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Written Question
Department of Health and Social Care: Iron and Steel
29 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

Answered by Edward Argar

The Department does not frequently procure capital assets or other contracts that require the direct procurement of steel. The Department does not hold centrally any data on the procurement of steel in the National Health Service or its arm’s length bodies.


Written Question
Health Visitors
10 Jan 2019

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of health visitors (a) in England, (b) regionally and (c) in each local authority area in each year since September 2009.

Answered by Jackie Doyle-Price

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics for England. These include only staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care, local authorities or other providers. Some other organisations also provide health visiting services, so the data held by the Department only reflects part of the picture on overall health visitor numbers.

The following table shows the full time equivalent (FTE) figures for health visitors for England and for each Health Education England region as at 30 September in the specified years:

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

England

8,100

7,849

7,802

7,687

8,304

9,162

10,236

9,521

8,497

7,884

Of which

East Midlands

619

615

631

630

685

741

826

791

742

619

East of England

784

778

698

522

594

668

777

744

663

628

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

553

518

507

420

469

550

671

635

562

519

North Central and East London

384

403

389

406

433

553

670

630

443

427

North East

488

501

571

596

659

673

672

422

346

166

North West

1,386

1,329

1,317

1,414

1,463

1,602

1,793

1,733

1,674

1,586

North West London

298

237

237

351

425

470

511

506

498

510

South London

444

434

430

361

334

388

458

420

366

328

South West

663

663

599

452

599

565

619

412

370

312

Thames Valley

337

324

307

348

336

347

389

364

324

275

Wessex

326

308

323

360

394

457

554

514

489

446

West Midlands

889

872

895

918

1,039

1,197

1,287

1,237

1,091

1,027

Yorkshire and the Humber

929

867

898

908

875

953

1,009

1,113

929

1,041

Source: NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics, NHS Digital

NHS Digital began to collect and publish data on staff, including health visitors, in some English independent sector healthcare organisations, from September 2015. These statistics are collected biannually and published as experimental statistics. The following table shows the FTE figures of health visitors employed by Independent Healthcare Providers in England who provide valid data, as at 30 September each year since 2015 and the latest data available:

2015

2016

2017

31 March 2018

England

957

1,132

1,240

1,187

Source: Independent Healthcare Provider Workforce Statistics, England, March 2018, NHS Digital

Information is not held centrally on number of health visitors in each local authority area.


Written Question
Health Services: Babies
18 Dec 2018

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of babies that had not received the mandatory 12-month health check when they were (a) 12 months, (b) 15 months, (c) 18 months and (d) 24 months old in (i) England and (ii) in each local authority or Clinical Commissioning Group area in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answered by Jackie Doyle-Price

Health visitor service delivery metrics are published by Public Health England (PHE) on a quarterly and annual basis. This collection is based on a voluntary submission of aggregate data by local authorities.

As regulations require that the one year review is completed by the time the child turns 15 months, information on 12 months old and 15 months old is available. There is no national data collection for reviews which are carried out late (such as 18 months or 24 months).

The attached tables show the number of children who had not received their one year health check at 12 months and 15 months in England and in each local authority. This is based on data received by PHE covering the period April to June 2018 (Quarter 1 2018/19).


Written Question
Suicide: Children and Young People
12 Jul 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) online and (b) offline bullying on the incidence of suicide among children and young people.

Answered by Jackie Doyle-Price

The Department does not hold information on the number of suicides by people aged 10-19 years of age as a result of online bullying.

However, the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, which is commissioned by NHS England and supported by the Department, published a thematic review in 2016, Suicide by Children and Young People in England. A copy of the report is available at the following link:

http://www.hqip.org.uk/resources/report-suicide-by-children-and-young-people-in-england/

The report identified ten common themes relating to suicides by people under 20 years of age between 2014 and 2015, including bullying (online and face-to-face) and suicide-related internet use.


Written Question
Suicide: Children and Young People
12 Jul 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many suicides involving (a) 10 to 14-year olds and (b) 15 to 19-year olds were the result of online bullying.

Answered by Jackie Doyle-Price

The Department does not hold information on the number of suicides by people aged 10-19 years of age as a result of online bullying.

However, the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, which is commissioned by NHS England and supported by the Department, published a thematic review in 2016, Suicide by Children and Young People in England. A copy of the report is available at the following link:

http://www.hqip.org.uk/resources/report-suicide-by-children-and-young-people-in-england/

The report identified ten common themes relating to suicides by people under 20 years of age between 2014 and 2015, including bullying (online and face-to-face) and suicide-related internet use.


Written Question
School Milk
30 Mar 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of school and nursery milk in the Government's Childhood Obesity Plan.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Where the school food standards apply, milk must be available during school hours and offered free to disadvantaged pupils, and free milk is also available to infants if served as part of their lunch.

As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan, the Government will publish and promote example menus for early year’s settings in England later this year. This will help settings to meet the latest Government dietary recommendations, including the consumption of milk and dairy products.


