John Grogan Portrait

John Grogan

Labour - Former Member for Keighley

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
20th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
28th Jul 1997 - 11th May 2001


Division Voting information

John Grogan has voted in 1116 divisions, and 55 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Oct 2018 - Abortion - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 179 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 208 Noes - 123
25 Jun 2018 - National Policy Statement: Airports - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour No votes vs 119 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 415 Noes - 119
9 May 2018 - Data Protection Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 237 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 304
20 Nov 2017 - Duties of Customs - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Labour No votes vs 28 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 76 Noes - 311
7 Apr 2010 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour No votes vs 224 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 314 Noes - 49
7 Apr 2010 - Digital Economy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 20 Labour No votes vs 179 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 197 Noes - 40
7 Apr 2010 - Digital Economy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Labour No votes vs 175 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 189 Noes - 47
10 Nov 2009 - Welfare Reform Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 278 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 286 Noes - 236
9 Nov 2009 - Coroners and Justice Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Labour Aye votes vs 265 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 266 Noes - 274
9 Nov 2009 - Coroners and Justice Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 281 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 342 Noes - 145
20 May 2009 - Planning: National Policy Statements - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Labour Aye votes vs 254 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 216 Noes - 262
24 Mar 2009 - Coroners and Justice Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour Aye votes vs 263 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 174 Noes - 328
23 Mar 2009 - Coroners and Justice Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 252 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 263
17 Mar 2009 - Welfare Reform Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 29 Labour Aye votes vs 251 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 85 Noes - 408
17 Mar 2009 - Welfare Reform Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour Aye votes vs 250 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 76 Noes - 396
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 93 Labour No votes vs 155 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 176
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Labour No votes vs 157 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 158
24 Feb 2009 - Airport Expansion (Parliamentary Approval) - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 23 Labour Aye votes vs 193 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 247 Noes - 203
28 Jan 2009 - Heathrow (Third Runway) - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 281 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 278 Noes - 297
8 Dec 2008 - Speaker’s Committee on the Search of Offices on the Parliamentary Estate - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 30 Labour Aye votes vs 274 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 281 Noes - 285
8 Dec 2008 - Speaker’s Committee on the Search of Offices on the Parliamentary Estate - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Labour No votes vs 282 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 293 Noes - 270
12 Nov 2008 - Regional Accountability - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour Aye votes vs 228 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 90 Noes - 235
12 Nov 2008 - Regional Accountability - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Labour Aye votes vs 224 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 231
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 230 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 45 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
17 Jul 2008 - Reform of Intelligence and Security Committee - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Labour Aye votes vs 198 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 32 Noes - 205
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Expenses - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 50 Labour No votes vs 144 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 172 Noes - 144
25 Jun 2008 - Planning Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Labour Aye votes vs 294 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 260 Noes - 303
25 Jun 2008 - Planning Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Labour Aye votes vs 297 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 262 Noes - 306
11 Jun 2008 - New Clause 22 - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 37 Labour No votes vs 292 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 315 Noes - 306
2 Jun 2008 - Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2) - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Labour No votes vs 242 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 248 Noes - 193
2 Jun 2008 - Planning Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour Aye votes vs 248 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 217 Noes - 292
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 222 Noes - 290
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 39 Labour Aye votes vs 240 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 332
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 56 Labour Aye votes vs 231 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 233 Noes - 304
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Labour Aye votes vs 215 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
14 May 2008 - Muscular Dystrophy - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour Aye votes vs 219 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 354 Noes - 51
31 Mar 2008 - Housing and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 27 Labour Aye votes vs 252 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 210 Noes - 263
31 Mar 2008 - Housing and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 248 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 74 Noes - 259
19 Mar 2008 - Post Office Closures - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 279 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 288
28 Mar 2007 - deferred divisions - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Labour No votes vs 265 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 274 Noes - 250
14 Mar 2007 - Trident - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 167 Noes - 413
14 Mar 2007 - Trident - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 89 Labour No votes vs 222 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 161
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 126 Labour Aye votes vs 184 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 418
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 132 Labour Aye votes vs 177 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 178 Noes - 392
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 156 Labour Aye votes vs 157 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 267
28 Feb 2007 - Offender Management Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 256 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 267
28 Feb 2007 - Offender Management Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 283 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 293 Noes - 268
11 Dec 2006 - Offender Management Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 27 Labour No votes vs 265 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 411 Noes - 91
11 Dec 2006 - Offender Management Bill - View Vote Context
John Grogan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 271 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 213
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All Debates

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Caroline Spelman (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
(8 debate interactions)
Steve Barclay (Conservative)
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(23 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(20 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by John Grogan

22nd October 2019
John Grogan signed this EDM on Monday 4th November 2019

Welfare and survival of Asian elephants used in tourism

Tabled by: Rupa Huq (Labour - Ealing Central and Acton)
That this House is concerned about the increasing risk of extinction to Asian elephants; notes that in India and South East Asia some Asian elephants are snatched from the wild when very young, deprived of food and water for months whilst tightly confined in cages, beaten and stabbed with iron …
34 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 18
Conservative: 5
Scottish National Party: 5
Independent: 3
Crossbench: 1
Green Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
16th October 2019
John Grogan signed this EDM on Monday 4th November 2019

Invasion of North-East Syria (No. 2)

Tabled by: Ann Clwyd (Labour - Cynon Valley)
That this House is extremely concerned by the Government of Turkey's military invasion of an area in north east Syria controlled by the Syrian Kurds, which is also known as Rojava, and the negative humanitarian consequences of that invasion following the unexpected announcement of the withdrawal of US military forces …
27 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 15
Conservative: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 2
Scottish National Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
View All John Grogan's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by John Grogan, 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.


John Grogan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by John Grogan

Tuesday 10th October 2017

John Grogan has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

John Grogan has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


100 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
6th Jul 2018
To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Public Legal Evaluation Panel to date.

As the Government’s pro bono champion, I am able to work closely with those involved in Public Legal Education, supporting initiatives to increase its profile and reach more members of the public.

The Public Legal Education panel is formed of leading organisations who promote the importance of teaching people about the law and their basic civil and criminal rights. It features members from across the legal community, for example the Law for Life, Citizens Advice and the Bar Council.

The Panel are currently combining their resources to map the provision and need of Public Legal Education around the county and to support and drive forward public legal education initiatives so more people can reap the benefits.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices were open in (a) Yorkshire and Humber, (b) the UK and (c) Bradford district in each year since 2010.

The provision of post office branches is the 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 and provide the information requested on the number of post offices open in Yorkshire and Humber, the UK and Bradford district since 2010. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.

2nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the percentage of customers not taking up the offer of a smart meter from each of the major energy companies.

The Department does not hold this information.

The rollout of smart meters is on track to deliver significant benefits, including putting an end to estimated bills, and is set to save consumers £300m in 2020 alone. Suppliers are mandated by government to offer every household and small business a smart meter by 2020, and remain committed to this target.

Over 7.7 million smart meters are operating under the Programme.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to include the Women’s World Cup Football Finals in the Listed Events category for free to air sports viewing.

Coverage of women’s professional sport on free to air television has improved significantly in the last ten years, with the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Euro Championships, Women’s Rugby World Cup, cycling and tennis being regular fixtures on the BBC and ITV.

We know that more can be done to improve equality in sports broadcasting. That is why we have just announced our proposal to add the Paralympic Games to the list and we have started the statutory consultation process to do that. We are also considering the addition of women’s only sporting events where the equivalent men’s only tournaments are currently listed, which we plan to consult on later in the year. This is to give equal recognition to disabled and women’s sports.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage the development of the sport of canoeing.

The Government’s sport strategy, Sporting Future, encourages and promotes outdoor recreation. Use of our waterways by all can be a creative and fun way to engage with the natural world and to stay healthy.

Sport England is actively engaged with British Canoeing and the Canal and River Trust to get more people from all backgrounds active. In addition Sport England is providing £6.85m to British Canoeing for the period between 2017 to 2021.

The ‘public rights of navigation’ issue around access to waterways is dealt with by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and they are currently working with British Canoeing to consider solutions to access disputes.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Arts Council has spent in each of the last 10 years in (a) Ilkley and (b) Keighley town.

The table outlines Arts Council funding for organisations in the Parliamentary constituency of Keighley since 2008/09

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to improve wi-fi coverage in Keighley constituency.

Digital connectivity is a clear priority for this Government. The Super Connected Cities Programme installed WiFi in 1491 public buildings with a combined annual footfall of over 114 million, including in Yorkshire.

BDUK’s Superfast programme will provide at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) coverage to 95% of the UK by the end of this year. In Keighley, superfast coverage is already over 95%.

As a result of the Government's landmark agreement with mobile operators in 2014, each mobile operator will deliver mobile coverage to 90% of the UK's landmass by the end of this year. Additionally O2 will deliver indoor 4G coverage to 98% of premises in the UK, also by the end of 2017.

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on the sporting listed events of the UK leaving the EU; and whether she has plans to review the list of such events.

The Listed Events regime is underpinned by UK law in the Broadcasting Act 1996. The government is assessing how the reciprocal recognition of the listed events between Member States will work after the UK’s departure from the EU. This will depend on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, but will not change while we remain a Member State. The government currently has no plans to review the list of events.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the outcome of Ilkley Grammar School and the Moorland Trust's application to open a 1,000 place sixth form college under the Free School programme.

Successful applications from wave 13 of the free schools programme were announced on 14 June 2019. The application from Moorlands Learning Trust was not successful, due to a lack of need for additional post-16 places in the proposed location of the school.

13th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to give statutory force to his Department's guidelines to school's governing bodies on exclusivity arrangements for the sale of school uniforms.

The Government remains committed to putting the school uniform guidance on a statutory footing and will do so when a suitable legislative opportunity arises.

25th Jul 2019
What recent assessment he has made of the effect of sewage discharges on water quality in rivers.

Last year, the Environment Agency (EA) reported that there had been good progress in meeting water quality targets. Since 1995, investment in sewage treatment has achieved a 61% reduction in the amount of phosphorus and a 72% reduction in the amount of ammonia discharged to rivers. We will continue to work with the water companies.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
10th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to strengthen the powers the environment agency has to determine whether a person or a company is fit and proper to be granted a licence regarding the disposal or incineration of waste.

Last year the Government committed to implementing measures to raise the standard of operator competence at permitted waste sites by strengthening the Environment Agency’s assessment and enforcement powers.

www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reducing-crime-at-sites-handling-waste-and-introducing-fixed-penalties-for-waste-duty-of-care/outcome/government-response

We are now delivering on these published commitments. In January we passed legislation requiring all waste facilities to have a written management plan to minimise the risks of pollution to the environment.

www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/1227/part/3/made

In March we widened the scope of past offences the Environment Agency can consider when assessing competence for applications for waste facility permits:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/relevant-conviction-guidance-for-permit-applications-for-waste-activities-and-installations-only/relevant-convictions-for-waste-environmental-permits

In the coming months we will update Core Guidance to strengthen the Environment Agency’s enforcement capabilities when considering operators’ past performance. Further measures to tackle crime and low levels of performance in the waste industry are set out in our Resources and Waste Strategy.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
10th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what voluntary access arrangements to inland waterways for recreational purposes have been negotiated in the last 10 years; and how many additional miles of waterway have been made available to canoeists through this mechanism.

Information of this nature is not held by the department.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
10th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total length of unmanaged waterways in England to which canoeists have an undisputed right of navigation.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire, Pauline Latham, on 19 February 2019 to PQ 220196.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
28th Mar 2019
What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of waste incineration capacity.

An assessment of England’s municipal waste treatment capacity – including incineration with energy recovery – was set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy and the associated Evidence Annex published in December 2018. Existing operational capacity is sufficient to treat around 36% of municipal residual waste at current levels. While energy from waste plays an important role in diverting waste from landfill, our emphasis is on greater waste prevention, re-use or recycling.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 206757, on Environmental Stewardship Scheme, how many of those visits occurred in the final year of the agreement.

Of the 1677 visits recorded, 866 of these are recorded as visits in the final year of the agreement. Records have only been collated since 2014 and many of these agreements will also have received visits prior to their final year.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the higher level Environmental Stewardship Agreement which have lasted for 10 years were amended as a result of a care visit.

311 Higher Level Environmental Stewardship agreements that have lasted 10 years were amended as a result of a care visit.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many higher level environmental stewardship agreements have completed 10 years and of these how many have had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five or more aftercare visits.

So far 1892 higher level stewardship agreements have lasted the full ten years of their term. Of these agreements and since central records began: 832 received one visit, 423 received two visits, 226 received three visits, 99 received four visits, 97 received five or more visits.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of each of the boards of National Park authorities live in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) Merseyside, (d) West Yorkshire, (e) South Yorkshire, (f) West Midlands and (g) Greater Manchester.

The number of members of England’s national park authorities whose main address is given as being in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) Merseyside, (d) West Yorkshire, (e) South Yorkshire, (f) West Midlands and (g) Greater Manchester is as follows:

London

0

Tyne and Wear

0

Merseyside

0

West Yorkshire

1

South Yorkshire

3

Greater Manchester

1

This data has been provided by national park authorities.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much each national park authority spent on programmes to improve public transport access to national parks in 2017-18.

The total spent by the ten national park authorities in England (including the Broads Authority) on programmes to improve public transport access to national parks in the financial year 2017-18 is shown in the table below. These figures include ongoing support for transport services as well as projects to improve existing access.

National park authority

2017-18 spending (£)[1]

Broads Authority

732

Dartmoor

2,500

Exmoor

0

Lake District

21,186

New Forest

52,015

North York Moors

26,000

Northumberland

12,000

Peak District

4,000

South Downs

0

Yorkshire Dales

0

Total

118,433

In addition to this total, national park authorities report £49,001 of indirect spend aimed at users of public and sustainable transport in national parks

[1] Figures provided by national park authorities.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to introduce section 24 of the Deregulation Act 2015 on the provision of gates on restricted byways.

We have not set a timeline for introduction. Drafting of the required statutory instruments is underway after close working with the Stakeholder group

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Eunomia's Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, Issue 12, published in July 2017, which concluded that there is overcapacity in the incinerator sector in the UK.

The incineration of waste with energy recovery (also known as energy from waste) plays an important role in diverting waste from landfill but is lower in the waste hierarchy, which prioritises prevention, recycling and the re-use of waste.

We will consider the findings of Eunomia, on waste infrastructure capacity as we develop future policy on waste and resources.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the merits of the proposal from the Government of Anguilla for a customs union and common travel area with St Martin.

The UK Government fully understands the importance of economic and personal links between St Martin/Sint Maarten and Anguilla and the Government is working closely with the Government of Anguilla on all aspects of Brexit. We are working with the Government of Anguilla on all related issues including around the flow of goods, services and people between St Martin/Sint Maarten and Anguilla.

The movement of both British citizens and British Overseas Territories citizens between Anguilla and St Martin should continue under the existing bilateral arrangements which provide visa-free access for short stays up to 90 days and do not depend on the UK’s EU membership. We will continue to work with Anguilla and our other Overseas Territories as we leave the EU to ensure we get a deal which works for the whole UK family.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Overseas Territory of Anguilla of the UK leaving the EU.

The UK Government is working closely with the Government of Anguilla to enable them to understand the implications of the UK leaving the EU. Ministers and officials regularly engage with representatives from Anguilla and the other Overseas Territories through the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council which last met on 4 and 5 December 2018. This mechanism for dialogue ensures that assessments about the potential effects of EU Exit on their territories can be shared.

The Government is committed to working with Anguilla through the negotiation process with the EU, and getting a deal that works for the whole British family, which includes Anguilla.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
13th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Article 2 (2) of the draft protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland of the draft agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, if he will publish the rights and privileges associated with of the Common Travel Area.

The UK Government is firmly committed to maintaining the Common Travel Area (CTA) and to protecting the rights enjoyed by UK and Irish nationals when in each other’s state. The Commission’s draft Withdrawal Agreement Treaty text builds on December’s Joint report and confirms that the UK and Ireland can continue to work together as part of these arrangements.

The reciprocal rights for UK and Irish nationals associated with the Common Travel Area are described in the UK Government’s August 2017 position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland, and include:

● the right to enter and reside in each others’ state without being subject to a requirement to obtain permission;

● the right to work without being subject to a requirement to obtain permission;

● the right to study;

● access to social welfare entitlements and benefits;

● access to health services; and

● the right to vote in local and parliamentary elections.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 52 of the Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the European Union, whether the commitment made in that paragraph includes all EU rights normally associated with residents in a Member State; and if he will list those rights.

The UK and the EU acknowledge that the Belfast (‘Good Friday’) Agreement recognises the birth right of all the people of Northern Ireland to choose to be Irish or British or both and be accepted as such. They also recognise that the people of Northern Ireland who are Irish citizens will continue to enjoy rights as EU citizens, including where they reside in Northern Ireland. The UK and the EU therefore agree that the Withdrawal Agreement should respect and be without prejudice to the rights, opportunities and identity that come with European Union citizenship for such people.

The UK has been clear that we are committed to turning all of the commitments made under the Joint Report into legally binding text - that includes those on citizenship rights for the people of Northern Ireland under the terms of the Belfast Agreement.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
18th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the commencement of the additional rail services between London and Bradford detailed in the east coast franchise.

LNER is working to introduce direct services between London and Bradford by the end of 2020.

2nd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the initial feasibility study into the reopening the Skipton to Colne rail link.

Feasibility work is still in progress. We are now pressing on with further work to make sure that the proposed scheme can be made affordable, will attract sufficient traffic, and is part of the right long-term solution for all Trans-Pennine rail traffic. We will publish when these important issues have been explored and we understand the full picture.

21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on (a) scoping and (b) commissioning further feasibility work on whether the restoration of the Skipton to Colne link would generate enough freight and passenger traffic to be affordable.

Work is currently progressing and we expect to receive the results later this year to inform a decision as to whether the scheme should go to the next stage ‘develop’ of the Government’s Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.

We are working closely with Transport for the North to assess the proposed scheme and to ensure that it can be affordable, will attract sufficient traffic, and is part of the right long-term solution for the cross Transpennine rail traffic.

This is part of our new approach to rail enhancements to ensure we address the needs of passengers and freight, and that funding commitments appropriately reflect the stage of development of schemes.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the outcome is of his discussions with Northern and Transpennine on their franchise commitments to provide train services on Boxing Day 2018.

Under the terms of their Franchise Agreement Arriva Rail North (ARN) were required within 12 months of the start date of the franchise to consult with passengers, user groups, Network Rail, other train operators who operate along the affected routes and other relevant Stakeholders on the potential demand for passenger services on Boxing Day and produce a report. This was submitted to the Rail North Partnership team and highlighted that the direct cost of operation would exceed the estimated revenue, and raised concerns regarding access due to significant engineering activity traditionally carried out at this time of year.

Separately ARN’s Franchise Agreement requires the operation of a minimum of 60 services on Boxing Day from 2018. However, Northern raised concerns about their ability to operate a service on Boxing Day 2018, mainly due to engineering possessions along the routes they wish to operate, and have asked for a derogation until the following year to the current Franchise Agreement which is currently being considered.

Under the terms of their Franchise Agreement TransPennine Express (TPE) were required within 12 months of the start date of the franchise to consult with passengers, user groups, Network Rail, other train operators who operate along the affected routes and other relevant Stakeholders on the potential demand for passenger services on Boxing Day and produce a report. This was submitted to the Rail North Partnership team and recommended that there may be an opportunity to work jointly with ARN and RNP to agree to use funds allocated in the Franchise for future service initiatives (the Service Options Fund) to provide a trial service for a future Boxing day, with terms of such a trial being pre-agreed between the parties.

Unlike ARN, TPE has no obligation under its Franchise Agreement to provide Boxing Day services. Opportunities for funding and delivering such services in the future will be considered alongside other franchise enhancement opportunities.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the feasibility study into the restoration of the Skipton to Colne railway link.

The feasibility study into the reinstatement of the Skipton-Colne rail link as part of a route for passengers and freight has only very recently been completed. The Government is considering next steps and expects to make an announcement shortly.

18th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the timetable for LNER will include seven direct trains per day between Bradford and London on the east coast line from May 2019.

LNER is currently working with its industry partners to introduce extra services as soon as possible, including the Bradford services, and the industry is reviewing proposed changes for the May 2019 timetable.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on the feasibility study for the restorations of the Skipton-Colne Railway; and what the timetable is for his receiving the final report from that study.

We are working closely with Transport for the North and relevant local transport authorities to evaluate the costs, benefits and funding options for reopening the line for passengers and freight, as part of a freight route across the Pennines. It builds on previous work commissioned by the local authorities and local campaign group. Work is in progress and we expect to receive the results later this year in the form of a Strategic Outline Business Case prepared in line with the Government’s new pipeline approach to rail enhancements.

6th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Northern Rail and Transpennine on the provision of services on Boxing Day 2018; and what the outcome of those discussions was.

The Rail North Partnership has had discussions with the operators regarding the provision of Boxing Day services for 2018. At this time, following the announcement yesterday regarding the timetable for the December change date, we are unable to confirm the plans for Boxing Day in 2018.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of international flights (a) to and (b) from each UK airport in the event that (i) the north-west runway at Heathrow is built and (ii) if no additional airport capacity is built in the South East of England.

The Government has fully assessed the impact of expansion in the South East on the UK’s connectivity, as set out in Chapter 3 of the Updated Appraisal Report. The Government is clear that a Northwest Runway at Heathrow will help to secure the UK’s status as a global aviation hub, while regional airports will continue to develop their point-to-point networks.

This conclusion is supported by the analysis which shows that passenger numbers and international flights at airports outside of London are expected to increase by 80% and 71% respectively between 2016 and 2050 with a third runway at Heathrow. In addition, passengers from all across the UK are expected to use the connections made available at an expanded Heathrow, with nearly 6 million additional trips from passengers outside of London and the South East being made via the airport in 2040.

Table 1 below shows the forecast number of international passenger Air Transport Movements (ATM) from the Department’s 2017 UK aviation forecasts.[1] The Government recognises that all three schemes for expansion in the South East are projected to result in regional airports experiencing somewhat slower growth in international flights than they might otherwise have seen. However, there is still expected to be strong growth at non-London airports relative to today. Expansion will also improve the UK’s connectivity as a whole with more frequent services to important destinations around the world, providing benefits for passengers and freight-operators across the UK, supporting economic growth.

It is recognised that Table 1 does not reflect this hub benefit nor the considerably greater scope that expansion brings for more domestic flights from regional airports to Heathrow, which would provide passengers from across the country access to a vast network of international destinations. In addition, the modelling does not take account of the future commercial strategies which individual airports could employ to take advantage of the opportunities from both greater connections and growing demand outside London.

Heathrow expansion has been supported by a range of UK airports, including Liverpool John Lennon, Glasgow and Newquay.

Table 1: International passenger Air Transport Movements at modelled UK airports, thousands

International passenger ATMs (000s)

No expansion

LHR NWR

2030

2040

2050

2030

2040

2050

Gatwick

266

277

280

255

273

279

Heathrow

467

473

474

698

719

730

London City

69

65

66

39

55

52

Luton

100

95

88

99

97

89

Stansted

166

182

183

121

163

182

Birmingham

115

173

185

97

130

183

Bristol

56

59

66

49

58

59

East Midlands

52

71

90

53

67

84

Edinburgh

52

63

71

51

63

72

Glasgow

44

47

55

43

46

53

Liverpool

23

25

43

25

27

42

Manchester

179

214

272

159

207

245

Newcastle

26

29

35

22

28

34

Other small UK airports

140

217

351

113

137

232

Total

1755

1990

2258

1825

2069

2338

[1] An ATM represents a single use of a runway – either a landing or a take-off – so the numbers of take-offs and landings are each half of the total displayed.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice provided to his Department on the provision of subsidies for regional air connections from UK airports to Heathrow airport.

The current regulation is clear that subsidies can be provided under Public Service Obligations (PSOs). The Government already subsidises three PSO routes to London airports (Newquay to Gatwick; Dundee to Stansted; and Londonderry to Stansted).

The Department has taken further legal advice on the Government’s interpretation of existing PSO regulations as part of the development of policy to improve connections between Heathrow and the regions and nations of the UK should expansion go ahead. This will be central to achieving the Secretary of State’s ambition for up to 15% of slots from a new runway being used for domestic routes.

The Government’s position on domestic connectivity will be set out in a Green Paper on the Aviation Strategy this autumn and while Government does not publish legal advice, other relevant documents will be published alongside this consultation as appropriate.

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains have been cancelled in each month of the last five years for services which come under the terms of the east coast main line franchise.

Network Rail publish all official industry cancellation data which is available on the ORR data portal. The published figures aggregate cancellations for all causes, based on the 13 period rail year. Please see the attached table for more detail.

9th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the potential cost to the public purse of (a) restoring free off-peak bus travel to people aged 60 and over in England and (b) giving free bus travel to people aged 18 to 25 in England.

The current national concessionary scheme costs around £1 billion and, given the pressure on public finances, any further extensions to the scheme could jeopardise its sustainability.

Restoring the previous age of eligibility for concessionary bus travel to sixty would see a return to the anomalous position of non-disabled, working-age citizens receiving free bus passes. Re-establishing the link between concessionary bus pass eligibility and the state pension age has addressed that issue.

There are no plans to implement a national bus concession for young people. However, my Department continues to engage with the Department for Education on other concessions such as for apprenticeships. In addition, the new Enhanced Partnership powers in the Bus Services Act allows local transport authorities and bus operators to agree standard ticket rules, such as eligibility for reduced fares across operators. Local authorities already have the discretion to offer additional concessions, and are best placed to make decisions that match local needs and circumstances.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the proposals of Trans Pennine rail submitted to him on the provision of train services on Boxing Day 2018.

The report has been received from TPE and contains commercially confidential information and is therefore unsuitable for public publication. The proposals contained within the report have been considered by a technical working group, under confidentiality agreement, within Rail North / Transport for North and options will be considered that could see Boxing Day services introduced within the current franchise (running 2016 to 2023).

However, there are a number of issues relating to the introduction of Boxing Day services, most notably the infrastructure works required to deliver capacity improvements that are often undertaken during Christmas / Boxing Day closures. It should also be noted that Boxing Day services are not contracted through the existing TPE Franchise Agreement and additional funding is expected to be needed to deliver such services.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the terms of reference of the feasibility study into the restoration of the Skipton to Colne railway link.

The study is being progressed under the Government’s new approach to railway enhancements. We are creating a rolling programme of investment, focused on outcomes that deliver real benefits to passengers, freight users and the economy. This new approach was set out in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) published in March 2018.

The study, on which we are working closely with Transport for the North, will evaluate the costs, value and funding options for reopening the line for passengers and freight, as part of a freight route across the Pennines. It will build on previous work commissioned by the local authorities and local campaign group. We expect to receive the results later this year in the form of a Strategic Outline Business Case prepared in line with the RNEP approach and other Government guidance on transport business cases. We will engage with wider stakeholders as the study progresses and on the conclusions before any decisions on next steps.

11th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets on the railways.

Train Operators have been making progress on the delivery of more flexible tickets. c2c have a Flexi-Season on a smart card. Arriva Trains Wales have introduced a Mobile Multi-Flex product for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. In addition both the recently announced South Western and West Midlands franchises include the announcement of a new flexible season ticket which will benefit people working fewer than 5 days a week. We continue to challenge the rail industry to develop proposals for pricing and delivering more flexible ticketing options for those who work or commute part-time.

11th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway franchise holders are contractually obliged to put forward proposals to provide a Boxing Day train service; and when such proposals should be made.

Of the published franchise agreements, two franchises are currently required to provide proposals for Boxing Day services.

Within 12 months of the start of their franchises, First Transpennine Express and Arriva Rail North are contractually obliged to prepare and submit a report to the Secretary of State which sets out proposals for operating Boxing Day services.

Both Arriva Rail North and First Transpennine Express have submitted the required reports to Rail North, who work in conjunction with the Secretary of State within the terms of the Rail North Partnership Agreement, to assess such proposals for Boxing Day services.

11th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to change the regulations on the appeals process against the imposition of penalty fares by rail operators.

The Government published its response on the rail fares penalty appeal process consultation in December 2016. The response set out plans to bring forward a new statutory instrument, strengthening passenger protections, and introducing provisions requiring train operators that operate a penalty fares scheme to introduce an independent third stage appeal with these changes to be in effect from April 2018. The industry has already taken steps towards this objective and the recruitment process, run by Transport Focus, for the independent panel commenced on 8 January 2018.

10th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Virgin Trains East Coast on the franchise commitment to run direct trains every two hours to London from Bradford, Middlesbrough and Lincoln from 2020; and if that commitment will still hold in the light of the early ending of the franchise agreement.

We are in discussions with Stagecoach to ensure the needs of passengers and taxpayers will be met in the short term whilst laying the foundations to bring forward the reforms in full under a long-term competitively procured contract.

We expect to provide additional services to Lincoln and Bradford from May 2019. It remains our intention to deliver additional services to Middlesbrough when capacity is available to do so. Virgin Trains East Coast has contingent rights to run services from London to Middlesbrough from May 2020 and firm rights from May 2021.

From 2020, we will introduce the East Coast Partnership - a regional partnership between the public and private sector, operated by a single management, under a single brand and under a single leader.

7th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which rail franchises are required to provide train services on Boxing Day, and what those requirements are for each franchise.

Two rail franchises are currently required to provide limited Boxing Day services. Greater Anglia is required to operate certain services between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport. Govia Thameslink Railway is required to operate certain services between London Victoria, Gatwick Airport and Brighton, between London Victoria and Sutton, and between London Victoria and East Croydon. During any periods of engineering work, replacement bus services would be provided.

All franchises have discretion to operate Boxing Day services on a commercial basis, subject to agreement with Network Rail.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of restoring the Skipton to Colne rail route.

Where connectivity needs are the key objective, we task the local authorities concerned to take the first step in evaluating benefits and prioritising available resources.

Local partners in the North share a desire to improve connectivity across the Pennines and their East-West Connectivity Study suggested there will be economic benefits in doing so. They will be actively involved in the Transport for the North’s Central Pennines strategic development corridor study to develop an outline programme and business case. We look forward to seeing the results of this work in due course.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations from (a) Stagecoach and (b) Virgin Eastcoast on renegotiating the terms of Virgin East Coast's contract to operate the East Coast mainline; and if he will make a statement.

We are in regular discussions with train operators over performance of their contractual obligations. We are unable to comment on the specific details of individual franchise agreements.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions there are in the (a) TransPennine and (b) Northern franchise to encourage (i) the operation of trains on Boxing Day and (ii) equalisation of fares across county boundaries; and if he will make a statement.

The Northern franchise requires them to consult with passengers, user groups, Network Rail, other train operators, and other relevant stakeholders on the potential demand for passenger services on Boxing Day. . Once this is done they must prepare and submit a report to the Secretary of State which sets out their proposals for operating Boxing Day services. As part of this process Northern must provide a minimum of 60services to operate on Boxing Day 2018.

The TPE franchise requires them to carry out a similar consultation and report process.

At the direction of the Secretary of State the Franchisee shall undertake the consultation required in conjunction with the Northern Franchisee.

There are obligations within both franchise agreements aimed at harmonising fares across the network to resolve inequalities across County boundaries.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus journeys operated out of (a) Keighley and (b) Ilkley bus station in each year from 2010.

The Department does not hold information on the number of bus journeys operated out of Keighley and Ilkley bus stations.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail passengers used (a) Ilkley, (b) Keighley, (c) Ben Rhydding and (d) Steeton and Silsden stations in each year since 2010.

The Office of Rail and Road produces estimates of station usage in terms of the total number of people entering and exiting each national rail station in Great Britain. Annual estimates for the four stations requested from 2010-11 to 2015-16 (the latest year for which data are available) are given in the table below.

Entries and exits by station from 2010-11 to 2015-16

Station

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Ilkley

1,342,018

1,374,276

1,211,992

1,253,476

1,299,496

1,303,810

Keighley

1,653,298

1,682,586

1,627,592

1,639,250

1,720,804

1,702,720

Ben Rhydding

180,778

181,518

196,524

198,462

210,342

220,770

Steeton & Silsden

744,336

750,926

787,810

797,060

862,046

838,874

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of re-opening the Skipton to Colne railway.

Where connectivity needs are the key objective, we look to the local authorities concerned to take the first step in evaluating benefits and prioritising available resources.

Local partners in the North share a desire to improve connectivity across the Pennines and their East-West Connectivity Study suggested there will be economic benefits in doing so. They will be actively involved in the Transport for the North’s Central Pennines strategic development corridor study to develop an outline programme and business case.

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains ran on Boxing Day in each of the last five years; and what plans he has to increase the number of trains running on Boxing Day 2017.

Historic information on the number of train services run on Boxing Day is not held by the Department. We are not currently aware of plans for an increase in services on Boxing Day this year, but franchised operators are encouraged to explore the scope for such initiatives where these can be operated on a commercial basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets on the railways.

Train Operators have been making progress on the delivery of more flexible tickets. c2c have a Flexi-Season on a smart card. Arriva Trains Wales have introduced a Mobile Multi-Flex product for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. In addition both the recently announced South Western and West Midlands franchises include the announcement of a new flexible season ticket which will benefit people working fewer than 5 days a week. We continue to challenge the rail industry to develop proposals for pricing and delivering more flexible ticketing options for those who work or commute part-time.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the proposals of Trans Pennine rail submitted to him on the provision of train services on Boxing Day 2018.

The report has been received from TPE and contains commercially confidential information and is therefore unsuitable for public publication. The proposals contained within the report have been considered by a technical working group, under confidentiality agreement, within Rail North / Transport for North and options will be considered that could see Boxing Day services introduced within the current franchise (running 2016 to 2023).

However, there are a number of issues relating to the introduction of Boxing Day services, most notably the infrastructure works required to deliver capacity improvements that are often undertaken during Christmas / Boxing Day closures. It should also be noted that Boxing Day services are not contracted through the existing TPE Franchise Agreement and additional funding is expected to be needed to deliver such services.

10th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for universal credit were subject to the habitual residency test in 2018; what proportion of those applications passed that test; and what the average time taken was to make a determination.

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

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals there were against personal independence payments determinations in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Bradford district in 2017; and how many of those appeals were upheld.

The table below shows the number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals by outcome in 2017 for (a) Yorkshire and the Humber, (b) Bradford.

Number of PIP appeals by outcome, 2017

Number of appeals

Number where the decision was overturned at appeal

Number where the decision was upheld at appeal

Yorkshire and Humber

7,510

4,770

2,740

Bradford

740

450

290

Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.

Appeals data is taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this appeal data may differ from that held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) for various reasons such as delays in data recording and other methodological differences in collating and preparing statistics.

PIP data includes normal rules and special rules for the terminally ill claimants, and is for both new claims and DLA reassessment claims.

The Local Authority and Region geography relates to the origin of the claim rather than the location of where the tribunal was held.

Decisions overturned at appeal may include a small number of appeals that have been lapsed (which is where DWP changed the decision after an appeal was lodged but before it was heard at Tribunal).

The figures do not include withdrawals or strike outs.

Official statistics on appeals based on HMCTS data are published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants (a) with Parkinson's disease and (b) in total are in the no review category for personal independence payments.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I previously gave on 15 November 2017 to Question UIN 111959

2nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date he expects a decision to be made on the community-led local development aid for Keighley CCLD.

The application for Keighley Community Led Local Development project is in the final stages of appraisal and a decision is expected by the end of November.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospital trusts have received approval to set up wholly-owned subsidiary companies in the last three years; and on what dates those companies were incorporated.

Ministers do not have a role in approving wholly-owned subsidiary companies created by National Health Service foundation trusts, with this role delegated by powers to NHS Improvement. In November 2018, NHS Improvement published revised guidance to make all such subsidiaries subject to an approval process.


In contrast, the Secretary of State has the function of consenting to an NHS trust’s proposal to establish an income generating subsidiary company. The Department is not aware of any NHS trust which has asked for approval to set up such schemes in the last three years.

Due to commercial sensitivities, NHS Improvement does not provide information of which hospital trusts have proposals under active consideration to set up wholly-owned subsidiary companies. The Department has no NHS Trust Income Generation Schemes currently under consideration.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospital trusts have proposals to set up wholly-owned subsidiary companies under active consideration.

Ministers do not have a role in approving wholly-owned subsidiary companies created by National Health Service foundation trusts, with this role delegated by powers to NHS Improvement. In November 2018, NHS Improvement published revised guidance to make all such subsidiaries subject to an approval process.


In contrast, the Secretary of State has the function of consenting to an NHS trust’s proposal to establish an income generating subsidiary company. The Department is not aware of any NHS trust which has asked for approval to set up such schemes in the last three years.

Due to commercial sensitivities, NHS Improvement does not provide information of which hospital trusts have proposals under active consideration to set up wholly-owned subsidiary companies. The Department has no NHS Trust Income Generation Schemes currently under consideration.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of calls were responded to within the target timeframe in the area covered by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each of the categories measured (a) in total and (b) in each by District Council Area Level in each month of 2018.

NHS England’s Ambulance Quality Indicators set out Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust performance against each of the categories measured in each month of 2018. The data is attached.

Data by District Council area is not collected centrally. Ambulance response times are published monthly by NHS England at ambulance trust level.

Data can be found online at the following address:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ambulance-quality-indicators/

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultant posts were advertised by discipline at each of the foundation hospitals in 2017; and how many consultants were appointed by discipline at (a) Ainedale General Hospital, (b) Bradford North Infirmary and (c) St Luke's Hospital, Bradford.

The data is not available in the format requested.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
29th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Health of 14 November 2017, Official Report, column 129, on NHS Trusts: subsidiary companies, if he will list the 39 subsidiary companies which have been set up by NHS Foundation Trusts.

Information on the number and names of subsidiary companies set up by National Health Service trusts is not collected centrally. NHS Improvement asks NHS foundation trusts to inform them how many subsidiaries have been consolidated into their accounts. Therefore, there may be cases where a very immaterial subsidiary is not consolidated into their accounts, and as such would not be included on the list below.

The information below is based on the most recent returns as at 31 March 2017. The list stands at 41 as it includes two subsidiaries which the trust reported as having a zero impact on the financials.

1

Hampshire Hospitals Contract Services Limited

2

Summerhill Supplies Ltd

3

IFM Bolton Ltd

4

BHT Charity

5

The Clatterbridge Pharmacy Limited

6

Clatterbridge Propcare Services Limited

7

Synchronicity Care Ltd

8

D Hive

9

Dudley Clinical Services Limited

10

QEF

11

Guy's and St Thomas' Enterprises Ltd

12

GTI Forces Healthcare Ltd

13

Pathology Services Ltd

14

Essentia Trading Ltd

15

KCH Commercial Services Ltd

16

King's Interventional Facilities Management LLP

17

Moorfields Ventures LLP

18

WebV Solutions Ltd

19

Optimus Health Limited

20

Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Ltd

21

Northumbria Primary Care Limited

22

Northumbria Primary Care Cost Sharing Group Ltd

23

Oxleas Prison Services Limited

24

Healthcare Facilities

25

RSCH Pharmacy Ltd

26

Salisbury Trading Limited

27

Odstock Medical Limited

28

South Central Fleet Services Ltd

29

UHS Pharmacy LTD

30

UHS Estates LTD

31

SDH Developments Ltd

32

STFT Holdings Limited

33

South Tyneside Integrated Care Limited

34

Stepping Hill Healthcare Enterprises Ltd

35

City Hospitals Independent Commercial Enterprises Ltd

36

MyUCLH

37

Pharmacy@QEHB Ltd

38

UHB Facilities Ltd

39

Assure Dialysis Services Ltd

40

Day Case UK LLP

41

Symphony Healthcare Services Ltd

14th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the guidance issued by his Department to NHS trusts on the VAT payable for subsidiary companies set up by those trusts.

Information on the number of subsidiary companies set up by National Health Service trusts is not collected centrally.

No specific VAT guidance has been issued by the Department in relation to the setting up of wholly owned subsidiary companies by NHS trusts. These companies are subject to normal VAT rules and as such no specific guidance is required. The tax affairs of subsidiary companies set up by NHS trusts will ultimately be an issue for the companies themselves to resolve with HM Revenue and Customs.

The Department’s Finance Director, Chris Young, wrote to NHS trust and foundation trust Finance Directors on 28 September 2017 to clarify the Department’s view on the use of tax advisors, with particular reference to tax avoidance. It should be noted that this letter was not issued with direct reference to any specific tax arrangements being entered into by the NHS.

14th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many subsidiary companies have been set up by NHS trusts; and what the purpose is of those companies.

Information on the number of subsidiary companies set up by National Health Service trusts is not collected centrally.

No specific VAT guidance has been issued by the Department in relation to the setting up of wholly owned subsidiary companies by NHS trusts. These companies are subject to normal VAT rules and as such no specific guidance is required. The tax affairs of subsidiary companies set up by NHS trusts will ultimately be an issue for the companies themselves to resolve with HM Revenue and Customs.

The Department’s Finance Director, Chris Young, wrote to NHS trust and foundation trust Finance Directors on 28 September 2017 to clarify the Department’s view on the use of tax advisors, with particular reference to tax avoidance. It should be noted that this letter was not issued with direct reference to any specific tax arrangements being entered into by the NHS.

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for increasing medical training places by 1,500; and what assessment he has made of the need for new medical schools as a result of that increase.

500 additional places have already been allocated to existing medical schools and will be made available for students commencing courses from 1 August 2018.

We have consulted on how best to allocate the remaining 1,000 places by August 2019.

The Government response to the consultation was published on 9 August 2017 and is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/expanding-undergraduate-medical-education

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Steppe Inn at the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar to promote UK soft power.

The Steppe Inne is a well-known institution at the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar and has hosted Embassy contacts, Mongolian and British alike, for more than 30 years. With the forthcoming move to new Embassy premises, the Steppe Inne will close but plans are being developed to arrange Steppe Inne nights at an alternative venue in Ulaanbaatar. The Steppe Inne has played a role in UK soft power but is part of a much wider Embassy effort to promote British interests in Mongolia.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Peru on freedom of the press and the role of investigative journalists in that country.

The British Ambassador in Peru raised Media Freedom with Foreign Minister Popolizio on 24 June, extending to him an invitation to the Global Conference on Media Freedom in London in July.

In his opening speech at the Conference, the former Foreign Secretary hailed the work of Investigative Journalist Gustavo Gorriti of IDL-Reporteros, noting that he "has brought to light a series of corruption scandals involving business, the government and the judiciary". Mr Gorriti sent a video message in support of the Conference, and his fellow investigative journalists Paola Ugaz and Pedro Salinas were able to attend at the British Government's invitation.

The United Kingdom is fully committed to the promotion of media freedom and the protection of journalists. In 2019, the former Foreign Secretary announced our launch of the international campaign to end the climate of impunity and mobilise a consensus behind protection of journalists worldwide. We are currently considering how this campaign can best add value and reinforce existing mechanisms, including those of the UN and other international organisations. We have held discussions with Reporters Without Borders and are actively reviewing their proposal for a dedicated UN position on this issue.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Government of Albania and (b) political parties in Albania on the boycott of that country's Parliament by opposition parties.

We hold regular discussions with the Government of Albania and opposition parties and have urged both sides to engage in dialogue to resolve their political differences. The previous Prime Minister raised the need for political dialogue with Prime Minister Rama at the Poznan Summit. The then Minister of State for Europe and the Americas also saw acting Foreign Minister, Gent Cakaj, in Poznan, where they discussed the impasse in Albania and broader political challenges in the Western Balkans.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was disbursed from the public purse by his Department to fund UK election observers overseas in each of the last five years.

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) funds the participation of UK election observers in election observation missions overseas where it judges that it is in the UK national interest to do so and where it is safe to do so. Details of this expenditure are not held centrally because decisions are made by individual FCO departments. It would therefore be disproportionately costly to calculate the total amount disbursed over the past five years.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations has he made to the Government of Kosovo on the rendition of six Turkish citizens from that country to Turkey; and if she will make a statement.

​Our Embassy in Pristina has raised with the Government of Kosovo the arrest and deportation of six Turkish nationals from Kosovo to Turkey. We have made clear to the Government of Kosovo that as a supporter of democratic values, Kosovo must prioritise the Rule of Law and international human rights standards in all its institutions.

4th Sep 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of VAT which does not accrue to the public purse as a result of the establishment of subsidiary companies by NHS Foundation Trusts; and what the implications for VAT receipts would be in the event that all foundation hospital trusts set up subsidiary companies for facilities management and pharmacy provision.

HM Revenue and Customs does not hold information on VAT revenues from NHS bodies that can be broken down to the requested level of detail.

26th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2019 to Question 213222, whether dual Irish/EU nationals who are also British citizens are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

British citizens, including those with dual British/Irish or British/EU citizenship, are not eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. This is because, under Section 1(1) of the Immigration Act 1971, those with a right of abode in the UK (including all British citizens) cannot be granted immigration status.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Irish citizens born in Northern Ireland will meet the criteria for the EU Settlement Scheme should they choose to apply.

Irish citizens resident in the UK who do not hold British citizenship will be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they choose. However, they do not need to do so as under the reciprocal Common Travel Area arrangements with Ireland, Irish citizens have a status in the UK separate from EU free movement rights that allows them to live, work, study and access benefits and services without being subject to a requirement to obtain leave to enter or remain in the UK.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visas were made for prospective consultants by medical discipline at each of the foundation hospitals in 2017; and how many of those applications were approved by medical discipline for (a) Airedale General Hospital, (b) Bradford Royal Infirmary and (c) St Luke's Hospital Bradford.

The information requested is not available in statistics published by the Home Office.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fatalities resulting from fire there were in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 2010.

The Home Office does not publish fire statistics by government office regions but by Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) regions.

Published figures for fire-related fatalities by FRA can be found in table FIRE0502 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679603/fire-statistics-data-tables-fire0502.xlsx

Defining Yorkshire and the Humber as comprising the Humberside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire FRAs, then the fire-related fatalities in each year since 2009/10 were:

2009/10 – 45

2010/11 – 33

2011/12 – 23

2012/13 – 15

2013/14 – 27

2014/15 – 30

2015/16 – 47

2016/17 – 24

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers there were in Keighley constituency in each of the last 10 years.

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of police community support officers employed by each police force in England and Wales on a bi-annual basis. These data are published in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2017

The Home Office does not collect this information by constituency. Data on the number of police community support officers in West Yorkshire, as at 31 March each year, can be found in the accompanying Open Data Table: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/629362/open-data-table-police-workforce.ods

8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the names are of all the joint military exercises with other countries which Royal Navy vessels participated in during 2017.

The names of the joint military exercises in which Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships participated during 2017, up to 6 December are given below.

Exercise Cougar Voyage

Exercise Artemis Trident

Exercise Sea Khanjar

Exercise Baltops

Exercise Azraq Serpent

Exercise Trade Winds 17

Exercise Unified Trident

Exercise Dynamic Mongoose

Exercise Dynamic Guard

Exercise Breeze

Exercise Aman

Exercise Grampus

Exercise Khunjar Hadd

Exercise Saxon Warrior

Exercise East Dolphin

Exercise Joint Warrior 172

Exercise Joint Warrior 171

Exercise Brilliant Mariner

Exercise Alligator Dagger

Exercise Dogu Akdeniz

Exercise Samurai Blade

Exercise Niriis

Exercise Konkan

Exercise Nusret

It is UK policy that we do not comment on matters relating to submarine activity or operations as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Notes:

  1. Some passing exercises undertaken with other nations are not named.

8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial contributions the Government has made to the US administration to date to support the D5 Life Extension programme; and what future such payments the Government plans to make.

The total spend by the UK on the D5 Life Extension Programme up to the end of financial year 2016-17 was £157.6 million.

As stated in the recent update to Parliament on the Dreadnought Programme, approval was given in 2017 to extend the planned life of the Trident II D5 missile electronic packages at a total project cost of around £350 million.

21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria the proposals for One Yorkshire devolution failed to meet.

I refer the Hon Member to my answers of 19 February 2019 and 20 February 2019 in response to Question UIN 221735 and Question UIN 222008 from the Hon Member for Barnsley Central, which set out our criteria for devolution and how the One Yorkshire proposal did not meet these.

21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish his Department's analysis of the case presented to Ministers for One Yorkshire devolution by local authority leaders.

In reaching his decision on the One Yorkshire proposal the Secretary of State had regard to the evidence and analysis supplied by the Yorkshire leaders, which are available at https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/economy/devolution/ . It was on this basis that the Secretary of State concluded that the One Yorkshire proposal met neither the criterion on functional economic area nor on there being strong and accountable governance. The proposal focuses on an area that is far greater than any of today’s functional economic city regions, and does not show how a single accountable mayor would be empowered to take tough decisions across a single area.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether more than one bid can be submitted from each local authority area to the Future High Street Fund.

Further information on the eligibility criteria for the fund will be included in supplementary guidance for local authorities which shall be published in due course.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Business Improvement Districts can submit bids to the Future High Street Fund.

We are inviting bids from unitary authorities, metropolitan districts, London boroughs and, where there is a two-tier system, from district councils, in England. We are only accepting bids from local authorities, given their control of the strategic levers to develop the types of projects that will meet the objectives of the Fund. However, we encourage councils to work closely with stakeholders including Business Improvement Districts. Further information on the fund, including details of the nature of stakeholder support that we expect bidding authorities to demonstrate in their applications, can be found in the prospectus published online.

14th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposals for One Yorkshire devolution on the Yorkshire economy.

We are considering the material provided.

The Government has already agreed a devolution deal for the Sheffield City Region. We look forward to this being implemented in full. It will bring £900 million of much needed new funding to the city region, and put power in the hands of local people.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment has he made of the effect of the proposed entry level exception sites on the provision of affordable rented homes in England.

The new entry-level exception site policy is set out in the revised National Planning Policy Framework which was published on 24 July 2018. It supports both first time buyers and those looking to rent their first home. The policy should have a positive impact on provision of affordable rented homes as sites should comprise entry-level homes offering one or more types of affordable housing, including affordable housing for rent.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much brownfield land has been identified by each local authority in part (a) 1 and (b) 2 of their registers; and what the national figures are for such land in each category.

Officials are currently assessing the data contained in the published registers.

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to collate and assess the information which was published in brownfield registers by local authorities on or before 31 December 2017.

Officials are currently assessing the data contained in the published registers.

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications have been called in during the last five years; and how many of those applications related at least in part to development on or adjacent to an airfield.

Since 1 January 2013 the Secretary of State has called 86 planning applications. Four involved either an existing airfield or were adjacent to an airfield.

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a devolution deal for Yorkshire that included provision for one combined authority and an elected mayor would require primary legislation.

A combined authority with an elected mayor could be established for the area by order, subject to Parliamentary approval, the consent of all councils concerned, and the statutory tests set out in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 being met.

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the Government's response to its consultation on the abolition of letting agents fee; and if he will make a statement.

We received more than 4,700 responses to the consultation on banning letting agent fees charged to tenants. We are currently analysing responses and will publish a Government response shortly.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress he is making on a devolved settlement for Yorkshire.

In 2015 Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield agreed a devolution deal with government. Each twice reaffirmed this commitment when consenting to parliamentary orders.

It is now for those local councils consult on the new powers.

While devolution discussions are ongoing elsewhere in Yorkshire, government remains committed to the existing South Yorkshire deal.

9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to receive the high conflict practice pathway from Cafcass designed to provide guidance to practitioners on cases of parental alienation.

Cafcass launched its Child Impact Assessment Framework in October 2018. It is available at https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/professionals/ciaf/. The framework, which incorporates the award-winning Domestic Abuse Practice Pathway, brings together guides and tools which Cafcass officers can use to help them assess the impact on the child of different case factors in private law cases, including: domestic abuse; harmful conflict; child refusal or resistance to spend time with one of their parents, which includes parental alienation; and other forms of harmful parenting.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of data available to his Department on the prevalence of parental alienation.

In October last year the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) launched its Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF) which sets out how children may experience parental separation and how this can be understood and acted on by Cafcass.

Cafcass is planning to undertake a review of its case records featuring actual or alleged alienating behaviours so that it has a clearer evidence base on the prevalence of parental alienation and its relationships with other case factors. This study will commence once the CIAF has been fully embedded into practice.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the policy is of the Bradford coroner on the use of digital scans to establish cause of death rather than tradition post-mortems; and how many times such scans have been used in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date.

The use of digital scans to establish cause of death is a matter for individual coroners who decide how to proceed in light of guidance from the Chief Coroner. The guidance can be found on his website at:

www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/guidance-no-1-use-of-port-mortem-imaging.pdf

The figures for the number of post mortems held in 2017 which involved less invasive techniques are available at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706047/coroners-statistics-2017-csvs.zip.

Bradford is in the West Yorkshire (western) coroner area, in which 267 less-invasive post mortems were conducted in 2017.

Annual coroner statistics are collected at the end of the year. Statistics for 2018 will be published in May 2019.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)