Members and HMRC has committed to keeping MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

All HMRC staff members are invited to participate in Building our Future events and staff choose which event and location they attend. Over 85% of Wrexham staff attended the last set of events.

1st Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228104, what the outcomes have been of the conversations his Department has had with hon. Members and Welsh Assembly Members on HM Revenue and Customs reorganisation since October 2014.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are continuing to discuss with their staff the locations of the future Regional Centres. They have however, told them how in-principle decisions will be made.

For Wales, HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

In October 2014, HMRC shared the main elements of the Building our Future vision with MPs and Assembly Members and HMRC has committed to keeping MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

All HMRC staff members are invited to participate in Building our Future events and staff choose which event and location they attend. Over 85% of Wrexham staff attended the last set of events.

1st Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228104, what progress his Department has made on the consultation process Building our Future, on HM Revenue and Customs reorganisation.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are continuing to discuss with their staff the locations of the future Regional Centres. They have however, told them how in-principle decisions will be made.

For Wales, HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

In October 2014, HMRC shared the main elements of the Building our Future vision with MPs and Assembly Members and HMRC has committed to keeping MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

All HMRC staff members are invited to participate in Building our Future events and staff choose which event and location they attend. Over 85% of Wrexham staff attended the last set of events.

1st Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228104, what his Department's current plans are for reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs in Wales.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are continuing to discuss with their staff the locations of the future Regional Centres. They have however, told them how in-principle decisions will be made.

For Wales, HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

In October 2014, HMRC shared the main elements of the Building our Future vision with MPs and Assembly Members and HMRC has committed to keeping MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

All HMRC staff members are invited to participate in Building our Future events and staff choose which event and location they attend. Over 85% of Wrexham staff attended the last set of events.

18th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with whom he consulted prior to making proposals on the future of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales as part of the Building our Future programme.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been discussing a vision of its future to 2020 and beyond with its workforce, through a consultation process called Building our Future. Through this, HMRC has outlined how it proposes to transform services to its customers and set out what this means for the future size, shape and location of the Department.

All HMRC staff members in every office have been invited to participate in Building our Future events, and around 80 per cent of staff have attended around 1,300 events across the UK in the two phases held so far.

HMRC also shared the main elements of this vision with MPs and Assembly Members in October 14. HMRC will continue to keep MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

HMRC has set out its early thinking about the principles that will determine its future location strategy, which involves bringing teams closer together in a smaller number of large, modern, adaptable Regional Centres. These centres will be supported by a UK-wide network of smaller specialist and touchdown sites.

HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no firm decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

HMRC will be developing its plans over coming months and will share details of them as they emerge. HMRC will naturally undertake all necessary consultations and impact assessments.

18th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions have taken place with staff at the Wrexham tax office on the future of that office.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been discussing a vision of its future to 2020 and beyond with its workforce, through a consultation process called Building our Future. Through this, HMRC has outlined how it proposes to transform services to its customers and set out what this means for the future size, shape and location of the Department.

All HMRC staff members in every office have been invited to participate in Building our Future events, and around 80 per cent of staff have attended around 1,300 events across the UK in the two phases held so far.

HMRC also shared the main elements of this vision with MPs and Assembly Members in October 14. HMRC will continue to keep MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

HMRC has set out its early thinking about the principles that will determine its future location strategy, which involves bringing teams closer together in a smaller number of large, modern, adaptable Regional Centres. These centres will be supported by a UK-wide network of smaller specialist and touchdown sites.

HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no firm decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

HMRC will be developing its plans over coming months and will share details of them as they emerge. HMRC will naturally undertake all necessary consultations and impact assessments.

18th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he had discussions with the Welsh Government on the future of the Wrexham tax office; and what matters were discussed on those occasions.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been discussing a vision of its future to 2020 and beyond with its workforce, through a consultation process called Building our Future. Through this, HMRC has outlined how it proposes to transform services to its customers and set out what this means for the future size, shape and location of the Department.

All HMRC staff members in every office have been invited to participate in Building our Future events, and around 80 per cent of staff have attended around 1,300 events across the UK in the two phases held so far.

HMRC also shared the main elements of this vision with MPs and Assembly Members in October 14. HMRC will continue to keep MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

HMRC has set out its early thinking about the principles that will determine its future location strategy, which involves bringing teams closer together in a smaller number of large, modern, adaptable Regional Centres. These centres will be supported by a UK-wide network of smaller specialist and touchdown sites.

HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no firm decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

HMRC will be developing its plans over coming months and will share details of them as they emerge. HMRC will naturally undertake all necessary consultations and impact assessments.

18th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take in relation to the future operation of the Wrexham tax office.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been discussing a vision of its future to 2020 and beyond with its workforce, through a consultation process called Building our Future. Through this, HMRC has outlined how it proposes to transform services to its customers and set out what this means for the future size, shape and location of the Department.

All HMRC staff members in every office have been invited to participate in Building our Future events, and around 80 per cent of staff have attended around 1,300 events across the UK in the two phases held so far.

HMRC also shared the main elements of this vision with MPs and Assembly Members in October 14. HMRC will continue to keep MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

HMRC has set out its early thinking about the principles that will determine its future location strategy, which involves bringing teams closer together in a smaller number of large, modern, adaptable Regional Centres. These centres will be supported by a UK-wide network of smaller specialist and touchdown sites.

HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no firm decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

HMRC will be developing its plans over coming months and will share details of them as they emerge. HMRC will naturally undertake all necessary consultations and impact assessments.

18th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take in relation to the future operation of the Cardiff tax office.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been discussing a vision of its future to 2020 and beyond with its workforce, through a consultation process called Building our Future. Through this, HMRC has outlined how it proposes to transform services to its customers and set out what this means for the future size, shape and location of the Department.

All HMRC staff members in every office have been invited to participate in Building our Future events, and around 80 per cent of staff have attended around 1,300 events across the UK in the two phases held so far.

HMRC also shared the main elements of this vision with MPs and Assembly Members in October 14. HMRC will continue to keep MPs and Assembly Members informed of the outcomes of these conversations.

HMRC has set out its early thinking about the principles that will determine its future location strategy, which involves bringing teams closer together in a smaller number of large, modern, adaptable Regional Centres. These centres will be supported by a UK-wide network of smaller specialist and touchdown sites.

HMRC has told staff that it believes that Cardiff is the most suitable location for a future Regional Centre in Wales, since it is already the biggest HMRC location in the country. However, no firm decisions have yet been made on the precise location or timing of a new HMRC Regional Centre in Cardiff or the nature and timing of impacts on other HMRC locations in Wales.

HMRC will be developing its plans over coming months and will share details of them as they emerge. HMRC will naturally undertake all necessary consultations and impact assessments.

28th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid to (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the Barnett consequentials in each of the last five years.

I refer you to the press releases published alongside fiscal events setting out the impact for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as a result of the Barnett formula.

28th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax revenue has been received from taxpayers in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Table 3.11 of HMRC’s personal income statistics provides estimates of income tax liabilities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for the last 5 years (for which data are available), individual links to each published table are provided below:

2011-12

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/276037/tables3-1_3-11.pdf

2010-11

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/258887/tables3-11_3-15a.pdf

2009-10

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120609145917/http://hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal_incomes/statistics-release-note.pdf

2007-08

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120207220507/http://hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/table-3-11-feb2010.pdf

2006-07

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120207220507/http://hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/3-11-table-jan09.pdf

These estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes, for which 2011-12 is the latest available year.

2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the sharing of information between (a) police forces, (b) probation services and (c) community rehabilitation companies on the decision-making process for (a) bail and (b) release from custody.

The Home Secretary has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on a range of topics.

Decisions about pre-charge bail and release from custody must be made according to the criteria set out in relevant legislation, and where information from other agencies is used to inform such decisions it must be processed in accordance with relevant legal parameters.

2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has issued to police forces in England and Wales on the use of algorithms in decision-making for (a) bail and (b) release from custody.

All decisions around the application of pre-charge bail and release from custody must comply with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 its associated Codes of Practice.

The use of pre-charge bail must be necessary and proportionate, and all persons in custody must be dealt with expeditiously, and released as soon as the need for detention no longer applies, as set out in PACE Code C.

The Home Office has not published guidance specifically on the use of algorithms for pre-charge bail and release from custody.

However, the Home Office recognises that emerging data enabled technologies have the potential to transform policing, creating a more efficient and effective service. The Government set up the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) as an advisory body set up by Government and led by an independent board of expert members to investigate and advise on how we can maximise the benefits of these technologies.

The CDEI is conducting a review into the issue of algorithmic bias in various sectors, including crime and justice. The review will aim to support the development of technical means for identifying algorithmic bias that have scope to be applied across different sectors and produce recommendations to government about how any potential harms can be identified and minimised.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales on the use of algorithms in the criminal justice system.

The Home Office has regular discussions with Police and Crime Commissioners across a wide range of issues.

We recognise the potential that the use of emerging technologies present in the Criminal Justice System for improving outcomes for citizens and also the importance of ensuring that these are used in a way which is compliant with appropriate legal and ethical frameworks. We welcome the work by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) to develop a code of practice for use of algorithms in predictive policing and will be working with them to develop it.

26th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with social media organisations on age verification on their platforms.

The Home Secretary met US technology companies in November to discuss a range of issues on online child sexual exploitation and abuse, including how to ensure underage children are not given access to their platforms.

The Government have been clear that we expect tech companies to remove child sexual abuse content when they find it, stop online grooming, shut down live streaming and, where necessary, have robust age verification measures in place to keep children safe


The Home Office and Department of Culture, Media and Sport are engaging with the key industry stakeholders on the forthcoming Online Harms White Paper, which will set out a range of legislative and non-legislative measures to tackle online harms and set clear responsibilities for tech companies to keep UK citizens safe.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to monitor compliance with bail conditions.

The monitoring of compliance with pre-charge bail conditions is an operational matter for the police, taking into account the circumstances surrounding individual cases.

The Home Office will continue to work with partners across the criminal justice system on matters related to pre-charge bail. The National Police Chiefs’ Council are leading work to ensure the proportionate and effective imposition and management of pre-charge bail and released under investigation.

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were released under investigation by the police in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available by each police authority.

The Home Office does not centrally hold the information requested.

The timely and effective management of investigations is an operational matter for the police. The Home Office continues to work with partners across the criminal justice system, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council to ensure that all investigations are conducted effectively and in a timely fashion.


From April 2017, the Home Office requested information on a voluntary basis from police forces on the number of individuals released on pre-charge bail following arrest, broken down by bail length.

This data collection has been published (as an Annex) within the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, based on data received from 17 forces for the 2017/18 financial period. These figures give an indicative picture only and should be treated with caution – they have been designated as ‘Experimental Statistics’, to acknowledge further development will take place in the future. They can be accessed here:


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2018

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those released under investigation by the police in the last 12 months for which figures are available had no case brought against them.

The Home Office does not centrally hold the information requested.

The timely and effective management of investigations is an operational matter for the police. The Home Office continues to work with partners across the criminal justice system, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council to ensure that all investigations are conducted effectively and in a timely fashion.


From April 2017, the Home Office requested information on a voluntary basis from police forces on the number of individuals released on pre-charge bail following arrest, broken down by bail length.

This data collection has been published (as an Annex) within the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, based on data received from 17 forces for the 2017/18 financial period. These figures give an indicative picture only and should be treated with caution – they have been designated as ‘Experimental Statistics’, to acknowledge further development will take place in the future. They can be accessed here:


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2018

13th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether interviews are recorded when a person is interviewed by the police without legal representation.

Whenever a person suspected of committing an offence is questioned under caution about their involvement in an offence, the interview must always be recorded whether or not they have legal representation. These rules are set out in Codes C, E and F of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

19th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal combatants returning from conflicts abroad have been prosecuted in each year since 2011.

Approximately 40 individuals have been prosecuted on their return from Syria, either because of offences committed overseas or for activity linked to their involvement in conflict overseas. The offences cover TACT offences and non-TACT offences, but are only included if they were the result of investigations into terrorist-related activity. Not all of the convictions relate to activity in Syria or even TACT offences. All 40 were found guilty of the offences they were charged with.

We do not comment on specific operational matters in order to protect our national security so as not to reveal operational tactics. It would therefore be inappropriate to break down these figures further or to release information about the specific cases involved.

Please note that the safety and security of our country, our people and our communities remains the Government’s number one priority.

Around 900 people of national security concern travelled from the UK to engage in the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Of these, approximately 20% have been killed while overseas, and around 40% have returned to the UK.

The majority of those who have returned, did so in the earlier stages of the conflict, and were investigated on their return. A significant proportion of these individuals are assessed as no longer being of national security concern.

Everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq must expect to be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences, and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to our national security.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
19th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the offences with which each returning ISIS combatant, who has been prosecuted, has been charged with in each year since 2011.

Approximately 40 individuals have been prosecuted on their return from Syria, either because of offences committed overseas or for activity linked to their involvement in conflict overseas. The offences cover TACT offences and non-TACT offences, but are only included if they were the result of investigations into terrorist-related activity. Not all of the convictions relate to activity in Syria or even TACT offences. All 40 were found guilty of the offences they were charged with.

We do not comment on specific operational matters in order to protect our national security so as not to reveal operational tactics. It would therefore be inappropriate to break down these figures further or to release information about the specific cases involved.

Please note that the safety and security of our country, our people and our communities remains the Government’s number one priority.

Around 900 people of national security concern travelled from the UK to engage in the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Of these, approximately 20% have been killed while overseas, and around 40% have returned to the UK.

The majority of those who have returned, did so in the earlier stages of the conflict, and were investigated on their return. A significant proportion of these individuals are assessed as no longer being of national security concern.

Everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq must expect to be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences, and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to our national security.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish the results of its review into air weapons following the consultation that ran between 12 December 2017 and 6 February 2018.

The Government announced the review of the regulation of air weapons on 9 October. We received a large number of representations from interested parties and members of the public and we are now considering these carefully. We will publish our findings in due course.

13th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the police take when an individual on licence from prison is arrested and charged with a criminal offence in connection with possible breach of licence conditions.

Decisions as to the action taken by the police in such cases are operational matters for the police. They will depend on the facts of each individual case, guided by information obtained from HM Prisons and Probation Service on the licence conditions and particular risks identified in prison.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in her Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

The Home Office constantly monitors the capabilities it needs to deliver the Government’s agenda. Any changes to resource requirements flowing from Home Office EU Exit planning or related projects are factored into this strategic planning.

By its nature, EU exit work is complex and cross-cutting, involving multiple directorates and teams within in the Department. Given the interactions between EU exit work and the Department’s other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure on how many staff in the Home Office have responsibilities relating to exiting the EU.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total budget of each police and crime commissioner was in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

I would refer the Hon Gentleman to the Police Grant Reports and accompanying Written Ministerial Statements which set out the core funding provided by the Home Office and are available online at the address below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-finance

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to assess the effect on levels of use of synthetic cannabinoids of changes in the law relating to those drugs made on 16 December 2016.

Data on prosecutions involving the possession of synthetic cannabinoids (frequently sold under the brand name ‘Spice’) is not currently available. Data for the calendar year 2017 will be published in May 2018.

The Government published circular 10/2016 which was sent to police forces across the UK to promote the changes to legislation. The Government continues to regularly engage the National Police Chiefs’ Council and police forces about ongoing problems with new psychoactive substances.

As with the scheduling of other drug types, there are no current plans to conduct a formal evaluation of this specific change. However, the Government will continue to monitor trends in the use of new psychoactive substances, and in late 2018 it will publish a statutory review of the operation of the Psychoactive Substances Act, which will consider the interactions between the PSA and the Misuse of Drugs Act.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to communicate changes in the law relating to synthetic cannabinoids made on 14 December 2016 to police services and local authorities in the UK.

Data on prosecutions involving the possession of synthetic cannabinoids (frequently sold under the brand name ‘Spice’) is not currently available. Data for the calendar year 2017 will be published in May 2018.

The Government published circular 10/2016 which was sent to police forces across the UK to promote the changes to legislation. The Government continues to regularly engage the National Police Chiefs’ Council and police forces about ongoing problems with new psychoactive substances.

As with the scheduling of other drug types, there are no current plans to conduct a formal evaluation of this specific change. However, the Government will continue to monitor trends in the use of new psychoactive substances, and in late 2018 it will publish a statutory review of the operation of the Psychoactive Substances Act, which will consider the interactions between the PSA and the Misuse of Drugs Act.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for possession of synthetic cannabinoids have been commenced since changes in the law relating to synthetic cannabinoids were introduced on 16 December 2016.

Data on prosecutions involving the possession of synthetic cannabinoids (frequently sold under the brand name ‘Spice’) is not currently available. Data for the calendar year 2017 will be published in May 2018.

The Government published circular 10/2016 which was sent to police forces across the UK to promote the changes to legislation. The Government continues to regularly engage the National Police Chiefs’ Council and police forces about ongoing problems with new psychoactive substances.

As with the scheduling of other drug types, there are no current plans to conduct a formal evaluation of this specific change. However, the Government will continue to monitor trends in the use of new psychoactive substances, and in late 2018 it will publish a statutory review of the operation of the Psychoactive Substances Act, which will consider the interactions between the PSA and the Misuse of Drugs Act.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy will be after the UK has left the EU on universities losing their licence to recruit international students if more than 10 per cent of such students are refused visas.

We are working across Government to identify and develop options to shape our future immigration system.

Parliament will have an important role to play in this and we will ensure businesses and communities have the opportunity to contribute their views.

20th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a list of all three pump fire stations in England, by name and local authority.

The Home Office does not collect information on pump stations. Official statistics on the total number of fire stations in England are available in Table 1403 here

www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#other

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were employed by North Wales Police in each year since 2010.

The Home Office collects and publishes data biannually on the number of police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) employed by each police force. These data can be found in the 'Police Workforce, England and Wales' statistical bulletins. The latest statistics, representing the picture as at 31 March 2016, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers were employed by North Wales Police in each year since 2010.

The Home Office collects and publishes data biannually on the number of police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) employed by each police force. These data can be found in the 'Police Workforce, England and Wales' statistical bulletins. The latest statistics, representing the picture as at 31 March 2016, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
11th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to speed up family reunification in the UK for unaccompanied refugee children currently in Europe.

Under the Immigration Act 2016, we made a commitment to transfer unaccompanied refugee children from Europe to the UK, where it is in their best interests. Between 12 May and 1 October 2016 over 50 children who meet the criteria in the Immigration Act have been accepted for transfer, over 35 have already been transferred.

We are fully committed to the implementation of Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. We are in active discussions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the French, Italian and Greek Governments to strengthen and speed up mechanisms to identify, assess and transfer children to the UK. We have secondees in Greece and Italy and we have recently seconded another UK expert to France.

On 10 October, the Home Secretary met with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to discuss a range of issues, including the proposed clearance of the camp in Calais. The Home Secretary made clear that we will transfer as many minors as possible who have family links that would qualify under the Dublin Regulation before the camp clearance starts. The Home Secretary further emphasised that the remaining children, who may be eligible to come to the UK under the Dubs amendment must be moved to safe facilities where their best interests can be properly considered. Home Office teams are being deployed to France over the coming weeks to work with the French authorities to speed up the identification and transfer of eligible cases.

More broadly, the family reunion provisions under the Immigration Rules allow children to be reunited with a parent who has been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK; unless the applicant and/or the family member should be excluded from protection or criminality thresholds apply.

10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reported crimes, (b) arrests, (c) charges, (d) cautions and (e) other disposals for (i) anti-social behaviour and (ii) public order offences, committed by young people in North Wales were recorded in each of the last six years.

Data for (a) the number of public order offences and (c-e) detections and outcomes in each of the last six years are provided in Table 1. These figures are not available by age of suspect. Data on crime and outcomes are routinely published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

Figures for the total number of anti-social behaviour incidents are provided in Table 2. Outcomes, arrests and age of suspect for anti-social behaviour incidents are not collected by the Home Office. Data on anti-social behaviour are routinely published here:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/policeforceareadatatables/current/crimeinenglandandwalesyearendingmarch2016policeforcearea.xls

Figures for (b) the number of arrests specifically for public order offences were collected and published for the first time for 2015/16, and are shown broken down by the available age groups in Table 3. These data are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2016

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reported crimes, (b) arrests, (c) charges, (d) cautions and (e) other disposals for (i) anti-social behaviour and (ii) public order offences, committed by adults in North Wales, were recorded in each of the last 6 years.

Data for (a) the number of public order offences and (c-e) detections and outcomes in each of the last six years are provided in Table 1. These figures are not available by age of suspect. Data on crime and outcomes are routinely published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

Figures for the total number of anti-social behaviour incidents are provided in Table 2. Outcomes, arrests and age of suspect for anti-social behaviour incidents are not collected by the Home Office. Data on anti-social behaviour are routinely published here:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/policeforceareadatatables/current/crimeinenglandandwalesyearendingmarch2016policeforcearea.xls

Figures for (b) the number of arrests specifically for public order offences were collected and published for the first time for 2015/16, and are shown broken down by the available age groups in Table 3. These data are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2016

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average travel time is for customers attending a first-time passport application interview; and what she estimates the average travel times will be after the proposed closure of interview offices in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England.

HM Passport Office does not collate any information on average travel times for applicants.

In 2015, HM Passport Office interviewed 222,264 adult customers applying for their first passport. Under the planned changes to HM Passport Offices the vast majority of passport application interviewees will see no change to their travel time. In a small number of cases passport application interviewees will have to travel further but this should not be more than 65 miles or one and a half hours from their previous closest office.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 26844, whether the maximum customer travel of one and a half hours or 65 miles for an interview for a passport application refers to a one-way journey or round trip.

Please accept my apologies for an error which was made in the response to question 26844.

Under the planned changes to HM Passport Offices the vast majority of passport application interviewees will see no change to their travel time. In a small number of cases passport application interviewees will have to travel further but this should not be more than 65 miles or one and a half hours additional one-way travel from their previous closest office.

10th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public consultation there has been on the proposed closure of 15 HM Passport Office interview offices.

Under the planned changes to HM Passport Offices the vast majority of passport application interviewees will see no change to their travel time. In a small number of cases passport application interviewees will have to travel further but this should not be more than 65 miles or one and a half hours from their previous closest office. The decision to deliver greater value for money by reducing surplus capacity for interviews was clear, therefore public consultation on the changes was not applicable.

10th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to release the full business case for the recently-announced closure of 15 HM Passport Office interview offices.

There are no plans to release the business case for this decision.

10th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a final decision was made to close 15 HM Passport Office interview offices; and what discussions her Department has had with staff representatives on those closures.

The decision regarding the changes to the passport application interview estate was taken on 21 December 2015.

Affected staff, and their trade union representatives, were informed of this decision on 28 January 2016. This launched a formal period of consultation about the impact upon staff following the changes to the passport application interview estate. This consultation is ongoing.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police constables there were in North Wales in each year since 2010.

The table provided contains statistics on the total number of full-time equivalent police officers and the number of these who hold the rank of constable in North Wales, as at 31 March 2010 to 31 March 2015.

As HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has made clear, there is no simple link between police numbers and crime levels, between numbers and the visibility of police in the community, or between numbers and the quality of service provided.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20252, if she will collect information centrally on convictions for domestic violence.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) publishes an annual violence against women and girls report, which includes national level data on the number of convictions for domestic abuse and supports the assessment of the effectiveness of Government policy on domestic violence.

The latest data, published in June 2015, showed that the volume of convictions in 2014-15 reached 68,601 – a rise of 10,325 convictions since 2013-14 and the highest volume ever.

The Office for National Statistics also publishes data on the prevalence of domestic abuse in the Crime Survey for England and Wales. Latest data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that 6.1% of adults aged 16-59 were a victim of ‘Any Domestic Abuse’ in 2014-15 – the lowest estimate since these questions were first asked in the 2004-05 survey.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20252, how her Department assesses the effect of Government policy on domestic violence.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) publishes an annual violence against women and girls report, which includes national level data on the number of convictions for domestic abuse and supports the assessment of the effectiveness of Government policy on domestic violence.

The latest data, published in June 2015, showed that the volume of convictions in 2014-15 reached 68,601 – a rise of 10,325 convictions since 2013-14 and the highest volume ever.

The Office for National Statistics also publishes data on the prevalence of domestic abuse in the Crime Survey for England and Wales. Latest data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that 6.1% of adults aged 16-59 were a victim of ‘Any Domestic Abuse’ in 2014-15 – the lowest estimate since these questions were first asked in the 2004-05 survey.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20252, how she intends to monitor incidence of convictions for offences of domestic violence.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) publishes an annual violence against women and girls report, which includes national level data on the number of convictions for domestic abuse. The latest data, published in June 2015, showed that the volume of convictions in 2014-15 reached 68,601 – a rise of 10,325 convictions since 2013-14 and the highest volume ever.

14th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will carry out a review of asylum dispersal areas in the UK with a view to expanding the number of such areas.

In accordance with the provisions of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, senior Home Office officials are working closely with providers and local authorities to widen existing dispersal areas.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) asylum seekers are dispersed and (b) refugees are resident in each (i) local authority and (ii) parliamentary constituency.

The Home Office publish figures on the number of asylum applicants living in dispersed accommodation (under Section 95), by local authority, in the quarterly Immigration Statistics release. The latest release for April-June 2015 is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2015

Figures on Section 95 support by local authority (including those in dispersed accommodation) are published in table as_16q, in volume 4 of the Asylum data tables: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/455576/asylum4-q2-2015-tabs.ods

We are unable to provide the number of refugees living in each Local Authority and parliamentary constituency, as once refugee status has been granted the individual is not required to keep the Home Office updated on their current location.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she applies when determining the selection of areas as asylum dispersal areas.

Asylum seekers are housed according to their individual needs and where there is available and appropriate accommodation. Agreements between the Government and local authorities are voluntary and have been in place since the previous Labour Government legislated for them in 1999.

We review this regularly, working closely with local authorities to ensure that the impact of asylum dispersals are considered and acted upon. This includes formal monitoring existing arrangements and the impact on local services and community cohesion.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources the Government will make available to local authorities to assist the housing of refugees from Syria.

The UK has established networks to accommodate and support resettled people. An increase in numbers will require an expansion of current networks. We are working with a wide range of partners including local authorities to ensure people are integrated sensitively into local communities. We are working closely with the Local Government Association on how the funding for this will operate.

The first 12 months of each refugee’s resettlement costs will be met from the UK’s growing overseas aid budget. After year one we will also provide additional funding to assist with costs incurred in future years.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she will use to determine where in the UK refugees from Syria will be placed.

The UK has been operating resettlement schemes for many years and we already have established and effective networks to accommodate and support resettled people.

Our existing dispersal policy, which has been in place since 1999, is aimed at ensuring an equitable distribution of refugees across the country so that no individual local authority bears a disproportionate share of the burden.

That is why we will be talking to local authorities and other partners to ensure that capacity can be identified and the impact on those taking new cases can be managed in a fair and controlled way.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff in (i) North Wales and (ii) the UK have been allocated to investigation of sexual offences in each of the last 10 years.

The Home Office does not hold information centrally on the number of police officers or staff that have been assigned to investigate sexual offences.

The deployment of police officers locally is an operational matter for Chief Constables, in conjunction with their Police and Crime Commissioners

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost has been of investigations into sexual offences in (a) North Wales and (b) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

The cost of investigating specific offences is not held centrally.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police officers employed in Wrexham constituency for frontline duties in each of the last five years.

The Home Office does not collect police workforce information at the requested
level. The deployment of available resources is a matter for chief officers
locally, working with their Police and Crime Commissioner.

At the overall police force area level, according to the definitions set out by
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, North Wales Police plan to have
1428 police officers working in frontline roles by March 2015. This represents
95 % of the total police officer workforce compared to 92%
(1,458 officers) in
March 2010.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has made clear there is no simple
link between officer numbers and crime levels. This is supported by the
reduction in crime of more than one fifth under this Government, according to
the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.

18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees from Syria have been settled in the UK in each of the last 24 months; and if she will make a statement.

Officials have regularly met representatives of the Refugee Council to discuss the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The last meeting was held on 25 September and was also attended by partners from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

I am pleased to confirm that Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations, Geneva will represent the UK at the UNHCR Global Resettlement Pledging Conference on 9 December 2014.

You have asked for details on how many refugees from Syria have been settled in the UK over the last 24 months. These figures are broken down by month in the table below.

Syrian nationals granted asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave1
Grants of asylumGrants of Humanitarian ProtectionGrants of Discretionary LeaveOther forms of grantTotal grants
2012
July7111073
August100000100
September1111000121
October1311600147
November131100132
December9050095
2013
January167200169
February135000135
March134110136
April102010103
May125200127
June112010113
July115100116
August106000106
September132000132
October168100169
November102000102
December4610047
2014
January7910080
February6600066
March6400064
April107100108
May108001109
June9040094
1. Figures include dependants

18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will represent the UK in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees meeting on resettling Syria's refugees in December 2014.

Officials have regularly met representatives of the Refugee Council to discuss the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The last meeting was held on 25 September and was also attended by partners from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

I am pleased to confirm that Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations, Geneva will represent the UK at the UNHCR Global Resettlement Pledging Conference on 9 December 2014.

You have asked for details on how many refugees from Syria have been settled in the UK over the last 24 months. These figures are broken down by month in the table below.

Syrian nationals granted asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave1
Grants of asylumGrants of Humanitarian ProtectionGrants of Discretionary LeaveOther forms of grantTotal grants
2012
July7111073
August100000100
September1111000121
October1311600147
November131100132
December9050095
2013
January167200169
February135000135
March134110136
April102010103
May125200127
June112010113
July115100116
August106000106
September132000132
October168100169
November102000102
December4610047
2014
January7910080
February6600066
March6400064
April107100108
May108001109
June9040094
1. Figures include dependants

18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met the Refugee Council to discuss the number of Syrian refugees that have been settled in the UK.

Officials have regularly met representatives of the Refugee Council to discuss the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The last meeting was held on 25 September and was also attended by partners from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

I am pleased to confirm that Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations, Geneva will represent the UK at the UNHCR Global Resettlement Pledging Conference on 9 December 2014.

You have asked for details on how many refugees from Syria have been settled in the UK over the last 24 months. These figures are broken down by month in the table below.

Syrian nationals granted asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave1
Grants of asylumGrants of Humanitarian ProtectionGrants of Discretionary LeaveOther forms of grantTotal grants
2012
July7111073
August100000100
September1111000121
October1311600147
November131100132
December9050095
2013
January167200169
February135000135
March134110136
April102010103
May125200127
June112010113
July115100116
August106000106
September132000132
October168100169
November102000102
December4610047
2014
January7910080
February6600066
March6400064
April107100108
May108001109
June9040094
1. Figures include dependants

4th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to encourage awareness of cyber-crime in small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Government is committed to helping businesses protect themselves against cyber-crime.

Cyber Streetwise is the Government’s national campaign to increase online security by encouraging SMEs and members of the public to take simple actions to protect themselves and their information online as they would do in ‘real life’. Cyber Streetwise first launched in January 2014 and is funded by the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme. Following its initial success, Phase 2 of the campaign launched last month with a newly designed website, and further content for SMEs.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has delivered a range of products, including publishing a range of good practice cyber security guidance aimed at businesses of all sizes, and launched the industry approved "Cyber Essentials" scheme which enables businesses to implement a good basic level of cyber security.

In addition, the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) is part of CERT-UK (Computer Emergency Response Team), the UK's national Computer Emergency Response Team, and provides a secure platform for businesses to share information and intelligence on cyber security threats.

4th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect project Disputed has had on the (a) Shylock malware variant and (b) theft of online banking credentials.

NCA Project DISPUTED is led by its National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU). As a direct result of the NCA’s coordinated international day of action, involving law enforcement and industry partners, the infrastructure for the Shylock malware variant has been almost totally dismantled. The theft of online banking credentials as a result of Shylock has significantly reduced. Based on industry figures, it is estimated that funds in excess of £100 million were safeguarded against theft as a result of Project DISPUTED.

4th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contribution the National Crime Agency international liaison officers have made to a cohesive international approach to cyber-crime.

The NCA has a network of around 140 International Liaison Officers (ILOs) which covers over 100 countries. The National Crime Agency's ILOs are available to provide support to all the Agency's investigations, including those for cyber crime led by the National Cyber Crime Unit. The National Cyber Crime Unit has a strong working relationship with international partners. Over the past year the National Cyber Crime Unit has led the UK response in a number of global operations targeting malware.

4th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of business awareness of cyber-crime; and what information her Department holds on financial loss resulting from cyber-attacks.

The Government makes no specific assessment of business awareness of Cyber Crime. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills conducts an annual Information Security Breaches Survey which gathers a range of data from businesses. In the 2014 survey 79% of respondents said that company management placed a high or very high priority on security. 68% of large organisations and 54% of small businesses provide ongoing security awareness training to their staff.

Estimating the costs of cyber crime is challenging. The UK cyber security strategy noted "a truly robust estimate will probably never be established, but it is clear the costs are high and rising". Research used in the strategy suggested that costs to UK could be in the order of £27 billion per year. The Home Office has been focussing on improving and expanding the data on the prevalence of different types of cyber crime in order to develop more informed estimates of cost of cyber crime. The Home Office has set up a new external working group to improve those estimates.

4th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where National Crime Agency international liaison officers have been deployed.

The National Crime Agency (NCA ) has a network of around 140 International Liaison Officers (ILOs) which covers over 100 countries. For operational security reasons, the NCA does not disclose those countries in which NCALiaison Officers are based, or indeed those where they are not.

29th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students of have been deported from UK universities and colleges as a result of investigations into Educational Testing Service since February 2014.

Following investigations, significant steps have been taken to identify, locate and remove those who have fraudulently obtained visas through abuse of ETS.

The Home Office publishes quarterly transparency data which shows the total number of individuals who have been removed as a result of their involvement in the Educational Testing Service fraud. The most recent published data covers the period up to 30 June 2014 and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-and-permanent-migration-data-august-2014

As at 30 June, the Home Office had made more than 1800 refusal and removal decisions, carried out almost 800 enforcement visits, detained over 300
individuals and removed over 90.

We are unable to break the number of individuals who have been removed into sub groups based on the institution of study as this runs the risk of making those individuals identifiable. In addition to this the data that would be required to make the requested breakdown is not available from one source and would incur disproportionate costs to gather it manually.

As I stated to the House on 24 June, the Home Office will provide regularupdates to the House. These updates will be provided as part of the
regular publication of data on the department’s work on borders and immigration.

29th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the country of origin was of each student deported as a result of the BBC Panorama investigation broadcast in February 2014; and to which country was each such student returned.

Following investigations, significant steps have been taken to identify, locate and remove those who have fraudulently obtained visas through abuse of ETS.

The Home Office publishes quarterly transparency data which shows the total number of individuals who have been removed as a result of their involvement in the Educational Testing Service fraud. The most recent published data covers the period up to 30 June 2014 and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-and-permanent-migration-data-august-2014

As at 30 June, the Home Office had made more than 1800 refusal and removal decisions, carried out almost 800 enforcement visits, detained over 300
individuals and removed over 90.

We are unable to break the number of individuals who have been removed into sub groups based on the institution of study as this runs the risk of making those individuals identifiable. In addition to this the data that would be required to make the requested breakdown is not available from one source and would incur disproportionate costs to gather it manually.

As I stated to the House on 24 June, the Home Office will provide regularupdates to the House. These updates will be provided as part of the
regular publication of data on the department’s work on borders and immigration.

29th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students of each institution have been deported from UK universities and colleges as a result of Educational Testing Service investigations in each month since February 2014.

Following investigations, significant steps have been taken to identify, locate and remove those who have fraudulently obtained visas through abuse of ETS.

The Home Office publishes quarterly transparency data which shows the total number of individuals who have been removed as a result of their involvement in the Educational Testing Service fraud. The most recent published data covers the period up to 30 June 2014 and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-and-permanent-migration-data-august-2014

As at 30 June, the Home Office had made more than 1800 refusal and removal decisions, carried out almost 800 enforcement visits, detained over 300
individuals and removed over 90.

We are unable to break the number of individuals who have been removed into sub groups based on the institution of study as this runs the risk of making those individuals identifiable. In addition to this the data that would be required to make the requested breakdown is not available from one source and would incur disproportionate costs to gather it manually.

As I stated to the House on 24 June, the Home Office will provide regularupdates to the House. These updates will be provided as part of the
regular publication of data on the department’s work on borders and immigration.

10th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations about ETS tests her Department made to Glyndwr University from February to March 2014.

The Home Office did not make any representations about ETS tests to Glyndwr University between February and March 2014 but we expect all educational establishments and providers to comply with their responsibilities and commitments as licensed sponsors and take action where we believe they are not doing so.

10th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria were applied in the decision to grant a renewal of highly trusted status immigration licence to Glyndwr University in March 2014.

Glyndwr University’s four year sponsor licence was renewed in February 2013 and their annual Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status was renewed in November 2013.

All sponsors applying for HTS status have to meet a number of mandatory, objective requirements. At the point Glyndwr University applied to renew their status this included: having a refusal rate of less than 20 %; an enrolment rate of at least 90 % and a course completion rate of at least 85%.

The full criteria for renewing Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status are set out in published guidance at the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/340240/Document1_Applying_or_renewing_T4_Licence_and_HTS_01-08-14__final_.pdf

10th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional information she received between March 2014 and 24 June 2014 which led to her suspending the highly trusted status immigration licence owned by the Glyndwr University on the latter date.

Between March and June 2014 the Home Office identified a number of issues which led to the suspension of Glyndwr University’s sponsor licence on 24 June.

Information was provided from ETS that a significant number of students sponsored by the University had English language test certificates that were invalid due to cheating. A subsequent audit of the University identified a number of further concerns. The University was suspended as a temporary measure to allow the Home Office to conduct further investigations into its ability to fulfil its sponsorship duties .

10th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she was made aware of concerns relating to ETS tests broadcast by the BBC Panorama programme in February 2014.

The BBC wrote to the Home Secretary regarding abuse uncovered during their investigation into the student visa system before the broadcast of Panorama on 10 February 2014.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to decide in which countries to have UK consular and visa offices.

Decisions regarding the location of our visa application centres, and the
places in which the applications are decided, are based on a number of
different factors, including geography, security issues, distribution of
demand, political and economic impacts, as well as the financial cost. The
Home Office uses commercial partners to help run its network of visa
application centres, which are the customer-facing end of the service. Under
new contracts which came into effect on 1 April, we will have 340 visa
application points in 142 countries around the world. Applications submitted at visa
application centres are then sent to one of our 32 decision-making hubs for
consideration.

On the Consular side, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) supports
British nationals through the Diplomatic network of 220 Posts around the world, in 170
countries. They also have a network of 230 Honorary Consuls who provide
support in places where the UK is not otherwise represented. Having consular
partners present in countries where the UK is not represented ensures British
nationals have immediate access to assistance. There are only three countries
in the world where there is no in country consular representation by the UK or
any of our main consular partners (EU, Australia, Canada, US or New Zealand).

These are Palau, Sao Tome & Principe and Tuvalu. In these cases, UK Travel
Advice instructs British nationals to seek assistance when needed through the
nearest country with British diplomatic representation: Philippines, Angola and
Fiji respectively. The FCO currently advise against all travel to Syria and
warn British nationals who travel there that the FCO will not be able to
provide them with any assistance. The FCO also advise against all but
essential travel to Iran and advise British nationals to seek assistance from
any EU Member State present in the country.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Lesotho applied for UK visas in each of the last 12 years.

The available information is given in the table below:

Entry clearance visa applications: Lesotho nationals
2005144
2006178
200790
200879
2009268
2010360
2011331
2012246
2013279
Source: table be_03, Before Entry Volume 2 tables, Immigration Statistics October-December 2013


The latest Home Office immigration statistics on entry clearance visa
applications (by nationality) are published in the quarterly Immigration
Statistics release, which is available from the Library of the House and on the
Department's website at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-relea
se

24th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department (a) received and (b) issued any (i) expressions of interest, (ii) preliminary market engagement questionnaires and (iii) pre-qualification questionnaires on the replacement for the E-3D Sentry.

The Government's default position on defence procurement remains competition wherever appropriate. However, in this case the threat has advanced, and is forecast to advance to such a degree, that decisive action is required now to protect national security interests. Whilst a final investment decision has not yet been made, our market analysis has led us to conclude that this pressing need can best be met by the operationally-proven E-7 Wedgetail. Testing the market further through any requests for information would be highly unlikely to identify any other mature system that could meet our pressing need whilst creating nugatory effort, cost and delay, during which the gap between UK capability and the evolving threat is expected to widen.

Stuart Andrew
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
24th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors his Department considered when assessing the value for money of the replacement for the E-3D Sentry.

Any options presented to the Ministry of Defence Investment Approvals Committee balance schedule, capabilities, risk and cost to determine the best value for money proposition to meet the given need.

Stuart Andrew
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
24th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the export potential of the E-7 Wedgetail radar aircraft.

Final assembly of the E-7 aircraft and radar combination would be undertaken in the UK and Boeing have confirmed that it intends to use the same facility to meet any future E-7 sales opportunities for other customers. Through-life, we anticipate that support and training would be undertaken within the UK, directly leading to UK jobs.

Stuart Andrew
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
11th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where each headquarters is of regiments from (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.

The headquarters for the regular Regiments associated with each Devolved Nation are:

Scotland:

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Edinburgh

19th Regiment Royal Artillery - Tidworth

Scots Guards - London

The Royal Regiment of Scotland - Edinburgh

Wales:

The Queen's Dragoon Guards - Cardiff

Welsh Guards - London

The Royal Welsh - Cardiff

Northern Ireland:

Irish Guards - London

The Royal Irish Regiment - Holywood

11th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where each (a) resettlement and (b) rehabilitation centre is for people leaving the armed forces.

There are ten resettlement centres for people leaving the Armed Forces, run by the Careers Transition Partnership on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The locations of the centres are shown at https://www.ctp.org.uk/contact-us.

Medical rehabilitation for all Armed Forces personnel, including those preparing to leave the Services, is provided by the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, currently located at Headley Court in Surrey. When personnel leave the Armed Forces their healthcare becomes the responsibility of the NHS, although the MOD continues to provide a range of services in support of veterans.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff appointed after 24 June 2016 in his Department hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU.

Information on the precise number of staff appointed after 24 June 2016 who hold a post that includes work on the UK leaving the EU is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

27th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Joint Service Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict, what steps are taken to ensure that armed forces personnel are informed of their duty not to obey a manifestly unlawful order.

UK Armed Forces receive mandatory annual training which includes the requirement not to obey a manifestly unlawful order.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department does not record the postcode of new recruits to HM Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence does not analyse the locations where recruits to the UK Armed Forces have been recruited from.

As part of the recruitment process an individual can declare more than one postcode e.g. 'home', 'work' or 'other'.

Any declared 'home' location may not reflect where that person is from.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of merging 101 Battalion REME with 105 Battalion REME in its relations with the communities in (a) Wrexham and (b) North Wales.

Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Wrexham is home to the headquarters of 101 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Delivered by 16 regular and Full Time Reservists, 31 reservists and eight civil servants (predominantly officers, warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers and civilian equivalents), the headquarters provides command and administrative functions for the battalion.

In addition to the battalion headquarters, also occupying the Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre are a Platoon from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh (31 Reservists including one officer), a detachment from Wales University Officer Training Corps (two senior non-commissioned officers and 25 officer cadets) and a detachment of Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (four adults and 50 cadets). There are currently no plans to close this centre and the Department has consequently had no contact with developers about its future.

The Army remains committed to North Wales and in addition to those elements above in Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre, there will also be Army Reserve units in Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Caenarfon, and Queensferry. The Army Cadet Force also has a wide geographic spread across the area.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with developers on the future of the Hightown Barracks site in Wrexham.

Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Wrexham is home to the headquarters of 101 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Delivered by 16 regular and Full Time Reservists, 31 reservists and eight civil servants (predominantly officers, warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers and civilian equivalents), the headquarters provides command and administrative functions for the battalion.

In addition to the battalion headquarters, also occupying the Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre are a Platoon from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh (31 Reservists including one officer), a detachment from Wales University Officer Training Corps (two senior non-commissioned officers and 25 officer cadets) and a detachment of Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (four adults and 50 cadets). There are currently no plans to close this centre and the Department has consequently had no contact with developers about its future.

The Army remains committed to North Wales and in addition to those elements above in Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre, there will also be Army Reserve units in Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Caenarfon, and Queensferry. The Army Cadet Force also has a wide geographic spread across the area.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how many people and (b) in what roles work in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham.

Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Wrexham is home to the headquarters of 101 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Delivered by 16 regular and Full Time Reservists, 31 reservists and eight civil servants (predominantly officers, warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers and civilian equivalents), the headquarters provides command and administrative functions for the battalion.

In addition to the battalion headquarters, also occupying the Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre are a Platoon from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh (31 Reservists including one officer), a detachment from Wales University Officer Training Corps (two senior non-commissioned officers and 25 officer cadets) and a detachment of Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (four adults and 50 cadets). There are currently no plans to close this centre and the Department has consequently had no contact with developers about its future.

The Army remains committed to North Wales and in addition to those elements above in Hightown Barracks Army Reserve Centre, there will also be Army Reserve units in Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Caenarfon, and Queensferry. The Army Cadet Force also has a wide geographic spread across the area.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will exempt teachers on UK Ministry of Defence bases in Germany from the exit payment cap.

There are no current plans to seek an exemption to the £95,000 cap on exit payments.

18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to consult businesses as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

In the Queen's Speech on 27 May 2015, the Government made clear its intention to conduct a full Strategic Defence and Security Review. Led by the Cabinet Office, the Government will consult with interested parties, including businesses. The Ministry of Defence is leading on engagement with the defence industry.

18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he plans to liaise with other government departments on the development of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The Strategic Defence and Security Review is being coordinated by the Cabinet Office with close engagement with all relevant Government Departments.

18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK treaty obligations will be taken into account in development of the Strategic Defence Review.

The Strategic Defence and Security Review will take account of all UK treaty obligations.

18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will consult political parties which are not in government on development of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

In the Queen's Speech on 27 May 2015, the Government made clear its intention to conduct a full Strategic Defence and Security Review. Led by the Cabinet Office, the Government will consult with interested parties including Parliamentarians to inform our decision-making.

18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for public consultation on the contents of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

In the Queen's Speech on 27 May 2015, the Government made clear its intention to conduct a full Strategic Defence and Security Review. Led by the Cabinet Office, the Government will consult with interested parties including Parliamentarians to inform our decision-making.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of equipment gifted by his Department in each year since 2010.

The Ministry of Defence leads on the gifting of strategically controlled equipment overseas.

All proposals to gift are assessed and approved under the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. Agreed proposals are published annually in the Strategic Export Controls Annual Report to Parliament and in the public domain. Links to reports for 2010 to 2013 are below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategic-export-controls-annual-report-2013

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategic-export-controls-annual-report-2012

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-strategic-export-controls-annual-report-2011

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-strategic-export-controls-annual-report-2010

For 2014 onwards, the following list of gifted equipment that is not yet published in an annual report has been assessed and approved under the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria by HMG.

Country

End User(s)

Goods Description

Goods Value

2014

AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan National Directorate of Security

Radio Equipment, Handheld Transceivers and Accessories

£3,175,705.00

AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan National Security Forces

CampStores, Communications and Information Technology Infrastructure, Medical Equipment

£3,812,753.52

ANGUILLA

Royal Anguilla Police Force

Protective Clothing

£69,878.46

ANGUILLA

Royal Anguilla Police Force

Protective Clothing

£88,132.08

BELGIUM

NATO Communications And Information Agency

Card Encrypting Module, Carts Switch, Circuit Breakers,

£579,169.56

BELIZE

Belize Defence Force

Small Arms Ammunition and Pyrotechnics

£16,458.00

IRAQ

Government of Iraq

Vallon Metal Detectors

£2,200,000.00

IRAQ

Ministry of Peshmerga, Iraq

Heavy Machine Guns Spares, Mortars, Binoculars, Body Armour, Protective Equipment

£2,600,000

JORDAN

Jordanian Armed Forces

Armoured Utility Vehicles

£386,375.00

LEBANON

Lebanese Armed Forces

Vehicles and Associated Terrain Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, including Body Armour, Helmets, Gloves, Belts, First Aid Kits, Camouflage Clothing and Protective Glasses

£3,596,844.00

LEBANON

Lebanese Armed Forces

Radio Masts, Antennas, and Antenna Mounting Brackets for Vehicles

£531,824.00

LIBYA

Tripoli Police, Libya

Ultra Lightweight Tactical Body Armour

£127,560.00

OMAN

Royal Army of Oman

Armour Piercing bullets

£22,000.00

PAKISTAN

Pakistan, Ministry of Defence

Forensic Camera and Field Equipment, Weapon Mounts, Search Team Kit, Utility Vehicle

£445,000.00

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Ministry of Defence and Civil Defence

Firing Cable, Batteries, Medical Bergen Backpack, Binoculars, Hand Torch, Combat Body Armour compatible with Med tactical suits

£3,095,000.00

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Ministry of Defence

Counter IED equipment, Vallon Metal Detectors

£3,000,000.00

SOMALIA

Rapid Response Team (RRT) of the Somali Police

Sights, Assault Rifles with Sling, Gun Magazines and Cleaning Kit, Ammunition

£46,500.00

TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan Ministry of Defence

Land Rover vehicles

£42,000.00

TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan Ministry of Defence

4-Tonne Utility Trucks, 4 wheel drive.

£118,000.00

TUNISIA

Ministry of the Interior, Tunisia

Explosive Trace Detection Machines

£89,000.00

UKRAINE

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ukraine

Comms and radio kit, Armoured utility vehicles and associated Spares kits

£1,188,448.00

UKRAINE

Ukraine Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence

Body Armour and Helmets

£408,000.00

UKRAINE

Ukraine Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence

Ballistic Helmets, Body Armour.

£75,222.00

2015

Nigeria

United Nations Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs

Toyota Landcruiser Armoured Vehicles.

£357,600.34

Lebanon

The Lebanese Armed Forces

Protected Border Observation Posts and 2 Mobile Observation Platforms, Radio Equipment

£3,056,974.90

Ukraine

Ukrainian Ministry of Defence

First Aid Kits, Global Positioning Systems, Night Vision Goggles, Laptops, Mk6 Helmets.

£811,600

Jordan

Jordanian Public Security Directorate

Guardian Jump Kit, Seek Avenger Fingerprint Scanner

£220,000

Jordan

Jordanian Armed Forces

Night Vision Goggles

£145,000

Additionally, the Disposal Services Authority occasionally gifts equipment that would otherwise be scrapped to museums or other such bodies where the scrap value is nominal or for the preservation of historical equipment.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the transportation costs were for equipment gifted by his Department in each year since 2010; and what equipment that has been gifted by his Department remains outstanding for delivery.

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

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have found (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) casual employment within six months of leaving service with the help of the Career Transition Partnership in each region and constituent part of the UK since that partnership was established.

The information is not held in the format requested. However, the table below shows the number of ex-Service personnel judged to have used the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) services and found employment within six months of leaving service in Financial Years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Resettlement Centre

2011-12

2012-13

Employed

Employed

Number

%

Number

%

All

1,719

85%

2,048

83%

Northern Ireland

42

91%

43

75%

Aldershot

155

81%

217

79%

Catterick

198

86%

263

85%

Cottesmore

251

83%

297

82%

Germany

97

88%

118

83%

Plymouth

162

85%

200

85%

Portsmouth

167

84%

165

80%

Rosyth

142

86%

165

89%

Tidworth

327

88%

369

83%

Uxbridge

143

81%

183

80%

London (Senior Officers)

35

78%

28

82%

Notes

1. Ex-Service personnel are classified as employed if they are in paid employment within six months of leaving the Armed Forces (full-time permanent role; part-time out of choice; contract job for at least six months).

2. Information on employment outcome is based on a 20% sample of ex-Service personnel who have used the Career Transition Partnership service.

The information on the number of Service personnel who have used the Career Transition Partnership service is not held by each region and constituent part of the UK. However, the attached tables provide the number of Service personnel who have received the Employment Support Programme and the Full Support Programme by resettlement centre from calendar year 2005 to 2014.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have received assistance from the Career Transition Partnership's (a) employment support and (b) full support programme in each region and constituent part of the UK since that partnership was established.

The information is not held in the format requested. However, the table below shows the number of ex-Service personnel judged to have used the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) services and found employment within six months of leaving service in Financial Years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Resettlement Centre

2011-12

2012-13

Employed

Employed

Number

%

Number

%

All

1,719

85%

2,048

83%

Northern Ireland

42

91%

43

75%

Aldershot

155

81%

217

79%

Catterick

198

86%

263

85%

Cottesmore

251

83%

297

82%

Germany

97

88%

118

83%

Plymouth

162

85%

200

85%

Portsmouth

167

84%

165

80%

Rosyth

142

86%

165

89%

Tidworth

327

88%

369

83%

Uxbridge

143

81%

183

80%

London (Senior Officers)

35

78%

28

82%

Notes

1. Ex-Service personnel are classified as employed if they are in paid employment within six months of leaving the Armed Forces (full-time permanent role; part-time out of choice; contract job for at least six months).

2. Information on employment outcome is based on a 20% sample of ex-Service personnel who have used the Career Transition Partnership service.

The information on the number of Service personnel who have used the Career Transition Partnership service is not held by each region and constituent part of the UK. However, the attached tables provide the number of Service personnel who have received the Employment Support Programme and the Full Support Programme by resettlement centre from calendar year 2005 to 2014.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military and (b) civilian staff in his Department are proficient in (i) Arabic, (ii) Persian, (iii) Turkish, (iv) Berber, (v) Kurdish, (vi) Polish and (vii) Russian.

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

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2015 to Question 214595, what the roles were of those UK military personnel deployed to UNFICYP in 2014.

Following Cypriot independence in 1960, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom entered into a treaty to guarantee the basic provisions of the constitution and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

After the outbreak of intercommunal violence in December 1963 the UN unanimously adopted resolution 186 (1964) to prevent violence, contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and contribute to a return to normal conditions. The UK has been an integral part of delivering this mandate ever since.

The UK had on average 274 military personnel deployed to UNFICYP during 2014. One hundred and eighty-six were deployed to Sector 2 (Nicosia and its surrounds) in support of the mandate within this area of responsibility. In addition to this the UK has 88 personnel currently deployed to the UN Protected Area. This includes; 14 Staff Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) within UNFICYP HQ, 54 members assigned to the Mobile Force Reserve, two HQ support group medics, seven military police, nine continuity posts and two posts (Officer and SNCO) managing the British Retained Site Staff.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2015 to Question 214595, what criteria is used to decide how many UK military personnel are deployed to individual UN operations.

Deployments of UK personnel overseas take into account a number of factors, including: National Security Council priorities; foreign, defence and security policy objectives; and matching Defence capabilities to the requirements of the task.

In addition to deployments of troops and capability in standing operations and one-off deployments, the Ministry of Defence currently supports a number of UN missions through the provision of highly capable staff officers.

30th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on its work on a cyber-security model to be implemented in its contracts.

The Ministry of Defence already includes information security clauses in its contracts; these are being augmented by the development of the cyber security model. Its first output - a set of cyber profiles which detail the measures suppliers will be required to comply with - is expected to be published by the end of March 2015. It is anticipated that implementation in contracts will begin in autumn 2015.

30th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met the (a) Home Secretary, (b) Foreign Secretary and (c) Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss cyber security; and what the outcome of those meetings was.

Regular discussions take place between Ministers and others on cyber security issues. The Government's approach to cyber security issues was set out in the UK Cyber Security Strategy in November 2011. Progress against the strategy's objectives was set out for Parliament by the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Francis Maude) on 11 December 2014 (Official Report, column 51WS).

9th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcomes were of the 10th regional security summit held in Manama, Bahrain from 5 to 7 December 2014.

I refer the hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement I made on 9 December 2014 on the UK-Bahrain defence agreement (Official Report, column 29WS).

9th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 906180, what the outcome was of his meeting with the King and Crown Prince of Bahrain to discuss future steps to counter ISIL.

My discussions with the King and Crown Prince of Bahrain confirmed that Bahrain remains committed to tackling ISIL and working as part of the wide anti-ISIL coalition.

9th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 906180, what the outcome was of his meeting with the US Defence Secretary to discuss future steps to counter ISIL.

Following the announcement of his resignation the US Secretary of Defence did not travel to the Manama Dialogue conference.