Written Question
School Milk
30 Mar 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of school and nursery milk in supporting the health of children in deprived communities.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Where the school food standards apply, milk must be available during school hours and offered free to disadvantaged pupils, and free milk is also available to infants if served as part of their lunch.

As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan, the Government will publish and promote example menus for early year’s settings in England later this year. This will help settings to meet the latest Government dietary recommendations, including the consumption of milk and dairy products.


Written Question
Health Services: Research
6 Mar 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of healthcare research funding was allocated to each region in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

The Department does not hold this information.


Written Question
Health Visitors
24 Feb 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full time equivalent health visitors there were in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local authority in (i) May 2015 and (ii) the most recent period for which figures are available.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Health visitors are employed by a range of organisations, including National Health Service trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities and private providers. Current data collections do not cover the complete range of these organisations. As a result, it is not possible to provide accurate data on the total size of the health visitor workforce.

NHS Digital’s NHS Hospital and Community Health Service workforce statistics capture the total number of health visitors directly employed in NHS trusts and CCGs in England and by Health Education England region.

NHS Digital used to collect data on health visitors employed by local authorities and other organisations through the Health Visitors National Minimum Dataset however this collection ceased at the end of September 2015.


Written Question
Family Nurse Partnership Programme
23 Feb 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with how many families the family nurse partnership has worked (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area that it has been in place in each year since that partnership scheme was established.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Figures for the number of families assisted by the Family Nurse Partnership are only held centrally for the past three years. They are as follows:

2014/15

2015/16

Number of families

13,212

15,789

The above is national data. Figures by local authority are not held centrally, but can be obtained from the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit at:

http://fnp.nhs.uk/commission-fnp/national-unit-leadership


Written Question
Health Visitors
20 Feb 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of children receive an assessment of their development by health visitors (a) after birth, (b) at six to eight weeks, (c) at one year old and (d) between two and two and a half years old in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each local authority.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

This information is not available in the requested format. Information available from the Health Visitors Service Delivery Metrics can be found at:

http://www.chimat.org.uk/transfer


Written Question
Health: Children
20 Feb 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the amount of funding spent by (a) clinical commissioning groups and (b) local authorities on supporting children and families in the early years in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each local authority.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

The Department allocated funding of over £8 billion to local authorities from 2013/14 to 2015/16. It is not possible to provide a break-down of the estimated spend by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups on early years support for children and families for the last year in each region of England.

2015-16 data for individual local authorities can be viewed on the National Statistics website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2015-to-2016-individual-local-authority-data-outturn


Written Question
Pregnancy: Depressive Illnesses
20 Feb 2017

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of perinatal depression there have been recorded in each (a) region and (b) clinical commissioning group area in each year since 2010.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

The information is not collected in the requested format.

It is important to note that perinatal mental illness includes a range of conditions, including antenatal depression, postnatal depression, maternal obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and postpartum psychosis.

NHS Digital has started to publish monthly experimental statistics collected via the Mental Health Dataset (MHDS) which include basic caseload measures for community based specialist perinatal mental health services.

NHS Digital is working with system partners to further develop perinatal mental health metrics for the MHDS collection.


Written Question
Family Nurse Partnership Programme
8 Dec 2016

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been allocated to the Family Nurse Partnership in each year since that initiative was launched; and how many people worked in Family Nurse Partnerships in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Information on Government funding allocated to the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) to cover costs of the FNP National Unit and local sites between 2006-08 and 2012-13 is set out in the table below.

Year

£ million

2006-081

6.00

2008-092

5.00

2009-102

10.30

2010-112

11.20

2011-122

12.07

2012-132

10.99

1 Funded by the Department for Children Schools and Families. This covers two financial years.

2 Funded by the Department of Health.

From 2013-14 only the costs of the national unit were funded centrally by the Government. Since then, FNP local sites have been funded by NHS England and local authorities and this information is not collected centrally.


Written Question
Department of Health: Directors
30 Jun 2015

Questioner: Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and length of tenure of such directors were; and how many and what non-executive director appointments he has made since May 2010.

Answered by Jane Ellison

No Non-Executive Directors have left the Department’s board since May 2015.

Since May 2010 the following Non-Executive Directors have been appointed: Catherine Bell, Chris Pilling, David Heymann, Gerry Murphy, Mike Wheeler and Peter Sands.

Details of their appointment (including dates of appointments) can be found in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts each year which are available at the following links:

Annual Report and accounts 2010-11

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/215448/dh_130154.pdf -

Annual Report and accounts 2011-12

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/212977/23735_HC-66-DoH.pdf

Annual Report and accounts 2012-13

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/229996/Annual_Report.pdf

Annual Report and accounts 2013-14

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335166/DH_annual_accounts_2013-14.pdf

Details of how Non-Executive appointments are made can be found in the Code of Practice on Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments.